An Update On ISIS Activities

April 27, 2017 

 

Hatra Liberated

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Saudi newspaper investigation highlights alleged Daesh drug trade in Iraq. [..]

Coalition, IAF airstrikes again target Anah, Rawa. [..]

PMFs, Diyala Police smash Daesh operation in Mtaibija, Salahuddin. [..]

IFP edges in on Grand Mosque area. [..]

CTS says it has just 4 neighborhoods to go. [..]

IDPs from West Mosul up to 560,000. [..]

Turkey

UN raises Iraqi sovereignty issue re: Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar. [..]

Syria

YPG threatens to pull out of Raqqa campaign if US won’t stop the Turks. [..]

Israeli planes attack Damascus Int. Airport, probably aiming at Hezbollah site. [..]

Afghanistan

Two US service members killed in eastern Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A Saudi newspaper says the drug trade in Iraq is returning millions of dollars to the Daesh treasury. The trade passes through an Iraqi trader nicknamed Pablo Escobar (after the famous Colombian drug dealer). Huge bribes are paid to security officials in Iraq. The main drugs trade routes are the Qaeda route from Afghanistan to Pakistan to Iran, then to Iraq and Syria, and the Daesh line from Iraq to Syria to Turkey and on to Europe. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (7), Tal Afar (1), Sinjar (3), Rawa (2), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in the Al-Sadda area. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says a sticky bomb attached to the car of a Sahwa member exploded and killed him on the spot in Dora. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says 6th army division units arrested a Daesh cell of 4 persons in Amiriyah that was planning terror attacks in Baghdad. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th army division says Coalition planes attacked a vehicle-rigging workshop and a Daesh guesthouse in Anah, killing 11 Daesh combatants and destroying two vehicle bombs. [Sumaria] 

 

IWMC says the IAF attacked a rigging workshop, an explosives storehouse, and a Daesh position in Rawa, killing tens of Daesh combatants. [PUKMedia] 

 

Rutba

A DaeshDaily source says security units issued a curfew in Rutba after getting intelligence reports of several Daesh suicide terrorists who entered the city. 

 

PMF Press says PMF 19th brigade and an Iraqi Border Guard unit raided the Al-Saqqar area, killing several Daesh terrorists and capturing large quantities of weapons and explosives vests. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Badou area with 6 mortars. [DMNApril27] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and several areas north of Baiji with 34 mortars and several SPG9 rockets, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying 2 military positions. [DMNApril27] 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military position on the Al-Makhazen Bridge with an SPG rocket. [DENApril27]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty-five PMF fighters and wounded “tens” in attacks with 3 explosives vests in Al-Malha village, south of Baiji, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

However, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that a group of Daesh suicide terrorists sneaked into Al-Malha village, but police units and tribal fighters killed one of them and forced the rest to flee. [MoD] 

DaeshDaily comment. Notice the huge discrepancy between the government report and the apparently fictional account in the Daesh report.  

 

Tikrit

The PMF spokesman says that sudden army attack from four directions with intense air support on Mtaibija foiled Daesh plans to create a second Hawija in the area. Wide areas were liberated during the operation, expected to be a step towards liberating Hawija. A PMF commander says an Army helicopter chased 4 Daesh commanders and killed them during their escape from Mtaibija. [Sumaria] 

Ministry of Defense says 9 Daesh guesthouses were destroyed and 150 IEDs defused during the Mtaibija operation. 6 Daesh combatants escaping Mosul were also arrested. [Maalomah] 

The Diyala Chief of Police, whose men are participating in the Mtaibija operation, says they killed 3 Daesh combatants and destroyed 3 guesthouses, in addition to defusing 11 IEDs. [Sumaria] 

The Dijla Operations Commander says the military operation in Mtaibija was concluded after 48 hours, and the operation covered more than 600 sq km (243 sq miles.) He says Iraqi forces killed 80 Daesh terrorists and destroyed tens of vehicles, hideouts, IEDs, and explosives vests. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF artillery attacked Daesh targets in the Makhoul Mountains and achieved direct hits, says a military source. [IraqPress]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Diyala Police say they arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Abu Saida. [Sumaria] 

 

A Daesh leader called Abu Muadh detonated his explosives belt when military intelligence approached him at the Ghalibiya checkpoint between Baghdad and Diyala. One of the intelligence personnel was slightly wounded. [Maalomah] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

[See Diyala Police story under Tikrit above]

 

Iraqi units destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed 7 terrorists in the Hawi area in Udhaim. [MoD Website]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala Police say their EODs defused two sticky bombs attached to a civilian car in Mandali. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk Asayesh says it has captured 59 Daesh terrorists who were staying in a displacement camp in Laylan, all since the start of April. [Sumaria] 

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says security units raided several villages in Dibis and captured 3 Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A DaeshDaily source says more than 20 Daesh terrorists, including a local commander, were killed by an airstrike on the house of a displaced family that had been seized by Daesh in the Al-Zawiya area in Hawija. 

