An Update On ISIS Activities

February 8, 2017

 

PMF Fighters in Ninewa

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Jubouri calls for international conference on Mosul reconstruction. [..]

Daesh makes major attack on PMFs in Al-Daur. [..]

Pentagon spokesman says Daesh militants now trapped in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh burns 10 civilians to death in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh takes significant casualties in battles with PMFs near Tal Afar. [..]

Turkey

Trump, Erdogan hold telephone conference on Syria strategy. [..]

Syria

Coalition drops 31 airstrikes on Syria in one day. [..]

SDF moves forward in one area near Raqqa; faces stiff opposition in another. [..]

Turkish coalition, Syrian Army keep advancing in Al-Bab area. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh in fierce combat over Homs airport, oilfields. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh, opposition militias battle in East Qalamoun. [..]

Afghanistan

Daesh attack on Kabul appeals court kills at least 20. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraq’s parliament speaker Al-Jubouri called for setting up a rapid reconstruction plan to return to normal life in Mosul. He called for holding an international conference for reconstructing Iraq under the auspices of the federal government, and in coordination with international organizations and countries interested in reconstruction of Iraq. [Anadolu]

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad, demanding changes in the elections law and replacement of current members of the Independent High Electoral Commission. [Sumaria] 

The Iraqi CoR (parliament) building was evacuated today, after large demonstrations by Sadrist, Civil Movement, and other started in downtown Baghdad. Some CoR officials say that the reason was to allow CoR members and staff to return to their homes, before there were road blockages; others say it was evacuated out of fear that demonstrators would breaking into it, as happened late last year. [Hawar]

 

Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said that tests have confirmed that Daesh was making rudimentary chemical weapons at the University of Mosul.

He says the Iraqis have now run tests on the chemicals and these proved positive for sulphur mustard.

Mosul University was “central to the (Daesh) chemical weapons program,” Davis said. “They have received positive samples; that is indeed what was going on there.”

Davis said he was not aware of anyone having been killed by the chemicals.

“It was used primarily as an irritant and something to scare people,” he said. [Hawar] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (9), Kirkuk (1), Rutba (1), and Qayara (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

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

The BOC says 44th army brigade found and defused an IED in an empty yard in Sumer neighborhood. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in Khanasa, in Mada’in District, wounding three civilians. [Sumaria] 

A police source says two persons were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 42nd army brigade found and defused an IED in Al-Wahda neighborhood. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 17th army division defused an IED and found an explosives cache during a search campaign in Karaghoul and Ubaid. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 17th army division found a rocket pile in Karakza based on informant’s information. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says four people were wounded when an IED exploded near a medical center in Hay Al-I’lam. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says armed men kidnapped a construction materials shop owner in Ameriya. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says a civilian was killed and two others wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded in Hay Al-Shuhada’. [Sumaria] 

 

Local Council of Khaldiya says a large-scale operation to clear war remnants in Khaldiya resulted in defusing 10 booby-trapped houses and tens of IEDs and mines, and finding large quantities of explosives and weapons caches. The operation was based on tips received from local informants. [Maalomah] 

 

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says a roadside IED targeted an army patrol in Kilo 160, on the international expressway. One officer and two soldiers were killed, and two others wounded. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it killed 23 soldiers, destroyed an armored personnel carrier, a minesweeper, and 4 cars in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in the Al-Mudhim area southwest of Haditha. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army and Sahwa fighters attack west of Haditha. Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing 23 soldiers or other fighters, wounding others, and destroying an armored personnel carrier, a minesweeper, and 4 military vehicles, forcing the attackers to retreat. [Top4Top]

 

The Commander of the “River Police” force in Haditha says his units, supported by Army and Tribal Mobilization units, attacked Daesh units planning to bomb Haditha with Katyusha rockets across Haditha Lake. The Iraqi units captured 8 rockets and 8 rocket launching platforms. The operation was executed on intelligence tips. [Maalomah] 

 

Northwest Anbar

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi forces finished their preparations to liberate Rawa, Anah, and Al-Qa’im. He says the Iraqi Army, Anbar Police and tribal fighters will participate in the battle with support from Coalition airplanes. [BasNews] 

