An Update On ISIS Activities

August 30, 2016

Iraqi Fighter

Iraqi Fighter

Today’s Major Developments

Survey of Daesh mass graves finds 72 sites in Syria and Iraq, estimates up to 15,000 killed. []

CENTCOM top general says Ninewa goal is liberation by the end of this year. []

Daesh detonates an IED on a bus in Sadr City. []

Daesh in Hawija beheads 13 people for helping others escape; arrests 40 more. […]

Daesh’s main international spokesman reported killed in Syria. []

Arab units of Syria Democratic Forces take villages from Daesh in northwest Syria. []

President Hollande criticizes Turkey’s assault on YPG. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A survey of mass graves in Syria and Iraq has identified 72 sites in which Daesh buried victims of its atrocities. As many as 15,000 victims of genocide and mass slaughter may be buried in these sites, based on a comprehensive assessment by the Associated Press.

The figures are based on documentation and mapping of the 72 sites as well as excavations by Iraqi officials, survivor testimony, Daesh propaganda, and analysis of the ground where the victims were buried.

The numbers offer the clearest evidence yet of the scale of Daesh’s crimes as it eliminated enemies and minorities to establish its strongholds in Syria and then Iraq. Further mass graves are expected to be uncovered as Daesh retreats in the face of offensives by a US-led coalition and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

The study identified 17 mass graves in Syria alone, one with hundreds of members of a single tribe that was largely exterminated when Daesh seized the area. Sinjar Mountain, in Ninewa, where the Yazidis took refuge as the terrorists raided their ancestral home, contains six burial sites and more than 100 bodies. Some areas where mass graves were uncovered are still too dangerous for a comprehensive excavation that would provide an accurate count of the victims.

The report published in The Guardian notes that Daesh has flaunted its mass atrocities, publishing propaganda videos and images of its crimes. Three other mass murders already well documented are

the June 2014 Camp Speicher massacre in Tikrit, when Daesh murdered more than 1,500 Shia army cadets,  the August 2014 massacre of more than 700 members of the Shaitat tribe in eastern Syria, and the summer 2014 rampage that killed 600 inmates at the Badoush prison near Mosul, their bodies likely in a grave just outside the prison. [The Guardian]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraq hasn’t finished exhuming Saddam’s mass graves yet. Obviously Daesh is depending on Saddam’s “experts” in this field.

Once Daesh is dislodged from all its Iraq territory, one of the government’s top priorities should be to comprehensively document all the mass graves and the atrocities that caused them, and seek justice for the family members who lost their loved ones, by bringing to justice as many as possible of those who supported Daesh in these crimes. Trials and executions have been ongoing for some time over the Camp Speicher massacre. The mass graves also symbolize the betrayal and sellout of some Iraqis by others, for which tribal and legal recourse will be applied on a mass scale to establish a measure of accountability. All of this will put a major strain on the justice system.

 

Iraq is on track to meet its objective of retaking Mosul from Daesh later this year, says the top general in the U.S. military’s Central Command. “It’s the prime minister’s objective to have that done by the end of the year,” said General Joseph Votel. CENTCOM oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East. Votel said momentum had firmly shifted against Daesh as it loses territory in its self-proclaimed “caliphate.”

Votel said the battle for Mosul could present a mixed picture for war planners, with Daesh retreating in some areas only to reinforce in others. “(Daesh) is having to make hard decisions, because they’re being pressured in a variety of ways,” Votel said. He pointed to the 2½ month battle by U.S.-backed forces in Syria to take back Manbij from Daesh as an example of how fighting could become protracted.  “We should expect that in some places, perhaps in some parts of Mosul, they will cede that area to us, to the coalition, to the Iraqis. And then in other areas, they will fight harder to hold onto that,” Votel said. [Reuters]

General Votel says the Peshmerga will participate in liberating Mosul and he had discussed this with the KRG President, Masoud Barzani. [ARA]

 

Speaker Jubouri met with the KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss several issues including the preparations for the upcoming Ninewa battles, and the relationship between the central government and the KRG, according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. [ROJ]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement saying anyone who owns mid-sized weapons like RPGs or machine guns, or heavy weapons, outside of government control will be arrested as a terrorist. [Forat]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq in the last 24 hours, in and around Ramadi (2) and Albu Hayat (1) in Anbar; and Sultan Abdullah (1), Tal Afar (1), and Mosul (2) in Ninewa. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in Rahmaniya. [Mada]

The MoI says a joint security force captured a Ministry of Culture employee and his brother on terrorism charges. [Etejah]

An MoI source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in the Kifah area. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two Iraqi soldiers were killed and five wounded when armed men shot them in Hora village, in Tarmiya District. [Mada]

A member of the Security Committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council says Baghdad Operations Command troops killed several Daesh leaders and dismantled sleeper cells in Tarmiya and other areas in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Mada]

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

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Basateen, in Shaab. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in Sadr City. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says it detonated an IED inside a bus in Sadr City, killing or wounding ten “Shia.” [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Being a Shia is a crime to Daesh, for men women and children. Daesh doesn’t even try to hide these crimes by saying it attacked PMFs anymore. For the people in surrounding Sunni-governed countries who support this theme in Iraq, your turn will come.

 

An MoI source says a Baghdad Amanat (municipality) employee was killed when unknown armed men shot at his vehicle with silenced guns on the Mohammed Al-Qassem highway. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a cemetery in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says three people were killed and eight wounded when a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in the Darwish Intersection. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses and defused 3 IEDs in the Manari area, in Arab Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page]

A security source says Baghdad Operations Command Explosives Ordinance Disposal defused a lorry bomb parked in a garage in Arab Jubour. [Harbi]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says a Ministry of Education supervisor was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his official vehicle in Saidiya. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A police source says a security force found a vehicle loaded with 35 Katyushas and 3 rocket launchers in Akarkouf in Abu Ghraib. The source says the rockets were prepared to be launched. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A couple of similar trucks had attacked the Mujahideen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group living in a camp at the Baghdad airport in previous incidents, perpetrated by pro-Iran Shia militias. There are reports they are being moved elsewhere in the next few weeks.

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces found (and defused) 97 IEDs, a Daesh guesthouse, 3 explosives vests, plus weapons and explosives in Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division defused 2 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 95 IEDs in addition to other explosives in the Qarma subdistrict of Falluja and in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The PMFs Commission says eleven PMF fighters from Basra were taken to the hospital after being hit with chemical gases in the Jazeera Khaldiya conflict. It says some of the fighters are in “serious condition.” [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh guesthouse in Albu Ali Al-Jassem, killing 4 terrorists and destroying a mortar unit and a rocket launcher.  [Mada]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMFs and Sahwa fighter positions in the Jaraishi area with 17 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Jamiya area in Hit city. Daesh also says it targeted “Shia army” positions in Hit city with 15 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A worried Mayor of Rutba says Daesh is gathering terrorists to launch an attack from 4 sides on Rutba city. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Police source says two displaced people were killed and four wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on their vehicle near the Tilul Al-Baj area. [Mada]

 

The MoD cites the Salahuddin Operations Command saying that its Explosives Ordinance Disposal teams destroyed a Daesh IED cache near Dibis village and 36 more IEDs in Tilul Al-Baj. It also says its troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Makhoul Mountains area. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces with 14 mortars in different areas near Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces are the road between Haditha and Baiji with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi Army positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. When all you can do is fire off mortar rounds from long distance, you are not in charge any more.

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Provincial Council secretary says the PC voted to exclude Daesh families from the Governorate for 10 years. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Sounds fair, but where would they go?

 

Tooz

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Zarqa area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says a civilian was killed when unknown armed men shot him in the Matar area, 8 km (5 miles) north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says Daesh beheaded 13 civilians in Riyadh after accusing them of helping families to leave Hawija. [Ghadeer]

 

A security source says Daesh in Hawija arrested 40 more civilians who were trying to escape the District. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF commander says a Daesh Saudi terrorist fled Hawija with $300,000 he extorted from people of the city. He says many Daesh terrorists have fled Hawija after gathering large amounts of money from people. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Russian Sputnik news agency says Daesh sewed up the mouths of four civilians with metal thread in the Tayaran area on the west side of Mosul because they were talking about Iraqi forces’ advances and Daesh defeats, according to a local source. [PressIraq]

 

In a bizarre and sad story, a local source says Daesh captured one of its fighters on the west side of Mosul and accused him of homosexuality. The source says the fighter, from an Arab country, was actually responsible for executing many young men in Mosul for homosexuality during the last few months. The source says those victims were forced by torture to give “confessions.” [Sumaria]

 

Hammam Alil/Shura

A senior JOC source says Daesh blew up houses of policemen, Army personnel, and government employees in Hammam Al-Alil. The source also says Daesh deployed its terrorists in schools and mosques in the subdistrict, and put its Ashbal Al-Khalifa boys at checkpoints. [Ghad]

 

Qayara/Makhmur

Daesh issues photos of battles near the Hatra Intersection in the Qayara area. The photos also show a young Iraqi boy conducting a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of the Jordanian suicide terrorist who attacked the Iraqi Army with a vehicle bomb in the same area. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes more photos of suicide attacks on the same area. Daesh had reported the attacks yesterday. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Iraqi government-backed militias have recruited children from a displaced persons camp in Makhmur to fight against Daesh. All security forces and armed groups are supposed to abide by international law and not recruit any fighters under age 18.

Witnesses and relatives told Human Rights Watch that two tribal militias recruited as fighters at least seven children from the Debaga camp on August 14, 2016, and drove them to a town closer to Mosul. These two militias are made up of local Sunni fighters and expected to play a key role in Mosul military operations. [HRW]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with 50 mortars in the Sinjar area. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The bodies of three American fighters, Levi Jonathan Shirley, William Savage, and Jordan Andrew, who were killed while fighting Daesh in Manbij, arrived in Suleimaniya on their way back to the US. [ROJ]

 

The Iraqi Government spokesman said the Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq violate Iraq’s sovereignty. He also demanded that Turkey coordinate with the Iraqi Government regarding any military operation inside of Iraq. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Babel Criminal Court issued 3 death sentences on a Daesh terrorist who was responsible for several attacks including murdering two street traders in north Babel. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

After last week’s anti-Daesh raid in Ankara that led to 17 arrests, it was discovered that Daesh was using a five-story building on Ulucanlar Street as an “education” center. It appears that 30 children, 25 of them girls, were boarding in these rooms. The students were between 9 and 17. The organization was paying 4,000 lira in monthly rent for the building.

It has also been reported that Daesh members in Ankara have shaved off their beards and are making ends meet by working as street vendors. A small building that the organization used for discussion meetings in Hacıbayram quarter is said to have been demolished. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank our friend in Turkey for translating this report.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Daesh says its spokesman, Taha Falaha, AKA Adnani, was killed while checking in on military operations in Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq]

Coalition forces have not confirmed his death but the Pentagon acknowledged that he was targeted in a precision strike on Tuesday near Al-Bab, Syria. “We are still assessing the results of the strike, but Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to (Daesh),” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in a statement. [CNN]

Falaha was born in 1977 in Idlib in Syria and lived for a while in Haditha in Iraq. He was captured in Iraq in 2005 by the Coalition, but then was released. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. This leaves only Baghdadi as a well-known face in the chain of command.

 

The office of the US Special Envoy for Syria issued a statement denying Russian media reports about a Russia-US agreement to target fighters in Aleppo or to evacuate fighters from the city. It says the US has not begun to coordinate with Russia or Syria–militarily or otherwise. It says that wouldn’t make sense without Russia fulfilling its obligations in Syria. It says the US and Russia have not reached an agreement, but are working on agreements that, if achieved, will bring about the cessation of hostilities and save lives. [Dorar]

 

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday criticized Turkey’s “contradictory” military intervention in Syria and warned Russia not to become a “protagonist” in the war. In a speech Tuesday, Hollande said “multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation” of the fighting that has devastated the country.

He said he could understand Turkey’s concern about protecting its borders and fighting Daesh, but criticized Ankara’s actions against Kurdish rebels allied with the US-led coalition who are fighting the extremists. [FirstStep]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Abu Kamal (1), Raqqa (1), Palmyra (1), and the other six near Manbij. [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

The Jarabulus Military Council issued a statement saying a temporary cease fire, sponsored by the Coalition, was signed between the Council and Turkey. [Hawar]

Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for CENTCOM, confirmed the news about the truce and told Agence France Presse, “It’s a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days, and we are hoping that it will solidify. “In the last hours we have received assurance that all involved parties will stop shooting at each other and focus on the Daesh threat”.

 

The Presidential Commission of the Syrian Democratic Council issued a statement saying Turkey has killed around one hundred civilians, including women and children, and kidnapped and killed an entire family in the Jarabulus area, and asked the international community to intervene. It also says that the Turkey Deputy Prime Minister said Russia knew about the “Turkish invasion,” and the Syrian Government approved it. [Hawar]

 

A Turkey-backed opposition group commander says the groups continued their attack on Daesh positions west of Jarabulus and captured Kilya and Sha’ina villages after heavy battles. He also says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Ghandoura, killing large numbers of terrorists. [ARA]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on opposition groups in Kilya village west of Jarabulus. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Turkish Army tanks with guided missiles in the same area after opposition groups captured the village. [A3maq]

The Turkish Army says one of its tanks was destroyed by a thermal rocket and three of its soldiers were wounded, by “terrorists,” west of Jarabulus. [BasNews]

 

Turkey says its Syrian opposition groups captured more than 400 square km, including 38 villages, from Daesh and the PYD in the Jarabulus and Azaz districts during the first week of Operation Euphrates Shield. [Anadolu]

 

Azaz

Jaish Al-Thuwar, an Arab component of the Syria Democratic Forces, stopped a Daesh attack on Ihras, a Kurdish village in Azaz District, killing “tens” of terrorists. Daesh repeated the attack, and the battles are ongoing. [Hawar]

 

Jaish Al-Thuwar, supported by Al-Bab Military Council and the Democratic North Brigade, liberated Um Hawsh village south of Mare’ from Daesh after heavy battles. Daesh had killed three civilians and wounded seven others there, including women and children. [Hawar] [Hawar]

A video of the battles in Um Hawsh [Hawar]

Daesh says “American warplanes” targeted Um Hawsh village. Daesh also says the “YPG” attacked the village and battles are currently going on inside. [A3maq]

 

After capturing Um Al-Hawsh, Jaish Al-Thuwar liberated neighboring Um Al-Qura village in Azaz, 500m to the east, a few hours later, after heavy fighting with Daesh. [Hawar]

 

The explanation by the deputy commander of Jaish Al-Thuwar says his troops stopped a Daesh attack, then launched a counter-attack that captured Um Hawsh and Um Al-Qura villages, then advanced toward Harbal and Tal Qarah. He says six SDF fighters were killed. His units also destroyed a Daesh tank and damaged another in Kilya village. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. After yesterday’s discouraging stories about the SDF being attacked by the Turks, this was startling news. It appears that at least some Arab units in the SDF did not move east across the river with the YPG. Daesh probably saw a weakness it could exploit, and attacked the SDF, only to get beat.

 

Tens of civilians from Um Al-Hawsh and Harbal had escaped their villages after Daesh started shooting indiscriminately, wounding civilians. [Hawar] Daesh had used the 2 villages to attack Ihras. [Hawar]

 

Russian warplanes targeted fuel tanker trucks between Harbal and Ihras with cluster bombs, killing or wounding several people. Syrian Democratic Forces were reported in other media to have launched a massive attack on Daesh in Harbal. [Qasioun]

 

Manbij

Turkish artillery shelled Dandaniya village west of Manbij and south of the Sajur River, at 7 pm Monday, killing five civilians, including three children. People from the village say the shelling was from Amarna village 8 km (5 miles) south of Jarabulus (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the YPG in Tal Hudhan village south of Manbij after the “YPG” “advanced to the village”. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh said yesterday it had captured the village.

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Afrin in the northwest corner of Aleppo against the Turkish occupation. [Hawar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Thousands of people demonstrated in Amuda, protesting against the Turkish Army. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. That’s not actually a good sign for Daesh supporters who live there.

 

Daesh issues photos of mortaring “PKK positions” in the Ain Eissa area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Syrian Army recaptured the silos area near Tadmur from Daesh. [SyriaNow]

Daesh issues photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in the silos area with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it captured Tal Al-Sawana near Huwaisis east of Homs, after a surprise attack, killing 20 Syrian soldiers and allied militia fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted a Syrian Army barricade east of Aqareb village in Silmiya with mortars, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh says battles continued in the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa between its affiliate Khaled Army and opposition groups for the 4th day in a row. Daesh says at least five opposition fighters were killed in the attacks so far. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has provoked an outcry after it automatically translated “Daesh” as “Saudi Arabia.”

 

The incident has led representatives of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy, as well as many members of the public, to demand a complete national boycott of the search engine.

Social media users first spotted the mistake, which soon went viral as people complained about the translation–with some describing it as an “insult”. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Independent: “Our product team fixed the error in the automated translation within hours of learning about it.” [Independent]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army M60 tank near the Sheikh Zuweid Police Station. Daesh also says it detonated another IED on an Egyptian Army patrol, killing or wounding several soldiers in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says security forces stopped an attack on a checkpoint in the Sadout area in Rafah, forcing the terrorists to flee. The sources say two soldiers were wounded. [VetoGate]

6 hours earlier, the terrorists had attacked Masoura checkpoint south of Rafah with mortars and machine guns, wounding four soldiers. 2 terrorists were killed there. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

Four soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say a Palestinian Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist responsible for smuggling explosives to Egypt was killed by an airstrike on his vehicle east of Masoura village, in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh says it captured a tank, weapons, and ammunition in an attack on “Hafter militias” in the Qawarsha area. [A3maq]

Daesh says at least ten Libyan soldiers were killed and many others wounded in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh says a “Hafter” helicopter mistakenly targeted Libyan soldiers while they were fleeing from a Daesh attack in Qawarsha. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military spokesman says the battles were stopped in Sirte, for fear that Daesh might be using civilians as human shields. He says Daesh had forced several Libyan girls to marry its terrorists, and had kidnapped 90-100 civilians. He says Libyan troops are removing IEDs and landmines from the liberated areas in the city. The military confirmed that the Daesh mufti of Libya, Hassan Al-Karami, was killed and published a photo of his dead body. The terrorist was accused in the infamous attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi that killed the US Ambassador and other Embassy personnel. [Rudaw]

 

People of the Wadi Jaref 30 km (19 miles) south of Sirte refused the National Accord Government military orders to evacuate areas between 50km west and 50km east of Sirte city and consider it a military operations area. The military had issued a statement asking people to leave areas around Sirte in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from sneaking outside the city. [AfriGate]

 

A Senior Pentagon official tells CNN that the US Army would extend the 30-day limit for the American airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. The US had said the airstrikes would be over by September 1st. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it conducted 5 suicide attacks on National Accord Government “militias” in Sirte during the last 2 days. Daesh says it killed or wounded four hundred fighters and destroyed 4 tanks, a BMP armored vehicle, and several machine gun mounted vehicles during the last two days. Daesh also says American airstrikes on the city caused civilian damages. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh propaganda, Coalition airstrikes never hit Daesh, only civilians.

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Libyan National Accord Government “militias” in the Bu Hadi area southeast of Sirte, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying their vehicles. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Photos of Libyan and National Accord Government troops in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The former Tunisian Prime Minister says Tunisian authorities prevented 18,000 Tunisians from traveling to join terrorist organizations in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. [Wasat]

 

Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, an Al-Qaeda linked group, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack that killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded others in the Samama Mountain area yesterday. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Pakistan

Daesh says it assassinated a Pakistani Intelligence Service member in Peshawar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Video of the oil spill caused by Daesh in Qayara [Hurra] [Mosuliya]

 

A video of a man from Qayara whose four brothers were killed by Daesh. His son was also captured by Daesh and he doesn’t know anything about what has happened to him [Yalla]

 

A video of Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in the Bashiqa area [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Archive]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about one of its dead Iraqi military commanders. The terrorist was a colleague of Zarqawi and had fought with the AQI starting in 2003. [DawaAlhaq]

 

August 29, 2016

Kerbala Victims

Kerbala Victims

Today’s Major Developments

Al-Abadi, Nechirvan Barzani meet to discuss the Iraq-Kurdistan relationship. []

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace its Ambassador to Baghdad. []

Osama Nujaifi meets with Erdogan in Ankara. []

Daesh executions in Ninewa continue; so do assassinations of Daesh members in Mosul. []

Iraqi forces stop major suicide vehicle bomb attack near Qayara. []

Daesh sets Qayara oil wells on fire. []

Daesh attacks a wedding in Kerbala, kills 17. []

Turkey issues “or else” warning to Kurdish fighters in Syria. []

Combat deaths increase among US Syrian allies attacked by Turkey. []

Daesh stages massive jailbreak in Mindanao. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss the Mosul campaign, the future relationships between Baghdad and Erbil, Kirkuk, oil revenues, and how to solve the problems between the central government and the KRG, according to a statement from the KRG Presidency. Barzani also met with outgoing US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones. [BasNews] [BasNews]

A Kurdish CoR member says Kurdistan independence was one of the issues discussed in the meeting. [BasNews]

A Kurdish Islamic Group MP says the visit aimed at preventing the COR from voting out Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari, who was called into a question session at the CoR. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Zebari has distinguished Kurdish roots but has a long history as an Iraq official. He was the Foreign Minister for years.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday it sent an official request to Saudi Arabia to recall its Ambassador to Iraq. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Certain of the Ambassador’s public statements have raised official objections in Baghdad.

 

The chairman of the PUK’s CoR block, Ala Talabani, says the participation of the Peshmerga and the PMFs will accelerate the liberation of Mosul. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Such a unifying diplomatic statement is not surprising. From some personal observation, Ms. Talabani is a productive legislator who has earned much respect in a body which collectively has earned too little respect.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq in the last 24 hours, in and around Ramadi, Hit, Baghdadi, and Haditha in Anbar; and Tal Afar, Mosul (2), Qayara, and Sultan Abdullah (5) in Ninewa. Sultan Abdullah is in Hamdaniya but close to Qayara. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a small bus in the Sheikh Omar area. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says a Ministry of Trade employee was killed when an IED exploded under his vehicle in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area near Nahrawan. [Mada]

An MoI source says a woman was killed and her husband, a dentist, was wounded when an IED exploded under their vehicle in Mashtal. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. When Daesh’s foreign fighters are gone, the reality of life in incredibly dangerous Baghdad reflected in stories like these will still have to be faced. Who will stop the constant IEDs from Daesh’s remaining supporters and other criminals?

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two soldiers were killed and three wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Albu Aitha, in Dora. [Mada]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 17th division, supported by tribal PMFs, launched a large military operation in Akhsaf, Arab Jabour, Manari, and Khtaimiya, destroying several Daesh hideouts. [Harbi]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused 6 IEDs and found other explosives in the Albu Dawood and Albu Allawi areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found 16 houses used by Daesh terrorists as hideouts in the Akhsaf area, in addition to an IED factory and a headquarters. The brigade also destroyed 15 IEDs and an ammunition cache. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Albu Awsaj area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Shakha 4 area in Latifiya. It also captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

A security source says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured in Mahmudiya. [Ghad]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

Daesh says it killed a police officer and two policemen in 2 IED explosions in the Shuhada and Haswa areas, in Abu Ghraib. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    12   (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Provincial Council voted for the second time to remove the Governor. Suhaib Al-Rawi, from office, after accusing him of financial and administrative corruption. [Mada]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 20 more IEDs in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi Army 14th division continued its operations to clear Jazeera Khaldiya, reporting it killed many terrorists, and defusing IEDs. [MoD Website]

14th division defused 9 IEDs and 2 explosives vests, and found weapons and explosives in the Qurtan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF Commission says Iraqi forces expected to only find dozens of Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya. However, there were 1,300 Daesh terrorists who came after the Falluja battle, including around 150 foreigners–mostly Saudis and Chechens. He says Iraqi forces found large quantities of weapons vehicle bombs, and tanks, in addition to 1 million liters of fuel. He says one of the Daesh terrorists who was killed in Jazeera Khaldiya was a US citizen, and another a China citizen. [Etejah]

 

A military source says Iraqi Army 38th brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Albu Dhiab area, killing 5.  [Harbi]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on an IFP headquarters west of Rutba, destroying several vehicle bombs and killing several terrorists, and forcing the rest to flee. The source says three IFP fighters were killed and four wounded in the attack. [Sumaria]

 

A tribal PMF commander says border guards stopped a Daesh attack on a border station in the Rutba area, killing 12 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of an attack on Iraqi forces north of Rutba. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers in an attack on their military position the Kilo 160 area. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says a woman and her four children were killed by a Daesh IED while the family was trying to escape from Shirqat. [Sumaria]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed 50 IEDs in Makhoul subdistrict. [MoD Website]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack on Sheikh Ali village, destroying a Humvee bomb and forcing the rest to flee. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Tilul Al-Baj area with a vehicle bomb. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

Salahuddin police defused 15 IEDs in Siniya subdistrict. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack south of Al-Alam, destroying 4 vehicle bombs and killing the terrorists inside. [Maalomah]

 

An IFP unit found 2 IEDs in a house in the Jalam area. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police Humvee in the Albu Khaddo area in Al-Daur, killing the policemen inside. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle, killing 4 terrorists, in Jazeera Samarra. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says Joint Operations Command (JOC) troops withdrew from Abu Saida after getting orders from Prime Minister Abadi. The source says the withdrawal was premature and the situation is still tense. The troops were sent to the subdistrict after heavy clashes erupted between two tribes. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A Peshmerga source says several Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded in internal clashes in Barima village in Hawija District. [BasNews]

 

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish forces received 800 displaced people from Hawija in the Maktab Khalid area, southwest of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Photos of Hawija displaced families in Kirkuk [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

The Turkish President, Erdogan, met with the chairman of the United Coalition, Osama Al-Nujaifi, in Ankara to discuss the relationships between the two countries and the liberation of Mosul and the role of Turkey in fighting terrorism, according to Erdogan’s press statement. [SuotAlOmma]

 

A PUK official says Coalition airstrikes targeted Daesh locations and vehicles in Mosul, the Qayara area, and Bashiqa, killing or wounding tens of terrorists and destroying vehicles and hideouts. [PUKMedia]

 

The Iraqi Government, in coordination with the KRG, will start an operation to move displaced Iraqi families from Al-Hawl Camp in Syria to Salahuddin. [ARA]

 

Mosul

A Shabak CoR member says Daesh detonated an IED on the house of a Shabak family in Hay Al-Karama in Mosul, killing the homeowner and wounding four members of his family. [Karemlash]

 

Local activists say a Daesh Saudi terrorist responsible for security in Mosul and 2 other senior Daesh leaders were killed in an airstrike on their vehicle in the Darkazliya area in east Mosul. A Daesh hideout in the College of Dentistry was destroyed by an airstrike.

