An Update On ISIS Activities

June 21, 2017


Hadba Minaret 






Daesh blows up the Grand Mosque and its ancient minaret. [..]

Al-Abadi returns from diplomatic trip to neighboring countries. [..]

Combined Iraqi forces make large advances in Mosul Old City neighborhoods. [..]

Mosul city council readies decision to expel Daesh families. [..]

. . . Salahuddin Governor says they won’t take them. [..]

. . . and Shirqat citizens want to expel theirs too. [..]

IDPs from west Mosul up to 700,000. [..]


SDF forces continue gains in and around Raqqa with heavy Coalition support. [..]

Turkey government forces move into NW Syria for possible attacks on SDF. [..]

Syrian government claims strategic linkup with Iraqi PMFs on border. [..]

Coalition-supported opposition in southern Syria claims victory after Syrian Army attack. [..]


Crown Prince replaced by King’s son in Saudi Arabia. [..]

Afghan troops recapture Jowzjan area from Daesh. [..]






Ninewa Liberation Operations Command says Daesh terrorists blew up the Al-Nouri Mosque (Grand Mosque) and its historic Al-Hadba minaret after CTS forces reached a point 50 meters away from the Mosque. The minaret was 845 years old. [Rudaw] 


Prime Minister Abadi says Daesh’s destruction of the Al-Hadba historical minaret is an admission of defeat. [Hurra] 

DaeshDaily comment. The Prime Minister has it exactly right. The Mosul liberation battle has reached its symbolic climax. Daesh lost. Iraq won. To get even, Daesh destroyed one of its own symbols.


DaeshDaily sources identify the Daesh commander of west Mosul, Mahmoud Khalaf Hamoudi, aka Abu Ubeida, as the one who detonated the minaret. The sources say Daesh had rigged the minaret with explosives four months ago. Our sources also say the terrorists blew up the Al-Nouri Mosque with a tanker truck filled with explosives.  

A brief video of the explosion shows the minaret collapsing instantly, an indication that it was rigged with explosives. [Hurra] 


Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, Commanding General of Operation Inherent Resolve said “As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the Al-Nuri mosque, (Daesh) destroyed one of Mosul’s and Iraq’s great treasures.” Martin added that “This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organization must be annihilated.” “The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of (Daesh), and we continue to support our Iraqi partners as they bring these terrorists to justice.  However, the battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the ISF with that objective in mind.” [InherentResolve] 

Daesh claims that “American” planes destroyed the mosque. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. The desert rats whose ideology has always been about killing and destruction are achieving their dreams of destroying Iraq’s culture. The larger problem is not the rats, however, but the lack of a collective effort to fight the ideology of hatred behind such destruction. The UN itself doesn’t say a word to address this Wahhabi ideology, even after thousands of innocent civilians were killed and countless cultural sites destroyed. We witness today how dangerous it is to have desert rats with deep pockets.    


The Coalition says it conducted two airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, both in or near Mosul. [InherentResolve] 


Prime Minister Al-Abadi discussed with the Prince of Kuwait the development of mutual relations and prospects of cooperation and investment in the future. Al-Abadi arrived back in Baghdad after a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait. [Anadolu]



Security-related incidents reported

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Jisr Diyala. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 25th army brigade found 8 mortar shells and 5 artillery shells in the Kilo 12 area. [Ghad] 

The BOC says 6th army division found 6 mortar shells and a rifle during a search in Oweisat. [Ghad] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says its special units destroyed 2 IEDs in Rafoush, on the Anbar border. [Ghad] 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2




The BOC says 2nd IFP division found a sniper rifle and an ammunition cache in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Ghad] 



A local source says four civilians, including two children, were killed and nine others wounded by an unknown airstrike on a house north of Rutba. [Sumaria] 

The final count of casualties of the unknown plane attack on Rutba is 4 killed and nine wounded. [Sumaria] 


Daesh said yesterday it launched a surprise attack on an Iraqi Army brigade headquarters near Al-Waleed on Monday morning, killing seventeen soldiers, destroying 31 vehicles, and capturing 3 vehicle carriers, a bulldozer, and a car.  [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]


A local source in Anbar says unidentified plane attacked a civilian house in Akashat northwest of Rutba, killing one civilian and wounding another. [Sumaria] 




Governor of Salahuddin says that his province will not accept Daesh families removed from Mosul. He says people in Salahuddin welcome those escaping Daesh’s terror, not the terrorists or their families. [Sumaria] 



A DaeshDaily source says hundreds of people demonstrated in Shirqat demanding the expulsion of Daesh families. The source says the demonstrators threatened to take action with their own hands if the government doesn’t respond. 

DaeshDaily comment. The trend that started in Qayara is spreading. Shirqat is in Salahuddin province but in reality its closer to Ninewa. Daesh’s continuing attacks will generate more of this. 


Mayor of Shirqat says 60th army brigade ambushed smugglers in the Al-Qala’a area south of Shirqat who were smuggling supplies to Daesh combatants besieged on the east side of Shirqat. One smuggler was killed while the others escaped. Security forces also killed two suicide attackers approaching a coffee shop in Aitha, north of Shirqat. The attackers detonated themselves on the security forces, killing 2 of them and wounding 6. [Harbi] 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army gathering in Al-Aitha village, killing seven soldiers and wounding two others. [ICDNJune21] 

Daesh publishes a photo of the teenage suicide bomber. [ICDNJune21


Daesh publishes photos of its drone strike on a PMF Humvee in Al-Shabali village north of Shirqat. [ICDNJune21]



Daesh says 8 of its terrorists attacked PMF positions in Salam village northwest of Tikrit. It says heavy battles erupted and some of the terrorists detonated their explosives vests, killing or wounding sixty fighters and destroying several vehicles. [ICDNJune21]

Here Daesh says it killed twenty-four PMF fighters and wounded “tens” in the attack. [A3maq]


Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed or wounded six PMF fighters and destroyed a vehicle in an ambush in the Al-Hadhira area in Balad subdistrict. [A3maq]



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Khan Bani Saad with 2 Katyushas. [DMNJune21] 


Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

PMF command says one of its units ambushed a Daesh vehicle in Imam Wais, destroyed it, and killed all Daesh combatants inside. [Sumaria] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Mayor of Khalis says number of Daesh combatants who sneaked from Diyala to Mtaibija in Salahuddin is 40 combatants. He says the main reason for their ease of movement is that there are no security troops holding the areas between the provinces, so there are still “security gaps” among Diyala, Salahuddin, and Hawija. The area was been cleared of Daesh by a military operation during the last two months. [Ghad]  [Ghad] 


Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Allas oilfield. [DMNJune21] 


PMF command says its 52nd brigade repelled a Daesh attack near Udhaim Dam, inflicting heavy casualties on the attackers. [Mada] 




Dibis Police say an IED planted under a high pressure electricity tower in Sabounji village destroyed the tower completely. [Sumaria]


Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A security source says an unknown group attacked and broke the jaws of the most famous Daesh “biter” in Hawija. She had bitten over 200 women in the city for breaking Islamic rules set by Daesh. The source says the woman also suffered heavy damage to the face. [Sumaria] 


Local sources say Daesh has started using horses and donkeys, as well as carriages, in its transportation near the city. The aim is to reduce fuel costs as well as to evade air attacks targeting vehicles. Horses would be used for higher commanders while donkeys are left to lower ranks. [Sumaria] 


IWMC says IAF destroyed an IED workshop in Hawija, killing 3 Daesh technicians inside. [PUKMedia] 


A security source says a secret Daesh HQ near Hawija city was subject to a violent explosion of unknown origin. The source says the HQ is heavily guarded. [Sumaria] 




Mosul authorities are contemplating expelling Daesh fighters families from the city for periods from 3-10 years, while others propose hosting them in rehabilitation camps and schools at government expense before returning them into society. Many complained that security checking of IDPs in west Mosul was rather weak due to ongoing battles, which allowed many combatants to return with their families. A parliamentary resolution is expected on these families, many of whom were subject to revenge attacks, mainly in Shura and Qayara. [Mada] 


A Kurdish CoR member expressed surprise at the large quantities of locally made medicines found in Daesh possession in west Mosul. He says those medicines, made by a Samarra factory in 2016, must have reached Daesh through governmental and security channels. [BasNews] 


Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

Daesh blew up the Grand Mosque today as CTS troops approached. (See story under National News)


CTS forces arrived at the Grand Mosque, killing 300 combatants in battling towards the mosque. [Harbi] 

The Ninewa Liberation Commander says CTS units are only 50 meters away from the mosque. [Harbi] 

Military reports say Iraqi forces engaged Daesh combatants around the perimeter of the Grand Mosque. [Buratha] 


IWMC says army helicopters killed 10 Daesh combatants and destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the Grand Mosque. [Ghad] 


CTS says it liberated Sa’a Church and is advancing deep into the Al-Sa’a neighborhood in old Mosul from Farouq street. It says that CTS is very close to Sarjakhana, and that Daesh lost tens of combatants in the fighting. [Ghad] 


IFP says it broke into the Old City from its southern side and is steadily advancing. [Ghad] 

IFP says it is advancing towards the commercial centers of Sarjakhana while finding and destroying a Daesh guest house near Al-Tabi. [IraqPress]

IFP forces broke into Bab Al-Jadid, one of the last Daesh held areas in old Mosul, where battles are continuing. [ROJ]


The Coalition estimates the number of remaining Daesh combatants in west Mosul at around 300, fighting to the death amid hundreds of thousands of civilians. The CTS Commander says that fighting from-house-to house under such circumstances is never an easy job. Human rights groups are worried about the intensity of Coalition fire in populated areas, in both Mosul and Raqqa. [Mada] 


A military source says IFP captured Al-Hamdin Mosque in the Old City and its surroundings, as well as 70% of Bab Al-Beidh, and are advancing towards Farouq Street to cut off Daesh supplies to the Grand Mosque area, while killing several suicide attackers. [Harbi] Meanwhile, 15th army division is advancing inside the Old City. [Harbi] 

The IFP commander says his troops are fighting Daesh with hand grenades and light weapons on roofs of houses in Old Mosul. He says the troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 motorcycle bombs in Ras Al-Jadda and Bab Al-Beidh. [Ghad] 


Iraqi army units liberated 90% of Farouq neighborhood and are holding the strategic Ninewa Street in the heart of old Mosul while advancing towards the Grand Mosque, while CTS eliminated a Daesh snipers network in Al-Farouq during its advance. [ARA]


Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb in Al-Shifa’, killing or wounding Rapid Intervention soldiers. [DMNJune21] 


Daesh says its snipers killed four IFP soldiers in the Dawasa and Nabi Sheeth areas. [DMNJune21] 

Daesh says it killed five CTS soldiers in battles in the Meshahda area. [DMNJune21] 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi forces’ recon drone in the same area. [A3maq]


A security source says CTS troops shot down a Daesh recon drone over the Old City. [Waradana]


West-central Mosul

Security forces found a large workshop used to manufacture IEDs in Wadi Okab. [Ghad] 


Other Daesh reports (unverifiable)

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in west Mosul with 125 mortars and 4 heavy artillery shells. [DMNJune21] 


Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and Displacement says the number of IDPs from west Mosul has reached 700,000 since the start of the liberation campaign. These IDPs are being hosted in camps east, west, and south of Ninewa. [Sumaria] 


A Kurdish CoR member from Ninewa issued a statement saying he was surprised to see that Daesh had tons of medicines in Mosul that were produced in Samarra in August 2016. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Smuggling to Daesh controlled areas is a multi-million-dollar business, and it couldn’t happen without corrupt officials.  


Mosul subdistrict

IWMC says IAF destroyed two vehicle bombs and one SA cannon in Muhalabiya subdistrict. They also destroyed Daesh’s Al-Haqat regiment HQ, killing 12 combatants inside. [PUKMedia] 


Western Ninewa


A PMF commander demanded that the Prime Minister reveal the identity of the planes that keep attacking PMF forces on the Iraqi-Syrian borders and killing tens of them, while ignoring Daesh forces a few hundred meters away. [IraqPress] 


Southern Ninewa


Daesh says a group of its terrorists destroyed 3 PMF military positions near Hatra and killed four fighters before returning safely. [ICDNJune21]


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions east and west of Hatra city with mortars. [DMNJune21] 



Human Rights Society of Kurdistan says 300 prisoners charged with crimes related to Daesh are in Kirkuk prisons while another 500 are still under investigation. It says this number exerts big pressure on Kirkuk, and demands that some of the prisoners be moved to other Iraqi provinces where their charges were incurred. [Sumaria] 

Human Rights Watch accused Kurdish Peshmerga forces of keeping IDPs escaping war areas in Mosul waiting for 3 months, sometimes deprived of any humanitarian help, on pretext of a security checkup. [Anadolu]




Babel police say a CTS unit arrested a combatant affiliated with the Yamani group, in Hashemiya south of Hilla. An explosives belt, a computer, and detonators were found in the combatant’s possession. 

The source says the man is a follower of Yamani, an imposter who operates in the Basra area. [Ghad] 


DaeshDaily comment. Yamani is a self-proclaimed “Mahdi prophet” and his followers have engaged in several deadly attacks in southern Iraq. The report indicates that the captured man has links to the terrorists who conducted the suicide attack in Musayyib that killed or wounded tens of people on June 9.  




Kurdish sources say Asayesh (Kurdish security) is protecting and guarding over 160,000 Syrian archaeological antiquities, recaptured mainly from Daesh. The sources say that all these pieces will be returned to national museums once they are rebuilt. [ZamanAlWasl]


Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron say he cannot see a legitimate alternative for President Assad’s rule in Syria. He says he might be an enemy of his people, but not of France. His replacement is not a French precondition, and France’s priority is to defeat terrorism. [Alhayat]


The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


A Syrian army helicopter shot at by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor managed to land in Qamishli before burning up at the airport. The helicopter was hit in the tail section and managed to return to Hasaka. Its pilot is safe. [ZamanAlWasl]


A Turkish border guard shot a man dead as he tried to cross the border to Turkey near Qamishli. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying SDF fighters with an IED near the Al-Beiruti barrier in Hasaka city. [A3maq]


Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked an SDF “intelligence headquarters” in Albu Khashab village in the Abdul Aziz Mountain area with a vehicle bomb, killing seven fighters and wounding five others. [ICDNJune21]



Russian TV stations denied the Syrian government story that the pilot of the Syrian SU 22 shot down by the Coalition near Raqqa is safe and in a hospital. It says, after meeting his family, that his fate is still unknown. [Qasioun]


Residents of Sahlabiya Sharqiya village in Raqqa complained to international organizations that SDF expelled them by force from their houses and left them facing cruel conditions in surrounding fields. They say SDF says this is a combat area. They want international organizations to press SDF to return them to their village. [Dorar]


Kurdish sources say Daesh is holding children in Raqqa to force their families to stay in the city and be used as human shields. [Hawar]


SDF says that during the first 10 days of its Raqqa liberation campaign, it killed 310 Daesh combatants and arrested many, while destroying 5 vehicle bombs, 5 various vehicles, 10 motorcycles, and quantities of cannons and other weapons. SDF suffered 15 fighters killed and 21 wounded. [Qasioun]


SOHR says at least 20 SDF fighters were killed inside Raqqa in battles with Daesh during the past 24 hours. [SyriaHR]


Daesh issues a video of the “suffering of people of Raqqa” because of the lack of water supplies. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh usage of civilian facilities as military headquarters is part of its “win-win” strategy. If these facilities are bombed, Daesh cries for the civilians; if not, the Daesh terrorists are left to kill more people. 


Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorists in Raqqa. The video shows terrorists of all ages urging Muslims to die for the “caliphate.” [ICDNJune21]


Raqqa city

SOHR reported 45 Daesh combatants killed in battles inside Raqqa in the past 24 hours while fighting near Batani and Romaniya neighborhoods is continuing. Daesh is not showing signs of surrender despite the advances of the SDF and intense Coalition bombing, and seems determined to fight to the end, says SOHR. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions near Al-Romaniya in northwest Raqqa. It says the attacks started with 2 suicide terrorists from the UAE, then heavy battles erupted and twenty-four SDF fighters were killed or wounded. [ICDNJune21]

Daesh also says it targeted SDF units in the same area with 25 SPG rockets. [DMNJune21] 


SDF is advancing in Qadisiya neighborhood in west Raqqa and destroyed a tunnel used by Daesh to initiate counter attacks. [ARA]

Daesh says its snipers killed six SDF fighters near Al-Qadisiya circle in west Raqqa. [ICDNJune21]

It also says it killed four SDF fighters with an IED near the same circle. [A3maq] 


Daesh says seventeen SDF fighters were killed or wounded Tuesday after walking into 2 land mine fields south of the Al-Jazra area in west Raqqa [ICDNJune21]

DaeshDaily comment. We could take this more seriously if there were any report that confirmed it. [..]


Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter near Al-Furousiya circle in the northwest of the city. [DMNJune21] 


SDF captured the strategic junction of Al-Maqas in south Raqqa which overlooks the routes leading to northern, eastern, and western parts of the city.


Coalition planes attacked the Idikhar residential complex in west Raqqa, reportedly killing 6 civilians and causing massive destruction at the complex. [Dorar]


Daesh says eighteen people were killed and ten wounded by “American bombing and shelling” on Hay Al-Noor in Raqqa city. [A3maq] 


Daesh issues a video of dragging the bodies of three dead SDF fighters through Raqqa streets. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Al-Mashlab in east Raqqa with an AGS grenade launcher. [ICDNJune21]


SOHR reported a state of calm in Raqqa city following very violent battles in the past 24 hours and the advance of Manbij Military Council troops (part of the SDF forces) in southern parts of the city. SOHR says Russia is blocking an agreement according to which Daesh would be allowed to withdraw to Deir Ez-Zor, by threatening to attack Daesh convoys leaving the city. [SyriaHR]


Daesh executed a man on Al-Mansour Street in Raqqa on charges of cooperation with the Coalition. Meanwhile Coalition planes attacked northern parts of the city with white phosphorous bombs. [Qasioun]


West of Raqqa

Daesh says one of its Iranian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army units with a vehicle bomb in Kharba Zaidan village on the road between Raqqa and Ithariya south of Tabaqa, destroying a tank and killing several soldiers. [ICDNJune21]

Daesh also says it destroyed a Syrian Army BMP armored with an RPG rocket vehicle in the same village. [DMNJune21] 


North of Raqqa

A Daesh land mine wounded a civilian in Shanina village northeast of Raqqa. [Hawar]


South of Raqqa

After capturing Khasrat Faraj village south of Raqqa, SDF is now surrounding Daesh from all parts of the city. It also shot down a Daesh drone over Mashlab neighborhood in east Raqqa. [Qasioun]


Coalition planes destroyed Al-Zubair mosque in Kasrat Sheikh Juma’ southwest of Raqqa a few days ago. [Qasioun]

Daesh says 8 of its terrorists attacked an SDF headquarters south of Kasrat Sheikh Juma’, killing six fighters, destroying an SUV and capturing weapons and ammunition. Daesh says one of the terrorists was killed during the battles while the rest returned safely. [ICDNJune21] Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters with a rocket in the same village on Tuesday. [A3maq] 


Daesh says it captured an SDF fighter southwest of Raqqa. [DMNJune21] 


Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank, a rocket launcher and a 23mm cannon with rockets on the road between Raqqa and Ithariya. [A3maq]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tension rose between government troops and Kurdish units after mutual arrests in Afrin, Nabul, and Zahra. Government forces blocked the car route leading from Aleppo to Afrin. Reasons for this sudden tension are unknown. [Qasioun]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say 11 Turkish military vehicles and 4 trucks packed with weapons entered Syrian territory south of Azaz. [Hawar]


SOHR says Turkish forces are planning a wide scale attack to recapture areas captured by the SDF in the past few months. [SyriaHR]


Opposition media says large Turkish reinforcements are entering northern Syrian territories and being welcomed by the local population, described as suffering under Kurdish occupation. [Dorar]


YPG says it has killed 10 Turkey backed opposition combatants and wounded 6 others while repelling their attacks on various parts of Afrin since June 15. [Hawar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)


Battles east of Salmiya are continuing between government forces and Daesh, wherein the Army is trying to expel Daesh from east Hama areas following the massacre committed by Daesh in Salmiya city earlier this month. No advances for either party were reported, but Daesh killed 3 government soldiers. [Qasioun]


Daesh says Russian planes initiated 30 airstrikes with white phosphorous on Aqirbat village east of Salmiya, held by Daesh. The number of residents of the area has gone from 50,000 to 10,000 following a mass escape as government forces advanced in the area. [Dorar]

Daesh says Russian warplanes conducted more than 30 airstrikes on villages east of Hama using phosphorous. [A3maq]


Syrian Army artillery killed tens of Daesh terrorists near the oil pipeline and Tabaret Al-Diba east of Salmiya. [SyriaNow]



Russian planes attacked Rakbat Al-Marzouq Mountain held by Daesh, killing 4 civilians and destroying several tents, as well as killing 20 heads of sheep. [Qasioun]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Opposition sources say government planes killed 13 civilians and destroyed several civilian houses in airstrikes on Khasham village in Deir Ez-Zor. Two women and four children are among the casualties. [Qasioun]


Opposition says government planes attacked Daesh held neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor with cluster bombs mainly in Resafa, Omal, 137th brigade area, and Tharda Mountain. [Dorar]


Syrian government says its planes attacked Daesh gatherings on Deir Ez-Zor-Hasaka road killing several of them, 4 of foreign nationalities. [SyriaNow]


Government says its forces blocked a Daesh advance towards Jubayla, Tanmiya, and Maqaber in Deir Ez-Zor, killing tens of them. [SyriaNow]


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

Syrian government says it managed to establish a strategic link between its forces and Iraqi PMFs on the border area. [Qasioun]


The Coalitionbacked opposition says it repelled the largest Syrian Army’s attack to date on its positions in the eastern Syrian Desert. It says it destroyed two tanks and several vehicles, and killed 35 soldiers while repelling the attack. [Qasioun]




Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

A surprising Royal Decree in Saudi Arabia dismissed Mohamed Bin Nayef, the Crown Prince, from all his duties and appointed Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (31 years old) the Minister of Defense and the son of the King as the new Crown Prince. [ARA]


North Africa (no reports)





Spanish police says they arrested three Moroccan terror suspects in Madrid. It says one of them possessed very radical materials and a booklet on suicide attacks. [Sumaria] 



Belgian police identified the man who attacked soldiers in Brussels police station as a Moroccan national (36). It says he was not putting on an explosives belt as initially believed. He was shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked soldiers in the station, who shot him dead. [Anadolu]



Afghan forces say they recaptured the Darzab area in Jowzjan province taken by terrorists on Tuesday after capturing 8 police stations. The number of Daesh combatants who entered the area is estimated at 600. Governmental forces killed at least 30 in the past 24 hours. [Ghad] 


Daesh says it destroyed a car carrying Afghan soldiers with an IED in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]


The Philippines

Daesh says it killed thirteen Philippine soldiers and wounded others in battles in 3 areas in Marawi city. [ICDNJune21]




Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces meters away from Al-Nouri Mosque. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]


Iraqi forces liberate Al-Meshahda and secure hundreds of families. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi forces clear Hay Al-Shifa’ and secure tens of families. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces secure families from Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Facebook]


Iraqi forces use loudspeakers to call on Daesh terrorists to surrender in Old Mosul. [Facebook]




Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]


June 20, 2017







Daesh members reported returning to Ramadi. [..]

Mosul legislative leader says Daesh families will be expelled. [..]

CTS, IFP troops gain ground in Old City standoff. [..]

Tal Afar airstrike kills top Daesh commander & five other commanders. [..]

Turkmen, Christian factions in Nineveh Plain reject KRG independence referendum. [..]


SDF blasts government interference in Raqqa; clashes with Syrian Army. [..]

SDF moves into central Raqqa; fends off Daesh counter-attacks. [..]

More US troops arrive in Al-Tanaf in southeastern Syria. [..]


Daesh captures several police stations in northern Afghanistan. [..]