 

Rutba

An Anbar Police source says two policemen were killed and two severely wounded when Daesh attacked their patrol in the Saqar area east of Rutba. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it snipers killed PMF fighters near the Al-Qusour area on the Makhoul Mountains. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha area and 2 nearby villages with 57 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it destroyed and Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and areas north of Baiji with 29 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

A security source says PMF EODs found a large explosives cache in the Thirthar Basin area, west of Samarra. [Sumaria] 

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

A security source says Daesh initiated a wide scale attack on Al-Daur District, starting with the detonation of a vehicle bomb that attacked PMF units followed by mortar shelling of the residential complex in the city. The PMF requested the help of army helicopters. News reports say Daesh made advances in Himrin as well.  [BasNews] 

In a televised interview yesterday, Deputy President Ayad Allawi described the security situation in Al-Daur as catastrophic. [Dijla TV]

 

Contrasting reports on the same story:

The PMF says in a statement it killed 9 suicide bombers who attacked the 9th PMF brigade command in Al-Daur. [Harbi] 

A security source says an Iraqi Army unit killed one suicide terrorist who attacked the 9th brigade headquarters in Al-Daur. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says three of its terrorists, 2 Syrians and an Afghan, attacked the Iraqi Army 9th brigade headquarters in Al-Daur. It says after 3 hours of battles with explosive vests, they killed 32 soldiers, and destroyed a bulldozer and 3 houses of PMF commanders and a 4th house that belongs to a member of the Intelligence Service on the outskirts of Al-Daur. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A PMF commander says his units, supported by IAA aircraft, destroyed a Daesh convoy in the Imam Wais area north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says security units captured a weapons and explosives cache in Al-A’ali village, in the Sinsil area just northwest of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A Diyala Provincial Council member says 18,000 people are suffering because of the lack of medical services in the Himrin Basin area. The area is still infected with terrorists. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a policeman was assassinated near his house in Hay Ronaki in east Kirkuk. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A local source says Daesh executed two young men in public in downtown Hawija on charges of spying for government forces. [Maalomah] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

West Mosul

The Pentagon says Daesh militants in west Mosul are out of options, except for surrendering or getting killed. It says Daesh has totally lost the east side, and that its supply routes from the west and south are cut off. It added that Coalition forces would continue bombing Daesh targets in west Mosul until it is liberated in full, according to spokesman Jeff Davis. 

Davis also says tests proved that Daesh used Mosul University labs to produce mustard gas weapons. He added that such materials are different from the fatal chemical weapons used in WW1, and there is no evidence of casualties from of the use of such weapons. He says Daesh has moved its production facilities elsewhere. 

Davis says Daesh has some remaining militants hiding underground or in sleeper cells and who attack Iraqi forces every now and then, and is using drones to throw hand grenades on Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] 

 

A military source says Daesh burned ten civilians to death on charges of cooperating with army forces through mobile phones.  The execution took place in Wadi Hajar in southwest Mosul. [Arabi21]

 

Daesh imposed a curfew in Wadi Okab in west Mosul and blocked the roads leading to the area. Daesh terrorists were deployed while vehicles loaded with blue barrels, that might contain explosives materials, arrived in the area. [Buratha] [Buratha] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is an industrial area. 

 

The Ninewa Liberation Commander says the preparations to liberate the west side of Mosul are done and Iraqi forces are waiting orders from Prime Minister Abadi. [Sumaria] 

 

Local sources say Daesh distributed expired medications to children in Wahda neighborhood west of Mosul and filmed the event to show that everything is normal on the west side of the city. [Harbi] 

Sources in west Mosul say Daesh closed down all hisbah police offices in west Mosul and sent their personnel to the fighting fronts. [BasNews] 

The IWMC says Iraqi F16s destroyed the HQ of Daesh’s “Diwan Al-Jund” (ministry of defense) in the 17th of July neighborhood in west Mosul. [SotIraq]

North Mosul

A JOC source says Iraqi forces shot down 3 Daesh drones in different areas in north Mosul. He also says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists who tried to infiltrate Al-Rashidiya. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi Army soldiers in Hay Al-Dhubat and Al-Qubba villages. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a rocket near Al-Qubba village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a bomb dropped by a drone in Al-Ghabat and says it wounded a soldier. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a bomb dropped by a drone near Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Are these examples of using drones to drop grenades as indicated above by the Pentagon spokesman?

