An Update On ISIS Activities

June 30, 2016

 

Iraqi Soldier

One of our readers reported that the Iraqi and US attack on the Daesh convoy heading across the desert from Ameriyat Falluja was reported elsewhere as the Coalition killing 250 Daesh members and described in some “commentaries” as a retaliation for the Istanbul airport attack. He asked whether Iraq should do more of these attacks if they are so effective.

We don’t make this linkage. We think the Ameriyat Al-Falluja incident and the Jazeera Khaldiya incident the next day were desperate escape attempts by Daesh fighters who were trapped because government forces had seized all of their territory. What made these attempts desperate was the fact that the convoys were large and out in the open, making them obvious and easy targets. Daesh learned long ago to travel  in smaller convoys and individual vehicles, and even so they are picked off all the time, even one vehicle at a time, by the relentless Coalition bombing.

Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries, as a public service.

 

Note to Our Readers. Consistent with our policy of not publishing on holidays, Daesh Daily will take a break next week in honor of Independence Day and Iraq’s Eid holiday.

 

Today’s Major Developments

Daesh convoy fleeing Jazeera Khaldiya attacked by Iraqi aircraft, with heavy casualties.

Iraqi forces move past Shirqat to Ninewa border.

Daesh fighters reported retreating from Shirqat, Qayara.

Campaign for Manbij moves forward against Daesh resistance.

Gorran MP accuses KDP of starting a campaign to arrest political opponents.

Daesh assassinates priest in north Sinai.

Battle for Sirte continues with heavy casualties on both sides.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

UNICEF warned on Thursday that 3.6 million Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, and has called on warring parties in Iraq to protect their rights.  In a report titled “A Heavy Price for Children,” UNICEF said that the number of children in Iraq at serious risk of death or wartime exploitation had increased by 1.3 million in the past 18 months. It described Iraq as “one of the most dangerous places in the world for children.”

The report said that the 2014 Daesh invasion of large areas of Iraq’s north and west and the military operation to unseat them have had a “catastrophic impact,” with some 4.7 million Iraqi children in need of humanitarian assistance. It said children were also affected by the lack of adequate health care, poor public services, and the desperate state of education.

“Children in Iraq are in the firing line and are being repeatedly and relentlessly targeted,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s Iraq representative. “We appeal to all parties for restraint and to respect and protect children. We must help give children the support they need to recover from the horrors of war and contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous Iraq.” UNICEF called for urgent action to protect children’s rights in Iraq. It appealed for humanitarian access to all children across Iraq, including Daesh-controlled areas, to improve education and to provide psychological and recreation programs. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi issues a statement saying the priorities now are to liberate Mosul, achieve political and economic stability, and improve the electricity situation. He says he respects the Federal Court decision and will not oppose its decision on the cabinet change. He also says the PMFs will have a role in all battles and that no one can impose their will on Iraq. [Rudaw] [Mada]

 

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, says the participation of the PMFs in the Mosul battle is for Prime Minister Abadi to decide, and he has yet to discuss this issue with the Prime Minister. He also says the United States is committed to eliminating Daesh this year. [BasNews]

 

The disgraced former Ninewa Governor, Atheel Nujaifi, says the people who want the PMFs to participate in liberating Mosul are supporting the Iranian plan in Iraq. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. And what about the people who support the Turkish plan to divide Iraq?

 

The UK Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement saying the UK will bring 200 more military advisors to Iraq, raising the total number to 550 in Ain Al-Asad base near Haditha. It says the decision was made after the Iraqi victory in Falluja. [Rudaw]

 

The Russian Military Industry Establishment says it provided Iraqi recently with 12 Mi28 (Night Hunter) helicopters as part of a 4.2-billion-dollar deal signed in 2012 to provide 48 helicopters. [Mada]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 19 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, around Mosul (4), Qayara (1), Sultan Abdullah (1),Tal Afar (1), and Sinjar (1); Baiji (1); and Falluja (2), Habbaniya (1), Ramadi (1), Hit (1), Haditha (1), Baghdadi (1), Al-Qa’im (1) and Al-Waleed (1) on the Syrian border). [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

A police source says armed men in an SUV shot at a liquor store on Abu Nuwas Street, killing three people. The source also says another group shot at a liquor store near the National Theater, wounding two people. [Sumaria] (Also see the story below from Adhamiya)

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says the body of an unknown woman was found stabbed in Husseiniya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found 2 IEDs and other explosives in the Fahhama area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a liquor shop owner was killed and his partner was wounded when armed men shot at them in their store in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest at a market in Shurta Rabi’a, killing six people and wounding nineteen. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated an explosives vest in Shurta Rabi’a, killing forty “Shia PMFs.” [A3maq]

Here Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorists blew himself up at a Shia gathering, killing or wounding forty people. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Notice again the standard Daesh lie that its attacks are against Shia and especially Shia PMFs. As in many other such cases, this attack was against defenseless civilians.

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says three people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a market in Bakriya. [Mada]

A police source says the IFP surrounded a suicide terrorist who was trying to detonate himself in Radwaniya, trapping him before he blew himself up without causing casualties. [Sumaria]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. The west Baghdad Operations Commander says Explosive Ordinance Disposal continued its operations to clear Falluja city and they are removing over 100 IEDs daily. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi forces found 9 car rigging factories and an IED factory, and confiscated weapons and explosives from civilian houses in Dhubat Thaniya in Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South. Faisal Al-Eissawi, the Manager of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict, provided an explanation for yesterday’s dramatic attack on the Daesh convoy. He told Samarra TV that Daesh had been trying to attack Ameriyat Al-Falluja with large numbers of men for 3 days. He says when the attack failed, Daesh escaped into the desert to the west, but the IAA and the IAF attacked the convoy, destroying dozens and dozens of vehicles, and later on the Coalition arrived. He says Daesh disguised the convoy with some families and because of Coalition rules of engagement they did not at first attack the convoy. They attacked later when it reached Razzaza Lake near Kerbala. [SamarraTV]

 

The IWMC says, regarding the Daesh convoy in Ameriyat Al-Falluja yesterday, that Coalition warplanes participated in the attack at 6:40 AM. The IAA Commander had said yesterday that Iraqi forces started the attack on the convoy at 1:20 AM. [Ghad]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says that after the destruction of its convoy yesterday, the Daesh “Falluja Governorate” is officially done. [AIN]

 

Sheikh Jbail Al-Aliawi, a tribal PMF commander from Falluja, told Daesh Daily today that Daesh has collapsed in Falluja District, but it still has some pockets in different areas. He also says the Iraqi government is going to divide Falluja into security zones and assign security in these zones to tribal leaders.

 

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF faction, says Prime Minister Abadi is to open an investigation into how Daesh vehicles were able to remove the barrier and flee Ameriyat Al-Falluja yesterday. It also praised the role of the tribal PMFs and Iraqi forces that attacked the convoy. [Sumaria]

 

Photos of Daesh weapons that were seized from the Ameriyat Al-Falluja convoy [Ghad]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi Army 8th division, supported by tribal fighters, liberated the Al-Hassi area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council says Iraqi forces liberated the Albu Aifan and Zuwiya areas in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. He also says Daesh is completely broken in Falluja and Iraqi forces entered the areas on foot without fighting. [Maalomah]

 

However, an Anbar police source says a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a police gathering with light and mid-sized weapons in the Al-Wadi area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing four policemen and wounding five. [Mada]

 

East. A police source says Iraqi forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Subaihat in Qarma. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander said Iraqi and Coalition warplanes destroyed 60 Daesh vehicles trying to flee from Jazeera Khaldiya north toward Thirthar. [Sumaria] In a later statement he says Iraqi forces destroyed 72 Daesh vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs. [Mawazin]

The chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says the IAA targeted the Daesh convoy based on intelligence information. He also says the IAA intensified its strikes after getting information that the Daesh terrorists intended to flee. [Maalomah]

A video of an IAA helicopter hunting and destroying a Daesh vehicle in the Ramadi desert [Twitter]

 

Sheikh Jbail Al-Aliawi, the tribal PMF commander cited in the Falluja story above, gave an even higher estimate to Daesh Daily, saying that more than 150 Daesh vehicles were destroyed as Daesh fighters were trying to flee Jazeera Khaldiya.

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces ambushed and captured more than 200 Daesh terrorists who were trying to flee from the Jaraishi area toward Thirthar. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Putting these Ramadi stories together with the story of yesterday’s ill-fated Daesh convoy out of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, it appears that a large percentage of the Daesh fighters in eastern Anbar ran out of moves and decided to make a run for it—with largely fatal results. The likely major death toll among Daesh terrorists will likely add considerably to security in this volatile area.

 

A member of the Security Committee in Anbar GC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Zangoura area, killing 33 terrorists and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [Anadolu]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says 300 civilians left their houses today in Jazeera Khaldiya and was received by Iraqi 10th division, which moved them to a camp 18 km west of Ramadi. He asks the Iraqi government and local international organizations to provide aid for these people. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of publicly lashing people for refusing to fast in western Anbar. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The spokesman of the Salahuddin Tribal Leader Council says Iraqi forces and tribal fighters have reached Ramadhaniyat village, the last village before Ninewa in Salahuddin. He says after the village there is the Hatra crossroad. He says Daesh now controls only Shirqat city in Salahuddin Governorate. [Anadolu]

 

Similarly, a member of the Salahuddin PC says Iraqi forces are rapidly advancing in the Shirqat areas and will arrive in Qayara very soon. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issues a video from Shirqat city, saying the city is still under its control. [A3maq]

However, a security source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh convoy of 13 vehicles that was leaving Shirqat for Mosul through the desert. [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

The Salahuddin Operations Command says Iraqi forces stopped 2 Daesh attacks, one in the Thermal Station area and one in Albu Omaira village near Shirqat Intersection, killing 18 terrorists. It also says Explosive Ordinance Disposal destroyed 45 IEDs north of Baiji. It says its intelligence cell captured several Daesh suspects who were trying to return to west Baiji with the displaced families after   intelligence found their names on a Daesh suspect list.  [Etejah]

Daesh publishes a video of battles near the Shirqat intersection. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked the Iraqi Army near the Bedouin Residential Compounds south of Shirqat. Daesh says an Iranian suicide terrorist detonated his vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces, destroying 3 Humvees and a personnel carrier, killing the soldiers inside. Daesh also says it captured a Humvee and a personnel carrier, in addition to light and mid-sized weapons. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of spoils it got in the area. [JustPaste]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces shot down a Daesh recon drone in Makhoul subdistrict. The source also says Daesh targeted Iraqi forces with mortars in the subdistrict from the eastern side of the Tigris river, killing a policeman and wounding three. [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

A PMF source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Allas oilfield, killing 3 terrorists, and forcing the rest to flee. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

The Salahuddin Governor says displaced families have returned to their houses in Jazeera Samarra, and only Daesh suspects and accomplices are not welcome to return. [Mada]

 

Tooz

A Salahuddin police source says unknown armed men kidnapped four Turkmen civilians in Tooz. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala PC says that, according to intelligence sources, Daesh cells and Al-Qaeda cells clashed in the Al-Waqf area. He says 4 terrorists from both sides were killed or wounded in the clashes. He says this is the first time such a fight has happened in Diyala since Daesh achieved dominance in 2014. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says the Daesh-appointed manager of Hawija Hospital, a terrorist from Tal Afar, and several other officers, fled the city toward Mosul after the Iraqi Army’s advances in the Shirqat area. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local journalist says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations near the Cultural Group area on the east side of Mosul, killing the Daesh head sharia court “judge” and his wife, both of whom were French citizens. [ARA]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist in the Shraikhan area. [The KM Facebook Page]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A security source says that Qayara Airfield, a former military base that has been a Daesh headquarters, is almost empty and most of the terrorists have withdrawn to areas west of Mosul near the Syria border, in what seems to be a response to the advance of Iraqi forces toward Qayara. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. We have pointed out that this modest base could be a useful staging area for the Ninewa Operations Command and the Coalition. No specific effort has been made to seize it, despite all the forces now gathered across the river in Makhmur, nor has any plan for doing so been announced. The stated destination of the troops now entering Ninewa from Salahuddin, however, has been reported as the Qayara Airfield, not Qayara city. The old airfield is not that close to the city; it’s in the desert 10 miles west of the Tigris.

 

A JOC source says the Iraqi Army, supported by tribal fighters, launched a major attack on Daesh in the Haj Ali area, southeast of Qayara city. [Ghad]

An Iraqi Army Major says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, captured Derbas and Karama villages in the Haj Ali area, destroying 4 vehicle bombs and killing several Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

Later on, the IWMC confirmed the capture of the 2 villages. [Baghdadia]

A local activist says the Daesh Qayara military commander was killed in the liberation battles of the 2 villages. [ARA]

 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, a Palestinian and a Russian, attacked the Iraqi Army in Al-Rajla village west of Makhmur, destroying a personnel carrier and 4 Humvees, killing twenty-five soldiers and wounding others. [JustPaste]

Daesh says a third suicide terrorist, a Kurd, attacked Iraqi forces in the same area, destroying 3 vehicles and killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the Palestinian and Kurdish terrorist. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Rudaw says the Kurdish suicide terrorist appeared in a video in March, beheading three Peshmerga fighters. [Rudaw]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga commander says his troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a Daesh attack east of Sinjar. He says the battles lasted for 1½ hours, and many Daesh terrorists were killed. Two Peshmerga fighters were wounded. [Xendan]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Peshmerga military position near Um Al-Shababit village, west of Tal Afar, and burned down the military position, killing eight Peshmerga fighters. including an officers, and destroying an SUV. Daesh also says another group of its terrorists attacked 34 Peshmerga positions on the outskirts of Sinjar city, killing seven fighters, and destroying the military positions before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack near Um Al-Shababit village. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it targeted Peshmerga positions in Sinjar with 47 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

The Al-Abbas Combat Division says it received requests from several Kurdish, Turkmen, Christian, and Yazidi commanders, to join its ranks. The Division had participated in liberating Bashir and they intend to go to Tal Afar. [Harbi]

 

KURDISTAN

A Gorran CoR member asks the Iraqi Government and the Embassies in Iraq to pressure the KDP to stop its political terrorism against other parties in Kurdistan. She says the KDP has started a campaign to arrest members of Gorran and the Kurdish Islamic Group without any legal justification. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Basra Police says it captured a woman wanted on terrorism charges in Qurna district. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey Post says the authorities identified the 3 terrorists who attacked Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, killing 42 people and wounding 147. It says the attackers were from Dagestan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. The security also raided 16 locations in Istanbul and captured 13 suspects, including 3 from central Asia. The Counter Terrorism Service in Izmir also raided several areas and captured 9 Daesh suspects. [AfriGate] (Note: The casualty toll was later raised to 44 dead and over 230 wounded.)

 

A video shows one of the 3 terrorists shooting and killing a security officer at the airport who had suspected him. The security officer approached the terrorist, questioning his identity, before the terrorist shot him. [Arabi21]

 

CCTV footage has caught one of the attackers at Istanbul Ataturk Airport smashing his rifle on the floor in frustration over being unable to find new victims. The footage released by Il Giornale newspaper shows dozens of people running away after hearing gunshots outside. The attacker, who was dressed in black and carrying a rifle, is seen entering the building, but finds the airport’s registration area completely empty. He then appears to search the area for victims, but failing to find any, throws his gun on the floor in an apparent display of anger. [RT]

 

Ahmed Chataev, a Russian citizen of Chechen origin, suspected of being the mastermind behind the deadly Istanbul airport attack earlier received refugee status in Austria. This helped him to repeatedly avoid extradition to Russia on terrorism charges. He joined Daesh in 2015 and was fighting in Syria according to a Turkish media report that cited police sources. Chataev was assigned a leading role in training extremists that would then commit terrorist attacks in both Russia and Western Europe, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee said. He added that, in Syria, Chataev also commanded a unit consisting “primarily of immigrants from the North Caucasus,” Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported earlier this year. [RT]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A Kurdish security source says security captured the terrorists who were responsible for detonating a car in Tal Abyad on Wednesday. The Tal Abyad Asayesh (Kurdish security) said yesterday eight civilians and two YPG fighters were killed and more than ten civilians wounded when a parked-car bomb exploded near the local government office in Tal Abyad. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Thousands of civilians from different neighborhoods in Manbij managed to escape Daesh controlled areas in the city to head toward liberated areas, especially the silos. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. If the Falluja pattern is repeated, this might be the sign of a pending Daesh collapse in the city.

Heavy clashes are ongoing in Hay Al-Hazawana in west Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Hay Al-Asadiya in Manbij after heavy battles 1 km away from Manbij Central Market. The neighborhood is a mix of Arabs and Kurds, and contains the house of the late MMC Commander, Faisal Abu Layla, who was killed at the beginning of the Manbij campaign. [Hawar]

 

A video of Manbij Military Council troops advancing in different areas in Manbij city [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing “YPG fighters” in Adasat village northwest of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG SUV, killing two fighters, in Kharija village, northwest of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh attacked Manbij Military Council troops south of Sajur River, south of Jarabulus. The fighting is still ongoing. [Hawar]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, 6 of them in the Manbij area. [CJTF]

 

Other Aleppo reports. Seven civilians were killed and others wounded during Syrian airstrikes on Al-Bab. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups continued their shelling and rocketing on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorists in Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Syrian Army barricade west of Talila, east of Tadmur. Then, its terrorists captured 7 military positions, killing more than 20 soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

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

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The battle near Albu Kamal completely stopped after the failure of the New Syria Army attack on Wednesday. The New Syria Army says five of its fighters were killed and the rest returned to the Al-Tanaf base after “completing the mission”. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition conducted another airstrike near Albu Kamal. [CJTF]

DaeshDaily comment. The New Syria Army misstep is obviously an embarrassment, and no real clarification was offered today. However, it was confirmed today by Col. Garver, the Coalition spokesman, that gaining control of this cross-river area that includes Al-Qa’im and Albu Kamal would close the last major Daesh supply route between the two countries. Today’s airstrike, occurring the same day as an airstrike around Al-Qa’im, was no coincidence. Why the New Syria Army attack got launched prematurely is a question still needs to be answered.

 

Daesh publishes photos of vaccinations for children in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh says its affiliate, Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, sneaked into west Deraa and attacked Jaish Al-Ababil, an American backed opposition group, and destroyed 3 tanks and 3 armored vehicles, in addition to a heavy cannon. [A3maq]

 

Doctors Without Borders says 70,000 Syrian refugees are trapped on the Jordan border and are in dire need of food, water, and medical assistance. The organization also says the refugees need shelter and protection from the continuous shelling on the area. Jordan closed the border after a Daesh attack with a vehicle bomb that killed seven soldiers. [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have arrested more than 400 Syrian refugees so far since the terrorist attack on Al-Qaa 3 days ago, according to the official news agency. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Security sources say they foiled 2 terrorist attacks in Beirut. They say the first one was concerning an ambulance bomb that was to enter the southern Dahieh area, and the second one to attack a casino by 3 suicide terrorists, including a female. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it attacked an Egyptian Army convoy with light and mid-sized weapons in Rafah, in the northeast corner of Sinai. Daesh also says it detonated 2 IEDs on a minesweeper and detonated another IED on a patrol southwest of Rafah. Daesh says several soldiers were killed or wounded in the attacks. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says a 21 year old policeman lost his hand and leg when an IED exploded on his patrol south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

A policeman was killed when takfiri terrorists attacked a security vehicle on the road between Rafah and the nearby city of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a group of Daesh terrorists attacked security positions in the Najd Circle area south of Sheikh Zuweid. The source says Egyptian forces stopped the attack, killing 3 terrorists, and wounding 5. [VetoGate]

 

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis shot at an ambulance on the road between Rafah and Arish along the Mediterranean, wounding an Egyptian soldier who had already been wounded in another area. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says an IED exploded near the Arish General Hospital, killing a policeman and wounding two. [ElWatan]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army armored vehicle near the General Hospital in Arish city, killing or wounding four soldiers, including a captain. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Father Azmi Musa, a 49-year-old Egyptian priest, was shot and killed by 3 takfiri terrorists in Arish. [VetoGate]

A senior security source said the priest has a very good reputation in the city and he was rebuilding his church that was previously destroyed by radicals. The source also said, however, that the priest was on an assassination list of 350 people, including tribal leaders, Christians, judges, and security personnel, in addition to civilians accused of working with security forces. [VetoGate]

Daesh claims responsibility for the assassination and threatens more similar attacks. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh claimed the priest was a “muhareb” (warrior), and that means it will start to attack any Christian in Egypt simply by calling them “muhareb”. This term is only used to describe non-Muslim soldiers or militants who attack Muslims areas, and it was never used to describe non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.

The priest was mourned by both his Coptic Church and the Al-Azhar Mosque. [Arabi21]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says a local Daesh commander was killed in the battles in the Bu Snaib area in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

A military source said on Wednesday that the Libyan National Army had captured the area after heavy battles, killing “tens” of terrorists. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military Spokesman says Daesh terrorists are barricading in the Ibn Sina Hospital area, Ouagadougou compound, and Al-Amarat compound in Sirte city. He also says more than 246 Libyan soldiers were killed and more than 800 wounded in the battles in Sirte. He says hundreds of Daesh terrorists have been killed, including 193 in Misrata. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military source says a Libyan commander was killed by a Daesh sniper in the 700 Area in Sirte. The source says three Libyan soldiers were killed and thirty-seven wounded in battles in Sirte since Wednesday. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military source says Libyan warplanes bombed the Daesh main headquarters in Sirte, causing mass casualties. The source says the building used to belong to the Internal Security Service. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it stopped “Fajr Libya” attacks in east and south Sirte, killing or wounding fifty fighters, and destroying 5 vehicles with IEDs. Daesh also says its snipers killed ten fighters in west Sirte, forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

A Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs source says Turkish authorities agreed to return the son of a senior Tunisian military doctor to Tunisia. The doctor traveled to Turkey to bring back his son who had joined Daesh in Syria and was later captured in Turkey, but the father was killed in the Ataturk Airport explosion. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

The New Syria Army, was active on social media two days ago, but it accounts have stopped posting since yesterday. [Twitter]

Reports about the Desert Ghosts, a group linked to the New Syria Army, which conducted several covert operations against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor recently. [Twitter]

 

Daesh supporters accused the Iraqi Islamic Party of killing the “civilians” in the Ameriyat Al-Falluja convoy. [Twitter]

Photos of the vehicles left by Daesh terrorists in the desert after fleeing Ameriyat Al-Falluja [Twitter]

 

Videos of the Day

A video of a Daesh member in Falluja saying in May that he and his fellow terrorists prefer to die in Falluja [Twitter]

A video of the Daesh sharia court in Falluja [Harbi]

 

A video of families escaping Jazeera Khaldiya and received by Iraqi forces [Twitter]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]    

 

June 29, 2016

 

Tribal Fighters from Ameriyat Al-Falluja

 

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Today’s Major Developments

Al-Abadi accuses Turkey of plotting to steal Mosul from Iraq.

Al-Jubouri criticizes Anbar politicians over firing of Governor.

Saudi Arabia under fire from Iraqi leaders over sectarian criticism of PMFs.

Daesh fighters trying to escape by convoy from Ameriyat Al-Falluja take major casualties.

Death toll rises from Istanbul airport attack.

US-trained New Syria Army has disastrous day in Albu Kamal.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says fears about Turkish ambitions to grab Mosul are real, and that any Turkish interference or expansion of Turkish troops into Mosul will lead to a massive war. [Sumaria]

Abadi says the military plans for Ninewa liberation were changed after MPs issued statements exposing the plans and endangering Iraqi forces. He also says Mosul will be liberated this year. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s Spokesman says Iraqi forces started the military campaign to move toward Mosul to liberate the city. He says the war on terrorism is the war of all Iraq and Iraqi forces including the Army, IFP, Counter Terrorism, local police, Peshmerga, and PMFs will all take part. [Anadolu]

 

Abadi visits a displaced people camp in Rasheed District in Baghdad and says he ordered government agencies to make a greater efforts to helping the displaced people. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi President, Fouad Masoum, Speaker Jubouri, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the KRG issued statements condemning the terrorist attack in Istanbul. [Sumaria] [Rudaw] [BasNews]

 

Speaker Jubouri issued a statement after meeting with members of Anbar Provincial Council, saying that political conflicts will not benefit Anbar and that international support requires a stable political situation in the governorate. The council voted the Governor out yesterday. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. If Jubouri can figure this out, why can’t the Anbar politicians figure it out? If the Governor did something criminal or otherwise disqualifying, a specific explanation is owed to the public. If not, this was a reversion to the dysfunctional politics that Iraq needs to leave behind.

Beyond the immediate Anbar situation, this incident reminds us that one constitutional reform most needed in Iraq is to have directly-elected term-limited governors, thus creating one position that is accountable to voters. Too often, the position is a political prize that causes scheming by political parties after every provincial election, often with outcomes that don’t reflect the election results and work against the public interest.

 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs says the Iraqi PMFs are sectarian and are led by Iran. He also says these militias should be dissolved and the Iraqi Army should fight Daesh. He also called for the formation of an Iraqi government that includes all people and groups in the country. The Chairman of the PMFs Commission says the Minister is interfering, and that this is not the Minister’s business, and that this speech is not good for the relationships between countries. He also says there are 140,000 PMF fighters from different sectarian compositions. The spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign affairs says Iraqi Government objects to the continuous interference of the Saudis in Iraq’s internal affairs. He also advised Saudi Arabia not to export its problems to other countries or its internal crisis to Iraq. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. Instead of admitting its role in supporting terrorism in other countries, including  Iraq, Saudi Arabia keeps on making statements intended to undermine Iraq. The Iraqi government has its flaws, but regional interference has added to the burden. If Saudi Arabia wants to be friends with Iraq it could stop the anti-Shia rhetoric that is spewed everyday all over the kingdom. In Ramadan prayers, a Saudi cleric prays for God to support the faithful against “apostate Shia, the treacherous Jews, the begrudged Christians,..” Isn’t this the same as Daesh rhetoric?

As for the Shia PMFs, the Presidential Envoy, Brett McGurk, said only 20% of them are loyal to Iran. This is a problem, and the Iraqi government should address it, but not based on Saudi opinions.

 

The commander of the Ninewa PMFs, General Louis Yousif, says in the alternative Ninewa PMFs Command Center in Erbil that 5 training camps will be opened to receive PMF volunteers from Ninewa. He says the Ninewa PMFs will be under the PMF Commission administratively, and will take orders from the Ninewa Operations Command. He also says a committee will be formed, headed by the Ninewa Governor, to receive the volunteers. He says there are already 1,000 Christian, Shabak, Yazidi, and Turkmen PMF fighters from Ninewa who are fighting Daesh and will join the PMFs. [Mada]

 

The combined Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq. Significantly, five were around Al-Qa’im and one in Rutba (1), in western Anbar (See stories below), with others in Ramadi (2) and Falluja (1) in Anbar, Qayara (5) and Mosul (3) in Ninewa. [CJTF 

 

BAGHDAD

 

Baghdad Operations Command says security captured a Daesh terrorist cell in Baghdad and confiscated large quantities of weapons and ammunition. [Mawazin]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

A security source says a traffic police officer was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his civilian vehicle in Hurriya. [Mawazin]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a large Daesh guesthouse in an orchard in the Albu Hosa area, and confiscated IEDs, ammunition, equipment, and military uniforms. [BOC Facebook Page]

A security source says a tribal leader, who is also a member of a civil society network, was killed when an explosives vest he was wearing exploded accidently in Tarmiya. The source says the leader was trying to attack Shia gatherings in Dujail. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know what to make of this report. And so far we cannot confirm it. We once helped evaluate the USAID-funded program that actually created this civil society network, and it was a very good and meaningful program. Civil society activists in Daesh controlled areas, or in communities infected with Daesh, have been targeted. Some of them were killed, many left, and we suspect that hardly any joined Daesh. We don’t know if this is the case here, but it is a sad story anyway.

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

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

The body of an unknown man was found tied and tortured on Al-Qanat highway. [AIN]

An MoI source says the owner of a private electricity generator was shot by armed men in Baladiyat. [Mada]

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

 

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

 

ANBAR

Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education says it started the procedures to move Anbar University back to Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

Falluja city. Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh car rigging factory and found rockets and IEDs in Hay Al-Jolan in northwest Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Sumaria publishes a document showing a leave permit for Daesh terrorists found in Falluja. Interestingly enough, this document looks like the documents Saddam’s army once used. [Sumaria]

 

North. Iraqi Army 14th division defused 10 booby-trapped houses and 10 IEDs in Azraqiya, north of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South. There were several media reports about a major and violent clash in Ameriyat Al-Falluja in which Daesh took heavy casualties, but they were to some extent conflicting.

An Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council member says Iraqi forces issued a curfew in the subdistrict after Daesh terrorists sneaked into liberated areas. Iraqi forces then started searching the suspected areas in order to protect civilians and government offices. [Mada] He says a Daesh terrorist who was arrested admitted that 40 Daesh snipers sneaked into the liberated areas. [Maalomah]

The council member also said Iraqi forces trapped 450 Daesh terrorists, including notable commanders, in the Al-Hassi, Albu Assi, and Albu Aifan areas in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. However, Iraqi forces somehow withdrew from a nearby area, allowing the terrorists to escape. When local officials contacted the military commanders they said the convoys should not be attacked because they were carrying families. So Coalition warplanes didn’t target the convoy; however, IAA helicopters targeted the last 10 vehicles of the convoy, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

The IAA Commander says a Daesh convoy of more than 700 vehicles, retreating from the Al-Hassi area, was attacked by the IAA, destroying more than 130 vehicles, and killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says most of the Daesh members who were retreating were foreigner who refused to surrender to Iraqi forces. The Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman says Iraqi forces started an operation to catch the Daesh terrorists who escaped to the desert. [Mada]

The Anbar Operations Commander’s version says his troops trapped 2,000 Daesh terrorists and 500 vehicles in the Al-Hassi area south of Falluja. However, a Daesh construction shovel managed to open the road for the terrorists and more than 400 vehicles sneaked from the Al-Hassi area toward the desert in the west. He says Iraqi forces attacked them, destroying the vehicles, and killing a large number of terrorists. He says Daesh had attacked a military position in Al-Salam intersection south of Falluja yesterday. Iraqi forces stopped the attack, destroying more than 20 vehicles. [Sumaria]        In a separate statement, the Commander said Iraqi forces killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroyed 300 vehicles while the terrorists were trying to flee from areas south of Falluja. [Ghad]

The spokesman of Kata’eb Hezbollah, says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, destroyed more than 100 Daesh vehicles, killing more than 60 terrorists. He says tens of Daesh terrorists have fled to desert areas and are trying to regroup. [Mada]

 

DaeshDaily comment. This video published by the MoD shows the IAA destroying dozens of vehicles. Other videos from the scene show also many vehicles. The estimates of the AOC commander are inconsistent, but this was clearly a carnage. [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [Etejah] [Twitter] [Twitter]

A video of an alleged Daesh terrorist captured in Ameriyat Al-Falluja [Twitter]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on the Zangoura area, destroying a Humvee and a minesweeper, and captured another minesweeper, killing several soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it captured an Iraqi Army minesweeper on the outskirts of the Zangoura area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Zangoura area. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations commander source says Iraqi Army 7th division artillery shelled Daesh in Jubba and Dolab, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 3 boats and a motorcycle. He also says Iraqi forces continued their operations in areas west of Hit and up the Euphrates river, destroying Daesh hideouts and supply lines. He also says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, are working on liberating Jazeera Hit, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im and intend to reach the Iraq-Syria border. [Mada] [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. The other side of the western Anbar story is the new initiative by the newly arrived New Syria Army and Coalition airpower on the Syria side of the border, as reported yesterday. However, see today’s bad news Syria story under East (Deir Ez-Zor) below.

 

Western Anbar

Related to the above story, a PMF commander says Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in the Kilo 160 area. He says Iraqi forces stopped the attack, destroying 30 vehicles, killing large numbers of terrorists and capturing 9, including 5 foreigners. He says the battles are still ongoing. [Sumaria]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition and IAF warplanes, killed 300 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 50 vehicles south of the Kilo 160 area. He says the terrorists were trying to sneak from a village south of Kilo 160, near Rawa, toward Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Police commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on a village south of Shirqat city, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. He also says Iraqi forces found the bodies of 35 Daesh members who were killed in battles in Tulul Al-Baj. [Mada]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces found a multi-km long tunnel in the Tulul Al-Baj area. The tunnel links the area to Baiji District and is equipped with rooms and hideouts. [Maalomah]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service Commander says Iraqi forces in Shirqat District advanced 15 km (9 miles) toward Shirqat city. He also says Iraqi units moved toward the desert northwest of Shirqat to secure the area. He says Daesh is using only vehicle bombs to attack and the IAA destroyed 3 vehicle bombs. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The geography is somewhat confusing in this area. Tulul Al-Baj is small but strategically located on the main road north into Ninewa, whereas Shirqat is just northwest of Tulul Al-Baj, off the main highway. In general, our impression from fragmentary reports is that Iraqi forces are trying to surround Shirqat. Shirqat is an important military objective, on its own terms and for the Ninewa liberation campaign, but the road north moves through Makhmur District and close to the city of Qayara. Still, Iraqi reports yesterday claimed that they had already reached Shirqat city.

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi in the Shirqat intersection with 60 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

A local source says unknown armed men attacked a Daesh communications center in Shirqat, killing the communications officer and 2 of his associates and burning down the center. [Sumaria]

 

The director of the Salahuddin Migration and Displacement Directorate says two civilians were killed and eight wounded by a Daesh mortar shell in the Tulul Al-Baj area while they were escaping Shirqat toward Baiji. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces advanced 4 km (2.5 miles) on the road between Tulul Al-Baj and Qayara. It contradicted an earlier MoD report, which said Iraqi forces were close to the Qayara Base, saying Iraqi forces are more than 40 km (25 miles) away from the Qayara Base. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

Daesh issues a video of a small group of its terrorists in the residential compound near the Shirqat intersection, claiming it controls the compound. [A3maq]

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed 31 Daesh and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle and ammunition cache, and a mortar unit, in the Fatha and thermal stations areas north of Baiji.  [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions near the oil factory north of Baiji, killing eighteen soldiers and wounding twenty-five. Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi forces with mortars in different areas in Baiji District. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Fatha area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Al-Dibis village. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Allas Oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Sahwa official says five Sahwa commanders received dead threats recently. He says the Sahwa fighters will be eliminated by Daesh or Al-Qaeda if there is no support from Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Badoush prison escapees to join its terrorists in areas between Abbara and Abu Saida, northeast of Baquba. The source says 30-40 prisoners who escaped Badoush prison when Daesh captured Mosul are hiding in orchards in the area, and Daesh wants them to join its ranks. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi police vehicle in the Al-Ridha area in Udhaim, killing the policemen inside. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk Police commander says his troops captured 6 people wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated weapons and military gear in Tarklan village, 15 km (9 miles) southwest of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

The Kirkuk Criminal Court sentenced 2 Daesh members responsible for several explosions in Kirkuk to 15 years in prison. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Governor issues a statement saying the Iraqi Minister of Defense approved establishing an air bridge (rescue flights) in order to bring back 7,000 people who fled areas in Ninewa and are in a camp in Al-Hawl. [ARA]

 

Mosul

A local source says the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, appointed a new military commander for Mosul. The new terrorist is German citizen who spent several years in Afghanistan and came to Iraqi when Daesh captured Ninewa in 2014. [Sumaria]

 

Security sources say people of Mosul are cooperating extensively with Iraqi forces and are providing a lot of information about Daesh in the city. The Iraqi Army has dropped leaflets on Mosul containing phone numbers of security forces so civilians can communicate with them more efficiently. [ARA]

 

A high ranking Iraqi officer tells Reuters that Iraqi military are in contact with people in Mosul who are preparing for a popular uprising against Daesh when Iraqi forces attack the city. [AIN]

 

Local sources say a Daesh member surrendered to the Peshmerga in Bashiqa, east of the city in Mosul District. Local sources also say the Daesh terrorist forced his family out into the street and then blew up his house in Fadhiliya village. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh executed three religious leaders in Mosul after accusing them of inciting people against Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hay Al-Nour in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Command says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Nassr village, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [MoD Website]

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in Al-Rajla and Al-Nassr villages. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Nassr village, then an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces.

Daesh says several Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it detonated a booby-trapped house in Um Al-Dhiban village west of Sinjar on Kurdish “infidels,” killing seven of them. Daesh also says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga positions in several areas in Sinjar District. [JustPaste]

 

Kerbala

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces west of Kerbala with 3 vehicle bombs and an explosives vest. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. On Tuesday, the Mid Euphrates Operations Command says a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a security barricade in west Kerbala on the road to Nukhaib in Anbar with 3 vehicle bombs, but Iraqi forces stopped the attack, killing the terrorists and destroying the vehicle bombs. [Mada]

 

Muthanna

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Muthanna PC says Daesh is planning to conduct several attacks in southern and central governorates during the later days of Ramadan month and during Eid celebrations. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying an Iraqi man and a woman were killed, and several other Iraqis wounded, in the suicide attack in Ataturk Airport. [Sumaria]

 

Security officials in Ataturk International Airport say the 2 terrorists started to shoot at people at the international departure area of the airport then blew themselves up after police shot them. The Turkish Prime Minister says the evidence of the attack points to Daesh. [ARA]

According to Sputnik, the PKK issued a statement saying it doesn’t conduct attacks against civilians and its troops have not conducted suicide attacks [Xeber24]

 

Syrian Democratic Council issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Istanbul and expressed their condolences for the people of Turkey. [Hawar]

The Istanbul Governor issued a statement saying forty-one people were killed and two hundred and thirty-nine wounded in the terrorist attack. [Hawar]

 

Two Turkish MPs and other politicians accused President Erdogan of supporting Daesh and allowing the formation of terrorist cells in Turkey, in addition to allowing injured Daesh terrorists to be treated in Turkey. [SANA]

 

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior issued a statement saying a Tunisian military doctor was killed in the terrorist attack on Ataturk Airport. A Tunisian Ministry of Defense source says the General/Doctor traveled to Turkey 2 months ago to bring back his son, a medical college student, who joined Daesh 2 years ago. [Arabi21]

 

Photos of 2 of the suicide terrorists [Arabi21]

 

Turkish newspapers published a list of the names of victims (photo). [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The combined Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. In and around Albu Kamal (8) in eastern Syria and Manbij (6) and Mare’ (1) in northwest Syria. [CJTF] (But see story below about Albu Kamal.)

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A 23-year-old man from Kobane was killed by the Turkish Army while trying to cross the border into Turkey. Local sources say the young man was disabled and was trying to cross into Turkey to get treatment. [Hawar] [ARA]

A 10-year-old boy died after being wounded yesterday by the Turkish army in Hashisha village in Tal Abyad. Twelve people were wounded yesterday by the Turkish Army as they were trying to cross the Turkish border. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Democratic Forces say they stopped a Daesh attack southeast of the Tishrin Dam, killing or wounding several terrorists and capturing a military vehicle. They also say they shot down a Daesh recon drone. [Hawar]

 

The Tal Abyad Asayesh (Kurdish security) says eight civilians and two YPG fighters were killed and more than ten civilians wounded when a parked car bomb exploded near the local government office in Tal Abyad. [Xeber24]

Another victim died later on from wounds caused by the explosion. [Hawar]

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb in front of YPG headquarters in Tal Abyad, killing or wounding fifty “YPG members”. [JustPaste]

A video of the aftermath of the explosion [Hawar]

 

Battles continued between Syrian Democratic Forces and Daesh in Suwaidan village north of Raqqa. Coalition warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh locations in Raqqa city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of its religious activities for young boys in Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man publicly in Raqqa after accusing him of blasphemy. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a photo of its terrorists in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in north Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A man who was displaced from the Al-Bab area and is now in Afrin says he saw the dead bodies of more than one thousand civilians dropped in a garbage dump near Al-Bab city. He says Daesh terrorists are raiding Kurdish areas in the city and are kidnapping boys aged 11 years and older. [Hawar]

 

The YPG issued a statement saying the Turkish Army increased its shelling on its positions and civilian locations in the Kobane area. [BasNews]

 

Twelve civilians, including four children, were wounded by Turkey-backed opposition group shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Manbij campaign. Manbij Military Council troops captured the traffic police building in Manbij city and found two 800m tunnels. Battles are still ongoing in other parts of the city. [Hawar]

Manbij Military Council troops captured the Mills intersection in the city. Street battles are ongoing in different neighborhoods (video). [Hawar]

Manbij Military Council troops advanced from the silos area toward the west, killing 7 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

A video of families escaping from Manbij [Hawar]

A video of weapons and ammunition seized by MMC troops in Manbij [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack that destroyed 2 buildings where YPG fighters had set up barricades west of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a distant video of a suicide attack on a YPG gathering near Kilo 4 village north of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Local activists say Daesh launched a counter attack on Syrian troops near Khanasir city in Aleppo’s southern Safira District and captured Al-Haman Mountain. He also says Daesh cut off the supply lines between Khanasir and Hama. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes conducted airstrikes on Daesh gatherings south of Tadmur, destroying 5 vehicles and killing or wounding many terrorists. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Day 2 for the New Syria Army appears to have been a disaster in spite of American participation.

Daesh says Syrian opposition groups trained at an American compound in Jordan arrived in areas west of Albu Kamal, supported by American airpower. Daesh says it attacked them in the Al-Hamdan Airport in the Al-Hizam area, killing forty fighters and capturing fifteen in addition to capturing 6 SUVs, 6 trucks loaded with weapons and explosives, and 12 drones. It says the remaining opposition fighters escaped to the desert and that Daesh is now hunting them down. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of beheaded opposition group fighters who were killed in battles west of Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of vehicles and weapons it had captured from opposition groups west of Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]

Daesh also issues a video of the vehicles, weapons, and dead opposition fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 opposition group SUVs in an ambush. Daesh says the 2 vehicles were escaping the battles toward the Al-Tanaf border crossing. [A3maq]

 

The spokesman of the New Syria Army confirmed that his troops withdrew toward the desert from the Albu Kamal area, telling Reuters that the first part of the campaign is over. [Xeber24]

The spokesman says their troops conducted an airdrop operation from American planes in the Albu Kamal area. He says the idea was to conduct a “qualitative hit” against Daesh. He says their troops captured some areas, then retreated. [HalabToday]

 

The General Secretary of the New Syria Army says the reason for the failure in the Albu Kamal battle is the lack of military support and the small number of fighters. He says there is no real intention from the international community to fight Daesh or the Assad regime. He says the New Syria Army coordinated with tribal fighters from Anbar to start an attack from the Iraqi side, but this was not done. The New Syria Army captured Hamad village and airport before retreating. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Amidst ground and bombing campaigns that are apparently working, this is one that seems to have failed abysmally, in spite of the reported participation of US pilots and aircraft. The hard-to-miss conclusion is that somebody screwed up, and since the US trained these units and supported them in the field, some explanation is in order.

Unfortunately, this experience is too similar to an earlier failure of a small US-trained force that likewise ran immediately into overwhelming force and was decimated, causing derision and a lot of negative comments. That experiment never recovered.

We thought yesterday that the New Syria Army was part of a larger strategy and that a cross-border effort also involving Iraqi troops coming into Al-Qa’im could eventually be part of the strategy, but while they may be on their way they are not there yet and the New Syria Army was put into a position for which it was not prepared. The direction seemed clear yesterday; now we wonder whether there was less to this than it seemed. We are listening for the explanation.

 

A Syrian military spokesman says Syrian warplanes conducted airstrikes on Daesh locations in Tharda village in Deir Ez-Zor, destroying 3 headquarters and killing or wounding several terrorists. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists on the front lines against Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man, after accusing him of supporting infidels in Deir Ez-Zor. The photos show dozens of children in the audience as the terrorists conduct the public execution. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh says Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, a Daesh affiliate, killed four opposition fighters and wounded six while they were trying to sneak into the Ain Dhikr area in the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa. [A3maq]

Opposition groups clashed heavily with Daesh in different areas west of Daraa. Opposition groups also rocketed Daesh locations in the Ain Dhikr area. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Army “spy” in Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

Armed men shot and killed a civilian near his house in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say a police officer was killed and two policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in Rafah. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Egyptian Army vehicles with 2 IEDs, one south of Kharouba, and another west of Karm Al-Qawadis, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military commander says twenty-two soldiers were killed and sixty-one wounded in the battles to liberate Qar Younes. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan military says it conducted 4 airstrikes on the Qawarsha area in west Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Libyan Special Forces say they found underground Daesh storehouses in the Najila area in Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

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

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says it captured Daesh defense lines in east Sirte after heavy clashes. It also says its troops are defusing Daesh IEDs and land mines in the area. A military source says Libyan warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh position in Sirte, causing massive damages. [Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it captured a “takfiri” in Sousse who previously tried to join a terrorist group in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says it captured 2 Afghani Border Police positions in the Dih Bala area in Nangarhar after killing ten policemen and capturing light and mid-sized weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Afghani Army vehicles in the Kot area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

India

An Indian official told Reuters security captured 5 men linked to Daesh that were planning several attacks in the country. The men were recruited by a Daesh terrorist who lives outside of India. [Sumaria]

 

The Philippines

Daesh says it killed fifteen Philippine soldiers in 2 attacks during the past 2 days in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Daesh supporters started a hashtag called the South Falluja Massacre, claiming the convoy that was destroyed by Iraqi forces in Ameriyat Al-Falluja was for civilian people. They accuse specifically the Fallujan Albu Eissa tribe of the attack. Of course they don’t say why these “civilians” were heading west carrying rocket launchers and heavy machine guns and why there are no women and children in any video or photo on the scene. [Twitter]

An Iraqi pilot says no woman or child was hurt in the attack. He also says he used his own gun to kill a Daesh terrorist who fled a destroyed vehicle.

 

A video of PMF fighters killing a Daesh terrorist who was trapped in a trench in Kerbala desert. [Twitter]

Daesh said it attacked Iraqi forces west of Kerbala with vehicle bombs and suicide terrorists, without telling the rest of the story. Iraq officials said all Daesh terrorists were killed and their vehicles destroyed.

 

Videos of the Day

(Iraq) A video of families from Shirqat secured by Iraqi forces [MoD]

 

(Syria) A video of a Coalition airstrike that destroyed a Daesh fighting position near Mare’ on June 21 [CJTF]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

June 28, 2016

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Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries, as a public service.

 

Note to Our Readers. Based on requests from several readers, we are expanding the Social Media section and adding more analysis, to serve you better. We would appreciate any comments.

 

Today’s Major Developments

Falluja campaign moves south and west of the city.

Anbar PC suddenly votes to fire the Governor.

Battle for Shirqat is on.

Events still unfolding in deadly major attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

Coalition-trained New Syria Army challenges Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement saying Daesh collapsed rapidly in Falluja, but also warning of potential Daesh attacks to compensate for its defeats. [Sumaria]

 

The KRG Presidency issued a statement saying its President Masoud Barzani had a phone call with Abadi, congratulating him on the liberation of Falluja. It also says both sides agreed on continued coordination to fight and defeat Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

The Supreme Federal Court in Iraq cancelled the results of two parliament sessions on April 14 and April 26. The first one removed Speaker Jubouri from his position, and in the second session, Prime Minister Abadi appointed 5 new ministers. [Sumaria] [SotKurdistan]

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s office says the Council of Ministers approved the redistribution of the Sahwa salaries after their budget was decreased by the CoR. [Sumaria]

 

Gorran MP says Gorran and the PUK formed a united block of 30 MPs in the Iraqi COR. He also says it will be the largest Kurdish block in the CoR since the KDP has 25 MPs. [Sumaria]

 

The Combined Joint Task Forces says the Coalition conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, around Qayara (3), Mosul (1), Kasik (1), and Tal Afar (1); Bashir (1) and Baiji (1); Falluja (2), and Hit (1)). [CJTF]

 

The IAA issued a statement saying Iraq received a new shipment of Russian MI28 helicopters. [Mada]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a bakery in Tobchi, a Shia area. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army and PMFs convoy of 30 vehicles while they were trying to raid an area in Tarmiya, destroying or damaging several vehicles, and forcing the rest to retreat. [JustPaste]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found a Daesh guesthouse in the Um Najem area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says an IED exploded in front of the house of a Ministry of Education Director in Hay Ur, causing material damages. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men broke into a house in Obeidi, killing four women. [Mada]

An MoI source says a civilian was killed and six others wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Mashtal. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh says it killed six “PMF members” and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Al-Ma’had Street in Zafaraniya. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two Sahwa fighters were killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their civilian vehicle in Arab Jassem village in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army battalion commander and several of his associates by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Qurtan area in Yusufiyah. Daesh says when a patrol arrived to the area, it detonated another IED, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Alimiya and another soldier in Sayafiya in Arab Jabour. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi military position with a 12.5mm cannon in Sayafiya. [JustPaste]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in the Arab Dawood area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused a booby-trapped house in Alimiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

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

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

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

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Provincial Council voted in favor of firing the Anbar Governor. The Governor says he will go to court to object the decision. [Mada]

 

Falluja

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces cleared more than 80% of the Halabsa Albu Alwan, and Albu Harat areas south and west of Falluja, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying 4 vehicle bombs. He says Iraqi forces will fully clear the areas in the coming hours.  [Mada]

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 8th division liberated the Halabsa and Albu Alwan areas. [Baghdadia]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed 8 Daesh vehicle bombs in the Halabsa area, killing the terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the security committee in Anbar provincial council says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Ameriyat Al-Falluja, destroying a construction shovel bomb and 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles, and killing several terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The spokesman of the Baghdad Operations Command says 400 Daesh terrorists who had fled the battles in Falluja are now trapped in north Ameriyat Al-Falluja. He says a military operation is needed, but airstrikes were not possible today due to weather conditions. [Ghad]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh had used food rations as a weapon to control the families in Falluja. He says Daesh gives every family two kinds of papers to get food rations: one is for the terrorists and their families and grants more access to food, and the other for the rest of the citizens. Any family suspected of not supporting Daesh would be punished by taking their food rations paper. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation in Jazeera Hit, killing 5 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs, a motorcycle, 5 boats, and a rocket launcher. Iraqi forces also found a big weapons and explosives storehouse and defused 17 IEDs west of Hit. [Mada]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says it attacked the Trebil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, killing or wounding several Iraqi soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat/Baiji

The IWMC says Iraqi forces captured the entrance to Shirqat. It also cited reports of massive numbers of Daesh terrorists fleeing the district. [Baghdadia]

A Counter Terrorism Service source says Iraqi forces broke through Daesh defense lines in the Shirqat area, then Daesh terrorists fled, leaving large numbers of weapons and IEDs. [Harbi]

 

The Salahuddin Governor says Iraqi forces are liberating several areas in Shirqat, and will liberate all of Shirqat very soon. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces are providing vehicles to secure families who escaped Shirqat areas. [MoD Website]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service Commander says his troops liberated a major section of the road to Qayara, and will soon move ahead toward Qayara. [AIN]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service commander says more than 25 Daesh terrorists were killed when Iraqi forces liberated the village of Al-Baj Hills south of Shirqat. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army T55 tank and destroyed 2 Humvees in battles near Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Daesh arrested six civilians, including a local tribal leader, in Shirqat. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Daesh executed five young men in Shirqat after accusing them of organizing people to cooperate with Iraqi forces. [Mawazin]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces killed 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who were trying to sneak into Iraqi military positions near Mohammed Al-Musa village. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it launched a major attack on Iraqi forces in several areas in Shirqat. Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Dibis village with a vehicle bomb while an Iranian suicide terrorist attacked another convoy near the Shirqat intersection. Daesh also says it “cleared” the Bedouin residential compounds near the intersection. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 3 photos of the Iraqi suicide terrorist, his vehicle bomb, and the explosion. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of targeting an Iraqi Army Abrams tank near Al-Dibis village with a guided missile. [A3maq]

Daesh says it captured part of Al-Dibis village in Makhoul subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Sheikh Ali village in Makhoul subdistrict. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces at the oil factory northeast of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tooz

A Salahuddin police source says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were preparing to attack a checkpoint west of Tuz Khurmatu. [Mada]

 

The Spokesman of the Tooz Mayoralty says two unknown armed men on a motorcycle killed a Sunni Turkmen civilian in Hay Al-Tin west of Tuz Khurmatu. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police spokesman says the police found a Daesh sleeper cell hideout east of Baquba, and confiscated 6 silenced guns. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of blowing up the houses of two “PMF members” in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The KRG’s security council confirms that Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh military commander and the finance officer of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A Sunni MP from Ninewa says former Governor Nujaifi is Turkey’s agent in Iraq and is supporting Turkey’s historical ambition of annexing Mosul to Turkey. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. There is a certain amount of history between the Nujaifis and Turkey, and this MP is not the only one with these suspicions.

 

An informed source says armed men shot a local Daesh commander in his car west of Mosul, killing him and 2 of his associates. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Kata’eb Al-Mosul has claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday, without mentioning the two associates.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh terrorist responsible for stealing the houses of displaced people in Hay Al-Amel. The KM also says its fighters threw a hand grenade at a Daesh security office in Hay Al-Mithaq, killing a Daesh security official of the area. [KM Facebook Page] [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh issues a video of the “normal life” in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A security source says Counter Terrorism troops conducted an airdrop operation on a headquarters in Qayara, killing 15 terrorists and capturing 8. [Sumaria]

However, a Counter Terrorism Service commander refuted the report. [Mawazin]

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Iraqi forces are slowly heading to Qayara. He says there are still many villages on the eastern side of the river in Qayara District that have not yet been liberated. [Mawazin]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh headquarters in the Haj Ali area, killing 3 Daesh local commanders. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated a booby-trapped house on PMF fighters in Rajla village, killing four of them and wounding another. [JustPaste]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh rocket launchers in Qayara city, killing 4 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Ninewa Operations Command source says a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated himself in the middle of a Daesh convoy in the rural Baaj subdistrict without any apparent reason, destroying 6 vehicles and killing 14 terrorists. The source says the convoy was headed toward Raqqa. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Gwer in Makhmur and another one in Aski Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG Ministry of Interior says it captured the 2 terrorists who attacked the main building of Rudaw TV in Erbil. A Twitter account linked to Daesh had claimed responsibility for the attack. Five people were wounded by a hand grenade on June 25th. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. As far as we know, Daesh hasn’t claimed responsibility for the attack on Rudaw so far.

However, the Spokesman of the Kurdistan Islamic Group says the group refutes the accusation that one of its members was involved in the attack. He says it is just a means to put political pressure on the party, and that the person arrested is an engineer who works for the government. [SotKurdistan]

 

A member of the KRG’s parliament says the United States will send $450 million dollars as support to the Peshmerga. She also says she doesn’t have information about the way in which the money will be spent but it could be used to pay salaries for soldiers for 9 months. However, the General Secretary of the Peshmerga Ministry had said earlier that this money will not be used for salaries. [SotKurdistan]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Mid Euphrates Operations Command says a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a security barricade in west Kerbala on the road to Nukhaib in Anbar with 3 vehicle bombs, but Iraqi forces stopped the attack, killing the terrorists and destroying the vehicle bombs. [Mada]

 

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF, says it will deploy its armored units in west Kerbala governorate. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Governor of Istanbul says twenty-eight people were killed and about sixty wounded in 3 suicide attacks on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Turkish authorities issued a temporary ban on media outlets, ensuring they cannot publicize details of the attacks. [Anadolu] [Anadolu] [Anadolu] By late evening the government had revised the death toll upward to 36.

