An Update On ISIS Activities

August 9, 2016

MMC Fighters in Manbij (Hawar)

MMC Fighters in Manbij (Hawar)

Today’s Major Developments

Investigative committee clears Al-Jubouri for lack of evidence. [….]

Army has now defused over 8,000 IEDs & 1,500 booby-trapped homes in Falluja. [….]

Daesh executions continue in Hawija. [….]

Coalition launches 17 more airstrikes in Sirte area of Libya. [….]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Judicial Council says the judicial committee that was formed to investigate the Minister of Defense’s corruption accusations against the CoR Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri released Jubouri and closed the case for lack of evidence. [Mada]

The CoR had lifted Speaker Jubouri’s immunity based on his request in order to allow him to go to court. [Mada]

Jubouri said he will not drop his case against the Minister of Defense, accusing him of misleading public opinion and using unauthorized recordings. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The Minister had provided the investigative committee with documents and recordings of his conversations with some MPs. 

 

A senior KDP official said in Halabja that the Shia are going to fight the Kurds after getting rid of Daesh. The PMFs spokesman responded by saying that the PMFs are only fighting Daesh and protecting Iraqi unity, and will not attack anyone but Daesh. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The Turkey-backed opposition groups issued a similar statement against the YPG yesterday. Most likely this KDP statement came from the same source.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (2), Kasik (2), Qayara (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1) in Ninewa; and Hit (1) and Baghdadi (1) in Anbar. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The MoI General Inspector Office says it arrested an MoI employee working for the Checkpoints Directorate who was wanted on terrorism charges. [Mawazin]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

A police source says unknown armed men shot and wounded a civilian on Al-Nidhal Street. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

The Baghdad Operations Command says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in Shula. [Sumaria]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi forces found 27 mortar shells in the Tarmiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces who were conducting a search in a village in Tarmiya, wounding several of them, including a battalion commander. [GooglePlus]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses, a vehicle, and a construction shovel bomb, and defused 2 IEDs, in the Ghuzailiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says a joint security force captured 3 men in civilian vehicles at a checkpoint in Husseiniya, and confiscated 3 AKs, 2 IEDs, and 3 shells. The source says one of the detainees is an MoI employee working with the Border Guards. [Mada]

 

A security source says a civilian was killed and three others wounded when a roadside IED exploded near

a market in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Rudaw]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says an IFP employee was killed and another wounded when an unknown armed man shot at them with silenced guns in their vehicle on Qanat Street. [IraqPress]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A police source says one soldier was killed and two others wounded when a car bomb exploded near their military position in Arab Jubour. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 2 IEDs in the south Baghdad military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an ammunitions cache in the Albu Awsaj area in Latifiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Hay Al-Amel. [Mada]

A security source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a car dealership in Bayaa’. [IraqPress]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

Iraqi Army 24th brigade captured a Daesh terrorist, who then led them to a large weapons and explosives cache in Abu Ghraib district. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   14    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Anbar. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Falluja

The west Baghdad Operations Commander says Iraqi forces have secured 25% of the Falluja area from IEDs, shrapnel, and wreckage so far. They have defused 8,000 IEDs and 1,560 booby-trapped houses, and captured 48 vehicle bomb and IED factories. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces defused 169 IEDs and cleared 97 houses, and confiscated large quantities of rockets, shells, and explosives in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi Army 10th division stopped a Daesh attack in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 6 suicide terrorists. [Mada]

He also says the IAA destroyed 8 Daesh positions in Jazeera Ramadi, killing tens of terrorists. [Sumaria]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse and a tunnel in Jazeera Ramadi, killing 5 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on a security barrier in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 4 terrorists and destroying several Daesh vehicles. [Maalomah]

A video of Iraqi forces after stopping a Daesh attack in Jazeera Khaldiya [Yalla]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on the Albu Bali area on Sunday, killing nineteen soldiers, and wounding eight, and destroying 9 Humvees, 2 BMP armored vehicles, a T72 tank, and 3 other vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces trapped and killed 6 Daesh terrorists in the Thirthar area, north of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Jaraishi area with 32 mortars. [GooglePlus]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi SWAT team in Hit city with 21 mortar shells and 2 locally made rockets. [GooglePlus]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, liberated the H3 Military Base, 40 km (25 miles) from Rutba toward the Jordanian border, killing tens of Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army barracks south of the Akashat area by the border, killing more than 20 soldiers and wounding others, destroying a Humvee and damaging 3 other vehicles, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DawaAlhaq]

Here Daesh says it killed 23 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in the attack. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

An Iraqi Army source says three little girls were killed by a Daesh IED as their family was trying to escape Daesh-controlled areas in Shirqat. He says Iraqi forces managed to secure the rest of the family to a displacement camp. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked government forces in the Dibis area in Shirqat.

Daesh publishes a photo of the terrorist, who looks to be around 15 years old. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says its troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Siniya area, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Etejah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a group of its terrorists hiding in the Makhoul Mountains area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Tikrit

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Salahuddin Provincial Council says Iraqi Army 5th division, supported by Salahuddin police and PMFs, killed 9 Daesh terrorists, and captured 9, confiscating IEDs and an explosives vest, and destroying several Daesh hideouts during the second day of the military operation to clear the Mtaibija area. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded others in an attack on the Hashemiyat area, west of Baquba. [A3maq]

 

A National Security Service source says a joint force captured an ammunitions and explosives cache near Khan Bani Saad subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a lieutenant in Kanaan. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

The Kirkuk Tribal PMF commander says Daesh executed sixty young men in Hawija. He says there are smugglers in the district who charge people money in exchange for freeing them from Daesh. He also says the Iraqi Army and PMFs cannot liberate Hawija without coordination with the KRG. [BasNews]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh detained 70 teenagers in Hawija during the last week. He says Daesh is trying to brainwash the kids and make them suicide bombers. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Iraqi forces will start the Ninewa liberation operations next week. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Presumably he means the Mosul liberation operations, as the Ninewa liberation operation has been underway for some time, albeit at a deliberate pace.

 

Mosul

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 20 Daesh fuel tankers that were approaching Mosul from Qayara, in addition to destroying 4 other vehicles and killing several other terrorists. The source says the Coalition had destroyed another Daesh convoy of fuel tankers hidden in the Badoush Cement Factory 2 days ago. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh showed the results of the airstrikes on the cement factory, it didn’t mention those fuel tankers.

The same source says Daesh used the delay in the Mosul liberation operations to start a redeployment of its hisbah personnel in the city, and to force people to pay penalties for various social and traffic offenses. The sources also say Daesh put on a parade by 60 of its terrorists in Mosul city after not conducting any parades for several months. Mosul hospitals are receiving tens of killed or wounded Daesh terrorists because of Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes on different areas in Ninewa. [Karemlash]

 

A security source says Daesh moved its files and databases from Mosul to Raqqa in Syria. The source also says Daesh moved its main headquarters to secret locations in houses in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

In response to Kurdish media reports about negotiations between tribal leaders and Daesh to let Daesh leave Mosul without a fight, the deputy chairman of Ninewa Provincial Council says he has no knowledge of such negotiations. However, he says he doesn’t anticipate big battles in Mosul and says Daesh terrorists will flee quickly. [SotKurdistan]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded 3 of its Yemeni terrorists publicly after accusing them of attempting to flee in Hamidat subdistrict west of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Eyewitnesses say unknown armed men attacked Daesh in the early morning in the Karama area of Hay Al-Bakr, and the industrial area in Mosul, killing 14 terrorists and wounding 20. [Maalomah]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed 2 Daesh military camps in Kasik, killing 11 terrorists, and wounding 2, and destroying 3 vehicles and a rocket launcher. [PUKMedia]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Ninewa governorate source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Qaritagh village in Nimrud subdistrict, killing 4 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says 4 of its suicide terrorists (a Belgian, a Palestinian, an Iraq and an Azeri) conducted the attacks in 3 vehicle bombs, killing “tens” of soldiers and destroying 3 barracks. [GooglePlus]

Daesh says one of its Belgian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near the Qayara Intersection. Daesh publishes photos of the terrorists in addition to aerial photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in different areas in Qayara with 55 mortars and 6 rockets. [GooglePlus]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it killed two YPG fighters and wounded three in battles on Mount Sinjar. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it stopped a “Kurdish heretics'” attack from 2 sides on Sakiniya and Tal Hayal villages west of Sinjar, killing two fighters and wounding another and forcing the rest to flee. [GooglePlus]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Peshmerga drone over the Tamarat area, northeast of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

Local sources say around 40 suspected Daesh terrorists (Kurds and foreigners) have been spotted in the mountain area near Sinkaw subdistrict in Chamchamal. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A judicial source says the Babel Criminal Court sentenced to death a Daesh terrorist who admitted to blowing up the Fadhliya Bridge. Daesh destroyed the bridge in August, 2014, in order to cut off the road on Iraqi forces. [AIN]

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in and around Manbij (4), Mare’ (1), Tadmur (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

YPG sources say three YPG fighters were killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Hasaka and Shaddadi. [BasNews]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it severely wounded a “Kurdish heretic” in Jawadiya town northeast of Hasaka, by detonating an IED near his house. [GooglePlus]

 

A YPG source says two YPG fighters were killed and four wounded in an IED explosion in Rashidiya village east of Shaddadi. [BasNews]

Daesh says it killed two Kurdish heretics and wounded four others by detonating an IED on their pickup vehicle in Rashidiya village. [GooglePlus]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a Daesh attack north of Manbij city, killing more than 40 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

A media source says battles continued near the security compound in Manbij city and MMC fighters are trying to break into Daesh’s last footholds in the city. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh is forcing civilians trapped in Manbij city to leave their houses and walk in the streets in order to use them as human shields in Hay Al-Saree north of Manbij city center. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a man, his wife, and their child were killed by a land mine while trying to flee Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says two children were killed and a woman was wounded in an MMC shelling on residential areas in Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other northwest Syria reports

An opposition commander says opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, recaptured Qasajek and Tal Sha’er villages near Al-Rai’ near the Turkish border, after heavy clashes with Daesh. [ARA]

Opposition groups also captured Kamaliya village in the same area. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman responded to an opposition leader threat by advising people to keep calm and not listen to “outside backers”. The opposition leader accused the SDF of supporting the Syrian Army in Aleppo and threatened with a ferocious war. [BasNews]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Forty-two Syrian soldiers and allied militia fighters were killed in Daesh surprise attacks in Homs Governorate in the past 24 hours. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A local activist says a Syrian Army-backed militia commander was killed in battles with Daesh east of Homs. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local activists say more than fifteen civilians were killed and tens of others wounded in Syrian airstrikes on Mhaimida town west of Deir Ez-Zor. One of the airstrikes targeted a school in the area. [ARA]

Qasioun News Agency says the airstrikes were conducted by Russian warplanes, killing 21 civilians, including four women, and wounding tens. It also says that Russian warplanes bombed several areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian Army destroyed a bulldozer with a guided missile near the Panorama area southwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

The BBC published a video of British troops and military vehicles in the Tanaf area with the New Syria Army. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the New Syria Army in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists who attacked the New Syria Army in the Tanaf area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

National Defense Units, Syrian Army-backed militia, recaptured the Tal Alia area northeast of Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army position near Buthaina Oilfield southeast of Damascus, killing six soldiers and capturing a machine gun-mounted vehicle, in addition to light weapons and ammunition. Daesh publishes photos of the spoils. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Daesh says it targeted Lebanese Army positions in Ras Baalbek with mortars. [GooglePlus]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Five policemen and one civilian were wounded when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Seven civilians were killed and one wounded when an IED exploded on the coastal road in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army vehicle with an IED west of Rafah. [GooglePlus]

 

Daesh also says it targeted an Egyptian Police armored vehicle with an IED west of Arish. [GooglePlus]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian Army soldier in the Ratil area south of Sheikh Zuweid. [GooglePlus]

 

A policeman was wounded when an IED exploded on his armored vehicle in the Raisan area in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says his troops captured the Hotels compound near Hay Al-Dollar. He says Libyan warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte while Coalition warplanes conducted 17, targeting Daesh vehicles, military positions, and an ammunition storehouse He also says Daesh’s days in Sirte are numbered. [AfriGate]

 

A military source says Libyan troops killed six Daesh members, including Egyptians, and confiscated communication devices, and weapons near Zalla Oilfield, southeast of Sirte. Two Libyan soldiers were killed in the clashes. [Wasat]

Another military source says the six anti-government fighters were from Benghazi Defense Battalions, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group established in June of this year, not from Daesh. [Wasat]

 

The Chairman of the Presidential Council of the National Accord Government told Sputnik Agency that the Council will determine when the Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte will stop. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it killed two Yemeni soldiers in Aden. [A3maq]

 

Germany

A German security official says a high-ranking Daesh terrorist was captured in Mutterstadt who has been planning attacks on a soccer stadium. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Video of the day

A video of a woman, whose 20-year-old brother was beheaded by Daesh, confronting a captured Daesh terrorist who was trying to leave Shirqat with displaced families. [YouTube]

A video of the results of Daesh’s failed attack on Iraqi forces in Qayara on Sunday [Mosuliya]

A video of the alleged Daesh attack on the Minister of Defense’s convoy in south Ninewa. [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba’ magazine. In this issue Daesh publishes infographics summarizing its military operations. It claims that during the past 2 years, it has killed 500,000 Shia, Peshmerga, and Sahwa fighters, and it has caused $8.5-billion-dollar worth of enemy airstrikes, (14,350 airstrikes). [DawaAlhaq]

 

August 8, 2016

Manbij Civilians (Hawar)

Manbij Civilians (Hawar)

Today’s Major Developments

North Baghdad military operation aims to clear Daesh out of Tarmiya continues.

Hawija situation deteriorating as food supplies dwindle & Daesh executions rise.

Army stops multi-site Daesh attack in Qayara-Makhmur area.

Minister of Defense says troops have captured 16 south Ninewa villages so far.

Daesh remnants in Manbij using human shields to fend off MMC troops.

US launches 12 more airstrikes on Daesh in Libya.

Daesh claims responsibility for deadly attack in Pakistan.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that the third group of four F-16s arrived at Balad Airbase. The Iraqi government signed a deal in 2011 with the US to buy 36 F-16s. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, seven in Ninewa, in the areas of Mosul (2), Qayara (2), Sinjar (1), Kasik (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1), and one in the Ramadi area. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The Rusafa Investigation Court says 2 Daesh suspects responsible for distributing the salary payments of killed Daesh terrorists to their families were captured in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A local police source says a Ministry of Social Affairs employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in the Saba’ Qusour area, in Shaab. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says a Ministry of Trade employee was killed and his two sons wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command says its troops destroyed 30 suicide terrorist guesthouses and confiscated large quantities of weapons and explosives, in addition to killing many terrorists, in its operations to clear Tarmiya District. [Sumaria]

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed four Iraqi soldiers with an IED in the Meshahda area in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says the bodies of two unknown women were find shot in Hay Al-Nasr.[Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two people were killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

 

The MoD says Iraq Army 23rd brigade killed a Daesh terrorist and destroyed a guesthouse filled with IEDs and explosives in the Baijiya area. The same brigade killed 2 terrorists, one of them wearing an explosives vest, in the Huwairat area. [Harbi]

An MoI source says three tribal PMF fighters were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded on their convoy in Albu Aitha. [Mada]

A security source says a Joint Security Unit captured a man wanted on terrorism charges and found an IED in Dora. [Harbi]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Iskan. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The IFP commander says his troops in Jazeera Khaldiya killed 9 Daesh terrorists, confiscated a supply vehicle, defused 30 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 3 others, defused 12 IEDs and 3 explosives vests, cleared a tunnel network, and destroyed a Daesh vehicle. [Mada]

 

The Council of Ministers Secretariat says the mass grave found in Jazeera Khaldiya contained the bodies of more than 100 Daesh terrorists, mostly Asians, who were killed between 2 weeks and 2 months ago according to a forensics team report. [Sumaria]

 

A video of children from Jazeera Khaldiya in a displacement camp in the Kilo 18 area. The children explain that they were trained by Daesh on how to kill. The children are attending rehabilitation sessions in the camp. [Rudaw]

 

The PMFs Press says Iraqi forces killed 50 Daesh terrorists near the Albu Kannan area, south of Jazeera Khaldiya. [AIN]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander Iraqi Army 10th division killed 25 Daesh terrorists who had fled the Jazeera Khaldiya fighting, in the Jamalonat area in Thirthar.  [Baghdadia]

He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout in Jazeera Ramadi, killing 2 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A military source says a Rapid Intervention battalion commander was killed by a Daesh sniper in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 4 Iraqi Army Humvees, 2 personnel carriers, and 2 bulldozers in the Albu Bali area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 5 Humvees, a tank, and a bulldozer, in the Albu Bali area. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Army Humvees in Jazeera Khaldiya. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. These reports might be talking about the same thing.