The body of a Daesh female member was found in the Tigris River, most likely after being kidnapped and killed by unknown armed men. Local activists say 7 Daesh terrorists were killed by unknown armed men in different areas in Mosul during the last three days. [Karemlash]

 

A local source says unknown armed men in 2 vehicles attacked a group of Daesh members leaving a house in Mosul, using silenced guns, killing 8. [Maalomah]

After several attacks on its terrorists, Daesh issued a curfew in three areas on the east side of Mosul, and withdrew most its members from the city’s streets. [Karemlash]

However, sources say Daesh reopened its offices, media points and headquarters in Mosul and ordered its terrorists not to show any sign of “breaking.” Daesh also arrested several people in Mosul after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [PressIraq] [PressIraq]

 

Eyewitnesses from Mosul say Daesh is calling on the people of Mosul to provide blood for its wounded terrorists. [IraqAkhbar]

 

A local source says Daesh launched a search in Mosul looking for 3 Daesh foreign female members who suddenly disappeared after going to a health center in the city. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issues a video showing distribution of zakat (Islamic tax) money to poor people in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Hammam Alil/Shura

Local sources say Daesh executed six people on Sunday by putting them in big tires and then setting the tires on fire in Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say unknown armed men shot and killed 4 local terrorists at a Daesh security point in Hammam Al-Alil. [Maalomah]

 

Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Qayara outskirts, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying 7 vehicle bombs. He also says Daesh targeted the civilians in Qayara with Katyushas, killing an old man and a woman, and wounding nine other civilians. He says Iraqi forces captured 12 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak into the Qayara Operations Command. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version says 8 of its suicide terrorists (7 Iraqis and a Jordanian) attacked Iraqi forces with 2 vehicle bombs in different areas in Qayara on Sunday, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers. Daesh publishes photos of 3 of the suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A local source says 20,000 civilians in Qayara are threatened by Daesh fires. Daesh set Qayara oil wells on fire and oil spills were spread in different parts of the District. [Baghdadia]

The Ministry of Oil says it extinguished the fires at four of the oil wells. [Rudaw]

The Ninewa Police chief says oil leakage was controlled and the oil will not reach the Tigris River. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh executed 35 people, including 18 former security members, in Hamidat village, north of Qayara on Sunday. [BasNews]

 

The Ninewa Police chief says the security headquarters and offices are being moved to Qayara to be closer to Mosul city. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The Ninewa Police were displaced from Mosul when Daesh took over in mid-2014.

 

Nineveh Plain

Media sources say the Peshmerga started to dig trenches in Al-Khazer in Hamdaniya. Peshmerga sources say the reason is not to set up borders, but for protection. [IraqAkhbar]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A security source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Tal Afar, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish military says it conducted airstrikes on PKK locations in northern Iraq. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Mid Euphrates Operations Command says it “foiled” a Daesh attack on a wedding in Ain Al-Tamr in west Karbala. It says 5 Daesh terrorists attacked a wedding and one of them blew himself up while the others attacked the citizens with hand grenades and AKs. It says security forces killed 4 of the terrorists, while the 5th blew himself up. It also says fifteen people were killed and sixteen wounded in the attack. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. It seems to us that the real news is that more than thirty people were killed or wounded. So what did they “foil,” exactly?

Daesh’s version says 4 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a “Shia infidel” gathering in Hay Al-Tamr, killing or wounding tens of them. Daesh says the terrorists controlled the neighborhood for 5 hours, then detonated themselves after a military force entered the area. Daesh says around one hundred people were killed or wounded in the attack. Daesh publishes a photo of the 4 terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. Just as a reminder, the “Shia infidel” reference shows that Daesh is using the Saudi fatwa that Daesh uses to legitimize killing civilians, including women and children. When Al-Azhar Mosque tried to criticize the fatwa a few months ago, the Saudi government interfered strongly and forced Al-Azhar to back down. The US silence on this issue continues, but it will have to be confronted if our Iraq policy is to succeed in the long run.

 

The Chairman of the Kerbala Provincial Council says the Council holds the security forces in Kerbala responsible for what happened. He also says there are Daesh supporters among displaced people, and the Council has decided to send them back to their home areas. [Qurtas]

A member of Kerbala PC says 17 people were killed and 29 wounded. [Mada]

The PC asked the government to fire the Mid-Euphrates Operations commander and to investigate other security officials. [Mada]

 

Babel

A security source says a police unit found IEDs in a house in Shuhada’ village in Haswa, in north Babel. The source says the residents of the house fled before the police arrived. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish official sources say Daesh launched 3 rockets on Kilis, giving no further details. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the US supports a united Syria and does not support any Kurdish attempt for independence. [Dorar]

 

Turkey warned predominantly Kurdish Syrian fighters on Monday to “immediately” withdraw east of the Euphrates River or face more strikes by Turkish forces that crossed the border last week in Ankara’s major incursion into Syria.

Pentagon, meanwhile, called on NATO ally Turkey and the predominantly Kurdish U.S.-backed fighters aligned against Daesh to stop fighting each other in northern Syria. In a written statement, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook called the clashes south of the Euphrates River town of Jarabulus in Syria “unacceptable” and a source of “deep concern.”

DaeshDaily comment. The US agreement with Turkey may be a good decision in principle, but it’s clear that after notifying the SDF, it did little or nothing to get their troops out of Turkey’s way, leaving the Turks to pursue their own anti-PKK agenda with US cooperation. US announcements seem to have come from Vice President Biden’s press conference in Ankara, where he told the Turks what they wanted to hear. A decision of this importance merited a formal announcement in Washington with clear expectations of how Turkey and the PYD/YPG were expected to handle the implementation. Instead, we have left the enforcement to the Turks and allowed SDF fighters to die because they couldn’t move fast enough.

 

The Turkey Minister of European Union Affairs says no one has the right to tell Turkey which terrorist organization it should or shouldn’t fight. [BasNews]

 

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent letters to the UN General Secretary and to the Chairman of the Security Council condemning the Turkish attack on Aleppo areas and asking for an intervention to stop the attacks. The letter says twenty civilians were killed in Kousa village and fifteen in Amarna, and tens others were wounded. [Hawar]

 

The Al-Qaeda leader, Zawahiri, issued a video message calling on Syrian Islamic groups to unite under one banner. [Arabi21]

 

Russian sources say the US and Russia are discussing launching join attacks in north Syria. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, one in Raqqa and the other in Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus/Azaz

Daesh terrorists attacked Jaish Al-Thuwar, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) faction, in Ihras, a Kurdish border village in Azaz District. At the same time, Turkey-backed opposition groups attacked Jaish Al-Thuwar in Sheikh Eissa village in Azaz. The battles are still ongoing. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The SDF is getting it from both sides. The key issue to the Turks is that Azaz is west of the Euphrates, in violation of an announced agreement between Turkey and the US. The practical problem for the Kurds is that much of that border area and beyond is Kurdish and they feel an obligation to protect it. The Kurds are there because they defeated Daesh in part of the northern border area west of the river. This agreement may get increasingly embarrassing to the US if Turkey and its friends continue to attack and kill Kurdish and other SDF fighters who are in these locations as part of the US strategy to defeat Daesh in Syria. (About which, see further comment under “Manbij” below.)

 

The Turkish President Erdogan says his country supports the Free Syrian Army, which conducted the operations in Jarabulus “on its own.” He also says Aleppo has been attacked by 7 countries over the past 5 years and neither Aleppo nor Gaziantep will submit to those countries or to terrorism. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. It is interesting to see that the Sultan now seems to consider Aleppo as part of his empire. We were trying to count these seven countries but lost count.

To relieve some of the naming confusion, “Free Syrian Army” is an umbrella term used by the Turks to label the Turkey-backed opposition groups. This name has been appropriated from a previous opposition group. Actually, there is no such thing as the “Free Syrian Army.” 

 

However, the former chairman of the former Free Syrian Army’s Military Council in Aleppo says the FSA will continue the battles east of the Euphrates to capture areas under control of Daesh and the YPG in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

Ten Free Syrian Army groups issued a statement opposing the “Turkish invasion” of Jarabulus and the massacres committed by the Turkish Army on civilians. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. To be balanced on this naming issue, we should add to the comment above that the previous iteration of the “Free Syrian Army” label was not especially meaningful either. If we have the current situation right, previous-version Free Syrian Army is opposed to the current-version Free Syrian Army but both are opposed to the Kurds.

 

Opposition groups supported by the Turkish Army have captured 35 towns and villages around Jarabulus so far. The groups crossed the Sajur River and clashed heavily with Syrian Democratic Forces. They also captured 6 villages near Al-Ra’i from Daesh and arrested 2 Russian terrorists. [ZamanAlWasl] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

On Sunday, the Turkish Army says, its warplanes launched attacks on PKK and YPG positions south of Jarabulus, killing 25 fighters and destroying 5 buildings. [ZamanAlWasl]

Turkey backed groups destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Dhaheriya village west of Jarabulus. [Qasioun]

 

Turkey backed oppositions groups captured 12 more villages and areas from the YPG southwest of Jarabulus. The groups, supported by Turkish warplanes, had captured 5 villages on Sunday after heavy battles, killing fifteen YPG fighters. [Dorar]

 

Turkish media sources say two female Turkish YPG fighters were killed by Turkish airstrikes south of Jarabulus. [Dorar]

 

The Turkish Minister of Economy says a Turkish tank was attacked by an anti-tank missile and a Turkish soldier was killed in the attack. He also says Turkey will remain in Syria until Syria is secured, and until the threats against Turkey stop. He also says the main reason for the prisons in Turkey is to keep Syria as a unified country. [Dorar]

 

A Turkey-backed opposition groups commander says any party that tries to get in their way will be considered the enemy (meaning the SDF). He says the groups are moving to the east, are moving under a plan, and will not stop until they have liberated Syria entirely. [Qasioun]

 

Kurdish-backed forces have now said they will only pull back south from their current positions in order not to put the lives of civilians in danger. [FoxNews]

 

The Jarabulus Military Council issued a statement saying it withdrew toward areas south of the Sajur River in order to protect civilian lives. [Hawar]

However, Turkish artillery killed more than five civilians in the Dandaniya area south of the Sajur River (video). The shelling is still ongoing. [Hawar]

Local sources published the names of 24 civilians, mostly children, who were killed by the Turkish Army shelling and bombing on Bir Kousa and other villages south of Jarabulus. [Hawar] [Hawar]

In addition, Turkish warplanes and tanks reportedly targeted villages north of the Sajur River on Sunday. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says the Turkish Army captured four of its fighters near Bir Kousa village south of Jarabulus and held Turkey responsible for their safety. [Hawar]

A Turkey backed opposition group released photos of YPG fighters who were captured south of Qara Gharah village near Jarabulus. [EnabBaladi]

The Turkey-backed Ahrar Al-Sham militia kidnapped many civilians in Qara Qoi village south of Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on YPG units in Malhamiya village, south of Jarabulus. [A3maq]

 

The Turkish news agency Anadolu says the Turkish Army sent more military reinforcements to the Karkemish area along the Turkey-Syria border. [Dorar]

 

The Turkish Army brought more reinforcements to areas north of Kobane, east of Jarabulus along the border. The Army has continued the construction of a concrete road in the area. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Hundreds of civilians are leaving their houses in Jarabulus and heading towards Manbij following the Turkish Army and its opposition groups attack. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Turkey-backed opposition groups, supported by the Turkish Army, are moving ahead to capture Manbij villages from the Syrian Democratic Forces. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. This and the Azaz story show that the YPG has not pulled back from some of its positions west of the Euphrates, which leaves an excuse to attack them. Once Manbij was fully under control, the YPG made a point of saying it had withdrawn from the city and left its administration to the Manbij Military Council.

That aside, who will control Manbij, and other areas from which Kurdish YPG fighters withdraw? Will the locals in Manbij be allowed to manage their own affairs, or will the Turkey-backed opposition groups take over? The Kurdish fighters can, after all, go back toward Kurdish areas from which they came. What about the Arabs who have also served in the Syrian Democratic Forces, a military organization the US helped to create. Many come from the places the SDF is now expected by the US and Turkey to abandon. What happens to them? Who will protect them from the radical Islamic groups Turkey is supporting, or from Daesh? 

 

The Manbij Civilian Council, created by the PYD, issued a statement condemning the Turkish Army attack in the Manbij and Jarabulus areas, and asks the International Coalition to intervene. [Hawar]

 

Hundreds of people accompanied the bodies of three American fighters who were killed while fighting alongside the YPG in Manbij. The bodies were taken to Simalka Border Crossing with Turkey in order to be sent to the US. [Hawar]

 

Medical sources warn of the dire situation in Manbij hospitals. Daesh has stolen the hospitals’ medicine and equipment. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it captured Kadro and Tal Hudhan villages and attacked more villages south of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video from Tal Hudhan village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says “American” warplanes conducted 20 airstrikes on villages Daesh is attacking south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Al-Bab

Local sources say Daesh publicly executed ten people in Al-Bab, after accusing them of communicating with the Syrian Army or Syrian Democratic Forces. Daesh had arrested these people months ago. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say Daesh released more than 250 Kurdish prisoners in Al-Bab. The sources say, a day earlier, 150 Kurdish prisoners had fled Daesh prisons. [ARA]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 23 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters were killed in battles with Daesh in the Shaddadi area. [SyriaHR]

 

A Syrian armed group issued a statement mourning the death of one of its leaders, killed by a Daesh land mine in Shaddadi. The commander’s family was recently kidnapped by Daesh, but they were released after a ransom was paid. [Hawar]

 

The Asayesh said on Sunday that it captured a Daesh terrorist responsible for suicide attacks in Hasaka and Tal Tamr. The terrorist said he was paid 50,000 Syrian pounds (less than $100) for each explosion in addition to 200,000 SYP for the car bomb. Tens of civilians were killed or wounded in the 2 attacks. [Qasioun]

 

A YPG source says the Turkish Army shot at YPG positions between Amuda and Qamishli, wounding one fighter. [Hawar]

The Turkish Army refuted the report, saying it doesn’t conduct military operations near Hasaka. [ARA]

 

Daesh says four YPG fighters, including an explosives expert, were killed by an IED explosion in Hamidat village south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Raqqa on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Tadmur. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian government-backed militia targeted Daesh in Jufra village in Deir Ez-Zor, causing human casualties. The militia also killed a Daesh group coming from the Hawijat Al-Saqar area. The Syrian Army targeted Daesh locations near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

Media sources say clashes with light weapons erupted between foreign and local Daesh terrorists east of Deir Ez-Zor. The sources say the foreign Daesh terrorists usually try to take more spoils than the local terrorists. [ARA]

 

Media sources say 2 local Daesh commanders defected east of Deir Ez-Zor. Local sources say this might be a sign that the tribes in Deir Ez-Zor are trying to distance themselves from Daesh. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos “normal life” in Baghouz village east of Albu Kamal city by the Iraq border. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It is never a good sign when Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in your city or village.

 

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

A local activist says opposition groups killed 10 Khaled Army terrorists, a Daesh affiliate, and captured 6 near Tasil town in Daraa. He says the terrorists were trying to sneak to the town wearing women’s clothes. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of two Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists in the Bir Qassab area, southeast of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces killed 3 takfiris who attacked a police station in Sheikh Zuweid. Two soldiers were wounded in the attack. [VetoGate]

Two policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle near the police station. [VetoGate]

 

Two civilians were wounded when armed men shot at them in Abu Zar’i village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say Egyptian Apaches killed 16 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in different areas south of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [ElWatan]

 

The police destroyed an IED near Arish city entrance. They destroyed another IED Sunday near the Abu Tawila area. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say a civilian was killed and several others wounded when an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis IED exploded on 2 vehicles, south of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Military sources say the Libyan Army and warplanes launched a massive attack on the terrorists in the Qanfouda area, killing several terrorists and destroying 2 tanks. The sources say six Libyan soldiers, including a notable commander, were killed in the battles. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Daesh issues a video of the result of the alleged French bombing on the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi on Saturday. [A3maq]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military says its troops captured Hay 1, one of Daesh’s last two areas in Sirte. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Misrata Hospital said on Monday 480 Libyan soldiers were killed and 168 wounded in Sirte battles. The GNA military spokesman says his troops captured large quantities of weapons and ammunition and found the dead bodies of 35 Daesh fighters in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

The military hospital in Sirte says five Libyan soldiers were killed in Hay 1 on Monday. Libyan troops started a massive attack on Hay 1 and Hay 3 on Sunday. Daesh conducted 12 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs. Libyan troops captured half of Hay 3, including the main mosque in the area, trapping Daesh in less than 2 square km. 28 soldiers were killed and 158 wounded in Sunday’s fighting. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Photos of the battles in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

A Misrata armed group says the Daesh “mufti” in Libya, Hassan Al-Karami, was killed in Sirte. [AfriGate]

Local sources say families of Daesh terrorists, including Karami, were allowed to leave Sirte on Sunday, and were under surveillance. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan MP from Benghazi says his son was killed while fighting alongside Daesh in Sirte. He says his son adopted the takfiri line of thinking and he lost contact with him 2 years ago. [Wasat]

 

The US AFRICOM command says it conducted 92 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte so far. [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Defense spokesman says three soldiers were killed and seven wounded when a terrorist group attacked their convoy on Samama Mountain in Kasserine. He says Tunisian troops wounded 2 terrorists and confiscated explosives. He says the fighting is still going on. [Tunisien] [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Doctors Without Borders says at least 45 people were killed and many others wounded when a suicide terrorist attacked a gathering of local fighters in Aden. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a Yemeni Army draft camp in Aden, killing 60 people. Daesh publishes photos of the suicide terrorist. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq]

 

Russia

Moderate Muslim Sunni scholars from all over the world held a meeting in Chechnya. The meeting accused “radicals” of hijacking Sunni Islam, causing angry responses from the Salafists, who were not invited. The conference came up with several recommendations, including empowering the traditional Sunni schools and establishing a database for radical groups. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a very important statement from Sunni scholars to isolate radicalism. Wahhabism is not the representative of Sunni Islam as it claims. It’s just the richest. Saudi Arabia is spending 3 billion dollars a year to spread Wahhabism, much more than all other groups could collect together. The old schools should be empowered, and such conferences should be held all over the world.     

 

The Philippines

Daesh says its terrorists broke into a prison in Marawi village in the southern island of Mindanao on Saturday, and released 30 prisoners, including some of its fighters and their wives. [A3maq]

Extremists believed to be linked to Daesh planned and carried out a massive jailbreak. An armed group of 50 raided the jail, freeing 23 detainees, media cited officials as saying.

The escape plan began with two women coming to the prison gate in Marawi under the pretense of delivering food for the detainees. As soon as the gates were opened, 50 armed men stormed the place, overwhelming the guards, AFP quoted provincial jail warden Acmad Tabao as saying.

The hooded men proceeded to free 8 of their own members who were imprisoned just a week ago. Amid the chaos, another 15 detainees made their way out of the prison. All of the inmates were jailed for serious offenses, Tabao said. [RT]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

A video of the CoR brawl [YouTube]

 

Videos of battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi] [Harbi] [Harbi]

A video of IAA attacks on Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya [MoD]

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured in Jazeera Khaldiya. He claims he is not Daesh but then he says he was on duty (with Daesh) in Mosul. [YouTube]

 

A video of a fire in a displaced persons camp near Kirkuk. Seventy tents were burned down, but no one got hurt. [Yalla]

 

A video of Qayara city children celebrating their liberation with Iraqi soldiers [Yalla]

 

A video of an American soldier allegedly fighting with Kurdish troops against Daesh in the Sinjar area. [Sputnik]

 

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

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [YouTube]

 

Daesh issued a new video talking about the world war against it. Its terrorists who appear in the video were addressing the recent defeat and asking Daesh terrorists to be patient, promising victory. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes an infographic about its recent suicide attacks in Kirkuk claiming the attacks resumed after stopping for 19 months. [A3maq]

 

 

August 26, 2016

Qayara

Qayara

Today’s Major Developments

Friday demonstrators protest firing of Defense minister. []

IFP commander estimates Daesh death toll in Jazeera Khaldiya at 900. []

Citizen, tribal opposition pressure Daesh in Anah. []

Mosul report says Baghdadi purged his security operation by replacing Iraqis with foreigners. []

Daesh has forced thousands to move toward Mosul as human shields. []

Kerry, Lavrov agree in Geneva there is no military solution in Syria, pledge cooperation. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad, again calling for reforms and anti-corruption measures. [Rudaw]

Demonstrators in Najaf, Diwaniya, Amarah, Basra, and Nasiriya protested the removal of the Minister of Defense and considered it a move to protect corrupt officials. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria]

Hundreds of people demonstrating in Babel celebrated the liberation of Qayara, and demanded that the government quicken the hiring of new ministers and new commissioners for independent agencies, and called for an investigation concerning the provincial government. [Mada]

 

The United Alliance, the Sunni CoR bloc, issued a statement protesting the firing of the Minister of Defense. It said the session was illegal and the decision was political. It says it will officially protest the decision. [Sumaria]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement saying he will give the government 45 days to fill the gaps in the Cabinet. He likewise protested the firing of the Minister of Defense. [Sumaria]

 

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Louis Sako, issued a statement after meeting with the Deputy Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Terry Wolf saying that the US has a moral responsibility to support Iraq. He says Iraq needs a lot of help to fight Daesh and its like and to get rid of its dangerous line of thinking. He also says the situation is not clear in Iraq and it’s not wise to talk about the future of Ninewa now while most of its people are displaced. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, three in Anbar in Ramadi District, the other five in Ninewa, around Sinjar, Kasik, Mosul, Qayara, and Sultan Abdullah. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The MoI says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured in Salhiya. [Sumaria]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hamamiyat in Taji. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 43rd brigade destroyed a Daesh boat in Rashidiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

A local police source says an MoI employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Husseiniya. [Maalomah]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market near Abu Dsheer in Dora. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a bus in Hay Al-Sihha in Dora. [Mada]

A police source says an IED exploded near a bakery in the Uwairij area, wounding the bakery owner. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 8 Daesh guesthouses and 19 IEDs in the Akhsaf area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says an owner of an auto parts retail store was killed when unknown armed men broke into his house in Hay Al-Amel and stole $50,000. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 89 more IEDs, 20 land mines, and a booby-trapped house, and found large quantities of rockets and explosives in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces have killed 900 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya so far. He also says the remaining Daesh terrorists there are trapped in 15 houses. [PUKMedia]

 

The Anbar Police chief says his troops killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a booby-trapped boat and 2 other boats near the Euphrates River in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC says an IAA drone destroyed a Daesh hideout in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing the terrorists inside. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi forces killed 2 suicide terrorists in an abandoned house in the Qurtan area. Iraqi forces also found 2 Daesh tunnels and an ammunition cache in the same area. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 39th brigade killed a Daesh terrorist in the Albu Bali area. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 32nd brigade found 2 Daesh tunnels and an explosives cache in the Tarabsha area. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [MoD Website]

 

Other Ramadi reports

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on a checkpoint in the Zuwiya area east of Ramadi, killing 7 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in East Hsaiba. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with mortar shells in the Jaraishi area, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a house where Daesh terrorists were hiding in Hay Al-Bakr, west of the city, killing 3 of them. [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says a Daesh commander called Ashwan Al-Ani, accompanied by many terrorists, arrived in Anah from Al-Qa’im and arrested tens of young men because they refused to join Daesh in the fight against Iraqi forces. [Maalomah]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says tribes in Anah revolted against Daesh and destroyed a Daesh hisbah vehicle in Anah city. [Harbi]

 

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says three civilians who fled Daesh-controlled areas in Anah District were killed and eight wounded in a road accident south of Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

A tribal PMF commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Al-Waleed border crossing at the Syrian border, killing 17 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Chairman of the Shirqat District Council says 2,000 people left their houses in Shirqat during the last 2 days raising the total number of people displaced from Shirqat to 95,000. He says he urged the military leadership in Salahuddin to liberate Shirqat, but there were no answers to his calls. He accuses “international parties” of delaying the liberation. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh cancelled its Friday prayer service in a mosque in Shirqat city after finding an IED planted in the mosque. The source says Daesh arrested several of its terrorists after finding the IED. The source says internal disputes have recently increased among Daesh terrorists in Shirqat. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Several reports suggested that some local terrorists are trying to distance themselves from Daesh in order to avoid being targeted later by Iraqi forces.