 

A video of a terrorist blowing himself up after he was shot in Ataturk Airport. Thankfully, everyone has gone by then [YouTube] [Facebook]

 

More videos of the explosions and the aftermath in Ataturk Airport [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A Turkish official tells Reuters that Turkey changed the rules of engagement on its border with Syria in order to allow NATO to conduct air sorties on the border. NATO members have said they were not able to conduct sorties because of the difficult Turkish rules of engagement [ARA]

 

A Turkish newspaper publishes a secret police report about the terrorists in Syria who are linked to Syrian armed groups. The report says Syrian “refugees” are manufacturing explosives in Turkey and are sending them to Syria. The report says the continuous support for armed groups in Syria will eventually create problems for Turkey. [SANA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Russian Ambassador to Syria said in Damascus that he does not anticipate a Syrian attack on Aleppo and Raqqa in the near future. [ARA]

 

The Combined Joint Task Forces says the Coalition conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, around Manbij (7), Mare’ (2), Raqqa (2), and Deir Ez-Zor (1)). [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh captured Maghara village north of Raqqa after heavy battles with Syrian Democratic Forces. Daesh also attacked Suwaidan and Hisha villages near Ain Eissa, north of Raqqa. Daesh used the almost complete absence of Coalition warplanes to attack Syrian Democratic Forces and shell their positions in areas north of Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say Daesh shelled 2 villages near Shaddadi east of Hasaka with mortars. [Qasioun]

 

An eyewitness says twelve civilians, including women and children, were shot and wounded by Turkish troops as they were trying to cross the border in the Hashisha area, 35 km (22 miles) east of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it opened 17 literacy schools for 900 students of all ages in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its activities in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman says his troops captured the Traffic Directorate building in southwest Manbij, and entered Karama and Hazawana neighborhoods. Syrian Democratic Forces have captured more than 30% of Manbij city, according to SDF sources. [Xendan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Adasat village, near Manbij, with Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Here Daesh says one of its Tajik suicide terrorists attacked a YPG gathering near Hattabat, south of Manbij, and a Syrian terrorist attacked a building where YPG fighters are barricaded near Kilo 4 village south of Manbij, with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says twenty-five YPG fighters were killed in the 2 attacks. [JustPaste]

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

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on the YPG, one in Kilo 4 village north of Manbij city, and another near the silos in the south. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian Democratic Forces source says Daesh launched a major attack from Jarabulus on SDF positions near Qirat village, 19 km (12 miles) south of Jarabulus. The source says the SDF, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped the attack, destroying a Daesh vehicle and killing several terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Manbij Military Council troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near the northern entrance of Manbij city. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops found receipts in Manbij that shows Daesh’s imported goods and materials from Turkey to Manbij and Mosul through Turkey-based companies. [Hawar]

 

A video of the Manbij Military Council troop’s battles in Manbij [Hawar]

 

A video of a house of a Daesh Russian “emir” captured by Manbij Military Council troops in the Manbij silos area. The house belonged originally to a Kurdish civilian who was forced to leave the city. [Hawar]

 

A video of families from Manbij who managed to escape the city toward Manbij Military Council troop areas [Hawar]

 

Northern Aleppo. Syrian opposition groups stopped Syrian Democratic Forces’ attack on Kafr Kalbin south of Azaz. [Qasioun]

 

Russian warplanes bombed residential areas in Al-Bab, killing eight civilians and wounding tens including women and children. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The New Syria Army, supported by Coalition warplanes, captured the Al-Balakos area, 15 km (9 miles) south of Albu Kamal. Daesh brought heavy military reinforcements to the city in preparation for a New Syria Army attack. Tens of families from Albu Kamal are leaving the city.  [Qasioun]

The New Syria Army is an opposition group established in November, 2015, consisting of hundreds of fighters from Deir Ez-Zor and Homs, and trained by the Coalition in Jordan. The attack aims to close the Daesh-controlled road between Syria and Iraq, and there are reports about military preparations on the other side of the border in far western Anbar to start a similar operation. [Masalah]

The spokesman of the New Syria Army says Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops and tribal fighters are participating in the operation from the Iraqi side. He says Iraqi forces advanced from Haditha towards Rawa. [Al-Aan]

DaeshDaily comment. These developments confirm our hunch that the overall military strategy foresees the convergence of the anti-Daesh campaigns in western Anbar and eastern Syria. Albu Kamal (often just called Bukamal) is a city and subdistrict just across the river from Al-Qa’im. Seemingly all the fighting in Deir Ez-Zor has been the constant and nasty conflict between the Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, and Daesh. Now the Coalition-trained New Syria Army and Coalition bombers have shown up in areas along the Syria-Iraq border. We suspect the Iraqi Army will soon show up in Al-Qa’im. Raqqa is up the river from Bukamal, down the river from Manbij.

 

The spokesman of the New Syria Army says they aim to capture Albu Kamal, then head toward Deir Ez-Zor. The media center of the Army publishes a photo saying, “We are coming, Daesh…this time from the sky.” This message implies that the attack will involve airdrop operations. [Dorar]

However, Daesh issued a video of beheading five young men in Albu Kamal, after accusing them of working for the New Syria Army. [JustPaste]

Activists say Coalition planes bombed the industrial area in Albu Kamal and dropped leaflets saying the Coalition is coming soon. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a guided missile on Tharda Mountain, south of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack on military positions in the Tharda mountain area, killing or wounding several terrorists. [SANA]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Syrian Army tanks with guided missiles in the Tharda area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

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

A local source says Nusra fighters left their positions in the Ja’ouna area in Yarmouk Camp. Daesh controls about 70% of the camp. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in the Ja’ouna area. [A3maq]

 

Battles are still ongoing between Daesh and opposition groups in Hay Al-Tadhamun, south of Damascus. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian artillery shelled Daesh locations in Al-Qasr village, 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Suwayda. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian military bombed 5 Takfiri gatherings in different areas in Sheikh Zuweid, killing 33 terrorists and wounding more than 50. The Egyptian Air Forces received information about large gatherings of terrorists before sunset who were trying to attack checkpoints south of Sheikh Zuweid. The electricity was completely cut off to the city because of airstrikes. [VetoGate]

In another version: The Egyptian Army foiled a major Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis attack on checkpoints in south Sheikh Zuweid. Security got information about 2 big gatherings for Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis in the  Qabr Omair and Shallaq areas in south Sheikh Zuweid. The terrorists were moving ahead through several checkpoints in the area using trucks and motorcycles, carrying heavy and midsized weapons. Egyptian Army helicopters targeted the two areas around dusk, killing 33 and wounding 50 others, and destroying 3 vehicles and several motorcycles. [ElWatan]

 

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

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [JustPaste]

 

An 18-year-old girl was shot in the face by unknown armed men in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers west of Karm Al-Qawadis. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army personnel carrier near the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army spokesman refuted media reports about a cease-fire in Benghazi city. Libyan warplanes targeted Daesh locations in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military says its troops shelled Daesh locations near the 700 Area in Sirte, killing 7 Daesh terrorists. It also says its troops, supported by heavy artillery and warplanes, captured more areas in Sirte city center, killing more than 10 terrorists. It also says the troops advanced in the southern areas of the city. [AfriGate]

It also said its troops killed a recon group of 15 Daesh terrorists. [Wasat]

 

The Libyan National Accord Government Military continued its operations with the Libyan Red Crescent to distribute humanitarian aid to people in liberated areas in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

Libya24 TV channel publishes a document from the Ministry of Justice that says Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al-Islam should be released in accordance with the amnesty law of 2015. [Libya24]

 

Algeria

The Algeria Minister of Justice says Algerian troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists who participated in the murder of Herve Gourdel, a French tourist who was killed in September 2014. So far, 6 terrorists who participated in the crime have been killed, according to the Algerian government. [Sumaria]

 

The Algerian Ministry of Defense says it captured 3 terrorists in Illizi Governorate on the Libyan border. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese Army arrested more than one hundred Syrian refugees in camps in Baalbek after accusing them of entering Lebanon illegally. The arrest came after suicide attacks on Monday that killed or wounded more than twenty people. [Dorar]

 

The Lebanese Minister of Interior says the suicide terrorist who attacked Al-Qaa town came from Syria and not from a refugee camp in Lebanon. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Lebanese Prime Minister warns that the attacks on Al-Qaa yesterday might be the start of a new wave of terrorist attacks in the country. [Sumaria]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed a Pakistani military member in Peshawar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Several people are asking why Daesh is conducting suicide attacks in Turkey and not Iran [Twitter]

[Twitter] [Twitter]

 

Sunni Twitter accounts are accusing Shia militias of the suicide attack in a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib. Daesh has not claimed responsibility for the attack, which that killed or wounded twenty-four people. [Twitter]

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

A video of the new Russian helicopters received by Iraq [MoD]

 

A video of another Daesh weapons storehouse found in Falluja [YouTube]

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured by tribal fighters in Ameriyat Al-Falluja [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Shirqat areas [AfaqTV]

 

A video of Mosul city taken by Kata’eb Al-Mosul [KM Facebook Page]

A video of Tal Afar PMFs raising Iraqi flag in Zuwiya village [YouTube]

 

Syria

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh technical vehicle near Mare’ on June 18th [CJTF]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

June 27, 2016

Iraqi Troops

Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries, as a public service.

 

Note to Our Readers. Based on requests from several readers, we are expanding the Social Media section and adding more analysis, to serve you better. We would appreciate any comments.

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq declares complete victory in Falluja.

Coalition bombards Daesh targets in Shirqat; 5,000+ residents have already fled.

Agreement among Iraqi and Kurdish ministers will unify PMF forces for Mosul liberation and cut Nujaifi out.

Coalition bombing increases in Ninewa.

Erdogan issues surprise apology to Russia for downed military plane.

Rebel force in Syria takes more of Manbij from Daesh.

Daesh unleashes eight suicide attacks in Yemen.

Nigerian Army reports freeing 5,000 people from Boko Haram.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Falluja Operations Commander announced on Sunday that Falluja was fully liberated. Prime Minister Abadi arrived in the city and, in a symbolic gesture, raised the Iraqi flag near a bridge in the city where Daesh last year had executed and hung the body of an Iraqi soldier. The manager of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict says Iraqi forces released 21,000 men from Falluja after investigating them, while 2,000 Daesh suspects were sent to Baghdad for further investigations. [Mada]

Photos of Prime Minister Abadi in Falluja [BasNews]

 

The Department of State issued a statement saying the Special Presidential Envoy for the international coalition to counter Daesh, Brett McGurk, congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the security forces for completely liberating Fallujah from Daesh control. [Mada]

 

Colonel Christopher Garver, the Coalition Spokesman, says the Coalition provided airstrikes and intelligence, to Iraqi forces in Falluja and will continue to do so. He also says the military operation was difficult and there is still much to be done to return people to their houses. He also says Daesh is suffering from moral deterioration and is an organization in chaos. Daesh is also finding it difficult to pay its terrorists. He also says more than 725,000 displaced people have returned to their houses, and 25,000 Daesh terrorists have been killed thus far. [Mada]

 

The Minister of Defense says Daesh controls only 10% of Iraq areas and is losing large numbers of its terrorists. He says Coalition warplanes are providing a lot of support in the liberation operations. He says there is no need for American or Turkish or any other ground troops in the Ninewa liberation operations. He says Iraqi forces will advance toward Mosul carefully in order to preserve civilians lives and the infrastructure of the city. [BasNews]

 

A hugely important meeting was held in Baghdad among major government leaders including the Ministers of Defense and Interior and the KRG Minister of Interior, intended to confront the major political complications that could undermine the Ninewa liberation campaign. As a result, the Chairman of the PMF Commission says 15,000 PMF fighters from Ninewa will participate in the Ninewa liberation operations. The Minister of Defense says all the people of Ninewa can be involved in the operations, and that the Coalition will provide support and training for all the Ninewa PMFs. The KRG’s Minister of Interior says the KRG supports this solution. [Sumaria]

The unspoken but critical indirect message was then translated by a Christian PMF commander from Ninewa. All those fighters will be under unified government and PMF Commission control. He says those 15,000 fighters won’t have anything to do with former Governor Nujaifi’s National Mobilization Forces (NMF), which Nujaifi has repeatedly tried to inject into the liberation campaign under his leadership. The PMF commander says Nujaifi has two options: either to join the new force or to dissolve his NMF. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Nujaifi’s scheme has had the support of Turkey’s President Erdogan who sent Turkish troops to Bashiqa with the connivance of KRG President Barzani and refused to remove them despite open hostility from Prime Minister Al-Abadi and the Iraqi government, which has disdained Nujaifi and the NMFs from the start. Today’s news seems to show, first of all, that the US strategists understood this scheme for what it really was and put some heavy pressure on to create a unified approach to the Ninewa liberation. Perhaps the agreement of the KRG minister indicates that Barzani has decided to back off. As for Erdogan, he simultaneously made headlines of his own yesterday by finally and surprisingly apologizing for Turkey’s downing of the Russian military plane earlier in the Syria conflict.

    All of this is extremely important to the war effort, and in our opinion appears to solve the biggest obstacle to restoring Iraqi control of Ninewa. However, it may prove to be even more important in achieving political reconciliation after Daesh is defeated.

The Chairman of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says the Committee has recommended to Prime Minister Abadi that the PMF force in Ninewa be formed without regard to ethnic, partisan, or tribal loyalties. [Sumaria]

 

The Combat Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes conducted 23 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, 17 of them in Ninewa, including around Qayara (9), Mosul (6), and Tal Afar (2). The continuing Daesh attacks in Anbar are reflected in the strikes in Ramadi (1), Hit (2) Baghdadi (1), Albu Hayat (1), and Rutba (1). [CJTF]

DaeshDaily comment. The number of airstrikes seems to be rising, and they are now concentrated heavily on Ninewa as might be expected.

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused 5 roadside IEDs in the Qanater area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near an industrial area in Talbiya. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Hay Tareq, killing the driver and wounding five other people. [Mada]

An MoI source says a Ministry of Electricity employee was killed when armed men shot him and stole his car in Palestine Street. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

The Military Intelligence Service says it raided a Daesh guesthouse in south Baghdad, and captured several terrorists who were planning attacks in Baghdad city. (video). [Ghad]

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

IFP troops found a weapons and explosives storehouse in the Fatouh area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found a weapons and explosives cache in the Karaghoul area in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says an MoD officer was killed and another wounded when armed men shot at their civilian vehicle on the highway in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations Command spokesman says a suicide terrorist detonated himself in a (Sunni) mosque in the Zaidan area in Abu Ghraib, killing five people and wounding eighteen. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Al-Iraqia TV issued a video of the confessions of “tribal leaders” who appeared in a Daesh video pledging allegiance to Daesh in a public ceremony in Falluja last year. Daesh had beheaded Samir Murad, a captured Iraqi soldier during the ceremonies. They were captured while trying to sneak out with displaced families. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh published this video, we said that some of these tribal leaders were essentially forced to attend, and some attendees shown were not actually tribal leaders. One was a farmer, another a blacksmith. Daesh got what it wanted from the video, to demonstrate tribal support for Daesh. However, it also generated more tension between Shia and Kurds on one side and Sunnis on the other, as the soldier killed was a Shia Kurd. Now the arrest and, it is argued, the humiliation of these tribal leaders has created anger among Sunnis. However, capturing people who collaborated with Daesh sends a strong and important message to Daesh supporters: Daesh will no longer be there to protect you from prosecution; and when Iraqi forces come, you will be brought to justice.

 

The deputy PMF commander, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says the PMFs will remain and hold the ground in Falluja areas. [IraqPress]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 96 Daesh terrorists in different areas in Falluja during the past 24 hours. [Ghad]

Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists and wounded 2, and destroyed 6 machine gun mounted vehicles, a vehicle bomb, 2 weapons caches, and 2 guesthouses, and defused 691 IEDs, 2 booby-trapped mosques, 38 houses, a school and a water station in different areas in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Falluja city. A video of Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Jolan. The area was the last Daesh-held area in Falluja, and it was liberated Sunday. [AIN]

Photos of the Iraqi forces attack on Hay Al-Jolan [Sumaria]

 

The Minister of Planning reopened the Falluja mayor’s office and other service directorates in the city. [Mada]

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed more than 1,500 Daesh terrorists in Falluja, including the 2 commanders responsible for defending the city, and destroyed 90 vehicle bombs. He also says his troops found documents on 266 people who conducted terrorist attacks in Baghdad. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The info identifying potential terrorists could be particularly valuable in reducing the violence in Baghdad. This report provides further evidence that much of Baghdad’s violence has come from people hiding out in Falluja.

 

A video states that more than 7,000 men who left Falluja are detained in Anbar pending screening. (All men with escaping groups are subject to this screening.) 13,000 have already been released while 2,046 have been determined to have links to Daesh, according to the Anbar Police commander. [Sumaria]

 

Expressing concern about the extremely dire conditions for more than 85,000 people who have fled the Falluja and its surroundings over the last month, the United Nations food relief agency today said it is sending additional rations to provide immediate food relief to the growing number of displaced.

 

“The people of Fallujah have been suffering under siege for many months without access to food or medical care. Reaching them now with life-saving food and other humanitarian assistance is the absolute top priority,” the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Deputy Country Director in Iraq, Maha Ahmed, said in a news release.

“The situation is heart-breaking,” she added. “We met a young mother this week who escaped the violence in Fallujah with her new born baby in her arms – he was only 4 days old when they fled.” [UN]

 

A report appeared about Ahmed Al-Ma’amouri, the 21 year old Iraqi soldier who was shot by in the leg by a Daesh sniper while he was rescuing a wounded civilian in Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

North. The IWMC says Iraqi Army 14th division artillery targeted Daesh gatherings in the Azraqiya area northwest of the city, killing many terrorists. [Ghad]

The PMF Commission issued a statement saying it found hundreds of tons of weapons and ammunition in Azraqiya. It says that location was Daesh’s main storehouse in Anbar. [Etejah]

 

West. The Anbar Operations commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles that were attacking Iraqi forces in the Halabsa area, west of Falluja. [Sumaria]

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says Iraqi forces started a military operation to liberate the Halabsa and Albu Alwan areas. [Sumaria] He says Iraqi forces killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 6 vehicle bombs in the operation. [Maalomah]

 

South. A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces broke into several areas in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 40 Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

East. The Falluja Operations commander says the road between Baghdad and Falluja, closed for two years, was reopened for military vehicles, and civilian vehicles will soon be allowed to use it. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Daesh brought in new rockets with ranges of up to 20 km, and the IAF targeted the Khaldiya storehouse where they were kept, destroying them and killing 13 terrorists. [Ghad]

[Ghad]

 

The IWMC also says the IAF targeted Daesh trenches and tunnels near the highway in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 37 terrorists. The IAF also destroyed a Daesh hisbah office in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing “tens” of terrorists. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces defused 7 IEDs in the Albu Aitha area. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi forces conducted a large-scale military operation targeting Daesh locations and gatherings in Jazeera Hit, killing 15 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. Iraqi forces also found 24 IEDs and 2 explosives vests in Hay Al-Mashatel in Hit. [Mada]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Mayor of Rutba says IFP troops and tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attack from 3 sides on the western areas in Rutba District, destroying a vehicle bomb and a machine gun-mounted vehicle and forcing the rest of the terrorists to flee. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces at the Sudani intersection in north Rutba, killing twenty-six soldiers. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions at the Sudani Bridge intersection near Rutba. Daesh says a Syrian suicide terrorist detonated his car bomb at the intersection, then its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces killing more than twenty-five soldiers. Daesh says the battles are ongoing. [JustPaste]

 

The French Ministry of Defense says French and American warplanes destroyed a Daesh car-rigging factory in Al-Qa’im. It says the warplanes had to conduct 2 separate airstrikes on the factory because of its size. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat/Baiji

The Salahuddin Governor says more than 5,500 people have fled Daesh-controlled Shirqat and north Salahuddin. He also says the provincial government doesn’t have the capacity to deal with such numbers, but local tribes are offering shelter and help. [Sumaria]

A Counter Terrorism Service commander says he expects a revolution against Daesh in Shirqat. He confirms that more than 5,000 civilians have left the district already, a clear indication that people don’t want to be under Daesh control. [Mada]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes destroyed an IED and explosives factory in Al-Jurf village in Shirqat. [Ghad]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in Shirqat, killing the Daesh wali of Shirqat, Qusai Al-Ahmadi. He also says 28 Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded in the airstrike. [PUKMedia]

 

A PMF spokesman says 155 Daesh terrorists fled Shirqat toward the Ninewa desert. He also says Shirqat will be liberated very soon. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces secured 477 citizens who escaped Daesh areas in Shirqat. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces captured new areas south of Shirqat, including Al-Baj Hills and Al-Naml village. The source also says Iraqi forces defused 60 IEDs and the IAA destroyed 6 Daesh vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it shelled the Iraqi Army in Makhoul subdistrict with mortars, destroying 2 vehicles. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is Daesh’s way of admitting that Iraqi forces captured the subdistrict.

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces in Al-Dibis village in Makhoul. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi forces, and based on information provided by displaced families, captured 7 Daesh terrorists west of Baiji. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Operations Command troops captured 4 Daesh suspects in Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh Humvee in the Zarqa area, killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad]

Daesh says it targeted “PMF fighters” in the Maidan and Zarqa areas in Tooz with 162 mortars. [JustPaste] Here Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces “with all kinds of weapons” in the Zarqa area, then detonated 2 IEDs on Army vehicles, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Turkmen PMFs opened training camps for boys who want to join the PMFs (photos). [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says the police captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in west Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says armed men shot and killed two farmers near Hussein Al-Hamadi village, 14 km (9 miles) southwest of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police Chief says he formed a committee to investigate the Sunni alliance allegations about violations in Wajihiya, just south of Muqdadiya. He says the Diyala police took journalists to Al-Aswad village in Wajihiya to confirm the absence of such violations. He asks the politicians to keep their differences away from security issues. The manager of Wajihiya subdistrict also confirmed that there were no displacements, killings, or house burnings as the Sunni Alliance claimed recently. [Sumaria]

 

The Dijla Operations commander says his troops liberated an Army captain and a civilian short time after they were kidnapped on a main road in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says security destroyed a Daesh training camp in the Himrin Basin. He says Daesh was planning to send 10 terrorists per month from this area to Diyala and other governorates. He also says Daesh is trying to recruit women as suicide terrorists in Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces confiscated more than 150 kg of C4 hidden in the Himrin Hills area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army bulldozer with an IED in the Himrin Hills area. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of attacking “PMF positions” in Udhaim with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh in several areas in Mosul, destroying several vehicles and hideouts and killing more than 20 terrorists, including local commanders. The source also says many Daesh terrorists have now abandoned their personal vehicles and are now traveling by taxi or motorcycle in order to avoid the airstrikes. The source also says unknown armed men killed more than 3 Daesh terrorists, and destroyed a vehicle in 3 different attacks in Mosul city. [Karemlash]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in Mosul, killing the Daesh’s war official in Ninewa and another local terrorist. He says Coalition warplanes also bombed a Daesh vehicle on the road between Mosul and Qayara, killing the Daesh finance official of south Ninewa and 3 of his associates. [PUKMedia]

 

The CoR’s Security and Defense Committee Chairman says that, according to intelligence reports, Daesh leaders are fleeing Mosul, anticipating the start of the Iraqi forces liberation operations. [AIN]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh security member on the road to Tal Abata west of Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations commander says 3 brigades of local police totaling 1,000 men arrived in Makhmur to participate in the Ninewa liberation operations after finishing their training at Speicher base. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. These are the people who really cared about liberating their city from Daesh. Unlike former Governor Nujaifi’s so called National Mobilization Forces, these people responded to the Iraqi government call and went into the official training in Salahuddin. The ones who didn’t want to make the effort and preferred to stay in Kurdistan, later joined Nujaifi.

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 71st brigade destroyed a Daesh mortar unit near Al-Nassr village, killing 4 terrorists. [Ghad]

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles in the Haj Ali area. [BasNews]

The JOC spokesman says the military operations south of Mosul have not stopped. He says the Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff said that Iraqi forces stopped the operations in order to organize but media outlets interpreted that statement as a halt in the operations. [PUKMedia]

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and a truck loaded with ammunition in Qayara, killing 4 terrorists. Coalition warplanes also destroyed 2 Daesh ferries in the Safina area. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in the Al-Khazer area. It says it targeted the area with mortars, damaging a vehicle. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

A local source says Turkish warplanes bombed several villages in the Qandil Mountains. [PUKMedia]

 

The commander of Iran’s ground forces says “terrorists” are attacking Iran from areas in northern Iraq. He threatens to target these areas. The KRG had issued a statement asking Iran and Turkey to stop their attacks on the KRG areas, and asking the PKK and opposition groups in Iran not to use Kurdistan as a launching pad against Iran or Turkey. Five civilians were wounded by Iranian shelling on the Haj Omara area. [ROJ] [ROJ]

 

A source says the KRG’s attorney general’s office issued a warrant to arrest Rafi’ Al-Rifai’, the self-proclaimed mufti of Iraq, after getting complaints from families of Daesh victims. Rifai’, who has praised Daesh more than once, is actually living in Kurdistan. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not the only dubious anti-Iraq character being allowed to live comfortably in Kurdistan. The important question is why this has been allowed.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

In a surprise development, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for his country’s downing of a Russian military plane in November 2015. In so doing he moved toward overcoming the hostility that had prevailed in Russia-Turkey relations since that incident. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The YPG says it stopped a Daesh attack east of Shaddadi in eastern Hasaka, killing or wounding many terrorists. Two of its fighters were killed. [ARA]

 

Local activists say the Turkish Army targeted the western area of Tal Abyad on the border with heavy machine guns, causing damage.

 

Local activists say Syrian Democratic Forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that was attacking a military barrier south of Suluk in Raqqa District. The SDF also clashed with Daesh terrorists trying to sneak into the area. Daesh launched 7 rockets on Ain Eissa, wounding three civilians. [BasNews]

 

Daesh terrorists sneaked into Habsawi village, north of Raqqa, and clashed with Syrian Democratic Forces, killing or wounding several fighters. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Manbij Military Council troops advanced in Manbij city and are 1 km away from the main market. [Hawar]

 

The MMC says it stopped a Daesh counter-attack on the silos area south of Manbij. Coalition warplanes meanwhile launched several airstrikes on Daesh locations in Manbij areas. [Qasioun]

The Combat Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh locations near Manbij. [CJTF]

 

According to a pro-MMC report, people from Manbij are buying new colorful clothes, for the first time in two years, from a local market in Haya Kabira village, 10 km (6 miles) east of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

A Syria Democratic Forces source says the SDF broke Daesh defense lines in south Manbij and captured Al-Matahen intersection, killing 16 terrorists. The source says the clashes are ongoing. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on YPG troops north and south of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Manbij, including a suicide attack that was conducted by a Syrian terrorist. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed fifty-one YPG fighters in the Manbij area, mostly by IEDs in booby-trapped houses. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG armored vehicle and an SUV in Dha’ifa village, north of Manbij (video). [A3maq]

 

An opposition commander had said opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery, surprised Daesh in these villages north of Aleppo and captured them. [ARA]

 

Other Aleppo incidents. Turkey backed opposition groups attacked Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo city and the Ashrafiya area, but the YPG stopped the attacks, killing or wounding several fighters. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into 7 villages north of Aleppo, and captured them, forcing opposition groups to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the Sha’er oilfield and Huwaisis areas, east of Homs. [SANA]

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in Huwaisis village. Daesh had said it captured the village on Sunday. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Syrian troops southwest of Qaryatayn. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has spoken out against the reported killing of 25 children in recent air-strikes in the Syrian town of Al-Quriya, a village near Deir Ez-Zor. “Nothing justifies attacks on children–no matter where they are–nor under whose control they live,” the UN agency said in a statement. “UNICEF deplores these attacks and calls on all parties to the conflict to keep children out of harm’s way.”

According to the statement, issued on 26 June, three attacks reportedly hit heavily crowded areas in the town, including a mosque during prayer time. Health workers were reported to have pulled bodies of children out from under the rubble.

UNICEF said that amid an intensification of violence, attacks on children in Syria are becoming commonplace, with callous disregard for their lives. It also recalled that under international humanitarian law, the killing and maiming of children is a grave violation. [UN]

More than 250,000 people have been killed and 4.8 million have been forced to leave the country since the Syria conflict started.

 

Daesh issues a video of executing five activists in Deir Ez-Zor, after accusing them of spying. The activists were killed in 5 different gruesome ways. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of its religious activities in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of its charity activities in Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]

 

DaeshDaily comment: We invite you to read the previous three stories again, just for the contrast, so as to get the appropriate impression of Daesh’s sincerity.

 

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

Local sources say opposition groups launched attacks on Daesh areas in the Yarmouk Camp and Tadhamun neighborhood, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists and capturing buildings and streets. [Qasioun]

 

However, Daesh says it captured the Ja’ouna area in eastern Yarmouk Camp after trapping members of Al-Qaeda there for 80 days. Daesh says heavy clashes erupted in the last 3 days and Al-Qaeda terrorists withdrew through the sewage tunnels after 6 of them were killed. Daesh also says Al-Qaeda, Jaish Al-Islam, Ahrar Al-Sham, and other opposition groups attacked its positions in the Yelda area, but it stopped the attack, killing or wounding 13 of them. [A3maq] [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

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

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

Local activists warn of a humanitarian catastrophe in the Rakban camp after the Jordanian government closed the border on Syrian refugees, stopping the aid supplies to the camp. [ARA]

A local activist says 15-20 families are leaving the camp every day and going back to Daesh controlled areas. He also says an unaccompanied child died because of the heat wave and because of the water shortage in the camp. [Arabi21]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the Rakban refugee camp, near the Syria-Jordan border, and issued a video of the attack, saying it targeted an “American base.” Seven Jordanian soldiers were killed in the terrorist attack on June 21st. [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh will do anything to make the lives of IDPs and refugees miserable. It actually helps their recruitment, because young men in this situation can be more easily  bought off with a small salary to join Daesh.