 

Daesh says three people were killed and two others wounded by 3 “American” airstrikes on Al-Abbasi city market. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is probably today’s version of the ongoing account from Daesh’s creative writing department on how US airstrikes only hit civilians. [..]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

An act of revenge: A young man from Mosul opened fire on a Daesh gathering in west Mosul, killing 4 of them and wounding 3 others. Local sources say this was an act of revenge, as Daesh executed his parents and sister earlier for welcoming Iraqi forces. [BasNews]

 

Central Mosul

IFP commander says IFP is now 300 meters (1/5 mile) from the Grand Mosque, working from the Qadhib Al-Ban area. He also says his troops killed tens of Daesh combatants, including Faisal Al-Jebouri, a field commander, and destroyed 8 suicide motorcycles and 3 vehicle bombs in Al-Farouq neighborhood in the old city. He added that IFP EODs cleared five safe passages for civilians to escape battle areas. [Maalomah] 

 

Military intelligence says an airstrike killed Abu Luqman Al-Afri, Daesh commander of Hay Al-Shifa’ neighborhood. [Mawazin]

Daesh publishes photos of an IFP soldier targeting by its snipers in Bab Al-Tob. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an IFP position in Bab Al-Tob with a rocket. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh says its snipers killed three IFP soldiers “on the outskirts of” Bab Al-Tob. [DMNApril27] 

 

Daesh says it targeted an IFP military position near the Kornish Street with an SPG rocket. [DENApril27]

 

Southwest Mosul

CTS says that there are 4 neighborhoods remaining to be liberated before CTS completes its mission in Mosul. It also says that Hay Al-Tanak, liberated yesterday, had not been entered by any Iraqi army or security unit since 2003, and was the major Daesh stronghold in the western part of the city. [ROJ]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a young boy and says he conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tanak. [ICDNApril27]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril27]

 

West-central Mosul

Daesh says it damaged 2 CTS Humvees with 2 SPG9 rockets in Hay Al-Yarmouk. [DENApril27]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militias” in different areas in Mosul city and nearby areas with 121 mortars, 16 heavy artillery shells, and 11 Katyushas. [DENApril27]

DaeshDaily comment. There is no way to validate any of these now-daily reports from Daesh. Given the obvious falsity of other west Mosul stories, however, one should not take its numbers too seriously. Even if you do, however, these reported attacks are all from long distance, almost all on places that Daesh has already lost. Daesh is just keeping up appearances.

 

Daesh says nine people were killed and twenty-seven wounded by an “American and Iraq” bombing on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Another probably made-up inaccurate airstrikes story. That makes two for today. No one needs to take any of these stories seriously unless the US acknowledges an errant airstrike. These do happen occasionally, and the US has been consistent about acknowledging and investigating.

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and Displacement says IDPs from Mosul are at 560,000 now, most from the west side. The statement of the Minister came in a meeting with Vice President Ayad Allawi, who says that some IDPs are prevented from returning to their homes. He also says that he would approach some Arab countries to coordinate their relief efforts with the Ministry so as to maximize their effectiveness. [Sumaria] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF says it repelled a large Daesh attack in Marahba village southwest of Tal Afar, killing 80 combatants and destroying 17 vehicle bombs. [Mawazin] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF position in the Tal Afar Airport and nearby areas with 16 mortars. [DMNApril27] 

 

Hatra/Qayara/Shura

PMF organization today announced full liberation of Hatra District in a record time not exceeding 48 hours. Hatra, which was a Daesh stronghold, is 80 Km (50 miles) south of Mosul and 100 km (62 miles) north of Siniya in Salahuddin, and is a connection point among Ninewa, Anbar, and Salahuddin provinces. It has several Daesh command centers and a very important Iraqi archaeological site. PMF liberated over 22 villages, killed over 150 combatants, and destroyed 37 vehicle bombs and large numbers of guesthouses, tunnels, command centers, and salvaged over 5,500 families and transferred them to safe areas. PMF command says its EODs are clearing boobytrapped houses and removing Daesh fortification and remnants from the city. PMF also says that the next step will be Qayrawan in Baaj and the Syrian border. [Harbi]

