An Update On ISIS Activities

February 6, 2017

 

Qayara

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Daesh unleashes a rash of drone strikes in Ninewa. [..]

School reopens on east side of Mosul; two teachers get killed. [..]

Turkey

Nationwide security sweep arrests 763 Daesh suspects. [..]

Syria

Amnesty International accuses Syrian regime of executing 13,000 prisoners. [..]

SDF takes 4 more villages in drive toward Raqqa. [..]

Daesh getting squeezed between Turks, Syrians in Al-Bab area. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh battle for oil & gas locations in central Syria. [..]

Jordanian fighter planes attack Daesh in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The American Embassy in Baghdad warns of potential terrorist attacks on hotels in Baghdad where foreigners are staying. [Sumaria] 

 

A member of the CoR’s Finance Committee says Iraq is losing 3 billion dollars a month because of oil smuggling in Basra. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. During the 1990-2003 sanctions on Iraq, Saddam smuggled oil to Iran for extremely cheap prices. The trend continued after 2003 when armed militias took control of this lucrative business.  

 

NATO says 30 Iraqi military personnel will start counter-IED training inside Iraq, to last 5 weeks. NATO says this comes as part of NATO’s expansion of its training activities in Iraq. Other major support will be using NATO AWACS planes to provide information to Iraqi forces. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (3), Kasik (1), Al Qa’im (1), Rawa (2), Hawija (1), and Tooz (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says an IED placed in a marketplace in Saba’ Al-Bor wounded three civilians. [Sumaria] 

The BOC says 59th army brigade defused 2 IEDs in Haddadin. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

The BOC says 44th army brigade defused two IEDs and found a hand grenade in Shaab neighborhood. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 45th army brigade found three rocket launching platform in an orchard in Saba’ village. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED explosion killed one civilian and wounded four others in Suwaib. [Sumaria] 

A police source says police destroyed a car bomb under control in Saidiya. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh says it severely wounded a “SWAT” colonel with a sticky IED (under his vehicle) in Falluja on Sunday. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed a policeman and wounded three others by detonating an IED on Al-Malaab Street in Ramadi city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two policemen and wounded others by detonating an IED on their car in the Kilo 5 area west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Notice the above three stories. This is how Daesh, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq, started. They killed policemen and soldiers. These incidents should set off alarm bells, as a possible precursor to re-starting the insurgency.

 

Hit/Haditha

The Mayor of Haditha District says an American general arrived from Baghdad to the Ain Al-Asad Base and met with military commanders, district council members, and tribal leaders to discuss the security situation and the preparations for liberating northwest Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says security units issued an alert in Haditha after getting information about Daesh suicide terrorists in the city who were dressed as women. Army, police, and Tribal PMFs were deployed in the city. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces on Al-Meshahda village northwest of Haditha. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Anbar

A Tribal Mobilization source says a sudden attack by Iraqi forces on a Daesh camp east of the Anah desert liberated 16 families, mostly shepherds, from Daesh captivity and moved them to a refugee camp in Haditha. Daesh combatants left the location as the army units approached. The attack came in the context of a security operation targeting Daesh desert routes east of Anah that lead to Mosul. Army units killed 12 Daesh combatants, including 3 foreigners, and destroyed 3 vehicles and 3 guesthouses, capturing quantities of light weapons.  [Maalomah] [Maalomah] 

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 guesthouses, a vehicle bomb factory, 3 rocket launchers, and a fuel storage container in airstrikes on Anah and Rawa. [BasNews] 

 

Rutba

The Mayor of Rutba District says Daesh killed a 9-year-old girl and wounded her mother. He says the family was trying to escape from Al-Qa’im. He says security units found the mother and the body of the child but the father was missing. The Mayor says Daesh might have captured the father and taken him back to Rutba. [Sumaria] 

 

Security sources say Daesh killed two policemen and wounded three in an attack on the Kilo 170 area, east of Rutba. [ARA] 

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army barracks near the Al-Sudani Intersection west of Rutba with 25 mortars, then attacked the barracks with various weapons. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army convoy on the road to the Kilo 70 area north of Rutba with two mortars. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and Sahwa gatherings” in the Al-Karabla area in Rutba with 6 artillery shells. [StoreUp] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMFs with a drone bombing north of Baiji. Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha and nearby areas with 20 mortars. [StoreUp] 