 

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi police says it captured a former Army official in his 50s who beheaded his wife in Rimah governorate north of Riyadh. A local newspaper says the police found Daesh documents in the killer’s house. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

A senior security source says Egyptian troops shelled a convoy that was approaching a security barrier south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 30. [VetoGate]

A security source says 2 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists were killed while attacking a security barrier south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis sniper killed a policeman in the Joura area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Security defused 3 IEDs in Arish city. [ElWatan]

Security captured a dangerous Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis suspect in a hideout in Har Al-Tarabin, in south Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

Armed men shot and wounded a civilian in Abu Tawila village in south Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

A security armored vehicle survived an IED explosion in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists attacked a Sinai Cement Factory bus, south of Arish, killing an engineer and severely wounding four workers. [ElWatan]

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army personnel carrier with an IED in the Bir Lahfan area south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says security destroyed a 100 kg barrel of explosives west of Arish. The barrel was supposed to target police vehicles. [ElWatan]

Daesh says it targeted a police minesweeper with an IED in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. Then its terrorists attacked the police with light and midsized weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan troops captured Al-Jawhara resort in west Benghazi after heavy battles with Daesh. [Libya24]

Libyan Special Forces captured Najila neighborhood in the Qawarsha area. [Libya24]

 

Libyan police captured a Daesh terrorist while he was trying to flee from the Al-Saberi area. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Libyan National Army attack on Shajar Street in west Benghazi, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging 2 tanks. [JustPaste]

Daesh says a Libyan Army armored vehicle was destroyed after Daesh planted mines on Al-Shajar Street, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Libyan warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Daesh locations south of Ajdabiya and in west Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military spokesman says Daesh is trapped in a 7 km (4 sq. mile) area in Sirte city. He says the military situation is relatively calm, and Libyan warplanes and artillery kept up their attack on Daesh locations. [Wasat]

 

The Libyan National Accord Military said on its Facebook page that its troops stopped a new Daesh attack from the Mediterranean side. It also says the troops are advancing in the 700 Area, and the artillery killed 7 Daesh terrorists. [AfriGate]

Daesh says it shelled a Fajr Libya gathering in the 700 Area in south Sirte, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying several vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

The Misrata Central Hospital says three Libyan soldiers were killed and eighteen wounded in battles in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algeria media sources say 332 Daesh terrorists were captured in 11 states close to the Libya and Tunisia borders. [Libya24]

 

Other countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese Army issued a statement saying five people were killed and fifteen wounded, including military personnel, in suicide attacks in the Al-Qaa area. The Army says it found 4 explosive vests west of the area. It also says the Army’s artillery shelled terrorist locations on the outskirts of the Christian Al-Qaa village. [Rudaw]

Eight suicide bombers attacked the village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more, in the latest violent spillover of the five-year-old Syrian war into Lebanon. Security sources said they believed Daesh was responsible for the bombings in Qaa, located on Lebanon’s border with Syria, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. [Reuters]

Thirteen people were wounded in new attacks in Al-Qaa, hours after the first attacks. [SANA]

 

Yemen

Daesh says 2 of its Yemeni suicide terrorists attacked a Yemeni counter terrorism center in Hadhramaut, with 2 vehicle bombs, then another 4 terrorists attacked the center, killing the remaining people inside. Daesh also says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest on a Yemeni Army elite unit south of Mukalla while another Yemeni terrorist detonated his explosives vest on another gathering north of the city. Daesh says more than fifty people were killed, and over one hundred wounded in the 8 suicide attacks. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says fifty-four people were killed in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide terrorists. [JustPaste]

The manager of health in Hadhramaut says forty-one people were killed and thirty wounded, including civilians, in the terrorist attacks in Mukalla. [MukallaToday]

 

Nigeria

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday it liberated 15 villages in northeast Nigeria and freed 5,000 people and killed 6 Boko Haram terrorists. [AfriGate]

 

Somalia

Daesh says it killed a Somali policeman and wounded three others in an attack with 2 grenades at a checkpoint in Mogadishu city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A photo of a huge IED found in Falluja [Twitter]

And another IED storehouse [Twitter]

 

A tribal leader in Anbar says one of the displaced people who appeared in a video recently claiming he was tortured by Iraqi forces is a Saddam army officer and a Daesh commander who participated in massacring soldiers in Saqlawiya in 2014 [Twitter]

 

Videos of the Day

A video of an Iraqi Army Abrams tank destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Makhoul Mountains area [Twitter]

 

A video of the IEDs and booby-trapped houses in Falluja [Yalla]

A video of a Daesh IED factory in Falluja [Twitter]

 

A video of convoys of civilians leaving Shirqat [Twitter]

A video of Iraqi forces securing displaced people from Shirqat [Twitter]

A video of displaced families from Shirqat [Hurra]

A video of Iraqi forces ambushing a Daesh group in Makhoul Mountains [Twitter]

 

A video of MMC fighters in Manbij. One of the fighters shows a fake anti-aircraft weapon Daesh put on civilian houses so they would be targeted by the Coalition. [Al-Aan]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video titled “Two Years Since the Caliphate”. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video praising the terrorist attacks in France and the US. [DawaAlhaq]

 

June 24, 2016

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Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries as a public service.

 

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Today’s Major Developments

Unofficial estimates set Daesh Falluja death toll at 3,500, remaining fighters at 200.

Falluja campaign moves into booby-trap/IED removal phase.

Elite Counter Terrorism troops move on, arrive at southern entrance to Shirqat.

Daesh has a bad day in Mosul.

Manbij Military Council soldiers enter Manbij; Daesh responds with mines, booby traps.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, around Qayara (4), Mosul (3), and Sultan Abdullah (1) in Ninewa; Baiji (2); Hawija (1); and around Falluja (1), Ramadi (1), Albu Hayat (2), and Baghdadi (1). [CJTF]

 

Hundreds of Sadrists demonstrated in front of the Bahrain Embassy in the Mansour District in western Baghdad, protesting Bahrain’s decision to cancel the citizenship of a Bahrain Shia cleric. Security forces closed some bridges in Baghdad before the demonstrations. [Mada] [Mada]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

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

Daesh say five Iraqi soldiers were killed by an IED in the Meshahda area, in Tarmiya. [A3maq]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a pastry shop in Zafaraniya. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh said yesterday it killed two “PMF members” and wounded three with an IED in Zafaraniya. This is one of the standard lies in Daesh propaganda—killing innocent civilians and claiming they are military targets.

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A security source says the Deputy Governor of Babel survived an assassination attempt when unknown armed men shot at his convoy on the road between Baghdad and Babel. [Ghad]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 2 IEDs and destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and a weapons cache in the Sayafiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found 250 hand grenades and an explosives vest in the Harkawi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

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

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 4 IEDs, and 6 containers of ammunition in the Sayyad Abdullah area in Yusufiyah. [BOC Facebook Page]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 17th division captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Fadhla area in Mahmudiya. Iraqi Army 23rd division captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charge in the Shakha 5 area in Yusufiyah. [Raie]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Speaker Jubouri issued a statement asking the Iraqi government to return the displaced families to Qarma and Falluja during the month of July. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh, killing 4 terrorists and wounding 2, and destroying 2 boats loaded with weapons and food items. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Falluja city. A Security Committee member in the Baghdad Provincial Council says around 3,500 Daesh terrorists have been killed in Falluja. He says all Daesh defensive lines in the city were destroyed and there are less than 200 terrorists remaining in the city, and their mission is to keep Iraqi forces occupied and not to defend the area. He also says there is no need for large troops to remain in Falluja, and it was a good thing that Iraqi forces headed to the north in order not to give Daesh a chance to rest. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. Some PMF commanders criticized Prime Minister Abadi’s decision to start military operations in north Salahuddin and south Ninewa before finishing the Falluja battles.

 

The MoD says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in Falluja, killing several terrorists, including a sniper hiding in a school, and destroying 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles, a car, and 2 motorcycles. An IAA CH4 drone destroyed 3 houses in Jeghaifi in north Falluja where Daesh terrorists were hiding. [Raie]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops defused a booby-trapped school in Hay Nazal in central Falluja. Daesh booby-trapped houses, schools, and other buildings, and set civilian houses on fire before fleeing. He says 2 Daesh suicide terrorists on a motorcycle were killed by Iraqi forces in the Old Cemetery area in Falluja. [Mawazin]

 

The spokesman of Baghdad Operations Command says several Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak out of Falluja city with displaced families said that Daesh leaders fled Falluja with families as the military operations started. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces found a Daesh prison in Mualimeen in north Falluja. He says the bodies of 17 people, including civilians and security personnel, were found in the prison. The victims were executed by Daesh in the last few days. [Sumaria]

The Anbar Operations commander had said Iraqi forces liberated Mualimeen, after heavy bombing and shelling, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi forces found a big Daesh rockets and shells storehouse in Resala in west Falluja. More than 1,000 Jahannam rockets and hundreds of other shells were found in addition to C4 explosives (photos). [Sumaria]

 

South. An Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict councilman says Iraqi forces liberated the Jumaila area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, destroying several Daesh vehicles and vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

He also says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, liberated Albu Shahab village. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists and defused 65 IEDs in areas southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh targets in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 19 terrorists. [Sumaria]

He also says Iraqi forces shelled and rocketed Daesh locations in Albu Bali, Albu Ubaid, and Jazeera Khaldiya. killing 15 terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh boats in the Zangoura area north of Ramadi, killing several terrorists. He says the terrorists were planning to sneak into the area. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Boats are one of Daesh’s favorite ways to sneak into liberated areas. Iraqi forces and Coalition warplanes found the solution.

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank on the outskirts of the Zangoura area. [A3maq]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 16th division destroyed a large weapons and explosives cache in the Al-Tash area south of Ramadi. [Raie]

 

The Mayor of Ramadi District says he asked the Minister of Interior to return 8,000 local policemen to their jobs in order to secure the district. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says Jazeera Operations Command destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles in the Sin Al-Dhib area, killing the terrorists inside [Raie]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Bakr in Hit district. Coalition warplanes also killed 22 Daesh terrorists in the Dolab area. [Raie]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 160 area, killing the soldiers inside. Daesh also says it destroyed another vehicle with an IED near Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says Iraqi forces are advancing from Makhoul toward Shirqat and are opening secure roads for families. [Mada]

 

The manager of Shirqat District at the northwest corner of Salahuddin says Iraqi forces cleared several areas in north Salahuddin and are 250 m (1/6 mile) away from the southern entrance to Shirqat. [Mada]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service commander says Daesh surrounded Shirqat entrances with 3 sand barriers and 3 mine fields, but Iraqi forces have the initiative. He also says the Shirqat battle will be different than other battles against Daesh. [RaiIQ]

DaeshDaily comment. At some point soon, we hope some of these expert Iraq analysts and journalists will recognize how good Al-Abadi’s commander-in-chief leadership has been. Before the sectarian politicians and media could line up all their propaganda to derail the Falluja campaign, Iraqi forces took control of almost the entire city. Now the government is so confident about Falluja it has already moved its best troops to Shirqat and they are apparently about to enter the city. Al-Abadi is now a few days ahead of the news cycle, which may catch up with Falluja about the time Iraq has taken care of Shirqat.

 

The Counter Terrorism commander said Iraqi forces cleared Makhoul subdistrict and secured more than a thousand civilians from the area. He says Iraqi forces are 1 km (2/3 mile) away from Shirqat. [Sumaria]

The Salahuddin Governor asks international organizations to support the Iraqi government in its efforts to help the families who are escaping the battles in the Shirqat areas and warns of a humanitarian catastrophe. [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

Baiji

The MoD says Iraqi forces captured the center of Makhoul subdistrict on their way north toward Shirqat and raised the Iraqi flag. Iraqi forces also continued clearing Sheikh Ali village north of Baiji and destroyed a vehicle bomb, and killed several Daesh terrorists hiding in a fuel station. The MoD also says Iraqi forces killed 6 Daesh terrorists hiding in a house. [Raie]

Daesh says a suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Sheikh Ali village. [A3maq]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces surrounded Ain Baidha village near the Zuwiya intersection. [Mada]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 buildings where several Daesh terrorists were hiding in the thermal station area in Baiji. [Raie]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces killed 6 Daesh terrorists near the Fatha Bridge. [Raie]

 

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Al-Dibis village near the Asmeda area, north of Baiji. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army MRAP Cougar vehicle destroyed near Mohammed Al-Musa village, north of Baiji. [A3maq]

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

DaeshDaily comment. Conducting a suicide attack does not mean you won the battle; neither does destroying a vehicle; neither does posing confidently for a Daesh video. Daesh may be having some winning moments, but today’s developments in Salahuddin seem to show that Iraqi forces have returned to reclaim the rest of Salahuddin and that Daesh’s remaining territory there is about to be lost. At the propaganda level, Daesh is always victorious (even when it isn’t.)

 

Tikrit

Daesh claimed responsibility for killing a tribal PMF leader and two of his associates and burning down his house and vehicle in the Al-Aith area. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed another PMF fighter in his house in the Al-Aith area in Himrin subdistrict. [JustPaste]

The Chairman of the Al-Daur District Council said yesterday Daesh terrorists broke into the house of a tribal leader in Na’ima village northeast of Al-Daur, killing the tribal leader and his son, and wounding one of their relatives. He also says the terrorists set the house and 3 vehicles on fire before fleeing toward the Himrin Mountains. [Mada]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces defused an IED in the Qara Wardi area in Tikrit District. [Raie]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Tikrit District. 2 of the men were trying to hide with returnee families. [Raie]

 

Tooz

The Chairman of the Sunni Endowment in Tooz says several mosques were closed because of security concerns in Hay Al-Askari in west Tooz. [BasNews]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says 2 unknown armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian in Al-Askari in south Tooz. [Ghad]

 

A tribal PMF commander refutes media reports about Daesh capturing the Zarqa area. He says 30 Daesh terrorists were killed in a failed attack 2 days ago. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The commander of the Sahwa fighters in Diyala says some people in Baghdad are trying to worsen the security situation in Diyala by stopping the salary payments of the fighters. He says the fighters haven’t received their salaries for the last 4 months. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF commander says PMF intelligence managed to infiltrate Daesh sleeper cells in Diyala. He says the intelligence reported that the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, sent a message to sleeper cells in the area, asking them to attack religious sites in Diyala in order to start sectarian tension. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Even if you could teach old dogs new tricks, old dogs will still keep doing the old tricks.

 

Northern Diyala

A local source says Daesh established a “motorcycle battalion” near Qara Tapa subdistrict, consisting of 30-40 terrorists. The source says the terrorists sneak into areas where there are no police, and have kidnapped, killed, extorted money from people in the past few months. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the real Daesh–a criminal gang. Such crimes have been happening since 2003. And most likely they will increase after Daesh loses its grip on more cities. People with military and security backgrounds can terrorize peaceful communities, especially when the government is not strong enough to protect its citizens.  

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says Daesh publicly executed five civilians in Hawija, after accusing them of communicating with security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers shot a Peshmerga fighter in the Yarmouk compound in Riyadh subdistrict. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Police Chief met with the Ninewa Operations commander to discuss the role of the police in the upcoming liberations operations, according to a statement from the NOC. [RaiIq]

 

Mosul

A local activist says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle on Masaref Street in Mosul, and bombed the location 2 more times after Daesh terrorists gathered there. [ARA]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists were shot at by unknown men in several areas in Mosul. Daesh deployed its terrorists in the city. The sources say this is the largest synchronized attack since Daesh occupied the city. [Karemlash]

 

A local source says unknown people in Mosul tore up a Daesh poster and pictures of Baghdadi in different areas in the city. The source says Daesh started a search after the incidents.  [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 7 Daesh terrorists were killed in internal clashes between Daesh’s hisbah and security members. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Daesh closed some bridges in Mosul with concrete blocks, anticipating the Iraq attack on the city. [IraqPress]

 

A local source says Mosul hospitals are filled with Daesh terrorists who were killed or wounded in battles in Falluja and south Ninewa. [PUKMedia]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Operations Command source says 13 foreign Daesh leaders escaped Qayara toward Mosul. The source says local Daesh terrorists are now in charge in Qayara. [IraqPress]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Albu Wawi village in the Haj Ali area, killing 9 terrorists. [Raie]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 Daesh boats in Safina village north of Qayara. [Raie]

 

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Iraqi Army military positions and a personnel carrier in Rajla village. [JustPaste]

 

A document leaked from the General Armed Forces Command revealed that Prime Minister Abadi ordered an investigation of some military commanders’ statements about military operations in Qayara that might jeopardize military operations. A Ninewa Operations Command Facebook page published a report and photos about Iraqi forces plans! [Mada]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PUK official says the Peshmerga received 400 families who escaped Daesh areas west of Sinjar.  [PUKMedia]

 

KURDISTAN

Five Rudaw TV employees were slightly wounded by a hand grenade thrown at the station’s building on Ronaki Street in Erbil. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, eleven in Aleppo, around Manbij (8) and Mare’ (3), the other in Deir Ex-Zor. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets on Raqqa mocking the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, and promising he will be defeated. [Qasioun]

Coalition Leaflets Dropped on Raqqa

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of Friday prayers in a mosque in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say an IED exploded in Jawadiya northeast of Hasaka, causing damage and destroying a civilian vehicle. [SANA]

Daesh says it wounded two YPG fighters by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Jawadiya. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Media sources say Manbij Military Council troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, advanced toward Manbij city center from the east and the west, after heavy battles with Daesh. The sources say the MMC advances were slowed by Daesh mines. [PUKMedia]

However, Manbij Military Council troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, captured several areas in west Manbij and are advancing towards the government building in the city center. Twenty-two civilians were wounded by Daesh shelling as they were trying to leave the city. [Qasioun]

 

Local source says Daesh sent some of its top commanders to Maskana city in Aleppo in order to break the siege on Manbij.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Army’s sudden withdrawal from the Ithariya-Raqqa road allowed Daesh to reopen its supply line between Raqqa and Maskana. [Xeber24]

 

Daesh Friday prayers speakers say Daesh allowed the MMC troops to enter Manbij in order to trap them. [Xeber24]

DaeshDaily comment. Interestingly enough, some petro-dollar media outlets are saying the same about Iraqi forces in Falluja.   

 

Syria Democratic Forces says their troops, supported by Coalition airstrike, captured Manbij city silos after heavy battles with Daesh, killing many terrorists. [BasNews]

A short video of the Manbij silos after they were liberated from Daesh [Hawar]

 

Local activists say five civilians including children were killed and twelve wounded after they fell into a Daesh minefield on the outskirts of the city. The Manbij Military Council commander said the south and west parts of the city are booby-trapped and Daesh is using the civilians as human shields. [BasNews]

A civilian was killed and three of his children wounded by a Daesh IED that was planted in their house in Um Satah village, 1 km west of Manbij. The family had just returned to the village after it was liberated. [Hawar]

Civilians who fled Manbij say Daesh threatened to kill anyone who tries to leave the city. Daesh is evicting some people, however, in order to booby-trap their houses. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed nineteen YPG fighters and wounded others by detonating booby-trapped houses on them in east and north Manbij. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

A video of a female Kurdish fighter being treated for a wound without anesthesia near Manbij. [Xeber24]

 

Northwest border.  Daesh publishes photos from Al-Ra’i city after the opposition groups retreated yesterday. [JustPaste]

 

Two hundred civilians arrived in Afrin, escaping Daesh arrests of civilians in the Al-Bab area. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish military says its artillery and Coalition warplanes targeted 34 Daesh positions, killing 20 terrorists. [Dorar]

 

Other northern Aleppo reports

The YPG says Turkey backed opposition groups attacked Sheikh Maqsoud, but it stopped the attack, killing several fighters. It also says Turkish artillery shelled 2 villages west of Kobane. Daesh shelled another village with heavy artillery west of Kobane. [BasNews]

 

A 70 year old woman was wounded by Turkey-backed opposition groups’ shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its PR activities for youth in Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it launched a surprise attack and captured 2 Syrian Army barricades in addition to 2 hills 10 km (6 miles) east of Ithariya city, northeast of Hama. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops by the nearby Tharyan water station, killing or wounding many soldier and destroying a T62 tank and several vehicles. Daesh also says it captured a bulldozer, 4 cannons, a rocket launcher and other weapons and ammunitions. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured another Syrian Army position, 5k from Ithariya. . . [A3maq]

and another military position near Tadmur silos. . . [A3maq] and seized a tank and ammunitions near the silos. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says Syrian troops, supported by Shia militias and Russian warplanes, attacked its positions south of Tadmur silos but it stopped the attack, killing or wounding several soldiers, and destroyed a tank and a cannon. Daesh says it launched a counterattack and captured a Syrian Army position. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing. [JustPaste]

Daesh says more than fifty Syrian soldiers and militia fighters were killed by 2 Daesh suicide attacks with vehicle bombs near the Tadmur silos. Daesh has captured more positions in the area. [Qasioun]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

A local activist says Daesh expanded its areas of control on the Ithariya-Khanasir road after heavy battles with Syrian forces that killed “tens” on both sides. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Opposition groups launched a major attack on Daesh in West Qalamoun, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its Ramadan activities west of Hama. [JustPaste]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian artillery destroyed 9 Daesh fuel tanks and 3 SUVs east of Suwayda (video). [SANA]

 

Opposition groups launched attacks on Daesh in Ain Dhikr and Nafi’a, west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Interior spokesman says the twins who beheaded their mother and severely wounded their father and their brother in Riyadh were affected by “takfiri thinking,” saying it was unlikely they were linked to terrorist organizations. [Ajel]

A video of the crime scene [YouTube]

Several media outlets and social media sources said the terrorist pledged allegiance to Daesh, and a major Saudi cleric said the twins were following a “takfiri line”.

DaeshDaily comment. The same cleric has presumed the authority to issue fiery takfiri fatwas against the vast majority of Muslims on Earth and has a website that promotes this line of thinking, according to other Salafi clerics. The radicalization of Muslim communities, all over the world, starts from such fatwas. The hatred generated by this thinking is now dividing families and making sons kill their own parents. Daesh is the fruit of this poisonous tree.

 

Lebanon

Daesh says it attacked a Nusra Front’s recon position in Arsal, killing 2 Nusra militants and capturing 3 and seizing weapons and ammunitions. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed 2 Nusra militants and captured weapons and motorcycles before retreating. [JustPaste]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say a 47 year old woman was shot and wounded by unknown armed men in south Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says 2 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists on a motorcycle attacked a police station in the Tarabin area in Sheikh Zuweid. The source says police shot back and killed the terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says a policeman was killed by a sniper at a checkpoint in Karm Al-Qawadees, in south Sheikh Zuweid on Thursday. [ElWatan]

Daesh said on Thursday that one of its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in Karm Al-Qawadees. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military source says Libyan troops killed the Daesh emir in Benghazi, Ayoub Al-Tunisi, and another Iraqi terrorist in the Qar Younes military sector. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan National Army says it captured the Qar Younes buildings area. [Libya24]

It also says it captured more areas in Qawarsha after heavy bombing and shelling. Libyan troops defused a car bomb in the Chinese Buildings area in west Benghazi. [Libya24] [Libya24]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Libyan National Army attack on the Chinese Buildings area in west Benghazi, killing 24 soldiers and destroying 2 armored vehicles and 2 SUVs. Daesh says the Libyan troops were supported by Coalition drones and AWACS planes, and the battles are still ongoing. Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the area. [JustPaste] [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Five people were killed and thirteen wounded by a vehicle bomb that targeted Al-Jala’ Hospital in Benghazi, according to a statement from the Hospital. [Wasat]

A hand grenade was thrown at the hospital on Thursday, causing damage. [Wasat]

 

A Benghazi Medical Center source says nine Libyan soldiers were killed and forty-five wounded on Thursday. Heavy battles erupted in west Benghazi during the last two days and Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says Libyan troops trapped Daesh terrorists in Sirte and the battles might be over in a few hours. He also says four Libyan soldiers were killed in the battles today. He says most of Daesh terrorists are from Tunisia or Egypt. Twenty-four soldiers were also wounded according to another statement. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government Military says it stopped a “violent” Daesh attack near the sea, killing more than 10 terrorists. [Wasat]

 

It also says Libyan warplanes killed the Daesh radio manger in Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it captured 2 terrorists in Ben Guerdane who are linked to a Tunisian terrorist currently in Libya. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says it attacked Afghan police positions in Kot District in Nangarhar, killing fourteen policemen and wounded sixteen and captured several others and destroying 2 vehicles.  [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Iraqi forces found Daesh storehouses filled with food items while the people of Falluja were starving. [Twitter]

 

Daesh online supporters are trying to deny that the 2 Saudi twins in the Saudi Arabia story above are linked to Daesh. They say Daesh told its supporters to kill family members who are in the Army or the police. [Ana Al-Muslim]

In the propaganda video, however, a Saudi Daesh terrorist says that Daesh supporters should disown their “murtad” family members, including their fathers, then kill them. [YouTube]

In this video from last year, a Saudi Daesh supporter kills his own cousin, a soldier. Daesh praised the crime in an “official” statement. [YouTube]

 

Two Facebook pages expose Daesh local terrorists in Anbar and Ninewa respectively. They show names and photos of Daesh terrorists and where they are now. The vast majority of the reactions to the posts condemn the terrorists. However, some people, especially in Anbar, defend some of the names published for Anbar and say they are innocent. This reflects a major problem for the Iraqi government, which depends on local sources to identify Daesh terrorists. In some cases, and because of family ties (or grudges), the judgment is not always right. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

In Friday prayers, Daesh speakers say the people of Mosul have just entered Islam. [Facebook]

The irony is that even if Mosul were the most religious Sunni city in Iraq (which is not really our opinion), being a Sunni is not enough for Daesh to consider you a Muslim. You have to be loyal to Daesh to be a real Muslim.

 

Videos of the Day

Falluja

A video of the Falluja Operations Commander in a Daesh IED storehouse in Falluja. He says there are “hundreds” of such storehouses in the city and the explosives from Falluja were used in attacks all over Iraq. [ISOF]

Videos of a booby-trapped school in Falluja [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of an IED factory in Falluja [YouTube]

A video of a grocery shop in Falluja used to store Daesh explosives [YouTube]

 

Shirqat/Makhoul

A video of Iraqi forces in Makhoul [ISOF]

A video of Sunni tribal PMFs in Makhoul [YouTube]

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured by Iraqi forces in Makhoul [YouTube]

A video of families fleeing Shirqat areas [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist getting killed by security after he tried to sneak through trucks and attack a checkpoint [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]   

 

 

 

June 23, 2016

BOC Troops in Falluja

Today’s Major Developments

UN OFFICIAL ESTIMATES 3.4 MILLION IRAQIS DISPLACED; MOSUL COULD MAKE SITUATION WORSE.

IRAQ CLAIMS 80% CONTROL OF FALLUJA; FINDS 15 DAESH IED & CAR-RIGGING FACTORIES.

TRIBAL PMF COMMANDER AND FAMILY MEMBERS REPORTED MURDERED IN RUTBA.

DAESH FIGHTERS REPORTED ABANDONING SOUTHERN NINEWA’S HATRA DISTRICT.

MANBIJ CAMPAIGN ENTERS CITY BUT FACES DETERMINED DAESH OPPOSITION.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A Sunni MP from Salahuddin says Prime Minister Abadi said told him that the liberation of Mosul will be easier than expected. Abadi also says Iraqi forces are able of fighting Daesh on four military fronts at the same time. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is our military opinion too: it may be easier than predicted. Many predicted Falluja would be more than Iraq could handle, but we sensed from all our reports that the government would win decisively. One major element in the explanation is that Daesh has lost its public support in the areas it controls, and a larger number of people never supported it. This leaves it trying to control hostile populations with an inadequate number of terrorists, relying heavily on foreign suicide bombers to offset its fading support from Iraqis. We think the Mosul population will be at least as hostile as the Fallujans.

A second major element has been the relentless daily bombing by the US-led Coalition, which has had a cumulative effect that the mainstream media has failed to adequately report and the US government has seemed to downplay. We think a lot of Daesh fighters know they are facing defeat in Iraq. We keep getting reports about Daesh members leaving for other places and even trying to escape with citizens displaced by the fighting. By the time the big push comes on Mosul, how many of them with a choice will be willing to stand and fight?

As we have said here occasionally, we are more worried about the aftermath of the Mosul campaign, when the machinations of certain Ninewa, KRG, and Turkish political leaders come out in the open. We also repeat often that defeating Daesh in Falluja and Mosul and other places does not mean the Daesh threat will be gone from Iraq. The struggle for Iraq will just go into its next phase, and Iraq—and its friends—need to be ready.

