An Update On ISIS Activities

Note to our readers: Due to unavoidable circumstances, we were unable to publish yesterday’s issue. We have caught up with most of those stories today. This had not happened before. We apologize for the problem.

 

April 21, 2017

 

West Mosul (Mada)

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Latest Erdogan bombast draws Al-Maliki reaction. [..]

Small-scale Baghdad attacks target Shia pilgrims. [..]

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

Several more Daesh leaders killed in west Mosul. [..]

Car bomb in east Mosul kills 5, wounds 144. [..]

Turkey

Pro-Erdogan newspaper says Turkey will attack Kurds in both Sinjar, northern Syria. [..]

Syria

SDF captures two more villages north of Raqqa. [..]

SDF-Daesh battle for Tabaqa continues. [..]

US kills Daesh facilitator of New Year’s Eve Istanbul bombing near Mayadin, Syria.  [..]

Other

Egyptian planes kill 19 terrorists in North Sinai. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki denounced a statement by Turkey’s President Erdogan, describing it as blatant intervention in Iraqi affairs. Erdogan said earlier that the PMF is a terrorist force. [Hawar]

Erdogan also denounced the raising of the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk, and called Europeans Nazis and liars. He says Turkey will help build a Syrian national army and rebuild cities for the people. He also called for a no-fly zone in an area of 5,000 sq. km north of Syria. [ROJ]

 

Iraqi kidnappers (possibly from Iraqi Hezbollah) released 26 Qatari hunters, including a prince, and handed them over to Iraq’s Ministry of Interior. Details of this vague kidnapping that took place in 2015 are still unknown. Some sources speculated about a large ransom paid by Qatar, others about a possible connection to the 4-city exchange (Fawaa , Kefraya, Madaya, and Zabadani) under way in Syria. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), Fallujah (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

There were incidents in multiple Baghdad locations in which Shia pilgrims going to the Kadhimiya celebration in northwest Baghdad were the intended victims.

 

Northeast (Adhamiya)

Baghdad Operations Command says its units prevented a suicide terrorist from detonating himself among Shia pilgrims on Al-Dujail road, north of Baghdad. It says the terrorist was forced to blow himself up away from the Shia gathering. However, it says four pilgrims were wounded in the attack. [Sumaria] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says an IED targeted a Tribal Mobilization patrol in Al-Ru’oud, wounding two of its members. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says IFP foiled a terror attack on the pilgrims heading to Kadhimiya in northwest Baghdad, in the Shakha 9 area. A suicide attacker dressed as a police officer and driving a booby-trapped motorcycle was killed and his motorcycle defused before he could  reach his target. [Sumaria]

 

A police sources says two civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Albu Aitha. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source said on Thursday that four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a terrorist who was planning to attack Shia pilgrims in Hay Al-Jami’a in Mansour. [Ghad]  

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The MoD says Military Intelligence found a large weapons cache in a house in Shuhada neighborhood in Falluja city, containing chemical warfare face masks among other items. [Maalomah] 

 

8th  army division say it killed Abu Abdullah Al-Zoba’i, the Daesh emir of Falluja, in an operation near Razaza Lake in Anbar. [Buratha] 

 

Ramadi

The MoD published photos of weapons and ammunition caches discovered in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab in Ramadi. [Ghad] 

 

Northwest Anbar

Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council’s security committee says 120 fighters from Albu Nimr tribe, supported by American troops in 5 Humvees, attacked Daesh in the Al-Baghailiye area north of Rawa, killing 20 terrorists. He says the Daesh terrorists were preparing to launch an attack on Haditha.    [Sumaria] 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says the IAA attacked a Daesh training camp in the Jtaiba area, northwest of Haditha Lake, between Rawa and Haditha, killing 20 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. [Maalomah] Rawa is located northwest of Haditha.

The Jazeera Operations Commander says security forces supported by tribal fighters and Coalition planes started a military operation to clear areas north of the Haditha Lake, killing many terrorists and destroying vehicle bombs. [Buratha] 

 

A security source says a Coalition airstrike killed 6 Daesh combatants and destroyed their HQ in Akashat, south of Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted a PMF position south of Shirqat with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and destroyed 2 vehicles near Makhmur on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its terrorists near Kan’ous village. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

A police source in Baiji says Police, Tribal Mobilization, and Jaisat tribesmen repelled a Daesh attack on Malha village in Baiji, killing one suicide attacker after a battle that lasted several hours. [Sumaria] 

Daesh’s version says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked “houses of infidels” in the Al-Malha area east of Baiji. Daesh says after heavy battles with PMF units that lasted for ten hours, the suicide terrorists detonated their explosive vests, killing “tens of infidels”. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 masked terrorists. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge, and on the road between Baiji and Haditha, with 28 mortars. Daesh also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the same road. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV and an IFP SUV in the Al-Jalam area in Samarra with IEDs, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya and Abu Saida

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED on the road between Al-Mansouriya subdistrict and Al-Shohani village in Muqdadiya, killing five IFP members. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Mayor of Khalis says IAA army helicopters destroyed a Daesh “secret logistical support base” that provided Daesh with food and other supplies in Al-Mita near the Salahuddin border. 5 Combatants were killed in this attack and an AA gun that started shooting at the attacking planes was destroyed. [Sumaria]

PMF units captured a Daesh mortar shells hideout in a search of Al-Sama and Hafayer villages near Sadiya. [Sumaria]

Military intelligence says it found an explosives cache in an empty house in Assalam subdistrict of Khalis. [IraqPress]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

PMFs say they killed 2 Daesh combatants and destroyed their vehicle in Qate’ village in Hawija. [Maalomah] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Yorgon village, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, killing 4 terrorists, including an Uzbek commander, and wounded ten others. The source also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Daquq, killing several terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

Five civilians were wounded, including three children, when a mortar shell fell on their house in Al-Bashir. [AIN] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

The IFP commander says his troops killed a relative of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, in addition to the Daesh “minister of zakat” and a Daesh “judge” in a rocketing on Zanjili northwest of downtown Mosul. He also says his troops killed the Daesh chemical weapons official in addition to a Daesh Dagestani leader and his deputy near the Fifth Bridge. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

 

IFP says it killed 14 Daesh combatants, destroyed 8 vehicle bombs and defused 55 IEDs in Al-Thawra. It also says it killed a Russian Daesh commander responsible for vehicle-rigging operations  and 4 of his Asian bodyguards in Zanjili. [Sumaria] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed 30 civilians, including women and children, who were trying to escape from Hay Al-Zanjili to Hay Al-Thawra. The source also says Daesh snipers killed many civilians in Hay Al-Thawra. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says a neurosurgeon was killed when a Daesh mortar shell fell on his house in Hay Al-Thawra. 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh is setting cars on fire in Hay Al-Zanjili. 

 

Daesh says heavy battles erupted with IFP units in the Al-Meshahda area. Daesh says after killing or wounding several IFP soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees and an armored vehicle, it “cleared the Al-Meshahda area completely.” [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Al-Meshahda area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four IFP soldiers in the Bab Al-Tob area. It also says it damaged a Humvee and shot down a drone in the same area. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly destroyed a building where IFP soldiers were barricading near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding several soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Yet another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department on errant Coalition airstrikes. No Daesh members are ever killed in these airstrikes if you believe Daesh.