 

A tribal PMF commander says his troops captured 2 Daesh terrorists, in two different areas in Ramadi District. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says Jazeera Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Barutha area, northwest of Baghdadi, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in the Qusairat area. [Harbi]

 

A security source says one woman and two children were killed when Daesh mortar shells fell on different areas in Hit city. [Baghdadia]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal fighters’ commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Al-Waleed Border Crossing in Rutba District and forced the terrorists to flee. [Sumaria]

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, stopped a Daesh attack near the Al-Waleed border crossing station, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 8 vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in the Kilo 160 area northeast of Rutba, destroying 2 barracks, and killing four soldiers and wounding six, destroying 5 vehicles and capturing two PMF fighters. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle with a Kornet missile in the Rihaiwat area in Shirqat. [Harbi]

 

A PUK official says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh local commander in the Shirqat area. [PUKMedia]

 

On Saturday, Daesh issued a video of the results of an American airstrike on a grain storehouse in Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

The MoD says Emergency Police found a weapons cache and military equipment in Hay Al-Yarmouk in Tikrit city. [Harbi]

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces started a military operation to clear the Mtaibija area between Salahuddin and Diyala. He says the area is used by Daesh to train suicide terrorists and rig vehicles with explosives and send them to Diyala, Baghdad, Salahuddin and Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations Command Explosives Ordinance Disposal defused 27 IEDs and confiscated other explosives in the Thirthar area. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in the Samarra area. [Harbi]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The MoD says Iraqi forces captured 10 men wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated weapons and ammunition in different parts of southern Salahuddin. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says more than 20,000 displaced families returned to their houses from the displaced persons areas so far in 2016. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a lawyer near a local market in Muqdadiya. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed 4 Daesh boats in the Himrin area, northeast of Baquba. [IraqPress]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says unknown armed men in an SUV shot and killed a woman in Hay Ronaki, in south Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A PMF commander says Daesh executed three brothers publicly in Hawija after accusing them of attacking its men. He says Daesh executions of civilians have increased rapidly in Hawija recently. [Sumaria]

 

A Sunni Arab MP from Kirkuk said on Sunday that Daesh executed two former security personnel in Hawija. He also says four families were killed by Daesh land mines as they tried to flee Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

A tribal leader says the situation in Hawija is deteriorating, and three babies died because of lack of milk in the market. He says the markets are closed and there is no water, electricity, or health service. He says Daesh is holding around 200,000 citizens hostage in the city. He is asking Iraqi forces to intervene as quickly as possible. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say unknown armed men shot and killed an Egyptian Daesh commander in a local market in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A Peshmerga commander says the Kurdish forces stopped a Daesh attack on Humaira and Nawafel villages, in Rashad subdistrict, killing several terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. [Mada]

 

A local source said on Sunday that several Daesh leaders in southwest Kirkuk governorate withdrew their loyalty from Daesh’s leader, Baghdadi, and pledged allegiance to the Al-Qaeda leader, Zawahiri. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A source from Mosul city says Daesh publicly executed 8 of its terrorists who fled the battles in Jazeera Khaldiya, suffocating them with cooking gas in a closed car.  [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh beheaded seven people in the industrial area in Mosul, after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

A PUK official says Kata’eb Suqoor Al-Mosul killed the Daesh financial official and another local leader in the New Mosul area on the west side of the city. [PUKMedia]

 

A local source says unknown armed men broke into a house used by Daesh female hisbah members in Mosul. He says more than twenty-five women, mostly from Yemen and Libya, were taken to an unknown location. The source says the bodies of five of the women were later found shot. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday, of the results of American airstrikes on a college and cement storehouses in Badoush. [A3maq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Ninewa Operations Command troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a massive Daesh attack Sunday morning on Kermerdi, Kharbardan, Khara’eb Jabur, the floating bridge, the Qayara Airfield, and the residential compound, killing 104 Daesh terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs, 3 mortar units, and a rocket launcher. [MoD Website]

Daesh issues a video and photos of an attack on Iraqi forces near Kermerdi village west of Makhmur on Sunday. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh said it killed five Iraqi soldiers and destroyed several vehicles in the attack. Daesh publishes a photos of a Lebanese suicide terrorist who attack Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The MoD’s Press Office says the Minister of Defense’s convoy was targeted by mortars near the Ihjala area. It says the Minister, the Army Chief of Staff, and the Commander of Ground Troops, and other senior commanders were in the convoy, but no one got hurt. [Maalomah]

The Minister of Defense said in a press conference after meeting with the Ninewa Operations Commander, that all Iraqi forces, including the Peshmerga and the PMFs, will participate in the Mosul liberation. He also says Iraqi forces have liberated 16 villages in southern Ninewa so far. [ROJ]

The Minister says the Mosul liberation battle will start soon. He also says what happened in the COR will not affect the military operations. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the United for Reform Coalition, Osama Al-Nujaifi, issued a statement after meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, that his Coalition refuses the participation of PMFs in Ninewa’s liberation because it will send the wrong message to the people of Ninewa and it will serve the Daesh media campaign. Several other Sunni leaders attended the meeting. [Mada]

A PMF senior commander says Nujaifi is trying to extend the life of Daesh, and without the PMFs, Nujaifi (and other politicians) wouldn’t have been able to remain in Iraq. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. We recognize that letting the Shia PMFs participate in Ninewa is a mixed blessing. So is not including them. However, Nujaifi is mostly showing the usual anti-government sectarianism as he pretends to protect the people he has already failed. By ignoring his posturing, the Ambassador and the government would be giving the appropriate response to his phony “reform” coalition.

 

Ambassador Jones also met with former Prime Minister Awad Allawi, in Allawi’s office in Baghdad, to discuss the Mosul liberation campaign. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh sharia judge in Safina village, south of Qayara. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Arkabah village south of Qayara. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed Iraqi Army personnel carriers and a bulldozer near the Qayara Airfield. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and vehicle carrier with IEDs near the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about Coalition airstrikes on Ninewa. [Isdarat]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Mshairfa village in Hatra District, destroying 2 vehicles and several military positions, and killing 6 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN

A security source says 4 Ansar Al-Islam terrorists sneaked into the Garmian area in southern Suleimaniya from Iran after Iran recently executed 21 Sunni Kurds. The group is a Kurdish Salafi jihadi group based in the Suleimaniya mountains with links to Al-Qaeda. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Babel Police commander says a joint security force captured 5 men wanted on terrorism charges in Jbala and confiscated weapons and ammunition. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition sys it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (1 near Albu Kamal that destroyed 83 Daesh oil tankers, 4 near Manbij, and 1 near Mare’.) [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A PYD Commission says it will finish its report regarding the relationships between Turkey and Daesh very soon. The committee was established by the PYD’s External Affairs Commission in Qamishli. [Hawar]

 

The PYD Asayesh captured a Daesh cell of 3 terrorists and confiscated large weapons and explosives near Tal Abyad. The source says the 3 terrorists were hiding in an isolated area near Suluk and they were wounded in clashes with the Asayesh before they were caught. [BasNews]

 

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says Daesh executed a young college student in Raqqa, after he was caught wearing military trousers. It says Daesh held him prisoner for 5 months before executing him. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh issues a video of one of its religious seminars in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops have captured most of Manbij city except for 2 neighborhoods north of the city center. [Hawar]

 

A local activist says Daesh withdrew from Manbij city center after burning down houses. He says Daesh only controls less than 1 sq. km, which is .3 sq. miles, in the city, and is holding civilians hostage in that area. [EnabBaladi]

A Syrian Democratic Forces source confirmed that Daesh controls the “security compound” in Manbij city, in addition to 2 neighborhoods in the north, on the road to Jarabulus. [ARA]

Another SDF commander says his troops entered the “security compound” and there are only 130 Daesh terrorists there, trapped from all sides. [Qasioun]

 

The Manbij Military Council General Command issued a statement allowing Daesh terrorists to leave Manbij city in return for Daesh releasing the citizens it is holding hostage in north Manbij. It says Daesh trapped all of the civilians in the area it controlled in Manbij and moved them to the northern part of the city in order to use them as human shields. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops captured the Qura Ardhiya Circle and Hay Al-Tabba in Manbij city center (video). [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says two children were killed in a Coalition airstrike on north Manbij. [A3maq]

 

The YPG publishes photos of three of its fighters who were killed in Manbij, including an Egyptian citizen. [Hawar]

 

A video of civilians rescued by MMC fighters in Manbij [Hawar]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh fighting position near Manbij on July 13. [CJTF]

 

Other northwest reports

The Commander of Aleppo Conquest Operations Room, an opposition umbrella group, threatened the YPG with a ferocious war, accusing the YPG of supporting the Syrian Army in Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Right says Daesh released about 30 of its field-level leaders over the past two days after completing its investigations regarding one of its top commanders, Abu Al-Haija’ Al-Tunisi. Reliable sources told the Observatory that Daesh demoted the released leaders to soldiers. The Tunisian terrorist was a notable military commander, and was sent by the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, from Iraq, to manage the military operations in northeast Aleppo, but his was killed by a Coalition drone on March 30th. Daesh executed more than 50 of its terrorists after the airstrike, while tens of others are still imprisoned. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Shindakhyat area east of Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed thirteen soldiers, destroyed an armored vehicle, and captured weapons and vehicles in the same attack. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked 2 Syrian Army barricades in Tal Al-Maqlai’, east of Tadmur, killing all seventeen soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition, planting IEDs at the barricades. Daesh says when reinforcement arrived at the barricades, it detonated the IEDs, killing or wounding more soldiers. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense say one of its long range bombers, a T-22 M3 dispatched from Russia, launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh east and northwest of Tadmur, destroying a headquarters and a military camp near Sukhnah and destroying 2 headquarters, a weapons and ammunitions storehouse, 3 armored vehicles, and 12 machine gun-mounted vehicles, killing “large numbers” of Daesh terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it killed seven Syrian soldiers in an ambush near the T4 airport, east of Homs on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

On Sunday, Daesh said 2 of its suicide terrorists remotely detonated a vehicle bomb near a New Syria Army compound in the Al-Tanaf area in the Syria/Jordan/Iraq border triangle. Daesh says after that, the terrorists entered the camp and detonated their explosives vests. [A3maq]

 

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

A video of a Sunni mosque imam from Damascus saying Daesh kidnapped him and tried to force him to issue fatwas legitimizing killing any Sunni who supports the Syrian government, in addition to Shia and Alawites. He says when he refused, Daesh cut off his ear and forced him to eat it. He doesn’t say how he survived. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Again, Saddam cut off the ears of thousands of young men who didn’t join the military service in the 1990s. A lot of Daesh’s cruelties were not invented in other countries.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say unknown armed men shot and killed a 45-year-old man south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Unknown armed men shot and killed a one-year-old child and wounded his grandfather south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

Sources close to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis blamed the Egyptian Army for the incident. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A security source said on Sunday that a policeman was wounded when an IED exploded on his patrol near Joura village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A 10-year-old boy was severely wounded when unknown armed men shot at him in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian police captain was wounded when an IED exploded on him south of Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say an explosion happened on the coastal road in Arish without giving more details. [VetoGate]

 

Local sources say a civilian and five policemen were wounded when an IED exploded in the Granada area in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

A security source told Sky News that a cell of 9 Daesh suspects was captured in a village in Tanta. [Sumaria]

 

Libya

Daesh issues a propaganda video about Libyan armed groups that are fighting Daesh. [Isdarat]

 

Northeast

A Libyan special forces spokesman says his troops found a Daesh secret prison and released several prisoners in the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi on Sunday. His troops found a car bomb factory in the same area. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

A Libyan National Accord Government Airforce commander says American warplanes conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh on Monday, targeting Daesh snipers and vehicles, destroying a vehicle bomb and killing 5 terrorists, 3 snipers and 2 suicide bombers. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Field Commander says the Field Commanders are awaiting final military orders to enter the residential areas in Sirte. He says Libyan troops will liberate Sirte very soon. Daesh’s vehicle bombs, landmines, and snipers are the main reason for the delay. [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government Military press says its troops liberated the guest palaces east of Hay Al-Dollar in Sirte. Libyan troops, supported by warplanes, launched a massive attack from all sides on Daesh in Sirte on Sunday. [Wasat]

The National Accord Government military said Sunday that its troops have captured around 90% of Sirte city. [Wasat]

 

The Military Field Hospital says four Libyan soldiers were killed and thirty-two wounded in the battles in Sirte on Monday. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

A senior Afghani Army commander says Daesh’s emir of Khorasan was killed by a drone airstrike in Achin district in Nangarhar, on the Pakistan border, along with 23 other terrorists. [Anadolu]

 

On Saturday, Daesh issued a video of American weapons and military equipment it captured in Nangarhar, including an ID of an American soldier. [A3maq]

 

Brigadier General Charlie Cleveland told Fox News on Sunday the American soldier whose identification was pictured, U.S. Army Specialist Ryan Jay Larson, was not captured by Daesh.

“Obviously, SPC Larson is not captured – he is accounted for and with his unit despite having lost his ID card and possibly some of his equipment during recent operations,” Cleveland said in an email.  [FoxNews]

 

Pakistan

Medical sources say 93 people were killed and 120 wounded when a suicide terrorist detonated himself in the Emergency Section of a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan. The victims were attending the funeral of a famous lawyer who had been shot and killed earlier on Monday. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed or wounded two hundred people. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Belgium

On Sunday, Daesh claimed the responsibility for the one-man machete attack that wounded two woman police officers in Charleroi city in Belgium, saying the attacker was its soldier. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Isdarat]

 

 

August 5, 2016

Libyan Soldiers in Sirte (AfriGate)

Libyan Soldiers in Sirte (AfriGate)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Thursday’s major Al-Qa’im airstrikes prevented a major Daesh attack in Baghdad.

Hit District still fending off Daesh terrorists.

Hawija situation deteriorates as Daesh attacks people trying to escape.

Number of displaced people in Kirkuk Province now up to 113,000.

Denmark pilots make first airstrikes in Syria, on Raqqa.

Manbij Military Council soldiers advance further in Manbij.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A senior intelligence source says Daesh was planning to launch major attacks in 7 areas in Baghdad, using vehicle bombs and suicide terrorists, in what Daesh called Grand Baghdad Attack, but the plan was foiled by the IAF attack on Al-Qa’im. [Mada] (Reported in yesterday’s Daesh Daily)

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and other cities demanding professional and independent investigations of the accusations by the Minister of Defense. [Mada]

The Minister issued a statement saying he will sue the people who leaked the contents of his CoR question session to the media. He says the Chairman of the CoR’s Legal Committee told him the session would be private. He says it should not have been broadcast because it included military secrets, and the terrorists might benefit from the information. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, with targets in and around Qayara (3), Tal Afar (2), Mosul (1), and Sinjar (1); and in Ramadi (1), Hit (1), and Al-Qa’im (1) districts. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Khadimiya)

An MoI source says a Green Zone employee and his wife were killed, and his sister was wounded when unknown armed men shot at a civilian vehicle in the Tobchi area. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army officer was killed and five soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Tarmiya. [Mada]

A security source says the body of an unknown man was found shot near Muthanna. [Maalomah]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says the body of a policeman was found shot in his house in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Mada]

A police source says two soldiers were killed when unknown armed men shot at their checkpoint in the Rasheed area. [Sumaria]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army pickup vehicle with an IED in the Zaidan area in Abu Ghraib, killing or wounding several soldiers. Daesh says it also targeted the ambulance and Iraqi forces that arrived on the scene with another IED, killing or wounding more people.

 

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

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

The IFP Commander says his troops killed a Daesh sniper, destroyed a heavy machine gun, and found an IED factory, confiscating 30 IEDs and 3 explosive barrels in addition to other materials, in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces found a mass grave of about 200 Daesh terrorists who were killed in previous battles in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Baghdadia]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed several Daesh hideouts in Jazeera Ramadi, killing 20 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed more than 25 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees and an armored vehicle in the Albu Bali area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed more than fifteen soldiers and PMF fighters and destroyed or damaged 9 vehicles in Jazeera Khaldiya. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Other reports from Ramadi District

The IWMC says an IAA drone destroyed a Daesh hideout and a vehicle loaded with ammunition, killing tens of terrorists in the Tarabsha area northwest of Zangoura (video). [Maalomah]

 

A video of an IAA helicopter destroying a Daesh vehicle [YouTube]

 

Daesh says it targeted several areas in Ramadi with 115 mortar shells, 15 locally made rockets, and 5 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says Iraqi forces discovered Daesh sleeper cells in several areas in Hit, and captured 14 terrorists, including 2 Egyptians. [Mada]

He also says that Daesh launched 17 rockets from Jazeera Hit, west of Hit, targeting several areas in the District and causing material damage to houses and government buildings. He says Iraqi forces targeted Daesh positions in the area, destroying 4 rocket launchers. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it targeted Hit city with 50 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Border Guard command source says three of his soldiers were killed and three others wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in Rutba. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh publicly executed five taxi drivers in Al-Qa’im, after accusing them of helping people escape from Daesh controlled areas. [Mada]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured at the Al-Waleed border crossing [YouTube]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists captured a former policeman who was trying to escape Shirqat, then paraded him in the city before executing him. [Mada]

 

Tooz

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed 7 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles and a water tanker and fuel tanker, killing 12 Daesh terrorists in Al-Maidan village near Zarqa. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in the Maidan area. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police Chief says a Daesh terrorist responsible for more than 15 attacks, in addition to assassinations and kidnappings of civilians, was captured near Khan Bani Saad. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says the National Security Service captured 2 Daesh terrorists who threatened a civilian for money in the Jurf Al-Milih area, 6 km (4 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Diyala Explosive Ordinance Disposal defused an explosives vest found in an under-construction mosque in the Qatoun area. The source says Daesh planned to attack people during the Friday prayers. [Etejah]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a PMF fighter on the road between Udhaim and Tooz. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

The Emir of Ubaid tribes in Kirkuk says Daesh randomly shot at 3,000 civilians who were trying to escape Hawija, killing twelve of them on Thursday. He also says one hundred and fifty civilians have been killed by Daesh IEDs on an escape route. He also says 600 civilians managed to escape and were moved to secure locations. [Sumaria]

UNHCR says it has received reports that Daesh captured on 4 August up to 3,000 displaced people from villages in Hawija District trying to flee to Kirkuk city. Reportedly, 12 of the escapees have been killed in captivity. [Hurra]

 

A Sunni MP from Kirkuk says Prime Minister Abadi and the Coalition should be held accountable for the 3,000 civilians who were trapped by Daesh in Hawija. He demands an immediate military operation to liberate the District. [Mada]

A local source says Daesh is holding hostage one person from each of the families that were trapped yesterday. [Sumaria]

 

The Manager of the Displacement and Migration office in Kirkuk confirmed that 600 people recently escaped Hawija and moved to a displacement camp east of Kirkuk. He says there are now 113,000 displaced people in Kirkuk. He says his office is also preparing 3 displacement camps to host the anticipated numbers of displaced people from Hawija when the liberation operations start. [Mada]

 

A video of displaced people from Hawija [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its terrorists digging tunnels in Ninewa, preparing for battle. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Mosul

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh training camp in Mosul, killing tens of terrorists.  [Baghdadia]

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga shelled a Daesh hideout in Kanouna village in Bashiqa, killing 6. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says Daesh targeted the PUK headquarters in Dobrdan village in Bashiqa without causing any casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

A KDP official says Daesh burned all property documents of houses, lands, and farms in Ninewa, issuing new ownership documents. He says this will affect the houses of Kurdish families in the governorate. [Rudaw]

 

A local activist says many Daesh terrorists who returned from the battlefields were deployed in Mosul city streets. He also says Daesh reactivated its hisbah in the city. He says Daesh has started to question people about “violations” and arrested many people in different parts of the city. He also says Daesh terrorists are carrying around laptops searching for certain people whose names are on prepared lists. He says Daesh is reinforcing its positions in Mosul, for which he blames the delay of the Iraqi forces attack on the city. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on the Bawiza area in Mosul. Daesh says a child was killed in the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

A KDP official says Daesh executed 13 of its terrorists in the Nineveh Plain after they refused to go to the battlefield. [Mada]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions in Gwer district with 4 Grad rockets and 25 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Nassr village. Daesh also says it shelled Iraqi forces with mortars in Awsaja village with 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces with 21 mortars and 8 artillery shells in different areas south of Qayara. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and an armored vehicle in the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted four airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, 3 near Manbij and 1 near Deir Ez-Zor. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A medical source says four children were wounded when a leftover Daesh bomb exploded on them in Tal Abyad. [BasNews]

 

The Denmark Air Force Commander says his country conducted its first airstrikes on Daesh in Raqqa. He says Denmark has expanded its role in the war on Daesh and will target Daesh in Syria in addition to its airstrikes in Iraq. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council (MMC) commanders say their troops have liberated 10% more of Manbij city center since yesterday, and now they control of 90% of the city. [Hawar]

MMC fighters captured the Jazeera Intersection, at the eastern entrance of Manbij city, 800m from the city center, after 2 days of heavy battles. [Hawar]

 

Fighting continued east, west, and south of Manbij city center. MMC fighters killed 9 Daesh terrorists and stopped a counter-attack on Al-Batta Intersection, south of the city center, which had been liberated in the morning after heavy fighting. [Hawar] [Hawar]

MMC troops captured the bread factory south of Manbij city center. [Hawar]

That success apparently followed Coalition airstrikes, as Daesh says American warplanes destroyed a bread factory in Manbij on Thursday, as well as a landline communications center, and issued a video of the results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

MMC troops liberated Mankouba village 800m north of Manbij, killing tens of terrorists. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a child was killed by a sniper in Manbij city. It also says Daesh attacked the YPG with a vehicle bomb. It says Daesh is retreating toward the city center and toward the north. [SyriaHR]

 

Hawar issues an audio recording of intercepted communications between Daesh terrorists in Manbij. A Daesh commander gives instructions to burn down all the houses from which they withdraw. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it stopped an Al- Nusra attack in the Zamarani mountains area in West Qalamoun (photos). [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says the Syrian Army, supported by allied militias, stopped a Daesh attack in the Tal Barouk area in Deir Ez-Zor, killing 150 terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

Russian warplanes launched several airstrikes on Hay Al-Hamidiya in Deir Ez-Zor city, wounding several civilians. Daesh launched a major attack on the Syrian Army in Hay Al-Haweiqa in Deir Ez-Zor. The battles also continued on the west side of Deir Ez-Zor city, in addition to areas south of Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. [Qasioun]

 

The above-cited airstrike on Deir Ez-Zor destroyed 14 Daesh oil tankers. [InherentResolve]

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Minister of Interior says a Filipino woman was arrested on terrorism charges. It says the woman arrived in Kuwait as a maid in June, and admitted her intention to commit a suicide attack for Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

Lebanon

Security sources say the Daesh cell that was captured in Arsal admitted that Daesh used a “decentralization” approach in its terrorist attacks, telling its terrorists they can choose the target, the time, and the type of attack as they see fit. [Kalima]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian media sources say the former mufti of Egypt survived an assassination attempt when 2 masked men shot at him in Cairo. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The mufti is on Daesh’s hit list. 