PMF says it captured the archaeological site northeast of Hatra. [Maalomah] 

Photos showing the liberated archaeological city of Hatra. [Sumaria] 

PMF says it killed 20 Daesh combatants near the entrance to Hatra city. [Waradana]

PMF says it cleared over 30 booby-trapped houses in Hatra and destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the city. [Harbi] 

PMF says its forces are clearing the surrounding area and the cemetery of Hatra, killing 12 Daesh combatants. [Harbi] 

PMF says it cleared the supply road connecting Rawa in west Anbar to Mosul through Hatra. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on PMF units north of Hatra on Wednesday, killing or wounding “tens” of fighters and destroying 3 Humvees. [DMNApril27] 

DaeshDaily comment. “Daesh is always victorious,” (even when it’s not).

 

The PMF organization mourned one of its media correspondents, killed in action near Hatra. 

PMF Press senior correspondent, Haydar Al-Mayahi, was killed by a Daesh land mine while covering the Hatra battles on Wednesday. [Brothers] [Harbi]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Tribal PMF units captured a Daesh female suicide bomber in Qayara. The source says the bomber is originally from Shura. The source also says security units issued a curfew in Qayara after the terrorist said that Daesh sent 20 suicide terrorists to Qayara. 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded others by detonating 2 IEDs on their patrol in Al-Iskandariya. [DENApril27]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, expressed “concern” (through a spokesman) about recent Turkish attacks on Sinjar, demanding that Turkey respect Iraqi sovereignty. He called on Turkey and Iraq to solve pending issues between them through dialogue. [SyriaNow]

 

A commander of the Iraqi PMF organization says the PMF will put an end to Turkish aggression in Iraq. [ROJ]

 

The Guardian says scores of Daesh combatants are escaping Iraq and Syria towards Turkey, including Western fighters, anticipating the imminent defeat of Daesh. It says a Briton and his wife and an American escaping Daesh areas handed themselves over to Turkish authorities while many others were arrested. [Maalomah] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

YPG, which forms the largest part of SDF, threatened the US with withdrawal from the Raqqa campaign unless protection is provided against Turkish attacks like those which took place in Karachok and Sinjar. The SDF spokeswoman says SDF is not a tool the US can use to eliminate its enemies. She says she expects a tangible US reply to Turkey. [Dorar]

 

Russia says it conducted 77,000 airstrikes and 23,000 sorties in Syria since its involvement in Syria, saying that President Putin reduced the air and helicopter forces in Syria by half. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (4), Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (6), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Kurdish sources say Turkish artillery shells hit three houses and a school in Susek village 8 km (5 miles) west of Kobane. They say the artillery fire put city residents under siege as they are threatened when exiting or entering the village. [Hawar]

Activists say that 9 SDF fighters were killed in the Turkish shelling of Susek village. [Qasioun]

 

A Daesh land mine exploded in Shaddadi, hitting a taxi and wounding the driver seriously. The driver was taken to Hasaka for treatment. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

YPG sources say Daesh is separating Daesh neighborhoods from each other and is forcing the population of eastern and northern neighborhoods to leave their homes. SDF also received 300 families escaping Daesh held areas in Raqqa province. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Daesh executed a man in Raqqa on charges of smuggling people out of Raqqa, while a family of 3 was killed by a land mine in Sanina village northeast of Raqqa. It also says Coalition planes attacked Dibsi Afnan northwest of Tabaqa without reports of casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

West of Raqqa

Kurdish sources say SDF liberated the neighborhoods of the radio station and Al-Wahba in Tabaqa, killing 20 Daesh combatants, arresting 16, destroying 44 vehicles, and capturing a tank.  [PUKMedia] 

Sources in Tabaqa say Daesh snipers are spread out on rooftops and are shooting civilians who try to escape the city. Sources also say that Daesh combatants and supporters are changing their houses and cars often. [Hawar]

 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Hama attacked SDF units near Al-Ajrawi Intersection, in south Tabaqa, with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying 7 vehicles. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNApril27]

 

North of Raqqa

SOHR reported 3 persons killed by Daesh land mines in Huzayma north of Raqqa, while intense battles are raging inside Tabaqa city between SDF troops backed by Coalition planes and Daesh inside the city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh detonated a vehicle bomb in Huzayma north of Raqqa, without report on casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in several villages east of Raqqa with 29 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. [DENApril27]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz

YPG says Turkey-allied opposition groups attacked 7 villages near Afrin with artillery fire. YPG says it responded to the sources of fire. [Hawar]

YPG says it destroyed a Turkish armored vehicle that entered a village in Rajo subdistrict in Afrin. [Hawar]