 

Baiji

The Samarra Operations commander says his troops captured the Daesh security officer for Baiji, in Hay Al-Muthanna in Samarra. [Sumaria] 

 

The PMF Press says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on the road between Siniya and Haditha, killing many terrorists. It says Daesh used 100 terrorists and large numbers of vehicles in the attack. [Maalomah] 

The MoD says the IAA killed many Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicles northwest of Siniya (video). [AIN] 

Daesh’s version said that on Sunday it attacked PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with different kinds of weapons. Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists, a Saudi and a Syrian, attacked PMF positions with 2 vehicle bombs. Daesh says “tens” of PMF fighters were killed or wounded, 6 military positions were destroyed, and an SUV was damaged in the attack. Daesh also says it destroyed an armored SUV with a rocket. Daesh also says its fighters returned to their positions safely. [TinyPic]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. According to DaeshDaily sources, Iraqi forces didn’t finish the liberation of the Baiji area. Daesh is still in control in some areas and is still able to attack there. 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a barracks on the road between Baiji and Haditha. Daesh says their terrorists burned the barracks, killed one fighter, and captured weapons and ammunition before returning safely. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter and wounded another in the Thermal Station area north of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions north of Baiji and on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 135 mortars. Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions on the road with 2 SPG9 rockets and 23mm weapons. [StoreUp] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 PMF military positions near the Makhoul Mountain with a 23mm weapon. [JustPaste]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

The Salahuddin Governor says the situation in east Salahuddin is “dangerous” and asks Prime Minister Abadi to intervene. He says Daesh attacks on east Salahuddin, especially Al-Daur, are ongoing. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says an Army commando was killed and five others wounded, including an officer, when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Al-Zanjili village near Tooz. The source says the soldiers headed to the area to save two men from Amerli who were attacked by Daesh. [Sumaria] [PUKMedia] 

 

A security source says three fishermen were wounded in clashes with Daesh near Amerli. The source says Daesh terrorists attacked the fishermen, who responded forcefully and forced the terrorists to flee. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded several IFP fighters and destroyed 2 SUVs by detonating 2 IEDs in the Jalam area in Al-Daur. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. A DaeshDaily reporter says Iraqi forces have started another operation to clear the Mtaibija area. Daesh is using the area to attack east Salahuddin. 

 

DIYALA

Baquba 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed two Iraqi soldiers by detonating an IED in the Al-Bizayez area in Buhriz. [A3maq]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded others, including an officer, by detonating 2 IEDs in the Abu Karma area in Abu Saida. [A3maq]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Diyala Provincial Council says an IED killed a Tribal Mobilization fighter in an orchard in Shirween, in Mansouriya northeast of Muqdadiya. The source says Shirween has been targeted several times by IEDs in the past period. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed the brother of a PMF commander and wounded another person by detonating an IED in the Shirween area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it ambushed Iraqi Army personnel and PMFs in the Al-Shuhani villages area in Mansouriya and detonated IEDs, killing four soldiers, including an officer. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it stopped an Iraqi forces attack on its positions in Al-Sadiya subdistrict in Khanaqin, killing one soldier. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Peshmerga source says Coalition planes attacked Daesh gatherings in Sartak and Qubba near Dibis based on intelligence provided by the Peshmerga. The attack killed 11 Daesh combatants. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

The chief of the Kirkuk Asayesh says most of the attacks on Kirkuk are planned by Daesh in Hawija. He says his security units have captured many Daesh terrorists who tried to sneak out from Hawija with displaced families. He also says some of the terrorists were members of the Naqshbandi Army, which joined Daesh. [SotKurdistan]  

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says a Peshmerga fighter was killed by a Daesh sniper in Albu Mohammed village in Daquq District. [Sumaria]  

 

NINEWA

The Iraq High Commission of Human Rights denied receiving any complaints of violations, from either liberated areas of Mosul, or from refugee camps. This came in response to an earlier report issued by Human Rights Watch alleging that the army committed violations against civilians in Mosul, which the military has denied. [ROJ]