 

Southwest Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Command says CTS units captured Hay Al-Nasr and Hay Al-Thawra. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed nineteen CTS soldiers, including an officer, wounded two others, destroyed a Humvee, and damaged a bulldozer in Hay Al-Thawra. It also says several CTS soldiers were killed or wounded after walking into 3 land mine fields in the same area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department  on enemy soldiers killing themselves by walking into Daesh land mines.  Note the report just above that Daesh has actually lost Al-Thawra.”Daesh is always victorious” (even when it isn’t).

Side note: Al-Thawra sometimes  shows up in both Central Mosul and Southwest Mosul stories because of its in-between location, west of downtown but southwest of Zanjili.

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 13 of its combatants in Musherifa , for deserting battles in Al-Thawra. 

The source also says 5 Daesh combatants surrendered to Iraqi forces earlier in Rifa’i. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack it conducted on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video was filmed from a long a distance. That’s because  Daesh lost Hay Al-Tanak long time ago. The creative writing department is working overtime.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak, Hay Al-Yarmouk, and Hay Al-Thawra. It also says it destroyed a CTS military position in Hay Al-Thawra with an SPG9 rocket, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Tanak with 2 vehicle bombs, destroying a Humvee and damaging a bulldozer and 2 other Humvees. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee in Hay Al-Tanak with an IED, killing four soldiers inside. It also says it destroyed a CTS position with a rocket in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly targeted a building were CTS soldiers were barricading in Hay Al-Tanak. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, Coalition planes kill only civilians and Iraqi soldiers, according to Daesh. It leaves one to wonder how those departed Daesh terrorists, whose pictures are published almost on daily basis, get killed.

 

IFP says it freed an 11 years old Yazidi girl held by Daesh as prisoner in Hay Al -Tanak. The girl’s name is Farah Dakhil, and was handed over to Judiciary authorities in Hammam Al-Alil.  [Sumaria] 

 

North & northwest Mosul

A security source says an explosion in 17th of July neighborhood killed a Daesh poisonous gases official and five of his assistants. It seems that one of the rockets they were arming with chemicals went off by accident. [Sumaria]

 

Military intelligence says Coalition planes killed Abu Abdullah, Daesh’s military official of west Mosul, while he was in his car in Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood in northwest Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

East Mosul

A military source says a car bomb parked in Al-Zuhour neighborhood in east Mosul exploded, killing three civilians, an army officer and a soldier, and wounding 144 others. [BasNews] 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in west Mosul and in areas northwest of Mosul with 195 mortars, 26 heavy artillery shells, and 4 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a “new invention” it used in Mosul. The invention is a vehicle bomb equipped with anti-armor rockets. [A3maq] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says the IAF bombed a group of Daesh terrorists who were attacking the Tal Afar Airport, killing 9 terrorists. It also says the IAF destroyed Daesh tunnels and weapons and explosives storehouses in Tal Afar, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Harbi] 

 

PMF says it killed Abu Omar Al-Mosuli, a Daesh commander, as Daesh tried to penetrate defense lines near the desert. [Maalomah] 

 

Sinjar

IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh weapons factory and a vehicle bombs factory in Bulaij subdistrict southeast of Sinjar city, killing 7 terrorists from Arab countries. It also says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters west of Bulaij, killing 12 terrorists, mostly foreigners. [Sumaria] 

 

IWMC says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs, an anti-aircraft cannon, and a hideout north of Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria] 

 

Baaj

Joint Operations Command (JOC) says a Coalition airstrike in Baaj killed three assistants of Awwad Al-Baghdadi. All there are ex-Iraqi Army officers. [BasNews]

PMFs say they destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and killed two of its combatants in the Al-Jazeera Desert. [Forat]

 

IWMC says IAF planes destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and a vehicle bomb factory in Bab Al-Khair village in Baaj, killing at least 15 terrorists. [Ghad]  

DaeshDaily comment. The recent profusion of news reports from Baaj is noteworthy, as there were previously hardly any developments reported from Baaj. The trend shows the extent to which the Ninewa Liberation campaign and the anti-Daesh effort in general have moved into the desert. There have also been more reports from Hatra, a desert province east of Baaj. Several of our stories are about Daesh leaders killed in Baaj, an indication that one reason for the increasing number of stories is that Daesh operations have to some extent moved into desert areas, where they were less likely to be detected. Given the recent airstrikes, perhaps it is not so easy to hide there anymore.

 

Qayara/Hatra

An Iraqi Army 91st brigade officer says the brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Haj Ali area, killing 9 terrorists. The brigade (also called Hawler Brigade) used to belong to the Peshmerga, and now it’s under the MoD. [BasNews]  

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A police source in Basra sys Basra police arrested two men wanted on terror charges during a search in Qurna, north of Basra. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Yeni Safak, a  Turkish daily close to the ruling party, says Turkey is planning a two-fold operation in Syria and Iraq under the name of Tigris and Euphrates Shield, targeting the PKK in Sinjar and Qara Qozaq south of Kobane in Syria. The paper says the operation will be coordinated with Russia and the US. The paper says that areas cleared from PKK would be handed over to KDP Peshmerga after the operations. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know which parts of this story are true, if any, but they can’t all be true. We hope it’s a trial balloon. At this point, Turkey’s participation in Syria is nothing more than interference, and its presence in Iraq is a continuing provocation. 

 

Turkish security arrested three person wanted on terror charges in Antalya, one of them Syrian. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia’s Ministry of Defense says a Russian army major working as advisor and trainer of Syrian government forces was killed in an attack by armed gunmen on the army positions. The ministry did not specify the exact location. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (8), Raqqa (5), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (5). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Al-Sanadid Arab militia headed by Hmaidi Al-Jarba, whose members are from the Shammar tribe,  called on Arab youth to join its ranks.  Al-Sanadid is with the SDF, but says joining an Arab militia, to avoid being subject to compulsory military recruitment by the Kurdish PYD. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

The SDF advanced 500 meters in Hay Al-Iskandariya in east Tabaqa city, killing 20 terrorists. [PUKMedia]  

The SDF also freed 10,000 civilians from the Raqqa area and moved them to secure places. [PUKMedia]  

 

SDF says it found a mortar shell workshop in Tabaqa during its advance in the city. Photos published. [Hawar]

 

Sources close to SDF say some of its forces are advancing north of Tabaqa and are now fighting in Tishrin town, while the other wing is advancing inside the city of Tabaqa itself, coming from its western side, and have reached the Al-Alam roundabout. [ARA]

SOHR says Daesh killed 7 SDF fighters in the raging battles inside Tabaqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition planes killed a woman and several civilians in an airstrike on Tabaqa Friday, while Daesh executed a young man for cooperating with the SDF and Coalition in the city. Battles are taking place now inside Tabaqa. [Qasioun]