Speaking from Tehran, Prime Minister Al-Abadi says Iraq is in the final stage of the Daesh period, after which it will turn to an economic uprising. [Sumaria] 

During Al-Abadi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the two countries agreed on forming a coordinating council to upgrade relations between the two countries. They also agreed on cooperating to confront terrorism and abandon radical and sectarian thought. Both countries agreed on confronting Daesh and terrorism in general. [Anadolu]


The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (4), Hawija (1), Baiji (1), and Tooz (1). [InherentResolve] 



Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The North Baghdad Operations commander says his troops defused a vehicle bomb on the road between Baghdad and Samarra (video). [Sumaria] 


Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in the Al-Tabi area near Tarmiya. [ICDNJune20]


Security units found a Daesh guesthouse in the Al-Tabi area and confiscated 3 IEDs and other explosives. Security units also defused a booby-trapped house in the Al-Salman area. [MoD Website] 


Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says gunmen attacked a private generator owner with silenced guns, causing him severe wounds in Al-Shaab city. [Ghad]


Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED explosion wounded two civilians in Al-Bawi, in Mada’in. [Sumaria] 


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The MoD says 55th army brigade found a weapons cache and destroyed an IED in Arab Nora, while 23rd army brigade found an ammunition cache in Haramcha and arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Shakha 7. The 22nd army brigade found a large ammunition cache at Kilo 12. [MoD Website]


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED explosion in Radwaniya wounded a man and a child. [Ghad]


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   5




The MoI says 6th IFP brigade arrested two terrorists in Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict and captured 30 rockets and a vehicle used to transport ammunition. [Ghad]


Daesh says it killed two Iraqi service members and wounded another with an IED in the Al-Arsan area in Zoba’a on Monday. [ICDNJune20]


Security units found a Daesh guesthouse and an IED factory in the Shahabi area in Qarma. [MoD Website] 



A Ramadi tribal leader says tens of Daesh members have returned to several areas in Ramadi, especially in the Albu Dhiab and Albu Shaaban areas. He asks the Ramadi District Council to authorize removing Daesh families. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed a police officer and a policeman with an IED in the Albu Dhiab area on Monday. [ICDNJune20]



Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded others with an IED in the Al-Sukhnah area, west of Hit on Monday. [ICDNJune20]



PMFs repelled a Daesh attack from Al-Qa’im District, north of the Al-Waleed border post. Attacking personnel withdrew after heavy losses. [Sumaria] 

Daesh’s version says it launched a surprise attack on an Iraqi Army brigade headquarters near Al-Waleed on Monday morning, killing seventeen soldiers, destroying 31 vehicles, and capturing 3 vehicle carriers, a bulldozer, and a car.  [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it captured 2 personnel carriers and 2 bulldozers. It also says its terrorists returned back safely. [ICDNJune20]




Salahuddin Operations command says its units found 6 Daesh tunnels in Shirqat and destroyed two of them. [MoD Website]


A security source says a sticky bomb attached to a Daesh combatant’s car wounded him and killed his father sitting next to him. The combatant works for the Daesh security office. [Sumaria] 



MoD says army units blocked a Daesh attack on the defense line in Harariyat, killing 3 combatants and destroying 2 vehicles. [MoD Website]



A PMF commander says his units killed 10 Daesh terrorists in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit. He says the terrorists were planning to sneak into Tikrit and conduct suicide attacks during Eid. [Sumaria] 


Salahuddin Operations command units found and destroyed 26 IEDs in Shishin valley and Dayoum near Tikrit. [MoD Website]


Salahuddin Operations command says total families returned to their homes in various parts of Salahuddin are now at 141,912. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. This number is moving up very gradually. The more useful information would be how many have not returned, creating meaningful percentages for returnees and displaced persons.


6th army brigade rescued a group of 12 Tribal Mobilization fighters besieged by Daesh behind Speicher camp in Tikrit, killing 12 suicide attackers.  [Mawazin] 


Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh attacked 5th Peshmerga brigade on the Zarqa-Khurmatu-Tikrit road, killing one Peshmerga soldier and wounding 3. The battle lasted for one hour and ended with several Daesh combatants dead and the retreat of the others towards Hawija, Riyadh, and Rashad. [Ghad]

Daesh’s version says it attacked Peshmerga positions on the road between Tuz Khurmatu and Tikrit, killing or wounding many fighters, destroying 3 military positions, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNJune20]


A spokesman of the Tooz District Mayor says an Asayesh member was arrested after being accused of leaking information to Daesh. [BaghdadToday] 



Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Commander of Diyala Operations says army units blocked a Daesh attack on checkpoints near Udhaim Dam without suffering any casualties. [Ghad]



Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A local source says unidentified gunmen beheaded the cameraman of Daesh A3maq news service in an agricultural area near Riyadh subdistrict. [Sumaria]


Daesh says it killed three Peshmerga fighters and wounded two in the Jabal Rabidha area, west of Hawija. [ICDNJune20]


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed 4 of its Kurdish commanders in Hawija after catching them trying to flee to Peshmerga-controlled areas with large amounts of money. 


A DaeshDaily source says Daesh rule has forced people in Hawija to give up half of their cattle because of lack of financial resources.  




The Chairman of the Mosul District Council says the council will not accept families coming to Mosul District from other districts. He also says Mosul will expel from the city the families whose members joined Daesh. [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh families are already being excluded from Qayara, a Mosul subdistrict. Their likeliest response is to move to Mosul city, where they are less likely to be recognized. That won’t please people in the city. 

The Chairman’s statement is significant if he is speaking for the entire council. It sounds good at one level but raises the question of what will happen to those who are forced to leave, likely a very large number of people. Iraq will have to take care of most of them somehow, mostly at government expense. In general, it seems unlikely that Iraq can afford to let local governments force people into displacement on their own authority. It needs to develop a common policy. Moreover, we don’t know of a constitutional provision that would allow punishment of people based on the behavior of their relatives. There is precedent in Iraqi law, however, which allows the government to exclude people if petitioned by citizens. This has been frequently applied. This is exactly what is happening in Qayara.


Mosul liberation campaign

A French journalist wounded by a Daesh IED yesterday has died in Mosul, says France’s Foreign Ministry. [IraqPress]


Central Mosul

Reports from Mosul say there are about 300-400 terrorists from the Caucasus deployed by Daesh near the Grand Mosque, and about an equal number of local fighters. Daesh is preventing civilians from escaping the area by terrifying them with mass executions, like the one that took 100 civilian lives near a mineral beverages factory. [Mada] 

A member of CoR security committee says CTS liberated three important downtown neighborhoods after exceptional efforts, namely Sa’a, Meshahda, and Kharaj. He describe these areas as densely populated, with very narrow alleys, saying that many civilian families were saved and heavy losses were inflicted on Daesh. [Sumaria] 


Ninewa Liberation Operations commander says 9th army division liberated an area south of Al-Shifa neighborhood and the Bashtabia Castle. It also captured Maria church, a juvenile prison, the 5th bridge, and the Ninewa health office, killing 15 Daesh fighters. [Ghad]

With the liberation of the 5th bridge, all bridges connecting east to west Mosul are now under the army’s control. [PressIraq]


Ninewa police say Iraqi army units liberated the Dakka Baraka and Wadi Lagash areas, killing 30 terrorists including suicide bombers and a commander from Russia. Sources also say Daesh’s deputy minister of journalism, Uday Hamdoun, was killed in an Iraqi airstrike in west Mosul. However, another source says another Iraqi airstrike killed 7 civilians and wounded three others by mistake. [BasNews] 


IFP says it killed 27 terrorists and destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles bombs and 6 motorcycles in battles in Old Mosul. [PUKMedia] 

Commander of IFP says a special IFP unit called the “night fighting regiment” is assigned to liberate the Sarjakhana area in old Mosul.  [Harbi] 


A military source in Mosul says IFP recaptured the Wednesday Market and part of Bab Al-Tob after losing them to Daesh a few days ago. The source says 3 IFP soldiers and 16 Daesh combatants were killed in the battle.

