An Update On ISIS Activities

March 9, 2017

 

West Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

State Department hosts meeting of 68-member Coalition. [..]

CTS commander estimates final Mosul victory will take 1 more month. [..]

IFP, Army units keep advancing in central Mosul. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods in southwest Mosul. [..]

PMFs extend control in Badoush area in northwest Mosul. [..]

Syria

SOHR says Coalition airstrike east of Raqqa killed 23 civilians. [..]

US Marines setting up artillery positions around Raqqa. [..]

Syrian Army still advancing on Daesh east of Aleppo. [..]

Coalition announces 400 US troops assigned to Manbij. [..]

Other countries

Daesh stages first violent attack in India. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The US State Department will host a two-day meeting starting March 22 for all 68 members of the Coalition fighting Daesh, in Washington DC. [Anadolu]

 

A KDP CoR member says Sunni CoR members from Ninewa are moving Daesh members to Baghdad. He says these terrorists are relatives of the CoR members and they go to Baghdad as PMF fighters. 

The parliament member also says there are two types of Arab politicians who hate the Kurds: (1) Shia Baathists and (2) Sunnis linked to Al-Maliki. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (5), Tal Afar (2), and Rawa (1), and. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says an IED placed near commercial shops in Tajiyat killed one civilian and wounded three others. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded others in an ambush in the Al-Baghdadi area near Tarmiya on Wednesday. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says army helicopters destroyed a Daesh guesthouse, a shelter, and a motorcycle in Um Al-Son. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source reports one civilian killed and four wounded in an IED explosion in Nahrawan.  [Sumaria] 

A police source says one civilian was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a café in the Jisr Diyala area. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 25th army brigade found one IED and a large explosives cache during a search mission in Kilo 12, Sakhrija, Shakha 3, Shabisha, and Kilo 5. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

The BOC says 55th army brigade found 2 IEDs and an artillery shell in a search in Shakariya and Sha’er. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED targeted an army patrol in Abu Ghraib, wounding two soldiers. [Sumaria] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A member of Falluja District Council says a security barrier surrounding the industrial area in Falluja was completed, with participation of the local workshop owners. The barrier aims to protect the industrial area from infiltration by insurgents. [Sumaria] 

 

Ramadi

The MoD says 1st army division found an explosives cache in Ma’amir village. While the 10th army division arrested a man wanted on terrorism and found 6 IEDs and 64 C4 explosives containers, during a search operation in Bakriya, Furat, Thirthar, Albu Ali Al-Jassem, and Albu Aitha.  [MoD Website]

 

The MoD says 32nd army brigade destroyed two IEDs in Al-Qarya al-Asriya. Recon units also found IEDs and an explosives cache, as well as a rocket launcher.  [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

A military source in Hit says army units initiated a sudden attack on a Daesh gathering near Anah, killing 13 of them and destroying 4 vehicle bombs. [Maalomah] 

 

Hit District says a vehicle bomb exploded in northern Hit city, wounding 3 civilians and causing material damage. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on “Iraqi Army and Sahwa” in Hit city, killing 6 people and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Anbar

The MoD says IAF warplanes destroyed two weapons storehouses and two vehicle bombs, and killed 10 Daesh militants in the Husseiniya and Sharqiya areas in Rawa. [MoD Website]

 

The MoD says the IAF destroyed a rigging workshop, weapons storehouses, and two Daesh vehicle bombs, as well as killing several combatants in Karabla, in Al-Qa’im. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha and Al-Badou Compound areas with 8 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says 2 of its terrorists, a Syrian and an Iraqi, attacked “PMF members” in Al-Hajjaj village. Daesh says that after the initial attack, the 2 terrorists blew up their explosives vests, killing more than 40 PMF fighters and wounding “tens”. [MRKZGulf] 

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

Here Daesh admits that the attack was on a wedding of a “PMF commander”. [A3maq] 

A security source said yesterday that 3 suicide terrorists attacked a wedding celebration with explosives vests, killing 30 people and wounding 45 in Al-Hajjaj village. The source says security units surrounded 2 more suicide attackers in the area. 

DaeshDaily comment. For the Arab media that has applauded Daesh and AQI attacks on Shia civilians for years, we can assure them that the victims here are Sunnis, many of them women and children. These media outlets didn’t have the decency to point out that attacks on any civilians should not be encouraged. When Daesh claims it killed “PMFs” while attacking civilians in Baghdad, these outlets repeat the same lie. And now, even when the victims are Sunnis, these outlets still repeat the lie, or just ignore the attack. Why don’t we hear any condemnation from Arab media and Sunni clerics, who claim to be defending Sunni Iraqis, against such attacks? The theme of a Sunni-Shia conflict in Iraq has been useful for neighboring countries to interfere in Iraq’s issues.  

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF positions near the Al-Makhazen Bridge north of Baiji. [JustPaste]

Daesh said yesterday that a group of its terrorists attacked PMF positions near the Al-Makhazen Bridge north of Baiji, killing 9 fighters, destroying 8 military positions, and 2 Humvees, damaging 2 other Humvees, and capturing light and mid-sized weapons. Daesh said all of its terrorists returned safely. 

 

The MoD says army helicopters destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Siniya killing 8 Daesh combatants. The helicopters also destroyed two machine gunmounted vehicles near the ring road between Siniya and the defense line. [MoD Website]

 

The MoD says 66th army brigade shelled a Daesh house and a tanker, killing 10 Daesh combatants near the defense line, while destroying 5 Daesh hideouts and killing all combatants inside. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi forces vehicles in an ambush on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers destroyed 2 Iraqi Army vehicles on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in several areas north of Baiji with 61 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of families returning to their homes in various areas of Salahuddin is now 137,780. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

The Dijla Operations Commander says security units captured 6 men on terrorism charges in different areas in Diyala. [Sumaria] 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A source says that security units defused three vehicle bombs in downtown Baquba, and are currently searching for a fourth one. [Ghad] 

 

Dijla Operations Commander says army units arrested 6 persons wanted on terror charges in a security search campaign in various parts of the province. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Al-Waqf area east of Baquba. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says police units in Muqdadiya arrested a 17 year old suicide attacker, who then blew himself up, in a market place in Muqdadiya. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The MoD says 5th army division raided Mansouriyat Al-Jabal, destroying 5 Daesh hideouts and quantities of IEDs and explosive belts, between Mansouriya power station and Himrin Lake. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says its snipers wounded a PMF fighter in the Nafut Khana area in Khanaqin. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

A source in the Pentagon says Al-Baghdadi has left Mosul, but did not indicate his current whereabouts. He says the number of Daesh combatants in Mosul is about 2,500 and in Raqqa 3,000-4,000. Many top Daesh leaders have left Raqqa and left the leadership role to lower echelons. [BasNews]

Fadhil Barwari, a leading commander in the CTS Golden Division (elite troops) says Al-Baghdadi is underground now, hiding somewhere between Iraq and Syria. Barwari says Daesh is almost defeated and battles are progressing as planned. [Anadolu]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The CTS commander says Iraqi forces plan to liberate the west side of Mosul within one month, saying that despite the fierce fighting Iraqi forces are advancing with confidence. [PUKMedia] 

However, he says the battles are difficult because of the high numbers of civilians trapped in the city. [Karemlash] 

 

The Security Committee of the Iraqi CoR says 50% of the west side of Mosul is liberated, saying that  remaining battles will take place in narrow and populated areas where only light and medium arms can be used. [Etejah] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says disputes erupted between a Daesh local leader and foreign terrorists. The source says the foreigners wanted to evict many people from their houses in west Mosul and set the houses on fire to obstruct the vision of warplanes. The source says the local leader refused. 

