August 30, 2016
Today’s Major Developments
Survey of Daesh mass graves finds 72 sites in Syria and Iraq, estimates up to 15,000 killed. […]
CENTCOM top general says Ninewa goal is liberation by the end of this year. […]
Daesh detonates an IED on a bus in Sadr City. […]
Daesh in Hawija beheads 13 people for helping others escape; arrests 40 more. […]
Daesh’s main international spokesman reported killed in Syria. […]
Arab units of Syria Democratic Forces take villages from Daesh in northwest Syria. […]
President Hollande criticizes Turkey’s assault on YPG. […]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
A survey of mass graves in Syria and Iraq has identified 72 sites in which Daesh buried victims of its atrocities. As many as 15,000 victims of genocide and mass slaughter may be buried in these sites, based on a comprehensive assessment by the Associated Press.
The figures are based on documentation and mapping of the 72 sites as well as excavations by Iraqi officials, survivor testimony, Daesh propaganda, and analysis of the ground where the victims were buried.
The numbers offer the clearest evidence yet of the scale of Daesh’s crimes as it eliminated enemies and minorities to establish its strongholds in Syria and then Iraq. Further mass graves are expected to be uncovered as Daesh retreats in the face of offensives by a US-led coalition and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
The study identified 17 mass graves in Syria alone, one with hundreds of members of a single tribe that was largely exterminated when Daesh seized the area. Sinjar Mountain, in Ninewa, where the Yazidis took refuge as the terrorists raided their ancestral home, contains six burial sites and more than 100 bodies. Some areas where mass graves were uncovered are still too dangerous for a comprehensive excavation that would provide an accurate count of the victims.
The report published in The Guardian notes that Daesh has flaunted its mass atrocities, publishing propaganda videos and images of its crimes. Three other mass murders already well documented are
the June 2014 Camp Speicher massacre in Tikrit, when Daesh murdered more than 1,500 Shia army cadets, the August 2014 massacre of more than 700 members of the Shaitat tribe in eastern Syria, and the summer 2014 rampage that killed 600 inmates at the Badoush prison near Mosul, their bodies likely in a grave just outside the prison. [The Guardian]
DaeshDaily comment. Iraq hasn’t finished exhuming Saddam’s mass graves yet. Obviously Daesh is depending on Saddam’s “experts” in this field.
Once Daesh is dislodged from all its Iraq territory, one of the government’s top priorities should be to comprehensively document all the mass graves and the atrocities that caused them, and seek justice for the family members who lost their loved ones, by bringing to justice as many as possible of those who supported Daesh in these crimes. Trials and executions have been ongoing for some time over the Camp Speicher massacre. The mass graves also symbolize the betrayal and sellout of some Iraqis by others, for which tribal and legal recourse will be applied on a mass scale to establish a measure of accountability. All of this will put a major strain on the justice system.
Iraq is on track to meet its objective of retaking Mosul from Daesh later this year, says the top general in the U.S. military’s Central Command. “It’s the prime minister’s objective to have that done by the end of the year,” said General Joseph Votel. CENTCOM oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East. Votel said momentum had firmly shifted against Daesh as it loses territory in its self-proclaimed “caliphate.”
Votel said the battle for Mosul could present a mixed picture for war planners, with Daesh retreating in some areas only to reinforce in others. “(Daesh) is having to make hard decisions, because they’re being pressured in a variety of ways,” Votel said. He pointed to the 2½ month battle by U.S.-backed forces in Syria to take back Manbij from Daesh as an example of how fighting could become protracted. “We should expect that in some places, perhaps in some parts of Mosul, they will cede that area to us, to the coalition, to the Iraqis. And then in other areas, they will fight harder to hold onto that,” Votel said. [Reuters]
General Votel says the Peshmerga will participate in liberating Mosul and he had discussed this with the KRG President, Masoud Barzani. [ARA]
Speaker Jubouri met with the KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss several issues including the preparations for the upcoming Ninewa battles, and the relationship between the central government and the KRG, according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. [ROJ]
The Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement saying anyone who owns mid-sized weapons like RPGs or machine guns, or heavy weapons, outside of government control will be arrested as a terrorist. [Forat]
The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq in the last 24 hours, in and around Ramadi (2) and Albu Hayat (1) in Anbar; and Sultan Abdullah (1), Tal Afar (1), and Mosul (2) in Ninewa. [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)
An MoI source says two people were killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in Rahmaniya. [Mada]
The MoI says a joint security force captured a Ministry of Culture employee and his brother on terrorism charges. [Etejah]
An MoI source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in the Kifah area. [Mada]
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
An MoI source says two Iraqi soldiers were killed and five wounded when armed men shot them in Hora village, in Tarmiya District. [Mada]
A member of the Security Committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council says Baghdad Operations Command troops killed several Daesh leaders and dismantled sleeper cells in Tarmiya and other areas in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Mada]
A police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Sumaria]
Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)
An MoI source says one person was killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Basateen, in Shaab. [Mada]
East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)
An MoI source says three people were wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Sadr City. [Mada]
Daesh’s version says it detonated an IED inside a bus in Sadr City, killing or wounding ten “Shia.” [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. Being a Shia is a crime to Daesh, for men women and children. Daesh doesn’t even try to hide these crimes by saying it attacked PMFs anymore. For the people in surrounding Sunni-governed countries who support this theme in Iraq, your turn will come.