 

According to Reuters, Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, says impending attacks in Mosul and other areas in Iraq could lead to the displacement of at least 2.3 million people, 430,000 from Anbar 830,000 from northern Salahuddin, and many thousands more from other areas. She says most of the displaced people are Sunnis, and more than 3.4 million people in Iraq have already left their homes, including 85,000 from Falluja in the past month alone. She also says humanitarian efforts are lacking funds, receiving only $266 million of the $861 to help with the overflowing refugee camps and shelter for the displaced families in areas where temperatures are rising to 122° Fahrenheit (50° Celsius). [Reuters]

 

BAGHDAD

The MoI’s Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says it captured a Daesh cell that was planning for a terrorist attack during Ramadan in Baghdad. [Mawazin]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 11th division found 2 explosives caches in 2 areas in Taji. [MoD Website]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a policeman near his house in Hay Ur. [Baghdadia]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on “PMF members” in Zafaraniya, killing two of them and wounding three others. [JustPaste]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

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

An MoI source says three people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a livestock market in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

A local police source says the police captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

Iraqi Army 17th division troops found an explosives cache in the Shakha 1 area in Latifiya. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 55th division defused an IED in the Quwam area. [MoD Website]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

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

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

West Baghdad Operations Command says its troops found 15 IED and car-rigging factories, defused 2 booby-trapped houses and 20 IEDs, cleared 120 houses, and found a 3 km (2 mile) long tunnel in the Falluja area. A Rapid Intervention unit killed a Daesh sniper and defused a booby-trapped house and 70 IEDs. Iraqi Army 14th division killed 10 Daesh terrorists, wounded 5, and destroyed a guesthouse, a motorcycle, and 17 IEDs in the same area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh in the Falluja military sector, killing 12 terrorists, destroying a vehicle, a boat, a hideout, and a weapons storehouse. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Reuters reports that the United Nations said on Wednesday it had received further reports alleging “serious rights violations” of civilians fleeing the Iraqi city of Falluja by armed groups.

A spokeswoman said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had obtained video footage of two further incidents purporting to show abuses of civilians from Falluja. In one, a man was beaten around the head and dragged along the ground by a military truck, and another showed people being struck with a rifle and kicked in the head. In both cases the perpetrators were wearing military uniforms, but the U.N. said it could not identify their affiliation, nor could it authenticate the videos. However, it had received reports of such violations from several sources, the spokeswoman said. [Sumaria]

The Anbar Governor says some Iraqi forces committed violations against displaced people from Falluja for sectarian reasons. He also says a legal committee was formed in coordination with the federal government to document these abuses. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The government is obviously highly sensitive to this scenario, in both Baghdad and Anbar, which is to their credit in view of past history. As for those “reports” of violations, they should all be checked out, but some will likely prove to be based on little or no evidence and issued for sectarian reasons. One tactic for stealing the government’s victory in Falluja is the old tactic of playing the sectarian card.

 

Falluja city. The Falluja Operations Commander says Iraqi forces have retrieved 80% of Falluja city and only 5-10% of the Daesh fighters remain. He says Iraqi forces are still fighting Daesh in Jolan in northwest Falluja, and Daesh pockets remain in Azraqiya (northwest) and Hassi (south) of the city. [Xendan]

 

The Anbar Police Chief says Jolan is the only major hurdle remaining to the liberation of Falluja. He says it is not because of Daesh resistance, but because of the IEDs planted by Daesh all around the area. He also says there have been no violations by Iraqi forces against civilian houses in Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

By contrast, the IFP Commander says IFP drones obtained surveillance of Daesh terrorists burning down more than 25 houses in Falluja city. [Harbi]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops have killed hundreds of Daesh terrorists and have removed more than 5,000 IEDs so far in Falluja. He says there are no civilians remaining in the city. He also says Daesh used all of the government buildings in infrastructure in the city, but their attempts failed, and the operations are going as planned. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Andalus. He also says the troops found a Daesh explosives factory in the area that contains more than 500 IEDs. [Mada]

He also says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh sniper and a suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest near the Old Bridge. [Sumaria]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says battles are still in effect to liberate the city. He also says the battles are going per instruction of the Prime Minister and the forces are putting in place measures to protect the civilians, their properties, and the infrastructure of the city. [Sumaria]

 

According to Stars and Stripes, British Army Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers, the Baghdad-based deputy commander for strategy and sustainment for Operation Inherent Resolve, says Iraqi security forces have pushed Daesh out of about 70 percent of Fallujah in an operation that moved more swiftly than the Coalition had expected. He says that after intense fighting in the early stages of the offensive, Iraqi soldiers have faced only light resistance from the terrorists remaining there.

“The fighting to get into Fallujah was probably some of the fiercest I’ve seen. The (Iraqis) have been able to break through some of those defensive belts on the southern side, and the Iraqi security forces, once they’ve fought through that, they’ve been able to sustain the momentum,” Chalmers says. [Stripes]

 

A photo of a Daesh document found in Falluja contains the Daesh meal schedule. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. The document shows that the terrorists were well fed, unlike the civilians in Falluja.

 

A Badr commander says his troops found a huge sniper weapon in the Hay Al-Dubat area in Falluja Center. He says the range of the weapon is over 6 km (4 miles). [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. So, there are Shia militias in Falluja city after all? Sunni MPs accused the IFP of allowing Shia militias to enter Falluja. Part of the reason might be that the Minister of Interior is from Badr.

 

A photo of a Daesh communications system found in Falluja [Sumaria]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured a tribal leader who appeared in a Daesh publication, pledging allegiance to Daesh in Falluja. He also says security forces overheard wire Daesh communications that were calling for the execution of one hundred and fifty prisoners in Daesh prisons. He also says some prisoners, including women and children, were killed in a Daesh prison that was mistakenly targeted by an airstrike. He also says Daesh burned down several houses before fleeing Falluja, and gave their money and jewelry to women who left with displaced people. He says this is a sensitive issue and it’s hard to convince other tribal leaders to arrest these women. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. One of the reasons for the demonstrations in Anbar, that lead eventually to Daesh capturing most of the governorate in 2014, was to protest the arrest of several Sunni women. Daesh, and other armed groups in Iraq, have been using women to carry weapons, explosives and other stuff because security forces usually don’t search women. When such women get arrested, Daesh and its incubator media start to use this as a sign of aggression from the government toward Sunnis. Interestingly enough, Daesh uses the same propaganda in Egypt, where the government is actually Sunni. 

 

South. Iraqi Army 60th brigade found a Daesh rocket factory and confiscated 140 locally made rockets and a rocket launcher in the Raikan Flayih area southwest of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, liberated Albu Jadda’ village in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAF and the IAA, killed 48 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 9 buildings used as barricades by Daesh in addition to mortar units in the Zangoura area. [Sumaria]

Daesh says heavy battles erupted after Iraqi forces, supported by American warplanes, attacked the Zangoura area. Daesh says Coalition warplanes mistakenly bombed 2 Iraqi Humvees, causing Iraqi forces to flee. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another repetitious Daesh lie. The Coalition bombing always hits the wrong targets by mistake, and never hits Daesh.  

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces are stopping Daesh attacks daily in areas north of Ramadi, killing many Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says the Coalition, the IAF, and the IAA, started to target Daesh positions in Jazeera Khaldiya, preparing for a major military operation to liberate the area. [Sumaria]

The Chairman says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in the Fahhama and Albu Aitha areas, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 3 guesthouses in addition to several vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar tribes spokesman says Iraqi Army units, supported by Anbar police and tribal PMF fighters, stopped a Daesh attack on the Albu Dhiab area, east of Ramadi, killing all of the attackers. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi Army source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh explosives storehouse in the Dolab area, killing 3 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists sneaked to the house of a tribal PMF commander in Rutba, and killed five PMF fighters and nine members of the commander’s family, including women and children. He says the commander was not home when the terrorists invaded his house. [Maalomah]

A Rutba Police source says Sheikh Ghazal Al-Eissawi is still alive and was not in his house when the terrorist attacked. He says the security forces announced his death for security reasons. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Hamid Hadid, the Al-Jazeera Iraq office manager, tweeted that “armed men” killed the tribal PMF leader, and retweeted from another Daesh mouthpiece that the “armed men” killed the family of the leader, although Daesh claimed the attack. Hadid usually tweets happily and proudly about Daesh attacks against Iraqi forces and civilians, and calls the attacks “Islamic state attacks.” However, and because the victims are Sunni civilians, he attributed the attack to “armed men” this time. This schizophrenic behavior is not strange in the petro-dollar media world.

The other point is about Daesh terrorists fleeing cities and hiding in nearby areas, waiting for opportunities to attack the cities, most likely in coordination with sleeper cells. Unfortunately, Iraqi forces have not found a solution for this tactic yet.  

 

A tribal PMF commander confirmed that the commander was killed with his family. He says their security imposed a curfew in Rutba after the attack. [Maalomah]

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists entered the house of the tribal PMF commander, and killed him and five of his associates. Daesh says after that the 3 terrorists clashed with Iraqi forces in the city before returning safely. Daesh also says it shelled the city and the Kilo 5 area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of burning up large quantities of cigarettes in Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its battles in Salahuddin. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

The chairman of the Security Committee in Salahuddin GC says Iraqi forces are advancing in the Shirqat areas according to plan. However, Daesh land mines, IEDs, and ambushes are still a threat. He says several people who fled from Shirqat say Daesh terrorists are escaping Shirqat toward the desert areas near Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command, supported by the IAA, continued its operations to liberate areas in Shirqat, including capture of the Sheikh Ali area, and also Qayara in Ninewa, killing more than 40 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [MoD Website]

A Counter Terrorism Service commander says Iraqi forces captured Sheikh Ali village. He also says Iraqi forces control the Makhoul subdistrict from a military aspect, and that heavy battles continue in the subdistrict, resulting in 40 Daesh terrorists killed so far. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces stopped another Daesh attack in the Asmeda area, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and a machine gun-mounted vehicle, and killing 2 suicide terrorists. Iraqi forces also retrieved some military locations that Daesh had captured earlier. [MoD Website]

The IFP stopped a Daesh attack in the Asmeda area north of Baiji, and destroyed a vehicle bomb. [MoD Website]

Daesh’s version says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on its positions in the Asmeda area, destroying 2 Abrams tanks with guided missiles and shelling Iraqi forces with more than 400 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its terrorists sneaked into Iraqi Army positions near the Asmeda area north of Baiji, killed many soldiers, and destroyed a Humvee and an armored vehicle. Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists then attacked the remaining soldiers with a car bomb, killing seventeen soldiers and damaging an Abrams tank, and 3 Humvees. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. So, what happened to the first Rambo? Daesh has developed a set of scenarios for its stories. In this scenario, reusable for all locations, one terrorist penetrates government lines and kills people, then another makes a suicide attack. All such attacks are defined as successes. The relationship to what actually happened is impossible to discern.

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and an armored vehicle in battles in the Asmeda area. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed an Abrams tank, a personnel carrier, and 3 Humvees in the operation. [A3maq]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces liberated Al-Dibis village, north of Baiji. The source also says an Iraqi Army captain and three soldiers were killed by a Daesh mortar shell in Mohammed Al-Musa village. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces killed a local terrorist and several other terrorists, including a suicide bomber, near Baiji Thermal (power) Station. [MoD Website]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes and the IAA captured the Makhoul police station. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Sounds good, but how come Daesh was occupying a police station in this area?

 

Tikrit

The Chairman of the Al-Daur District Council says Daesh terrorists broke into the house of a tribal leader in Na’ima village northeast of Al-Daur, killing the tribal leader and his son, and wounding one of their relatives. He also says the terrorists set the house and 3 vehicles on fire before fleeing toward the Himrin Mountains. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces defused 113 IEDs and 2 booby-trapped houses in the Dhiba’i area east of Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

The Mayor of Tooz refutes media reports about displacement from Tuz “because of threats” and says the security situation is stable. [Sumaria]

A PUK official says Shia militias, using SMS, threatened Kurdish people in Tuz Khurmatu and told them to leave within 24 hours. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This contradiction seems strange since the mayor is a Peshmerga ally.

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Tuz Khurmatu. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it burned down 3 PMF and Peshmerga positions in the Zarqa area in Tooz. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police chief says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were captured during a search campaign in south Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Intelligence Service captured a man wanted on terrorism charges on the road between Baghdad and Baquba. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the house of “a Shia head” in south Buhriz and burned down the house and an SUV, before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMF checkpoint with light and midsized weapons in Khan Bani Saad, forcing the fighters to flee and capturing their weapons, burning down the checkpoint. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV in the Hibhib subdistrict with an IED, killing four fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi forces military position in the Quwam area in Muqdadiya (a different Quwam) from the one cited earlier in South Baghdad). Daesh says it has no information about the casualties. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot at a police convoy transporting prisoners on the road between Muqdadiya and Balad Ruz, killing five prisoners. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. In many previous similar incidents, armed men linked to Shia militias or local tribes, attacked and killed Daesh suspects while the suspects were being transported. We can’t confirm yet that this is one of these incidents.

 

A Shia member of Diyala Provincial Council says the statement of a Sunni MP about demographic changed in Mukhaisa village are not true. He says the MP ignored the fact that three thousand people were killed or wounded in the areas since 2005 by terrorists hiding in the village’s orchards. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

The chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council says 100 tribal fighters joined the security forces to hold the ground and secure the return of displaced families. [Sumaria]

 

The manager of Jalawla in Khanaqin says 843 families returned to their houses in the subdistrict. The is the 16th group of returnees within the return program. [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Electricity says its teams started the repair of 3 electricity towers after they were damaged by Daesh yesterday in the Kabashi area in Jalawla near the Iran border. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of targeting “PMF positions” in Saadiya with mortars. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Such attacks are intended to hinder the return of Sunni displaced families to the area.

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says a special intelligence service unit killed a Daesh official responsible for providing logistics and weapons to Daesh sleeper cells in a special operation in the Waqf area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says security captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges at the K1 checkpoint, 15 km (9 miles) northwest of Kirkuk. The source says the terrorists admitted their intention to enter Kirkuk to meet sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says a Daesh Libyan commander was killed in clashes with the Albu Mifrij tribe in south Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local activist says Daesh is destroying the engravings on mosques in Mosul. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Another attack on Iraqi identity. The engravings, mostly Quranic verses, have been part of the Islamic way of building mosques since forever. This new version of Islam wants to subdue Iraq, and the entire world if possible, to its twisted point of view.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed Hayman Jalal, a Kurdish terrorist responsible for executing Peshmerga fighters captured by Daesh, in the Arbajiya area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A Ninewa police source says Ninewa hospitals and the morgue have received large numbers of bodies of Daesh terrorists who were killed or wounded. He says Daesh tries to hide the numbers of its dead terrorists and sometimes throws their bodies into valleys west of the city. [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

Photos of Daesh terrorists surrendering to the Peshmerga in the Nawaran area in Sheikhan District [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. On social media there are protests about how people displaced or terrorists surrendering are treated, as they may be told to remove clothing. Missed in the criticism is that this is the only way to determine whether someone is wearing an explosives vest.

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, have liberated 127 sq. km (50 sq. miles) and 9 villages so far in areas southeast of Mosul. He says the military operations are going according to plan. [Mada]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says his troops shot down a Daesh drone in areas southeast of Mosul. He also says his troops targeted Daesh positions in Haj Ali village, killing or wounding several terrorists. [BasNews]

 

A security source says the Counter Terrorism Service conducted a covert operation in the Qayara area based on personal orders from the Prime Minister. The source says several Daesh terrorists surrendered to the unit without resistance. [Sumaria]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists fled from the Hatra area. The source also says the area is completely Daesh free and the residents have begun to go to barber shops and resume normal life activities. [Maalomah] A second media outlet cites a security source saying Daesh terrorists are fleeing Hatra collectively without any known reason. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Many recent reports showed Daesh terrorists leaving their positions in Ninewa, either fleeing towards Mosul or surrendering to the Iraqi Army or the Peshmerga, though we have to look at this report carefully. However, if Daesh loses its based in desert Ninewa, it is most likely will lose the ability to survive a long fight in Ninewa.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Qadisiya

The Diwaniya Police Chief says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured at a checkpoint on the Najaf road while he was trying to sneak into Diwaniya. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh locations south of Tabaqa, killing or wounding many terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [SANA]

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman refutes the reports about Daesh killing three Russian soldiers in Syria. He says Daesh got the photos of the soldiers from a mobile phone that was stolen inside Russia. [SANA]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh didn’t publish photos of the bodies of the dead soldiers yesterday. It only showed a video of their alleged destroyed vehicle.   

 

Daesh issues a video of areas it captured on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa, and a photo of the Syrian soldiers it captured. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of repairing houses that were damaged by Russian airstrikes in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of its religious activities in Maadan, east of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Local activists say six civilians were killed, including women and children, and 25 wounded by a Daesh land mine as they were trying to flee Manbij toward the west. The activist says Daesh booby-trapped all of the entrances and exits in Manbij. [BasNews]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by Coalition manpower, entered Manbij from the southeastern side and heavy battles are ongoing in the city. [Xendan]

An SDF source says the Manbij Military Council (MMC) troops entered Hay Al-Asadiya in southeast Manbij. [ARA]

 

A military source says the SDF also entered Manbij from the west and are 1 km away from the city center. The SDF also attacked the city from the north but were forced to retreat after 2 Daesh vehicle bomb attacks. [Dorar]

Daesh says it stopped 3 YPG attempts to break into Manbij city from the northwest. Daesh also says American warplanes conducted 15 airstrikes on the area. [A3maq]

Daesh says a YPG convoy, supported by American ground and airpowers, tried to advance toward Zanghal village northwest of Manbij. Daesh says its terrorists clashed with the YPG for hours, then a suicide terrorist attacked the YPG with a car bomb, killing or wounding thirty fighters and destroying 2 Humvees. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says the YPG, supported by American ground and airpowers, tried to attack Manbij from Qurdala and Shuwaiha villages north of Manbij. Daesh says battles continued for over 5 hours and many YPG fighters were killed and the rest were forced to flee. [JustPaste]

 

YPG fighters stopped 3 Daesh suicide attack on Al-Kitab intersection, the western entrance of Manbij. Daesh is trying to break the siege on the city. [Hawar]

Tens of families fleeing the city have arrived since yesterday at the intersection. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says 17 YPG fighters were killed by land mines while trying to advance toward the outskirts of Manbij city. [A3maq]

Daesh also says YPG fighters were killed after entering booby-trapped houses, causing the rigged houses to explode on them near the Manbij silos south of the city. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Network for Human Rights says five civilians were killed in an MMC shelling on Jub Hamza village, south of Manbij. Aleppo’s Media Center says ten civilians, including women, were killed in the shelling. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it stopped a YPG attack on the southern outskirts of Manbij city. Daesh says American warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the area before the attack. [A3maq]

MMC fighters killed more than 15 Daesh terrorists in battles in Sheikh Tabash village, south of Manbij. [Hawar]

Photos of Manbij Military Council fighters near the city entrance [Hawar]

 

A local activist says the battles are ongoing from all sides around Manbij city. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard to follow all these conflicting battle reports. In general, however, the anti-Daesh campaign has now edged into the city from multiple sides and that Daesh is on the defensive but fighting back hard in a city they can’t afford to lose.

 

Daesh issues a video of “normal life” in Manbij city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Any time Daesh issues a video of “normal life” somewhere, they are probably hiding the fact that it’s not normal.

 

Northwest border. Opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, captured Al-Ra’i city after capturing several villages near the city yesterday. [Qasioun]

Daesh then recaptured Al-Ra’i city after killing or wounding “tens” of opposition fighters. 20 Daesh terrorists were also killed in the battles. [Qasioun]

Other sources say the opposition groups entered Al-Ra’i supported only by Turkish artillery. [EnabBaladi]

An opposition commander refutes the report about the opposition capturing the city and says the battles are ongoing. [ZamanAlWasl]

The Turkish news agency, Anadolu, confirmed that 20 opposition fighters were killed by 2 Daesh suicide attacks. [Anadolu]

Another opposition commander had said the opposition entered Al-Ra’i supported by “unprecedented” Turkish shelling that killed or wounded many Daesh terrorists. [ARA]

Daesh says American backed opposition groups attacked Al-Ra’i city from Turkey, after heavy American bombing and Turkish artillery shelling. Daesh says its terrorists clashed with the opposition troops, killing ten fighters. Daesh says 2 hours after the groups entered the city, a suicide terrorist attacked them with a car bomb, killing more than twenty-five fighters and wounding “tens”, and destroying 4 SUVs. Daesh says its terrorists captured different kinds of weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh says the opposition groups fled the city after the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an opposition groups’ vehicle after it was destroyed near Dudyan village west of Azaz near the Turkish border. [A3maq]

 

Other northwest Syria reports. Syrian Democratic Forces says they conducted a military operation southeast of the Tishrin Dam, and liberated 5 villages and 2 farms from Daesh. It also says Daesh attacked the area on Wednesday evening, but SDF fighters stopped the attack. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of publicly executing a young man in Soran, accusing him of cooperating with armed groups. [JustPaste]

 

The Turkish Army says its artillery and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in north Aleppo on Wednesday, killing 8 terrorists. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh killed twenty civilian Kurds and captured 900, including women, in several villages in the Al-Bab area. [Hawar]

Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes on Al-Bab city using cluster bombs. [Qasioun]

Daesh says Russian warplanes targeted Al-Bab city with more than 2 airstrikes, using cluster bombs. [A3maq]

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Afrin objecting to Daesh crimes against civilians in the Al-Bab area. [Hawar]

 

A ten-year-old boy was wounded by Turkey-backed opposition groups shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Local media source says 11 UN trucks loaded with humanitarian aid items arrived to Sheikh Maqsoud. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local official says 60,000 Syrian refugees are without food or water since the Jordanian authorities closed the border in response to the terrorist attack by vehicle bomb that killed seven Jordanian soldiers on Tuesday. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack south of the Tadmur silos and destroyed a tank and a heavy machine gun. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Coalition warplanes launched airstrikes on the Al-Tanak oilfield, east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Russian warplanes targeted Mayadin with cluster bombs, killing one person and wounding fifteen. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh is launching an arrest campaign in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor according to a local activist. He says Daesh arrested four men in Sbaikhan village after accusing them of communicating with the Free Syrian Army. Daesh also executed a 60 year old man after accusing him of selling stolen weapons and communication devices. The man’s son, a Daesh terrorist who fled to Germany, had stolen the items and put them in his father’s house. Battles between Syrian troops and Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor have decreased in the last 4 days. [ARA]

 

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

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Lajat area. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Kuwait

The Appeals Court in Kuwait released 4 members of a Daesh cell. The fifth member of the cell was killed in Iraq. The court said there is no provision in Kuwaiti law that criminalizes joining Daesh. Investigation showed that the 4 men admitted being Daesh members and admitted they received arms training in Syria and Iraq and facilitated the travel of several terrorists to Iraq and Syria to fight with Daesh, but they said they didn’t intend to commit any attacks in Kuwait. [Anba]

DaeshDaily comment. Thousands of terrorists have fought with Daesh and went back to their countries without punishment, simply because there is no law that criminalizes what they did. This doesn’t seem so difficult. Is this the way Kuwait is helping to fight terrorism? Are terrorists to be considered legally as terrorists only if they kill in their own country? Killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians, which Daesh celebrates in its publications every day, is not a crime? Calling for mass genocides all over the world is not a crime?

A few changes would seem to be in order. A serious US diplomatic effort with the Kuwaitis and other similarly blind countries would seem to be in order. A changed attitude in Kuwait seems like an obvious requirement. And if some national laws support terrorism in this way, shouldn’t there be some international law or treaty dealing with the problem?

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says a policeman was wounded when terrorists shot at a checkpoint near Joura village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

Medical sources say a policeman was killed by a sniper at a checkpoint south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say a twenty-year-old girl was shot and killed by unknown armed men south of Arish. [VetoGate]

Medical sources say a policeman was wounded by a sniper in the Al-Ghaz area south of Arish. [VetoGate]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in Karm Al-Qawadees, east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Security captured an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist and killed two others in Nakhal city in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military source says 90% of the buildings in the Qar Younes area in Benghazi have been liberated. A medical source says sixteen Libyan soldiers were killed and sixty-five wounded. [Wasat]

Local media sources say a suicide attack occurred in the Qar Younes area without causing human casualties. [Libya24]

The Libyan National Army Spokesman says all of the Libyan casualties in the area were due to land mines. [Wasat]

 

A medical source says a shell fell on the Benghazi Medical Center, causing material damages. Daesh has attacked this center several times during the last 2 months. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says its troops captured a Daesh explosives factory in Sirte. It also says they stopped a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb. It says its troops are advancing in Sirte city and Libyan warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on Fajr Libya fighters east of Sirte, killing several of them. Daesh also says it destroyed a tank, killing the fighters inside, and shot down a recon drone in other areas in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 450 Libyan soldiers, including six commanders, were killed and hundreds wounded, and more than 100 vehicles and tanks were destroyed in the battles in Sirte so far. It also says 70 soldiers were killed and 200 wounded on Tuesday. Daesh says its terrorists retreated from several areas east and west of Sirte, but they are returning to these areas, like Bu Qarin, Nawfaliya and Bani Jawad, and conducting suicide attacks. [A3maq]

 

Morocco

The Moroccan Ministry of Interior says it captured a cell of 10 terrorists, including an Algerian, who were planning terrorist attacks in the kingdom. The terrorists were captured in Oujda. [AfriGate] [Rudaw]

Videos of the raid in Oujda in Morocco [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Other countries

Somalia

Daesh says it damaged an African Union armored vehicle with an IED in the Hawi Abdi area in lower Shbili in south Somalia. [A3maq]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed a “Pakistani Government Member” in Peshawar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

 

Daesh executed Mustafa Al-Adhari, an Iraqi soldier from the south, and hanged his body from a bridge in Falluja in May 2015. A man from Falluja, Abdul Razzaq Al-Shaabani, took the body later and buried it. Daesh learned about this and executed the man, and hanged his body on the same bridge (photo). [Twitter]

 

Photos of people in Nasiriya celebrating the liberation of Falluja in front of the house of Kadhim Al-Rikabi, an Iraqi soldier beheaded in Falluja last year. [Twitter]

People also celebrated in Baghdad, in front of the house of Mustafa Al-Adhari (video). [YouTube]

 

General Haider Al-Ubaidi, of the Golden Division (Counter Terrorism troops), who was reported dead by some Daesh affiliated accounts, appears in a new video in Falluja. [YouTube]

 

2 Saudi twins beheaded their mother with a butcher knife and severely wounded their father and younger brother in Riyadh. Several sources say the 21-year-old twins committed their crime because their family criticized Daesh. [Twitter] [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. The story was reported by Saudi media, but the perpetrators’ affiliation with Daesh is still waiting for their confirmation.

 

A famous Saudi cleric with 1.88 million followers says “Baghdad, Damascus, Sanaa’, and Jerusalem have fallen, but Falluja, Aleppo, Gaza, and Taiz are some of the Arab’s last remaining castles, and their fall will cost a lot.” [Twitter  

 

Videos of the Day

A Daesh terrorist fleeing his vehicle bomb after it was hit by Counter Terrorism troops in Falluja [Twitter]

IFP fighters in a battle in Hay Al-Askari in Falluja [YouTube]

Iraqi forces rocketing a Daesh sniper in Falluja [YouTube]

Civilians from Falluja, detained for checking, testifying in front of the Sunni Endowment Chairman and Sunni politicians that they were not violated by Iraqi forces [YouTube]

Iraqi forces finding weapons under the remains of a destroyed house in Falluja [Twitter]

 

PMF fighters in a Daesh hideout in Saqlawiya [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

 

June 22, 2016

Falluja 01

Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries.

 

Note to Our Readers. Based on requests from several readers, we are expanding the Social Media section and adding more analysis, to serve you better. We would appreciate any comments.

 

Today’s Major Developments

IRAQI FORCES EXTEND CONTROL ACROSS NORTH FALLUJA.

FALLUJA DISPLACEMENT ESTIMATED AT OVER 70,000 PEOPLE IS CAUSING ANXIETY.

FALLUJA OFFICIAL ALLEGES DAESH LEADERS WERE RELEASED FROM PRISON BY BRIBES.

IRAQI FORCES MOVE TOWARD SHIRQAT FROM THE SOUTH.

ERBIL COURT SENTENCES 12 TO DEATH OR LIFE IN PRISON FOR DEADLY 2014 BOMBING.