Fierce battles were reported between SDF and Turkey-allied opposition groups near Maraanaz and Tal Rifaat in Azaz. [Qasioun]

 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

SOHR says Islamic opposition factions attacked SDF positions in two villages north of Aleppo with reports of casualties among SDF units. [SyriaHR]

Opposition sources say 4 children were killed following Russian airstrikes on 4 villages west of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Sharifa village, east of Deir Hafer, with 8 mortars. [DENApril27]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR reported advances by Syrian government forces against Daesh in Al-Sha’er gas field east of Homs, saying that government forces recaptured a large part of it. [SyriaHR]

A later report by SOHR says that government forces have recaptured Sha’er gas field and the abandoned regiment site after expelling Daesh therefrom. [SyriaHR]

Reports say that after recapturing Al-Sha’er’s gas fields and Tal Al-Sawana after a year of Daesh control, Sukhnah city might be the next target of government forces. [EnabBaladi]

SOHR says Daesh initiated a counter attack on southern areas of Palmyra desert earlier captured by government forces, and says fierce fighting is currently taking place in that area. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army positions south of Tadmur, killing five soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DENApril27] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions south of Tadmur with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNApril27]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR reported heavy fighting between Daesh and government forces around Deir Ez-Zor military airport and the Maqaber area, with intense air activity over the area. [SyriaHR]

Syrian Army says it killed 30 Daesh combatants in Maqaber and 137th brigade locations, adding that it captured a strategic hill southwest of the Tameem brigade, eliminating two Daesh squadrons. It says its forces advanced for 400 meters west of Maqaber. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Syrian soldiers targeted by its snipers west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNApril27]

 

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

Israeli planes attacked targets at Damascus International Airport. Syrian TV told the story without much elaboration; so did Hezbollah. Activists believe the target was Hezbollah’s weapons storehouses near the airport. [ARA]

 

SOHR says Daesh engaged Tahrir Al-Sham and other anti-government opposition factions in intense fighting in Yarmouk camp in Damascus using many weapons including explosive belts. Casualties are confirmed on both sides of the battle, but no figures are available.  [SyriaHR]

The opposition groups says they killed 70 Daesh combatants in the battle and the rest are under siege. They also say Daesh is gathering for a counterattack. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh’s version says it launched a surprise attack on Tahrir Al-Sham (mostly Nusra) in the Al-Yarmouk camp. It says the attack started with 3 suicide terrorists detonating their explosives vests. It says it captured 2 residential blocks, killing 10 fighters and wounding others. [ICDNApril27] 

Here Daesh says the attack was to prevent Tahrir Al-Sham from handing over the camp to the Syrian Army. It says it detonated 2 motorcycle bombs in the attack. It also says a fourth suicide terrorist participated in the attack, but it is “unknown” if he was able to detonate his explosives vest. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed 5 fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [ICDNApril27] Daesh also publishes a photo of the suicide terrorists. [ICDNApril27]

 

Opposition factions say they blocked a Daesh attack on Bir Manqoura in east Qalamoun, killing 10 combatants. The fighting is continuing as Daesh counterattacked the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, distributing zakat money in Tasil town, northwest of Daraa. [ICDNApril27]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security units in Bor Saeed captured 40 Daesh suspects from 4 provinces. [AhlMisr]

 

Daesh said yesterday that one of its Egyptian suicide terrorists attacked a vehicle gathering of the Al-Tarabin tribe in Al-Barath village, south of Rafah, with a vehicle bomb, killing forty people and wounding others. It also says it damaged a vehicle with an IED west of the village. [ICDNApril26]

Egyptian media reported that four people were killed and six wounded in the attack. The tribe responded by publishing a video on YouTube of burning a captured Daesh member alive. [Fagr] 

 

Daesh issued a threat letter to Al-Tarabin tribe in Sinai. It says some members of the tribe attacked Daesh because it confiscated their trucks and merchandize (mostly cigarettes). Daesh says the tribe members should denounce anyone who opposes Daesh or they would face the same fate as “Sahwas” in Iraq and in Syria. [ICDNApril27]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

The Pentagon says two US soldiers were killed and one wounded in a joint operation with the Afghan army against Daesh in Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it stopped an American and Afghani Army airdrop operation in the Mamand Achin area in Nangarhar, killing or wounding several soldiers, including Americans, and forcing the rest to retreat after an hour of fighting. Daesh says after the airdrop, “American” planes launched heavy airstrikes on the area, killing around 100 people, mostly women and children. [ICDNApril27] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Yet another inaccurate airstrikes story. Based on Daesh accounts, it seems US pilots never hit Daesh even though they are aiming at them.