In addition to the woman, SOHR says Coalition airstrikes killed two more civilians in the Maysaloun farm. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says while battles continue in and around Tabaqa, two children were killed and another wounded by a Daesh land mine in Hunaida, east of Tabaqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven SDF fighters “on the outskirts of” Tabaqa city. [A3maq] 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Suwaidiya Kabira village north of Al-Tabaqa with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says five people were killed and three wounded in an “American” airstrike on Al-Hal Market in Tabaqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says three SDF fighters were killed after walking into a landmine field east of Al-Tabaqa. Daesh also says it targeted SDF positions at Al-Tabaqa Airport and surrounding areas with 24 mortars, 4 Grad rockets, and several SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

North of Raqqa

SOHR says SDF captured Kabash Sharqi and Rayan villages north of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh counter-attacked SDF forces in two farm communities in Tishrin that were  captured by SDF earlier. The battle is continuing . [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Daesh mines wounded an IDP and his daughter on Nasr farm, 15 km (9 miles) north of Raqqa, as they were escaping the city toward SDF forces. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded nine SDF fighters with a rocket in Al-Hikma village north of Raqqa. It also says it shot down an SDF drone north of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa city

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

 

Northwest 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Daesh says it killed 21 government soldiers and destroyed two vehicles in its operations against government forces advancing from Deir Hafer south towards Maskana and Jarrah military airport, the only areas along with 20 villages remaining under Daesh control east of Aleppo.  [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it attacked Syrian Army and Shia militia positions in Al-Atshana east of Deir Hafer, killing twelve soldiers, wounding others, destroying a BMP armored vehicle and 2 other vehicles and capturing a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the vehicle it captured. [JustPaste]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say unidentified plane attacked YPG position on Barsa Mountain between Azaz and Afrin killing and wounding 10 of its fighters. The plane could not be identified pending an official YPG statement. [ARA]

 

Kurdish sources say they received 1,360 IDPs escaping opposition and Daesh controlled areas in Jarabulus, Al-Bab, and Azaz. They entered Afrin through Qatma crossing, where some will stay and others will head to other Syrian areas. [ARA]

 

Turkey and its allied militias resumed shelling SDF position in two villages  near Tal Rifaat in Azaz. SDF artillery fired back at the firing sources. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government says it forces blocked several Daesh counterattacks along the 90 km (56 mile) battle line east of Homs, inflicting heavy casualties to the attackers. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Col. John Thomas, chief spokesman for US Central Command, says US troops killed Daesh “facilitator” who was tied to the deadly New Year’s nightclub bombing in Turkey.  Abdurakhman Al-Uzbeki was described as a crony of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. “He was known to interact with him in various ways over time,” Thomas said about Uzbeki’s relationship with Al-Baghdadi. Uzbeki was tied to the New Year’s attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39, the military said. “He was involved in plotting external terror plots,” Thomas said. “We’ve clearly linked him with the Istanbul” attack.

The ground operation was conducted by US Special Operations forces near Mayadin, Syria, according to a defense official who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the operation, the network reported. [NewYorkPost]   

 

Daesh engaged government forces in a new Daesh attack on Deir Ez-Zor military airport. The battles raged at the same time in various parts of the city under intense air strikes by Syrian Army planes. [Qasioun]

Syrian government says its forces killed 8 Daesh combatants in the airport perimeter. [SyriaNow]

 

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

The opposition’s Free Army says it recaptured Alyaniya village, in the eastern desert area, from Daesh control. It has said it is targeting Daesh up to Albu Kamal in Deir Ez-Zor. Opposition sources say battles are taking place under the supervision of Inherent Resolve (US operation). [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed three opposition fighters with an IED near the Baghdad Barrier, northeast of the Al-Seen Airport. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian Army said on Thursday that its planes targeted ABM terrorists in North Sinai, killing 19 terrorists, including a senior commander, and destroying 4 vehicles and several hideouts. [Youm7] 

 

A security source says an IED targeted a police armored vehicle on the Sea Road in Arish, killing a policeman and wounding a civilian. The source says another policeman was killed when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Hay Al-Ubour, in Arish. [Rudaw] 

 

Daesh says it killed three Egyptian Army “spies” in Rafah city. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

France

Daesh is reported to have claimed responsibly for the Champs-Élysées attack in Paris that left one policeman killed and two wounded. Daesh’s A3Maq says the executioner is Abu Yousif Al-Beljiki. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is not so clear from our cross-referencing of sources. The claim of responsibility shows up in many western and Arabic-language sources, but somehow not in Daesh sources. Some later clarification can be expected.  

 

Media sources say Al-Beljiki, is a Moroccan carrying Belgian nationality, born in 1973, married with two children, and works as an electrician. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Germany

Police arrested a German-Russian citizen on Friday morning on suspicion of carrying out the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that the bombing was motivated by financial greed.

The Dortmund team bus was targeted with three bombs after it left a hotel to travel to the stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco. Defender Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the blasts, which saw the match postponed until the next day.

Investigators found a letter close to the crime scene that appeared to claim responsibility in the name of Islamist extremists, but German police doubted the authenticity of the note. [Independent] 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed twelve Afghani soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in an attack in Achin in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six Afghani soldiers and destroyed 2 vehicles in an ambush in the Dibala area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its terrorists stopped an Afghani Army attack on the Shadal area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the first time we were informed that Rambo has joined Daesh.  

 

Daesh says it killed an Afghani Intelligence Service member with an IED in Kabul. [A3maq]

 

Russia

Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked a Russian Intelligence Service office in Khabarovsk city, killing three members and wounding others. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We have sorted through a lot of Daesh “logic” in the past few years but have no immediate explanation for why Daesh would have someone attack a large city (over half a million) in the far east of the country.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Security units destroy a vehicle bomb under control in west Baghdad. [YouTube] 

 

Security units captured a group of Daesh terrorists who were planning to attack on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi soldiers trap a Daesh terrorist in house in west Mosul. He sets a room on fire to escape. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces in house to house battles in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

Daesh mortars target aid distribution in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

IFP soldiers fight Daesh near Al-Nouri Mosque. [YouTube]

 

School children in east Mosul celebrate their freedom. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces captured Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi CH4 drone destroys a Daesh target in Baaj. [MoD]

 

Egypt

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

April 19, 2017

 

IFP

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Iraq

Iran’s new Ambassador to Iraq is a Revolutionary Guard general. [..]

Huge Shia religious festival challenges Baghdad security. [..]

Daesh attacks army checkpoint near Baquba and tribe in northern Diyala. [..]

Several Daesh leaders killed in Mosul. [..]

CTS keeps advancing in southwest Mosul. [..]

Daesh runs out of medicine, kills the patients. [..]

Syria

SDF takes four more villages west of Raqqa. [..]

Syrian Army gains ground on Daesh near Palmyra. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Hartmut Gabriel arrived in Baghdad and met separately with President Masoum, Prime Minister Abadi, Speaker Jubouri, and Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari to discuss the war on Daesh and reconstruction of liberated areas. After that, the minister flew to Erbil and was received by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. [Rudaw] [Rudaw] 

 

A general from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard assumed the post of Ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday.

Iraj Masjedi previously worked as adviser to Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Soleimani is head of the Quds Force, the branch of the Revolutionary Guard responsible for operations outside of Iran, which has been controversial in Iraq.