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces captured 7 men wanted on terrorism charges who were trying to hide themselves among displaced families in the Hajjaj area. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Iraqi forces found 3 C4 explosive cans in the Tal Battar area in Samarra. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

The IAA targeted a Daesh trench in the Zarqa area, killing 11 terrorists. Salahuddin Operations Command destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb with a Kornet missile in the same area. [MoD Website]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi forces destroyed an IED that was planted near a fiber optic cable in Dujail. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says a Police Emergency unit captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in west Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed when an IED they were planning to plant exploded on them near Khabaz village in Riyadh. The source also says internal clashes erupted between Daesh terrorists about the executions of civilians and treatment of displaced families in Mirbat village 40 km (25 miles) south of Kirkuk without giving more details. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi has purged Daesh’s security structure and removed most of its Iraqi leaders in the Mosul area, giving their positions to foreign terrorists. [Buratha]

A report about major Daesh leaders in Ninewa [Al-Aan]

 

A local source says Daesh supporters in Mosul celebrated the CoR’s no-confidence vote against the Minister of Defense. [Karemlash]

 

A local source says unknown armed men shot a Daesh convoy in the Majmou’a Thaqafiya area in Mosul with an RPG rocket, destroying a vehicle. The source says the convoy might have had an important Daesh leader in it, given the large number of guards. Daesh arrested 20 people after the attack, according to the source. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Peshmerga drone in Huqoul village northwest of Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur

A PUK official says two Turkish Kurd refugees were killed and one wounded when two Daesh suicide terrorists entered the Rustam Camp for Turkish Kurd refugees east of Makhmur. He says one of the terrorists blew himself up when he was discovered, while the other was trapped and killed by the camp guards. [Sumaria]

The Kurdish Popular Defense Forces, HPG (the PKK’s armed wing), says it stopped a Daesh attack on the Rustam Camp in the Makhmur area, killing 2 terrorists. It also says one of its fighters and one civilian were killed in the attack. [Hawar] Rustam is a PKK-run camp for Kurdish Turks.

Daesh’s version says two of its Iraqi suicide terrorists sneaked into “Peshmerga headquarters” southeast of Makhmur and detonated 3 IEDs, then clashed with the survivors before detonating their explosive vests, killing or wounding many of them. [GooglePlus] Daesh publishes a photo of one of the suicide terrorists. [GooglePlus]

 

A PUK official says a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a checkpoint in the Al-Nour area near Haj Ali villages. He says clashes continued for hours and many Daesh terrorists were killed. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says 10 Daesh terrorists were killed when a truck loaded with IEDs exploded in Makouk village, on the road between Qayara and Makhmur. [Anadolu]

 

Qayara

The Deputy Chairman of the Ninewa PC says Daesh terrorists forced 5,000 families from villages north of Diyala to move to Mosul’s Shura subdistrict in order to use them as human shields. [Baghdadia]

An Arab CoR member from Ninewa says Daesh is forcing people in areas south of Mosul to leave their houses in the direction of Mosul or they will be killed. He says Daesh is trying to prevent these people from joining Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

The Mayor of Qayara District says the level of destruction in the city is 25%. He also says the Peshmerga supported Iraqi forces in the liberation. He says Daesh has collapsed and Iraqi forces advances in Ninewa will be easy. [Rudaw]

 

A PUK official says Iraqi forces should move ahead from Qayara toward Al-Houd village north of the city as soon as possible because Daesh could use the high ground of the village to attack Iraqi forces. A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says young men from Qayara had killed 12 Daesh terrorists before Iraqi forces entered the city. [Mada]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A security source says the IAF targeted a Daesh elite training camp in Tal Afar District, killing more than 60 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Saadiya village, northeast of Hatra, killing 12 terrorists. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Fourteen Daesh suspects were arrested in a coordinated early-morning raid on 18 different addresses in Ankara. [Cumhuriyet]

 

Security sources say Turkish Counter Terrorism units captured 20 Daesh suspects in Konya district. Counter Terrorism units also captured 20 more Daesh suspects, including women, in Adana. [Anadolu]

 

The city of Gaziantep is said to be on terror alert, with twelve concrete blocks (see photographs in the article) being brought in. Their intended use is thought to be as barricades for the area housing the police headquarters, town hall and provincial governorate buildings. Gaziantep police headquarters have already been the target of a vehicle bomb attack. [Cumhuriyet]

 

The Turkey Minister of Health says around 100 people were killed or wounded in an explosion near a police headquarters in Jazeera city. The PKK has claimed responsibility. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the situation in Syria had “dramatically deteriorated” since the “brief oasis of calm” provided by the cessation-of-hostilities agreement, and he promised that the U.S. and Russia were close to a new agreement on a more durable arrangement.

Kerry spoke in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They discussed ways to agree on military cooperation and information sharing in a bid to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria—something both sides want.

Kerry said that Syrians benefited from the calm following the February accord, but that the gains were lost again when violations of the agreement began. He said “the cessation, even flawed, was valuable.” But he said violations “eventually became the norm, rather than the exception.”

 

Kerry said he and Lavrov agreed that there was no military solution to the Syrian situation. He said the past few weeks of talks had been “fair, diligent, productive” and that the remaining “technical issues” would be worked out in the next few days, to “overcome the deep mistrust on all sides.” “The conflict will not end without a political solution,” Kerry said. “It is really the only viable path towards the peace and security and normalcy that the Syrian people deserve.”

 

Kerry said the sides may differ about the causes for the rupture, but both agree more work is needed to revive the deal and make it enforceable. Until then, he says he does not want to make any announcement concerning a resumption of peace talks. “As Sergei said, the work that can be done in the next week has the ability to resolve some of these remaining issues. But, until we have, neither of us are prepared to make an announcement that is predicated for failure.” [VoA]

 

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the marathon talks with US State Secretary Kerry in Geneva helped to reduce mutual levels of misunderstanding. Both countries will boost their cooperation on Syria, including on the military level, he said. “We have agreed on concrete ways in which we will work with the sides: Russia–with the government and the opposition that is working with us, the United States–with the opposition which is cooperating with them,” Lavrov said.

 

In addition to that, the cooperation between Russian personnel at its Khmeimim air base and representatives of the American armed forces in the US base in Jordan is going to be ramped up.

“We have agreed to intensify the bilateral contacts that have somewhat stalled in the last several weeks,” Lavrov said, adding that his is confident that “a regular dialog without any pauses is a key to the realization of all our objectives.”  “It is an achievement that we have been able to reduce areas of misunderstanding and to reduce the level of mutual mistrust between the two countries,” Lavrov said.

 

Russia and the US have agreed on a number of issues as to how boost the peace process on Syria. According to the diplomats, experts from both states will meet in Geneva in the coming days to clarify the details of what has been agreed today. The Russian foreign minister stressed that separation of “moderate forces from the Jabhat al-Nusra militants” is key to reducing the violence in Syria. Lavrov said that Russia briefed the US on a number of rebel groups that it considers terrorists. “In fact, today our American partners for the first time gave us a list of rebel organizations who joined the cessation of hostilities after the US mediation,” Lavrov added.

“I don’t see any possibility of assuring a really durable, full-fledged ceasefire without the separation of healthy opposition forces from terrorists,” the minister said. “The understanding of this task between us and our American partners gets increasingly clearer.” [RT]

 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States has not and will not establish “no-fly zones” over Syrian airspace. “The concern is that while it sounds simple to maintain that kind of area, ultimately you’re responsible for protecting the borders of that safe zone and then policing that safe zone once it’s been created,” he explained. “That would be work-intensive to say the least. It would be dangerous.”

Doing so also “would likely require a greater U.S. military commitment. And all of that would come at the expense of our ongoing efforts to focus on degrading, ultimately destroying, (Daesh),” Earnest said. [Hawar] [Examiner]

 

The Coalition says it conducted airstrikes 9 on Daesh targets in Syria, 4 near Manbij in Aleppo and 5 near Shaddadi in Hasaka. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the “world war” against Daesh in Raqqa. In this video 5 boys, supposedly the sons of Daesh terrorists from Egypt, the UK, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, and Kurdistan, are shown executing five “Kurdish infidels;” then 5 young men execute five opposition group fighters, calling them “Sahwa.” Then 4 old men execute four Syrian soldiers. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A new group called Kata’eb Al-Qadisiya issues a statement saying it will target the YPG in north Raqqa. [Dorar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh attacked Syrian Democratic Forces in Anad village, south of Shaddadi, with a vehicle bomb, causing human casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

A Turkey-backed opposition group commander says Daesh had withdrawn from Jarabulus before the military operation. He also says the opposition groups are planning to move to Al-Ra’i then to Mare’. He says the opposition groups don’t want to fight Kurdish forces in north Syria, but they will if necessary. [Rudaw]

 

The Turkey Prime Minister says Operation Euphrates Shield is ongoing. Meanwhile, more military reinforcements arrived to Karkemish on the border near Jarabulus. [Arabi21]

 

Informed sources say 3 explosions erupted near the border gate between Turkey and Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

A Turkey-backed opposition group commander says two of his fighters were killed during the liberation of Jarabulus, one by a mortar shell and one by a land mine. A photographer from another group, Ahrar Al-Sham, was also killed by a land mine. Other groups haven’t reported any casualties. [EnabBaladi]

 

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops liberated 3 villages southeast of the Tishrin Dam, killing 13 terrorists. The 3 villages are 35 km (22 miles) away from Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by a terrorist from Kazakhstan on the “PKK” north of Manbij. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the YPG in Yaqoubiya village north of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says several YPG fighters were killed or wounded in a land mine field while trying to advance in Shamsuddin village east of the Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

A Syrian Democratic Council member quote sources close to the YPG as saying that the Turkish Army targeted several villages in Rajo subdistrict in Afrin with heavy artillery, causing casualties among civilians. He also says Turkey backed opposition groups, including Nusra, targeted villages near Azaz with rockets. [ARA]

 

Local sources say Daesh kidnapped an entire family in Tal Jarrah village, north of Al-Bab. Daesh also emptied Hadabat village, north of Al-Bab, in order to plant land mines in the village. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Army targeted civilians and YPG fighters in the Ain Diwar area near the border, wounding a YPG fighter. It also burned down the crops in the area. [Hawar]

 

An opposition group commander says opposition groups, supporter by Turkish artillery, attacked Daesh near Yahmoul and Jarez towns and captured several positions, killing several Daesh terrorists. Opposition groups also destroyed a Daesh vehicle near Kafr Ghan, near Azaz. [ARA]

 

Military sources say Turkey-backed opposition groups captured 3 Thuwar Al-Sham (an SDF faction) fighters near Kaljibrin, a village in Azaz, south of the city. [Dorar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack near the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport, killing several terrorists. He says Russian warplanes attacked Daesh in the area, killing several terrorists and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. He also says Daesh targeted Joura and Qusour neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor with artillery and mortars, wounding several civilians. Families of Daesh terrorists arrived in villages and towns east of Deir Ez-Zor after fleeing Jarabulus. [ARA]

 

Local activists say an unknown contagious disease is spreading among children in Deir Ez-Zor because of the lack of clean water. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh terrorists raided the internet café of Baqris village, near Mayadin, and captured four men, including the café’s owner. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fixing roads in Albu Kamal. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior says a government employee and 3 of his associates, 2 in Iraq, and 1 in Jordan, were arrested because they were part of Daesh’s caliphate electronic army. The Ministry says a 26-year-old man used his government computer to hack websites and spread Daesh ideals through social media. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Military Command says security forces killed 4 terrorists who were trying to attack a security barrier in the Nafoura area, in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say Egyptian warplanes bombed several areas in southwest Sheikh Zuweid and east Rafah. Security forces destroyed 2 roadside IED near Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army says it captured more positions in west Benghazi and closed all exists on Daesh in the area. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says one of his fighters was killed by a land mine in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A Misrata Hospital source says 442 National Accord Government fighters were killed and more than 2100 wounded in Sirte battles so far. [Wasat]

 

AFRICOM says it conducted 78 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Sirte so far. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says it damaged a National Accord Government tank in Sirte, killing its crew. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of today’s demonstrations in Baghdad [Yalla] [Yalla] [Yalla]

 

A video issued by the just-deposed Minister of Defense shows him making previous visits to Sunni and Shia areas in Baghdad and being received and welcomed by thousands of people. The video generated more than 1.5 million views. [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. The Minister had gained a lot of popularity among Shia and Sunni Iraqis. His ouster generated a lot of anger against the CoR. Commentators accused the CoR Speaker, Saleem Al-Jubouri and former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, of conspiring against him.

 

A video of PMF rockets falling on Daesh targets in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

A video of IFP battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

A video of Daesh targets attacked by an Iraqi drone in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

Videos of Qayara people celebrating with Iraqi forces [Facebook] [MosulEye]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Qayara [Mosuliya]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers receiving displaced families in the Qayara area [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

August 25, 2016

US Artillery Supporting Iraqi Forces (CJTFOIR)

US Artillery Supporting Iraqi Forces (CJTFOIR)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq announces the liberation of Qayara city. []

CoR votes no-confidence in the Minister of Defense. []

Border Guard fights off Daesh attack on Anbar-Jordan border. []

Salahuddin Governor survives assassination attempt. []

Daesh executes 48 people in Hawija. []

IAF takes out a Daesh police headquarters in Mosul, killing 36. []

Human Rights Watch director pressures KRG over journalist assassination. []

Contention, confusion continue over Turks, Kurds, and Jarabulus. []

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri tells Iraq’s Sunni Iraqis to fight the government through them. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement congratulating the Iraqi people on the liberation of Qayara. [Mada]

 

President Masoum, Prime Minister Abadi, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaafari met separately with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Waleed Al-Mu’alim, to discuss security along the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Mada] [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

The CoR officially passed a no-confidence vote against the Minister of Defense, Khalid Al-Obeidi. A CoR source says 142 MPs voted to oust the Minister out of 263, while 105 opposed. The Minister apologized after the vote to Iraqi people for having to leave his post, saying that he fought the corruption as much as he could but the corrupt officials are stronger. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The truth about the Minister’s corruption allegations against other officials has not been fully determined, though his charges against CoR Speaker Jubouri did not result in charges, so no conclusive judgment can be made about them.

However, this could have not have come at a worst time. Iraqi forces just liberated Qayara and are heading to Mosul soon. The Minister is from Mosul, where people have lost their trust in their former and current leaders. He is himself a military man, and holds a Ph.D. The Minister could have stood as a trustworthy leader for the people of Mosul. Many officials who have been involved in corruption, or failed miserably to protect the country, were not punished and are still in office.

 

Prime Minister Abadi met with a senior PUK delegation in his office in Baghdad. Abadi told the delegation that liberated areas in Ninewa should be run properly and without conflicts, according to a statement from his office. [Sumaria]

A member of the delegation says that Abadi said that he won’t oppose the Kurds’ right to decide their future, but there must be some discussion between Iraq and the KRG before that, in order to decide whether they stay together or separate and become good neighbors. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. We would like to see the Prime Minister confirm this if true (and we’re not doubting it necessarily). This would be a highly significant story for the future of both Iraq and Kurdistan.

 

A senior military source says Iraq received two more of the L159 military aircraft from the Czech Republic. Iraq has received four of the planes so far out of the 13 promised. [Mada]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says the police found the bodies of two unknown men tied and shot in the Thaaliba area. [Sumaria]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed a money exchange office owner in his vehicle in Adhamiya and stole $100,000 dollars. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a garage in Shaab. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area near Hay Ur. [Mada]

The MoI spokesman says Iraqi forces defused an IED in Adhamiya center. [Etejah]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Niariya. [Mada]

A police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in Ameen. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

The Iraqi Army 17th division commander says his troops started a campaign to clear several areas in south Baghdad from IEDs and booby-trapped houses. He says the troops destroyed 10 houses filled with weapons and explosives, in addition to many IEDs (photos). [Sumaria]

An MoI source says a joint security force captured 11 people wanted on terrorism charges in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

A police source says two civilians were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in Arab Jabour. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found an IED and 3 hand grenades in an elementary school in the Thuwar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

A police source says a civilian was killed and his son wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their vehicle in Hay Al-Hussein. [Maalomah]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A police source says one person was killed and three wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Subaihat in Abu Ghraib. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 31 IEDs, a booby-trapped house, and an explosives vest, and found a chlorine factory and 3 rocket launchers, in addition to other weapons and explosives in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya/Jazeera Ramadi

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF Commission, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says Iraqi forces had thought there were only a few terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya, but after arriving in the area they counted between 1,000  and 1,300 terrorists–most of whom have been killed. He says the Daesh terrorists barricaded themselves in the Albu Kanaan area but the PMF killed most of them. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army 50th brigade trapped 2 Daesh suicide terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya, forcing them to detonate their explosive vests. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, killed 11 Daesh terrorists including several suicide bombers while clearing the Albu Bali area. [Maalomah]

 

The PMF Press says the PMFs killed 2 Daesh doctors (a male and a female) who have Italian passports and were working with Daesh medical units in Jazeera Khaldiya. [AIN]

 

Daesh says an IFP major and two AAH commanders were killed in the Jazeera Khaldiya battles. [Mu’ta]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Daesh fanboys collect these photos from Iraqi social media sources who issue statements mourning their dead fighters.

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their boat in the Ali Al-Jassem area. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Police chief says Iraqi forces will liberate Jazeera Ramadi in the coming days. He says the battle will be easier than Jazeera Khaldiya because of the collapse of Daesh. [Mada]

 

Other Ramadi reports

A Coalition airstrike on Daesh targets in Ramadi District destroying 4 rocket systems and 4 rocket rails. [InherentResolve]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says local police killed 4 Daesh terrorists who were trying to infiltrate the Madhiq area. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says two children were killed when a roadside IED exploded on them in the Zangoura area. The area was liberated from Daesh more than two months ago [Sumaria]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says the Iraqi Border Guard stopped a Daesh attack on a border station in the Dhaba’at area in Rutba near the Jordan border, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. Twelve Border Guards were wounded. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacks on Iraqi forces east of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces near the Al-Tanaf border area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense units in Al-Qa’im. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says Iraqi forces found a Daesh tunnel in the Tilul Al-Baj area (photos). [AIN]

 

A security source says unknown armed men attacked a Daesh field hospital on the outskirts of Shirqat with a hand grenade, killing a Daesh terrorist and wounding 2 others. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says “American” warplanes launched more than 30 airstrikes on a poultry factory northeast of Shirqat. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We are expected to believe that Daesh had nothing to do with this “poultry factory,” and that all the victims were innocent farmers (and chickens).

 

Baiji

The Intelligence Service captured 29 men wanted on terrorism charges, including an Iraqi Army major, as they tried to sneak into the Hajjaj area with their families. [MoD Website]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack with several vehicle bombs in the Himrin Mountain area, killing or wounding several terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

An informed source says Iraqi forces found small mobile Daesh oil refineries in the Siniya area. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it damaged 2 Iraqi forces Humvees in the Makhazen area, north of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

A SWAT unit captured a man and his 2 sons wanted on terrorism charges in Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a “PMF fighter” in Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Tooz

The IAA killed 6 Daesh terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces in the Zarqa area. [MoD Website]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A security source says an IED exploded near a checkpoint in Dujail, targeting the car of the Governor of Salahuddin, without causing human casualties (photos). [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

The Military Intelligence Service captured 2 Daesh terrorists and seized a large weapons and explosives cache in Diyala. [MoD Website]

 

Baquba

Daesh says it killed four policemen and wounded two with an IED in Baquba. [A3maq]

 

Iraqi Army 18th division found a large weapons and explosives cache in Buhriz. [Harbi]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF commander says Daesh is using a new route for its terrorists to sneak between Diyala and Salahuddin after Iraqi forces launched a campaign to clear the Al-Hawi Basin area. He says Daesh is making moves in the area depending on people in the area for shelter and logistic report. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala

A security source says two Sahwa fighters were killed when armed men attacked their military position in Arab Jabbar village in Khan Bani Saad. [Sumaria]

 

The MoI spokesman says Diyala police found a weapons, ammunition, and explosives cache in the Bardiya area in Khan Bani Saad. [Etejah]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A displaced man from Hawija says Daesh’s presence in Hawija is now reduced, and most of its leaders have escaped with their families. He also says Daesh is taking money from people who want to leave,  and other people are leaving the city with smugglers who are close to Daesh. He says many of the Daesh terrorists who had left are now in Erbil and Kirkuk, claiming to be “sources” for the authorities. [Yalla]

DaeshDaily comment. The same scenario has developed in areas that were liberated previously, including Falluja, Ramadi and Rutba. Corrupt officials release terrorists, either for money or because of family ties, and claim the terrorists were “sources”.  

 

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF, says it will accept the Peshmerga’s call for support in liberating Hawija as long as it’s done under the Iraqi government command and Prime Minster Abadi’s orders. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh killed 20 civilians, including 9 women, and captured 45 others, including 6 women. The source says the civilians were trying to escape Hawija when they fell into a Daesh ambush. [Mada]

 

An Arab COR member from Kirkuk says Daesh executed more than 25 young men who had been in a Daesh prison for some time. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed three young men from Mahmudiya village in Hawija District after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of collecting and destroying satellite receivers in Hawija. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The more Daesh gets trapped, the more it tries to isolate people from the world. They are so busy executing people, it’s surprising they can find the time to do this.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh police headquarters in Mosul, killing 36 terrorists, including 16 foreigners, and 2 senior officials. [Baghdadia]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on different locations north of Mosul, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles, including a vehicle bomb, 3 rocket launchers, a cache of mortars, and a checkpoint. [MoD Website]

 

A security source says unknown armed men set 4 empty Daesh offices in Mosul on fire. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its road repair work in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. This of course proves once again that everything is normal in the caliphate.

 

Qayara

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, IAF, and Coalition warplanes, liberated Qayara completely and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [Mada]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Daesh has lost an important source of revenue because they used to smuggle out more than 100 fuel tanker trucks filled with fuel every day. He says he doesn’t have the number of Daesh terrorists killed so far, but their dead bodies are all over the city. The Counter Terrorism Service Commander says Daesh desperately defended Qayara because of its importance for its revenues. [Rudaw]

 

A member of the Qayara subdistrict council says the people of Qayara celebrated the liberation of the city by burning down several Daesh guesthouses. He says Iraqi forces will move ahead to the Shura and Hammam Al-Alil subdistricts soon. [Sumaria]

 

A Mosul forensics source says the bodies of 300 Daesh terrorists killed in the Qayara battles have arrived at the morgue in Mosul, most of them foreigners. [BasNews]

A Ninewa forensics department says it received the bodies of 123 Daesh terrorists, including a female Sudanese doctor, who were killed in the Qayara battles. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists and says he was killed. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh does this all the time, but some reports suggest that Daesh claims some still-living terrorists were killed in order to hide them.

 

KURDISTAN

“The KRG should provide serious answers about how it came to be that this journalist (Wadat Hussien) was kidnapped and killed in broad daylight, following repeated interrogations by Asayesh forces,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “He is one of dozens of journalists in KRG territory who have been killed, beaten, detained, or harassed.” [HRW]

DaeshDaily comment. International pressure is now on the KRG. The implication is that someone in authority is responsible for this “hit.”

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said the Kurdish PYD party, the political arm of the YPG, wanted to unite Kurdish-controlled cantons east of Jarabulus with those further west. “We cannot let this happen,” he said. “(Daesh) should be completely cleansed; this is an absolute must. But it’s not enough for us . . . . The PYD and the YPG militia should not replace Islamic State there,” Isik told Turkish broadcaster NTV.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu by phone on Thursday that YPG fighters were retreating to the east side of the Euphrates, as Turkey has demanded, foreign ministry sources in Ankara said.

A spokesman for the Coalition said the Syrian Democratic Forces (which prominently includes the YPG)  had withdrawn across the Euphrates “to prepare for the eventual liberation” of Raqqa. [Reuters]

The Turkey Minister of Defense says Turkish troops will remain in northern Syria until the Free Syrian Army (FSA) controls the area. He also says Turkey aims to push to YPG into areas east of the Euphrates within the week. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. What’s in a name? The term “Free Syrian Army” no longer refers to the previous Free Syrian Army but is Turkey’s politically correct label for the mostly radical militias who support Turkey, whom we have previously called “Turkey-backed opposition groups” for lack of a better term.

 

During his visit to Sweden, the US Vice President Joe Biden says the Turkish Army is ready to fight Daesh in Syria and it wants to stay in Syria as long as it takes. He says the Turkish government changed its position after realizing the magnitude of Daesh’s danger. [ARA]

 

In an article with the headline: “Three expert views: a PYD Operation Appearing to be against Daesh”, the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper asked three experts for their views on Turkey’s participation in the Jarabulus operation. The three experts agreed the operation was not aiming at Daesh, but at the PYD. Read full article here. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank our ready from Turkey for translating this article.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including 7 in the Manbij area, and the others around Shaddadi (3), Raqqa (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A local activist says Daesh raided houses in Raqqa looking for receivers. Daesh issued penalties of imprisonments, lashings, and $30 dollar fines against the violators. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavy battles continued between Syrian Democratic Forces and Daesh in Azzawi and Safian villages south of Shaddadi. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it captured a rocket launcher in an attack on Tal Al-Hamidat village south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Kurdish troops south of Anad village, west of Shaddadi, with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of them. Daesh issues photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “bird farms” in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos show a couple of ostriches and a couple of peacocks. Such posts are common from Daesh, but reflect its pathetic efforts to prove that there is an actual “state” and that it has “bird farms,” “factories,” “service”, and “cultural activities.” Such media efforts should hurt rather than help Daesh’s image, but Daesh knows its fanboys are not sophisticated enough to realize this.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Eyewitnesses say 30 trucks loaded with fighters and weapons headed from Kurdistan to Turkey and might be on its way to north Syria after reports of an agreement between Turkey and the KRG to send Roj Ava Peshmerga (Syrian Kurds trained by the KRG) to Syria. [SotKurdistan]

 

Jarabulus

A late report from a Daesh Daily reader says that Turkish troops fired howitzers at YPG units detected in Jarabulus. [Cumhuriyet]

Local sources say clashes erupted between the Turkey-supported opposition groups and a group of fighters in the same uniforms in Hay Al-Mahatta in Jarabulus. 2 IEDs exploded during the clashes and 80 fighters were reportedly killed. [Hawar] [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. Yesterday, Hawar reported that some Daesh terrorists dressed in Turkey-backed opposition groups uniforms remained in Jarabulus. We can’t confirm these reports so far.