 

Three sanitation workers were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded in a trash dump in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say four policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle on the coastal road in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says the Libyan Army captured more positions in the Qanfouda area in west Benghazi and Qar Younes in west Benghazi, killing many terrorists. The source also says Libyan helicopters destroyed an ammunitions storehouse and car bomb-rigging factory in Qanfouda. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says its troops advanced east of Hay Dollar in the Ouagadougou Compound, the palaces, and clinic areas in Sirte, causing Daesh terrorists to retreat (photos). [Wasat]

Photos of Libyan soldiers in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers in Sirte. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Algeria

A Nigerian newspaper says Daesh upgraded its drones and refurbished rockets it had gotten in Libya from Gaddafi’s former Army, to launch attacks on neighboring countries, especially Tunisia and Algeria. It also says that the Algerian Air Defense started to prepare for such an attack by expanding its air defense measures. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh published photos on social media of beheading two men, accusing them of supporting the Afghani Army in Nangarhar. [ARA]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed a Pakistani Army doctor near Peshawar. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [YouTube]

 

August 4, 2016Jazeera Khaldiya

 

Today’s Major Developments

Investigation starts on corruption allegations by Minister of Defense.

Iraq launches major F-16 airstrikes on Daesh in Al Qa’im.

Daesh arrests 1900 people trying to escape Hawija; executes many.

Manbij Military Council frees 1500 more civilians; Daesh still holding others hostage.

Egyptian Army kills leader of Daesh affiliate in Sinai.

Libyan military commander welcomes US airstrikes on Sirte.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Supreme Judicial Council spokesman says the committee formed by the Council to investigate the recent Minister of Defense accusations against several officials issued a travel prohibition on Speaker Jubouri and 6 other officials. [Sumaria]

The Council met with the Minister of Defense and recorded his allegations. [Mada]

Jubouri was questioned by the CoR’s Integrity Committee for three hours according to a committee member. [Sumaria]

Prime Minister Abadi says he was against questioning the Minister of Defense in the first place because of the security situation in Iraq and the war on terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and around Sinjar (2), Kasik (1), Mosul (1), Qayara (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1) in Ninewa; in Baiji (1); and Ramadi (1), Baghdadi (1), Albu Hayat (1), and Hit (1) in Anbar. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The MoI says the IFP captured in Karkh District a Daesh terrorist who fled Falluja. [Baghdadia]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED cache in the Tal Al-Samar area, in addition to large quantities of rockets and ammunition in different areas of north Baghdad. [MoD Website]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suleikh. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eleven wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Nahrawan. [Mada]

An MoI source says the body of a correction facilities department employee was found shot in the trunk of his car in the Obeidi area. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven others wounded when an IED exploded near a popular soccer field in the Wardiya area in Mada’in. [Mada]

Daesh says it assassinated two PMF leaders after an attack with light weapons in the Mashru’ area in Mada’in. [Bayan]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Arab Jubour. It also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Alimiya area in Arab Jubour, killing an Iraqi soldier. Daesh says it killed an Iraqi intelligence employee by detonating a sticky IED under his vehicle in Arab Jubour. [Bayan]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Ubaid area. [Ghad]

Baghdad Operations Command says the IFP defused a sticky bomb planted under a civilian vehicle in the Jurf La-Naddaf area. [Ghad]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found a Daesh weapons and explosives cache in the Akhsaf area. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

Daesh says it attacked a Sahwa hideout in the Mudhiriya area in Rasheed with light and mid-sized weapons and rockets. [Bayan]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says a Minister of Justice employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hay Al-Adel. [Mada]

An MoI source says security personnel in the Shurta Tunnel area captured 5 members of a gang and released a dentist who was kidnapped by the gang. The men claimed to be PMF fighters, but were responsible for kidnappings. [Mada]

A local police source says they captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges, and confiscated an ammunitions cache, in the Ibrahim Bin Ali area. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Iraqi soldiers after detonating an IED on their vehicle in the in Abu Ghraib District. [Bayan]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   18    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Baghdad Operations Command says its troops defused 143 booby-trapped houses and 173 IEDs in Falluja. They also found a Daesh rocket factory and confiscated 150 rockets. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 51st brigade defused 2 vehicle bombs, 162 IEDs, and 150 booby-trapped houses in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Ghad]

A video of a Daesh IED factory found in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 6 Daesh terrorists, destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle, and captured a rocket launcher, in addition to defusing tens of IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the IFP destroyed a Daesh building in the Albu Bali area, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army 39th brigade killed 15 Daesh terrorists while it was clearing the Qurtan area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 7 Iraqi Humvees, a tank, and a bulldozer in Jazeera Khaldiya. [A3maq]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Hamdhiya area east of Ramadi city with 13 locally made rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Hit/Haditha

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh mortar unit and a rocket launcher in Hay Al-Bakr west of Hit. Coalition warplanes also destroyed a large weapons and ammunition storehouse in the Qusairiyat area east of Haditha. Iraqi Army 7th division Explosive Ordinance Disposal destroyed 15 IEDs in the Dolab area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Hit city. Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in Hit city with 20 mortars and 2 locally made rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Western Anbar

The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) says the Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell foiled a Daesh plan to attack Baghdad and southern governorates with vehicle bombs and suicide bombers. It says the plan, which it claims was supervised by Daesh’s leader, Awwad Baghdadi, was called the Grand Baghdad Attack.

IWMC says F-16s launched 4 airstrikes on Al-Qa’im. The first airstrike killed 18 terrorists, including 11 suicide bombers. The second airstrike, also in Al-Qa’im, destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, while the third airstrike destroyed a Daesh guesthouse, killing 13 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. The fourth airstrike destroyed a Daesh storehouse in the Sunjuk area, in addition to a guesthouse, killing 11 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. It says many notable Daesh leaders were killed in the airstrikes. [Ghad]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces continued searching the liberated areas near the Syrian border, and killed 9 Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The Mayor of Rutba District asks the Iraqi government to send military reinforcements to hold the ground in the liberated areas on the Syrian border. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This reflects a growing problem. As Iraq regains more and more territory, it needs to put men there to hold it, but its military manpower is getting increasingly spread out. Using tribesmen weakens the military presence, and raises the problem of paying additional men during a financial crisis.

 

A tribal PMF commander says many Daesh terrorists fled the West Hsaiba area toward Syria in anticipation of the upcoming Iraqi forces attack. Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a major attack on Daesh in the area, according to the commander. [Maalomah]

 

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh convoy in the Anah area, killing more than 20 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh armored vehicles west of Rawa, killing the terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says 4 Daesh members were killed by an unknown sniper in Shirqat. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Makhoul subdistrict, destroying a vehicle bomb. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says eight Iraqi soldiers were killed when a booby-trapped house exploded on them near the Shirqat intersection south of the city. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Police defused 5 booby-trapped houses and 40 IEDs in the Dayoum area west of Tikrit. It also defused 2 booby-trapped houses and 2 IEDs in the Dhiba’i area. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

The MoI says the IFP captured a Daesh terrorist wanted on several terrorism charges in Diyala. [Ghad]

 

Baquba

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops captured one of the main Daesh food suppliers in Al-Waqf. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle in the Kubba area in Waqf. [Bayan]

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Allas Oilfield. [Bayan]

 

Northern Diyala

The MoI spokesman says a parked car bomb exploded on a PMF gathering in north Udhaim, killing one fighter and wounding three. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army barracks near the Udhaim Dam, killing all the soldiers inside. [DawaAlhaq]

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

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The General Inspector of Baghdad Municipality says unknown armed men attacked his house in Kirkuk city, wounding his driver and two bodyguards. [Mada]

 

A police commander says his troops captured 12 North Gas Company employees for suspected links to terrorists. Daesh attacked the company headquarters on Sunday. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights says a group of more than 100 Daesh terrorists kidnapped 1,900 civilians who were trying to escape the Hawija areas. An eyewitness says Daesh executed “tens” of them, and burned six alive. [Mada]

A security source says Daesh executed twelve young men from Hawija and trapped hundreds of civilians who were trying to escape Hawija areas. The source says many families are trying to leave the area after the Peshmerga secured 400 civilians on Wednesday to a displacement camp 15 km (9 miles) east of Kirkuk. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. With important battles going on elsewhere, Hawija isn’t getting much military attention. However, our reports indicate that conditions continue to deteriorate in Hawija, especially reflected in the fact that thousands are desperate to escape. This is the latest and worst of the incidents between Daesh and the Hawija population. What is Iraq going to do about it? Perhaps implementing its liberation campaign in Shirqat would be a step in the right direction.

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “air defense” units [DawaAlhaq]

 

Southwest

A security source says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack on Atshan village in Daquq District, killing 5 terrorists and wounding 6. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh “Sharia court” and an IED factory in Mosul. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in the Ghabat area, killing 9 terrorists and damaging 3 vehicles. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says a child was killed and four people wounded in an American airstrike on the Bawiza area in Mosul city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Peshmerga locations in Muftiya village in Al-Khazer with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Local sources say Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh Nineveh Plain official, and the Hamdaniya wali, and 12 other terrorists, in an airstrike east of Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Coalition warplanes destroyed 12 Daesh fuel tankers and a pickup vehicle, and killed 8 terrorists west of Qayara. Coalition warplanes attacked a Daesh group that was heading toward the northern gate of the Qayara Airfield, killing 7 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh mortar unit, killing 2 terrorists, in Bani Nayef village north of Qayara. Coalition warplanes also destroyed a motorcycle bomb and killed 3 terrorists north of Qayara Airfield. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army Humvees in the Qayara area with 2 IEDs, killing the soldiers inside. [Bayan]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in Al-Nassr village in Makhmur, killing the soldiers inside. [Bayan]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions in the Sinjar area with 81 mortars and 4 Grad rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A Peshmerga source says Kurdish forces shelled Daesh locations in 11 villages in the Sinjar area. [BasNews]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists beheaded five civilians, including a tribal leader, in Hatra district. [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN

A Gorran official says its leader Nawshirwan Mustafa met with the US Ambassador to Iraq and the Consul in Erbil to discuss the political and the financial crisis in Kurdistan and the lack of money to pay KRG employees’ salaries. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

A member of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says the committee receives daily information about Daesh’s intentions to attack Kerbala. He says a trench is being dug from the western side of the governorate and security towers are being installed. [Mawazin]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish security sources say Turkish anti-terrorism troops captured 20 Daesh suspects and confiscated documents in Adana. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Syrian Network for Human Rights says 25 medical and civil defense staff were killed in the civil war in Syria during the month of July. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 5 near Manbij and 1 near Al-Tanaf.   [InherentResolve]

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying 2 Daesh fighting positions near Manbij on July 16 [CJTF]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

MMC troops liberated 1,500 civilians in Manbij city center. [Hawar]

Videos of MMC fighters securing civilians [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh gathered 500 civilians, mostly women and children, in Manbij city center, in order to use them as human shields, after MMC fighters liberated several nearby areas. [Hawar]

 

Daesh snipers are preventing civilians from leaving Manbij city and shot a pregnant woman who was trying to leave with her family. The family was safely secured to Kobane (photo). [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a Daesh counter-attack on Al-Hal Market in Manbij city, killing 6 terrorists. The MMC had liberated the market yesterday. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of Manbij battles. Daesh shows in the video young boys in military uniforms, preparing for battle. Daesh repeated its threat to the United States in the video, saying it dragged the United States into the war in Syria as planned, and the US’s end will be in Syria. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. OK. Any of you guys want to put money on that?

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

350 displaced people arrived in Afrin, after escaping Daesh controlled areas. One of the displaced people says Daesh terrorists in Al-Bab prevented people from leaving the city in order to force them to join Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Jaish Al-Fath, a Syrian Islamic group, raided a Daesh hideout in Idlib and 2 of the terrorists inside blew themselves up, killing two of the attackers, while 3 other terrorists were captured. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says battles continued between the Syrian Army and its allied militias on one side and Daesh on the other, near the Tadmur silo area. Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh locations near the Sha’er oilfield east of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Heavy battles erupted between opposition groups and Daesh in Ain Dhikr town west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Al-Nusra Front asked other Islamic groups to join it in its fight against Daesh in the Lajat area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it attacked opposition groups in the Hamad area and captured an SUV, in addition to weapons and ammunition. [Bayan]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

A security source says the Lebanese Army captured 2 Daesh members, 2 Syrians, and 2 Lebanese, who were involved in terrorist attacks near the Syrian border. Local sources say one of the suspects was killed in clashes with the Army. [Maalomah]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army says Egyptian warplanes targeted Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis areas south and southwest of Arish, killing 45 terrorists, including the leader of the ABM, Abu Dua’a Al-Ansari, and several of his associates, and destroyed weapons and explosives storehouses. According to Fox news, the CIA confirmed the death of the terrorist, saying he was responsible for the explosion on the Russian passenger aircraft A321 on October of last year. [Arabi21]

 

Egyptian troops continued their search in Hay Al-Safa in Arish, arresting 12 takfiris. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian troops found 6 IEDs in different areas in Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Tribal sources say a group of terrorists attacked Egyptian troops in Masoura village south of Rafah. The sources say a civilian was accidentally killed in the clashes. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Airforce says its warplanes targeted several locations in west Benghazi, and destroyed a boat and a vehicle gathering. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Sirte military commander says the American airstrikes paralyzed Daesh movement in some areas, but the terrorists are still hiding underground where the airstrikes can’t reach them. He also says the airstrikes gave his troops momentum, enabling them to advance. [AfriGate]

Field military commanders also welcomed the America airstrikes and said they would help them to avoid Daesh snipers. [Wasat]

 

A military source says a notable Tunisian Daesh commander was killed 2 days ago in heavy battles near the Presidential guest palaces in Sirte city. [Wasat]

 

A security source says 4 Daesh suspects wearing women’s clothes were captured south of Misrata. [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algeria reinforced its security procedures on the borders with Libya after the American airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte. Their concern is that Daesh terrorists might flee into Algeria. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Nigeria

The Boko Haram leader, Shekau, issues an audio message to the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, complaining about Daesh’s new “West Africa wali”, and says the new wali is not Muslim enough. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. In the latest issue of its Naba’ magazine Daesh publishes an interview with the “new wali” who supposedly replaced Shekau. The new wali says he will not attack Muslim civilians any more and focuses only on Christian civilians. Shekau insists he is still the leader. Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 civilians so far.

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [YouTube]

 

August 3, 2016

Displaced Yazidis

Today’s Major Developments

UN commission investigation says Daesh still committing genocide against Yazidis.

Speaker Al-Jubouri sues the Minister of Defense.

Daesh counter-attack on Jazeera Khaldiya fails.

Iraqi troops capture key Syria border crossing in western Anbar.

Minister of Defense says Daesh leaders are fleeing Mosul.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from US Vice President Joe Biden, according to a statement from Abadi’s office, and discussed the war against Daesh and the preparation for the Mosul liberation. Biden reportedly expressed the United States’ support for Abadi. The two sides agreed on accelerating the humanitarian and stabilization efforts in the liberated areas to match the pace of the liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

A United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said on Wednesday that Daesh is still committing genocide and other crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq. The commission urged action to prevent further death and suffering. Its report comes on the second anniversary of the Daesh attack on Sinjar.

It also says about 5,000 Yazidi men were killed by Daesh when it took control of Iraq’s northwest two years ago. Thousands more, mostly women and children, were taken into captivity. The commission of inquiry said Daesh’s actions against the Yazidis, including the crime of genocide, are “ongoing.” It called for a refocus on the “rescue, protection of, and care for the Yazidi community.” [ROJ]

 

Speaker Jubouri sued the Minister of Defense for “false accusations and trying to mislead public opinion,” according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. [Mada]

Another Sunni MP also says he sued the Minister. [Rudaw]

The Judicial Council says the General Attorney Office started its procedures to investigate all the officials mentioned by the Minister of Defense. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Corruption is unacceptable in any shape or form. However, anti-corruption efforts should be fair and should include all corrupt officials from all parties. Many Sunni people say the Minister focused his accusations on Sunni leaders, including the highest ranking Sunni official, Jubouri. In this case, however, the accuser is also a Sunni. With Iraq still in the balance, however, this is not a good time to attack the Sunni elected leadership.