After Daesh took control of swathes of Iraq in 2014, Soleimani worked with top Iraqi security officials to fight Daesh, primarily by assisting Shia PMFs. [Reuters] 

DaeshDaily comment. This should probably be seen as an unfortunate development. First, an Ambassador position anywhere is generally a job for a diplomat, not for a leader of a clandestine militia organization that does not report to his nation’s foreign affairs ministry. It is well understood that the Revolutionary Guards are not under the control of Iran’s elected President, and the decisions of the Revolutionary Guards are not necessarily coordinated with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. So it’s not clear who in the Iran government is being represented by this new Ambassador, but the initial impression is not encouraging. 

Iran and the Revolutionary Guards were valuable to Iraq in 2014 and 2015 when it was most vulnerable to Daesh. Maybe that’s why Al-Abadi’s government is not inclined or perhaps not in position to refuse the appointment. A stronger Iraqi government might have rejected such a choice. The probability is that this will make it harder for the Iraqi government to deal with Iran, and will put more pressure on American and European diplomacy to help Iraq stand up to Iranian pressure to support its sectarian agenda.

 

The manager of border crossings says 40,000 Shia pilgrims from different countries arrived in Iraq on Tuesday to participate in the Kadhimiya ceremonies in northwest Baghdad on Sunday. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (8), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), and Rutba (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says the Al-Suqoor checkpoint destroyed a car bomb under control south of Falluja, on the highway between Baghdad and Anbar. It says the car bomb was intended to attack Shia pilgrims heading to the Kadhimiya Shrine. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The biggest Shia pilgrimage in Baghdad will happen in a few days. Millions of people from all over Iraq are heading to the shrine. 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED targeted a police patrol in Ibrahim Bin Ali, and wounded three of them. [Sumaria] 

The BOC says its first battalion found and defused 8 IEDs in Shnaitir. [Ghad] Baghdad Operations Command says its units defused 8 IEDs in the Shnaitir area, in west Baghdad. [Etejah] 

 

Military Intelligence Service says it captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in the Al-Oweisat area in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Fallujah. The video talks about the insurgency in Fallujah since it started in 2003 and promises more attacks in Fallujah. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is a Daesh media theme for these current days. The implication is that “we lost, but we are coming back as we did before.” The message is arrogant and totally objectionable, but it has to be taken seriously.

 

Ramadi

An Anbar Police commander says the explosions heard in Ramadi city yesterday were because army EOD units destroyed several IEDs under control in Ramadi city. He assured the people of Ramadi that the security situation is under control. [Sumaria] 

 

Northwest Anbar

The IAF destroyed several Daesh weapons and ammunition storehouses and command centers in Rawa,  killing several terrorists. [MoD Website] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says three young men removed Daesh flags from a mosque in Al-Qa’im. The source says Daesh identified the men after checking security cameras and captured and executed two of them. Daesh is still searching for the third man, who managed to escape.  

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh issues a video of a PMF fighter targeted by its snipers in Ain Al-Baidha village. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

IWMC says army units blocked a Daesh attack on Sheikh Ali village in the Makhoul Mountains, killing 4 combatants including a suicide attacker. [IraqPress] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a PMF military position near the Al-Makhazen Bridge with B10 rockets. [JustPaste]   

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with a rocket in Albu Draib village north of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

PMF says it initiated a preemptive attack in Zuwiya, northeast of Tikrit, destroying a vehicle bomb and an armored vehicle. It also captured explosives and used them against a Daesh guesthouse and equipment. [IraqPress] 

 

Security units found 13 IEDs in the Al-Dayoum area, north of Tikrit. [MoD Website] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source says army units repelled a Daesh attack on an army checkpoint in Bazayez, east of Baquba, killing and wounding several attackers. One soldier was killed in the operation. [Ghad][Sumaria]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others in an attack on a checkpoint in the Bazayez area of Buhriz. [A3maq]

 

The Diyala Police says security units defused 3 IEDs in Al-Salam subdistrict in Al-Khalis. [Sumaria] 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says Rapid Intervention units in Abu Saida clashed with terrorists in the center of the district, killing one of them and wounding another. [Ghad] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Zarkoush (Shia Kurd) tribe leader says Daesh cells in the Himrin area targeted his tribe’s village with 19 mortars during the month of April, including 4 on Tuesday. He criticized Iraqi government’s silence about Daesh growing in the Himrin area and about its attack on his tribe. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh had issued a fatwa to eliminate this tribe. The tribe has many members, and some of them joined PMF units to defend their areas. 

 

The Diyala Police say security units captured a person on terrorism charges in the Himrin Dam area. [Sumaria] 

 

Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a terrorist at the Anjana checkpoint, near Udhaim, on the road between Diyala and Kirkuk. It says the terrorist was heading from Suleimaniya to conduct an attack in Baghdad and was wanted on several terrorism charges. [Ghad] 

 

A security source in Diyala says Daesh fired 8 mortar shells at oil police checkpoints in Nafut Khana, one of which destroyed an oil pipe.

Daesh says it detonated an oil pipe in the Al-Nida area in Mandali that extends from Nafut Khana oilfield in Khanaqin to Baghdad, with several IEDs. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes a video of a terrorist planting an IED near an oil pipe, then the video shows the oil pipe on fire. [A3maq]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

The Diyala Police says security units defused a sticky IED under a civilian vehicle in Balad Ruz. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police Intelligence Service vehicle in the Al-Dainiya area in Balad Ruz, destroying the vehicle and severely wounding two people inside. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh publishes 2 photos of setting boxes of cigarettes on fire in Hawija city. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A military source says Iraqi units liberated 30% of old Mosul and that Daesh is holding only 17 neighborhoods now. The source predicts that the last Daesh battle in west Mosul will be in the 17th of July neighborhood, as it has symbolic value to Daesh, being the first neighborhood occupied by them in 2014. [Anadolu] The IFP commander says IFP liberated 30% of old Mosul and killed 58 Daesh combatants, including 6 snipers. [Ghad] 

A Rapid Intervention major says Iraqi forces have captured 40% of Old Mosul during the last 38 days. He says fighting in the area is difficult because of the narrow alleys and because there are large numbers of civilians trapped in the areas.  [Karemlash] 

 

Military sources reported 6 airstrikes by the IAF on Daesh targets in west Mosul Wednesday. [PressIraq]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh issued orders to its foreign terrorists in west Mosul to execute any local terrorist who wants to flee. 

 

Daesh issues infographics about the 6th month of its Mosul battles March 18-April 17. It says it killed 790 Iraqi soldiers, conducted 32 suicide attacks, and destroyed 176 vehicles, damaged 34 vehicles, and shot down a helicopter and 25 recon drones. [A3maq]

 

Central Mosul

Prime Minister Al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to inspect military units near battlefronts, his press office says. Sources spoke about a possible visit to Erbil to meet Kurdish leaders. [ROJ]

 

IFP units destroyed Daesh mortar units, vehicle bombs, weapons and explosives storehouses, a heavy cannon, a machine gun mounted vehicle, and a vehicle bomb factory and killed several Daesh snipers in several areas. [MoD Website] 

 

The MoD says Coalition planes killed the Daesh minister of tribal affairs Abu Abdullah Al-Shabaki, and a son and a nephew, in an airstrike in Zanjili, northwest of downtown. [Harbi] 

IFP says it killed Abu Abdul Rahman, described as the 1st assistant of Al-Baghdadi, by shelling Daesh HQ in Zanjili. 