 

Great Britain

British police arrested a young man carrying several knives near the Parliament in London. The man was believed to have been planning terror attacks. [Arabi21]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

IFP units advance in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi soldiers beat up captured Daesh terrorists. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

PMF units provide aid for displaced people in Ninewa. [Facebook] [Yalla] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audi Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 78th issues of its Al-Naba’ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes news about its operations in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It also confirms that the terrorist who conducted the attack in Paris was one of its “soldiers.” There is also an article describing how Daesh supports the families of its captured terrorists. [ICDNApril27]

 

 

April 26, 2017

 

Hatra

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

US, Russia condemn Turkey bombing attacks on Kurds in Syria, Sinjar. [..]

Coalition airstrikes again hit Daesh in Northwest Anbar. [..]

Iraqi forces launch major attack on Daesh in Mtaibija, Salahuddin. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods in move to surround downtown area. [..]

PMFs capture Hatra city, several Hatra villages. [..]

PUK-organized demonstrations in Suleimaniya, Diyala target Turkish bombing attacks. [..]

Turkey

Turkey’s Karachok Mountain bombing killed 28 people, including media. [..]

Syria

Syrian Army putting pressure on Daesh in Palmyra desert, Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Coalition spokesman, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, says Turkey gave Coalition forces less than an hour’s notice before launching airstrikes on Kurdish troops in Syria this week, potentially putting American forces in the region at risk. He says Turkey’s warning to the Coalition’s air operations center included a large area and wasn’t specific enough about timing and location to ensure the safety of the American forces. He says U.S. troops were about six miles, or 10 km, from the strikes. A senior U.S. official said it was about 20 minutes. The official was not authorized to discuss the details publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity. [Star] 

 

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement describing the Turkish airstrikes as unacceptable. It also says Turkey disrespected the sovereignty of two countries and increased the tension in the region. [Sumaria]  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Rawa (1), and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Central Criminal Court of Iraqi sentenced a Daesh convict to death after he was charged with transferring weapons in north Baghdad. A Daesh car and communications equipment were found with him when he was arrested. [Ghad] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says an IED exploded under a tribal PMF watchtower in Tarmiya without causing casualties. [Ghad] 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF watchtower in Al-Meshahda in Tarmiya. [DMNApril26]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army first lieutenant and four soldiers in fighting in north Baghdad. [DENApril26] 

 

A security source says security forces found an ammunition cache in an orchard in Taji. [Ghad] 

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Ministry of Transportation says a Baghdad Operations Command EOD unit destroyed an IED near the Ministry’s building. [AIN] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says 25th army brigade in cooperation with Mahmudiya and Latifiya intelligence departments found a large cache of weapons, explosives, supplies, military clothes, and medicines in the Al-Manari area. [Ghad] 

 

The Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces found a Daesh guesthouse and confiscated weapons, explosives, and ammunition south of Latifiya. [Etejah] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says security units captured a Daesh member in Radwaniya. [Sumaria]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says 4 civilians were wounded when an IED exploded in a sheep market in the Hameed Shaaban area. [Ghad] 

Military intelligence says it arrested 3 terror suspects in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers with light weapons in the Duwailiba area. [DMNApril26]

 

Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th army division says Coalition planes killed 15 Daesh combatants and destroyed their guesthouse in Anah. The planes destroyed a vehicle bomb and killed its driver, and destroyed an Daesh ammunition warehouse. [Sumaria] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes targeted a school in Al-Ubour subdistrict in Al-Qa’im. Daesh used the school as a headquarters for one of its “elite” units.

 

Rutba

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army convoy in the Al-Saqqar area east of Rutba, killing three soldiers and wounding five, including an officer. [DENApril26] 

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 25 area with 3 mortars. [DENApril26]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it killed three “PMF fighters” and destroyed their vehicles after targeting them with 5 mortars in Shirqat city. [DMNApril26]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village and nearby areas with 8 mortars. [DMNApril26]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and several other areas north of Baiji with 98 mortars and 2 SPG9 rockets. [DMNApril26] 

 

Tikrit

The Dijla Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the Iraqi Army Air (IAA) launched a large military operation to clear the Mtaibija area, killing more than 50 Daesh terrorists, destroying more than 20 cars, including vehicle bombs, destroying guesthouses and boats, and defusing more than 20 IEDs. [Sumaria]  

Later on, the IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 78 terrorists and destroyed 46 vehicles, including 35 vehicle bombs, 44 IEDs, 13 guesthouses and a vehicle bomb factory, and capturing 8 vehicles during the operation. [Sumaria] 

A local source says a soldier was killed and another wounded by an IED explosion on the outskirts of Mtaibija. 