 

A Turkish official says 20 Turkish tanks entered into Syria and more will be sent if needed. [SyriaNow]

 

Opposition group commanders say the “Free Syrian Army” will run Jarabulus city until it is completely secured, then several organizations, led by the Jarabulus Local Council (which is located in Karkemish city in Turkey) will run the city later. [EnabBaladi]

 

The General Commander of Sultan Murad Division, a Turkey backed opposition group, says the SDF has not yet withdrawn from areas west of the Euphrates. [Qasioun]

Two other FSA commanders say Syrian Democratic forces have not yet withdrawn from Manbij but may do so in the coming hours. [EnabBaladi]

 

Turkish military sources say the Turkish Army targeted PYD forces that captured 7 villages south of Jarabulus after Daesh’s withdrawal. The sources say the PYD violated the Turkish-American agreement that designated the Sajur River as a line for the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Turkish sources say the SDF is actually “PYD” with several Arab members who are with them. [ARA]

 

The Turkey-supported opposition groups, supported by Turkish troops and warplanes, captured Amarna village after battles with Syrian Democratic Forces. [Qasioun]

Local sources say a Turkish warplane bombed the radio station in Amarna southwest of Jarabulus, 1 km northwest of the village. [Hawar]

 

The PYD backed Hawar publishes photos of civilians who were wounded by Turkish shelling on Dandaniya village northwest of Manbij, claiming the shells may have contained chemicals. [Hawar]

 

The Jarabulus Military Council, created by the Syria Democratic Forces a few days ago before the Turkey invasion, issued a statement saying its war is not against the opposition groups, nor with the Turkish Army, but with Daesh. At the same time, it says it will defend itself against any attack. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Army is reported to be securing the road for the return of thousands of displaced people to Jarabulus. [Anadolu]

 

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Tal Othman and Nafila villages south of Manbij, killing 4 terrorists, and destroying a vehicle bomb, capturing weapons and ammunition. Battles are still ongoing in several villages south of Manbij. [Hawar]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the “infidel Kurds” in Nafila village with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding “tens” of them. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says one of it suicide terrorists attacked Kurdish troops with a vehicle bomb in Kasra village south of Manbij, killing at least fourteen fighters. [DawaAlhaq] It says it killed or wounded more YPG fighters in the village after the suicide attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed nine YPG fighters in 2 attacked on Tal Hudhan and Sayyed villages, south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

The YPG issues a statement saying it completed its mission liberating Manbij and has returned to its bases after turning the military leadership over to the Manbij Military Council, and handed its civilian leadership to a civilian council in Manbij on August 15th. [Qasioun]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

A local activist says Daesh launched a massive attack on Ikada village near Azaz, but opposition groups stopped the attack, killing several Daesh terrorists. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

The FSA stopped a large YPG attack on Kaljibrin village in Azaz, capturing 3 YPG fighters. The YPG also targeted areas near Mare’ with heavy machine guns, wounding a woman. Warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on YPG positions in Ming, Deir Jamal, and Tal Rifaat north of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several opposition group fighters by detonating 5 IEDs on 3 of their vehicles between Dalha and Hawar Kilis villages, north of Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

In Afrin, in Syria’s far northwestern corner, Turkey-backed opposition groups targeted Ain Dara village with 2 mortars, causing material damages. [Hawar]

 

Nusra Front launched a large operation and captured the headquarters and storehouses of the former FSA’s division 16 in Aleppo city. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. The situation in Aleppo is changing rapidly, and bigger groups will try to take over smaller groups in order to create the anticipated new united opposition front.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Heavy battles erupted between Syrian troops and Daesh near the Tadmur silos while Russian warplanes dropped bombs in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says four Syrian soldiers surrendered to its terrorists in the Jab Al-Jarrah area east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video of targeting Syrian Army positions in Deir Ez-Zor with mortars. [A3maq]

 

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

Daesh issues a video and photos of its attack on Syrian opposition groups near the Jordan border. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh had said yesterday that it killed twenty-six FSA fighters in the attack.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say an officer and two soldiers were wounded by 3 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis mortar shells on a security barrier in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say Egyptian Counter Terrorism troops killed 3 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis troops and wounded 3 in Touma village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. The source also say Counter Terrorism troops killed 3 Ansar Bair Al-Maqdis terrorists and wounded 1 as the terrorists were planting IEDs in Bala’a village, west of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh issues a video of executing an Egyptian Ministry of Interior member on a street in Arish. [DawaAlhaq]

Security sources confirmed that the victim in the Daesh photos was the kidnapped police driver. Eyewitnesses say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists brought the driver handcuffed in a pickup vehicle and then executed him in a street in Hay Al-Masaeed in Arish. [ElWatan]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported two days ago that Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists had captured a police chief’s driver near the Wadi Bridge in Arish and hijacked his vehicle.

A policeman was wounded when a mortar shell fell near the police station in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says an officer and a soldier were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army spokesman says his troops captured the Qawarsha area in west Benghazi completely. A military source says the troops also captured the Chinese Buildings area. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

A medical source says one Libyan soldier was killed and ten others wounded in a Daesh suicide attack in the Qanfouda area, west of Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan commander says seven members of his Explosives Ordinance Disposal team were killed and twelve wounded by land mines and IEDs in west Benghazi so far. He says the area is still dangerous for civilians and many of them were killed or wounded because they returned to their houses prematurely. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

A military source says a Daesh Saudi commander and several other terrorists were killed in battles in Hay 3 in Sirte on Wednesday. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

The Al-Qaeda leader, Zawahiri, issued a statement asking Sunni Iraqis not to surrender to the current situation and to review their mistakes as a first step to unite and fight the Iraqi Government that belongs to Iran. He says the Iraqi Government is trying to annihilate the Sunnis under the guise of fighting Daesh. He asks the Sunnis to fight the “Crusader-Safavid-Nusairiya Coalition” in a long guerrilla war that aims to control the region. He also asked the Syrian groups to help the Sunnis in Iraq since “their battle is one.” He also asked Iraqi Sunnis to follow the way of the former AI-Qaeda leader, Zarqawi (video). [Arabi21] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. With Daesh’s demise, Al-Qaeda is trying to come back to Iraq. Several Iraqi experts said that Al-Qaeda has been building a base in Iraq during the last two years, helped by the fact that no one is fighting it in Iraq now. Al-Qaeda is more of a long-term planner, and it is preparing to gather the defeated Daesh terrorists under its umbrella, in Iraq and elsewhere.

 

Videos of the Day

A video of the Iraqi forces searching houses in Jazeera Khaldiya. Daesh even booby-trapped the dead bodies of its fighters. [Yalla]

A video of an Iraqi Abrams tanks targeting a group of Daesh terrorists in Albu Kanaan [YouTube]

 

A video of battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

A video of the Daesh emir of Albu Bali after being captured by the IFP [YouTube]

 

Photos of displaced people from Shirqat. [Yalla]

 

A video of Qayara people celebrating their liberation [Yalla]

 

Videos of Qayara people welcoming Iraqi forces [MoD] [Mosuliya]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Qayara city center [MoD]

 

A video of a battle in Qayara [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers facing a charging Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

Photos of Coalition artillery supporting Iraqi forces with indirect fire [CJTFOIR]

DaeshDaily comment. A Daesh-linked website republished the photos and claimed they were from the Qayara battle.

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

August 24, 2016

Iraqi Soldiers in Qayara (Sumaria)

Iraqi Soldiers in Qayara (Sumaria)

Today’s Major Developments

Ambassador Jones says goodbye to Iraq. []

Iraqi forces capture most of Qayara city and capture the Qayara oilfield. []

Turkey crosses the border with Coalition air support, seizes Jarabulus and surrounding area. []

Biden says PYD must stay east of the Euphrates. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

President Masoum received in his office US Ambassador Stuart Jones, who is at the end of his term in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the chairman of the United Coalition (Sunni), Osama Al-Nujaifi, and discussed the liberation of Mosul and the needs of displaced people, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The meeting also discussed “speaking with the same voice,” avoiding disputes, and supporting Iraqi forces in the war against Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

The Saudi Ambassador in Baghdad asks the Iraqi government to clarify its position regarding a Shia militia commander who publicly threatened the Ambassador’s life in a TV interview. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The same idiot was condemned widely because of a previous statement against the people of Falluja.

 

A PUK CoR member says the PMFs should participate in the Ninewa liberation because they are part of the Iraqi military organization. He also says the Peshmerga are essential to winning the battle. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. Aside from the nice rhetorical balancing act, the statement supporting PMF participation is significant because Barzani and the KDP have opposed it. This seems to separates the PUK (and Gorran) from Barzani’s scheming over Ninewa.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq. Three were in or near Ramadi (2) and Hit (1) in Anbar; the other on Sinjar in far western Ninewa. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says a Baghdad Airport security man was severely wounded when unknown men broke into his house and stabbed him multiple times in Shula. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 59th brigade found 6 IEDs and other explosive materials in the Bani Zaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says 4 men impersonating PMF fighters were captured at a checkpoint in Zayouna. [Mada]

An MoI source says an MoD major and his driver were killed when unknown armed men shot into the officer’s civilian car using silenced weapons on Qanat Street. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in the Baijiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused an IED and found a hand grenade in the Thuwar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a sheep market in the Suwaib area. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine others wounded when 2 mortar shells fell on a residential area in Al-Nasr Wa Al-Salam village in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

A local police source says a school teacher was killed by unknown armed men who shot him using silenced guns in Hay Al-Adel. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Washash. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 8 booby-trapped houses, 7 IEDs, 2 explosives vests, and a vehicle bomb in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak into Jazeera Khaldiya from the river. [Ghad]

 

The PMF Press says the PMFs finished over 95% of their military operations in the Albu Kanaan area in Jazeera Khaldiya, destroying Daesh tunnels and defusing houses and streets from IEDs. It says more than 300 Daesh terrorists were imprisoned in the area. [Maalomah]

 

The IFP says its troops killed 49 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 11 hideouts, a tunnel, and 3 military positions in the Sadda and Albu Bali areas in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Jaraishi area north of Ramadi. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi attack by boat from a river near the Haditha Dam. [A3maq]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says seven people, including three women and two children, were wounded by “an American airstrike” on a residential area in Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN (No reports)

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba

The Diyala Police spokesman says a police emergency unit captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Baquba after getting information from his brother. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces captured 10 Daesh weapons storehouses and 10 guesthouses in the Hashemiyat area west of Baquba and arrested the Daesh military official of Diyala. [Mawazin]

[Mawazin]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces started a military operation to secure several villages and areas in north Muqdadiya. Daesh had conducted several attacks on civilians in those areas [Etejah]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A PMF commander says Daesh is searching for 3 teenage suicide bombers who escaped from a house in which they were imprisoned in Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says unknown armed men on a motorcycle killed a local Daesh commander with a hand grenade in Mosul city center. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issues photos of its sharia training for teachers in Ninewa. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, captured the Government Compound in Qayara, in addition to the Qayara oil refinery, killing more than 40 Daesh terrorists. [IraqPress]

The Counter Terrorism Service reported that Iraqi forces captured the General Hospital as well as the Government Compound. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops, supported by the IAA, captured the Qayara oil refinery and its residential compound, in addition to the Qayara Bridge, after killing tens of Daesh terrorists, destroying many vehicle bombs, and defusing hundreds of IEDs on the first day of military operations. It also says three Iraqi soldiers were killed and twelve wounded. [Etejah] The JOC spokesman says Daesh lost a big revenue source when Iraqi forces captured the oilfields. [Etejah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army armored vehicle “on the outskirts” of Qayara city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged an Abrams tank and destroyed 2 Humvees “near” the Qayara Bridge south of the city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Cougar armored vehicle, 2 Humvees, and damaged an Abrams tank “near” the hills west of Qayara city. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed three Peshmerga fighters in the Qaraqiya hills near Kanhash. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. These typical “victorious” stories from outside the real battlefield seem to confirm that Daesh lost. Daesh is always victorious (even when it isn’t).

 

However, the Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces destroyed 20 Daesh vehicles, killing the terrorists inside, and killed 10 more suicide terrorists in Qayara. However, 18 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the fighting. He also says Iraqi forces are moving towards areas in north Qayara. [ROJ]

 

Photos of Iraqi forces in Qayara [Sumaria]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says ten people were wounded in “American airstrikes” on a commercial area in Tal Afar city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video showing results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Babel Police say a joint security force captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Jbala. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

News from Turkey revolved around issues related to Turkey’s incursion into Syria to capture the city of Jarabulus from Daesh. (See Northwest Syria report below)

 

Vice President Joe Biden left Ankara after a brief visit to meet with the President, Prime Minister, and Parliament Speaker. Biden said in a press conference that the YPG should not cross the Euphrates to the west and threatens that the United States would cut off its support if the YPG crosses the river. “We’ve made it absolutely clear” to the YPG that “they must move back across the river,” Biden said. “They cannot—will not—under any circumstance get American support if they do not keep that commitment.” [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the right policy under the circumstances, but Biden’s statement is more significant because it was not clear previously that this was the policy, and the YPG has made strenuous efforts to capture territory west of the Euphrates, meeting opposition from Turkey and other opposition groups as well as Daesh. The YPG and the larger SDF played a major if downplayed role in the Manbij campaign and Manbij is west of the river.

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Yildirim says Assad cannot be ignored if any solution is to be reached in Syria. [SyriaNow] He says Turkey has no ambition to control Syrian land, and all Turkey cares about is that Syrian lands aren’t occupied by terrorist organizations like the PYD and YPG. Yildirim says Jarabulus will be under the control of Syrian people. [Anadolu]

 

A Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs source says countering terrorism on the Turkish-Syria borders is very important, but Ankara should coordinate with Syria about it. [EnabBaladi]

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that Moscow is deeply worried over the potential consequences after Ankara sent troops into Syrian territory, saying that the Turkish operation could lead to a further deterioration in the situation and casualties among civilians. [BasNews]

 

Turkish media sources say Istanbul police launched a raid campaign against Daesh suspects in several areas of the city.  [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including 10 in the Shaddadi area in Hasaka, and the others around Manbij (4), Raqqa (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

People in Hasaka are returning to their houses after the cease-fire between the Syrian government and the PYD. [Hawar]

 

Zaman Al-Wasl, a Syrian anti-government TV outlet, says the battles in Hasaka happened because the Syrian government was trying to arm the Arab tribes, and because Syrian forces captured Kurdish young men (in Arab villages) to force them to join its compulsory military service. [Zaman Al-Wasl]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the Zayanat area near Shaddadi. It also says heavy battles continued between Syrian Democratic Forces and Daesh in the Azzawi area. It says the SDF recaptured the areas it had lost to Daesh yesterday. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded eight YPG fighters with an IED southeast of Al-Hawl. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its attacks on YPG fighters south of Shaddadi. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked YPG units in the Salman area west of Shaddadi, capturing a Humvee, a machine gun mounted vehicle, and a truck loaded with ammunition. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus military operation

Turkish military sources say opposition groups, supported by Turkish special forces, captured Jarabulus city and 4 villages in the west, after killing 46 Daesh terrorists, including the Jarabulus emir. [BasNews]

One thousands opposition groups fighters and 250 Turkish Special Forces troops participated in the attack. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say the Turkish Army troops, artillery and warplanes, and Syrian opposition groups, attacked Jarabulus city and its villages, killing more than 49 civilians. [Hawar] The villages captured included Jamel village, south of Jarabulus. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the attack as a violation of Syrian sovereignty. [Hawar]

The Syrian Democratic Council, the political leadership of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) issued a statement condemning the Turkey attack on Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

Pentagon said Wednesday that U.S. jets conducted airstrikes supporting Turkish efforts to clear Daesh from Jarabulus in northern Syria.

“U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft participated in these operations near the Syria-Turkey border,” Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Anadolu Agency in a written statement.

Galloway said the Coalition’s airstrikes were in support of the operation by vetted Syrian opposition forces seeking to clear Daesh from Jarabulus–located 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border.

According to Galloway, the Coalition’s intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets have been regularly monitoring the border as it is “a key transit point for (Daesh) fighters moving back and forth between Syria and Turkey.” The spokesman added that the Coalition is continuing to monitor ongoing operations along the border. [Anadolu]

 

The opposition-affiliated Dorar says more than 1,200 fighters from the Sham Corps, Sultan Murad, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar Al-Sham, Nour Al-Din Al-Zanki Movement, the Liberation Army, the Mountain Hawks, and the Jabha Shamiya participated in the attack on Jarabulus. [Dorar]

Other groups participating included M’utasem Brigade and the Northern Division. [EnabBaladi]

 

YPG sources say Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, participated in the attack. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This has not been confirmed from other sources and the Nusra Front would not have passed any US vetting process.

 

Turkish military sources say Turkish F-16s targeted 12 Daesh locations in Jarabulus. [Dorar]

 

A local activist says the Free Syrian Army captured Jarabulus completely, while Daesh terrorists left the city to the south. [EnabBaladi]

3,000 civilians reportedly left their houses in Jarabulus toward Manbij. [Hawar]

A local activist says large numbers of civilians left Jarabulus toward Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

An opposition group commander says the opposition group forces will head to Al-Bab after liberating Jarabulus. [Zaman Al-Wasl]

 

Political consequences

The military results are clearer than the political fallout.

Turkey’s Minister of Interior says the Euphrates Shield operation will continue until the entire threat on the Turkey border with Syria is removed. [Dorar]

Turkey’s President, Erdogan, being more specific, says the operation targets Daesh and the YPG in north Syria. [Hawar]

Several Kurdish opposition groups withdrew from the Jarabulus operation after this statement, according to the PYD-backed Hawar. [Hawar]

 

The PYD President says Turkey will lose a lot in the “Syria swamp”. [Hawar]

The Turkey Prime Minister responded to the PYD president’s comment by saying that the PYD is not interested in fighting Daesh, and only interested in establishing a state in north Syria. He says the YPG troops that participated in liberating Manbij should withdraw to areas east of the Euphrates; otherwise Turkey will take action. [Zaman Al-Wasl]

 

Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the Office of Press Relations at the State Department, says Kurdish leaders in Syria promised the United States that they would leave the areas they liberate from Daesh, and hand them to local residents. She says the United States is expecting the Kurdish organizations to keep their promise. [Anadolu]

 

Qasioun claims that Coalition warplanes targeted SDF forces in Amarna village, north of Manbij and 8 km (5 miles) south of Jarabulus, according to opposition sources. [Qasioun] However, an SDF commander refuted the report. He also said there were no battles between the SDF and the FSA near Jarabulus. [Qasioun]

A field source says SDF withdrew from 5 villages south of Jarabulus, including Amarna. The source says the SDF received orders to withdrew to areas 15 km south of Jarabulus, based on an agreement between the US and Turkey. [BasNews] [BasNews]

 

One report said that Turkish artillery targeted YPG locations north of Manbij. [Dorar]

The PYD-backed Hawar media outlet says Turkish troops and opposition groups attacked Manbij Military Council fighters from Jarabulus in Amarna village and that the battles are still ongoing. [Hawar]

Hawar claimed later that the MMC stopped the Turkish and opposition group advances toward the liberated areas in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Meanwhile, a tribal source says the commander of the newly established and PYD-backed Jarabulus Military Council was killed over a personal dispute. The JMC had issued a statement accusing Turkey of the assassination, which happened a couple of hours after the JMC was established 2 days ago. [BasNews]

 

PYD officials say the Turkish Army has started construction of a concrete wall between Suruc and Kobane. [BasNews]

 

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops captured Haqnah and Hanna villages south of Manbij, killing several Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying the YPG bulldozer yesterday with a guided missile in Nahliya village south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Turkish artillery also shelled the northern villages of the Al-Bab area. [Hawar]

Turkey-backed opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack on Ikada village, in the Azaz area along the border. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles continued between Syrian troops and Daesh in the Arak oilfield area east of Homs. Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the Taiba and Sukhnah areas east of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed Daesh vehicles and machinery, killing “tens” of terrorists east of Ithariya. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video of damaging a Syrian Army tank with a guided missile in the Panorama area in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

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

Daesh says it attacked a Free Syrian Army (FSA) camp in the Matouta area, 5 km (3 miles) from the Jordan border. Daesh says a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked the camp with a vehicle bomb, then a group of its fighters entered the headquarters and killed several FSA fighters, and captured 2 SUVs, in addition to ammunition. Daesh says 26 FSA fighters were killed in the attack. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

A Syrian military source says a Syrian Army unit destroyed Daesh fuel tanker trucks in the Rashida oilfields area east of Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

The Jabha Sharqiya (Eastern Front), an FSA faction, says its troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Syrian desert, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles and capturing one. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh claimed responsibility for killing an Egyptian Army officer and a police officer in Arish yesterday. [A3maq]

 

A security source says Egyptian Apaches are searching North Sinai for a police vehicle that was hijacked by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis yesterday. The terrorists have hijacked government vehicles previously and used them as a vehicle bombs. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Two paramedics were wounded when their field hospital was targeted deliberately by mortar rounds in the Chinese Buildings area in west Benghazi, according to the hospital’s manager. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

AFRICOM says it conducted 7 more airstrikes on Daesh locations and vehicles in Sirte. The National Accord Government Military spokesman says Daesh withdrew suddenly from Hay 3 in Sirte. [AfriGate]

He also says his forces have captured 95% of Sirte, and Daesh is operating in only two neighborhoods, where it is trapped. He anticipates that the battles will be over within few weeks. [AfriGate]

 

A security source says Libyan troops captured a Daesh Libyan leader east of Sirte. As usual, the terrorist had shaved his beard. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

A Tunisia Ministry of Interior source says security forces captured in Souse a terrorist cell of 6 members who were sending terrorists abroad. [Tunisien]

 

The Tunisia Ministry of Defense spokesman says his troops found a terrorist training camp in the El-Kef Mountains. He also says one of the soldiers was wounded by a land mine in the area. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Bangladesh

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked the priest of a Hindu temple with knives in the Narsingdi area in central Bangladesh. [A3maq]

 

Finland

A senior Finnish security official says a 24-year-old Iraqi man indicted by Iraq for his role in the Speicher Massacre, was arrested in Finland. This is the third person the Finland authorities have arrested for the same reason so far. [Ghad]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Social media activists published an audio recording of a phone call between a Nusra terrorist and the mother of a Syrian soldier. The terrorist tells the mother her son was beheaded. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not the first time such a recording got published. It shows that the level of jihadi hatred and inhumanity have gone deeper than anyone could imagine. This is not about Assad, who actually benefits from such hatred; it is about the future of Syria. How could Syrian people trust people from such groups? 

 

Daesh supporters link the Turkey attack on Jarabulus to the climactic Dabiq battle described in its ideology. Interestingly enough, Turkey chose the date of August 24th, which the same date as the battle of Marj Dabiq, when Ottoman troops defeated the Mamluk Army in 1516 and captured Egypt and most of the Middle East after that. [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh’s theory, this Dabiq battle is the sign of the end of days, where Rome comes to fight. The fact is that the vast majority of Muslims don’t believe this story because it came from weak historical sources.

 

Videos of the Day

A video of the explosion of a Daesh terrorist who detonated his explosives vest when he got trapped by Iraqi forces in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

A video of IFP troops in the Albu Kanaan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. The video shows a Daesh “police station.” [Yalla]

 

A video of Iraqi forces during a Daesh suicide attack in Qayara. The suicide terrorist was killed before reaching his target. [Mosuliya]

Videos of Iraqi forces in Qayara [MoD] [MoD] [YouTube]

A video of a Daesh Saudi terrorist captured by Iraqi forces in Qayara [YouTube]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh fighting position near Sultan Abdullah on August 9. [CJTFOIR]

 

Videos of opposition fighters inside Jarabulus, Syria [YouTube] [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. There are no signs of heavy battles in these videos.  We couldn’t find videos of battles in Jarabulus today.

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [YouTube]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its suicide attacks in Ninewa. Several suicide terrorists from Gulf countries, Iraq, and one from Denmark appear in the video. [Archive] [YouTube]

August 23, 2016

Iraqi Forces in Qayara (Sumaria)

Iraqi Forces in Qayara (Sumaria)

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq, UNHCR brace for a further huge increase in displaced people. []

Controversial CoR move to fire Minister of Defense postponed for lack of a quorum. []

Ramadi District Mayor says 50,000 families have returned to Ramadi. []

Iraqi forces attack Qayara city, seize much of city center. []

Syrian Army-YPG clashes end in Russian-brokered cease-fire. []

Biden arrives in Ankara for talks with Erdogan, Barzani. []

Turkey has reportedly sent troops into Syrian border city of Jarabulus. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says in a press conference his government has approved the Amnesty Law and asks the CoR to pass it. The law was up for consideration today but the vote was postponed to next week. [Sumaria] The law provides amnesty for previous crimes by Iraqis, but not foreigners, and does not include terrorism, kidnapping, human trafficking, incest, rape, drug dealing, smuggling, counterfeiting, bribery, and other major crimes. Those imprisoned for murder in cases in which a settlement was reached with the victim’s family would be among those released.