Military Intelligence Service says Coalition planes killed the Daesh “intelligence official” of Hay Al-Tayran in an airstrike on his motorcycle in Zanjili. [Ghad] 

 

An IFP major says Iraqi forces stopped a major Daesh attack in Hay Al-Farouq, southeast of Zanjili. He says Daesh used 3 vehicle bombs in addition to a bulldozer bomb. [BasNews]

 

IFP says it killed Abul Waleed Al-Tunisi, a Daesh commander, and 4 of his men in the Old City. [Harbi]

 

The army constructed a temporary pontoon bridge over the Tigris in southern Mosul after access to the permanent bridges was blocked due to intense floods. Queues of cars and people were seen waiting on the east side to cross the river on the new bridge. UNHCR says that supplies to Hammam Al-Alil resumed due to the new bridge and the situation is normal now. It says 20,000 IDPs left west Mosul in the past four days. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked IFP positions near the Al-Meshahda area, killing more than twelve soldiers and wounding others before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an IFP bulldozer it destroyed near the Al-Meshahda area. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Meshahda area and Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]

 

A military source says the Coalition conducted an airdrop behind CTS lines in one of the old Mosul neighborhoods. The source says the intention is to provide logistical support to Iraqi forces in the area. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily comment. The airdrop story is credible. Assuming it’s true, however, we suspect there is more to this mission than the usual logistical support.

 

Southwest Mosul

CTS commander says they are advancing from two directions in the Al-Thawra and Al-Tanak neighborhoods, inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh in fierce battles. He also says that safe routes were opened for civilians to escape battle areas. He says 80% of both neighborhoods are now liberated.  [Mawazin] 

Daesh says it snipers killed six Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak and Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed ten CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak and Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]

 

CTS says it has killed 45 Daesh combatants in Al-Thawra.  It says it has also liberated the Rafidain neighborhood in central Mosul by the Tigris. [Harbi]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked CTS positions on Tuesday night near Hay Al-Thawra, killing ten soldiers and wounding others before returning safely. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

CTS says it separated Sina’at Wadi Okab from Hay Al-Tanak, isolating Daesh combatants and killing 12 of them, while destroying 6 vehicle bombs. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Yarmouk. It also says it destroyed a CTS Humvee in the same area. [A3maq]

 

North & northwest Mosul

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi forces recon drone it shot down in northwest Mosul. [A3maq]

 

East Mosul

A security source says two children were severely wounded when a Daesh mortar shell fell near an elementary school in Hay Sumer. [Maalomah] 

 

An IFP major says one civilian was killed and three others wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Hay Al-Jaza’er. [BasNews]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

An intelligence source in Mosul says Daesh killed its patients infected with gangrene, who were kept in houses used as hospitals in west Mosul. The explanation was that it does not have the resources to treat or provide medicines to them . [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment.  Pardon us if we don’t quite believe the explanation. A band of killers making health care decisions is not good news for patients.

 

The Ministry of Migrations and Displacement says 119,000 displaced people have returned to their houses in east Mosul. However, 334,000 people have left their houses in west Mosul. The Minister had said earlier that 291,000 displaced people from Ninewa are living in camps in liberated areas and in the Kurdistan governorates. [Rudaw]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/Qayara

A Ninewa Police source says security units launched a major search in liberated areas south of Mosul and captured 16 Daesh members in Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil. The source also says security units captured many suspects who were posing as displaced people. [BasNews]

A DaeshDaily source says the UN suspended its operations west of the Tigris River in Ninewa, including Hammam Al-Alil and Qayara, because of potential Daesh attacks that could target UN and NGO workers. 

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a military position near Al-Jassam village south of Qayara on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A field source says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh hideout, a house, a headquarters, and 2 cannons in two areas in Tal Afar, killing 25 terrorists. [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

Peshmerga Ministry general director says the US is arming 2 Peshmerga brigades, having already armed and equipped 2 other brigades . [Sumaria] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel criminal court issued death sentences against 4 terror convicts for blowing up houses of citizens for terrorist purposes. They were also fined IQD 60 million to be paid to Jurf Al-Sakhar municipality for damage to public buildings. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. Collecting the fine might run into practical problems. Good luck with that.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The State Department denied knowing the whereabouts of Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi. It also says it does not have verification of earlier reports of his arrest by Russian units. [Mawazin] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (3), Raqqa (8), and Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (5). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated 4 more villages in the Wadi Jalab area west of Raqqa from Daesh today amid heavy fighting. [PUKMedia]

SDF announced the liberation of Hatash village from Daesh in Wadi Jalab. [Hawar] It also captured Bir Jarba and Jarwa in the same area.

An SDF source says battles in Tabaqa left 47 Daesh combatants dead, including 7 suicide attackers. 20 of them were killed by a Coalition airstrike Tuesday. [ARA]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked an SDF headquarters in Hatash village north of Raqqa with a vehicle bomb, killing everyone inside. [MRKZGulf]

Daesh says it damaged 2 SDF bulldozers with 2 rockets in Hatash village. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh issues a video of an SDF fighter it captured near Tal Al-Saman. [A3maq]

 

SDF says it received 150 families escaping Daesh areas in Raqqa. The IDPs were moved to Ayn Eissa. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa city

Daesh publishes photos of one of its media centers in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Syrian government says that an IED explosion in Salahuddin neighborhood in Aleppo killed 6 civilians and wounded 32 others. [Rudaw] 

An opposition faction called Abu Amara for Special Operations claimed responsibility for the Aleppo attack, saying it targeted the Syrian Army and militias. [Qasioun]

 

11 buses carrying opposition combatants and their families left Zabadani in Rif Damashq toward Idlib, while 45 buses carrying 3,000 people left Fawaa and Kefraya towards Aleppo, as part of the 4-cities exchange deal agreed between the government and the opposition. [ARA]

Some of the civilians who came from Fawaa and Kefraya are suffering very bad living conditions in Hasba’, west of Homs, reports say. [EnabBaladi]

SOHR reported continued fighting between Daesh and government forces near Al-Jarrah military airport amid airstrikes on areas inside the airport held by Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting Syrian and Russian aircraft with heavy machine guns east of Khanasir, in the Safira District in southeast Aleppo [JustPaste]

 

Afrin

Kurdish sources say Turkey backed opposition elements shelled Jalma village in Afrin, wounding a 14 year old boy. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army says it destroyed a Daesh bulldozer packed with explosives in Wadi Odhaib, east of Hama. [SyriaNow]

Syrian government says its army occupied re-captured several hills surrounding the Al-Qattar Mountain northeast of Palmyra.  [SyriaNow]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq] 

 

SOHR confirmed advances of government forces on Daesh east of Homs, reporting heavy fighting and airstrikes. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reports smoke clouds over the Homs refinery, possibly due to non-stop battles between government forces and Daesh that reached  two locations in the area under heavy air cover from planes and helicopters. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a sheep market near Sukhnah city. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Sources say  a recent Coalition airdrop in areas between Mayadin and Duwer in Deir Ez-Zor resulted in arresting important Daesh figures who were in a car heading from Mayadin to Albu Kamal. The whole operation took only 15 minutes. [EnabBaladi]

 

Local sources say the number of victims of Coalition/Iraqi airstrikes on Albu Kamal went up to 33 civilians killed including many women and children. 7 civilian houses were totally destroyed in the raids, they say.