An MoI source says a Baghdad Amanat (municipality) employee was killed when unknown armed men shot at his vehicle with silenced guns on the Mohammed Al-Qassem highway. [Mada]
Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)
An MoI source says two people were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a cemetery in Mada’in. [Mada]
South (Dora, Mahmudiya)
An MoI source says three people were killed and eight wounded when a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in the Darwish Intersection. [Mada]
Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses and defused 3 IEDs in the Manari area, in Arab Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page]
A security source says Baghdad Operations Command Explosives Ordinance Disposal defused a lorry bomb parked in a garage in Arab Jubour. [Harbi]
An MoI source says a Ministry of Education supervisor was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his official vehicle in Saidiya. [Mada]
West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)
A police source says a security force found a vehicle loaded with 35 Katyushas and 3 rocket launchers in Akarkouf in Abu Ghraib. The source says the rockets were prepared to be launched. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. A couple of similar trucks had attacked the Mujahideen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group living in a camp at the Baghdad airport in previous incidents, perpetrated by pro-Iran Shia militias. There are reports they are being moved elsewhere in the next few weeks.
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 17 (Includes only incidents reported)
Iraqi forces found (and defused) 97 IEDs, a Daesh guesthouse, 3 explosives vests, plus weapons and explosives in Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]
Iraqi Army 14th division defused 2 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 95 IEDs in addition to other explosives in the Qarma subdistrict of Falluja and in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BOC Facebook Page]
The PMFs Commission says eleven PMF fighters from Basra were taken to the hospital after being hit with chemical gases in the Jazeera Khaldiya conflict. It says some of the fighters are in “serious condition.” [Mada]
The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh guesthouse in Albu Ali Al-Jassem, killing 4 terrorists and destroying a mortar unit and a rocket launcher. [Mada]
Daesh says it targeted PMFs and Sahwa fighter positions in the Jaraishi area with 17 mortars. [JustPaste]
Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Jamiya area in Hit city. Daesh also says it targeted “Shia army” positions in Hit city with 15 mortars. [JustPaste]
A worried Mayor of Rutba says Daesh is gathering terrorists to launch an attack from 4 sides on Rutba city. [Mada]
A Salahuddin Police source says two displaced people were killed and four wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on their vehicle near the Tilul Al-Baj area. [Mada]
The MoD cites the Salahuddin Operations Command saying that its Explosives Ordinance Disposal teams destroyed a Daesh IED cache near Dibis village and 36 more IEDs in Tilul Al-Baj. It also says its troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Makhoul Mountains area. [AIN]
Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces with 14 mortars in different areas near Shirqat. [JustPaste]
Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces are the road between Haditha and Baiji with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi Army positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]
DaeshDaily comment. When all you can do is fire off mortar rounds from long distance, you are not in charge any more.
Salahuddin Provincial Council secretary says the PC voted to exclude Daesh families from the Governorate for 10 years. [IraqPress]
DaeshDaily comment. Sounds fair, but where would they go?
Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Zarqa area. [DawaAlhaq]
A security source says a civilian was killed when unknown armed men shot him in the Matar area, 8 km (5 miles) north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]
A security source says Daesh beheaded 13 civilians in Riyadh after accusing them of helping families to leave Hawija. [Ghadeer]
A security source says Daesh in Hawija arrested 40 more civilians who were trying to escape the District. [Sumaria]
A PMF commander says a Daesh Saudi terrorist fled Hawija with $300,000 he extorted from people of the city. He says many Daesh terrorists have fled Hawija after gathering large amounts of money from people. [Sumaria]
Russian Sputnik news agency says Daesh sewed up the mouths of four civilians with metal thread in the Tayaran area on the west side of Mosul because they were talking about Iraqi forces’ advances and Daesh defeats, according to a local source. [PressIraq]
In a bizarre and sad story, a local source says Daesh captured one of its fighters on the west side of Mosul and accused him of homosexuality. The source says the fighter, from an Arab country, was actually responsible for executing many young men in Mosul for homosexuality during the last few months. The source says those victims were forced by torture to give “confessions.” [Sumaria]
A senior JOC source says Daesh blew up houses of policemen, Army personnel, and government employees in Hammam Al-Alil. The source also says Daesh deployed its terrorists in schools and mosques in the subdistrict, and put its Ashbal Al-Khalifa boys at checkpoints. [Ghad]
Daesh issues photos of battles near the Hatra Intersection in the Qayara area. The photos also show a young Iraqi boy conducting a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh publishes photos of the Jordanian suicide terrorist who attacked the Iraqi Army with a vehicle bomb in the same area. [DawaAlhaq]
Iraqi government-backed militias have recruited children from a displaced persons camp in Makhmur to fight against Daesh. All security forces and armed groups are supposed to abide by international law and not recruit any fighters under age 18.
Witnesses and relatives told Human Rights Watch that two tribal militias recruited as fighters at least seven children from the Debaga camp on August 14, 2016, and drove them to a town closer to Mosul. These two militias are made up of local Sunni fighters and expected to play a key role in Mosul military operations. [HRW]
Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)
Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 50 mortars in the Sinjar area. [JustPaste]
The bodies of three American fighters, Levi Jonathan Shirley, William Savage, and Jordan Andrew, who were killed while fighting Daesh in Manbij, arrived in Suleimaniya on their way back to the US. [ROJ]
The Iraqi Government spokesman said the Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq violate Iraq’s sovereignty. He also demanded that Turkey coordinate with the Iraqi Government regarding any military operation inside of Iraq. [ROJ]
The Babel Criminal Court issued 3 death sentences on a Daesh terrorist who was responsible for several attacks including murdering two street traders in north Babel. [Buratha]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
After last week’s anti-Daesh raid in Ankara that led to 17 arrests, it was discovered that Daesh was using a five-story building on Ulucanlar Street as an “education” center. It appears that 30 children, 25 of them girls, were boarding in these rooms. The students were between 9 and 17. The organization was paying 4,000 lira in monthly rent for the building.
It has also been reported that Daesh members in Ankara have shaved off their beards and are making ends meet by working as street vendors. A small building that the organization used for discussion meetings in Hacıbayram quarter is said to have been demolished. [Cumhuriyet]
DaeshDaily comment. We thank our friend in Turkey for translating this report.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Daesh says its spokesman, Taha Falaha, AKA Adnani, was killed while checking in on military operations in Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq]
Coalition forces have not confirmed his death but the Pentagon acknowledged that he was targeted in a precision strike on Tuesday near Al-Bab, Syria. “We are still assessing the results of the strike, but Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to (Daesh),” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in a statement. [CNN]
Falaha was born in 1977 in Idlib in Syria and lived for a while in Haditha in Iraq. He was captured in Iraq in 2005 by the Coalition, but then was released. [EnabBaladi]
DaeshDaily comment. This leaves only Baghdadi as a well-known face in the chain of command.
The office of the US Special Envoy for Syria issued a statement denying Russian media reports about a Russia-US agreement to target fighters in Aleppo or to evacuate fighters from the city. It says the US has not begun to coordinate with Russia or Syria–militarily or otherwise. It says that wouldn’t make sense without Russia fulfilling its obligations in Syria. It says the US and Russia have not reached an agreement, but are working on agreements that, if achieved, will bring about the cessation of hostilities and save lives. [Dorar]
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday criticized Turkey’s “contradictory” military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a “protagonist” in the war. In a speech Tuesday, Hollande said “multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation” of the fighting that has devastated the country.