COALITION SPOKESMAN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT MANBIJ BUT EXPECTS BIG FIGHT.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq—ten in Ninewa, around Mosul (4), Qayara (3), Kasik (2), and Tal Afar (1); five in Anbar, around Falluja (3) and Ramadi (2); and two near Baiji. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

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

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says four civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in the Hamamiyat area in Taji. [Ghad]

An MoI source says a policeman was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Meshahda in Tarmiya. [Mada]

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

Iraqi Army 59th brigade cleared a road in the Bani Zaid area, defusing 26 IEDs. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

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

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says a shop owner was killed and his two sons wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in Ameen. [Mada]

An Iraqi journalist survived an assassination attempt when unknown armed men shot at him in Mashtal. [PUKMedia]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says three civilians were wounded by an IED explosion in Zafaraniya. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says armed men broke into a house in Arab Jubour and killed an Iraqi Army soldier and two of his brothers, who are tribal PMF fighters. [Mada]

The MoD says Iraqi forces found an ammunition cache in a house in Dora. [Ghad]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the checkpoint in the Suwaib area and says twenty-five people were killed or wounded in the attack. [JustPaste]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says there are 18,000 displaced families from Falluja and they are in a dire situation. He asks international organizations for help. [Sumaria]

Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman also asks international organizations to help an estimated 70,000 displaced people from Falluja. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Watch out! This could be where the pro-Daesh political counter-attack starts. The displaced families and the inadequate services for displaced people are already a major news story. All the displacement from other major battles has been treated as an unfortunate consequence of the conflict, but the displaced from Falluja will be used by sectarian media to paint the government as insensitive to Sunnis. A lot of those people sitting under the desert sun for lack of tents need to be moved back home as fast as possible, not just treated as sympathetic subjects for government statements.

 

The Chaldean Patriarch says his church delivered $50,000 in urgent humanitarian assistance to displaced families from Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja city. U.S. Army Col. Christopher Garver, the Baghdad-based spokesman for the coalition, said on Tuesday that only a third of Fallujah has been “cleared” of Daesh. He also says that other parts of the city are “contested,” with clashes underway between Iraqi security forces and Daesh terrorists. Most of the cleared area is in the south of the city. “Clearing operations continue outward from the city center,” Garver added. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. This cautious statement is hard to evaluate, and may depend on the definition of “cleared,” but the individual battle reports show Iraqi forces winning in every part of the city and Daesh fighters retreating. The battle reports today come mainly from the north of the city, suggesting that the battle is largely over in southern and central parts of the city.

 

Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement saying its troops liberated the Askari neighborhood in northeast Falluja. [Ghad]

The PMFs found a 3 km (2 mile) long Daesh tunnel that extends from Askari to the Jordanian Hospital. [Harbi]

A video of a Daesh tunnel in Falluja [Sumaria]

 

Rapid Intervention units cleared the Mukhtar and Jeghaifi Thaniya areas in north Falluja, killing 7 terrorists, defusing 4 booby-trapped houses and 197 IEDS, and destroying a vehicle bomb and a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed Daesh hideouts in several houses in the Jolan neighborhood in northwest Falluja in addition to a vehicle and a motorcycle. The IAA also destroyed a Daesh hideout in a house in the Jeghaifi area in north Falluja. [Harbi] The IWMC says an IAA CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh hideout and a vehicle in Jolan. [Baghdadia]

The IWMC says Daesh is burning down houses and public buildings in Jolan. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP says its troops crossed the Old Bridge in Falluja and destroyed 9 Daesh targets, killing 4 terrorists. It also says its troops are advancing toward the Rusafa and Iskan areas. [Ghad]

The IWMC says the IFP destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, in Falluja city. [Ghad]

 

The MoI spokesman says Iraqi forces captured several areas in Falluja city, killing 44 terrorists. [SANA]

 

Photos of Daesh documents found in Falluja. The documents contain names and salaries of Daesh terrorists in the city. According to the documents, each terrorist gets $600 dollars per month. [Ghad]

 

Security forces found another Daesh prison in Falluja City. [Etejah]

A Security source says Counter Terrorism troops found twelve beheaded bodies in the Dhubat Thaniya area in Falluja city. The source also says Counter Terrorism troops found the body of the dead Daesh media official in the same area. [Buratha]

A tribal PMF commander says 600 people were released from Daesh prisons in Falluja, and Daesh executed 150 more. [Mada]

 

South. The Chairman of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says several Daesh leaders and members were released from prisons in Ameriyat Al-Falluja in exchange for large amounts of money. [Maalomah]

 

In a separate story, the Minister of Planning, Salman Al-Jumaili, issued a statement saying he is suing media outlets that claimed he helped to release captured Daesh terrorists from his tribe. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Some media outlets said the Minister, originally from Falluja, intervened to get the Daesh emir of Qarma, Raff’ Al-Mishhen Al-Jumaili, released.

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated the Ajarbiya area south of Falluja, destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi Army 8th division, supported by the IAA, started the second stage of the liberation of the Ahssi area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, and killed a group of terrorists, including a sniper. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 5 terrorists and wounded 1, and destroyed a Daesh guesthouse southeast of Falluja. Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout, killing 3 terrorists. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 6th division destroyed 5 IEDs in 3 areas southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East. Iraqi forces cleared the highway between Baghdad and Falluja, destroying 201 IEDs. Iraqi forces also found 2 IED factories in the area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A tribal PMF commander says all the displaced families from Qarma will return to their houses in July. [Mada]

 

North. The PMF Press says Daesh blew up the Azraqiya Bridge, northwest of Falluja, with a vehicle bomb. [AIN]

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says Iraqi forces attacked Daesh in several areas north of Falluja, killing or wounding several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Iraqi Sukhois destroyed 5 Daesh hideouts, 3 vehicles, and 2 motorcycles, killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces killed more than 250 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several vehicle bombs in the campaign in areas northwest of Ramadi. [Maalomah]

The Anbar Operations commander had said that Coalition warplanes killed 15 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles during the liberation operations in the Zangoura area. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Police commander says Iraqi forces cleared the Zangoura area, 18 km (11 miles) northwest of Ramadi, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. He says Iraqi forces have started to defuse IEDs and booby-trapped houses in order to allow displaced families to return. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. They just started?

 

Daesh says it shelled “Iraqi Army and PMFs” in Jamiya in Ramadi with 3 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh emir of the Dolab area and 3 of his associates. Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 8 terrorists and destroyed a truck in the same area. [Ghad]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A security source says Daesh shelled Rutba with 7 mortars, wounding two civilians. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF spokesman says Iraqi Army and PMFs are rapidly advancing in areas south of Shirqat. Daesh is forcing civilians to join its ranks in Shirqat after many of its terrorists fled the city. He [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces broke into Haj Ali village south of Shirqat and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. The Haj Ali we usually report about is east of Qayara, well north of Shirqat. We still don’t know if this is a village with same name or if the IWMC made a typo.

 

The Mayor of Shirqat says Daesh arrested several young men in the city, looking for the Masked Man who has killed several Daesh commanders so far. [Mawazin]

 

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

 

Baiji

Relating to the movement of troops toward Shirqat. the IWMC says Iraqi forces started military operations south of Shirqat, killing 11 Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle. It also says the IAA destroyed a Daesh house, a booby-trapped fuel station, and a vehicle in the Muhammad Al-Musa area. It also says Iraqi forces completely captured the area. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Siniya area, destroying 2 Humvee bombs and an armored construction shovel and killing 6 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh issues a video of a burned Abrams tank near the Asmeda Bridge north of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin police source says an IED exploded on a PMF convoy in the Albu Khadu area, south of Al-Daur, killing two fighters and wounding three. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMFs cars with 2 IEDs in the Jalam area near Al-Daur, killing eight fighters, including an officer, and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Daesh blew up 3 electricity towers north of Al-Daur, cutting off electricity to Al-Alam District. [Ghad]

Daesh says it destroyed 3 electricity towers in the Hafayer area. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations near Allas oilfield, killing 5 terrorists. [AfriGate]

 

Tooz

The Dijla Operations commander says Iraqi forces fought heavy battles with Daesh in the Zarqa area, between Salahuddin and Diyala. He says Daesh attacked the area with many suicide terrorists. He says Iraqi forces killed 25 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs after 4 hours of battles. [Sumaria]

A security source says Daesh launched a major attack on the Zarqa area and captured several military positions, killing four PMF fighters and wounding fourteen. The source says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed and 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles were destroyed. The source says Iraqi forces cut off the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk and military reinforcements were sent to the area.  [Mada]

 

A local source says unknown armed men established a checkpoint near Amerli, kidnapped eight civilians, and killed three of them. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A local police source says the police captured a suicide terrorist who was trying to attack a Shia mosque in Baquba city. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says two people were wounded when mortar shells fell on houses near Mukhaisa village.  [Sumaria]

 

A Sunni MP from Diyala warns from attempts to change the demography of Mukhaisa village. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The village is a launch pad for Daesh attacks on civilians and security forces in the area. The honorable MP forgets to mention that Sunni and Shia civilians and security personnel have been getting killed in such attacks in this area for a long time now. Many Daesh attacks target Sunni PMF fighters. Even now, some political leaders can’t get past their own sectarian rhetoric.

 

Northern Diyala

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed the son of a mukhtar in a village east of Qara Tapa. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says two children were wounded by mortar shells that fell on a residential area in Saadiya. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a lawyer in south Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

Hawija

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Mahouz village in Hawija district. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

The former Governor of Ninewa, Atheel Nujaifi, says that what is best for Ninewa is to be part of a strategic region that has good relationships with the KRG as part of Federal Iraq. [Xendan]

DaeshDaily comment. This has been Nujaifi’s game since the beginning. He is a separatist. He wants a Ninewa region, perhaps under Turkish protection, that leaves Iraq’s authority out. And regardless of whether he likes Daesh or not, Daesh enabled his recent maneuvering and made his plan more achievable. The biggest cause of concern about the Mosul liberation campaign is not Daesh; it’s the very real risk that Iraq’s victory will be stolen.

 

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, says the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world will happen this year, with the start of the Mosul liberation operations. [Anadolu]

 

Mosul

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot at a Daesh pickup truck in south Mosul, killing or wounding the 4 terrorists inside. [KM Facebook Page]

 

An MP from Ninewa, Ahmed Al-Jubouri, who also leads of an armed group, says people of Mosul are awaiting the start of the Ninewa liberation operations in order to revolt against Daesh. He also says some of his fighters sneaked into Mosul city to carry out assassinations against Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]

 

A local source says Daesh publically executed 4 of its commanders after accusing them of cowardice because they refused to go to Shirqat. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say Daesh lashed 22 civilians publicly in Mosul after accusing them of not fasting during Ramadan. [Sumaria]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in Albu Wawi village in Qayara, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a tunnel. [Mada]

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh tunnels in 2 areas in Qayara, in addition to 10 military vehicles. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi forces liberated an unspecified village in Makhmur, killing 4 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The Ninewa Operations Command issued a statement saying its troops killed 3 local Daesh terrorists specializing in thermal rockets in Zanawir village northwest of Al-Nassr. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says 130 families escaped Daesh controlled areas south of Mosul and arrived in Makhmur District. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army 36th brigade shot down a Daesh recon drone in the south Ninewa military sector. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga commander says Peshmerga artillery and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in the Nawran military sector, killing 20 terrorists, including 7 snipers, and destroying 5 tunnels, 4 vehicles, and 3 ammunition storehouses. [ARA]

 

A Ninewa provincial council member says 8 Daesh terrorists were killed and 3 wounded when one IED they were planting exploded near Ayadhiya. [ROJ]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fixing roads in Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

A criminal court in Erbil sentenced 7 terrorists to death and 5 to life in prison after they were convicted of setting off the explosion in the Erbil Governorate building in November, 2014. Four people were killed and twenty-nine were wounded in that attack. [Rudaw]

 

A local NGO says the self-proclaimed Sunni mufti, Rafi’ Al-Rifa’i, should be taken to court because of his statements that glorified Daesh. The NGO also criticized the KRG for allowing him to stay in Erbil. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Daesh backers are residing now in Erbil. One wonders whether the KRG wants to use them to pressure Baghdad in future negotiations. 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities say they captured 3 Daesh suspects who were planning to attack a transgender parade in Turkey. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. Twelve were around Manbij (12), the others near Raqqa (4), Mare’ (1), and Albu Kamal (1) in Deir Ez-Zor. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh locations in several areas west of Raqqa, destroying several vehicles and killing “tens” of terrorists. [SANA]

 

Twenty-five people were killed and more than fifty wounded in airstrikes on civilian areas and military positions in Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says 32 people were killed and 150 were wounded in airstrikes on Raqqa on Tuesday. Daesh also says five people were killed and several others wounded, including women and children, by an American airstrike on a residential area in Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the American airstrike on a residential area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s the same old propaganda theme. What Daesh wants people to believe is that the Coalition airstrikes are always by Americans and that they always attack civilians. You are expected to assume that this “residential area” was populated entirely by innocent civilians and that Daesh was not the real target.

 

Daesh says it captured a military barricade on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [A3maq] Daesh also says it destroyed a Syrian tank in the same area. [A3maq]

Syrian official sources say a Syrian Army commander was killed in battles on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it captured 2 Syrian soldiers in the area and conducted a suicide attack on Syrian Army vehicles while they were retreating. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed 3 Russian soldiers with an IED on their vehicles between Alaj and Inbaj villages on Tuesday. Daesh publishes photos of the soldiers, claiming it found them with one of the dead soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the destroyed vehicle. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles between Ithariya and Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

A local activist says three civilian Kurds were killed by Turkish border troops as they tried to cross illegally near the Tal Abyad area. [BasNews]

Two young shepherds were shot and wounded by the Turkish Army in the border area west of Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of maintaining a road between Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. The Manbij Military Council says its troops stopped a major Daesh attack near the Nakhil and Yasta villages, 3 km (2 miles) northeast of Manbij, killing 30. [BasNews]

Daesh says it recaptured Yasta village hours after the YPG took it. [A3maq]

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Sheikh Tabash village, 1 km from Manbij, on the road to Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops launched an attack on the Manbij silos in the southeastern part of Manbij (videos). [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it stopped a YPG attack near Kilo 4 village, north of Manbij, killing five fighters. [A3maq]

 

The Coalition spokesman, Army Colonel Chris Garver, says the noose has been tightened around Daesh terrorists in the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border but he expects Daesh to fight to the end to defend their stronghold.

“We’re around the city and we’re coming in, and we’ve cut the lines of communication into it and the noose is getting tighter around the city,” Garver says.

“We are anticipating that that’s going to be another good fight when we get in there.”

“We’ve anticipated that they (Daesh) would hold Manbij till the last, that it would be one of those places that they defended till the end and we have not seen anything that’s going to change that assessment right now,” [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues photos of American warplanes over Manbij city and one of its anti-aircraft machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its snipers in the Manbij area. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb southeast of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other northern Aleppo stories. Daesh says it stopped an opposition group’s attack on Dudyan village, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed four people from Shabiran village in the Al-Bab area. It also says Daesh kidnapped more than 900 people, mostly Kurds, from different areas in Al-Bab during one week. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. Unfortunately, these arrests are not being reported on a wider scale. No one knows the fate of these people.

 

A six-month old baby was wounded by a Turkey backed opposition group shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

The YPG says it stopped attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud, killing three opposition group fighters and wounding two. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Daesh rocketed Shuyoukh, southwest of Kobane, with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

A Syrian opposition commander says opposition groups captured 3 villages near Al-Ra’i, by the Turkish border, after heavy battles with Daesh. The opposition groups had lost several villages to Daesh, including Yani Yaban and Ghazl, hours earlier. By capturing the villages, they are now 3 km (2 miles) away from Al-Ra’i.  [ARA] [ARA] [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its religious activities in Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh issues a video of 2 suicide attacks on Syrian troops near Tadmur silos. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of executing three civilians in Homs, after accusing them of spying. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, an Uzbek and a Syrian, attacked Syrian Army positions by Tharda Mountain, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

An Amnesty International official says the attack on the border guards in Jordan should not affect the situation of the Syrian displaced people. The Jordanian authorities declared the border areas with Syria and Iraq closed military areas after a terrorists attacked Jordanian troops with a vehicle bomb near a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing six border guards and wounding fourteen. A military source said later that another guard died of wounds he suffered in the attack, raising the number of victims to seven. The King of Jordan met with the Presidential Envoy, Brett McGurk, and vowed that Jordan will continue supporting the war against Daesh. [ARA] [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The Jordanian authorities accused Daesh of the attack, although Daesh didn’t claim responsibility for it. But the timing suggests it is a typical Daesh move, to cause chaos somewhere else so as to draw attention away from its problems in Iraq and Syria.  

 

Local activists published a video of the suicide attack on social media. The Jordanian government disputed the accuracy of the video. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. The Jordanian government said the video is old and shows a suicide attack in Iraq in 2003. However, the vehicle in the video is a newer model, probably made in 2014. 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security captured an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis commander in his house in the Hamayda area in Sheikh Zuweid, and confiscated explosives from the house. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian Counter Terrorism groups killed 4 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [ElWatan]

Policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

A policeman was killed and another one wounded when terrorists attacked a police station in Arish. [ElWatan]

Security captured 4 suspects in the attack on the two policemen in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army M60 vehicle, south of Arish, with an IED. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it shot and killed two policemen near a police station in Arish. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists shot at a policeman near a school in Arish city. [JustPaste]

 

Security killed 2 terrorists and wounded another in Nakhal in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military spokesman says Libyan troops advanced in several areas in west Benghazi after airstrikes on Daesh locations in the area. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military spokesman says two hundred and ten of his soldiers were killed and more than one hundred wounded since the start of the Sirte liberation operations. The Military Press says Libyan troops stopped a Daesh vehicle bomb suicide attack in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

In a separate story, Daesh says one of its Tunisian suicide terrorists attacked Libyan troops in the 700 area south of Sirte, killing or wounding “tens’ of soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of the terrorist and his vehicle bomb. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes a photo of its terrorists training in Hadhramaut. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

 

Daesh and the Tribes

Daesh has published countless videos and photos about the support it gets from the tribes in areas in controls. In Falluja, Daesh previously published photos of tribal leaders pledging allegiance, while an Iraqi soldier was being executed in the same place in front of them [Twitter]. That created a media and social media firestorm. Now, most Falluja areas have been re-captured and those tribal leaders are on a wanted list. Allegedly, 17 of them were captured. [Twitter]

Photos of old men tied and humiliated by Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters, allegedly the same tribal leaders, are now surfacing every day. [Twitter] [Twitter] Such photos have created a backlash from the other side. Many Sunnis, Iraqi and others, are getting angry because they see old men being humiliated. [Twitter]

Even if the photos do depict some of these tribal leaders, we have to put in mind that some of them were forced to go to such occasions and pledge allegiance. Second, there is no easy way to confirm that the people who appear in the photos are the same tribal leaders anyway. Acts of arbitrary revenge are exactly what Daesh had in mind when it published such photos and videos in the first place. Daesh is a creature of hate. The more anger it can generate the more it can guarantee its continuity. The Iraqi government needs to be smart enough to see through the strategy and more vigilant about the impressions created on social media.

 

Videos of the Day

A video of Counter Terrorism troops in Falluja [Yalla]

 

A video of families escaping Falluja [YouTube]

 

A video of a Syrian Daesh terrorist captured in Falluja [YouTube]

 

A video of IAA strikes on Daesh hideouts in Falluja [MoD]

 

A video of a Daesh prison in Falluja [Etejah]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb north of Baiji [YouTube]

 

A video of PMFs destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Jazeera Samarra [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh drone shot down by Iraqi troops [MoD]

 

A video of PMFs destroying a vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh headquarters being destroyed by an airstrike near Manbij [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorists getting shot and killed [WarNewsTV]

 

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes an app for children [JustPaste]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it has distributed $610,000 to 17,000 poor families since the beginning of the month of Ramadan. [A3maq]

 

 

June 21, 2016

Falluja 1

Daesh Daily is a unique compilation of the latest reports from Arabic-language media, government, military, and Daesh, provided to government practitioners and others actively working on Iraq and other Daesh-affected countries.

 

Note to Our Readers. Based on requests from several readers, we are expanding the Social Media section and adding more analysis, to serve you better. We would appreciate any comments.

 

Today’s Major Developments

 IRAQI TROOPS EXTEND CONTROL IN NORTHERN AND WESTERN FALLUJA CITY.

9,000 PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY IMPRISONED ON TERRORISM CHARGES.

AL-ABADI PROMISES MOSUL CITIZENS THEY WILL BE LIBERATED THIS YEAR.

BATTLE FOR MANBIJ CONTINUES IN SYRIA.

BATTLE FOR SIRTE CONTINUES IN LIBYA.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Minister of Justice says there are 9,000 people imprisoned on terrorism charges, including 200 foreigners, and stressed that international and tribal pressures will not release them. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says he receives calls from people in Mosul asking for help. He promises that Mosul will be liberated this year. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement saying the PM met in his office with the Presidential Envoy, Brett McGurk, and American Ambassador Stuart Jones on Monday and discussed the war against Daesh and the United States support for Iraq. [Sumaria]

Speaker Jubouri also met with the Envoy and asked for more military support and aid for displaced families. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says the PMFs are indispensable in the war against Daesh and the government will not let down the citizens who volunteered to liberate Iraqi cities from Daesh. He says there have been some individual violations, that will be punished, but they don’t reflect the PMF organization. [BasNews]

 

The Council of Ministers, in Tuesday’s regular meeting, decided to launch a national campaign to help displaced families in Falluja and other liberated areas. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Powers Alliance, the Sunni coalition, issued a statement accusing the IFP commander of allowing PMF units to enter Falluja city, disobeying the PM’s orders. The statement, however, praised Iraqi forces’ victories in Falluja and PMFs discipline in the Saqlawiya and Qarma battles, conceding some violations. [Mada]

 

Speaker Jubouri arrived in Falluja and met with the Anbar Governor and with the Falluja Operations Commander and checked on the military situation. He says Iraqi forces will hand the city to the provincial government, local police, and tribal fighters after the liberation. [Mada]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq. Eleven were in Ninewa, including strikes around Qayara (6), Sultan Abdullah (1), Mosul (2), Kasik (1), and Tal Afar (1); eight were in Anbar, around Falluja (4), Ramadi (2), and Baghdadi (2); and one was near Baiji.  [CJTF]

 

The Iraqi army has made an initial purchase of 500 Bandolier Lightweight Multi-Purpose Clearing Charges from Critical Solutions International, an American company. Bandolier is a system for defusing IEDs. The charges will help bridge Iraq’s capability gaps as its military continues its campaign to retake parts of the country from Daesh, the company said in a statement. [Mada]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

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

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused an IED in the Al-Zor area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

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

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says armed men shot at a Sahwa checkpoint in Arab Jubour, killing two fighters and wounding five. [Mada]

The IWMC says the Iraqi Intelligence Service raided a Daesh guesthouse in the Bizayez Al-Ubaid area and captured 2 Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade killed a Daesh terrorist who was planting an IED in the Bizayez Al-Ubaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest after being discovered by security forces at a checkpoint in the Suwaib area. The source said four security personnel were killed and five wounded. [Mada] The Baghdad Operations Command spokesman confirmed those numbers. [Sumaria]

However, an MoI source estimated six killed and thirteen wounded, including security personnel. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says a Ministry of Health employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Iskan. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Saraya Al-Jihad, a Shia PMF faction, says one of its senior commanders was killed in combat in Falluja.  [Ghad]

 

Falluja city. The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops completely liberated the Shurta neighborhood in northern Falluja, killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. It also says Counter Terrorism troops have achieved their objectives in the southern part of Falluja City. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated the Jeghaifi Thaniya area next to Shurta and the Jordanian Hospital. [Maalomah]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman says Iraqi forces are clearing the Jolan, Mualimeen, Dhubat, and Andalus areas in western and northern Falluja from IEDs at remaining Daesh locations. [Ghad]

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces destroyed 30 Daesh targets in Jolan and Zuwiya areas in Falluja. [Mawazin]

The IWMC says the IFP found another Daesh prison, in Andalus, and confiscated important Daesh documents. A tribal PMF commander had said on Saturday that a Daesh prison was found in Falluja that contained 360 prisoners, including security personnel. [Ghad]

Daesh says it trapped and killed eleven Iraqi soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, in Andalus. [A3maq]

 

The JOC spokesman says only 4 neighborhoods remain for Iraqi forces before the Falluja City liberation is complete. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty three Iraqi soldiers in battles in north Falluja. [A3maq]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb near the Steel Bridge in Falluja. [Harbi]

The IAA destroyed a motorcycle, killing 2 terrorists, and destroyed 2 more vehicle bombs near the Steel Bridge. It also destroyed a Daesh mortar unit and killed several terrorists who were barricaded in a school in Falluja. The IAA also took out 2 booby-trapped motorcycles, 2 hideouts, 3 vehicle bombs, and 2 heavy machine gun units, in addition to a vehicle carrying several suicide terrorists in Falluja. [Harbi]

 

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces killed 13 Daesh and captured Hay Al-Jumhuriya and the Old Bridge in Falluja City after heavy clashes, and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs. [Mada]

The Falluja Operations Commander says his troops cleared the Jumhuriya and Ta’mim areas in Falluja, killing 13 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [BasNews]

 

The Anbar tribes spokesman says Iraqi forces are continuing to clear areas in north Falluja. He says there are a few remaining Daesh pockets who are attempting to hinder Iraqi forces in the area. [Mawazin]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Falluja, killing a sniper and destroying 2 hideouts and a machine gun-mounted vehicle, killing the terrorists inside. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF commander says Captain Issamuldin Abdullah, the PMF’s Media Director, was wounded by an IED in downtown Falluja. [Mada]

A video of Marwa Rasheed, a female Iraqi journalist, covering the battles in Falluja city [YouTube]

 

Photos of a list of names of Daesh terrorists found in Falluja City [Ghad]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says no human rights violations occurred against civilians during Falluja City liberation operations. He also says the Falluja battle will be over very soon. [Mada]

 

A video of Iraqi forces trying to rescue an old woman from a booby-trapped house in Falluja. The woman was left in the house by her own son, a Daesh terrorist. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. This story and countless similar stories show us clearly that Daesh terrorists in every community are the lowest of the low. This whole image of undefeated holy warriors is not only a big lie but an insult to humanity. When terrorists kill their own family members, they establish what Daesh is really worth as a supposedly religious organization.

 

IFP troops found a Daesh car rigging factory in downtown Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle in battles inside Falluja City, killing its crew. [A3maq]

 

Videos of battles in Falluja city [RT] [YouTube] [YouTube] [Harbi] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of Daesh terrorists captured while they were trying to sneak out of Falluja with displaced families [Hurra]

A video of IAA helicopters targeting Daesh in Falluja [Etejah]

A video of a Daesh IED factory found in Hay Al-Dhubatt in Falluja [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of battles in Hay Al-Askari in Falluja [YouTube]

 

South. Iraqi forces killed 27 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 machine gun mounted vehicles southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, liberated a village in the Ahssi area, killing several Daesh terrorists. An Iraqi Army 8th division commander says Iraqi forces killed more than 28 Daesh terrorists in the area. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

East. Baghdad Operations Command troops captured the Falluja Highway, killing 18 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb, a motorcycle bomb, an explosive vest, a vehicle rigging factory, and 172 IEDs. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

North. Iraqi Army units and PMFs liberated Mukhtar village north of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

West. A PMF commander says another local Daesh commander was captured while he was trying to flee Falluja with displaced families in the Falahat area. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi and Coalition warplanes, cleared the Zangoura area. Iraqi forces are trying to free families who are being used by Daesh as human shields in areas northwest of Ramadi. [IraqPress]

Videos of Iraqi forces in the Zangoura and Albu Risha areas [MoD] [MoD] [MoD] [MoD]

 

A security source says an Iraqi brigade commander was killed by a Daesh sniper in the Zangoura area. He says Iraqi forces are continuing operations to clear Zangoura and Albu Risha. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says five policemen were killed and four wounded in a Daesh attack in the Albu Risha area. He says Iraqi forces surrounded the location, looking for the Daesh terrorists, who had escaped to an unknown location. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting “Iraqi Army and PMFs gatherings” with 40 locally made rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

Here Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and PMFs” in Ramadi with 25 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces continued their operations to clear areas west of Hit and north of Haditha, killing 7 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [BasNews]

 

A video of tribal fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Haditha [YouTube]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh issues photos from a mosque in Rawa. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Salahuddin Governor says Iraqi forces continued their operations to clear areas in Makhoul and Shirqat, and Qayara in Ninewa. He says the operations started a few days ago but were delayed due to bad weather. [Mada]

 

A local source says the Masked Man reappeared in Shirqat and killed a Daesh executioner, a terrorist from Mosul who killed many people in the city. Daesh announced that it had killed the Masked Man 4 days ago. [Sumaria]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh targets in several areas in Shirqat, including a ferry used by the terrorists. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says a Daesh media official named Sarmad Al-Hanini was killed in an airstrike on the outskirts of Shirqat yesterday. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

A security source says a Saudi and an Egyptian Daesh commander were killed in an airstrike on their vehicle in the Makhoul Mountain area. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Salahuddin Operations Command troops liberated Mohammed Al-Musa village north of Makhoul Mountains, and defused a large network of mines and IEDs in the village. [Sumaria]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Daesh attacked an Iraqi forces convoy heading to participate in Shirqat and Qayara liberation operations, near the Asmeda area north of Baiji, and damaged a Humvee. The source also says a soldier was wounded by a Daesh sniper. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army Abrams tanks with 2 guided missiles near the Asmeda Bridge, northwest of Baiji. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and a bulldozer. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A security source says four PMF fighters were killed and six others wounded by a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on a PMF headquarters in Al-Daur district. [Mada]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed or wounded forty PMF fighters. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says 45 people were killed or wounded in the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A Salahuddin Police commander says the Salahuddin Governor approved the plan to dig a 30 km (19 mile) trench south of Al-Daur district to prevent the terrorists from entering the area. [Mada]

 

A PMF faction says it found a mass grave that contains over 50 bodies of Speicher massacre victims near the Tigris River north of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters near Ajil oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Tooz

A local source says unknown armed men of no announced affiliation broke into the Amerli Police Station and executed six detainees, including a college professor, and seriously wounded four others. [Ghad]

 

The Tooz mayoralty says unknown armed men shot two Sunni Turkmen in western Tooz, killing one and wounding the other. [Mada]

 

The press official of Tooz says unknown armed men kidnapped four Sunni civilians in Hay Al-Askeri in western Tooz. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists and wounded others in different areas in Diyala during the month of June. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A local source says 3 Daesh IEDs hidden under the furniture in a house that belongs to a returnee family in Udhaim were defused by security. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says the Daesh wali of Hawija and his assistant fled toward Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Local sources say the mosques in Mosul have become nearly empty for the month of Ramadan and people are afraid to go because they fear that Daesh may force them to join its ranks. [ARA]

 

A Ninewa MP says most of the Daesh leaders escaped Mosul with their families toward Raqqa and Syria. He also says there are neighborhoods in Mosul that are completely Daesh free. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We aren’t quite ready to believe this, but will not be surprised to find pro-Daesh Iraqis in Mosul helping to provide Daesh foreign fighters with an exit from Mosul, in order to claim that they have helped to take Mosul back. The real motive would be to protect themselves from criminal prosecution now that Daesh is on the verge of defeat.  