 

The Shabak representative in the CoR says he refuses the KRG’s attempts to add the Nineveh Plain to Kurdistan. He says he values the Peshmerga sacrifices in the battle against Daesh but the Kurds shouldn’t force their will on the people of the Plain. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted seven airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq; in and around Qayara (1), Mosul (2), Kasik (1), and Tal Afar (1); and in the Ramadi (1) and Rawa (1) districts. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

A security source says the Intelligence Service captured 2 Daesh cells and confiscated weapons and explosives in south and north Baghdad.  [Mawazin]

 

An MoI source says a PMF fighter was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Hor Rijab, in south Baghdad. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 2 vehicle bombs, 147 IEDs and a booby trapped house, and found large quantities of weapons and explosives in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh appears to have turned all of Falluja into a weapons and explosives area. The discoveries keep coming, day by day.

 

The Falluja tribal PMF commander says an Explosives Ordinance Disposal soldier was killed while trying to defuse an IED in Hay Al-Dhubat in Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says two policemen were killed and three severely wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in Qarma. [BasNews]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh military commander of Jazeera Khaldiya and 20 of his associates in an airstrike on a Daesh headquarters. It also says the IAF destroyed a Daesh car bomb-rigging factory in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing ten terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

A Badr commander says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh plan to retake Jazeera Khaldiya, after killing 100 terrorists and capturing more than 40 and confiscating large quantities of weapons hidden in canals and orchards. He says the captives admitted that Daesh ordered them to hide the weapons in order to prepare for a counterattack. [Sumaria]

 

The manager of the Anbar Civil Defense Department says his employees found 15 Daesh rockets loaded with chemical weapons in Ramadi, in addition to hundreds of IEDs.  [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Mayor of Rutba District says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, cleared Al-Waleed subdistrict and the border crossing, killing tens of terrorists. He says Daesh blew up the houses of civilians, army and police personnel, in addition to government buildings and the water purification station. [Mada]

He also says Iraqi forces secured around 500 families from the area. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Waleed town is small but strategically located, and has been described as the primary border checkpoint between Damascus and Baghdad. Control of this location is important to controlling the Iraq-Syria border north and south of Al-Waleed.

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a fuel storehouse, a rocket launcher and a mortar unit in the Qutniya area in Rawa District. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed the Daesh “police” headquarters in Al-Qa’im, killing 10 terrorists. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. These and other stories in recent days indicate that the government and Coalition campaign to recapture northwest Anbar and the Syrian border area is on, even though no official proclamations have been issued.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says his troops captured 4 terrorists in Kaif village in Dibis subdistrict, west of Kirkuk city, who planned Sunday’s attack on a gas station. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its battles in Kirkuk. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Hawija

A security source says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in the Hawija area, killing 10 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Minister of Defense told Al-Iraqia TV that Daesh leaders are fleeing Mosul towards Erbil and Turkey. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. We have seen a number of similar reports recently. It would add to their credibility if they were more specific.

 

The British Ministry of Defense says the Royal Air Force destroyed a Saddam palace in Mosul that was used by Daesh as a training camp for foreign terrorists. [Ghad]

A video of the airstrike [MailOnline]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh closed down several of its “sharia courts” in Mosul and moved them to nearby mosques after the Coalition bombed 10 of them recently. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says Coalition aircraft destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb-rigging factories in the Wadi Okab area in west Mosul, killing the terrorists inside. [ARA]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in airstrikes on 2 villages in the Qayara area. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Humvees near Qayara. [A3maq]

 

The following story might give people some respect for Iraq’s military engineers.

The just-built Qayara Bridge is the only span across the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad. A civilian bridge had spanned the river, but Daesh had been using it so Coalition aircraft destroyed it.

The military bridge gives Iraqi troops mobility, allowing reinforcements and materials to cross easily. It also helps to isolate Daesh. Building it is a key accomplishment in the campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh control, officials in Baghdad said. American combat engineers observed the operation but had no role in building the span, officials noted.

The bridge is about 200 meters long, and the Iraqi military engineers built approaches on either side. They were under fire when they started, but Iraqi soldiers forced Daesh fighters away and construction proceeded, officials in Erbil said. “There was a bit of a bend in it at first, because they anchored it a bit loosely against the current, but they tightened it up and it is working very well now,” one official said.

The engineers also built the defenses for the bridge, and that is important, the official added, as Daesh fighters recognize the strategic importance of the span and have tried to destroy it. Daesh bomb makers hollowed out trees, packed them with explosives, and put them in the river upstream from the bridge. The idea was that the trees would float down the river and explode next to the span. It didn’t work. The Iraqi defenders caught the ploy, and the span was never in danger. Next, Daesh bomb makers packed a refrigerator with explosives and put that in the river. Again, the defenders intercepted the bomb and engineers disposed of the threat. Iraqi engineers also have placed defenses on the downstream side of the bridge.

Daesh terrorists now are reduced to lobbing mortars at the bridge. “They fire two or three shells at a time,” the official said. “They can’t do anymore, because Coalition air power would kill them if they stayed any longer.” [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The manager of the KRG’s Kidnapped Yazidis Office says in a conference in Dahuk, on the second anniversary of Daesh’s capture of Sinjar, that 2,460 Yazidi people have been liberated from Daesh so far, while there are still 3,770 people missing. He also says Daesh is training more than 1,400 Yazidi children to become suicide bombers. He says there are 400,000 Yazidis living under dire conditions in displacement camps. [Sumaria]

The KRG President, Masoud Barzani, says in the same conference that Kurdistan independence is the only way to prevent such massacres in the future. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Notwithstanding that the Yazidi massacre immediately followed the sudden withdrawal of the Peshmerga from Sinjar as Daesh was approaching. Apparently Barzani was not a History major.

 

KURDISTAN

(See story above)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, four in the Manbij area and one near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Note: There was very little news reported today from Manbij.

 

A local journalist says the Syrian Democratic Forces captured Hay Al-Jazeera in east Manbij after Daesh terrorists withdrew from the area. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed six YPG fighters in Manbij. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says it killed 242 terrorists and captured 6 during the month of July. Eighteen of its fighters were killed. [Hawar]

 

Photos of displaced people in Afrin [Hawar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Authenticity and Development Front, a Coalition-backed Syrian umbrella group, issued a statement saying it fired the New Syria Army from its ranks because of the “recent events.” It also says it will continue its operations in Eastern Syria. [Dorar]

 

Local activists say Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions near Deir Ez-Zor airport but Syrian helicopters targeted Daesh and stopped the attack. Media sources say a Daesh emir was killed by a Syrian airstrike in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say Egyptian troops stopped an attack on a checkpoint in the Dhahir area, south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 3 terrorists. The sources say a soldier was wounded in the attack. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Benghazi. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central coast

A military source says a Daesh Libyan leader was captured in Zella, a desert town south of Sirte, after he fled with displaced families from the city. [Wasat]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Falah]

 

August 2, 2016

Sirte

Today’s Major Developments

Anbar PC dissolves all tribal councils formed after Daesh takeover.

Iraqi Army trying to clear last Daesh remnants from Jazeera Khaldiya area.

Iraqi Air Force F-16s unleash multi-airstrike attack on Daesh in Al-Qa’im District.

Iraqi forces surround Shirqat; await further exodus of civilians.

Iraqi troops, Coalition airstrikes extend government control south of Qayara.

PYD statement accuses KDP Peshmerga of enabling 2014 Daesh capture of Sinjar.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister’s Abadi spokesman says the PM issued a temporary travel-prohibition order for the officials mentioned in the Minister of Defense’s statement yesterday. The Minister accused Speaker Jubouri and several other MPs of corruption. [Sumaria]

Jubouri’s office issued a statement saying such prohibition requires a court order. [Mada]

The National Powers Alliance, the Sunni CoR coalition, issued a statement defending Jubouri and accusing the Minister of Defense of targeting the legislative authority and the entire political process. It also says it is waiting for the investigation to end before deciding on the Minister’s continued membership in the Alliance. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. There is a lot of history behind the travel-prohibition order. Any number of officials accused of major corruption have escaped Iraq before their cases got to court. They have then been convicted and sentenced in absentia but of course had no intention of returning and chose to live abroad, comfortably supported by their ill-gotten gains.

 

A Christian CoR member says the Nineveh Plain should be kept out of political conflicts and all its people should participate in deciding its future. A Shabak member of the Ninewa Provincial Council had said that the Shabaks would submit a request to the KRG President to join their areas in Nineveh Plain to Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. As with other groups in Ninewa, the leaderships are divided between people who want to join Kurdistan and people who don’t. This “proposal,” quite possibly connived in by Barzani, is rejected by many Shabak leaders.

 

The Estonia Ministry of Defense says it will send 6 advisors to train local police and Iraqi border guards in Anbar. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Mosul (3), Qayara (2), Sinjar (1), and Baghdadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A Baghdad Operations Command officer says MoI intelligence personnel found a fuel tank bomb hidden in an orchard in Talbiya. [BasNews]

A security source says unknown armed on a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian in Rashidiya. [Maalomah]

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and defused 3 IEDs in different areas in Tarmiya. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men broke into a house in Hay Al-Nassr and killed three women inside. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in an industrial area in Talbiya. [Mada]

A local police source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in the Nahrawan area. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Ameen. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Hay Al-Sihha in Dora. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine others wounded when an IED exploded near a busy  market in Mahmudiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 17th division continued its operations to clear areas in south Baghdad up to the Falluja District, defusing tens of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Harbi]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says the Council decided to dissolve all tribal councils that were formed after 2014 in Anbar because they became “a source of disorder” aimed at destroying the social fabric. Several tribal councils were formed after Daesh captured large areas in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

The IWMC says Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 289 IEDs in the Falluja area. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

A security source says Iraqi forces are in control of Jazeera Khaldiya and have started to clear the area. He refutes recent media reports about Daesh’s continued presence in Jazeera Khaldiya and says that Iraqi forces killed more than 200 Daesh terrorists in its military operations. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces have cleared the vast majority of Jazeera Khaldiya. He says Daesh terrorists are trapped in the Waqa’a area north of Jazeera Khaldiya. Daesh has used that area to launch its rockets on civilians in Khaldiya. [Ghad]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces are also continuing efforts to capture the Daesh fighters who fled the battles. He says Iraqi forces defused tens of IEDs, booby-trapped houses, and roads, and found several car-rigging and IED factories. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces are searching the houses in the Albu Ubaid and Albu Bali areas in Jazeera Khaldiya for the remaining Daesh terrorists. He says most of the terrorists are wearing explosives vests. [IraqPress]

 

The JOC spokesman says the IAA destroyed 5 Daesh vehicle bombs loaded with poisonous materials in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BasNews]

 

A video of Iraqi forces battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [Yalla]

A video of a Daesh tunnel found in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya council says hundreds of people celebrated the liberation of Jazeera Khaldiya in different areas in Ramadi District. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Um Mu’ayyad, an Anbari woman who joined the Sahwa and has been fighting AQI and Daesh since 2006, in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces have also started to clear the Zuwiya area west of Jazeera Khaldiya. [Buratha]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces will start a new military operation in the coming days to get full control of Jazeera Ramadi, which includes the Albu Ali Al-Jassem, Albu Assaf, and Albu Dhiab areas north of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

According to the IWMC:

–      Iraqi forces killed 24 Daesh terrorists, including 8 suicide bombers, and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles and a hideout, in addition to 26 IEDs and a tunnel in Jazeera Khaldiya. It also says the IAA killed 50 Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi forces cleared a 3 km road and destroyed 27 IEDs in the Karabla area, and also cleared the Albu Shahab area, including a 5 km road, destroying 76 IEDs. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 22 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 rocket launchers, and defused 33 IEDs, clearing a 4 km road in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi Army 53rd brigade killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb and a construction shovel bomb, and defused 8 IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC also reported that Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters and an ammunition area in the Qurtan area, killing 5 terrorists and wounding 7. [Ghad]

 

The Sistani Office issued a statement mourning the death of one of his representatives who was responsible for providing logistical support for the PMFs in Jazeera Khaldiya. It also mourned the death of a PMF commander, killed with three other fighters while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Shafaqna]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says Jazeera Operations Command troops cleared 7 schools and destroyed 5 IEDs in the Dolab area. [Ghad]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi Air Force F-16s destroyed Daesh vehicle bomb factories and weapons storehouses in Al-Qa’im, killing tens of terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says an Iraqi F-16 destroyed a Daesh hisbah office, a headquarters, and a “sharia court”, in Al-Qa’im District. [Ghad]

 

Daesh alleges that more than 45 women and children were killed by an American airstrike on Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 28th brigade destroyed 7 IEDs and 5 rockets near Rutba. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command says Iraqi forces have surrounded Shirqat and the liberation operations will start in 10 days. It says the operations were postponed because of the unexpected number of displaced people. The Shirqat Mayor says 50,000 people have left their houses in Shirqat and there is only one IDP camp, whose capacity is only 1,000. [Mada]

 

A security source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh convoy of 11 machine gun-mounted vehicles near Shirqat. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 38 Daesh terrorists in the Shirqat area, and destroyed 3 car bomb and IED factories and 2 weapons storehouses. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 92nd brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Tilul Al-Baj area near Shirqat city, destroying 2 vehicle bombs and killing 3 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says the Salahuddin Emergency Police stopped a Daesh attack in Makhoul, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb, and confiscated 50 explosives vests and 50 Grad rockets. [Ghad]

The Salahuddin Operations Command says, however, that three soldiers and a policeman were killed in the battles. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi T72 tank with a guided missile, in the Makhoul area. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Dibis area in Makhoul. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its suicide terrorists, 2 from Turkmenistan and 1 from Tajikistan, who separately attacked Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area. [DawaAlhaq] Daesh publishes photos of one suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by an Iraqi and a Tajik terrorist. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

A local source says an electricity tower was destroyed by IEDs north of Udhaim. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The MoI says a joint security force captured 2 Daesh men wanted on terrorism charges in Kirkuk. It says one of had a Daesh identification document. [Baghdadia]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hisbah headquarters in Hawija District, killing 20 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Daesh issued orders to the government employees in Mosul to go to the battlefield to compensate for its recent losses and its decreasing number of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. There are tens of thousands of government employees trapped in Mosul. We don’t think that Daesh could force all of them to join its ranks. However, we think that Daesh is copying Saddam’s “Popular Army” experience, where civilians, especially government employees, were forced to the battlefield; otherwise they would lose their jobs.

He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed the house of a Daesh leader in the New Mosul area on the west side of the city. He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh locations in the Presidential Palaces area on the east side, in addition to Daesh locations in Mosul University, killing or wounding 12 Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh prison in Shura, killing 15 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Daesh is filling trenches in the Ninewa area with crude oil, which it could burn in order to distort the view for pilots. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say unknown people took advantage of the chaos after Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh in Mosul to burn down a Daesh media point in Hay Al-Sukkar. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say Kata’eb Al-Mosul killed 3 Daesh terrorists in 3 different areas in the city. [Karemlash]

 

The Badr commander says the PMFs will “definitely” participate in Mosul liberation. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

A KDP official says a Coalition plane killed the Daesh military officer of the Nineveh Plain, Abu Abdulla Al-Askari. He says the terrorist was directly responsible for killing civilians, and he recently executed many people trying to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Rudaw]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs heading toward the Qayara Airfield. The Coalition also killed 7 Daesh terrorists near Awsaja village. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared the main road between Qayara Airfield toward Tilul Al-Baj (50 km), and the nearby villages in addition to the Hatra Intersection. It also says the IAA killed tens of Daesh terrorists in Al-Malha village and the Hatra Intersection west of Qayara.  [Baghdadia]

 

A Ninewa Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the Hatra Intersection, killing 6 terrorists. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops and Iraqi Army 9th division destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and 3 mortar units and cleared Al-Aghar village near the Hatra Intersection. [Ghad]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh terrorists killed a pregnant woman and captured her four children while the family was trying to escape Marir village toward Iraqi forces in the Qayara Airfield. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 14 Daesh terrorists and wounded another, and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs and 3 other vehicles in the Qayara area. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a group of 15 Daesh terrorists who were moving to attack Iraqi forces in Awsaja village. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed more than 38 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 7 boats, and a weapons storehouse in Al-Houd village. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed 5 Daesh boats and several mortar units near Jada’a and Safina villages in Qayara. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command captain says Daesh is dumping oil in the Tigris River in the Qayara area in order to pollute the water in Shirqat and other areas. He also says Daesh blew up 8 houses it had used as offices and prisons in Qayara. [BasNews]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces found new Daesh vehicles with Saudi plates in the Qayara area. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issues a video of night battles south of Qayara. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces in areas west of Makhmur and south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh gathering in Hatra District, killing a local Daesh official and destroying a vehicle bomb. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PYD issues a statement on the 3rd anniversary of the Sinjar massacre against the Yazidis, saying that not only should Daesh be held responsible for the massacre, but so should the KDP’s Peshmerga, who received orders to withdraw suddenly and left the Yazidis defenseless. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement is a broadside in a nasty argument. When the Peshmerga re-emerged to drive Daesh out of Sinjar, the KDP credited itself with saving the Yazidis. However, others remembered that soon after Daesh appeared, the Peshmerga suddenly bailed out for Erbil. This has been confirmed by eyewitnesses. The PYD, which also participated in the Sinjar liberation, but with no Kurdish acknowledgement, and which still has soldiers in Sinjar, is competing with the KRG and KDP for the loyalty of the Yazidis. Of course, Sinjar is officially within the Iraqi Government’s jurisdiction. This is yet another complication in the post-Daesh Ninewa scenario that is getting closer.

 

The Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council says the Council allocated 1 billion Iraqi dinars ($830,000) to support 1,710 Yazidi women who escaped Daesh. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. That’s less than $500 per woman. The PC won’t be accused of being over-generous.