 

The MoD says Iraqi Intelligence Service captured several Daesh terrorists who were hiding among civilians in liberated areas. [Harbi] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed Fuad Hassan, a local activist, after accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi forces.

 

Central Mosul

IFP commander says that battle for the governmental complex in west Mosul cost Daesh 139 combatants killed, and 19 vehicle bombs and 36 mortar positions destroyed. [Mada] 

 

Daesh says it killed seven Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees by detonating IEDs in Al-Dawasa on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Al-Dawasa. [JustPaste]

 

IWMC says IFP units now control the road leading to Hurriya Bridge in west Mosul, now held by Iraqi troops. [Waradana]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Iraqi forces captured the Palestine Hotel and have moved toward Bab Al-Tob. 

The MoD says Rapid Intervention snipers killed 9 Daesh terrorists near the Palestine Hotel. [Harbi] 

IFP commander says his units are evacuating civilians and scanning for IEDs and land mines left by Daesh in Bab Al-Tob downtown. [Harbi] 

IWMC says army units are engaging Daesh combatants in Bab Al-Tob and Bab Al-Yusur. [Waradana]

 

IFP commander says IFP liberated Nabi Sheeth neighborhood west of Mosul. [Harbi] 

Ninewa Liberation Operations says IFP units killed 4 snipers, arrested two Daesh combatants, and destroyed 2 guesthouses, 8 motorcycles, 4 vehicle bombs, and 24 IEDs during its advance in Nabi Sheeth. [Forat]

A security source says five Daesh combatants were arrested in Nabi Sheeth neighborhood. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it shot down 2 Iraqi forces recon drones in the Bab Al-Jadid area. [JustPaste]

 

A military source says army units are advancing in the Agaydat neighborhood in central Mosul. [Harbi] 

A security source says Daesh set a Ninewa private hospital and Qalaa Hotel in Agaydat on fire. [BasNews]

 

A military source says army units are closing down on the Al-Nouri (Hadba) Mosque, known for its tilted minaret, in the heart of Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

A military source says an Iraqi army helicopter killed a sniper positioned over Ashur (Assyria) Hotel, and destroyed a Daesh gathering in the Souq Al-Shareen neighborhood. [Harbi] 

 

A security source says IFP arrested a Daesh training official who had mingled in with displaced residents. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack and battles in a “southern neighborhood” in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Iraqi forces “in south Mosul”. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. By not mentioning the exact area, Daesh wants to give the impression that it still has presence in south Mosul.

 

Southwest Mosul

CTS units salvaged 35 civilians buried under the wreckage of a house, destroyed by a Daesh rocket in Wadi Hajar. The civilians had been under the wreckage for 3 days. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked CTS units in Wadi Hajar with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying a Humvee, and damaging a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says CTS transferred 400 families from Tal Al-Ruman area to safe rear lines, where fighting is continuing in places. [Maalomah] 

Daesh says it killed or wounded CTS soldiers in Tal Al-Ruman in a suicide attack on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an Iraqi soldier targeted by its snipers in Tal Al-Ruman. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers, wounded others, destroying a Humvee, and damaging another in battles in Hay Al-Mansour and Hay Al-Sumood. [JustPaste]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations commander says CTS liberated the Al-Mualimeen and Silo neighborhoods on Thursday. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Mualimeen, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 2 military positions. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes a photo of the Syrian suicide terrorist. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack and battles in Hay Al-Shuhada. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Hay Al-Mamoun. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in Tal Al-Rumman and Al-Aboor in southwest Mosul and Al-Dawasa Kharej in central Mosul with 28 mortars, 7 Katyushas, and 7 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

West-Central Mosul

A military source says an Iraqi drone killed Abu Khattab Al-Shishani, commander of Daesh’s Al-Farouq units in Al-Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood. [Harbi] 

 

The MoD says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory, a bomb-rigged vehicle, a cannon, and 2 other locations in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [Harbi] 

 

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in the Wadi Okab area. [Harbi] 

 

North Mosul

PMF media says PMFs completed their capture of the Badoush hills in northwest Mosul, after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh forces. [Maalomah] 

 

PMF media says army helicopters destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs approaching PMF forces in Badoush. [Maalomah] 

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Commander says 9th army brigade and assisting PMF units liberated two more villages near the Badoush cement factory. [Sumaria] 

PMF media says army helicopters attacked Daesh targets at the Badoush cement factory. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee on the outskirts of Badoush subdistrict, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi forces Humvees “on the outskirts” of Badoush. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged 2 Iraqi Army vehicles with rockets near Al-Damerji village, south of Badoush. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in the Hamaidat area near Badoush. [JustPaste]

 

Military Intelligence confirmed that Coalition planes killed 3 major Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Hay 17 Tammuz in northwest Mosul. The terrorists were a Tajik (an explosives expert who developed Daesh drones), a Russian aviation engineer, and a French citizen of Tunisian origins who used to be a manager at the Mercedes Benz company. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily comment. A DaeshDaily source gave us the story and we published it on February 7. 

 

East Mosul

A report by the Christian Science Monitor described the return of educational life to Mosul as schools open. It says UNICEF and the Iraqi government are providing curricula, books, and teaching aids to the extent possible. [Mada] 

 

The Mosul University says its students will have their 2013-2014 exams in its alternative location in Bartella. It also says the students who are still on the west side of Mosul will have their exams after the liberation. The university has been functioning in Dahuk and Kirkuk. [Karemlash] 

 

The Times of London interviewed Daesh’s infamous woman flogger, responsible for whipping women who deviate from Daesh rules. She says she used to whip 50 women a week, on average. Charges included smoking, reading, and putting on make-up, among others. She is now held prisoner in the Kurdistan region and is facing a rehabilitation course in prison to help her reintegrate into the society. Daesh used to pay her IQD 50,000 ($ 35) a month. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Let’s see, 50 assault and battery crimes per week for 52 weeks = 2,600, for just one year. We concede this woman needs rehab, but if she committed equivalent crimes in the US, she would be in jail long enough to forget what they told her in rehab.