He said he could understand Turkey’s concern about protecting its borders and fighting Daesh, but criticized Ankara’s actions against Kurdish rebels allied with the US-led coalition who are fighting the extremists. [FirstStep]
The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Abu Kamal (1), Raqqa (1), Palmyra (1), and the other six near Manbij. [InherentResolve]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
The Jarabulus Military Council issued a statement saying a temporary cease fire, sponsored by the Coalition, was signed between the Council and Turkey. [Hawar]
Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for CENTCOM, confirmed the news about the truce and told Agence France Presse, “It’s a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days, and we are hoping that it will solidify. “In the last hours we have received assurance that all involved parties will stop shooting at each other and focus on the Daesh threat”.
The Presidential Commission of the Syrian Democratic Council issued a statement saying Turkey has killed around one hundred civilians, including women and children, and kidnapped and killed an entire family in the Jarabulus area, and asked the international community to intervene. It also says that the Turkey Deputy Prime Minister said Russia knew about the “Turkish invasion,” and the Syrian Government approved it. [Hawar]
A Turkey-backed opposition group commander says the groups continued their attack on Daesh positions west of Jarabulus and captured Kilya and Sha’ina villages after heavy battles. He also says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Ghandoura, killing large numbers of terrorists. [ARA]
Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on opposition groups in Kilya village west of Jarabulus. [A3maq]
Daesh says it destroyed 2 Turkish Army tanks with guided missiles in the same area after opposition groups captured the village. [A3maq]
The Turkish Army says one of its tanks was destroyed by a thermal rocket and three of its soldiers were wounded, by “terrorists,” west of Jarabulus. [BasNews]
Turkey says its Syrian opposition groups captured more than 400 square km, including 38 villages, from Daesh and the PYD in the Jarabulus and Azaz districts during the first week of Operation Euphrates Shield. [Anadolu]
Jaish Al-Thuwar, an Arab component of the Syria Democratic Forces, stopped a Daesh attack on Ihras, a Kurdish village in Azaz District, killing “tens” of terrorists. Daesh repeated the attack, and the battles are ongoing. [Hawar]
Jaish Al-Thuwar, supported by Al-Bab Military Council and the Democratic North Brigade, liberated Um Hawsh village south of Mare’ from Daesh after heavy battles. Daesh had killed three civilians and wounded seven others there, including women and children. [Hawar] [Hawar]
A video of the battles in Um Hawsh [Hawar]
Daesh says “American warplanes” targeted Um Hawsh village. Daesh also says the “YPG” attacked the village and battles are currently going on inside. [A3maq]
After capturing Um Al-Hawsh, Jaish Al-Thuwar liberated neighboring Um Al-Qura village in Azaz, 500m to the east, a few hours later, after heavy fighting with Daesh. [Hawar]
The explanation by the deputy commander of Jaish Al-Thuwar says his troops stopped a Daesh attack, then launched a counter-attack that captured Um Hawsh and Um Al-Qura villages, then advanced toward Harbal and Tal Qarah. He says six SDF fighters were killed. His units also destroyed a Daesh tank and damaged another in Kilya village. [ARA]
DaeshDaily comment. After yesterday’s discouraging stories about the SDF being attacked by the Turks, this was startling news. It appears that at least some Arab units in the SDF did not move east across the river with the YPG. Daesh probably saw a weakness it could exploit, and attacked the SDF, only to get beat.
Tens of civilians from Um Al-Hawsh and Harbal had escaped their villages after Daesh started shooting indiscriminately, wounding civilians. [Hawar] Daesh had used the 2 villages to attack Ihras. [Hawar]
Russian warplanes targeted fuel tanker trucks between Harbal and Ihras with cluster bombs, killing or wounding several people. Syrian Democratic Forces were reported in other media to have launched a massive attack on Daesh in Harbal. [Qasioun]
Turkish artillery shelled Dandaniya village west of Manbij and south of the Sajur River, at 7 pm Monday, killing five civilians, including three children. People from the village say the shelling was from Amarna village 8 km (5 miles) south of Jarabulus (video). [Hawar]
Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the YPG in Tal Hudhan village south of Manbij after the “YPG” “advanced to the village”. [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. Daesh said yesterday it had captured the village.
Other Northwest Syria reports
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Afrin in the northwest corner of Aleppo against the Turkish occupation. [Hawar]
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
Thousands of people demonstrated in Amuda, protesting against the Turkish Army. [Hawar]
Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]
DaeshDaily comment. That’s not actually a good sign for Daesh supporters who live there.
