An Update On ISIS Activities

May 5, 2016

Iraqi Forces in Ameriyat Al-Falluja

Today’s Major Developments

Al-Abadi makes televised speech to calm the political crisis.

Foreign Minister nominee gets personal death threat.

NATO leader reiterates support for Iraq and the Iraqi government.

Battle for areas surrounding Falluja expands.

Political power showdown in Diyala deepens.

Daesh member in Falluja steals $580,000; Daesh members in Mosul harvest human body parts from prisoners to raise money.

UNESCO holds conference in historic Palmyra on how to restore the city.

Daesh captures oilfield from Syrian Army in Homs.

Daesh stages major attack in Libya.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi said in a televised speech that the current crisis in Iraq is political and should be solved within the constitution. He also says the demonstrations, with all their negativities, were an important step in building trust between Iraqi people and security forces, but anyone who wants the reforms should respect the law and preserve public property. He says he has issued orders to the MoI to follow up on the violations committed during the demonstrations. He says he hopes the CoR will resume its sessions soon and vote on the technocrat government. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Media sources say unknown armed men threatened the Ministry of Foreign Affairs nominee, Sharif Ali Bin Al-Hussein, in his house, warning him not to accept the position. [Buratha]

 

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from the General Secretary of the NATO to discuss the war on Daesh and NATO’s support in arming Iraqi forces. The General Secretary also expressed NATO’s support for Iraq and the Iraqi government, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi ordered an investigation regarding the temporary detention centers mentioned by Amnesty International. Amnesty says over 1,000 people are being imprisoned without being officially charged and are being kept in inhumane conditions. [Arabi21]

 

The international coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren says that Daesh is using locally made chemical materials in its attacks. He says the Coalition targeted the factories where Daesh is manufacturing the weapons, and provided gas masks for Iraqi forces. [Ghad]

Warren also says the American Embassy and the Coalition didn’t bring any more troops to the Green Zone and didn’t protect any MP, during the break-in. He says the Coalition’s efforts are focused on fighting Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD publishes videos of Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes on Daesh locations in Mosul, Hawija, and Falluja. [MoD Website] [MoD Website]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq. Six were in Falluja, others in Baghdadi; Baiji; Tal Afar, Kasik, Mosul, and three in Sultan Abdullah. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

The IWMC says a “small” fight occurred between a Rapid Intervention fighter and a security guard at the Green Zone gate. It also says the situation ended peacefully, and refuted social media reports about heavier clashes. [IKHNews]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says a civilian was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a market in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Dhabitiya. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found an explosives cache in Dhabitiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed the owner of a private electricity generator in Shaab, in Adhamiya.  [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ameen, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

A police source says the body of a girl was found shot in Talbiya. [Sumaria]

A security says unknown armed men shot a civilian in Baladiat. [Ghad]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi defused an IED in Madhanik in Arab Jubour. Iraqi units also found a Daesh exclusive cache in Baijiya in Arab Jubour. [MoD Website]

The Iraqi Army 25th brigade found a weapons and explosives cache in Yusufiyah. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A security source says a Mosque crier was severely wounded when a sticky IED exploded in his car in Bakriya. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:           (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. A security source says 10 Daesh terrorists were killed and 8 wounded during internal clashes after a local Daesh member ran away to an unknown location with his family after stealing $700 million ID ($580,000 USD) in Hay Nazzal in central Falluja. [Mada]

 

A tribal leader from Falluja says Daesh closed both bridges that link Falluja city to the west and prevented “tens” of families who wanted to cross. He says Daesh is anticipating an Iraqi attack on the city. [Sumaria]

 

West of Falluja. A member of the Security Committee in Anbar Provincial Council says Iraqi forces, supported by the Coalition, started the operations to liberate areas west of Falluja. He says the operation started in the Falahat area, a crossroads location just west of the city. [Mada]

 

The spokesman of the Falluja District Council says Iraqi forces, through loudspeakers, asked the people of west and southwest Falluja to raise white flags and stay away from Daesh locations. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi tank killed a Daesh sniper in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja. [MoD Website]

 

South of Falluja. The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower, started the 3rd stage of the liberation operations of the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection. The intersection is 7 km (4 miles) south of Falluja city and the Commander says Iraqi forces are only 1 km away. [Sumaria]

He says more than 130 Daesh terrorists were killed and 10 vehicle bombs and 13 tunnels were destroyed in the last 3 days. Four Iraqi soldiers, including the 39th brigade 2nd battalion commander, Colonel Mohammad Dhaher, were killed, and eight soldiers wounded. [Xendan]

 

The IWMC reported that the army 8th division, supported by tribal fighters, liberated the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection, killing 150 terrorists, 2 tunnels and 8 vehicle bombs. [IWMC] [MoD Website]

A member of the Security Committee in Anbar Provincial Council says Iraqi forces liberated the Al-Salam police station. He also says Iraqi forces and Coalition airplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Falluja District Council says Colonel Ihab Al-Aaraji, the commander of the Iraqi Army 30th brigade, 1st battalion, was killed by an IED on the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection. Another source says the commander was killed by Daesh mortar shelling on the area. [Maalomah] [Sumaria]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces cleared a strategic road near Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 30

Daesh terrorists. He also says security forces removed more than 400 IEDs and reopened the road. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA bombed a Daesh gathering in the Al-Hassi area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. [Maalomah]

 

A member of the Falluja District Council says 4 Iraqi soldiers were killed when they raided a booby-trapped house in the Fahailat area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed 2 Daesh anti-aircraft cannons and a headquarters, killing 17 terrorists, including 2 from Arab countries, in the Waheeda area south of Falluja. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces near the Al-Salam intersection with mortars, destroying an Abrams tank. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces at the Al-Salam intersection. [A3maq]

 

North and east of Falluja. Iraqi Army 14th division artillery shelled Daesh locations in Saqlawiya, Albu Shijil, Rofa, and Rashad, killing 13 terrorists, wounding 9, and destroying 2 vehicles. The division also defused 25 IEDs. [BOC Facebook Page]

Coalition planes killed 2 Daesh terrorists in Rofa. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The West Baghdad Operations commander says the IAF killed 6 Daesh terrorists in the Albu Awda area in Qarma. [Mawazin]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Falluja District Council says Iraqi forces attacked Daesh in an orchard in the Habbaniya area east of Ramadi, killing “tens’ of terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it shelled Tameem neighborhood near Ramadi with 5 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in Baraziya village northeast of Baghdadi, killing 11 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions near Dolab and killed 15 soldiers, destroying 9 vehicles. Daesh says all of its men returned safely. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IAA killed 8 Daesh terrorists in the thermal power station area north of Baiji. [MoD Website]

 

The IFP commander says Rapid Intervention units attacked Daesh locations in Al-Fatha and killed 2 terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

The IFP commander says Iraqi artillery destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in Makhoul, killing the terrorists inside. [Mawazin]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Operations Command troops found 20 IEDs near the Tikrit Highway. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations command destroyed a vehicle bomb, a hideout, 10 IEDs, and a weapons cache, and defused 3 booby-trapped houses in Mtaibija. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle in Mtaibija, killing three fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 3 IEDs in the Strategic Line area. [MoD Website]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The Dhuluiya Emergency Police commander says Iraqi forces cleared Mtaibija and Sheikh Mohammad, north of Dhuluiya, of terrorists. He also says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh tunnels and found weapons and explosives in the area. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A (Sunni) member of the Diyala provincial council says the session to impeach the governor (a Shia) was postponed for 20 days to “prevent blood shedding”. Prime Minister Abadi ordered the Dijla Operations Command to keep the peace in Diyala after armed men were deployed in several areas. Abadi also says security forces should not interfere in political issues. A “high ranking” source in Diyala says the names of four provincial council members were distributed at checkpoints in the governorate after these four (Sunni) members were accused of terrorism.   [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the kind of conflict that brings contempt for Iraqi politicians. We don’t know whether the Sunni-majority PC has adequate reason to impeach the Shia Governor, but it’s probably not worth destabilizing the governorate to do that. The response as shown in this story and yesterday’s reported attempted assassination doesn’t reflect any good government motives either. The Daesh story in Diyala is not only about sectarianism. It is a political problem with deeply rooted tribal issues. Daesh and the Shia militias are just tools in this conflict.

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a man and his wife in a commercial area in east Baquba.  [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi army patrol in the Luhaib area in Muqdadiya, killing an officer. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Iraqi forces defused 10 IEDs, destroyed 3 guest houses, and found a tunnel in the Udhaim area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an electricity tower in the Imam Wais area in Saadiya with an IED. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Qara Tapa in Kifri with 10 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle with an IED in Khanaqin. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says an IED exploded in a cemetery in Kirkuk, destroying many graves. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh religion tries to control people even after they die. In their skewed line of thinking, people are not allowed to have graves.

 

A local official says 101 people escaped Daesh controlled areas and were escorted by the Peshmerga to Kirkuk. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source says Daesh launched 15 rockets on Iraqi forces in Bashir, wounding two Turkmen PMF fighters. [Mada]

 

A Turkmen PMF source says 2 Turkmen PMFs were killed while trying to defuse a Daesh IED in Bashir. [Mada]

 

The Turkmen PMF commander says his troops defused a vehicle bomb parked on the road between Albu Faraj and Bashir. [Mada]

 

A Kirkuk police commander says an IED exploded near Rashad in Daquq, targeting a family who escaped Daesh controlled areas and wounding a 15 year old girl. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

A KDP official says more than 350 Daesh terrorists were killed yesterday by Coalition airstrikes in different areas in Ninewa. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The sum total of Daesh deaths from airstrikes in our stories today does not nearly back up this really high “estimate.”

 

Mosul

A Ninewa Police source says 16 Daesh terrorists were killed by a Coalition airstrike on the technical institute that Daesh used to store its weapons and explosives in north Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed the building of AsiaCell, a major mobile communications company, in the Shurta neighborhood in Mosul, killing a notable Daesh leader. However, an AsiaCell source denied the report. [PUKMedia]

 

Eyewitnesses say American helicopters and Special Forces conducted a helicopter landing in Mahalbiya and captured a Daesh leader called Maymoun Al-Afri. The witnesses say there was no resistance during the incident, because the area is nearly devoid of Daesh fighters. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga military position with heavy artillery in the Fadhliya Mountain area in Bashiqa. [JustPaste]

 

A local source says an armed group attacked a Daesh hisbah office in Mosul with a hand grenade, killing a hisbah official.  [Maalomah]

 

Another KDP official says Daesh is harvesting human organs from prisoners in Mosul. He says Daesh has begun trading these body parts for resources. [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

Coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren announced on Thursday that the Peshmerga forces managed to regain control of the Tesgofa area north of Mosul, after being attacked by 150 Daesh terrorists, while also emphasizing that the security forces killed 60 (Daesh) members and destroyed three car bombs.

Warren continued, “The attack on Tesgofa fits the (Daesh) pattern of launching high-profile attacks to gain attention in the wake of a series of battlefield losses.”  [Mada] [IraqiNews]

Rudaw says 156 Daesh terrorists were killed in the battles in Tesgofa. It also says Daesh executed 6 of its leaders publicly in Mosul after they were captured mid-escape on their way to Syria. [Rudaw]

Daesh publishes more photos from the Tesgofa battles. [JustPaste]

A KDP official says Daesh executed 25 of its terrorists after they fled from the battles in Tesgofa. Daesh also arrested 200 people from Mosul because they refused to join the battles. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Regardless of its dozens of killed terrorists, Daesh considers the Tesgofa battle a victory. Daesh is always victorious (even when it loses).

 

Daesh publishes photos of its charity activities in Tal Abta. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations commander says 20 Daesh terrorists were killed by an Iraqi airstrike on a weapons and explosives warehouse in the Jada’a area in Qayara. [AIN]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 14th command troops stopped a “violent” attack on Khara’eb Jabur village, killing 20 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The source also says no Iraqi casualties resulted from the attack. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 15th division artillery destroyed 2 Daesh mortar units, killing 6 terrorists in Haj Ali village. [MoD Website]

Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle and killed 5 Daesh terrorists in Awsaja village. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb and 2 weapons caches in Al-Jawa’na village. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Azza village. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its charitable activities in Kubruk village in Makhmur. Daesh has used boats to transport the food items, [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army vehicle with a guided missile west of Makhmur. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes a video of children reportedly killed by American airstrikes on Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

A senior Peshmerga commander says 600 Peshmerga fighters finished their training by the Coalition to fight Daesh. He says this training is different because modern American weapons and techniques were used. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

An IED exploded in the house of a Sadrist MP in Basra without causing human casualties. [Ghad]

 

Babel

An MoI spokesman says an IED exploded in a cemetery in Haswa, north of Babel, killing five people and wounding fourteen. This occurred during the burial of a relative of the people killed and wounded. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. In the latest issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine, Daesh claimed to have killed more than 14,000 people in Iraq and Syria during the last 6 months.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A local source says 23 Daesh terrorists were killed, including the hisbah emir of Manbij, as a result of an explosion in the hisbah headquarters in the city’s main market. The source says Daesh is making explosives in this location. [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Displaced people from Ninewa say they escaped to Kurdish areas in Syria because the Peshmerga did not allow them to return to their vehicles. They say they were trapped between Daesh and the Peshmerga. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Democratic Forces say Daesh is targeting SDF position near the Tishrin Dam with shells filled with chemical weapons. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a YPG SUV with 2 IEDs in Shalala village west of Al-Hawl. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its PR activities in Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Turkey-backed opposition groups captured 3 more villages, in addition to Dudyan, north of Aleppo, after heavy battles with Daesh. Heavy battles also erupted between Daesh and opposition groups near Mare’. Daesh shelled the city with heavy artillery and mortars. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes a video of a vehicle bomb attack on Syrian opposition groups near Dudyan village north of Aleppo. Daesh admits that the opposition had captured the village. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh near Mare’. [CJTF]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh tactical unit near Manbij on April 24 [CJTF]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups again shelled and rocketed the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo city, killing a YPG fighter. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it captured Qara Kubri village north of Aleppo after “light” clashes. After that, one of the Daesh terrorists, on his own, attacked Qara Mazraa village, where he killed or wounded several Turkey-backed opposition group fighters and damaged a machine gun-mounted vehicle before returning safely. Then a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked the same village with a car bomb, killing 10 opposition fighters. Daesh also says its terrorists attacked Dalha village, killing 4 fighters before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Turkish artillery targeted the area with 100 shells. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide attack. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of an American bombing in Akhtarin, north of Aleppo in the Azaz District. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Russian warplanes launched several rockets on Sukhnah city, east of Homs, killing or wounding “tens” of civilians. Syrian troops rocketed Daesh locations near Tadmur. [Qasioun]

 

14 UNESCO members and 150 journalists attended a conference in Tadmur to discuss a work plan for rebuilding the city. The Russian UNESCO rep says specialized teams need 5-7 years to recover archaeological sites. [SANA]

 

The Commander of Russian Explosives Ordinance Disposal says Russian experts removed 18,000 IEDs in Tadmur. He says they cleared 825 hectares and 8,500 buildings. [SANA]

 

A local activist says Daesh captured the Sha’er area east of Homs after 4 days of battles. He says 13 Syrian soldiers who were trapped at the gas company were killed, and 2 vehicles were destroyed. [ARA]

Daesh says it captured the entire Sha’er oilfield area, including the gas company, killing more than 30 soldiers and capturing others, plus capturing 20 T55 tanks, 10 cannons, and other weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

Daesh says more than 100 Syrian soldiers were killed in the area between yesterday and today. [A3maq]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh in the Sha’er oilfield area, destroying several vehicles. [SANA]

Daesh publishes more photos and a video from the Sha’er oilfield area. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

The Governor of Homs says a car bomb and motorcycle bomb, driven by suicide terrorists, exploded in Al-Mukhram city, killing twelve people and wounding four. [Maalomah]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Mukhram. [A3maq

 

Daesh says it attacked 2 Syrian Army positions near Al-Barda, east of Qaryatayn, killing 18 soldiers and destroying a personnel carrier as well as capturing a tank and a truck loaded with weapons and explosives. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says 25 Syrian soldiers were killed [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

A local activist says Syrian warplanes launched over 16 airstrikes in the Al-Barda area after the Daesh attack. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh publishes photos of beheading five men, accusing them of spying, in Bukamal. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops in the Albu Nasser area in Tahtouh with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of them. [JustPaste]

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

 

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

Daesh says it captured more buildings from Nusra in Yarmouk Camp, killing 2 of its fighters and wounding 3. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Interior says security forces raided a terrorism cell hideout in Mecca, killing 2 of them, while the other 2 detonated their explosive vests, killing themselves. No one else was hurt in the operation. Another raid occurred in Jeddah at the same time, and 2 more terrorists were captured. [IslamMemo]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian army personnel carrier on the international road between Arish and Rafah, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Security forces destroyed 2 cars and 3 motorcycles, killing 6 terrorists and wounding 9 south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces arrested 3 “dangerous figures”, in addition to 12 suspects in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

The body of an unknown man was found shot in Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Electricity service was restored in Sheikh Zuweid and Rofa after 5 days. Initial reports said terrorists attacked electricity lines, but this report says it was a technical malfunction. Water supplies remain cut off. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes propaganda videos of its operations in Sinai. [Dawla] [Dawla] [JustPaste] [Dawla]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says Libyan helicopters targeted terrorist groups in Qawarsha and Qanfouda in Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

The spokesman of the Ajdabiya Military Operations Room says the Oil Facilities Protection Guards are now under the Libyan Armed Forces Command, and they have no conflict with each other because they are both fighting Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

The Ajdabiya Military Operations room says it will crush any force attempting to prevent Libyan Army’s advance toward Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The commander of Libyan special forces arrived with a large group of troops in Ras Lanuf to participate in Sirte’s liberation. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan military commander says a Libyan warplane conducted an airstrike on Sirte. [Libya24]

 

However, Daesh moved its fighters in the opposite direction and seized the initiative.

Local sources in Sirte said a Daesh convoy of 22 SUVs and other vehicles headed southwest from Sirte toward Jufra. [Wasat]

 

Security sources say heavy clashes between Misrata troops and Daesh erupted in the Mahmiya area, 90km (56 miles) east of Misrata. Sources also say warplanes from Misrata bombed Bu Karin in Jaref. [Wasat]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh raised its flags in Bu Qarin, Washka, Zanzam, Qaddahiya, and Buerat. The sources say 50 Daesh vehicles loaded with terrorists are now in Bu Qarin, and some of them arrived at Saddada Bridge after the Misrata militias withdrew. [Wasat] [Notice above report that the initial convoy was 22 vehicles.]

Fajr Libya militia retreated to Misrata after Daesh captured several areas between Sirte, Misrata and Bani Waleed. [Libya24]

Daesh says one of its Tunisian suicide terrorists attacked Fajr Libya troops at Baghla intersection, opening the road for other terrorists to capture 3 villages. After that, the terrorists advanced west of Sirte and captured 3 villages in addition to Bu Qarin, capturing weapons and ammunition (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh says more than 30 Fajr Libya fighters were killed near Bu Qarin. Daesh says it cut off Fajr Libya’s final road between east and west Libya. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. For some reason, Daesh didn’t publish photos of any casualties from its “victory,” as it does as a matter of routine when there are casualties to show. This could be explained by the following story.

 

A Libyan military commander says what happened in Misrata, and Daesh’s consequent expansion, is proof that Misrata militias are colluding with Daesh and what happened was just a “sellout”, exactly like what happened in Sirte. He says this move was to prevent Libyan troops from advancing toward Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Media sources say twelve people were killed or wounded in the attack. The Chairman of the Military Council in Misrata announced general alerts. [AfriGate]

 

The Chairman of the High Council of State, Abdulrahman Asswehly, issued a statement mourning the death of 2 Libyan soldiers who were killed by Daesh east of Misrata, and asking Libyan forces to unite against Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

Back in Sirte, local sources say Daesh raided several houses belong to Al-Mi’dan tribe in Sirte, looking for former security members, and captured four brothers. [Libya24] [Wasat]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a young man in Sirte, accusing him of being a Salafi, and another young man from Gaddafi tribe. The source also says Daesh has a list of 46 people that they plan to execute and will execute six more people from that list today. [Libya24] [Wasat]

 

Local sources say Daesh announced a general alert in Sirte. The sources say a Daesh leader threatened citizens that their houses would be burned down if they leave the city, and asked them to be prepared to fight Libyan troops. Daesh also called for a mandatory public assembly in Sirte on Friday. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian security forces arrest a Daesh suspect responsible for sending terrorists to Libya through the guise of a staffing agency. [Wasat]

 

A landmine exploded on a Tunisian military vehicle on Mount Sammama in Kasserine, taking one soldier’s leg and wounding two other soldiers severely. The troops responded by shelling the mountain. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior says security forces captured 2 Daesh cells in El Kef. The first cell, with 5 members, was responsible for finance and logistics; the second, with 4 members, was responsible for recon and assassination. Security also captured explosives that were prepared for terrorist attacks. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Somalia

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Somali troops in the Sinka Deer area, just west of Mogadishu. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Misrata

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Vzte537

https://twitter.com/YuByu1

https://twitter.com/_184r

https://twitter.com/aaaassss16oi

https://twitter.com/aaaswqz

 

Other Daesh media  

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic and Turkish [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issued a statement warning that some people are communicating false stories, and claiming to be speaking for Daesh. Daesh says only its “official” media outlets should be trusted. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

 

May 4, 2016

US Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV

Today’s Major Developments

Sistani criticizes Iraq’s self-serving politicians.

Great Britain will send more military support to Iraq.

Iraqi forces gain ground in campaign south of Falluja.

Tension arises over Diyala impeachment move against Governor.

Peshmerga regain control in Nineveh Plain after yesterday’s Daesh attack.

Peshmerga stop Daesh attacks in Tal Afar, Sinjar.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

‌ Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s office issued a statement refuting media reports about taking a political stance on nominating political figures for government positions, or even meeting with any politicians. However, it also said the marjiya is watching the events in Iraqi closely and is feeling sadness for what’s happening to the country, criticizing the politicians who are acting in their own interest. [Sumaria]

 

President Masoum says holding a COR session is of high priority, requesting the political parties do everything in their ability to make this happen. [Sumaria]

 

Ammar Al-Hakim, the leader of the ISCI, says he refuses to accept the “kidnapping” of the COR by sit-in MPs or by uncontrolled demonstrators. He says there is an organized campaign to “break the dignity” of the CoR and warned that there are politicians who are ready to burn Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

A leader of the Sadrist Al-Ahrar CoR block says Al-Ahrar is forming a non-partisan and non-sectarian bloc to lead Iraq out of this difficult crisis. He says that when the CoR MPs assaulted the Prime Minister, a national figure, with water bottles, it was as big a violation as breaching the Green Zone. [Mada]

 

The leader of the Shia AAH militia says he demands early CoR elections. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Prime Minister Abadi issued an order to replace the commander of the special forces responsible for the protection of the Green Zone. [Sumaria]

 

Saraya Al-Khorasani, an Iran-backed Shia militia, issued videos showing its fighters deployed in Karrada and Jadriya, near the Green Zone. [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Prime Minister Abadi visited the Joint Operations Command and met with military and security leaders to discuss Falluja liberation operations and the plan to liberate Mosul, according to a statement from his office. Abadi also says the battle against Daesh is the most important element in Iraq’s stability, asking everyone to put aside their differences and support Iraqi forces in the battle. [Sumaria]

 

Britain is poised to send more troops to Iraq to battle (Daesh), UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon announced. Ammunition will also be given to the Kurdish Peshmerga after fighters complained they had no bullets for the machine guns gifted by the UK.

This came as Mr. Fallon headed to Germany to meet with his international counterparts. Iraqi forces have Daesh on the “back foot” and the jihadi organization is losing territory, Mr. Fallon said. The UK Government is ready to offer fresh support, which is likely to mean extra troops, to “intensify” the operations. The Mirror reported on Monday that UK Special Forces units now have the green light to resume covert parachute assaults against Daesh terrorists in Iraq. [Mirror][IraqPress] [Mirror]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s bombed Daesh locations in different areas in Ninewa and in Hawija District, destroying hideouts and vehicle bomb factories, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The MoD issues a video of Iraqi Cessna Caravan airstrikes on Daesh targets in Anbar, Salahuddin, and Diyala. [MoD Website]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 22 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Falluja (5), Hit (1), Albu Hayat (1), Baiji (1), Bashir (2) Mosul (10), Sinjar (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1).  [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The MoI says security forces captured a man who was released by Daesh from Badoush prison in Mosul in 2014. The man was serving a life sentence for armed robbery. [Maalomah]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Husseiniya, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

An MoI source says a Ministry of Trade employee was killed and another wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in Adhamiya. [Mada]

A police source says the bodies of 2 unknown men were found shot in the Fahama area. [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, Baghdad Al-Jadida)

An MoI source says an MoI employee was killed and two wounded when unknown armed men shot at their vehicle on Qanat Street. [Mada]

An MoI source says municipality workers found the bodies of three unknown men buried in the Ma’amel area. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says a man and his daughter were killed when an IED exploded under their car in Mada’in. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on PMF fighters in Mada’in, wounding one of them. [JustPaste]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A police source says a journalist was wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Abu Dsheer. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED exploded on a PMF convoy in Arab Jubour, killing one fighter and wounding five. [Mada]

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Sadda in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Manari in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on PMF fighters in Sayafiya in Arab Jubour, wounding one of them. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated mortars and mortar shells in Sayyed Abdullah. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade troops defused 2 IEDs in Albu Aitha. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Saidiya, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular cafe in Iskan, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   17    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja City. IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh command center and a communications center, killing many terrorists in Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

South of Falluja. The JOC says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes, continued the operations to clear the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection, killing 36 Daesh terrorists, and destroying 4 vehicle bombs, 3 motorcycle bombs, in addition to defusing 47 IEDs. [Harbi]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi ground and air units, supported by the Coalition, destroyed 10 Daesh tunnels and 8 vehicle bombs, killing more than 100 Daesh terrorists during the operation. [Sumaria]

A member of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council says Iraqi forces liberated Albu Khamis, Albu Khalid, Albu Assi, and Albu Manahi areas on the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection. He also says Daesh allowed the families of its terrorists safe passage through this area and used the other families as human shields. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version says one of its suicide bombers attacked Iraqi units in the Albu Assi area southwest of Falluja. [A3maq] Daesh says at least thirty Iraqi soldiers and Sahwa fighters were killed or wounded in the attack, which it says also destroyed a tank, 2 armored vehicles, a Humvee, and a bulldozer. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb at the Al-Salam intersection, southwest of Falluja, killing fourteen soldiers. [A3maq]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi Army 8th division troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that was inside a booby-trapped house in the Albu Assi area, north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja. He also says the division found weapons left by Daesh terrorists before they fled from the liberated areas in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Iraqi forces liberated a public school that was used as a Daesh headquarters in the subdistrict. Iraqi forces also defused IEDs in the school and captured 3 heavy machine guns in addition to other weapons and ammunition. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its sniper killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tala’a in Zoba’. [JustPaste]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb south of Falluja [YouTube]

 

North and east of Falluja. Iraqi Army 14th division artillery shelled Daesh locations in Saqlawiya, Qarma, and Rofa, killing 13 terrorists and wounding 17, and destroying a vehicle. The division also defused 10 IEDs in its area of operations. Another terrorist was killed by a Coalition airstrike on Rofa. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Rapid Intervention units rocketed 2 Daesh hideouts in the Subaihat area of Qarma, killing 17 terrorists.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 60th brigade troops destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles in Ma’amir, killing the terrorists inside. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Risalyoun, a PMF faction, says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Qarma, killing 3 terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

A video of the battles in Qarma [Ajel]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraq Army Air (IAA) targeted a Daesh meeting in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area northwest of Ramadi, killing 20 terrorists, including some commanders, and destroying several vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Jaraishi area, north of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces found a Daesh document in one of Daesh’s guesthouses in the Suhaila area, 15 km (9 miles) from Hit. He says the document is a letter from the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, and consists of an account of Daesh losses in Iraq as well as a request for his troops to retreat. The document also contained names of Daesh leaders and members in Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 7th division cleared 8 km of roads around Hit. The division also found an explosives vest west of Kubaisa cement factory. [Harbi]

 

Residents of Baghdadi asked the Iraqi government to intervene and stop Daesh shelling on the city. They say more than seventy people were killed in one month, in addition to many wounded, and several houses and vehicles were destroyed. [Sumaria]

 

Haditha

Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says Iraqi forces completed clearing the road between Hit and Haditha from IEDs. The cell also says Iraqi forces captured 11 Daesh vehicles, 69 heavy machine guns, and 20 explosive vests, in addition to other weapons, and killed 60 terrorists during these operations. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 34th brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Haditha/Thirthar Lake military sector, killing 14 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of lighting a large number of cigarette boxes on fire in Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA bombed a Daesh military position near Al-Fatha northeast of Baiji, killing 3 terrorists. [Ghad]

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Fatha, killing 8 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed several terrorists in Msahaq village. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army tank in the Asmeda area with a guided missile. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh shovel in Sukariyat in Siniya, with a Kornet rocket, killing the terrorists inside. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 5 terrorists and destroying a machine gun mounted pickup vehicle. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 66th brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the thermal station area, killing 5 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

The brigade also killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a rocket launcher in Masoud village. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

A security source says a police colonel was killed and 4 of his policemen wounded when they raided a booby-trapped house in the Ain Al-Faras area west of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

Security forces captured a Daesh suspect in the Hay Al-Assri area in Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

The JOC says Samarra Operations Command (SOC) troops defused 4 IEDs and destroyed an explosives hideout in the Thirthar area. SOC also started an operation to search and clear the Mtaibija area and its surrounding villages. [Harbi]

IFP fighters stopped a Daesh attack in the Mtaibija area, forcing the terrorists to flee.