Meanwhile government forces and Daesh continued battling in the Maqaber area south of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. As we commented yesterday, we lack any confirmation from other sources and cannot as yet evaluate the airstrike allegations. We note that neither story acknowledges any Daesh members killed by the airstrikes, which undermines their credibility.

 

Sources say Coalition and  Iraqi planes again raided areas near Albu Kamal and Al-Hari village. Col. John Dorrian of the Coalition confirmed Coalition attacks on these areas, but says he has no information on casualties. [EnabBaladi]

 

Syrian Army killed 14 Daesh combatants and destroyed several positions in an artillery shelling on Jabal Tharda west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a Syrian Army position with a shell in Deir Ez-Zor city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of building clay houses in Deir Ez-Zor province. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint near Saint Catherine’s monastery in Sinai that killed one policeman and wounded 4 others. [Sumaria] 

A security source says security units killed one of the terrorists who attacked the checkpoint. The source says local residents in South Sinai had informed security units about the terrorist’s location. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicle with an IED south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of a young boy who was killed by an Egyptian Army shelling near the Al-Harash area west of Rafah city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be the first A3maq video we have seen from Egypt.  

 

Tunisia

Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units captured a takfiri in Manouba, in northeastern Tunisia. It says the man had a Daesh flag painted on the roof of his house, and admitted he was communicating with Daesh supporters via social media. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says its snipers killed an Afghan soldier in the Achin area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

IFP soldiers battle Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] 

 

IFP soldiers advance near Al-Nouri Mosque. [Facebook] 

 

Syria

Hundreds of civilians escape Daesh controlled areas north of Raqqa. [BasNews] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

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

 

April 18, 2017

 

West Mosul Families

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

US Special Forces on the move in Northwest Anbar. [..]

Daesh still contesting CTS capture of Al-Thawra in SW Mosul. [..]

UN humanitarian coordinator warns of massive food shortage in Mosul. [..]

Syria

SDF announces local council to manage Raqqa after Daesh leaves. [..]

SDF, Coalition move in on Tabaqa despite heavy vehicle-bomb attacks. [..]

Other

Daesh attacks historic Christian monastery location in south Sinai. [..]

France foils planned terrorist attack in Marseille. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), and near Tal Afar (1). [InherentResolve] 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Military Intelligence announced the arrest of a terror cell planning to initiate operations in Baghdad. The cell belongs to Daesh’s socalled Baghdad wilayat and was based in Tarmiya. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says security forces arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Khan Dhari. [Maalomah] 

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi military source says a large fully equipped unit of US Special Forces arrived at Al-Asad Base near Baghdadi, west of Iraq. The source says the units moved from Al-Bakr air base in Balad, Salahuddin in large convoys. The forces are preparing to assist in Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im liberation operations expected shortly in northwest Anbar, says the source. [Anadolu]

 

A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in Al-Baghdadi subdistrict, killing a civilian and wounding two others. [Mawazin] 

 

A security source says a suicide attacker with an explosives belt attacked a police checkpoint in Al-Dolab, in Hit, killing one policeman and wounding two others. [Rudaw] 

Daesh’s version says it blew up a Sahwa headquarters in the Al-Dolab area east of Hit. Daesh says it then conducted a suicide attack with an explosives vest on Sahwa fighters in the area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed an officer and another soldier, wounded five soldiers, and damaged a Humvee by detonating 2 IEDs on General Hospital Street in Hit city. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th army division says Coalition planes destroyed vehicle bombs in both Anah and Rawa, killing their suicide drivers. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of fishing in Rawa city. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 110 area east of Rutba, wounding the soldiers inside. It also says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the same area with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 40 area. Daesh says soldiers were wounded in the attack [JustPaste]

 

1st army division says a sniper from the division shot down a Daesh recon drone in Rutba. [Sumaria] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF Press says PMF units launched a military operation to collapse Daesh tunnels in the Makhoul Mountains area. It says the operation aims at cutting Daesh supply lines to Mosul and preventing Daesh from attacking Iraqi military units in the area. It also says the operation intends to cut off Daesh supply lines between Hawija and Salahuddin. [Maalomah] 

  

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier and wounded another in the Al-Qusour Compound in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

PMF command says its EODs defused 22 IEDs in Sukariyat near Baiji. [Mawazin] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions in several areas north of Baiji with 23 mortars. It also says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

A local Diyala official says 50 Daesh combatants moved from Hawija to Mtaibija, a situation described as a time bomb threatening three provinces, i.e. Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. Mtaibija in Salahuddin is separated from Udhaim in Diyala by a small river branch. [Sumaria] 

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED in the Al-Tayoub area in Samarra city, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga SUV with an IED in Mazerer village in Dibis, west of Kirkuk, killing one fighter and wounding three others. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Al-Kawaz village west of Kirkuk. [JustPaste]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Kurdish counter-terrorism organization says Coalition planes attacked a Daesh gathering on Riyadh-Hawija road southwest of Kirkuk, killing 10 of them including a major security commander nicknamed Abu Nabil. [ROJ]

 

A security source says Coalition planes targeted 3 Daesh vehicles on the road between Al-Riyadh and Hawija, killing 4 Daesh “important leaders”. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A report says that civil conflict in Iraq, as well as Al-Qaeda in Iraq and then Daesh, reduced the number of Christians in Iraq from 1.3 million to 300,000 as hundreds of them are leaving Iraq daily. The Nineveh Plain alone witnessed the migration of over 100,000 Christians into Kurdistan or out of Iraq. [Mada] 

 

Mosul liberation campaign

JOC says it is aware that Daesh possesses some chemical weapons, but not effective quantities, yet there is a potential hazard of having them used against civilians, which has already happened once or twice.  They were also used to arm mortar warheads to impede the advance of Iraqi units, but did not succeed. [AIN] 

 

Iraqi Army says Iraqi forces started to use the RAYSUN MD1, a device that cuts off communications of Daesh drones with the drones’ controllers. [BasNews] 

 

Coalition planes killed Daesh’s “tribal affairs minister” and 4 of his bodyguards in west Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says twenty-five people were killed and forty-five wounded by “American and Iraqi bombing” on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says seven people were killed by “American bombing” on the emergency entrance in the medical compound in Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The implication is that the airstrikes missed their targets and killed only civilians, or were targeted on civilians. This has become a daily “report” by Daesh’s creative writing team.