 

Military intelligence says it found a large storehouse of explosives detection devices in the Jami’a neighborhood in Mosul. Most of the devices were modern and not previously used. [Ghad] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Ministry of Migration and Displacement says total refugees from Mosul are at 300,141 now, including 70,327 from the west side. The refugees are spread in camps in Mosul, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, and Kurdistan. [IraqPress] 

 

The head of CoR’s Migration and Displacement Committee demanded that the government announce a nationwide mobilization to assist residents leaving combat areas in Mosul, saying their numbers are increasing and the situation is deteriorating. He also called on the UN and donor states and organizations to assist the Iraqi government in this task. [Anadolu]

 

A KRG Yazidi official says Daesh still holds over 3,500 Yazidis as hostages. He wants those who survived Daesh captivity to file lawsuits against their violators. [Anadolu]

 

A local source in Mosul says population in west Mosul are celebrating their liberation from Daesh by shaving beards for men and taking off the veil for woman, which were imposed on them under Daesh rule. [Sumaria] 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

PMFs killed 7 Daesh combatants trying to approach PMF frontlines and found tunnels containing Daesh weapons in Dernaj village, just southwest of the city, liberated earlier. [Maalomah] 

 

A PMF unit launched a surprise attack on Daesh in a village southwest of Mosul, killing 3 terrorists and wounding 2. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Tal Abta city with 3 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Shura/Qayara

PMF command says it destroyed a convoy of 5 Daesh vehicles with the assistance of IFP artillery. The convoy was trying to gain control of part of the Mosul-Baiji road. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Nazzaza and Harara, near Shura, and near the Abu Sanam villages, with 33 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A source in Tal Afar says an unidentified man attacked a Daesh patrol in the city with a hand grenade, killing one and wounding 3 others. [Buratha] [Sumaria]

 

PMF command says one of its camera operators was killed while covering a battle in west Mosul. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Abu Sanam (eastern Sinjar), Al-Qamishliya, Al-Amoudiya, and Shawi villages with 60 mortars. [JustPaste]

Iraqi army shot down a Daesh drone in Qamishliya, west of Tal Afar, PMF media says. [Harbi] 

 

A Kurdish military source says the “PKK” sent more fighters in addition to 10 military vehicles to the Khana Sor area, where it has been challenged by KDP Peshmerga. [BasNews] 

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

PMFs say they blocked a Daesh assault in Hatra, killing several attackers and destroying their equipment. [PressIraq]

 

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 4 Daesh locations, a weapons and ammunition storehouse, and a drone factory in Baaj. [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

Kurdish forces freed 3 Yazidi children kidnapped by Daesh in Mosul and transferred to Raqqa. The children were returned to their parents in Khana Sor near Sinjar. [Etejah] 

 

People from areas in northern Dahuk province say they now cannot enter their villages without permission from Turkish troops in those areas (video). [KNN] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The MoD says the Babel Operations Commander went to the site of the mass grave found in Al-Fadhiliya in Jurf Al-Sakhar. The grave contained the bodies of nineteen Shia pilgrims, including women and children, who were killed by terrorists on the road to Kerbala. [Harbi] 

 

The MoD says Babel Operations EODs destroyed 40 IEDs in a former military camp in Babel. [MoD Website]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey has cancelled the license of Mercy Corps, a US humanitarian relief agency operating in Syrian refugee camps, without specifying reasons, the agency says. [SyriaNow]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Commander of Azadi Units, a Syrian Kurdish militia close to the KDP headed by Masoud Barzani in Iraq, admitted his forces are now based in Shahba, a Kurdish area north of Aleppo, and under Turkish auspices. Azadi Units, which attacked Kurdish villages in Aleppo in 201213, participated in the KDP Peshmerga attack a few days ago on the Sinjar YPG units. [Hawar]

 

General Joseph Votel, supervising US forces in the Middle East, says his country will do its best to avoid clashes between its two allies in Syria; i.e. Turkey and the SDF. He called for dialog, to avoid confrontations and to reach solutions. Turkey earlier repeated its intention to attack Manbij if SDF refuses to withdraw from it. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. What is lacking here is a decision in Washington. If we really want to deal with Turkey’s constant threats against the SDF and constant whining against the US for working with them, we need to pass an unmistakable message to certain individuals in Ankara that our patience has been exhausted.

 

The SDF spokesman says the SDF informed the US that Turkey should not be allowed to participate in the Raqqa liberation. He says Turkey is an invading force and it should not be allowed to capture more Syrian lands. [SotKurdistan] 

 

SOHR says Coalition, Russian, and Syrian warplanes killed 58 civilians in airstrikes in different parts of Syria today. The figure includes 18 women and 10 children. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (9), and Deir Ez-Zor (5). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

A Coalition airstrike on Raqqa killed at least 18 civilians. It also attacked three villages east of Raqqa, leaving one civilian dead in Karama village. [Qasioun]

SOHR says the strike was on Al-Matab village east of Raqqa and left 23 civilians dead. [SyriaHR]

 

Agence France Press says US Marines started to deploy their 155 mm howitzers in advance positions around Raqqa, an indication that the attack on the city is rather near. [EnabBaladi]

 

SDF says it captured the eastern Tal Manakhir hill, 27 km (17 miles) east of Raqqa, after capturing the western hill on Tuesday. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it expelled Daesh militants from Al-Kajla village, 20 km (12 miles) east of Raqqa, and is now in full control of the village. [Hawar]

 

An SDF leader says his forces are advancing according to plan. He noted the strategic importance of cutting off the RaqqaDeir Ez-Zor road (which extends to Mosul). [Hawar] [Also see SDF stories under Deir Ez-Zor below]

 

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in Suwaidiya Kabira, Suwaidiya Saghira, and Traikiya villages north of Al-Tabaqa, killing or wounding several fighters. [StoreUp] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Government forces captured 10 more villages east of Aleppo, local activists say. Daesh forces are withdrawing towards Deir Hafer, the only remaining Daesh stronghold in the area. [ARA]

 

Syrian government assumed control of Al-Jarrah military airport midway between Deir Hafer and Maskana, leaving Daesh under siege in Deir Hafer. Daesh withdrew its heavy weapons toward the city. [ARA]

Reports say Daesh withdrew its major Arab and foreign commands from the airport, leaving second tier personnel there. A battle took place inside the airport but no account of casualties is available. [ZamanAlWasl]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions near the Al-Jarrah Airport with tank shells. [JustPaste]

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

 

SOHR says 17 Daesh combatants were killed, including a commander of North African nationality, and many others wounded in intensive Russian airstrikes on Maskana. [SyriaHR]

 

Government forces arrested all citizens of Al-Babiri village east of Aleppo. The Syrian Army captured the village this morning. Opposition sources say they are in fear of a potential massacre by the army against these civilians.  [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says 1.5 million people in Aleppo will have drinking water back in the coming hours after government forces recaptured Khafsa and its water pumping station on the Euphrates. Daesh had cut off water supplies from Aleppo for the past 8 weeks.  [SyriaHR]

 

The Aleppo Governor says Daesh also cut off the power supply from the Al-Khafsa water pumping station. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says Russian and Syrian planes conducted 120 airstrikes, including 15 with chlorine gas, on 6 villages south of Al-Khafsa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists shooting at Russian and Syrian aircraft with heavy machine guns south of Al-Khafsa. [JustPaste]

 