 A CTS commander says elite CTS units will handle the recapture of the Grand Mosque from Daesh—very shortly. [Anadolu]


Commander of CTS says it is a matter of a very short time before announcement of the final victory in Mosul, while the MoD says Daesh is collapsing in Old Mosul. [Harbi] 


A military source says CTS forces eliminated the Daesh Nahawand regiment, formed mainly of Asian combatants. A Chinese Daesh operative was arrested. [Harbi] 


A military source says CTS units killed 18 Daesh terrorists in west Mosul and freed tens of families. [Harbi] 


A DaeshDaily source says the Coalition killed a senior Daesh commander from Chechnya and several other terrorists in an airstrike near the fish market in Old Mosul.


Daesh says it killed twenty-seven Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a Humvee and a bulldozer in battles in the Al-Meshahda and Al-Borsa areas and near the medical compound in Al-Shifa’. It also says its snipers killed thirteen soldiers Al-Shifa, Al-Meshahda, and Al-Zanjili. [ICDNJune20] [ICDNJune20] 

Here Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and damaged a Humvee near the medical compound. [ICDNJune20]

Here Daesh says it killed thirteen Rapid Intervention soldiers, destroyed a bulldozer and 3 military positions, damaged a Humvee, and shot down a recon drone in Al-Shifa, Al-Zanjili, and near the medical compound. [ICDNJune20]

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a Humvee near Al-Shifa’ and Bab Al-Beidh. [ICDNJune20]

DaeshDaily comment. The larger Daesh’s military defeats, the more numerous its “victorious” stories.


Daesh publishes photos of a “Shia militia member” being targeted by its snipers near Old Mosul. [ICDNJune20]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting IFP positions near the Bab Al-Tob area with rockets. [ICDNJune20]

Daesh says its snipers killed two IFP soldiers on Kornish Street and in the Nabi Sheeth area. [ICDNJune20]


Southwest Mosul

Daesh issues a video of a destroyed IFP Humvee near Ras Al-Jadda. [A3maq]


East Mosul

A DaeshDaily source says armed men in a civilian vehicle shot and wounded two policemen in Al-Qahera in far northeast Mosul. The source also says another group shot at a police vehicle in Al-Tahrir without causing casualties. The source says Daesh letters were found in several mosques in east Mosul threatening that the “caliphate” will return.  


IWMC says 16th army division arrested Ala Sami Al-Khatib, a presenter on the Al-Bayan Daesh radio station, in Nabi Younis neighborhood, after information from local residents. [Ghad]


Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A local source in Tal Afar says Daesh is erecting a wall of cars by confiscating civilian cars and placing them in locations where advancing army forces would be expected to enter the city. [Sumaria] 


A security source says an airstrike on Hasan Koy neighborhood in Tal Afar killed 6 Daesh commanders including the military commander of Tal Afar, a European national. The source says there are around 2,000 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar, many of them foreigners. [Buratha] [Sumaria] 


Daesh says it attacked PMF positions north of Abra Kabira village, west of Tal Afar, killing sixteen fighters, wounding others, and destroying 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles, 3 military positions, and an ammunition storehouse. It also says it killed more fighters by shelling the area. [ICDNJune20]



PMF command says it repelled a Daesh attack on their defense lines near Hatra and destroyed two vehicles while killing several Daesh attackers. [Harbi] 


Nineveh Plain (Bashiqa, Tel Keif, Hamdaniya)

Turkmen Front and Babelyoun Christian movement rejected the inclusion of the Nineveh Plain in the referendum on Kurdistan independence next September. The Turkmen accused the Kurds of trying to divide Turkmen for their own selfish purposes. Babelyoun says Peshmerga did not take part in the liberation of any of the Nineveh Plain areas, which were all liberated by Iraqi forces and PMFs, and thus there is no meaning to such areas participating in the referendum. [ROJ]




The American Center for Law and Justice, A Christian group, accuses Daesh of executing 250 Christian children in Syria, the oldest of whom was 4 years old, using a dough mixer. [Sumaria]  

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is more than cruel enough to do this, but we have not confirmed this horrible story and are just making note of it. 


Australia suspended its air operation over Syria, following Russia’s warning after the coordination of air movement over Syria was suspended. [Dorar]


A major Syrian opposition figure says ex-US Secretary of State John Kerry told him just before leaving office that the US let the Syrian people down. He says that Kerry told him that the whole world agreed to funnel all terrorists to Idlib before striking them, which could cause Idlib to be annihilated. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it killed Turki al-Binali, the self-proclaimed “Grand Mufti,” or chief cleric, of Daesh, in an airstrike May 31 in Mayadin, Syria.

It says Al-Binali had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world. It also says he provided propaganda to incite murder and other atrocities, attempted to legitimize the creation of the “caliphate,” and was a close confidante of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. [CENTCOM] 

Daesh social media sources announced the death of Turki Al-Binali in a Coalition airstrike on May 31. Few days later, Daesh announced his death “officially.” [Ana Al-Muslim] [ICDNJune9]


The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, all in or near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


The pilot of the Syrian SU22 shot down by the Coalition was confirmed to be alive and is currently in a hospital. [Qasioun]


SDF accused government forces of trying to obstruct liberation of Raqqa, saying it would respond in the event of any future attacks on SDF forces by the Syrian Army. [Dorar]


SDF says it recaptured Ja’din village from the Syrian Army, while the Army captured Shuwaihan village. [Qasioun] Ja’din is the village over which the Syrian plane was shot down by the US.


A KRG official says two Yazidi women, a 16-year-old girl, and two children were liberated from Daesh in Raqqa. He says they will reach their families in Sinjar on Wednesday. [Rudaw] 


Raqqa city

Battles continue between Daesh and SDF in west, east, and south Raqqa. SDF repelled a Daesh counter-attack in the Bayatra neighborhood now held by SDF. The fighting intensified in the Barid (post office) and Qadisiya neighborhoods as SDF killed 34 Daesh combatants and destroyed 2 motorcycles. [PUKMedia] 

SDF forces say they are closing in on the Qadisiya roundabout in the heart of Raqqa, where Daesh is fortifying high buildings and tunnels. The roundabout is already under SDF direct fire. [Hawar]


SDF says it killed 76 Daesh combatants while foiling a counter attack by Daesh in the Batani neighborhood in east Raqqa city. It says fighting has now moved to the Romaniya neighborhood. SDF also repelled a Daesh counterattack on the Al-Barid neighborhood. [ARA]

SDF forces found a 1 km Daesh tunnel connecting Dara’iya to the Romaniya neighborhood. The tunnel is 3 meters wide and has many branch tunnels leading to different areas in Raqqa. [PUKMedia] 


Coalition airstrikes near the new bridge in Raqqa killed 5 civilians and wounded others. [Qasioun]


SDF has less than 2 km left to reach the Euphrates River and encircle Daesh from 4 directions in Raqqa. SDF reached the Sheikh Al-Jamal area, and has to capture only Kasrat Affan to finalize liberation of southern Raqqa areas outside the city. [EnabBaladi]


North of Raqqa

A Daesh land mine killed two children and wounded two others, all from one family, in Shanina village, 7 km (4 miles) north of Raqqa. [Hawar]


East of Raqqa

SOHR says three civilians were killed in SDF artillery shelling on Raqqa, while a Daesh land mine destroyed a civilian car, killing its civilian owner in Sahamiya east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]


South of Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in the Al-Khasrat area south of Raqqa with heavy machine guns. ICDNJune20]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF vehicles with rockets in the same area. [ICDNJune20]

Here Daesh says it destroyed 2 SDF machine gun-mounted vehicles and an SUV with one rocket in Khasra Juma’ village, southwest of Raqqa. [ICDNJune20]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Turkey-backed opposition forces based in Jarabulus shelled Al-Sheyoukh village, west of Kobane. [ARA]


YPG says it returned the fire of Nusra front on Atma village near Afrin. [Hawar]

YPG says it and YPJ units repelled a Turkeybacked opposition attack on several villages in Shahba in Afrin, killing 10 and wounding 7 of them. [Hawar]


SOHR says SDF units bombarded opposition positions in Mare’ with heavy artillery, killing one civilian and wounding another. [SyriaHR]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)


Government army says it captured a car carrying a large explosive charge east of Salmiya intended to attack government forces. The car was carrying Mosul number plates. [SyriaNow]


Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers and captured a heavy machine gun near Qulaib Al-Thor village, east of Salmiya. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a photo of the machine gun. [ICDNJune20]



SOHR says government planes shelled Al-Sukhnah and surrounding villages while land battles between government forces and Daesh continue in the perimeter of Arak oil fields and the third station east of Homs. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions east of Tadmur with heavy machine guns. [ICDNJune20]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army tanks east of Homs with rockets. [ICDNJune20]


Syria says Daesh killed a civilian in a shelling of Masoudiya village east of Homs. [SyriaNow]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

A source says the Iranian missile strike on Deir Ez-Zor left 50 Daesh combatants dead, and that one of the missiles hit a Daesh command center, killing 6 Daesh commanders. [SyriaNow]

Opposition sources say Iranian missile strikes did not hit Daesh targets, but rather hit areas near civilian population gatherings and water crossings. [ZamanAlWasl]


The Syrian government says Daesh has imposed its own currency on all exchange offices in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]


SOHR says Daesh mortar shelling of government held areas in Deir Ez-Zor killed two civilians and wounded several others. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says Coalition warplanes killed three women from one family in Tibni village south of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]


Russian planes attacked 6 areas east of Deir Ez-Zor, but no report of casualties was made. [Qasioun]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting 2 Syrian Army cannons with 2 rockets west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNJune20]


Daesh publishes photos of “normal Ramadan life” in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNJune20]



Coalition planes attacked the agricultural bank building in Mayadin and 4 other locations in the city. Meanwhile, government planes and artillery attacked Baghailiye neighborhood east of Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]


SOHR says Coalition planes killed a woman in an airstrike on the Cultural Center in Basira, as well as an Iraqi family in Mayadin. [SyriaHR]


Albu Kamal

Daesh flogged its PR official in Albu Kamal with 100 lashes following an argument with one of Daesh’s fighters regarding confiscation of a house. [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hajin. [ICDNJune20]


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

More US forces arrived in the Al-Tanaf border post, some from Jordan and some from Ayn Al-Asad base near Baghdadi, Anbar. Iraqi forces captured Al-Waleed border post opposite Al-Tanaf earlier. [Qasioun]


The US says it shot down an Iranian drone that made a drone strike on US forces. A US F-15 shot down the drone immediately. [Qasioun]


The Coalitionbacked opposition says it inflicted heavy casualties on government forces east of the Syrian Desert. The opposition says it destroyed a tank, an armored vehicle, a cannon and several vehicles. [Qasioun]

The opposition denied any coordination with the Coalition on battles against government forces in the eastern desert. [Qasioun]


SOHR says government forces captured the Bir Al-Qasab area from the opposition. [SyriaHR]




Neighboring countries


Iranian intelligence arrested 40 people suspected of joining Daesh in 4 cities in West Azerbaijan province. [Anadolu]


Other Middle East countries


Daesh says it stopped a Houthi attack in Qifa (photos). [ICDNJune20]


North Africa


A police source says 10 were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb explosion in a heavily populated area in Mogadishu. [Sumaria] 





An anti-corruption primary court judge was killed after a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in the Shisham Bagh area of Jalalabad city on Tuesday, according to local officials.

The explosion also injured two brothers of the judge and a pedestrian. [1TVNews] 

Daesh says it killed a judge and two of his associates with an IED in the Shisham Bagh area. [ICDNJune20]


Daesh says it killed an Afghani soldier in the Achin area in Nangarhar on Monday. [ICDNJune20]


Daesh captured 5 police stations in Darzab district in Jowzjan, in northern Afghanistan. The battle for the police stations left 13 Daesh combatants and 8 policemen dead. [Anadolu]

Daesh’s version says it captured 5 Afghani Army positions in Darzab. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it captured 7 Afghani Army positions in the same area. [A3maq]

It also says it killed eight soldiers and captured two in Darzab. [A3maq]


The Philippines

Daesh says it killed seven Philippine soldiers in battles in the Baling area in Marawi, on Mindanao. [ICDNJune20]




Videos of the Day

Civilians, including children, were wounded by a Daesh mortar while they were trying to escape from Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi forces advance and secure civilians in old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] [Facebook]


Iraqi Army 9th division clears Hay Al-Shifa. [Mawsleya]


Civil Defense units work hard in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]





Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]




June 19, 2017


Old Mosul (Sumaria)






Al-Abadi on three-nation diplomatic trip. [..]

CTS, IFP soldiers move into Old City. [..]

IFP defeats large vehicle bomb counter-attack by Daesh. [..]


Syrian troops attack SDF south of Tabaqa. [..]

Russia threatens US over shooting down Syrian plane. [..]

Iran launches six medium-range ballistic missiles against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]


Van driver mows down pedestrians outside London mosque. [..]

Female suicide attackers kill 12 in Nigeria. [..]






Prime Minister Al-Abadi left Baghdad for a regional diplomatic tour that includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran. Al-Abadi’s office says the new Iraqi foreign policy will be based on the national interests of Iraq and on establishing good relations with all regional countries. [ROJ]


Al-Jazeera Saudi paper says Abdul Karim Al-Thani, a member of the ruling family in Qatar, provided his house to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the former Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, and offered him $1 million dollars and a Qatari passport to facilitate his movement. It also says that Abdullah Al Thani, Qatar’s Interior Minister, hosted 100 radical Afghani fighters at his ranch in Qatar, providing them all with Qatari passports. [Sumaria] 



The BOC spokesman says the IFP arrested a “roving” Daesh terrorist who tours Iraqi provinces. He says he was on the police list before his arrest in Baghdad. He also says the area of arrest was not specified. [Ghad] 


The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (4), Baiji (1), and Kasik (2). [InherentResolve

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says one Tribal PMF fighter was killed and two others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Hor Al-Basha. [Sumaria]  


East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A Tribal PMF commander says security units captured a Daesh finance officer in Zayouna. He says the terrorist had fled Falluja and was living in Baghdad with a fake ID. [Etejah]  


South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 24th army brigade found 5 mortar shells and detonators in Sayafiya. [Ghad] 


West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A Military Intelligence source says Iraqi Army 6th division arrested two dangerous terrorists in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 24th brigade found 2 IEDs and 27 mortar shells, among other munitions, in the Arab Jalub and Al-Nasr wa Al-Salam areas. [Ghad] 

The BOC says its special units found and destroyed 25 IEDs in Annaz. [Ghad] 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:   5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3




The Mayor of Rutba says border guards and PMFs are now holding 80 km of the border north of Al-Waleed toward Qa’im. Al-Waleed border access was captured by PMF and Tribal Mobilization forces on Saturday. [Sumaria] 


The manager of Al-Waleed subdistrict says military reinforcements arrived in the subdistrict to secure the area and to prepare for military operations on Daesh in nearby areas. [Sumaria]  




Local sources say 4 sticky IEDs exploded targeting Daesh vehicles in Shirqat. He says the explosions did not leave casualties but caused a state of panic in Daesh ranks. [Sumaria]


A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Makhoul Mountains with a Kornet rocket, killing 10 terrorists. [Sumaria]  



Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in the Allas oilfield. [ICDNJune19]



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A CoR member from Diyala says most of the recent Daesh attacks were conducted by Daesh’s Ashbal Al-Khilafa, young boys who were trained to become suicide bombers. [Sumaria]


The Dijla Operations commander says it foiled 7 Daesh attacks, saving tens of lives in operations that were not announced to the public. He also praised the role of intelligence services in blocking these and other attacks. [Sumaria] 


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Diyala Police stopped an attack by a 15 year old suicide bomber on a bicycle who targeted a Shia mosque in Qara Tapa with an explosives belt and an IED. The police killed the attacker near a coffee shop before he could initiate his attack. [Ghad] 


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala Police say they captured an explosives cache hidden in a house in Bargha, south of Baquba. It also defused 2 IEDs in Mandali and arrested 9 persons on terrorism charges in various parts of the province. [Ghad] 




The Kirkuk Government says Daesh’s continued attacks on Tooz and the Himrin Dam will increase the influx of Daesh combatants to these areas after the expected defeat in Mosul. [ROJ]


Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout in Al-Abbasi subdistrict, killing 15 terrorists. [Sumaria]  


