June 21, 2017
TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
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. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
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.
Prime Minister Abadi says Daesh’s destruction of the Al-Hadba historical minaret is an admission of defeat. [Hurra]
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
Daesh claims that “American” planes destroyed the mosque. [A3maq]
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
Security-related incidents reported
A police source says two people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Jisr Diyala. [Sumaria]
The BOC says 25th
The BOC says 6th
The BOC says its special units destroyed 2 IEDs in Rafoush, on the Anbar border.
Total Baghdad incidents reported:
Total IED incidents reported:
The BOC says 2nd
A local source says four civilians, including two children, were killed and nine others wounded by
The final count of casualties of the unknown plane attack on Rutba is 4 killed and nine wounded.
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
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.
Mayor of Shirqat says 60th
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
Here Daesh says it killed twenty-four PMF fighters and wounded “tens” in the attack. [A3maq]
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]
Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Khan Bani Saad with 2 Katyushas. [DMNJune21]
PMF command says one of its units ambushed a Daesh vehicle in Imam Wais, destroyed it, and killed all Daesh combatants inside.
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,
Mayor of Khalis says
Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in Allas oilfield. [DMNJune21]
PMF command says its 52nd
Dibis Police say an IED planted under a high pressure electricity tower in Sabounji village destroyed
A security source says
Local sources say Daesh
IWMC says IAF destroyed an IED workshop in Hawija,
A security source says a secret Daesh HQ
Mosul authorities are contemplating expelling Daesh fighters’
A Kurdish CoR member expressed surprise
Mosul liberation campaign
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
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.
IFP forces broke into Bab Al-Jadid, one of the last Daesh held areas in old Mosul, where battles are continuing.
A military source says IFP captured Al-Hamdin Mosque
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.
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
Security forces found a large workshop
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
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]
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.
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 Watch
Babel police say a CTS unit arrested a combatant affiliated
The source says the man is a follower of Yamani, an imposter who operates in the Basra area. [Ghad]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Kurdish sources say Asayesh (Kurdish security) is
The Coalition says it conducted
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
A Syrian army helicopter shot
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
Residents of Sahlabiya Sharqiya village
Kurdish sources say Daesh is holding children in Raqqa to force their families to stay in the city and be used as human shields.
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
SOHR says at least 20 SDF fighters were killed inside Raqqa in battles with Daesh during the past 24 hours.
Daesh issues a video of the “suffering of people of Raqqa” because of the lack of water supplies. [A3maq]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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
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
SOHR reported a state of calm in Raqqa city following very violent battles in the past 24 hours and
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.
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
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.
Coalition planes destroyed Al-Zubair mosque in Kasrat Sheikh Juma’ southwest of Raqqa a few days ago.
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
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)
Tension rose between government
Kurdish sources say 11 Turkish military vehicles and 4 trucks packed with weapons entered Syrian territory
SOHR says Turkish forces are planning a wide scale attack to recapture areas captured by the SDF in the past few months.
Opposition media says large Turkish reinforcements are entering northern Syrian territories and being welcomed by the local population, described as suffering under Kurdish occupation.
YPG says it
Central and West (Homs, Hama,
Battles east of Salmiya are continuing between government forces and Daesh, wherein the Army is
Daesh says Russian planes initiated 30 airstrikes with white phosphorous on Aqirbat village east of Salmiya,
Daesh says Russian warplanes conducted more than 30 airstrikes on villages east of Hama using phosphorous. [A3maq]
Russian planes attacked Rakbat Al-Marzouq
East (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.
Opposition says government planes attacked Daesh held neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor with cluster bombs
Syrian government says its planes attacked Daesh gatherings on Deir Ez-Zor-Hasaka road killing several of them, 4 of foreign nationalities.
Government says its forces blocked a Daesh advance towards Jubayla, Tanmiya, and Maqaber in Deir Ez-Zor,
South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)
Syrian government says it managed to establish a strategic link between its forces and Iraqi PMFs
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
A surprising Royal Decree in Saudi Arabia dismissed Mohamed Bin Nayef, the
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
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.
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.
Afghan forces say they recaptured
Daesh says it destroyed a car carrying Afghan soldiers with an IED in Jalalabad city. [A3maq]
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 liberate Al-Meshahda and secure hundreds of families. [Mawsleya]
Iraqi forces use loudspeakers to call on Daesh terrorists to surrender in Old Mosul. [Facebook]
Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]