[MoD Website]

 

The JOC says Salahuddin Operations command troops defused 15 IEDs in the Strategic Line (pipeline) area. [Harbi]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi Army 74th brigade units destroyed 3 IEDs in the Zor Albu Hisham area in Yathrib, south of Balad.

[MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A local source says the Chairman of Diyala Provincial Council survived an assassination attempt near the Ghalbiya Bridge, 20 km (12.5 miles) northwest of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A member of Diyala PC says the Council will hold the governor impeachment session in Al-Salam in Al-Khalis instead of Baquba due to the security breaches that occurred during the last session. [Mada]

 

The Diyala Police spokesman says a police force captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in the Himrin Dam area northeast of Baquba. [Mada]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Chief of Police says a police force defused an IED near a house outside of Muqdadiya. [Buratha]

 

A member of the Diyala PC says the local government of Abu Saida, in coordination with security forces, finished constructing roads in the Mukhaisa and Sheikhi villages east of the subdistrict. He says this will minimize the terrorist activities of Daesh sleeper cells in the area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says 2 Peshmerga brigades, equipped and trained by the Americans, were moved from Erbil to Kirkuk to fight Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed a Kurdish security member in Qara Hanjeer subdistrict. [JustPaste]

 

Hawija

A security source says an IED exploded on a group of people escaping Daesh controlled areas near the frontlines between Dibis and Hawija, killing four of them and wounding two. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Peshmerga vehicle in the Maktab Khalid area in Riyadh, killing 3 fighters and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest

A security source says unknown armed men attacked 3 locations with IEDs in the Khabaz oilfield near Sabounchiya village, 30 km southwest of Kirkuk, stopping production in the 3 fields. [Mada]

 

The spokesman of the Turkmen PMFs says Explosives Ordinance Disposal units are clearing hundreds of IEDs and land mines planted by Daesh in Bashir. [Etejah]

A video of a Daesh tunnel in Bashir [YouTube]

 

The IWMC says the Turkmen PMFs destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Tal Al-Joul village, near Bashir, with a Kornet rocket. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations and vehicles in and near the Mosul area, including Qubba village, Nimrud, Ghabat, and Bashiqa’s Kanouna village, in addition to the outskirts of Tesgofa, killing more than 30 terrorists and wounding “tens”. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a large Daesh vehicle bomb factory, a trailer loaded with chemicals, and 3 other vehicles in Ninewa, killing 8 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Australia’s most wanted terrorist, Neil Prakash, the (Daesh) operative behind a string of failed Australian terror plots, has been killed in a US military air strike in Iraq. He inspired plots to wreak havoc in Australia and encouraged others to fight with the murderous (Daesh).

His death was part of a series of targeted assassinations that also killed Australian woman Shadi Jabar, the sister of Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar, The Australian reports. US military officials have told the Australian government that Prakash and Jabar were killed in separate air strikes.

Prakash, the most senior Australian fighting with (Daesh), was killed last Friday along with about a dozen fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. [News] [Maalomah]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh local terrorist in the Ubour area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos from inside the educational hospital in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Nineveh Plain

The U.S. Navy SEAL killed by direct fire during a major Daesh attack in Iraq was identified Tuesday as Charlie Keating IV, a Phoenix high school graduate. “Our state and nation are in mourning today over the loss of a U.S. serviceman — and one of America’s finest,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement.

Coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that the clash between Daesh and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces the advisers were assisting was “a big fight, one of the largest we’ve seen recently.”

Keating’s death is the third American combat loss since the U.S. redeployed forces to Iraq in the summer of 2014 to advise local forces and conduct Special Operations missions. The 31-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class was on his third tour in Iraq. [NBC]

 

The General Peshmerga Command says more than 100 Daesh terrorists were killed and 42 military vehicles were destroyed in the Daesh attack on Tesgofa yesterday. It also says the Peshmerga recaptured all of the locations Daesh had taken. It says several Peshmerga fighters were killed or wounded, and an American soldier was killed. [Sumaria]

Ten Peshmerga fighters were killed and 25 wounded, according to Rudaw. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says its terrorists “realigned” from the areas they captured yesterday. [A3maq]

 

The Nineveh Plain Protection Units commander says a group of Daesh terrorists were hiding in Tesgofa and attacked Peshmerga troops. He says the Peshmerga killed 9 of the terrorists including 2 suicide bombers and captured 4. He says a Peshmerga lieutenant commander was killed in the attack. [Sumaria]

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga Lt. Colonel was killed and 4 fighters wounded in the Daesh attack in south Tesgofa. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its battles near Tesgofa. [JustPaste]

 

A medical source says the bodies of 78 Daesh terrorists killed in yesterday’s battles in Makhmur and Tesgofa arrived at the morgue in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured in Tesgofa. [YouTube]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Police source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Khattab, Kharbadran, and Mahana villages, killing 17 terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Operations command source says Iraqi Army 15th division artillery destroyed a Daesh mortar unit in Haj Ali village, killing 6 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says two Peshmerga fighters were slightly wounded in clashes with Daesh terrorists who tried to sneak into Abu Sheeth village in Gwer. He denied reports about heavy battles in the village. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Peshmerga recon drone over Al-Nassr village. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga captain says his troops stopped a Daesh “violent attack” on Qasaba Al-Ra’i village north of Tal Afar. He says Daesh used heavy artillery in the attack, but the Peshmerga responded and destroyed several cannons and mortars. [Maalomah]

 

A PUK official says Peshmerga troops stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Khara’ej village in Sanoni subdistrict in Sinjar, killing “tens” of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading two men in Tal Afar, accusing them of providing information to the Iraqi government and the Coalition. Daesh showed photos of destroyed buildings and claimed that the two men gave the information that led to the airstrikes that destroyed the buildings. Daesh beheaded one of the men in one of these locations. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling and rocketing Peshmerga military positions west of Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, issued a statement after meeting the UN rep in Iraq, saying regardless of the problems between Baghdad and Erbil, the KRG thinks it’s not in the best interest of Iraq or the region to have a political, administrative, or security vacuum. He also says the KRG will continue to support the current Iraqi government. [Sumaria]

 

Former KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih said, after a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador, that “what was established in 2003 is coming to an end. Iraq is entering into a new stage and the Kurds will play an important role in that stage. The Kurds should work for a new Iraq and should unite themselves and not allow history to repeat itself.” [Rudaw]

 

The Deputy Chairman of Ninewa PC says the federal government rejected the council’s request to open more training camps for volunteers from Ninewa. He asked the government to keep its promises and arm the tribal volunteers in order to liberate Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A local source says three Yazidi girls who were trained by the YPG to fight Daesh were killed in a Turkish anti-PKK airstrike in the Qandil Mountains. The source says two of the girls had been imprisoned by Daesh and managed to escape. [Harbi]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Muthanna

The Muthanna provincial council passed a resolution to fire the directors of the intelligence service, military intelligence, and national security in the governorate after the double car bomb attack on Sunday. [Sumaria]

 

The roads to Muthanna were closed and security forces were deployed heavily, following information received about 2 vehicle bombs. [BasNews]

 

Babel

The Babel police chief says 2 men were arrested on terrorism charges in Babel. [Mawazin]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

A Turkish newspaper says Turkish military commanders say they provided American warplanes with the locations of Daesh in Syria, but the Americans did not hit the targets. They say the Americans’ goal was to present the Turkey-backed Syrian opposition group as “weak”, and to strengthen the perception of PYD positions. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Or maybe the Americans just didn’t want to bomb the PYD?

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey will send ground troops to Syria for self-defense if necessary. He says the UN resolutions against Daesh provide legitimacy for such a step. However, he says, Ankara prefers an international consensus. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

An Asayesh source says an IED exploded on a YPG SUV, wounding three Kurdish counter-terrorism soldiers in Qahtaniyah in Hasaka. [BasNews]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists sneaked into Qahtaniyah city and planted the IED, killing three (YPG) counter-terrorism fighters. [JustPaste]

 

A PYD official says 2,700 Iraqis displaced from Ninewa arrived in Al-Hawl, southeast of Hasaka, after the KRG refused them passage into Kurdistan. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh numbers have decreased rapidly in Jarabulus. Other sources say Daesh has lost more than 1,000 of its terrorists, who went back to their countries. Other sources say Daesh is trying to recruit children to fill in the gaps in their ranks. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacks on YPG locations in Hasaka. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh publishes a map of its territory in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh shows a video of its propaganda and recruitment activities in Aleppo’s villages. [JustPaste]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups heavily attacked Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo with rockets, killing a civilian and wounding three others. [Hawar] [Hawar]

The opposition groups shelled a Bafloun village in Afrin with mortars, killing one civilian and wounding two. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army position northeast of Tadmur, killing four soldiers and capturing one. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the captured soldier. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched a major attack on Syrian troops near the Gas Company in the Sha’er area. Daesh says it started with a suicide attack, then its terrorists captured 13 Syrian Army military positions, killing several Syrian soldiers, and captured 3 tanks, 2 vehicles, and other weapons and ammunition. Daesh says the company is now within its range of fire. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the battles. [A3maq]

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

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says its terrorists captured Syrian army military position in Al-Tahtouh neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor, killing several soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the battles. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the areas it captured from Syrian troops on Sunday between Al-Tahtouh and Al-Sinaa neighborhoods. [A3maq]

 

Daesh launches a large attack on Syrian military positions near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. The attack started with heavy shelling and rocketing. Syrian troops responded with heavy artillery shelling. [Qasioun]

 

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

Syrian opposition groups and Nusra Front launched a large attack on Daesh locations west of Daraa. They started the attack with heavy shelling on Daesh affiliates, Liwa’ Shuhada, Al-Yarmouk and Al-Muthanna Movement, in Ain Dhikr. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man it claimed is Nusra Front’s assassination official in Yarmouk Camp. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

The Jordanian Border Guard Commander says his troops captured a pigeon carrying a message from Daesh to an unknown person in Jordan. He also says a Daesh recon drone was captured while it was flying into Jordan over the eastern border. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The body of an unknown man was found shot in Sheikh Zuweid. Eyewitnesses say takfiri terrorists threw the body of a man onto the international road. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian soldier was killed when an IED exploded on a fuel tank and an armored vehicle on the main road towards the Sheikh Zuweid general hospital. [ElWatan]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [JustPaste]

 

An IED exploded in the Kilo 17 area in Arish, targeting a police convoy without causing any casualties. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers wounded an Egyptian soldier in the Taweel area, east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol in Abu Shanar village, west of Rafah, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

The Libyan Army turned over a Jordanian Daesh senior terrorist who was captured in Libya to the Jordanian government. [Libya24]

 

Northeast

Media sources say 2 Libyan warplanes launched airstrikes on terrorists in north Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan special forces commander says his troops discovered a secret Daesh prison equipped with torture devices and found lists of prisoners’ names near Jazeera Anabib in Benghazi center. He also says the list of names of special forces soldiers was found in a nearby ranch. [Libya24]

 

The commander of the oil facility’s guard force says all of the oilfields in the Al-Wahat area are secured. He also says his troops are ready to join the Libyan Army to liberate Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The commander of the Sirte Liberation Operations Room says Libyan troops are preparing to start the liberation of Sirte today, asking for citizen cooperation. [Libya24]

 

Daesh executed three military servicemen in Sirte, one from Benghazi and one from Derna. Local sources say Daesh put sand barriers and barbed wires at city entrances west and south of Sirte. [Libya]

 

The Libyan Center for Terrorism Studies says Daesh executed a 16 year old boy in Sirte because they found pictures of Gaddafi on his mobile phone. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its sharia seminars in Bin Jawad. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

The chairman of the local council in Bani Walid says the city, south of the Mediterranean coast, has reached its maximum capacity for displaced families, as there are currently 2,000 such families from Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Morocco

The Morocco Ministry of Interior says it captured the Daesh leader in Saidiya in addition to another terrorist. Both of the terrorists had attempted to leave to join Daesh in Libya. [Libya24]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

The Libyan Center for Terrorism Studies page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/hghfeedcddfg

https://twitter.com/xevf11

https://twitter.com/pooooq_pooooq

https://twitter.com/ahmad23424102

https://twitter.com/89Byu

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Two more Daesh propaganda videos [Al-Khayal] [Al-Khayal]

 

 

May 3, 2016

Peshmerga Fighters Killed in Tesgofa

Today’s Major Developments

Daesh stages surprise major attack on Peshmerga near Mosul; US Navy Seal, British volunteer killed.

Al-Abadi confers with National Security Council on Baghdad security.

20 Iraqi journalists were killed in the last 12 months

Iraqi forces advance on all sides of Falluja.

Iraqi forces have captured all villages between Hit and Baghdadi.

Iraq declares the siege on Haditha broken.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s office issues a statement saying the Prime Minister met with the National Security Council to discuss the security situation in Baghdad and the procedures to protect the government establishments. Abadi says demonstrators should commit to using only the designated areas. [Mada]

 

A State of Law MP says his party refuses the idea of moving COR sessions outside of Baghdad. [Mada]

 

The Deputy Minister of Health says the Ministry will send a specialized team to check the chemical pollution resulting from Daesh chemical attacks in Salahuddin, Kirkuk, and Anbar. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Journalism Freedom says 20 Iraqi journalists were killed by Daesh between June 2015 and May 2016. It also says 435 photographers and media technicians were killed since 2003. [Sumaria]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 25 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq: Falluja (6), Ramadi (1), Hit (1), Baghdadi (1), Albu Hayat (1), Rutba (1), Bashir (1), Baiji (2), Mosul (7), and Qayara (4).

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A local police source says the body of a Sahwa member was found shot in Falahat village in Tarmiya. [Maalomah]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A police source says an IED exploded in a farm in Sayafiya, killing the owner of the farm. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a bulk produce market in Yusufiyah, killing two people and wounding eight. [Mada]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

A police source says 3 Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Rasheed. [Sumaria]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says General Ghalib Al-Bahadli, a senior MoD consultant, was killed by armed men in his vehicle in Mansour. The source says Daesh’s Baghdad wilayat claimed responsibility for the attack. [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ghazaliya, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

The Iraq Federal Police (IFP) Commander says his troops found a rocket launcher in Radwaniya. [Harbi]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7      (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. Al-Tayar Al-Risali, a Shia PMF unit, says it rocketed a Daesh meeting in Falluja city, killing 11 terrorists and wounding others. [Mawazin]

 

South of Falluja. The Anbar Provincial Council announced today that Iraqi forces started the liberation campaign in south Falluja District and captured the Albu Youssef and Fahailat areas in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 20 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. The operation aims to open secure routes for families trapped in the city. [Mada] [Maalomah]

 

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict says Iraqi forces liberated the Albu Hassan area south of Falluja, and defused “tens” of booby-trapped houses and IEDs. [Maalomah]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces liberated the Albu Assi area, south of Falluja, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition and Iraqi airpower killed 60 Daesh and destroyed a vehicle bomb and 10 guesthouses, and took control of 4 km (2.5 miles) on the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Al-Salam intersection. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, attacked its locations in the Jaffa area near Ameriyat Al-Falluja. Daesh says one of its Iraqi terrorists conducted a suicide attack on the Iraqi forces, killing or wounding “tens”, including a brigade commander, and destroying 6 vehicles. Daesh says the clashes are ongoing. [JustPaste]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh tunnels, killing terrorists inside during military operations south of Falluja. [Sumaria]

An Anbar Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes and IAA helicopters destroyed 4 Daesh headquarters and a vehicle bomb and killed 12 terrorists during the operations south of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

An Anbar police source says the commander of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja PMF brigade was wounded with 3 of his associates during the battles with Daesh. [BasNews]

 

The subdistrict council of Ameriyat Al-Falluja announced a curfew until further notice after Daesh attacked the residential compound with rockets and mortars. [Mada]

 

West of Falluja. The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces broke through Daesh defense lines in the Albu Abdul Hassan and Sadda areas west of Falluja, killing 20 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces attacked Daesh location in Saqlawiya, west-northwest of the city, killing the Daesh military leader of Falluja, a Syrian terrorist called Hashim Al-Halabi, and 7 of his associates. [BasNews]

 

North and east of Falluja. Iraqi Army 14th division artillery shelled Daesh locations in Saqlawiya, Qarma center, and Rofa (in Qarma subdistrict), killing 9 terrorists and wounding 15, destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. 14th Division troops killed 3 terrorists and wounded 2, and destroyed a vehicle, 32 IEDs, and 10 hideouts. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 Daesh guest houses, a weapons and ammunition storehouse, 9 boats, 2 vehicles, and combat locations in Albu Shijil (northwest), Albu Ali Al-Jassem (east), and Rofa.

Iraqi Army 60th brigade troops killed 13 Daesh terrorists and wounded 4, destroying 2 guest houses in Maamir. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Rofa. Daesh also says it attacked Iraqi forces in the area with an SBG9 rocket. [JustPaste]

 

A PMF source says PMF units ambushed and killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

The Khaldiya council Chairman says the IAA killed the Daesh wali of Jazeera Khaldiya, Abu Muslim Al-Muhajir, and 3 of his associates during an attack on a Daesh hideout in the area. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh meeting in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem north of Ramadi, killing 20 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a PMF vehicle destroyed by an IED in the Thumail area, southeast of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces have liberated all of the villages between Hit and Baghdadi. [Etejah]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAF and IAA, cleared liberated 13 villages on the road between Hit and Baghdadi during the last few days. The JOC also says 259 terrorists were killed and 21 wounded, and that 33 vehicles, 11 motorcycles and more than 3,000 IEDs, 14 tunnels, and other weapons and explosives were destroyed. 12 booby-trapped houses were defused during the operation. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its attacks on Iraqi forces. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know why they’re celebrating.

 

Haditha

The JOC announced officially, after the Hit operation, that Iraqi forces have broken the siege on Haditha. He declared the roads between Hit, Haditha, Baghdadi, and Ramadi open. [Harbi]

 

The Mayor of Haditha District asks the Iraqi Government to reopen government offices and restore services in Haditha and Baghdadi, requesting food and fuel now that the Daesh siege has been broken. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces found an underground weapons and explosives storehouse in the Alus area. [Harbi]

 

A tribal PMF commander says the air flights between Baghdad and the Ain Al-Asad base will now be stopped because Iraqi forces control the road to Haditha. The air flight arrangement was put in place when the road to Haditha was occupied by Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and other Daesh hideouts in Al-Qa’im, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Buratha]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An Iraqi special forces commander says Iraqi forces stopped a massive Daesh attack during the last 3 days in the thermal station area of Baiji, killing more than 130 terrorists, most of them from Asia. [Mawazin]

 

A Salahuddin Operations command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Fatha, killing 4 terrorists and destroying a weapons cache. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee, killing several soldiers, in an attack near Albu Juwari, north of Baiji, on Monday. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says battles continued near Albu Juwari. Daesh says after targeting Iraqi Army positions with 30 mortars and 15 Katyushas, its terrorists clashed with Iraqi forces, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a Humvee. [JustPaste]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops destroyed 3 machine gun mounted vehicles and a rocket launcher in the Makhoul Mountains. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi units in the Asmeda area with heavy artillery. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV in the Laqlaq area north of Al-Alam, killing or wounding several fighters. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The JOC says Salahuddin Operations command troops defused 16 IEDs in the Dayoum area. [Harbi]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A Salahuddin COR member says a tribal agreement was reached and displaced families from Yathrib subdistrict will go back to their houses after they pay blood money to the families of Daesh victims. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a breakthrough. Within tribal rules, the family of the killer should leave the area or face retribution. The other solution, and only if the family of the victim agrees, is to pay blood money for the family of the victim. Sometimes even the killer himself could avoid the tribal hunt by paying blood money, but not the justice system. In this agreement, the families of Daesh terrorists, but not the terrorists themselves, will be pardoned, and will be allowed to go back to their houses. It is an important step towards reconciliation. Many Daesh members’ families (by the thousands) are still not allowed to go back to their houses in north Babel, Diyala, and other areas. In some cases, the entire Sunni community of such mixed areas was not allowed to return.

Even in Sunni areas, like Ramadi or Hit, a tribal solution must be reached before the families of Daesh terrorists could return. 

 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Dijla Operations Commander, in a meeting with tribal leaders and security officials, says the command put together a plan to arm tribal PMFs in Udhaim subdistrict to help Iraqi forces hold their ground. He also says the command is planning to allow the return of 600 families to the area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says an Iraqi Army unit clashed with a Daesh sleeper cell, responsible for planting IEDs and gathering information, near Udhaim. An officer and a soldier were killed, two soldiers were wounded, and 3 Daesh terrorists were killed. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on a joint PMF and police convoy in Mtaibija in Udhaim, damaging 2 vehicles and forcing the convoy to retreat. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A PMF commander says the IAF bombed the Daesh hisbah official, a Syrian terrorists called Abu Hajir Al-Ansari, and 4 of his associates in Hawija’s Riyadh subdistrict.  [Sumaria]

 

A local source says an unknown sniper killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A Peshmerga source says 175 Daesh terrorists were killed during the liberation operations of Bashir on Saturday. He says Daesh terrorists have been pushed “tens” of km away from Bashir. He also says 2 Peshmerga fighters were killed and others wounded. [BasNews]

 

A security source says a Peshmerga fighter was killed and 3 wounded while they were defusing a Daesh IED in Albu Mifrij village near Bashir. [Mada]

 

A security source says a PMF fighter was killed as he tried to defuse an IED in a house in Bashir. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Daesh launched a major attack against Peshmerga positions over a 100 km (62 mile) area from Makhmur to Mosul. The heaviest attack was in the Nineveh Plain area just north of Mosul. A US serviceman was killed as was a British citizen fighting with a Christian militia unit as a volunteer. The Peshmerga recovered from the attack to regain the advantage, with heavy Coalition help.

 

Nineveh Plain

A local source says Daesh captured Tesgofa (also spelled Telisqof, Telskuf) after a major surprise attack on the Peshmerga in the area. [Baghdadia].

Daesh says it launched a massive attack on Peshmerga units north of Mosul. Daesh says the attack started with heavy artillery and mortar shelling, then 3 remote-control vehicle bombs attacked the Peshmerga in Tesgofa, Baqofa (just SE of Tesgofa), killing or wounding many Kurdish fighters and destroying their military positions. Then Daesh fighters clashed with the Peshmerga and captured Tesgofa and Baqofa. [JustPaste] Daesh says it shot down a Peshmerga drone near Baqofa. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 suicide terrorists. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Tesgofa and Baqofa are in the Tel Keif District adjoining Mosul to the north and west, normally heavily populated by Assyrian Christians and other religious minorities, who evacuated en masse in mid-2014 as Daesh invaded the Nineveh Plain area. The initial success of the Daesh attack was embarrassing to the Peshmerga but probably temporary, as Daesh has no way to hold this largely depopulated area, where it has virtually no local support. As in many previous situations, this attack was probably an effort to distract attention from Daesh’s defeats elsewhere, as it keeps losing ground in Anbar (as reported above) and has now lost Bashir in Kirkuk too.

 

Multiple and competing reports soon flooded in as the Peshmerga worked to reassert control.

  • A security source said Peshmerga troops were surrounding Daesh terrorists in several areas in Tesgofa and had killed 30 terrorists so far. The source also said the battles were ongoing to re-take the city from Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]
  • In Erbil the General Secretary of the Peshmerga ministry said final results of the battles are still unknown because they are ongoing. He also says Daesh wants to increase its morale after losing Bashir, creating obstacles for the liberation of Mosul. [Rudaw]
  • A Peshmerga commander later said his troops recaptured Tesgofa, killing 40 Daesh terrorists and capturing many more. [ARA] Another Peshmerga source said Kurdish troops recaptured Tesgofa with support from Coalition airpower. [Harbi]
  • A Peshmerga source said the battles continued as Daesh shelled the area with mortars and rockets. [ARA]

 

Defense Secretary Carter confirmed the reported loss of an American service member who was killed in combat “near Erbil.” [Sumaria] He was later identified as a Navy Seal deployed with a Peshmerga unit when it was penetrated by the surprise Daesh attack.

 

A Peshmerga commander reported that a British volunteer in the Nineveh Plains Protection units (Iraqi Christian) was killed in the Tesgofa fighting. A Christian commander confirmed the report. [Xendan]

 

Daesh says its terrorists also captured Masqalat village, closer to the critical Mosul Dam. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Peshmerga compound near the Amar Bait area, southeast of the Dam, killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

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

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes and artillery attacked Daesh in Tesgofa and in Masqalat. The source says Coalition helicopters participated in the battles for the first time. Three Iraqi Christian fighters were wounded in the battles.