In an unprecedented step, Daesh terrorists in Hawija are using new seals that do not carry the term “Islamic State”. The reasons for this change is unknown. [Sumaria] 


A local source in Hawija says Daesh banned the use of the phrase “Layla Alwi, a term locally used by its terrorists to describe a type of Toyota 4WD. Layla Alwi is an Egyptian actress whose large eyes resembled the wide front lines of the car. Daesh considered the use of such terms non-Islamic. [Sumaria] 




Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

Joint forces entered old Mosul neighborhoods in the final stage of the battle to overtake Daesh’s only remaining Mosul territory. The IFP and Rapid Intervention units broke Daesh defense lines under intense rocket shelling, killing 15 terrorists, including the Daesh official in charge of checkpoints and gates, capturing the Civil Defense building, and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. CTS forces are advancing on foot in densely populated neighborhoods, following Coalition airstrikes on Daesh targets. A CTS commander says they had hoped to finalize the battle before Eid holidays, but the battle is taking a bit longer. [Mada] 

The MoD says Iraqi units are using loudspeakers to call on the remaining Daesh combatants to surrender. [MoD Website]


The IFP commander says Iraqi forces are in fierce battles with Daesh in Old Mosul. He says Daesh booby-trapped houses, electricity poles, and sewer pipes. He says IFP troops advanced in the area and captured several alleys. [Ghad] [Harbi]


The IFP say its troops are 500m away from Farouq Street in the heart of old Mosul, and they are advancing to recapture a church and a mosque in the Bab Al-Beidh area. [Ghad] 

The IFP says it liberated a mosque in Old Mosul and killed Abu Bak Al-Masri, an Egyptian Daesh commander, in Bab Al-Jadid. [Ghad] 


The IAF dropped over 500,000 leaflets on remaining Daesh-held areas in old Mosul, providing instructions to its population to keep away from Daesh targets and make use of safe routes opened by the army to avoid being used as human shields. [BasNews] 


A security source says tens of Daesh combatants surrendered themselves to army units in the Old City. [Mawazin] 

The number reported to have surrendered is said to be 48. [PressIraq]


Sources in Mosul say a Kurdish correspondent for a western news agency was killed and three French journalists wounded while covering battles in west Mosul. [Ghad] 


France 24 says French journalist Stephan Villeneuve has been killed after a mine exploded in Mosul. He headed the news department at a public broadcasting station.

Two other French journalists were injured in the explosion in Mosul, which also killed Kurdish reporter Bakhtiar Addad, according to France 24 and global journalist rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders. [France24] 


Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi forces Humvee and an armored vehicle with 2 rockets near Kornish Street. [ICDNJune19]


Daesh issues an infographic about the 8th month of the Mosul battles. It says it killed 690 Iraqi soldiers, conducted 19 suicide attacks, destroyed 92 vehicles, 2 tanks, and 26 recon drones, and damaged 46 more vehicles and 3 helicopters. [A3maq]


The IFP commander says the IFP repelled the largest Daesh counter attack in west Mosul: over 345 combatants that breached the outer defensive lines. He says that all attackers were killed in battle. He also says that IFP units are now 600m away from the Grand Mosque. [Etejah] 


A security source in Mosul says army units killed 4 Yemeni Daesh combatants in a battle in the Old City. [Waradana]


The IFP says it killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were trying to escape the Grand Mosque area. [Waradana] 


North & northwest Mosul

A Military Intelligence source says its units captured a large storage house of materials used to manufacture bazookas in Musherifa Al-Oula in west Mosul. It says that large quantities of launchers and rockets were also found. [Ghad] 


West-central Mosul

A report from Mosul says residents of already liberated areas are looking for their lost cars. It says Daesh used the cars to block Iraqi forces advances or burned them to form smoke screens to block the vision of attacking planes. Police asked the population to report their missing cars just in case they are found intact. [Mada] 


Southwest Mosul

Daesh says Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded mistakenly by an “American” airstrike in the Ras Al-Jadda area. It says it damaged a Humvee in the same area. [ICDNJune19] [ICDNJune19]


Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A PMF commander says Tal Afar liberation operation will start after Eid Holidays in the coming few days. He also says that regional and international pressure was exercised on the Iraqi government to liberate this important city. [Waradana]


A PMF spokesman says that Tal Afar is surrounded by a 360 degree circle and there is no way out for Daesh terrorists, adding that 80% of persons left in the city are Daesh affiliates. [Waradana]


Saraya Al-Jihad, a faction of the PMF, says an unidentified plane attacked their positions on Tal Abta–Adaya road leaving a 12m diameter and 10m deep hole in the ground without causing casualties. [Ghad] 


The PMF says it blocked a Daesh attack on positions between Ayn Talawi and Maqtal Al-Khanzir west of Tal Afar, killing 4 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and an armored bulldozer. [Harbi] 



A PMF commander says PMF units, supported by the IAF, stopped a Daesh attack near the Syrian border, killing many terrorists and destroying 9 vehicles. [Harbi] 


Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked and destroyed Iraqi Army positions near the Tal Safouk border crossing, killing three soldiers and wounding others. Daesh says its terrorists returned safely. [ICDNJune19]


Daesh says twelve people from one family, including women and children, were killed by an “American” airstrike on a house in the Tal Al-Jayer area. [ICDNJune19]



Turkey says its planes attacked PKK positions in Al-Zab in northern Kurdistan, killing 6 of them and destroying 2 military positions. [Anadolu]


The PKK said on Saturday it stopped a Turkish Army attack near the Al-Zab area, near the Turkish border, killing twenty-one soldiers. [ROJ] 




A Babel security source says Daesh is restructuring its Jazeera and Janoub wilayats after the dismantling of their stronghold in Jurf Al-Sakhar. He says Daesh is trying to regroup in several places, aiming to continue its activities despite the loss of so many major cities. Security forces intend to coordinate with the tribal sheikhs of these areas to contain this upcoming danger. [Ghad] 




The Coalition issued a statement saying pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’ Din, south of Tabaqa, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town. 

It says a Coalition aircraft conducted a show of force and stopped the initial pro-regime advance toward the SDF-controlled town. 

It says at 6:43 p.m., a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabaqa and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet.  It says Ja’Din sits approximately two kilometers north of an established East-West SDF-Syrian Regime de-confliction area. 

Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the Coalition contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing, according to the statement.

The Coalition says its mission is to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and it does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but it will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat. [InherentResolve] 


The Russian Ministry of Defense announced its suspension of the flight safety agreement with the US over Syria, stating that any object flying over Russian operation zones in Syria will be treated as hostile. This comes after US’s shooting down of a Syrian bomber near Raqqa. Russia called the US to investigate the incident and coordinate with Russian and Syrian government before resuming air operations. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (12), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


14 Daesh suicide terrorists sneaked into the Shaddadi area south of Hasaka and attacked SDF positions in the city. The SDF killed 10 Daesh terrorists while Coalition planes eliminated the rest of the attackers. [ARA]

Daesh says US planes killed twelve people from the same family in a strike on Tal Al-Shaer south of Hasaka. [ZamanAlWasl]



Raqqa city

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in Al-Sina’a in east Raqqa and recaptured most of the area, killing eleven SDF fighters, destroying 2 military vehicles, and capturing weapons and ammunition.  [ICDNJune19]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Hay Al-Sina’a. [ICDNJune19]


Daesh publishes photos of distributing zakat (Islamic tax) to “poor people” in Raqqa. The photos show hardly anything. [ICDNJune19]


The SDF says it blocked a Daesh counter attack in Al-Barid and Al-Battani neighborhoods, killing 16 Daesh combatants. It says the battles are still ongoing in the two neighborhoods. [PUKMedia] 

Government forces captured Resafa village south of Raqqa after intense battles with Daesh combatants and Ja’idein village after battles with the SDF. [Qasioun]

Government forces captured 5 SDF fighters in Ja’Din village while capturing it from the SDF. [Qasioun]

The SDF denied the government force’s capture of Ja’Fin, saying that it blocked its attacks with the support of the Coalition. [Qasioun]