 

Central Mosul

Commander of IFP says his troops killed 60 Daesh combatants including an emir in the area around the Grand Mosque, adding that IFP are advancing towards Al-Farouq neighborhood to the north under helicopter and drone fire. They also destroyed 5 Daesh armed trucks, 8 booby-trapped motorcycles, and 6 AA guns, and defused three booby-trapped buildings. [Maalomah] 

 

IFP also announced its capture of the Daesh Health Office in the old city near Al-Farouq neighborhood. [Etejah] 

 

IFP says it captured a Daesh guesthouse and started to build defense lines on the outskirts of Al-Farouq neighborhood. It killed Abu Hajir al-Rusi, a Russian national and one of the Daesh commanders, in a rocket attack on Al-Thawra neighborhood. [PUKMedia] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 IFP soldiers near the Al-Meshahda area on Monday. [JustPaste]

Daesh says two IFP soldiers were killed when an Iraqi helicopter was mistakenly targeted by the opposition near the Al-Meshahda area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted seven IFP and Rapid Intervention military positions near Kornish Street with a Katyusha rocket, several SPG9 rockets, and a heavy sniper gun. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five IFP and Rapid Intervention soldiers near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an IFP military position with an SPG9 rocket near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Mosul

A CTS source says a Daesh suicide attacker targeted CTS soldiers in Al-Thawra neighborhood west of Mosul, but when he fail to reach CTS lines, he blew up his truck in an alley, killing 7 men, 5 women, and 4 children. The source added that Al-Thawra neighborhood is liberated but not cleared yet, and that’s why the Iraqi flag is not yet raised over its buildings. [Arabi21]

 

A field source says Iraqi forces captured the center of Hay Al-Thawra Al-Ula and are shelling Daesh positions in Al-Thawra Al-Thaniya. [Harbi] 

 

A security source says a vehicle bomb parked on the roadside in Al-Thawra neighborhood exploded, killing 6 civilians and wounding 14 others including women and children. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Thawra with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a BMP armored vehicle. Daesh also says it killed at least six CTS soldiers and destroyed a BMP vehicle, a bulldozer, 2 Humvees, and an armored vehicle, and damaged a bulldozer in battles near the same area. Daesh says battles are still ongoing. [JustPaste]

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

Here Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed an armored vehicle and damaged a bulldozer near Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]

Daesh says several CTS soldiers were killed and a bulldozer and an armored vehicle were destroyed after entering a land mine field near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of a destroyed CTS armed vehicle near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army armored vehicle destroyed during battles in Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq] Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Hay Al-Tanak. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Tanak with a vehicle bomb, killing several soldiers and damaging a bulldozer. Daesh says it also damaged a bulldozer and a Humvee in battles in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

A field source says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh Russian snipers’ commander in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP armored vehicle and damaged a Humvee and another armored vehicle with SPG9 rockets in the Ras Al-Jadda area on Monday. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 IFP bulldozers with rockets, one in the Ras Al-Jadda area and one near the Al-Meshahda area. [JustPaste]

 

West-central Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Yarmouk and near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee with an SPG9 rocket in Al-Yarmouk in far western Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Military Intelligence says Coalition planes destroyed a car rigging workshop in Sina’a Ghanim Al-Sayyed in Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood, killing 15 Daesh combatants inside. [Ghad] 

 

North & northwest Mosul

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in Halila and Kharba villages northwest of Mosul with 16 locally made rockets, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in several areas of Mosul city and Al-Rayhaniya and Gharb Loh villages with 217 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

East Mosul

A source in Ninewa police says a search campaign in the heart of Mosul resulted in the arrest of 31 Daesh operatives including leaders from other Arab nationalities. [BasNews] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

A PMF commander says the “For You” campaign to secure and support displaced people from Mosul is ongoing. He says PMFs have equipped displacement camps with all necessities. The campaign was called for by the Shia Marji’ya in Najaf, led by Grand Ayatollah Sistani. [Harbi]

 

U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, told Reuters in a telephone interview “If there is a siege and hundreds of thousands of people don’t have water and don’t have food, they will be at enormous risk.” “We could be facing a humanitarian catastrophe, perhaps the worst in the entire conflict.”

 She also says “It is a deteriorating situation; we fear for the lives of the 400,000 people in the Old City,” 

“Families … tell us that they are being shot at as they are escaping. It’s terrifying.”   

Residents who have managed to escape from the Old City have said there is almost nothing to eat but flour mixed with water and boiled wheat grain. What little food remains is too expensive for most residents to afford, or kept for Islamic State members and their supporters.

“The security forces know the situation on the ground and they need to decide how this is best done, whether by evacuating civilians or protecting them in their homes or opening routes they can escape through,” [IraqPress] 

 

Amid harrowing accounts of displaced, including pregnant women escaping military activities in Mosul, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is supporting static and mobile reproductive health facilities and “Women Centers” in neighborhoods in West and East Mosul that are now under the control of the Iraqi military forces. It also runs services related to women’s health and well-being in camps that host families who have fled the ongoing conflicts in West Mosul.

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

On 13 April, the maternity wing of Adhba field hospital was inaugurated in the presence of UNFPA’s director for the Arab region, Dr. Luay Shabaneh, and its representative in Iraq, Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan. Adhba hospital now serves as the main referral point for static and mobile reproductive health facilities in West Mosul, and provides critical life-saving medical interventions to women facing complicated deliveries and other reproductive emergencies [ReliefWeb] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF says its snipers killed the Daesh training official for Tal Afar in an operation in Ayn Talawi village west of Tal Afar. [PUKMedia] [Buratha]

 

PMF Press says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack west of Tal Afar, destroying a vehicle and killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi] [Waradana]

 

PMF says that major Daesh local, Arab, and foreign leaders are in Tal Afar. A PMF commander expressed surprise at the delay of an announcement of the zero hour to liberate the city despite the fact that all preparations are finalized. He says possibly US and Turkish political pressure is delaying the operation.  [Maalomah] 

PMF says it shot down a Daesh recon drone equipped with three cameras near Tal Afar. [Waradana]

 

Baaj

Military Intelligence says it guided CH4 Iraqi army drones to destroy a Daesh gas station, a storage caravan, and oil tankers in Baaj. [Etejah] [Harbi] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Speaking to the public after his referendum success, President Erdogan says the Euphrates Shield operation in Al-Bab would not be the last, but it is the first. He says this is a message to those who want to bring Turkey to its knees through terrorism, that they will fail. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Associated Press reported a Trump Administration 4stage plan for Syria, which it says has been discussed with President Putin. The plan starts with improving stability by establishing safe areas in Syria. A local administration will be set up in all areas, run by Sunnis in Sunni areas and Kurds in Kurdish areas. A period of interim government will follow, and here Assad would have to step out of power. The final stage includes final settlement of affairs in Syria with possible retention of Russian naval and air bases in Syria. [EnabBaladi]

 

Syria has put its naval rocket power in full alert along Syrian coasts following the US strike on Shayrat Airbase in Homs. Syrian naval defense missiles range between 270-300 km. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (7), Raqqa (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (4), Shaddadi (1), Palmyra (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

A civilian governance council for Raqqa has been formed and its members appointed, with Co-Chairmen (man and woman), three deputy chairmen, and 14 subcommittees. A final statement is yet to be read to the members. [Hawar]

An SDF spokesman says power in Raqqa will be handed over to this local council after the liberation, and this will be a message of peace and stability to the whole world. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it has rescued thousands of escapees from Daesh areas in Raqqa and transferred them to safe areas away from battlefronts. [Hawar]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF says its units advanced 1 Km towards the center of Tabaqa from the west and 500 meters from the east. It says it killed tens of Daesh combatants during the advance.  [Hawar]

 

Daesh initiated 7 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs on SDF forces advancing in Tabaqa, all of which were destroyed. One was with a large truck and trailer whose explosion killed 2 SDF fighters and wounded several others. 