Al-Bab

A press report says Daesh uses several types of land mines, listing five of them. Mines are among Daesh’s most effective weapons. The report says they killed 50 persons in Al-Bab city before Daesh withdrew, and killed more 15 after its withdrawal. [EnabBaladi]

 

Euphrates Post, a Syrian news website, published Daesh documents found in Al-Bab. The documents, some taken from the wali’s office and some from the Daesh court, show theft and corruption. The documents also show that Daesh favored foreign terrorists over locals. [EuphratesPost] 

 

Azaz

YPG says Turkey-backed militiamen attacked Maraanaz village in Azaz with mortars and heavy artillery fire. It says that YPG responded with a counter-shelling. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

The Turkey-allied opposition also attacked Kafr Janna village in Afrin with 10 mortar shells. The bombardment was launched from Azaz. [Hawar]

The militiamen claim to have inflicted casualties among SDF ranks from the bombardment of Kafr Janna and Atma village in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Manbij

Col. John Dorrian, Coalition spokesman, says 400 US soldiers were deployed in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

A Syrian source says a Turkey-allied opposition artillery attack on 4 villages killed 8 and wounded tens of Syrian border guards. The Manbij Military Council had handed over the villages to the Syrian Army earlier. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it arrested Abu Amara, the hisbah official in Deir Hafer, as he tried to escape toward Manbij by mingling with displaced people. 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR says Russian warplanes attacked Daesh positions while the Syrian Army was advancing in desert areas west of Palmyra approaching the road connecting to Sukhnah. 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SDF forces liberated Al-Kibar village (where the old Syrian nuclear reactor bombed by Israel is located), 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Raqqa, after a battle reported to have lasted for several hours. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it liberated Jazra village, 75 km (47 miles) west of Deir Ez-Zor, after fighting with Daesh forces. The main RaqqaDeir Ez-Zor road passes through this village. [Hawar]

 

Government planes initiated 12 airstrikes on areas controlled by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor and surrounding areas, causing civilian casualties. Daesh shelled government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor, also causing civilian casualties.

 

SOHR says Russian warplanes killed 20 civilians in an airstrike on Daesh controlled Mayadin city, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR says Daesh publicly executed a man west of Deir Ez-Zor for facilitating the escape of people from the “lands of the Caliphate.” Daesh also executed a man in Garanich village for unknown reasons. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing zakat money and fuel on people in Deir Ez-Zor. The photos show Daesh coins. [JustPaste]

 

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

The southern Syria opposition says it recaptured all areas taken by Jaish Khaled, Daesh affiliate, on Tuesday. [Qasioun]

 

Unidentified warplanes attacked Jaish Khaled positions west of Daraa. Some local sources say they were Syrian planes; others believe they were Israeli; others say they were Russian, Jordanian, or Coalition planes. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh engaged opposition units while trying to advance in east Qalamoun. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it attacked Nusra positions in Al-Dhahr village in the Al-Lajat area northeast of Daraa on Wednesday, killing or wounding several fighters, destroying a headquarters, and a car, and damaging another car. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of sheep in Sahm Al-Jolan town. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces raised the alert level after an IED exploded on an armored vehicle, killing Col. Yasser Al-Hadidi, general inspector of South Sinai Security Directorate, and wounding two of his associates. Security units raided many areas and houses in Arish city and arrested 17 takfiri suspects. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on a convoy on Asyut Street north of Arish, destroying an armored vehicle and an SUV and killing Colonel Al-Hadidi and wounding another officer and two security members. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Egyptian Army attack on Al-Matla village west of Rafah. Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

India

Daesh initiated its first ever attack in India, the Times of India says.  A bomb exploded in a train station in Madhya Pradesh state, wounding 10 passengers. Indian police made several arrests following the explosion. The paper says there are many Daesh sleeper cells in India awaiting orders to move. [Sumaria] 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of setting expired food items on fire in the Achin area in Nangarhar. Daesh says it also set drugs on fire; however, there is one photo of drugs and it doesn’t show that the drugs were burned. [JustPaste]

 

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s says they arrested a man on charges of recruiting fighters to operate in Syria and Iraq.  Kyrgyzstan says over 500 of its nationals are fighting with radical groups in these two countries. [SyriaNow]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Iraqi forces found a Daesh IED factory in west Mosul (photos). [Facebook] 

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi soldiers celebrate in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Facebook] 

 

CTS commanders take a tour in the liberated Hay Al-Shuhada and Tal Al-Rumman. [Mawsleya] 

A Daesh vehicle bomb exploded near CTS units in southwest Mosul. [Facebook] 

 

Iraqi forces captured the Mosul Silo. [Mawsleya] 

Iraqi forces are hundreds of meters away from Al-Hadba Minaret in Mosul. [Facebook] 

 

IFP units secure tens of families in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

 

PMFs fight Daesh in the Badoush area. [Harbi] 

Iraqi forces capture an area, destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb, and secure families near Badoush. [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi] 

Iraqi forces receive hundreds of families in the Badoush area. [Harbi] 

 

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh terrorist from Russia. [YouTube] 

Iraqi forces capture Daesh terrorists west of Mosul. [YouTube] 

 

A Daesh vehicle bomb is destroyed by an airplane near Mosul. [YouTube]

Iraqi aircraft destroy Daesh targets. [Harbi] 

 

Iraqi soldiers find Daesh tunnels near Ayn Talawi village in Tal Afar. [Harbi] [Harbi] 

 

PMFs stop a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountain area. [Facebook] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 71st issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh gives a summary of its attacks in Iraq, Syria, and several other countries. Daesh publishes an infographic about Iraqi forces casualties in Tal Afar between November 2016 and March 2017. Also in this issue Daesh threatened the Christians in Egypt that if they don’t pay jizya they will get killed. In this issue Daesh also publishes infographics calling on people to migrate to its areas. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Jizya was applied by Daesh in Iraq also. It is essentially an extortion device to get money from non-Muslims, who are forced to pay to avoid the punishment of death if they don’t convert to the Daesh version of Islam.

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Jordanian terrorists. Daesh implies he was killed in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Like many other similar claims, we have to be suspicious. Showing a photo of a terrorist sitting behind the wheel in an alleged vehicle bomb doesn’t mean that the terrorist is dead. Daesh is just trying to hide some of its high-profile terrorists. 

 

March 8, 2017

 

Mosul Museum

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi calls for unified army, provincial self-government. [..]

Al-Abadi estimates the cost of restoration: $35 billion. [..]

Return of unwanted Daesh families creates security issue in Anbar. [..]

Daesh triple suicide attack on wedding near Baiji kills 30, injures 45. [..]

CTS liberates three more villages in southwest Mosul. [..]

Army captures Badoush prison in northwest Mosul. [..]

Another Daesh mass grave found, in south-central Iraq. [..] 

Syria

Coalition launches 17 airstrikes on Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Ahrar Al-Sham, Tahrir Al-Sham reach a ceasefire. [..]