 

Daesh says it attacked 3 police barriers on the road between Tikrit and Ain Al-Faras village, killing all the policemen there. Daesh says two of its Syrian terrorists then broke into the police emergency 10th battalion headquarters. It says one of them was killed, and the other detonated his explosives vest. After that another Syrian terrorist detonated his vehicle bomb. It says more than fifty people, including a police major, were killed and tens wounded in the attack. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of the 3 Syrian terrorists. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. We have no government reports or independent reports to validate this story.

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander and several of his associates by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Al-Ishaqi area. [DMNApril26]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and a guesthouse and captured a machine gun-mounted vehicle in the Hawi area in Udhaim. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh says it blew up a gas pipeline with IEDs near Bai Hassan village. [DENApril26]

 

Kirkuk police announced the arrest of 3 Daesh combatants in Amal Shaabi neighborhood in Kirkuk. An IED destroyed a local oil pipe connecting Arab and Kurdish parts of Darka village in Dibis, while another IED targeting an engineering repair team exploded but did not cause any casualties. [ARA]

Daesh says it detonated an IED that set fire to an oil well in Darka village. [DENApril26]

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hawija. [ICDNApril26]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters in two areas southwest of Kirkuk. [DENApril26]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A military source says Iraqi units are now in control of over 75% of west Mosul after liberating Al-Tanak, Al-Thawra, Al-Sihha Al-Thaniya, and Al-Nasr. For the past 10 days there have been no vehicle bomb or suicide attacks, which is a sign of decline in Daesh capabilities. He says the new tactic of crossing through the areas and then doubling back to them worked in Al-Tanak. Only Zanjili and Shifa’ neighborhoods remain in order to surround the Grand Mosque from the north. He says for the first time CTS and IFP will be fighting alongside each other after meeting up near Zanjili. [Mada] 

 

Commander of CTS says Iraqi forces are adopting the tactic of surrounding rather than directly attacking  neighborhoods where Daesh holds civilian hostages, so as to avoid civilian casualties. He says the surrounding and resulting siege would finally push Daesh combatants out of their positions. He also says that this does not mean that direct attacks on certain positions are not taking place. [Karemlash] 

 

Speaker Jubouri arrived in west Mosul to check on the war and the humanitarian situation. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP position near Bab Al-Beidh with a rocket. [DMNApril26]

 

Daesh says it targeted IFP positions on Aleppo Street in west Mosul with 8 mortars. [DMNApril26]

 

A DaeshDaily source says local Daesh terrorists in Mosul are shooting themselves in the leg in order to get out of the fighting.

 

Central Mosul

Security sources say the IFP stopped a Daesh attack on liberated areas in Old Mosul. They also say the IFP shot down a Daesh drone in the same area. [IraqPress] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions on Kornish Street and near the Bab Al-Tob area. Daesh says it killed or wounded several soldiers, destroyed 4 Humvees and an armored vehicle, damaged a Humvee and an armored vehicle and captured nearby military positions. It also says Coalition planes targeted the retreating IFP troops with 4 airstrikes. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. This is likely the latest daily creative writing report telling us that Coalition airstrikes kill innocent civilians instead of Daesh. And here is a second probably made-up story.

Daesh says twenty-four people, mostly women and children, were killed, and twenty-six wounded by “American and Iraqi” bombing in several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

IFP says it destroyed 8 Daesh supply trucks near the Grand Mosque. [Waradana]

 

MoD says mobile IFP units initiated raids in west Mosul destroying Daesh mortar squads, killing several snipers, and destroying a vehicle bomb and a Daesh truck, in addition to an ammunition storehouse. [Harbi]

 

MoD says IAF destroyed two vehicle bombs and killed 5 combatants in Zanjili northwest of downtown. [Buratha] [PUKMedia] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed eight CTS and IFP soldiers in different areas in Mosul city. [DMNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another of the now daily reports from the Daesh creating writing department. Each of these sounds like a victory story, but the actual number of sniper deaths is likely much lower than Daesh’s claims, assuming there is any truth to the story.