DaeshDaily comment. Amnesty laws in Iraq serve important political purposes but also have some bad history. They have at times been concessions to Sunni Arabs but have also been used to get a lot of people convicted of corruption out of jail, one reason for Iraq’s continuing corruption problem. When even serious crimes have a political solution, respect for the rule of law is undermined.

 

Abadi also says that KRG President Masoud Barzani has informed him that the Kurds don’t have any ambitions in Ninewa. Abadi repeated his demand for the Turkish troops to withdraw from Bashiqa. [Sumaria]

In another story, Abadi says the central government calls on all people of Ninewa to cooperate with the KRG after the liberation, but also says the Peshmerga should not extend its presence in the liberated areas. He also says the Iraqi government doesn’t have enough capacity to deal with the pending displacement problem in Ninewa and asks the international community for help. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment.  Actually, the situation surrounding Barzani’s previously expressed independence and territorial ambitions, the Atheel Nujaifi-led separatist movement, and the Turkish troops is confused. However, some clarity may come from ongoing conversations in Ankara among Barzani, Nujaifi’s brother and former Vice President, and Erdogan, to be shortly joined by Vice President Biden. (See below under “Reports from Turkey.”) Something seems to be up but it’s not yet clear what that is.

 

As for the displacement problem already, in recent months, some 213,000 people have fled their homes in different parts of the country. This includes 48,000 from the Mosul area, 87,000 from the Falluja area, and 78,000 from Shirqat, Qayara and surrounding areas, based on estimates by the UNHCR.

Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, so the humanitarian impact of a military offensive there could be enormous, affecting up to 1,200,000 people according to UNHCR. UNHCR says it is doing what it can, but additional funding and land for camps is still needed.

Iraq already faces one of the world’s worst internal displacement situations. Some 3,380,000 people have fled their homes since January 2014, among them families displaced more than once. [UNHCR]

 

The CoR postponed a vote on firing the Minister of Defense because of the lack of a quorum. Speaker Jubouri postponed the vote without giving a new date. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another example of Iraqi politicians risking the nation’s interests in order to serve their own political purposes. The Minister set off a firestorm recently in the CoR by accusing Speaker Jubouri among others of corruption in dealings with his Ministry. The Speaker sought an immediate investigation and was cleared. Now it looks like political payback time. However, the country is in the middle of a war and the Minister’s leadership has seemed to make a positive contribution to the war effort. Al-Abadi has opposed firing him and Ambassador Jones, while remaining neutral, made it clear the timing was bad. At least the issue is not sectarian, but it’s unlikely any good will come from this initiative. The lack of a quorum seems to reflect the legislative tactic of being absent so as to prevent the body from passing something you oppose (a political trick not invented in Iraq).

 

The Baghdad Operations Command spokesman says 34 explosive detection vehicles (XBLM) entered service and will be used in Baghdad. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. It took almost 10 years and thousands of casualties before the Iraqi government admitted that the magic sticks it was using to detect explosives were worthless.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Qayara (4), Kasik (1), Ramadi (1), Haditha (1), and Baghdadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and found an explosives vest and 6 grenades in the Hiyaliyeen area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says the owner of a street electricity generator was killed and two other civilians wounded when an IED exploded near the generator in Hay Al-Basateen, in Shaab. [Mada]

A security source says a civilian was wounded when unknown armed men shot him in Shaab. [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ameen. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says the body of a man was found shot in his car in the Diyala Bridge area. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two people were killed and nine wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Mahmudiya, in far south Baghdad. [Mada]

Iraqi forces captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Mahmudiya who led them to 2 ammunition and explosives caches. [MoD Website]

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army officer was killed and two soldiers wounded when a sniper shot at their checkpoint in Latifiya, in far south Baghdad. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 6 booby-trapped houses in the Air Defense, Ukaidat, and Khtaimiya areas. The brigade also captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Fadhla area in Mahmudiya. [MoD Website

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and defused 2 IEDs in the Baijiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

A local police source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Albu Aitha area. [Maalomah]

The MoI spokesman says the Intelligence Service captured in south Baghdad a terrorist who was recruiting young men from his own tribe to join Daesh. [AIN]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 28 IEDs and destroyed a booby-trapped hideout, 2 explosives vests and large quantities of explosives and ammunition in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces are in control of Jazeera Khaldiya after killing more than 600 Daesh terrorists. He says most of the terrorists had fled from the Falluja battles. Anbar officials say Iraqi forces will move to west Anbar after securing Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces killed more than 200 Daesh terrorists during the last 4 days, including tens of suicide terrorists, in a military operation to clear the area between Albu Bali and the international highway. He says Iraqi forces cleared the road between Ramadi and Falluja and east toward Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

The IFP commander says his troops captured the Daesh emir of Jazeera Khaldiya, an Iraqi terrorist called Ghayeb Al-Mar’awi, in the Albu Bali area. [Harbi]

 

A military source says Iraqi forces found a mass grave with the bodies of 20 Daesh members in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says Iraqi forces found huge Daesh weapons storehouses in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi Army 39th brigade killed 2 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya. Iraqi Army 50th brigade found 5 Daesh tunnels and 10 IEDs, defused 2 booby-trapped houses, and destroyed several car bombs, and explosives vests in the Qurtan area. [MoD Website]

 

The chairman of the security committee in Khaldiya District Council says 2 Tribal PMF brigades were commissioned to hold the ground in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Ramadi

The Mayor of Ramadi District says 50,000 families have returned to their houses in the city so far. (Multiplying by 5 would convert this to an estimated 250,000 people.) He says most of the city has been cleared from Daesh IEDs and landmines, but there are still some areas that need to be cleared. He also says there are only 11,000 policemen in Ramadi district, which is not sufficient. There were 21,000 before the District fell to Daesh. [Mada]

 

A Tribal PMF commander says his fighters captured a Daesh terrorist in Tameem in the southwest corner of the city. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition warplanes killed 3 Daesh terrorists in the Albu Dhiab area. [MoD Website]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says a group of its terrorists, supported by mortar shelling, attacked Iraqi forces in the Kilo 160 area, killing or wounding several soldiers, before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of agriculture in Al-Qa’im. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

The IAA destroyed 3 Daesh fuel tank trucks and killed 6 terrorists in Allas oilfield. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Iraqi Army 74th brigade captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in the Samarra area. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

The Tooz mayoralty spokesman says unknown armed men shot a young Kurdish man in Tooz, wounding him severely. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says the reluctant Daesh suicide boy who was captured in Kirkuk told the authorities that Daesh trained 50 boys, age 8-15, to conduct suicide attacks in different areas in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says a man and a one-year-old child were wounded by a Daesh IED as they were trying to escape the Hawija area. [Sumaria]

 

A video of displaced people from Hawija [Sumaria]

 

Daesh issues a video of its charity activities [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy in the Ghabat area, killing tens of terrorists, including a local commander. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Mosul is facing a huge fuel crisis because of the extensive Coalition airstrikes on Daesh fuel tanker trucks during the last few days. He also says Daesh terrorists have disappeared from Mosul streets, and many have fled to areas west of the city or to Syria. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Mosul asking citizens not to leave the city and to stay away from Daesh locations. [AIN]

 

A security source says Daesh mosque speakers told the people of Mosul that Daesh will issue a “general alert” ordering all the people of Mosul to “defend the caliphate”. Daesh also threatened doctors in Mosul who might order any sick leave to its terrorists. Many Daesh fighters have pressured the doctors to get such leaves in order to escape battles. The bodies of 40 Daesh fighters, and more than 80 wounded terrorists, arrived at the Mosul hospital and morgue during the last 2 days, most killed by airstrikes. More than 20 airstrikes have targeted Daesh locations in Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh says nine people were killed and seven wounded, including women and children, by “American” airstrikes on residential areas in Hay Al-Hadba’ and Hay Al-Zuhour in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it finished “quick” 3-day/30-minute religious seminars in 10 centers in Hay Al-Zinjili in Mosul, then move to Wadi Al-Hajar, and will continue so as to cover the entire city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Time is running and Daesh wants to recruit as many suicide terrorists as possible. The “quickness” will recruit more young and uneducated people who fit the Daesh target profile.

 

Qayara

Qayara city

The Joint Operations Command issued a statement saying Counter Terrorism troops and Iraqi Army 9th armored division, supported by the IAF and Coalition warplanes, started the military operations to liberate Qayara city, after surrounding it from all sides. [Mada]

A security source says Iraqi forces entered Qayara from four sides at the early hours of the morning, killing tens of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

A military source says large numbers of Daesh terrorists fled Qayara toward Mosul after Iraqi forces broke into the city. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command (NOC) source says Iraqi forces advanced towards Qayara city center from the south, driving Daesh to the north, and killed 12 terrorists. Iraqi forces captured the Qayara subdistrict council building. [Maalomah]

The NOC issued a separate statement saying Iraqi forces captured the Qayara main market and the hospital in the city center. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army officer says ten Counter Terrorism Service soldiers were killed by a Daesh vehicle bomb attack in Qayara city. [Rudaw]

 

The Qayara subdistrict manager says there are 15-20 thousand civilians in Qayara. [Arabi21]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces specified secure routes for people to leave Qayara. However, he says Daesh will prevent people from moving, and he urges them to stay in their houses and raise white flags. [Etejah]

 

Daesh’s version says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack on Qayara. Daesh says Iraqi forces are at the Qayara Bridge, the refinery, and the western hills areas, and are 3 km away from the city. It also says Iraqi forces’ attempt to surround the city has failed. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in Qayara claiming it is still control of the city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In this video, a handful of terrorists show up on empty streets. Daesh issued similar videos in Ramadi and Falluja.

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces captured several government buildings in Qayara city, in addition to the residential compound of the Qayara oilfield. He says Iraqi forces stopped the attack because of the darkness and because of the land mines and vehicle bombs, and will continue Wednesday morning. [BasNews]

 

Elsewhere in Qayara

An informed source says Iraqi forces captured 6 oilfields in the Qayara area, after heavy battles with Daesh, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Army Humvees and a bulldozer near the Qayara Refinery. [A3maq]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs in Qayara. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed the Daesh military commander of Qayara, a Chechen terrorist called Abu Al-Futouh, in addition to 10 suicide terrorists and destroyed more than 20 Daesh vehicles in Qayara. [Sumaria]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed the house of a local Daesh commander in Asbagha village in Qayara subdistrict, killing him and several of his associates. [PUKMedia]

 

In revenge for its defeat in Qayara, Daesh blew up the houses of 20 policemen and PMF fighters in different villages in Qayara subdistrict, according to a Ninewa Police source. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it damaged 2 Iraqi Army personnel carriers on the outskirts of Shabali village, south of Qayara. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh feels kind of embarrassed to say it lost these villages, so it uses terms like “near” or “in the outskirts of.”

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in the Hawasem area, south of Qayara. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in the Hassan Koi area, killing 4 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Daesh executed in Baaj ten young men from Mosul who were trying to escape toward Syria. [Etejah]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Kerbala Police chief says his troops captured 7 men wanted on terrorism charges who were fleeing Anbar toward Kerbala through the desert area, and 3 more at a checkpoint who were also trying to enter Kerbala.  [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed strategy for fighting both Daesh and Kurdish PKK militants with visiting KRG President Masoud Barzani, sources at Erdogan’s office said.

They said Erdogan and Barzani also addressed necessary steps to shut down schools and institutions in Iraqi Kurdistan that are affiliated with Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Islamic cleric whom Turkey blames for last month’s failed military coup.

The meeting in Ankara comes as Turkey faces multiple threats from Daesh at home and across the border in neighboring Syria as well as from the PKK militants whose bases are in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. It also coincides with Iraqi and Kurdish forces gradually closing in on Mosul. [Reuters]

Unlike previous meetings, the KRG flag was not displayed in the room. [SotKurdistan]

According to Turkish media sources, Barzani met with the Turkish Intelligence chief before he met with Erdogan. [SotKurdistan]

Barzani also met with Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and will meet tomorrow with the US Vice President Joe Biden, who will arrive in Ankara. [ARA]

 

Turkish security sources say the authorities started evacuating Karkemish after 9 Daesh mortar shells from Jarabulus fell on civilian areas in the city, without causing human casualties. The source say Turkish artillery responded by shelling Daesh locations in Jarabulus. [ARA]

 

Turkish media outlets say the Turkish Army brought more reinforcements to the Karkemish area. [Dorar]

 

The Turkey Minister of Foreign Affairs says Turkey will provide “all the necessary support” to help opposition groups to capture Jarabulus. [ARA]

 

The Turkish opposition leader says sending Turkish troops to foreign lands (Jarabulus) is not right unless it is done within international law. [Dorar]

 

Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet says according to documents found in the house of a Daesh terrorist who detonated himself in June when security surrounded him, Daesh prepared 150 terrorists to conduct attacks in Turkey against several targets, including Alawite villages, Kurdish and leftist parties, international organizations, and amusement places and night clubs. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, four in the Manbij area, the others in Raqqa (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka city

Details were revealed on the cease-fire deal reached yesterday between the Syrian government and the PYD. The agreement includes these points: Syrian troops and allied militia will withdraw from the city, the YPG will hand over its positions to the Asayesh, the two sides will exchange prisoners, the roads will be reopened, the Syrian government will “reconsider” the issue of the allied militias, and the fired government employees will return to their jobs. [Hawar] [Hawar]

According to the agreement, Syrian police will continue their job as security for the government compound in the city. Tens of families returned to their houses in Hasaka after the cease-fire. [SyriaHR]

The Asayish issued a statement asking the people of Hasaka to return to their houses. Hundreds of people have left the city since the battles started last week. [Hawar]

 

Media source say the meetings between Syrian and PYD officials continued on Monday, under Russian sponsorship, in the Khmeimim airbase. [ARA]

 

A Syrian government sniper killed an 18-year-old girl in Hay Al-Nashwa in Hasaka on Monday. [Hawar]

 

Elsewhere in Hasaka

The YPG-backed Hawar says heavy battles erupted when Daesh launched an attack on Syrian Democratic Forces in Azzawi village, south of Shaddadi, at 3 am. It says the battles are still going on. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it captured Kashkash Jubour and Tal Safiya villages, and half of Azzawi village, after 2 suicide attacks. [A3maq]

Daesh says it captured three YPG fighters in Azzawi village. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of one of the captured fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its attack on areas south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured Sheikh Othman village, south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on YPG fighters near Sheikh Othman village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it captured Hamidat village, south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

Daesh targeted Shaddadi city with rockets, with no reports of human casualties. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it captured Sheikh Hilal village, in addition to the other four and half villages, after launching a major attack on these areas. Daesh says it started with 3 suicide attacks, and a fourth one that targeted YPG fighters while they were fleeing Sheikh Othman village. Daesh says it killed 124 YPG fighters so far. [A3maq]

 

Later on, Daesh says it killed 23 YPG fighters in attacks on Atshana and Hajar Kabir villages, raising the total of YPG casualties in the Manbij and Shaddadi areas to 195. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of religious seminars in Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jarabulus

[Late news flash]  Turkish Anadolu reports that Turkish Special Forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, have started a military campaign in Jarabulus. [Anadolu]

 

An earlier report said Russian warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh locations in Jarabulus. Daesh brought military reinforcements near the city anticipating an opposition groups attack. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. By reading the previous two stories, you can see the absurdity and complexity of the situation in Syria. It’s the Turks and the Americans. No, it’s the Russians. However, taking Jarabulus away from Daesh, especially after its loss of Manbij, would further restrict its ability to move men and supplies across the Turkish border.

 

The YPG-allied Jarabulus Military Council issued a statement saying it captured the killer of its commander and of a “secret network” that is linked to Turkish intelligence. The commander was killed yesterday, hours after he announced the formation of the JMC. [Hawar]

The Syrian Democratic Forces issued a statement supporting the JMC, and asking the Coalition to keep its promises to “provide international protection for our country” from regional powers. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. We have a feeling they mean Turkey, when they talk about regional powers, but we need to verify. 

 

Local sources say Turkish artillery continued its shelling on west Jarabulus for the fourth day in a raw. [Hawar]

 

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Hajira Saghira village, south of Manbij, killing 7 terrorists. MMC fighters also captured several strategic hills south of Manbij, killing 2 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. North of Manbij, MMC fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Arab Hassan village near the Sajur River, and the battles are still going on. [Hawar]

MMC fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Atshana village, killing 14 terrorists. [Hawar]

The fighters found Turkish weapons in Atshana village (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says forty YPG fighters were killed or wounded in a land mine field in Yashli village, northwest of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG bulldozer with a guided missile in Nahilya village, south of Manbij. [JustPaste]

 

Mare’

An opposition groups commander says Daesh launched a heavy attack on Mare’ accompanied by shelling and rocketing, but opposition groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped the attack and forced Daesh to retreat. He also says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in nearby Harbal and Um Hawsh. [ARA]

Later on, he says opposition groups attacked Daesh locations in Harbal and Tal Maled, southwest of Mare’, and the battles are still going on. [ARA]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Turkish troops killed a 15-year-old Syrian boy in the border area in Kobane (video). [Hawar]

 

Around 800 more displaced civilians arrived in Afrin on Tuesday from Jarabulus, Al-Ra’i, Al-Bab, Deir Ez-Zor, Albu Kamal, and Tadmur. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed 25 YPG fighters in a booby-trapped house and IEDs explosions in Haqna village, east of the Tishrin Dam. [A3maq]

 

Turkey-backed opposition groups targeted Sheikh Maqsoud extensively with rockets and heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Kowaires Airport. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Syrian troops and allied militias, supported by warplanes, attacked Daesh locations in the Talila area, near Tadmur, killing or wounding several terrorists. Russian warplanes targeted Daesh locations in the Tadmur Silos area. Another activist say Daesh stopped a Syrian troops attack on the Silos area. He also says Daesh snipers killed two Syrian soldiers in the Sha’er oilfield area. [ARA] [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed Daesh vehicles and killed several terrorists in the Arak, Sukhnah, and Al-Hail areas in Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Russian warplanes launched more than 10 airstrikes on Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor city, the Deir Ez-Zor airport area, and Mayadin. Battles continued in Deir Ez-Zor between the Syrian Army and Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the bodies of three people, including a young woman, were found in Albu Kamal and their organs were taken out. It also says Daesh executed one of its local security officials in Kashkiya village, in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

One civilian was killed in a Daesh shelling on the Joura area in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Syrian troops killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in Al-Qassr village, north of Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Saudi media sources say security forces killed a terrorist and captured another as they tried to attack a Shia mosque in Qatif, in eastern Saudi Arabia. [Arabi21]

 

North Africa

Egypt

A 16-year-old young man was killed when unknown armed men shot him in the head in Arish city. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say two police officers were killed when 3 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists shot at them in Arish city center. [ElWatan]

Security forces launched a campaign in Hay Al-Safa in Arish after the attack. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say unknown armed men kidnapped a police chief’s driver near the Wadi Bridge, in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Security source say Egyptian forces destroyed 2 roadside IEDs on the international road between Sheikh Zuweid and Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says two of his soldiers were killed and two others wounded by a land mine in Qawarsha, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says his troops captured more Daesh positions in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

 

The Benghazi Criminal Investigation Office issued a statement mourning the death of two of its members who were killed during the battles against Daesh in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing operations, said Marine AH-1W SuperCobra helicopters participated in strikes against Daesh over the weekend.

Daesh terrorists retreated “to the densest, most built-up part of the city,” the official said. “[The AH-1] is a platform that lends itself well to that kind of mission.” [WashingtonPost]

AFRICOM issued a statement saying American forces conducted 9 airstrikes from Friday to Sunday, targeting Daesh vehicles and machinery, in addition to 25 fighting positions. The US has conducted 74 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte since the beginning on August, according to the statement. [Wasat]

 

A military source says Libyan troops captured a Daesh field hospital and arrested its doctor in Hay 1 in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Nigeria

The Nigerian Army says the Boko Haram leader, Shikaw, was severely wounded and several other top commanders killed in an airstrike by an unattributed source on Smabisa Forest in Borno State on Friday. [Libya24]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Jazeera Khaldiya [Yalla]

Videos of battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [Iba] [Etejah] [YouTube]

Videos of IAA helicopters attacking Daesh in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A Facebook page from Anbar that exposes local Daesh terrorists who fled to the West as refugees [Facebook]

 

Photos of the leaflets dropped on Mosul [Yalla]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Qayara [Mosuliya] [Mosuliya] [RT] [Kut] [YouTube]

A video of the Ninewa Power Plant in Qayara after it was liberated from Daesh [Mosuliya]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba’ magazine. [DawaAlhaq]

 

August 22, 2016

Syria Map

Syria Map

Today’s Major Developments

Ambassador Jones reiterates imperative of military coordination under Joint Command, US support for Al-Abadi reforms. []

36 executed for role in Speicher base massacre in 2014. []

Daesh suicide attack on Shia mosques in Kirkuk fails. []

Iraqi Air Force bomb kills 19 Daesh leaders in Mosul. []

Suicide attack by a child kills 54 at Kurdish wedding in Gazientep, Turkey. []

Syrian Army vs. YPG clashes escalate in Hasaka. []

Turkey’s Prime Minister rejects efforts to establish a Kurdish “entity” on Turkish border. []

Manbij Military Council captures 15 more villages south of Manbij. []

Turkey and Turkey-supported opposition groups threaten PYD over control of Jarabulus. []

Russia’s use of Iranian airbase is over already. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones says the US is ready to help all Iraqi forces, including the PMFs, as long as they operate under the Iraqi Joint Command. He says the PMFs might get hit by mistake if they were not coordinating with the Iraqi military leadership; also that the US gave the Peshmerga $415 million worth of food and fuel supplies and salaries in coordination with the Iraqi government and not separately. He says that he would be happy if the case involving the Minister of Defense allegations were over, but says it is an internal Iraq issue and he can’t comment on it. He says there are no changes in the US policies in Iraq and the US supports Prime Minister Abadi’s reforms. [Rudaw] [Rudaw] [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Abadi again received in his office the CENTCOM Commander, General Joseph Votel, and discussed the war. General Votel expressed continuing US support to Iraq, according a statement from the Prime Minister’s office. [Mada]

 

A map from the Institute for the Study of War shows the shrinking of Daesh controlled territory in Iraq and Syria [Twitter]

 

On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Justice executed in Nasiriya Prison 36 terrorists who were convicted for their role in the Speicher Massacre. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) dropped millions of leaflets on Tal Afar, Baaj and Hawija asking civilians to keep away from Daesh locations, prepare to encounter security forces, and follow secure exit routes to be designated by the Joint Operations Command. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The intriguing element in this story is the inclusion of Hawija.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq: four in Ninewa, in and around Mosul (2), Qayara (1), and Sultan Abdullah (1); one in Kirkuk, in Bashir (1); and three in Anbar, in Ramadi (2) and Haditha (1) districts. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a cafe in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it killed an MoI employee using a silenced gun in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

The Baghdad Operations Command says the Iraqi Army continued its operations to clear the Hora and Ghazaliya areas in Tarmiya, and destroyed several Daesh guesthouses. [Mada]

A security source says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found 5 explosives vests and 2 IEDs in the Hora area. The source says that was made possible by information obtained from a captured terrorist. [Mada]

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two PMF fighters were killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Hay Al-Nasr. [Mada]

A police source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Albu Aitha area in Dora. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Dora. [Mada]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and 2 IEDs in the Baijiya and Air Defense areas. [Harbi]

Daesh says it killed a Sahwa fighter in the Sayafiya area in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed a “PMF” member in the Akhsaf area in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed a “PMF source” in the Sadr Al-Yusufiyah area. [JustPaste]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 2 ammunition caches, in the Shakha 3 area in Latifiya and in Al-Habba Hills. [Harbi]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says a member of the Green Zone Protection Brigade was killed by unknown armed men in Hay Al-Jihad. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded near car dealerships in Bayaa. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says one person was killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

The Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 60th brigade trapped and killed 3 Daesh terrorists in a house in the Arsan area. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   19    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The British Embassy in Baghdad says a British citizen working for a contractor was killed while trying to defuse a Daesh IED in Ramadi. Western personnel with Janus Global Operations are working to remove IEDs and mines from Ramadi. [Baghdadia] A security source says the contractor was killed, and another contractor and a policeman were wounded, in a booby-trapped house in the Malaab area in Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The MoD says the IAA killed 50 Daesh terrorists in Jazeera Khaldiya. An Iraqi Army Air (IAA) CH4 drone also destroyed a Daesh hideout in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 5 terrorists. [Harbi]

An Anbar Operations Command source says one policeman was killed and three others wounded by an IED while patrolling Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mada]

The PMF Press says PMFs have started to clear the Albu Kanaan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh headquarters in Wasiliya village north of Baghdadi on Saturday, killing several terrorists including the Daesh wali of Jazeera Baghdadi. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in the Zuwaighir area east of Hit. [JustPaste]

 

The IFP commander says his forces captured 3 Daesh commanders in Sheikh Hadid village in Haditha District.  [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh terrorists are withdrawing from Anah in anticipation of an Iraqi forces attack. He says Iraqi forces currently in Haditha District are awaiting a JOC command to enter the Anah District. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says eight civilians, including three children and two women, were killed by an “American airstrike” on Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in the Rutba area. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says a joint security force captured 7 Daesh terrorists who were planning to attack pilgrims in the Nukhaib area. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh and the AQI before that have killed many Shia pilgrims who were on their way to Mecca.