 

Mosul

The MoI says it arrested a Daesh operative who tried to leave the city with fake personal ID. The arrest was made on tips by civilian informants. The operative confessed to involvement in several IED attacks on security and army forces in the city. [Sumaria]

 

A commander in Anbar Tribal Mobilization says Daesh members are escaping Mosul to Syria disguised as shepherds. He says several important figures, including foreign leaders, escaped Baaj to Saqar subdistrict, then to Rawa and Qa’im, to reach Syria. By wearing shepherd outfits they avoided the Iraqi helicopters, which do not shoot at civilians. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its dead terrorists from Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says 250,000 students went back to their schools on the east side of Mosul. He says the UNICEF is distributing stationery to students and organizing psychological rehabilitation for them. [Sumaria] [But see story below]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

North Mosul

A local source says two teachers were killed and another teacher and several students were wounded by a Daesh drone attack on a school in Hay Al-Sukar. [Harbi]

 

A military source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Baisan area in Al-Rashidiya, killing “tens” of terrorists. The source also says Iraqi forces sustained casualties in the attack. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says it wounded two Iraqi soldiers and damaged a Humvee and a car by a drone attack on Al-Qubba and Al-Qasr villages and Hay Al-Muhandisin. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two PMF fighters and wounded four others by a drone strike on Hay Al-Rashidiya. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers by conducting an “air bombing” from a drone in Hay Al-Rashidiya and Hay Al-Arabi. [A3maq]

 

The MoD says Coalition planes destroyed a large Daesh weapons storehouse near Al-Qubba village. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and “Iraqi Army and militia” positions in Al-Qubba and Shreikhan villages with 72 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

West Mosul

Mosul Liberation Operations command says live broadcasting from the battlefield will be prohibited during west Mosul operations, saying such broadcasts could adversely affect operations. It also specified the names persons authorized to speak to the press during battles.  [SotIraq]

The Command says that its priority in west Mosul will be protecting civilian lives and property, and the city’s infrastructure. The spokesman of the command says he hopes the battle in west Mosul would be as clean as the battle in the east side. This comes in response to recently expressed fears by UN officials about the lives of the 750,000 civilians living in west Mosul. [Anadolu]

 

A military source in Mosul says pontoons are the key to quick liberation of the west side of the city. He says that pontoons are ready to be installed, which will lead to quick penetration of west Mosul. The source says Daesh snipers are watching to target engineering personnel who will install these bridges, and might plant IEDs and use boat bombs to block the operation, but the CTS units are trained by the Americans to deal with such possibilities, the source says. It added that intensive air cover from Coalition planes would assist the army in crossing to the west side despite casualties that may occur.  [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. It seems that Iraq has no significant paratroop capability. A river should not be that much of an obstacle.

 

A security source says IFP forces, deployed near the southern entrance to Mosul, destroyed two vehicle bombs being prepared to attack Iraqi units. [Maalomah] 

 

The MoD says an Iraqi CH4 drone attacked a vehicle with a machine gun mounted over its roof, destroying it and killing 8 Daesh combatants, including a local leader called Khattab. [Buratha]

 

A local source in Mosul says Daesh ordered the closing of all hairdressers’ shops west of the city without specifying reasons. These shops are already working under strict regulations, the source says. [Sumaria] 

 

A source in Mosul says two members of a Daesh booby-trapping squadron were killed while planting IEDs in and around a house in Zanjili neighborhood. An IED went off killing the two, while Daesh surrounded and blocked the routes to the area. [Sumaria] 

 

A military source in Mosul says Daesh executed 5 persons for trying to escape the west side of the city. The execution was performed in public near the fifth bridge. In another development, Daesh used mosques to call west the Mosul population to catch fish from the Tigris to combat hunger, as the west side is facing an acute food shortage. [Anadolu]

 

In a televised interview, a Daesh local leader named Abu Al-Fadhil says Daesh morale is at its worst in west Mosul. This negative morale is reflected in its treatment of civilians in west Mosul. He says suicide attackers are the main force in Daesh right now, and that they may destroy the whole city if they feel cornered. He says eliminating these units will cripple Daesh in west Mosul. He also says a fatwa calling for bombing the east side of Mosul had a negative effect among Daesh militants, as many of their families still live there. [IraqPress] 