Afghanistan

Daesh kills at least 30 doctors, patients at Kabul hospital. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Al-Abadi says Iraq will attack terrorists in Syria and other neighboring countries, with these countries’ approval, whenever it feels the need to do so. [ARA]

Speaking at a forum in Suleimaniya, Al-Abadi says that Iraq should have one national army, rather than forces of this or that command. He says that for the first time Peshmerga are fighting with the army, not against it. 

Al-Abadi also stressed provincial self-government, away from central control of internal issues in provinces. Suleimaniya people should govern Suleimaniya, and the same goes for Basra, Mosul, and every other Iraqi province. [Anadolu]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says the cost of reconstructing what Daesh destroyed will be 35 billion dollars. [Sumaria]

 

CoR MPs for Mosul criticized the conference on Mosul held in Istanbul, saying that whoever wants to make a point can do that in Baghdad. MP Ahmed Al-Jubouri called on the government, and especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to ban such conferences held with sectarian agendas and inspired by Daesh’s period of rule in Mosul. [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6), Sinjar (1), Al-Qa’im (2), and Baiji (1),. [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says 22nd army brigade troops killed a suicide attacker who was targeting civilians in Taji. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says a security unit killed a terrorist after clashes in Tarmiya. The terrorist had escaped in 2013 from Abu Ghraib prison, where he was sentenced to death, and was wearing an explosives vest when he was killed. [Sumaria] 

 

A police source says IFP arrested a deputy head of a terror network and found light arms and grenades in his possession in Tarmiya. The arrest was based on a confession by a terrorist arrested earlier. 

[Sumaria]

 

The BOC says 2nd IFP brigade found an explosives belt and explosives material container near Baghdad-Diyala borders. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says the  body of an MoI staff member stabbed to death was found in Nahrawan. [Sumaria]

 

A police source says a civilian was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Al-Wardiya. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says 6th army division found and defused 8 IEDs and 11 shells of various calibers. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED planted near a vegetables market killed two civilians and wounded five others in Al-Rasheed. [Sumaria] 

 

The BOC says 25th army brigade found an explosives cache in Kilo 14 in Latifiya. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

The BOC says 42nd army brigade found and defused an IED in Wahda neighborhood. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

The BOC says 55th army brigade found two IEDs during a search mission in Amya.  [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded in the Akarkouf area. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

The East Anbar Operations commander says tribes in several cities in east Anbar reopened their diwans (tribal guesthouses) and that will help secure these cities. He says many issues were solved and could be solved in the diwans. [BasNews]

However, an Anbar official says that, according to intelligence information and tens of complaints from citizens, Daesh “incubators” are returning to Anbar especially in the Tameem and Kilo 7 areas in Ramadi. He says Iraqi forces and tribal leaders agreed not to allow Daesh families to return, but some of these families are returning anyway and have already caused security breaches. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This problem exists all over Iraq and not only in mixed Sunni-Shia or Kurdish-Arab areas, as some Sunni politicians claim. Daesh killed thousands of people and many of them were from the same areas as the killers. The families of the victims are implementing an old tribal punishment called “Jalwa” (displacement), which means the families of the killers will not return to their houses for years. This punishment might help to scatter Daesh incubators to new areas. At least in their original areas, these families are known and could be monitored. For example, the incubators that left Falluja after the Coalition secured the city went to Baghdad and instigated sectarian war there. Baghdad, and many other cities, is still suffering from such displaced people.

These incubators, in both scenarios, are one of the major problems Iraq will face after Daesh is kicked out of cities. We are not talking here about first class terrorists whose names are all over security databases. We are talking about a school teacher who can recruit a lot of children, a woman who can provide a hideout for suicide terrorists, or a 10-year-old boy who can move weapons and explosives undetected. It needs a relatively small number of such incubators to help Daesh start again to capture cities and towns. And since 2014 the number of these incubators has increased exponentially. Without a strong security and justice system, Daesh, or another version of it, will reappear soon.    

 

Rutba

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position with a drone strike near the Kilo 25 area north of Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military position after targeting it with 4 SPG9 rockets in the Makhoul Mountains. It also says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in that area. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

A security source says three suicide terrorists attacked a wedding celebration with explosives vests, killing 30 people and wounding 45 in Al-Hajjaj village. The source says security units surrounded 2 more suicide attackers in the area. [Ghad] [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMF positions near the Al-Makhazen Bridge north of Baiji, killing 9 fighters, destroying 8 military positions, and 2 Humvees, damaging 2 other Humvees, and capturing light and mid-sized weapons. Daesh says all of its terrorists returned safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A security source says warplanes attacked two Daesh guesthouses in Mtaibija on the Diyala border, killing 5 Daesh combatants including a field commander. [Sumaria] 

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED in the Al-Jalam area, northeast of Samarra, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Police Department says it arrested 5 men wanted on terror and criminal charges in various areas of the province. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says it severely wounded an Iraqi Intelligence Service “source” with an IED in the Al-Dayniya area south west of Baquba. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The manager of Abu Saida subdistrict revealed the identity of the Daesh lead combatant killed by 5th army division troops in Sheikhi orchards near Abu Saida, identifying him as Ibrahim Al-Awaini, from Mukhaisa village, an important Daesh leader in Al-Waqf Basin. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Al-Zor area in Muqdadiya, killing four soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Dalli Abbas in Mansouriya, killing four soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and Sahwa” positions in Albu Mubarak village in Udhaim subdistrict with 9 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

The Chairman of the Diyala PC Security Committee says security units found Daesh documents in a guesthouse in the Himrin Basin area. He says the documents show that Daesh is unable to recruit new people, several of its terrorists are fleeing, and many fighters don’t follow orders. [Sumaria] 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala Police say they attacked a house of a suicide attacker in Hamid village in Mandali and arrested him, defusing his explosives belt. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Mayah area in Balad Ruz with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A security source says Peshmerga forces received 500 civilians who escaped Daeshcontrolled areas in Hawija District. [Sumaria]  

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A security source says the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, issued orders to his terrorists in the Ninewa area to either blow themselves up or flee. It says Baghdadi authorized his local commanders to do what suits them. [Sumaria] 

Reuters says Al-Baghdadi has most likely left Mosul and is moving in desert areas west of the city. It noted a sharp decline in Daesh online activity. It says that, most likely, Al-Baghdadi is now concerned more for his own life than for those of his comrades in west Mosul. [Waradana]

 

Central Mosul

Sources in Mosul Provincial Council say the Iraq attack on the governmental complex in west Mosul was surprising to Daesh, which lost 30 snipers it positioned on the building roofs. 

One source says Daesh has detonated 30 vehicle bombs in west Mosul so far, 14 of them in Mamoun neighborhood. It also says army units, fighting in very narrow areas, have to use heavy weapons and airstrikes to destroy vehicle bombs, thus causing extensive damage. Sources also spoke about the annihilation of Daesh’s Furqan and Tariq bin Ziyad special units in battles. The sources say hundreds of Daesh combatants are leaving Mosul towards Raqqa.  [Mada] 

 

The MoD says refined tactics were used in the west Mosul operations, with continuing changes in targets to keep Daesh guessing, as happened in the government complex operation. While Daesh was awaiting the crossing of units from the east side, the attack came from the south and southwest. MoD says army divisions 15 and 16 will join battles shortly. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says that 55 people were killed and 146 wounded, mostly women and children, by bombing and shelling on Mosul city on Tuesday and Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh forced truck owners to put their trucks out on the roads as decoys for vehicle bombs. 