 

IFP says it shot down a Daesh drone in old Mosul. [IraqPress]

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers, including two snipers, in Hay Al-Thawra. Daesh also says it targeted 2 CTS positions in the same area with 2 SPG9 rockets. It also says it destroyed a CTS bulldozer with an RPG7 rocket in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril26]

 

North & northwest Mosul

The MoD says Iraqi Army 9th division stopped Daesh attacks on the Halila and Bab Al-Sham areas, northwest of Mosul, destroying more than 17 vehicle bombs and killing many terrorists. It says Daesh launched the attack to break the Iraqi siege in northwest Mosul. [AIN] 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army IFP and militias” in different areas in Mosul city and nearby village with 151 mortars and 10 heavy artillery shells.] [DENApril26

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Mosul who might have been killed. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of the work of its medical military unit in Mosul. [ICDNApril26]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

Ninewa Police says IFP units shot dead a suicide attacker with an explosive belt in Qabr Al-Abd village in Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul. [BasNews] 

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout, communications center, and several drones, killing 8-10 terrorists in Al-Muhalabiya, in the Mosul subdistrict near the Tal Afar line. [PUKMedia] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

MoD says IAF destroyed tunnels and a command center in addition to a communications center and several Daesh drones in Muhalabiya and Tal Afar. [Buratha]

PMF says it blocked two Daesh attacks on Tal Ghazala village and the Tal Abta-Tal Afar road, killing at least two attackers. [Waradana]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF units south of the Tal Afar airport. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Tal Afar Airport. [DENApril26] 

 

Sinjar

[See stories above under National News]

 

Baaj

The IWMC says the IAF killed 13 foreign Daesh terrorists and destroyed their 2 vehicles near Markab Al-Tayr village, near Baaj. It says the terrorists had come from Syria to Ninewa. [PUKMedia] [Buratha]

 

Hatra

PMF command says it liberated the archaeological city of Hatra after fierce fighting with Daesh, with help from IAA helicopters. PMF EODs are now clearing IEDs and mines planted by Daesh in the city. One vehicle bomb was destroyed while army helicopters destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted truck. [Harbi] 

 

PMF command says it liberated Haraj village north of Hatra and two other villages and captured the main road leading into the district. [Harbi] 

PMF command says that in surrounding Hatra from all sides it captured several villages. It reported that a Daesh military official in Hatra nicknamed Abu Ali escaped to Syria. [Harbi] 

PMFs say their artillery killed the commander of suicide attackers and 3 of his escorts in the middle of Hatra. [PressIraq]

 

The PMF Press says PMF units took control of the Hatra end of the main road between Hatra and Rawa. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. If true and Daesh traffic to Northwest Anbar is really blocked, this will also help Iraq to recover Northwest Anbar. All these Iraqi attacks in the desert, in Hatra, Baaj, and elsewhere, may be closing off the last land route for Daesh reinforcements and re-supplies.

 

MoD says IAF destroyed a Daesh position and two vehicles near Fawaz Hezam village south of Hatra. [Buratha]

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout and 2 vehicles, killing 11 terrorists in Fawaz Hezam. [PUKMedia] 

 

PMFs report finding Daesh rocket launchers in Musaltan village near Hatra. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked PMF units in Um Al-Sultan village, northwest of Hatra, with explosives vests, followed by an Algerian terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb. It says “tens” of fighters were killed and 20 vehicles were destroyed or damaged in the 3 attacks. [ICDNApril26]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF BMP armored vehicle and an armored personnel carrier with 2 rockets north of Hatra. [DMNApril26]

 

Daesh says 2 PMF vehicles and a Humvee were destroyed and several fighters were killed or wounded after walking into a land mine field north of Hatra. [DMNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. Here is the daily land mine story from the creative writing department. We attribute no credibility to such stories unless there is some independent confirmation.

 

PMF Press also claimed that PMFs have secured over 3,000 civilians escaping battle areas. [Sumaria]

In another report, it says 2,500 civilians, from Hatra and surrounding villages. [Ghad] 

 

KURDISTAN

Demonstrations are set today in Kalar, far southern Suleimaniya, to condemn Turkish attacks on Karachok Mountain, Syria and on Sinjar yesterday. The PUK is organizing these demonstrations. Similar demonstrations took place in Suleimaniya and Rania in Suleimaniya province and Kifri and Khanaqin in Diyala. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

SOHR says total casualties of the Turkish bombing of Karachok are 28 killed, including a female leader of YPJ and many media personnel whose operations center was hit in the airstrike. 20 others were wounded. [SyriaHR]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says in a press conference in Uzbekistan that his country informed both Russia and the US of its attacks on Karachok and Sinjar two hours before the attack according to a previous agreement between the three countries. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. As reported above under National News, however, the US says the notice was a lot shorter and vague as to the intended locations. Of course, notification does not constitute a justification for killing all those people.