 

Sources say that many Daesh combatants are pretending to be ill to avoid being sent to the fighting fronts. Sources say Daesh is in dire need of every militant in view of their big losses on the east side. [Forat]

 

East Mosul

Daesh publishes 2 aerial photos of one of its drones dropping a bomb on an Iraqi tank in Al-Furqan [JustPaste]

 

A CTS major says Iraqi forces captured 80 Daesh terrorists in a search campaign in the east side of Mosul. [BasNews] 

 

Sources in Mosul say Daesh combatants in civilian cars shot at security forces in Samah and Bakr neighborhoods. The source say that low security presence in some neighborhoods east of Mosul is allowing Daesh militants to drive around in their cars. [SotIraq]

 

A source in the National Security agency says a curfew was imposed on Al-Nour neighborhood in east Mosul today, as part of a search operation looking for Daesh sleeper cells. A large scale identity check process is now taking place. PMF media says that the search campaign in Al-Nour and Al-Bakr neighborhoods resulted in the arrest of 28 Daesh operatives so far, with assistance from local residents. [Ghad] [AIN] 

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting “Iraqi forces positions” on the east side of Mosul with mortars, SPG9 rockets, and heavy and mid-sized machine guns. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces’ Humvee with a 12.5mm weapon in Hay Al-Zira’i. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists targeting “Iraqi Army and militias” with mortars in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” near the Nabi Younes with 2 IEDs dropped from a drone. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that all the roads leading to the Al-Yarmouk Bridge in Mosul were damaged and the water supplies were cut off to nearby areas after a Coalition airstrike with more than 20 rockets. [A3maq]

 

Daesh documents found by Iraqi army units in east Mosul indicated the “preferred” vehicles among Daesh militants as prizes of war. The documents revealed that pick-up trucks of all models are their first preference. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says it targeted 4 “Iraqi Army and militia” positions in Al-Dhubat and Al-Ghabat (east Mosul) and the Yarimjah area (southeast) with 11 SPG9 rockets, killing several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Southeast Mosul

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army position in the Yarimjah area along the Tigris with an SPG9 rocket, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

A security source in Mosul says a Rapid Response unit arrested 3 Daesh operatives in a civilian house in Sumer neighborhood. [Maalomah] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Local sources in west Mosul accused Daesh of stealing human organs from patients operated on in hospitals, including from its own wounded combatants. 45 patients have reportedly been victimized so far. [IraqPress]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says it killed eight Iraqi soldiers, wounded two, and damaged 3 Humvees, a personnel carrier, and a car by drone strikes on 6 locations in Al-Arij village in Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Saturday it killed a PMF fighter, wounded four others, and damaged a Humvee in a drone strike on Al-Arij. [A3maq]

Daesh said it damaged a PMF Humvee and another SUV in a drone strike on Al-Arij Saturday. [A3maq]

Daesh said on Sunday that it damaged 2 PMF vehicles with drone strikes in two locations in Al-Arij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed 15 PMF fighters, damaged a Humvee and another vehicle, and captured weapons in an attack near Tal Abta town in far southwest Mosul subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

PMF units initiated a long-range rocket and mortar attack on Daesh units preparing to attack Al-Hajaf village south of Tal Abta. The source says the strikes hit their targets and prevented the attack. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh issued on Sunday a video of an attack on PMF positions west of Tal Abta. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and PMF positions in Al-Khabirat village and nearby areas with 28 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PMF command says that all tasks for the forthcoming army and PMF operations were assigned and defined to each unit, and that the sixth stage of the PMF operation will start shortly. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed three PMF fighters and damaged an SUV in a drone bombing near the Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed 15 PMF fighters, destroyed 2 vehicles, and captured a heavy machine gun in an attack on Al-Sadahiya village south of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it wounded a PMF fighter and damaged an SUV by a drone bombing in Hamoud Abdul Aziz village south of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of the attack. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