Daesh issues photos of mortaring “PKK positions” in the Ain Eissa area. [DawaAlhaq]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
The Syrian Army recaptured the silos area near Tadmur from Daesh. [SyriaNow]
Daesh issues photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in the silos area with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh says it captured Tal Al-Sawana near Huwaisis east of Homs, after a surprise attack, killing 20 Syrian soldiers and allied militia fighters. [A3maq]
Daesh says it targeted a Syrian Army barricade east of Aqareb village in Silmiya with mortars, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]
South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)
Daesh says battles continued in the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa between its affiliate Khaled Army and opposition groups for the 4th day in a row. Daesh says at least five opposition fighters were killed in the attacks so far. [A3maq]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has provoked an outcry after it automatically translated “Daesh” as “Saudi Arabia.”
The incident has led representatives of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy, as well as many members of the public, to demand a complete national boycott of the search engine.
Social media users first spotted the mistake, which soon went viral as people complained about the translation–with some describing it as an “insult”. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Independent: “Our product team fixed the error in the automated translation within hours of learning about it.” [Independent]
Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army M60 tank near the Sheikh Zuweid Police Station. Daesh also says it detonated another IED on an Egyptian Army patrol, killing or wounding several soldiers in the same area. [JustPaste]
A security source says security forces stopped an attack on a checkpoint in the Sadout area in Rafah, forcing the terrorists to flee. The sources say two soldiers were wounded. [VetoGate]
Four soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Rafah. [VetoGate]
Security sources say a Palestinian Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist responsible for smuggling explosives to Egypt was killed by an airstrike on his vehicle east of Masoura village, in Rafah. [VetoGate]
Daesh says it captured a tank, weapons, and ammunition in an attack on “Hafter militias” in the Qawarsha area. [A3maq]
Daesh says at least ten Libyan soldiers were killed and many others wounded in the attack. [A3maq]
The Libyan National Accord Government Military spokesman says the battles were stopped in Sirte, for fear that Daesh might be using civilians as human shields. He says Daesh had forced several Libyan girls to marry its terrorists, and had kidnapped 90-100 civilians. He says Libyan troops are removing IEDs and landmines from the liberated areas in the city. The military confirmed that the Daesh mufti of Libya, Hassan Al-Karami, was killed and published a photo of his dead body. The terrorist was accused in the infamous attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi that killed the US Ambassador and other Embassy personnel. [Rudaw]
People of the Wadi Jaref 30 km (19 miles) south of Sirte refused the National Accord Government military orders to evacuate areas between 50km west and 50km east of Sirte city and consider it a military operations area. The military had issued a statement asking people to leave areas around Sirte in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from sneaking outside the city. [AfriGate]
A Senior Pentagon official tells CNN that the US Army would extend the 30-day limit for the American airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. The US had said the airstrikes would be over by September 1st. [Wasat]
Daesh says it conducted 5 suicide attacks on National Accord Government “militias” in Sirte during the last 2 days. Daesh says it killed or wounded four hundred fighters and destroyed 4 tanks, a BMP armored vehicle, and several machine gun mounted vehicles during the last two days. Daesh also says American airstrikes on the city caused civilian damages. [A3maq]
DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh propaganda, Coalition airstrikes never hit Daesh, only civilians.
Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Libyan National Accord Government “militias” in the Bu Hadi area southeast of Sirte, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying their vehicles. [A3maq] [JustPaste]
Photos of Libyan and National Accord Government troops in Sirte. [AfriGate]
The former Tunisian Prime Minister says Tunisian authorities prevented 18,000 Tunisians from traveling to join terrorist organizations in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. [Wasat]
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, an Al-Qaeda linked group, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack that killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded others in the Samama Mountain area yesterday. [Tunisien]
Daesh says it assassinated a Pakistani Intelligence Service member in Peshawar. [A3maq]
A video of a man from Qayara whose four brothers were killed by Daesh. His son was also captured by Daesh and he doesn’t know anything about what has happened to him [Yalla]
A video of Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in the Bashiqa area [YouTube]
OTHER DAESH MEDIA
Daesh audio newsletter for today [Archive]
Daesh issues a propaganda video about one of its dead Iraqi military commanders. The terrorist was a colleague of Zarqawi and had fought with the AQI starting in 2003. [DawaAlhaq]