 

A Turkmen MP says the Turkmen must have a role in Ninewa liberation and asks Prime Minister Abadi to support the Turkmen in their efforts. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa MP says Mosul liberation will be easier than Falluja because people will revolt against Daesh as soon as the military operations start. He also says the delay in the liberation is because there is no coordination between Baghdad and Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

A local source from Mosul says Daesh is forcing people to pay 2,500 Iraq dinars ($20) as zakat for the month of Ramadan. The source says Daesh multiplied the amount, claiming food prices are very high. The source says Daesh executed a clerk who objected to the amount and lashed fifteen citizens who refused to pay. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh multiplied the amount by 10. Zakat money is usually donated, in person, especially during Ramadan, and the money goes to poor people; it’s not supposed to be collected by force by Daesh thugs. 

 

A local activist says Daesh issued a fatwa legalizing the selling of dead animal meat in Mosul city. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues photos of its meetings with tribes in the Badoush area. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike that destroyed Daesh oil tanker storage facility near Mosul on June 6th [CJTF]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Peshmerga commander says 4 Daesh terrorists surrendered to Kurdish forces in Jaqlu near Tesgofa. [Rudaw]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa police source says 20 people from Mosul who were imprisoned by Daesh escaped while being transported in Mosul City. The source says Daesh has begun to empty its prisons, moving its prisoners to different places because of Iraq’s military operations in Shirqat and Qayara. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed Daesh locations, a car-rigging factory, and weapons storehouses in Qayara, killing “tens” of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters which had been connected to tunnels in Duwaizat Tahtani village north of Al-Nassr, killing many Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]

Coalition warplanes. in coordination with Iraqi Intelligence, bombed several Daesh locations in Khirbat Al-Sham village, killing 86 terrorists. Coalition warplanes also bombed Daesh in Khara’eb Jabur and Haj Ali, killing 28 terrorists and destroying 9 rocket launchers. [MoD Website]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Lazga village in Qayara, killing 14 terrorists and wounding 3, and destroying a military camp and 3 hideouts. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF patrol in Hmaidan village west of Makhmur. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Nassr village. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a 300-meter-long and 3-meter-deep Daesh tunnel [Al-Aan]

 

KURDISTAN

A local official says Turkish warplanes bombed 2 villages in the Qandil Mountains area. [Etejah]

 

A video of a group of Daesh terrorists surrendering to Peshmerga fighters [YouTube]

 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish security sources say 3 Daesh terrorists were captured and indicted by a court after being accused of preparing for terrorist attacks in Istanbul; this after security confiscated a large amount of weapons and explosives including an explosives vest. 2 of the terrorists are Chechens and were captured in Istanbul on June 18th. [Anadolu]

 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, including near Manbij (13), Raqqa (2), and Shaddadi (1). [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh issues a video of yesterday’s battles in the Safian oilfield area south of Tabaqa. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the Thawra oilfield south of Tabaqa after its recapture. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured Abu Al-Allaj village and 5 military positions on the road between Ithariya and Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh had said earlier it captured the nearby Kharba Zaidan village. [A3maq]

 

The Turkish Army shot at a group of fifteen people from a village 60 km (37 miles) south of Ras Al-Ayn, as they tried to cross the border into Turkey, wounding two women. [Hawar]

 

Media sources say the PYD flags were removed from several areas in Qamishli and were replaced by Syrian Democratic Forces flags. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is confusing, as the YPG is the largest part of the SDF, but possibly reflects a YPG effort to re-brand itself within a broader, multi-ethnic movement.

 

Daesh publishes photos of its activities in the Dibsi area in Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Field sources say MMC fighters entered Manbij city from the west. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, we haven’t been able to confirm this from the MMC.

 

A Daesh car bomb attacking Manbij Military Council fighters exploded before it reached its target south of Manbij. [Hawar]

Daesh also tried to attack the MMC with a car bomb near the eastern entrance of Manbij without causing any casualties. [ARA]

An MMC Commander says more than 200 Daesh fighters participated in the attack in order to break the MMC siege on the city. [Hawar]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the YPG southeast of Manbij, killing fifteen fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted another attack on a YPG gathering west of Manbij. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the YPG, supported by American ground and air support, tried to advance toward Manbij from the west, but a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked them with a car bomb, killing or wounding twenty of them. Daesh says a Tajik suicide terrorist conducted an attack southeast of Manbij, killing or wounding 30 terrorists. [JustPaste]

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

 

The Manbij Military Council Commander says his troops cleared 5 villages from Daesh terrorists who sneaked into to them in the Manbij area. He says the residents of the villages helped the MMC by identifying Daesh terrorists. He also says Daesh has lost 70% of its military capacity in the Manbij areas. [Hawar]

 

The Manbij Military Council issued a statement about the Daesh attack on its troops June 20th, stating Daesh launched a major attack from 3 sides in the Manbij area. It says Daesh used large numbers of terrorists equipped with heavy weapons, in addition to vehicle bombs, but its troops stopped the attack, killing 142 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. 6 MMC fighters were killed in the attack. [BasNews]

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack on a building that YPG fighters were barricading south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a YPG Humvee that was destroyed west of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of alleged civilian locations destroyed by American warplanes in Manbij city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Another routine propaganda statement. All Coalition planes are American. All locations destroyed are civilian locations, and all the people killed are civilians. Daesh facilities and personnel are seldom hit in Daesh’s version of the story.

 

Other reports from northwestern Syria. The EU’s Civil Liberties Commission issued a statement demanding an investigation into an incident in which Turkish troops shot and killed eleven people from one family, including women and children, who were escaping Syria toward Turkey on June 19th in the Idlib area. [Hawar]

More than 40 Syrian NGOs issued a statement condemning the massacre. [EnabBaladi]

 

31,507 displaced people have arrived in Afrin since May 25th. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists arrested more than 800 Kurdish civilians in Aleppo’s northern countryside so far. Daesh also executed four civilians, accusing them of collaborating with Syrian Democratic Forces. The sources also say Daesh released the Arab prisoners and kept the Kurds and forced some of them to Al-Bab to dig trenches and tunnels around the city. [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Arfad Brigades, a group of fighters from Tal Rifaat, issued a statement saying they have joined Syrian Democratic Forces to fight Daesh. [Hawar]

 

An opposition commander says opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, retrieved 3 villages near the Turkey border, north of Aleppo.  [ARA] [EnabBaladi]

 

A video of Russian warplanes allegedly bombing 2 towns north of Aleppo with white phosphorous bombs. [Qasioun]

 

Ahrar Al Sham Movement, a radical armed Sunni group, says the movement captured in Azaz one of Daesh’s main religious leaders. The terrorist, the former sharia official of Daesh’s affiliate, Muthanna Movement, had fled Daraa’s western countryside and gone to Aleppo in order to gain access to Turkey. Other sources say the terrorists had left Daesh months ago. Local activists say several Muthanna members and leaders had left Daraa and arrived in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor and some of them reached Turkey. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi]

 

An SDF source says on June 1st, Daesh targeted a military position near the Tishrin Dam with a thermal rocket, wounding American advisors. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Kowaires Airport area. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Maslama in Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it stopped an opposition group’s attack on its positions in east Qalamoun. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it launched a surprise attack on Syrian Army and Shia militia, in addition to Russian troops, in Tadmur silos, 10 km (6 miles) east of the city. Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks, killing forty-two joint forces troops and wounding others. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its religious activities for young boys in Sukhnah city. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh publishes photos of paving a road in the Albu Kamal area. [JustPaste]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian artillery destroyed a Daesh headquarters and 2 military positions northeast of Suwayda, killing or wounding several terrorists. [SANA]

 

A local activist says Daesh and Al-Nusra exchanged prisoners in the Arsal area, Daesh releasing 5 Nusra for 7 of its own. The source also says a ceasefire has been reached between Daesh and Nusra in West Qalamoun in Homs, leading to this trade. [ARA]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an opposition fighter and wounded another in Yelda. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its terrorists in the Bir Qasab area east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

A Jordanian military source says a car bomb exploded near Rukban Refugee Camp on the Jordan-Syria border, killing six border guards. [Sumaria]

The Jordanian Army announced that border areas with Syria and Iraq are closed military areas, and the Jordanian Government said it would start establishing new camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan. [Hawar]

Six Jordanian soldiers were killed and fourteen wounded in the attack. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say an armed group shot and killed a policeman near his house in Arish city. [VetoGate]

Security personnel captured 16 terrorism suspects in a search campaign following the incident, searching in Rafah, Arish, and Sheikh Zuweid areas. The security also destroyed 5 hideouts, a vehicle, and 3 motorcycles. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says a group of terrorists in a vehicle shot at a security point near a bank in Arish, killing a police officer. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for killing a 68 year old man in Arish and accused him of being a “spy”. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says a policeman was wounded when an IED exploded on an armored police vehicle near Arish city entrance. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police minesweeper in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

A young woman and her brother were severely wounded by a shell fired by terrorists that fell on their house in Sidot village in Rafah. [ElWatan]

Two policemen were shot and wounded in clashes between the security and takfiris in Sidot. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A medical source says 20 year old man was killed and his 5 year old brother was wounded in the Sidi Younis area in Benghazi. Daesh had been driven out of the area recently. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on Libyan troops in the Qawarsha area, killing or wounding several of them. [JustPaste]

 

The National Accord Government Ministry of Defense issued a statement transferring the mission of protecting Ajdabiya city to the Oil Facilities Guard. [Wasat] [Wasat]

DaeshDaily comment. The fatwa from the former mufti of Libya urging armed groups to fight General Hafter was a sign of more violence to come in Libya.

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says 48 of its fighters were killed and 100 wounded in battles with Daesh in Sirte Tuesday. It also says its troops advanced further in Sirte neighborhoods, capturing more areas after heavy battles in which “tens” of Daesh terrorists were killed. It also says it shelled Daesh locations in the city and its planes dropped leaflets asking civilians to leave the city. [AfriGate] [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Northwest

A local official says more than thirty people were killed and thirty others wounded in  Garabulli city 60 km (37 miles) east of Tripoli after a weapons storehouse exploded. Local sources say the explosion happened after clashes between local people and Misrata militias. [Wasat] [Wasat] [Libya24]

The Libyan National Accord Government Military issued a statement demanding that all of the militias leave the areas it controls in the west. The statement came after clashes in different areas on the west coast. Members of the Presidential Council, certain of whom are linked to the militias, threatened to quit their positions because of the statement. [AfriGate] [Libya24] [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says its security captured a Daesh cell of 4 terrorists and confiscated explosive materials in Mahdiya. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

The Philippines

Daesh issues a propaganda video on its terrorists in the Philippines. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Several social media sources talked about Daesh sidelining the chief of its religious committee, the Bahraini Turkey Al-Binali. Other sources have been talking about a rift between Baghdadi and his spokesman, Adnani. We don’t know if these reports are true.

However, the kind of split we see now, after Daesh’s defeats in Anbar, is different. The split is between Iraqis and foreigners. Many Daesh backers in the region are going back to the old story about the “tribal revolutionaries.” For example, Walid Al-Tabatabai’, a Kuwaiti Salafi MP who supported the insurgency in Iraq since 2003, called Daesh “our brothers” in 2014, but now says “we were deceived by Daesh and it is moving back to the desert.” On June 19th he tweeted “Reports about a coup against Daesh leaders in Falluja. The people’s resistance (against Iraqi forces) is being led by several leaders in different areas of the city.” This man was (and still is) a major fundraiser for the insurgency. He says that all Sunnis should pay 10% of their earnings; otherwise “we will lose like in Homs, Aleppo, Ramadi, and Falluja.”  The self-proclaimed Ninewa tribes spokesman, who said in 2014 that Mosul was living its most glorious days under Daesh, said recently that Daesh is leaving Mosul and the tribes are taking over the city. Some reports even suggested that Baghdadi will give a farewell speech to the people of Mosul soon.

Many Iraqi Daesh leaders, who are still fighting in Anbar and other areas, have tried to distance themselves from Daesh publicly, but they cannot explain why they are fighting with Daesh. And everyone knows Daesh never allowed any other group to exist in areas it controlled. Everyone has to pledge allegiance or gets killed. We would love to see how such double-face traitors justify their position now.

 

June 20, 2016

 

Falluja

Today’s Major Developments

Teen suicide terrorist kills Iraqi soldiers at Taji Military Camp.

Iraq nears full control of Falluja, as campaign rolls through northern parts of city.

Former Falluja Chief of Police found alive in a Daesh prison.

354 Yazidi women reported freed in Falluja.

Government still trying to reassert control northwest of Ramadi.

Daesh in Shirqat expecting Iraqi attack, as some residents escape city.

Central Diyala farm economy paralyzed by Daesh attacks.

Syrian troops, Daesh battle for oilfield in Raqqa District.

Daesh and Taliban both claim responsibility for killing busload of Nepalese embassy guards in Kabul.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council says Iraqi courts released 10,373 people who were arrested on terrorism charges during the month of May due to a lack of evidence. [Anadolu]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq (near Falluja (2), Ramadi (3), Rawa (2), Baiji (1), and Mosul (3)). [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three soldiers were killed and ten wounded when a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest at the Taji Military Camp gate. [Mada]

Another source says six Iraqi soldiers were killed and thirteen wounded in the attack. [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version says an Iraqi suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest at the gate, killing or wounding twenty soldiers. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Another boy. Daesh recruitment campaigns in occupied areas are paying off.

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

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

A local police source says a Baghdad municipality employee was killed when an IED exploded under his car in Suleikh. [Maalomah]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement saying Iraqi Army 17th division troops killed the Daesh military commander of south Baghdad in an ambush in the Obeidi area, as he was leading a group of terrorists planting IEDs. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. So far Daesh has claimed responsibility for only few of the daily IEDs in Baghdad areas. However, Daesh has been able to move freely in Baghdad and plant IEDs almost anywhere it wants.  

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed two farmers in the Jamila area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

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

Iraqi forces found 2 weapons and explosives caches in Abu Hayya and Bizayez Al-Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near car dealerships in Bayya. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says a university professor was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Ameriya. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9      (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces have captured more than 600 Daesh terrorists who were trying to flee with the displaced families, after finding their names on the terrorist lists. [Buratha]

The MoD spokesman says the Ministry had information on about 2,500 Daesh terrorists in Falluja. He says more than 700 terrorists were caught according to numbers obtained from the Anbar Police. [Buratha]

A security source says the IFP found a Daesh hideout containing women’s clothes and makeup products used by the terrorists for disguise. The IFP captured 6 Daesh terrorists dressed as women. [Harbi]

 

The Iraqi Red Crescent says 68,000 people have fled Falluja so far. [BasNews]

 

Falluja city. Iraqi forces killed 15 Daesh terrorists and wounded another, and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, a machine gun-mounted vehicle, a car-rigging factory, a rocket launcher, and 110 IEDs in the Dhubat neighborhood in western Falluja and the Askari neighborhood in northeast Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page] This is the first report to us of Iraqi forces reaching Askari.

 

The Falluja Operations commander says Iraqi forces captured Shurta in north-central Falluja, after killing “tens” of terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement saying Iraqi forces captured the Falluja railroad station, at the north end of Falluja, after killing many Daesh fighters. [Baghdadia]

The IWMC had reported earlier that Army 14th division was advancing towards the Falluja train station. [Ghad]

 

A video of battles in Falluja [Harbi]

 

The IFP issued a statement saying its troops liberated several buildings in the Jolan area in northwest Falluja. The Falluja Operations Commander said on Sunday that Iraqi forces were moving towards Jolan, the last Daesh held area in Falluja city. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed the Daesh wali of Falluja in the Jolan area. [Baghdadia]

 

The Joint Operations Command spokesman says Iraqi forces cleared the Falluja General Hospital, west of Jolan across the Euphrates, and killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding there. He also said units are clearing the liberated areas in Falluja from IEDs. [Ghad]

The Falluja Operations commander says Iraqi forces liberated Dhubat after heavy bombing and shelling. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it killed 50 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 4 Humvees in heavy battles near the Falluja Hospital. [A3maq]

 

The IFP commander says his troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the cemetery in west Falluja.

IFP troops killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 2 motorcycle bombs and 2 vehicles near the Steel Bridge in Falluja.  [Harbi]

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout near the Steel Bridge in west Falluja. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces in Falluja City, killing at least seventy five soldiers, and destroying 3 Humvees, 2 personnel carriers, and a bulldozer. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. These Daesh accounts showing its fighters killing large numbers of Iraqi soldiers sound daunting but hide the real truth—that these supposed successes occurred in battles they lost!

 

The spokesman of Anbar tribes says only 10% of Falluja city is under Daesh control. He says Daesh still has some pockets in the northern parts of the city. [Mawazin]

 

The IFP issued a statement saying its troops found the former Falluja police chief, Colonel Mahmoud Al-Eissawi, alive in a Daesh prison in Falluja city. IFP troops found 3 Daesh prisons in Hay Nazal, one for regular citizens, one for its terrorists, and a third one for Iraqi security personnel. [Ghad]

Videos of Daesh prisons in Falluja [Sumaria] [YouTube]

 

A video shows an Iraqi soldier getting shot while trying to rescue a civilian in Falluja. [YouTube]

A video of a Falluja family targeted by Daesh terrorists [YouTube]

 

Iraqi Army 17th division troops defused 70 IEDs in the Shuhada’ and Muwadhafin areas. [MoD Website]

 

The Iraqi Army 6th division commander says 300 Daesh vehicle bombs were destroyed in Falluja city. He says Daesh still has more than 400 vehicle bombs. [Mawazin]

 

The Rapid Intervention commander says Iraqi forces found a Daesh IED factory in Falluja that contains more than 700 IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

The JOC spokesman says Iraqi forces found Daesh documents in Falluja that shows that Daesh ordered its terrorists to dress as Iraqi forces and burn down people’s houses and government buildings. [Buratha]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says there were 3,500 to 4,000 Daesh terrorists in Falluja, and 10-15% of them are not Iraqis. He says more than 2,500 terrorists have been killed and 1,086 captured. He says another “more developed” version of Daesh might appear, however, because Iraq still doesn’t have “immunity” from Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

South. The director of the KRG’s Yazidi Affairs Office says Iraqi forces freed 354 Yazidi women. He says Iraqi forces are keeping the women in Ameriyat Al-Falluja for the moment and will transport them to Kurdistan in coordination with the Yazidi Affairs Office. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Some Arab media outlets still insist that what happened in Falluja was a tribal revolution against an oppressive government. We would be really thankful if they can show us why these honorable tribal revolutionaries enslaved these Iraqi women.

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces cleared the Hassi area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This story and the two following are a reminder that some places in Falluja District will still have to be cleared, even after 100% of the city has been cleared.

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 9 terrorists and wounded 16, and destroyed 2 guesthouses, 2 motorcycles, and 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 17th division troops found a weapons and explosives cache in the Ubaid area. [MoD Website]

 

East. Iraqi Army 55th brigade units found an explosives cache in the Albu Auda area in Qarma. [MoD Website]

 

North. Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Albu Shijil area. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The MoD says Iraqi forces started a military operation to clear the Zangoura and Albu Risha areas. [Mada]

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Zangoura area, killing 15 terrorists. [Maalomah]

A security source says three Counter Terrorism soldiers were killed and four wounded by a Daesh vehicle bomb attack in the Zangoura area. [Sumaria]

A Ministry of Migration and Displacement official says 950 civilians arrived to the Albu Aitha area from Zangoura and Albu Risha. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. All of which shows that while Iraq was focused on Falluja city, it failed to hold parts of Ramadi, which now have to be brought under government control again.

Iraqi Army 10th division troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Albu Bali area, north of Ramadi, killing 16 terrorists and wounding 8. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it one of its Palestinian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb on the outskirts of the Zangoura area northwest of Ramadi, killing fifteen soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees, a bulldozer, and an armored vehicle. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it launched an attack on Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Hamdhiya northeast of Ramadi and captured 2 military positions, killing seven soldiers and wounding others. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Hamdhiya area. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A JOC source says Jazeera Operations Command artillery shelled Daesh gatherings in Hay Al-Bakr in Hit District, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Harbi]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Dolab area, killing 8 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF commander says Daesh terrorists are shaving their beards and changing their Afghani-style clothes, anticipating an Iraqi attack on the city. [Buratha]

 

A local source says the body of a local journalist from Shirqat was found near Amerli, 3 days after he was kidnapped. The victim used to run a local newspaper in Shirqat before Daesh captured the city. [Mada]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Fatha area northeast of Baiji, destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle and killing the terrorists inside. Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, destroying an armored vehicle bomb. Coalition warplanes stopped a Daesh attack in the Sukariyat area, destroying 2 armored vehicle bombs. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says a group of its suicide terrorists attacked 3 Iraqi SWAT positions northeast of Baiji, killing 15 soldiers and wounding others. Daesh says all of its terrorists returned safely. [JustPaste]

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces secured more than 300 families who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Shirqat. He says Daesh is trying to prevent families from leaving Shirqat by planting IEDs and land mines and deploying snipers around the city. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the IAF bombed a Daesh convoy in Shirqat, killing 7 terrorists, including a Yemeni commander, and wounding 7. [Maalomah]

 

An Al-Nujaba’ Movement, a Shia faction, destroyed a Daesh vehicle loaded with ammunition and explosives in the Makhoul Mountain area. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

The Turkmen PMF commander says a joint security room will be formed with the Peshmerga to address the Daesh attacks on Tooz District. He says another Daesh attack on areas in west Tooz was stopped by his troops. The Minister of Interior visited Amerli on Sunday and participated in the funerals of the police commanders and personnel who were killed by Daesh last week.  [Mada]

 

The Mayor’s office in Tooz District says unknown armed men shot and killed a Sunni pharmacist in Hay Al-Askari, west of Tuz Khurmatu. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police spokesman says the police captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Diyala PC says security found IDs, skillfully forged, on many captured Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba

The Diyala Police spokesman says the Diyala Emergency Brigade captured 8 men wanted on terrorism charges in different areas in Baquba. [Mada]

 

A local source says a judge survived an IED explosion on his convoy east of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says 80% of the people in the liberated areas are jobless, mostly because they cannot farm their lands because of Daesh IEDs and attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Iraqi forces raided 3 villages in Udhaim subdistrict and destroyed 13 IEDs in addition to guesthouses. [MoD Website]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says a joint force captured one of Daesh’s “most dangerous” leaders in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says a civilian was killed and four members of the family wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on them while they were trying to escape to Dibis. [Mada]

 

Daesh says one of it snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in the Shaheed Compound in Riyadh subdistrict. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Daesh issues a video about “normal Ramadan life” in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Mosul

A Ninewa Police colonel says the Coalition bombed a Daesh prison in the Faisaliya area, killing 4 Daesh “emirs”. The source says Daesh had emptied the prison earlier. [Buratha]

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed several Daesh hideouts and weapons storehouses in Mosul, killing “tens” of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Daesh executed 31 of its terrorists who fled battles in Falluja, Shirqat, and Qayara, in the Ghizlani camp in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

A local source says Daesh beheaded a 20 year old man in Mosul accusing him of using his mobile phone. [Mada]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Syrian Daesh terrorist in the Haramat area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Nineveh Plain

Local activists say the Peshmerga has removed more than 15,000 Daesh IEDs in the Nineveh Plain areas (photos).  [Sumaria]

 

A Peshmerga Ministry source says 5 Daesh terrorist surrendered to Kurdish units southeast of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says 30 Daesh terrorists surrendered to Iraqi forces near Sultan Abdullah, next to Makhmur and Qayara (photos). [Maalomah]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Iraqi Minister of Defense announce on Saturday the start of the Qayara liberation operations with participation of south Mosul tribal PMFs. Security sources estimate that there 1250-1500 Daesh terrorists in the Qayara areas, 55% of them Iraqis. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in several villages in Qayara, killing 25 terrorists. [Mada]

The Ninewa Operations Command issued a statement saying the Coalition destroyed the Daesh religious affairs office in Houd village with an airstrike. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Daesh burned down tens of houses that belong to former security personnel in Qayara, after looting them. [BasNews]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher, a mortar unit, and a weapons storehouse in East Jahla village. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Kermerdi village west of Makhmur, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says tribal PMFs, supervised by the NOC, liberated Khattab village in Makhmur, killing 4 terrorists. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says 9 villages have been liberated from Daesh so far in the Makhmur/Qayara area since the military operations started in March 25th. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not actually impressive when you realize that this is over a period of almost three months.

 

The Iraqi Red Crescent says 68,000 people have fled Qayara and Makhmur areas so far. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The spokesman of the Sinjar YPG says they are the only force fighting Daesh in the Chalo area in Sinjar, and are battling Daesh with limited weapons, supported by Coalition warplanes. [Hawar]

 

A Ninewa Police colonel says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in Tal Afar city and Ayadhiya subdistrict, killing foreign commanders and destroying tunnels and fuel tanks. [Buratha]

 

KURDISTAN

Eyewitnesses say Turkish warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on PKK locations in Qandil Mountains. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says it captured Safian Oilfield in the Rusafa area south of Tabaqa, after heavy battles, killing “tens” of Syrian soldiers and destroying many vehicles. Daesh also says it recaptured Thawra oilfield, hours after Syrian troops captured it. Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops and Shia militias in the area. Daesh also says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops in Ithariya City with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says at least 76 Syrian soldiers and Shia militia fighters were killed in the 3 suicide attacks, 2 tanks and an armored vehicle were destroyed, and 2 tanks were captured by Daesh. [A3maq] [A3maq] [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

The Iranian news agency, Fars, says Syrian troops withdrew “temporarily” from Thawra Oilfield because of Daesh suicide attacks. [FARS]

 

According to Russian agency Sputnik, Syrian troops had captured Thawra oilfield and the nearby houses, 10 km (6 miles) from Tabaqa Military Airport. Syrian troops have advanced 70 km (43.5 miles) so far in areas in Raqqa’s western countryside. [Hawar]

 

A military source says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack on military positions on the road between Ithariya and Tabaqa, killing or wounding many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of Russian airstrikes on Tabaqa city and the resulting civilian casualties. [DawaAlhaq]

Local sources say ten civilians were killed and others wounded in the airstrikes. The sources also say Syrian troops are 15 km (9 miles) away from the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Local sources from Dashisha village, south of Shaddadi, say Daesh terrorists tortured two women because they were wearing colored shoes. One of the women lost her eye, and the other went insane from the torture. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say several Syrian Democratic Forces fighters were wounded when a land mine exploded on their vehicle west of Hasaka. [ARA]

 

A suicide terrorist blew himself up in a Christian neighborhood in Qamishli on Sunday, killing two civilians and wounding six. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and said it killed eight “fighting Christians” and wounded twelve. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. For Daesh and its likes, all non-takfiris are “fighting infidels,” even women and children.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a second major Daesh counter-attack on the Manbij area. The attacks started from the Jarabulus and Al-Bab areas and aimed at breaking the siege on Manbij. [Hawar]

Daesh says it launched a major attack on the YPG from different sides in the Manbij area. It says it captured 6 villages south and west of Manbij, in addition to 15 km (9 miles) of mountains southwest of the city. Daesh also says it stopped a YPG attack on the southern outskirts of Manbij, killing more than 20 fighters. Daesh says American warplanes bombed the area, but killed YPG fighters. Daesh says “tens” of YPG fighters have been killed since Sunday, and one was captured. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The standard Daesh propaganda after Coalition airstrikes, always attributed to the US, is that they were inaccurate and killed civilians (or in this case US-allied fighters). In Daesh’s version, they never kill Daesh members. This propaganda theme is used so routinely that no Daesh statement about civilian casualties from airstrikes can be taken seriously. Notice the similar propaganda statement above about Russian airstrikes.