A local source says a civilian stabbed a Daesh militant before being shot dead by other Daesh personnel present, in the middle of Tal Afar. The civilian refused to pay the extra Daesh “Caliphate Support” tax imposed on all commercial businesses in the city. The quarrel with the Daesh tax collector led to the incident. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh issued a video of food distribution by its zakat office in Tal Afar. [A3maq]

PMF Media says Iraqi army helicopters attacked Daesh gatherings near Kharab Al-Juhaish southwest of Tal Afar. The attack targeted a Daesh gathering intending an attack on the PMF 58th brigade in the area.  [AIN] [Buratha]

 

Daesh said on Saturday, it wounded a PMF fighter and damaged an SUV in a drone bombing on Al-Amoudiya village west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it wounded two Peshmerga fighters and a “PKK member” in a drone bombing on three locations west of Sinjar city. [A3maq]

 

Qayara

The Iraqi ministries of Oil and Interior are joining forces to extinguish 6 remaining oil wells still on fire in Qayara. Iraqi teams managed to extinguish 20 wells recently, among the 60 to which Daesh set fire before escaping Qayara. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar Police says in a statement that a man wanted on terror charges was arrested today at Al-Fajr checkpoint north of Nasiriya through an identity check. The man is from Khan Bani Saad in Diyala. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish security says it arrested 763 persons in 29 Turkish states on Sunday,  on charges of working with Daesh. Pistols, rifles, and documents were also confiscated. The security department says that most of the arrestees are connected to Daesh fighting areas in Syria and Iraq. Another 59 persons were arrested in Bursa this morning. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Amnesty International says that as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, were executed in secret at a prison in Syria. It says that mass hangings took place every week at Sednaya military prison between September 2011 and December 2015. [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. This reminds us of Saddam’s mass executions after the 1991 uprising. Baathists are Baathists everywhere. 

 

In the Astana talks on Syria yesterday, attended by Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Jordan, Jordan said that the “Southern Opposition Front” has joined the ceasefire process. Jordan also says the front will engage Daesh and Nusra in Syria. Meanwhile, Russia says Nusra and Daesh positions are now defined, except for some small areas that need clarification. All parties discussed mechanisms for monitoring the ceasefire in Syria. [SyriaNow]

 

A Syrian opposition negotiating delegation and Syrian military representatives are meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to discuss the Astana talks and the ceasefire process. The opposition says that it would rather negotiate with Russia, not the Syrian government, and would wait for Russian promises to be fulfilled before talking about political solutions. Its conditions for participating in Geneva are release of all prisoners by the government, especially women and children, and lifting the siege on surrounding areas. [EnabBaladi] [Dorar]

 

A new Iraqi militia called “Al-Buraq forces” joined war operations in Syria under the auspices of the Syrian “Desert Falcons” militia, supporting the Syrian government. The Iraqi fighters pledged to fight “wherever required in Syria” and its soldiers will receive a monthly salary of $750 for soldiers and $1200 for officers. Syria will be responsible for the fighters’ families and will pay $7000 to the family of every fighter killed, $3000 to those with wounds of the first degree, and $2000 to those with second degree wounds. The Iraqi militia also has fighters fighting alongside the Iraqi army west of Anbar. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Russian aircraft carrier is leaving Syria to return to Russia, Russian Army says. It will arrive in Russia on February 8. It arrived in Syria to participate in war operations on Nov. 12. [Dorar]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham in Syria says it has 25,000 fighters distributed over 50 brigades and 400 regiments all over Syria, except for Raqqa, Hasaka, Deir Ez-Zor, and Tartus. [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (6), Deir Ez-Zor (7), and Albu Kamal (3), [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The SOHR says seven bodies of civilians found near Tal Abyad on the Syrian-Turkish border were most likely  people killed by Turkish border guards while trying to cross the border. [SyriaHR]

 

The SOHR says Daesh bombed SDF forces in Torombat southwest of Shaddadi with mortar shells. [SyriaHR]

 

Sources in Markada, south of Hasaka, say Daesh brought 20 Yazidi women from Mosul to Markada, to be transported to Raqqa later. Nada Al-Qahtani, commander of Daesh Al-Khansa units in Markada, received the women. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