 

Military Intelligence says Hamad Ali Hamoud Al-Hadidi (Abu Fatima Al-Kasoumi), commander of Daesh suicide units, was killed by an airstrike in Dawasa. [Karemlash] 

 

Security source says army units arrested a group of Daesh operatives dressed in army outfits robbing houses in liberated areas of Mosul. The source says this tactic is used by Daesh to undermine trust between the army and the population. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in “southern neighborhoods of Mosul”. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video on Tuesday of battles and a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in “south Mosul”. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked IFP units near the jail area, killing ten soldiers and wounding others, destroying 8 Humvees and damaging 2 Humvees, a BMP vehicle, and an armored personnel carrier. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says IFP units freed 10 men who were imprisoned by Daesh in the Al-Dawasa and Lagash areas. [Maalomah]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that attacked security forces in the Al-Dawasa area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed four IFP soldiers and wounded others in battles in the Al-Dawasa Kharej area. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed two IFP soldiers and destroyed a Humvee with IEDs in the Al-Dawasa area. [StoreUp] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says an IFP colonel was killed by a Daesh sniper in Al-Dawasa. The source also says another IFP colonel was killed last night in Al-Agaydat.

 

Photos of the Mosul museum that was sabotaged by Daesh [Harbi]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked IFP units in the Nabi Sheeth area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees. [JustPaste]

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

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi forces recon drone in the Nabi Sheeth area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven IFP soldiers near Hay Al-Dandan and the Nabi Sheeth Intersection. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked IFP units near the jail area with vehicle bombs, killing more than three soldiers, wounding others, destroying 5 Humvees, and damaging 2 more. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Mosul. The photos also show artillery shelling. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted several areas in Mosul with 520 mortars, 5 Katyushas, a locally made rocket, and 7 artillery shells. [JustPaste] Daesh had said on Tuesday it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 474 mortars, 16 Katyushas, a locally made rocket, and 2 heavy artillery shells. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting “Iraqi Army and militias” with mortars in south Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee with an IED in Hay Al-Mansour, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles in Hay Al-Mansour. [A3maq]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says CTS units liberated Al-Mansour and Shuhada Al-Oula neighborhoods. [Sumaria]

Another report says CTS units liberated Al-Shuhada Al-Oula and Al-Shuhada Al-Thaniya, killing 45 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs and 6 mortar units. [Harbi]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Al-Shuhada, killing more than 13 soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of 2 attacks with vehicle bombs it conducted on Iraqi forces in southwest Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video shows civilian cars lined up in the streets. Our source in Mosul have said that Daesh forced people to line up their cars in the streets to hinder Iraqi forces advances and to hide car bombs among them. 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers, destroyed 5 Iraqi forces military positions and a Humvee, and damaged another Humvee and 2 bulldozers in battles in Wadi Hajar, Al-Mansour, and Tal Al-Ruman. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Wadi Hajar. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and damaged a bulldozer and a Humvee in Tal Al-Ruman. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Tal Al-Ruman with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers. Daesh also says its snipers killed four CTS soldiers, wounded two others, and damaged a bulldozer and a Humvee in the same area. [StoreUp] 

Daesh issued a video on Tuesday of battles in Tal Al-Ruman. [A3maq]

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

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Tal Afar attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Sumood with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several solders, destroying a Humvee, and damaging another. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Russian tank in a “sneak operation” in the Al-Aboor area [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of 2 Iraqi forces recon drones it shot down in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes bombed 4 Daesh vehicle bomb factories in Wadi Okab.

 

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Mosul Al-Jadida. [Harbi] 

 

A local source says Daesh is destroying mobile phone towers in Hay Al-Amel and Mosul Al-Jadida. [Harbi] 

 

North Mosul

A local source in Mosul says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh HQ in the Rafa’i neighborhood in northwest Mosul, killing tens of Daesh combatants inside. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says 9th army division and PMF units liberated the Badoush prison premises and raised the Iraqi flag. It says the units are now clearing the residential apartments in the prison perimeter. The soldiers liberated Badoush town and the Hamaidan area as well, killing 16 Daesh combatants including 6 suicide attackers.  [Sumaria]

 

PMFs say they are heading towards Badoush Cement factory to capture it. They say they destroyed 6 vehicle bombs and killed 46 Daesh combatants. [Ghad] 

 

Army says 9th army division and PMF destroyed two vehicle bombs near Badoush. [Harbi] 

PMF transferred over 1,000 civilians escaping battles around Badoush to Al-Kafeel camp. [PressIraq]

Iraqi Army 9th division and PMF units received more than 1,000 displaced people from Badoush and from Al-Rayhaniya southwest of the city. [Harbi] 

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says 9th army division and supporting PMF units captured a road connecting Mosul to Kasik in Tal Afar District, 30 miles northwest of Mosul, further isolating Mosul from Tal Afar. Earlier, PMFs had captured Saboniya railway station, about halfway between Mosul and Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD says the IFP destroyed a Daesh hideout of foreign terrorists in Al-Qirawan subdistrict in north Mosul, killing several terrorists. [Harbi] 

 

The MoD says 16th army division found several storehouses containing explosives, rockets, and chemicals during a search in the Nerkal neighborhood in northeast Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

East Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says army units arrested 3 Daesh terrorists, one of them a media specialist, in Al-Zahra neighborhood in east Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Iraqi forces found winged-bull statues and other antiquities in a tunnel dug by Daesh in east Mosul. Daesh used the tunnels to hide from airstrikes and move freely under the city (photos). [Sumaria]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

A military source in Mosul says army units transferred 5,000 civilians escaping war operations to refugee camps in the past 24 hours. [Anadolu]

 

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says its teams are working the frontlines on the west side of Mosul to help displaced people. It says it has managed to control the displacement problem in the area. However, it says international organizations have not kept their commitments regarding displaced people. [Sumaria]

The Governor of Ninewa confirmed the Ministry of Migration and Displacement was responsible for the displacement services in west Mosul. He says the provincial government has no resources to help with the problem. [Sumaria] 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says 9th army division and supporting PMF units are now in full control of Tulul Al-Atshana. [Sumaria]

 

Army helicopters killed destroyed a vehicle bomb in Dernaj, near Tilul Al-Atshana, says PMF media. [Harbi] 

 

The PMFs announced the capture of Tal Khazaf , Rayhaniya, and Dernaj villages. PMFs killed 8 Daesh combatants in Rayhaniya and 5 in Dernaj.  [Sumaria]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh machine gun mounted vehicle in Al-Muwali village, northeast of Tal Zalat, southwest of Mosul city. [MoD Website] 

 

A PMF unit says it shot down a Daesh drone near Tal Abta. [Waradana] [Harbi]

Daesh says it targeted PMFs in Tal Abta and other areas with 67 mortars and 4 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

Daesh said on Tuesday it targeted PMF positions in Tal Faris village, north of Tal Abta, with 4 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

  

The PMF press issued a statement mourning the combat-caused death of one of its cameramen. [Harbi] 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The MoD says Iraqi F16s destroyed 2 Daesh headquarters and a vehicle bomb factory in Tal Afar. [Harbi] 

 

PMFs shelled Al-Tiniya village near Tal Afar, killing 4 Daesh combatants including the Tiniya military leader and an explosives expert from Russia. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Tal Afar Airport. [JustPaste]

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed five PMF fighters in an attack near the Hatra Intersection, southwest of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes bombed the Baaj silo. The source says Daesh uses the silo as a weapons storehouse. 