 

The director of Sinjar District says the YPG is still occupying government buildings in Sinjar and is not allowing the KRG’s reconstruction plans. He says the infrastructure destruction in Sinjar is 80% and only 60 families have returned to their houses. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says security forces captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Qurna District and confiscated weapons and ammunition. The source also says the National Security Service captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in a displacement camp in the 5 Mile area. The source says the terrorist admitted he had joined Daesh and participated in moving weapons and ammunition and planting IEDs in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Security sources say the police captured, in Adana, a Syrian driver who was trying to smuggle 9 Daesh terrorists from Trinidad and Tobago into Syria. [SyriaHR]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Three civilians were reported wounded when a leftover Daesh land mine exploded east of Tal Abyad. [Hawar] However, a local YPG commander says the victims were YPG fighters. He says the mine was planted by a Daesh sleeper cell in the area. [ARA]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for detonating a motorcycle bomb in Arisha northeast of Hasaka, claiming it killed five YPG fighters. [A3maq]

The YPG-backed Hawar said yesterday that four civilians were killed and nine others wounded when a parked motorcycle exploded in Arisha village north of Shaddadi. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in the Dibsi area in Raqqa. [Isdarat]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

A Manbij Military Council (MMC) senior commander says the MMC has liberated 80% of Manbij city, freeing 40,000 to 50,000 civilians. He also says the MMC campaign continues 24 hours a day. [Hawar]

 

MMC troops killed 26 Daesh terrorists as they advanced in the Hay Sheikh Aqil neighborhood southeast of Manbij city center and killed 2 terrorists and wounded another in Hay Al-Ghassaniya, 1 km northeast of the city center. [Hawar]

 

Photos from different areas east of Manbij city center after they were liberated from Daesh [Hawar]

 

A video of the MMC Commander meeting his parents for the first time in 2 years after they were liberated in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces captured more than 60% of Manbij, and made strategic advances toward the Syrian-Iraqi border in Hasaka. It also says hundreds of civilians managed to leave the city during the past 24 hours. It says 214 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have been killed so far since the start of the operation. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets near Manbij. [InherentResolve]

 

A Manbij Military Council fighter says Daesh terrorists attacked them on July 29th dressed as MMC fighters, but his troops stopped the attack. [Hawar]

 

The YPG issues a statement mourning two of its fighters, a Brit and a Slovenian, who were killed in the battles against Daesh in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying a YPG bulldozer in Dadat village, north of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of attacks on YPG locations north of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

A video of the destruction in Kobane and people’s efforts to reconstruct the city [Hawar]

 

Two civilians were killed and two others wounded by a Turkey-backed opposition group’s shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Eyewitnesses say two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed and two others wounded by snipers in Sheikh Maqsoud. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army southeast of Tadmur. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Syrian Army and allied militias stopped a Daesh attack on the Barda area, east of Qaryatayn. [SyriaNow]

 

A video of FSA troops fighting Daesh in the East Qalamoun area [YouTube]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

10 Daesh terrorists, including a Belgian, were killed in an attack on Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor city. Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions in the Baghailiye area west of Deir Ez-Zor with a vehicle bomb, then launched a large attack in an attempt to capture the area. Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions in Deir Ez-Zor Airport and Tharda Mountain, trying to prevent the army from sending reinforcement to the southern part of Deir Ez-Zor city. Russian warplanes launched at least 2 airstrikes on the area. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Media sources say ten Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack, including a major. [EnabBaladi]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian troops targeted Mara’iya town near Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says warplanes, most likely the Coalition’s, bombed Daesh locations in the Albu Khashab area northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Tribal sources say at least 150 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists were killed by airstrikes on the Bala’a and Muqata’a areas in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

A soldier was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

The body of a man who was kidnapped by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis earlier was found beheaded in Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A medical source says an unknown person was killed by an IED in south Arish. [ElWatan]

 

North Sinai Security Directorate captured 5 takfiris in a search in Hay Al-Safa, south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say a soldier was wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle in the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Sinai. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says 17 of his soldiers were killed and 20 wounded by a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in the Qawarsha area, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

Later on, a medical source told Reuters that 22 soldiers were killed and 70 wounded in the attack. [Wasat]

The Shoura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the attack. [Wasat] Daesh has claimed responsibility for two recent attacks in the same area.

 

Central coast

A medical source says five Libyan soldiers were killed and twenty wounded in the battles against Daesh in Sirte during the last 24 hours. [AfriGate]

Photos of Libyan troops in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government Military says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher and a bulldozer on Tuesday. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video of PMF fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [Harbi]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba’ magazine [Isdarat]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorist attacks in Paris. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the Kurds. The video shows Kurdish terrorists talking about Kurdish history and verbally attacking Kurdish political parties and leaders both in Iraqi and Syria. They also talk about some atrocities committed against the Kurds without mentioning the Halabja massacre of 1988.  [DawaAlhaq]

August 1, 2016

MMC Fighters

Today’s Major Developments

Competing corruption allegations create uproar in parliament.

Iraqi Army finally claims control over Jazeera Khaldiya.

Heavy airstrikes destroy 20 Daesh locations in Mosul.

Iraqi forces capture five more villages near Qayara.

Manbij Military Council troops gain further control of city.

US bombers join Libyan government’s battle for Sirte.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

A big showdown occurred in the CoR on Monday. A Shia MP had earlier accused Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi (a Sunni) of corruption. The Minister attended his question session today at the CoR, where he accused the MP of corruption herself. Then he accused Speaker Jubouri (a fellow Sunni) of trying to force the Ministry of Defense to sign multi-million dollar contracts with favored contractors. He specifically accused Jubouri and his brothers of being involved in multi-million dollar military equipment deals. He also accused Haidar Al-Mullah (a Shia MP in a Sunni bloc), Jamal Al-Karbouli (a Sunni MP), and other MPs of using CoR question sessions to force the Ministry into financial deals including an aircraft deal and a billion-dollar deal for Army food supplies.

Speaker Jubouri left the CoR meeting room after the accusation but returned later and sat with the MPs. He says he will not return to his chamber until he is proven innocent. He also says he will go to the Judiciary and to the Commission on Integrity himself to answer the accusations. Jubouri’s Islamic Party issued a statement defending him and accusing the Minister of “trying to mix the cards.” Other accused MPs said they would sue the Minister.

The CoR’s Integrity Committee says it will form a committee to investigate the accusations. Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement saying the PM has asked the Commission on Integrity to investigate the accusations. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

Prime Minister’s Abadi spokesman says the accusations are “dangerous” and the investigation will reveal the facts about them, stressing that there is no one above the law. [BasNews]

Videos of the CoR session [Al-Iraqia] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [Hurra]

DaeshDaily comment. The allegations go beyond using one’s political position to favor special interests. There have been past corruption cases in which politicians were revealed to have arranged contracts in various ministries for favored contractors, for which they would then get a fee. The current accusations seem to reflect a similar scenario. This kind of scheme is illegal under Iraqi law. So the accusations, whatever the truth about them, are about major felonies that could involve lengthy jail terms.

 

The leader of Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada’ (a Shia PMF) says his group is loyal to Wilayat Al-Faqih (the Iranian religious authority), and doesn’t care about the mess created by the politicians in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

A total of 759 Iraqis were killed and another 1,207 were injured in July by acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, excluding Anbar, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

There were 629 civilians killed and 1,061 wounded, but this includes federal police (10 killed, 13 wounded), Sahwa civil defense, personal security details, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel.

A total of 130 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 146 were injured.

According to the casualties recorded for July, Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with 1,400 civilian casualties (513 killed, 887 injured). Salahuddin had 45 killed and 80 injured, Diyala 24 killed and 52 injured, Ninewa 23 killed and 27 injured, and Kirkuk 23 killed and 13 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for this month.

“The number of casualties as a result of terrorism, violence and conflict in Iraq continues to remain high. We continue to deplore this unacceptable situation and look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when peace and tranquility will return to Iraq,” said Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG). [UNIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding the cumulative tragedy reflected in the numbers, this monthly compilation is almost more frustrating than it is useful, given its hopelessly skewed definition of “civilian” and the lack of data from Anbar, where much of the fighting occurred, for which no explanation is given.

 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Monday expressed serious concern at the creation of a committee tasked with making recommendations to accelerate implementation of death sentences in Iraq. The committee, announced by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, has been mandated to identify procedural or legislative delays in implementation of death sentences passed by Iraq’s courts.

“The women, children and men of Iraq live under constant threat of bombing, killings, and other atrocities, particularly those perpetrated by the so-called ISIL. In such circumstances it becomes all too easy to permit such atrocities to stoke the fires of vengeance,” High Commissioner Zeid said.

“But vengeance is not justice. It is imperative that those who have perpetrated such crimes are held accountable on the basis of facts, evidence and due process and in accordance with law. Given the weaknesses of the Iraqi justice system, and the current environment in Iraq, I am gravely concerned that innocent people have been and may continue to be convicted and executed, resulting in gross, irreversible miscarriages of justice.” [UNIraq]

 

The Iraqi Metrological Directorate says 2016 is the hottest year ever in Iraq, with temperatures reaching 54 Centigrade (129.2 F.) in Basra. [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Qayara (3), Mosul (2), Tal Afar (1), Ramadi (2), Haditha (1), and Hit (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in Baghdad. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

A police says a civilian was killed when unknown armed men shot him in the Shorja area. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says security captured 3 men wanted for impersonating PMF fighters and confiscated weapons from their vehicle at a checkpoint in Hurriya. [Mada]

A security source says security forces started searching vehicles in Kadhimiya after getting information about a vehicle bomb in the area. [Ghad]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and two others wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in Falahat village in Tarmiya. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near the 4,000 Market in Shaab. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says its Traffic Police captain was killed when unknown armed men shot at his civilian vehicle in Fudhailiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Basmaya. [Mada]

A police source says a policeman was wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Ameen. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market near Jurf Al-Naddaf. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

The MoD says Iraqi Army 17th division did a large search in several areas in south Baghdad for Daesh sleeper cells and IEDs. It says no terrorists were seen during the operations but the troops destroyed several guesthouses, uncovering a weapons and explosives cache. [Baghdadia]

A video of Daesh’s explosives cache found by Iraqi forces in south Baghdad [MoD]

 

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused 3 IEDs in Yusufiyah. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Abu Awsaj area, west of Latifiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says the body of an unknown woman was found stabbed to death near a Rasheed wholesale market. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

A member of the Anti-Daesh Tribes in Anbar says thousands of people have returned to their houses in Anbar but they are suffering from the lack of basic services in addition to a huge shortage of fuel. He asks the central and provincial governments to keep their promises to the returnees. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 6 booby-trapped houses and 141 IEDs, clearing a 10 km (6 mile) road in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Manager of Falluja District says Iraqi forces removed all IEDs from the main road in Falluja city and are continuing their work in other areas in Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated Jazeera Khaldiya, and raised its flags over the buildings after heavy battles with Daesh. He says Iraqi forces have started to clear the buildings and villages, defusing IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Mada]

The commander says more than 120 Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation. [PUKMedia]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Khaldiya subdistrict council says 20 Daesh terrorists, who were trapped in Jazeera Khaldiya, surrendered themselves to Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 28 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 6 defensive positions, 4 rocket launchers, a cannon, and 4 guesthouses, and defused 22 IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 53rd brigade killed a Daesh terrorist and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle, and defused 25 IEDs in the Jazeera Khaldiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 51st brigade, and the PMF’s Imam Ali division, liberated Albu Shahab and Albu Sawda areas during the Jazeera Khaldiya liberation operations. [Harbi]

 

The PMFs say they liberated the remaining Daesh pockets in the Albu Bali area. The PMFs are also clearing the International Highway between Ramadi and Falluja. [Harbi]

 

PMF troops found Daesh tunnels linking east and west Jazeera Khaldiya. PMF troops also killed 6 Daesh terrorists in east Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says the IAA targeted Daesh’s locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 12 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP Commander held a press conference in Jazeera Khaldiya. He says his troops arrested 11 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in tunnels near the river. He also says his troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists wearing explosives vests in Jazeera Khaldiya orchards. He also says his troops killed 37 Daesh terrorists, and captured a machine gun-mounted vehicle and 2 mortars, in addition to mid-sized weapons and explosives, and cleared the bridges in the canal area. [Harbi]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle bomb, cleared 30 booby-trapped houses, destroyed 155 IEDs, and found a vehicle bomb-rigging factory in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says the IAA killed more than 30 Daesh terrorists, and wounded more than 50, destroying a 700m tunnel, 2 fuel tanks, 7 hideouts, and 2 motorcycles in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

Overall, the MoI says Iraqi forces liberated 150 sq km (58.6 square miles) in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 180 Daesh fighters. [Rudaw]

 

The JOC says an Iraqi soldier was killed in an IED explosion in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces secured 209 civilians, moving them to a displacement camp in the Kilo 18 area. [Harbi]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube] [YouTube] [MoD][YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A video of an IAA helicopter targeting Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a vehicle bomb in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

Ramadi city area

The Mayor of Ramadi District says 50,000 families have returned to their houses in Ramadi city during the last 7 months. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attempt to attack Iraqi forces in the East Hsaiba area near Ramadi, forcing them to flee. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

The JOC source says Jazeera Operations Command troops captured a Daesh rocket launcher and 5 Katyushas in the Dolab area. [Harbi]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA targeted a Daesh convoy in Rawa in the Anah District, killing 12 Daesh terrorists including a commander. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations commander says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh gathering in the West Hsaiba area of Al-Qa’im subdistrict, near the Syrian border, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. He says the airstrikes also destroyed 4 guesthouses in the West Hsaiba area and Al-Raihana village in Anah. The area is one of Daesh’s main entry points between Syria and Iraq. He also says Iraqi forces are gathering in large numbers to start a military operation to clear the upper Euphrates area in west Anbar. [BasNews]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Coalition warplanes launched airstrikes on a Daesh meeting in Rummana subdistrict north of Al-Qa’im, killing 25 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh says five children and four women were killed and ten other civilians wounded in an American airstrike on a residential area in Al-Qa’im. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Kilo 70 area northwest of Rutba. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video is made in an unconvincing way. It doesn’t show the actual attack, only “before and after” footage. It shows burned building and vehicles, but no casualties.

 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked 2 Iraqi Army barracks near the Kilo 160 area, then a group of its terrorists attacked the barracks, killing or wounding several fighters, and destroying the 2 barracks in addition to an SUV. Daesh publishes a photo of the 2 terrorists in addition to photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The location seems suspiciously like the one in the previous report.

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in west Anbar. In the video, a masked terrorist speaks in Russian and threatens Putin. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 9th Armored division, and Counter Terrorism troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Shirqat area, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and killing 3 suicide terrorists. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. The presence of the Counter Terrorism troops could indicate that an operation to capture Shirqat city is near.

 

The Manager of Shirqat District says Daesh terrorists used the delay in military operations to redeploy in Shirqat areas and arranged a military parade in the eastern part. [Mada]

 

The JOC source says Salahuddin Operations Command defused a booby-trapped house in Makhoul subdistrict. [Harbi]

 

The JOC source says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh foreign terrorist guesthouse in Sdaira village in Shirqat. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues photos of 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who attacked the Iraqi Army between Dibis and Sheikh Ali villages. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Al-Zab east of Shirqat. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

A video of displaced families from Shirqat [Etejah]

 

Samarra

The Basra Police says its emergency troops conducted a security operation in the Samarra area, and captured 8 people wanted on terrorism charges, including 4 women. The Basra Police has an emergency battalion that participates in military operations with the Samarra Operations Command. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The JOC source says 219 civilians returned to their houses in Yathrib subdistrict after passing the security check. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council says tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attempt to sneak into Al-Talaa village, 10 km (6 miles) west of Udhaim, forcing them to flee. [Sumaria]

 

National Security sources say security captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Hibhib subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh attacked the Bay Hassan Oilfield, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, but security forces stopped the attack, killing 4 Daesh terrorists. The Daesh attack halted production at the oilfield, damaged fuel storehouses, and killed four North Oil Company employees and wounded several Peshmerga fighters. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says a group of Daesh terrorists managed to sneak into the oilfield, but the police and Peshmerga surrounded them and killed them. It confirmed that four employees were killed in the attack. [Harbi]

 

Daesh version said yesterday that a group of its terrorists entered the oilfield and burned down the headquarters. Daesh also says another group entered the North Gas Company, killing several people and destroying several oil storehouses, and rigging several buildings with explosives before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of one of the attacks and says it was conducted by a Syrian terrorist from Kobane. [CtS]

 

Videos of the Daesh attack on the oilfield [YouTube] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh launched a Katyusha rocket on the headquarters of the North Gas Company, without causing any damage. [Mada]

 

A security source says 2 “dangerous” Daesh members were arrested in Hay Al-Askari in south Kirkuk. The source says they were planning to facilitate movement of other terrorists into Kirkuk city to conduct terrorist attacks. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Kirkuk Police and Asayesh captured 4 people in 2 villages in Dibis subdistrict who were suspected of aiding the Daesh terrorists who attacked the oilfield. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed 4 Daesh terrorists from Arab countries in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source says a Daesh “oil office” official was killed, in addition to 14 others, by a Coalition airstrike on Rashad subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Taza council says Bashir town was liberated 3 months ago and more than 750 of its houses are destroyed, but so far there has been no help from the central government. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Eyewitnesses say Daesh suffered a bad night after heavy Coalition airstrikes on its locations in Mosul city. Sources say more than 20 Daesh locations were destroyed by extensive airstrikes, forcing Daesh terrorists to flee. [Maalomah]

A Ninewa Police commander says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh’s hisbah office in the Cultural Group area, killing 12 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

A medical source says 60 Turkish soldiers and 20 NMF militia members contracted food poisoning in Atheel Nujaifi’s Zilkan military camp near Bashiqa. [Rudaw]

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga shelled a Daesh headquarters in Omar Qabsa village in Bashiqa subdistrict, killing 12 terrorists, including a commander from Mosul. [Mada]

A KDP official says the Peshmerga shelled and destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Khara’eb Dalil village in Bashiqa, killing 3 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces rapidly advanced in areas between Qayara and Ninewa’s rural Hatra District to its south and liberated 5 villages. He says there hasn’t been strong resistance from Daesh, as several terrorists were killed and the rest fled to Mosul. [BasNews]

 

The JOC says a group of Daesh terrorists wearing Iraqi Army military uniforms were approaching Haj Ali village when Iraqi Army 71st brigade, having discovered the ruse, attacked them, killing 40. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it detonated 7 vehicle bombs on the road between Qayara and Shirqat, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KURDISTAN

KRG President Barzani met with the US Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford, US Ambassador Stuart Jones, Coalition Commander in Iraq General Sean McFarland, and the US Consul in Erbil to discuss the political and military developments in Iraq and the region, according to a statement from Barzani’s office. General Dunford says that the Ninewa liberation plan will not succeed without the participation of the Peshmerga, according to the statement. He also says that having an after-liberation stability plan is more important than the liberation itself. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The last sentence is likely the one important news item about the meeting. Meeting reports by Barzani’s office are consistently unreliable for determining what actually happens in his meetings. As the Mosul plan moves forward, Barzani is more likely to be the problem than the solution. Therefore, the not-infrequent meetings with him are more likely efforts to keep him in line than to get his input on military strategy.