SDF forces announced the start of the third stage of operations towards Raqqa. Recent reports speak of liberation of Bir Said, Abu Natali, Mishrafa, and Al-Hadi villages and Doghan farm, killing 16 Daesh combatants. Observers believe that SDF has shifted the fighting from west to east Raqqa as to isolate the city totally from Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi] [Qasioun] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an SDF position in Suwaidiya Kabira village north of Al-Tabaqa, killing four fighters and wounding others before returning safely. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh shelled SDF forces north of Tabaqa, says the SOHR, with no information on casualties so far. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh said on Sunday Coalition planes conducted 4 airstrikes on Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video of the results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of distributing zakat money in Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “inspection and monitoring” office in Al-Tabaqa city. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of the results of “American” bombing on a bridge west of Maadan town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has started to recruit its civil servants as fighters in Raqqa, under the threat of salary cutoffs. Daesh used the same method in Mosul when it started facing low manpower. Daesh employed over 10,000 persons in Mosul in civilian jobs. [ARA]

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its employees in Raqqa. In the video, Daesh urges the employees to register as fighters. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Turkey continues constructing the separating wall in Tal Abyad and Bakour in northern Raqqa District and is about to reach a populated border area west of Tal Abyad that will possibly mean demolishing houses.  [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

A Syrian warplane crashed and its pilot was killed at Nairab (Aleppo) airport. The plane crashed on landing without a communication from the pilot. The plane had been on a mission in al-Bab. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Syrian Human Rights Network says Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra and affiliates) is arresting fighters from factions that refused to joint it.  Reports from west Aleppo and Idlib say at least 12 militants from various factions were arrested by Tahrir Al-Sham combatants at various checkpoints they set up. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh claimed it killed 20 government soldiers in the battles for Al-Qubab village east of Khanasir. Government forces are trying to secure the Aleppo-Hama road southeast of Aleppo. Syrian forces also hold Abu Argila village between Kowaires airport and Deir Hafir. [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Al-Bab

Turkish Army says it killed 21 Daesh combatants in Al-Bab city Monday. It says that Turkish artillery and rocket units attacked 256 targets while Turkish air forces initiated 65 strikes on Al-Bab and Baza’a. Daesh is practically under siege from the western and southern sides, and has only one 4 km wide passage out, southwest of the city. Opposition units backed by Turkey plus the Syrian forces coming from the south have this area within their fire control. However, Daesh still controls Al-Bab, Tadif, Baza’a and Abu Taltal. The question asked by observers is who will enter the city, the Turkish backed opposition or the Syrian forces? 

News reports also spoke of a failed opposition attack on Baza’a, and a Russian airstrike on the village that killed several Daesh combatants. A recent unconfirmed report says the Turkey-supported opposition had entered Baza’a village and held it briefly before it was recaptured again by Daesh. Daesh also initiated a failed attack on Al-Deir Mountain and destroyed a Turkish tank, before retreating under heavy artillery and rocket counter fire.  Government forces captured Al-Awaishiya Hills after fierce battles with Daesh today, which puts it in full control of Daesh’s southern supply lines.  [Anadolu] [EnabBaladi] [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [ARA] [ARA] [ARA]

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Awaishiya village south of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that the Turkish Army and opposition groups attacked Baza’a town after heavy shelling and bombing. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Kazakhstan attacked the Turkish Army and the opposition groups with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding 15 soldiers or fighters, and destroying 2 military vehicles, forcing the rest to flee. Daesh says its snipers killed 5 more soldiers and fighters and damaged 2 military vehicles after the attack. It also says it damaged a Turkish Army tank with a rocket. [TWIMG] 

In another story apparently about the same incident, Daesh says it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition groups attack on Baza’a town. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked them with a vehicle bomb. It says that after the attack heavy battles erupted, resulting in the destruction of an SUV and damage to another. It says the Turkish Army and opposition fled the area, leaving an armored personnel vehicle, in addition to weapons and ammunition. [StoreUp] 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack near Baza’a. The video shows a remote explosion. It also shows footage from the town. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it burned down a Turkish Army armored vehicle and killed an opposition fighter near Baza’a. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group’s SUV and damaged another near Baza’a. [A3maq]