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD says Salahuddin Police arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Salahuddin. It also says more than 82,000 families have returned to their houses in the governorate so far after passing the security check. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. If one assumes an average Iraqi family has five people, this totals over 400,000 people.

 

Shirqat

Daesh publishes photos of a suicide attack, conducted by another boy, on Iraqi forces south of Shirqat. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions with mortars in the Thermal Station area. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police say their troops captured 3 men in Muqdadiya wanted on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

A local source says Daesh kidnapped a security member, his father, and his brother from their houses in the Wadi Al-Hassan area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed a “murtad” in Mayah village in the Nidi area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh uses this term (which means someone who left Islam) to describe anyone who doesn’t follow Daesh.

Daesh also says it detonated an IED on a “PMF” vehicle in the same area, killing one PMF member and wounding another. [JustPaste]

 

A Peshmerga source says the Kurdish forces captured 3 men in the Qara Tapa area wanted on terrorism charges. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

On Sunday, 3 Daesh suicide terrorists attacked Shia mosques and a party headquarters in Kirkuk. Apparently, the police and Asayesh had information about the attacks. The first one was stopped by a policeman who shot the suicide terrorist before he reached his target; the cop was wounded by the blast. The second wounded one civilian as the terrorist he was trying to attack a Turkmen party headquarters. In the third case, a 12-year-old boy was arrested before he detonated himself. In the report, there is a video of the terrified boy who says he was kidnapped by Daesh and forced to wear the suicide vest.

The Kirkuk Police chief says the 3 terrorists who conducted the attacks in Kirkuk came with displaced families from Ninewa. He also says an IED exploded in south Kirkuk. He says two policemen were wounded in the 4 attacks. [Rudaw] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh use of young kids is unavoidable as long as they control the territory where the kids live. It is not only a crime against humanity that these kids are being sacrificed for Daesh’s political ambitions, but it is also dangerous, because the kids can cross checkpoints and even borders without being suspected. 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of an Iraqi boy allegedly conducting an attack on a Shia mosque in Kirkuk. [JustPaste]

Daesh says the suicide terrorists attacked the Shia mosque with an explosives vest. It also says it detonated IEDs on 2 “PMF” gatherings in Hay Tiseen and Hay Huzairan in Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

Hawija

A security source says six displaced people, including women and children, were killed and five wounded by a Daesh IED that targeted them on the road between Hawija and Kubaiba village. The source says the civilians were trying to escape toward Peshmerga positions. [Mada]

A tribal leader says there are 500 civilians, mostly women and children, trapped between Hawija and Kubaiba village in Dibis, and asks the Peshmerga to allow them to get to areas under the Kurdish forces control. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed one Peshmerga fighter and wounded another in Zaqa’ village in Riyadh. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroyed fuel tanker trucks, an IED factory, and several hideouts in different areas in Ninewa. [PUKMedia]

 

Mosul

The IWMC said on Saturday that the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Hay Al-Mithaq on the east side of Mosul, killing 19 Daesh leaders, some top level, including the emir of Iraq, the manager of Awwad Baghdadi’s office, the finance officer, the “military industry” officer, the chemical industry officer, the courier officer, and the security official of Mosul. [ARA]

 

A local activist says a Daesh Kurdish commander, Abu Hajer Al-Kurdi, was killed by one of the Coalition airstrikes on Hay Al-Mithaq. [ARA]

A local source says the Coalition wounded a local Daesh commander and several of his associates with a guided missile in Hay Al-Mithaq on Sunday. [ARA]

 

A PUK official says Daesh captured 12 men in Mosul and drowned them in the Tigris River after accusing them of being members of the Ninewa Falcons Brigades. [PUKMedia]

 

Local sources say Daesh arrested young men from different areas in Mosul on Sunday without giving any reasons, apparently to create fear among people. A local activist says Daesh is forcing people to go to their government jobs and shops in order to use them as human shields against airstrikes. [ARA]

 

A local source says a Saudi Daesh terrorist responsible for recruiting children in Mosul was killed by unknown armed men in Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

A local source says 130 Daesh vehicles, loaded with hundreds of terrorists, all from Arab countries, fled Mosul toward Raqqa. The source says Daesh foreign terrorists are leaving Mosul towards Syria in large numbers. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. There have been similar reports from various “sources” over the past few months. If we add them all up, there would be very few Daesh fighters left in Mosul. If so, why is the ongoing major military campaign necessary? This makes us wonder about the collective reliability of these reports. If true, however, the abandonment of Mosul by the foreign jihadis will give the local terrorists and Daesh activists a chance to blend in with the civilians before Iraqi forces arrive so they can tell people they have opposed Daesh all along.

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Mosul. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Such photos usually appear when life is no longer normal in that location.

 

Daesh issues photos of its hisbah activities in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a pamphlet explaining its “religious reasons” for destroying Sunni mosques and shrines in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday that Coalition warplanes destroyed 25 fuel tanker trucks that belonged to civilians near Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

On Saturday, Daesh published photos of battles in the Nineveh Plain area. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed 17 Daesh fuel tanker trucks, killing 4 terrorists, in the Qayara area. [Harbi]

 

A Ninewa Police colonel says Daesh targeted Iraqi forces with Katyusha rockets filled with chlorine in recently liberated villages in the Qayara area, wounding three soldiers. [ARA]

 

A Ninewa Police colonel says Daesh is burning oilfields in the Qayara area to block the vision of warplanes. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Al-Nasr village in Makhmur with 90 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED near Izhailila village southwest of Qayara. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army personnel carrier near Shabala village south of Qayara with an SPG 9 rocket. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is firing away from long distance because they no longer control these villages. Such reports may sound “victorious” to naïve Daesh supporters, but they show weakness.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed 6 of its military commanders in the Hassan Coy area, after accusing them of attempting to flee. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga locations in different areas in Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

[See the earlier report under National News noting leaflets dropped on Baaj]

 

KURDISTAN

An informed source says the Asayesh captured several terrorists who were planning multiple attacks in Suleimaniya. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Fifty-four people were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack on a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep, twenty-two of them under the age of 14. The suicide bomber was himself a child, aged 12-14, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Mr. Erdogan has blamed Daesh for the attack.

One woman lost four children in the attack, the Haberturk newspaper reported. Emine Arhan told the newspaper “If it weren’t for my only surviving child, I would have killed myself.” Another victim was a nine-year-old girl who had stayed at the party to see the bride after her parents had left, according to the Vatan newspaper.

A disproportionately large number of women and children were killed in the attack because it targeted henna night, a part of the celebration attended mainly by women and children, says BBC Monitoring’s Turkey analyst Pinar Sevinclidir. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Daesh should be “completely cleansed” from the border area with Turkey.

He was speaking amid reports that Turkish-backed Syrian rebels were preparing to try to seize the Daesh-held border town of Jarabulus.  [BBC]

He says “It’s our National duty to fight this terrorist organization on our land and abroad”.

[Arabi21]

The terrorists attacked a wedding ceremony of someone from the Democratic Peoples’ Party. Thousands of people participated in the funeral ceremonies, chanting “Erdogan is the killer”. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. Two of the deadliest attacks attributed to Daesh in Turkey targeted Kurdish celebrations. Daesh didn’t claim responsibility for either attack.

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey, as a neighbor to Syria, and other concerned countries like Russia, Iran, and the US should open a new page regarding the Syrian crisis without wasting more time. He asked all of the active parties in the Syrian crisis to meet and to use the “voice of reason” to stop the bloodshed in Syria and create a governing system that involves all Syrians. He says everyone can see that there are efforts to establish a Kurdish “entity” south of Turkey, and that would open the road for similar entities. He says Turkey will never accept this and the Syrians will also object. [Anadolu]

 

Yildirim had said on Saturday that Assad may remain as President of Syria on an interim basis. [Sputnik]

DaeshDaily comment. This might sound like a pro-Assad policy change, but Assad would not regard it as such.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Major Syrian Islamic groups, including Al-Qaeda, Ahrar Al-Sham and others will announce a new coalition in the coming days. [Arabi21]

 

The Coalition says it conducted airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, near Manbij (6) and in or near Um Tamakh (1), Raqqa (1), Ain Eissa (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Heavy battles erupted again between the YPG and the Syrian government forces near the post office in Hasaka city. [Hawar]

The Syrian government accused the YPG of breaking the truce that had been established on Sunday. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Kurdish forces have captured around 90% of Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to make no sense, as the Kurds already controlled Hasaka militarily. However, they had allowed the government to continue operating in government buildings. Now the YPG is attacking some of those buildings in response to the movement of government troops into Hasaka. The whole situation is confusing and the reports are somewhat conflicting.

 

Special sources say Syrian Government and YPG representatives held a Russia-sponsored meeting today at its Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia. [ZamanAlWasal] A tentative agreement was later announced.

 

Syria Now, a Syrian government affiliated website, said earlier that Asayesh members are burning government buildings in Hasaka, despite the peace attempts. [SyriaNow]

 

The YPG captured several more areas in Hasaka including Gwairan Central Prison, East Nashwa, Basel Intersection, the College of Economy, and the bank, in addition to a school used as a headquarters by the government-backed militia. Battles are still ongoing, and the YPG has trapped government forces in the stadium and museum. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

The Kurdish forces have killed more than 40 Syrian troops and militiamen in Hasaka so far. [Hawar] [Hawar]

Later on, the YPG captured 230 Syrian soldiers from different areas, 10 km (6 miles) east of Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

An informed source says the YPG and Asayesh attacked the Syrian Government Security Compound in Hasaka. [ARA]

 

18 civilians, including children, have been killed and 34 wounded so far in the battles in Hasaka. [Hawar] [Hawar]

A Syrian Intelligence officer shot a family of five, wounding the mother and two of her children in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

The PYD-backed Hawar says 53 Syrian soldiers and militiamen surrendered or were captured by the Asayesh so far. [Hawar]

 

Around 800 families arrived in Tal Tamr on Sunday, escaping the fighting in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says uneasy calm returned to Hasaka after the heavy battles. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that on Saturday military reinforcements arrived at the “American base” several kilometers northwest of Hasaka city. It also says Coalition warplanes flew over the area.  [SyriaHR]

The Pentagon said Monday the United States has not created a de facto no-fly zone in northern Syria despite back-to-back incidents in which jets were scrambled to protect troops on the ground.

“Our warning to the Syrians is the same we’ve had for some time,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. “They would be advised not to fly where our forces are operating.” He also said “We’re going to defend our forces on the ground, absolutely.” [Stripes]

 

A video of the battles in Hasaka [Hawar]

 

The YPG says the Turkish Army also targeted 2 villages east and west of Kobane with heavy artillery. It also says Daesh rocketed Qadiriya village west of Ain Eissa. [Hawar]

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG bulldozer with a guided missile west of Ain Eissa. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say Daesh arrested more than 100 civilians east of Raqqa without giving any reasons. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a YPG drone it shot down east of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops continued their campaign to liberate areas south of Manbij. At the same time, MMC Explosives Ordinance Disposal is clearing roads, villages and farms from Daesh’s mines and IEDS. Daesh has planted IEDs and mines in civilian houses which hinders the return of families. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated 15 more villages south and southeast of the city on Sunday, killing more than 27 terrorists. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into Um Tamakh village southwest of Manbij and killed four YPG fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh says it stopped another YPG attack near Um Tamakh village. [JustPaste]

 

The MMC had said on Saturday that the military operations were concluded north of Manbij, but continued south of the city. [Hawar] However, MMC troops stopped a Daesh attack near the Sajur River north of Manbij, killing 14 terrorists. [Hawar]

In addition, Daesh said on Saturday that it killed an American soldier and six YPG fighters in an attack conducted by 4 of its terrorists in Dhahr Al-Amara village north of Manbij. Daesh says its terrorists returned safely. Daesh says another group of 5 terrorists attacked the “American high-security headquarters” at the residential compound west of the Tishrin Dam, without giving details about the results. [A3maq]

 

The Manbij Military Council spokesman says the Turkish Army targeted MMC positions with tens of Katyushas near the Sajur River. He says the shelling targeted the MMC specifically, and not Daesh, since Daesh is 20km (12.5 miles) away from that area. [Hawar]

 

A video of 2 Daesh prisons discovered in Manbij city [Hawar]

 

Jarabulus

Local sources say Turkish artillery targeted Daesh locations near Jarabulus and PYD positions north of Manbij. [Anadolu]

Informed sources say the Turkish Army shelled several areas 3 km west of Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

Turkey has approved the opposition group’s plan to move from Al-Ra’i to Jarabulus. [ZamanAlWasl]

Special sources say Turkey-backed Islamic groups brought large military reinforcements through Turkey near Jarabulus. Turkish Army minesweepers are clearing mines in the area in order to allow the opposition groups to attack the city. Field sources say Daesh terrorists and their families are withdrawing from Jarabulus to Al-Bab. [Dorar]

 

Local sources in areas east and south of Jarabulus say Daesh is withdrawing from Jarabulus villages and Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing in the area. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say 400 Turkey-backed opposition fighters are on the border near Jarabulus preparing to enter Syria. [Hawar]

A video of Turkey-backed opposition group fighters preparing to enter to Syria [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The video also shows young boys with weapons. Most militias in Syria, and in Iraq, use under-age teen-agers in their military operations. 

 

Several armed groups from Jarabulus issued a statement announcing the formation of the Jarabulus Military Council. The statement says that Turkey had let large numbers of “mercenaries”, including Daesh, into Syria since Manbij was liberated in order to attack any kind of stability in Syria. It warned Turkey against any aggression on Jarabulus, and asks the International Coalition to fulfill its commitment and prevent Turkey from any interference. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This group is of course PYD-affiliated.

3 hours after the announcement, the Commander of the Jarabulus Military Council was assassinated by a sniper in Shiyoukh city. 2 men, allegedly linked to Turkish Intelligence were captured. [Hawar]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

The YPG says it stopped another Turkey-backed opposition groups attack on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

The Turkish Army brought more reinforcements to the border with Afrin. [Hawar]

Around 1,100 displaced civilians arrived in Afrin on Monday from Jarabulus, Al-Ra’i, Al-Bab, Deir Ez-Zor, Albu Kamal, and Tadmur. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say Daesh kidnapped 142 civilians, including children, from different villages in the Shahba’ area north of Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an opposition group drone it shot down north of Aleppo on Sunday. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its religious activities for Ashbal Al-Khilafa in Aleppo. [DawaAlhaq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian troops continued their attacks on Daesh in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor. The Syrian Army attacked Daesh west of Deir Ez-Zor with rockets, heavy artillery and airpower. [Qasioun]

 

Informed sources say Daesh executed a former Syrian Army officer in Basira town in Deir Ez-Zor. [BasNews]

 

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

Daesh fired its emir of Damascus and hired another terrorist called Abu Hisham Al-Khabouri. The new terrorist is from Golan and was previously the Daesh military commander. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Local activists accused the Syrian officials in Al-Rukban Refugee Camp on the Jordan border of corruption and of stealing the humanitarian aid that arrives at the camp. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of a Syrian soldier it had captured in the Bir Qassab area. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Russia’s use of an air base in Iran ended almost as soon as it started.

The Iranian Minister of Defense criticized the way the Russians announced their use of the Hamadan Airbase. He said Iran didn’t give Russia the space, but was just allowing Russian bombers to use it for a while. Russia has announced that it has stopped using the airbase. [Arabi21]

The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Russia doesn’t have any military bases or military presence in Iran, and its air operations have ended. [Dorar]

The spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense says Russian bombers have returned to Russia from Hamadan Airbase after “finishing the job.” [Anadolu]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis (ABM) executed 2 of its members after accusing them of providing security forces with information that led to the killing of the ABM leader. [ElWatan]

 

An Egyptian soldier was wounded by a sniper at a security barrier, south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

Security forces killed a terrorist after spotting him planting IEDs in Tayra village in Rafah. A security member was wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle in the Bir Lahfan area. [ElWatan]

 

Medical sources say a 17-year-old girl survived after being shot twice in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A security officer was killed when 3 terrorists shot him in Arish city center. [ElWatan]

 

A website close to Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Intelligence headquarters in the Qasima area. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported last week that terrorists blew up a deserted security building in Qasima.

 

Local sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists blew up a well in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan Special forces said on Sunday four of its fighters were killed by a land mine in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it killed four of General Hafter’s fighters by detonating a booby-trapped house in Qawarsha. It also says it destroyed an armored vehicle, killing or wounding the crew in the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Hafter fighters with 2 IEDs in the Chinese Buildings Compound in west Benghazi. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of a tank and 3 armored vehicles it destroyed in the Chinese Buildings Compound on Saturday. [A3maq]

However, a military source says Libyan troops captured the Chinese Buildings compound in the Qanfouda area. [Libya24]

A military source says 10 civilians from Sudan and Chad escaped the battle in the Qanfouda area. [Libya24]

Daesh said on Saturday that French drones launched extensive airstrikes on the Qanfouda area. [A3maq]

 

The Libyan Military Command says its troops captured a boat loaded with weapons in the Benghazi area. [Wasat]

 

Daesh issues a video of 3 of its Libyan suicide terrorists conducting attacks on Libyan troops. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says 35 Daesh terrorists were killed in the battles in Sirte on Saturday. He also says his troops captured large quantities of Daesh weapons and ammunition in addition to money and gold found in Daesh’s hisbah and finance offices (photos). [AfriGate] [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

He also says that his troops captured most of Hay 1 and Daesh is in control of Hay 3 and a few other buildings. Libyan troops captured the Sirte mosque, where Daesh’s religious leader, the Bahraini Turkey Binali, used to make his speeches, in addition to a Daesh prison in the city located in the former Internal Security building. [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Photos of Libyan troops after they captured the mosque and the Daesh prison in Sirte city [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government Military Press says its troops captured several residential units and other buildings in Sirte. It says it destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles bombs. It also says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh snipers positions in the city. [AfriGate]

 

A medical source says eleven Libyan soldiers were killed and eighty wounded in the battles in Sirte on Sunday. [AfriGate]

A medical source says a Libyan commander was seriously wounded in the Sirte battles on Monday. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Security forces captured 9 terrorism suspects last week in different areas in Tunisia. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of assassinating a Yemeni security colonel from close range using a silenced gun in the Sheikh Othman area, in Aden. [JustPaste]

 

Somalia

On Saturday Daesh said its terrorists attacked an African Union forces barracks on the outskirts of Mogadishu city. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a shrine and graves in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a Wahhabi signature move. Daesh wants to assert its links to Wahhabism in order to attract followers.

 

Daesh issues photos of beheading a “spy” in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

The Al-Qaeda leader, Zawahiri, issued a new video message to jihadis, asking them to join the Taliban, and criticizing Daesh in stronger terms than usual, linking it to Saddam’s army and intelligence service. [YouTube] [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Iraq

A video of the Speicher massacre convicts being taken to the gallows in Nasiriya [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces conducting an airborne drop in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

A video of Daesh tunnels found in Jazeera Khaldiya [Etejah]

 

An activist from Anbar issues a recording of a phone call between a relative of a captured Daesh terrorist and a security officer. The two parties were negotiating a corrupt deal to release the terrorist for $12,250 paid to the security officer. [Facebook]

 

A video of an improvised Daesh gun with silencer made out of plumbing pipes [YouTube]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters blowing up 2 Daesh suicide terrorists from a distance [YouTube]

 

A video of the floating bridge in Qayara. Ambassador Jones says the bridge was a gift from the US, and says it cost a lot! [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb found in Jada’a village in Qayara [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces at the Qayara Airfield [Mosuliya]

 

A video of an Iraqi child celebrating the liberation of his village from Daesh [MoD]

 

Syria

A video of a Syrian child interrupted by a barrel bomb while singing for her father. [YouTube]

 

Other countries

A video of Moroccan security capturing a Daesh terrorist in Casablanca [YouTube]

 

A video of a hidden camera program in Yemen where some young men claiming to be Daesh terrorists are beheading dummies in the street. The joke was on them when a man came up to them with a loaded gun. [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Dar Al Islam magazine. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video criticizing bad Muslim scholars, and calling upon its terrorists to keep attacking countries that bomb Daesh. Daesh says they should not seek approvals from anyone and should kill any target, military or civilian, as soon as they can. [DawaAlhaq]

 

August 19, 2016

Hasaka (Hawar)

Hasaka (Hawar)

Today’s Major Developments

Iraqi military finally claims full control of Jazeera Khaldiya in Ramadi. []

Iraqi forces indicate attack on Qayara city is near. []

Increasing Syrian military attacks in Hasaka prompt US reaction. []

Manbij Military Council soldiers take six more villages south of Manbij. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says more than 164,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in liberated areas in Salahuddin, Ninewa, Anbar and Diyala. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard to evaluate the IDP situation from this number. However, making a reasonable guess that the average Iraqi household has five people, we get 820,000 returnees. That’s a huge number, but still far less than the number of displaced people languishing at relatives’ homes and tent camps in many parts of Iraq.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, five in Ninewa. 1 near Albu Hayat in Anbar hit two Daesh communication towers; 1 near Sinjar struck a Daesh tactical unit and fighting position, 1 in Sultan Abdallah struck a Daesh tactical unit, and 3 in Mosul destroyed 3 Daesh storehouses, a financial office, 3 Daesh positions, 2 IEDs, 2 mortars, 4 weapons factories and a tunnel. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says the owner of a liquor store and his brother were killed and four other members of the family wounded when unknown armed men threw 3 hand grenades at his house in Hurriya. [Mada]

An MoI source says a Minister of Foreign Affairs employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his official vehicle in Tobchi. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A local police source says a Sahwa fighter was killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Sheikh Hamad area in Tarmiya. [Maalomah]

A police source says a civilian was wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Husseiniya. [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and eleven wounded when an IED exploded near a busy restaurant in Khasa’ village in Nahrawan. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says a Tribal PMF commander and three of his brothers were killed by armed men who broke into his house in Arab Jubour. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade attacked a terrorist group that was trying to blow up an electricity tower in the Al-Sor area, killing one of the terrorists. The same brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and defused 2 IEDs in the Akhsaf area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found rockets and explosives caches in the Kilo 12 and Shakha 3 areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says two PMF fighters were killed and eight others wounded when a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest on a PMF gathering in Yusufiyah. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and confiscated 7 IEDs and an explosives vest in the Ahmed Al-Suhail area. [BOC Facebook Page]

A local police source says two people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

A security source says a civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Mahmudiya. [Sumaria]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says three people were killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Hay Al-Haswa in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

A police source says a Sahwa fighter was killed when armed men attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 60th brigade found 3 IEDs and other explosives in the Zawab’a area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   16    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces found a Daesh car bomb-rigging factory in a high school in Hay Al-Jolan in Falluja and confiscated 12 IEDs and 2 locally made rockets. Iraqi forces also defused 15 booby-trapped houses and 65 IEDs and confiscated large quantities of explosives in other areas in Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

The PMF Press reported that Iraqi forces had started a military campaign to liberate Qurtan and Albu Kanaan, the last Daesh-controlled areas in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Mada] It said there were 150 Daesh terrorists, mostly foreigners, remaining in the Qurtan and Albu Kanaan areas, including 2 from the US, 11 from Russia, and several from Algeria. [Maalomah] It also said a PMF unit killed a Daesh Chechen sniper in the Albu Kanaan area. [Maalomah]

Later on, the IFP Commander reported that his troops broke the Daesh siege on the Qurtan area, killing tens of terrorists. [Baghdadia] The Anbar Operations Commander then reported that Iraqi forces liberated Albu Kanaan–the last Daesh controlled area in Jazeera Khaldiya–killing many terrorists in the process. [Sumaria]

The PMF Press says 6 Daesh snipers are still operating in Jazeera Khaldiya, including 5 foreigners. [Maalomah]

 

An Iraqi military source says Iraqi forces found a Daesh hideout in Jazeera Khaldiya and killed 11 terrorists inside. The source also says two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the clashes. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says five Iraqi IFP members were killed and seven wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in the Qurtan area. [Twitter]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces destroyed 6 IEDs west of Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

Elsewhere in Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces shelled Daesh locations in the Albu Dhiab area, killing 3 terrorists and wounding others, and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [Maalomah]

 

The JOC says Anbar Operations Command troops destroyed 20 cans of C4 explosives in the Jaraishi area. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces launched a security operation in different parts of Haditha District and captured 3 Daesh terrorists (photos). [Maalomah]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 7th division found a Daesh IED factory in the Jubba area that contained 30 IEDs. The division also cleared 2 houses and destroyed 18 IEDs in the same area. [Harbi]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Iraqi forces found several Daesh armored vehicles sunk in the sand in the Rutba area. Daesh has used the vehicles in its recent attack on Iraq Border Guards, but they couldn’t drive them any further because of their heavy weight. Daesh used iron doors confiscated from people’s houses to armor the vehicle. [Baghdadia]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 75th brigade defused an IED in the Kilo 160 area. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Jazeera Operations Command troops destroyed a Daesh motorcycle and killed its rider in the Asbakha area. [Harbi]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says Daesh canceled the “grey card” that it used to give to the families of its commanders in Shirqat. The card allowed the families to pass Daesh checkpoints and leave the district. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Army Humvees, 2 bulldozers, and 4 SUVs near Tilul Al-Baj village, just southwest of Shirqat along the main road. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with a guided missile in Dibis village in Makhoul. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