 

Turkish army says it responded with artillery fire to two separate mortar attacks on Army positions in Hatay in southern Turkey. The first came from an area held by the Syrian government while the second came from YPG areas. [Qasioun]

 

Turkish army says it initiated attacks on Zab and Avashin areas in northern Kurdistan, destroying 3 PKK positions and killing 6 of their fighters. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another of the frequent Turkish raids of PKK camps in northern Kurdistan and is not related directly to the Karachok or Sinjar bombings.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Agence France Presse quoted a YPG leader as requesting Coalition protection against “Turkish aggression.” The commander says the Coalition should keep silent as its partners in the war on terror are being attacked. [Dorar]

Russian army says it deployed a control system covering the whole Syrian airspace, without going into details. [SyriaNow]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (6), Deir Ez-Zor (7), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

YPG says it engaged Turkish forces and destroyed a Turkish tank near Kobane after the Turks crossed through the area and shot at Kurdish villages. An artillery shelling preceded the entry. [Hawar]

 

Combined civilian activists in Qamishli organized a large demonstration condemning the Turkish attacks on Karachok and Sinjar. A crowd media-estimated to be in the thousands called Erdogan a murderer and demanded a nofly zone over their area to protect the population. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

Coalition airstrikes caused extensive damage in Tabaqa, which is still witnessing intense battles between SDF and Daesh forces inside the city. 

 

SOHR says Coalition planes killed eight women and three children while targeting their car near Tabaqa. This raises SOHR’s tally of civilian deaths by Coalition strikes to 16 in 48 hours. [SyriaHR]

SOHR reported Coalition airstrikes on the Al-Jisr area south of Raqqa, reporting extensive damage. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos and a video of an “American” recon drone it shot down in Al-Sahlabiya village, west of Raqqa. [ICDNApril26] [A3maq]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters and captured a bulldozer in an attack on Rahiyat village in northern Raqqa province. [DMNApril26] [DENApril26]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in several areas east of Raqqa with 35 mortars. [DENApril26]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF machine gun-mounted vehicle with a mortar shell in the Al-Qadisiya farm area northeast of Raqqa. [DENApril26]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkey backed opposition is shelling the city of Tal Rifaat with artillery. [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Turkish backed opposition initiated an attack on 17 Kurdish villages in the Al-Shahba and Afrin areas under heavy artillery fire. It says YPG units blocked the attack, killing 4 and wounding 11 opposition combatants so far. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Sharifa village, east of Deir Hafer, with mortars. [ICDNApril26]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army initiated intense attacks on Daesh units in 4 areas in the desert near Palmyra east and southeast of Palmyra inflicting heavy casualties on them and destroying various vehicles. The battles are taking place 85 km (53 miles) southeast of Homs and 75 km (47 miles) east of it. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions east of Tadmur with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of “Syrian Army soldiers” it killed or captured northeast of Tadmur. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos show captured boys in civilian clothes. 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian government says its army killed 21 Daesh combatants and wounded many others, and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle in battles in Maqaber, Maamel, and 137th brigade areas near Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

SOHR reported intense government airstrikes on Daesh position near the perimeter of Deir Ez-Zor airport and the Maqaber area. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in the Al-Maqaber area west of Deir Ez-Zor [DENApril26]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Sina’a in east Deir Ez-Zor. [DMNApril26] 

 

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

Syrian government says its army pushed Daesh back 6 km (4 miles) along a 20 km front east of Damascus towards the desert. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it attacked opposition group military positions in the Zubaida Mountains in east Qalamoun, killing six fighters, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DENApril26]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in Wahhabi activities west of Daraa. [ICDNApril26]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says one of its Egyptian suicide terrorists attacked a vehicle gathering of the Al-Tarabin tribe in Al-Barath village, south of Rafah, with a vehicle bomb, killing forty people and wounding others. It also says it damaged a vehicle with an IED west of the village. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh wants to make an “example” of this tribe, as it did with Albu Nimr in Iraq and Al-Shaitat in Syria. The tribe revolted against Daesh because Daesh attacked members of the tribe and confiscated their vehicles. Daesh claims tribe members became “Sahwas” and were armed by the Egyptian Army. 

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 2 Daesh loyalists in Ariana in northeast Tunisia. [Tunisien] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan 

Daesh says it destroyed an Afghan Army Humvee with an IED in the Shadal area in Achin in Nangarhar, killing the soldiers inside. [DENApril26]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

The Intelligence Service in Ninewa issued a video of many Daesh terrorists captured in the Mosul area. [Mawsleya]

 

IFP soldiers battle Daesh in Old Mosul [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]