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Kharija village 800m (1/2 mile) northwest of Manbij. [Hawar]

Syrian Democratic Forces have captured more than 230 villages in the Manbij Area. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a Saudi suicide terrorist who attacked the YPG with a vehicle bomb west of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says one of its Tajik suicide terrorists attacked YPG west of Manbij with a vehicle bomb, killing twenty fighters and wounding others. Daesh publishes a photo of the terrorists. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack on Kurdish troops south of Manbij 2 days ago. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say Daesh kidnapped a civilian and killed his family in Ka’abia village near Manbij. The sources say clashes erupted between people of the village and Daesh terrorists after Daesh kidnapped six civilians. [Hawar]

 

A video of displaced families received by the MMC fighters in the Manbij area [Hawar]

 

The SDF opened a secure road on the east side of Manbij to allow civilians to leave the city. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video about “normal market activities” in Al-Ra’i city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. As in Iraq, these propaganda videos are common. They have become more common lately because Daesh needs to show its supporters in the face of its military defeats that life is still normal in the caliphate and everything is under control (even though it isn’t). The more bad news Daesh gets from the battlefield, the more happy videos of normal life it will issue.

 

Local sources say Daesh killed eight civilians from 2 villages in the Al-Bab area, and captured “tens” more. The sources also say Daesh targeted a nearby Kurdish village with mortars, killing or wounding civilians. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Turkey-backed opposition groups again shelled and rocketed the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, killing one civilian. The YPG also says clashes erupted in the area and three opposition fighters were killed. It says the Turkish Army targeted Ziyara village, west of Kobane, with heavy artillery, while Daesh in Jarabulus targeted Sheikhler town southwest of Kobane with heavy artillery. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed two civilians by strapping them to explosives and then detonating them in Qabasin town, 3 km (2 miles) east of Al-Bab, after accusing them of cooperating with Syrian Democratic Forces. [Hawar]

Local sources say Daesh has kidnapped 700 civilians, including women and children, since May 16th, in the Al-Bab, Manbij, Azaz, and Jarabulus areas, in order to use them as human shields. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition groups captured Yani Yaban village southwest of Dudyan in northern Aleppo, after heavy clashes with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

A field source says the YPG stopped a Daesh attack south of Tal Abyad, killing 20 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, 10 near Manbij and 2 near Mare’. [CJTF]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian troops, supported by Russian warplanes, attacked Daesh locations on the road between Sukhnah and Tadmur. Syrian troops are trying to cut off Daesh supply lines east of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to Daesh near Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Tadmur. [JustPaste] [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh raided an internet cafe in Shahil town east of Deir Ez-Zor, arresting several young men. They forced these men to send anti-Daesh messages to their contacts to test their reactions, and arrested the ones who responded with anti-Daesh messages. [ARA]

 

Syrian troops arrested many civilians in areas it controls in Deir Ez-Zor in order to force them into military service. They also captured several Red Crescent employees. [EnabBaladi]

 

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

Local activists say Israel shelled Daesh SAM rocket launchers in the Yarmouk Basin. Daesh’s affiliate, the Muthanna group, had captured these same rockets two years ago. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian opposition groups in east Qalamoun. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Daesh publishes two more videos that compare its hisbah activities with Saudi Arabia. [DawaAlhaq] [DawaAlhaq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police SUV in Central Sinai, killing a police captain and killing or wounding other policemen in the area. Daesh also says it destroyed an armored police vehicle near Nakhal town in Central Sinai, killing or wounding the policemen inside. [JustPaste]

Security sources say a police captain and five other policemen were wounded when their armored vehicle was targeted by an IED in the Qasima area in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists broke into the house of a policeman and killed him in the Sabil area. [VetoGate]

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian policeman in the Sabil area west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army minesweeper east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers hit two Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint south of Kharouba. [JustPaste]

 

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis snipers attacked security forces from an empty house in the Tarabin area south of Sheikh Zuweid, wounding two policemen. The security forces shelled the house, killing the 3 terrorists. [VetoGate] [ElWatan]

 

Unknown armed men shot and wounded two civilians south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Local sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists shot and killed a 68 year old man in the Sadd Al-Wadi area in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

On Saturday, the Egyptian Army bombed Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis gatherings south of Arish, killing 30 terrorists and wounding 40. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says Libyan warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Sirte. It also says it stopped a Daesh attempt to break the siege on its terrorists in the Gharbiyat area. Two Libyan soldiers were killed and nine wounded in battles in Sirte. [Wasat]

Daesh says one of its Libyan suicide terrorists attacked Fajr Libya troops near the Gharbiyat bridge west of Sirte with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several fighters, then went on to attack Fajr Libya troops in the same area, killing fourteen fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Fajr Libya’s shelling and bombing on a mosque and civilian houses in Sirte. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Libyan troops captured 15 Tunisian terrorists, including a woman, who were attempting to cross the border from Tunisia. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says a Yemeni security chief was severely wounded by a sticky IED under his vehicle in the Sheikh Othman area in Aden. [A3maq]

 

Niger

Daesh issues a video of vehicles, weapons, and ammunition it captured in Ngagam town in the Diffa region in south Niger. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it detonated an IED on three Pakistani policemen in Peshawar. [JustPaste]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a bus carrying sixteen Nepali soldiers, responsible for protection of the American Embassy in Kabul, with an explosives vest, killing sixteen of them. [JustPaste]

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

ABC reported that, according to the Afghani Minister of Interior, fourteen Nepali guards working at the Canadian Embassy were killed by a Taliban suicide terrorist. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Daesh says it destroyed the vehicle of a member of the Kabul State Council, wounding him. Daesh says, after the security forces arrived at the scene, it detonated another IED, killing ten security personnel. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video message from its terrorists in Afghanistan, threatening the United States with more attacks, and urging Daesh supporters to conduct terrorist activities. [DawaAlhaq]

 

U.S.

Daesh issues another propaganda video about the Orlando suicide attack. Daesh foreign terrorists in west Anbar talk in the video and threaten more attacks. [DawaAlhaq] [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. In its pursuit of international relevancy, Daesh is ignoring facts about the attack. Daesh enjoys the propaganda value it gets from such terrorist incidents, even if they have nothing to do with it. Daesh online fanboys kept praising the terrorist and refusing, vehemently, to accept that he might have been gay.      

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Daesh page from Sinai

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/cvjdertin22

https://twitter.com/Z_A_H_R_A1

https://twitter.com/zad_111

https://twitter.com/fffaqeedd

https://twitter.com/f_noor5

 

Other Daesh media  

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

June 17, 2016

Iraqi Forces in Falluja

Today’s Major Developments

IRAQ HAS CAPTURED MOST OF FALLUJA.

Massive displacement from Falluja overwhelms available resources.

Iraqi forces stop Daesh attack north of Baiji.

Daesh attack on Tooz causes major casualties to soldiers, police.

Coalition blows up Daesh cash again in Mosul.

RUSSIA BOMBS SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUP SUPPORTED BY US.

PYD in Syria in major push for political autonomy plan despite Turkish hostility.

Major population displacement continues from Sirte in Libya.

Daesh, Boko Haram unleash deadly attacks in Niger, Nigeria.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says in a televised statement that Iraqi forces captured Falluja city center. He also says Iraqi forces will liberate the remaining Daesh pockets in the city in the coming hours. Abadi, talking to the people of Falluja, says Iraqi forces have made a lot of sacrifices to liberate the city, so as to have peace and let the displaced families return. He also says he ordered government agencies and security forces to protect the people of Falluja and provide them with their needs. [Sumaria]

Abadi also promised a victory in Mosul “very soon.”  [Sumaria]

 

Speaker Jubouri issued a statement congratulating the Iraqi people and thanking Iraqi forces for Falluja’s liberation. [Sumaria]

 

Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s representative in Kerbala says Iraqi forces’ main job is to protect Iraqi people from Daesh. He asks security forces to preserve Iraqi unity and help the displaced people, and warns security forces against from having revenge as their goal. [Mada]

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying it summoned the Saudi Ambassador and told him not to intervene in Iraq internal issues and not to instigate sectarian tensions. The Ministry also says the Ambassador should not use his diplomatic position in Iraq to solve his country’s problems with other countries (meaning Iran). [Mada]

 

Tens of family members of Speicher massacre victims demonstrated in Baghdad, asking the government for more information about the fate their sons. [Sumaria]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, around Falluja (2) and Baghdadi (1); Bashir (2); and Sinjar (2), Mosul (1), Qayara (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1). [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

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

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a market in the Meshahda area in Tarmiya. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade troops clashed with a Daesh group in the Akhsaf area and killed 1 terrorist. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI says one soldier was killed and three wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Arab Jubour. [Mada]

IFP troops found a weapons and explosives cache in the Harqawi area in Yusufiyah. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

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

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

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

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. The Falluja Operations Commander says Iraqi forces captured the Government Compound in Falluja city. The compound includes the District Council building, the Police Directorate building, and the mayoralty building. [Mada]

The IFP commander says his troops liberated the Falluja mayoralty building, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says Iraqi forces are advancing further into Falluja city center while most Daesh terrorists are fleeing. [Mada]

A video of the IFP commander in front of the Falluja mayoralty building. [YouTube]

 

The Qarma tribal PMF brigade Commander says Iraqi forces liberated Hay Nazal in central Falluja city. [Mada]

A video of the Iraq flag raised over Hay Nazal [YouTube]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated the Industrial Park area in the Sinai neighborhood, next to Nazal, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mada]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops liberated Andalus, Saray, and the old cemetery areas in west Falluja city. The Falluja Operations Commander says Daesh resistance inside Falluja is “weak”. [Sumaria]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated the new Falluja General Hospital on the west side of the Euphrates in Dhubat and are moving ahead to clear the remaining the Daesh areas in the city. [Ghad] [Sumaria]

The IWMC had reported that Daesh terrorists fled the battles and held citizens hostage inside the hospital. Counter Terrorism troops had surrounded the hospital. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces surrounded Dhubat and Jolan areas in northwest Falluja, and will liberate them in the coming hours. He also says Iraqi forces have liberated 75% of Falluja so far. [Maalomah]

 

A video of fighting in Falluja city [Twitter]

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb exploding on Counter Terrorism troops in Falluja [YouTube]

 

The Falluja Operations Commander says the Falluja campaign will be over in two or three days. He says Daesh terrorists are in the Jolan neighborhood in northwest Falluja and only a few civilians are still trapped in the city. [Mawazin]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Falluja [Harbi] [MoD] [YouTube] [YouTube]

Photos of Iraqi forces in Falluja city [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating in Falluja [YouTube]

 

A security source says Iraqi Army 8th division secured 14,000 displaced people from Falluja toward Al-Salam intersection area. [Buratha] Within a short time, an 8th division commander said there had been 22,000. [Harbi]

The Mayor of Falluja District says a massive displacement happened during the last 2 days and thousands of families are homeless now. He says the numbers exceeded the capacity of the district government, which managed to provide 5,000 tents but still has thousands of families without shelter. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed more than 25 Iraqi soldiers in 2 suicide attacks near Hay Jubeil in south Falluja on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

A video of a woman from Falluja identifying 2 Daesh terrorists, who killed her two sons. The terrorists fled with displaced families [Twitter]

 

East. A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured Rafi’ Al-Jumaili, the Daesh “emir” of Qarma, who was trying to sneak out with displaced families. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We haven’t seen any photos or videos about this report yet. If true, this is a major story. This terrorist is the son of a prominent Falluja tribal leader and joined the Sahwa for a while before joining Daesh. In 2014, he appeared in a TV interview denying the existence of Daesh, as did many other Sunni politicians. 

He was responsible for many crimes against civilians, and was reportedly killed by an airstrike in May. The Daesh incubator media tried to show him as a revolutionary tribal leader who was fighting an oppressive government, regardless of the fact that he was fighting with Daesh. There is a photo of him with the German rapper turned terrorist Abu Talha Al-Almani in Mosul.

In 2014, he trapped and killed 24 Iraqi soldiers, who were unarmed and in civilian clothes going home.

Some people from Anbar fear that terrorists like him will be released in a political deal or because of corruption.     

 

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces cleared the highway leading to Falluja and Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

South. Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists, defused 276 IEDs, and found an IED factory southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces destroyed 5 Daesh vehicle bombs, destroyed 77 IEDs, and found 2 IED factories in the Arsan area, southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West. A video of battles in the Halabsa area, southwest of the city. [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Humvees in battles in the Albu Assaf area northwest of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

Jazeera Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and a vehicle in the East Hitan area, west of Hit. [MoD Website]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops killed a Daesh security official and 7 of his associates who were trying to cross the Euphrates River, west of Hit. [MoD Website]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh “technical” vehicle near Hit on May 30th [CJTF]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says Daesh arrested a 30 year old man in Shirqat and put him in a booby-trapped house, then detonated the house. Daesh accused him of being the “Masked Man” who killed several Daesh terrorists in the city. [Sumaria]

 

The KRG’s Counter Terrorism service says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Shirqat on Thursday, killing the Daesh wali and one of his associates. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh wali: the most dangerous job in Iraq.

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a major attack by Daesh using 4 vehicle bombs in the Siniya area, killing or wounding “tens” of Daesh terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Daesh launched a major attack on Iraqi forces north of the Asmeda area but Iraqi forces stopped it, killing more than 60 Daesh fighters and destroying 9 vehicles in addition to 2 armored construction shovels on Thursday. [MoD Website]

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions in the Asmeda area north of Baiji on Thursday, killing several soldiers and destroying 6 vehicles and 6 military positions. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 8 military vehicles and 13 military positions in the attack. [A3maq]

A security source says four Iraqi soldiers were killed and nine wounded by 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the Asmeda area. [Ghad]

 

IFP troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists in an ambush in the Makhoul Mountains area. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

The Turkmen PMF brigade Commander says Iraqi forces recaptured the Bir Ahmed and Zarqa areas from Daesh. He says Daesh had attacked and captured the two areas yesterday, killing twelve policemen and PMF fighters. [Mada]

A PUK official says three Peshmerga fighters were killed and others wounded in the Daesh attack. He says PMFs, Peshmerga, and local police launched a counter attack, recapturing the areas. A Salahuddin police source says 65 Iraqi fighters were killed or wounded in the attack. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says it launched a major attack on PMFs and Peshmerga in 5 villages in Tooz and captured the villages, killing more than 25 men, including the Tuz Khurmatu Police Chief and three other commanders, and destroyed 10 vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

The Mayor of Tooz issued a statement saying that a Daesh suicide terrorist attacked a checkpoint north of Tuz Khurmatu with a vehicle bomb, wounding a displaced man from Mosul (photos). [BasNews]

Daesh’s version says it killed sixteen PMF fighters in a suicide attack on a convoy near the Tuz Khurmatu entrance. [A3maq]

 

An Iraqi Intelligence Service source says it killed a Daesh senior commander and captured 2 other terrorists in a raid in Tooz. The 3 terrorists were originally from south Baghdad. However, the commander of the attacking force, Major Ahmed Al-Ma’mouri, was killed and four soldiers were wounded in the raid. [Mada]

 

The security raided a house in Tooz after receiving information about the presence of a suicide terrorist in the house. Security found an explosives vest in the house, then found the terrorist in a nearby area with three other people and shot it out with him, killing him and capturing another terrorist. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Diyala PC Security Committee says the Iraqi Military Intelligence Service formed a special operations room for counter-Daesh activities in several areas in Diyala. He says, so far, the operations room dismantled 2 Daesh networks, and killed or captured more than 10 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in south and west Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says the body of a boy was found stabbed to death in Zuhairat village, 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Baquba, one day after he was kidnapped. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attempt to level a “Muslim’s orchard” in Sheikhi village in the Waqf area, killing seven soldiers and wounding five, and destroying 2 Humvees and a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Some Arab media outlets will repeat the Daesh story and show the case as “villagers defending their orchards against an Iraqi government aggression,” forgetting the fact that these orchards were used as hideouts for terrorists who conducted countless attacks on civilians and security forces in the area.

 

Daesh says it shelled the police station in Udhaim with mortars, and targeted a “PMF gathering” in Udhaim with 3 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says three civilians were wounded when an IED exploded on them in an orchard near Sheikhi village. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

Daesh says it killed a Kurdish citizen in the Shiro area in Kirkuk by detonating a sticky IED under his car. Daesh also says its terrorists killed 2 other people, who were close to the attack, using silenced guns. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh doesn’t say anything about the three victims except that they were “murtads”, i.e. people who left Islam, an accusation Daesh uses for anyone who doesn’t follow its rules.

 

Hawija

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh fuel tank in Hawija. The Coalition also destroyed 2 houses used by Daesh as weapons and explosives storehouses in Riyadh subdistrict. [Mada]

 

A video of displaced families from Hawija [Hurra]

 

Southwest

A security source says Daesh shelled Bashir with 8 mortars, causing material damages. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed several areas in the east side of Mosul, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles, 2 of them loaded with cash, in addition to a media point. The Coalition also bombed the house of a Daesh commander near Hay Al-Arabi, killing several terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

A Badr MP issued a statement saying an American warplane bombed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle in the Mosul military sector, killing a major and four of his soldiers. [Mawazin]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist in the industrial area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish forces received more than 750 people who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Makhmur. Eight of these people were wounded by a Daesh landmine and were taken to a nearby hospital. [Sumaria]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh house in the Haj Ali area, killing 12 terrorists, including 2 local commanders. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank near Rajla west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank with a guided missile near Al-Nassr village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces in Al-Nassr village west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 5 Daesh vehicles, killing 10 terrorists at the Qayara Air Base, currently Daesh-controlled. Coalition airstrikes also destroyed a Daesh car rigging factory near Jahla village in Qayara subdistrict. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh helicopters in addition to a weapons storehouse, killing 30 terrorists in the Haj Ali area. [MoD Website]

 

Ninewa Operations Command troops opened secure roads for families to escape Daesh controlled areas. 394 civilians from the Haj Ali villages were secured to the nearby Khara’eb Jabur, then were taken to displaced families camps. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in hideouts in the Aski Mosul Mountain. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Military Command issued a statement saying its airplanes bombed PKK locations in the Qandil Mountain area. [SotKurdistan]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish security sources say Turkey has finished building 170 km of the 350 km 3-meter high wall on the Syrian border (photos). [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

On Friday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter called out Russia for bombing a Syrian rebel group that’s backed by the U.S.

The attack appeared to be deliberate and the Russians ignored repeated U.S. warnings. It happened in southern Syria where two Su-34s bombed opposition forces, some trained and equipped by the Pentagon.

CBS reported that the American-run command center, which tracks Russian flights, called the Russian command center in Syria–on a hotline set up specifically to avoid incidents like this–demanding the planes cease fire. Two American F-18 jet fighters were dispatched to help troops on the ground to evacuate their casualties. But when the F-18s broke away to refuel, the Russians returned for a second bombing run. This brought another call to the Russian command center. The crew of an airborne command post tried to contact the Russian pilots directly, getting no response. The second bombing run left more opposition fighters dead. [CBS]

 

Meanwhile, Syrian Kurds and political allies are reported by Reuters to be moving toward a new federal system of government for newly captured areas. A Kurdish official said a constitution should be finalized in three months or less, to be followed quickly by elections.

While Kurdish groups insist this is no separatist bid, it is set to redraw the political map of Syria. This will likely deepen Turkey’s concerns about growing Kurdish influence in northern Syria.

The plan gained more significance from the Syria Democratic Forces new advance westward this month into Daesh’s last foothold on the Turkish border. This could add more areas to the proposed federation.

The idea of newly-captured territory joining the “Democratic Federal System for Rojava–Northern Syria” was discussed last week with a local council set up to run the IS-held city of Manbij. Reuters quotes Hadiya Yousef, co-chair of a group overseeing the project, as saying “We gave them an idea about the plan we are working on, and expressed to them our desire for Manbij to be part of the democratic federal area after its liberation.” [Reuters]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says five people were killed and seven wounded in a Russian airstrike on Tabaqa City. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says 43 people graduated from one of its religious institutes in Raqqa, completing 10 months of study. Daesh also says the graduates will join its “courts, hisbah, and religious institutes”. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. A judge’s license in only 10 months? That’s a good deal for many lunatics out there.

 

Daesh issues a video about its hisbah activities, stressing that their hisbah is much better than a similar organization in Saudi Arabia. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. The Manbij Military Council spokesman denied media reports about his forces storming Manbij. He says his forces made advances towards the city from four sides. Local activists say Daesh mosque speakers in Manbij conveyed a message from Daesh leader, Baghdadi, asking his terrorists to stand their ground and promising reinforcements and food supplies. [BasNews]

 

Heavy clashes erupted between Daesh and the MMC troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, at the western entrance of Manbij city. 26 Daesh terrorists were killed. [Hawar] [Hawar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces extensively shelled the eastern areas of Manbij city while Coalition warplanes bombed the western area. [Xendan]

A local source says 2 “important” Daesh terrorists were killed in clashes near Manbij. [Hawar]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, 10 of them around Manbij, the other two 2 near Mare’. [CJTF]

 

Daesh issues a fatwa threatening the people of liberated villages in the Manbij area, stating it would kill them if the villages are recaptured, accusing them of welcoming incoming Manbij Military Council troops. Daesh also issues another fatwa saying all civilian properties and cars in areas under the Manbij Military Council are subject to being taken as part of their spoils. In a third fatwa, Daesh threatened the people of Manbij that it will kill them if they are to leave their houses. [Hawar]

 

Daesh removed the workers from the Manbij silo and converted it into a headquarters, which affected the production of bread in the city. Daesh also destroyed most of the communications towers in the Manbij area. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack in Qanat Al-Qara village southwest of Manbij, killing nine “YPG fighters.” [A3maq]

 

Local sources say Daesh killed a family of six, including a child, because the family was trying to escape Manbij. [Qasioun]

 

A woman from Manbij says Daesh terrorists beheaded her 30 year old son after accusing him of playing soccer. The family was even prevented from mourning their son. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. Preventing families from mourning their executed sons is a typical Baathist punishment.

 

Northwest border area. A local source says Daesh arrested 70 people from Shawa village east of Al-Ra’i. Daesh kidnapped people from 3 more villages near Al-Bab. Local sources says Daesh kidnapped more Kurdish civilians from several villages around Al-Bab. Other sources say Daesh is recruiting young men from this area by force, preparing for an attack on Manbij Military Council troops. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh targeted civilians near Um Hawsh village with heavy machine guns because they were attempting to flee toward Afrin on June 14th. Six people were killed and “tens” wounded in the massacre. [Hawar]

 

Opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, launched a major attack on Daesh positions west of Mare’, according to an opposition commander. The opposition attacked Daesh in Talalin town capturing the southern and the eastern parts of the town forcing the terrorists to retreat to the town center. Coalition warplanes bombed the town’s mosque, where Daesh snipers where barricading, killing more than 20 terrorists and wounding others. Coalition warplanes also bombed Daesh on the road between Talalin and Azaz, destroying a vehicle and killing several terrorists. [ARA]

The opposition groups also attacked Daesh in Qasajek village, on the Turkish border. [Qasioun]

Daesh says opposition groups, supported by American warplanes and Turkish artillery, attacked Talalin and Yani Yaban villages, near Mare, but its terrorists stopped the attack, killing thirteen fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Tal Battal village in Azaz District. Daesh also says Turkish artillery shelled the village. [A3maq]

Turkish artillery shelled Daesh locations in Tal Sha’er village, near the Turkish border. [Qasioun]

 

A report about the civilian casualties in Kaljibrin village in Azaz District, south of the city. Daesh captured the village on May 26, after heavy shelling, and started shooting civilians in the village. Coalition warplanes then bombed the village killing more civilians. More than 40 people, half of them children, were killed. [Qasioun] [Shaam]

 

2,151 civilians fled the battles in northwest Aleppo and arrived in Afrin during the last 2 days, raising the number of displaced people in Afrin to 26,632. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of “normal Ramadan life” in Jarabulus. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh captured 2 military positions east of Tadmur after heavy clashes with Syrian troops. Daesh and the Syrian troops exchanged shelling in the area, while Russian warplanes bombed Daesh locations. [Qasioun]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops shelled Daesh locations near Rashidi village east of Suwayda, killing several terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh says it killed 6 opposition fighters in an ambush in the Hamad Desert near the Syria Jordan border. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Tribal sources say a man who was captured by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis and was accused by cooperating with security forces, escaped his captors in Central Sinai. The terrorists had filmed a video of the man admitting he was a “spy” and were about to behead him. The man went to the security agency after the incident and told his story. Security personnel raided the location, but the terrorists had fled. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says the security killed a terrorist while he was planting an IED near Bala’a village, west of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of the “spoils” it acquired after killing two policemen in their house in the Masa’id area west of Arish two days ago. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The “spoils” are no more than 2 pistols and some personal items.

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Daesh locations in Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

A Libyan National Accord Government military source says a Daesh vehicle bomb exploded when it hit a landmine before it could hit its target in Sirte. Two Libyan soldiers were wounded by the explosion. The source also says Libyan troops fought with Daesh, forcing them to retreat to the city center. Libyan warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Sirte Port. He says some Daesh snipers are still occupying some buildings in the Port. [Wasat]

 

The fight against Daesh in and around Sirte has gained traction over the past weeks. However, reports of shelling, suicide attacks and activity by armed groups have compounded fears for civilian safety, with reports of casualties emerging. The UN and partners are monitoring the situation closely, with the conflict likely to cause further displacement. More than two-thirds of Sirte’s 80,000 residents have already fled oppressive Daesh control. As of 11 May 2016, IOM recorded the displacement of up to 5,560 households to Al-Khums, Bani Walid, Tarhuna, Tripoli, and other cities. This number increased to around 7,000 families by the end of the month. Gauging the needs of those displaced is a priority for the Libya Inter-Sector Coordination Group as it works to deliver assistance to the most vulnerable. UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM and WFP have provided food and non-food assistance to newly displaced in Bani Walid and Tarhuna. [UNSMIL]

 

Algeria

Algerian authorities captured 3 men in Adrar, in south Algeria, accused of promoting Daesh. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Sudan

A Sudanese police chief says security men captured 5 boys who were supposed to be smuggled to join Daesh in Libya. They also captured a man implicated in smuggling boys without their families’ knowledge. A Daesh suspect responsible for recruiting young men for Daesh was captured in Kassala. [Libya24]

 

Niger

Seven police officers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on a refugee camp in Niger hosting civilians who have fled Boko Haram, security and humanitarian sources said Friday. Thursday’s attack at the southeastern Nguagam camp, home to both internally displaced Niger citizens and refugees from across the border in Nigeria came shortly after a major visit by lawmakers and UN personnel.

“Seven gendarmes were killed. They were buried today,” a humanitarian source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. A security source confirmed the toll. [DailyMail]

Daesh’s version says it attacked a military position in the Gagam area in Diffa, killing seven soldiers and wounding others and capturing weapons and ammunitions. [JustPaste]

 

Nigeria

Local officials say Boko Haram terrorists attacked a funeral in Koda village in Amamawa, killing eighteen women. The officials say the number of casualties could increase because more women are missing. [AfriGate]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed four Pakistani policemen by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Peshawar. Daesh also says it killed two Shia in Karachi. [JustPaste]

 

Great Britain

A video of the Al-Qaeda supporter and hate speaker Hani Al-Siba’i talking in the UK about the Falluja battles. No need to say, he is as poisonous as Daesh, although he is not on good terms with it. [YouTube]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Daesh’s A3mag “news agency” page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Fzz01

https://twitter.com/aboabbas29

https://twitter.com/abo_aqeel00

https://twitter.com/fdgryr5

https://twitter.com/qvcpl

 

Other Daesh media  

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]