Coalition planes killed two children near Nawawi mosque in Raqqa. Daesh shelled SDF positions east of Raqqa, killing and wounding several of them. [Qasioun]

The SOHR reported calm on the fronts between SDF and government forces following the shooting down of the Syrian bomber by Coalition planes. [SyriaHR]


Coalition attacks on Haswa junction in the heart of Raqqa left severe material damage without leaving any casualties. [Qasioun]

SDF forces captured Al-Basil roundabout and the Old Bridge of Raqqa where forces advancing from east and west Raqqa are about to meet. Daesh is shelling the area intensively to prevent this linkage. [Qasioun]

The SOHR says the SDF shot down a Daesh drone packed with bombs over its positions in Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

The SOHR says SDF forces lifted the siege from 15 of its fighters captured by Daesh near the Baghdad Gate near old city’s wall. It says Daesh used tunnels to reach points behind the advancing SDF units. It also says one SDF fighter was killed and four wounded in the operation. [SyriaHR]


West of Raqqa

Reports say Daesh eliminated all features of religious diversity in Tabaqa by destroying Shia and Ismailia mosques and shrines, and Christian churches. They say the worship houses that were not destroyed were turned into IED workshops and cattle barns. [Hawar]


The SDF says it rescued three families escaping battle areas west of Raqqa. [Hawar]

A Daesh landmine killed three children and wounded three others in Yaroubia village west of Raqqa. [Hawar]


The SDF says it will respond to government army attacks against its forces if they continue. The SDF also says government planes and artillery attacked SDF forces near the Tabaqa and Euphrates Dam. US planes shot down a Syrian SU22 bomber while attacking SDF forces. The US Army stated it was protecting its allies. [ARA]


Pro government sources say the pilot of the Syrian SU22 plane that was shot down is alive and has reached Syrian Army positions near Raqqa. [EnabBaladi]


The SOHR says the SDF captured Shuwaihan village 4 km north of Resafa, which was captured by government forces on Sunday. [SyriaHR]

The SOHR confirmed the capture of Resafa by government forces. [SyriaHR]


North of Raqqa

The SDF is advancing northwest of Raqqa amid intense fighting between the SDF and Daesh in Sina’a and west and northwest of Raqqa and the Qadisiya roundabout in the heart of Raqqa. [Qasioun]



Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Gunmen killed a leading figure of Tahrir Al-Sham front in Sermin, Idlib while a sticky bomb was found attached to the car of another commander of Failaq Al-Sham in the city. [SyriaHR]


Daesh issues a video of battles near the Draihem area, east of Khansir. [A3maq]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkish backed opposition forces shelled Al-Shahba subdistrict in Afrin with over 100 shells, and that YG units fired back. [Hawar]

Kurdish sources say the opposition shelling targeted the IDP crossing village of Qatma and Tal Rifaat city in particular. [Hawar]

The shelling targeted at least 5 Kurdish villages, the Kurdish sources say. [Hawar]

Opposition forces say the SDF killed a civilian and wounded several others in an artillery shelling on Mare’. [Qasioun]

The Turkish Army shelled civilian neighborhoods in Azaz with artillery and rocket launchers, leaving several civilian casualties. [Qasioun]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)


Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack southeast of Sheikh Hilal village, killing 22 soldiers, destroying 2 tanks, and capturing a BMP armored vehicle and 2 other vehicles. [ICDNJune19]

Daesh issues a video of Syrian Army casualties near Sheikh Hilal village, northeast of Salmiya. [A3maq]


Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and destroyed a tank in battles near Aqareb Al-Safi village, east of Salmiya. [ICDNJune19]



Russian planes attacked Sukhnah, 3rd Station and Shumariya Mountains east of Homs. [Qasioun]

Government forces attacked the Daesh held Hawla and Tiba areas while battles on the ground continue in Arak and 3rd Station areas east of Homs. [SyriaHR]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Iran attacked Daesh targets in Deir Ez-Zor province with 6 medium range ballistic missiles. The missiles were fired from Kermanshah and Iranian Kurdistan. The targets were Daesh command centers and car bomb factories in the city. The attack was in retaliation for Daesh’s Tehran attacks earlier. [ARA]


Daesh issued a video defaming the Coalition backed “New Army” in Al-Tanaf. It showed executions of several recruits of that army, saying the US used Rakban Camp as a recruitment location for this army. It designated the recruits as “crusaders shoes” and “dirty Jordanian agents. [ZamanAlWasl] [ICDNJune19]


Daesh publishes photos of distributing food to its wounded terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNJune19]


Government forces bombarded Baghailiye east of Deir Ez-Zor with artillery and planes, while Coalition planes attacked boats crossing Al-Bulayl in Deir Ez-Zor, destroying several boats. [SyriaHR]


For the second day in a row, Coalition planes attacked Mayadin with 6 airstrikes without leaving any casualties. It initiated 4 attacks on Sunday, allegedly killing a family and wounding twelve others as well as killing five civilians in strikes on a police station and several medical centers in the city. Coalition planes also attacked Basira city east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]


A woman in Ashara in Deir Ez-Zor died after learning of the execution of her two sons by Daesh on charges of joining Coalition-backed opposition forces in Al-Tanaf. [EnabBaladi]


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

Coalition backed Usud Al-Sharqiya, an opposition faction, says it killed 150 government forces and destroyed 21 different vehicles, 5 helicopters, and 2 MiG fighters since the start of battles in the eastern Syrian desert. [Qasioun]


The Syrian government says its units met the Iraqi forces between Al-Tanaf and Albu Kamal. [SyriaNow]

The Syrian army says it has cut off the Daesh supply line between Al-Qa’im in Iraq and Sukhnah in Syria. [SyriaNow]


The Russian-US- Jordanian sponsored ceasefire in Daraa was extended for 24 hours after the end of the first 48 hour truce, which witnessed the stoppage of operations in general, except for some shelling incidents here and there. [SyriaHR]




Neighboring countries


The first batch of Turkish forces arrived in Doha and started its first training with tanks at the Tariq Bin Ziyad Military Base. [Hawar]


North Africa


Security sources say security units destroyed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis vehicle bomb that was heading to attack a barrier in the Kilo 17 area, west of Arish. The sources say security units detected the vehicle before it reached its goal in Arish city. A sniper killed the suicide terrorist who was driving the car. The sources also say a group of terrorists in a truck and on 3 motorcycles where waiting near the barrier to attack after the planned vehicle bomb attack. The sources say security units chased the terrorists and killed 2 of them. [AhlMisr] [ElWatan]




The Philippines

Daesh says its snipers killed four Philippine Army soldiers in 3 areas in Marawi city. [ICDNJune19]



Nigerian Police says 5 female suicide attackers detonated themselves in different places in Borno in northwest Nigeria, killing twelve people and wounding eleven others. [Sumaria] 


Great Britain

UK Police say a car attacked Muslims exiting the Finsbury Park mosque, killing at least one Muslim and wounding ten others. [Sumaria] 



Italian police arrested an Iraqi refuge seeker in Crotone Camp in Italy. The man was said to have been spreading radicalism and openly supported Daesh. [Sumaria]




Videos of the Day

Iraqi soldiers save a baby who was trapped under rubble in west Mosul. [Facebook] 

Iraqi Army 9th division finds a mass grave in Al-Shifa for civilians executed by Daesh because they tried to leave. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi forces capture the Khazraj area in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]

IFP units advance in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Facebook]


Iraqi soldiers find Daesh documents with photos and names of foreign terrorists. [Facebook]


An Iraqi soldier destroys Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Facebook]

Iraqi soldiers have a good time inside a Daesh vehicle bomb. [Sumaria] 


Iraqi soldiers in house to house battles with Daesh in Old Mosul. [Facebook]

Iraqi soldiers save civilians trapped by Daesh terrorists in west Mosul. [Facebook]

Iraqi soldiers intercept desperate Daesh wireless calls in Old Mosul. [Iraqia]


Iraqi soldiers lure a group of Daesh terrorists to a house in Mosul, then an aircraft bombs the house. [Facebook]




Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]


Daesh issues a video report about its coins. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Usually, Daesh starts talking about its “currency” when it is about to lose a major area. Daesh forces people to buy its “golden dinar” for $155. It’s another way of stealing money from people.