 

The Erbil Asayesh says it captured a group of Daesh terrorists in Erbil who entered the city with displaced families from Qayara. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh executed a man and a young boy in 2 different areas east and west of Raqqa, in separate incidents, after accusing them of leaving Islam and cooperating with the Syrian government. [SyriaHR]

 

Four civilians were killed and nine other wounded when a parked motorcycle exploded in Arisha village north of Shaddadi in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

A video showing a girl planting a bomb at the KDP headquarters in Maabda city in Hasaka. The video shows the masked girl ran away before the bomb exploded and caused material damage. KDP supporters accused the PYD of the attack. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

The MMC spokesman tells Reuters his troops have liberated 70% of Manbij so far. He also says 40-50,000 civilians left the city since the military operations started. [Xendan]

 

Manbij Military Council (MMC) troops advanced into Hay Sheikh Aqil southeast of Manbij city center, killing 10 Daesh terrorists. MMC troops stopped a Daesh attack in the southern part of the city center, destroying 5 vehicle bombs. [Hawar]

MMC troops secured more than 2,000 civilians from the area (photos). [Hawar]

 

MMC troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists in battles in Hay Al-Azar east of Manbij city center, killing 10 terrorists. MMC fighters also destroyed 3 Daesh headquarters in the western part, killing several terrorists. [Hawar]

 

MMC fighters secured 5,000 civilians from areas east of Manbij city center, mostly women and children, during the last 2 days. [Hawar]

Videos of women from Manbij celebrating their freedom from Daesh [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

MMC troops liberated Jab Al-Nashama village south of Manbij after heavy battles with Daesh (video). [Hawar]

 

MMC fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Um Adas village west of Manbij, killing several terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a Daesh attack on Dandaniya village northwest of Manbij on Sunday, killing 22 terrorists. Daesh is targeting Manbij city with rockets and mortars from Dadat town. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG bulldozer with a guided missile near Dadat, north of Manbij, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles north of Manbij. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

A video of an MMC commander entering his house in Manbij for the first time in 2½ years [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three people from one family were killed as they were trying to escape Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

A local newspaper says Daesh terrorists forced the family of a young man who was killed by a Daesh land mine while trying to escape from a village northeast of Manbij to pay the price of the mine. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The Baathists used to force the families of executed men to pay the price of the bullets. This incident helps you to understand where some of Daesh’s absurdities really come from.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 8 near Manbij and 2 near Mare’. [InherentResolve]

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying 2 Daesh fighting positions near Manbij on July 11 [CJTF]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

Tens of people demonstrated in Afrin objecting the PYD’s compulsory military service. [BasNews]

 

Opposition groups publish photos of the Russian helicopter they shot down south of Aleppo. The Russian Ministry of Defense says the helicopter was on a humanitarian mission. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh captured parts of the international road between Aleppo and Khanaser, cutting off an important Syrian Army supply route, after heavy battles with the army and its allied militias. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say an armed group attacked a Daesh vehicle in Mayadin city, killing or wounding several terrorists. Daesh intensified its security procedures and raided several houses in the area after the attack. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of a New Syrian Army commander, explaining to his fighters how to communicate with American warplanes. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a tribal gathering north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

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

Opposition groups launched massive attacks on Daesh in the Ain Dhikr and Saham Al-Jolan areas west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its affiliate, Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, stopped an opposition attack on the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa and damaged a tank with a guided missile. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Army Ground Troops commander says Daesh has attracted recruits from Iranian cities near the Iraqi border. He says 2 Daesh members were killed and their explosives vests were confiscated in the cities of Qasr Shirin and Naft. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say Egyptian Apaches destroyed a big Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis rockets and explosives storehouse in Rafah on Sunday, killing 46 terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis destroyed electricity towers in North Sinai, cutting off power on areas in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say two soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle on the coastal road in Arish on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a soldier was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces captured 2 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis leaders in two different areas in Sheikh Zuweid and captured large quantities of weapons and explosives. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in Sinai. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army says it captured the Qawarsha Gate after heavy battles. Military sources say three Libyan soldiers were killed in the battle. [AfriGate]

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says his troops, supported by Libyan warplanes and helicopters, captured the gate and several buildings in the area from Daesh. He says one of his field commanders was killed and three other soldiers wounded in the battles. [Wasat]

 

A military spokesman says his troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb before it reached its target in the Qawarsha area on Sunday. He says this is the third foiled suicide attack in the last three days. Another commander says two soldiers were killed and seventeen wounded in two suicide attacks in the Chinese Buildings area on Saturday and Sunday. [Libya24] [Libya24]

 

Central coast

At the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes today against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced this to reporters in a news briefing. The airstrikes were in support of GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya, Cook said. President Barack Obama authorized the strikes following a recommendation from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Defense]

The Chairman of the GNA’s Presidential Council says American warplanes conducted airstrikes on Daesh locations in Sirte at his government’s request, causing massive casualties. He says the airstrikes were conducted only in the Sirte area. He also says there will be no American ground intervention. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government military spokesman says his troops cleared Hay Al-Dollar in Sirte city and have made significant advances. He also says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations near Ibn Sina hospital and Hay 3. [AfriGate]

He says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in the area on Sunday destroying 2 vehicles and killing 7 terrorists. He says the American bombing of Daesh locations in Sirte destroyed several vehicles including a T72 tank. [Wasat]

He also says his troops captured a Daesh leader who was trying to escape by sea. He welcomed the American airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Eyewitnesses say tens of families escaped Sirte city after the American airstrikes. [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government military spokesman says 354 of his troops have been killed and 2,000 wounded in the battles in Sirte so far. [Wasat]

 

Photos of Libyan troops in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it attacked Fajr Libya troops in Hay Al-Dora, south of Sirte, then a Saudi suicide terrorist attacked Fajr Libya with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says several Fajr Libya fighters were killed and several of their vehicles destroyed. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes the 15th issues of its Dabiq magazine. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

Daesh’s A3maq publishes infographics about its suicide attacks in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the month of July. [ARA]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

July 29, 2016

Manbij

Today’s Major Developments

Anti-corruption demonstrators back in Baghdad, other cities.

Baghdadi’s deputy and brother-in-law among many killed by IAF airstrikes in Al-Qa’im.

Babel Police arrest 20 terrorism suspects.

Coalition hits Manbij with 19 airstrikes in one day.

CENTCOM confirms 55 accidental deaths from Coalition bombing.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and several other governorates demanding reforms and an end to the sectarian and partisan quotas, and objecting to the CoR member benefits law and the freedom of expression law. [Mada]

 

The Reform Front in the CoR says Iraq should cut off diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia if the Saudis host the “Sunni Region” conference. They say the conference aims at destroying the political process in Iraq and will host people linked to Daesh. Several Sunni politicians are supposedly attending the conference including former Ninewa Governor Atheel Nujaifi, Rafi’ Al-Eissawi, and former Vice President Tareq Al-Hashimi, living in exile to avoid implementation of death sentences against him. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudi Arabia is still working on destroying Iraqi unity and Iraqi identity by claiming to be the friend of Sunni Iraqis, similar to what Iran does on the other side. This petty cold war between the two countries, which is a recently developed political conflict and not really a religious one, has killed hundreds of thousands of people so far, and neither side seems interested in ending it.

The dilemma for Iraq is that it is caught in between. Any gesture that seems negative to Saudi Arabia is regarded by some Sunnis as further evidence of sectarianism by the Shia-majority government. However, not standing up to Saudi sectarianism undermines Iraq’s own security.

 

The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Normandy and calling for political and religious leaders to de-legitimize the people who call for terrorism and poisonous ideas. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD says the Minister of Defense met with the Badr leader, Hadi Al-Ameri, to discuss the Mosul liberation preparations. [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Qayara (3) and Mosul (2) areas, and in Hit (2), Haditha (1), and Habbaniya (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says a Ministry of Science and Technology employee was killed and his wife and two children wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi forces started a military operation in Tarmiya targeting Daesh hideouts and sleeper cells (video). [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says a roadside IED exploded on Al-Fallah Street in Sadr City without causing any casualties. [Ghad]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A local police source says the body of an unknown young man was found shot near Fadhliya. [Maalomah]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses in the Manari area in Arab Jabour. [Ghad]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in the Kilo 5 area. The same brigade destroyed an IED and found more weapons and explosives in the Arab Dawood area. [Ghad]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Mada]

The MoI says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured in Dora. [Baghdadia]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 25th brigade captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Rasheed. [Ghad]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says one PMF fighter was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused a booby-trapped house and 27 IEDs in Falluja. Iraqi forces also defused the house of Daesh’s “minister of trade”. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found another car-rigging factory in Falluja city and confiscated large quantities of explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused a school, 55 houses, and 4 IEDs in the Qarma area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused 22 houses and 15 shops, destroying 2 IEDs, in Saqlawiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 24th brigade found an explosives cache buried in a house in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces began to clear the Falahat area, west of Falluja, from mines and IEDs, confiscating 29 C4 cans. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh IEDs in the Hassi area. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. All these post-battle stories about defusing IEDs and booby-trapped houses sound boring and repetitive after a while. They all represent a measure of progress, however, in making homes and neighborhoods safe and allowing residents to return to their homes.

 

Ramadi

A military source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Zangoura area. The source also says Daesh shelled the 7th tribal PMF brigade’s headquarters north of Ramadi, killing one fighter. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were trying to plant an IED near Jazeera Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on Daesh locations in the Qurtan area, killing 9 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos of IFP troops moving toward Ramadi to help liberate Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout near the Haditha Dam, killing 7 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says IAA helicopters and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Hay Al-Bakr west of Hit. [Mawazin]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF, aided by the Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell, destroyed 3 Daesh targets in Al-Qa’im, killing “tens” of terrorists, including the deputy of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, and the “deputy minister of war,” in addition to Abu Taha Al-Azzawi, Baghdadi’s brother-in-law, and other notable terrorists. It also says the IAF destroyed a large weapons and explosives storehouse, in addition to 5 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

The Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says it conducted an operation killing several Daesh terrorists and capturing 6 in Rutba. It says the terrorists were responsible for suicide attacks in Kerbala, Dhi Qar, and Basra. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD says it captured 43 wanted people while they were trying to sneak into Salahuddin with returnee families. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. That’s a rather large number of suspects caught in one day. Daesh has been trying to gain ground in the liberated areas.

 

A local official says a list of 950 names was sent to Prime Minister Abadi’s office, consisting of tribal fighters to participate in holding the ground in Salahuddin. [BasNews]

 

Shirqat

A PMF commander says the Daesh mufti of Shirqat, a 40-year-old Saudi terrorist, was killed in an airstrike on a Daesh guesthouse just outside Shirqat. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudis are preferred by Daesh and Al-Qaeda to be “muftis,” or sharia emirs. Most have never actually studied religion, but because they are from Saudi Arabia, people believe they know what they are talking about.

 

A PMF spokesman says Daesh has collapsed in Shirqat and he does not anticipate any fierce battles once the liberation battle starts. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle, killing 4 terrorists in the Rihaiwat area in Makhoul subdistrict. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing several terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says armed men kidnapped a civilian on the road between Baquba and Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police Commander says his men captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges near Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF commander says many families from Albu Khayal village in Udhaim left their houses after Daesh kidnapped and executed five people from the village. He says Daesh is still a major presence in the Mtaibija area near Udhaim, and is threatening the nearby villages. He says Daesh is attempting to force people out of liberated villages so as to use some as a launch pad for its attacks. [Sumaria]

 

A police source says people of Sa’aidat village near Qara Tapa stopped a Daesh attack on their village. The source says three people from the village were wounded. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says Daesh launched a rocket on the North Gas Company headquarters on the road between Kirkuk and Hawija, without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a Daesh terrorist from Hawija was captured at a checkpoint in Laylan south of Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh car bomb factory in Hawija, killing a Daesh explosives expert. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says the Coalition bombed a police station used by Daesh as a headquarters in the 17 Tammuz neighborhood in Mosul city, killing tens of terrorists. [Mada]

 

Local sources say an IED exploded targeting a Daesh vehicle at the entrance of Mahalbiya subdistrict, west of Mosul, killing 5 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross says, with the start of liberation operations in Mosul, around 1 million people might be forced to leave their houses in the coming months. [Karemlash]

 

The MoI Spokesman says Iraqi forces have liberated more than 13 administrative units in Ninewa governorate so far. He says Daesh has fallen in Mosul, and there is a “real revolution” against it. He says the Iraqi Government is depending on the people of Mosul to support Iraqi forces. [Etejah]

 

Media sources say a Daesh speaker in Mosul insulted the men of Mosul during the Friday prayers for refusing to join Daesh in the battlefield. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh issues a video of the activities of its religious call and mosque offices in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video shows how Daesh “takes care” of mosques, which includes mutilating and destroying mosques that don’t follow Wahhabi rules. The video also attacks other Sunni groups and imams. Daesh stresses its Wahhabi background in using the thousands of Wahhabi mosques all over the world for its recruitment.   

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The MoD says a tribal PMF force, supported by Iraqi Army units, liberated Shayala village southwest of Haj Ali in Makhmur, capturing 2 vehicles in addition to weapons and ammunition. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh car bomb and IED factory near the Water Project in Qayara subdistrict. The Coalition also destroyed 12 Daesh rocket launchers in Al-Houd village, in addition to killing 3 terrorists, and destroying a vehicle on the road between Mosul and Qayara and a rocket launcher near Ihjala village. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 35th brigade captured Hussein Al-Khalifa village east of the Qayara Airfield. [Ghad]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it stopped 2 Peshmerga attacks on Hasan Jallad and Qara Kharab villages near Aski Mosul. [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

Sistani’s office issued a statement saying the Iraqi government was not able, or willing, to support the displaced people. It also says it built a 300-unit camp equipped with water and electricity in Najaf for 300 displaced families. [Sumaria]

 

Babel

The Babel Police Chief says his troops, supported by Sahwa fighters, conducted a search in Jbala and Iskandariya and captured 20 men wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 22 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria. An amazing nineteen of these were on the Manbij area, the others on Mare (2) and on Shaddadi in Hasaka (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

YPG fighters conducted a special operation in Raqqa city that liberated a Yazidi family of twelve from Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij Military Council troops finally captured Hay Al-Kajli in southeast Manbij after 5 days of heavy battles with Daesh (video). After that, MMC fighters continued their advance toward the city center and captured a street and a bridge before heading toward Hay Al-Nuaimi in Manbij city center. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated around 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children, from Hay Al-Kajli and Al-Rabita streets. Survivors say Daesh is targeting anyone trying to leave the city. They also say people who are trapped in the city are suffering from lack of food. (video). [Hawar]

A mother of three from Manbij says they spent the entire month of Ramadan without food. They had nothing but water and sun-dried bulgur. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a massive Daesh attack that began Thursday evening northwest of Manbij, killing more than 35 Daesh terrorists and destroying an armored vehicle and a headquarters. Battles continued in Ilan village. MMC fighters are searching the villages. [Hawar]

 

U.S. Central Command has begun an assessment to determine if a U.S. airstrike yesterday near Manbij resulted in unintentional civilian deaths, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today.

“That assessment is still in its early phase and we do not have all the facts at this time and we do not have any conclusions,” the Press Secretary said.

There have been a total of 202 allegations of civilian casualties during Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a DoD spokesman.

Of those 202 allegations, 143 were deemed not credible. Of the 59 deemed credible, 23 cases remain open and 36 have been closed. The 36 closed allegations resulted in the announcement of 55 civilian deaths and 29 civilian injuries, the spokesman said. [DoD]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, are trying to regain villages it lost yesterday in a Daesh attack northwest of Manbij. Daesh captured and killed twenty-four civilians in Buweir village yesterday. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, a separate organization, says Daesh beheaded fifteen civilians from the village. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it killed twenty-seven YPG fighters in its attack on areas west of Manbij yesterday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Reality is that the people it massacred were civilians, many of them women and children.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a civilian was killed by a Coalition warplane in Hay Al-Sarb in Manbij city. Two other men were killed by snipers as they tried to leave Manbij city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of YPG armored vehicles destroyed in battles on Al-Rabita Street in west Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG armored vehicle with a guided missile northeast of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Dudyan north of Aleppo from opposition groups. [A3maq]

An opposition commander says his troops then launched a counter attack and recaptured the town after heavy battles, killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists. He says that before the counter-attack, Coalition warplanes launched several airstrikes on Daesh locations. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like the tenth time we reported that Daesh recaptured this town. Daesh is trying desperately to keep its route to the Turkish border.

 

Battles continued near Sheikh Maqsoud between the YPG and Turkey backed opposition groups. The opposition is heavily shelling and rocketing the area. [Hawar]

Media sources say a female YPG commander was killed in the battles in Sheikh Maqsoud. The YPG captured a residential area near Sheikh Maqsoud, cutting off the opposition group’s supply line to east Aleppo. Media sources say the Syrian Army and the YPG, supported by Russian warplanes, have captured several areas in east Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

Internal clashes between opposition groups continued for the 6th day in the Azaz area, cutting off the road for displaced people who want to go to Afrin. One of the displaced people says the opposition groups are charging $200 dollars for every vehicle that wants to cross into Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Iraqi and Afghani militias supporting the Syrian government reportedly burned down 20% of Tadmur city. He says a woman died when militias burned down her building in the city near the Tadmur silos. Russian warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Al-Barda area east of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Huwaisis area in Jab Al-Jarrah subdistrict east of Homs, killing eleven soldiers. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh appointed a new emir for the Shaitat area in Deir Ez-Zor, after the previous emir was recently killed. Daesh also arrested many people from the Shaitat tribe. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying 2 Syrian army cannons south of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

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

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavy battles erupted between Syrian Islamic groups and Daesh affiliates in Ain Dhikr and other areas west of Daraa. Daesh advanced in the Lajat area after a massive attack. [SyriaHR]

 

Opposition groups admitted they lost eight fighters who fell into a Daesh land mine in Lajat, northeast of Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh said yesterday it stopped an opposition attack on the Hawsh Hamad area in Lajat, killing eleven fighters and wounding nineteen. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 4 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles in Al-Qasr village northeast of Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Senior security sources say around 200 takfiri terrorists were killed during the week, after heavy bombing on areas south of Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid. The sources say the airstrikes destroyed Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis headquarters and weapons and explosives storehouses, in addition to more than 50 vehicles and motorcycles. [VetoGate]

 

Two soldiers were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Sadr Hitan area, in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis planned to attack the checkpoint near the Sheikh Zuweid Police Station with a vehicle bomb, followed by an attack by armed terrorists, in addition to planting IEDs in the area to prevent military reinforcements. The sources say security men destroyed the vehicle bomb, in addition to 2 other vehicles, with RPG rockets and killed 15 terrorists. Security found and defused 3 IEDs in the area. [VetoGate] [ElWatan]

A security source says the terrorists used a Directorate of Agriculture vehicle in Arish that they hijacked earlier. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a military patrol survived an IED explosion near Karm Al-Qawadees, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says security destroyed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis storehouse that contained around 50 tons of explosives. [VetoGate]

 

Unknown armed men shot and wounded a 35-year-old woman in the head in Hay Al-Kharrafin in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say a soldier was wounded by an IED in the Al-Hasan area in Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says one soldier was killed and six others wounded by a suicide attack near the Chinese Buildings area in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

Daesh says one of its Libyan suicide terrorists attacked Libyan National Army troops in the Chinese Buildings area, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying 14 military vehicles and a tank. [JustPaste]

 

A Libyan special forces commander says one of his soldiers was killed in land mine explosion in the Qawarsha area, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

He refutes earlier reports about capturing the Qawarsha Gate but says his troops captured strategic areas near the gate. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

A medical source says five soldiers were killed and twenty-three wounded in heavy battles in Sirte today. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A video of today’s demonstrations in Baghdad [Yalla]

 

Iraqi fighters defusing a booby-trapped house [YouTube]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh vehicle carrying terrorists while they were fleeing from the Habbaniya area on June 29 [CJTF]

A video of Daesh terrorists captured by tribal fighters near Haditha [YouTube]

 

A Daesh terrorist killed by the Iraqi Army near Shirqat [YouTube]

 

Daesh supporters make fun of Nusra’s breaking ties with Al-Qaeda [Twitter] [Twitter] [Twitter]

 

A video of displaced families from the Qayara areas [Twitter]

 

Druze people from Suwayda celebrating the release of a local family that was kidnapped by Daesh few days ago [YouTube]

 

Videos of opposition groups targeting Daesh positions near Hawash Hamad in Lajat, Syria. [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

July 28, 2016

Displaced children from Manbij

Today’s Major Developments

Coalition airstrike in Anah, western Anbar, kills 17 Daesh members.