Coalition planes attacked Al-Abbara village school, Rahyat, the Ayed villages, and Jarbo’ village as well as the 1st neighborhood in Raqqa city, in addition to two airstrikes on Hunaida village west of Raqqa. [ARA]

The Coalition attack on Al-Abbara killed one civilian and wounded tens of others. SDF forces stormed Rahyat village under Coalition air cover. [Qasioun]

 

SDF says it blocked a Daesh counter attack on Ayed Al-Kabir village south of Tabaqa, killing 10 Daesh combatants and three suicide attackers putting on explosives belts. [Hawar]

Daesh says 6 of its terrorists attacked SDF positions in Ayed Al-Kabir. Daesh says after battles that lasted for 3 hours, 4 of the terrorists were killed, and the remaining 2 detonated their explosive vests, killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the terrorist. [JustPaste]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked houses in Ayed Al-Saghir village southwest of Al-Tabaqa where SDF fighters were barricading. Daesh says after heavy battles that lasted for hours, one of its Syrian suicide terrorists detonated his explosive vest, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to escape. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Qadisiya Farm and Ayed Al-Saghir village with 30 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

A KRG official says two Yazidi girls, aged 18 and 20, were freed from Daesh in Raqqa. He says the girls were forced to stay with Daesh for 2 years and 7 months. [Ghad] 

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near the Al-Karama area east of Raqqa with heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged an SDF bulldozer with a heavy sniper gun in Jazra Albu Shams village east of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa city

Daesh publishes photos of the industrial area in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]

 

Manbij

Daesh says it killed a “PKK member” and wounded four others by detonating a sticky IED near the Jarabulus Bus Station in Manbij city. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Any civilian in SDF controlled area is a “PKK member” to Daesh. 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Human Rights Watch accused the US of killing at least 70 civilians in Jina town in Aleppo in an air strike against Fath Al-Sham (Nusra faction) and also destroying a mosque. It says US claims that it did not target the mosque are not true, based on evidence provided by civil defense personnel and local population. [EnabBaladi]

 

15 civilians were killed in air attacks, possibly Russian, on south Idlib and parts of Aleppo. [Rudaw] 

Russian planes initiated over 10 strikes on Maarat Harma village, targeting Nusra personnel in the area. [EnabBaladi]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkey-backed opposition elements shelled Tal Rifaat and Sheikh Eissa with mortars, causing damage to civilian property. [Hawar]

 

YPG says it blocked an attack by Turkish backed opposition on five villages in the Al-Shaba area, driving them back after wounding 9 of their combatants. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR reported government planes attacks on Sabkhat Al-Mot in the Palmyra desert, amid continued battles between government forces and Daesh. [SyriaHR]

A Syrian opposition faction says it killed two Russian officers in a shelling of Rahbet Khattab north of Hama held by government forces. [Qasioun]

Syrian Army says it destroyed two Daesh ammunition vehicles in Wadi Odhaib near Hama. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army barrier on the road between Ithariya and Salmiya, killing five soldiers before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Al-Hayr Al-Sharqi Palace. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says Coalition warplanes attacked Dawar al-Masriya in Albu Kamal, east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing 3 Daesh combatants and 13 civilians including women and children. [Maalomah] 

Local activists also say that Coalition planes initiated 10 airstrikes on Hussayniya village in west of Deir Ez-Zor killing at least seven civilians. They also say that Iraqi planes attacked Al-Hari village in Albu Kamal, a subdistrict that Iraq considers a source of terror attacks in Iraq. [EnabBaladi]

 

A German news agency says Coalition planes intensified their attacks on Deir Ez-Zor after news that Al-Baghdadi might have escaped to there. 

It is also reported that 23 civilians were killed and 40 wounded in a series of airstrikes on various targets in Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor. The Coalition is yet to publish a statement describing these strikes. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. This story is obviously incomplete but leaves the implication that the Coalition targeted the wrong places or people. However, the lack of any other source suggests that we withhold any conclusions about this report. The Coalition has conducted a large number of airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor and its Albu Kamal subdistrict.

 

SOHR says that 5 children and three women are among the 13 civilians killed by Coalition strikes near Albu Kamal. It says this raises civilian tally of losses in Coalition strikes to 20 in the past 24 hours. [SyriaHR]

 

Russian media says two of its correspondents were wound in Daesh shelling of neighborhoods in Deir Ex-Zor. The wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. A video is attached. [Qasioun]

A local opposition commander says the US did not respond to their plans to liberate Deir Ez-Zor from Daesh, despite receiving them in detail. He says he believes that Deir Ez-Zor is within the American “share” of Syria, and they might want Daesh to stay there for a while longer. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Syrian government says a woman was killed and 26 civilians wounded in a Daesh rocket and drone attack on Jora neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

Syrian Army destroyed a Daesh drone control center near Jabal Al-Taym junction and killed several Daesh combatants east of the city. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed s Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket in the Brigade 113 camp west of Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket on Harabish Mountain east of Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says six people were killed and thirteen wounded, all women and children, after heavy “American bombing” on Albu Kamal city on Monday. [A3maq]

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

 

Daesh publishes a video of destroying a Syrian Army heavy machine gun southeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]

 

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

Tahrir Al-Sham engaged Daesh in a fierce battle in Hayfa and Safriya in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus. Casualty reports included at least one combatant killed. Tahrir Al-Sham will be leaving the camp according to the recent agreement to exchange populations between cities. Daesh controls 70% of the camp. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian Army soldier in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry said, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45.

Daesh says its terrorists conducted the attack near Saint Catherine Church in south Sinai. [A3maq]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 meters (yards) from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world’s most important Christian sites.

The attack comes just 10 days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and just over a week after two deadly suicide bombings on Christian churches, also claimed by Daesh, plunged the country into mourning and marked one of the bloodiest days for the country’s Christian minority in decades.

St. Catherine’s, founded in the 6th century and located at the foot of Mount Sinai, is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church. [Reuters] 

 

Medical sources say a civilian was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Jayfa area, in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses says security units supported by warplanes attacked terrorists in Abu Shanar village, west of Rafah, and forced them to flee. They say 4 terrorists were killed in an airstrike. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says EODs destroyed 2 IEDs on the International Road in Rafah.  [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Al-Saberi Police Chief says his units captured a Daesh Chadian terrorist who was trying to flee the area. [Libya24]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

France 

French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl says 2 suspects planning a “violent and imminent attack” have been arrested in Marseille. He says “These two radicalized men, born in 1987 and 1993, of French nationality, intended to commit in the very short-term – by that I mean in the coming days – an attack on French soil.”  

He also says the search at the scene of the arrest in the southern city is continuing, and people have been evacuated from a building at the scene. [Sumaria] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Electricity returns to east Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

 

Iraqi Abrams tank destroys a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Iraqia] 

 

PMFs blow up Daesh tunnels. [Harbi] 

 

Iraqi forces capture Daesh’s “health office” in west Mosul. [YouTube] 

 

Iraqi drones destroy a Daesh fuel station. [MoD] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a group of its terrorists in the Baghdad area. [JustPaste]