Daesh says Turkish planes mistakenly targeted opposition groups near Baza’a with 4 airstrikes. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army tank with a rocket north of Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it captured a machine gunmounted vehicle near Qabr Al-Muqri village east of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Residents of Abu Taltal village east of Al-Bab killed 12 Daesh combatants after a quarrel over Daesh control of a civilian house ended in killing two of the village young men. Angry villagers attacked Daesh combatants and killed 12 of them, before escaping to Turkey backed opposition units when Daesh reinforcements arrived. Daesh used heavy machine guns to shoot at the village following the incident. [Dorar] [Qasioun] [Hawar]

 

The Syrian government says Turkish planes killed Abu Khalid Al-Urduni, the newly appointed Daesh wali (governor) of Al-Bab city during airstrikes on the city Sunday that also killed 32 Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near East Al-Baidha village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army and Shia militias attack on the Al-Qubab area southeast of Khanasir, killing seven soldiers and militia men. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Azaz

Turkish heavy artillery shelled SDF positions in Maraanaz and Qadhi villages, and several other positions west of Azaz. [Qasioun] [ARA] [ARA] [Hawar]

 

However, fighting erupted between the YPG and Turkey-backed opposition groups in the Tal Rifaat, Ain Daqna, and Sheikh Eissa areas, after the YPG was targeted by heavy Turkish shelling and the YPG retaliated by attacking the pro-Turkey militiamen. The YPG killed 13 opposition fighters and wounded more than 50. The YPG and the SDF reinforced their positions in the area. [Xeber24]  

 

Manbij

A 16 year old young man’s leg was severed by a Daesh land mine north of Manbij. The boy was hospitalized in Manbij and is in stable condition now.  [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The SOHR says Intensive rocket shelling is continuing by government forces on Daesh positions in Duwa, Tiba, Jahar, Hayan, and Muhur oilfields. While battles are continuing in the surrounding areas. Syrian Army says it captured the Al-Baidha east and west villages and Hayan Gas Factory, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh retreating forces. It also says it controls strategic hills overlooking Jahar junction in attacks backed by Russian helicopters.  Daesh claimed it destroyed a Syrian tank and killed 20 Syrian soldiers. [SyriaHR] [SyriaNow] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army barrier near the East Al-Baidha village east of the T4 Airport, killing 10 soldiers, wounding others, destroying 5 vehicles and, capturing a BMP armored vehicle and 6 Taw rockets before returning safely. Daesh publishes photos of some of the spoils. [DawaAlhaq] 

Here Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack near East Al-Baidha village, killing 20 soldiers and wounding others, and destroying a tank and a machine gun mounted vehicle with 2 rockets. [StoreUp] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle east of the T4 Airport. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Russian planes attacked a Daesh gas station in Sukhnah, east of Homs, killing two people who worked there. They also attacked the Sukhnah-Palmyra road. [ARA]

 

SOHR says Daesh executed six civilians in Palmyra on charges of cooperating with the government. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SOHR says Daesh shelling on government-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor killed four civilians. Four others were killed by a Daesh land mine east of the city. Meanwhile, Syrian planes attacked Daesh controlled areas. Syrian Army says its artillery and planes inflicted heavy casualties on Daesh units around the perimeter of the airport and in the Al-Tamin area. Daesh also killed 9 civilians while shelling the Al-Jura and Qusour neighborhoods, controlled by the government in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

A Daesh attack with a bomb-rigged drone on a government position near Deir Ez-Zor wounded news correspondents from Syria and Russia, and a high-ranking Syrian officer. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of bakeries in Al-Mayadin city. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

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

While battles between opposition units and Daesh affiliate groups continue in Yarmouk Basin, Jordanian jet fighters initiated several attacks on Daesh positions near Yarmouk Basin. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian government says Daesh and Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) engaged in battle with hand grenades and light arms when Daesh tried to enter Al-Yarmouk camp south of Damascus. [SyriaNow]

 

Opposition forces in Al-Dhamir city northeast of Damascus executed members of a Daesh cell for engaging in bombing and sabotage operations. The number of cell members was not specified. [EnabBaladi]