Ninewa Ops Commander says Daesh is at its weakest point militarily.

Mosul citizens attack Daesh prison and free prisoners; others kidnap 3 Daesh members.

Al-Nusra leader announces split from Al-Qaeda.

Toll from Qamishli attack grows to 62 killed, 176 wounded.

Manbij Military Council forces stop major Daesh attack, gain ground in Manbij.

Daesh massacres Manbij residents who escaped to nearby villages.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Local activists and COR members say the draft of the Freedom of Speech and Demonstration law needs substantial changes. The drafted law faced objections from several societal and legal groups because of its vague nature. [Mada]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF commission, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says the PMFs are ready to participate in the liberation battles of Shirqat and Mosul, when Prime Minister Abadi issues his orders. He also says the PMFs will never accept having Ninewa Governorate become a base for “terrorism, Baathists, or Turks.” [Mada]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says the foreign donations to Iraq will be used to help the displaced people, but will not include compensation for damage to their houses. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or around Rawa (1), Hit (2), Baghdadi (1), Ramadi (1), and Falluja (1); in Hawija (1); and Qayara (1), Sultan Abdullah (1), Mosul (1), and Kasik (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The JOC Spokesman says Military Intelligence captured a cell of 3 Daesh terrorists who were planning suicide attacks with explosives vests in Baghdad. He says they also captured weapons, explosives vests, and other equipment (video). [AIN]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eleven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hamamiyat in Taji. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade destroyed 7 IEDs in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found 40 mortar shells in the Banat Al-Hassan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says six civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Bub Al-Sham. [Maalomah]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers with light weapons in the Tuwaitha area in Mada’in. [JustPaste]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 25th brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and cleared a 22 km (14 miles) road in the Huwairat area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused one IED and found weapons and explosives in the Khawaled area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says its snipers wounded an Iraqi soldier in the Sayafiya area in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market near Hay Al-Amel. [Mada]

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army lieutenant was kidnapped near his house near Saidiya; then his body was found shot four hours later in Hay Al-Nasr, in east Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says the situation of the displaced people in the camps is still terrible. He also says the financial allocations from the displacement ministry are very low, and the donor’s money has not arrived yet. He also says the Anbar Provincial Council’s management of the displacement issue has been poor, and Council members are afraid of incurring anger from displaced people if the Council decides to go back and hold its meetings in Anbar. [Mada]

 

Falluja

A member of the COR’s Security and Defense Committee says displaced people from Anbar are being forced to pay 300-400 dollar bribes in order to be allowed to enter Baghdad through Bzaibiz Bridge. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not only shameful, but also dangerous.

 

Iraqi forces defused 30 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 167 IEDs in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 4 Daesh terrorists near the Japanese Bridge in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

The Chairman of the Falluja Tribes Council says hundreds of Daesh members left Anbar toward Baghdad, Erbil, and Suleimaniya. He urged the government to follow up on them. [Etejah]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Tarabsha areas, killing 8 terrorists, and destroying 24 rocket launchers, 2 buildings, and several rockets. It also says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Tarabsha area, and found 5 IEDs and 7 C4 cans. [Etejah]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh targets in Hay Al-Bakr, west of Hit, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 4 machine gun-mounted vehicles, a large weapons and explosives storehouse, and 3 mortar units. [Mada]

A security source says Coalition warplanes also destroyed a Daesh radio station in Hay Al-Bakr. [PUKMedia]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The commander of the West Anbar Tribal PMFs says military reinforcements are needed to liberate the rest of western Anbar and capture the border of Syria. He says the liberation also needs addition arms for the tribes and continuous air support to cut off Daesh supply lines. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh was parading its terrorists near Anah when Coalition warplanes bombed them, killing 17, including 7 Asians. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed 4 Iraqi Humvees with IEDs and killed sixteen soldiers north of Rutba. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb on an IFP convoy on the road between Rutba and Akashat, killing four IFP officers and several soldiers. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh gave the names and the ranks of three of the officers. And why would a car be parked in the desert without being checked? This suggests an inside job.  

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Mayor of Shirqat says the American Military Unit accompanied the Iraqi Army 15th division, and moved from Makhmur area to support Iraqi forces in liberating Shirqat. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Even if true, it’s not wise to reveal information about military movements. The government said earlier that it postponed a military operation in Qayara because some Iraqi officials leaked the plans to media outlets. 

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Alam subdistrict, killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The MoD says Iraqi forces will dig a trench around the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine in Balad District in order to prevent Daesh attacks. Daesh attacked the shrine on July 7th, killing or wounding more than 100 people. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

A police source says Daesh released a boy it had kidnapped earlier in Jalawla after his parents paid 6,000 dollars. He says Daesh is using kidnapping in the Jalawla area to make up for its loss of other financial sources. [BasNews]

 

The Diyala Police says its Explosive Ordinance Disposal units defused 2 IEDs in Mansouriya subdistrict. [Mawazin]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in Albu Mar’i village in Udhaim, killing one soldier and severely wounding two others. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says Daesh executed a 20-year-old man in Hawija, after accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

A tribal leader says Daesh terrorists publicly executed a family of four people from his tribe in Hawija, after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. He says this is a ready-made Daesh accusation, used against anyone wishing to leave its territory. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing copies of the will of its dead commander, Omar Shishani, in the Hawija area. [JustPaste]

Daesh also publishes 2 photos of distributing leaflets and CDs. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Daesh is now at its weakest stage and will soon be defeated. He also says the reason behind the delay in the Iraqi force’s operations to liberate Mosul is that Daesh is using civilians as human shields. [PUKMedia]

 

A local source says a group of people attacked a Daesh prison in Mosul, killing its guards and freeing “tens” of prisoners. [Baghdadia]

 

A local source says unknown armed men kidnapped 3 Daesh terrorists in Mosul city. The source says the terrorists, from Arab countries, were responsible for kidnapping and killing tens of civilians in Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed twenty civilians after various accusations, including opposing Daesh and provoking people against it and communicating with the Army, Peshmerga, and Coalition. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh has started to distribute wholesale wheat broadly in Mosul city. The source says Daesh used to have a monopoly on the wheat, keeping it in storehouses and using it as leverage to manipulate the people of Mosul by giving it only to favored people and selling it for high prices. The source also confirms that Daesh’s hisbah terrorists have nearly disappeared from Mosul streets, and people have started to openly smoke cigarettes and partake in other previously prohibited activities. [AIN]

 

The AAH Spokesman says “AAH Intelligence” has arrived on the east side of Mosul and published a photo, allegedly from Mosul. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a rather exaggerated statement. Showing a photo of a piece of paper in the hand of someone in Mosul doesn’t prove you have your own intelligence service.

 

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga colonel and a lieutenant were killed and four others wounded by a Daesh mortar shell in Muftiya village in the Al-Khazer military sector. [Rudaw]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga colonel and a lieutenant were killed and four others wounded by a Daesh mortar shell in Muftiya village in the Al-Khazer military sector. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga locations in different areas in the Nineveh Plain. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh meeting in Qayara city, killing several terrorists, including the Daesh military commander of south Ninewa. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Shayala Al-Imam village southwest of Makhmur. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the same area, and that its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in Awsaja and Nassr villages, west of Makhmur. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The General Turkish Council in Erbil refuted media reports about withdrawing the Turkish troops from Bashiqa, saying the troops are there to help the Peshmerga in the fight against Daesh. [BasNews]

 

The Erbil Police says a displaced young man from Anbar committed suicide in Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

The Deputy Peshmerga Chief of Staff says 4,200 Peshmerga fighters and officers finished their training by international trainers in two compounds in Kurdistan. The Coalition has trained 1,500 Peshmerga fighters since the start of the war on Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The leader of Nusra Front, Jolani, appears in a video announcing its split from Al-Qaeda, saying he is forming a new group called Al-Sham Conquest Front. Jolani, who showed his face publicly for the first time, thanked Al-Qaeda and its leader, stating his new group will not have a relationship with any non-Syrian side. It intends to be a Syrian organization rather than an international organization. [Rudaw]

The Al-Qaeda Deputy Chief, Ahmed Abu Al-Khair, had issued an audio message on Thursday, permitting Jolani to split. [ARA]

However, General Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM Commander, says Nusra will remain part of Al-Qaeda, even if it changes its name. [ARA]

 

The White House spokesman also says the United States has not changed its point of view regarding Al-Nusra. He also says Washington has increasing fears of Al-Nusra’s ability to conduct attacks that might threaten the United States and Europe. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, nine in and around Manbij, four in Mare, and one in Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

Human Rights Watch says that since May 27, Syrian and Russian warplanes have conducted 47 airstrikes on 3 provinces in Syria using cluster bombs. [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A special source says the number of casualties of the Qamishli terrorist attack was increased to 62 killed and 176 wounded, and 100 houses and shops were destroyed. The source says volunteers in teams are cleaning up and trying to find missing people under the rubble. [Rudaw]

The search for victims under the rubble continues in the area (video). [Hawar]

 

The National Kurdish Council in Syria, a KDP affiliate, says the PYD confiscated 4 tons of medicine provided by the KRG for the people who were wounded in Qamishli. [ARA]

 

A 50-year-old man was killed and two other civilians wounded by land mines near Mabrouka in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a massive Daesh attack in Manbij. The MMC also killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an armored vehicle in Hay Al-Kajli in Manbij. [Hawar]

After stopping the Daesh attack, Manbij Military Council troops started opening the roads in order to let out the civilians (video). [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops advanced in the southern parts of Manbij after killing 5 Daesh snipers. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops launched an attack on MMC positions from Ghandoura and Dadat northwest of Manbij. Many Daesh were killed and the battles are still ongoing. [Hawar]

More than 30 Daesh terrorists were killed and 3 vehicles were destroyed so far. [Hawar]

 

A local activist says a local Daesh terrorist sneaked in Al-Buweir village 11 km (7 miles) west of Manbij, and beheaded many civilians, including two entire families. He says some of the residents who survived the massacre escaped to nearby villages, while the fate of the remaining residents is still unknown. [BasNews]

The YPG-backed Hawar says that more than 1,000 Daesh terrorists arrived from Turkey to Jarabulus in order to break the MMC’s siege on Manbij. Daesh terrorists committed massacres in Buweir, Mushairfa, Jamusiya, Dandaniya, and Ilani northwest of Manbij. Local sources say that half of the people of Manbij who left toward the villages were killed and the other half are missing. [Hawar]

A woman who survived the massacre says Daesh terrorists entered Buweir village in the early hours of the morning and started to kill people indiscriminately, men, women and children. She says tens of people were killed, including her husband, and many more were wounded, including her two children. [Hawar]

Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Ilani, Qutairan, Qurut, Jamusiya, Dandaniya, and Buweir villages west of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Local activists say a man who was trying to leave Manbij city was killed by a Daesh sniper. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Hay Al-Banawi in south Manbij after an attack from several sides, killing more than twenty YPG fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says more than thirty people were killed and one hundred wounded in American airstrikes on the market in Ghandoura town north of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. The video shows civilian casualties. [A3maq]

Another report says fifteen civilians were killed and tens of others wounded in a Coalition airstrike on Ghandoura. [Qasioun]

In another report, local sources say twenty civilians were killed in the airstrike. [Dorar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says twenty-eight civilians, including a woman and several children, were killed in the airstrike on Ghandoura, 22 km (14 miles) from Manbij. It also says the number might increase because some people are in serious condition. It also says thirteen others were wounded in the airstrike. [SyriaHR]

 

A Manbij Military Council fighter meets his family 3 years after he was forced to leave Manbij. Daesh threatened to killed the man in 2012 because he adopted a child. After he left, Daesh forced his wife to divorce him after accusing him of being a murtad. [Hawar]

 

More stories are appearing about civilians who were executed by Daesh in Manbij. A 50-year-old man with five children and a Master’s degree in Islamic studies was beheaded in 2015, after refusing to accept Daesh’s interpretation of Islam. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it damaged 3 YPG vehicles in southeast Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says seven civilians were killed by an American airstrike on Al-Rabita Street in west Manbij. [A3maq]

Local sources say a man and two women were killed in this airstrike. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG armored vehicle in Al-Rabita Street. [A3maq]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

Daesh says opposition groups retreated after their failed attack on Kafr Ghan village north of Aleppo, and several of the opposition group fighters were killed by IEDs. [A3maq]

 

The YPG captured several areas east of Sheikh Maqsoud, after heavy battles with opposition groups. [Hawar]

Syrian troops captured Hay Bani Zaid in east Aleppo, trapping thousands of opposition groups fighters. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters, in addition to vehicles and hideouts, east of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video displaying the wreckage of the Syrian warplane it shot down last week in Jab Al-Jarrah east of Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers with mortars in Jab Al-Jarrah. [A3maq]

 

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

Heavy battles erupted between Daesh and Nusra in Yarmouk Camp. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition attack on the Hawsh Hamad area in Lajat northeast of Daraa, killing eleven fighters and wounding ninety. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say a man and a women were wounded when a rocket fell on their house in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say Egyptian Counter Terrorism troops, supported by helicopters and F-16s, attacked Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in Rafah and Arish, killing 25 terrorists and wounding 15, and destroying 3 vehicles in addition to hideouts and motorcycles. Counter Terrorism troops also captured 9 terror suspects in Hay Al-Tarabin, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Explosive Ordinance Disposal defused 3 IEDs in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army spokesman says Libyan warplanes launched airstrikes on west Benghazi. He also says the military operations are still ongoing, and their troops captured more areas. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed three Libyan National Army soldiers in Al-Shajar Street in west Benghazi. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it damaged a Libyan National Army vehicle with light weapons in the Qawarsha area. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says battles continued in several areas in Sirte center. Government troops shelled a Daesh position near the port, killing several terrorists. He says Libyan troops continued their siege on Daesh in the residential area in Sirte, and Libyan warplanes launched 2 airstrikes. Another military source says one Libyan soldier was killed and four others wounded by a Daesh land mine near Ouagadougou compound. [Wasat]

A military source says Libyan troops found a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in a farm house in the Sawawa area. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Military source says two Libyan soldiers were killed by Daesh snipers in Hay Al-Dolar in Sirte center, and seven other soldiers were wounded in clashes in southwest Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Volunteers started a campaign to remove Daesh graffiti in Harawa, 70 km (43.5 miles) east of Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it found a weapons storehouse in Ban Guerdane. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

France

Daesh issues another video message from Abdel Malik Petitjean, one of the 2 terrorists who attacked the Catholic church in Normandy. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A video of an Iraqi Daesh terrorist called Nizar from the Tameem area in Ramadi, dancing with his girl [Facebook]

In the comment section, another Iraqi Daesh terrorist from Anbar says he has been “on the jihad path” for 12 years and has never seen anything like this. He claims the video is fake.

 

A video of Iraqi forces in the liberated Karama village near Qayara [Yalla]

A video of displaced people who escaped Daesh in the Qayara areas [Mosuliya]

 

A video of an Iraqi airstrike on Daesh targets [YouTube]

 

A video of thousands of people in Diwaniya mourning a Sunni displaced man from Anbar who was killed while fighting Daesh [Yalla]

DaeshDaily comment. Many displaced people left their families and joined Iraqi forces in the battles.

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video criticizing the Saudi Government and military establishment, saying that they don’t represent the “real Wahhabism.” [DawaAlhaq]

 

July 27, 2016

Sabah Shafi-IFP

 

Today’s Major Developments

Daesh vehicle bomb attack in Qamishli, Syria causes 35 deaths, 150 injuries, with toll mounting.

Daesh stages suicide attack in northwest Baghdad, kills at least three.

Impeachment of Anbar Governor overturned by federal court.

Search is on for more mass graves in Falluja after discovery of 25 bodies.

Coalition airstrike spoils wedding reception in Al-Qa’im.

Daesh executes 17 of its own fighters who fled Qayara battles.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman says the Council of Ministers did not send to the COR the proposed law that would grant extra benefits to MPs. He says the proposed law violates the PM’s reforms. An MP had said the law had been sent by the Council. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi government and the KRG issued statements condemning the terrorist attack in Qamishli. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] (See story under Syria)

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq near, around Baghdadi (2), Hit (2), Albu Hayat (1), and Ramadi (1) in Anbar; and Qayara (2), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Sinjar (1) in Ninewa. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The JOC says the Military Intelligence Service stopped 4 suicide attacks with explosives vests in Baghdad and captured one of the terrorists. [Mada]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

The Baghdad Operation Command Spokesman says a suicide terrorist was trying to attack a busy market in Shula, a Shia area, but was surrounded by the IFP. Then he detonated himself, also killing an IFP member who grabbed him trying to stop his crime, and wounding another. [Mada]

However, an MoI source says a suicide terrorist blew himself up near a checkpoint in Shula, killing three people, including an IFP member, and wounding eight others, including three IFP members. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a police checkpoint in Shula, killing or wounding twenty policemen. [JustPaste]

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

DaeshDaily comment. In all its reports Daesh describe the Iraqi Army and Police as “Rafidhi” (Shia), ignoring the fact that most of the victims are civilians, many of whom might be Sunnis. This is reflected by the petro-dollar incubator media who don’t want to recognize the fact that the vast majority of Sunni Iraqis have joined the political process and are on the frontlines fighting Daesh.