 

KURDISTAN

Local media sources say armed men shot and killed a Peshmerga officer near his house east of Dahuk. [ARA]

 

Turkish Army says its warplanes attacked PKK targets in Zab, Avashin, and Pasian in northern Kurdistan, destroying shelters and weapons positions. [Anadolu]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel Police says a joint security force found the bodies of 19 Daesh victims in a grave in Al-Fadhiliya in Jurf Al-Sakhar. It says Daesh killed the victims when it was in control of the area before it was liberated in October 2014. The grave was discovered based on information obtained from a captured terrorist. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a joint security force captured a large Daesh weapons and ammunition cache in addition to documents containing Daesh members names and addresses, maps, and finance information in the Al-Fadhiliya area in Jurf Al-Sakhar subdistrict. [Etejah] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Al-Nujaba Iraqi PMF group, fighting alongside government forces, says it formed a “Golan Liberation Corps” to liberate the Golan area in southern Syria if the Syrian government asks it to do so. It says its formation is highly trained and in possession of advanced strategic weapons. [EnabBaladi] 

DaeshDaily comment. As far as we know, parts of Iraq are still occupied by a vicious terrorist group. Wouldn’t be better for Iraqi young men to fight for their own country instead of proposing a sectarian crusade that would only deepen Syria’s problems?

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 13 of them in the Deir Ez-Zor area, the others being near in or near Raqqa (4), Manbij (1), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve] 

DaeshDaily comment. The 13 in Deir Ez-Zor and the 4 in Raqqa are likely part of the same strategy. These airstrikes are supporting the campaign to retake Raqqa and the SDF forces working toward that goal.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh says it targeted an SDF military position and an SUV with 2 drone strikes in Al-Jalal village southeast of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions southeast of Shaddadi with rockets and heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Raqqa

SDF says it captured the strategic Manakhir hill, 19 km (12 miles) east of Raqqa after fierce battles with Daesh combatants. SDF is now scanning the hill for land mines. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle with an IED near Ma’aizila village northeast of Raqqa on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Coalition warplanes bombarded residential neighborhoods of Raqqa, as well as Al-Khan and Hos villages east of the city.  The warplanes initiated 6 airstrikes on Raqqa city, while the target in Hos was the water tank, eventually destroyed. [Qasioun]

 

SDF says Daesh has imposed wearing of a black outfit similar to that of its combatants on all males in Raqqa, as a deception to evade airstrikes. It also says Daesh has decreed the death penalty as the punishment of whoever tries to leave the city. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says 150 Daesh combatants arrived in Raqqa via the water crossing from Hama and Deir Ez-Zor, in anticipation of a major coming battle against the SDF. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists west and north of Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing aid on displaced people east of Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of Al-Omariya village north of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of “public transportation” in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Ahrar Al-Sham and Tahrir Al-Sham armed groups reached an agreement that includes exchange of prisoners, stopping all kinds of fighting and media wars, and returning the positions taken by each faction from the other. Religious clerics from both sides oversaw the agreement. [ARA]

After recovering Al-Khafsa from Daesh, Syrian forces say they advanced 17 km (11 miles) and captured Tal Qawas. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Army EODs defused 260 IEDs, 50 kg each, set by Daesh to destroy the Khafsa water pumping station before escaping the town. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army and Shia militias in Al-Dara village near Al-Khafsa town, killing ten soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a tank. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it killed eleven soldiers in the attack. [A3maq] 

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Army says it recaptured 3 more villages from Daesh in northeastern Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

SOHR says Syrian government forces reached the second water pumping station east of Aleppo and the perimeter of Al-Jarrah airport. At Al-Jarrah airport Daesh has operated a captured Syrian MiG and a recon flight over the area. SOHR believes that Daesh has at least three warplanes but is not sure if Daesh has the rockets and ammunition to arm them. Ex-Iraq air force officers who joined Daesh  are training candidates to operate the warplanes. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Syrian Army positions near Draib Al-Wawi village, east of Khanasir, killing seven soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a T55 tank before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

SOHR says opposition shelling of the Fawaa and Kefraya Shia villages left two combatants affiliated with the government dead. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army-affiliated Shia militias in Aleppo province. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of 2 of its terrorists who might have been killed in Aleppo province. [JustPaste]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish sources say Turkey is intending to build a new city north of Al-Bab to host 80,000 people who left Aleppo. The city will contain 11, 375 residential buildings, schools, mosques, a hospital, and commercial shops. The city will be finalized in 6 months. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment: 11, 375 buildings in six months! Who writes these stories?

 

Azaz

Opposition units backed by Turkey shelled SDF positions in Tal Rifaat, while the SDF retaliated by shelling Azaz. No reports of casualties are available. [Qasioun]

 

Afrin

Turkish Army and its affiliate opposition forces shelled several villages near Kobane and Afrin. YPG says its forces returned fire.  It also says that Turkish units crossed the borders west of Kobane and returned when YPG units opened fire. Shelling and counter shelling continues. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Turkish backed opposition units shelled two villages west of Manbij with chemicals, Kurdish media say. [PUKMedia]

 

Manbij Military Council says Manbij has received over 50,000 civilians escaping Syrian Army vs. Daesh combat areas near Khafsa and Deir Hafer mainly, among other areas. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council says it killed 7 Turkey-backed opposition combatants and destroyed a Turkish tank in battles near Albu Gas village controlled by the MMC. It says Turkish artillery and mortar units fired 94 shells at the village. [Hawar]

 

Turkish backed opposition says it captured Albu Ghaz after killing 10 SDF fighters, while SDF claims killing 16 opposition fighters in the past two days who were advancing under Turkish artillery fire cover. [ARA]

 

SOHR says opposition units backed by Turkey bombed areas near Al-Arima, controlled by the MMC, causing damage. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles between government forces advancing from Palmyra east of Homs and Daesh units in the area continued under Russian air cover. No details of casualties are available so far. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reported heavy fighting between Daesh and government forces north and northeast of Palmyra, with casualties reported on both sides of the battle. [SyriaHR]

Daesh issued a video on Tuesday of a Syrian Army tank hit by a rocket east of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists on the road between Ithriya and Sheikh Hilal village in Salamiyah subdistrict in Hama. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Such photos show the near future of Daesh, where it goes back from being a “state” that controls cities to a bunch of terrorists hiding in deserts waiting for chances to attack. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in 3 villages in Hama province with heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh published a video saying it shows Daesh combatants destroying Syrian Army tanks east of Homs. Meanwhile, Russian planes attacked Ameriya Mountain in the area. [Qasioun]