The same source says Peshmerga fighters regained most of the areas captured by Daesh in other parts of its offensive, in Khazer (Hamdaniya District), Bashiqa (Mosul), and Nawaran (near the Dam). [Ghad]

Two videos that apparently show US helicopters in action in Tesgofa area. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

A Ninewa Governorate source says the Peshmerga killed 120 Daesh terrorists in the battles in Tesgofa. [Mada]

Video shows Peshmerga and Nineveh Plain Protection Units soldiers in Tesgofa. [Mosuliya] [Kurdistan24] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

A video and photos about Daesh casualties in the Tesgofa area. [Rudaw]

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh used more than 40 suicide terrorists and 25 vehicles in the battles in Tesgofa. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh blew up the Tesgofa Hospital (photo). [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga officer says his troops trapped 40 Daesh terrorists who sneaked into Tolband and Qulband (Kulabor) village in Khazer, in Hamdaniya District. [Xendan]

 

The Commander of Babelyoun, a Christian PMF unit that has fought with Shia PMFs, demanded from Baghdad that KRG President Barzani allow Christian and Shabak PMF troops to protect their areas. He says the refusal of the participation of the Christians and Shabaks will not help the battle against Daesh. He also says Ninewa is not part of the KRG and therefore there is no reason to prevent its people from liberating their lands. He says the KRG is “marking borders with blood”. [Ghad]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Peshmerga commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Abu Sheeth village in Gwer subdistrict, killing several terrorists. 2 of his fighters were wounded. This was part of Daesh’s major attack on the Peshmerga over a 62 square mile area. [Rudaw]

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga positions in Gwer and Albu Sheeth. [A3maq]

 

In other military developments in the Makhmur/Qayara area:

The IWMC says Ninewa Operations command troops killed 5 Daesh suicide terrorists near Kharbadran village. [Karemlash]

 

A PUK official says 45 people from Laksa village in Qaraj escaped Daesh controlled areas and were received by Peshmerga units in Makhmur. [PUKMedia] (Qaraj is the majority-Arab subdistrict of Makhmur; the other four are majority-Kurdish.)

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 7 Daesh terrorists in Al-Nassr village. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says 25 Daesh terrorists were killed near Mahana village by airstrikes and artillery shelling. [Harbi]

 

Mosul

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish forces stopped a 4th Daesh attack on their positions in the Badoush area, killing several terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [Harbi]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it shot up a Daesh vehicle in the Karama neighborhood, killing 3 terrorists inside. [KM Facebook Page]

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish military sources say Turkish warplanes bombed PKK locations in the Qandil Mountains on Monday evening, killing 18 fighters. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The JOC says Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in the Buhairat area, north of Hilla. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Local sources say Turkey is building a cement wall inside the Syrian border in Hasaka District. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 4 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria: Shaddadi (1), Raqqa (2), and Mare’ (1).

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say the YPG allowed the people of Jazaa town in Hasaka to return to their houses. The city was liberated from Daesh in August of 2014, but has been under constant attack by Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

Airstrikes continued on residential areas in Raqqa, killing twelve people and wounding forty, including women and children. [Qasioun]

Daesh issues a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on grain silos, a school, and a residential building in Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh says six civilians were killed and three wounded during the Russian airstrikes on Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says thirteen people were killed and thirty five wounded in an airstrike on Daesh in Raqqa. A source says at least 5 Daesh terrorists were killed during the airstrike. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it launched a surprise attack on Jalan village south of Shaddadi. Daesh says it captured the village for several hours after the YPG fighters retreated, then Daesh blew up YPG positions before retreating. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh says it recaptured Shabaniya, Mazra Shahin, Qasajek, Tal Battal, and Azzatiya villages north of Aleppo, from Turkey-backed opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

A local activist says Daesh captured several of its own fighters as they were attempting to flee to Turkey and executed them in the university compound in west Manbij. [ARA]

 

Turkish troops shelled Tal Abyad with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says two children were killed and three others wounded in a Turkey artillery shelling on Htimailat, north of Aleppo. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Turkey-backed opposition groups near Dudyan village. [JustPaste]

 

Syrian Democratic Forces shelled residential areas in Azaz without reports of casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh near Huwaisis village, killing several terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

Daesh issues a video of a Syrian army military position in the Huwaisis area east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack north and east of Sha’er oilfield killing many terrorists including a Saudi commander. Syrian warplanes also destroyed a Daesh convoy north of Tadmur. [SANA]

Daesh issues a video of the battles near Sha’er oilfield, east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes destroyed Daesh vehicles and gatherings in Aliya village, east of Hama. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops clashed heavily with Daesh terrorists in Sinaa neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor, killing or wounding several terrorists and destroying a truck loaded with weapons and ammunition in addition to mortar. Syrian troops also destroyed a Daesh building in the Jamiliya area. [SANA]

 

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

Daesh says opposition group fighters tried to sneak to its positions near Yelda, but its men stopped the attack. Daesh also says Syrian Government troops attacked the Iskan area and other locations in the Yarmouk Camp, but they were also stopped by Daesh. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in Muqtara village northeast of Suwayda. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says security forces captured 59 terrorism suspects in Sumran neighborhood in Arish. 3 more terrorists were captured in the Risa area. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces defused a roadside IED in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the IED explosion in the Masa’id area west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in Qura’i area south of Arish. Daesh also says it destroyed an Egyptian army Humvee with an IED in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

The body of a 57 year old man was found shot near the Bir Lahfen area south of Arish. [VetoGate]

A senior security source says security forces stopped a terrorist attack on a military position in the Bir Lahfen area, killing 2 terrorists and wounding 3. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian security forces killed 19 terrorists and wounded 25 in the Karm Al-Qawadis area south of Sheikh Zuweid and destroyed several vehicles and motorcycles. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says one of it snipers killed an Egyptian soldier near the Manakh area east of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Central coast

A military source says the Fajr Libyan militias attacked Libyan army locations in Zella. The source says the Libyan troops were preparing to attack Daesh in Sirte. He says seven soldiers were wounded, but the Libyan Army stopped the attack and pushed the militia back to Jufra. [AfriGate]

The Spokesman of the Libyan General Military command says the Libyan Army crushed “the remains of the armored vehicles that escaped from Benghazi” in Zella, and captured many of them. [Wasat]

The Spokesman of the Sirte Liberation Operations Room says more Libyan troops are arriving to Marada, Zella, Mabrouk, and south of Nawfaliya in addition to troops arriving in areas south of Sirte, preparing for the liberation operations by the end of the week. [Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of its police in Bin Jawad. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Minister of Foreign Repairs refuted media reports of Tunisian efforts to bring back Tunisian terrorists stuck in Libya and Syria. [Tunisien]

DaeshDaily comment. We only hope other countries do the same. Too many killers have been sent back to their countries but then recycled back to Iraq and Syria.

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says its terrorists killed a Yemeni soldier in Abyan in Aden. [JustPaste]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Nineveh Plain Protection Units page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ex_maro

https://twitter.com/byuyu2

https://twitter.com/mon3913

https://twitter.com/ALQaisi_623mm

https://twitter.com/Abu_Jmana179

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Russian [JustPaste]

 

Infographics about Daesh suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria for the month of April [A3maq]

 

A new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

 

May 2, 2016

Kadhemiya Ceremonies 1

Today’s Major Developments

High drama continues in Baghdad, with no resolution in sight.

Daesh makes multiple attacks on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad . . . and kills 39 in Muthanna car bomb attacks.

Jazeera Khaldiya liberation operation promised to start in three days.

Iraqi forces in Anbar capture more villages on the road north to Baghdadi.

PMFs and Peshmerga drive Daesh out of Bashir.

Barzani allegedly trying to dismantle Ninewa as a condition for helping to liberate it.

Rival forces battle back and forth for control of northern border towns in northwest Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

On Saturday morning, after the cabinet confirmation discussions resumed but before the CoR could finish voting on the new cabinet, Sadrist protestors entered the Green Zone in Baghdad. It is not clear why or how the Iraqi Army at the checkpoints allowed the protestors to enter, but some protestors entered the parliament building. A Shia MP from Fadhila Party was assaulted, and other MPs were humiliated, but most of the MPs were escorted out safely. The Sadrist demonstrations committee then gave the protesters orders to leave the Parliament building and head to the Crossed Swords parade ground within the Green Zone. Several Shia PMF units, including from Badr and the AHH, were deployed to protect the perimeters of Baghdad.

 

The CoR rapporteur says it is highly unlikely the CoR will resume its sessions this week, warning that the entire political process could collapse because of Prime Minister Abadi’s weakness. [Mada]

 

The Sadrists withdrew from the Green Zone on Sunday, after being so ordered by the Sadr demonstration committee. The committee issued a statement saying the CoR should vote on the technocrat government otherwise they would remove the leaders of the three presidencies. [Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. All the political baggage of Iraq seems to be loaded onto this situation, which makes for instability. As for Al-Sadr, he seems willing to break the entire political process if necessary in order to increase his own power. By contrast, we notice that the Shia marjiya is silent. The other Shia groups could unite and overcome Sadr’s effort to break the process, but that won’t happen without the uniting voice of Sistani.

    Of course, the other side of the problem is the refusal to date of too many CoR members to support a reform government.

 

The MoI says it’s not responsible for the Saturday CoR break-in. It says Baghdad Operations Command and the Green Zone security division are responsible for the security of the Green Zone. [Sumaria]

 

A source in Najaf airport says Moqtada Al-Sadr left for Tehran. [Mada]

However, the official Iranian news agency denied the reports. [Sumaria]

 

Meanwhile, millions of Shia arrived in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Imam Kadhem.  [Sumaria]

 

The United States Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement condemning the Daesh suicide attack in Samawa and the terrorist attacks on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [Facebook]

 

Amnesty International says Iraqi terrorism suspects are held in “shocking” conditions. [Amnesty]

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq: in Baghdadi (2), Hit (2), Falluja (4), and Habbaniya; in Kirkuk (2), and in Kasik (2), Mosul (3), Qayara, and Sultan Abdullah.)  [CJTF]

 

The MoD publishes a video of Iraqi Sukhoi airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar and Ninewa. [MoD Website]

 

There were 410 Iraqi civilians killed in April (including 11 federal police, Sahwa civil defense, personal security details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 973 (from the same organizations, including 20 federal police). A total of 331 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 401 were injured. (Civilian and military casualties together thus totaled 741 killed and 1,374 injured.) The overall casualty figures are down from March, when a total of 1,119 were killed and 1,561 injured. [UNIraq]

 

Daesh issued a video threatening Shia with more attacks. [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. Even with its military losses in Iraq Daesh can still attack Iraqi civilians in many places. Even if Daesh is defeated militarily and Mosul is liberated, there is still the risk that Iraq will revert to the sectarian conflict that brought Daesh into the picture in 2013 and early 2014. Daesh will keep on killing Shia civilians, and some Shia elements will cooperate with their strategy by retaliating against Sunnis, creating more anger among Sunnis. This story never seems to end.

Daesh, and the AQI before that, used Shia pilgrimages and ceremonies as an opportunity to attack civilians, because of the masses of people they attract. Such attacks are not intended to prevent Shia ceremonies. Daesh just wants high casualties and the resulting heavy media attention. However, Daesh attacks persuaded even more Shia to join the ceremonies. It is an identity issue more than a religious issue.    

 

BAGHDAD

An intelligence source says security forces captured 4 members of a Daesh cell responsible for developing explosives and chemical weapons. He says the cell includes a chemistry professor and a biology researcher, in addition to 2 former members of Saddam’s military industry commission. The cell made explosives and chemical weapons from items sold at the local market, using Turkish-made equipment for mixing and storing the materials. [Mada]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a market in Tarmiya District, killing one person and wounding eight. [Mada]

The IWMC says the Iraqi Intelligence Service found rockets in Meshahda in Tarmiya, set to attack Shia pilgrims. [Etejah]

A local police source says security forces captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Maalomah]

Iraqi Army 59th brigade troops found weapons and explosives in Bani Zaid and Dhabitiya.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A local police source says the body of an unknown armed man was found shot in Nahrawan. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be linked to the car bomb attack in Nahrawan on Shia pilgrims on Saturday that killed 14 people and wounded 25.

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A parked car bomb exploded in Dora (but next to Saidiya) targeted Shia pilgrims, killing ten people and wounding thirty. [Sumaria]  An MoI source says eleven people were killed and thirty seven wounded [Mada] Daesh’s version says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists detonated a vehicle bomb near a Shia gathering in Dora, killing forty pilgrims, and wounding “tens.” Daesh published a photo of the suicide terrorists. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

An MoI source says the Minister decided to open an investigation with the IFP unit responsible for the Dora-Saidiya area after the suicide attack. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says his troops defused 2 IEDs in Dora, also set to attack Shia pilgrims. [Harbi]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused an IED in Shakha 3. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says one of its snipers wounded 2 Iraqi soldiers in Sayafiya in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle in Arab Jubour, wounding two soldiers. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a produce market in Khalisa in Hay Al-Wihda, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Khtaimiya. [JustPaste]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found weapons and explosives in Albu Awsaj in far south Baghdad and Kilo 14.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. A Kata’eb Al Hezbollah source says the Iraqi army, based on information provided by the KH, shelled a Daesh vehicle gathering in Shuhada’ neighborhood in Falluja. [Harbi]  

The KH itself rocketed Daesh in Jughaifi neighborhood, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says PMF units rocketed Daesh locations in the Albu Aifan area in Falluja with Katyushas, causing mass casualties. He also says the Iraqi Army 1st division artillery shelled 2 Daesh locations in the industrial area and the Albu Rudaini compound inside the city. [Buratha]

 

North of Falluja. Iraqi army 41st brigade troops defused 35 IEDs near the Thirthar River north of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Qarma. Iraqi Army 14th division artillery shelled Daesh locations in Qarma, Dawaya, and Albu Khanfar, killing 16 terrorists and wounding 11, and destroying a vehicle with a machine gun. The division also defused 22 IEDs in its area of operations. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the Rofa area, killing 6 terrorists and wounding 2, and destroying a weapons and explosives storehouse. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Rapid Intervention troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists in Subaihat. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 1 terrorist and wounded another in the Rashad area in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 60th brigade units killed 13 terrorists and wounded 4, destroying a vehicle and 2 guest houses in Maamir. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The commander of the Qarma tribal PMF brigade says they had found drugs with every Daesh dead body they had recovered. [Mada]

 

A security source says an Iraqi SWAT team conducted an airdrop operation in Falluja. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh issues a video about its battles in Falluja. [AKI]

 

South of Falluja. An Anbar Operations command source says Iraqi Army Air attacked Daesh gatherings in the Yatama area north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 21 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

West of Falluja. The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi Sukhois destroyed 2 Daesh weapons storehouses and a vehicle bomb factory in addition to a headquarters in Falahat, killing 14 terrorists and wounding 10. [Buratha]

 

Ramadi

An Anbar Operations command source says Iraqi military and PMF commanders met at Habbaniya military base to discuss the liberation operations of Jazeera Khaldiya. He says the military operations will begin within the next few days. [Buratha]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says 95% of East Hsaiba families returned to their houses. He says “normal life” has resumed in most areas of Hsaiba. [Buratha]

 

An Anbar Operations command source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh headquarters in Albu Assaf west of Ramadi, killing 15 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 16th division found an IED manufacturing workshop with 37 IEDs and other explosives in Albu Tiban. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated the Dabbiya and Bastamiya areas, between Baghdadi and Hit, killing 17 terrorists including 2 “Asian” women. [Buratha]

Jazeera Operations Command published the names and photos of 6 people from Kubaisa who were freed from a Daesh prison in Bastamiya. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces liberated 4 more areas between Hit and Baghdadi. [Mada]

The JOC says the road between Baghdadi, Hit and Haditha was completely cleared, and Daesh siege on Haditha was broken. [Mada]

 

The Jazeera Operations commander says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Falej village near Hit, killing 11 terrorists. He also says his troops defused 200 IEDs in east Hit. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the Iraqi Army 7th division liberated Suhaila village north of Hit. [Buratha]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh rocketed the residential compound in Baghdadi with Katyushas, killing or wounding civilians. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Counter Terrorism troops destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Hit [YouTube]

 

Haditha

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed the Ain Al-Asad residential compound, Albu Hayat, Khasfa, Jubba (in Hit District north of Baghdadi),and the cement factory area (in Kubaisa). [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack in Nukhaib. [AKI]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its training camps in western Anbar [AKI]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of destroying an Iraqi army personnel carrier near the 160 Kilo area. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists in the Himrin Hills area. [Harbi]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a Katyusha unit in Masoud village, north of Baiji. [Harbi]

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and 3 combat positions in Fatha. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces west of Baiji, with Katyushas and locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed 7 Humvees and 11 military positions and killed ten Iraqi soldiers on Sunday in the Albu Juwari area, north of Baiji. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

The IWMC says an Iraqi CH 4 drone killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Makhoul. [Ghad]

 

Salahuddin Operations command says its troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Siniya-Haditha road, destroying a vehicle bomb and killing suicide terrorists. [AIN]

 

A Salahuddin Operations command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Harariyat, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in the Asmeda area with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

A video of PMFs hunting Daesh terrorists with Kornet missiles in Makhoul Mountains [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

The IFP Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle, killing the terrorist inside, and found a large IED storehouse in the Sheikh Mohammad area in Jazeera Samarra. [Harbi]

 

The Samarra Operations commander says his troops rebuilt the Banat Al-Hassan Shrine, 10 km (6 miles) east of Samarra, after it was destroyed by Daesh terrorists. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Salahuddin Operations command troops defused 5 IEDs in Dayoum. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The (Sunni) Chairman of the Diyala Provincial Council says the arrest warrants against 4 members of the PC were issued at the behest of the (Shia) Governor because they signed a petition to impeach the Governor. The warrants accused the 4 members of terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a joint security force killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a house in Jalayla village near Al-Khalis. [Harbi]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Muqdadiya city. Another civilian was kidnapped by armed men in east Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

A Diyala police source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in east Muqdadiya. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army position in Al-Marfou’a village in Al-Khalis, killing five soldiers and wounded others, including an officer, and destroyed a Humvee. Daesh says one of its terrorists was killed in the clashes and another detonated himself, killing or wounding more soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle in the Albu Eissa area in Udhaim, wounding two fighters. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Southwest

Joint forces liberated Bashir on Saturday and the nearby Albu Mifrij village on Sunday. A Turkmen PMF commander says the PMFs and the Peshmerga are preparing to start liberation efforts in Al-Rashad subdistrict. [Buratha]

A Peshmerga commander says his troops stopped a Daesh counter-attack Monday on Albu Mifrij, killing 4 terrorists and wounding others. [Xendan]

 

A security source says PMF units defused 7 booby-trapped houses in Bashir. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 2 Daesh terrorists who were trying to booby-trap a bridge near Bashir. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says security forces found another Daesh tunnel in Bashir. Reports from Saturday said an estimated 200 Daesh terrorists were hiding in tunnels in Bashir. [Etejah]

 

A Turkmen PMF commander says 8 of his fighters were wounded when Daesh targeted Bashir with rockets filled with chemical materials. [Mada]

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces in Bashir with 50 mortars. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. An indirect admission by Daesh that it lost Bashir

 

A member of the Human Rights commission says Daesh committed genocide in Bashir, killing even women and children and hanging their bodies on electricity poles. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Daesh executed seventeen people in Mosul because they refused to join the fight against Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh arrested 103 security personnel in different areas in Ninewa, including 14 officers, and took them to an unknown location. The source says these people had “repented” earlier. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say Mosul families are now required to give detailed information on all of their family members, in addition to copies of their IDs, in order to be eligible for internet connection. [ARA]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed important Daesh targets in Mosul, including the convoy of the “Deputy Minister of Health”, killing him and 8 of his bodyguards on the west side of the city. Coalition warplanes also bombed a Daesh location inside Mosul University, killing 3 local leaders. [PUKMedia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh informant in Al-Hadba’ neighborhood in Mosul.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Peshmerga positions with mortars in the Mosul Dam area. [JustPaste]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of attacks on Peshmerga positions near Hassan Shami, Ain Al-Safra and Aliawa in Nineveh Plains. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Nassr village, killing 12 terrorists. Iraqi Army 15th division artillery also destroyed 6 rocket launchers in the area. [AIN]  [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the IAF bombed the Najma oil refinery in Qayara, destroying 4 fuel tanks and other vehicles, killing several terrorists. [Ghad]

 

An Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh mortar unit in Awsaja village, killing 5 terrorists.  [Mada]

 

A local source says Iraqi Army 15th division artillery shelled Daesh in Shayala village, killing 9 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A local source says Peshmerga troops stopped a Daesh attack on Kanhash village in Gwer, killing 17 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Mada]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Kasik. [Ghad]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh training camp in Baaj killing the Daesh wali of Baaj along with 3 others. [BasNews]

 

KURDISTAN

An informed Kurdish source says the Kurds put in place 3 conditions for participating in the Ninewa liberation campaign. The conditions are: (1) making Sinjar a governorate that belongs to the KRG; (2) making Christian areas in Nineveh Plains a separate governorate, and also the Turkmen areas, with the option to join the KRG permanently or stay with the National government; and have the Sunni areas including Mosul become their own governorate. The sources say the KRG President Barzani told the Coalition that an agreement should be reached on these things before starting the liberation operations. The KRG-appointed Mayor of Sinjar says he requested from Barzani to make Sinjar a 5th governorate within Kurdistan. He says the Peshmerga is already in charge of 31 administrative units (the implication being they can’t be dislodged anyway). [BasNews]

 

KDP and Kurdish Islamic Union officials say the PKK are still “kidnapping” kids from the KRG areas. They say the PKK “kidnapped” 17 children from Karmayan in southern Suleimaniya, and put them in schools in Sinjar to train them as PKK fighters. [BasNews]

 

The KRG decided to send a wounded Yazidi girl to Italy for treatment. She was one of three girls who escaped Daesh, but an IED exploded on them, wounding her and killing the other two. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Muthanna

The Deputy Governor of Muthanna in far southern Iraq says thirty-nine people were killed and seventy wounded in the car bomb attacks in Samawa on Sunday. He says the car attack happened due to a security breach. He also says the Ministry of the Interior has imposed security commanders on the governorate, and blamed the “confused” political situation in Iraq. [Ghad]

A security source says that the National Security Agency knew about the 2 car bombs in Samawa but they didn’t capture them in order to keep the identity of the secret informant hidden. He also says that security forces evacuated people from Samawa but the two bombs were detonated prematurely when the terrorists realized they have been followed by security forces. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks and published photos of the suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Muthanna Chief of Police says security forces in the governorate had gotten information about the vehicle bombs 10 minutes before the explosion. He says there is no coordination between federal security agencies and their counterparts in the governorate. [Maalomah]

 

Dhi Qar

The Governor of Dhi Qar issued a statement saying he raised the security alerts in the governorate following the vehicle bomb attack in neighboring Muthanna. [Ghad]

 

Qadessiya

Security forces in Diwaniya published the photos of 2 Daesh terrorists caught while trying to smuggle 2 car bombs into the city. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Ministry of Interior says the terrorist who conducted an attack on Gaziantep on Sunday was linked to Daesh. 2 policemen were killed and twenty two wounded in the attack. [BasNews]

 

A pedestrian was killed when a Daesh shell fell on Kilis. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria (Al-Hawl 1, Shaddadi, 2, Raqqa 1 and Mare’ 3.) [CJTF]

 

Norway’s Prime Minister says Norway will send 60 soldiers to Jordan to train Syrian opposition troops who are fighting Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

On Sunday, Daesh published photos of beheading four boys in Raqqa, after accusing them of spying for the Coalition. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Tabaqa in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says heavy airstrikes were launched on Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says Daesh shelled the YPG positions in Shiyoukh and Qaraquzaq near Kobane with heavy artillery. Daesh also shelled areas near the Tishrin Dam. [Hawar]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a YPG bulldozer east of the Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers targeting YPG fighters near the Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging a YPG vehicle near Saheel village, south of Mount Abdul Aziz. [JustPaste]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces allowed the citizens of Al-Hawl city to return to their houses. The YPG liberated the city from Daesh in November, 2015. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Kurdish SUV in Shallala village west of Al-Hawl with an IED, killing two fighters and wounding three. [JustPaste]

 

A police source says four people were wounded, including a child in Taban village south of Hasaka. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes 1 photo of shelling YPG positions south of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

The Turkish army says its artillery shelled Daesh locations and that it sent drones from Incirlik Air Base, killing 34 Daesh terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles in 5 locations south of Kilis. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Dudyan, Tal Sha’ir, and Aikda villages near the Turkish border, north of Aleppo from Syria armed groups, despite Turkish shelling on the area. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video from Dudyan village after its recapture. [A3maq]

However, opposition armed groups say they recovered the 3 villages (Dudyan, etc.) from Daesh. [Qasioun]

Opposition groups also recaptured Hawar Kilis, Sandara, and Shabaniya. Opposition groups also killed 15 Daesh terrorists near Yani Yaban. [Qasioun]

Daesh says 20 Turkish shells fell on Dudyan during the battle. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles near Dudyan [A3maq]

 

An opposition groups commander says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Kufra, north of Aleppo and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs. He also says Daesh targeted opposition groups with a vehicle bomb near Shabaniya village, near the Turkish border without causing casualties. [ARA]

 

The YPG issued a statement saying they stopped a Turkey-backed opposition groups attack on Sheikh Maqsoud, killing 5 fighters. It also says one of its own fighters was killed in the clashes. [Hawar]

Turkey-backed opposition group snipers wounded five children in Sheikh Maqsoud (photos). [Hawar]

A video of the results of the shelling in Sheikh Maqsoud [Qasioun]

 

Turkish security sources say the Turkey artillery targeted Daesh locations in Soran, Arshak, Aikda, and Htimailat, killing 50 Daesh terrorists in response to a Daesh shelling on Kilis. [BasNews]

Local sources say Turkish troops entered 300m into Syria in the Bulbul area in Balya village and are building an 11km (7 miles) long wall in the area. [Rudaw]

 

Four civilians were wounded in a YPG shelling on Azaz. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say opposition groups launched 6 Grad rockets on Qatma village in Afrin without causing civilian casualties. [Rudaw]

 

The PYD Asayish issued a statement saying all of the citizens who had bought new cars from areas under Daesh control should bring their cars in for inspection because the Asayish recently discovered several vehicles rigged with explosives. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its agriculture in North Aleppo’s countryside. [JustPaste]


 

Daesh issues a video of the Turkish shelling on Tatt Homs village north of Aleppo. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it captured 4 military barriers northwest of Sha’er oilfield, east of Homs, killing 20 soldiers in heavy clashes with Syrian troops. [A3maq]  [A3maq] [JustPaste]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh near Sha’er oilfield, east of Tadmur, destroying several vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh says it captured the Huwaisis area, east of Homs, from Syrian troops (photos) [JustPaste]

 

A Daesh propaganda video from Hama [AKI]

 

Daesh issues another video against Syrian armed groups. [AKI]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed Daesh hideouts and vehicles in three locations in Deir Ez-Zor. [SANA]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes destroyed several Daesh vehicles in Baghailiye village. [SANA]

 

A local journalist says Daesh Al Nusra exchanged prisoners east of Deir Ez-Zor. He says this is the first time this has happened since Daesh executed all its prisoners in Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Daesh executed 7 members of the Shaitat tribe east of Deir Ez-Zor, accusing them of communicating with the FSA. [Qasioun]

Daesh issues a video of executing two fighters from other armed groups in Deir Ez-Zor. [AKI]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 2 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles northeast of Suwayda. The source also says Syrians troops killed a group of Daesh terrorists near the Dhabab Valley. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the “graduation” of dozens of its terrorists east of Damascus. Some of the terrorists are adults, but many are hardly in their teens. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say Egyptian helicopters killed 20 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists and wounded 30 after reports of the terrorists parading in the streets south of Sheikh Zuweid. The helicopters also destroyed 15 hideouts and 4 vehicles in addition to several motorcycles. An Egyptian Apache killed 5 terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in south Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

A security source says Egyptian troops killed 3 terrorists near Touma village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Takfiri terrorists blew up electricity poles, cutting off electricity in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say Al Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists evacuated 5 families and blew up their five floor home because security forces were using the home’s roof for a strategic outpost. [VetoGate]

 

A medical source says four policemen and a civilian woman were wounded when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Hay Al-Masa’eed in Arish. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

Libya

The United Nation Support Mission in Libya says thirty three civilians were killed and thirteen wounded during the month of April. [Libya24]

 

Daesh issues a video threating the Libyan government and executing a Libyan soldier. [AKI]

 

Northeast

A Libyan special forces spokesman says a mass grave was found in a house belonging to a Daesh leader in the Um Al-Rahamin area, west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

Local sources say 3 children were killed by a land mine upon entering their home in the Qawarsha area of Benghazi. The area had recently been liberated from Daesh. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan special forces commander says his troops killed 7 Daesh terrorists near Qawarsha on Sunday. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military source says clashes erupted between Libyan troops and Daesh south of Nawfaliya. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan military spokesman says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The Director of Health Services in Ras Lanuf says 13 Ukrainian doctors, 6 men and 7 women, were freed from Daesh. [Wasat]

 

Local sources say Daesh killed two boys, 15 and 16 years old, by throwing them off a building in Bin Jawad. The boys were accused of initiating an altercation with Daesh terrorists. The sources also say Daesh executed 3 of its former members who had attempted to flee the city. [Wasat]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 Libyan soldiers in Sirte. The source says there are 21 more prisoners awaiting execution. [Wasat]

 

A security source says Daesh terrorists are establishing sand barriers on the coastal road in east Sirte. The source also says Daesh is planting IEDs in Harawa and Tise’en in east Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisia Ministry of Interior says it captured a 5-member Daesh cell in Monastir that was responsible for sending terrorists to Iraq and Syrian. [AfriGate]

 

The Tunisia MoI says security forces captured a logistics-specialized terrorist cell of 11 members in El Kef. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Palestine

Hamas denied a Washington Post report concerning its collaboration with Israel and Egypt against Daesh. [IslamMemo]

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/74Rolex

https://twitter.com/Bara_Tounsi

https://twitter.com/Talalsheel

https://twitter.com/Basically5r32i2

https://twitter.com/aaarrh26

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

A Daesh propaganda video about its suicide terrorists [AKI]

 

 

 

April 29, 2016

Kubaisa Police Station

Today’s Major Developments

New opposition political bloc reported forming in CoR.

Military clashes in Qarma continue in multiple locations.

Daesh documents discovered in a Muqdadiya orchard may help identify sleeper cell members.

Barzani’s proposed Kurdish independence referendum gets shelved temporarily.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh has executed 2,234 people in Syria in less than two years.

Libyan pro-government military units gathering to attack Daesh stronghold in Sirte.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Tens of people demonstrated in Baghdad and 8 other governorates objecting to the partial nature of the cabinet change and demanding more reforms. [Sumaria]

 

A State of Law MP says more than 100 MPs formed a new opposition political front in order to counter sectarianism and to question any official who doesn’t do the job. He also says the Prime Minister is free to choose any candidates for the cabinet without political pressure. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Does this mean Iraq will finally have a real oppositions? That’s good news if true. We will judge by the results as to whether Al-Abadi can make cabinet choices without political pressure.  

 

The MoD media correspondent, Major Ala’ Al-Idani, says he intends to resume his work in the MoD’s media department. Idani lost his sight in an IED attack south of Falluja last year. [Sumaria]

A video of Major Idani [YouTube]

 

A security source says Baghdad Operations Command cut off many roads in Baghdad preparing for the Shia annual pilgrimage to Khadimiya on Tuesday. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday “We’re bombing (Daesh), and we’re going to take out their internet and so forth as well. The goal was to cut off the jihadists’ lines of communication.” He also said “The overall effect we’re trying to achieve is virtual isolation. And this complements very much our physical actions on the ground, and the particular focus is external operations that might be conducted by (Daesh).” [AlArabi]

DaeshDaily comment. We noticed that A3maq, one of Daesh’s main mouthpieces has just been shut down, most likely as part of this initiative. It’s a good move to isolate Daesh from its wider audience, (even though this makes our job at Daesh Daily more difficult). Today we had to get A3maq “news” from a different source.

 

Videos of Iraqi forces clashing with Daesh [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A video of the “wake up call” of the Iraqi Golden Division (Counter Terrorism) [YouTube]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force reported 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq yesterday, all in Anbar and Ninewa, hitting targets in Baghdadi (2), Hit (2), Ramadi, and Falluja (4); and Sinjar, Kasik (2), Mosul (2), Qayara (2).  [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a policeman riding in a civilian car in Tarmiya District. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “source” in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is killing many Sunni Iraqis on different accusations like being Sahwa fighters or Army “sources.” Some of these accusations might be true, and the vast majority of Iraqi Sunnis are against Daesh, but Daesh is just killing any Sunni who opposes them or refuses to pay them extortion money.

A local police source says an IED exploded near a fish market in Taji District, killing one person and wounding four. [Maalomah]

 

Northeast

An MoI source says unknown armed men killed a money-transfer service owner and stole $65,000 from his car in Binouk. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Obeidi, killing one person and wounding four. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says security forces found the bodies of a man and his son shot to death in Wardiya, Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi forces destroyed 12 IEDs and 3 guest houses and killed 1 Daesh fighter in south Baghdad.

[BOC Facebook Page]

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says Iraqi forces killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 guesthouses, 16 IEDS and 2 rockets in Manari in Arab Jubour. [Harbi]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A security source says a supermarket owner was killed when an IED exploded under his car in Hay Al-Adel. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  10     (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Falluja city. Kata’eb Al- Hezbollah (KH) reports that it rocketed Daesh locations in Jolan, Shurta, Shuhada’, Dhubat, and Na’ima in Falluja city. [Harbi]

The KH also says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb with a Kornet missile in south Falluja. [Harbi]

 

A video of a women who published a YouTube video from inside Falluja complaining about life in Falluja under Daesh control and under the Iraqi forces’ siege. Iraqi forces used some contacts in Falluja to save the woman and her family [Hadath]

 

North of Falluja

A PMF commander says his troops ambushed and killed 2 Daesh terrorists in Albu Shijil, north of Saqlawiya. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi army 52nd brigade units advanced to Albu Khafaj, northern Qarma, killing 7 terrorists and destroying a hideout. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Qarma. A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces launched a large military campaign on Daesh in the Albu Jassem area in Qarma, killing 13 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi army 53rd brigade unit continued clearing Rofa, killing 9 terrorists and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Commander of Qarma PMF says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Subaihat in Qarma, killing 7 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed a Daesh terrorist near Harariyat. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi army 24th brigade unit killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded another in Lihaib.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

South of Falluja

The KH says it responded to a Daesh shelling in the Hayakel area by rocketing the source of fire and killing at least 3 Daesh terrorists. [Harbi]

The Iraqi army artillery shelled Daesh in Hay Jbail and Nuaimiya. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

The chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says the IAA targeted Daesh hideouts in Jazeera, east of Ramadi, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying vehicles, weapons and tunnels. He says the IAA intensified its airstrikes on the area to prevent Daesh from launching suicide attacks on Iraqi forces. [Maalomah]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs in the Albu Ubaid area. [Harbi]

 

The spokesman for Anbar Provincial Council says an American company began defusing booby-trapped houses and IEDs in Ramadi. He says the company is sponsored by the American government and works with an Iraqi company. [Mada]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi Army 16th division troops defused 5 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 3 IEDs in Hay Al-Dhubat. [Harbi]

 

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Fallujah subdistrict council says more than two hundred people were killed by Daesh IEDs and booby-trapped houses in Ramadi since January. He says Daesh used sophisticated techniques to booby-trap the houses. [Maalomah]

 

A report about the difficulties faced by returnees in Ramadi [Hurra]

 

An Anbar tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces found 6 CDs with names of Daesh terrorists married to Iraqi women in Ramadi. He says the CDs have the name of over 800 terrorists including, Iraqis, Afghanis, Chechen, Saudis and others. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Iraqi girls married foreign terrorists since 2003, forcibly most of the time. And many of these terrorists were killed, leaving the wives pregnant or with young kids, and with an uncertain future.

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Anbar police chief says 2 Daesh suicide terrorists hiding in a nearby mosque attacked the Kubaisa police station. He says the police clashed with the terrorists, killing both of them. However, he also says a policeman was killed and another wounded in the attack. [IraqPress]

However, the Jazeera Operations Commander’s report says 1 suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest was hiding in a tunnel near the police station and was killed by the security forces. He says Iraqi forces didn’t sustain any casualties. [Sumaria] A tribal PMF commander confirmed the killing of 2 Daesh terrorists near the Kubaisa police station, and said no Iraqi security personnel were killed during the attack. [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version says 4 of its suicide terrorists attacked the Kubaisa police station and clashed with Iraqi forces there. Then, 2 terrorists detonated their explosive vests, killing 50 soldiers and officers. Daesh says the remaining 2 terrorists returned safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who attacked the Kubaisa police station. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. These reports show the difficulties we face trying to extract accurate information even from Iraqi military sources. They also show the Daesh’s technique of leaving terrorists hidden in deserted buildings or rat tunnels for days or weeks in order to attack later. Daesh used this technique in Tikrit and Ramadi and other places, and most likely it will use it again. The add-on story about their two terrorists who returned safely is typical creative writing intended to hide the truth.

Dissecting this story reveals a basic tactic in Daesh propaganda. They attacked with two suicide bombers and lost, with both getting killed. However, the fact that they died is interpreted to mean they set off their vests (even if the government soldiers get them first), which is by definition a good thing. Daesh’s version almost always says their heroic suicide bombers killed many enemy soldiers (even if they killed no one), and typically they report that one or more terrorists returned safely, which also gives the impression of success (even though no one returned safely). These made-up versions serve to reinforce the common propaganda theme that “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it loses). Daesh has been losing a lot, but those who follow Daesh media are told after each defeat that Daesh has scored another victory.

 

A military source says the Iraqi Army 7th division, supported by Iraqi and Coalition warplanes, liberated Khazraj and Nuwa’im villages, northwest of Hit. He says the troops destroyed 2 vehicle bombs and cleared the two villages of mines and IEDs. [Sumaria]

The Iraqi JOC issued a statement, mourning the death of Sheikh Mhaidi Al-Ubaidi, who was killed during the military operations in Nuwa’im. [AIN]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in the Nuwa’im area. [A3maq]

Daesh says a PMF commander was killed in clashes near Baghdadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists sneaked into Iraqi Army positions near the Dolab area and destroyed 2 Humvees and a barracks, and killed more than 10 soldiers before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Humvees and a barracks near Baghdadi. [A3maq]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh sniper in Hay Al-Bakr in Hit. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the Zakhikha area northwest of Hit killing 15 terrorists. Iraqi Army 7th division artillery killed 8 terrorists and wounded 11 in the same area. The division troops also destroyed 167 IEDs. [Harbi]

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh counter-attack near Zakhikha, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says the first 700 families returned to their houses in Hit since it was liberated from Daesh. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces near Baghdadi with 34 locally-made rockets and 16 mortars, killing 3 Sahwa fighters and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces near Jubba in a residential compound northwest of Baghdadi with different kinds of weapons, killing four Iraqi soldiers and wounding seven others. Daesh also says it targeted the Iraqi forces locations in the area with 70 mortars and Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Haditha

Daesh says Iraqi Army troops and Sahwa fighters approached its positions near the Haditha Lake, using boats, but the terrorists attacked them with different types of weapons, killing one soldier and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says IFP troops stopped a Daesh attack between Thirthar Lake and Haditha, killing 13 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. This shows the military connection between the earlier Jazeera Samarra campaign that carried into the desert and past Lake Thirthar and the movement of other Iraqi forces from Hit northwest toward Haditha.

 

A video shows tribal fighters stopping a Daesh attack in the Haditha area [YouTube]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Sdaira village in Shirqat, killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says the Shabak PMFs shot down a Daesh drone near Shirqat. [Mawazin]

 

Samarra

A JOC source says Samarra Operations Command troops defused 3 booby-trapped houses and 21 IEDs in different parts of Jazeera Samarra. [Harbi]

 

The IFP commander says his troops defused 3 booby-trapped houses and destroyed a vehicle bomb and 15 IEDs in Jazeera Samarra. [Mada] His troops also captured 6 Daesh fighters in the Jubairiya in Jazeera Samarra.  [Mada]

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin police source says security forces arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Tikrit. [Ghad]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a construction shovel bomb, a hideout, and a 23mm cannon in the Ajeel and Allas oilfields area. [Harbi]

 

A video of Daesh terrorists burning up oil fields in the Himrin area to avoid being detected for airstrikes by  blocking the view with smoke. [YouTube]

 

Tooz

The Chairman of the PMF committee in Salahuddin Provincial Council says a police unit from the KRG arrived to replace the Peshmerga units in Tooz, according to the agreement. He also says dozens of families have returned to their houses now that security in the city has stabilized. [Mada]

 

The Imam Ali Combat Division, a Shia PMF unit, arrived in Tooz as part of the agreement between the Peshmerga and the PMFs. [Harbi]

 

The spokesman of the Tooz Mayor says PMF armed men shot and wounded a displaced Sunni man. [BasNews]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A JOC source says Salahuddin Operations Command troops found a weapons and explosives cache in a Daesh guesthouse in the Dhiba’i area. [Harbi]

 

A video of PMF fighters give casualties in an a Daesh attack in the Niba’i area in Dujail [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

A Diyala Sahwa leader says the government decided to decrease the number of “Daughters of Iraq”, female Sahwa members, 50%. He says there are 90 women in Diyala who joined the DoI and they and their families made a lot of sacrifices in the war on terrorism. He asks the government to reconsider the decision. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Yesterday the government discovered the names of Daesh female recruits in Diyala, and today it decided to downsize the number of its own recruits? Does Daesh really understand the role of women better than the Iraqi government? Really?

He also says the Sahwa fighters in Diyala postponed a demonstration they intended to have for security reasons. They are objecting the 50% downsize of their own ranks. [Sumaria]

 

A member of Diyala PC says Iran cut off the electricity it provides to Diyala because the Ministry of Electricity didn’t pay the bill. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba

A local source says Rapid Intervention units were deployed to Baquba after security forces found a vehicle bomb near the Provincial Council building and witnessed several mortar shells landing on residential areas yesterday. [Sumaria]

 

A JOC source says Dijla Operations Command troops defused an IED and destroyed a vehicle

bomb under control on the “Steel Bridge” in Baquba. [Harbi]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Chief of Police says a special security committee is investigating the Daesh documents that were found in an orchard in Muqdadiya. He says the documents have important information on Daesh informants, both males and females, and will shed light on the work of Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it attacked a police patrol in the Jazeera area in Shahraban, killing two policemen. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A PMF commander says the IAF bombed a Daesh headquarters near Hawija, killing 4 leaders including the military commander in addition to “tens” of other terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

The IWMC says Turkmen PMF units rocketed Daesh hideouts in Bashir. A Turkmen PMF spokesman said his troops killed 12 Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]

A video of PMFs in Bashir [YouTube]

 

A security source says an American B-52 bombed Daesh locations in Rashad and Bashir, destroying 3 tactical units, and killing 20 terrorists and wounding 12 others. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A member of the in Ninewa PC’s security committee says they have heard of assassination operations against Daesh inside Mosul, but have no official information concerning armed movements against Daesh. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement might reflect the tensions between different parties in Ninewa. Some of them claim they have armed groups fighting Daesh inside Mosul, and others say it’s not true.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh terrorist in Hay Al-Mithaq on the east side of Mosul.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Local sources say Daesh is forcing people who live in governmental residential compounds in Mosul to pay rent or leave. These people paid the Iraqi government for these houses, and therefore became the rightful owners, but since they did not pay Daesh, it chooses to consider this as “caliphate property.” [Karemlash]

 

A report about Daesh constraints on satellite TV and internet in Mosul [Niqash]

 

A local source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh fuel stations and 3 fuel tanks in Mosul. [Mada]

 

Nineveh Plain

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and weapons storage facility near Sultan Abdullah at the edge of Hamdaniya next to Makhmur and Qayara. [CJTF]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a Daesh attack on Mahana and Kharbadran, killing 91 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A video shows Iraqi forces in Mahana village. [MoD Website]

Another video of Iraqi forces in Mahana [YouTube]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Kharbadran and Azza villages with 50 mortars, 5 heavy artillery shells, and 30 rockets. Daesh also says it targeted the joint military base in Makhmur (Iraqi forces, PMFs, and Coalition soldiers) with 3 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa Ops Command source says Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh members and destroyed a rocket launcher in Awsaja village north of Haj Ali. Another source says Iraqi forces killed Rashad Al-Jubouri, the Daesh military commander of the area. [Mawazin]

The Ninewa Operations Command says Rashad Al-Jubouri was the Daesh media officer of Ninewa. [ARA]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh rocket launcher at a fuel station in Khabata village, killing several terrorists and destroying 2 mortars. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says a group of Daesh terrorists were hiding in a mosque in Al-Nassr village, and were using tunnels to move to nearby houses, when they were bombed by Coalition warplanes. The airstrike killed several terrorists and destroyed the tunnels in addition to 2 mortars. [Harbi]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted Sinjar city with 23 Katyushas and 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says a group of 40 Daesh terrorists and several vehicles were heading to Al-Ashiq village in order to attack Peshmerga forces in the area when they were bombed by Coalition warplanes. The airstrike killed many terrorists and destroyed their weapons and vehicles. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh mortar unit, killing 4 terrorists and destroying an IED storehouse in Halabiya village near Kasik. [Harbi]

 

KURDISTAN

A senior PUK official says the Kurdish political parties have an agreement regarding the proposed referendum on independence. He says that if Iraqi implements democracy and federalism the right way and solves people’s problems, then the Kurds have no problems with Iraq. He also says the Kurds have the right to vote on their fate if the problems in Iraq continue. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. We hardly know where to begin with this one. The statement reflects the well-refined Kurdish talent for seeming to explain issues while actually obfuscating them. However, our take on the story is somewhat different.

    We have actually been anticipating some kind of announcement like this, in part because of the number of high-profile US visitors to Baghdad and Erbil recently. We suspect the real explanation for Barzani’s independence referendum being shelved for now is a blunt American message conveyed only slightly within the guidelines of diplomatic language to “stuff” this referendum. The obvious reason is that the war against Daesh is still ongoing, making national unity all important, now as it was before.

    Based on past behavior, once the Daesh crisis is over, certain Kurdish leaders will discover to their professed disappointment that Iraq has not implemented democracy and federalism “the right way” and has failed to solve people’s problems, and that this justifies Kurdish independence.

    We think the future of Iraqi-Kurdish relations is of utmost importance, and that there are many huge territorial and other issues that must be resolved, whether or not Kurdistan becomes independent, and that none of them will be resolved by press releases from Erbil or Suleimaniya. Mutual resolution of those issues will require a much greater willingness to compromise than has been demonstrated so far, and also require strong leadership by the US, the only realistic mediator, as they will not be solved otherwise.   

 

A KDP senior advisor says a delegation of Kurdish parties will visit Baghdad soon to discuss all the issues between Baghdad in Erbil. He also says it is important that the Kurds, the second major group in Iraq and an essential partner in the political process, go to Baghdad with a unified position. [BasNews]

 

Turkish warplanes bombed 2 villages in the Qandil Mountains, without causing human casualties. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Basra Criminal Court issued a statement saying it sentenced 5 men to death for their role in killing an Albu Fahad tribal leader in 2006. The group used to work with Ansar Al-Sunna, an AQI affiliate. [Sumaria]

 

Wasit

A security source says a noisy but low-grade explosion was set off near the office of Kadhem Al-Sayyadi, a State of Law MP, in Kut, damaging a car without causing any casualties. [Mada]

Another security source says IEDs exploded near the MP’s office in Kut, wounding one of his bodyguards. [Sumaria]

A video of the explosion in Kut [YouTube]

DaeshDaily Comment. This esteemed MP was involved in several incidents, including attacking a military commander, and an MP, shooting at another MP in a TV station after an on-air discussion, and lately attacking Prime Minister Abadi at the CoR a couple of days ago, before being restrained by the PM’s bodyguards. He used to be a Sadrist but Al-Ahrar considered him too violent (and beat him up once), so he joined Maliki’s bloc. He joined the CoR sit-in, but he might have gone too far in criticizing the Sadrists this time. Or maybe he just staged the whole thing to attract media attention.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish army deployed more tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery units on the border near Karkamış after Daesh’s Thursday attack.  [Welati]

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister says Turkish troops will enter Syria if necessary. [ARA]

 

Turkish sources say Daesh shelled Karkemish with 5 mortars, without causing casualties. [Dorar]

 

Turkish police believe the suicide bomber who killed herself and wounded 13 others in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa on April 28 was a woman identified as Suzan B., according to reports citing intelligence sources.
Reports also include claims that Suzan B. was a militant of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and crossed the border into Syria to fight in Kobane in the ranks of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization and an offshoot of the PKK.
However, reports about the suicide bomber’s identity have yet to be confirmed and no official statement has been made regarding the terror organization behind the attack. [Hurriyat]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has executed 2,234 civilians, including eighty-four children and one hundred and twenty-six women in Syria since June, 2014. [Tunisien]

 

The Russian UN Representative says the Syrian army, supported by Russian airpower is preparing to attack Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. He also says the cease-fire in Syria doesn’t include Daesh and Nusra. [Xendan]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force reported 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria yesterday, one near Raqqa and five near Mare’.  [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A group of 10-15 Daesh terrorists sneaked into Rissa village, 17 km (10.5 miles) east of Suluk, but the YPG fighters challenged them and forced them to retreat. [Hawar]

 

Daesh has put up “cloth shields” above streets in Raqqa to block the view from Coalition drones filming the city (photos). [BasNews]

 

The YPG says Daesh shelled several areas near Kobane with heavy artillery. It also says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the Tishrin Dam. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes mistakenly bombed YPG troops during a Daesh attack east of Tishrin Dam, killing or wounding several fighters. [A3maq]

 

A local source says a Daesh vehicle bomb that was intended to target the Tishrin Dam exploded before it reached its target, 8 km (5 miles) south of Manbij. The source also says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle carrying a large number of terrorists near the mills in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG bulldozer with a guided missile east of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say a Kurdish 4 month old girl and a 14 year old boy were wounded in Qamishli by bullets coming from the Turkish side of the border [Rudaw] [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

The YPG-affiliated Hawar news agency says the Turkish Army continues its firing on the grain silos in Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

Turkey-backed opposition militia groups continued their shelling on mostly Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, wounding a woman and child. [Hawar]

The YPG says it stopped an attack on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups recaptured Qasajek village north of Aleppo from Daesh. The opposition groups recaptured Tal Battal on Thursday. [Qasioun]

 

An opposition group commander says the groups, supported by Turkish artillery and Coalition warplanes, continued their attacks on Daesh north of Aleppo, killing several Daesh terrorists and capturing 3. He also says the opposition groups moved closer to Al-Ra’i city. [ARA]

 

Security sources say the YPG foiled a Daesh plan to target different civilian areas in Roj Ava (the Kurdish areas in Syria). Daesh sent many civilian cars loaded with TNT and C4 explosives. The cars were brand new and came from Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, Manbij and Jarabulus, and they were rigged in a professional way that made them almost undetectable. Daesh planned to detonate the cars according to a certain timetable. The YPG captured many of these cars, but it is likely that there are more, according to YPG sources (There is a video of one of the captured cars.)  [Hawar]

 

The General Command of Jaish Al-Thuwar, an SDF faction, says it doesn’t approve of the actions of some of its fighters, after they paraded the bodies of Turkey-backed Islamic opposition group fighters, and will seek appropriate punishment. [Hawar]

 

The PYD Asayesh closed the office of the Syrian KDP in Tal Tamr as part of its campaign against the National Kurdish Council in Syria, according to a Syrian KDP official. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Translation: Barzani opposes the PYD and supports the National Kurdish Council as an alternative. The PYD is responding in kind. The Kurds apparently can’t get along with each other in Syria either.

 

A video of a soldier from the Al-Nujaba’ Movement (an Iraqi Shia militia) being wounded in Syria [YouTube]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh gatherings and hideouts northeast of Tadmur. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Jufra, Baghailiye, and east of Deir Ez-Zor airport, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 3 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles near Tal Asfar north of Suwayda. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

An IED exploded in a security vehicle parking lot in Al-Ahsa, slightly wounding a security person. [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian army tank and damaged an armored vehicle with 2 IEDs south and southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier in Sadout, east Rafah. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M-60 vehicle with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army M-113 vehicle with an IED between Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it cut off the Egyptian Army supply line between Sheikh Zuweid and Joura airport. Daesh says it attacked an Egyptian Army supply convoy, destroying a vehicle with an IED, then clashed with the rest of the vehicles, forcing them to retreat. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it damaged an Egyptian Army supply convoy in the Wahshi area south of Sheikh Zuweid, in addition to damaging an Egyptian army minesweeper near the Bawaba area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

5 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis members surrendered voluntarily to security forces in Sheikh Zuweid. They say they decided to leave the terrorist group after they witnessed an execution of a food vendor who used to supply security forces in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces stopped an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis attack on military locations south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 pickup trucks. [VetoGate]

 

A Counter Terrorism soldier was killed and three wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Security forces raided “takfiri groups” in the Wadi Lassan and Khariza areas in Central Sinai, and killed 9 terrorists. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The spokesman of the Libyan special forces says one of their soldiers was killed and a commander was wounded by a Daesh land mine in Qawarsha. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says Libyan troops captured the Qawarsha military camp and recovered 3 armored vehicles after killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists. The troops also captured a fuel station and several residential buildings in the area. [Libya24] [AfriGate]

 

People of Derna are gradually returning to their normal lives after Daesh. Many sports and cultural activities have resumed, including a children’s festival, a short story club, a marathon, and the commencement of a new public library. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

More Libyan Army convoys are arriving in Ajdabiya to the west to participate in the Sirte liberation campaign. Libyan planes threw leaflets on the city asking citizens to stay away from Daesh locations. Displaced families from Sirte say Daesh terrorists are in a chaotic state after hearing the news about the Libyan Army approaching the city. [Libya24]

More than 100 families left Sirte with their personal luggage after registering their names with Daesh police. Daesh prevented them from taking their furniture. [Libya24]

 

Local sources say Daesh has started to erect sand barriers in different areas in Sirte. The sources anticipated that Daesh will execute some of the military prisoners it brought from the east. [Libya24]

 

Local sources say Daesh moved the medical equipment from Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte to the Red Crescent building to establish a new military hospital there. The sources also say Daesh relocated its groups away from the city center, moving its terrorists to residential areas, and moving its camps to nearby farms.  [Libya24]

 

Videos of Libyan Army convoys heading to areas near Sirte [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Libya’s National Accord government warned, however, that the military campaign on Sirte is not organized so far and should be led by the national military command, or else it might lead to a civil war. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Morocco

The Morocco Ministry of Interior says security forces captured a Daesh cell of 3 members in Nador city. The suspects admitted that they had received instructions from Daesh’s leadership to establish a wilaya in north Morocco and they have been planning a series of vehicle bomb attacks against “sensitive targets” in Morocco. [Anadolu]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it killed the director of Aden traffic police. [A3maq]

 

Ukraine

The Ukrainian Intelligence Service says it arrested 5 Daesh terrorists from former Soviet Union republics who arrived in Ukraine using false passports and were planning to travel to Syria. [IslamMemo]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Zaman Al-Wasl, a Syrian news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/kk_322kk

https://twitter.com/mon3972

https://twitter.com/4_yiiplkj

https://twitter.com/ssnnie33

https://twitter.com/amsanisis

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video criticizing the Saudi “official” clerics [AKI]

 

A Daesh propaganda video in German [AKI]

 

A Daesh anthem called “Blood for Blood,” in French [JustPaste]

April 28, 2016

Daesh Vehicle Destroyed in Thirthar

Today’s Major Developments

Biden makes a surprise visit to Baghdad.

CoR majority and sit-in minority are still battling.

Counter Terrorism troops arrive in Falluja area as Iraqi forces continue expanded campaign in Qarma.

Peshmerga, Shia PMF units begin withdrawal from Tooz.

Diyala PC decides to impeach the Governor.

Daesh, Turkish artillery exchange deadly fire across the Syria-Turkey border.

Libyan armed forces gather for an attack on Daesh in Sirte.  

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Vice President Biden arrived in Baghdad for a surprise visit and met with Prime Minister Abadi. The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement announcing the meeting but giving no details. [Mada] The

Vice President also met with Speaker Jubouri. [Mada]

President Masoum’s office issued a statement saying he talked by phone with Vice President Biden to discuss political security and economic issues. Biden couldn’t meet with him due to a delay in his arrival in Baghdad, according to the statement. [Mada]

 

The CoR suspended its session today and it will meet again Saturday. It formed a committee to begin negotiations with the sit-in MPs. [Mada]

However, the sit-in MPs suspended their attendance in the CoR and accused Speaker Jubouri of treason. A State of Law MP denied during a press conference the reports that the sit-in was directed by former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Managing a legislative process in Iraq is sometimes like running a kindergarten. Boycotting legislative sessions (refusing to play with the other children) is a tactic for getting one’s way. In Iraq, in the CoR and governorate councils, boycotts have often been used as a tactic to object to some decision, reject decisions made by the majority, or to just show contempt. It goes back to the CPA days. Such tactics are not constructive for institution-building, of course.

    We think there is a way to discourage such boycotts and force legislators to engage instead of leave when they disagree, and sometimes to accept that they are in the minority. Base legislator’s salary payments on attendance. When you attend sessions, you get paid; when you are absent, you don’t. This would discourage both the kindergarten behavior and the CoR’s chronic absenteeism.

 

A CoR source says Speaker Jubouri and his First Deputy Humam Hamoudi went to court today against the sit-in MPs, for the physical damage to the CoR hall. [Mada]

 

The CoR voted favorably and unanimously to declare Sinjar a disaster-stricken city. [Mada]

 

An investigative judge (prosecutor) says Daesh is financing some of its operations through different business ventures, including fish farms and car dealerships. He says investigations revealed that 2,500 fish farms in Baghdad, in addition to car dealerships in many places, generate funding for Daesh. He says some of the local businesses were established by Daesh directly, and others were seized by force, while some of owners agreed to share profits with Daesh in exchange for not being attacked.

The investigative judge also says Daesh reactivated some state-owned factories in its areas and is using hawala (money-transfer) offices for money-wiring services that go to Erbil and from there to other Iraqi governorates. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. We have reported several attacks against fish farms and car dealerships in Baghdad, and people in those businesses have been murdered, but it was not clear why they were targeted. Starting in 2003, Al Qaeda in Iraq made millions of dollars from extortion, forcing local businessmen to pay in exchange for not attacking them. Daesh continued the practice and made it even more organized. Now it seems that certain of the people murdered were people who resisted the extortion. In this regard, Daesh can be seen as an organized crime organization functionally similar to the Mafia, and supported by corrupt officials and tribal networks.

 

The Combined Joint Task Force reported 15 airstrikes in Iraq yesterday (Falluja (2), Baghdadi (2), and Hit (4) in Anbar; Hawija (1); and Mosul (1) and Qayara (5). [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The IWMC says it captured a Daesh terrorist group responsible for explosions in Karrada and Jadriya. It also says security forces confiscated an explosive vest and several IEDs. The terrorist’s plan was to use these weapons against Shia pilgrims on the road to Khadimiya. [Maalomah]

The IFP commander says his troops captured a Daesh member responsible for recon missions in Karkh. [Harbi]

 

Northwest (Khadimiya)

An MoI source says an IED exploded, targeting a van in Hurriya, killing the driver and wounding five other people. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men broke into the house of an Iraqi army soldier in Taji, killing his wife and two of his children. The soldier was not home when the attack occurred. [Mada]

A local police source says armed men in a civilian car shot and killed 2 Sahwa fighters in the Falahat area in Tarmiya using silenced handguns. [Maalomah]

 

A local police source says a Ministry of Health employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Husseiniya. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a restaurant in Husseiniya, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Zafaraniya, killing one person and wounding four. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army Humvee with an IED in Khtaimiya, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

Iraq army 23rd brigade troops destroyed a Daesh hideout and defused 4 IEDs in Ikhsaf and Khtaimiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says it killed a Sahwa fighter in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs in Alimiya and Khawalid in Arab Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says 2 tribal PMF fighters were killed and 3 wounded when an IED exploded on a civilian car in Hor Rijab. [Mada]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi army barracks in Yusufiyah and killed two soldiers and wounded two others. Daesh says 3 reinforcement vehicles arrived and its terrorists attacked them, killing or wounding many of them. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army Humvee in Yusufiyah, killing or wounding the soldiers inside, including a battalion commander. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on an Iraqi army patrol in Ubaid area in Latifiya, killing one soldier. [JustPaste]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a market in Radwaniya, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

A security source says an IED exploded near a market in Bakriya, killing one civilian and wounding eight. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   18    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The West Baghdad Operations commander says Daesh attacked Iraqi forces east of Falluja with 6 vehicle bombs. He says Iraqi forces stopped the attack, killing 19 terrorists. [Mawazin] A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says 3 Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Rumaila northwest of the city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi army tank with a guided missile in Hadhaba, west of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says an Iraqi army 10th division unit found a Daesh vehicle carrying 20 200-liter cans of C4 explosives in Al-Tarrah village. [Harbi]

 

Qarma. The commander of Qarma PMF brigade says Counter Terrorism troops arrived in Qarma to participate in the liberation operations. He also says Iraqi forces are shelling and rocketing Daesh locations in Qarma and Falluja heavily, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. The arrival of Counter Terrorism units is a significant development. These have been Iraq’s elite troops in key battles with Daesh, and have won consistently. Their arrival in Falluja suggests that Falluja has finally become a priority government target.

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh counter-attack in Rofa in Qarma, killing 41 terrorists and wounding 28, destroying 4 hideouts, a guesthouse, a cannon, and a vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Rofa and destroyed machine gun-mounted vehicles. 3 Daesh leaders were killed in the airstrike, including a Syrian terrorist. [PUKMedia]

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh tunnels in Rofa, killing 4 suicide bombers inside. He says the tunnels are 800m long in total. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Russian tank near Rofa. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army tank near Rofa with a guided missile. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the Rofa area. [A3maq]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit destroyed a bunker used by Daesh snipers in Harariyat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

A Rapid Intervention unit destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Subaihat in Qarma, killing the terrorists inside. [BOC Facebook Page]

A Rapid Intervention unit destroyed a Daesh hideout in Shahabi in Qarma, killing 4 terrorists inside.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

South of Falluja. Iraqi Rapid Intervention troops stopped a Daesh attack south of Falluja, killing 13 terrorists including 2 suicide bombers, destroying 4 vehicle bombs and an armored construction shovel. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah says its fighters stopped a Daesh attack in the Hayakel military sector south of Falluja, killing several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

The Qarma PMF brigade commander says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the Hayakel area south of Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Al-Salam intersection near Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [AIN]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with 2 vehicle bombs near the traffic police directorate south of Falluja, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers. After that, Daesh says 4 of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi battalion headquarters and detonated their explosive vests, killing more soldiers. Daesh also says it damaged an Iraqi Army Abrams tank. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Falluja. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the battles south of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Qurtan, north of Ramadi, destroying a Daesh hideout and killing a terrorist from Mosul responsible for vehicle bomb-rigging. [Etejah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi T 72 tank in the Jaraishi area north of Ramadi city. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi army 8th division troops destroyed a Daesh hideout and a heavy machine gun in Albu Haratt, north of Ramadi city. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

An Iraqi army 7th division source says division troops supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower liberated Zakhikha and Mashkouka villages northwest of Hit, killing 20 terrorists. The source says Iraqi forces are in full control of the 2 villages. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi army 7th division artillery killed 9 Daesh terrorists, including a Moroccan commander in the Zakhikha area. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an ammunition cache and defused 203 IEDs in the Dolab area. The source also says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the Dolab area, killing 21 terrorists, and destroying 2 vehicle bombs, 2 hideouts, a rocket launcher, and 3 ammunition caches. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army armored vehicle in the Dolab area with a guided missile, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

A member of Baghdadi subdistrict council says Daesh rocketed the city with 45 rockets today and more than 50 rockets and shells yesterday. He is requesting that the government take the necessary actions to end the attacks. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it targeted the residential compound in Baghdadi with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Haditha

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Albu Hayat area with 28 locally-made rockets and 9 mortars, killing 3 Sahwa fighters. [JustPaste]

 

The Mayor of Haditha District says Daesh rocketed Haditha hospital, wounding six civilians. He also says Daesh rocketed Barwana subdistrict, wounding five civilians. He says Iraqi forces responded to the source of fire. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi army positions with locally made rockets in the Kilo 160 area. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A PMF Commission member says 4,000 PMF fighters arrived in Salahuddin to secure its borders with Kirkuk. He says security forces are coordinating with the Peshmerga commanders to start attacks on Daesh in Hawija and Bashir. [BasNews]

 

Baiji

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Jihad, a Shia PMF, destroyed a Daesh armored construction shovel on the road between Baiji and Siniya. The source says Daesh wanted to use the shovel to break through the Iraqi defense lines in the area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Wednesday’s attack on Iraqi forces in Um Jamal village. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says security forces defused 2 IEDs planted near a clinic in east Samarra. The source says this is the first time IEDs have been found in Samarra city in a long time.  [Maalomah]

 

The IFP commander says his troops captured 2 Daesh terrorists who looted houses in Jazeera Samarra and captured 2 vehicles loaded with stolen items. [Harbi]

 

A Samarra Operations Command source says SOC troops captured a cell of 12 Daesh terrorists in Jibairiya in Samarra. [Harbi]

 

There were several developments west of Samarra.

The Samarra Operations commander says Iraqi forces started a large military operation to clear the remaining Daesh pockets west of Jazeera Samarra. He says the troops chased out a large group of Daesh terrorists, killing some of them, and cleared several roads and booby-trapped houses. [AIN]

 

The IFP commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Thirthar area, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles (photos). [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Samarra Operations Command troops defused 7 IEDs in 3 areas in Jazeera Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

Peshmerga and PMFs began the withdrawal of their troops from Tooz. [BasNews]

 

The spokesman of the PMF Commission says that peace has returned to Tooz after the agreement between PMFs and the Peshmerga, and all of the roads have been reopened. [Maalomah]

However, the Chairman of the Security Committee in the Tooz District Council says Peshmerga violated the cease fire several times and its snipers killed a policeman and a woman and wounded two other civilians. [Etejah]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A member of Diyala Provincial Council says the Governor didn’t attend his hearing and for that reason, the PC decided to turn the session into an impeachment session that will be held a week from today. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says security forces defused a car bomb parked near the Diyala Provincial Council building in Baquba center. The car was found prior to a council meeting called to question the Governor. [Mada]

A security source says 4 mortar shells fell on the Diyala Provincial Council building, wounding nine civilians. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. We cannot separate the Daesh story in Iraq from the political problems on the national and provincial levels. Violence is being used as a political tool, by everyone. And this is the reason why Daesh thrived in Iraq.

 

A security source says 3 mortar shells fell near an elementary school in Qatoun, wounding three people. 2 more shells fell near the Sawamra area in Baquba center, killing one person and wounding two. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it killed a policeman in Khalis, northwest of Baquba. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked the convoy of Buhriz police chief in the Hadid area, destroying 2 vehicles. Daesh says the chief survived the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Diyala senior security officer says people in different areas of Diyala reported the names of 300 Daesh financers in the governorate. He says many of them are merchants and rich people. [BasNews]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police chief says security forces raided a Daesh hideout in the orchards of Imam Safr north of Muqdadiya. He says the terrorists fled the location and the security forces found 7 IEDs in addition to other weapons and military uniforms. [Mada]

A JOC says security forces also found a record with the names of the women who had visited the terrorists in that hideout. The source also says an officer and a policeman were wounded in the clashes. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Checkpoints usually don’t search women in Iraq. That made it an obvious tactic for armed groups to use women in their logistics. The real question here is why these women would support an organization that opposes women rights? And we are not talking here about crazy jihadi women but about ordinary women: farmers, government employees, housewives, etc.

 

Daesh says an Iraqi army unit attempted to demolish a farm in the Sheikhi area in Waqf near Abu Saida, but its men stopped them, killing 3 soldiers and beheading one of them, and destroying a Humvee. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source says a leftover Daesh IED exploded in Jalawla in Khanaqin, killing one civilian. [BasNews]

 

A JOC source says security forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Sadiya, in Khanaqin. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says tribal fighters clashed with Daesh terrorists in Hawija. 4 Daesh terrorists were killed and their pickup truck destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle-rigging factory in Wasatiya village in Hawija, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Harbi]

 

Southwest

The Al-Abbas Combat Division says its artillery shelled Daesh hideouts near Bashir, killing several terrorists including a Daesh military commander, Matluq Al-Harbi. [Mawazin]

 

A local source says Daesh is collecting taxes from farmers in areas under Daesh control south and west of Kirkuk. The source also says Daesh brought electric generators from Turkey and Syria and is selling electricity to people in those areas. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Director of the General Attorney Service says the Iraqi armed forces command sent cases involving 76 officers to military courts to investigate their role during Mosul’s capture by Daesh. He also says that cases involving 800 security officers and personnel were sent for investigation. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh checkpoint on Baghdad Street in south Mosul, killing 15 terrorists. He also says Coalition warplanes bombed the Ghizlani fuel station on the west side of Mosul, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

He also says the bodies of 47 Daesh terrorists killed in the recent battles in Makhmur arrived in Mosul.  [PUKMedia]

 

Local sources say Daesh closed a mosque in east Mosul, saying there are too many mosques for the few worshippers. Daesh is using mosques as storage houses for its weapons, explosives, and media center operations following Coalition bombings of other locations. [ARA]

 

Daesh says American warplanes bombed 4 fuel stations in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Three anti-Daesh attacks were reported by Kata’eb Al-Mosul.

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says it killed a Daesh communications official in the Matahen area. Daesh terrorists surrounded the area after the attack and began shooting randomly. [KM Facebook Page]

The KM says it targeted a Daesh van with an IED in Adhba village, killing 2 Daesh terrorists. [KM Facebook Page]

It also killed a Daesh terrorist in the industrial area in Wadi Okab. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed the Daesh hisbah office in Qabchi village in Bashiqa, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a weapons storehouse. Coalition warplanes also bombed Daesh in the Azzawi intersection in Bashiqa, killing 6 terrorists and destroying an ammunitions storehouse. [Harbi]

 

Nineveh Plain

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in Batnaya in Tel Keif, killing 3 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations commander says Iraqi army 72nd brigade stopped a large Daesh counter-attack on Mahana village, taken back yesterday by the government, killing several terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. He says Iraqi forces have stopped 5 Daesh attacks on the village during the last 24 hours. [BasNews]

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces near Mahana with 30 Katyushas and 130 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi soldiers with a vehicle bomb near Mahana, destroying several vehicles and killing many soldiers. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a good example of Daesh war reporting when they seem to be losing. They report what they did to inflict pain on the enemy and extol their terrorists who blow themselves up (or more often get blown up by government troops). Missing from the heroic narrative is the fact that they lost. At the media propaganda level, Daesh is always victorious (even when it loses).

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed 200 Daesh members and destroyed 5 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs, in addition to hideouts, weapons, and explosives, during the liberation of Mahana. [Harbi]

 

Ninewa Operation Command says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh mortar units in Haj Ali village, killing 4 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A PUK official says Daesh publicly executed a tribal leader in Makouk village in Qayara, after accusing him of cooperating with security forces. [PUKMedia]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a weapons storehouse in Khabata village in Qayara. [Harbi]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Peshmerga west of Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Krouki village in Baaj. [Harbi]

 

KURDISTAN

Vice President Biden arrived to Erbil and met with President Barzani. [Rudaw]

Barzani’s office issued a statement saying the 2 leaders discussed the war on Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and the coordination between Coalition, Peshmerga and Iraqi forces and the plans to liberate Mosul as well as post-liberation measures. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. So the President’s unofficial point man for Iraq shows up in Baghdad and Erbil on the same day to meet the top leaders. Neither of them tells us in his official statement what was discussed, beyond the usual generalities. However, logic says that Biden doesn’t show up just to have a conversation, so something is up. We have to wait to find out what that is.

 

The leader of Gorran, Nawshirwan Mustafa, arrived in Suleimaniya, returning from a medical trip in the UK. [Sumaria]

 

The Chief of Staff of the Canadian Army says in a meeting with the KRG President Masoud Barzani, that Canada will continue with the Coalition in the war against Daesh. Barzani praises the role with the Canadian forces in supporting the Peshmerga. [Mawazin]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were captured separately while trying to enter Hilla, at the Athar checkpoint in north Babel. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

A Turkish security source says Daesh targeted a border station in Karkemish in Gaziantep with mortars, destroying the station and damaging an artillery cannon. The Turkish military responded by shelling two villages west of Jarabulus.  [ARA]

A Turkish military source says 11 Daesh terrorists were killed by the shelling. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force reported 7 airstrikes in Syria yesterday (Ain Eissa 4, Mare’ 2, and Washiyah 1.) [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh publishes photos of shooting at YPG locations east of the Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the life of Raqqa residents [AKI]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Local sources say Syrian warplanes bombed a field hospital in Sukkari neighborhood in Aleppo, killing twenty people. The sources also say the warplanes bombed other neighborhoods in Aleppo, killing thirty-eight civilians, including nine children. [Rudaw]

The manager of Doctors without Borders in Syria says fifty people were killed during the airstrike on the hospital in Aleppo. [BasNews]

 

Turkey reportedly requested Ahrar Al-Sham and Failaq (Corps) Al-Sham to send 1,000 fighters to Aleppo to fight Daesh. Some of these fighters have been entering Turkey from different places in northwestern Syria and then getting sent back to other locations in Syria. Media sources say the fighters arrived in Turkey but only some were sent back south because an American veto prevented the participation of the Ahrar. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. We are not entirely confident about the details of this story.

 

An opposition group commander says Daesh targeted Mare’ with Grads and mortars, causing civilian casualties. He says Daesh deployed a large number of its terrorists near Mare’ to take over the city. He also says that Daesh targeted Dudyan with two vehicle bombs, and after that, heavy clashes erupted between Daesh and the opposition groups. [ARA]

 

Local activists say Turkish artillery shelled Daesh locations near Jarabulus heavily. The sources say Daesh raised the level of alerts in Jarabulus when Turkish troops brought reinforcements to the border. Turkish security sources say Daesh attacked a Turkish border station west of Karkemish on the other side of Jarabulus with several mortars. The sources say the Turkish Army responded by shelling Daesh locations, and brought more reinforcements and tanks and evacuated citizens from the area. The shelling is still ongoing from both sides. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says that more than 500 opposition group fighters attacked its position in Ain Daqna south of Azaz during the last 24 hours. It says 83 opposition fighters and 11 YPG fighters were killed.

The YPG paraded the bodies of these fighters in Afrin.  [BasNews] [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video from Al-Ra’i city. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops captured a vehicle loaded with 3.5 tons of explosive materials on the Ithariya-Khanasir Road southeast of Aleppo.   [SANA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Turkish Army tanks northeast of Aleppo (video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles with opposition groups north of Aleppo. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of Turkish artillery shelling civilian vehicles north of Aleppo. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the YPG released several Daesh terrorists in exchange for the body of a dead Russian officer who was killed in Tadmur. [Welati]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying a Syrian army vehicle east of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack north of Suwayda’, killing many terrorists. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese Army says its troops killed a Daesh leader and one of his associates and arrested another associate in Arsal. [Maalomah]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Egyptian soldiers in the Wifaq area east of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan special forces say one of their commanders and 2 of his associates were killed and three others wounded in a land mine explosion in the Qawarsha area southwest of Benghazi.  [Libya24]

 

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says the troops captured more areas and surrounded Daesh in Qawarsha, after heavy shelling, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

The spokesman of the Libyan army says Libyan troops, supported by tribal fighters from Benghazi and north Sirte, are ready to liberate Sirte after surrounding the city from three sides. [Maalomah]

 

Libyan warplanes launched airstrikes on important Daesh locations in Sirte, killing or wounding “tens” of terrorists. Local sources say Daesh terrorists announced an alert, in preparation for the military campaign on the city. [AfriGate]

 

Local sources say Daesh is preventing Sirte families from leaving the city without prior approval. The sources say people are standing in long lines in front of Daesh’s police headquarters to get their approvals to leave the city. [Libya24]

Those receiving approval from Daesh to leave the city are not permitted to bring their furniture. [AfriGate]

 

A local source says Daesh deployed snipers on the roofs of buildings east of Sirte and cut off electricity in the area. [Libya24]

 

A Gaddafi tribe leader says Daesh executed two members of the tribe, in addition to four others (an Egyptian, a Sudanese, a Yemeni, and a Tunisian) who have been living in the city for a long time.  [Libya24]

 

A local source says two Daesh terrorists from Chad were killed by a land mine as they were planting mines in east Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisia Ministry of Interior said it captured 5 Daesh terrorists who came back from Libya and Syria. The authorities also captured another Daesh terrorist who admitted his role in the American Embassy attack in Tunis in 2012.  [Libya24]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Eyewitnesses say many people were killed or wounded when a car bomb exploded near the house of the security director of Aden. [Rudaw] Daesh claimed responsibility. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan

The Afghani Minister of Defense says in a security conference in Moscow that some people think it is possible to use Taliban against Daesh. He says that won’t happen because if we support the Taliban, we will “create another monster”. [Maalomah]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ta2ydr

https://twitter.com/SAEDI_FOM_ALkXU

https://twitter.com/MikarMifar

https://twitter.com/abu_a_365

https://twitter.com/Vfvfbhoo44

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

 

April 27, 2016

 

 

Iraqi Troops in Mahana Village

Today’s Major Developments

 

Sit-in MPs appeal Monday’s CoR decisions to high court.

US general confirms huge Daesh financial losses from Coalition airstrikes.

Daesh fighters reported leaving Rawa, Anah, Al-Qa’im for Mosul; MoI head says Iraqi forces are heading to those cities next.

Progress reported in defusing Peshmerga vs. Shia PMFs conflict in Tooz.

Iraqi forces in Makhmur area capture one village, surround another.

Coalition conducts 15 airstrikes on Ninewa in one day.

Contingents of US soldiers reportedly deployed to Hasaka, Raqqa governorates.

Kurdish US allies in Syria facing military attacks by Turkey-backed Sunni opposition groups.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The sit-in MPs submitted an appeal to the Federal Court, objecting the results of Tuesday’s voting. [Mada]

 

Daesh is struggling to stay financially viable after Coalition airstrikes destroyed up to $800 million of Daesh’s cash reserves, according to Major General Peter Gersten, the U.S. deputy commander for operations and intelligence against Daesh. He said on Tuesday that around 20 airstrikes had been conducted that attacked cash stockpiles specifically, destroying between $500 million to $800 million. In one incident, an estimated $150 million was destroyed by an airstrike on a house in Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Government cancelled the license for Al-Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad. The reason given was that it violated the government’s instructions regarding coverage of the war. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Jazeera is the only media organization, other than Daesh’s own, that has access to Daesh controlled areas, especially Falluja. It has produced many videos from those areas, and it’s fair for the government to ask Al-Jazeera how it could do that. Al-Jazeera’s links to Daesh and the AQI are well known, and its enmity towards the political system in Iraq goes beyond any real journalism boundaries. Iraq apparently sees that Al-Jazeera is an important component of the pro-Daesh parallel media and too often a Daesh mouthpiece, so has decided to do something about it.

  

The Coalition military forces conducted 23 airstrikes in Iraq, in or near Baghdadi, Hit, and Falluja (3); Baiji (2) and Kirkuk; Sinjar, Tal Afar (3), Kasik, Mosul (5), Qayara (4), and Sultan Abdullah. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it targeted 2 Iraqi Army Humvees with 2 IEDs in Tarmiya District, killing at least eight soldiers. [JustPaste]

Iraqi army 43rd brigade troops defused 11 IEDs in the Mohammed Al-Sakran area.

[BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in the Annaz area. [MoD Website]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular café in Karaghouliya village in Nahrawan, killing one person and wounding ten. [Mada]

An IFP unit defused an IED in Mashtal. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says 3 suspects wanted on terrorism charges were captured in Mada’in. [Baghdadia]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in the industrial area in Mada’in, killing two people and wounding four. [Mada]

A local police source says the body of an unknown young man was found shot in Zafaraniya. [Maalomah]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded by snipers in Arab Jubour. [Mada]

Iraqi army 17th division troops destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and 4 IEDs in Alimiya in Arab Jubour. [MoD Website]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a market in Mahmudiya, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

Iraqi forces destroyed two Daesh guest houses and defused 2 IEDs in the Akhsaf and Ubaidat areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi army 25th brigade unit defused 2 IEDs in the Kilo 14 area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft units in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Amel, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Ameriya, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

A security source says a roadside IED exploded in Iskan, killing one civilian and wounding another. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   17   (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A local source says unknown armed men killed 9 Daesh hisbah terrorists in Shuhada’ in Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi army 14th division troops killed 19 terrorists and wounded 6, and destroyed a vehicle and a motorcycle in addition to an explosives oil rigging factory, and defused 14 booby-trapped houses and 79 IEDs in the Albu Shijil/Qarma/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Rumaila, northwest of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Qarma. The spokesman of Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says the liberation of Qarma is very close and Iraqi forces have liberated 1/3 of its areas so far. He says Iraqi forces face difficulties in Qarma because of the nature of the terrain. [AIN]

 

Coalition warplanes killed 14 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 mortar units, 2 hideouts, and a heavy machine gun in Rofa in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

The IWMC says Iraqi army 14th division troops killed several Daesh terrorists in Rofa, including the Daesh media official in the area. [AIN]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Rofa. [JustPaste]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed 7 terrorists in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs in the Albu Tayeh area in Qarma. [Mada]

 

South of Falluja. An Iraqi army 35th brigade unit killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Hitawiyeen, south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tuffaha and Ma’amir in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

An Iraqi army 17th division unit killed a Daesh terrorist in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi army 59th brigade unit defused 6 IEDs in Halabsa, southwest of the city. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A video of Falluja tribal PMFs training camp [Al-Aan]

 

Ramadi

The chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Daesh is still in charge of Jazeera Khaldiya and is using it to launch mortars and rockets on Ramadi and Habbaniya. [BasNews]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops killed a Daesh suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest north of Albu Dhiab. He also says his troops destroyed 10 IEDs in the gas factory, east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Baghdadi/Dolab

An Iraqi army 7th division source says Iraqi forces found a Daesh laptop in Zakhikha with important information on terrorists from the Dolab and Zakhikha areas, including their names, salaries, and operations. [Sumaria]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh rocketed the residential compound in Baghdadi with 50 Katyushas, killing or wounding several people. [Mada]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh ammunition storehouse and a tunnel in the Dolab area, killing 14 terrorists including 3 snipers. [Sumaria]

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says 19 Daesh terrorists were killed in Coalition airstrikes on 3 Daesh gatherings in the Dolab area. [Sumaria]

 

A Jazeera Operations Command source says Iraqi army 7th division commandos clashed with 5 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a tunnel in Dolab and killed all of them. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army personnel carrier with a guided missile near Dolab. [A3maq]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says his troops destroyed 20 IEDs and 20 Katyusha rockets in the Hit traffic directorate. [Sumaria]

 

Haditha

Daesh says it targeted the residential compound of the Ain Al-Asad base with 3 mortars and 4 artillery shells. Daesh also says it targeted Barwana just north of Haditha with a Grad rocket. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh terrorists fled Rawa, Anah and Al-Qa’im toward Mosul after the Iraqi and Coalition heavy airstrikes. [Maalomah]

 

The Ministry of Interior spokesman says Iraqi forces will move on to liberate Rawa, Anah, Rutba and Al-Qa’im very soon [AIN]

 

A JOC source says the IFP destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factory in Rutba, killing 6 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says the IAF bombed 2 Daesh leaders near Um Al-Shababit Bridge in Shirqat, including the Daesh emir of mosques, and killed many other terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF fighters stopped a Daesh attack in the Siniya-Haditha road military sector, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces on the road between Baiji and Haditha and burned down 5 barracks and destroyed 8 vehicles, killing 19 soldiers. Daesh also says it hit an Iraqi helicopter and targeted Iraqi forces in the area with 40 rockets. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces on the Baiji-Haditha road with rockets and mortars. [JustPaste]

 

PMF commander says Iraqi forces ambushed and killed 7 Daesh terrorists, including a Tunisian, in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Sumaria]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Fatha military sector, killing several Daesh terrorists. 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 6 wounded. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Zuwiya village north of Baiji. The headquarters used to be the house of a traffic police chief and was seized by Daesh. He also says the strike destroyed a vehicle bomb which led to damages in nearby houses and two civilian injuries. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb, killing 2 terrorists northwest of Thirthar. The IAA also destroyed 2 machine gun mounted vehicles, killing 6 terrorists in the same area. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it targeted Abu Jamal village, on the road between Haditha and Baiji, near Thirthar Lake, with 65 120mm mortars, then broke into the village and killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 6 barracks and 7 vehicles. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it killed 16 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 4 Humvees and another vehicle. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Baiji-Haditha road area. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Harariyat area in Baiji district, destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle and killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed 7 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

A JOC source says IFP troops killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed a Katyusha rocket launcher in the Ajeel oilfields. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

A JOC source says Salahuddin Operations Command destroyed 5 IEDs in the Strategic Line area.  [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says the IFP captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Samarra city.  [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says PMF units found a Daesh guest house and rockets in the Albu Naqib area in Jazeera Samarra. [Mawazin]

 

Tooz

The Badr commander and the Deputy Chairman of the PMF commission met with the Kirkuk Governor, a PUK senior official, and other Kurdish officials in Tooz. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

The Tooz Police Chief says the situation in the district is relatively calm now. He also refuted the reports about Turkmen families leaving the area. [Mada]

Peshmerga and PMF commanders agreed on ending the crisis in Tooz and to form a joint security committee in Tooz. The agreement also including the withdrawal of the Peshmerga and the PMFs the district and putting the local police and emergency forces in charge. [PUKMedia] [Sumaria]

 

A PMF source says Turkmen militiamen kidnapped 4 Peshmerga fighters, including an officer, in response to the kidnapping of 2 Turkmen civilians in a Peshmerga checkpoint in Tooz. [Ghad]

 

The spokesman of Tooz district management says the AAH shot at a police vehicle in Tooz on Tuesday, but killing an Arab policeman and wounding three others, including a captain. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A local police source says 5 mortar shells fell on Khan Bani Saad, southwest of Baquba, wounding one civilian.  [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Iraqi army 5th division troops captured two men wanted on terrorism charges and found an explosives cache in Muqdadiya district. [MoD Website]

 

A member of Diyala Provincial Council says security forces implemented a new security program in the northern orchards of Abu Saida to fight Daesh sleeper cells in the area. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the manager of Abu Saida subdistrict survived an IED explosion in Shiakhi village, 5 km (3 miles) east of the city. Security forces searched the area and found mortars used a couple of days ago to shell the city and wound four children. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says an IED exploded inside a Shia funeral hall in Hay Tis’een in Kirkuk center without causing human casualties. [Mada]

 

The manager of Taza subdistrict says Daesh launched 10 mortars from Bashir, wounding three civilians. One of the victims is in critical condition. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Local sources from Mosul refuted the reports about Daesh destroying the Al-Sa’a church in Mosul. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Since it is almost impossible to film anything from inside Mosul without Daesh approval, we can’t know the truth about the church. Daesh sometimes spreads false reports through different sources in order to refute them later and make its enemies look like liars.

 

Local sources say Daesh cut off water and electricity on the Mahalbiya subdistrict west of Mosul for the last 4 days as retribution for recent attacks on Daesh in the area. [Maalomah]

 

A Peshmerga commander says thirteen Shabak people–nine children, two women and two men–escaped a Daesh controlled village in Bashiqa and were secured by the Kurdish forces. [Karemlash]

 

Nineveh Plain

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Bartella, killing 18 terrorists and destroying 5 armored vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Mahana. A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi Army units liberated Mahana village, east of Qayara, after a surprise attack.  [Maalomah] Another source also reported that Iraqi forces liberated Mahana. [BasNews]  MoD says the village was the center for Daesh elite units. The attack was preceded by airstrikes and heavy shelling. 200 Daesh terrorists were killed, and 4 vehicles bombs, 4 rocket launchers, and 7 mortar units were destroyed. [MoD Website]

According to a PUK official, Iraqi forces surrounded Mahana village in the early morning then broke into the village forcing Daesh fighters to flee. [PUKMedia] He also says Coalition warplanes bombed Mahana and Kafrouk on the road between Makhmur and Qayara. He says Daesh supply lines between Makhmur and Qayara were cut off after the Iraqi Army captured Mahana. [PUKMedia]

Ninewa Operations Command says Iraqi forces killed a Saudi suicide bomber when he attempted to attack them in Mahana village. [Mada] A security source says a Daesh local leader called Mahmoud Al-Afri was killed in Mahana. [Maalomah]

Videos of Iraqi forces in Mahana [Mosuliya] [Hurra]

 

 

Haj Ali. A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Khara’eb Jabur, killing 5 terrorists. He says the bombing came in parallel with the Iraqi army 15th division advances in Mahana and Haj Ali villages. [BasNews]

The Ninewa Ops commander says Iraqi forces surrounded Haj Ali village after liberating Mahana. He says 30 Daesh terrorists were killed by his division’s shelling on Haj Ali. He also says the Coalition bombed Daesh reinforcements as they were heading to the village. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Daesh launched a Katyusha rocket on Makhmur center without causing casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi army bulldozers with guided missiles near Kharbardan village. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its suicide terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces in Kharbardan village. [JustPaste]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh sniper hiding in a water tank in Al-Nassr village. A Coalition warplane also destroyed 2 Daesh houses, a vehicle bomb, and a tunnel in the same village. [Harbi]

Iraqi army artillery shelled Daesh in Al-Nassr village, killing 3 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh issues a video of (most likely old) battles in Makhmur. [AKI]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi army 15th division artillery shelled a Daesh gathering in Khabata village in Qayara, killing 35 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A JOC source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh communications center in Hwaij village in Qayara, killing 5 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Khaldiya village in Makhmur and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A JOC source says the IAF destroyed a vehicle rigging factory in Abu Mariya in Tal Afar, killing 9 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A Yazidi Peshmerga Commander says the PKK opened 2 schools in Mount Sinjar and forced the Yazidi children to join these schools and learn PKK ideology. He says the PKK is luring these kids by giving them money, mobile phones and weapons, especially Yazidi girls who were not captured by Daesh. [Ghad]

 

KURDISTAN

A Kurdish MP says the Kurdish CoR alliance will send a list of technocrat candidates to Abadi to choose for his cabinet. She says the alliance has 20% of the cabinet and there are 17 ministries still to be filled. She also says Abadi will submit the names of the remaining candidates on Saturday. Another Kurdish MP says the Minister of Finance, Hoshyar Zebari, is remaining in his position. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. As the purpose is to have a cabinet that is more politically independent, nominations by politicians would seem to be inconsistent with the purpose. The blunt message in this and other Kurdish moves is that they oppose Al-Abadi’s cabinet reform and continue to insist on maintaining their quota and on naming the ministers within that quota, forcing the Prime Minister to work with ministers who are not loyal to him and the government as a whole.

 

The KRG spokesman says the KRG’s oil production went below 500,000 barrels a day, which increased the budget deficit. [SotKurdistan]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A JOC source says Iraqi forces found a booby-trapped house and an explosives cache in Falahat village in the Buhairat area, in North Babel. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish media sources say a woman blew herself up in the main mosque in Bursa, killing a second person and wounding ten. [BasNews]

 

Turkish media sources say the Turkish military has started to establish a Turkey-controlled area on the Syrian side of the border across from Kilis, which has been under frequent Daesh shelling. The area will be 8km long and 16km in depth. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A Syrian Kurdish military source says 150 American soldiers arrived at the Rmeilan base in eastern Hasaka countryside. He says some of the soldiers arrived by helicopters and some came through Iraqi Kurdistan. He also says some of the soldiers went to Ain Eissa in Raqqa’s northern countryside. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says 474 people arrived from Mosul to a refugee camp near Al-Hawl. Some of them arrived on foot and some by car. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of crucifying two men publicly in Raqqa, after accusing them of spying for the Coalition. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say Daesh used a new punishment to scare women who don’t follow Daesh’s clothing rules. Daesh terrorists filled an iron cage with human skulls and threw women in it. The first victim was a girl who was captured while cleaning the stairs of the building where she lives. The terrorists kept her in the cage for 5 hours until she lost consciousness. Daesh made its rules in Raqqa even stricter than their previous rules. People are not allowed to leave Raqqa even for severe medical conditions, unless they give up their property as a guarantee. A Saudi terrorist, called Sheikh Dhaigham, became the sharia official of the city, after the old official, Abu Ali Al-Shari’ was killed in a Coalition airstrike a few weeks ago.  [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG shovel and a machine gun-mounted SUV in Abu Khashab village in Hasaka, killing or wounding the fighters inside. Daesh also says it destroyed a machine gun mounted SUV in Abu Fas village in Hasaka. [JustPaste]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces say Daesh targeted its troops with shells filled with chemical weapons near the Taqa village in Shaddadi countryside, wounding 15 fighters. [BasNews]

Daesh says it rocketed YPG locations near Shaddadi with 25 Katyushas and 4 Grads. [JustPaste]

 

The YPG says Daesh artillery shelled Qara Quad village in Kobane, the Tishrin Dam, and Sharkarak village east of Ain Eissa on Tuesday. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh says it captured two villages east of Azaz. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of weapons and ammunition it captured near Azaz, some of which were American, [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured Dudyan, Tlail Al-Hisin, and Fayrouziya villages along the Turkish border. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video from the Dudyan village after its capture. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says it stopped another Turkey-backed opposition groups attack on Tal Maqsoud, killing 2 fighters. Opposition groups also kept on shelling and rocketing the area.  [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The YPG and Jaish Al-Thuwar (the Army of Revolutionaries, a SDF faction) stopped a force of Turkey-backed opposition groups, including Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Kurdish National Council in Syria, that was attacking on Tal Rifaat and Ain Daqna north of Aleppo, killing “tens” of fighters and destroying several military vehicles. [Hawar]

Jaish Al-Thuwar says Al-Qaeda terrorists entered the area from Turkey to support the opposition groups. [Hawar]

 

However, it was also reported that Jaish Al-Thuwar issued a statement saying that the opposition groups are leaving their positions in north Aleppo to allow Daesh to advance and fight the SDF.[Qasioun]

Daesh captured 6 villages from Syrian opposition groups north of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

The PYD issues a statement asking the United States and Russia, and other peace backers, to intervene and stop the Turkey-backed opposition groups and the “remains of the Kurdish National Council in Syria” from attacking the Syria Democratic Forces in Tal Rifaat and Afrin. The PYD accused Turkey of trying to isolate Afrin from Kobane and create an isolated area in north Syria. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The Kurdish National Council was established in 2011 in Kurdish Iraq, and is supported by the KDP.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has completed a visit to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of destruction at the World Heritage site. The experts participating in the mission, who were escorted by UN security forces, identified emergency measures to consolidate and secure the building and the work that will be required to document, evacuate, safeguard and restore whatever is possible. [UN]

 

Russian warplanes launched 8 airstrikes on residential neighborhoods in Sukhnah, in Homs’ eastern countryside, wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops, supported by Russian warplanes, tried to capture the 3rd oil station near Tadmur, but Daesh terrorists stopped the attack. [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh convoy east of the 3rd station. [SANA]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian army attack northeast of Tadmur, killing 20 soldiers and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

A YPG source says the YPG retrieved the body of a Russian soldier killed in the battles against Daesh in Tadmur, without giving more details.  [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it captured 3 Syrian Army military positions near the Mohammed Bin Ali Mountain northwest of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian army vehicle with a guided missile near Tadmur airport. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Russian warplanes intensified their airstrikes on Daesh-controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor, wounding several civilians, including a child. The battles between the Syrian Army and Daesh continued near Sinaa and near Deir Ez-Zor airport. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issued orders preventing any vehicle from transporting its terrorists in Raqqa without signed orders. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh has issued such orders previously to prevent its terrorists from leaving.

 

An Ahrar Al-Sham leader was killed and 2 of his associates wounded by an IED in Idlib countryside. The AS usually accuses Daesh sleeper cells of such attacks in Idlib and Hama. [Qasioun]

 

An opposition groups commander says Daesh captured several villages from them. [ARA]

 

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

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle in Suwayda’s northeastern countryside. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says 3 policemen were killed and 8 wounded when an IED exploded on a police patrol in Arish. [Sumaria] [Arabi21]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Egyptian army supply convoy in Tawil village east of Arish and destroyed a vehicle. [JustPaste]

 

Security forces clashed with Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in Maidan village west of Arish. The terrorists managed to escape, and a civilian was killed. [ElWatan]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police personnel carrier in Maidan village, killing six policemen and wounding ten. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian Counter Terrorism forces killed 6 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in Bir Lahfan village, south of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian army personnel carrier between Kharouba and Karm Al-Qawadees, south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists clashed with an Egyptian Army patrol near Joura south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing or wounding some soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army personnel carrier west of Sheikh Zuweid, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

A tribal source says masked men blew up the water purification unit in Bir Bada village in Central Sinai.   [Welati]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Border Guard armored vehicle near Karam Abu Salem crossway in Rafah, killing or wounding some of them. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian Army helicopters and ground troops launched a campaign in Tayra and Abu Hilo villages south of Rafah, and destroyed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis leader’s house and killed a suspect implicated in the Taba and Sharm El-Sheikh attacks, and captured 3 other terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military commander says Libyan troops, supported by Libyan warplanes, launched several attacks on remaining Daesh fighters in center, west and south Benghazi. He says Libyan troops are advancing slowly in Qawarsha, because of land mines and IEDs. [VetoGate]

 

Four civilians from one family were wounded when a mortar shell fell on their house in Benghazi. Another shell wounded five civilians, including two women, in Benghazi.  A Libyan soldier and two civilians were admitted to the hospital after being shot by Daesh snipers. [Libya24] [AfriGate][Libya24]

 

Another man was killed by a Daesh leftover IED in the 400 neighborhood in Derna, raising the number of casualties to 28 people in the last 3 days. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A Libyan military source says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations at the Sitteen Gate, east of Sirte, destroying 2 vehicles loaded with weapons and killing or wounding several terrorists. [Tunisien]

 

Security sources in Misrata say 200 vehicles filled with armed men headed from Misrata to the Barak Al-Shati area, to prevent any Libyan military forces from heading south towards Sirte. [Libya24]

DaeshDaily comment. Misrata militias are accused of being major Daesh supporters in Libya.

 

Eyewitnesses say 30 Daesh military vehicles, carrying terrorists and heavy weapons, headed from Sirte west towards Buerat, close to Misrata’s militia positions in Abu Qareen. [Libya24]

 

The Libyan Military Command spokesman says the Army is ready for the Sirte battle and they are awaiting orders to start their move towards the city. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian authorities arrested a cell of 3 Daesh terrorists in Mahdiya. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

Algerian authorities sentenced a Daesh member who fought in Syria to 10 years in prison. The terrorist returned to be treated for a wound. [VetoGate]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know what specific crimes this terrorist committed, but 10 years seems like a light sentence for someone who joins a mass murder organization like Daesh or Al-Qaeda. How many people would he have had to kill to get a lifetime sentence? Conceding that defendants are sentenced under national legislation, we wonder if the international legal community should consider establishing some international guidelines to deal with this problem.  

 

Other countries

Sweden

The Swedish newspaper Expressen says Iraqi intelligence services have warned Sweden of a Daesh terror plot in Stockholm. Iraqi security officials warned their Swedish counterparts that 7 or 8 terrorists are planning an attack against civilians.  The Swedish police said the information “cannot be ignored,” and it is working closely with national and international partners on the issue. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. With Daesh losses, in Iraq a lot of its local and foreign terrorists are leaving, and many are heading to the West. It is important to establish joint intelligence cells with Iraqi security forces to deal with this issue.

 

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz authorities say 508 Kyrgyz, including 121 women, have joined terrorist groups in Syria. [SANA]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Misrata

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Mkgfwiuyttqp876

https://twitter.com/antisalol12

https://twitter.com/Muslimz2aa

https://twitter.com/notlolatall777

https://twitter.com/Jvjd8

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

 

 

April 26, 2016

CoR

Today’s Major Developments

 

Raucous CoR session reaffirms Al-Jubouri as Speaker.

CoR approves five technocrat cabinet nominees; opposes two others.

Thousands of Sadrist demonstrators demand technocratic cabinet, more reform.

Military action around Falluja increases noticeably.

Government forces in central Anbar now control most of Dolab.

Peshmerga vs. Shia PMFs contest continues to reverberate in Tuz Khurmatu.

Daesh in Mosul keeps finding bizarre ways to execute people.

30% of the population in Turkish border city being shelled by Daesh has left.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

The CoR held a fiery session today. The majority voted to restore Speaker Jubouri and his two deputies to office. The sit-in MPs tried to stop the session but failed. The official session was attended by 179 MPs. They voted that the previous rump sessions were not valid, in effect reaffirming that Al-Jubouri’s status as Speaker was unchanged. However, the sit-in MPs did make a lot of noise, and one of them threw a bottle of water at Prime Minister Abadi.

The CoR voted to approve five new technocratic ministers nominated by Abadi (Electricity, Water Resources, Health, Labor, and Higher Education). It did not confirm the nominees for Justice and Education. The voting on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs candidate, Sharif Ali Bin Al-Hussein, was postponed because of the objection of the Kurdish alliance. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] The negotiations over the past few days apparently have not produced prior agreement on the remaining nominees.

Videos of the COR mess [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A Turkmen MP says the Turkmen didn’t vote on the new cabinet because there was no Turkmen candidate in it. He also says that the clashes in Tooz and the CoR crisis “didn’t happen by coincidence.” [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank the gentleman for demonstrating so clearly the attitude that a new cabinet most needs to overcome.

 

Meanwhile, it was also a dramatic day in the streets, as thousands of Sadrists demonstrated near the Green Zone, demanding a technocrat government and more reforms (photos). [Mada]

 

The United Nations’ Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, said both Baghdad and its international supporters were too focused on defeating (Daesh) and had no strategy for mending the country after that. “It is beholden on the international community, which rightly focuses on the military action, to have . . . comparable investment in non-military relief,” Kate Gilmore said after a week-long trip to Iraq.

“The international community must not allow itself to be made complicit with the failed leadership of Iraq,” she said, and urged Iraqi politicians to fight corruption, reform the judiciary and foster reconciliation. “The first thing the politicians of Iraq have (to do is) to set aside their differences and form urgently a coherent, competent government of national unity,” Gilmore said. [Reuters]

The Iraqi government issued a statement condemning Gilmore’s interference in Iraq’s internal issues and asking the UN not to damage national unity in Iraq. The statement also said that Gilmore listened to people who don’t want the political process in Iraq to move ahead. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This will go down as one of the most ill-timed statements ever made by a UN official in Iraq. With Iraq’s future on the line in today’s session, the lady could only urge that they create a government of national unity. People with more actual knowledge of Iraq would say that the government of national unity it already has is the source of many of its problems, especially its pervasive corruption. Call it the national robbery government. This is the reason for the Prime Minister’s proposal for a non-political cabinet. The lady also wants Iraqi leaders to stop focusing so much on the war against Daesh, ignoring the sacrifices of thousands of Iraqi men and Daesh’s unspeakable  crimes against the Iraqi people. And she is, after all, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights!

    It is not a hidden fact that the UN has a less than sterling reputation in Iraq. The UN failed Iraqi people when it ignored Saddam’s crimes against hundreds of thousands of Iraqis during the 1980s; it failed them again when its sanctions impoverished almost everyone and killed thousands of Iraqi children while top UN officials made lucrative oil deals with Saddam during the 1990s. It bailed out of Iraq for a while in 2003 after the fatal bombing at its headquarters, though we would certainly give UNAMI some credit for its contributions in recent years. If the UN wants to affect better outcomes in Iraq, however, it needs to make public statements that are more competent.

 

Security developments

The Combined Joined Task Force reported 18 Coalition airstrikes yesterday. In Anbar, the targets were in or near Hit (2) Baghdadi, Rutba, Falluja (6) and Habbaniya. There were also strikes around Baiji and Kirkuk (2). In Ninewa, the targets were in or near Sinjar, Kasik, and Mosul (2). [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says an IED exploded near a market in Hamamiyat in Taji District, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Baghdadia]

A local police source says security forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Hor Al-Basha in Taji. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Iraqi soldiers near Al-Tha’er village in Tarmiya District. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces found two weapons and explosives caches in Kishash and Dhabitiya. [MoD Website]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says security forces arrested 4 men claiming to be PMFs who were carrying counterfeit badges at a checkpoint in northeast Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) unit defused a roadside IED in Zafaraniya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi army patrol in Alimiya in Arab Jubour, killing one soldier. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces defused a roadside IED in the Zanbaraniya area in Arab Jubour. [MoD Website]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   8      (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A member of the Anbar PC security command committee in says “tens” of families are trapped at a checkpoint near Ameriyat Al-Falluja and security forces will not allow them to return to their houses in Ramadi because of the IEDs. [Sumaria]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh is using toy drones (no more than 2 km in range) in its recon operations in the Falluja military sector. He says Iraqi forces have shut down “tens” of these drones. [Mada]

 

Daesh says eight people were killed, including three children, and thirteen wounded by an Iraqi airstrike on Falluja. [A3maq]

 

North of Falluja

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh suicide bomber training camp in Mukhtar village north of Falluja, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF source says PMF fighters stopped a Daesh attack in Saqlawiya, northwest of the city, killing many Daesh members, and destroying 3 vehicle bombs and a tunnel. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Albu Shijil, west-northwest of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

A local tribal PMF commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh bridge between Albu Shijil and Falluja, destroying several vehicles and boats and killing several terrorists. He says the bridge was used by Daesh as a supply line. [Maalomah]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed 6 Daesh terrorists, wounded 11 and destroyed an explosive rigging factory, and 2 guest houses in Sijar. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army bulldozer with an IED in the Albu-Aziz area, northeast of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

West of Falluja

The Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh in the Falahat area west of Falluja, destroying 4 tunnels and 4 bulldozers in addition to a mortar unit and a machine gun mounted vehicle. [Mawazin]

 

Qarma

The commander of Qarma PMF brigade says the IAA bombed a Daesh gathering in Qarma, killing 12 terrorists. The IAA also destroyed several Daesh vehicles and tunnels. He says the IAA intensified its attacks on Daesh in Qarma, preparing for the Iraqi force’s attack. [Maalomah]

He also says Iraqi forces started the military operations to liberate the southern part of Qarma, killing 18 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi army 14th division troops killed 77 terrorists, wounded 49, and destroyed 9 machine gun mounted vehicles at 7 combat positions and defused 69 IEDs in the Albu Shijil/Qarma/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. Coalition warplanes killed 16 terrorists and destroyed 5 combat locations and a mortar unit in the same sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The West Bagdad Operations commander says Iraqi army 17th division liberated the Rofa area north of Qarma, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Mawazin]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed a local Daesh leader called Okab Al-Arsan in Rofa. [Harbi]

 

South of Falluja

Iraqi army 17th division unit killed a Daesh terrorist in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja.

[MoD Website]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh mortar unit and killed 3 terrorists in the Albu Assi area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it shelled Ameriyat Al-Falluja with mortars, without giving more details. [JustPaste]

[JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations commander says his troops defused 8 IEDs and cleared 20 houses in Al-Aramel in south Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command troops destroyed 16 IEDs in the Ramadi gas factory. [Harbi]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says 14 Daesh terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike on the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area northeast of Ramadi. [BasNews]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces liberated Dolab and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Maalomah]

The Anbar PC says Iraqi forces liberated Dolab after heavy battles, killing or wounding “tens” of Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

Speaking more cautiously, an Anbar Operations commander said Iraqi forces have liberated 75% of Dolab, including the municipal building, the police station, and the central clinic, killing 87 terrorists, including many foreigners. He says Iraqi forces have surrounded the city from 4 sides and Daesh terrorists are caught in small pockets. [SANA]

 

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed 23 Daesh terrorists in Dolab, and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, 4 motorcycles, and 311 IEDs in addition to a weapons cache. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi army 16th division commander says the road between Mhamdy and Hit was cleared of IEDs. The first group of 70 families has returned to their houses in Hit. [MoD Website]

 

The leader of the Albu Nimr tribe says 750 tribal fighters and 100 vehicles headed out today to hold the ground in Hit. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. In the darkest days of Daesh’s takeover in Anbar, the Albu Nimr was one tribe that showed the courage to oppose them and take the consequences. They are also a tribe that many US servicemen will remember favorably from the “surge” days. Daesh executed hundreds of their young men in Hit and nearby areas, many of them “fingered” by Daesh supporters in the local population. So the Albu Nimr will have plenty of motivation to hold the government’s gains in Hit and keep Daesh from returning.

However, as with many areas in Iraq, the attitudes of city dwellers and the tribesmen living around the city are to some extent conflicting, and some people still living in Hit are complicit in Daesh’s crimes, creating a more than plausible motive to settle scores after the losses endured by the Albu Nimr. Therefore, the government needs to make sure that no arbitrary retaliation and revenge occur under this assignment.

 

The Anbar Operations commander says his troops destroyed 8 IEDs and cleared 2 streets in Hit city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army bulldozer with a guided missile near Dolab. [A3maq]

 

The Joint Operations Command says an IAA CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh armored construction shovel in Hit District. [Harbi]

 

Haditha

Daesh says one of its snipers killed the Sahwa commander of the residential compound of the Ain Al-Asad base. Daesh also says it targeted the compound with 14 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi army and Sahwa positions in the Khasfa area, west of Haditha with several types of weapons and later shelled the area with heavy artillery and mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi F16s destroyed a Daesh IED factory in Rutba. [Mawazin]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the orchard area on the east side of Shirqat, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a 57mm cannon. [Mawazin]

 

An Iraqi army 34th brigade unit destroyed an attacking Daesh construction shovel bomb near Shirqat. [MoD Website]

 

Baiji

The IFP commander says his troops shelled Daesh locations in Makhoul Mountains, killing 2 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

A PMF source says Badr fighters captured a Daesh terrorist as he was trying to sneak into their positions in Himrin Mountains. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF SUV in the Jalam area, north of Samarra, killing 4 fighters. Daesh also says it detonated another IED on an Iraqi army Humvee in the same area, damaging the vehicle and killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says at least six PMFs were killed by the 2 attacks. [A3maq]

 

Tooz

A Badr commander warns that Daesh has sleeper cells and incubators in areas near Tooz, and they might infiltrate the District, taking advantage of the current crisis between the Peshmerga and the Shia PMFs. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is lucky to have the Peshmerga and the PMFs as its enemies. They can always kill each other and forget about Daesh. Many photos are published on the internet showing civilians, including women and children, shot by Peshmerga snipers. Killing civilians is definitely not about self-defense.

 

A woman was shot and killed by a Peshmerga sniper in Tooz (photo). [Etejah]

 

A security source says Peshmerga continued its heavy shelling on a Turkmen neighborhood in Tooz after reinforcements arrived from Kirkuk. [Baghdadia]

 

The Deputy Governor of Salahuddin says Peshmerga snipers were deployed on several buildings in Tooz. He says one of these snipers shot at a police car, killing a policeman and wounding a captain and two other policemen. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Peshmerga fighters kidnapped two wounded civilians–an ambulance driver, and a paramedic–at a checkpoint in south Tooz. The Peshmerga also shot at another ambulance and wounded its driver, according to the source. He says the Peshmerga have violated the truce more than once. [Maalomah]

 

Video shows Kurdish offices burned out by Shia militiamen. [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest near a commercial area of Baquba, killing one civilian and wounding three. [Maalomah]

 

Security forces found 2 explosives hideouts in Um Al-Ubaid and Bada’a in Kanaan.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala police chief says a Daesh terrorist who was among those responsible for destroying several electricity towers was arrested in Imam Wees. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle in the Albu Slaibi area in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

Dijla Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in Udhaim, killing 5 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi army barracks in Sadiya in Khanaqin with light and mid-sized weapons without giving more details. Daesh also says it targeted the barracks with six 82mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

An MP from Diyala warns that Daesh sleeper cells are expanding near Sadiya and asks the government for solutions. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi army barracks with light and midsize weapons in the Al-Nida area of Balad Ruz. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says unknown armed men tried to kidnap an MP’s father from his house in Balad Ruz, but the man shot at them, forcing them to flee. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says unknown armed men shot and wounded a policeman in Laylan subdistrict in Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter near the Shaheed compound in Riyadh. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Daesh terrorists executed a family of four publicly in Hawija because they were threatening to flee the city. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security force says the IAF bombed Daesh locations in Rashad in Daquq, killing 10 terrorists including Mohammed Al-Jawali, a local commander. [Etejah]

 

A PMF source says Al-Abbas Combat Division targeted Daesh locations in Bashir with locally made rockets. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Rashidiya subdistrict, killing 20 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Mada]

 

A local activist says many Daesh foreign terrorists are fleeing Mosul towards Turkey then to their original countries after the intensive Coalition airstrikes. He also says that a Daesh team of American computer experts fled to Syria. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists drowned seven civilians by putting them in cages. They were accused of communicating with Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. The source says Daesh terrorists videotaped the execution. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

The Ninewa Operations Command says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in Bartella, killing the Daesh rockets official in Ninewa, Abu Khalis, and destroying 2 rockets and a rocket launcher. [AIN]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Coalition bombed Daesh in Al-Nassr village, killing 10 terrorists and wounding “tens”. Coalition warplanes also killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a mortar unit and a vehicle in Khara’eb Jabur village. [MoD Website]

 

An informed force says the Iraqi army 15th division artillery shelled Daesh locations in Al-Nassr village, killing 3 terrorists. [Mada]

 

An informed source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in Salahiya village in Qayara, killing 6 terrorists and wounding 6. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed three young men from Hamdan village. He says that the young men were captured in a Daesh ambush while they were trying to escape to Makhmur. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PUK official says Peshmerga fighters, supported by Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack in Tal Uzayr in Sinjar, killing or wounding 18 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa police source says the Daesh minister of oil, Talib Al-Maytouti, and minister of finance, Saleh Al-Kaabi, were killed by a Coalition airstrike on the Al-Qadisiya area in Tal Afar. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper reports that 30% of the population of the town of Kilis, in which a total of 17 people have been killed and 61 injured by shells fired from Daesh-controlled parts of Syria, has deserted the town and many families have put their homes up for sale. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank our contact in Turkey for this translated report.

 

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs says the United States will deploy a system of satellite-guided rockets on the border near the Syrian city of Manbij in response to Daesh shelling on Turkish lands. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says military reinforcements will be sent to the Syrian border in addition to recon drones to monitor Daesh activities on the Syrian side. [BasNews]

 

An Iraqi intelligence source says Daesh is still smuggling oil to Turkey on average of 100-150 fuel tanker trucks per day. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Syria, in or near Manbij, and especially Mare’ (6), hitting four separate tactical units and destroying two fighting positions and two vehicles. Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say Daesh restored the internet service in Jarabulus and Manbij after installing spying and monitoring systems. Daesh had cut off the internet in early February. [Hawar]

 

A local activist said Daesh terrorists whiplashed a woman publicly in Manbij because she refused to marry her daughter to a Daesh terrorist. [ARA]

 

Kurdish military sources say Nusra and other Islamic groups attacked YPG positions south of Azaz, and heavy clashes are still going on. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Turkish security sources say Turkish drones destroyed 2 Daesh rocket launchers, 12 and 26 km south of Kilis on the Syria side of the border, killing 11 Daesh terrorists. The sources also say Turkish artillery destroyed a Daesh 3-story building. [Anadolu]

 

An opposition group commander says Turkey-backed opposition groups continued their attacks to regain Al-Ra’i city and exchanged heavy shelling with Daesh. He also says Daesh deployed hundreds of its terrorists to attack Mare’. Turkish artillery kept on shelling Daesh locations in several areas in Aleppo governorate. [ARA]

 

Two civilians were severely wounded by opposition armed groups shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

A video taken by a Coalition drone shows 2 Daesh terrorists planting an IED near Dudyan village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [CJTF]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its anti-aircraft units attacking Coalition warplanes north of Aleppo’s. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Syrian opposition groups, supported by American warplanes and Turkish artillery, failed for the 7th time to capture Kafr Ghan village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. Daesh says a vehicle bomb by one of its Moroccan terrorists killed 10 fighters and wounded “tens”, and destroyed a vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Kafr Ghan, including the vehicle bomb attack. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group’s machine gun-mounted vehicle in Tlail Al-Hisin village, northwest of Soran, in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian troops supported by militias attacked Daesh near Irk village near Tadmur and in Sukkari and Qasr Al-Halabat southeast of Tadmur. [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes targeted Daesh locations east and north of Tadmur, destroying several vehicles and killing many terrorists. The source also says that military units stopped a Daesh attempt to sneak in into the Sukkari area. [SANA]

 

The commander of Liwa’ Al-Islam, a Daesh affiliate, was killed with another Daesh leader in an ambush by Nusra near Deir Foul village, north of Homs. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Mayadin. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh targeted residential areas in Joura in Deir Ez-Zor, wounding several civilians, including a lady and a child. Syrian warplanes launched intensive airstrikes on Sinaa and Haweiqa in addition to the artillery shelling on the 2 neighborhoods. Daesh terrorists clashed with Syrian troops near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations east and south of Deir Ez-Zor airport, killing several terrorists and destroying their vehicles. Syrian and Russian planes are providing humanitarian aid to several areas in Deir Ez-Zor that are trapped by Daesh terrorists. The Syrian Red Crescent distributed the aid to the citizens. [SANA]

 

Local sources say Daesh arrested 150 people after one of its Tunisian terrorists was stabbed to death in Ashara city in Deir Ez-Zor’s eastern countryside. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Bukamal. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its zakat (tax office) activities in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

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

A local activist says clashes between Daesh and Nusra continued in the western parts of Yarmouk Camp. [ARA]

 

Local activists say hundreds of Daesh terrorists arrived in Suwayda with displaced families after paying bribes to Syrian officials. They say Suwayda’ checkpoints are controlled by Syrian military intelligence and no one can enter without their approval. [IslamMemo]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security Forces captured 40 suspects and destroyed 3 motorcycles, 12 vehicles, and 20 hideouts in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces killed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis leader at a farm in south Rafah. He was responsible for several attacks on military locations. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Egyptian army patrol near Rafah port, killing or wounding some soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian security commanders refuted Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis claims about attacking border guards near the sea in north Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Red Crescent found the bodies of two civilians executed by Daesh in Derna last year. [Wasat]

 

Photos of a Daesh explosives workshop found in Derna [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A video of a man severly wounded by an IED planted by Daesh in his house [YouTube]

 

Central coast

Local sources say Daesh used its radio station in addition to loudspeakers calling on citizens on Sirte to prepare them for an anticipated Libyan Army attack on the city. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

Abu Hamza Al-Senegali, the Daesh security officer of Sirte, says Daesh terrorists are ready to implement terrorist attacks in Misrata, Tripoli, and other cities. He also told the citizens of Sirte not to leave the city, threatening severe punishments. [Libya24]

 

The bodies of two African men, most likely Daesh members, were found shot southeast of Sirte. It is unclear whether the men were killed by Daesh or by people from Sirte. [Libya24]

 

More than 30 Libyan military and security commanders held a meeting in Ras Lanuf to discuss the military preparations for the Sirte liberation battles. [Libya24]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An Iraqi news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/JfrAlfredo

https://twitter.com/mustafa_9987_11

https://twitter.com/AbogaderAder

https://twitter.com/baikhi19

https://twitter.com/fhhyfgujtth_172

 

Other Daesh media

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic and Turkish [JustPaste]

 

A reissue of a Daesh publication of its activities in Salahuddin [AKI]

 

The new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

The 9th issue of Daesh’s Dar Al-Islam magazine [JustPaste]

 

A Daesh video with instructions about making bombs [AKI]

 

 

April 25, 2016

Al-Sa'a Church

Today’s Major Developments

 

Baghdad braces for showdown Tuesday CoR session, Sadrist demonstrations.

Daesh perpetrates another massacre in East Baghdad

. . . and throws people trying to escape Falluja into the river.

Iraqi forces move north from Hit, capture most of Dolab near Baghdadi.

F-16s attack Daesh in Rutba.

Violent clashes break out between Peshmerga and Shia PMFs in Tooz.

Coalition bombs break up a big Daesh meeting in Mosul.

Daesh blows up a Catholic church in Mosul.

Turkey facing hostile citizens in Kilis due to Daesh shelling.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Political developments

Saleem Al-Jubouri issued a statement calling on Prime Minister Al-Abadi to attend a CoR session on Tuesday, called to discuss the cabinet change and the CoR leadership. [Mada]

Al-Jubouri issued a statement asking all MPs to attend the session. [Mada]

The sit-in MPs say they won’t attend Tuesday’s session if it is led by Al-Jubouri. [Mada]

A Kurdish MP says the Kurdish CoR alliance will attend the Tuesday session if the session is “united”. [Mada]

An ISCI MP says the Tuesday session will have a quorum even without the sit-in MPs. [Mada]

 

A political source says Moqtada Al-Sadr arrived back in Baghdad, apparently to lead the demonstrations he called for on Tuesday. [Mada]

Sadr has refuted some media reports about postponing the demonstrations. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. A lot of people, including hard line Sadrists, got angry with Sadr’s sudden decision to withdraw his MPs from the CoR sit-in. Later, Sadr said “the Sadrists bloc doesn’t represent me and I don’t represent it,” which can’t be taken seriously, as the Al-Ahrar bloc has always obeyed the strict orders of Al-Sadr. Maybe he is trying now to regain the popularity he gained recently as a reform supporter, even among secular people.

 

Security developments

A member of Baghdad Provincial Council’s security committee says Baghdad Operations Command issued a high level alert preparing for Tuesday’s demonstrations. [Maalomah]

 

The Baghdad Governor, a Sadrist, announced Tuesday is an official day off in Baghdad, preparing for the demonstrations. [Mada]

 

Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes Sunday against Daesh targets in Iraq. Airstrike locations in Anbar included Falluja (5) and Baghdadi; one airstrike destroyed a tunnel system near Hawija; there were two strikes near Mosul, one in Sinjar, and another in Waleed on the Syrian border. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated his explosives vest on Army soldiers and Shia PMFs gathering in Baghdad Al-Jadida in east Baghdad, killing or wounding 70 of them. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of a masked terrorist, identifying him as the one who detonated himself in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says seven people were killed and 31 wounded in the Baghdad Al-Jadida explosion. Earlier reports said it was a car bomb parked near a movie theater, but the MoI said it was a suicide terrorist. [Mada] [Mada]

A security source says an Iraqi police captain and two of his associates were killed when he tried to stop the Daesh suicide terrorist in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [Mawazin]

Video of the aftermath of the suicide attack in Baghdad Al-Jadida [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Other security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

An MoI source says a sticky IED exploded under a taxi in Sheikh Omar, killing the driver and wounding two people. [Mada]

A security source says three civilians were wounded in an IED explosion in Karrada. [Ghad]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 9th division troops defused a booby-trapped house in Sheikh Amer. [MoD Website]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Obeidi, just SE of Sadr City, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

The IFP commander says his troops found a Daesh weapons and explosives cache in Mada’in (photos). [Harbi]

Daesh says PMF fighters were killed in 2 IED explosions in Ghadeer and Zafaraniya on Sunday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. For some reason, Daesh rarely announces responsibility for the daily IED attacks in Baghdad.

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An independent MP says Daesh has recently captured some areas in Bizayez Al-Yusufiyah and killed 28 people and displaced 70 families. He asks PM Abadi to intervene as soon as possible. [Mada]

An MoI source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in Abu Dsheer. [Mada]

An MoI source says a parked car bomb exploded, targeting an Iraqi Army convoy in Latifiya, killing one soldier and wounding five. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Eyewitnesses say Daesh threw “tens” of civilians into the Euphrates River, including women and children, because they were trying to escape Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah says Iraqi Army 1st division artillery shelled a Daesh gathering on street 40 in Falluja, killing many terrorists. The KH said on Sunday its rocket battalion destroyed a Daesh explosives rigging factory in Hay Jbail in south Falluja, killing 20 foreign terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 32 Daesh terrorists and wounded 6, destroyed 3 machine gun mounted vehicles and 3 motorcycles, and defused 206 IEDs in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. Coalition warplanes killed 8 terrorists and destroyed a machine gun in the same sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh tunnels and a bulldozer in Albu Saleh and Albu Daaij, northwest of Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [MoD Website]

 

The chairman of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Daesh targeted the council’s building heavily with mortar shells and Katyusha rockets, killing or wounding civilians and security personnel. He says Iraqi Army artillery responded by shelling the source of fire and Daesh locations on the outskirts of Ameriyat. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the oldest prayer caller in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, and seven other civilians, were killed in a Daesh shelling on a government residential compound. [BasNews]

A photo shows middle school boys in Ameriyat Al-Falluja hiding in a hallway from Daesh shelling [Facebook]

 

A video of a woman from inside Falluja talking about women’s role in helping the “mujahidin” [YouTube]

 

Iraqi Army 35th armored brigade killed 3 terrorists and destroyed a hideout in Hitawiyeen.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IWMC says a PMF unit found a Daesh weapons and explosives cache in Jazeera Thirthar, northwest of Falluja. [Mawazin]

 

The Director of the Sunni Endowment attended the graduation ceremonies of the first Falluja tribal PMF battalion in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Governor has ordered an investigation after the director of the Sunni Endowment accused provincial officials of planting IEDs and booby-trapping houses in the city. The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says the return of the displaced families to their houses in Ramadi was postponed till further notice. [IraqPress]

 

Local officials and tribal leaders say the director of the Sunni Endowment, Abdullatif Al-Hamaim, wanted the displaced families to return to cover up for Daesh leaders in the city. Many sources say people close to Hamaim, including his son-in-law, were leaders with Daesh and many of his close aides participated in the demonstrations that led to Daesh taking over large parts of Anbar in 2014. Other sources say that Hamaim accused local officials of planting IEDs in displaced families’ houses because he doesn’t want to admit he was responsible for the premature return that resulted in dozens of casualties. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment: Local sources from Ramadi say the problem is actually about a multi-million-dollar contract to clear IEDs that was given to a local company close to the director. 

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces secured 419 displaced people from areas around Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says the Intelligence Service found a large weapons and explosives cache on Street 20 in Ramadi. [Mawazin]

Photos of the explosives cache on street 20 [MoD Website]

 

A video of a Daesh Humvee bomb exploding on Iraqi soldiers in Ramadi District [YouTube]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says its troops defused 20 IEDs in Dhubatt in addition to 5 booby-trapped houses in Hawz in Ramadi. [Buratha]

 

A video of angry crowds in Ramadi attacking the car of Ahmed Abu Risha, the former leader of Anbar Sahwa. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. Unlike his brother, the late Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, Ahmed was not serious about fighting the AQI and Daesh. Ahmed led the demonstrations against the government and joined the former minister of finance Rafi’ Al-Eissawi who called on Daesh to capture Ramadi, according to a prominent anti-government prominent tribal leader, as a first step to announcing the Sunni region in Iraq. This project was, and still is, widely supported by certain neighboring Sunni countries.

    Ahmed’s own nephew, Khamis, was negotiating with Daesh, was shown in a Daesh video communicating with the terrorists, and was even implicated in kidnapping and killing Iraqi military paramedics, before a Daesh suicide bomber killed him because he didn’t accept Daesh’s full control over the situation, according to another tribal leader.

    The thousands of comments on the video show that Anbar people are angry with the “leaders” who started the demonstrations and later escaped, leaving the citizens of Anbar at Daesh’s mercy or scattered in displacement camps. Now, some of these “leaders” are coming back for their share of the reconstruction contracts!    

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated 21 km (13 miles) in the Dolab area, northeast of Baghdadi along the river, killing 41 Daesh terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles bombs and 512 IEDs, and buried a Daesh 750-meter tunnel in Dolab. Iraqi forces raised the flag over the Zakhikha police station on Sunday. [AIN] [MoD Website]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service commander says Iraqi forces have liberated 85% of Dolab, and it will be fully liberated in the next few hours. [Mawazin]

A tribal PMFs commander says Iraqi forces raised the flag on the Al-Dolab police station after heavy clashes with Daesh, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version says it stopped the Iraqi attack in the Dolab area, destroying many vehicles and killing many soldiers. [JustPaste] It claimed it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Dolab on Sunday, but offered no further details to contradict the government’s account. [A3maq]

 

The Jazeera Operations commander announced on Sunday that the IAA killed the Daesh commander of Dolab in Jaberiya village. [Sumaria]

 

General Abdul Kareem Al-Zoba’i, the commander of the Iraqi Army’s 27th brigade, said he and two of his associates were slightly wounded by a Daesh mortar shell near Dolab, and they are being treated at Ain Al-Asad base. Media sources said earlier that the general was killed. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs attacking the Majid checkpoint on the eastern entrance of Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi Army 7th division troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in Dolab, killing the suicide terrorists inside. He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Al-Gharbi village northeast of Baghdadi, and another one in Jazeera Baghdadi, in addition to the 3 near Majid checkpoint. [Xendan]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 7th division troops found 2 Daesh rocket launchers and 6 Katyushas near the cement factory in Kubaisa. [Harbi]

 

An IAA CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh construction shovel bomb and killed its driver in the Bakr neighborhood of Hit. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle, a house, a trench and an ammunition cache in Jubba north of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and storehouse in Rutba, killing 19 terrorists and wounding 4. [Harbi]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Photos of 2,000 mines and IEDs found by Iraqi forces last week in Salahuddin [Buratha]

 

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh training camp in the old stadium area of Shirqat, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

Saraya Al-Jihad, a Shia PMF, says it stopped a Daesh attack in the Baiji-Siniya military sector on Sunday, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Harbi]

 

A local police source says an Electricity directorate employee was killed and two others wounded by an IED while they were installing electricity wires for a security office near Hajjaj village south of Baiji. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says Kata’eb Hezbollah rocketed Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains, killing 15 terrorists and wounding others. [Harbi]

 

A video of IAA airstrikes on Daesh in west Siniya and on the road between Baiji and Haditha [MoD]

 

A video of an Iraqi Daesh terrorists captured by Nujaba’ Movement, a Shia PMF, on Mount Makhoul [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. The NM might be responding to a Daesh recent video of a captured NM fighter in Syria.   

 

PMFs artillery destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Shawish near Baiji. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 5th division troops killed 3 terrorists and destroyed an excavator and a machine gun in Fatha. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

The IWMC says Samarra Operations Command troops destroyed 3 IEDs in the Thirthar area. The troops also captured 5 wanted men in Samarra city. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

Tens of people were killed or wounded in the clashes between the Peshmerga and PMFs on Sunday early morning, before a short truce was signed. However, a local source says clashes between the Peshmerga and Shia PMFs re-erupted on Sunday evening, 6 hours after the truce. A medical source says two Turkmen civilians were wounded when mortar shells fell near a Shia mosque in Tuz Khurmatu.  [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga commander says the best solution for Tuz Khurmatu is that both Shia PMFs and Peshmerga fighters leave the city and hand it to federal security forces. [Sumaria] The Deputy Governor of Salahuddin demands that the government intervene after the clashes renewed in Tooz. [Sumaria]

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF, issued a statement suggesting a solution for the situation was for the government to replace the existing Peshmerga units with other Kurdish troops, and replace the Turkmen Shia PMFs with its own fighters. [Mada]

The American Consul in Erbil says the Iraqi government should intervene to solve the situation in Tuz. He also says “we are ready to support them to reach peace.” He says all Iraqis should focus on fighting Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

After the truce was signed, a local official said Tuz was calm. He said the Peshmerga withdrew 3-4 km outside the city. He also says Tuz was facing lack of basic services after the clashes. The explanation for the fighting was that a Kurdish group attacked a Shia PMF unit, claiming the PMFs threw a hand grenade on them. Peshmerga tanks shelled Turkmen neighborhoods and the office of the Shia Endowment. [Maalomah]

 

However, other local sources say the Peshmerga shelled several Turkmen areas in Tuz Khurmatu 2 hours after the truce was signed, destroying 7 houses. A Peshmerga sniper killed a 22 year old man.

A local source says several civilians were killed or wounded by Peshmerga snipers in Tuz. [Buratha]

[Ghad]

A Peshmerga fighter was killed in the renewed clashes. [Rudaw]

 

The Governor of Kirkuk had held a joint press conference with the Badr commander to announce the truce. He says there are no problems between the Turkmen and the Peshmerga and accused some outsiders of trying to create problems in Tuz. Prime Minister Abadi ordered the Joint Operations Command to take any necessary military actions in Tuz.  [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Despite statements designed to deflect blame, the heart of the problem is that the KRG considers Tooz one of the “disputed territories.” As with other border areas, it keeps Peshmerga there, supposedly to protect Kurdish residents but mostly to reinforce its claim on Tooz. This tactic goes unopposed in some places, like northern Ninewa, where Iraq can’t do anything about it, but Tooz is in an area also accessible to Shia PMFs, whose presence supposedly protects the Shia Turkmen and a lesser number of Shia Arab residents there, but is mostly intended to challenge the KRG’s territorial claim. There are similar standoffs in Kirkuk and Diyala for the same reason.

 

A local official says the Peshmerga breached the truce and started a displacement campaign against Turkmen in the Sayyed Safar area and seized their houses and vehicles. [Maalomah]

Photos of Peshmerga attacks on Turkmen properties in Tuz [Maalomah]

 

A Kurdish commando group freed 8 Peshmerga fighters who were trapped by PMFs in Tuz. [Rudaw]

A member of Salahuddin Provincial Council says seven civilians were wounded by mortar shells in Tuz on Monday. He says the clashes were renewed again. [Mada]

 

The Tuz Khurmatu mayor says Shia PMFs released 7 Kurdish truck drivers they kidnapped in Tuz. [BasNews]

 

A security source says Daesh is making use of the battles in Tuz to advance further to PMFs and Peshmerga locations in Bashir, Zarqa, Himrin and other areas. The source says Daesh sent many of its terrorists on foot to those areas in order not to attract attention. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says two Diyala Provincial Council members, from the Allawi coalition, survived an IED explosion on their vehicle on the road from Baquba to Dalli Abbas north of Muqdadiya. [Buratha]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Dijla Operations Command says Iraqi forces found the Daesh “central” weapons and explosives storehouse in Al-Zor. [Etejah]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian near his house in Haramsha village. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

The manager of Saadiya subdistrict refuted media reports about clashes between the Peshmerga and PMFs near the subdistrict. He also says Daesh shelled the water project in Saadiya with 4 mortars, without causing human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Diyala police arrested a man from Ramadi wanted on terrorism charges, near Udhaim. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala

The IWMC says Mandali police captured a wanted man and found 2 rockets and 2 shells in the Iba’ area. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says the bodies of two unknown men were found handcuffed and shot in north Kirkuk. [Mawazin]

 

Southwest

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Rashad, killing 10 terrorists including a local commander. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Local sources say a Coalition A10 bombed an “important” Daesh meeting at the Mosul international Hotel. The sources say Daesh terrorists fled in their vehicles towards the Ghabat area but they were followed by Coalition warplanes and drones that targeted them for an hour. [ARA]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says American A10 planes bombed Daesh in Mosul, destroying several targets including 2 vehicles. [IraqPress]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in Ghizlani camp, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Mada]

 

Local sources say Daesh moved its anti-aircraft unit from its locations under bridges and put them in residential areas.  [Karemlash]

 

A PUK official says a Coalition drone killed Waheed Al-Sab’awi, the Daesh’s Ninewa oil official in Hay Al-Dhubat in east Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh launched a search in different parts of Mosul, captured 25 young men, and took them to an unknown location. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say Daesh hisbah thugs were deployed in Mosul to beat up, insult, fine and arrest many people on several accusations, including inappropriate clothes. The terrorists beat a teacher at the institution of fine arts to death. He was accused of resisting arrest, on an accusation that he was wearing long trousers. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. For some reason, within Salafi doctrine, you are not a “real Muslim” if you wear clothes that cover your ankles.   

 

The IWMC says Daesh blew up the Al-Sa’a church in Mosul. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. Another coward attack on Iraq’s identity. Iraq is being vehicle bombed to death and people don’t even have the right even to wear ankle-covering clothes. The sad part is that this kind of crime is supported by some Iraqis. This pre-historic line of thinking is strange to Iraq and will never be accepted by the vast majority of Iraqis. Iraqis will rebuild their churches, temples, mosques, and as many as possible of the other religious and historical sites destroyed by Daesh.

The Chaldean Patriarch Luis Sako condemned the Daesh crime of destroying the Al-Sa’a church in Mosul, saying it is astonishing that such a crime happens in Iraq. He says the terrorists want to get rid of indigenous Iraqis and bring in strangers and terrorists instead. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Yes, this is the plan. Instead of the home of well-educated and law abiding citizens, Iraq is becoming a garbage dumb for terrorists from all over the world. It’s a raw deal. Iraq sent doctors, artists, and engineers, especially from its Christian community, all over the world, and in exchange they got the lowest of the low.

 

Nineveh Plain

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations and weapons storehouses on Hamdaniya farms, killing 18 terrorists and wounding “tens” and destroying 3 vehicles. Coalition warplanes also destroyed a weapons and explosives storehouse in Karamlish in the center of Hamdaniya District and only 18 miles southeast of Mosul, killing 23 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Operations Command source says drone attacks and artillery shelling have destroyed most of Daesh’s military capabilities in Makhmour and Qayara. He says at least 500 Daesh terrorists were killed since the start of Ninewa liberation operations. [Harbi]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 28 people from a village south of Mosul because they were trying to escape towards the Iraqi forces. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Al-Nassr village, killing 2 terrorists and wounding 4 and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Weren’t we led to believe that the government captured this village some time ago?

 

Iraqi Army 15th division troops secured 54 people who escaped Daesh controlled areas. [MoD Website]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The IWMC says a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Haswa in Iskandariya north of Hilla. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish authorities say they provided the Coalition with information about Daesh locations after Daesh targeted Kilis with Katyushas. Coalition warplanes destroyed some of these locations, killing many terrorists. Turkish media sources say Turkish artillery targeted Daesh locations with 5,330 shells so far, killing 370 terrorists. Turkish warplanes also killed 492 Daesh terrorists in airstrikes on Syria, according to Anadolu. [Rudaw] [Tunisien]

 

Turkish media sources say Daesh launched rockets on a poor neighborhood in Kilis on Sunday, wounding 16 people. Daesh also launched 2 rockets on a mosque, 100 meters away from the Kilis governor’s office, killing one person and wounding ten. People demonstrated in Kilis, saying the government is not protecting them and demanding that the Governor be fired.  [BasNews]

 

49 Daesh shells have landed on Kilis since January 18, killing 17 people and wounding 58. [Anadolu]

 

A local source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Hawar Kilis and other villages near Azaz. [Anadolu]

 

The Kilis state government says security forces captured 8 foreigners, including 3 children, while they were trying to cross the border to Syria. The authorities suspect that the 5 adults are Daesh members. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish Army sends military reinforcements from Gaziantep to Kilis. [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A spokesman for the Syrian opposition welcomed President Obama’s decision to send 250 troops to help in the fight against Daesh in Syria. [BasNews]

 

The CJTF says on April 24, Coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes in Syria, one near Manbij  and two near Mare’. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A Democratic Syria Forces source says American troops finished the construction of large parts of a military base and helicopter landing pad in south Kobane. The source says the Americans changed the original location of the base from a Kurdish village to an Arab village after Turkish protests.  [BasNews]

 

Local sources say a child was killed and other civilians wounded in a Daesh shelling on Shaddadi on Sunday. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A Syrian opposition commander says heavy clashes continued between Daesh and Turkey-backed opposition groups in Aleppo’s northern countryside. He says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs trying to attack Kafr Ghan village. He says opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes and Turkish artillery are trying to regain the areas they lost to Daesh recently. [ARA]

The opposition commander later said the opposition groups captured Kafr Ghan after heavy battles, but Daesh responded with a vehicle bomb attack that killed or wounded some of them.  [ARA]

 

The Turkish Military Command says Turkish artillery shelled Daesh locations in north Aleppo, killing 8 terrorists. A Turkish journalist says the Turkish military is under huge pressure to respond to Daesh attacks on Kilis. Residents of Kilis attacked Syrian shops in the city after Daesh’s shelling on Sunday. [ARA]

 

Turkey-backed and Saudi-backed opposition groups kept up their shelling of the predominantly Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood. An opposition group sniper wounded a 12 year old boy in the area. Al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham opposition groups shelled Basoufan village in Afrin without causing human casualties, according to a local activist. [Hawar] [Hawar] [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian opposition groups attack on Kafr Ghan destroying an SUV and damaging a tank and a personnel carrier and killing many fighters. Daesh says the attack was preceded by 4 American airstrikes in addition to Turkish artillery shelling. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video of Turkish shelling on Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham, a Saudi backed Syrian opposition group, accused Daesh of the suicide attack that killed its commander in chief in Idlib countryside. Ahrar Al-Sham is one of the most vulnerable Syrian groups to Daesh attacks because many of its members were close to Daesh before the two groups clashed in early 2015. [IslamMemo]

 

A local activist says Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and other opposition groups launched tens of mortars and locally made rockets on Basofan village in Afrin southern countryside. [BasNews]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops ambushed a Daesh group in the Patrol Line area, south of Aqarib in Hama’s eastern countryside, destroying a machine gun-mounted armored vehicle and killing several terrorists. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes launched several airstrikes on Daesh locations northeast of Tadmur and east of Qaryatayn, destroying many vehicles and killing many terrorists. [SANA] [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian Army BMP vehicle and a bulldozer with guided missiles east of Tadmur. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video about 2 of its suicide terrorists (a 71 year old Algerian and a 15 year old Syrian) who conducted suicide attacks in Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh called on Muslims from all ages to join its terrorists, like those 2 did. [AKI]

 

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

A Syrian police source says five people were killed and twenty wounded when an SUV bomb exploded at a check point in the Dhiyabiya town entrance in Rif Dimashq. The source says the terrorist blew the vehicle up after he was discovered by the security forces. [SANA]

 

A vehicle bomb exploded near at Shia militia checkpoint in the Sayyidah Zaynab area in Rif Dimashq, killing 15 people, including Shia fighters. Another vehicle bomb exploded in the same area, according to Qasioun reporter. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a “big gathering” of Syrian soldiers and Shia militia fighters with a vehicle bomb in Sayyidah Zaynab, killing or wounding 48 of them. [JustPaste]

A video of the aftermath of the suicide attack in Sayyidah Zaynab [YouTube]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle in Suwayda’s northeastern countryside, killing several terrorists in. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The spokesman of the local government in Banaadir says a Daesh local leader was captured in a special security operation. The terrorist used to be a member of Al-Shabab terrorist group. [IslamMemo]

 

A security source says security forces killed 6 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists and destroyed 2 trucks loaded with mortars and rockets south of Arish. The source says the terrorists were planning an attack on security forces in the area. [VetoGate]

 

A woman and a child were wounded in an explosion in Mansoura village in Rafah. Another woman was wounded when unknown armed men shot arbitrarily in Sheikh Zuweid.  [VetoGate]

 

Security forces captured 2 trucks loaded with food items in Raisa, west of Arish. The vehicles belonged to a local businessman who sold the items to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, Daesh’s branch in Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say an officer and two soldiers were killed and another soldier wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Kharouba village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A civilian was wounded when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Masa’eed neighborhood in south Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian military helicopters and F-16s launched heavy airstrikes on several Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis hideouts in two villages south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 30 terrorists and wounding “tens” and destroying 2 explosives storehouses, 3 cars and several motorcycles. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military spokesman says Libyan troops captured the Tika area and its surroundings, west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

A video found in a Daesh terrorist’s mobile phone in Benghazi [YouTube]

 

A Libyan Oil Facilities Guard spokesman says the Daesh terrorists who withdrew from Derna last week crossed 5 security gates and 3 airbases without being stopped.  [Libya24]

 

Military sources the bodies of two unknown men were found beheaded in Bawadi Ali south of Ajdabiya. The sources say the bodies might belong to drivers kidnapped by Daesh two days ago when the terrorists fled Derna. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

Local sources say Daesh hisbah terrorists are calling on medical staff to report to their work and not leave in order to treat the Daesh terrorists who were wounded in Benghazi and Derna and came to Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Tunisia Minister for Foreign Affairs says 700 Tunisian women joined terrorist groups in Syria, in addition to 100 women in prison on terrorism charges. [AfriGate]

 

Algeria

Algerian security sources say security forces captured 3 terrorists plus weapons and ammunition near Warqala. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated several IEDs on Algerian troops in the Qurush area in Jijel on Thursday and Friday, killing four soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Other countries

Somalia

Daesh says it damaged an African Union vehicle with an IED in Mogadishu. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Dorar Shamiya, an anti-Assad Syrian news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ahmad42398395

https://twitter.com/113_pasm

https://twitter.com/_________102v

https://twitter.com/BddnmNddndm

https://twitter.com/17_7_1437

 

Other Daesh media 

A Daesh issued video of the “economic prosperity under the caliphate” [GoogleDrive]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

April 22, 2016

IAA

Today’s Major Developments

 

Friday demonstrations draw hundreds in Baghdad, and other governorates, to support reforms.

Suicide bomber kills 8, wounds 33 in Shia mosque in western Baghdad.

Heavy Coalition bombing hits Falluja, Baghdadi, Mosul, other cities

Iraqi Army reports killing 76 Daesh members in Falluja area battle.

Nasty political conflict erupts in Ramadi over returnees killed by IEDs still in their homes

Iraqi troops moving northwest from Hit toward Haditha.

Allegations made in Mosul that two Coalition airstrikes killed 42 innocent civilians.

Coalition airstrikes take out several Daesh leaders in Tal Afar.

Libyan forces push Daesh out of Benghazi; eye Sirte as next major target.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and seven other Iraqi governorates demanding ending the sectarianism quota, accelerating the reforms, and forming a technocrat government. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

Heavy Coalition airstrikes continued in Iraq. Eight of them were in the Falluja area (which could be an indication that Falluja is now a priority target. These hit 6 separate tactical units and destroyed 3 fighting positions, a heavy machine gun, and 3 vehicles. There were 2 strikes near Baghdadi, hitting a bunker complex and destroying 2 fighting positions.

Near Baiji, 1 strike destroyed 3 bunkers; near Kirkuk, 2 strikes struck two separate tactical units and destroyed a command and control node, a vehicle, 2 Daesh areas, and a VBIED storage facility.

There were nine strikes in Ninewa, five of them in the Mosul area, hitting three separate tactical units and destroying a weapons cache, an assembly area, and 3 supply caches, and suppressing 2 separate fighting positions; 2 strikes in Sinjar destroyed a VBIED and two asphalt steamrollers; 1 in Kasik hit a tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel entrance; and 1 near Qayara produced inconclusive results. All aircraft returned to base safely. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi army 9th division troops captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Al-Faris neighborhood in Tarmiya, and a third one in Jurf Al-Milih in Taji. [MoD Website]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Sadr City. [Baghdadia]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Mashtal, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A police source says a Sahwa fighter was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Albu Aitha. [Maalomah]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade troops found an explosives cache in Arab Jubour. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 17th division troops captured 3 brothers wanted on terrorism charges in Sayyed Abdullah. [MoD Website]

A police source says the body of a young man was found shot in Abu Dsheer. [Sumaria]

A security source says a roadside IED exploded in Tal Al-Samar in Latifiya, killing one civilian. [Ghad]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Suwaib, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

Iraqi forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Rasheed. [MoD Website]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated himself in a Shia mosque in Radwaniya, killing ten people and wounding 22. [Maalomah] The Baghdad Operations Command spokesman says another suicide terrorist was killed by security personnel in the mosque. [Mawazin]

An MoI source says the final count of the suicide attack on the mosque was eight deaths and 33 wounded. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists entered a mosque and clashed with the guards before detonating their vests, killing or wounding fifty people. [JustPaste] It published a photo of the 2 suicide terrorists in Radwaniya. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. While Daesh claims to embody the authentic version of Islam, its minions engage in senseless violence that demonstrates its total insensitivity to human life, and thus to Islamic values. There is no military advantage whatsoever from killing worshipers. The Shia majority in Iraq will not be coerced into acquiescence. While Daesh celebrates and rationalizes such events, the longer their stay in Iraq lasts, the more cynical they seem, the more obvious it seems that killing people is its own purpose, and that the thousands of massacres, executions, and other murders are only about the satisfaction of killing other people. 

 

An MoI source says an IED exploded near an industrial area in Abu Ghraib, killing one person and wounding ten. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12   (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 76 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb, a hideout, 22 motorcycles and 23 IEDs in the Albu Shahab, Albu Khanfar, Rofa, and Zarqa areas.

[BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in Rofa, killing or wounding many soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed the Daesh emir of the Shahabi area east of Falluja and 3 of his associates. [Maalomah] He also says security forces killed the Daesh security official of Qarma and 7 of his associates. He says Daesh terrorists tried unsuccessfully to recover the body of the dead leader. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF source says Kata’eb Hezbollah rocketed a Daesh gathering in the Taqwa intersection in Falluja, killing a local commander and some of his associates. [Harbi] KH also targeted a Daesh hideout with a rocket in the industrial area in south Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Rapid Intervention units killed 2 terrorists and wounded 4 in the Sikrab area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were planting an IED in the Arsan area in Zoba’a, south of the city. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their hideout in Falahat near Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

The spokesman of the Anbar Provincial Council says the director of the Sunni Endowment, Abdullatif Al-Hamaim is responsible for the deaths of several civilians who were killed by Daesh IEDs and booby-trapped houses because Al-Hamaim asked people to return to their houses prematurely. He also says in many areas of Ramadi there are hundreds of IEDs and booby-trapped houses in Ramadi. He says Daesh booby-trapped everything, including refrigerators, appliances, and even children’s toys. [Buratha]

According to the UN, at least 49 people have been killed and 79 wounded by IEDs and booby traps in Ramadi since February. [Xendan]

 

The chairman of the Sunni Endowment issued a statement saying he called on the displaced families only after Iraqi anti-explosives units cleared many areas. He says no one got killed in these areas after they were cleared. He accused members of Anbar PC of hiring terrorists to booby-trap some areas after they were cleared to prevent people from going back. He says he has documents to prove that and that he handed them to the authorities. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi army officer says disputes erupted between the Abu Fahad tribe and Albu Alwan tribe about the return of the displaced families to Ramadi. He says the commander of the Iraqi Army Emergency Battalion, who is from the Albu Fahad tribe, refused to let the families return. Most of Ramadi tribal fighters are from the Abu Alwan tribe and wish to accelerate the return efforts.

[IraqPress]

 

The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council says the body of an Asian Daesh terrorist was found in a house in Jazeera Khaldiya. He says most likely the terrorist committed suicide. [Sumaria]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed 16 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles near a village in Thirthar. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Anbar Operations Command troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Abu Dhiab and 3 others in Abu Ubaid. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman, Brigade General Yahya Rasoul Abdullah announces the start of the military operations to clear the road between Hit and Baghdadi. [Maalomah]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi artillery heavily shelled Dolab and Zakhikha villages, northwest of Hit, preparing for the Iraqi forces to liberate them. The source also says Coalition warplanes bombed both. [Mada]

Daesh says Iraqi forces tried to advance toward Dolab but their fighters stopped the attack by detonating several IEDs, shelling them with “tens” of mortars, destroying some vehicles or killing and wounding soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

A tribal PMF commander says the Iraqi ground troops’ commander, General Riyadh Tawfiq, and Anbar PMF commander, General Rashid Falyih, arrived at Ain Al-Asad base to supervise the liberation operations of Dolab and other areas in west Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition warplanes killed 35 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Duwiliba. [MoD Website]

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh armored construction shovel and a pickup truck east of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles in Mahboubiya village northeast of Baghdadi. [Baghdadia]

 

Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy near the Makhazen area, west of Haditha, killing a Tunisian commander called Abu Dujana and 16 of his associates. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Eyewitnesses say Daesh is bribing Shirqat area residents with wheat flour in exchange for their satellite receivers. The sources say the people of Shirqat are facing shortage in food items. [Harbi]

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Ops Command (SOC) source says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles and killed 5 terrorists in battles west of Siniya, on the road to Haditha. [Ghad]

 

SOC troops trapped a group of Daesh suicide terrorists in a building in Sukariyat in Siniya, then destroyed the building with a Kornet missile, killing the terrorists inside. The troops also destroyed 2 machine gun mounted vehicles in the same area, killing the terrorists inside. [MoD Website]

 

The IFP commander says his troops attacked Daesh hideouts in Fatha, northeast of Baiji, killing 5 terrorists and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle.  [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Iraq Army Air (IAA) killed 30 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 hideouts, a vehicle bomb, and another vehicle in the Baiji-Haditha road military sector. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

The IFP commander says his troops found 3 rocket launchers and a mortar in Jazeera Samarra. [Maalomah]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala police chief says security forces captured a “dangerous” Daesh terrorist who was involved in killing five civilians and a police officer, burning down houses, and other terrorist activities near Kanaan subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says security forces captured a terrorist wearing an explosives vest before he detonated himself in a commercial area in Al-Khalis. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says Peshmerga troops attacked Daesh locations in Atshana village in Dibis District west of the city, killing 14 terrorists, wounding 9, and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. The source says Daesh used the village to attack Peshmerga locations in the area. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF, says it called up 1,500 fighters from its reserves to help liberate Bashir. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 44 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 26 boats in addition to vehicle bombs, heavy weapons and hideouts in different areas in Ninewa. [Mawazin]

 

Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets, both in Arabic and Kurdish, on Daesh controlled areas in Ninewa, instructing people to stay away from Daesh locations and to cooperate with the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. [IraqPress]

 

Local sources say two Yazidi girls escaped Daesh prisons, but were then killed by an IED in an unspecified location. [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

Local sources say Daesh executed two women in Bab Al-Tob in Mosul, after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Karemlash]

 

The director of the emergency department in Mosul hospital says 36 civilians, including 11 children and 17 women, were killed in a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh location in Maliya neighborhood in Mosul. [Karemlash]

In a Coalition airstrike on a bank in Faisaliya neighborhood in Mosul, six students from a nearby school were killed and eight wounded on Thursday. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say Daesh is finishing the construction of 2 mosques, one named after Daesh caliph Awwad Baghdadi and the other after Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader. Baghdadi mosque is built on land that was supposed to be used for a market, using materials stolen from the same market. Zarqawi mosque was built in a land that was supposed to be as an added space to Mosul hospital, and its construction materials were stolen from unfinished construction projects in the University of Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul issues a short video of what it called a “recon operation” on a Daesh headquarters in Hay Al-Arabi in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A security source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh convoy of 20 fuel tanks near Qayara, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 8. [Sumaria]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi army 15th division troops destroyed 4 IEDs and 2 anti-tank landmines near Kodila village. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 15th division artillery destroyed a Daesh crossing area near Al-Nassr village. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Daesh’s Ninewa police chief and another Daesh local leader were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Hay Al-Saray in Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

An Iraqi Army officer says 3 Daesh leaders were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tal Afar. 5 other terrorists were killed and 7 vehicles were destroyed in the airstrike. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked a Peshmerga barracks in Domiz in Sinjar and clashed with them. Daesh says one of the terrorists, an Iraqi suicide bomber, detonated his explosives vest, killing or wounding Peshmerga fighters, while the other two returned safely. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

President Barzani met with General Joseph Dunford and Ambassador Jones in Erbil and discussed the preparations to liberate Mosul and the United States support for the Peshmerga, according to a statement from Barzani’s office. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Official statements from Barzani’s office about the subjects of discussion at meetings reveal little or nothing and often have little relevance to what was actually discussed.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

An Iraqi police commander says security forces captured 2 “dangerous” Daesh terrorists in Suwaira. [AfriGate]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Local sources say mortar shells fell on Kilis, killing two civilians and wounding four. No official statement was issued by Turkish authorities. [Qasioun]

A security source says a Katyusha rocket fell in Kilis city without causing human casualties. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Coalition airstrikes targeted Daesh locations in Syria, including 2 strikes in Bukamal in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate; and in Aleppo Governorate, 2 in Manbij and three in Mare’. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The commander of the National Defense Forces (a government backed militia) says a Syrian government delegation met with YPD leaders and agreed on a cease-fire in Qamishli. [Rudaw]

A local health official says 23 civilians were killed and 68 wounded in the clashes in Qamishli. [Rudaw]

15 Syrian troops were killed and 14 wounded, and 2 were captured during the clashes. [Welati]

 

Kurdish military sources had said that clashes continued between Syrian government-backed militias and the YPG in Qamishli. They say “tens” of civilians have been wounded so far. Clashes also erupted in Hasaka between Syrian troops and YPG fighters, with no human casualties. [BasNews] [BasNews]

 

A local source says 3 local Daesh terrorists were killed by a land mine when they tried to cross from Jarabulus to Turkey through the SE Turkey town of Karkamış in Gazientep. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 ammunition-loaded YPG vehicles with IEDs near Abu Ghadeer village east of Tal Hamis in Hasaka. [A3maq]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike that destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Al-Hawl [CJTF]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh terrorists recaptured the neighboring villages of Kafr Ghan and Baraghida, while clashes are still going on near Tal Hussein, in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Qasioun]

Daesh says Turkish artillery shelled Kafr Ghan, Sheikh Reeh, Baraghida, and Talalin villages from across the border. [A3maq]

 

Opposition groups recaptured Jarez village in Aleppo’s northern countryside from Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Food prices increased to record levels in Manbij, after the border between Daesh areas and opposition areas was closed because of the recent battles.  [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian opposition groups in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste]

Daesh also publishes photos of two car bombs and several IED explosions in the area. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The spokesman of Russia’s Ministry of Defense says a Russian military engineer found a secret large explosives storehouse near Tadmur. He says the storehouse is one of the biggest found in Syria so far and it has 12,000 shells, mines and ammunition. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh gatherings north of Tadmur, killing many and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack on Jubb Al-Jarrah, 73 km (45 miles) east of Homs city, killing an unspecified number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian army attack on Sinaa in Deir Ez-Zor (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Battles continued between Syrian troops and Daesh terrorists near Deir Ez-Zor military airport. Daesh intensified its shelling on the airport. Daesh also shelled Syrian Army locations in different areas in Deir Ez-Zor, and the Syrian troops responded by shelling Daesh locations near Siyasa bridge. Syrian warplanes bombed residential areas in Hay Al-Ardh. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor including Sinaa and Ummal. [SANA]

 

Daesh issues a video of clashes with Syrian troops near Sinaa. [A3maq]

 

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

Heavy battles erupted between opposition armed groups and Daesh near Ain Dhikr, in Daraa’s western countryside. Opposition groups are trying to capture the town, which is Daesh’s main center in Daraa countryside. Opposition groups destroyed a Daesh position in a nearby area, and shelled Sahm Al-Jolan Dam, which was captured by Daesh Friday morning. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Syrian army MiG-23 after it took off from Dhumair military airport. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of the remains of the fallen plane. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists captured the pilot of the plane, 30 km (19 miles) from Dakwa Mountain. Daesh says his name is Azam Eid and he is from Hama. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk, Daesh affiliate in Daraa, said it launched a massive attack on Friday and recaptured all the areas it lost to opposition groups in Daraa’s western countryside during the last few days. A local activist says 11 fighters were killed, mostly from the opposition, and “tens” were wounded. He also says Daesh terrorists destroyed 2 tanks in the battles. [ARA]

 

Saudi and Turkey backed Syrian armed groups, including Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaish Al-Islam, signed an agreement to support Nusra front against Daesh in Yarmouk Camp. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it captured more areas in the Palestine camp, Yarmouk, and killed 3 Nusra members and captured weapons and ammunition. Daesh also says 5 Nusra fighters surrendered. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police patrol near Midan village, west of Arish, and another targeting a patrol near Wahshi, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Daesh also says a terrorist also damaged an M-60 tank and a Humvee on the road between Arish and Rofa. In addition, Daesh snipers killed 2 soldiers near Abu Jarad. Daesh says the final count was 10 policemen and soldiers killed, and wounding others.  [JustPaste]

 

A report about Daesh recruitment in Tora Prison. Daesh managed to recruit hundreds of prisoners, especially young men, according to the report. [Arabi21]

 

Security sources say an IED exploded on an explosives-detecting vehicle in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish, wounding an officer and 2 soldiers. [VetoGate]

Another police vehicle survived an IED explosion in the same area. [VetoGate]

 

A police corporal was killed and five others wounded when their armored vehicle flipped over in the Masa’eed neighborhood of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian Counter Terrorism troops took control of the Tarabeen neighborhood south of Sheikh Zuweid. Tribal sources say that before the intervention, 40 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists were in charge of the area after forcing 20 families to leave and seizing their houses. Security forces found 4 IEDs and 6 underground shelters and weapons. [ElWatan]

 

An Egyptian Apache killed 3 terrorists in their vehicle east of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Derna. A medical source says 25 people were killed and many others wounded because of Daesh mines and IEDs in Fata’eh and the 400 neighborhood in Derna.  [Libya24]

 

A medical staff member at Al-Qubba hospital shows a bag found by Libyan troops filled with human tongues in a Daesh vehicle near Makhili south of Derna. He says the tongues might have belonged to Libyan soldiers beheaded by Daesh (video). [Facebook]

 

Local sources say Senegalese and Nigerian Daesh leaders were killed in the battles in Makhili south of Derna. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Hila in Derna. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This attack happened a few days ago, before Daesh withdrew from the area.

 

Benghazi. The Libyan General Armed Forces Command says its troops have captured 95% of Daesh locations in Benghazi. It also says the troops found Daesh secret prisons and Libyan military uniforms but couldn’t find the prisoners.  [Libya24]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says Libyan troops captured more areas in Qawarsha in addition to 3 vehicles and big amounts of weapons and explosives. [Libya24]

A video of a Daesh car bomb found in Qawarsha [Facebook]

 

A civilian was killed by Daesh land mine planted in his house in the Hawari area in Benghazi. Many civilians lost their lives in similar incidents in liberated areas. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A Libyan military source says the Libyan General Command formed a brigade to liberate Sirte.  [Libya24]

 

Daesh terrorists are withdrawing suddenly from areas in nearby Bin Jawad. [AfriGate]

 

A local source says 130 Daesh terrorists who withdrew from Derna arrived in Sirte. The source says the terrorists brought with them 14 people they kidnapped from the eastern area. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh page from Libya

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/mootataarifa

https://twitter.com/qav2e

https://twitter.com/FoGDpBXypyCXbjG

https://twitter.com/mon7512

https://twitter.com/hhuyuikjjghty

 

Other Daesh media  

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

A new issue of Daesh’s Konstantinyye Turkish magazine [JustPaste]