 

The SOHR says Syrian planes attacked Daraa and bombed several areas there. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian government says its forces backed by planes destroyed several Daesh vehicles and captured several important Daesh locations east of Al-Seen Airport. Battles are also raging in the 559 regiment area and east Qalamoun.  [SyriaNow] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it wounded two Syrian soldiers in a drone attack on the Al-Batma area northeast of Al-Seen Airport in East Qalamoun. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of battles with the Syrian Army in East Qalamoun. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

A Jordanian Appellate Court upheld the death sentence imposed on five members of the socalled “Irbid terror cell,” responsible for terror attacks that led to the death of a security officer last March. [Anadolu]

 

Saudi Arabia

Reports on Daesh operatives’ trials in Saudi Arabia revealed that a woman called Uhood Al-Farouqi, using Twitter and Telegram to pass her orders to the implementers, guided Daesh operations in that country. The courts proceedings, as reported by Okaz Saudi daily, also revealed documents showing receipt of money sent on to Syria, among other things. [IraqPress] 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units continued their campaign in North Sinai for the 5th day in a row. The units raided several buildings, captured 3 takfiris, and destroyed 7 hideouts, 3 vehicle bombs, and 10 IEDs. They also found 4 tons of chemical materials used to manufacture explosives, plus 5 vehicles and 7 motorcycles, in addition to weapons and communications devices. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh says it killed four Egyptian Army officers and a soldier and destroyed a Humvee while stopping an Egyptian Army military operation that had lasted for several days in the Karm Mountain area in Central Sinai last week. [A3maq]

 

Eyewitnesses say a young man and his mother were killed when a shell fell on their house in Central Sinai. [ElWatan] 

 

Libya

Social media activists published a video of a Libyan soldier trapped by Daesh terrorists. The soldier tells the terrorists to “have some honor” before they shoot and kill him. [Wasat] 

 

Tunisia

National Guard units captured 2 takfiris and 25 terrorism suspects in different areas of Tunisia between Jan 28 and Feb 4. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Social media sources say planes are dropping extensive flares on the west side of Mosul while B-52 planes are flying over the area during the last several hours. [Facebook] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service found a vehicle bomb factory and captured a large quantity of explosives in Hay Al-Nour in Mosul (photos). [Twitter]

 

Videos of the Day

An IAA CH4 drone destroys a vehicle bomb and an armored vehicle in the Sakaniyat Badoush area in Mosul. [Twitter]

The IAA destroys a booby-trapped oil fuel tanker in a booby-trapped house and a construction truck in west Mosul. [Twitter]

The IAA destroys a Daesh vehicle carrying an empty anti-aircraft machine gun under a bridge in west Mosul. [Twitter]

The IAA destroys several Daesh positions and vehicles. [MoD]

 

Iraqi soldiers help a civilian wounded by Daesh in Mosul. [Twitter]

 

IFP units move toward eastern Mosul, preparing for the east side attack. [Afaq]

 

Iraqi forces find Daesh schoolbooks in Ninewa. [Twitter]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh issues a video of some of its drone attacks on Iraqi forces. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh wants to show that it is also “victorious” when it comes to technology, and that it can compete with the US and other advanced countries. Its capabilities certainly do not match up with the western countries. Daesh doesn’t say that it is using drones manufactured in “real” states and that some of these drones are actually toys. However, the fact that a terrorist organization has incorporated drone attacks into its military strategy is worthy of concern and several of today’s news items about Daesh drone attacks should certainly raise that concern. A further concern is that Daesh might load these drones with chemical weapons. We don’t know if there is any international investigation on where Daesh got these drones, but we need to identify the source(s). 

 

Daesh issues infographics about its suicide operations in Iraq and Syria. It says it conducted 90 attacks in Iraq and Syria in January 2017, 71 in Iraq and 19 in Syria. 76 of the operations were conducted with vehicle bombs and 14 were conducted with suicide vests or belts. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists who might have been killed in the Baghdad area. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Syrian terrorists who might have been killed in the Hama area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of shepherds east of Hama. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

February 3, 2017