June 30, 2016
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.
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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
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]
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]
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)
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]
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]
Daesh publishes photos of publicly lashing people for refusing to fast in western Anbar. [DawaAlhaq]
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]
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]
A PMF source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Allas oilfield, killing 3 terrorists, and forcing the rest to flee. [Ghad]
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]
A Salahuddin police source says unknown armed men kidnapped four Turkmen civilians in Tooz. [Ghad]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]