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two MoI employees were killed and another wounded when unknown armed men shot at a civilian vehicle on the Muthanna Bridge. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a weapons and explosives cache in the Albu Zabar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Tal Mohammed in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a soccer field in Khanasa village in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

The Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces seized a large weapons and explosives cache in the Shakha 1 area in Latifiya. [Ghad]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses in the Huwaira area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 2 IEDs in the Shabisha area. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

Two slightly conflicting reports on the same incident:

An MoI source says two displaced people were killed and nine wounded when 2 mortar shells fell on their camp in Saidiya. [Mada]

A police source says five children were killed when 2 mortar shells fell on a displaced persons camp in Saidiya. [Sumaria]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A police source says the body of a Sahwa fighter was found tortured and strangled to death in Radwaniya. [Sumaria]

 

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

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Governor, Suhaib Al-Rawi, says the Federal Court overruled his impeachment. The Governor was voted out of office by the Anbar Provincial Council and challenged the decision in court. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

A member of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council says the bodies of 25 civilians, executed by Daesh, were found in the Teacher’s Institute building in Falluja. He says intelligence information indicates there are more mass graves in the city, and specialized teams are searching for them. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces continued their operations to clear the Falluja areas, and defused 35 booby-trapped houses and 7 IEDs, cleared 2 hospitals and found weapons and explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The west Baghdad Operations Commander says that 85% of Saqlawiya and Qarma, and 30% of Falluja have been cleared of IEDs and mines. [Mawazin]

 

The Qarma PMF Brigade Commander says two of his fighters were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Qarma. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Most of these fighters did not get adequate training for this job. These are just civilians in military uniforms. They should not be used in such missions.

 

Iraqi politicians have different opinions regarding the trench the government intends to dig around Falluja to prevent Daesh attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya subdistrict council says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, destroying a hideout, 3 guesthouses, and 2 vehicle bombs, and killing 10 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factories in Jazeera Khaldiya, in addition to an ammunition and explosives cache, killing tens of terrorists. [Mawazin] [AIN]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout and a weapons storehouse in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, killing 8 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Police issued a statement saying they captured 3 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian terrorist, in the Kilo 70 area. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi Army 6th division destroyed large quantities of explosives in the Al-Tash area. [MoD Website]

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces found 92 IEDs and large quantities of rockets and light and mid-sized weapons, in addition to TNT and C4 explosives in the Al-Tash area. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Coalition warplanes killed 9 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Bakr and 9 others in Mahboubiya, and destroyed a vehicle loaded with weapons in Aliya village near Dolab. Coalition warplanes also destroyed an IED and vehicle bomb factory in the Qusairiyat area. [MoD Website]

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed 18 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb factory in the Qusairiyat area. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy in Al-Tasiya village, north of Baghdadi, destroying 6 vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army 7th division destroyed 42 ammunition caches and 6 IEDs in Dolab. [MoD Website]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says Coalition warplanes bombed the wedding celebration of a the Daesh military commander in Al-Qa’im, killing him and 7 of his associates, and destroying 4 machine gun mounted vehicles, a rocket launcher, and a mortar unit. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says an IFP battalion commander and two of his associates were killed, and four soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their military vehicle in the Akash area, 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Rutba, toward Al-Qa’im. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

More than 62,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in Salahuddin governorate thus far after passing the security check. [MoD Website]

 

Shirqat

Security and provincial officials say Iraqi forces are ready to liberate Shirqat, but the displacement wave stopped the military operations.

A local official says that the Sadrist militia, Saraya Al-Salam, withdrew from the Shirqat area because the Military Command didn’t approve their participation in the campaign. Moqtada Al-Sadr had order the Saraya to go to Shirqat to “help its residents.” [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. There has for some time been a perceptible reluctance to include Saraya Al-Salam in high-profile locations and battles, presumably for well-considered political reasons. They were assigned to handle the Samarra area, which eventually became a focus of military attention but has quieted down since Daesh was driven out.

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack on Sheikh Ali village, and destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb with an Iraqi Army Abrams tank. Iraqi forces also stopped a Daesh attack on the Makhoul area, killing 6 terrorists. Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh shelter and an armored vehicle, killing 6 more terrorists in the Rihaiwat area in Makhoul. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army Lieutenant Colonel near Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists wearing explosives vests, west of Siniya. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police spokesman says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were captured in Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF commander says Iraqi armed forces and local tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Mari village in the Al-Hawi area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says a child was wounded when 3 mortar shells fell near Shawk Al-Reem village. [Sumaria]

 

The chairman of the Saadiya subdistrict council says 192 families returned to their houses as the 11th group of returnees. Saadiya was the first city in Diyala that fell to Daesh in June 2014 and was liberated by Iraqi forces last year. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk police commander says his troops captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says the IAF targeted Daesh locations in several areas in Hawija District, killing two commanders who came from Mosul, and destroying weapons and explosive storehouses. The IAF also destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Al-Riyadh subdistrict. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Daesh executed 17 of its own members who fled the fighting in Qayara. The source says the execution happened in the Shoura area. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Daesh delivered the bodies of 60 of its terrorists who were killed in battles and airstrikes to their families in Mosul. [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga Ministry source says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh convoy in the Azzawi Intersection area north of Mosul, destroying 5 vehicles and killing 9 terrorists. Daesh had executed seven young men from Mosul in the same area earlier today, after accusing them of cooperating with the Peshmerga. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police captain says Daesh is using the houses of Christians it had confiscated in Mosul as prisons and torture chambers. He also says Daesh blew up the houses of 4 Christian families after looting them. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says a group of unknown people raised the Iraqi flag over the Daesh mosque that was built and named after the Daesh leader, in addition to other places in Mosul city, causing alarm among Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists have started to get rid of the Afghani style dresses, and are shaving their beards, withdrawing from Mosul city streets in fear of an Iraqi Army attack on the city. [AIN]

 

A medical source says a displaced woman from Mosul committed suicide after receiving news that her husband was executed by Daesh in Mosul. The man was captured by the terrorists more than a year ago and had three children. [Maalomah]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga positions in different areas in the Nineveh Plain. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa police captain says Iraqi forces found the bodies of forty local police officers who were executed by Daesh in a mass grave in Ihjala village. [BasNews]

The Ninewa Police says Daesh executed fourteen civilians, including five women and a child, after they were caught trying to escape toward Iraqi forces in Ihjala village. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in different areas in Qayara district with 56 locally made rockets and 31 mortars. Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the Qayara Airfield residential compound with 10 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its medical field services. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists shelling or rocketing Peshmerga positions in Shandoukha village. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions near Al-Malha village with mortars and heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with dozens of IEDs in different areas in Sinjar district. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG sends 3 tons of medical supplies to Qamishli. The KRG also announced its hospitals will receive the people who were wounded in the terrorist attack. [BasNews] (See story below under Syria)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, eight of them in and around Manbij, two in Mare’ in northern Aleppo, and in Deir Ez-Zor and Tadmur (1). [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one of the rare times we see the Coalition bombing in Tadmur (Palmyra), which had been a military operations area of Russian aircraft and the Syrian Army. We wonder if this indicates some new strategy or understanding.

 

In that context, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told US troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that is quoted as saying that the Coalition will look for chances to attack Daesh in Syria from the south. “This of course will have the added benefits of helping the security of our Jordanian partners and further splitting the Syria theater of operation from the Iraqi theater of operation.” [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear whether this means far southern Syria, where the US has not been active militarily, or Deir Ez-Zor, near where the US is trying to build up the small New Syria Army, based by the Jordanian border in southeast Syria, which failed in its effort to seize part of Albu Kamal (Bukamal) recently, partly because its American air cover was withdrawn during the battle to go to Falluja. We continue to believe that Bukamal is a Coalition target, and that this is one reason for the plans on the Iraqi side to reach Al-Qa’im and complete the liberation of northwest Anbar. 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The PYD Asayesh issued a statement saying a vehicle bomb exploded in west Qamishli, targeting civilians on a crowded street, causing massive damage to the surrounding buildings, in addition to a large number of civilian victims. [Hawar]

The Jazeera Medical Commission says the casualties of the explosion are thirty-five people killed, including children, and one hundred fifty wounded so far. However, there are still victims underneath the rubble. [Hawar]

Local officials say more than fifty people were killed in the explosion. [Qasioun]

The hospitals in Qamishli issued an urgent call to the citizens to donate blood for the victims of the explosion. [Hawar]

Videos of the aftermath of the explosion [Step] [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.

The attacks on civilians in different countries show that Daesh wants to divert the attention from its losses in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Daesh wants to show its blood thirsty supporters it can still inflect pain and suffering world-wide. It wants to show that it is still “victorious” But that’s not all Daesh wants.

Daesh lost Falluja recently, and will lose Sirte and Manbij very soon. Losing Manbij will separate the core Daesh military organization between Iraq and Syria and might lead to a fracture within the organization itself, turning it into 2 smaller terrorist groups. One plausible theory is that Daesh wants to negotiate. Negotiations usually don’t happen unless the two parties don’t want to suffer more causalities. The negotiation theme has been apparent in the messages sent by Daesh’s social media accounts since the Karrada attack. This is how a terrorist group like Daesh delivers a “peace offer”.

In Iraq, some major Daesh supporters have flipped sides in public and started talking about “how to defeat Daesh!” We can believe them, and negotiate with them, only if we ignore that they are Daesh. The Daesh story is way more complicated than a bunch of jihadis who want to establish their own twisted version of a state. One of the biggest mistakes we make is to believe what Daesh media are saying.     

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked a YPG headquarters in west Qamishli with a vehicle bomb, killing more than one hundred people and wounding others. Daesh says the next plan is retaliation against the “crimes” of Coalition warplanes in Manbij, and it threatened more attacks. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes infographics about the Qamishli attack. [A3maq]
The US Presidential convoy, Brett McGurk condemns the attack on Qamishli and promises to support the Kurds in Syria in their war against Daesh. [ARA]

 

Media sources say Coalition warplanes started using Rmeilan Airbase north of Hasaka to launch airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of its hisbah activities in the Karama area in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters who have cleared parts of the strategic northern city of Manbij have found a vast collection of intelligence on Daesh, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The United States and its coalition partners are sifting through approximately 10,000 items of intelligence, including computer data files, thumb drives and Daesh rewritten textbooks, said Col. Chris Garver, the Baghdad-based spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Coalition-backed Syrian fighters have retaken about half of Manbij from Daesh, Garver told reporters at the Pentagon.

The files are providing a clearer understanding of how Daesh used Manbij to process incoming foreign fighters for Iraq and Syria and how it also hosted external attack operations there to “send trained terrorists out into the world,” Garver said. [Stripes]

 

Manbij Military Council (MMC) troops stopped a Daesh attack on their military positions near Hay Al-Kajli, killing several terrorists and wounding others. [Hawar]

MMC troops killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and stopped their attack on Ilan village. MMC fighters also stopped 3 Daesh attacks, killing 9 terrorists. MMC fighters advanced in Hay Al-Kajli, killing 11 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops freed 750 civilians from Al-Kajli and other areas in Manbij city (video). [Hawar]

However, a mother of nine from Manbij was shot by a Daesh sniper when she was trying to leave Hay Al-Kajli. She says Daesh had made their life extremely difficult, and prevented them from leaving, even to get milk for their infants. [Hawar]

 

Daesh is burning down civilian houses and tires in order to distort the vision of Coalition warplanes (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty YPG fighters and destroyed 4 armored vehicles and a bulldozer in Manbij city. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked YPG fighters in Hay Al-Banawi in south Manbij, killing more than fifteen fighters, and wounding others, destroying 4 vehicles. Daesh also says it destroyed an armored bulldozer with a rocket in west Manbij, killing the driver. Daesh says it attacked YPG in north Manbij as well, killing or wounding several fighters, and capturing light and mid-sized weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Manbij Military Council troops shot down a Daesh drone near Abu Qalqal subdistrict (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes a video of battles in Manbij [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of American airstrikes on Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other reports from northern Aleppo

Heavy battles erupted between the YPG and Turkey backed opposition groups after the opposition shelled Sheikh Maqsoud with mortars. [Hawar]

The YPG says one of its fighters was killed and three wounded in the battles. [Hawar]

Photos of the results of the opposition shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Opposition groups also shelled Jalma village in Afrin with 20 Katyushas, wounding one civilian. [Hawar]

 

The opposition groups commander says Daesh launched a massive attack on Mare’ after heavy shelling. He says a group of Daesh terrorists infiltrated the southern side of the city, then other Daesh groups arrived. He says the opposition groups stopped the attack, causing Daesh massive casualties. Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations near Mare’, destroying 2 military vehicles and killing several terrorists. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition group attack on Kafr Ghan village, north of Aleppo, killing many fighters with IEDs and forcing the rest to retreat. [A3maq]

Daesh says the Coalition warplanes supported opposition groups in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles and the Coalition airstrikes. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army and allied militia attack on its positions southeast of Tadmur, killing six soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

 

Local activists say Daesh provided free wi-fi service for people in its media centers in Mayadin, to allow people to download its publications.

Russian warplanes bombed Daesh locations near the silos area east of Tadmur. Russian warplanes also targeted Daesh locations near the Jab Al-Jarrah area east of Homs. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Qulib Al-Thor village east of Silmiya. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle with a land mine east of Silmiya. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video about the failed New Syria Army attack on Albu Kamal. The video shows New Syria Army training and reports on one of its phone conversations, taped by Daesh. [JustPaste]

 

A local activist says Daesh publicly executed four young men in Deir Ez-Zor, after accusing them of smuggling people out of Albu Kamal and helping them escape Daesh controlled areas. He also says Daesh arrested ten people near the city without giving any explanation. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. Russian planes dropped humanitarian assistance in areas under Syrian Government control. [ARA]

 

Local activists say people in Deir Ez-Zor started “underground schools” to teach their children. The people are avoiding Daesh’s expensive and useless schools. In the video, a Daesh terrorist who claims to be a teacher doesn’t know the difference between Arabic past tense and present tense. [Al-Aan]

 

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

A local activist says Nusra Front withdrew from all of its positions in the Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa. The area has been the front line between Nusra and other opposition groups on one side, and Daesh affiliates on the other side. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. There have been news reports that Al-Nusra wants to disengage itself from Al-Qaeda as a way to moderate its image among opposition groups in Syria, a move that is disputed within its own ranks.

 

Media sources say the bodies of eighteen unknown people were found in a Daesh guesthouse in Jassem city in Daraa. [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say three civilians were killed while transporting an IED in their horse-drawn carriage in the Sumran area south of Arish. The sources say security is checking their relationship with Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis. However, social media sources close to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis say the three civilians were killed in an Egyptian military shelling on a house in the area. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says yesterday’s explosion in a brick factory in south Arish happened because of a guided Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis missile that was aimed at a nearby checkpoint. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says Israeli airstrikes near Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid city killed civilians and destroyed houses. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh’s propaganda, in Egypt as in Iraq and Syria, all airstrikes against Daesh miss their targets and instead kill innocent civilians.

 

A soldier was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Kontila area in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

Daesh says it killed Egyptian soldiers with an IED near Kontila village. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Northeast

Reports appeared about Libyan warplanes killing the most notable Daesh leader in Libya, Abu Hafs Al-Libi in Qawarsha. The terrorist, whose real name is Mar’i Faleh Al-Hatak, is one of the most wanted men by the United States because of his participation in attacks on the American and British consulates in Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

The spokesman of the Libyan Special Forces says their troops captured 2 factories and a residential compound in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

 

Two Libyan Army commanders were killed in battles in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

Another Special Forces commander was killed by a land mine in the same area. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan Red Crescent says it found the bodies of three paramedics who were captured and executed by Daesh in April in Qawarsha. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says his troops secured foreign workers who were trapped in the battle area in Qawarsha. [Wasat]

He also says Libyan troops have started to remove IEDs and land mines from the area. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says it attacked and damaged 2 Libyan National Army vehicles in the Qawarsha area, killing one of the drivers. Daesh also says it killed five soldiers and wounded two. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Libyan National Army armored vehicle with an IED, killing the soldiers inside. Daesh says it killed or wounded more soldiers with 2 IEDs in the Qawarsha area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed a Libyan National Army soldier and wounded others with an IED in Al-Shajar Street in west Benghazi. [JustPaste]

Daesh had said earlier that it killed five soldiers and wounded six with 2 IEDs on the same street. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

A security source says a Palestinian Daesh leader was captured as he was trying to flee from Sirte. The source says the terrorists have executed more than ten young people in the city. [Wasat]

 

A National Accord Government Military spokesman says the battlefields in Sirte have been relatively quiet the past 2 days, and Libyan troops continued the shelling on Daesh areas. The source also says Libyan warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan National Accord Government source says American warplanes are participating in limited operations against Daesh in Sirte. The source says the American participation in the battles happened after an agreement with the National Accord Government that includes specific technical conditions, including that both parties should announce their operations at the same time. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Media sources say the Tunisian Army killed 2 terrorists in Jendouba province in northwest Tunisia. A Tunisian soldier was wounded in the clashes. [AfriGate]

 

Morocco

The Morocco Ministry of Interior says it captured 52 Daesh suspects who were planning terrorist attacks in the kingdom, and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Sumaria]

 

Other countries

Somalia

Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked Somali security members with a hand grenade in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

France

A French official says one of the 2 terrorists who attacked the church in Normandy yesterday and killed Father Jacques Hamel, was under government surveillance and had an electronic detection device after being caught twice attempting to leave to Syria to join Daesh. He was captured in Turkey and returned to France in 2015. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A noble and innocent man was killed because of this criminal. He is perhaps an example of the fact that the world still hasn’t figured out how to deal with terrorists who were captured before or after they joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria. For example, a terrorist who took photos with severed heads in Syria was sentenced to just two years in prison in a European country. Really? Joining an international terror organization that publicly calls for killing civilians all over the world should not be dealt with as a minor crime. Many of these terrorists either killed civilians in Iraq and Syria or were planning to. European countries need to take stronger measures.

 

Daesh issues a video of the 2 terrorists who conducted the Normandy attack pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. [A3maq]

 

Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Interior says it captured 2 Moroccan brothers in Girona after they were accused of financing Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The terrorists transferred money from Europe to pay for the transportation costs of terrorists who were heading to the two countries. [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Sabah Shafi, the IFP fighter who grabbed the suicide terrorist in Shula and died with him [Twitter]

 

A Kuwaiti “scholar” prays for the people of Mosul to pass this “catastrophe” safely. [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. Mosul has been suffering under Daesh rule for 2 years, and this supposed scholar person and people like him didn’t pray for its people. The same “scholar” said once “If they describe any person as a “terrorist,” it means he is a good man.”

 

Videos of the Day

A video of families secured by Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area [Yalla]

 

A video of opposition fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Kafr Ghan [YouTube]

 

A video of the battle in Mare’ [YouTube]

 

A video of the raids on Daesh supporters in Morocco [Medi1TV]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]