An Update On ISIS Activities

August 7, 2017

 

Raqqa Civilians (ARA)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

COR sets both provincial and national elections for September 2018. [..]

Pro-Iran Iraqi militia accuses US planes of targeting them; 34 were killed. [..]

Intricate Daesh procedures for sending money to Mosul exposed by Russian media organization. [..]

IFP will manage security in west Mosul. [..]

Tal Afar campaign appears to be about to start. [..]

Syria

Erdogan declares intention to invade Kurdish area in northern Syria. [..]

Coalition hits Raqqa area with 24 more airstrikes. [..]

SDF says it has captured 55% of Raqqa city. [..]

Daesh counter-attack on Sukhnah in Homs reportedly kills 37 Syrian soldiers. [..]

Syrian Army troops enter Deir Ez-Zor from Raqqa. [..]

Report says Coalition killed 100 members of Daesh’s youth army in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Afghanistan 

Daesh, Taliban reportedly combine to kill over 50 Shia in northern Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Council of Representatives (COR) voted to hold the parliamentary elections and the provincial council elections together in September of next year. [Anadolu] 

DaeshDaily comment. These elections have heretofore been held mostly in different years. The reason for the change is that the government wanted to postpone the provincial elections scheduled this year because of the war with Daesh.

 

Kata’eb Sayyid Al-Shuhada’, a pro-Iran Iraqi militia considered an Iranian proxy, says US planes targeted its positions near Akashat near the Syrian border, killing or wounding large numbers of its fighters. It says it will not stay silent about this attack, and asked the Iraqi government to investigate it. [Sumaria] 

A security source says 34 fighters were killed and 28 wounded in the airstrike. [Ghad] 

 

A local source told Sputnik that Daesh has used 3 convoluted routes for sending money to Mosul. The  money used to go from money exchange offices in Baghdad to Zakho in northern Dahuk, then to Erbil, then to Turkey, back to Erbil, and then to Mosul. The second route, according to the source, has been through money exchange offices in Gaziantep in Turkey, close to Syria. It says all exchange offices in Gaziantep deal with Daesh. The third route was also between Baghdad and Erbil, then to Gaziantep, then to Zakho, to Erbil, then to Mosul. The source says that during its peak, Daesh transferred 3-4 million dollars per day. The source says even during the Mosul battles Daesh exchanged $80,000-100,000 per day. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Hawija (2), Tal Afar (2), Kasik (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near Tarmiya. [DENAugust7]

Daesh said on Sunday its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya. [ICDNAugust6]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed four CTS soldiers and wounded three others in clashes near Um Najm village in Taji. [ICDNAugust6]

 

A police source says security units captured a person on terrorism charges at the Bub Al-Sham checkpoint. [Sumaria] 

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured 2 persons on terrorism charges in Adhamiya. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a person on terrorism charges in the Hamdaniya area, in Abu Ghraib. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says it foiled a terrorist attack in Ameriya. It says its units captured 2 terrorists in a vehicle and confiscated an explosives vest, 14 IEDs, and a sniper gun. [Baghdadia] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command says its units clashed with a Daesh group in the Ramadi area, forcing the terrorists to flee and confiscating 2 pickup vehicles. It also says its units found large quantities of IEDs and explosives in several areas in Ramadi District. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says four Sahwa fighters were killed and ten wounded after walking into a land mine filed in Jazeera Ramadi. [DENAugust7]  

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

A Tribal PMF commander says security conducted a preemptive operation near the Anah Intersection, killing 4 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Etejah] 

 

A security source says 3 rockets were launched from the Ain Al-Assad base targeting Anah. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command captain says the IAA targeted 5 Daesh positions in east Shirqat, killing or wounding “tens” of terrorists and destroying military vehicles and positions. [Anadolu]

 

On Sunday, a Salahuddin Operations Command captain said that PMFs stopped a major Daesh attack on a residential compound north of Shirqat. [Anadolu] 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Allas oilfield with 4 mortars. [DENAugust7] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says a woman and her daughter were killed when 3 mortars fell on Mukhaisa village. The source says the shells were launched from orchards, in an area where Daesh terrorists have been hiding. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says more than 2,000 displaced people returned to their houses in areas north of Muqdadiya. The source says more than 20,000 officially-registered displaced people have not returned to their houses in parts of northeast Diyala Province so far. [Anadolu] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says a farmer was killed when an IED exploded near an orchard in Dawalib village in Dalli Abbasi. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and wounded two with 2 IEDs in Dawalib village. [DENAugust7]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A Peshmerga captain says a Peshmerga lieutenant colonel was shot and killed by armed men near his house in Kirkuk city. [Anadolu]  

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Hawija area. [ICDNAugust7]  

 

Daesh issues a video of its snipers’ operations in the Kirkuk area. [ICDNAugust6] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

The Mayor of Daquq District says a Peshmerga fighter was killed and another wounded with an IED in the district on Sunday. [ROJ] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The IFP commander says his units will be responsible for security in west Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

Southwest Mosul

A Civil Defense officer said on Saturday that a man, a woman, and their seven children died when their house, which was booby-trapped by Daesh, exploded on them in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [Anadolu]  

 

The IFP commander says his units killed a Daesh suicide terrorist and captured 3 others in south Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

East Mosul

A doctor in the Mosul morgue said on Saturday that the bodies of three people, a woman and two men, were found shot in Sumer. He also said that the body of a young man with severe torture marks was found in Al-Dhubat. [Anadolu]  

 

A Ninewa Police captain says a security unit captured 10 Daesh female hisbah members who were hiding in a house in Hay Al-Masarif. [BasNews] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A Joint Operations Command major says the JOC has issued an order for the Iraqi Army 9th armored division to move towards Tal Afar. A Ninewa Operations Command captain says military leaders are holding extensive meetings about the Tal Afar liberation. He says Prime Minister Abadi might issue the order to start the operations in the next few days. [Anadolu] 

The IFP commander says his units have started recon operations, preparing for the Tal Afar campaign. [Baghdadia]

 

The MoD says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh IED and vehicle bomb factory in Tal Afar.  [Buratha]

The IAF says it destroyed bridges used by Daesh in Tal Afar. [IraqPress]

 

A military source says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh recon drones near Tal Afar. The source also says security units killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were trying to flee Tal Afar. [BasNews] 

 

Sinjar

The Sinjar Protection Units (YPS, a YPG affiliate) issued a statement refuting KDP claims that the YPS killed a Yazidi man and wounded another in Sinjar. [ARA] 

A security source said on Friday that armed men attacked the Khana Sor compound in Sinjar, 37 miles northwest of Sinjar city near the Syrian border, killing a civilian and wounding another. [Sumaria]

This Yazidi-majority area witnessed clashes between the Peshmerga and the YPG in March.