An informed source says the Ministry of Health fired the Deputy Manager of Salahuddin Health Directorate after accusing him of being a Daesh member. The source says the Governor of Salahuddin opposes the decision because it is based on biased accusations. [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police chief says Police Emergency units cleared a dirt road in the Muqdadiya area and defused 3 IEDS. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Dijla Operations Command liberated 9 Kurdish truck drivers who were kidnapped on the road between Al-Khalis and Kirkuk. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says Daesh terrorists held the “interests of Muslims” prayer in Hawija, which may be a sign that Daesh wants to withdraw from the District (to save the interests of Muslims). [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh captured 6 more of its own terrorists who are linked to the brother-in-law of its Kirkuk emir. The brother-in-law, who was executed recently, proposed that Daesh withdraw from Hawija.  [Sumaria]

 

A member of the CoR’s Security and Defense Committee says military reinforcements arrived near Hawija, and that the District will be the next step for Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. [Mada]

 

Southwest

A security source says a police unit found the body of a 30-year-old civilian shot near the Jambur oilfields in Daquq District. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh locations on the east side of Mosul, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says fifteen people were killed in an “American” bombing on Mosul city, including nine children and five women. [A3maq] Daesh had earlier said four children and one woman were killed by an “American bombing” on Hay Al-Mithaq and Hay Al-Dendan in Mosul city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of civilian casualties after airstrikes on Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

Coalition warplanes also targeted a Daesh gathering in historic Balawat village in the Nineveh Plain, killing 14 terrorists, wounding 13, and destroying several vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ministry of Defense issued a radio message to the people of Qayara city, asking them to move towards the Qayara Airfield compound or the nearby Tina village in anticipation of an upcoming attack on the city. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces finally liberated Jawa’na village in Qayara. [Mada]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a cannon in Um Quroun village. Coalition warplanes also killed 27 Daesh terrorists and destroyed vehicles and 28 fuel tankers, and 2 vehicle bombs in other areas in Qayara. [Harbi]

The JOC source says Coalition warplanes killed 29 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb near Kanhash village. [Harbi]

Daesh says it mortared and destroyed a Peshmerga Humvee, bulldozer, and a rocket launcher near Kanhash village, north of Gwer. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it counter-attacked Iraqi forces near Imam village south of Qayara, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying an armored BMP vehicle, 3 personnel carriers and a Humvee. [GooglePlus]

DaeshDaily comment. Despite the upbeat reports, Daesh has lost a very large number of villages and appears on the verge of losing its remaining territory in Qayara and has also lost nearby areas in Hamdaniya and Gwer to the Peshmerga. A few Daesh pockets here and there won’t stop the advance on Mosul.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of targeting “Peshmerga positions” in Shandoukha village with rockets, mortars, and heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 3 Daesh vehicles and destroyed their defensive positions in Baaj. [Harbi]

 

KURDISTAN

In response to the Department of State’s spokesman who said yesterday that the Peshmerga should be under the command of the Iraqi government, the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga issued a statement saying the Peshmerga is under the command of the KRG and will not be under the Iraqi government’s control. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. They are probably not really arguing about the same point. The State Department spokesman was presumably talking about battlefield coordination. The Peshmerga spokesman, more like a KDP spokesman in this case, chose to change the subject to political control.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says an Iraqi Army colonel and his son were wounded when unknown armed men shot at their vehicle in the Rumaila area on the road to Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

The Basra Police says it arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in the Bahadriya area.  [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Security sources say Turkish police captured 9 people, including 3 women, in Kilis province on the border of Syria. The police released the women and detained the men as Daesh suspects. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Albu Kamal (2) destroying 2 Daesh pump jacks, 2 oil tanker trucks, 2 oil tanks, and 2 wellheads; in Deir Ez-Zor (2) destroying 6 Daesh oil tanker trucks and 2 wellheads, and near Manbij (4), destroying 5 fighting positions and a tactical vehicle, and suppressing 2 Daesh units. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The U.S.-led Coalition sent aircraft into northeastern Syria on Thursday in a “very unusual” move to protect American Special Operations ground forces from attacks by Syrian government jets, a Pentagon official said on Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters the Coalition aircraft reached the area around the city of Hasaka as the two Syrian SU-24s were leaving, and the U.S. Special Operations forces were in the area where the strikes were taking place. He said the Syrian planes did not respond to efforts by ground forces to contact them.

Davis said he was not aware of any other instances where Coalition aircraft had been scrambled to respond to Syrian government bombing.

“This is very unusual, we have not seen the regime take this kind of action against YPG before,” Davis said, using an acronym for the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Additional combat air patrols have been sent to the area in order to protect the ground forces. [Reuters]

 

The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman says Syrian warplanes destroyed the SDF’s PR office in Hasaka city. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Army issued a statement on Friday evening saying the “military branch of the PKK” recently escalated its provocative actions in Hasaka city, attacked state establishments, stealing oil and cotton, vandalizing school tests, and kidnapping civilians. It says the Asayesh surrounded Hasaka city and attacked it with artillery and tanks, killing civilians and military personnel, and regardless of attempts to contain the situation and maintain peace in the city, the Asayesh continued in its crimes in order to control Hasaka city, prompting an appropriate suitable response from the Syrian Army. It says these attacks are conducted exclusively by the Asayesh and have nothing to do with the people of Syria. [ARA]

 

Qasioun says 18 people were killed and 25 wounded by the Syrian Army airstrikes on Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say 13 civilians have been killed so far and 21 wounded in Hasaka. They also say thousands of people left their houses in Kurdish areas in the city. A source close to the Syrian Government in Hasaka says the YPG issued a condition that the Government-backed militias should be dissolved, and all their facilities in Hasaka city placed under Asayesh control, except for the Main Security Compound. [ARA]

 

The PYD-backed Hawar says the YPG and the Asayesh killed 32 Syrian troops and militiamen, and captured 33 in Hasaka so far. Battles continue in different parts of the city and Kurdish forces captured several strategic points, surrounding Syrian troops in different areas, including the security compound. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

A local activist says Syrian warplanes bombed several areas in the southern parts of Hasaka city on Friday afternoon. [ARA]

A medical source says another civilian was killed by Syrian troops’ shelling on a Kurdish area in Hasaka. [ARA]

A three-year-old boy was wounded by a Syrian Government mortar shell that hit a house in north Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

The Barzani-linked Syria KDP, generally an opponent of the PYD, issued a statement condemning the Syrian Government’s attack on Hasaka, and asking the people of Hasaka to support the YPG. [Hawar]

 

Meanwhile in Raqqa, photos show children getting religious and military training from Daesh. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops liberated 6 more villages south of Manbij, increasing the number of liberated villages to 14, and have killed 59 Daesh terrorists during the last 2 days. [Hawar]

 

The Manbij Military Council issued a statement saying the Syrian Democratic Forces handed all their military points in Manbij city and countryside to the MMC after finishing their role in Manbij city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles north of Manbij. [JustPaste]

 

Al-Bab

An FSA commander from Al-Bab says they will start a military operation to capture the city and its villages. He also says they have no coordination with the YPG’s newly-established Al-Bab Military Council. He says Al-Bab city will be governed by its own people. [Qasioun]

 

Local sources say Daesh continued its campaign against Kurdish civilians in the Al-Bab area, kidnapping tens of them on Thursday. Daesh has kidnapped more than 1,500 civilians, mostly Kurds, during the last 2 months. [Hawar]

 

Daesh said its terrorists recaptured Al-Ra’i after sneaking into the city. [A3maq]

Then they said opposition groups, supported by American air cover and Turkish shelling, broke into Al-Ra’i. Daesh said the battles were ongoing inside the city. [A3maq]

A video of opposition groups fighting Daesh near Al-Ra’i [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported yesterday that the opposition groups had captured Al-Ra’i. Despite the confusing Daesh reports, the outcome as of now is that the opposition groups have regained control.

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

An opposition group commander says a large group of Daesh terrorists sneaked into Jalahat village east of Azaz but opposition fighters forced them to retreat after heavy battles. He also says opposition groups stopped 2 Daesh attacks on Al-Ra’i. [ARA]

 

Turkish Army artillery was reported to target Daesh locations in Jarabulus with heavy artillery. The artillery also targeted Daesh in 2 villages west of the city. [Qasioun]

Local sources say opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery, attacked Jarabulus city. The sources say Daesh terrorists are sending their families outside of the city and only few terrorists remain. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a heavy machine gun north of Kowaires Airport. [A3maq]

 

A local activist says Daesh launched a major attack on Dudyan and Qara Kubri in order to reach Akada village near the Turkish border. He says opposition groups stopped the attack, killing more than 30 Daesh terrorists, and capturing 4. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in Hama, including destroying receivers and burning cigarette boxes. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops killed 15 terrorists, and destroyed a vehicle bombs and 3 machine gun mounted vehicles in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a man was killed by a Syrian bombing on Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaHR]

 

Informed sources say Daesh executed a Hasaka man in Mayadin after accusing him of cooperating with the YPG. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its Ashbal Al-Khilafa boys leading the Friday prayers in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. According to previous reports, Daesh held both military and religious training for 3,000 of these boys. The numbers of Daesh foreign terrorists are decreasing, so it will depend more on these boys. With every day Daesh remains in any area, the risk of losing more kids to its immoral recruitment machine will increase.  

 

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

Daesh says four Syrian soldiers surrendered to its terrorists in Bir Qassab area southeast of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

One policeman was killed and five others wounded, including two officers, when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Kilo 17 area near Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says Egyptian Counter Terrorism units started a search and raid campaign in different areas in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Special Forces Spokesman says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh and Benghazi Shoura Council in different areas in west Benghazi. He says the battles are still ongoing in the area. He also says his troops defused 3 houses booby-trapped by Daesh in the area. He says another Special Forces commander was killed by a land mine in Qawarsha. [Wasat]

He also says five more Special Forces soldiers were killed and fifteen wounded on Thursday. [Wasat]

 

A military source says the Libyan Army stopped two vehicle bomb attacks in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

A military source says Libyan Special Forces broke into the European Hospital Compound in west Benghazi, and trapped tens of terrorists inside the hospital. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

AFRICOM says it conducted 62 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte since the airstrikes started on August 1st. [Wasat]

 

Local sources say 20 Daesh terrorists, a well-known Tunisian commander who was responsible for the attempt to capture Ben Guerdane, and 19 Algerians were caught west of Sirte. [Libya24]

 

Northwest

The Msallata joint security room says Daesh terrorists ambushed a security convoy in the Sha’afeen area, killing a security member. It says the patrol was trying to raid a Daesh cell after a terrorist that was captured at a checkpoint gave information about the cell. [Libya24]

 

The Director of the Libyan Intelligence Service (National Accord Government) says a Daesh terrorist was captured in Tripoli and admitted he heads a cell that was planning to assassinate the Chairman of the GNA’s Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, at the GNA’s headquarters. He says the terrorist is a Libyan from the south. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it confiscated takfiri books at a Mosque in Sbeitla and arrested a terrorism suspect and a mosque custodian after accusing him of terrorism. [Tunisien]

 

Media sources say security captured a 23-year-old takfiri woman who was planning to join her brother, a Daesh terrorist, in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its battles in Afghanistan. Daesh claims the battles were revenge for captured female muhajers (immigrants). [JustPaste] In the video, Daesh beheaded Afghani soldiers and mutilated their bodies.

DaeshDaily comment. The same theme was used previously in Iraq, where Daesh and others (including Sunni politicians) demanded the release of women who were arrested on terrorism charges. The same theme was used in Sinai in Egypt. Daesh wants to make people angry by provoking their tribal feelings, without telling them, of course, that Daesh was the reason those women were captured because it involved them in terrorism acts.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A half-illiterate impostor from Diyala who dresses up as a Shia cleric and claims to be a senior PMF commander published photos of himself meeting with senior Ministry of Interior officials at the Ministry, creating a huge social media firestorms on Facebook and Twitter. Several sources said that this impostor took money and military equipment for his “fighters,” who are actually hired temp labor. The impostor even published a video of himself with his “fighters” in an imaginary battle scene. Iraqi Facebook users wasted no time in starting mockery pages, impersonating the impostor.

The PMF spokesman issued a statement denying any relationship with this guy. The spokesman also says that the PMF Commission has closed 115 phony PMF offices so far (60 in Baghdad, 30 in Basra, and about 25 in Amarah). The impostor was arrested, according to several media and social sources. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. The story is silly but illustrates a major management weakness that has persisted throughout the post-Saddam period: Iraq’s vulnerability to cheats and con artists. Some have stolen breathtaking amounts of money. Then there were all the ghost soldiers, a scandal that helped to ruin the military. This impostor didn’t steal that much, but just by putting a Shia turban on his head and giving himself a Shia-clergy name, he managed to get money, weapons, and equipment from the government.

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

 

August 18, 2016

Sirte (Wasat)

Sirte (Wasat)

Today’s Major Developments

UN report details Daesh’s atrocities against the Yazidis. []

Cost to replace Anbar’s 85 destroyed bridges: $175,000,000. []

$50,000,000 theft discovered in Kirkuk. []

Daily gruesome Daesh executions continue in Mosul. []

Major car bomb attack hits eastern Turkey. []

Syrian Army keeps attacking YPG in Hasaka. []

Daesh counter-attacks in Sirte. []

High-ranking Saudi clerics blast Russia, US for collaborating with Iraq, Syria against Sunnis. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Ministry of Defense says the Minister held an “important meeting” at the JOC headquarters attended by the Army Chief of Staff and his Deputies, the Ninewa Operations Commander and his senior officers, and other Iraqi forces commanders, to discuss the logistical and technical preparations for the Mosul liberation. [Mada]

 

In response to a question from Rudaw, a KDP-affiliated media organization, Department of State spokesman Mark Toner says the Peshmerga and all other armed groups in Iraq should be under the overall military leadership of the Iraq government and the Iraqi Army. [Rudaw]

 

A new United Nations report lays bare Daesh’s widespread and systematic “terrible atrocities” against the Yazidis and other ethnic and religious communities. The UN envoy for Iraq today called for the perpetrators to be fully and properly held to account.

Compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the report details heart-wrenching testimony of Yazidi survivors of Daesh atrocities in Iraq since the attack on Sinjar in August 2014, including accounts of systematic and widespread killings, sexual violence and sexual slavery, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, forced conversions and forced displacement, and other abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The report contains accounts by those who were among the 308,315 mostly Yazidis who fled Sinjar District. An estimated 360,000 Yazidis remain displaced, with a serious lack of badly needed psychological care. [UN]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says 13,691 people have left their homes in Shirqat and Qayara since the start of military operations in those areas. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, 4 near Mosul that struck three Daesh tactical units and destroyed 38 oil tanker trucks, five other vehicles, and six assembly areas, and 1 near Ramadi that destroyed two Daesh vehicles and a hideout. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says three people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Falahat village in Tarmiya District. [Mada]

The MoI says security forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Rashidiya and in Suleikh in northeast Baghdad. [Maalomah]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a motorcycle bomb and an explosives vest and defused 3 IEDs in the Tarmiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

The Baghdad Operations Commander says a Daesh member was surrendered by his own father to Iraqi forces in Tarmiya. [Buratha]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in Shaab. [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men shot and killed a money exchange owner in the Binouk area and stole more than $70,000 dollars. The police followed the armed men and killed one of them, and arrested 3. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ameen. [Mada]

A security source says the body of an unknown woman was found shot in Obeidi. [Sumaria]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Hay Al-Sihha in Dora. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Ubaid area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an IED and ammunition in the Yatama area. [MoD Website]

A local police source says a tribal PMF fighter was killed and three wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Karaghoul area in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

An MoI source says two Iraqi soldiers were killed and two wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Latifiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found explosives caches in the Shakha 3 and Kilo 12 areas in Latifiya. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

A security source says unknown armed men in SUVs kidnapped the owner of a private electricity generator in Saidiya. [Sumaria]

 

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

 

ANBAR

The Manager of the Roads and Bridges Directorate in Anbar says 85 bridges were destroyed in Anbar because of terrorist attacks and military operations and the Governorate needs $175 million dollars to rebuild them. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says 3 water purification stations are back in working condition after being renovated. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces defused 72 IEDs, 20 booby-trapped houses, and a vehicle bomb in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Anbar Police source says one policeman was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Haramat area in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Mada]

 

The Ameriyat Al-Falluja PMF spokesman says a PMF fighter was killed while trying to defuse an IED in the Hassi area. He says people from areas south of Falluja are trying to defuse IEDs and explosives, even though they are untrained and inexperienced, because of the shortage of Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed 8 IEDs in the Halabsa area. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

A PMF source says the PMFs found a Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factory in the Albu Bali area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a tunnel and 3 mortar units in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. He also says his troops found a Daesh ammunition and explosives storehouse in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

A video shows people rebuilding their destroyed houses in Ramadi. [Yalla]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh says two women and a child were killed and five other people wounded by 7 “American” airstrikes on houses in Saada and Rummana villages, and the Karabela area north and east of Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike on Saada village. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Police Emergency units shot down a Daesh drone in the Sheikh Ali area. They also defused an IED planted in the same area. [MoD Website]

 

A local source says the Daesh leader, Awwad Baghdadi, issued an amnesty for his terrorists who had committed violations and been imprisoned in Shirqat, and then sent them to the front lines. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This doesn’t seem like an amnesty. Daesh often gets rid of its “troublemakers” by sending them to likely death. Last year it was reported that Daesh got rid of some terrorists who got infected with VD by sending them out as suicide bombers.

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh convoy of several vehicles en route from Shirqat to Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

A security source says twelve displaced people were killed and four wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on a displaced people’s camp in the Asmeda area north of Baiji. [Mada]

 

According to MoD, 78,904 displaced families have returned to Salahuddin so far.

Iraqi forces captured 20 Daesh suspects in the Hajjaj area after getting information from returnee families. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

A security source says several tribal PMFs shot down a Daesh done in the Mtaibija area south of Samarra. [Mada]

 

Tooz

The director of the Tuz Khurmatu Asayesh says three civilians were kidnapped on the road between Tuz Khurmatu and Amerli. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police Chief says his troops captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

The IWMC says Iraqi forces raided and searched several villages in northern Diyala, and destroyed 6 IEDs. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The office of Iraq’s Commission for Integrity in Kirkuk says it uncovered a massive theft of over $60 billion Iraqi Dinars, around $50 million dollars, in a private bank in Kirkuk. The source says the theft involved counterfeit checks and illegal transactions in addition to transferring money to illegal money exchange companies in areas under Daesh control in Mosul, Ramadi, Hawija, and Falluja. [Mada]

 

A North Oil Company source says the export of oil from Kirkuk to Turkey resumed after it had stopped for 5 months. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A COR member from Hawija says Prime Minister Abadi promised that Hawija will be the next battleground against Daesh. [Mada]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command in the Himrin Mountains area secured 40 people who escaped from Hawija District. [MoD Website]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh executed one of its commanders, who is also the brother-in-law of Daesh’s emir of Kirkuk, because he said that Daesh should withdraw from Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says a Coalition warplane bombed 2 Daesh vehicles in Hay Al-Karama in north Mosul, killing 7 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed fourteen people by drowning them in iron boxes in the Faisaliya area in Mosul city after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say Daesh reorganized its Khansa’ brigade in Mosul, which is Daesh’s women’s security unit, dependent on foreign terrorists. The sources say a local doctor who used to lead Daesh’s women’s activities fled 3 months ago. The sources also say Daesh intensified its spying in Mosul after the precise Coalition airstrikes that killed dozens of its terrorists. Daesh withdraws its checkpoints in the streets during the day, but they return at night. Daesh is also organizing parades for its Ashbal Al-Khilafa, a group of boys trained to be suicide terrorists, to raise the morale of its fighters. [Karemlash]

A Kuwaiti newspaper says Daesh is depending on young boys (Ashbal Al-Khilafa) to conduct its suicide attacks because of the lack of terrorists. It says that 3,000 boys aged 8-12, mostly Syrians, have finished their religious and military training and have been taken to the front lines. [Hawar]

 

An engineer from Mosul tells Niqash that Daesh terrorists came from the desert and they won’t leave until they make Mosul a desert. He says Daesh destroyed important government buildings and sold the remains in auctions. Niqash says more than 120 factories, government buildings, construction projects, and banks were destroyed either by Daesh or by airstrikes, including 12 major factories, 17 educational institutions, 25 military and security headquarters, 6 banks, 4 strategic bridges, and others. Niqash also says that right after every airstrike, Daesh puts the remains of the buildings in auctions, usually attended by Syrian merchants who buy the steel and other remains of the buildings. [Niqash]

DaeshDaily comment. The first sentence of this report summarizes the vicious attack of the “oil and sand terrorists” on Iraq. This ignorant culture, which still claims Earth is the center of the universe, is trying to destroy one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with help from some Iraqis.   

 

Daesh says “American” warplanes destroyed 13 “civilian” fuel tankers with heavy machine guns in the U’bour area in west Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. These “civilian” tankers were transporting stolen Iraqi oil, and most of the revenues would have been used to finance terrorist attacks on real civilians.  

 

Nineveh Plain

Eyewitnesses say unknown armed men shot at a Daesh vehicle in Nimrud subdistrict in Hamdaniya, killing 7 Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh convoy of 30 fuel tankers, killing 12 terrorists and wounding others near Qayara. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on Daesh in the Qayara area, killing the Daesh security official of Qayara and 3 of his associates. The Coalition also destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs northwest of the Qayara Airfield. [MoD Website]

 

An Iraqi Army Spokesman says Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 Daesh vehicles on the road between Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict, killing 18 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A story of a family of seven who were trying to escape Qayara but fell into a Daesh land mine: The father and one of the children got killed, and the mother was wounded. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with a guided missile in the Kanhash hills in the Qayara area. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

The UK Consulate in Kurdistan says it supports a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the murder of Wadat Hussein, a Kurdish journalist who was kidnapped and killed in Dahuk 2 days ago. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

A Dhi Qar police source says a Daesh terrorists involved in the Speicher Massacre was captured at a checkpoint in the Batha area, 40 km (25 miles) west of Nasiriya. [Mada]

 

Basra

A security source says four civilians were wounded when a shell fell on their house in Basra. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish media sources say 14 people were killed and 220 wounded in a double car bomb explosion near a police station in the Van district on the eastern (Iran) border. Turkish authorities blamed the PKK for the attack. [BasNews]

 

The Turkish President Erdogan says the PYD represents a threat to Turkey and Turkey will continue to fight terrorists everywhere, including northern Syria if necessary. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. Too bad the President didn’t feel the same way about Daesh for so long.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

An AP analysis of thousands of leaked Daesh documents reveals most of its recruits from its earliest days came with only the most basic knowledge of Islam. According to the documents, which were acquired by the Syrian opposition site Zaman Al-Wasl and shared with the AP, 70 percent of recruits were listed as having just “basic” knowledge of Islam—the minimum option. Around 24 percent were categorized as having “intermediate” knowledge, with just 5 percent considered advanced students of Islam. The AP analyzed the Daesh entry form documents of around 4,030 foreign recruits who crossed into Syria when the group was rapidly expanding and seizing territory in Iraq and Syria in 2013 and 2014. [IraqPress]

 

Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, says the UN has suspended its humanitarian task force in Syria amid frustration over intensified fighting in the country’s civil war. De Mistura stopped a meeting on humanitarian access after just eight minutes, saying it made “no sense” to plan aid deliveries when they would not be let into besieged areas. Speaking in Geneva, he said convoys had not been able to reach surrounded towns and cities at any time during August. [Sumaria]

 

Amnesty International issued a report saying around 18,000 people were killed in Syrian government prisons between 2011 and 2015. [ARA]

 

The Syrian Network for Human Rights says 2,704 civilians, including 746 children and 514 women have been killed in Russian airstrikes on Syria since July 2015. It also says Daesh killed 2,686 civilians, including 368 children and 323 women since April 2013. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, in and around Mare’ (6), Manbij (3), Raqqa (1), Tal Abyad (1), Deir Ez-Zor (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A YPG source says Syrian planes launched 2 airstrikes on YPG positions in Hasaka. [BasNews]

Syrian warplanes bombed Hay Al-Kalasa in west Hasaka, killing five civilians and wounding others. Syrian warplanes also bombed the Asayesh headquarters in Hasaka. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an obvious escalation, with the Syrian armed forces themselves suddenly attacking the YPG.

 

Two children and two young men were killed and eight people wounded by two Syrian Army shells on Hay Al-Aziziya in east Hasaka. [Hawar]

A medical source says two civilians were killed and 15 wounded by Syrian Army shelling on Kurdish areas in Hasaka. [BasNews]

A 20-year-old woman was killed and 24 people wounded, including 9 children, in Syria Government militia’s shelling on Hasaka. [Hawar]

Photos of the results of the shelling [Hawar]

 

A medical source says a 13-year-old boy was killed by a Syrian Army sniper in Hasaka. The source also says fourteen civilians were wounded in the shelling. [Hawar]

 

The YPG captured 10 Syrian soldiers in the Mashtal area in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

A video of the battles in Hasaka [Hawar]

 

The PYD Asayesh leader says his troops will not tolerate the Syrian Government attacks in Hasaka, He also says this is the first time the Syrian Government has used warplanes in addition to the heavy artillery. He says the Syrian Government is committing suicide. [Hawar]

 

Battles stopped in Hasaka after the Syrian Government in Damascus intervened. [EnabBaladi]

 

The PYD Asayesh captured several Daesh sleeper cells in Tal Hamis and confiscated large quantities of explosives. [Hawar]

 

Informed sources say 45 US Marines arrived in Mabrouka town west of Hasaka, to help in the removal of mines in the area. Other sources say American troops are beginning to prepare for the Raqqa battle. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing YPG positions in Raqqa District. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

An eyewitness says a Kurdish senior YPG commander was assassinated in Kobane. He says unknown armed men followed the commander, stopped his vehicle, and shot him in the head. [ARA]

 

Manbij

Daesh says it killed 30 YPG fighters and destroyed several vehicles in an attack on Maqta’ Hajar village southwest of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack yesterday on YPG fighters in Haymar Labda village, 9 miles south of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian legal organization says 678 people, including 206 children and 84 women, were killed during the Manbij liberation campaign. [Dorar]

 

Al-Bab

“Trusted sources” say around 100 Daesh vehicles loaded with terrorists left Jarabulus city toward Al-Bab. The sources also say Daesh kidnapped more civilians in Qubba Al-Sheeth village in Al-Bab. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting “American” warplanes with heavy machine guns in Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria reports

Local sources refuted media reports that Daesh is withdrawing from Jarabulus. The sources say civilian families left the area over the last 2 days in anticipation of military operations. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying 2 Syrian Army cannons north of Kowaires airport. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Daesh attacked Syrian troops in Mazin Al-Baqir village east of Homs, killing several soldiers and capturing military equipment. He also says Daesh attacked Syrian troops near Jazal Oilfield and the battles are still ongoing. [ARA]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Army Commander for the Jazal area was killed in the battles. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Seven people were killed by Russian airstrikes with cluster bombs in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a series of Daesh atrocities.