Syrian Army says it now controls Ameriya Mountain, putting the Al-Sawame’ area held by Daesh within its direct fire range. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Army says its planes killed over 40 Daesh combatants in Hama and destroyed 7 vehicles, while its artillery killed 6 more combatants in Lataminah, 24 miles north of Hama city. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian elite factions, fighting alongside SDF in Deir Ez-Zor, says they and their allies captured five villages along the road between Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor, and participated in capturing of Manakhir hill east of Raqqa. It says that they and their allies are supported by the Coalition. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian planes attacked Daesh positions in at least 7 locations in and around Deir Ez-Zor, killing several Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian government says Daesh rocket attacks on governmentheld neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city wounded 25 civilians, many of them children. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says battles around Deir Ez-Zor military airport between Daesh and government forces left three army soldiers killed. Daesh also destroyed a Syrian tank. Daesh continued its arrest campaign started yesterday by arresting several young men in Mayadin and Albu Kamal. Reasons are still unknown. [SyriaHR]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in near the Deir Ez-Zor Airport with heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of two Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists southwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of the Albu Hajin city bridge north of Albu Kamal, which went out of service after a Coalition bombing. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its media centers in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, says it stopped an opposition groups attack on Tal Ashtara and Jillen towns, northwest of Daraa, killing or wounding 19 fighters including two commanders. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it killed seven opposition fighters in the two areas. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said Jaish Khaled killed an opposition commander in Tal Al-Jumo’ in the Yarmouk Basin on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled’s hisbah in Sahm Al-Jolan town northwest of Daraa. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of Jaish Khaled battles with opposition groups northwest of Daraa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing zakat south of Damascus. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Saudi police say they killed one person and wounded another while searching an apartment in Riyadh. The men resisted arrest and tried to fire at the police units. [Sumaria] 

 

Lebanon

Lebanese security forces broke into several financial and money exchange companies and started investigations of alleged money transfers to Daesh.  News sources spoke about US$ 25 Million, but Lebanese judiciary authorities say the figure is exaggerated; nevertheless, the amounts transferred are high. No charges have been placed so far, as judicial authorities are still validating available information. Sources also spoke about the arrest of two Syrian nationals, who transferred large amounts of money through Jurud Ersal on the Syrian border to Qalamoun. [Arabi21]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units surrounded several neighborhoods in Arish city and raided houses looking for terrorists. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says security units destroyed 17 IEDs in different areas south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say EOD members defused an IED on the International Road near the Arish city entrance. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say armed men hijacked a truck in Hay Al-Safa in south Arish. [AhlMisr]

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Afghan authorities says terrorists disguised as medical personnel stormed a military hospital near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 in a six-hour siege before Afghan security forces killed the attackers.

An Interior Ministry spokesman says that first, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the south gate to the Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan hospital, known as “the 400-bed hospital,” the country’s biggest and best-equipped medical facility.

He says 3 gunmen then invaded the hospital, made their way to the second and third floors and opened fire. Among those killed were Afghan military personnel recovering from battle wounds, doctors and hospital employees.

Security forces and police mounted a counteroffensive. Heavily armed soldiers and armored vehicles surrounded the facility, a helicopter landed on the roof and a few patients climbed out of windows and stood on a ledge to escape the violence. [CNN]

 

Daesh says 5 of its terrorists attacked the Kabul Military Hospital. It says one of the terrorists attacked the hospital entrance with a vehicle bomb then the remaining 4 entered the hospital and started killing people. Daesh says after 7 hours of battles the terrorists detonated their explosives vests. Daesh says around 400 Afghani Army and intelligence members were killed in the attack. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the 5 terrorists, masked. [JustPaste]

Daesh also publishes 2 photos from inside the hospital. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed an Afghan soldier in the Khalis Family area in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed an Afghan policeman in the Omarlesa area in Jalalabad on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Nigeria

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed four Nigerian soldiers and captured another west of the Chad Lake in Borno. [A3maq]  Daesh is claiming credit for murders committed by its affiliate Boko Haram.

 

Daesh says it captured a Nigerian Army bulldozer west of the Chad Lake in Borno. [A3maq]

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed more than 20 Philippine soldiers and wounded others in battles south of Marawi city on Tuesday. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed five Philippine soldiers in an attack in the Dabyawan area, south of Cotabato city, on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Iraqi forces find a Daesh explosives factory in Hay Nerkal (photos). [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces captured the Governmental Compound in Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

IFP soldiers have a celebration dance near the Governmental Compound in Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces capture Al-Dawasa Kharej and Um Al-Ma’ouna Church. Daesh had destroyed the church. The bodies of terrorists are scattered around the church. [Mawsleya] 

 

A man presents the bodies of his wife and children who were killed by Daesh shelling on Wadi Hajar. [Facebook]

 

The CTS conducts a surprise attack on Daesh in Shuhada Oula and Shuhada Thaniya in Mosul. [Facebook] 

CTS fighters shoot at a Daesh drone in Hay Al-Shuhada. [Facebook] 

 

Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Mansour. [Facebook]

CTS commander take a tour in Hay Al-Sumoud. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] 

 

IFP soldier destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Facebook]

Iraqi soldiers destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb. [Facebook]

 

An IED explodes on a Daesh terrorist while he was planting it. [Facebook]

 

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

 

A young Yazidi girl says a man from Mosul kept her in his house and protected her after she was kidnapped by Daesh. [Mawsleya] 

 

PMFs captured the road between Mosul and Tal Afar from Badoush side. [Harbi] 

 

Iraqi aircraft targets a Daesh mortar unit in Tal Al-Khazaf village, southwest of Mosul. [Harbi] 

Iraqi aircraft destroys a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle and other targets in Tal Al-Khazaf. [Harbi] 

 

PMFs find a Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factory in Al-Jurn. [Harbi] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues an infographic of its social media accounts for the year 2016. [JustPaste]

 

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

 

Daesh publishes a photo of 2 of its terrorists who might have been killed in Aleppo province. [StoreUp] 

March 7, 2017

 

Displaced People in West Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi will meet Trump in Washington this month. [..]

IFP recovers government complex in downtown Mosul and another bridge. [..]

UNHCR opens new IDP camp in east Mosul. [..]

Rift over KDP peshmerga moves in Sinjar spreads to Germany. [..]

Syria

US, Russian, Turkish military leaders hold a meeting. [..]

Coalition strike kills over 25 Daesh women south of Raqqa. [..]

SDF captures 7 more villages in Deir Ez-Zor; US adds 16 airstrikes. [..]

Malaysia

Malaysia stops Daesh assassination plot against Saudi king. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi will visit President Donald Trump in Washington during the week of March 19, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. [Reuters] 

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in Erbil with Masoud Barzani and agreed on unifying the political messages and increasing the coordination between Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [