An Update On ISIS Activities

January 11, 2016

Baghdad

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Belated bombshell in Al-Hashimi legal case.

Daesh targets Baghdad, Muqdadiya with major IED attacks.

Clearing of Daesh from Ramadi, Barwana areas continues.

Political dispute erupts about alleged Kurdish territorial designs against Iraq

US bombs Daesh’s bank in Mosul.

French warplanes attack Daesh in Libya

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Ahmed Shawki, the special operations officer at the office of Tariq Al-Hashimi, the ex-Vice President tried in absentia on terror charges, confessed before the Iraqi High Criminal Tribunal that he committed terror attacks in Baghdad and Falluja on orders of the Vice President. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Putting Al-Hashimi on trial was a hugely divisive decision and symbolized to many Sunnis the oppression of the Shia-majority government under Nouri Al-Maliki. Even at that time, however, some of his bodyguards gave evidence against him. Al-Hashimi was charged in December 2011 with numerous murders, using personal bodyguards as a hit squad, and arranging bomb attacks. He was then convicted in absentia and sentenced to death multiple times, after escaping to the protection of the Kurds and later the Turks to avoid arrest. Al-Shawki’s admission adds credibility to the guilty decision, but reopens an old political wound.

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari issues a statement asking the Arab League to take practical steps to ease the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. [Sumaria]

 

PMF Commission spokesman Ahmed Al-Asadi said today that the PMFs are ready to liberate all occupied cities of Iraq, after finishing with Salahuddin and Anbar. He added that after Ramadi, comes Falluja and Saqlawiya. [Etejah]

 

Security developments

A major Daesh attack in the heart of Baghdad left around 70 casualties including 15 dead. A bomb-rigged car and two suicide bombers, as well as several gunmen, attacked the areas near Al-Jawhara Mall in Baghdad Jadida, in east Baghdad with unconfirmed news of holding several hostages there. A huge security force, including an armed battalion and a counter-terrorism unit, responded, and the incident ended with the killing of all attackers according to Ministry of Interior sources. The Minister himself came to the scene. Daesh announced responsibility. [Maalomah]  , [Mada][Mada] [Baghdadia]

Daesh claims responsibility for the Baghdad Jadida attack. It says 3 of its terrorists attacked “Shia,” then a fourth terrorist attacked the reinforcements that arrived with a car bomb. Daesh says 90 people were killed or wounded in the attack. [ADI]

A video of the moment of the car bomb explosion in Baghdad Jadida [YouTube]

Photos of the aftermath in Baghdad Jadida. [Sumaria]

Many IEDs and bombs were found in a house in Baghdad Jadida today. [Ghad]

 

According to security sources:

  • Three bodies of men shot to death were found this morning in Shula in northwest Baghdad, Jihad in west Baghdad, and Al-Ameen in east Baghdad, a security source said. [Mada]
  • An IED explosion wounded two civilians in Al-Bawiya, in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Unknown armed men shot dead a civilian in Sadr City. [Ghad]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Baladiyat in southeast Baghdad went off today, killing one civilian and wounding five others. [Mada]
  • Three mortar shells fell on Hor Rijab village in Dora in south Baghdad today, killing two civilians and wounding nine, a security source said. [Mada]
  • A bomb-rigged vehicle exploded near the Nahrawan junction in south Baghdad, killing 3 and wounding 8 this evening. [Mada] Daesh claims responsibility for the car bomb attack in Nahrawan. [A3maq]
  • The general director of the hospital in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad was kidnapped by unidentified armed men today. [Ghad]
  • An IED placed in a popular vegetable market in Radwaniya in southwest Baghdad exploded today, killing two and wounding five civilians. [Maalomah]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian and stole his car in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Weapons and explosives caches were found in Jisr Al-Raood in west Baghdad, and another in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Operations to clear Sufiya east of Ramadi are almost completed, said a security source. [Maalomah]

JOC called on the residents of Sufiya and Sajariya to leave their houses within 48 hours for their own safety. [Sumaria]

Khaldiya subdistrict council chairman says Iraqi forces gave the families trapped in Sajariya, East Hsaiba and Joba east of Ramadi 48 hours to leave their houses. [Maalomah]

 

The Iraqi JOC spokesman says Iraqi forces are preparing to liberate Sufiya, Sajariya, Albu Mari’ and Albu Ghanem in Ramadi District. He says the military operations are going slowly to preserve the lives of the civilians trapped in those areas.  [Mawazin]

 

Army helicopters chased and destroyed a Daesh convoy of 20 vehicles, killing 40 including several Daesh emirs and leaders in Ramadi.  The convoy was escaping from Sufiya northwards towards Albu Obeid in the north. [Maalomah]

 

80 Daesh members were arrested by Army and security troops in Ramadi, said the Khaldiya subdistrict council. Most were arrested while trying to escape the area with civilian families. [Mada]

 

Starting next week, special IED-removal groups will start their work to remove all explosives planted by Daesh in Ramadi, before calling on citizens to return to their areas. Security and Army troops will be responsible for clearing main roads only. These groups are appointed by the provincial council. [Buratha]

 

Iraqi Army troops rescued 635 civilians from eastern areas of Ramadi and transferred them to Habbaniya. 12 Daesh terrorists were also arrested and are currently under investigation, said the commander of the 3rd Counter-Terrorism Division today. [Buratha]

 

Another report says 500 families were rescued by the Iraqi Army in Ramadi, said security sources. The families were transferred to the safe bases of Habbaniya and Ameriyat Al-Falluja.  [Rudaw]

 

Videos of Iraq troops securing civilians from Ramadi [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

A video of a woman wounded and her child killed by a Daesh IED in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

8th Division troops today liberated the Anbar security department building after killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists, IWMC said. [Baghdadia]

8th Division special troops liberated the women’s college building east of Ramadi today after killing several terrorists including leaders today, said Division sources. [Maalomah]

8th Division liberated today the Anbar electricity department building and the Ramadi gas factory, as well as a public fuel station. All these locations are east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Security and tribal troops liberated the Albu Fahad mosque and communications building east of Ramadi today, according to tribal mobilization sources.  [Maalomah]

 

IFP troops killed a suicide attacker who tried to approach their lines in Hsaiba, east of Ramadi today. [Baghdadia]

 

Security forces detonated 9 IEDs and destroyed a Daesh tunnel that ran under the international road in Albu Farraj area north of Ramadi. Efforts to clear all IEDs from the area are underway, Anbar Operations Command said today. [Baghdadia]

 

The Tribal Council of Anbar denied the existence of any American ground troops in Ramadi, or any air drops of US Special Forces in the area. He also said Iraqi forces blocked 23 Daesh car bomb attacks on liberated areas. [Mada]

 

Falluja

Krosh and Anaz areas in Nuaimiya just south of Falluja were liberated today by Army and security troops. The operation ended with killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying four machine gun-mounted vehicles, rocket launching platforms, and a combat position.   [Mada]

 

During the last 24 hours, Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops continued advancing south of Falluja, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 38 IEDs, two enemy positions, and two vehicles. Also, 6 terrorists were killed by the BOC troops in the Thirthar area, and 14 by the 14th Army Division west of Baghdad. Rapid Intervention troops killed three Daesh combatants near the ice factory west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

55th Badr Brigade of the PMF killed 7 Daesh terrorists approaching their defensive lines in Saqlawiya north of Falluja. The PMF spokesmen said that this attack was not the first of its kind. [Harbi]

PMF artillery destroyed a bomb-rigged truck that approached a checkpoint in Zaghareed village near Saqlawiya today. [Harbi]

 

A weapons cache was captured and a person arrested in Al-Dhabitya area in Qarma.  [Maalomah]

 

The MoD publishes a video of Iraqi warplanes conducting airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

25 Daesh terrorists were killed by Army and tribal forces clearing the areas of Al-Sha’i and Al-Sakran near Barwana. [Maalomah] In a separate but apparently overlapping report, the 7th Army Division commander announced the liberation of Al-Sha’i and said the troops were heading towards neighboring Al-Sakran. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes attacked and destroyed a convoy of 11 Daesh vehicles, killing 35 terrorists, as they tried to moving from Hit to Barwana, according to the IWMC. [Baghdadia]

 

The Mayor of Haditha District says all Barwana areas were liberated from Daesh and 250 families returned to their houses. [Buratha]

 

A video of tribal fighters in a battle in Haditha District [Haditha]

 

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Hit city. [ADI]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

16th Army Division artillery killed 6 and wounded 2 suicide attackers in Al-Qarya Al-Asriya in Baiji today, said the IWMC [Baghdadia]

 

Artillery shelling by the IFP today killed several terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in the Makhoul Mountains. [Mawazin]

 

A PMF source says Al-Nujaba’ Movement rocketed a Daesh convoy near Makhoul Mountains killing 7 terrorists and wounding 12.  [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Daesh attacked Al-Salam village south of Tikrit yesterday. PMFs repelled the attack but lost one fighter. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi ordered an investigation into the bombing by a drone that killed nine and wounded 14 PMF fighters. PMF sources said that after they blocked a Daesh attack on Al-Salam village, a drone coming from Baghdad bombed them and killed 23 fighters. [Buratha]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Tikrit. [ADI]

 

Samarra

Army helicopters today destroyed a Daesh headquarters in the Albu Hantoush village west of Samarra, in coordination with PMF intelligence sources. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Daesh has brought large numbers of fighters and vehicle bombs preparing for a major attack on Samarra. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says PMF troops attacked several Daesh hideouts in the Strategic Line area west of Samarra and destroyed 5 vehicles killing the terrorists inside. He also says the PMFs captured 11 Daesh terrorists including 2 Saudis. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Samarra Dam. [ADI]

 

Tooz

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped two displaced people. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Two consecutive explosions in Muqdadiya District north of Baquba left 17 persons killed and wounded. A suicide attack by someone with an explosives belt executed the first attack on a coffee shop, and when people gathered, another attacker blew himself up. [Mada]

A security source says 19 were killed and 44 wounded in the explosion. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version says one of its suicide terrorists detonated himself in front of a PMF headquarters in Muqdadiya followed by a parked car bomb explosion that killed 36 PMFs and wounded dozens. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh typically claims after these mass-murder incidents that they were attacking PMFs, even though the victims in such public places are all or almost all civilians. This reinforces its propaganda theme of being the protectors of Sunnis. Of course, not all their civilian victims are Shia either.

 

A security source says unknown armed men put explosives in three mosques in Muqdadiya. The source says the security situation is tense in Muqdadiya. More military forces were deployed and a curfew was issued there. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Several online reports said at least four Sunni mosques have been destroyed so far. One possible explanation is that the dual bombing was an effort to set off sectarian violence, to help offset the negative publicity from its military defeats. The timing of the Sunni mosque explosives is suspicious, as it looks like it could be a Shia PMF retaliation for the bombings (or a Daesh effort to make it look that way).

 

Baquba

A bomb exploded inside a car in downtown Baquba, killing a woman and wounding three civilians, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

A roadside IED exploded in Akbashi junction in northeast Baquba yesterday as a car with 3 PMF personnel passed by. One was killed and the two others wounded, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

An IED placed near Al-Azaem restaurant in Baquba killed one and wounded five civilians today. [Maalomah]

 

An IED near a money exchange office in New Baquba went off, killing one women and wounding a man and women, a security source said.  [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a PMF gathering in Baquba killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source said that two persons were killed and 3 wounded today by an IED placed near a clothing shop in Mansouriya.  [Maalomah]

 

One PMF fighter was killed and two were wounded when a roadside IED exploded while they were patrolling the Saadiya area. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

The spokesman of the Supreme Council (Hakim) bloc in the CoR says digging a trench as an administrative border for Kurdistan at this time is “not a good message.”

Kurdish officials contradicted themselves in response. A KDP official says the trench is for security and military purposes and has nothing to do with the border. However, the KRG’s “Kurdish Regions Outside the IKR” office says the Kurdistan Region has the right to draw its administrative and political border, though it also said the trenches are to protect the Peshmerga controlled areas from Daesh. [Sumaria] The Kirkuk Governor says digging trenches is part of the military plan to protect cities against Daesh. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The Kurds have been quoted too often for their own good about their territorial intentions, including Barzani’s previous territorial claims; his maneuvering in the Turks-in-Ninewa affair didn’t help either. Aside from the land that might be at issue, the immediate effect is to further reduce the KRG’s political commitment to Iraq, when a working together is most needed. The Supreme Council statement is not the only example of the hostility rising on the other side of this issue, including from people in the territories potentially affected.   

 

The KRG’s Counter-Terrorism Service says a Daesh leader called Ahmed Abdulla Hassan, AKA Abu Huthaifa, was killed with three of his associates in a Coalition airstrike in northeast Hawija. The terrorist was Daesh’s military commander of Dibis and was responsible for sending suicide terrorists to Kirkuk and other areas. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. In the past week, Daesh has lost a surprisingly large number of its leaders.

 

A Daesh leader called Abu Al-Amer Al-Yamani was killed when a sticky bomb placed in his car exploded in Hawija District today. Al-Yamani was known for issuing several execution orders in the city. [Maalomah]

 

Unknown armed men in a speeding car shot and killed a doctor in Kirkuk today, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Peshmerga forces allowed 60 civilians who escaped Hawija to enter Kirkuk, and provided them with medical care and food. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander says the Peshmerga will participate in Ninewa liberation alongside the Iraqi forces and tribal fighters and no foreign forces will be involved. He also says there are 5,000 Daesh terrorists in Ninewa.  [Karemlash]

 

An American airstrike destroyed a building that holds millions of dollars of Daesh money with two bombs of 2000 pounds each in Mosul. The operation followed several days of drone reconnaissance over the area, a Pentagon source said. [AIN]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of a Coalition airstrike on Al-Zuhour Bank in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says one person was killed and five wounded in the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has arrested 12 Kurdish young men in Mosul, for refusing to fight with the terror organization, according to KDP sources. The prisoners were taken to an unknown location. [Mada]

 

5 civilians in Mosul were executed by Daesh using construction shovels to run over them, for their reluctance to support the terror group. This is one of the various execution methods used by Daesh to terrorize people, according to security sources. [Rudaw]

 

75 Daesh leaders escaped Mosul, said a KDP source in Ninewa today. He added that Daesh executed two officers and eight soldiers of the Iraqi Army in Mosul in the past 48 hours.  [Baghdadia]

 

A local civil society activist says Daesh buried 1,600 victims in the Al-Khasfa area, 5 km (3 miles) south of Mosul. He says Daesh executed those people and refused to give their bodies to their families and threw them in this 100 meter (300 ft.) deep mass grave instead.  [Buratha]

 

Ahmed Al-Jubouri, a CoR member from Ninewa, says Daesh blew up his house in Shura south of Mosul after they used it as headquarters for a while. [Baghdadia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed an Afghani Daesh commander near Qayara airbase.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Women and children from 50 Daesh families evacuated Mosul for Raqqa, Syria today, in buses that passed through Baaj, Tal Afar, and Ayadhiya. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh demolished a vacant Syrian Orthodox monastery for nuns in Al-Majmoaa Al-Thaqafiya north Mosul today, a security source in Mosul said. [Bas]

 

Daesh looted important historical manuscripts from the endowment library in Mosul. They removed around 30,000 manuscripts as well as other valuable Islamic heritage items.  [Waqfiya]

DaeshDaily comment. Given Daesh’s hostility to the history of others, Islamic and non-Islamic, the probable outcome is that all the manuscripts will be destroyed and anything of marketable value sold.

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga rocketed Daesh in Khorsabad in Bashiqa, killing 9 terrorists and wounding many others. [Mada]

 

Daesh broke into five hospitals and medical centers in Mosul and robbed drugs and medicines, according to local sources. [Maalomah]

 

Northwest Ninewa

14 Daesh leaders were killed by artillery in Tal Afar. 6 foreigners and three Arabs were among them, said a Ninewa police source. [BasNews]

 

Makhmur

PUK sources said that Daesh terrorists shelled Makhmur with Katyusha rockets today. One fell on a Peshmerga fighter’s house but without causing any human casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A report about a Yazidi man who managed to free 300 Yazidi girls by paying ransoms to Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala. 57 out of 1200 men held in Razaza were released and handed over to the Salahuddin government as a step to deliver them to their families [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Sunni people were displaced from Salahuddin by the fighting there, and tried to reach Baghdad through Anbar, but Kerbala balked at taking them in after some incoming vehicles were found to carry explosives. They were instead forced to stay at Razaza, by a lake of the same name, near Anbar. It’s unclear exactly which people are still in Razaza or why they are still there after most of Salahuddin is already liberated.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Eight Daesh-affiliated groups are at work in the Turkish capital of Ankara, according to a Turkish intelligence report that a Turkish media outlet claims to have obtained. 450 individuals joined Daesh in Ankara, the document reportedly says, divided into eight groups. 100 of these recruits have reportedly traveled to Syria. [Cihan]

 

Police in the city of Adana arrested 12 Egyptians, all from one family, on charges of attempting to cross Turkish territory to reach Syria to join Daesh, according to Egyptian consular officials in Turkey. [IslamMemo]

 

Forty people were arrested in multiple arrest operations in Gaziantep Sunday on suspicion of belonging to Daesh, Turkish media reported. The detainees reportedly included 15 Egyptians, a Russian, and seven Turks who were making their way to the Syrian border. Turkish police have arrested 73 individuals suspected of belonging to Daesh in the first 11 days of 2016, according to information gathered by Anadolu. [Qasioun]  [Anadolu]

 

Turkey will grant work permits to Syrian refugees, the Turkish government spokesman has announced. Permits will allow Syrian refugees to work in the Turkish governorate where they are located, with the condition that no more than ten percent of workers in a workplace may be Syrian refugees, a policy that the government says will protect Turkish workers. The spokesman did not specify further, but added that 2,414,000 Syrian refugees were living in Turkey. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Syria Democratic Forces and Daesh fought renewed clashes in the southern Hasaka countryside on Sunday, around the village of Khmayel, trading mortar and artillery fire, while Coalition warplanes struck Daesh positions between Hasaka and the Daesh-held city of Shaddadi. Casualty figures are not available. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh hacked the Egyptian-owned Nilesat satellite and added its own satellite channel “BEIN HD4” to the feed, airing its own programming from Raqqa. Nilesat called the incident a breach.” [ARA]

 

Northwest

The Islamic Brigades and allied FSA militias including the Turkey-supported Sultan Murad Brigades, with support from Coalition warplanes and Turkish artillery, have launched attacks on Daesh in the northern Aleppo countryside, in a bid to drive the organization out of villages it has recently captured, according to a commander in the Syrian Front (Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya).

The Turkmen fighters of the Sultan Murad Brigades took control of the villages of Qara Kubri, Qara Mazaea, and Al-Khabra near the Turkish border, Welati reports. [ARA] [Welati]

 

In a conflicting account, Hawar alleges that Daesh actually turned these villages over to Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham as part of an unannounced agreement brokered by Turkish intelligence, after a show battle in which the two sides fired into the air and the Turks launched some artillery rounds. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Army troops occupied the village of Aisha in the countryside north of Aleppo after Daesh vacated the area under heavy Russian bombing, according to a resident of Al-Bab. The advance gives the Syrian military clear supply lines between the Kowaires air base and the city of Tadif to the north. Russian planes also targeted Daesh positions in Al-Bab. Nearby, Daesh re-took control over parts of Najjara, north of Kowaires airbase, the same source reports. The advances put Syrian forces within 12 km (7.5 miles) of Al-Bab, which Russian and Syrian aircraft continue to bomb, Welati reports. [ARA] [ARA] [Welati]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian forces east of Kowaires yesterday, killing 10 Syrian soldiers and wounding 25. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of an airstrike on Aisha village north of Kowaires airbase yesterday, and another video of a suicide attack on Syrian forces in the same area. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Syria Democratic Forces advanced further against Daesh west of the Euphrates River, taking control of two villages, Al-Sakawiya and Tal Arsh, in the Manbij countryside, an SDF fighter said. He added that at least 12 Daesh militants were killed in the battles on Monday. [ARA]

 

Daesh abducted a Kurdish civilian in the village of Qar Klbin, 70 km (43.5 miles) from Al-Bab. [Welati]

 

Syria Democratic Forces fighters discovered a Daesh bomb-making factory in a village near Tishrin Dam (photo/video). [Hawar]

 

East

Renewed fighting erupted Saturday between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor around the city’s military airport and the overlooking mountain of Jabal Tharda. Further details were not available. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops and allied militia are rounding up military-age young men in Deir Ez-Zor, detaining around 1,000 military-age men in Deir Ez-Zor in house-to-house searches the last two days, according to an activist in the area. Those taken are reportedly being transferred for compulsory national service. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [ADI]

 

A video of Daesh Kazakh terrorists in Iraq [GoogleDrive]

 

Jordan. Jordanian courts sentenced 25-year-old Syrian national Abd Al-Nasir Barakat to seven years in prison on charges of plotting with other Daesh supporters to murder a Jordanian pilot in the northern Idlib governorate. [Arabi21]  

 

Yemen. Daesh says its terrorists killed 8 Yemeni soldiers with an IED in Shabam in Hadhramaut Valley. [A3maq]

 

United Arab Emirates. The high court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced an Emirati citizen to death on charges of belonging to Daesh and sentenced two others to seven years in prison for planning to join. A fourth citizen was sentenced to three years. A fifth person, of unspecified Arab nationality, was sentenced to three years, a fine equivalent to $14,000 US dollars, and deportation for promoting Daesh, while another person, of unspecified Asian nationality, was sentenced to five years in prison and deportation. [IslamMemo]

 

Five Daesh fighters were killed and eight injured in clashes with Egyptian troops that broke out after a raid on an Ansar position south of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Further details have emerged after last week’s attack on a hotel in Hurghada in which two tourists were injured. Although initial accounts suggested the attackers used a firearm, in fact one was armed with a nonlethal sound gun and the attackers used knives to assault their victims. Initial reports suggested that both assailants had been killed, however the authorities later announced that one attacker was killed and another was injured and in custody. No claim of responsibility for the attack has emerged. [MadaMasr]

 

Libya. The Libyan Oil Facilities Protection force and the Revolutionary Brigades have formed a joint operations room to confront Daesh, the Libyan National Army Sirte Operations Room announced. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan Oil Facilities Protection troops foiled a Daesh attack on the oil port facilities in the city of Zuweitina east of Adjabiya. Daesh fighters approached the city from the sea in three boats, which Facilities Protection guards fired on before they could reach the shore. One boat caught fire and the other two stopped their advance in order to assist the burning boat. [AkhbarLibya]

 

French warplanes struck Daesh targets in Sirte on Sunday, destroying military vehicles and ammunition stores, said “high-level sources close to the General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces.” The strikes reportedly came in coordination with the Libyan Armed Forces Operations Room, with more raids expected in the coming days. France is conducting the airstrikes after a Libyan request for support against Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

More than 500 “Daesh families” are living in Libya, according to reports circulating in Libyan media. The number was apparently estimated by observing the number of children in Daesh’s youth organizations. The majority of the families are of Arab nationality, while other Arab and African countries are also represented. One youth group, the “Khalifate Cubs” (Ashbal Al-Khilafa), reportedly number between 100 and 150 youth, who are between 16 and 18 years of age. Most of the “cubs” are from African countries to the south such as Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, and Mali, many of them trafficked to Libya by Boko Haram. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Arab League foreign ministers have called on the international community to arm the Libyan Army amid Daesh’s growing presence in Libya, in a statement issued after a ministerial meeting in Cairo yesterday. They also called for the rapid formation of a government of national accord. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh has been asserting its presence to residents of the newly captured city of Bin Jawad, eyewitnesses said, deploying its armed vehicles throughout the city’s streets, and raising its black flags around the city and on the principal mosque. The sources also said the group had established checkpoints at the city entrances, and were compelling women and schoolgirls to wear specific uniforms. Local civil servants have reportedly fled or stopped coming to work; school lessons have stopped. Some residents were able to flee the city when the recent fighting at Ras Lanuf created an opportunity, but most are now trapped inside. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Police in the Benghazi area of Al-Sabiri arrested a Daesh member in the Sidi Obeid cemetery as he tried to infiltrate to the center of the city on Saturday. [AfriGate]

 

Details are not clear but it has been reported that an unspecified number of Daesh fighters were killed in clashes in Derna on Saturday. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh attacked a power station in Benghazi on Friday, local sources said. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh shelled civilian areas in Benghazi with missiles and mortars on Friday, according to Libyan news reports. Libya News 24 suggests that the attack comes in response to Daesh’s inability to make further gains on the military front in Benghazi. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Two stories provide insight into Daesh’s ability to move its members around Libya and the region: First, the head of the Libyan Center for Terrorism Studies said that Daesh in Libya frequently announces falsely that one or another of its fighters has been killed in order to facilitate the militant’s travel within the country under another name. In a second story, “high-level military sources” in the Libyan National Army have said that Daesh moves its fighters into the country by exploiting the illicit migration routes from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe which pass through Libya. As an alternative to entering Libya via the coastal routes, Daesh militants have first traveled south to sub-Saharan Africa and then taken the land route into the Libyan interior across the southern borders. [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh’s “Sawt Al-Tawhid” broadcaster in Sirte has broadcast a call for the youth of Sirte between the ages of 13 and 17 to join Daesh’s ranks, promising a cash incentive of up to $750 US dollars per month, on the condition that the volunteer has memorized the “Surat Al-Tawba,” the ninth chapter of the Quran. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Eighty-three of those wounded in the deadly suicide bombing attack last week at a police training center in Zliten have been transferred out of Libya for treatment, the Libyan Ministry of Health has announced. Receiving countries include Tunisia, Italy, Turkey, and Malta. [AfriGate]

 

An unspecified number of suspects have been apprehended and are under interrogation in the investigation into last week’s Zliten attack, the Tripoli government’s foreign minister Ali Abu Zaekouk has announced. Investigators have learned that one of the attackers was a Tunisian national, and a number of suspects have admitted to belonging to Daesh, he added. Abu Zaekouk also requested that Tunisia cooperate with Libya in the security area, including by forming a joint operations room between the two countries. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Libyan armed groups’ fighters in Benghazi. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Libyan troops in the Oil Crescent area. [ADI]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says a dangerous terrorist was arrested in Ben Guerdane. The National Guard arrested 9 terrorists last week. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria. France and the United States have reportedly asked Algeria to cooperate in an upcoming “large” security operation against Daesh in Libya, high-level Algerian sources told an Algerian newspaper. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Four Algerian women have traveled to Libya and joined Daesh there, Algerian police have announced, in what is the first known migration of Algerian woman to Libya for that purpose. [AkhbarLibya]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vcf_jbcg9

https://twitter.com/ansare685

https://twitter.com/Simon_20151

https://twitter.com/mac7_9

https://twitter.com/xaaf28

 

Anbar

 

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraqi troops keep advancing east of Ramadi with heavy Coalition bombing support.

Daesh loses again in Barwana to Army and tribal fighters.

Reported Daesh attack on Turkish troops in Bashiqa generates conflicting accounts.

Egyptian Army attacking Daesh in Sinai.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Speaker Jubouri says “foreign” Special Forces conducted operations during the last few weeks behind Daesh lines in Hawija. [Reuters]
Sistani rep in Kerbala says 2015 saw serious steps toward achieving real reforms. [Mada]

 

Demonstrations resumed in Baghdad and several other governorates demanding more reforms and asking the government not to “touch” government employees’ salaries. [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]
The Security Committee of the Baghdad Governorate Council said organized crime in Baghdad is politically motivated.  [Mawazin]

 

Security developments

A security force arrested the “vice wali of Baghdad” and two of his escorts in the New Baghdad District in east Baghdad today. The arrest was based on intelligence information.  [Baghdadia]

 

According to Daesh (unconfirmed):

  • Daesh snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded a fourth in Albu Aziz in north Baghdad. Daesh also says it targeted an Army barracks with a locally made rocket in the same area. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh members killed two Sahwa fighters in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste] Others detonated an IED on a Sahwa leader in Arab Jabour, wounding him severely. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Arab Jabour, killing an Army commander and 3 of his soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A body of man shot to death was found in Al-Ameen in east Baghdad this morning. [Ghad]
  • One civilian was killed and seven wounded when an IED placed near commercial shops went off this evening in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Three wanted men were arrested on terrorism charges in Al-Ghadeer in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED explosion near commercial shops in Mada’in in southern Baghdad Governorate killed one and wounded six civilians this morning. [Mada]
  • An IED placed near a popular coffee shop in Zafaraniya, south Baghdad, exploded this evening, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED explosion in a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded eight this morning. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in the Al-Risala neighborhood of Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five. [Maalomah]

Coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on Baghdadi, Mosul, and Tal Afar, killing a reported 25 terrorists and destroying 10 combat locations, a heavy weapon, a Daesh gathering, and a tunnel. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

In the fiercest bombardment ever, according to the Khaldiya subdistrict council Security Committee, Coalition air forces today bombed Daesh-occupied areas in Sufiya, Sajariya, and Jazeera Al-Khaldiya east of Ramadi, killing a large number of Daesh terrorists including leaders from various foreign countries. The bombardment accompanied the assault by security and Army troops on Sufiya. [Maalomah]

Counter-terrorism troops entered and captured the Sufiya area east of Ramadi a few hours ago. [Baghdadia]

 

Troops also moved 319 civilians from Sufiya to safe areas. These families were under Daesh siege before escaping toward Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] Another story says 90 families held by Daesh in Sufiya were safely moved by the counter-terrorism troops to the Habbaniya refugee camp in Khaldiya, security sources said. [Baghdadia] (We have no way to tell whether these stories are separate or overlapping.)

 

Qassem Al-Sarhan, Daesh wali of Sajariya, and 4 escorts were killed today by an attack of Army helicopters on Sajariya. Several vehicles were also destroyed, according to a security source. [Maalomah]

 

Albu Alwan, near Sufiya, was captured today in a surge attack by Army and security troops following a heavy aerial bombardment, according to the Khaldiya subdistrict council. [Maalomah]

After liberating Sufiya this morning, Army and security troops initiated a wide scale attack on Hsaiba east of Ramadi from the eastern and southern sides. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi troops stopped a Daesh attack in Sadiqiya east of Ramadi, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

Army troops will be heading to both Hit and Falluja after ending Ramadi operations, the Anbar Governorate Council announced today. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers raising the flag over the Ramadi Grand Mosque [Facebook]

A video of Iraqi soldiers in the College of Agriculture in Ramadi [Facebook]

 

Baghdad Police command said over 1200 persons have escaped Ramadi recently, and are currently being questioned to identify any Daesh operatives among them. [Qurtas]

 

Iraqi forces killed 14 terrorists and destroyed 14 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs, a weapons cache, and a terrorists’ guesthouse and defused 50 IEDs in the Thirthar area. The IAF destroyed 3 vehicles, a mobile hospital, 4 hideouts and a cannon and killed several terrorists in the same area. [IWMC Report]

 

Anbar Operations Command announced its troops defused 30 IEDs in Al-Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [AIN] AOC troops also destroyed 34 IEDs in Albu Farraj, north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The 8th Army Division killed 11 snipers and destroyed 7 Daesh positions and two vehicles in the Ramadi operations sector, a Division source said. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Ramadi Hospital after it was liberated by Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Mortar shells fired at Ramadi from the west killed a woman and wounded 4 children, said the spokesman of the 14th Rapid Intervention Brigade of Anbar police.  [Maalomah]

 

The Coalition flew 32 sorties in the Anbar military sector, killing many terrorists and destroying 22 combat locations, 5 supply lines, 3 gatherings, 2 tunnels, and an excavator. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

Artillery bombardment on the industrial sector in the Jolan neighborhood of Falluja destroyed a Daesh headquarters, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles, AOC said. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 11 terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles, one a vehicle bomb, and a hideout; it also defused 35 IEDs in ongoing operations south of Falluja. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of an Iraqi officer being shot and killed while fighting Daesh in Falluja. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an Iraqi soldier targeted by one of its snipers in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of Friday prayers in a mosque in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Army troops led by Brigadier General Riyadh Jalal, commander of land forces, and supported by tribal fighters, repelled another Daesh attack on Barwana subdistrict in Haditha District, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles, said Naeem Al-Gaood, sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe. The attack came from the desert north of Barwana; it left 3 tribesmen dead and 7 wounded.  [Sumaria]

 

An attack with five vehicle bombs was intercepted by the Iraqi forces in Barwana before noon today. All cars were destroyed and the attackers killed. [Mada]

 

Counter-terrorism troops liberated areas captured by Daesh in Barwana and handled them to the tribal fighters in the area. “Tens” of Daesh terrorists were killed, including 4 suicide bombers. An Iraqi officer and a soldier were killed. [IWMC Report]

 

Nabil Thamer, Daesh military commander of west Anbar, and 11 of his escorts were ambushed and arrested by Army troops in Al-Sakran, several miles from Barwana. The arrest was made by the 1st Company of Haditha Rapid Intervention forces. [Maalomah]

 

35 terrorists were killed in 6 airstrikes by Army helicopters on a Daesh contingent in Al-Sakran. Six vehicles including an armored personnel carrier and a bomb-rigged car were also destroyed. [Mada]

The IWMC confirmed the killing of Alaa Nasser Al-Kerbouli, a local Daesh leader, in a bombing in Al-Sakran. [IWMC Report]

Two Coalition airstrikes killed 9 Daesh terrorists in Barwana District. [IWMC Report]

 

West Anbar

A tribal leader from Anbar says American forces should conduct airborne operations, similar to the Hawija operation, to save many hostages taken by Daesh in different cities in Anbar. [SotIraq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot down a Coalition drone in Akashat in far western Anbar (photos and a video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Saraya Al-Salam Brigades of the PMF are on full alert in anticipation of a major Daesh attack on Baiji and Samarra, a Brigades source said. [Mawazin]

 

PMF forces secured three families escaping Shirqat city and killed a sniper trying to obstruct the escaping families in Makhoul Mountains, a PMF source said. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

Clashes between PMF and Daesh near Allas oil field east of Tikrit resulted in the killing of one terrorist, but one PMF fighter died and one was wounded. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

Kareem Al-Nouri, official spokesman of the PMFs, said that the Coalition bombing yesterday that struck PMFs in the Samarra Dam area could have happened by mistake. He said that even the Iraqi Air Force makes such mistakes. Security sources said the errant bombing allowed Daesh to advance in certain places. [Rudaw]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops defused a car bomb near Al-Razzaq mosque in Samarra city. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Samarra Dam area. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Diyala security arrested 5 suspects today in Baquba, including two on charges of terrorism, said a security source. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Peshmerga fired artillery rounds after detecting Daesh movements towards their lines in Kobya and Batma villages, as well as the water project south of Kirkuk. Several terrorists were killed and vehicles destroyed, said a Peshmerga source. [BasNews]

 

A security source in Kirkuk said Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in Kibeba village in Dibis District, destroying machine guns and rocket launchers, and killed several terrorists. [Qurtas]

 

10 Daesh terrorists were killed in Al-Bashir village south of Kirkuk while meeting in a booby-trapped house. A PMF mortar round hit the house, which exploded, killing 8 persons, while a ninth was killed by a sniper. A construction shovel was also destroyed. This Daesh group was part of a unit that arrived from Rashad subdistrict. [Mada]

 

The Baghdad-Kirkuk road is fully safe, said the PMF command today, saying that its troops in Amerli, Tooz, Suleiman Beg, and Himrin are guarding the road leading from Baghdad to northern governorates. [Sumaria]

 

A SWAT unit today arrested a man who participated in the Speicher airbase massacre south of Kirkuk. Abu Shihab Al-Tikriti, from Al-Alam subdistrict, participated in the execution of military students and trainees from that base last June. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Bashiqa

Today brought another bizarre chapter in the saga of the unwanted Turkish troops in Bashiqa, but the stories are totally conflicting.

 

Reuters said today that Turkish troops repulsed an attack by Daesh on Zilkan camp in Bashiqa, where they are “protecting” Turkish trainers presumed to be training separatist National Mobilization Forces (NMF) personnel. 17 Daesh were killed in the attack before Daesh pulled back. [Sumaria]

 

Cihan cites “informed sources in the area” reporting that Daesh attacked between 10:30pm and 11:00pm on Thursday night, while citing (presumably Turkish) “military sources” that Turkish troops did not suffer any casualties, while Anadolu cites similar sources to report the same details. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in remarks to the press that Turkish soldiers killed 18 Daesh militants in repelling the attack, without commenting on any Turkish casualties.

Erdogan also said that the attack shows that “the deployment of Turkish forces was a sound decision,” and added that “The problems at Bashiqa Camp in northern Iraq appeared following tensions between Russia and Turkey,” he added, saying that “Ankara is behaving in accordance with international law.” [Sumaria] [Cihan]

DaeshDaily comment. Mr. Erdogan apparently believes deeply that he can say anything and get away with it. However, as we have pointed out after a previous Daesh attack on the Turks in Bashiqa, such attacks would not happen if the Turks were not there. He has put Turkish soldiers at risk for a dubious purpose and does not know how to lose gracefully.

 

According to the Turkish Cihan news agency, the Russian “Sputnik” news agency reported that two Turkish soldiers were killed in the alleged Daesh attack. Cihan notes that no official Turkish source has confirmed this report. [Cihan]

 

However, the deposed former Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi, the initiator of the Zilkan camp, whose NMF militia was ostensibly receiving instruction from Turkish trainers there, denied on Thursday that there was any Daesh attack on the camp. [Karemlash]

 

A PUK spokesman also denied any Daesh attack on the Zilkan camp. So did Peshmerga sources (who may or may not be linked to the PUK). [Mada] [BasNews]

 

Mosul

A Coalition air attack on a Daesh convoy between Belj and Baaj killed Mohammed Al-Matyouti (Abu Yousef), the wali of Jazeera, and 15 men with him and destroyed several vehicles. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Being a Daesh “wali” (governor) of anywhere seems to be a dangerous job. We notice that we have reported on the demise of numerous walis, including two of them and a vice wali today. The larger picture is that Daesh leaders in general are in dangerous jobs. The Coalition bombing that often targets such leaders and the recent resurgence of Iraqi forces have resulted in many being killed and others relocating to Syria.

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes targeted Qayara with two airstrikes, giving no details. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh imposed new fines on Mosul’s population for violation of certain rules, such as 60,000 Iraqi dinars (IQD) for wearing trousers, shaving, or car washing. It’s IQD 500,000 for anybody who extends a water pipe across the street! [Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Ninewa

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Mazare’ area of south Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra Governorate banned all vehicles belonging to political parties with PMF militia units from driving in Basra without formal security approvals. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The context is the overly dominant presence of Shia militias in Basra. Their members can largely drive around and do whatever they want without worrying about the police. Basra is apparently trying to get some leverage in this situation.

 

Qais Al-Khazali, the head of AAH militia, proposed to the Governor of Basra that PMFs intervene to impose law and order in Basra, deteriorated by tribal fighting and organized crime. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No, thank you. It’s like hiring the fox to guard the chicken coop.

 

Muthanna. The Minister of Interior said today that persons linked to the kidnapping of Qatari hunters in the desert near Samawa were arrested and are being investigated. [Ain]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Germany initiated its operations in Iraq and Syria with a reconnaissance flight by two Tornado jets that flew over Syria and Iraq before landing safely back in Incirlik airbase in Turkey. [Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The PYD announced on Friday evening that it was suspending its membership in the coordinating body for anti-regime groups, having learned that other opposition factions at the Riyadh conference last month had described the YPG as a terrorist group. In a statement reaffirming its commitment to the body and the PYD role in founding and developing it, the PYD declared that it was “suspending its membership in the national coordinating body and all its offices and branches.” [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The implications of this move may take time to sort out. The PYD may be betting that the other anti-regime groups will see that their effectiveness without the YPG will be seriously reduced, producing a change of attitude. However, because of its organizational connection to the PKK, an internationally recognized terrorist group, it cannot get away from the accusation.

 

Northeast

Syria Democratic Forces with Coalition air support repelled two separate Daesh attacks on villages where SDF fighters were gathered south of Hasaka on Thursday. Daesh fighters attacked using medium and heavy weapons, prompting clashes lasting two hours before Coalition planes struck the attacking Daesh detachments, killing many and prompting the remainder to flee, a YPG source said, adding that Daesh had suffered heavy losses in the attack.

The Hasaka front has been otherwise quiet for weeks, since the SDF cleared Daesh from the southern Hasaka countryside and Coalition bombing of the area stopped. [ARA] [ARA]

 

A 20 year old Daesh member executed his own mother in Raqqa after reporting her to Daesh for having encouraged him to leave the group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local sources. The woman was detained by Daesh after the son, Ali Saqr, informed Daesh that she was encouraging him to quit Daesh and flee the area. Daesh found her guilty of apostasy (ridda) and her son executed her in public by gunfire before hundreds of witnesses. [Qasioun] [Aawsat]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into several villages west of Ain Eissa and clashed with YPG fighters, killing 13 and wounding others. [MRKZGulf]

 

Northwest

Daesh fighters are massing in Jarabulus, according to local sources in the city, who note an unusually large and growing presence of Daesh fighters. The group has been reportedly transferring its militants to Jarabulus from other cities it holds west of the Euphrates including Al-Bab and Manbij, according to residents of those towns. According to the same local sources in Jarabulus, the city is under the command of a Daesh “emir” of Moroccan origin. The sources also report that Daesh morale in the city appears to have fallen after advances by the Syria Democratic Forces in recent weeks including the seizure of Tishrin Dam. Daesh has instituted forced conscription of youths in the city and is arming civilians. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh attacked Syria Democratic Forces around the Tishrin Dam area from six different approaches Friday morning, the SDF announced. Daesh fighters advanced on the dam from the west and the south at 5:00am. In the ensuing fighting, the SDF with Coalition air support killed many Daesh militants and repelled the attack, a YPG source said. The SDF announced after the fighting that it was in possession of the bodies of 40 Daesh fighters who had been killed in the battles.

Daesh has launched multiple attacks, including two in the last three days, in its bid to retake the strategic dam from the SDF, who captured it from Daesh late last month. [ARA] [Hawar]

 

Daesh launched five mortars on the village of Tal Abr, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kobane, damaging buildings. [Hawar]

 

Five opposition factions have issued a statement declaring twelve villages north of Aleppo to be “military zones” which civilians are forbidden from approaching, after the allied militias seized them from Daesh control. The five militias issuing the statement were the Sultan Murad Division, Sham Corps, the Shamiya Front, the Muetasam  Brigade, and the Hamza Brigade. The villages are listed as Touqli, Ghazal Mazraa, Qara Kubri, Yani Yaban, Maryaghal, Rael, Jaka, Shuyarin, Dubyan, Kharba, Qara Mazraa, and Maghidin. They are located in an area that has seen pitched battles with Daesh in recent weeks and control of the villages has alternated between the militias and Daesh. [SyriaLive]

 

The Ahrar Al-Sham militia in Idlib has executed five prisoners it accused of belonging to Daesh, creating an issue among the various allied opposition militias in the area, who were not informed of the decision. [ARA]

 

Photos and video of SDF fighters [Hawar].

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Al-Bul village near Azaz. [JustPaste]

East

In a “friendly fire” incident, Russian warplanes accidentally killed and injured an unspecified number of Syrian Army troops in Deir Ez-Zor city, where Russian air power has been supporting Syrian troops fighting Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Egyptian authorities are investigating the reported abduction of 21 Egyptians in Libya by Daesh, while family members of the abducted Egyptians have reported that they have indeed lost contact with the alleged abductees, all of whom were reportedly working in the Kufra area in the southeastern Libya interior. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Unknown armed men stormed a hotel in the Red Sea coastal city of Hurghada and opened fire, wounding two tourists, a German and a Dane, according to security sources. Egyptian security sources said Egyptian police killed both attackers and defused an explosives vest that one was wearing before it could be detonated. An eyewitness said the attackers arrived in Hurghada from the sea. [IslamMemo]

 

Daesh has claimed that it attacked what it called a tour bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Giza area, allegedly causing injuries and deaths among the tourists and Egyptian security personnel. However the Egyptian authorities and witnesses said that the attack involved a small crowd of a couple of dozen boys and youths lobbing fireworks at a tour bus carrying Arabs with Israeli citizenship, with no injuries reported. [IslamMemo] Daesh had said its terrorists, based on the call from their “caliph” in his recent speech, attacked a bus carrying “Jews” on Al-Haram Street in Giza with light weapons, killing or wounding many of them before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian troops killed two takfiris belonging to Wilayat Sinai, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Daesh’s affiliate in Egypt, in villages south of Sheikh Zuweid, in an ongoing security campaign in North Sinai. Twenty-five others were arrested in the campaign and Egyptian troops destroyed 6 homes and 53 barns. In the same area, a young man of 20 and an 8 year-old child were injured by gunfire which Egyptian security agencies said came from a takfiri shooting at an Egyptian sniper. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian troops exchanged gunfire with Wilayat Sinai militants south of Rafah today, killing three commanders in the organization, security sources said. The three men were identified as 1) Ayman Muharib, the son of Sheikh Hasan Muharib, known as Abu Munir, who was killed two years ago, 2) Musa Al-Joukar, a Wilayat Sinai commander who was responsible for an attack that brought a plane down over Sheikh Zuweid two years ago, and 3) Atif Abu Dira, another commander. Two other takfiris were killed in Rafah when Egyptian security agencies destroyed a vehicle carrying IEDs, killing its occupants, security agencies said.  [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian troops killed three militants who were discovered planting four IEDs on the road to Arish International Airport. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian police shot dead a Palestinian “jihadi commander,” Muhammad Ramzi Al-Asi, in Rafah on Friday, after Al-Asi reportedly slipped into Egypt to join “takfiri elements” in Sinai, according to Egyptian security sources. [VetoGate]

 

A woman was injured in Rafah when unknown armed men opened fire on her on Friday. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing an Egyptian Army headquarters in Arish with Grads. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army vehicle on the international road south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya. Libyan medical and security authorities have announced that one child and six Oil Facilities Protection guards were killed, and eleven Oil Facilities Protection guards wounded, in the suicide vehicle bombing attack claimed by Daesh yesterday on the Oil Facilities Protection guards in Ras Lanuf, home to the country’s largest petroleum refinery. Daesh released a statement identifying the attacker as Abu Abbas Al-Muhajir, without providing further details. [AkhbarLibya]

The names of the six OPF guards who were killed in the attack have also been released (in Arabic). [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan warplanes targeted Daesh sites in Ajdabiya and Benghazi today, the Air Force Operations Room spokesman said, as well as the Ajdabiya Revolutionaries Shura Council, addition to targeting other extremist groups. [AkhbarLibya]

 

The fires burning in an oil reservoir in Sidra after Daesh’s attacks earlier this week have been put out, the Oil Facilities Protection spokesman has announced. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Libyan armed group vehicle in Derna with an IED, wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed with machine guns a vehicle that was carrying wounded Libyan fighters on the road between Brega on the Gulf of Sidra and Ajdabiya, killing the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed another vehicle with an IED on the same road. [JustPaste]

 

Morocco. Moroccan authorities have arrested seven members of an extremist group in Dar Bouazza, on the ocean southwest of Casablanca, on suspicions of links to Daesh. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the suspects had tried to send fighters to Syria and Iraq to train for attacks in Morocco. [Aawsat]

 

Other countries

Italy. The detention of three Libyan nationals who were detained in Genoa on suspicion of attempting to launder money for Daesh has been extended for three days. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

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Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

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January 7, 2016

 

 

PM Abadi and General Dunford

 

Today’s Major Developments:

US agrees to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq.

Government forces inflict heavy casualties on Daesh in Anbar.

Top-level Daesh leader wounded, possibly killed, in Haditha.

Daesh executes Mosul citizens for using the internet.

Daesh reportedly still holding 3,000 Yazidi prisoners.

Turkish police arrest suspect in journalist’s murder.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi today received General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The General hailed recent Iraq’s victories in Ramadi, stating that they revive trust in the capabilities of Iraq’s armed forces. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari called for diplomacy to ease the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Speaking in Muscat, Oman, he said that a war is going on against terrorism, and that there is no room for side issues that would draw attention away from that. [Sumaria]

 

Abdul Hussein Al-Anbaki, the Prime Minister’s economic advisor, said that Iraq employees’ salaries for 2016 will be paid in full, and that tinkering with civil servants’ salaries is the last thing the government would think of. [Sumaria]

 

The Governor of Ninewa, Nawaf Al-Sultan requested the Minister of Interior to reopen Doberdan camp in eastern Ninewa to host Ninewa police officers who now have to travel to Speicher base where they are based at the moment. [Sumaria]

Security developments

The Pentagon approved Iraq’s request to buy 5,000 Hellfire missiles at a value of US$ 800 million, to enhance Iraq’s defensive capacities in its war on Daesh.  [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [ADI]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Meshahda in north Baghdad. [ADI]

 

Baghdad police found 4 plastic containers filled with C4 ready for explosion in the Meshahda area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi engineers defused an IED in Sayed Abdullah in Mahmudiya and another in Al-Ruwad, south of the city. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IWMC announced that 171 Daesh terrorists were killed in today’s operations on all fronts. It also said Coalition planes launched 18 strikes that killed 25 terrorists and destroyed 11 Daesh positions, 12 supply lines, a rig, four IED factories, and ten pieces of heavy weaponry. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • A sniper shot a soldier to death and wounded another in an attack on a checkpoint in the Tarmiya District. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in Souk Shalal, in Shaab in north Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding eight others. [Mada]
  • A security patrol today found two bodies of men shot to death, in Rustomaniya in southeast Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Abu Dsheer in Dora in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding four. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a soda factory in Dari’ya in Mada’in in southern Baghdad Governorate, killing two civilians and wounding six. [Baghdadia]
  • A civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED went off near a fish market in Hay Al-Wihda in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed near commercial shops in Al-Iskan area west of Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded 6 others. [Mada]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Counter-terrorism troops released 83 civilians from a Daesh siege in Sufiya, east of Ramadi, and transferred them to Habbaniya camp in Khaldiya. There are 40 more civilians awaiting clearance by the Army. [Sumaria]

Daesh commanders escaped the areas of east Ramadi as security troops arrived near Sufiya, according to a security source in Khaldiya. The Daesh leaders headed to the Jazeera area, leaving their troops in Sufiya in a degraded condition. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army troops liberated the College of Agriculture in the center of Ramadi, raising the Iraqi flag atop the building, the IWMC said. [Maalomah]

 

Army troops took control of Street 20, Khasea Al-Rawi souk, and the Ramadi municipal building in the process of clearing the center of Ramadi, according to a security source. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured Al-Haq mosque in downtown Ramadi and raised the Iraqi flag on it. The Al-Andalus neighborhood was captured earlier today as well, Anbar Operations Command (AOC) said. [Baghdadia] [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh camp west of Thirthar area in Anbar was targeted by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) based on intelligence information, a security spokesman said. The airstrike left 75 Daesh terrorists dead, and destroyed many vehicles, armored and booby-trapped, in addition to the entire camp. [Sumaria]

 

IWMC said Iraqi security forces operating in the Thirthar military sector eliminated the elite Daesh units called “The Army of the Caliphate,” which tried to break the siege on Daesh in the area. Ten enemy vehicles were destroyed, one of them booby-trapped, as well as 6 machine gun-mounted trucks. The report claims that “tens” of terrorists were killed, including field commanders, and that an ammunition truck, fighting positions, and a construction shovel were destroyed. The IAF, Coalition aircraft, and IAA helicopters supported BOC units. [Etejah]

 

According to AOC, Army troops destroyed a bomb-rigged vehicle trying to attack the headquarters of the 41st Army Brigade of the 10th Division, in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi engineers defused 2 IEDs in Albu Aitha north of the city. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its fighters in the Albu Risha area north of the city. [ADI]

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops continued advancing south of Falluja, killing 12 terrorists and wounding one, in addition to defusing 33 IEDs and destroying a vehicle, a Daesh position, and a weapons cache, the BOC said. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF-authorized source told IWMC that engineering units of the Tayyar Al-Risali Brigades of the PMF diffused 87 IEDs in Nuaimiya, south of Falluja. The source added that the units destroyed an ammunition cache, and attacked Daesh terrorists in Subaihat and Al-Abadi villages in Qarma with locally made “Al-Mawoud” rockets. [Harbi]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb with a Kornet rocket. [Facebook]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Anbar GC says Taha Hamama Falaha (aka Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani), the Daesh spokesman, was reported killed by Iraqi forces in Haditha. However, the IWMC says he was wounded in an airstrike on Barwana and was transported to Hit, a couple of days ago, then to a hideout in Mosul by Daesh. He is regarded as the second most important name in the Daesh organization. [Sumaria] [Rudaw] [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the IAF bombed Daesh fighters trying to sneak into Barwana in Haditha, killing 18. [Baghdadia]

Daesh has used a new tactic in its recent attacks in Haditha, says an Anbar GC source. The recent attacks were made by infantry without using any vehicles, as in yesterday’s attack from Al-Khasfa area on Haditha, repelled by Army and tribal forces. The attack started at 1 AM and ended in the early morning hours [Sumaria]

Intelligence information on the ground allowed Coalition planes to blunt an attack on Haditha from four directions, killing tens of attackers and destroying 19 vehicles, some of them laden with explosives, IWMC said. [Mada]

 

The 14th Army Brigade announced that all Daesh supply lines in Haditha were cut off after it took control of strategic areas in Haditha and Barwana, while IAF aircraft confined Daesh to areas in Hit.  [Maalomah]

 

Jazeera Operations Command killed 33 terrorists and destroyed six rocket launching platforms in Al-Haqlaniya and Sakran in Haditha, according to the IWMC. [IWMC Report]

 

IWMC said two missiles fired from an Iraqi plane on a Daesh meeting in Hit District killed 15 Daesh terrorists, including leaders Abu Humam Al-Jezrawi, a Saudi national and commander of the Inghimasyeen (self-immersion in enemy lines) brigade in Rawa, Ana, and Haditha; Shayban Faiz Al-Ani (Abu Maysara Al-Ansari), responsible for suicide fighters in Al-Khasfa and Al-Sad; Salah Bardan Al-Hayali, the military official of Hit; Abu Walid Al-Halabi (a Syrian who entered Iraq recently); and Abu Hafs Al-Anbari (former security officer of Ramadi). [Sumaria]

Tribal fighters of Haditha liberated today 4 families captured by Daesh in Barwana. The hostages were found during a house to house search by the Army and tribal fighters in Barwana for Daesh fighters who were hiding, said Naeem Al-Gaood, sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

A security source in Ramadi announced the killing of terrorist Ala Deli Nasr Al-Kerbouli, the nephew of Anbar CoR member Jamal Al-Kerbouli, in western Anbar. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [ADI]

 

Shirqat

A security source says the IAF bombed a Daesh gathering in the Shirqat court, killing 30 terrorists including foreigners. [Mada]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes destroyed a library on the west side of Shirqat (video). [A3maq] [Sendvid]

DaeshDaily comment. This makes it sound like cruelty to civilians or a targeting error—standard Daesh propaganda—but does not mention how Daesh was using the library, perhaps not for residents to read books.

 

Tikrit

Joint Forces in the Allas oil field east of Tikrit repelled a Daesh attack at 6:00 AM this morning, killing 11 attackers and destroying 4 vehicles, JOC said. [Harbi]

 

A mass grave for Daesh victims has been uncovered near the Al-Qadisiya neighborhood in Tikrit, The Ministry of Interior announced. Two gas rockets (for use with chemical agents) were found in the same area. [Baghdadia]

 

Samarra

A security source says the IAF bombed Daesh terrorists while they were trying to shell Samarra shrines with Katyushas.  [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh didn’t shell the shrines previously because it feared massive Shia retaliation against Sunnis in Baghdad and other areas, which would cause Daesh to lose even more support among Sunni Iraqis. However, Daesh seems desperate for a quick media victory after its recent defeats. 

 

The BOC said that today its troops in the Thirthar area killed 26 terrorists and two suicide attackers. It destroyed six trucks mounted with machine guns, killing four men inside. It also eliminated a heavy machine gun crew, a Daesh position, and a bridge used by Daesh. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Samarra Dam. [ADI]

 

Daesh says a warplane bombed Iraqi forces by mistake during the battle near Samarra Dam. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers targeting Iraqi soldiers west of Samarra. [ADI]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh has devised a new way to destroy palm orchards, a source in Diyala Provincial Council revealed, explaining that the militants have poured gas or oil into the tops of the trees so they die later on. This avoids burning the trees and revealing the location of militants while serving the same goal of adversely affecting the income of Iraqi farmers. [Sumaria]

 

Three persons were arrested in north Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

550 families returned to the subdistrict of Sadiya north of Muqdadiya. The local council said that all families will return by the summer of 2016. The Governor attended festivities to celebrate the return. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Iraqi Army helicopters launched an attack at 1:00 AM on Daesh positions in the Zgeitor area on the road connecting Hawija to Allas southwest of Kirkuk, destroying 6 vehicles and killing 29 terrorists, the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said. [Harbi]

 

JOC rocket units initiated an attack at 23:11 on Adherban village in Riyadh subdistrict in southwest Kirkuk, killing 23 terrorists, wounding 36 others, and destroying 7 vehicles, the JOC said.  [Harbi]

 

A paratroop operation, reportedly by Iraqis and US Special Forces in the souk of Hawija reportedly ended in the arrest of five Daesh members. If confirmed, this would be the sixth operation of this kind in Hawija. [Baghdadia] The US has denied previous such reports, but has also said it would not report on Special Operations activities.

 

An airstrike by the Coalition on the Daesh legal court in Hawija killed or wounded 32 people. Another strike, on the industrial quarter of the city, killed 12 terrorists according to a Kirkuk security source.  [Sumaria]

NINEWA

Mosul

A KDP official says 18 Daesh leaders escaped Mosul to rural Baaj District to the south because of internal clashes. He says the disputes between Daesh terrorists escalated after the recent defeats they suffered.  [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed six people publicly in Mosul, after accusing them of using the internet. [Mada]

He also says the Peshmerga shelled Daesh in Bashiqa killing 6 terrorists and wounding many others. [Mada]

 

Daesh executed three Mosul University students because they refused to volunteer for Daesh’s forces in the Badoush area in west Mosul, a Ninewa police source said today. The three young men were shot dead after one week of imprisonment, the source said. [BasNews]

 

Daesh has cleared out of its main headquarters, checkpoints, and offices in Mosul and moved to alternative locations, said eyewitnesses in Mosul. This comes after intensifying international Coalition air raids on the city [Mada]

 

Coalition planes today attacked the Al-Tahrir neighborhood on the left bank of Mosul, as well as the Bashiqa and Filfil areas, a PUK media officer said. The attacks killed 10 terrorists, including the wali of Bashiqa, Omar Azhar Jiyad, as well as destroying six vehicles and several buildings. [PUKMedia]

 

Unidentified gunmen shot dead “Abo Obeida,” a Palestinian national working as a Daesh security official in Qayara, as he headed to a Daesh base in the city, a tribal source said. [Qishla]

 

A Peshmerga mortar attack in the Mosul Waterfalls area killed 11 youths in the Daesh youth organization (under age 18) known as “Ashbal Al-Khilafa,” which Daesh deploys across Mosul’s checkpoints. Three Daesh leaders, two Syrians and a Libyan, were also killed in the attacks. [BasNews]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Peshmerga troops today blocked a Daesh attack on Domiz, in Sinjar, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles. The attackers withdrew towards Tal Afar and Mosul. [Buratha]

 

Other Governorates 

KURDISTAN

800 Yazidi children are being “trained” by Daesh in its training camps, said an official of KRG’s Kidnapped Yazidis office today. He says Daesh is holding over 3,000 Yazidis as prisoners.  [Sumaria]

 

The PR director of the KRG Ministry of Endowment, Meriwan Naqshbandi, said he withdrew from a forum for Sunni clerics held in Erbil because the meeting failed to raise the Iraqi and Kurdish flags and failed to praise Peshmerga forces’ efforts in providing support to tens of thousands of Sunni Arabs. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The explanation likely is that the organizers are anti-government clerics who paved the way for Daesh advances in Iraq, and some are still strong Daesh supporters. PM Abadi opened the door for national reconciliation, but there are some people who still refuse even the slightly revised Iraqi flag and think Iraq should go back to the Saddam days. Why the KRG would host such a group is a good question.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. Young men in Babel Governorate working to rebuild Sunni mosques destroyed by unknown attackers in Hilla have raised the slogan “I am a Shia . . . Tell the Sunnis that I love them.” [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in a press conference on Thursday that the Turkish-Iraqi border represented a threat to Turkish national security and said Turkey was coordinating militarily with the United States to confront the dangers. The PM referred to both Daesh and the PKK in his remarks about threats emanating from the border region. The PM added that Turkey considered itself a part of the international coalition against Daesh. [Cihan]

 

The General Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, Hulusi Akar has warned the United States against full Kurdish control along the length of the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border, reiterating Turkey’s opposition to any move to extend Kurdish militia control along the border to connect the Kurdish-held enclaves in the northwest and northeast of Syria. The remarks come amid deadly fighting between Turkey and the PKK on the Turkish side of the border and amid advances by the Syria Democratic Forces, among which the YPG, the PYD militia, is the dominant fighting force, across the Euphrates River into Daesh-held territory in the eastern Aleppo countryside in northwest Syria, which would seem to violate Turkey’s “red line.” [ARA]

 

Turkish police have arrested a suspect implicated in the murder of Syrian journalist Naji Jeref in Gazientep in late December. The Antep Governorate released a statement on Thursday saying that after analysis of footage from 337 surveillance cameras of the suspects, followed by analysis of the movements of taxis identified in the footage and the questioning of taxi drivers, the authorities were able to identify two suspects whose shoes and hair bore resemblance to what had been observed in the surveillance footage. Upon arresting one man, the police searched his residence, finding explosives, detonators, firearms and ammunition, and clothes that the suspect allegedly was seen removing in surveillance video when fleeing the scene of the murder. Earlier reports suggested that the Turkish police had made more than one arrest but the Antep statement mentions only one. The statement does not mention the nationality or background of the suspect. [ARA] [Qasioun] [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Battles are ongoing between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces in the Ain Eissa countryside after the SDF, with Coalition air support, repelled a Daesh attack in the area Thursday morning.  The agency reports casualties among Daesh fighters without providing details. [Welati]

 

The Raqqa Revolutionaries Front has announced that it has joined the Syria Democratic Forces, in order to combat terrorism and extremism represented by Daesh and the Nusra Front. [Qasioun]

 

The SDF discovered that Daesh had dug trenches in two villages south of Ain Eissa which it captured from Daesh on January 4 (photos). [Hawar]

 

Video of a church reopening in Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

Photos of residents returning to Kobane in spite of difficult conditions in the city. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Syrian Army troops with Russian air support are attempting to advance rapidly eastward toward the Daesh-held city of Al-Bab. Syrian soldiers clashed heavily with Daesh east of Kowaires airbase on Thursday, with fighting ongoing in the area and casualty counts not available. [ARA]

 

Daesh fighters attacked Syria Democratic Forces on the east bank of the Euphrates River near Sarrin south of Kobane on Thursday, exploiting heavy fog to travel across the river undetected, using small boats. They killed and injured an unspecified number of SDF fighters before returning across the river, according to a source close to the SDF, who also said that the numbers of dead and injured had not yet been clarified. [ARA]

 

Fighting has continued in other areas around Tishrin Dam, south of Kobane, where Daesh has in recent days attempted to retake the strategic dam that it lost to the SDF at the end of last month. The SDF reported as many as 50 Daesh fighters killed in battles in villages and hills around the dam. [ARA]

 

Five maintenance crews are beginning work on the Tishrin Dam, which is in desperate need of work after being held by Daesh. There are conflicting reports as to the role of American troops in securing the dam while work is done. The Local Coordination Committees have said that US Special Forces are deployed on the dam–leading several news outlets to report that the US had made its “first ground deployment” in the Syrian conflict—while the SDF denied that US forces were present on the dam. [BasNews] [ARA] [Welati] [Hawar] [Arabi21] [IslamMemo]

 

Daesh executed 10 civilians in Manbij on Thursday, local sources say. In a separate report, ARA news says Daesh executed three civilians in the city on Wednesday, one on charges of having insulted God, a second for allegedly practicing sorcery, and a third on charges of supporting the anti-Daesh resistance. [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Daesh executed a 57-year-old civilian in the village of Al-Raei near the city of Al-Bab after arresting him for speaking Kurdish in public. [Hawar]

 

The Ahrar Al-Sham militia arrested an unspecified number of people from an alleged Daesh cell in the Idlib area on Thursday on allegations of involvement in the assassination of Abu Tamim, a commander in the Sunna Soldiers Brigade in an IED attack some days ago, a local activist says. [ARA]

 

East

A woman was killed by a Daesh artillery shell that landed in the Al-Jawra area of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun FB page]

 

South

Fighting erupted between Daesh and splinter elements formerly belonging to Al-Nusra Front in the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus on Thursday, Qasioun reports, without further detail. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Egyptian troops repelled an attack on a security checkpoint in the village of Mahdiya south of Rafah today, killing three attackers and injuring eight others. [VetoGate]

 

Wilayat Sinai, the Daesh affiliate in Egypt (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) claimed responsibility for an attack today in which unknown armed men blew up a gas pipeline in the Midan area west of Arish. At least 13,000 homes in the Arish area will be affected by the interruption in supply, Egyptian authorities announced.

 

The pipeline attacked is considered the major conduit for Jordanian gas into Egypt. In its statement claiming responsibility for the attack, Wilayat Sinai said that “not one drop of gas from the little statelet (duwayla) of Jordan will arrive without the permission of the commander of the faithful,” referring to Awwad Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of Daesh’s self-proclaimed caliphate. [Arabi21] [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it blew up the gas pipe going from Egypt to Jordan in Sabika west of Arish. Daesh says a drop of gas won’t reach Jordan until the caliph says so. [DabiqNews]

 

Four underground caches of weapons explosives were uncovered and destroyed in areas around Sheikh Zuweid as Egyptian security agencies continued sweeping operations against militants in Sinai. Another weapons cache containing automatic firearms and ammunition, six sacks of bomb-making chemicals, and 300 kg of TNT was found in a desert area south of Rafah. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

21 Egyptians were abducted in Libya today. (Story below)

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Egyptian bombing in Sinai. [ADI]

 

Libya.

Deadly blast at Zliten training camp

Daesh has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide truck bombing that killed and injured scores of police recruits in the coastal town of Zliten, west of Misrata.  Approximately 500 cadets were present in the police training center on a former military base, when an unidentified attacker drove a large explosives-laden truck through the training field entrance and detonated the payload. Differing reports have described the truck as a “water tanker” or a “fire engine.”

The death toll from today’s bombing has been reported as high as 74 victims and will likely climb, with the injured numbering as many as 127. A medical source said only 23 of the victims had been identified so far, and appealed to residents of the city for donations of blood to treat the wounded.

An unidentified source has denied reports of a second explosion at the same site today.

Four suspects associated with Daesh had been apprehended at the entrance of the town yesterday, security sources said.

The Libyan government has announced three days of official mourning for the victims of the attack. [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya] [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [Aawsat]

A state of emergency has been declared by the Health Ministry at four hospitals, two in Misrata and two in Tripoli, after the blast in Zliten. [AfriGate]

Statements of condemnation of today’s attack at Zliten have been issued from: Martin Kobler the UN Secretary General’s special representative to Libya, and from Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Egyptians abducted

Twenty-one Egyptians were abducted by Daesh in Libya today. According to an Egyptian whose son is among those taken, all the kidnapping victims are young men from the Minya governorate in Upper Egypt, and 17 are related to each other. Bawaba’s report (in Arabic) contains the names of all 21 young men believed abducted. [Bawaba]

 

Sidra aftermath

Avicenna (Bin Sina) hospital in the Daesh-controlled town of Sirte has received Daesh members who were killed or injured in Daesh’s recent fighting around the strategic oil facilities near Sidra. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan firefighters are still working to contain  two burning oil reservoirs at Ras Lanuf which were set alight in the fighting in Sidra earlier this week, the National Oil Company said in a statement. [AfriGate]

 

A Daesh local commander known as Harawa Abu Bitar Al-Misri was killed in the fighting at Sidra, according to media reports. Facilities Protection Guards have found another three bodies of Daesh fighters in the aftermath, the Guard’s spokesman announced. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh claimed it targeted an Oil Facilities Protection vehicle on Thursday with gunfire, destroying the vehicle and killing its occupants, as well as targeting Facilities Protection sites with Grad rockets, without giving further details. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh-held areas

According to unidentified Libyan sources cited by AfriGate, the following are the names and nationalities of the top seven commanders in the Daesh organization in Libya.

  • Abu Amer Al-Libi (Libyan), commander of the organization in Sirte
  • Abu Omar Al-Tunisi (Tunisian), emir of the courts
  • Abu Hamza Al-Misri (Egyptian), head of the so-called “Islamic Police”
  • Abu Abdallah Al-Misri (Egyptian), head of the Hisbah (religious police)
  • Abu Hifs Al-Tunisi (Tunisian), the “official for Istitba (repentance-seeking)”
  • Abu Salam Al-Libi (Libyan), the organization’s “military official”
  • Abu Muawiya Hasan al-Karami (nationality unspecified), the organization’s “legal official.” [AfriGate]

Over 100 Daesh fighters “of dark complexion” have arrived from in a column of over 40 armed Toyota vehicles to the village of Buhadi south of Sirte, according to a local source, who said that the fighters entered the area via the road that leads to Sirte from the south. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan warplanes made five raids on Daesh sites around Benghazi today. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 3 Libyan armed groups’ fighters in Derna. [ADI]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED near a school in Derna (allegedly occupied by an armed group) and damaged it. [ADI]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the gate of the Oil Facilities Protection military camp south of Ras Lanuf with a car bomb. [A3maq]

 

A report about the 15 year old boy who committed the suicide attack in Sidra on January 4. The boy, and many other Libyan boys, are being brainwashed by a Salafi-Jihadi organization called Qudwati (my role model). [NewsHadath]

 

Bangladesh. Daesh says its terrorists stabbed and killed a Bengali man who became Christian in Jhenaidah in southwest Bangladesh. [ADI]

 

Italy. Three Libyan nationals were interrogated by Italian authorities in Genoa on Thursday on suspicions of belonging to Daesh and attempting to launder money for its benefit, judicial sources in Italy said, explaining that the men were apprehended in Genoa on Sunday and were in possession of stolen vehicles and photos of Daesh members. Italian authorities are reportedly seeking to extend the detention of the men to continue the interrogation. [Erem]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Mahmoud Al-Misrati, a Libyan journalist page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/yuiioknbcdee

https://twitter.com/homse1993

https://twitter.com/baybarssss3

https://twitter.com/mj4rcvg

https://twitter.com/Km5loo

 

January 6, 2016

 

Iraqi Forces

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Obama congratulates Al-Abadi for Iraq’s balanced diplomacy in Iran-Saudi crisis.

Iraq forces continue to consolidate gains in Ramadi.

Coalition spokesman says Daesh has lost 2,500 fighters in one month.

Iraqi forces making strong westward push toward Haditha, against heavy opposition.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

F16s and the Sukhois of the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) were part of the military parade that took place at the military academy in Rustomaniya, Baghdad this morning. The Minister of Defense, who attended, said that the Ninewa liberation battle will take place sooner than expected. [Mada]

 

Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari has offered to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia. He addressed a press conference in Tehran following his meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister. [Buratha]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi (as reported by his office) received a phone call from President Obama in which he expressed appreciation for Iraq’s “balanced” position regarding the tension in the region and its efforts to ease the sectarian tension. Obama also congratulated him on the victory in Ramadi and assured him of the continuing support of the US in the war against Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

At the opposite end of the diplomacy spectrum, Jawad Al-Talibawi, a spokesman in the AAH militia, held Prime Minister Al-Abadi responsible for not submitting to “people’s demands” by executing Saudi prisoners in Iraq and instead submitting to US and Gulf pressure. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank the gentleman for confirming that Iraq is governed by rational people rather than a mob of sectarian extremists.

The AAH leader, Qais Al-Khazali, says the Iraqi government should use force to kick the Turkish troops outside Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Basra today protesting the execution of the Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr and asking the Iraqi government to cut its relationship with Saudi Arabia and boycott Saudi products. [Sumaria]

 

The Arab League today hailed the advances of Iraqi troops in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

The Ministry of Interior denied purchasing worn out helicopters from Italy through the Italian Ambassador to Iraq. The rumor said that the French Ambassador strictly refused a similar purchase offer from Iraq. The Ministry said there is no agreement with Italy regarding helicopters or other equipment. [Buratha]

 

Security developments

Daesh lost over 2,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria during the last month, said Steve Warren, the spokesman of the Coalition forces. [PUKMedia]

Daesh lost 20,000-22,000 square kilometers in Iraq recently in addition to 10% of territories it occupied in Syria, said Warren. He added that Daesh foreign fighters are better trained than their local counterparts. [Qurtas]

 

The security committee of the Baghdad Governorate Council says that a vast criminal group operating in Baghdad, with headquarters in Kurdistan, has been arrested and dismantled. The group ran 18 gangs in Baghdad, with 9,014 persons, and has been involved in armed robberies of money exchange offices and trading in antiquities and human organs. There is a political dimension to these groups, the committee said. [Maalomah] The Governorate Council has responsibility for the entire governorate, including the suburban districts outside Baghdad city.

 

Baghdad 7th Rapid Deployment Brigade defused 4 IEDs in the Taji District in northern Baghdad Governorate, Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) media said.  [BOC Facebook page]

 

A terrorist carrying two sticky bombs was arrested today by the 22nd Brigade in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad Governorate, said the BOC. [BOC Facebook page]

 

55th Army Brigade captured and defused 2 IEDs and several detonators and mortar shells in the Harkawi area of south Baghdad today. [BOC Facebook page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its Iraqi terrorists killed in the Baghdad area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. We can’t take such photos at face value. Many terrorists have faked their death to avoid being pursued.

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle on the road between Rashidiya in north Baghdad and Khan Bani Saad in Diyala, killing a soldier and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • Armed men in a modern car shot and killed two men in a civilian car passing through Shula in northwest Baghdad. The attack weapons were pistols with silencers. [Mada]
  • Two persons were arrested in the Shaab area in northeast Baghdad this morning on terror charges. [Baghdadia]
  • Armed men shot and killed a woman behind the Electricity office in the Mashtal in east Baghdad today, according to a security source. No further details are available. [Sumaria]
  • An IED went off in a popular market in Al-Batoul in the Obeidi area of east Baghdad, killing one person and wounding 6. [Mada]
  • A man and two women were killed when unknown armed men shot them in their apartment in Hay Al-I’lam in south Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • An IED placed in an Al-Rasheed vegetable market near Dora in south Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Buratha]
  • Another IED placed in a commercial area in Dora went off today, killing 2 persons and wounding 5 others. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded near Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding five others. [Baghdadia]
  • An armed group attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in Arab Jabour, killing two and wounding three. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded on Al-Khayzaran Street in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad this evening, wounding seven civilians. [Mada]

The Coalition conducted 19 airstrikes in Iraq and one in Syria today, including drone attacks.   The Syrian strike was at Raqqa, while Iraq’s airstrikes included Ramadi; Hawija; Mosul, Sultan Abdullah, Al-Kasik, Tal Afar, and Sinjar. [Mada]

 

There were 13 attacks today by the Iraqi Air Force and 24 by Army helicopters taking all operations fronts together.

 

ANBAR

Suhaib Al-Rawi, the Governor of Anbar, said that security troops are heading forward to liberate the eastern parts of Ramadi, that most of Qarma subdistrict in the Falluja District is under governmental control, and that entering Falluja will not be difficult. Possible civilian losses are the main concern of the government, he said. [Qurtas]

 

Daesh executed over 500 persons from the time of its initial occupation of Anbar until the Ramadi liberation. The media advisor to the Governor said that bodies of these people were buried in agricultural lands and public squares. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

A flash operation by Iraqi security troops and supporting tribal fighters liberated the areas of Thaila and Sharika east of Ramadi center, according to the Anbar provincial council. [Maalomah]

 

Seven suicide attackers were killed and 35 IEDs defused in clashes between counter-terrorism troops and Daesh east of Ramadi, IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

Steve Warren, the spokesman of the Coalition, said that the Iraqi Army has secured the Iraqi families that were put under siege by Daesh in Ramadi and moved them to safety. [Maalomah]

 

Anbar Operations Command (AOC) said that counter-terrorism troops cleared the Ramadi hospital, the Ramadi playground, and the grand mosque today [Maalomah]

AOC said it broke into buildings surrounding the fully booby-trapped Ramadi hospital and killed 20 terrorists and defused tens of IEDs. Most of the dead were from foreign Arab and other countries. [Maalomah]

 

Abdullah Al-Mohajir, a Syrian national and the media officer of Daesh in Ramadi, was killed along with three associates after clashes with an Army unit clearing areas in Ramadi. The clash took place in a house near Al-Thaila, near the Ramadi hospital. The group was running Daesh’s internet communications in Ramadi. [Mada]

 

The IFP said that its 18th brigade killed two Daesh suicide attackers who approached the defense line in the Al-Rabia area of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

IWMC said today that the 3rd battalion of the 39th Army Brigade had destroyed a Daesh construction shovel operating in an orchard north of Ramadi.  [Ghad]

 

An attack by Coalition warplanes destroyed two bomb-rigged vehicles in Hamidiya, northeast of Ramadi. The two vehicles were part of a plan to attack Army lines in the area, a security source in Anbar said today. [Sumaria]

 

Four bombed vehicles were destroyed and 16 terrorists killed in Samarra junction northeast of Ramadi, following Coalition bombing and an attack by Iraqi land troops, said Anbar Operations Command. [Sumaria]

 

Twelve bomb-rigged Hummer vehicles were defused by the security forces in Al-Tarrah, north of Ramadi, as were several booby-trapped houses in the area, said IWMC. [Harbi]

 

Baghdad Operations Command said armed forces planes and helicopters had detected, attacked, and destroyed a Daesh convoy of seven vehicles in Thirthar to the north. 21 Daesh were killed in the attack. [Sumaria]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb and its suicide bomber after being hit by an Iraqi helicopter in Thirthar [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating Iraqi Army Day in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

An assault by Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) units in Nuaimiya and neighboring areas killed 11 terrorists and wounded 8 others, in addition to destroying a vehicle and defusing 28 IEDs. One Army officer was killed and 3 soldiers wounded, according to IWMC.  [Ghad]

 

A BOC contingent in the Qarma-Taqsim military sector killed 9 terrorists and wounded 4 others and destroyed rocket launchers and two motorcycles, said IWMC.  [Ghad]

 

Daesh says three children were killed in an Iraqi shelling on Falluja. [JustPaste]

In another report Daesh says 12 people were killed and 33 wounded in the shelling. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in Zoba’a. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army construction shovel and a Humvee in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army tank in Zoba’a. [ADI]

 

Hit/Haditha

Commander of the 7th Army Division says the cities of Haditha, Barwana, and Al-Baghdadi are safe now, following the failed Daesh attacks on these areas in the past three days. He said that the casualties inflicted on the enemy are very high and that they have been pushed back. [Sumaria]

 

Security troops backed by Army helicopters and Coalition planes liberated the area of Al-Sha’i near Barwana, killing “tens” of terrorists. Security troops are advancing westward now. [Harbi]

 

A mosque near Barwana was taken over by the 14th Brigade of the Rapid Intervention force. A spokesman said there were Saudi and Chinese snipers in the mosque. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh conducted its recent attacks in Haditha and Thirthar in Army uniforms and raised Iraqi flags. This helped them occupy several areas near the Haditha Dam. The sheikh of Albu Nimr tribe said the attackers occupied several villages in Barwana. The fighting is continuing for the fifth day now, adding that despite heavy air cover, their vehicles are too many to destroy instantly. He says Daesh has lost over 250 fighters and 100 vehicles so far in these battles. Similar attacks in Iraqi Army uniforms and with Iraqi flags made for some gains for Daesh in Thirthar, before they were pushed back by the airstrikes, tribal sources said. [Mada]

 

According to the Haditha District Council, Daesh still wants to seize Haditha to compensate for its loss in Ramadi. Its moves against Haditha have been going on for over a year now. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We take this analysis seriously. We said months ago that Haditha would be a likely Daesh target if it lost territory elsewhere.

 

A failed attack by Daesh on a Hit-area defense line of Jazeera Operations Command resulted in the death of “tens” of Daesh fighters and destruction of a machine gun-mounted truck, a shovel, and 11 bombed cars. Two officers and five soldiers were killed and 7 wounded in the attack, said the IWMC. [Ghad]

 

27th infantry brigade defused 4 IEDs in the Al-Sakran area in Haditha today, according to IWMC. [Ghad]

 

Thamer Mohammed Matlob Hussein Al-Mahalawi, the “war minister” of Daesh, was killed in a helicopter strike in Barwana. Three of his associates were also killed. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. Yesterday we reported mistakenly that the Daesh “war minister” was Dohan Al-Rawi. Rawi was another Iraqi terrorist killed in the same airstrike.

 

The Mayor of Haditha says tribal fighters captured a Daesh Syrian leader after heavy clashes north of Barwana. [Sumaria]

 

A video of a 20 year old Syrian Daesh terrorist caught by tribal fighters in Haditha [Facebook]

 

West Anbar

74th Army Brigade of the 15th Army Division destroyed 6 IEDs in the Zor Albu Hishma area in the Anbar desert today, said IWMC. [Ghad]

 

14th Rapid Deployment Brigade said an airstrike destroyed 12 Daesh vehicles including two water tankers in Rawa in west Anbar, killing 40 terrorists including Arab and foreign leaders according to a Brigade spokesman. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IFP said its troops in the Makhoul Mountains destroyed two machine gun mounted trucks and killed its crews. [Baghdadia]

 

The 1st armored brigade of IFP destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Makhoul Mountains north of Salahuddin today, according to IWMC.  [Ghad]

 

1st battalion of the 13th IFP brigade destroyed a truck carrying a 120mm mortar gun and a Daesh crane into the Army’s defense line, in Masoud village in Salahuddin, per IWMC. [Ghad]

 

Five Daesh terrorists—two Syrians and three Saudis—were arrested by the PMF west of Baiji in Salahuddin today, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Tikrit

PMF blocked a major attack by Daesh terrorists in the Mkaishifa area in Salahuddin, aiming at the Strategic Line area to the west. 9 terrorists were killed and several vehicles destroyed. The attackers withdrew towards the desert of Jazeera. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army helicopters targeted a Daesh convoy in Ain Al-Faris south of Tikrit, destroying 8 vehicles including 2 bomb-rigged ones, and killing 30 terrorists, a security source said. [Harbi]

 

A PMF rockets brigade destroyed a Daesh headquarters near Falluja Bridge today, PMF media sources said. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

IFP 17th Division attacked the Jalam area in Samarra, destroying a weapons cache and communication towers, as well as machine gun-mounted vehicles, the IFP said. [Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Air Force destroyed a vehicle west of the Strategic Line area on Watban Street, near Ajjaj graveyard, in addition to a bombed vehicle in Albu Hajji village, and killed 13 terrorists and destroyed two vehicles and 3 bombed cars near Albu Hantoush school, said IWMC. [Ghad]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Air strikes by Army helicopters near the Thirthar Dam area and west Strategic Line destroyed four Daesh vehicles and an anti-aircraft gun behind the public hospital, according to a Joint Operations Command statement.  [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Samarra Dam. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Samarra. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of battles in Salahuddin. [ADI]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A joint patrol of Army, police, and PMFs located a large weapons and explosives cache as they were patrolling the villages of Bablan, Jazeera, Tawakul, and Hamdaliya near Muqdadiya. Another cache found included generators, computers, and communications equipment, and fuel was also found. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk police arrested four Daesh suspects in the city today. Among them is the person responsible for mosques and recruitment, while the other 3 are explosives specialists from villages in Daquq in southwest Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Bodies of two men shot dead were found in Qazan, in Laylan District east of Kirkuk. One was the chairman of the Energy Committee of the provincial council. [Mada]

 

A security source says the body of a young man was found beheaded in Khidhir Bik village in Laylan. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh executed three sheikhs of the Al-Jubour tribe in Qayara, on charges of cooperation with security and national mobilization troops, a Ninewa police source said.  [BasNews]

 

Usama Al-Nujaifi, ex-vice president, said today that participation of PMFs in the liberation of Mosul is unacceptable, and that Mosul should be liberated by its own sons. He added that Iraqi Army, coalition forces, and the Peshmerga are the main parties to cooperate in such liberation. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Given the leading Nujaifi family role in the absurd three-way plot involving the separatist National Mobilization Forces, the Turkish troops in Bashiqa, and KRG President Barzani, the best advice to the Iraqi government is to avoid taking any advice from anyone even distantly related to the Nujaifis. Perhaps he is thinking that Ninewa should be liberated by its own sons because it was betrayed by its own sons?

 

The anti-Daesh Kata’eb Al-Mosul chased and killed Ferman Hussein Ali Al-Jebouri, a member of Daesh security, and Tala Hameidi, a Daesh informer, in the Al-Shamsiyat area near the Tigris River this afternoon. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Nineveh Plain

The Daesh wali (governor) of Bashiqa and 4 of his military associates (of Arab nationalities) were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Bashiqa and Fadhliya today [BasNews]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Germany announces it will send 50 more soldiers to train the Peshmerga, added to the 100 soldiers already in the IKR. [Mada]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

As reported above hundreds of PMFs demonstrated in Basra today over the execution of the Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr, demanding that the government cut relations with Saudi Arabia. [Sumaria]  [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Turkish border guards have fired heavy machine guns on grain silos in Tal Abyad amid clashes between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces in the area, seemingly without reason and with no casualties reported from the gunfire, according to a local official. [Welati]

 

Daesh detained and then publicly executed Lina Qasim, a 35-year old woman who worked in the postal service in Raqqa, without announcing any charges against her. [ARA]

 

The man shown executing five victims in a recently released video in which Daesh threatens to invade Britain has been identified as British engineer Siddartha Dar, also known as Abu Rumaytha, who traveled to Syria and joined Daesh. [Aawsat]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces have accused Daesh and Al-Nusra Front of forced conscription in areas they control. [Hawar]

 

A photo and profile (in Arabic) of the “Beth Nahrain Forces,” composed of female Assyrian fighters. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the Water Company building in Raqqa after it was bombed by the Coalition. [A3maq]

 

Northwest

Pitched battles are ongoing between Daesh and Syrian Army troops in the countryside east of Aleppo, a local activist says. Syrian aircraft launched multiple raids on Daesh-held centers in the area, concentrating on Al-Bab city where, after three raids, a Daesh command center was destroyed.

In heavy ground fighting Daesh seized the village of Al-Najjara, where it had attacked Syrian positions starting two days ago. Syrian forces remain in villages around Al-Bab, one of Daesh’s biggest positions in the area east of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Daesh launched assaults Wednesday in areas around the Tishrin Dam from two different axes of attack. Daesh advanced on Abu Qalqil northwest of the dam and at the Qaraquzaq Bridge over the Euphrates at the same time on Wednesday, while attacking with “tens of tanks,” according to a YPG source and local sources.  The Syria Democratic Forces repelled the assaults and held the strategic dam, which Daesh recently lost.

The YPG said in a statement that the attack on Qaraquzaq came after Daesh fighters crossed the Euphrates and infiltrated YPG-held territory two days earlier, adding that operations were still ongoing and Daesh losses had not been determined yet. Daesh also clashed with the YPG in the eastern Aleppo countryside near Maskana, Qasioun reports without further details. [Qasioun] [Hawar] [Welati] [ARA] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says several of its terrorists attacked YPG fighters in Qaraquzaq village north of Sarin and clashed with them for hours, killing many of them. Daesh says Coalition warplanes mistakenly bombed the YPG while all its terrorists returned back safely (photos). [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh doesn’t say why the photos show the terrorists leaving and not coming back. 

 

A Daesh assault on the city of Mare’ north of Aleppo was repelled by the Islamic Brigades militia and other opposition factions, according to an IB fighter. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on the Sarhan area northeast of Kowaires airbase. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked YPG locations in the villages near the Tishrin Dam, after initial shelling, and killed 10 YPG fighters and wounded 30 before returning safely. [ADI]

 

According to an engineer who was present during Daesh’s occupation of Tishrin Dam, the extremist group used the site to train teenagers in its beliefs and tactics (photos/video). [Hawar]

Central and West

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publicly in the Homs city area, accusing him of murder. [ADI]

 

East

Daesh has executed two men charged with homosexuality by throwing them off a building in Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [Qasioun FB Page]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Kuwait. A Kuwaiti court has found five Kuwaiti citizens innocent of allegations they provided funding to Daesh and Al-Nusra Front. [Erem]

 

Egypt. The Egyptian military has announced the death of at least 40 militants in its code-named “Martyr’s Right” campaign in North Sinai in the last two days. Eleven militants were killed in operations on Wednesday, according to the Army’s spokesman, who earlier announced the killing of twenty-nine “takfiris” of the Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis organization in a campaign south of Sheikh Zuweid, adding that four of those killed were commanders in the organization. [VetoGate] [Aawsat]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army bulldozer on the road between Arish and Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian police, acting on intelligence information, have uncovered a large cache of weapons in a desert area near the city of Nakhl in the interior of Sinai, a security source said. [VetoGate]

 

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for the abduction and murder of photojournalist Alaa Selim. Selim was abducted in Arish in August before his body was found in the Tawil village east of Arish a few days later bearing bullet wounds. [VetoGate]

 

A would-be “Daesh cell” in Egypt’s western desert has failed, according to statements of a captured member, identified as “Mahmoud,” to Egyptian interrogators, as reported to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper. The group failed to attract new members in the border area between Egypt and Libya and failed to infiltrate Libya to connect with the Daesh organization there for combat training. Egyptian troops have staged raids on remaining members of the group, acting in large part on intelligence gathered from “Mahmoud.”  [Aawsat]

 

Libya

There are an estimated 10,000 Daesh fighters located in Libya, the Libyan Center for the Study of Terrorism has announced in a report, among them an estimated 3,200 Tunisians, 699 Malians, 455 Sudanese, and 111 Egyptians, among other Arab and African nationalities. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Sidra attacks aftermath

The Libyan Army is in control of the petroleum facilities at Sidra, the military said in a statement. The Facility Guards spokesman has also stated that the petrol facilities are under Libyan control, and has denied reports circulating on Daesh websites claiming that the extremist group controls a facility in Sidra, saying that the video used to support such claims is over a year old. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Reports are still circulating of dangerous fires burning in an oil reservoir at Sidra and firefighters working to combat the blaze. At this time the extent of the conflagration and degree of containment is unclear. [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Controversy has erupted concerning the actions of the Libyan air forces during the recent Daesh attacks on Sidra and nearby oil facilities. Muhammad Manfour, commander of the Benghazi air operations room has said that he received orders from Gen. Hafter, the commander of the Libyan armed forces, for his aircraft not to intervene in the recent fighting around Sidra, according to reports in the London-based al-Hayat newspaper. However, Col. Mustafa Al-Shirkasi, the spokesman of the Libyan Air Force, whose position is housed within the office of the Chief of Staff in Tripoli, has said that Libyan aircraft departed from Misrata airbase and conducted several raids on Daesh yesterday near Sidra, forcing Daesh fighters to retreat towards Bin Jawad. For its part the Office of the Chief of Staff has issued a statement saying it is in full coordination with the Facilities Guards. Col. Muhammad Munawwar Al-Munfi, commander of Benina Airbase and of the Air Forces Operations Room has also denied rumors on social media that the Libyan Air Force had been ordered not to participate in the battles by Gen. Hafter. Meanwhile the Libyan Defense Ministry has claimed that Libyan airplanes targeted Daesh in the fighting for Sidra. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Five people wounded in the fighting at Sidra arrived at Benghazi’s Al-Jalaa Hospital on Monday, along with several other wounded individuals from fighting in other parts of Libya. [AfriGate]

 

The speaker of the Tobruk parliament, Aguila Saleh Issa, through his spokesman, has called for the lifting of restrictions on arming the Libyan Army in light of the war with Daesh. Issa condemned the Daesh attack on Sidra and offered condolences to the families of guardsmen and soldiers killed in the clashes. [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security has expressed concern over Daesh’s expansion in Libya and its recent attacks on Libya’s strategic oil ports near Sidra, saying in remarks to the press that the attacks underscored the need for Libya to form a national unity government as soon as possible, and adding that the EU was in constant contact with Fayez Al-Sarraj, the PM-designate of Libya’s Government of National Accord. The UN Secretary General’s special representative to Libya Martin Kobler struck a similar note in remarks on Wednesday, calling for national unity in light of the growing Daesh threat. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh-held areas

Daesh has posted circulars in Sirte city instructing all civil servants to appear at a legitimacy course it is organizing next Tuesday at 5pm in the Waqaduqu administrative complex, threatening that those who do not attend will be held “accountable,” activists report. The flyers bear the name of “Public Services Center of Wilayat Tripoli,” using Daesh’s name for its territory in Libya. [AfriGate]

 

The Patriotic Popular Libyan Movement has called for international and regional human rights organizations to assist the people of Bin Jawad, the coastal city seized by Daesh two days ago, from the brutality that Daesh is inflicting on the city. In a statement released Wednesday the movement said that 200 citizens have already been arrested, food and water are lacking, and services are not functioning. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of destroying a Libyan Oil Facilities Protection vehicle in Sidra. [ADI]

Daesh says it targeted Libyan OFP forces with several Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it terrorists planted an IED in the car of a Libyan armed group member in Shabiyat Ghazi in Derna and destroyed the car. [JustPaste]

Daesh terrorists detonated another IED near a rocket launcher factory in Derna, causing severe damage. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Bani Jawad. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes two photos of burning cigarettes in Bani Jawad. [JustPaste]

 

Mohammed Al-Zuwi (aka Tamtam), the emir of the Mujahidin Council in Ajdabiya, pledged allegiance to Daesh. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the Libyan warplane shot down in Benghazi on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Algeria. Algerian police arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to join Daesh as he attempted to board a flight to Paris from Boumedienne Airport using a forged passport. [Erem]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan. Afghanistan has formed a military unit of 750 fighters to combat Daesh in eastern Nangarhar Province, according to the country’s Deputy Minister of Defense. [ARA]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Kerbala Satellite TV Channel page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abo_m_71

https://twitter.com/33d3md3m1

https://twitter.com/Assad3213

https://twitter.com/gwMKobqcLj1Pqr8

https://twitter.com/TheEngineerAu

 

January 5, 2015

 

Haditha Tribal Fighters

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraq leaders respond to Iran-Saudi Arabia crisis with bold diplomacy.

US spokesman denies airborne operations rumors.

Daesh taking heavy casualties in Anbar, including leaders, but security precarious around Haditha.

1,000 German air force personnel arrive in Turkey for Syria-Iraq reconnaissance role.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned today the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The statement of the Ministry indicated that it considered the attack a violation of the principles of diplomacy. [Maalomah]

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement, after his meeting with Senator Jack Reed, saying that the sectarian polarization in the region will benefit Daesh. Abadi said earlier today that the current situation should be faced with wisdom and reason to ensure Iraq’s safety and stability. The Senator said the United States supports Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Both Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister deserve praise for their balanced, non-sectarian response to this situation. They will need to continue steering this difficult course to keep Iraq from being swallowed up in the Iran-Saudi Arabia showdown.

 

Prime Minister Abadi orders security forces to chase down the criminals who burned Sunni mosques in Babel. [Sumaria] The CoR’s Deputy Speaker, Humam Hamoudi, demanded that MoI find the people implicated and warns of plans to drag Iraq into a sectarian war. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC Spokesman says the recent victories on Daesh brought back Iraqi Army self-confidence. However, he asked CoR and GC members not to issue statements regarding the military situation because it uncovers military plans and create confusion. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We have found statements by provincial political leaders helpful in covering developments not in official reports, but some such reports have created confusion and proved unreliable.

 

Security developments

Security forces ordered the closure of all mosques in Adhamiya northwest of Baghdad due to security concerns raised by the attacks, assassinations, and bombing following the wave of attacks on Sunni mosques in recent days. [Baghdadia]

 

Steve Warren, the spokesman of the Coalition forces, denied there had been any American airborne operations over Iraqi cities except the one that took place in Hawija two months ago.

[Sumaria]

Warren said he would not talk about the operations conducted by American Special forces in Iraq to protect its “privacy”. He also said Daesh has lost 40% of its strength in Iraq but it’s still dangerous. [Mada]

 

Othman Al-Ghanemi, the head of General Army Staff discussed with the deputy commander of the Coalition the training and supply of the forces preparing to liberate Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

JOC announced today that the outcome of its operations in Al-Anbar and Salahuddin for Tuesday was 134 Daesh terrorists killed, several vehicles and weapons destroyed, and one terror suspect arrested in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Iran copied US made ammunition in order to support Iraqi troops fighting Daesh, a Ministry of Defense source said. The supply of 50 caliber ammunition used in Abrams tanks was exhausted but the US failed to deliver additional ammunition during the time some PMFs had to use the tanks during the Tikrit operations. Iran compensated for that with copies of the same ammunition, which is working perfectly well, said the source. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. This fascinating story raises more questions than it answers, one of which is “Who’s talking?”

 

A video surfaced showing PMFs executing people in an unknown location who appear to be civilians. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. The video says the PMFs were killing Daesh snipers, but the people in the video don’t show any sign of being Daesh. Most likely they are just civilians caught at the wrong place and time. The person who was filming says he was from Kata’eb Hezbollah, while another, who was objecting to the filming, was from another organization.

    Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi military leadership need to respond to this video and determine the truth. Iraq should continue to take a firm position against such immoral and criminal behavior, and should insist on accountability for those involved and their supervisors. Why should any Iraqi condemn Daesh for its arbitrary executions when PMFs are behaving the same way?

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded while an Army patrol was in Meshahda village in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad Governorate, killing one soldier and wounding four others. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED went off in the Sekalat area in Husseiniya in north Baghdad, wounding four civilians passing by. [Sumaria]
  • An employee of the Sunni Endowment office in Baghdad was killed when a sticky bomb exploded in his car while passing through the Adhamiya area in Baghdad, a security source said. [Mada]
  • Two persons were killed and 4 wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Niariya, New Baghdad District, in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular coffee shop in the Camp Sara area in downtown Baghdad killed one person and wounded seven others. [Mada]
  • Bodies of two women were found shot to death in Zafaraniya in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An IED went off in a popular market in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing one and wounding 9 other civilians. [Mada]
  • Daesh says it killed or wounded 5 PMFs by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad. [A3maq]
  • An IED went off in Al-Shuhada area in Bayya in southwest Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding five others. [Mada]
  • Engineering troops of the Ministry of Interior defused a booby-trapped car placed in the Bayya area. [IraqPress]
  • A man was arrested in the Mansour area in west Baghdad on charges of terrorism. [Maalomah]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Three Daesh snipers were killed and three booby-trapped vehicles and one motorcycle destroyed by Army troops patrolling Al-Andalus, Al-Atiba, Al-Barid, the cinema, and the popular market in downtown Ramadi, an Anbar security source said. [Mada]

 

Tribal Mobilization forces backed by the military blocked several attacks on the center from eastern and northern parts of Ramadi, said Anbar Operations Command. [Mada]

 

Daesh fighters destroyed part of Ramadi public hospital north of the center of Ramadi today. No casualties were reported. The explosion was an attempt to delay Army troops advancing on that location. [Maalomah]

 

Security troops today cleared the dentistry faculty building in north Ramadi, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists, including some leaders, a Khaldiya council source said. [Maalomah]

 

A mass graveyard with bodies of over 40 civilians was found in Ramadi by Army troops. More such graveyards are expected to be found. [Mawazin]

 

Only the Malaab (stadium) and Sharika areas are left to complete liberation of Ramadi, says the Anbar provincial council, adding that it will take only two or three days before these areas are liberated; then Iraqi forces head eastward to areas like Sajariya, Sufiya, and Jazeera, and then to Hit and Falluja. [Rudaw]

 

The IWMC reported an airstrike by Iraqi Air Force on a house in the Jazeera area of Khaldiya, where Daesh was holding a meeting. 11 Daesh commanders were killed in the attack including Abu Ghufran Al-Zawbai, a military official close to Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi, and Abu Ruqaya, the official for Khaldiya, Falluja, and Ramadi units. [Harbi]

 

IFP forces initiated an attack on Daesh positions east of Ramadi, killing 13 of them, said the IFP command. [Baghdadia]

 

Three Daesh terrorists were killed and two positions destroyed by a 4th brigade special forces battalion in East Hsaiba, a security source said. [Mawazin]

 

Two airstrikes by army helicopters killed 19 Daesh terrorists in the Nahr Al-Yabis area in the Thirthar sector of Ramadi District, Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced today. [Mada]

The IWMC said today that an Iraqi helicopter hit and destroyed a truck full of rockets and weapons south of Thirthar. [Sumaria]

Eight Daesh terrorists were killed when an Iraqi helicopter shot at their boat on Thirthar Lake north of Ramadi, said Anbar Operations Command. [Sumaria]

 

Security troops cleared the roads from the 5 Kilo area out to Tameem, the glass factory, and Warrar camp. Iraqi helicopters and Coalition planes supported the operations. Airstrikes killed “tens” of terrorists, and destroyed 6 positions, 3 RPGs, a sniper location, 22 defensive posts, 5 heavy machine guns, 221 machine guns, two vehicles, and 3 SPG-9 rockets. [Buratha]

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops continued their advance south of Falluja, killing 11 terrorists, clearing two bombed houses, and destroying three Daesh locations and a machine gun. [BOC Facebook page]

 

1st Division units of the Rapid Intervention forces killed 8 terrorists in Al-Subaihat in Qarma, while a 6th Army division killed 6 others in Nuaimiya south of Falluja. [Ghad]

Army helicopters destroyed a vehicle with a mounted machine gun today in the Nuaimiya area. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank with a missile in Zoba’a southeast of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Two suicide attackers were killed and their vehicles destroyed as they tried to breech the defense lines in Al-Mazraa east of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

An IED exploded near a coffee shop in Al-Nasr Wa Al-Salam east of Falluja, killing a civilian and wounding 5 more, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

PMFs destroyed a booby-trapped construction shovel that approached their defense line in Saqlawiya, northwest of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles near the Technical Institute north of Falluja yesterday. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi Air Force bombed Daesh in Baghdadi subdistrict in Hit, killing 15 terrorists and destroying three vehicles, a security source in Ramadi said. [Mada]

A convoy of 17 Daesh vehicles, 3 booby-trapped, was attacked and destroyed by the Coalition in Barwana, destroying it and killing tens of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Al-Sakran and Barwana areas of Haditha were cleared of Daesh today by the counter-terrorism troops and Army helicopters, following the major fighting over the past few days, leaving 20 Daesh terrorists dead and 14 bomb-rigged cars destroyed. All vehicles were destroyed and all attackers killed, according to Anbar Operations Command.

[Mada] [Mada]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi warplanes killed Daesh’s “minister of war”, a local terrorist called Dohan Al-Rawi, and three of his associates in Barwana. [Mada]

 

The District Council of Haditha denied that 25 Iraqi soldiers were killed in Daesh attacks there as some media sources claimed. It added that the losses were 6 soldiers killed and 30 wounded. [Ghad]

Total Daesh casualties in Haditha operations are at 250 terrorists and tens of vehicles, according to Anbar provincial council. It added that other attacks are still possible as Daesh can approach Haditha from various directions. [PUKMedia]

Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said that total Daesh casualties in the Barwana attack, from the Coalition bombing only, was about 100, to which those killed by Iraqi forces can be added. [Rudaw]

 

The Mayor of Haditha warned that the security situation in Haditha and Barwana is very dangerous and asked the central government to intervene. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it captured Al-Sakran north of Haditha and cleared it completely after an attack that started with 2 suicide operations. Daesh says its terrorists are advancing to Haditha. [ADI]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Barwana southeast of Haditha from 4 sides and destroyed 4 Iraqi Army barracks, killing many soldiers. Daesh says the clashes are still going on. [ADI]

Daesh says it captured 70% of Barwana and the entire Sakran area after 3 suicide attacks. Daesh says it targeted Iraqi SWAT fighters with a fourth suicide attack near the Barwana-Haditha bridge. [A3maq]

 

A high ranking officer in Anbar described as false the alleged mobilizations of Daesh near Haditha. He says this report is intended to raise the morale of Daesh fighters after their series of defeats, and to demoralize Army and tribal fighters in Haditha. [Maalomah]

 

14th battalion of the Rapid Intervention forces announced clearing of Al-Shaei village in the Barwana subdistrict near Haditha, killing “tens” of terrorists with aerial support from Army helicopters and the Coalition. [Maalomah]

 

West Anbar

Eight Iraqi soldiers and an officer were killed in an attack with two booby-trapped cars on a military position in Nukhaib, near the Saudi border. Several Army vehicles were also destroyed.

[Buratha]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An airstrike by Army helicopters north of Makhoul Mountains killed seven terrorists and destroyed a vehicle with a mounted machine gun. [Mawazin]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it targeted Speicher Base with 47 locally made rockets and heavy artillery (photos). [ADI] [ADI]

Daesh said that the nationalities of their attackers on Speicher Air Base in Tikrit were Iraqi, Saudi, Malaysian and Syrian. [Karemlash]

An attack by Daesh terrorists on a security checkpoint near Speicher camp left 5 of them killed and a vehicle destroyed. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

Seven Grad rockets were launched by Daesh into the center of Samarra today, killing a civilian. The rockets were reportedly launched from the Al-Jazeera area. [Mada]

 

Saraya Al-Salam, part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, blocked an attack by Daesh terrorists on Watban street west of Samarra, forcing the attackers to withdraw with heavy casualties.

[Harbi]

 

Popular Mobilization Forces killed 20 terrorists and burned out three vehicles in an operation in the Thirthar area west of Samarra, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Samarra operations forces destroyed a vehicle with a mounted machine gun and killed all of terrorists inside, the IWMC said. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi helicopter and destroyed an armored vehicle in the Samarra Dam area. [ADI]

Daesh says it shelled the Samarra Operations Command with heavy artillery. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army cannon west of Samarra. [ADI]

Daesh publishes photos of fighting west of Samarra. [ADI]

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi soldier with a sniper gun west of Samarra. [ADI]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Six terror suspects were arrested in multiple areas of Diyala, including Baquba, today, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An armed attack by unidentified armed men on a Rapid Intervention company in Muqdadiya today wounded the company commander (a major) and two more soldiers. [Baghdadia]

 

Northern Diyala

Security troops arrested 11 terrorists in Al-Mansouriya subdistrict who were hiding in a house with advanced communications equipment, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh seized 25 persons from Hawija District, including 7 ex-Sahwa fighters. The persons are from Shawet and Hawdh Sita villages; they were charged with cooperation with security forces. [Sumaria]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh near Kubba village west of Kirkuk, killing 10 Daesh terrorists. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Peshmerga troops blocked an attack by Daesh on Safiya village in Hamdaniya District. 18 terrorists were killed before the arrival of Coalition air support after 4 hours of fighting. [Mada]

 

Fierce clashes erupted between Daesh and Peshmerga in Al-Jabal Al-Asfar, near Bartella east of Mosul.  Daesh inflicted several casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says 19 Daesh Afghani terrorists, including an explosives expert called Habibullah, were killed while booby-trapping a vehicle in Badoush east of Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed five lawyers in Qayara. The victims used to work in Mosul Criminal Court and were captured by Daesh last year. [BasNews]

 

A security source in Ninewa said that a plane (unidentified) destroyed a Daesh oil convoy moving from Qayara south of Mosul, killing 15 terrorists and destroying the vehicles. [Buratha]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A video of a 7-feet tall former American soldier who joined the Peshmerga. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. A crowd of civil society activists demonstrated in Hilla, protesting the attacks on Sunni mosques and accusing armed groups of trying to instigate a sectarian war. [Mada]

 

Qadessiya. Diwaniya police announced the arrest of several men wanted on terror and other charges today. [Ghad]

 

Basra. Basra mourned Sheikh Jalil Al-Asadi today. He was a commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces and was killed in the Thirthar area in Anbar. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

1,000 German military personnel arrived at Incirlik air base on Monday to participate in Coalition reconnaissance missions over Syria and Iraq, the German armed forces spokesman announced. He said four German Tornado aircraft are due to arrive at the base on Tuesday. ARA also quotes Syrian opposition activist Jihad Ahmad, who says German participation in the Coalition is not in the interests of the Syrian people, since the Coalition targets Daesh only and is not assisting the Syrian people to fight the Assad regime. [ARA]

 

Turkey’s Özgür Gündem, close to the PKK and pro-Kurdish-autonomy HDP party, reports that a 220-page book, showing on the inside page that it was “translated into Turkish by Dr Mustafa Öztürk,” printed in Istanbul, and carries the Turkish Ministry of Culture’s label, has been found on the bodies of Daesh fighters. Some of the points made in the book are these:  (1) All non-Muslims are enemies. (2) Many deceased and living Islamic leaders are classified as infidels. (3) It is permitted to take enemy women as slaves, be they people of the book, fire worshippers or Arabs. All women who are infidels and captured in the course of war are sex slaves. A holy warrior may only pick out a woman prisoner for himself with the commander’s permission, because they are part of the spoils, and possession may only be taken of the spoils after the commander has given permission. [Ozgur]

 

Mahmoud Al-Ghanim, born in Aleppo 1986, said to be a Daesh bomber, is reported to have slipped from the hands of the police by escaping through the window of a hospital at which he was being treated in the Turkish city of Erzurum. [Birgun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Among the 12,000 Syrians detained in 2015 were 1,956 arrested by Daesh, including 218 women and 245 children, the Syrian Network for Human Rights has announced. [ARA]

 

Russia’s foreign ministry accused Daesh of using chemical weapons in Syria. It called for an investigation into possible infiltration of Sarin gas from Turkey into Syria, citing evidence raised by a Turkish MP. [Erem]

 

Tariq Mitri, the Lebanese professor and politician who formerly served as a UN envoy to Libya, has said that Daesh will be impossible to defeat by any coalition involving the Assad regime, whose goals, according to Mitri, concern the preservation of the regime and not the defeat of Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

Northeast

The YPG’s counter-terrorism unit captured a would-be Daesh suicide attacker on Sunday in Hasaka while he was in possession of an explosives-laden motorcycle, the YPG announced. Another YPG source said Daesh had planted sleeper cells in Hasaka. Hawar reports that the arrest took place on Sunday. [ARA] Hawar published photos of the purported vehicle and explosives. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a village west of Tishrin Dam, in the Manbij administrative area of the eastern Aleppo countryside, the SDF announced. The SDF statement says the militia alliance was “unable to confirm” the name of the village yet. [ARA]

 

Villagers have begun returning to their villages near the Tishrin Dam after it was liberated from Daesh. (Photos). [Hawar]

 

A video of SDF fighters preparing to fight Daesh last month. [Hawar]

 

The SDF has advanced 8 km (5 miles) southwest of Ain Eissa, inflicting causalities on Daesh and seizing strategic hills in its ongoing campaign, says a commander in its female brigades. [Hawar]

 

Daesh has started to impose its fines in gold rather than in Syrian currency on those who break its rules of conduct in Jarabulus. Four youths were reportedly whipped by the organization in central Jarabulus for smoking, before being sentenced to pay a fine of ten grams of gold each, activists report. [ARA]

 

A young female prisoner was tortured to death in a Daesh women’s prison in Manbij at the hands of other prisoners, activists report. The group also captured and executed the wife of a Daesh leader in the area after he fled to Turkey, the same sources said. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of rocketing Qara Qozaq village. [ADI]

Central and West

Daesh fighters made advances in the areas around Hadath and Huwwarin in the eastern Homs countryside in heavy fighting with Syrian Army troops. Around 25 Syrian troops were killed as Daesh fighters attacked Syrian positions near Mahin, which the Syrian Army and allied militias seized from Daesh a week ago. In the ensuing fighting, around 10 Daesh fighters were reportedly killed. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked Syrian soldiers in Dowa in Homs, killing 20 of them and destroying a vehicle before returning safely. [ADI] A3maq says the terrorists actually killed 23 soldiers (video). [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. A note to John Rambo.

 

South

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian opposition groups attack near Hoash Hammad village in Lajjah, in Daraa District south of Damascus, killing more than 10 fighters and wounding many others (photos). [ADI]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh’s Al-Naba’ weekly magazine. [ADI]

 

Bahrain. The brother of a Daesh leader has attested in Bahraini court that he is not a member of the Daesh organization, amid an ongoing investigation of a group of 24 suspects accused of attempting to establish a Daesh branch in the country. Abdullah Mubarak Al-Binali was arrested in April when he attempted to leave Bahrain using another person’s passport. His brother, Turki Mubarak Al-Binali, a prominent Daesh figure who has written a biography of Daesh’s leader Awwad Baghdadi and appeared in several of the group’s promotional videos, was last seen in Syria and has been sentenced in absentia in Bahrain. [Erem]

 

Egypt. Daesh’s affiliate in Egypt, “Wilayat Sinai,” has reportedly released a video showing what it says is the execution of 20 Egyptians accused of cooperating with the Egyptian military. [AfriGate]

 

Egyptian police repelled an attack on the Abu Rifaei security installation south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing two of the assailants after they opened fire on the installation from their vehicle. Two other attackers fled the scene. [VetoGate]

 

Libya. Libyan facility guards and military troops repelled a new Daesh attack on petroleum facilities near Sidra. Renewed clashes erupted between Daesh and Libyan guards in the Wadi Akhila and Qarat Haddad areas west of Sidra as Daesh regrouped and launched new attacks after its assault yesterday was rebuffed. One Petroleum Facilities guardsman was killed and others were wounded in a Daesh rocket attack on an oil reservoir in Wadi Akhila which damaged the facility, a Guard source said. Firefighters were working to contain a blaze in the reservoir which threatened to spread to other reservoirs, a source said. Libyan Army troops supported the guardsmen in the effort to stave off the Daesh assault, a source said, adding that both sides had suffered casualties, without providing specifics. [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya] [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

One of the suicide attackers who died in yesterday’s Daesh assault on Sidra has been identified as Abu Abdallah Al-Ansari, a 15 year old Libyan who disappeared from Tripoli three months ago. [AfriGate]

 

The Tobruk-based Government of National Accord has issued a statement condemning yesterday’s Daesh attack on the oil facilities of Sidra, calling on Libyans to fight Daesh in all parts of Libyan territory. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Ibrahim Jadhran, the commander of the Facilities Protection Force, which is charged with the defense of the oil installations at Sidra and which has clashed with Daesh over the last two days, has verbally attacked Gen. Khalifa Hafter, the unruly commander of Libya’s armed forces, describing him and Daesh as “two sides of the same coin.” In televised remarks Jadhran accused Hafter of seeking to restore military rule in Libya. [Erem]

 

The Libyan National Oil Corporation has issued a statement warning of severe economic degradation in Libya should Daesh capture the prize petroleum facilities around Sidra. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in the southern tanks in Sidra yesterday. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Libyan troops in the Indian Company in Sidra without giving more details. [A3maq]

 

Italy’s foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni has expressed his government’s concern over Daesh’s expansion in Libya in a phone conversation with the Libyan PM-designate Fayez Al-Sarraj. [AkhbarLibya]

 

A temporary headquarters for the Sirte local government, operating in exile after Daesh seized the city, has opened in the Libyan city of Bayda. [AfriGate]

 

Muhammad Ayish, writing in London-based Qatar-sponsored al-Quds al-Arabi argues that the claims that Daesh is present in Libya, as in Syria and Iraq, are “lies” and myths created by Gaddafi regime remnants to create fear in the population in a bid to return to power. [AkhbarLibya] [IslamMemo]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

War News Agency, a local Iraqi news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/lwardy33h16s

https://twitter.com/gJuFShYYf4t9Zmm

https://twitter.com/ttotta77

https://twitter.com/cvb99111

https://twitter.com/fue_is

 

 

January 4, 2015

Haditha

Today’s Major Developments:

Saudi execution of Shia cleric brings protests in Iraq.

Major Daesh attack in Haditha defeated by Army and tribal fighters.

Peshmerga blunt Daesh attack on village in Tal Afar.

Syrian Democratic Forces seize several villages from Daesh.

First contingent of British troops lands in Libya; French may follow.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Hundreds of Sadrists demonstrated in Baghdad and Kerbala today to demand the closing of the Saudi Embassy in Baghdad, following the execution of Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Several PMF leaders issued a joint statement asking Iraqi people to demonstrate on Wednesday to protest Al-Nimr’s execution. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Peaceful demonstration is an essential right of the citizens of any democracy and we have nothing against that. Using these demonstrations as a tool to show dominance, disturb peace, attack other countries’ embassies, or implement foreign agendas is a totally different thing, however. 

 

The Iraqi Minister of Defense says the Ramadi liberation was an Iraqi victory and was achieved with important support from Coalition airpower. He also says he refuses to accept the presence of the Turkish troops in Iraq and considers it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. He also denied all the reports about the presence of foreign combat troops in Iraq and the reports about an airborne operation in Hawija. [MoD Website] [MoD Website]

The Minister met today with the American Ambassador and discussed security cooperation between the two countries and US military participation in the war against Daesh. [MoD Website]

 

The PMF spokesman denied recent media reports about disputes between the “Shrine” PMFs (who follow Sistani’s reps in Kerbala) and the other PMFs. He says the PMFs are one group and they have one goal. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. One day or another, the disputes between volunteers and Iran backed militias will surface publicly.

 

Security developments

Joint Operations Command said today that the series of Daesh attacks in the past few days in Ramadi and Haditha in Anbar and at Camp Speicher in Salahuddin were enabled by bad weather conditions. The parliamentary security committee called on the armed forces to continue advancing and not to allow the terror group a space to regroup and counter-attack. [Mada] Daesh launched several counter-attacks in Ramadi after Iraqi troops seized most of the city.

DaeshDaily comment. The weather might have influenced the timing, but the counter-attacks reflect a consistent Daesh strategy, based on its carefully developed propaganda strategy, to distract public and world attention from its military defeats by pursuing military objectives somewhere else.

 

Over the last few days Daesh launched several major attacks on Iraqi forces in Ramadi, Hit, Haditha, Samarra, Speicher base, and Tal Afar. Daesh initially captured some ground in certain attacks but was mostly pushed back and suffered serious casualties. (See stories below) However, Daesh achieved its media goals of demonstrating its “remaining and expanding” caliphate and “causing pain to the enemy,” and will use the videos and photos it got from the attacks as “proof” once again that “Daesh is always victorious” (even though it was actually defeated in Ramadi and in its counter-attacks).   

 

The Ministry of Interior said that the news spreading about attacks on Sunni mosques in Babel is an attempt by Daesh to draw people into sectarian fighting and is a response to its recent defeats. IEDs recently exploded in a mosque in Bakriya, in addition to two others in Ammar bin Yasser and Al-Fath Al-Mubeen. Prime Minister Al-Abadi issued strict orders to pursue and arrest the perpetrators. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Although it’s not confirmed yet, some sources linked the attacks on Sunni mosques with the execution of the Saudi Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr. If that’s true, then Saudi Arabia and Iran are both doubling down on their aggressive positions; again, Iraq pays the price.  

    The bottoming out of the already hostile relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is bad news for Iraq, which needs to keep their Shia and Sunnis working together to keep their country together. This is difficult enough without the polarizing sectarian decisions of its two neighbors.

 

In response to tweets about the release of Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq, and others about their execution, the special investigating committee denied that there is evidence of either release or execution, stating that the men’s position and location is still unknown. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Some media reports said the hunters were executed in response to the execution of Nimr Al-Nimr.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate and a third one in Albu Aziz in north Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

A 25th Army brigade today captured 3 IEDs, several detonation fuses, and a mortar shell in caches in Sayed Abdullah and Tilal Albu Habba in south Baghdad, said Bagdad Operations Command. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army information source by destroying his car with a sticky IED in Sayyed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste]

 

A 45th Army brigade and national security troops captured and defused a rocket filled with C4, 2 IEDs, a mortar shell, and an Austrian cannon shell in Dhabitya area west of Baghdad. [Buratha]

 

Snipers of the 1st brigade of Rapid Intervention forces killed 4 Daesh members west of Baghdad today. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Army vehicles in Radwaniya in western Baghdad, killing all the soldiers in them. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

Seven persons were arrested today in Baghdad on charges of terrorism in Karrada, Zafaraniya, Mada’in, and Mahmudiya. [Sumaria]

  • An IED placed near commercial shops in Shula in northwest Baghdad killed a civilian and wounded 8 others, according to a security source. [Mada]
  • Security troops arrested today a terror suspect at the Al-Taji checkpoint in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Unidentified gunmen killed three women after breaking into their house in Jamila in east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Unknown armed men shot dead a policeman in Kamaliya in east Baghdad this noon. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed in a trash can on Al-Qanat road in east Baghdad exploded today, wounding two civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in a car lot in Khalisa in south Baghdad this evening, killing two civilians and wounding 5 others. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in the Al-Siba’ industrial area in Baghdad killed a civilian and wounded six when it went off this morning. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular vegetable market in Bakriya in west Baghdad exploded this morning, killing two persons and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • An IED placed near commercial shops in the Al-Wihda neighborhood near Zafaraniya killed two civilians and wounded five others today, according to a security force. [Maalomah]
  • Unidentified gunmen in a speeding car attacked a Sahwa in the Arab Jabour area of south Baghdad, killing one and wounding two. [Maalomah]
  • Armed men in a 4-wheel drive car killed two civilians in the area of Sadr Al-Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • A booby trapped car was defused by security troops in Bayya in southwest Baghdad today, a security source said. [Etejah]
  • Two terror suspects were arrested in Hay Al-Jamea in west Baghdad today, a security source said. [Maalomah]

25 airstrikes on Iraq and Syria were announced by the Coalition today. 10 tactical targets in 9 Iraq locations were targeted and destroyed, including in Fallujah and Ramadi; Kasik, Mosul, and Sinjar. The strikes in Syria destroyed 5 Daesh buildings near Ain Eissa. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraq and Coalition jets killed 37 Daesh terrorists in strikes on Albu Risha and Albu Aitha, north and northeast of Ramadi, said the Commander of Anbar Operations. Three Daesh locations were also destroyed. [Sumaria]

 

Three fighters from the tribal coalition were killed and four wounded while trying to defuse IEDs in the center of Ramadi, said security sources. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says its troops cleared several governmental buildings in downtown Ramadi. The troops faced little resistance from the few Daesh terrorists hiding in the buildings. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces on Street 17 in Ramadi with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Three Daesh terrorists were shot dead by Army troops while trying to plant an IED on the road to Al-Sufiya in east Ramadi district. [Maalomah]

 

Ten Daesh terrorists, including suicide bombers, were killed today by the IFP 18th brigade when they attacked the areas of Kilo 25, 35, and 40 west of Ramadi. The attack was stopped. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of a Daesh foreign terrorist caught by Iraqi soldiers [YouTube]

 

Falluja

The armed forces attack on Daesh to retake the districts of Falluja and Hit with the support of the Coalition will start by the end of this week, says a security source. [AIN]

 

Army helicopters bombed and destroyed a Daesh convoy in the Shuhada area south of Falluja. Tens of terrorists including leaders were killed, and the convoy was destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) forces killed 17 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and two booby-trapped houses in operations south of Falluja. [Buratha]

 

BOC said west Baghdad operation units killed 4 terrorists and wounded two, while destroying two vehicles and defusing 6 IEDs near Falluja. [Buratha]

 

59th Army brigade troops operating in Anbar killed 15 terrorists today and destroyed two vehicles, one with a mounted machine gun, in the Thirthar Lake area. [Buratha]

 

A BOC reconnaissance unit killed four Daesh and wounded two Daesh in Al-Rashad and Albu Sawda in Qarma subdistrict today. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Technical Institute and the surrounding areas north of Fallujah and then clashed with them for two hours killing 22 Iraqi soldiers and wounding others. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

Counter-terrorism troops recovered all of Haditha’s Barwana subdistrict after many Daesh fighters made incursions into the subdistrict yesterday. Of 70 fighters who stormed Barwana yesterday, 33 died along with 9 suicide bombers. The counter-terrorism troops destroyed 5 bomb-rigged vehicles and 8 armored personnel carriers. However, the Army and tribes had 75 persons killed or wounded in these clashes. [Sumaria]

Another report said a Daesh attack with a bomb-rigged Hummer in Barwana killed or wounded several soldiers. [Baghdadia] Daesh says it captured most of the Sakran area next to Barwana by launching two vehicle bomb attacks and also captured two Iraqi Army barracks on the road between Sakran and Haditha Dam in addition to parts of Barwana. [A3maq]

In a separate report on the same clashes, tribal PMF sources announced today their forces had retaken the eastern entrance of Barwana from Daesh terrorists after fierce fighting that left tens of terrorists dead including Arabs and foreigners. Several bombed vehicles were defused without casualties. [Maalomah]

Photos from Barwana after Daesh’s failed attack [Sumaria]

 

An airstrike by the Coalition hit a Daesh convoy of five vehicles, including one with a mounted machine gun, near the Majid checkpoint in Hit’s Baghdadi subdistrict. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured by Haditha tribal fighters [YouTube]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army battalion headquarter in Nukhaib with 2 vehicle bombs, destroying it completely and killing everyone inside (photos). [MRKZGulf] [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Tens of Daesh terrorists were killed and 4 vehicles destroyed in intense clashes between the IFP and popular mobilization forces on one side and Daesh gunmen on the other in Al-Salam village near the Strategic Line area north of Baiji. The fighting is still underway. [Baghdadia]

 

Six Daesh terrorists were killed while approaching armed forces front lines in Al-Fatha northeast of Baiji this morning. Advance intelligence was used by Rapid Deployment forces to set a trap for them and kill them all. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles west of Baiji. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

An airstrike by the Coalition destroyed Al-Shaalan water factory, used by Daesh to manufacture explosives on the east side of Shirqat. The director of the factory and seven associates were killed. [Qurtas]

 

Tikrit

Daesh publishes a video of rocketing the Speicher base. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

25 terrorists were killed after attacking Al-Sharif Abbas and Nakhwa west of Samarra. The remaining attackers escaped towards Thirthar. Three Hummers and a large quantity of weapons and ammunition were abandoned by the terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked two Iraqi forces barracks near Samarra Dam with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of the soldiers, then its other terrorists attacked the two barracks, killing the remaining soldiers and chasing the rest (sic). And the clashes still continue (photos and a video). [MRKZGulf] [JustPaste] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. With whom?

Daesh says it captured half of the Samarra Dam after 2 days of clashes with Iraqi forces. [A3maq]

 

Two Daesh terrorists dressed as women were arrested by Saraya Al-Salam of the Popular Mobilization forces in Samarra. The two were said to have been planning terror attacks inside the city. [Maalomah]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A group of armed men shot and killed a judge as he was driving in the Al-Razi area in west Baquba today. [Baghdadia]

 

Eastern Diyala

Daesh says it destroyed the vehicle of a local mukhtar in Mandali. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it blew up a PMF vehicle in Udhaim with an IED killing or wounding several PMFs. Daesh also says it detonated 2 more IEDs in a different area in Udhaim on a PMF convoy destroying a vehicle and damaging another and killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

The PKK announced today that during 2015, the party fighters killed 1,250 Turkish soldiers, and 2,736 Daesh terrorists (in Kirkuk and Sinjar), while losing 261 of its fighters. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This announcement may be more interesting for reasons other than the unverified numbers, which are probably exaggerated. First, why are PKK fighters in Kirkuk at all, especially when Barzani has allied with Erdogan against them? Second, claiming they killed so many Turkish soldiers reinforces judgments that they are a terrorist organization and seems unlikely to win over public opinion in either Turkey or Iraq.

 

Peshmerga troops are digging a 100 km (62 mile) trench extending from south to west of Kirkuk, the expressed purpose being to enhance security of the area. There are fortifications every 300 meters (328 yards) for armed guards. The trench is 2.5 meters wide and 3 meters deep. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The real purpose, or target, of this trench is not yet clear.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Al-Mada reports that, according to security sources, top echelon foreign Daesh leaders have left Mosul for Raqqa. The reported reason is recent airborne paratroop operations airdrops by US Special Forces in Mosul and Shirqat to kill or capture Daesh leaders. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The US has not confirmed any such reports to date, nor have Iraq or the KRG. This does not discourage people from talking about the rumors. President Obama did recently commit to sending a small number of Special Forces troops to support anti-Daesh efforts. Daesh leaders have been frequent targets of Coalition airstrikes, however, one reason some might want to leave.

 

Daesh executed three brothers from Al-Shura south of Mosul, saying they cooperated with Iraqi security forces. The execution was made at a road junction where the neighborhood population was forced to watch. [BasNews]

 

An anti-Daesh suicide attacker in a pickup truck drove into Daesh’s headquarters in Qayara in south Mosul District, killing 18 terrorists and destroying six vehicles. This incident is the first of the kind against Daesh. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. So far, we can’t confirm this report from other sources.

 

Northwest Ninewa

Peshmerga troops today blocked an attack by over 80 Daesh terrorists in Kehriz village in Zamar, in Tal Afar. The Kurdish troops with the support of Coalition aircraft killed seven attackers and wounded several others, forcing the attacking force to withdraw. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf. An armed group equipped with various weapons and night vision equipment was arrested in Najaf today. The security source said the group “is from outside the province and had in mind creating security unrest in Najaf”. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is in Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria and the war on Daesh, according to sources close to the Minister. [Aawsat]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SMC), Khaled Khoja, has denounced Coalition support for the YPG in the battle against Daesh, saying support for the YPG is “supporting terrorism against terrorism.” Khoja said it is not possible to defeat Daesh without coordinating with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and denounced the Russian position in Syria, saying that it sought to eliminate FSA leadership before the political process begins. Abdul Salam Ahmed, leader of the PYD-connected Movement for a Democratic Society, which claims to govern the Roj Ava area has rejected the statement, implying that Khoja is supporting Ankara’s agenda in Syria and southeastern Turkey. [ARA]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces seized the village of Mustariha west of Ain Eissa from Daesh on Sunday after four days of fighting, on the main road between Aleppo and Tal Tamr. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh and YPG fighters clashed in the Jabal Abd Al-Aziz area in the southwestern Hasaka countryside on Monday, with casualties reported on both sides. [Qasioun]

 

Asayesh operatives killed three Daesh members in an intelligence sweep in the Tal Abyad area, launched following last week’s attack by a Daesh cell on an Asayesh center. [Hawar]

 

At the end of a new propaganda video released by Daesh in which the group threatens to “invade” Britain, the organization’s militants are filmed executing five young activists. The victims are Ha’il Marwan Abd Al-Razzaq (age 40), Faysal Hammoud Al-Jaafar (25) and his brother Omar Hammoud Al-Jaafar (30), Mihyar Mahmoud Al-Othman, 31, and Abi Muhammad Abd Al-Ghani (17), all from Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh reportedly stoned a man from the city of Markada to death in the southern Hasaka countryside after finding him guilty of adultery. [Qasioun]

Daesh media reported that it executed a man in Raqqa on charges of apostasy, without providing the man’s name. [ARA]

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man publicly in Raqqa, accusing him of “ridda” (leaving the religion). [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Any opposition to Daesh is considered ridda, according to Taha Hamama, AKA Adnani, Daesh’s spokesman.

 

Northwest

Syria Democratic Forces seized new territory in the Aleppo countryside southeast of Kobane on Monday, a YPG fighter said, after heavy clashes with Daesh that left at least five Daesh militants dead. In the fighting the SDF took control of the villages of Qadiriyat Shaykh, Ali Shumari, Kadusha, Abu Majid, and Hussayniya, the YPG fighter added. Field sources told ARA that Kobane’s administrative borders are almost completely in the hands of the SDF. [ARA]

 

Renewed clashes have erupted in the eastern Aleppo countryside between Syrian Army and Daesh fighters around the village of Al-Najjara near the Kowaires military airport, according to an activist in the area. The fighting began when Daesh targeted Syrian troops with a vehicle bomb, causing casualties among the Syrian soldiers. Daesh fighters advanced in the aftermath amid heavy shelling by the Syrian artillery from inside the nearby military airbase. The source also reported that Syrian aircraft struck Daesh positions in the Al-Bab and Manbij areas. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car on Syrian Army troops near Najjara village, then clashed with them for hours. Daesh says one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists attacked the Syrian Army in the area with a vehicle bomb, killing at least 25 soldiers and wounding others (photos). [JustPaste]  Here Daesh says 29 Syrian soldier were killed in the attack. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos of the explosion were taken from a long distance, so we don’t know how Daesh could count the Syrian Army casualties.

 

Daesh abducted three Kurdish youths from the village of Kaer Klabin and an unknown number of youths from the village of Bital, in the area near Al-Bab, local sources said. Daesh’s Hisbah units also conducted an arrest campaign targeting youths in the Al-Asadiya area of Manbij at the end of last week, an activist reported. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says Russian warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has been shelling the majority-Arab village of Tal Al-Abr, west of Kobane, from the Jabal Shamiya area near Jarabulus. At least 23 mortar and rocket shells have fallen on the village, damaging homes. No information is available on human causalities. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of rocketing the YPG in the Farouq (Tishrin) Dam area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh never reported losing the dam.

Central and West

Daesh clashed with Syrian Army and allied militias around Qaryatayn city southeast of Homs. The two sides exchanged rocket and mortar fire, with damage to buildings reported, but no information was available on human casualties.

A Russian air strike targeted the city of Teir Maalah north of Homs with results still unknown.  [Qasioun]

 

East

Twenty-three Daesh leaders, most Syrians from the Deir Ez-Zor area, have fled from the area across the Turkish border during the last six months, according to All4Syria News, which listed the defectors’ names, nationalities and positions in the Daesh organization. [IslamMemo]

 

South

Daesh publishes a video of unspecified battles in the Damascus area. [ADI]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian police armored vehicle near the Nasr Mosque in Arish. [JustPaste] A policeman and a civilian were injured in an IED blast near the Nasr Mosque in Arish on Monday, security sources announced.

Two unidentified bodies were found in Rafah on Sunday. Police sources said a campaign against Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis around Shaykh Zuweid killed 26 militants, while the North Sinai Security directorate denied claims by the Daesh-affiliated group that it had killed as many as 10 police officers in a recent attack. A medic and an ambulance driver were injured in an IED blast on Sunday, while Egyptian engineers defused an IED in central Arish the same day.

Also Sunday, an IED blast near Arish airport did not cause any human casualties. North Sinai Security directorate said that 22-year old Hamada Hammoud Silmi, a commander in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, was killed by police gunfire in Rafah on Sunday, while another commander, 35 year old Jawad Atallah Salim was announced killed on Saturday. Security sources found a cave on Saturday in the mountains of North Sinai containing arms and explosives. [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [AhramOnline]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing two Egyptian Army “spies” south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of executing more Egyptian Army “spies”. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shooting at an Egyptian military helicopter south of Sheikh Zuweid and 3 photos of rocketing an Egyptian Army position with a Katyusha. [CDN] [CDN] [JustPaste]

 

Libya. British Special Forces troops have landed in Libya to prepare the ground for a proposed larger international force which could number as many as 6,000, according to British media reports.  France is reportedly studying the possibility of participating in such a force. [AkhbarLibya] [AfriGate]

 

A Daesh attempt to seize Libya’s most important oil terminal was repelled by Libyan troops and Libyan air support. Heavy clashes erupted as Daesh attacked the installation near Sidra on Monday, a Libyan Army source said. Daesh launched its assault with two suicide vehicle bombs, the first of which killed three of the facility’s guards and the attacking driver before other guards were able to destroy the second attacking vehicle from a distance, killing the driver. In the ensuing battles, stretching between Ras Lanuf and Sidra, six Daesh militants were killed. The attack prompted an emergency meeting of the Libyan government in Tobruk. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh’s assault in Sidra came after eyewitnesses said Daesh forces, including scores of vehicles fitted with various kinds of weapons, gathered in the Nawfaliya area on Monday morning before traveling toward the so-called Oil Crescent region of Libya, which refers to the sickle-shaped region of the country’s coastline stretching between Benghazi and Ras Lanuf. Daesh occupied the city of Bin Jawad, 25 km (15.5.miles) west of Sidra as it advanced on Sidra from Nawfaliya. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

Daesh later released the names of four suicide attackers who reportedly killed themselves in the attack on Sidra, saying all four were of non-Libyan African nationalities. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh says it captured Bin Jawad, a coastal city in Libya. [MRKZGulf] Then they attacked the nearby Sidra area. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Libyan troops in the area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding dozens of them (photos). [MRKZGulf] [ADI]

Daesh says its terrorists surrounded Libyan troops in the southern entrance of Sidra after capturing the recon camp in the southeast. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its suicide terrorists who attacked Libyan forces in Sidra. [JustPaste]

 

US intelligence has warned the countries of western North Africa that Daesh in Libya has created radioactive IEDs and smuggled them across the Algerian desert. [Tunisien]

 

Conflicting reports are circulating with respect to the Ajdabiya Mujahidin Shura Council and its relationship to Daesh. On the one hand, a leader in the group, Saad Al-Tira, last week reportedly denied that the group follows Al-Qaeda and reiterated its aim of clearing Sirte of Daesh presence. On the other hand, a video has appeared on YouTube purportedly showing members of the group pledging allegiance to Daesh and its self-styled caliphate. [YouTube] [Erem]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot down a Libyan MIG in the Laithi area in Benghazi. [MRKZGulf]

IslamMemo says that according to eyewitnesses Benghazi “revolutionaries” shot a Libyan MIG down in Laithi. [IslamMemo]

 

Pakistan. Pakistani police have arrested 42 individuals in raids across four different cities on suspicions of belonging to Daesh, the Associated Press reports. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Minister of Defense page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/bckgktiyge

https://twitter.com/casious51

https://twitter.com/JsjsjsjNsndnd

https://twitter.com/krkrkoko001

https://twitter.com/osaama32409176

 

 

December 30, 2015

Lt. Colonel Hussien Dawood Toma

 

Notice: In accordance with our policy of observing all US and Iraqi holidays, we will not be publishing Thursday or Friday. If a major development occurs, however, we will send an update.

Happy New Year!

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Daesh executes 20 civilians in Ramadi; fails in multiple retaliatory attacks.

Abadi accepts congratulations from Turkish PM and Barzani, but still fuming about Turkish troops in Ninewa.

Another reported/unconfirmed report of US participation in an airborne operation, in Hawija.

Daesh warns of possible dam failure in contested area of northern Syria.

 

 REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from his Turkish counterpart. The Turkish PM congratulated Abadi on the victory in Ramadi.

Abadi says Iraqi forces liberated Ramadi and soon Iraqi forces will liberate Mosul. The implication is that Iraqis will do it, not Turks working from their own motives. Abadi says the Turkish government promised to withdraw its troops from Ninewa but that didn’t happen. He says the Turkish troops cause unnecessary tensions and problems and should be withdrawn.

Abadi says the Turkish troops are not fighting Daesh and they don’t need to send trainers to Ninewa while there are other secure locations in Iraq they can use. He also says Daesh in Syria is closer to Turkey than they are in Iraq and the Turkish Army is not fighting them, so why would Turkey send troops to Ninewa far away from the Turkish border? The Turkish PM promised to “review the Turkish government statements about the issue” and said Iraqi and Turkish officials should meet to discuss it. He also says Turkey has “no intentions” of keeping its troops inside Iraq. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The Turkish PM doesn’t seem in charge in this situation. Erdogan is the real decision maker and he is the one who is collaborating with Barzani and keeps defending his decision to have troops in Ninewa.

 

PM Abadi also received a phone call from KRG President Masoud Barzani congratulating Abadi on the victory in Ramadi.  Apparently this did not extend to other issues. According to the PM office’s statement, Abadi and Barzani agreed that the Turkish troop presence in Ninewa is not within the knowledge and the approval of the Iraqi government and they should leave immediately. [Sumaria] However, the official KRG statement about the call didn’t mention anything about the Turkish troops. [BasNews]

 

The Speaker of the KRG’s Parliament (a Gorran member physically prevented by the KDP from working at his position) sent a letter to PM Abadi congratulating him on Ramadi’s liberation. [Mada]

 

The Saudi Ambassador to Iraq says his country’s call for Daesh Saudi terrorists in Iraq to surrender is still valid and that those who surrender will face lighter sentences than the ones who get caught. [Sumaria]

 

Mithal Al-Alusi, the leader of the Civil Democratic (Sunni) bloc of the parliament, said that nobody can question Khalid Al-Obeidi, the Minister of Defense, as the latter is protected by Washington. He accused Al-Obeidi of high treason, alleging his involvement in the Turkish military presence in Iraq. [Buratha]

 

The UNICEF rep in Iraq says there are 2 million Iraqi children out of school and 3 million more whose studies were interrupted by the Daesh war. He says one in every five Iraqi schools is either destroyed or being used for a different purpose. He also says reaching out to Iraqi people in Daesh controlled areas is UNICEF’s first priority for 2016. [Mada]

 

Security developments

Steve Warren, spokesman of the Coalition, said today that recent US airstrikes killed 10 Daesh leaders, including men connected to the recent Paris attack. He specified Abdul Qadir Abdul Hakim, killed in Mosul, and Sharaf Al-Mo’dhen, killed in Raqqa, Syria on 26 and 24 of December respectively. The first was involved in foreign operations and suspected to have a role in the Paris attack, while the latter is related to Abdul Hameed Abaoud, wanted for the Paris attacks. [Mada]

 

60th Army brigade troops destroyed a machine gun position, killing two Daesh fighters, and also destroyed two sniper posts in the Ubaid area in southern Baghdad Governorate. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources,

  • Five Army soldiers were wounded by an IED explosion on their patrol in Meshahda village in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad Governorate. [Buratha] Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army trailer in Meshahda, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]
  • An IED went off in Hay Ur in east Baghdad this morning, killing one civilian and wounding 5 others. [Mada]
  • Security troops neutralized an IED placed in front of the house of Brigadier Sabah Mahmoud, the commander of the Karama police station in the Obeidi area of east Baghdad. The IED was remotely detonated with no casualties. [Ghad]
  • An armed gang in black stopped a trader driving on Abu Nawas Street in the heart of Baghdad today and robbed him of US $1 Million. They then withdrew, leaving the trader unharmed. [Mada]
  • An IED planted in a car dealership in Nahrawan in southeast Baghdad went off Wednesday evening, killing one civilian and wounding 6 others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Sateeh village in Mada’in in southern Baghdad Governorate, killing two civilians and wounding 8. [Mada]
  • Two Popular Mobilization soldiers were killed and 4 wounded when an IED went off as their patrol was passing through Arab Jassem village in Yusufiyah south of Baghdad. [Mada]
  • One civilian was killed and seven others wounded in an IED explosion in Mahmudiya in southern Baghdad today. [Baghdadia]
  • Daesh says it killed or wounded eight “PMFs” with an IED in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad. [JustPaste]
  • 7th IFP brigade dismantled an IED in Bayya in southwest Baghdad this morning. [BOC Facebook Page]

The international Coalition implemented 28 air strikes today, 24 of them in Iraq. A statement by the coalition said that the strikes were in Falluja, Hit, and Ramadi; Mosul, Al-Kasik, Sinjar, and Sultan Abdullah. In Syria, the targets were in Hasaka and Ain Eissa, Aleppo, and Deir Ez-Zor. 24 fighting positions, 14 tactical units, 3 vehicles, 3 weapon caches, 4 heavy machine guns, and 1 tactical vehicle were destroyed. Drones were used in the raids. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

PM Abadi forms a high committee led by the Anbar Governor, with representatives from several ministries, to restore stability and basic services in Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

In the aftermath of Iraq’s Ramadi victory, a disaster occurred within the city. A security source says Daesh executed 40 civilians, including women and children, in Al-Sharika in the eastern part of Ramadi this evening. The Daesh fighters were dressed as Iraqi soldiers to deceive members of about 100 families from north of Ramadi who were trying to escape a Daesh-held area towards governmental troops. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to confirm our impression that Iraqi forces have close to full control south and west of the city but that Daesh still holds some ground to the north and east.

 

A local source says 100 families are still trapped by Daesh in the Thayla area in north Ramadi. [Ghad]

 

A local source says clashes erupted between Daesh local and foreign fighters in Albu Assaf in Ramadi District when the locals tried to send their families to safety outside the area. The source says 30 terrorists from both sides were killed in the clashes. [Ghad]

 

A member of Anbar GC says Daesh killed 3 families in Ramadi while they were trying to surrender to Iraqi forces in the city. He says Iraqi forces are searching areas in the city and asking people through loudspeakers to come forward to secure them, but Daesh planted snipers and hidden terrorists in “weak pockets” to target them. He also says there are still areas in Ramadi city that are not completely cleared from Daesh like Thayla, Sufiya, Touq and Malaab. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi troops secured 200 children, 105 women and 76 men from Ramadi center to Habbaniya base after providing them with food and health services. [IWMC Report]

 

The Coalition says large areas of Ramadi are still filled with IEDs and clearing the areas will delay the return of the displaced families to Anbar. An American military intelligence officer says there are still 400 Daesh terrorists in Ramadi center and 300 more east of the city in the direction of Falluja. [Rudaw]

Daesh plans explosives belt attacks on troops in Ramadi, according to security sources. [Ghad]

 

There are currently 3,000 fighters of the Tribal Mobilization forces holding land in liberated areas in the province, said Major General Tariq Al-Asal, the commander of the Tribal Mobilization. He added that these fighters are trained and supplied by the central government in Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Anbar Provincial Council said that operations to defuse IEDs, clear mines, dismantle bombs in booby-trapped houses, and search for hiding Daesh fighters all over Ramadi had started, so as to ensure a safe environment for the return of displaced people and normal life to the city. [Mada]

 

Ramadi District Council called all public servants in Ramadi, especially in power and cleaning sectors, to return to their work, to rehabilitate the city in order to prepare the return of its population. [Mada]

 

7th Army brigade today blocked a large-scale Daesh attack in the Thirthar Dam area, killing 12 of them and destroying three vehicles. The remaining attackers were forced to withdraw. The attack took place along an 11 km (7 mile) front. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi troops destroyed a Daesh tunnel, a weapons cache and 61 IEDs (including one filled with chlorine) in different areas north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Three Daesh fighters were killed and several others wounded in an attack by the 3rd armored brigade east of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The 1st brigade of Rapid Intervention troops killed three Daesh fighters as they tried to recover the bodies of other Daesh fighters in East Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP artillery targeted a Daesh hideout in East Hsaiba, killing 2 terrorists and wounding one. A Rapid Intervention Unit destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the same area, killing 3 terrorists inside. [IWMC Report]

 

“Tens” of trenches were destroyed by security troops in Ramadi, a police commander said today. [BasNews]

 

Internal fighting broke out among Daesh fighters in Al-Jazeera, between Salahuddin and Ramadi today. The fighting was said to be caused by the recent developments in Ramadi. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked 4 Iraqi Army locations in Madhiq east of Ramadi, killing several Iraqi soldiers before retreating safely. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes a video of battles in Anbar. [Archive]

 

A video of an Iraqi Abrams tank destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [Facebook]

 

Falluja

Military mobilizations are increasing south of Falluja on the road from Baghdad, mostly including ex-Falluja police, PMFs, and Baghdad Operations Command troops. Minor clashes and exchange of fire have already started. [Buratha]

 

Baghdad Operations Command said that troops today killed 5 Daesh fighters; destroyed an armored personnel carrier and killed all of its crew; destroyed 3 fighting positions and a machine gun; and cleared 44 IEDs south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says armed conflicts between tribesmen in Falluja and Daesh fighters started today after a quarrel over evacuating the city, which Daesh strictly prohibits. [Buratha]

 

An armored brigade of Iraqi Army troops arrived in the Mazraa area east of Falluja to join the siege on the city. [Baghdadia]

 

59th Army brigade troops today dismantled two explosives belts and two IEDs and captured mortar shells and tank ammunition in Al-Halabsa north of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A reconnaissance unit of Baghdad Operations Command today destroyed two fighting positions of Daesh in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists attacking Iraqi troops in Tal Al-Hadhaba west of Falluja. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of some of its public punishments in Falluja. [ADI]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of destroying an Iraqi Army vehicle in Zoba’a. [ADI]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its air defense in Zoba’a. [ADI]

 

Hit/Haditha

Na’eem Al-Qaoud, the Sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe, said that Daesh is preparing an attack on Barwana subdistrict in Haditha. He added that they are gathering at Al-Ma’amouriya, northeast of Barwana with 6 bomb-rigged vehicles and infantry units. He called on the Army for quick intervention. [Sumaria]

47 Daesh fighters were killed and 3 vehicles destroyed in an aerial attack by the Coalition on its headquarters in Hit, according to a security source. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the industrial area in Hit, killing many terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. Coalition warplanes also destroyed a vehicle bomb carried by a trailer, killing 6 terrorists in Qusairat in Haditha. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces west of Haditha. [ADI]

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense west of Haditha. [ADI]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

An Iraqi colonel says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy near Siniya, killing 20 terrorists and destroying their five vehicles. The terrorists were preparing to attack Iraqi forces in Siniya from the western desert. [BasNews]

 

The Iraqi Army 56th Infantry Brigade destroyed a Daesh hideout in Makhoul Mountains, killing 4 terrorists. Salahuddin Operations Command troops, supported by the IAA, killed 9 Daesh terrorists in Makhoul Mountains and destroyed a vehicle and two mortars. [IWMC Report]

 

Shirqat

An Iraqi colonel says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh terrorists while they were digging trenches between Shirqat and Fatha, killing 18 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Tikrit

A local source says Lt. Col. Hussein Dawood Toma, the commander of a SWAT company in Al-Alam east of Tikrit, died today following severe wounds suffered in clashes with Daesh fighters a few weeks back. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

Joint forces of army, police, and popular mobilization troops in Samarra blocked a major attack by Daesh fighters on the Muthanna Establishment this morning. The Daesh forces included suicide attackers with explosives belts and fighters with light and medium weapons.  Twelve Daesh attackers including 3 suicide bombers were killed. Iraqi helicopters supported the ground forces. [Mada]

 

3rd IFP brigade killed 6 Daesh fighters and destroyed two vehicles carrying machine guns in an attack on Daesh positions in Mkaishifa west of Samarra today. [Ghad] [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi troops destroyed 11 IEDs in Sayyed Gharib. [IWMC Report]

 

The MoD publishes a video of an Iraqi drone destroying a Daesh vehicle and a headquarters in Jazeera Samarra. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The MoD says the Iraqi Army 5th Division, in coordination with local security and authorities, facilitated the return of 250 displaced families to Mansouriyat Al-Jabal subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it blew up a booby-trapped house on PMFs in Udhaim, killing several of them, including an officer, and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

In the third operation of this kind, an airborne operation has been reported to be a joint “American-Iraqi” operation, this one in Hawija District late last night. The attack left 27 Daesh fighters dead and 8 arrested, among them foreign leaders. The operation took place behind the technical Institute and local council buildings, and took 45 minutes in all. US planes reportedly bombed the area at early dawn today, destroying convoys of Daesh vehicles that had escaped Anbar earlier. [Mada] The US denied involvement in a similarly described “American-Kurdish” operation just days ago.

 

The Iraq Joint Operations Command issued a statement denying media reports about the presence of American Special Forces troops at Baghdad International Airport. Several media sources said American SFs flew from BIAP accompanied by Iraqi troops to conduct the airborne operation in Hawija. [Baghdad]

 

A Daesh member was arrested while trying to enter the city of Kirkuk at a checkpoint, coming from the Dibis District. [Buratha]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh’s sharia court and the central prison in the governmental compound in addition to 3 other locations in Hay Sumer in east Mosul, killing 25 terrorists and wounding 50 others. [Sumaria]

Daesh says 10 people were killed and 35 wounded in Coalition airstrikes on the west side of Mosul. Daesh also says Coalition warplanes bombed an empty building in Hay Sumer, wounding 4 civilians. [A3maq]

 

The Deputy Chairman of Ninewa GC, Nooraldin Qablan, says the National Mobilization Forces, the separatist militia which helped create the current crisis over Turkish troops in Ninewa, is not associated with the government in any way, and that it has former Saddam officers.

[Sumaria]

DaeshDaily correction. Yesterday we mistakenly called Mr. Qablan the GC Chairman.

 

People in Al-Houd village just south of Mosul protested the silence of their rep in Ninewa GC about Daesh’ recent crimes against the village. Daesh has executed nine people in the village so far and forced many residents to leave after 40 young men from the village tried to flee. [Karemlash] [Karemlash] [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa police captain says Daesh executed three Kurdish citizens in Mosul, accusing them of cooperating with the Peshmerga, and didn’t deliver their bodies to their families. He also says Daesh blew up a Directorate of Water building in Hay Al-Zuhoor in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A local source says Daesh is charging the families for the bodies of the people it executes. The source says Daesh is using churches to conduct the executions. It charges $800 per bullet and uses 3 bullets in each execution so as to collect more money. For those victims they throw from roofs or behead, it charges different prices. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Saddam used to do the same things. The families of the “traitors” should pay for the bullets of the execution. We continue to notice a remarkable overlap between Daesh cruelties and those of the Saddam regime. This tells us a lot about the Daesh organization.

 

Northwest Ninewa

Peshmerga troops blocked an attack this morning by Daesh in Sinjar District, which used 5 bomb-rigged vehicles. The Kurdish troops destroyed the five vehicles, and killed twenty Daesh fighters accompanying them. The attack was attempted in an area along the Domiz-Sinjar road. [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish force has defused dozens of IEDs in Sinjar so far, including 5 today. [BasNews]

 

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a Daesh attack on their location in Ashiq village in Kasik, killing all Daesh suicide terrorists who started the attack. [Rudaw]

 

A Peshmerga source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh near Tal Afar, killing 3 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit. A man was arrested on terror charges today while trying to pass through the checkpoint leading to the capital, Kut, southeast of Baghdad. Major General Qasim Rashid Zwed, commander of Wasit police, said that the man is charged with armed terror attacks against civilians and security forces. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish security forces arrested two Daesh members on suspicion of planning bombing attacks in the capital Ankara for New Year’s Eve, the Ankara governorate announced. [Cihan]

Ankara chief prosecutor has announced that two Daesh suicide bombers were planning to attack in the vicinity of Ankara’s Kızılay Square. Both are Turkish. [Cumhuriyet]

 

From January 8, Syrians will require visas to enter Turkey by air or sea ports, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has announced. Land crossings between the two countries will be exempted from the new visa policy. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. If we understand this right, the vast majority of terrorists coming in and out of Turkey will not be affected.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Kurdish Asayish intelligence forces repelled an attack launched by a Daesh cell of eight attackers on an Asayish center in Tal Abyad on Wednesday. In the ensuing clashes, three Daesh militants and one Asayish member were killed, and two Daesh fighters were captured, with searches ongoing for the remaining attackers, an Asayish source said. [Welati] [ARA]

Daesh’s version says several of its terrorists sneaked into Tal Abyad and some of them detonated themselves, killing many YPG fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh attacked the YPG-held city of Ain Eissa on multiple fronts at dawn on Wednesday with tanks, vehicle bombs, and other weapons. With heavy clashes still ongoing, a YPG fighter said that the YPG had stopped Daesh’s advance and had killed tens of its fighters, and had destroyed two of its vehicle bombs from a distance. [ARA]

A Kurdish military source says twenty Daesh attackers were killed following a failed attack on the Ain Eissa area that employed tanks and armored personnel carriers. Twenty Daesh bodies were recovered from the battlefield. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version is that its terrorists launched a large attack on the YPG in Ain Eissa, starting with a suicide attack killing “tens” of YPG fighters. Daesh also says its terrorists killed “tens” of Asayish in Tal Abyad at the same time. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. This combination of conflicting stories is worth analyzing for what it shows about Daesh propaganda. Note that its versions focus heavily, sometimes solely, on suicide bombers who blow themselves up, and Daesh always lets readers think this kills lots of enemies. The larger truth about most of these attacks is that they mostly failed, caused far fewer casualties than claimed if any, and in most cases resulted in the suicide bomber killing himself for little or no military gain. 

 

A Syrian government source says 16 people were killed and 35 wounded when IEDs exploded in two restaurants in the Shayahi area of Qamishli. [SANA] A source told Rudaw the attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers in a Christian neighborhood in Qamishli. [Rudaw]

Daesh says tens of people were killed or injured in several of its explosions in Qamishli. [A3maq]

Photos of the results of the two terrorist attacks [BasNews]

 

Northwest

Daesh has warned all residents of Daesh-controlled villages along the Euphrates River south of the Tashrin Dam to vacate their homes immediately. Water levels behind the dam are reported to be unusually high, and Daesh warned civilians that engineers could either release the water or the dam could fail, either of which would flood hundreds of villages.

This is potentially a huge story. According to one expert, the dam, which was recently captured from Daesh by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), is holding back 2 billion cubic meters of water, which if released would flood 470 villages on the banks of the Euphrates, causing a humanitarian catastrophe in the affected areas. [ARA]

The provincial government issued a statement warning the Dam might get affected by the ongoing battles and asks for the technical staff to be allowed to return to their work. [Facebook]

 

The SDF General Command held a press conference atop the Tishrin Dam on Wednesday, announcing the results of its recently launched campaign. To date the SDF militias have captured 100 villages over 640 square kilometers, killed 219 Daesh fighters, but lost 97 SDF fighters killed in battle. The statement called for the unity of Syria, mentioning Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs, and Assyrians, and called for young volunteers to join its forces to continue the struggle against Daesh. [Hawar] [Welati] [ARA]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian armed groups with a vehicle bomb southeast of Azaz, killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian armed groups in Dalha village near the Turkish border, forcing them to flee. Coalition warplanes bombed the village after that. When the Syrian armed group fighters returned, a Syrian Daesh suicide terrorist attacked them with a vehicle loaded with 5 tons of explosives, killing or wounding many of them (2 photos). [ADI]

 

Daesh has continued its advance in the countryside north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, occupying the village of Al-Kharba, after taking control of nearby villages yesterday in clashes with opposition militia groups. Daesh and opposition militias have fought intense battles over these villages in recent days. The latest available reports suggest that opposition militias are in control of the Turkmen-inhabited border villages of Dalha and Harjala, after a day of alternating advances by the warring sides. Earlier in the day Daesh occupied the two villages as the opposition militias withdrew under heavy Daesh rocket fire. Daesh pressed the attack in a bid to expand its control into Aleppo’s northern countryside, but opposition fighters from the Sultan Murad Brigade (Syrian Turkmen fighters supported by Turkey), with support from the Syrian Front and groups associated with the Fath Halab Operations Command, a coalition of opposition militias in the Aleppo area, recaptured all of Harjala and large parts of Dalha, according to SMB announcements. The area of Wednesday’s fighting had been under Daesh control until opposition militias seized them from Daesh two weeks ago. [ARA] [ARA] [Welati]

 

Coalition warplanes made two raids on Al-Maskana in the countryside south of Manbij, according to local activists. Casualty figures were not available. Civilians fearful of Coalition bombing in the Daesh-held area of Al-Bab were observed fleeing toward Kurdish areas to the north, reportedly taking up residence in vacant homes belonging to Kurdish citizens who had gone abroad. [Welati]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank near Sharbaa village north of Kowaires airbase. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has coerced Kurdish tribal leaders in areas it controls west of the Euphrates into signing documents affirming that they are not Kurds but Turkmen, local sources say. Daesh threatened the leaders in majority-Kurdish areas with death if they refused, the sources say, adding that Daesh appears to be “implementing a foreign agenda,” without specifying further. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The story provides little detail and we can only speculate at this point. The source’s allegation of Daesh “implementing a foreign agenda” is a veiled reference to Turkey, which fears the possibility of a contiguous Kurdish-dominated canton across its southern border and has repeatedly said that Kurdish fighters crossing the Euphrates (into the area where Daesh reportedly forced Kurdish tribal leaders to claim that they are Turkmen) is a “red line.” Turkey has styled itself as the protector and sponsor of the Turkmen minorities in Syria and Iraq (or at least of the Sunni Turkmen). It would be pure speculation to suggest that Daesh is helping Turkey in its bid to contain the expansion of Kurdish-controlled areas within Syria, but this is essentially what Hawar’s source suggested.

 

Central and West

The Syrian Army and Daesh continued their battle around Mahin in the Homs Governorate, which Syrian troops seized from Daesh yesterday. Syrian aircraft struck roads leading to the city while both sides exchanged rocket fire. Thirty Syrian Army troops and an unspecified number of Daesh fighters were reported killed. [Qasioun]

 

Russian warplanes struck Palmyra, causing damage to homes. [Qasioun]

 

East

The Syrian Army has sent 200 commandos from the Hasaka area toward Deir Ez-Zor, the site of ongoing battles between its troops and Daesh, according to a local source, adding that the commando unit was formed three months ago in Hasaka by an officer sent from Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh whiplashed one of its leaders in Al-Mayadeen and sent him to “exile” in Iraq for one year after he was caught committing “incomplete sodomy” with the son of another Daesh member in his sharia school. The Saudi terrorist appeared in a recent video where he led a group of children to execute Syrian prisoners. [SyriaHR]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Egyptian forces safely defused an IED that had been planted near in the Dahiya area of Arish, near the city’s stadium. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked and killed an Egyptian Army officer and his driver with light weapons in the Autostrad area near the Central Security compound in Cairo. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the training and graduation of its snipers in Sinai. [ADI]

 

Libya. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Provincial Libyan Government mourns the death of one of its security members, who was captured and beheaded by Daesh in Nawfaliya while he was returning from his father’s funeral in Bayda. [AfriGate]

 

Local sources say 2 Daesh members surrendered to Shura Council of Mujahidin in Derna (Al-Qaeda affiliated) after they were trapped. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Sirte. [ADI]

 

Tunisia.   11 suspects from the southern Tunisian city of Gabès have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to Daesh, the Tunisian Interior Ministry has said, adding that in interrogation the men admitted to providing funding and members to terrorist cells. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan. Daesh publishes a photo of the 4 Taliban fighters it captured in Nangarhar. [ADI]

 

Russia. Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Russian intelligence officers’ gathering in Derbent in southern Dagestan, killing an officer and wounding another before retreating safely. [ADI]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Syria 24, a pro-Assad news page

 

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/azam_iraq

https://twitter.com/ll___Amal

https://twitter.com/TheyRTheEnemy_1

https://twitter.com/AaaJHHSjjswrd84

https://twitter.com/Farouha328T

 

December 29, 2015

Ramadi 2

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Al-Abadi visits liberated Ramadi.

Turkish report estimates 22,000 Daesh members in Turkey.

Syrian Army recaptures Mahin from Daesh.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visited the liberated areas of Ramadi today (photos). His office then denied media reports about an attack on Abadi in the city. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Steve Warren, the international coalition spokesman said today that the US had provided Iraq with 5000 anti-armor rockets to confront Daesh bombed vehicles in addition to 10,000 body armors, 10,000 helmets, and 10,000 rifles including sniper rifles. He added that no coalition units were deployed in Ramadi, and that Iraqi Army was able to rescue many families there. [Sumaria]

 

The US Embassy in Baghdad hailed the Iraqi troops and people on Monday for the liberation of Ramadi, adding that US support to Iraq will continue until the final defeat of Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Videos of Iraqi people in Nukhaib, Ameriyat Al-Falluja, Hilla and Baghdad celebrating the liberation of Ramadi [YouTube] [Facebook] [Facebook] [YouTube]

 

Security developments

Daesh says it detonated 3 IEDs in Sadr City, 3 more in Karrada, and one in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad, killing or wounding more than 50 “murtads”. [Store2Up]

DaeshDaily comment. Hay Al-Jihad and Karrada are mixed areas. Daesh has yet to explain how its IEDs can discriminate between Sunni civilians and Shia “murtads”.

 

According to security sources:

  • Security forces captured a weapons and explosives cache in a terrorist’s house in Taji in northern Baghdad Governorate. Two of the confiscated IEDs were planted in TVs. The house was previously used as a guesthouse for foreign terrorists. [Mada]
  • An IED went off in the “4000 Market” area of Al-Shaab in northeast Baghdad around noon today, killing one person and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • The bodies of a man and his son were found shot in the Sadda area of Sadr City, days after they were kidnapped. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Sadda area used to be the place where bodies of Sunni civilians were dumped by Shia militiamen and thugs during the sectarian war.

  • A civilian and a security guard were wounded when an IED exploded near a public clinic in Camp Sarah in downtown Baghdad this morning. [Baghdadia]
  • Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad went off Tuesday afternoon, killing one civilian and wounding 8 others. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a market in Hay Al-Amel in southwest Baghdad killed a civilian and wounded 5 others when it exploded this noon. [Mada]

 

Coalition warplanes flew 28 sorties divided among Mosul, Tal Afar, Shirqat and Falluja, killing an unknown number of Daesh fighters and destroying 20 combat locations, 2 excavators, a tunnel, 4 vehicles, a mortar location, a trench, a checkpoint, a headquarters, and 2 shelters. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi military troops have entered Sufiya just east of Ramadi, getting only weak resistance from Daesh. The advance is rather slow due to the large number of IEDs and booby traps in place. Local sources say it is a matter of hours before Sufiya is back to Iraq. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh is still holding some areas east of Ramadi like Jazeera Al-Khaldiya, and parts of Hsaiba and Albu Shahab according to local council sources in Ramadi, calling on Army and security troops to advance to these areas and not allow Daesh to regroup there. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Before May 17, 2015, Daesh controlled many areas around Ramadi, practically besieging Iraqi forces in the city, specifically in the governmental compound. All they did on May 17 was to enter that compound. Iraqi forces have now recaptured the few square kilometers in the downtown and captured many areas around the city, but they will need to do a lot more work to get rid of Daesh from “forbidden” areas around the city, especially on the way to Jazeera Khaldiya. The victory in Anbar was difficult and precious and the Iraqi government should make sure Daesh won’t have secure locations to regroup and attack Ramadi again. 

 

A member of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces might take up to two months to clear Ramadi because of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. He also says Daesh dug many tunnels in the city and might use them to attack Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

500 tribal fighters from the Tribal Mobilization brigades have arrived north of Ramadi to be ready to hold the liberated areas, according to Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, the Commander of Anbar Operations. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Fighters Commission announced that as local police and tribesmen will hold the ground in Ramadi, the plans to liberate Falluja are ready and will become a “major surprise to all Iraqis”! [Mada]

 

10th Army Division blunted a Daesh attack around noon in Albu Aitha, north of Ramadi that used a bomb-rigged vehicle. An Abrams tank crew detected and destroyed the vehicle and killed the attacker, said General Al-Mahalawi. [Sumaria]

 

The Daesh “minister of finance” was arrested today after people reported him hiding among citizens trying to leave the city, according to Anbar Operations Command. [Sumaria]

The IWMC confirmed his capture. It also says Anti-Terrorism troops received 450 civilians and sheltered them in the governmental compound. [Mada]

 

The IWMC reported today that medical teams of security troops in Ramadi managed to rescue a woman and help her to deliver her baby “surrounded by hundreds of IEDs” in the Ramadi government complex. [Sumaria]

 

A booby-trapped female child exploded in Al-Hoz in downtown Ramadi, killing an Army Captain who approached her to help while she was lying on the ground. Daesh booby trapped the child to explode among the soldiers on their approach in Ramadi. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not the first time Daesh used children in their attacks. Sometimes children are trained as suicide bombers and sometimes they don’t know what’s happening. Sometimes terrorists use children they kidnapped. In 2007, for example, AQI terrorists passed a Coalition checkpoint in a car. The soldiers didn’t search the car because they saw two children in it. The terrorists left the car and the two children then detonated it [CNN]. The children had been kidnapped from a Shia family in Baghdad according to local media at that time.

 

Anti-terrorism troops managed to rescue 350 civilians, mostly women and children, who were under siege by Daesh in the areas of Albu Alwan, Al-Thaila, and Ramadi hospital. [Rudaw]

 

The IAF destroyed a foreign fighters’ guesthouse in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area in northern Ramadi District killing 7 terrorists including foreigners. [IWMC Report]

 

The MoD publishes a video of an Iraqi soldier who returned gold items he found on a dead Daesh terrorist in Ramadi. The terrorist stole the gold from a displaced citizen’s house. [MoD Website]

 

A video of Iraqi forces inside the governmental compound in Ramadi [Yalla]

A video of Iraqi forces in Ramadi city [Yalla]

A video of IEDs planted by Daesh near a mosque in Ramadi [YouTube]

A video of a Daesh tunnel found in a house in Ramadi. [Facebook]

 

Falluja

Iraqi troops continued their operations to liberate areas south of Falluja, killing 15 Daesh terrorists including a sniper, and destroying a vehicle and defusing 25 IEDs. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command artillery shelled Daesh in Jubba, killing 12 terrorists and destroying a weapons cache. [IWMC Report]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi Army artillery shelled Daesh in Fatha, killing 10 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Shirqat

A special unit of the Popular Mobilization Forces infiltrated Daesh lines in Shirqat to rescue the special information source (Khansa 1) who helped provide valuable intelligence that helped them kill several Daesh leaders in that city. The operation was successful. [Sumaria]

 

Army helicopters targeted a Daesh convoy of twelve 4-wheel drive vehicles near Shirqat, killing tens of Daesh members. The planes continued pursuing escaped Daesh fighters who tried to escape to their safe areas after the strike. [Maalomah]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its terrorists shot down an Iraqi helicopter in Ain Al-Faris west of Tikrit. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Two Army helicopters struck Daesh in Jazeera Samarra and left tens of Daesh fighters dead today, according to IWMC. The first targeted a Daesh meeting and killed 20; the second targeted a booby trapped vehicle and destroyed it. [Maalomah]

An air strike by the Iraqi Air Force destroyed a Daesh hideout and killed three of its fighters in Jazeera Samarra today. The strike took advantage of prior intelligence. [Mada]

Samarra Operations Command says IAA helicopters targeted Daesh in Jazeera Samarra, destroying a hideout and killing 3 terrorists. [Mada]

Samarra Operations Command troops killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, the Lebanese Bilal Omar Bakri, and says he was killed somewhere in Salahuddin. [MRKZGulf]

DaeshDaily comment. This terrorist was the son of Omar Bakri, aka the “preacher of hate,” a major Al-Qaeda mouthpiece who was exiled from the UK to Lebanon. However, Bakri is at least a family oriented cleric. His daughter is a pole dancer, and according to the Huffington Post her father paid for her physical augmentation that allowed her to land the job. [HuffingtonPost

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Five families from Hussein Al-Hamadi village in Khan Bani Saad south of Baquba were forced to leave their homes after being constantly fired at by Daesh gunmen hiding in orchards. The local council called for immediate action to save the families of this 100 year old village. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh is digging trenches alongside the Himrin Hills to prevent security troops from advancing to west and southern areas of Kirkuk. Local government sources added that Daesh is distributing land to its supporters in these areas. The trenches were dug in Al-Asfar and Dhirban villages near Himrin. [Mada]

 

28 Daesh gunmen were killed including 3 commanders in an attack on a Popular Mobilization Forces’ defense line near Al-Bashir village in southwest Kirkuk. The attacks had been going on for two days. [Buratha]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Riyadh, Rashad, and other areas in Hawija District, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

A Ninewa GC member says more than 20,000 Christian Iraqi families immigrated to Europe since Daesh’s attack on Ninewa last year. [Mada]

 

A video of a Yazidi girl who was kidnapped by Daesh returning to her family [Facebook]

 

Mosul

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s Minister of Finance and important Kurdish political leader, said today that liberation of Mosul requires unity of all parties, and that it is impossible to liberate Mosul without the Peshmerga. [Karemlash]

 

Coalition warplanes killed tens of Daesh fighters in attacks on several villages in the Al-Khazer area, 40 km (25 miles) east of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Tahsin Wathiq Hashim Al-Hayali, the manager of Awwad Al-Baghdadi’s office in Mosul, was killed in a Coalition airstrike on two Daesh vehicles in the Al-Malia neighborhood in Mosul. [AIN]

 

An IAA airstrike destroyed an IED factory in Qayara south of Mosul. [AIN]

 

Daesh today executed 20 young men from Al-Hod Al-Tahtani village in Qayara on charges of cooperating with government security troops and facilitating escape of people towards Makhmur areas held by the Peshmerga. [BasNews]

 

Daesh executed a PUK official after detaining him for 5 months in his house in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

The MoD publishes a video of the IAA helicopter strike on Qayara. [MoD Website]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighter killed a Daesh hisbah member in the old industrial area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes a video of schools in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its fire department in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Peshmerga Ministry announced today that the number of wounded Peshmerga fighters since the start of combat with Daesh totals 7,000. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Twenty-two thousand Daesh militants are based inside Turkey, a Turkish journalist has said, citing intelligence sources. Members of a leadership team of approximately 60 individuals move constantly between various Turkish cities, with direct control over 1,800 individuals who have been trained in Syria. [Cihan]

 

Turkish forces have nearly completed a two-kilometer cement wall on the border between the Daesh-held Syrian city of Jarabulus and the Turkish town of Qarqamesh. The 2-meters-plus wall will be illuminated and fitted with cameras, after a second wall is completed in the Islahiya area along the border. [Qasioun]

 

Speaking at a press conference in Serbia, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reiterated Ankara’s opposition to YPG forces operating on the western side of the Euphrates, while reiterating the Turkish assessment that the forces that crossed the river to seize the Tishrin Dam are largely Arab forces that operate in coordination with the international Coalition. [IslamMemo]

In spite of the Turkish PM’s remarks above, Turkish forces have been reinforcing border areas near Gaziantep across the border from Jarabulus, Welati reports, citing Ankara’s unease with the possibility of Syrian Kurdish forces advancing across the Euphrates. [Welati]

 

Another article translated by our friend in Turkey: The article appeared in Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper today (December 29), about the conclusion of a trial in which the defendants were accused of supplying sarin gas to jihadi groups in Syria. While the trial itself concerned supplying the gas to other jihadists, the comment at the end is about Daesh. [Cumhuriyet]

You can read the full article here

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

A PYD leader in the Hasaka area has claimed that recent Turkish incursions across the Syrian border are related to what he alleged is Turkey’s support for Daesh and other armed groups against the YPG. [ARA]

 

Syria Democratic Forces repelled a Daesh attack on its positions in the Tal Baroud village south of Hasaka, killing six Daesh fighters. Daesh also attacked a SDF checkpoint south of Tal Tamr village with a motorcycle bomb, with casualty figures still unknown from that attack. [Welati]

 

Some Daesh fighters have been observed leaving the Manbij area south of Kobane as Syria Democratic Forces advance. A local source has said that Turkey facilitated the flight of tens of Daesh fighters toward Turkish territory, first crossing into Jarabulus. Daesh executed a Syrian Kurdish civilian in Manbij in a “beastly” way after torturing him, Hawar reports, citing local sources. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of Russian bombing on Tabaqa city. [JustPaste]

 

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

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh obviously doesn’t like American infidels. However, it’s OK to use their money as shown in the photos. 

 

Northwest

Daesh has retaken the Kurdish villages of Dubyan, Qazal, and Qura Kubri in the northern Aleppo countryside, after losing them to FSA-affiliated Turkmen militiamen the day before, Welati reports. Unidentified warplanes, believed to be Russian, struck the FSA forces during the clashes, killing at least 15. [Welati]

 

In the face of advancing Syrian Army units, Daesh has been withdrawing some of its forces from villages in the eastern Aleppo countryside, prompting locals to fear that the regime will regain control of areas abandoned by Daesh, ARA reports. Although some of its forces have been observed redeploying toward Raqqa, Daesh has continued to forbid people in the Aleppo countryside from leaving their villages, even under increasing Russian air bombardment, as Syrian forces advance. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Qara Mazraa village near the Turkish border Aleppo’s northern countryside from Syrian armed groups. Daesh later said it captured the nearby Kharba village also. Daesh says it captured 5 villages in the area so far. [A3maq] [A3maq] [MRKZGulf]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops in Sharbaa village north of Kowaires airbase and other places in the area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Central and West

Battles between Daesh and the Syrian Army have continued in the Homs countryside. Syrian troops have attempted to seize the Shaeir and Hajjar oilfields amid heavy Russian air bombardment.

Regime forces and allied militias with Russian air support have seized the town of Mahin east of Homs after heavy clashes with Daesh in which approximately 25 Syrian troops were killed along with an unspecified number of Daesh fighters.

A Russian air raid on Palmyra killed four civilians. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Army confirmed capturing Mahin in addition to villages in the area. [SANA]

 

Daesh claims responsibility for the car bomb attack in Hay Al-Zahra in Homs and says it killed 30 “murtads” and wounded 100. [JustPaste]

 

East

Syrian Army and Daesh forces have clashed at multiple sites in Deir Ez-Zor. Syrian troops attempted to seize the strategic Al-Tharda Mountain in the countryside around the Deir Ez-Zor military airport, while Syrian forces fought with Daesh militants inside the city’s Sinaa and Haweiqa neighborhoods. Syrian artillery, based in the mountains around the town, shelled these areas along with the Hisan and Husseiniya villages in the nearby countryside, as well as the Siyasiya Bridge, a strategic entrance to Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh publishes infographics explaining why watching satellite channels is against its religion. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. And why now? Does that maybe have something to do with the caliphate’s recent losses that are being reported on some of these channels?

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [Archive]

 

Jordan. Jordanian police have announced increased security measures, a security source said, in a precautionary measure to prevent Daesh infiltration, even though Jordanian intelligence has not identified a specific threat. [Erem]

 

Yemen. Daesh says it killed 6 Houthis by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Sanaa. [A3maq]

Daesh says it targeted the Central Bank in the Qutun area of Hadhramaut. [JustPaste]

 

Egypt.  Egyptian security forces destroyed an IED in the village of Obeidat near Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai governorate. [VetoGate]

 

Nadiya Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman who escaped from Daesh after she was abducted in Iraq and held as a slave, has spoken to Egyptian television, following her meeting with Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo earlier in the week. She explained that she had come to Egypt after she saw that Al-Sisi had expressed interest in combating Daesh. Murad said she does not know the whereabouts of her family since Daesh attacked them over a year ago (video). [Shorouk]

 

Libya.    The Tobruk government’s Foreign Minister has confirmed that its forces are receiving American training, without providing further details. [IslamMemo]

 

A member of the Conference of Tribes and Libyan Cities, Abd Al-Majid Othman Ali, has estimated that 4,000 Tunisian fighters are in Libya supporting Daesh, including women and child fighters. The member also claimed that the wanted Tunisian radical known as Abu Ayyad is alive and living in Libya to oversee Tunisian fighters coming to Libya from Syria, adding that Abu Ayyad is currently in Sirte. The Libyan activist also claimed that Daesh-affiliated emirates in the Sirte area possessed deadly sarin gas. [AkhbarLIbya]

 

Libyan security forces are taking precautionary measures in anticipation of Daesh attacks on petroleum installations and power plants. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh is training over 150 African children in marksmanship, suicide bombing, and improvised explosives in a camp east of Sirte. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan airplanes targeted a Daesh site south of Ajdabiya on Monday, killing nine militants including five foreign fighters. [AkhbarLibya]

 

The Al-Qaida affiliate in Libya has called on Daesh to unite with it to make war on the Libyan National Army, which it describes as a common enemy. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Nawfaliya. [JustPaste]

 

Algeria. Algerian police arrested three Algerian women in their early 20s on Tuesday on charges of planning to join Daesh after being recruited online via social media. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

AfriGate News page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/iopqw5

https://twitter.com/dwlabaqya1

https://twitter.com/14JOJ012

https://twitter.com/Qaydar88

https://twitter.com/_ENG_7

 

December 28, 2015

Noorhan

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraqi troops take over most of Ramadi, including government complex.

Daesh executes a six-year-old child in Shirqat; executes many more in Ninewa.

1,000 Arab tribal fighters from Kirkuk will join effort to regain Hawija.

Another rumored involvement of US ground troops, in Kirkuk, shot down by US spokesman.

Anti-Daesh Syrian journalist murdered in southeast Turkey.

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Iraqi troops and about 1,000 tribal fighters managed to capture most of Ramadi city after over a week of fighting. (See Ramadi report below) Lt. General Abdul Ghani Al-Asadi, the commander of anti-terrorism troops, said Monday that the battle of Ramadi was a “stab in the heart” of the Daesh organization, and that their defenses are falling apart. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Although Iraqi forces now hold most of the city, including the government complex, parts of the city have yet to be liberated and Daesh fighters have retreated into those areas. Whether they will make a stand in the city is unpredictable.

 

Prime Minister Abadi congratulates the Iraqi people on the Ramadi liberation and says Iraq will get rid of Daesh in 2016. [Xendan]

 

A video shows Iraqi people celebrating the liberation of Ramadi. [Facebook]

 

Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said Monday that the US welcomes the liberation of Ramadi by the Iraqi troops. He added that the Coalition played an important part in this victory, by conducting over 600 airstrikes since July. [IraqPress]

 

Parliament Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri stated on Sunday that the defeat of Daesh in Ramadi should also be the starting point for the liberation of Ninewa, issuing a call to take advantage of the momentum. [Sumaria]

 

The general secretary of the so-called Political Council of Iraq Revolutionaries, considered close to the Baath Party, stated that that it is not their policy to oppose Daesh, although they have different points of view and that frictions with Daesh in the field are sometimes inevitable. He added that Izzat Al-Douri, the leader of the Baath, is somewhere in Iraq but he is not sure where exactly. [Sumaria]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is hosting 300,000 Iraqi refugees, as he chastised Iraq for its objections to the controversial Turkish troop deployment in Iraqi territory. Erdogan said in an interview with Al-Arabiya satellite television that while Turkey was offering all this help, Russia and Iran have not made similar gestures. Erdogan said his country’s soldiers, based at Camp Zilkan in Ninewa Governorate, were in Iraq solely for the purposes of training Iraqis to fight Daesh. [Rudaw]

The National Guards law is expected to be passed by the Iraqi Parliament after the end of the current legislative holiday. The law was delayed for over a year by political differences and budget restrictions, but is finally about to be enacted after agreements resolving points of difference among parliamentary blocs. [Mada]

Medhat Al-Mahmud, Chief of the Supreme Judicial Council, stated on Monday that there is not a single corruption case filed against the Iraqi judiciary. He added that 65 judges and prosecution officials have been martyred since 2003, four of them appeals court judges. Many judges lost family members as well, he added. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement seems to be a response to anti-corruption demonstrators who keep demanding reforms in the judicial system.

 

Iraq’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has announced the decentralization of five of its departments, turning over the administration of its Operations, Loans, Vocational Training, Care for People with Special Needs, and National Center for Occupational Health and Safety functions to the governorates. (This does not affect the KRG, already in an autonomous region.) [AllIraqNews]

 

Security developments

Daesh says its terrorists clashed with Iraqi soldiers in Sayyed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya, killing one soldier and forcing the rest to flee. Daesh also says it detonated a booby-trapped house on Iraqi soldiers in the same area killing three soldiers and wounding others. [ADI]

An Iraqi Army 25th Brigade unit killed a terrorist and defused an IED in Sayyed Abdullah village. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit killed the Daesh military commander of the Ikaidat area in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of destroying an Iraqi Army vehicle in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [ADI] Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army “source” with an IED in Arab Jabour. [ADI]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army Humvee in Khtaimiya, near Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, wounding an officer. [ADI]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 sniper positions in Al-Atar in southwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle and killed 2 terrorists in two different operations west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • One civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED went off in Saba’ Al-Bor in north Baghdad. The bomb was placed in a popular marketplace. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a university professor’s car went off Monday morning as he drove through Adhamiya District in north Baghdad. The professor was badly wounded and his son, who was in the car with him, was killed. [Mada]
  • Two persons were killed and six wounded Monday in an IED explosion near a popular restaurant in the Sheikh Omar area in central Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • One civilian was killed and six wounded Monday in an IED explosion at a popular market in the Al-Alf Dar neighborhood in New Baghdad District. [Mada]
  • Unidentified armed men shot a policeman and wounded his brother in the Al-Turath area southeast of Baghdad today. Both brothers are displaced from Salahuddin area. [Baghdadia]
  • A former Daesh prisoner led security troops to two Daesh hideouts in the Mada’in District in southern Baghdad Governorate today. IEDs, sticky bombs, RPG 7 launchers, mobile phones, Daesh flags, mortars, machine gun ammunition, SPG 9 rockets, and other ammunition were found in the raid. [Mada]
  • An IED placed near an alcohol shop on Al-Sa’adoon Street in the heart of Baghdad went off, killing one person and wounding seven late Sunday night. [Baghdadia]
  • A terrorist was killed while exchanging fire with the 17th Army troops in Sayed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya south of Baghdad Sunday evening. [Ghad]
  • Two civilians were killed and eight wounded when an IED went off in a popular market in Mahmudiya in southern Baghdad Governorate Monday. [Mada]
  • Four persons were killed by an IED explosion in Hay Al-Amil west of Baghdad near a private electricity generator. The explosion killed the generator owner and three men standing nearby. [Baghdadia]
  • Five soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb went off in Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad Governorate during their patrolling of the area. [Mada]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Iraqi forces control most of Ramadi after expelling Daesh from the governmental complex in the city center, according to a senior military source. Daesh forces reportedly withdrew from parts of the city on Saturday, allowing Iraqi forces to transfer families who were trapped in the besieged city center to the Sufiya area east of Ramadi. The ratio of destruction in infrastructure and properties in the city is at 80%, said the Anbar GC today. The process of clearing IEDs and searching for remaining Daesh fighters in the city is underway. [Mada] [Maalomah] [Rudaw]

Lt. General Abdul Ghani Al-Asadi, anti-terrorism forces commander, stated Sunday that Ramadi is under full control of Iraqi armed forces and that Daesh fighters had escaped eastwards towards the desert of Khaldiya. He added that the engineering units are now clearing the “very heavily booby-trapped areas” of Ramadi. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Other military sources say Daesh still has fighters in the city, and that parts of the city are not yet controlled by the government. The areas still held by Daesh are mostly on the northern side of the city.

 

Engineering units of the 8th Army Division, Anbar police, and anti-terrorism units started clearing the 300 IEDs planted by Daesh inside the government complex in Ramadi. Most of these IEDs are oxygen bottles filled with C4 and poisonous chlorine gas, distributed throughout the complex and other buildings. [Sumaria] Joint Operations Command announced Monday that engineering units were dismantling IEDs in government buildings in Ramadi after Daesh fighters abandoned the buildings without fighting. [Ghad]

MoD says Daesh planted an IED in each square meter in Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Abu Ahmed Al-Alwani, the head of Daesh’s military council, was killed in a military special operation in Anbar along with tens of his command members. [Buratha]

Operations in Anbar have proceeded according to plan and were executed cautiously with the goal of minimizing civilian casualties, the Iraqi government spokesman has said, describing the preparations to take Ramadi as the largest operation undertaken by Iraqi forces since Daesh seized large parts of Iraqi territory in 2014. [Rudaw]

The Ministry of Defense said Monday that tribal mobilization troops will take control of the liberated areas in Ramadi.  Ministry spokesman Naseer Nouri said PMFs did not take part in liberating Ramadi, which was as planned by the Joint Operations Command. Ten battalions of tribal PMFs, five of which have already entered Ramadi, will assume this task. [Ghad]

According to Anbar Operations Command, Iraqi Army and security troops have gained control of the road connecting Albu Farraj and Al-Jazeera bridge alongside the Euphrates river north of Ramadi.[Mada]

A two km road connecting the bridges of Jaraishi and Jazeera along the Euphrates was cleared by the engineering corps on Monday, according to Major General Ismail Al-Mahalwai. Tens of IEDs and roadside bombs were cleared to render the road totally clear. [Sumaria]

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the House of a prominent Anbari tribal leader, Sheikh Majid Al-Ali Al-Suleiman in Ramadi, killing 16 Daesh terrorists. Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and eight wounded in the fight. [Youm7]

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh captured Ramadi, its terrorists executed 11 members of the Sheikh family, including his 2 year old granddaughter Noorhan (pictured).

 

A security source says Iraqi forces freed 150 people who were trapped by Daesh terrorists in the Thaila and Qattan areas in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Governor says more than 1,000 Daesh terrorists were killed during the Ramadi liberation battles. [Ghad]

 

Wisam Al-Hardan, the leader of the Iraq Sahwa Council, called Sunday for establishing a council of elders in all liberated parts of Anbar to help the government identify Daesh operatives in the post Daesh period. He said that a meeting between security commands and anti-Daesh operatives held at the Habbaniya base did not reach firm decisions for the post-Daesh period. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers raising the flag over the governmental compound in Ramadi [Facebook]

A video of Iraqi troops in Al-Hoz area in Ramadi [Yalla]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces continued their operations south of Falluja and they are a couple of hundreds of meters away from clearing the entire eastern side of the Euphrates. [MoD Website]

 

Baghdad Operations Command arranges a media tour in newly liberated Nuaimiya, 4 km (2.5 miles)from Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces killed 18 Daesh terrorists and wounded 10, destroyed 2 vehicles and a hideout, and defused 35 IEDs during the operations south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 5 terrorists in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi attack on Zoba’a south of Falluja, killing more than 20 soldiers and destroying 2 armored vehicles and 2 bulldozers. [ADI]

 

Hit/Haditha

An airstrike by the Coalition took place in coordination with the 7th Army Division on a Daesh location in Kasarat, between Hit and Baghdadi subdistricts. The strike left 20 Daesh fighters dead, in addition to considerable material damage. [Sumaria]

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Al-Dolab, killing 5 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

West Anbar

The MoI says several Daesh high ranking terrorists were killed in two airstrikes, in Akashat and Toubiya, including Alwani, Abdul Rahman Al-Yamani Abu Maisra (a colleague of Zarqawi and Anwar Awlaki) and others, and wounded Abu Anas Al-Samarra’i, a terrorist implicated in the attack on the American consulate in Istanbul. [Sumaria]

A second account of the Akashat story says Al-Samarra’i, the Daesh security commander for the western area, was killed, along with five of his associates. Their headquarters was totally destroyed. [Baghdadia]

 

IWMC said today that Army helicopters have destroyed a workshop for booby-trapping cars in Akashat in Qa’im District. The strike was coordinated with the national intelligence agency.  Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Artillery bombardment by Army troops targeting a Daesh gathering in Al-Fatha north of Baiji on Monday left tens of Daesh fighters dead, as well as destroying three military vehicles. [Baghdadia]

An air raid by Iraqi Army helicopters in coordination with Salahuddin Operations Command on Monday against Daesh gatherings in Siniya subdistrict near Baiji left 15 Daesh fighters dead and destroyed 3 vehicles. [Baghdadia]

Four oil tankers belonging to Daesh were destroyed by an Iraqi Air Force strike on Daesh locations near Allas oil field east of Tikrit on Monday. [Baghdadia]

Daesh has changed its command in Allas areas east of Salahuddin province, according to the PMF command. Confirmed intelligence is that the new leader is Hamid Al-Saba’ (alias Abu Khaldoun), who has a notorious history in Salahuddin. He escaped from Baiji after its liberation. [Ghad]

Imam Ali brigades of the PMFs successfully countered an attack by Daesh on their defensive lines in Siniya east of Baiji. Daesh fighters reportedly suffered extensive casualties before their retreat to the desert areas. [Ghad]

A security source says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack near the Strategic Line (oil pipeline) west of Baiji, killing two Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. Unlike previous posts, these photos don’t show anything on Iraqi casualties. 

 

Shirqat

Daesh executed a six year-old child by handing him a sticky IED and detonating it remotely in Shirqat, one week after the execution of the child’s father on charges of attacking a Daesh checkpoint and killing two of its fighters. [Sumaria]

Samarra

The IWMC said today that the Iraqi Air Force bombed the house of a terrorist Sunday on Watban Street in Samarra, south of Tikrit. The raid resulted in the destruction of a large workshop for booby-trapping cars and armoring vehicles, as well as a bombed car and 500 containers of C4. [Baghdadia]

The Saraya Al-Salam PMFs have seized the Sherif Abbas area west of Samarra after clashes in which tens of Daesh fighters were killed, a PMF commander said. Engineers are now clearing the area of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Harbi]

 

A security source says IFP troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicle in Jazeera Samarra. [Maalomah]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Local sources in Kirkuk say that eyewitnesses spotted oil smuggling operations by Daesh using modified tankers. The oil is pumped through a 400-meter pipeline from two oil wells 10 km (6 miles) away from Allas oil field. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A joint security, military, and PMF force found an underground workshop for manufacturing IEDs in an abandoned orchard near Abu Dihin village, 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Baquba) on Monday. The workshop contained 14 IEDs ready to use in addition to various explosives.  [Sumaria]

An “electronic” recruiter for Daesh was arrested near Baquba on Monday by a special security force. The recruiter was using social media sites to recruit young people to join the organization. A trap was set that located the recruiter through one of the social media websites. [Sumaria]

A security source says a civilian was killed and three wounded in an IED explosion near a popular restaurant in Al-Khalis, east of Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The 24-hour curfew in some of the villages north of Muqdadiya District was lifted this morning after the end of a search campaign in nearby orchards following armed attacks on these villages that killed and wounded 7 police and popular mobilization troops. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces with mortars in two areas in Shahraban, south of Muqdadiya. [ADI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army military headquarters in Shahraban with light and midsize weapons, forcing the soldiers to flee. Daesh also says the terrorists planted IEDs in the area and detonated one of them on an Iraqi Army vehicle, killing four soldiers. [ADI]


Northern Diyala

The MoI says security forces found 7 Daesh secret hideouts in the Hawi area in Udhaim. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Badr vehicle southwest of Udhaim, killing three fighters. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk’s Arab population has raised a force of 1,000 fighters to participate in the anticipated operations to eject Daesh from the Hawija area and to hold reclaimed territory, a tribal source said. The fighters, to be known as the “Arab Mobilization” were recently trained for two months in Baghdad by the Iraqi Interior Ministry with Italian and American trainers and will be operationally linked to Kirkuk’s police forces, the leader of the Obeid tribe in the area said.

 

There have been conflicting reports as to the possible capture of Abu Omar Al-Shishani, a wanted Daesh commander, in a raid reportedly conducted last week by American and Kurdish forces southwest of Kirkuk city. However, the Coalition spokesman denies that American troops were involved.

Three detainees in that raid have reportedly been transferred to Suleimaniya in the KRG, prompting the Security Committee in CoR to demand that the government investigate the matter and that the detainees be transferred to the control of the central government.

A Daesh commander in Kirkuk was killed in another supposedly American and Kurdish raid in the Riyadh area last Friday, a security source said. The raid targeted Daesh’s sharia court in Kirkuk province as well as its Kirkuk “military council.” Husayn Al-Eisafi, a member of the council, was killed in the raid along with ten of his associates.  [AllIraqNews]

 

Daesh’s Hisbah office started a campaign Monday morning to confiscate satellite dishes from houses and commercial shops in Hawija, after anti-Daesh messages were broadcast by some satellite channels. Daesh also arrested 12 persons who were trying to escape the area held by the terror organization. [Sumaria]

15 persons were arrested by Daesh while trying to escape the Rashad and Riyadh areas toward  Kurdish-held areas. [Mada]

Brigadier-General Khattab Omar Aref has officially become Kirkuk’s Chief of Police. He met with Minister of Interior Mohammed Salim Al-Gabban to discuss all operational and coordinative details of his new post. This seems to fully resolve the impasse between Baghdad and Kirkuk over who had authority to appoint the new Chief. The general was targeted by bombings and assassination attempts when he headed the Kirkuk Rapid Intervention force in his previous position. [Sumaria]

Daesh executed one of its local leaders in Kirkuk Sunday evening. Daham Mohamed Haj was burned to death in Al-Zab subdistrict on charges of treason. [Ghad]

NINEWA

Nineveh Plain

Daesh has renewed its shelling of the Zilkan base in Bashiqa, a security source said, adding that 12 mortar rounds fell on the base on Sunday, killing two members of the National Mobilization Forces and wounding eight others. [Maalomah] Another source says 5 NMFs were killed and 16 wounded in addition to 8 Turkish soldiers wounded. [Ghad]

Daesh publishes a video of rocketing the Zilkan camp in Bashiqa yesterday. Most of the video was taken by a drone. Daesh said yesterday it targeted the camp with 43 rockets and 53 mortar shells. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Eleven Daesh fighters were killed today by an artillery bombardment by Peshmerga, said the KDP media spokesman. The Daesh convoy of four vehicles was caught near Tesgofa in Tel Keif District and all vehicles were destroyed. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh blew up 10 houses belonging to displaced Yazidi families in Tel Keif. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh wants to make sure displaced people can’t go back to their houses even after it’s gone.

 

Makhmur

Iraqi forces are prepared and waiting for orders from Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi to begin their assault on Daesh-held areas of Ninewa, the Ninewa operations commander said.

The head of the Ninewa GC security committee, Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Bayati, said that 250 Humvees have been received by Ninewa Command center in Makhmur District in eastern Ninewa to use in the forthcoming liberation of Mosul. The 71st, 72nd , and 92nd  Army brigades and other troops from the 16th Army Division are getting ready in Makhmur for the operation. [Mada] [Mawazin]

Mosul

The head of the Ninewa Provincial Council, Nooraldin Qablan, stated Monday that the number of IDPs from Ninewa is 1.5 Million, the largest total among all provinces. He added that around 100,000 have returned to their home areas after their liberation, apparently a reference to Sinjar primarily. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We suspect that such a huge number of people cannot all return that fast.

 

Daesh has executed thirty youths, all under 16, in a public square in Qayara south of Mosul after they reportedly fled the fighting in Ramadi where they had been ordered to fight after being abducted from Mosul and pressed into Daesh’s military service. [AllIraqNews]

 

A local source says Daesh executed tens of civilians, including women and children, in Al-Houd village in Qayara after the people of the village asked Daesh terrorists to leave. [Sumaria]

Another local source says Daesh executed four young men in the village and displaced the people of the village. [Harbi]

Daesh executed eight tribal leaders in a public square in the Bab Al-Tob area of Mosul, on the grounds that they refused to pledge allegiance to Daesh, eyewitnesses and security sources say. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh executed three women in Bab Al-Tob in downtown Mosul for refusing to wear the khimar face covering. The execution was done through something called the “biting machine.” [Mada]

A security source says Daesh executed two more female teachers in Mosul for refusing to teach the Daesh school curriculum. [Ghad]

Daesh publishes photos of beheading 2 men in Ninewa, without even mentioning the exact accusations. [ADI]

Daesh’s Hisbah religious police arrested hundreds of Mosul residents for shaving their beards and wearing their trouser legs too long, both of which violate the codes of dress it has imposed, local sources report, adding that the past two days have witnessed a number of public beatings of several young people, while others have been fined and imprisoned and assigned to religious instruction. [Karemlash]

 

An international coalition drone bombarded a car in the Al-Muthanna neighborhood in north Mosul on Monday, killing four Daesh members including a leader called Muthanna Al-Ifri. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition forces bombed Daesh fighters as they attempted to advance on Peshmerga positions on the Khazer front northeast of Mosul, stopping their advance. [Rudaw]

A KDP official says a high ranking Daesh official, Younes Al-Sabaawi, and his associate were killed in a Coalition airstrike near the 4th Bridge in Mosul. [Rudaw]

Daesh says its terrorists killed two Peshmerga fighters in Aski Mosul. [ADI]

DaeshDaily correction. When we published the story about the You Tube video showing Daesh menacing and abusing a group of Yazidis last week [YouTube], which had spread like wildfire on social media, we mentioned that it was against policy for Daesh to issue videos of these incidents. It now turns out that the scene was staged as part of an anti-Daesh media publication.  We apologize for not exercising our usual level of suspicion.

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a Peshmerga excavator with a 37 mm cannon. [ADI]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A YouTube video shows Peshmerga troops firing a Milan rocket and destroying a vehicle bomb. [IraqPress]

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Diwaniya. Iraqi security forces acting on intelligence reports have arrested three men on terrorism charges in various areas of Diwaniya Governorate. [Mawazin]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Unknown armed men shot dead Syrian journalist Naji Jeref, near a shopping mall in Gazientep, using firearms fitted with silencers, before fleeing the scene, an informed source said. Jeref was known to be anti-Daesh and sympathetic to the Syrian opposition. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Turkish forces entered the Syrian border village of Dayrna Aghi north of Hasaka, deploying 100 meters (100 yards) into Syrian territory, local sources said. The Turkish forces were reportedly heavily armed and traveled in about 80 vehicles. YPG forces reportedly asked villagers to go out with weapons to block the Turkish deployment, but the villagers did not respond. [ARA]

 

Both Daesh and the YPG have made advances in the countryside north of Aleppo, Qasioun reports. Daesh has seized the villages of Koubri, Doudian, and Ghazal, after heavy clashes with opposition fighters on Sunday, with 20 of its fighters killed in its siege of Doudian. Heavy clashes were also reported near Jariz village as Daesh attempted to storm the village. Meanwhile YPG units took control of the village of Shawaghira after clashing with Sunni militia fighters, taking an unspecified number of prisoners. Russian warplanes also struck the village of Shawaghira, and nearby Faisal, wounding a number of civilians. [Qasioun]

Syria Democratic Forces with Coalition air support seized control of the strategic Tishrin Dam and eight nearby villages on the Euphrates River after clashes with Daesh east of Aleppo on Saturday. The SDF launched a campaign to eject Daesh from the area four days earlier. Tishrin Dam is considered one of the most strategic sites in the area and is the primary source of electricity for the surrounding area. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest

A YPG fighter, who participated in the battle, says the Syria Democratic Forces captured the residential compound near the Tishrin Dam killing many Daesh terrorists, including a Moroccan commander, and capturing others. [ARA]

The Turkish Prime Minister repeated his statement about not allowing the YPG to cross to the western side of the Euphrates. He says the DSF troops who captured the Tishrin Dam (and actually crossed the river) are mostly Arabs supported by the Coalition. [Anadolu]

However, Turkish troops moved from Gaziantep heading to the Syrian border. [Cihan]

 

A local source from Manbij says Daesh moved the prisoners it has from the city to an unknown location after executing some of them. The source also says Daesh members and their supporters are leaving the city with their families. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured Ghazl and Qara Kobri villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside near the Turkish border from Syrian opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

Daesh shelled Tal Aren with mortars, wounding a 17 years old girl. [Hawar]

 

Central and West

A suicide bomber detonated himself and at least one car bomb exploded in the Al-Zahra area of central Homs on Monday, killing at least 32 people and wounding 90 others, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. [AllIraqNews]

 

Syrian planes dropped hundreds of leaflets Monday on several towns and villages near the city of Eastern Ghouta, in the shape of US dollars with the images of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi of Daesh and Abu Mohammed Al-Golani of Al-Nusra. The leaflets called on insurgents to hand over their weapons and surrender to the Syrian Army, and promised food and medical treatment. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into Syrian Army posts near Mahin, killing many soldiers and capturing 2 tanks (photos). [ADI]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh’s leader Awwad Baghdadi publishes an audio message on Saturday. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. Although Baghdadi mentioned the Saudi-led Coalition, which might indicate that was the reason for his speech, the more likely reason was to give a morale boost to his supporters after the defeat in Ramadi. The same thing happened after Baiji when Daesh’s spokesman Taha Hamama (AKA Adnani) published a similar speech. In general the theme of the speech was about the victorious victim (everyone is fighting us but we are going to win). He also asked all the Muslims in the world to participate in his war, of course omitting to mention that his terrorists have so far killed tens of thousands of Muslims. 

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English.

 

Yemen.  A very interesting recording from a former Daesh sharia official in Yemen. He explains why he and many other Daesh members in Yemen defected. [Archive]

 

Egypt. The Dar Al-Ifta, which issues religious edicts (fatwas) and monitors fatwas issued elsewhere, gave a negative judgment on the speech just given by Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi. It said the speech, which promised attacks on Israel among other points, was a means to recruit new fighters and rebuild the organization’s lost reputation after consecutive defeats in Iraq and Syria. [Sumaria]

 

An unspecified number of Egyptian troops were injured when an IED exploded. It targeted a convoy carrying soldiers to their monthly respite as it passed through the Bir Lahfan area south of Arish in North Sinai, a security source said. [Vetogate]

 

Egyptian security sources in North Sinai have denied reports that Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis killed an Egyptian soldier near a cement factory in central Sinai. [Vetogate] Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army armored vehicle near the Cement Factory in Sinai without mentioning any casualties. [ADI]

 

Egyptian forces defused an IED planted near a secondary school in central Arish. [Vetogate]

 

Libya. Libyan Air Force conducted air raids on Daesh sites in four areas of Benghazi. Sporadic clashes have erupted between the Libyan Army and militia fighters in the Al-Jamiei area and on the road to the 17 February base. [Afrigate]

 

Fighters of the Mujahedin Derna Shura Council clashed with Daesh in multiple areas of the Derna suburbs, using heavy and medium-gauge weapons, with the Shura Council claiming to have stopped a Daesh attack and killed a number of Daesh fighters. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries has issued a statement rejecting Daesh in areas it controls (Image). [LibyaAkhbar]

 

Iran. A Daesh member known as Haiwa Maraymi has been killed in Iranian Kurdistan, Iranian media has announced without providing specifics. Maraymi, who reportedly joined Daesh in the spring of this year, hailed from the town of Sardasht and formerly lived in Kanimir. [Rudaw]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan. Daesh says it stopped a Taliban attack on its fighters in Nangarhar, killing 11 Taliban fighters and capturing four. [ADI]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Rapid Intervention Program from Al-Iraqia TV page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abukatadata

https://twitter.com/ab_2aeh51

https://twitter.com/alngf22

https://twitter.com/FURSAN_043

https://twitter.com/34almalk143

 

 

December 23, 2015

Hay Al-Dhubbat in Ramadi

 

Holiday note to our subscribers: In accordance with our policy of observing American and Iraqi holidays, Daesh Daily will not be published on Thursday and Friday (Christmas) and will be back on Monday. We wish you the happiest of holiday.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraqi troops control large parts of Ramadi city, moving into central Ramadi.

Kurds in Kirkuk worried that huge Influx of Arab refugees will undermine their political control.

Turkish troops move into Kurdish-held area in Hasaka, Syria

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, currently in China, has received Arab ambassadors and diplomats from various Arab states at his residence in Peking. In the meeting Abadi stressed, among other issues, the importance of a unified Arab response to the Turkish troop presence in Iraq. [PUKMedia]

 

The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Saleem Al-Jubouri met with Alexander Lavrientiev, an envoy sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Rudaw]

 

Security developments

Daesh says it detonated 3 IEDs in Hurriya, Shula and Bayya in Baghdad, killing or wounding more than 20 PMFs. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. Aside from possible exaggeration, such statements really mean that they killed 20 Shia. It serves Daesh’s propaganda purposes to define all victims as PMFs, but most of its victims in Baghdad are defenseless civilians, and some of them are Sunnis. Unless of course Daesh has discovered smart explosives that can differentiate.

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army “source” by detonating an IED on his car in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

Daesh says it killed two more “sources” with an IED in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF vehicle with an IED in Bayya, in the Al-Rasheed District, killing one PMF and wounding ten. [DabiqNews]

 

Iraqi troops defused 2 IEDs and confiscated a rocket launcher and several shells in the Sheikh Amer area in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says its terrorists clashed with Iraqi soldiers in Radwaniya in west Baghdad, without giving more details. [DabiqNews]

 

An Iraqi Army 36th Brigade unit killed 2 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Rapid Intervention Units killed 4 terrorists in the Rofa and Dhiban areas west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F16s bombed Daesh in Anbar and in Hawija in Kirkuk, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists including 8 commanders. [Ghad]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Ur in northeast Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men kidnapped a civilian in Zayouna in east Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • Security forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges, on the road between Baghdad and Diyala. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in Nahrawan in southeast Baghdad, wounding two civilians. [Etejah]
  • An IED exploded in Wardiya in south Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding six. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular café in Mada’in in southeast Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding seven. [AIN]
  • A former Iraqi Army officer was killed and his companion wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Hay Al-Adel in west Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad, wounding two civilians. [Etejah]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Battles to liberate areas in the center of Ramadi that remain under Daesh control will last “days,” according to remarks by the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Othman Ghanimi. The less cautious Anbar GC Chairman announced that Iraqi forces have military control of Ramadi, saying that the factor impeding Iraqi troops’ progress in the city now is not armed resistance but IEDs and booby-trapped houses left behind by Daesh. [Mada] [PUKMedia]

 

The Anti-Terrorism Service Commander says Iraqi forces achieved their goals in Ramadi and entered the city center. He says Iraqi forces could have entered earlier but the presence of families delayed the operations. He also says Daesh is using oxygen bombs that were able to flip a 27-ton vehicle on its side, but Iraqi forces managed to achieve their goals. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces are one kilometer, or “three streets” away from storming the governmental complex in central Ramadi, the Anbar governorate has announced, saying that Iraqi forces are “hours” away from clearing the complex of Daesh’s presence. [Mada] [BasNews]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted 32 airstrikes on the Ramadi area, killing many terrorists and destroying several gatherings, locations and hideouts. [IWMC Report]

 

The Anbar Governor says Iraqi forces secured a road for civilians to leave Ramadi city. He also says there are more civilians in Falluja than Ramadi and it’s likely that Daesh will use them as human shields. The Governor says “we don’t mind the participation of the PMFs in Anbar liberation if the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) approves it,” and there are 8,000 fighters from Anbar participating in the battles. He mentioned that the Americans are participating actively in Anbar’s liberation through the Coalition and there are Coalition experts working with the JOC. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Daesh has detained tens of families inside Ramadi General Hospital in the center of Ramadi for use as human shields, an Anbar police source says, citing intelligence information. The captives reportedly include women, children, and the aged. [Mada]

 

A security source says dozens of Daesh members fled to Sajariya and Sufiya east of Ramadi, escaping the battles and the heavy bombing and shelling on the city. [Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi JOC source says the IFP bombed two Daesh locations in Al-Hawz in south Ramadi, killing or wounding several Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Photos of Iraqi troops in Ramadi [Rudaw]

 

Iraqi forces killed 10 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb and a hideout in Hay Al-Bakr close to Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces liberated Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi, killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists. He says many Daesh members escaped to west Anbar and to Syria while its leaders disappeared from the city. [Mada]

Coalition warplanes targeted 2 Daesh gatherings in Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi, killing all the gathered terrorists. [IWMC Report]

The Chairman also says Iraqi forces secured 50 families who escaped from Daesh in Ramadi to Khaldiya, separating the women from the men for security reasons. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it ambushed and killed twelve Iraqi soldiers in Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [ADI]

 

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces killed several Daesh terrorists and defused 8 IEDs in east Hsaiba. [Mada]  An Iraqi JOC source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in East Hsaiba on Tuesday, killing 9 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

An Iraqi 35th Armored Battalion unit killed 16 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Aramil in southeast Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Aramil, killing a suicide bomber. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in north Humaira south of the city, killing many terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Daesh members allegedly captured in Ramadi being mocked and insulted by Iraqi soldiers. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. All we see in the video is young men in civilian clothes and Iraqi soldiers laughing at them. There are no signs that prove the handcuffed men are Daesh. Some of them might be Daesh members, but the video could serve to increase the fear of Sunni Iraqis toward Iraqi soldiers if Daesh is being defeated.

 

Prime Minister Abadi forms a committee to investigate human rights abuses in Anbar. The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council says the committee started its work three days ago to investigate reports about abuses at the checkpoints of Bzaibiz, Razzaza and Al-Shaheed. [Sumaria]

A CoR member from Anbar said on December 10 that more than 1,300 civilians from Anbar were kidnapped at these checkpoints. [Facebook]

 

A video of Iraqi forces establishing a temporary bridge in Ramadi [YouTube]

Videos of Iraqi forces in Ramadi [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of Iraqi soldiers in Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces killed 15 Daesh terrorists, destroyed 3 vehicles, and defused 19 IEDs in their operations south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED during clashes in Hitawiyeen southeast of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

A PMF source says PMFs and Iraqi Army troops liberated the Qarma electricity station and the factories area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it targeted Ameriyat Al-Falluja with “different kinds of weapons”. [DabiqNews]

 

A video of Iraqi troops fighting in Qarma [Facebook]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Albu Hayat east of Haditha. [DabiqNews]

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in Albu Hayat. [A3maq]

 

West Anbar

An Iraqi JOC source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Al-Qa’im Tuesday, killing 41 terrorists, including the Chechen Abu Al-Khatib and the Tunisian Abu Shira’, wounding 13, and destroying 11 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

The Coalition canceled an airstrike on a Daesh site in the Rutba area in west Anbar after children were observed near the target site, the IWMC announced. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A security source says several Daesh members were killed when Iraqi artillery shelled their locations north of Allas oil field. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing many of them. The source says Daesh started the attack with a vehicle bomb. [Ghad]

The IFP Commander says Iraqi troops killed 19 Daesh fighters and destroyed 3 vehicles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed ten PMF fighters in the Makhoul Mountains area. [DabiqNews]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a pickup vehicle carrying a machine gun in Sukariyat north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh construction shovel on the Siniya-Haditha road. [Baghdadia]

 

Shirqat

An Iraqi JOC source says the IAF bombed a Daesh gathering in Shirqat Tuesday, killing 20 terrorists including the Libyan Abu Hajer, Daesh’s special operations commander, and destroying 6 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

The MoI spokesman says security forces found a big rockets and explosives storehouse in a place used also as a terrorist guesthouse in the Al-Ali area of Al-Alam. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing the Speicher base north of Tikrit with mortars and Katyushas. [ADI] [ADI]

 

Samarra

The IAF killed many Daesh terrorists, including the Libyan Abu Zainab and the Iraqi Omar Abu Jandal, Daesh explosives and vehicle bombs officials, and destroying 5 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs, west of Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam defused 35 IEDs around Al-Nakhwa Street west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

The IFP Commander says Iraqi troops found a Daesh weapons hideout west of Samarra. [Mada]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops killed a Daesh terrorist as he was shooting at an Iraqi helicopter. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A Diyala police sources says 2 car bombs exploded in Al-Khalis northwest of Baquba, killing one civilian and wounding nine. [Ghadeer]

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says Dijla Operations Command formed a committee to investigate the explosions. He also says Daesh is using “mobile explosives workshops” in its attacks and the attacks aim at instigating sectarian violence. [Sumaria]

Daesh claims responsibility for the two car bombs and says one targeted a checkpoint in the entrance of the district and the other targeted a PMF gathering in the city, killing or wounding many Rawafidh (Shia). [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. For Daesh, Shia are “murtad,” which means people who left Islam and therefore should all be killed, women and children included. This is the reason Daesh could never survive in Iraq. Killing 20 million people is not an easy job. 

 

KIRKUK

Kurdish politicians in Kirkuk have expressed alarm over the recent decision of the central government not to require displaced persons to produce official documents when making residence transactions (i.e. acquiring housing). There are an estimated 500,000 displaced Sunni Arab families in Kirkuk who have fled Daesh-held areas. Although these families are not officially permitted to be settled in Kirkuk, Kurdish politicians in Kirkuk have expressed fears that these families will be able to settle there anyway if authorities are not required to check their documents. This could affect the long-standing Kurdish interests in annexing Kirkuk to the KRG. There are plans to repatriate those families who come from areas that have since been liberated from Daesh control, to be implemented in the new year. [Rudaw]

 

A Christian CoR member from Kirkuk says unknown armed men destroyed 30 graves in a Christian cemetery in Kirkuk, for the second time in two months. He asked for more protection for Iraqi Christians and capture of the criminals. [Mada]

Citizens in the area decided to take night shifts to protect the cemetery. They suspect Daesh members were responsible. [Qurtas]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraqis both dead and alive are suffering from Daesh theology.  

 

NINEWA

A Daesh video just got leaked that shows a Daesh confrontation with a group of Yazidis herded together in a schoolyard. Daesh terrorists suddenly lunge into the group and start dragging the women into a separate group. The date is unknown as are the fates of the men and women in the video. However, separating Yazidi women from their men was commonly followed by group executions of men and forcing women into slavery, rape, unwanted marriages, and other horrors. The release of the video is noteworthy because Daesh policy is to avoid releasing such videos. Obviously, someone did not get the message. [YouTube]

 

Mosul

Coalition warplanes, based on information from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, bombed a Daesh gathering of 120 terrorists (just arrived from Syria to Ninewa), killing 44 and wounding 14 in three different areas. [IWMC Report]

Coalition warplanes flew 17 sorties on Tal Afar, Mosul and Shirqat, killing many terrorists and destroying 10 defense locations, a checkpoint, a vehicle, and a construction shovel bomb. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi JOC source says the IAF bombed a Daesh gathering in the Gas Station in Qayara, destroying 80 Daesh vehicles and killing a Saudi commander on Tuesday evening. [Harbi]

 

Many parents in Mosul stopped sending their kids to schools after Daesh executed a female teacher publicly two weeks ago. Many parents are also concerned about the radical curriculum Daesh is using in its schools. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh has executed two female students together in Mosul, local sources say, four days after the two were arrested for having made critical remarks about Daesh on social media. The same sources say Daesh has forbidden celebration of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on Wednesday. ARA notes that this marks the second year that the organization has forbidden the observance of the Prophet’s birthday, observance of which runs against the group’s interpretation of Islam. Many Moslawis reportedly observed the occasion quietly in their homes. [ARA]

A local source says Daesh whiplashed 10 people in Mosul, including an old man, because they celebrated the Prophet’s birthday. [Sumaria] DaeshDaily comment. Wahhabism has never been popular in Iraq. Millions of Sunni Iraqis celebrate the Mawlid Nabawi (Prophet’s birthday) every year. Unfortunately, Wahhabism now rules in Daesh-controlled areas. 

 

An informed source says Daesh executed a former military pilot on the west side of Mosul, accusing him of communicating with security forces. The source also says Daesh executed a female GC electoral candidate in Qayara. [Karemlash]

 

ARA reported that an airstrike by coalition warplanes has killed the Daesh “health minister” in Mosul, known as Dr. Omar, and also as Falah Hasan Ali Al-Saklawi, a local source said. The airstrike targeted the Daesh official’s car as it passed through the Ziraa area on the west side of Mosul city. [ARA] Other sources say the Daesh leader, who was responsible for sharia punishments and appeared in many publications cutting off people’s hands, whiplashing them, and stoning them, was killed in the airstrike on the 17 July area two days ago. [Karemlash]

 

Northwest Ninewa

A Ninewa police source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Tel Keif east of Mosul, killing four of its sharia police officers. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacking the Peshmerga on Ain Al-Safra mountain. [DabiqNews]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra.  Unknown armed gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons on the home of the governorate’s intelligence director in Karma north of Basra city, without any human casualties, a Basra security source said. The intelligence director had received threats in the past. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The recently formed Saudi-led Islamic Coalition against terrorism has included the PKK and 13 other organizations on its first list of terrorist groups. [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment. The PKK is well established on terrorist group lists, including that of the US. This has something to do with the fact that they have killed 40,000 people.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Turkish ground troops with armored vehicles have made an incursion into Syrian territory in the Hasaka countryside, local sources say. The forces, numbering approximately 200 soldiers, took up positions on a hill known as Tal Afrit, overlooking the village of Samsamakh outside the town of Kirki Liki. [BasNews] [Welati]

 

The commander of the “Army of the Tribes” has called in a recorded video statement for citizens of Raqqa to take up arms against Daesh. He says the group’s guidance council called for mobilization of all human and material resources in the area to liberate Raqqa. The commander called for Coalition support, and appealed for supplies of arms, as well as calling for demonstrations in liberated areas starting Friday to condemn and expose Daesh’s crimes. The statement also said that the Army of the Tribes follows only the FSA. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh detonated a car bomb near what was reportedly a former YPG camp in the village of Tal Arqam west of Ras Al-Ayn in the Hasaka countryside, injuring an unspecified number of victims, with one report referring to possible deaths in the attack. ARA cites a high-level YPG source who says that the YPG had vacated this training camp a month ago. [BasNews] [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing areas east of Ain Eissa. [DabiqNews]

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb in Tal Arqam village west of Ras Al-Ain, killing twelve YPG fighters and wounding many others and destroying two vehicles. [ADI]

 

Northwest

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) have announced the launching of their second campaign to liberate the remainder of Kobane area from Daesh. According to the statement, the allied groups fighting in the campaign include the Army of Revolutionaries, the YPG, the Women’s Protection Units, the Northern Sun Brigades, The Syriac Military Council, The Gathering of Jazeera Brigades, and the Gathering of the Euphrates Brigades of Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

The SDF liberated Saharij village, the first in its campaign to liberate Kobane’s southern countryside. Daesh fighters fled the village after brief clashes. [Hawar]

 

Daesh has executed tens of civilians in the last two days in Manbij, a local source says, after detaining them on charges of communicating with the YPG. The victims include the former Mayor of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops with a vehicle bomb in Irbid village north of Kowaires airbase, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers (photos). Daesh terrorists shelled the village with mortars after the attack. [DabiqNews]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian tank in Irbid village with a Kornet missile. [DabiqNews]

 

Four civilians died and seven others were injured in Russian airstrikes in the countryside east of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes destroyed a bakery near Al-Frouq Dam area in east Aleppo. Coalition warplanes launched also four airstrikes on 4 “primitive” oil refineries between Manbij and Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Central and West

Daesh publishes a video allegedly of their shooting down a Syrian warplane over West Qalamoun yesterday. [A3maq]

 

East

Syrian warplanes flew more than 30 sorties on Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor and the Syrian Army brought more reinforcements to the airport and other areas where it is fighting Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it captured the industrial area in Deir Ez-Zor after 3 of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops with 3 vehicle bombs (2 bulldozers and a truck carrying 13 tons of explosives), killing more than 35 Syrian soldiers. [ADI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched a major attack on Syrian troops in the airport area in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has shot dead a 13 year old child, Siamond Othman Ali, in the town of Sour north of Deir Ez-Zor, on allegations of communicating with Kurdish fighters, according to the organization’s announcements. The child was detained by Daesh while he was speaking to his uncle, a Kurd living in Iraq, on WhatsApp. Upon examining his phone Daesh militants saw that the uncle’s WhatsApp profile photo was a Kurdish flag, which prompted Daesh to arrest the child and hold him for two days in one of its facilities in the area before executing him on Wednesday. The child’s family came originally from Qamishli, settling in Deir Ez-Zor more than twenty years ago. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

Egypt.  Medical sources say an 8 year old girl was killed when a rocket shell fell on her house in Tayra village south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian security sources say the Egyptian Army, supported by F16s, conducted a large security campaign in Rafah, Sheik Zuweid and south Arish in Sinai and arrested 20 suspects. Eyewitnesses say they saw smoke clouds after Egyptian airstrikes in south Arish and Rafah. [Erem]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists put IEDs in a high school building and a house and destroyed them in Muqata’a village south of Sheik Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Police in Arish issued instructions to people not to throw garbage bags in the streets because the terrorists are using them to hide their IEDs. [VetoGate]

 

Libya. A Libyan military source says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations by the western entrance of Derna. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan journalist warns that Daesh is training terrorists and collecting weapons and explosives in Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi. [AfriGate]

 

Libya.  A local source says Daesh executed two young men in Sirte and mutilated their bodies. The source says the young men were captured by Daesh in August when some people of Sirte rebelled against Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

The bodies of a Libyan Army colonel and a policeman were found in Derna. A captured Daesh terrorist showed the authorities the burial place of the two victims. Daesh killed the two men in March, then filmed the execution and published the video online. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it shelled Libyan armed groups with mortars in the Shiha area in Derna. Daesh also says it blew up a Libyan armed group vehicle with an IED in Derna. [DabiqNews]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Anbar

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

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https://twitter.com/GggggaaXhkhckyf

https://twitter.com/414178l

https://twitter.com/Ahmed_908070

https://twitter.com/Situationforeve