(1)   Daesh killed and then crucified a young man who had previously escaped a Daesh prison east of Deir Ez-Zor. The Observatory says 11 prisoners escaped from Mayadin during the last few days and some survived, but three of them were caught and killed [SyriaHR]

(2)   Daesh publicly beheaded then crucified two men in Deir Ez-Zor after accusing them of impersonating Daesh terrorists and stealing. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. These two might have been Daesh members. Daesh usually kill its terrorists after accusing them of defaming crimes. 

(3)   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says two women and a child were killed by a Daesh mortar shelling on Hay Al-Joura in Deir Ez-Zor. It also says warplanes launched more than 8 airstrikes on different areas east and west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

(4)   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh beheaded a young man in Kabar village west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 3 Daesh terrorists were killed by an IED while they were trying to sneak into Hay Al-Jabila in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

Daesh issues a video of destroying a Syrian Army military position in Hay Al-Jabila in Deir Ez-Zor with a rocket. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Government militias destroyed a Daesh hideout in Hawija Saqar, killing or wounding several terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Daesh says a commander of its affiliate, Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, Qahtan Abu Ubaida, survived an IED attack in the Yarmouk Basin. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Qasioun reports that the same terrorist was wounded in the IED explosion west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a really high-ranking Jordanian guy who was formerly with Osama Bin Laden.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say two soldiers were killed and another wounded by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis snipers at a checkpoint in the Masoura area south of Rafah. [ElWatan]

A security source says six takfiris were killed and four others wounded in clashes in the Masoura area. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says security captured 6 armed men and confiscated weapons and ammunition that was on its way to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, in the Jamiza area west of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say security captured an armed man who was with a group trying to attack a checkpoint in the south Sheikh Zuweid area while 2 other armed men fled. [ElWatan]

 

An armed group kidnapped two civilians and killed another in south Sheikh Zuweid after accusing them of cooperating with security forces. [ElWatan]

 

Eyewitnesses say Egyptian warplanes targeted an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis gathering in north central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Special Forces Commander says another commander was killed by a land mine near the European Hospital in west Benghazi. He says the battles are ongoing between the Libyan Army and Daesh in Shoura Benghazi in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

A Special Forces commander says Libyan planes conducted several airstrikes on the 2 groups in west Benghazi. He says the Libyan Army is advancing slowly in the area because of the IEDs and mines. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military Spokesman says Daesh attacked Libyan troops with 2 vehicle bombs in the Gharbiyat area, killing ten soldiers and wounding more than twenty. He also says Libyan troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Hay 1 in Sirte. [Wasat]

The Misrata Hospital says fourteen soldiers were killed and fifty-five wounded in the two suicide attacks. [AfriGate]

Photos of the aftermath of the attacks in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government Military Spokesman says military warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh in Hay 1 and Hay 2 in Sirte hours after the two suicide attacks. He also says 19 soldiers were killed and 80 wounded in the 2 attacks. He says the terrorists arrived at the rear lines from outside of the city and attacked. He also says his troops advanced in Hay 3, and trapped Daesh snipers in the area. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was conducted by two Libyan terrorists. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it killed more than 40 Libyan soldiers in 2 suicide attacks in the Dhahir area west of Sirte city. [A3maq]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed an Afghan Intelligence Service member in Kabul city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed four Afghan Ministry of Interior employees with a sticky IED in Kabul and publishes a photo of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of burning confiscated drugs in Afghanistan. [JustPaste]

 

Russia

The Russia Ministry of Interior said Wednesday that two policemen were wounded when two terrorists attacked a traffic police point northeast of Moscow. It says one of the wounded policemen killed one of the attackers and the second attacker was arrested. [Sumaria]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, and issues a video of the 2 terrorists pledging allegiance to its leader, Awwad Baghdadi. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Tens of Saudi “official” clerics, among the most high-ranking clerics in the country, issued a statement condemning the Russian “aggression in Syria,” reminding the Russians of how the mujahedeen once kicked them out of Afghanistan. The statement says the West and the Russians are in alliance with the Safavid (Iranians) and the Nusairi (Alawites) in a real war against Sunni people, countries, and identity.

The statement says the US is not a friend of the Syrian people because it doesn’t allow the “Syrians” to get anti-aircraft weapons, and didn’t allow a safe zone or create a no-fly zone. It says the Coalition war against Daesh is a trick, because it only slightly targets Daesh.

The statement also says “the Russian Orthodox Church leaders announced a holy “crusader” war, as Bush the son did before. The statement urges the heads of the “mujahedeen” to unite, otherwise all Sunni countries will fall. [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily comment. We highly encourage these “official” self-appointed spokesmen to read DaeshDaily from time to time to see how effective the “slight” efforts of the Coalition against Daesh have actually been.  Even Daesh supporters are laughing online at their statement. For comparative perspective, they could analyze how effective the Saudi efforts against Daesh and the Syrian government have been, after all their posturing.

    The rest of us can just observe the obvious anti-Shia sectarianism from these supposedly religious leaders. Iraq is winning; pro-Daesh Iraqis are losing. The Syrian government the clerics hate is still surviving, with help from the godless Russians and the apostate Iranians. The Sunni militias in Syria are not gaining ground on Daesh, but Kurds are gaining with help from the Christian Americans and Europeans.

    Daesh’s ideology emulates the Wahhabi ideology these clerics support—the one that says all non-Wahhabis are fair targets. No wonder these poor guys are so frustrated. If only they could do something really Islamic and make some friends among all these people they are denouncing.

 

Video of the Day

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh defense position near Manbij on July 27 [CJTF]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Archive]

August 17, 2016

Hawija Displaced People (BasNews)

Today’s Major Developments

UN estimates that 30% of Daesh foreign terrorists have gone home. []

Daesh attacks Tarmiya government headquarters. []

Iraqi Air Force launches F-16 airstrikes on Daesh in Al-Qa’im. []

Daesh executions continue in Mosul. []

Opposition fighters seize Syrian border city of Al-Ra’i from Daesh. []

US airstrikes continue to hit Daesh in Sirte, Libya. []

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman says any conflict regarding the disputed areas should be postponed, and the focus should be on winning the war against Daesh. He also says the Iraqi Government will not accept the fait accompli on the ground in Ninewa. The KRG has announced that the Peshmerga will continue its advances in Ninewa and will not withdraw from the areas it controls. [Rudaw]

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Security Committee in Ninewa Provincial Council says the council will begin a referendum in the areas liberated by the Peshmerga in Ninewa to decide if they want to join the KRG. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. This maneuvering is not surprising but it is seriously troubling. The largest risk in the Mosul campaign is not whether Daesh will be defeated but whether Ninewa or parts of it will get stolen from Iraq after Daesh is defeated. Any referendum in this situation, or any call for a referendum, though it may sound democratic, is an ill-disguised power play. This fait accompli approach should be publicly rejected by the US. Apparently the private communications didn’t quite work.

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement saying he respects the judicial decisions and the separation between the executive and judicial powers. Abadi had said that he was surprised that the judicial investigation of Speaker Jubouri went so fast. This got a swift response from Jubouri, who said he was surprised that the Prime Minister interferes in judicial issues. [Sumaria]

 

The UN says about 30% of Daesh foreign terrorists have returned to their home countries from Iraq and Syria, especially after the current Daesh losses. However, they now pose a threat to national security in those countries. It says that some of these terrorists are ready to carry out terrorist attacks, as happened in Paris and Brussels. [IraqPress]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, one each in the areas of Hit and Ramadi and four around Mosul. [InherentResolve]

 

Commentary

An August 16 opinion piece in War on the Rocks, under a pseudonym, slams numerous experts and commentators for looking at the conflicts in Syria and Iraq from an overly sectarian perspective, argued to be misleading and dangerous. We disagree with several points in the article, but we agree with its main point.

In Iraq, a new and vulnerable democratic system has not yet produced a real layer of statesman, or overcome its corruption, or established a real rule of law. Sectarianism is only one of its problems.

In Syria, the Baathists, supported by Iran and Russia, want to stay in power at all costs; Saudi Arabia and Turkey want to overthrow that regime, at all costs; the jihadis want to have emirates in the heart of the Middle East, at all costs; the PKK wants to establish a formal Kurdish region next to southeastern Turkey, at all costs. The costs are being paid by people from all sects and ethnic groups in Syria. [WarOnTheRocks]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command says that after Daesh attacked an Iraqi soldier at a checkpoint in Tarmiya, Iraqi forces found a Daesh hideout in the area. He says one of the terrorists trapped in the hideout detonated his explosives vest, killing himself and 2 other terrorists. Two Iraqi soldiers were slightly wounded. [Harbi]

Daesh’s version says 3 of its suicide terrorists, from Iraq, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, entered the Tarmiya mayoralty building, and clashed for hours with the Iraqi forces, then detonated their explosives vests, killing more than sixteen people, wounding others, and destroying large parts of the building. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. And how would terrorists from Central Asia get into the building? If true, the security in Iraq is still weak and unable to prevent such incidents.

 

An MoI source says one policeman was killed and two policemen and three civilians wounded when a parked taxi exploded near a check point in Bub Al-Sham. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Al-Wawi area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men killed a car dealership owner, his wife, and two of his children in Husseiniya. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Iraqi Army 42nd brigade found 22 IEDs, 3 rocket launchers, and other military equipment in the Rashad area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular cafe in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed a Daesh guest house and 7 IEDs in the Baijiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Kilo 12 area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Ghazaliya. [Rudaw]

 

An MoI source says a university professor was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in the Shurta Tunnel. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Anbar Governor says a committee has been formed to investigate the assassination attempt on the Mayor of Falluja District. [Mada]

 

Meanwhile, the Mayor says 25% of the city was destroyed by Daesh. He says the reconstruction needs international support. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces defused 80 IEDs and 52 booby-trapped houses in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Falluja Police Chief says Iraqi forces found the bodies of 10 victims in 13 Daesh prisons in different areas in the city. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces killed 700 Daesh terrorists so far in Jazeera Khaldiya. He says Daesh only has a few weak pockets left, hidden in underground tunnels. [Mada]

Videos of Daesh tunnels found by PMFs in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces destroyed 61 IEDs in different areas in Ramadi. It also says Iraqi forces secured 181 civilians from the Ramadi area to a displacement camp in the Kilo 18 area. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, killing 5 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a hideout in the Albu Dhiab area. [Buratha]

 

Hit/Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Khasfa area, 10 km (6 miles) west of Haditha, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mada]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout, a vehicle, and a mortar unit in Hay Al-Bakr, killing 10 terrorists. He also says Explosive Ordinance Disposal defused 8 IEDs and cleared 10 houses in Dolab. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces destroyed 5 IEDs in the Jubba area. [Maalomah]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 4 Daesh terrorists in the Hit area. [Buratha]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A senior intelligence source says Iraqi F-16s, in coordination with the Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell, launched airstrikes on Daesh in Al-Qa’im, killing 80 terrorists, including “important members,” and destroying 4 vehicle bombs. The source also says Daesh executed 2 of its foreign terrorists after accusing them of ridda. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Ridda means leaving Islam, and for Daesh any Muslim who doesn’t join Daesh or disobeys Daesh orders is a murtad (someone who commits ridda). It is a ready-made accusation that gives Daesh the justification to kill anyone it wants.  

 

Daesh issues a video of its attack on Iraqi forces near the Kilo 160 area. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Videos of IAA helicopters attacking Daesh hideouts in the Makhoul Mountain area [YouTube]

 

A video of PMF fighters in a battle with Daesh in Makhoul Mountains [YouTube]

 

A video of Daesh weapons and ammunitions found in the Makhoul Mountains area [YouTube]

 

Tooz

An informed source says Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack on Tuesday evening on Zarqa, killing “tens” of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says the Intelligence Service seized a vehicle bomb that was parked on the outskirts of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says not a single house is being bought or sold in the District because people are afraid they would get kidnapped for ransom if they showed they have money by selling a house or trying to buy one. [Sumaria]

 

The Dijla Operations Commander says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses in Muqdadiya. [Baghdadia]

 

The JOC says Dijla Operations Command troops cleared several orchards in north Muqdadiya and defused 4 IEDs. [Buratha]

 

Northern Diyala

The mayor of Saadiya says 189 families returned to their houses after passing the security check. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 5th division destroyed 2 IEDs in Udhaim subdistrict. [Buratha]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says a sticky IED exploded under a taxi near a Shia mosque in the Ras Domiz area of south Kirkuk, causing material damages. The source says the taxi belonged to a displaced man from Tal Afar. [Mada]

 

Hawija

A Peshmerga source says his troops secured 420 civilians, mostly women and children, who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Hawija. [BasNews]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured by Iraqi forces near Hawija [YouTube]

 

Southwest

A security source says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack in Daquq District, killing 6 terrorists and wounding 8. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says warplanes bombed Daesh locations in different parts of Mosul, killing 50 terrorists and destroying 22 vehicles. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s, in coordination with the Counter Terrorism Service, conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh headquarters in Ninewa, killing tens of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says American warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the oil market in the U’bour area in Mosul, targeting oil storage tanks and a mosque. [A3maq]

 

A security source says the IAF killed the Daesh security official, Abu Fares Al-Jihaishi, in an airstrike on Daesh in Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

Displaced people from Mosul told the Associated Press that many foreign Daesh terrorists have left the city. 4,000 displaced people have left the city to Debaga Camp in Makhmur during the last 2 weeks, raising the number of displaced people to 45,000 since March. [BasNews]

 

A security source says Daesh executed seven people in a military camp in Mosul after they refused to send their kids to Daesh schools. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed six food traders in Mosul because they refused to raise the prices of food items in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A video of a ravine in which Daesh disposes of bodies near Mosul [Masarat]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says 9 terrorists were killed when an IED exploded on a Daesh police convoy in Batnaya, 40 km (25 miles) north of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A medical source says several young men died in west and south Mosul from the poisonous gases from primitive Daesh refineries where they previously worked. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh issues a video of its health office raiding a counterfeit medicines factory in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A security source says Counter Terrorism Service troops captured the main bridge of Qayara subdistrict. The source announced that the first stage of Qayara’s liberation has been completed, with the capture of 5 more villages. [Baghdadia]

 

The JOC says Counter Terrorism Troops finished clearing Jada’a and Jawa’na villages, in addition to the Qayara Intersection and the road between Qayara and Makhmur. [Maalomah]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 31 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 9 vehicles, a tunnel, and several military positions and heavy weapons and in the Ihjala area. [Buratha]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 3 Egyptian Daesh terrorists in the Qayara area. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in the Qayara area [Mosuliya]

A video of Iraqi forces securing civilians in the Qayara area [Mosuliya]

 

A video of people from the Qayara area gathered by Iraqi forces, providing information about Daesh [Mosuliya]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Imam village south of Qayara, destroying a Humvee, a personnel carrier, and damaging another personnel carrier with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DawaAlhaq]

Here Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee near Imam village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi Army positions near the Qayara Intersection. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with a rocket in Al-Nassr village west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 8 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar. [Buratha]

 

Daesh issues a video of its attack on the Sinjar cement factory. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Sinjar. [DawaAlhaq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed 8 Daesh terrorists in Baaj. [Buratha]

 

KURDISTAN

The older brother of Wadat Hussein, the Kurdish journalist who was killed in Daquq, accuses the KDP of killing his brother. [ROJ]

The Deputy Representative of the UN in Iraq, Journalists without Borders, and the International Federation of Journalists, issued a statement condemning the killing of Wadat Hussein and demanding a quick investigation. [ROJ] [ROJ] [ROJ]

 

A security source says 4 armed men were killed in an ambush by the Asayesh in Sinkaw subdistrict in Chamchamal. The source says 3 of the armed men were killed while the 4th detonated himself, wounding 3 security personnel. [Rudaw] An Asayesh officer says the terrorists were Daesh members. [BasNews]

 

The spokesman of Germany’s Ministry of Defense says Germany sent 70 tons of weapons, including rifles, RPG rockets, and 3 armored vehicles, to Kurdistan. He says that Germany has sent more than 30 shipments of weapons to the KRG since 2014. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

A Wasit Police source says the police raided a house in Suwaira and captured a man wanted on terrorism charges. He says the man recently arrived in Wasit to conduct terrorist attacks. [Mada]

 

Muthanna

The Muthanna Police Chief says security forces started a military campaign to search Muthanna’s western desert for Daesh sleeper cells. [Mada]

 

Basra

Basra Police say it captured a man from Karrada in Baghdad who was wanted on terrorism charges near the Shalamja border crossing. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t want to speculate, but why would a Daesh terrorist from Baghdad be in a border area with Iran?

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister says his country and Iran with work together in solving the Syrian crisis. He says Turkey will normalize its relationships with Syria as it did with Israel and Russia under two conditions: first, that all parties maintain the integrity of the Turkish and Syrian lands, and two, that Syria won’t be a sectarian state. He accused the United States and Russia of trying to create a Kurdish state in north Syria and south Turkey to isolate Turkey from the Arab world. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding that Turkey’s foreign policy tomorrow can’t be predicted from what it says today, this sounds like a huge change of direction. The implication seems to be that Turkey is no longer pursuing the overthrow of the Assad regime, and is instead focused on preventing the formal establishment of any kind of PYD-organized Kurdish autonomous zone in Syria, which could be a wedge for a broader Kurdish state at Turkey’s expense. In short, the PKK is a bigger enemy than Assad. Erdogan’s foreign policy is hard to follow, however. Didn’t he embrace Putin in Moscow just a few days ago?

 

Turkish media sources say several Daesh shells fell on Turkish areas in Kilis, causing material damage. Turkish security sources say the Turkish Army responded by shelling and rocketing Daesh controlled areas in north Aleppo. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warns of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo and urges Russia and the United States to quickly reach a deal on a cease-fire in Syria. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in and near Deir Ez-Zor (1), Albu Kamal (2), Palmyra (1), and Manbij (5), but especially Mare’ (7). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Fighting between militiamen allied with the Syrian Government and PYD Asayesh continued in Hasaka after a brief truce. Fourteen Syrian Government militiamen were killed and eight wounded so far. [Hawar] [Hawar]

A local source says one civilian was killed and five wounded by the militias’ shelling in Hasaka. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Jab Kajli, 15 km (9 miles) southeast of Manbij, after heavy fighting, killing 2 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Sources close to the PYD say William Savage, an American YPG fighter who was wounded on the 10th of August in Manbij battles, died of complications from the injuries he sustained. [Dorar]

 

Al-Bab

A displaced man from Al-Bab says Daesh has kidnapped more than 300 civilians so far in the Al-Bab District on the Turkish border. [Hawar]

A local activist says Daesh raided many houses in Al-Bab and confiscated more than 30 satellite receivers, fining each house more than $200. [ARA]

 

Al-Ra’i

A local activist says opposition groups liberated Al-Ra’i on the Turkish border after a massive attack, killing 100 Daesh terrorists and capturing others and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [ZamanAlWasl]

The opposition issued a video statement saying it captured Al-Ra’i completely and vowed to continue fighting Daesh, the PKK, and the Syrian Government. Opposition groups have captured the city after 3 days of heavy battles, killing more than 30 terrorists, wounding tens, capturing 3, and forcing the rest to flee to Jarabulus. [Dorar]

A video of Daesh terrorists captured in Al-Ra’i [YouTube]

Video of opposition group combat near Al-Ra’i [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Daesh’s version said it conducted 2 suicide attacks on opposition groups in Al-Ra’i, which is a subdistrict of Al-Bab. [A3maq] It published photos of 2 suicide terrorists. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Al-Ra’i. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not a good time for the Daesh media machine. It issues reports and photos trying to maintain its “victorious” image but Daesh has actually been defeated.

 

Other reports from Northwest Syria

700 displaced people from Daesh-controlled areas arrived Wednesday in the largely Kurdish Afrin District on the far northwest corner of Syria. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it launched an attack on the Syrian Army and Shia militias near the Kowaires Airport in northern Aleppo. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the Syrian Army with a vehicle bomb in Miltifta village north of Kowaires Airport. [A3maq]

Daesh says Russian and Syrian warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on the villages near the airport. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a guided missile on Al-Seen Hill west of the airport. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and an armored vehicle in Nasrallah village north of the airport. [A3maq] Daesh also says it destroyed two 57mm cannons and captured a 23mm cannon in the same village. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of shelling or rocketing Syrian troop positions north of the Kowaires Airport. [A3maq]

 

Turkey backed opposition groups continued their shelling of Sheikh Maqsoud, wounding 12 civilians, including children. [Hawar]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle and 2 other vehicles loaded with ammunition in the Deir Hafer area, east of Aleppo. [SyriaNow]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian official TV says Syrian troops stopped a Daesh attack on a military position east of Homs, killing or wounding several terrorists. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Russian Minister of Defense says Russian warplanes, flying from Hamdan in Iran, conducted more airstrikes on Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor on Wednesday, killing 150 terrorists, including foreigners, and destroying 2 headquarters and 2 military camps. [Sumaria]

 

Syrian planes targeted several Daesh positions in different areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh stoned a man to death, after accusing him of adultery in Kharita, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says two civilians, including a child, were killed in a Daesh shelling on the Joura and Qusour areas in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

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

A local activist says Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, a Daesh affiliate, attacked opposition groups near the Ain Dhikr area in Daraa. He says the battles are still ongoing. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Ansar Bair Al-Maqdis issued a statement admitting that its leader, Abu Dua’a Al-Ansari, was killed. Egyptian authorities had said Ansari was killed in a military operation in south Arish two weeks ago. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says four policemen were wounded in clashes with Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists near Masoura village in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Local sources say unknown armed men blew up a deserted security building in the Qasima area in Central Sinai after rigging it with explosives. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Central coast

AFRICOM issued a statement saying American warplanes have conducted 48 airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte since the beginning of August, in coordination with the National Accord Government. It says the most recent airstrikes were on Tuesday, and destroyed 4 Daesh locations and a vehicle in Sirte city center. [Xendan]

 

The National Accord Government Military Press Center says Daesh attacked Libyan troops in Sirte with 5 vehicle bombs, 2 motorcycle bombs, and 3 suicide terrorists. The GNA Military spokesman says the Coalition airstrikes helped reducing the casualties among his fighters. He says that before the airstrikes started, 35-40 soldiers were being killed in each attack. [AfriGate]

Al-Wasat says an American airstrike killed Daesh’s wali of Tripoli, a Libyan terrorist called Ahmed Al-Hamali. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says around 70 Libyan soldiers, who were supported by American air and ground forces, were killed in Sirte on Tuesday. Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Libyan troops in Hay 2 in Sirte, destroying a tank, a personnel carrier, and 2 armored vehicles, in addition to several SUVs. Daesh also says 2 other terrorists attacked Libyan troops west of Sirte. Daesh says 2 more vehicles were destroyed by land mines while a Libyan boat was also destroyed in the sea. [A3maq]

 

The GNA Military says it has lost 400 fighters in the fighting in Sirte so far. He also says 4 more terrorists were captured. [AfriGate]

 

The Misrata Hospital says 10 Libyan soldiers were killed and 72 wounded in the battles in Sirte on Wednesday. [Wasat]

A military source says Libyan troops found the bodies of 32 Daesh terrorists killed in the recent battles in Sirte city. [Wasat]

 

The GNA Military Spokesman says GNA troops killed several Daesh female suicide terrorists in Hay 2. He says this is the first time Daesh used female suicide terrorists in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

The deputy chairman of the GNA Presidency Council says Italy will provide the GNA troops in Sirte with a mobile hospital. [AfriGate]

 

Photos of normal life returning to the Abu Hadi area in Sirte after it was liberated from Daesh [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Minister of Interior says Tunisian authorities captured a terrorism suspect in Karkana who was trying to cross the sea to Italy with 5 other people. [AfriGate]

 

VIDEOS

 

A video of 4 Daesh terrorists from Abu Ghraib who were sentenced to death [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces conducting a controlled vehicle bomb destruction [YouTube]

 

A video of IFP fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

A video of PMF fighters dodging bullets from Daesh snipers [YouTube]

 

A video found in a Daesh terrorist’s mobile phone in Falluja, showing a terrorist from Central Asia explaining the attack plan to other terrorists [YouTube]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters having fun on the frontlines [YouTube]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [Rudaw]

 

Hamza, the son of Osama Bin Laden, issues an audio message asking people of Saudi Arabia to revolt against their government. [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [YouTube]