 

The Mayor of Sinjar says the Romanian government will receive 400 Yazidi girls who survived Daesh prison, to provide them with physical and psychological medical treatment. [BasNews] 

 

Baaj

The PMF Press says PMFs shelled Daesh positions on the Syrian border, destroying a vehicle and wounding several terrorists. [Ghad] 

 

On Sunday, an Iraqi Army captain said that 20 Daesh terrorists attacked PMF units in Jughaifi village near the Syrian border. He said both the PMFs and Daesh sustained casualties in fighting that continued for two hours. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it launched an attack from 3 sides on Iraqi Army units near the Jamouna area, across the border from Al-Tanaf. It says it started the clashes with a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by an Iraqi terrorist. It says it killed sixty-eight Iraqi soldiers and captured an “Iranian soldier.” It also says it destroyed 7 military vehicles and six positions, damaged a tank, and captured 3 machine gun-mounted SUVs, a rocket launcher, weapons and ammunition. Daesh publishes photos and a video of the attack. [ICDNAugust7] [ICDNAugust7] [A3maq]   

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the Jamouna area with 15 mortars and several artillery shells. [DENAugust7] 

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG’s Minister of Interior says security units have so far captured 1,700 Daesh members who arrived in the KRG. He says the war against Daesh will last for a long time because of the large number of Daesh sleeper cells. [Baghdadia] 

 

Several Turkish soldiers were killed or wounded when an IED exploded targeting a Turkish Army military vehicle in Batufa in northwestern Dahuk north of Zakho. [Hawar]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Daesh says it blew up electricity towers with several IEDs cutting off power to “Shia areas” in Babel. It says it detonated another IED on maintenance teams, killing an official. [DENAugust7]  

 

Wasit

The Wasit Police say they captured a dangerous terrorist at a checkpoint north of Kut. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

[See story just below]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

On Saturday, in what many will regard as an ominous development, Turkey’s President Erdogan said Turkey intends to extend its Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria. It says it intends to block plans to create a “terrorist state” in northern Syria. He says the PKK tries to change its name continuously. He says Turkey will pursue the PKK in Syria and in Iraq. “We are determined to extend the dagger we have put into the heart of the terror entity project through the Euphrates Shield Operation with new moves.” He also said” We would rather pay the price to spoil plans against our future and liberty in Syria and Iraq rather than on our own soil…Soon we will take new and important steps.” He also said that a lot of innocent civilians are being killed in Syria, and Turkey would intervene to stop that. [ARA]

A Turkish newspaper says the Turkish Army and allied opposition groups are preparing for a military operation in north Syria. It says 15,000 to 17,000 opposition fighters and 8,000 Turkish soldiers will participate in the operation. The Turkish Army sent large military reinforcement to Kilis, across the border from Afrin during the last few days. The military operation would include Manbij, Tal Abyad, Afrin, and Tal Rifaat. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. Turkey has been maneuvering for a Syria invasion for some time, raising trial balloons here and there, and not having been confronted, has continued down that path. Its declared purpose is to prevent the PKK from establishing a self-governing entity in northern Syria, which it would regard as a terrorist entity. PYD maneuvering to establish government councils and other elements of political control have added more fuel to the fire. Some have expressed suspicion, however, that Turkey seeks to control this area for itself.

The timing of the Turkish statement, coming as the SDF (including the YPG) is in the middle of its campaign in Raqqa, also has the effect, and possibly the intent, of derailing the US and Coalition efforts in Raqqa. Erdogan has been consistently hostile to the US alliance with the YPG, which it chooses to define as the PKK by another name. The YPG has already said it would be forced to leave Raqqa to defend its positions in northern Syria if Turkey implements its plan. 

The result of all this could be a mess in northern Syria, and in Raqqa too. The US has gone out of its way to placate Erdogan, though without changing its Raqqa strategy, but may have to make a big decision. If this was the last trial balloon from Ankara before an invasion, now may be the last opportunity to puncture it.

 

Chairman of the PYD, Saleh Muslim, says the party has no intention to create a federal region, similar to the KRG, in north Syria. He says the goal of Syrian Kurds is to have a federal democratic system in Syria. [Dorar] 

Deputy Syrian foreign affairs minister says the PYD’s elections of self-administrations in north Syria is “just a joke.” He says Syria will not allow the PYD to threaten Syria’s unity. He also says the government will eventually control Kurdish areas in northern Syria. [EnabBaladi] 

 

Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra issued a statement saying it has started a “compulsory initiative” to form the “National Syrian Army for Liberation,” including people from all 6 of the Syrian ethnic communities and from opposition groups. It says the new Army would operate from eastern Syria and would aim at liberating Syria starting from Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 28 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (24), Deir Ez-Zor (1), Shaddadi (2), and in Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

406 Syrian displaced people and 113 Iraqi refugees arrived at the Al-Hawl Camp, coming from the Rajm Sulaibi border crossing. [Hawar] 

Two Iraqi displaced people were killed and four others wounded, including a woman and a child, by a Daesh land mine on the Iraqi side of the border near the Rajm Sulaibi border crossing. [Hawar]

 

A man in his wife were killed by airplanes, thought to be the Coalitions, in the Dashisha area south of Hasaka. Coalition planes also targeted Markada city. No casualties were reported. Markada is the last city in Hasaka under Daesh control. [SyriaHR]       

DaeshDaily comment. It may seem odd that the Coalition is bombing in Hasaka, but Hasaka shares a long border with northern Deir Ez-Zor, so southern Hasaka is a logical extension of the Deir Ez-Zor campaign.

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The SDF says it has now captured 55% of Raqqa city. [EnabBaladi] 

 

According to a Syrian media source, fifteen people, including two women and two children, were killed by Coalition bombing and SDF shelling on Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]  

Daesh says residential areas are under heavy “American” bombing and shelling since the morning. It says eighteen people were killed and thirty wounded in the bombing and shelling. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Of course, no Daesh members were killed in Daesh’s version of the story, only innocent civilians. This is standard Daesh propaganda.

 

SDF fighters killed 7 Daesh terrorists in the Nazla Shuhada neighborhood in south Raqqa. SDF special units secured tens of civilians who were trapped in the area. Several members of these special units were wounded during the rescue operation. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters killed 5 Daesh terrorists in clashes in Old Raqqa, in the center of the city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on SDF units near Qasr Al-Banat, a historic location in the eastern part of the Old City. [A3maq] 

 

SDF fighters killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Al-Barid in northwest Raqqa and Al-Nahdha in west Raqqa, south of Al-Barid. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters with 5 IEDs near the Furousiya Circle in northwest Raqqa. [DENAugust7] 

Daesh says its snipers killed six SDF fighters and wounded three others in different areas in Raqqa city. [DENAugust7] 

 

The YPG publishes names and photos of four of its fighters who were killed in the Raqqa battles. [Hawar]

 

West of Raqqa

One person was killed by a Daesh land mine in Hunaida village, between Raqqa and Tabaqa. [SyriaHR] 

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh says it assassinated an SDF fighter in Dhiba’iya village, south of Suluk, on Sunday. [A3maq] 

 

East of Raqqa

Syrian Army units, supported by foreign militias, captured Khamisiya village and Wadi Susa near Maadan town. [Qasioun]

Russian planes conducted tens of airstrikes on Maadan and 3 nearby villages, while Syrian Army artillery shelled the areas. 

Battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by local and foreign militias, and Daesh near Al-Jaber village. Many civilians are leaving the area towards the north to areas under the SDF control. Ten civilians, including three women and three children, drowned while they were trying to escape towards the northern bank of the Euphrates River, running away from the bombing and shelling. [SyriaHR]  

 

South of Raqqa

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Syrian Army tanks near Zamla and Haloula village with rockets. [DENAugust7] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions near Haloula village with 35 mortars and 6 artillery shells. [DENAugust7] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army shelled the Rajo area, in Afrin, wounding several people. [SyriaHR] 

 

The local council of Zayadiya town, north of Akhtarin in Azaz, says it will seize and sell the properties of the people linked to Daesh in the town and use the revenue to support the families of Daesh victims. The town is controlled by Turkey-backed opposition groups. [EnabBaladi]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

A military source says Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in several villages and areas east of Salmiya, killing or wounding many terrorists. [SyriaNow]

The SOHR says battles between Syrian forces and Daesh continued in the area. It says both sides sustained casualties. It also says one civilian was wounded by a shelling on Mabaouji village east of Hama. [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of weapons and ammunition it got in battles with the Syrian Army in Mariana village, east of Athariya. [ICDNAugust7] 

 

Daesh says it killed ten Syrian soldiers in an attack east of Athariya on Sunday. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

Thirty-seven Syrian soldiers were killed in a Daesh ambush in Sukhnah city. Government forces killed 18 Daesh terrorists near the city. Syrian Army and allied militias captured the rest of Sukhnah on Sunday after Daesh withdrew. [Qasioun]

 

Government sources say the Syrian Army stopped a Daesh counter-attack on Sukhnah. The sources also say government forces advanced to 2 km east of the city, towards Deir Ez-Zor, and 1 km to the north, towards the village of Al-Tayibah, between Sukhnah and the Euphrates. [SyriaNow]  

 

Daesh says it killed at least fourteen Syrian soldiers in battles near Sukhnah city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of dropping a “bomb” from a drone on Syrian Army units near Sukhnah. [A3maq] 

 

A military source says Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in Hamima village, destroying several positions and vehicles. [SyriaNow] 

 

Government sources say Syrian Army units, supported by foreign militias, captured Manoukh village 15 km (9 miles) northeast of Jabab Hamad, east of Homs city. [Qasioun] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the Al-Waar area with 16 mortars. [DENAugust7] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

The Syrian Army and allied militias are approaching Deir Ez-Zor from 3 sides. Government forces coming from Raqqa Province moved 15 km (9 miles) into the western Deir Ez-Zor Province, and are within 50 km (31 miles) of the city. The government forces that captured Sukhnah city in Homs Province are now about 100 km (62 miles) away from Deir Ez-Zor. From the southeast, government forces are 30 km (19 miles) away from Albu Kamal and 90 km (56 miles) from Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] 

 

Local activists say Coalition planes killed 100 Daesh Ashbal Al-Khilafa members (Caliphate Cubs) in an airstrike on a camp in Kashkiya village on Sunday. [EnabBaladi] 

 

Seven opposition groups issued a statement that they were ready to participate in the Deir Ez-Zor liberation battle. They say the battle will start from the Shaddadi area in Hasaka. [Qasioun]

 

The Health directorate in Deir Ez-Zor says three civilians were wounded by Daesh shelling on governmentcontrolled areas in the city. It says two of the civilians are in critical condition. [SyriaNow] 

Government sources said on Sunday that four civilians were killed and others wounded by Daesh rocketing on Hay Al-Joura and Hay Al-Qusour. The SOHR says three children were among the civilians killed. [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]  

 

A military source says several Daesh terrorists were killed in clashes that erupted between government forces and Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor city and areas south and west of the city. The source says Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in the area. [SyriaNow] 

 

Local sources say several Daesh leaders fled from Deir Ez-Zor, including the training official and a financial official who took around a million dollars with him. [SyriaNow]

 

Government sources say Daesh executed three people in Al-Hasin town, north of Deir Ez-Zor. He sources also say Daesh sewed the lips of three young men with a wire in Al-Salihiya village, near Deir Ez-Zor northern entrance, because they talked about Daesh defeats. [SyriaNow]  

 

Daesh publishes photos of its activities in Deir Ez-Zor. The photos include throwing a young man from the roof, after accusing him of homosexuality, and cutting off the hand of another young man after accusing him of theft. [ICDNAugust6] 

 

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

An informed source says Daesh captured 40 members of a former Free Syrian Army group in Hay Al-Tadhamun and confiscated their weapons after accusing them of coordinating with Jaish Al-Islam, a Saudi-backed opposition group. [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

Opposition groups shelled Jaish Khaled, the Daesh affiliate, west of Daraa. No casualties were reported. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh targeted a street in the Yarmouk Camp with mortars, causing fires in the area. [SyriaHR]  

 

Daesh publishes photos of its activities, including public punishments, in south Damascus. [ICDNAugust6] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Intelligence Service says it captured 17 Daesh suspects in Iran in addition to 10 in nearby countries it didn’t specify. [Anadolu]  

 

Lebanon

A Lebanese security source says Daesh launched 7 Grad rockets into Lebanon from areas it controls on the Syrian side of the border. The source says the attack caused no casualties. This is the first time Daesh has used rockets to target Lebanon. The Lebanese Army retaliated by targeting Daesh positions with rockets and heavy artillery. [ARA] [Qasioun]  

Hezbollah media says the Lebanese Army captured Daesh positions in the Arsal area on Sunday. The sources didn’t mention if Hezbollah participated in the attack. [Qasioun] 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it has damaged 23 Egyptian Army vehicles since the army started military operations south of Arish 2 weeks ago. [A3maq]  

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of stopping a Houthi attack in the Dhahar area, in Baidha. [ICDNAugust7] 

 

Afghanistan

Taliban and Daesh joined forces to massacre more than fifty Shia Hazara men, women and children, in the Sayad district of the northern Sar-e-Pol province, and the death toll could rise further, according to local officials. The attack saw Taliban fighters join forces with Sher Mohammed Ghazanfar, a commander who has pledged allegiance to Daesh. A Taliban spokesperson, speaking to AFP, denied any cooperation with Daesh in the attack, and that it killed civilians. [Hawar] 

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed two Moro Liberation Front members and wounded five others with an IED in a village in Maguindanao. [A3maq]

Daesh says nine Moro Liberation Front members were killed and six wounded with IEDs in Datu Salibo in Maguindanao, on Sunday. [A3maq]  

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video from Raqqa. In the video, an Australian terrorist asks Daesh supporters in Australia to go and fight in the Philippines. He says if they can’t go to the Philippine, then they should attack and kill Australian people in any way they can. [ICDNAugust7] 

 

Daesh issues the 12th issue of its Rumiyah magazine in different languages. [ICDNAugust6] 


Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, claiming he was killed in the west Ninewa area. [
ICDNAugust7]

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members, claiming he was killed in the Shirqat/south Ninewa area. [ICDNAugust7]

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August 4, 2017

 

SDF Fighters Secure Civilians in South Raqqa (ARA)

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Coalition investigation finds vast majority of airstrike civilian casualty claims non-credible. [..]

IAF takes out three Daesh facilities in Rawa, Akashat. [..]

Daesh stages attacks in Shirqat, Baiji, Tooz. [..]

Large Daesh convoy near Hawija destroyed by IAF airstrikes. [..]

Daesh Tal Afar defense strategy looking more like Mosul strategy. [..]

Syria

Clashes continue in northwest Syria as Turkey-allied militias attack SDF. [..]

Syrian forces edging forward in battle for Sukhnah in Homs. [..]

Two more south Syria opposition groups pledge to continue anti-government campaigns. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says that during the month of June it carried over 180 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous months and received 72 new reports resulting from Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria. It also says it began the assessments of 304 historical reports of possible civilian casualties received from Airwars.org. It says that during this period, the Coalition completed the assessment of 132 reports, of which 121 were assessed to be non-credible and seven were assessed to be credible, resulting in 21 unintentional civilian deaths. Four reports were assessed to be duplicates of previous reports. It says that to date, based on information available, the Coalition assesses that it is more likely than not that at least 624 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. A total of 424 reports were still open and being assessed at the end of the month, however. [InherentResolve] 

DaeshDaily comment. On April 30th the Coalition said that between August 2014 and March 2017, the total number of reports of possible civilian casualties was 396. This shows that the number of such reports has accelerated greatly. This surely reflects the ongoing Mosul and Raqqa liberation campaigns, supported heavily by Coalition airstrikes.

The conclusion that only 7 of 132 reports were credible contrasts sharply with the number of ongoing allegations, by organizations credible and not so credible, of civilian deaths from Coalition airstrikes. We have always been skeptical about these reports, so many of which reflect an anti-Coalition political agenda, but also recognize that some civilian deaths are occurring, that some reports are at least somewhat accurate, and that the increased number of airstrikes has put civilians at greater risk. 

 

Thousands of Sadrists demonstrated in Baghdad and other cities protesting the provincial council elections law. [Anadolu]  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Tal Afar (2), Kasik (2), and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The BOC says a joint Army and IFP force killed 3 Daesh terrorists in clashes in the Um Najm area. A member of the unit was wounded. [Ghad] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says its units at a checkpoint near the Jazeera Siyahiya (Baghdad Tourism Island) captured a terrorist who was trying to enter Baghdad. It says the terrorists came from Tal Afar and tried to sneak in with displaced people from Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it arrested and killed two Iraqi Army Intelligence “sources” in Tarmiya. It also says it captured and beheaded an Intelligence member in the Al-Zor area, in Tarmiya. Daesh publishes photos of the second attack. [ICDNAugust4] [ICDNAugust4]

Here Daesh says it killed three Intelligence members in “night raids” in Tarmiya on Thursday. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. The photos of the second attack were obviously not taken at night. 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists, killed in north Baghdad. [ICDNAugust4] 

 

Daesh says it killed the commander of the Albu Firas area Tribal PMFs in Meshahda. [A3maq]  

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of an Iraqi soldier targeted by its snipers in the Sayyed Abdullah area. [ICDNAugust4] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says two civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a sheep market in Suwaib. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source says a booby-trapped house in the Al-Tash area exploded because of high temperature, without causing casualties. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the Al-Akal area, west of Ramadi, killing the suicide terrorists inside. [Etejah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says 5 rockets were launched from the Ain Al-Assad Base targeting west Anbar, without giving more details. [Ghad] 

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

The Military Intelligence Service says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh IEDs factory, a vehicle bomb factory, a weapons and explosives storehouse, and 4 vehicles in airstrikes on Rawa and Akashat subdistricts. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat/ Baiji

The IWMC says Iraqi forces, supported by IAA helicopters, stopped a Daesh attack on Ain Al-Baidha village, killing 4 terrorists and wounding 5 others. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and destroyed 2 vehicles and 5 military positions in clashes on the road between the Tasni’ (military industry) area and Ain Al-Baidha village, southwest of Shirqat. [DENAugust4] [A3maq] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee near the Tasni’ intersection. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in different areas in Salahuddin with 58 mortars. [DENAugust4]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its battles in the Shirqat/south Ninewa area. [ICDNAugust4]  

 

The PMF Press says PMF units stopped a Daesh attack from 4 sides in the Zuwiya area in northern Baiji, killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it shot at and struck a military helicopter over the Zuwiya intersection, forcing it to make an emergency landing. [DENAugust4]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters near the Allas oilfield. [A3maq] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

A local source says three Peshmerga fighters, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed when 2 IEDs exploded on their convoy near Al-Dabaj village in western Tooz District across the border from Daquq District in Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Peshmerga vehicles with IEDs, then attacked the two vehicles, killing the fighters who remained alive. It says four Peshmerga, including a lieutenant colonel and a captain, were killed in the attack. [DENAugust4]

Here Daesh says it killed four Peshmerga fighters, including two officers, and wounded others with 2 IEDs near the Al-Hulaiwa Airport west of Tooz on Thursday. [A3maq] 

  

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Military Intelligence Service says its units arrested 2 Daesh terrorists, including the Daesh “administrative officer” of Diyala in an unspecified location in the province. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A local source says a large Daesh convoy that was heading from Al-Abbasi to attack Iraqi forces between Kirkuk and Salahuddin was targeted by an IAF airstrike. The source says the strike destroyed 12 Daesh vehicles and killed at least 9 terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says a small number of leaflets were distributed in Hawija District by a group that calls itself Fursan Al-Hawija (Knights of Hawija). The source says the leaflets threatened to eliminate Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A Peshmerga officer and two fighters were killed and two others wounded when an IED exploded on them in Tamour village in Daquq. [ARA]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says security units announced a general alert in Mosul. The source says there are still 500 Daesh terrorists hiding in the city. [Baghdadia]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command officer says security units launched a large operation to capture Daesh leftover terrorists and sleeper cells in Mosul. He says 66 Daesh terrorists, including foreigners, have been captured so far. [BasNews] 

 

West-Central Mosul

A security source says a suicide terrorist attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Aghawat, near Mosul Al-Jadida, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others. [Baghdadia]

However, another security source says CTS units killed 2 Daesh terrorists who attacked a CTS headquarters in Al-Aghawat. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack with an explosives belt on Iraqi forces in Al-Aghawat. [A3maq]  

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A local source says Daesh suddenly announced in mosques a general alert in Tal Afar, and started digging trenches around the city. The source says Daesh foreign terrorists took charge of the city and pushed aside local terrorists from command positions. The source says there are 200 foreign terrorists in Tal Afar. [Sumaria] 

 

A Mosul Police source says Daesh is forcing people in Ayadhiya in Tal Afar District to leave for Tal Afar city in order to use them as human shields. The source says Daesh did the same thing in Mosul before the liberation operations. [Ghad]

 

A local source says a Daesh orator was arrested in a mosque in Tal Afar after he denied the reported death of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, and warned of an “impostor” who wants to divide the “mujahidin.” [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh executed a man and his three sons after accusing them of ambushing and killing two Daesh terrorists few weeks ago. [Sumaria] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says 4 foreign terrorists were killed in an airstrike on a Daesh guesthouse in Hay Al-Askari in Tal Afar. The source says a Daesh foreign commander called Abu A’isha Al-Shishani, who might have been the target of the airstrike, wasn’t in the guesthouse. 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces’ positions near Al-Jubara village, west of Tal Afar, with heavy machine guns. [ICDNAugust4]

 

Sinjar

A security source says armed men attacked the Khana Sor compound in Sinjar, 37 miles northwest of Sinjar city near the Syrian border, killing a civilian and wounding another. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This Yazidi-majority area witnessed clashes between the Peshmerga and the YPG in March.  

 

Baaj

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 33rd brigade rocketed a Daesh gathering in Luwaibda village, destroying 2 vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [IraqPress]

  

Southern Ninewa

Qayara/Hatra

A local police source says a National Security Service lieutenant colonel was killed and a lieutenant was captured in a Daesh ambush in Um Najma village in Qayara subdistrict. [Ghad] 

DaeshDaily source said yesterday that the body of a National Security Service lieutenant colonel was found shot near Um Najma village. The source said the officer was kidnapped by Daesh in a nearby area. 

 

A Ninewa Police captain says local police killed 13 Daesh terrorists who sneaked from the east side of Shirqat into Al-Hawd village in Qayara. He says three policemen were wounded in the clashes. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions south of Hatra with 41 mortars. [DENAugust4]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The US Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk says there are 2,000 Daesh terrorists in Raqqa and the US will make sure they don’t leave alive. He also says that Russia helped weaken Daesh and accelerated the war against it. [Anadolu] 

DaeshDaily comment. Giving credit where it’s due is good diplomacy.

 

The YPG says the Turkish Army and allied armed groups launched 159 attacks on northern Syria during the month of July. It says 5 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in these shelling and rocketing attacks. It says it responded 39 times to the shelling and rocketing and killed 28 opposition fighters and five Turkish soldiers. [Hawar] 

 

Khalid Al-Mahamid, the now-former independent member of the Syrian Opposition Delegation to Geneva, says Turkey is trying to cement its dominance over north Syria by imposing the Turkish language on people in those areas, and even on Syrian refugees in Turkey. He says Turkey is supporting its allied Syrian groups to capture border areas and border crossings on the Syrian side and even installing communication towers inside Syria. [SyriaHR] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (11), Deir Ez-Zor (1), Shaddadi (1), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Aircraft, thought to be the Coalition’s, allegedly targeted a school area in Hadaj village, southwest of Hasaka, killing two children and wounding other civilians. [SyriaHR] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is a good example of the kind of airstrike story we find frustrating. Aircraft unidentified, but conveniently thought to be from the Coalition, deliberately fired at a village school in a YPG-held area. This is implausible but can’t be considered impossible. There is no context to the story, and no source is cited. The US experts will probably determine the report non-credible some day. Meanwhile, it’s somebody’s propaganda.

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF fighters advanced in Hay Al-Rawdha in northeast Raqqa north of Old Town, killing 4 terrorists, including a sniper. [Hawar] 

Later on, Hawar reported that 7 Daesh terrorists were killed in the area. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters killed 3 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, in heavy fighting in Al-Barid in northwest Raqqa. [Hawar]

Daesh says it wounded two SDF fighters in 2 different areas in northwest Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

SDF units captured several buildings in the Al-Idikhar neighborhood in west Raqqa, killing 6 terrorists, including 2 snipers. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted vehicle south of the Old Mosque. [Hawar]

Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter near the Old Mosque. [A3maq] 

 

SDF fighters destroyed a Daesh defense line in Nazla Shuhada in south Raqqa, killing 5 terrorists. SDF units freed 100 civilians, mostly women and children, in the area.  [Hawar] 

SDF units opened a secure road in the Nazla Shuhada area and secured tens of civilians (video). [Hawar] 

 

SDF snipers killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Dar’iya, southwest of Nazla Shuhada. [Hawar]

 

A woman and her son were killed and other civilians wounded by a Daesh land mine in Raqqa city.  [SyriaHR] 

SDF special units freed 3 families, some of whose members were wounded, in east Raqqa city. The special units freed many civilians yesterday and retrieved the bodies of six more killed by Daesh shelling in Old Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

The YPG publishes photos of eight of its fighters who were killed in Raqqa, in addition to a fighter killed in an accident in Darbasiya. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five SDF fighters in different areas in Raqqa. [DENAugust4]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Raqqa. [ICDNAugust4] 


Daesh says six people were killed and ten others
 wounded in “American” bombing on Raqqa. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. The implication of course is that no Daesh fighters were killed, only innocent civilians killed by bomber crews who can’t shoot straight. Never mind that the Coalition reported 11 airstrikes on Daesh in Raqqa today.

 

West of Raqqa

The SOHR says that according to “trusted sources”, US military units raided Al-Sahl village looking for the Daesh security official of Raqqa, Ali Al-Shawakh, aka Abu Luqman. [SyriaHR] 

 

East of Raqqa

Syrian Army units, supported by local and foreign militias and Russian planes, launched heavy attacks on Daesh positions east of Ghanem Al-Ali village, east of Raqqa. The attacks aim at ending the Daesh presence on the southern bank of the Euphrates River near the western parts of Deir Ez-Zor Province. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. Although both SDF and Syrian Army are operating east of Raqqa, there has recently been a clear anti-Daesh division of labor in which the SDF is conducting the Raqqa campaign, including areas east of the city, and government forces are operating mostly south of the SDF in Raqqa and focusing on Deir Ez-Zor just to the east.

 

Daesh says it killed twelve Syrian soldiers and damaged a vehicle in clashes in Albu Hamad village. [A3maq]  

 

South of Raqqa

Syrian Army units captured a Daesh vehicle bomb on the Autostrad between Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tahrir Al-Sham captured 2 Daesh terrorists and found explosive vests and IEDs in a raid on a house in Maarat Harma town south of Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

One civilian and 2 Tahrir Al-Sham members were killed and other people wounded when a vehicle bomb targeted a Tahrir Al-Sham office near Urum Kubra town west of Aleppo. [Qasioun]   

Other sources say 3 civilians and 4 Nusra members were killed in the explosion. [Hawar]  

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

SDF factions stopped a Turkeybacked opposition attack with a vehicle bomb on Ain Diqna village. The YPG issued an aerial video of the explosion. [Hawar] 

The Turkish Army and allied militias also targeted several villages in Afrin with artillery mortars and heavy machine guns. [Hawar] 

The YPG shot down a Turkish Army drone over Ain Diqna (video). [Hawar]

Ahl Al-Diyar Operations Room, a Turkey backed umbrella of armed groups, says it attacked SDF positions in Ain Diqna, killing fourteen fighters and wounding others. It says the operation was a response to the continuous shelling by the SDF on civilian houses in villages and towns north of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

A local activist says many people demonstrated in Azaz and Jarabulus cities, demanding that the SDF leave areas it controls in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Dorar] 

DaeshDaily comment. Wonder who sponsored that demonstration? 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Russian Military Police units arrived in Deir Al-Fardis village, south of Hama, to oversee the ceasefire in areas north of Homs. Russia Today issued a video of Russian military police members in the area. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi]

 

Battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by militias, and Daesh east of Salmiya. Syrian planes targeted Daesh positions in the area extensively. [SyriaHR] 

 

Russian planes targeted two villages in Aqairbat subdistrict east of Hama. No casualties were reported. [Qasioun] 

 

Government sources say unknown armed men assassinated the Daesh security officer of Aqairbat and 2 of his associates. [SyriaNow] 

 

Liwa’ Al-Quds, a pro-government militia formed from Palestinian refugees in Syria, says 12 of its fighters were killed and others wounded in battles with Daesh east of Salmiya. [Qasioun] 

Daesh says it killed 12 Syrian soldiers in battles near Dakila village, east of Salmiya. [A3maq] 

 

Homs

A Syrian military source says Syrian planes destroyed a Daesh drone storehouse in Khatmalu village, east of Homs. The source also says Syrian planes destroyed 4 tanks and a rockets and ammunition factory in Um Al-Tuwaina village, east of Homs. [SyriaNow] 

 

Daesh targeted Jubb Al-Jarrah town, east of Homs, with several shells. No casualty count was reported. [SyriaHR] 

 

Syrian Army units captured a border guard station, southeast of Sukhnah. The army also killed a group of Daesh terrorists near the city. [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow] 

 

Heavy battles continued between Syrian Army units, supported by militias, and Daesh near the Al-Hail oilfield and in the desert near Sukhnah. Daesh attacked the government forces with a vehicle bomb. Government forces captured several Daesh positions in the area. [SyriaHR] 

Daesh issues a video of shelling Syrian Army unit east of the Al-Hail Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on government forces 3 km west of Sukhnah. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded eleven soldiers and destroyed a heavy machine gun with a rocket west of Sukhnah. [A3maq] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Unidentified planes, thought to be Syrian, killed four civilians, mostly women and children, in an airstrike on a vehicle carrying displaced people near Tabni town, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

A local activist says thousands of people are leaving Tabni, Maadan city, and several other areas because of the extensive airstrikes. [EnabBaladi] 

 

Syrian government sources say Syrian planes and artillery units targeted Daesh controlled areas south and west of Deir Ez-Zor city, killing “tens” of terrorists. [EnabBaladi] [SyriaNow] 

 

A man, his daughter, and another woman were killed in airstrikes on Al-Bweitiya town, west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] 

 

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

Al-Ardh Lana Military Room, an umbrella organization for opposition groups in south Syria, says it stopped a Syrian Army and allied militia’s counter-attack on Bir Mahroutha area, east of Damascus, killing or wounding soldiers or militia men and destroying 3 vehicles. It says Russian planes participated in the Syrian attack. [Qasioun] 

The SOHR says government forces captured several positions in the area. [SyriaHR] 

Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Qaryatayn issued a statement saying it will continue fighting the regime and allied militias, in addition to Daesh. It says it was not threatened by the Coalition after the group decided to stop coordination with the Coalition. It also says it didn’t hand over any heavy weapons to the Coalition, because the group has only light and mid-sized weapons. It says it would publish videos of the fighting in Bir Mahroutha, the area it captured from the Syrian Army. [Qasioun] 

 

Commander of Jaish Maghawir Al-Thawra, a Coalition backed opposition group, denied media reports about the US handing over the Al-Tanaf Camp to Russia. (We reported this report with skepticism here yesterday.) He says that negotiations (with the US military) to establish a camp in Shaddadi for the group are still ongoing. He says that if some fighters of the group go to Shaddadi, it does not mean they would leave the Al-Tanaf Camp completely. 

The commander also says the group has refused to work with the SDF. He says that his group would be the only armed group that is allowed to enter Deir Ez-Zor. He says the political commission of the group is negotiating with the US and that the negotiations are in “advanced and good” stages. He says the US demanded that the political commission get “complete public support. He says the political commission is led by the head of the Oppositions’ High Negotiations Commission, Riyadh Hijab. He says the groups fighters who go to Shaddadi will be the seed for a national army. [Qasioun][Qasioun]

 

An opposition source says Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled members sneaked in and blew up a house in Jillen village west of Daraa, killing an opposition fighter and wounding two others. [Qasioun] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an opposition group’s fighter and wounded two others in Hay Al-Tadhamun, in south Damascus. [DENAugust4]

 

Daesh says it targeted an opposition group position in the city of Yelda near Damascus with a rocket. [DENAugust4]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Syrian soldiers in the Al-Yarmouk Camp. [DENAugust4]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese Army says it extensively targeted Daesh positions in the Ras Baalbek and Al-Qa’a areas, on the Syrian border, with airstrikes, heavy artillery and rockets, destroying military positions. The Lebanese Army had said earlier that it would fight Daesh near the Syrian border without help from any other Lebanese or Syrian organizations. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi] 

 

North Africa

Somalia

Daesh says it shot and killed a Somali intelligence member in Mogadishu. [A3maq] 

 

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August 3, 2017

 

Yazidi Fighters in Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UN commission cites continued atrocities against Yazidis. [..]

US company gets State Dept. contract to clear mines and IEDs in Mosul. [..]

Turkey

US Embassy/Ankara denies Turkish media stories of huge arms deliveries to YPG. [..]

Syria

SDF nears full control of southern Raqqa. [..]

Daesh unleashes suicide attacks in multiple Raqqa locations. [..]

Syrian Army moves into Sukhnah, in Homs. [..]

Daesh imposes compulsory military service in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

Two large opposition groups in southern Syria deny Coalition affiliation. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

In a statement to mark the anniversary of Daesh launching an assault on the Yazidis of the Sinjar region, a United Nations human rights committee investigating violations of international law in Syria said that Yazidis continue to face atrocities at the hands of Daesh terrorists and the world isn’t doing enough about it. It says, “The genocide is ongoing and remains largely unaddressed, despite the obligations of States party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 to prevent and to punish the crime.”  

The committee says that three years after the Daesh attack, thousands of Yazidi men and boys remain missing and Daesh continues to subject about 3,000 Yazidi women and girls in Syria to horrific violence, including daily rapes and beatings, adding that it had received reports of Daesh terrorists trying to sell enslaved Yazidi women and girls as international forces close in on its stronghold of Raqqa.

The commission called for everyone fighting against Daesh to work toward rescuing Yazidi captives and for the international community to recognize that Daesh was committing genocide against Yazidis and they should be brought to justice. [DW]

DaeshDaily comment. Investigating this crime would uncover the ideological roots of this massacre, which might cause the UN to lose some of its funding, because religious Saudi websites openly call for killing and enslaving religious minorities.     

 

Muqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement asking his followers to demonstrate all over Iraq on Friday to protest the provincial elections law. [Anadolu] 

Al-Ahrar, the Sadrist CoR bloc, issued a statement yesterday saying it was surprised that Article 21 of the Provincial Elections Law passed. It said the law cements the dominance of the big parties and prevents any attempts of reform driven by the people. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The Sadrists keep on acting like an “opposition” party while they are actually part of the government, trying to have it both ways. Sadr withdrew his ministers from the government earlier, but his followers are still in charge of countless important positions in Baghdad and in Shia-majority provinces. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Tal Afar (2), Hawija (1), Rawa (2), and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A security source says two persons were wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their civilian vehicle in Rashidiya. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in two different areas near Tarmiya Wednesday. [A3maq] 

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A security source says security units captured 4 persons on terrorism charges in the Jisr Diyala area. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says IFP units captured a commander of Jaish Al-Mujahidin, a Sunni armed group, in Hay Al-Jami’a. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

A security source says security units found a Daesh ammunition cache southwest of Ramadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says a fence is being built around city to stop Daesh attacks. He says Daesh terrorists are using dirt roads to sneak into the city. [Sumaria] 

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

A security source says Daesh executed a child who had an altercation with Daesh terrorists in Al-Qa’im. [Ghad] 

 

A security source says Coalition planes targeted the industrial area in Karabla, where Daesh makes vehicle bombs, with more than 25 rockets. [Ghad] 

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh moved announced through loudspeakers in Karabla that it had moved its “caliphate” headquarters from Mosul and Raqqa to Al-Qa’im. He also says Daesh called on its terrorists to conduct suicide attacks on Hit, Haditha, Ramadi, and Falluja. [Waradana]

 

The Jazeera Operations commander says Coalition planes conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Rawa, killing 7 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Baghdadia] 

 

The Military Intelligence Service says Iraqi planes killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroyed hideouts and weapons and ammunition storehouses in an unspecified area in the Anbar desert. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Jamouna area, near the Syrian border, with 8 mortars. [DENAugust3]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Badou Compound and nearby areas with 18 mortars. [DMNAugust3]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gun-mounted vehicle with an SPG9 rocket on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [DENAugust3] Daesh published the same story yesterday about a PMF SUV. 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the same road. [DENAugust3]

Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions on the Baiji-Haditha road and in the Sukhariyat area with 15 mortars. [DMNAugust3]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED in Baiji city on Wednesday. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in several areas in Salahuddin with 4 rockets and 20 mortars. [DENAugust3]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police say a joint security force conducted a security operation in several villages near Muqdadiya and destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A Peshmerga captain said on Sunday that a Peshmerga fighter was killed by an IED in Jamila village in Jalawla, in Khanaqin. [Anadolu] 

Daesh says it killed an Asayesh member and wounded others by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Jalawla area. [DMNAugust3]

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle in Jarad village in Khanaqin District, wounding the fighters inside. [DENAugust3]

 

A local source says armed men shot and killed a former Sahwa fighter in the Safra area of Udhaim, in the Himrin Mountains. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it blew up 3 electricity towers, which provided power from Iran to “Shia areas in Baghdad and Diyala,” in the Mansouriya Al-Jabal area. [A3maq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Of course we all know that Iran sells electricity only to Shia people and can’t accept money from Sunnis. Daesh seems to make the same absurd statement every time it claims to have blown up electricity towers.

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes destroyed 4 Daesh tunnels near Hawija, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia] 

 

A local source says a Daesh chemical weapons expert and 3 other terrorists were killed by an accidental explosion while they were preparing rockets in Al-Askari, in Hawija. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A Peshmerga captain said on Sunday that the Asayesh captured 2 Daesh members in Daquq. [Anadolu] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The US Department of State has awarded Janus Global Operations, a US company, a contract to clear Mosul city from mines and IEDs. [Mada] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

The IAF says its planes destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb factories in Tal Afar, killing terrorists. [Ghad] 

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces stopped a large Daesh attack on Ayn Talawi and Maqtal Al-Khanazir villages west of Tal Afar city. It says Iraqi forces cut off all Daesh supply lines towards Tal Afar, so Daesh is trying to open new lines near the Syrian border. [IraqPress] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF military positions near Abra Kabira village, west of Tal Afar. [DENAugust3]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNAugust3] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters near the Tal Afar Airport. [DENAugust3]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Hamra village, southeast of Tal Afar, with mortars. [DENAugust3]

 

Sinjar

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF position with heavy machine guns south of Qayrawan. [DMNAugust3]

 

Baaj

A PMF commander says the IAA killed a senior Daesh commander in the Jughaifi area. [PressIraq]

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle with an IED near Tal Khazaf village, southeast of Tal Afar in the Mosul subdistrict. [DENAugust3]

 

Qayara/Hatra

A DaeshDaily source says the body of a National Security Service lieutenant colonel was found shot near Um Najma village. The source says the officer was kidnapped by Daesh in a nearby area. 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions south of Hatra with 11 mortars. [DENAugust3]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Turkish court sentenced a Czech man and woman to 6 years and 3 months each after they were accused of fighting with the YPG in northern Syria.  Sources close to the 2 people say the prisoners denied the accusations and say they were working in the humanitarian field. The PYD-backed Hawar had published an interview with the woman in late 2015, in which she said she was a journalist working on humanitarian issues. [Hawar] 

DaeshDaily comment. The situation in Syria and in Iraq would have been much different and much better if the Turks had been as vigilant about Daesh and Nusra terrorists as they were with these two people.  

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The US embassy in Ankara says that reports by several news outlets over the past few days claiming that the United States has sent “tanks” and “hundreds of truckloads of weapons” into Syria to support the YPG are erroneous. The US has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Daesh in Syria.

The embassy says the majority of U.S. military assistance, which consists primarily of light weapons and ammunition, has supported Syrian Arab elements of the SDF who are fighting to expel Daesh and regain control of their homes. A much smaller percentage of weapons given to Kurdish elements of the SDF are “limited, specific to task and are only provided due to their importance in helping achieve the goal shared by all of us – i.e., the capture of Raqqa and the destruction of Daesh. We continue to provide full transparency to the government of Turkey as to what weapons are being delivered to the YPG.”

The embassy says that the vast majority of trucks crossing the Iraqi/Syrian border contain neither military equipment nor supplies, but rather food, medicine, and other essential supplies needed to ensure the health and safety of internally-displaced persons within Syria. It complains that “erroneous reporting suggesting otherwise is dangerous and distracts from our joint desire and objective to destroy Daesh and support those affected by its violence. [USEmbassyTurkey] 

 

Meanwhile, the Turkish government news agency Anadolu, seemingly unaware of the embassy’s statement, reported that 100 US trucks crossed from Iraq to Hasaka, then to Raqqa, carrying military equipment, vehicles, and tanks to the YPG. [Dorar]

 

A Hezbollah newspaper says the SDF and the Syrian Army have established a joint military operations room in Deir Ez-Zor. It says the room might be announced officially soon. It also says the relationships between them improved after Turkey’s continuous attacks on Afrin. A Kurdish politician close to the YPG told the newspaper that the dialogue between the Assad regime and the YPG is in advanced stages and was reflected positively in the military coordination between them in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor provinces. [Dorar] 

DaeshDaily comment. We will wait for the official announcement.

 

The Supreme Council for Syrian Tribes, a Turkey-backed organization, says that the YPG is an occupying force in Arab areas in Syria. It says it’s communicating with tribes and mobilizing people to banish the YPG. It rejected the PYD’s latest decision to annex Manbij to the PYD federal area and says Arab tribes will revolt against this decision. [Dorar] 

 

Khalid Al-Mahamid, an independent member of the Syrian Opposition Delegation to Geneva, says the war between the regime and Free Syrian Army militias is over. The head of the delegation says that Mahamid’s statement is just a personal opinion and doesn’t represent the delegation. [Dorar] [ZamanAlWasl] 

Later on, the Opposition High Commission for Negotiations issued a statement saying it fired Khalid Al-Mahamid. [SyriaNow] 

DaeshDaily comment. Without taking sides in the argument, we could note that the so-called Free Syrian Army consisted of multiple and not necessarily coordinated militias opposed to the Syrian government. It does seem that they have abandoned that mission, absorbed largely into Turkey’s self-serving campaign against the Syrian Kurds. The remaining anti-Assad militias are with the Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra-led Tahrir Al-Sham organization and its rival Ahrar Al-Sham organization, fighting primarily in Idlib and largely against each other, having been pushed out of Aleppo; and the politically moderate south-Syria opposition groups, many of them supported by the US and the Coalition, at least until the recent US announcement that US support was being withdrawn. 

Much of the Russian maneuvering on behalf of Assad has been to sideline the opposition militias while helping Syria to defeat Daesh in tacit cooperation with the Coalition. This is where the deconfliction zones come in. The apparent goal is that by the time Daesh is gone, the anti-Assad militias will have mostly withdrawn or become ineffective. This will allow Assad to isolate the radical Sunni opposition, negotiate the recovery of territory held by the SDF and YPG, and resume his authority over all of Syria. The US is cooperating with this strategy even as it opposes Assad’s continuation in office.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (14), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and in Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

More than 300 Iraqi refugees and Syrian displaced people arrived at the Al-Hawl Camp in Hasaka after the PYD allowed them to cross from the Rajm Sulaibi area on the Iraqi border. The PYD had prohibited movement to the camp since Eid in late June. [ZamanAlWasl]   

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle west of Al-Hawl with an IED, killing two fighters inside. [DENAugust3]   

   

Raqqa

Raqqa city

South Raqqa. The SDF captured the rest of Al-Hisham in south Raqqa, located on the north bank of the Euphrates River. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The SDF advanced also in Nazla Shuhada, which adjoins Hisham to the west. Daesh tried to stop the advances with vehicle bombs, but intense Coalition airstrikes foiled Daesh attempts. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Further toward the southwest, SDF units advanced in Hay Al-Dar’iya, and also in Al-Tawasu’iya, in northwest Raqqa. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

A field source says Daesh conducted several suicide attacks with vehicle bombs and explosives vests in Raqqa, killing or wounding SDF fighters. [ARA]

Daesh says it killed around forty SDF fighters and destroyed 4 military positions, a Humvee, and 2 cars in a suicide attack on the Al-Hal market in southeast Raqqa. [A3maq] Daesh says the attack targeted SDF fighters who were preparing for an attack on the Al-Rashid neighborhood. [A3maq] 

Here Daesh says one of its Tajik suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in the Al-Hal Market with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding forty fighters and destroyed a Humvee, 2 vehicles, and 4 positions. Daesh publishes aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNAugust3]

 

Elsewhere in Raqqa. The SOHR says six SDF fighters and 10 Daesh terrorists were killed in the Raqqa battles during the last few hours. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh targeted SDF units in SDF-held Al-Mashlab in east Raqqa with 2 vehicle bombs. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters with an IED near Al-Idkhar Circle in west Raqqa. [A3maq] 

Daesh says its snipers killed three SDF fighters and wounded three others in different areas in Raqqa city. [DMNAugust3]

 

Airstrikes. Government sources say five civilians were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa. [SyriaNow] 

 

Eight civilians from the same family were reported killed by a Coalition airstrike that struck a house in Al-Thakana in west Raqqa. [Qasioun] The SOHR confirms that Coalition planes killed a woman and seven children from the same family. [SyriaHR]

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on Hay Al-Thakana and Harat Al-Badou in Raqqa city. The video shows civilian casualties, including children. [A3maq] 

 

SDF special units freed tens of civilians who were trapped in Old Raqqa. The units also retrieved the bodies of civilians who were killed by Daesh land mines and snipers. [Hawar] 

 

YPG sources say a new group of Yazidi female fighters arrived at Raqqa to participate in the liberation battles on the third anniversary of the start of the massacre of Yazidi people in Sinjar. [Hawar] 

 

East of Raqqa

Russian planes launched more than 40 airstrikes on villages and towns south and east of Raqqa. Large numbers of civilians left the areas while the Syrian Army, supported by foreign militias, advanced. [Qasioun]   

 

A Russian news agency issues a video of Syrian Army units in areas east of Raqqa. [SyriaNow]   

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

SDF units responded to the shelling of the Turkish Army on areas in Afrin by rocketing Mare’ city and Kaljibrin village (video). [Hawar]

SDF shelling destroyed a Turkeybacked militia’s headquarters in Kaljibrin (video). [Hawar] 

 

Heavy battles erupted between SDF units and Turkey backed opposition groups on the west outskirts of Mare’ city. [Qasioun] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Warplanes targeted several areas east of Salmiya. Battles in the area continued between the Syrian Army, supported by militias, and Daesh. [SyriaHR] 

 

Homs

The spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense says the ministry and opposition groups agreed to establish a new deescalation zone in north Homs. It says the new area contains 84 cities, towns, and villages inhabited by more than 147,000 people. The agreement excluded Daesh and Nusra. [Hawar]

Informed sources say the agreement gave an ultimatum to Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) to leave two villages northeast of Homs by September. [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

The SOHR says that both the Syrian Army and opposition groups violated the cease-fire, which started at noon, in several areas north of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian Army units and allied militias captured several residential buildings in Sukhnah city. Several Daesh terrorists were killed in heavy battles on the southern outskirts of the city, according to government sources. Russian aircraft launched several airstrikes on the western outskirts of Sukhnah. [Qasioun] 

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian Army officer and two soldiers in clashes on Al-Shumariya Mountains, east of Homs. [DENAugust3]

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian soldier in clashes east of the Al-Hail oilfield, east of Homs. [DMNAugust3]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Daesh issued a statement imposing compulsory military service on all men 20-30 years old in Deir Ez-Zor Province. Daesh says the new recruits will attend quick religious and military seminars without the need for military training in camps. Daesh says anyone who doesn’t respond within a week will be punished. The statement said there will be recruitment offices in Mayadin, Ashara, Buqris, Quriya, and Subaikhan in Mayadin District; and in Tabni, Khadra, and Albu Lail. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. This is precedent-setting decision and shows Daesh’s level of desperation. We wonder why Deir Ez-Zor city and Albu Kamal were excluded.  

 

Unidentified planes killed twelve civilians and wounding tens in airstrikes in Tabni subdistrict west of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun] 

Government forces clashed with Daesh west of Deir Ez-Zor. The Syrian Army is 20 km (12.5 miles) away from Tabni. [Qasioun]

Field sources say fifteen civilians, including twelve from the same family, were killed, and thirty wounded in a Russian airstrike on Al-Khan, east of Tabni. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi] 

 

A family of five members were killed and another family severely wounded by a land mine near Al-Sur city east of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh had planted hundreds of land mines in the area to prevent people from leaving. [Qasioun] 

 

A local activist says Daesh ambushed and captured more than 50 families near Abu Khashab. They say the families were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Qasioun] 

 

Planes targeted two Daeshcontrolled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city, in addition to Tal Aloush south of the city. [Dorar] 

 

Government sources say the Daesh emir of “Islamic police” of Deir Ez-Zor fled to an unknown area. The sources say his predecessor had also fled a few days ago. [SyriaNow]  

 

Local sources say local people killed 3 Daesh terrorists, including 2 foreigners, in the Old Airport area, in Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow] 

 

Local sources say unknown people raised the Syrian flag at a traffic circle near the northern entrance of Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow]

 

Government sources say three civilians, including a child, were killed and thirteen others wounded by Daesh rocketing on government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. [SyriaNow] 

 

Syrian Army units and allied militias captured 1 km east of the Al-Maqaber area, killing or wounding Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow] 

 

Syrian Army artillery and warplanes targeted Daesh positions in several areas south and west of Deir Ez-Zor, killing or wounding terrorists and destroying a machine gunmounted vehicle. [SyriaNow] 

 

Heavy battles erupted after Daesh attacked the Battalion 137 Camp area. Daesh used a vehicle bomb in the attack. Planes targeted Daesh positions in the area. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a “Syrian Army position” in the Al-Rusafa area in Deir Ez-Zor city, with a rocket. [ICDNAugust3]

 

Mayadin

Local sources say 4 Daesh terrorists were killed in internal fighting in Mayadin city. [SyriaNow]

 

Albu Kamal

Local sources say a senior Daesh Iraqi commander was killed in internal fighting in Albu Kamal city. [SyriaNow]

 

Aircraft targeted several areas on the outskirts of Albu Kamal city. [Dorar]  

 

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

Usud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmed Al-Abdou forces issued a joint statement saying they belong to the “southern front” of the Free Syrian Army. They refuted media reports about the Coalition asking them to stop their military operations against the government and the Iranian militias, saying that they don’t belong to the Coalition. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, shelled a house in the Jillen area, killing three anti-government opposition fighters and wounding others. [SyriaHR] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Hezbollah issued a statement saying its mission to end the presence of the Nusra Front (Tahrir Al-Sham) on the Lebanon-Syria border is complete. [EnabBaladi] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed eight Philippine soldiers in two areas of Marawi. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

 

In a rather unusual report, Daesh admits that 7 members of its Moro National Liberation Front, including 2 officers, were killed and 11 wounded in clashes in Bosaw village in Maguindanao. [A3maq]   

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Syria

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

 

Daesh published the 92nd issue of its Naba magazine. Daesh reports about its operations in Iraq, Syria, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Yemen, Nigeria, and Tunisia. It also calls on its supporters to attack Coalition embassies all over the world. For the first time, Naba publishes a couple of non-Daesh reports. [ICDNAugust3] 

August 2, 2017

 

Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Airstrikes kill senior Daesh commander, 15 other terrorists, in Tal Afar. [..]

Syria

SDF troops from east, west Raqqa close to converging. [..]

US Syria envoy issues warning on Al-Qaeda affiliate in Idlib. [..]

Two Coalition-backed armed groups claim victory over Syrian Army in desert area. [..]

Afghanistan

Daesh attack on Shia mosque in Herat kills at least 29, wounds 64. [..]

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Al-Ahrar, the Sadrist CoR bloc, issued a statement saying it was surprised that Article 21 of the Provincial Elections Law passed. It says the law cements the dominance of the big parties and prevents any attempts of reform driven by the people. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The article confirms the use of the Sainte-Laguë method, which takes the votes of small parties that don’t pass a certain threshold and allocates them to bigger parties as part of a proportional representation system. The system still leaves a lot of room for minor party representation, one major purpose of a proportional representation system.

 

A security source says security units arrested the Deputy Minister of Industry in Baghdad without giving the reason. [Sumaria] 

 

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

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured a person on terrorism charges in Baghdad center. [Etejah] 

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says three civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a wholesale market in the Bawi area, in Mada’in. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

Daesh publishes two photos of targeting an Iraqi Army armored vehicle with an IED in the Sayyid Abdullah area. [ICDNAugust2] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it targeted a Tribal PMF vehicle carrying a commander and several fighters with an IED in Hit city. [DMNAugust2]

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

A security source says artillery units at the Ain Al-Assad Base shelled Daesh positions in Anah. The source also says Daesh targeted the Al-Saqra area with mortars. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF Press says PMFs shelled Daesh positions in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing several terrorists and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. [Ghad] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It also says it destroyed a PMF SUV with an SPG9 rocket on the same road. [DMNAugust2]

 

Tikrit

The Military Intelligence Service says its units found 62 IEDs and other explosives in the Dhiba’i area. [Etejah] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it targeted the Shia village” of Zaghniya Kabira with 3 mortars. Daesh publishes photos of the shelling. [DMNAugust2] [ICDNAugust2]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of the Muqdadiya District Council says security units concluded a search in 5 villages east of the city, finding a Daesh guesthouse and defusing an IED. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Diyala Police says its EOD units defused an IED planted in a market in Qara Tapa. [Ghad] 

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Central Mosul

A security source says a man and his son were killed and his other son wounded when a Daesh leftover IED exploded on them in their house in Bab Al-Jadid. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest Mosul

A security source says Iraqi Army 9th division captured 20 Daesh suspects in Hay Al-Tanak. [Baghdadia]

 

East Mosul

A security source says the Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell arrested a woman in east Mosul who has operated 7 electricity generators on behalf of Daesh. [Baghdadia] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A local source says a senior Daesh commander, responsible for training camps, was killed by an airstrike on a Daesh convoy in west Tal Afar. [Sumaria] 

A DaeshDaily source says 4 foreign terrorists were also killed in the airstrike. The source also says 12 more terrorists were killed when unidentified airplanes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Tal Afar. 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters near the Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq] 

 

Baaj

The PMF Press says Iraqi Army 28th brigade destroyed a Daesh mortar unit in the Tal Safouk area on the border. [Ghad] 

  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source says two Electricity Directorate engineers were wounded by a roadside IED in the Maamel area, in Iskandariya. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and in Albu Kamal (1). [