 

East Mosul

CTS says its soldiers engaged a Daesh group in Darkazliya neighborhood in east Mosul, killing 16 of them and arresting 17 others, including suicide bombers. The CTS units were doing a search operation when the battle erupted. [BasNews] 

 

A security source says a Daesh drone strike on Hay Al-Jaza’er killed a civilian and wounded six others including five volunteers who were distributing food items. The source also says thirteen more people were wounded, including six tribal PMF fighters, by a Daesh drone bombing on Hay Al-Arabi and Sayidaty Al-Jamila Square. [Sumaria] 

Another source says four civilians were wounded, one of them severely, by a Daesh drone strike on a soccer field in Hay Al-Jaza’er. [Harbi] 

 

One civilian was killed and six wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling from west Mosul on Al-Nour, Muhandisin, and Sukkar in east and north Mosul, local sources say. [Buratha] 

 

A security source says three civilians were killed in Al-Malayin neighborhood in east Mosul by mortar shells fired from the west side. [Waradana]

 

A security source says army units blocked a Daesh attempt to cross the Tigris to the Baath, Mazare’, and Sumer neighborhoods on the east side. An army unit confronted the attack and killed several attackers. [Buratha] 

A security force says warplanes destroyed a Daesh boat in the Tigris River killing 4 terrorists. The source says the terrorists wanted to sneak from the west side of Mosul to the east side. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it targeted the Ninewa International Hotel with heavy weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 47 mortars and 12 SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Daesh drone attacks on Sayidaty Al-Jamila, Al-Arabi, and Jaza’er neighborhoods killed one and wounded 19, included 5 Tribal Mobilization fighters. [Buratha]

 

Southeast Mosul

International Human Rights Organization says in a report that Daesh used Al-Salam Hospital as a military operations base, exposing doctors, nurses, and medical staff to grave danger. It says Daesh applied similar policies to different health facilities it occupied in various parts of Iraq. It called all combat forces to respect health centers and the services they provide, and at least provide a warning before attacking them. [Maalomah] 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh HQ in the Albu Saif area just south of the city. [SotIraq] 

 

IFP says it shot down a Daesh drone near Al-Adhba village in Hammam.  [Harbi] 

 

PMFs say they blocked with IFP assistance a Daesh attack near Al-Hajaf village south of Tal Abta. The defenders killed 20 Daesh militants and destroyed three vehicles. [Maalomah] 

Daesh says it killed more than 30 PMF fighters, burned down 2 Humvees and a vehicle, and captured weapons in its attack. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video and photos of the attack. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed Iraqi forces‘ Humvee, bulldozer, armored personnel vehicle, and 4 vehicles, and damaged an Abrams tank and 5 other vehicles in Grad rocketing on Tal Abta. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 aerial photos of the results of the attack. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Reality is that Daesh is not winning in southwestern Mosul subdistrict. However, the persistence of attacks in this area, along with other recent PMF desert stories, suggest that much of the anti-Daesh battle is now along Daesh desert  supply routes, stretching all the way back to western Salahuddin. Relate this story to the Pentagon analysis above saying that Daesh supply routes from the west and south are now cut off.

 

Shura/Qayara

The IFP commander says IFP units found a large explosives cache in Shura. [Harbi] 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Falih Al-Fayadh, national security advisor to the prime minister, says Daesh is defeated in Iraq, even in the eyes of its sponsors. He also says that after liberation of Tal Afar, the PMF will assist in controlling border areas between Iraq and Syria.  [SyriaNow]

 

PMFs attacked a Daesh convoy between Um Al-Shatan and Musaltan villages near Tal Afar, destroying two vehicles and killing 8 Daesh combatants. The villages are 8 and 6 km away, respectively, from PMF units. [Harbi] 

 

A security source in Ninewa says IAF planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying mortar guns and a Daesh guesthouse in the Sahaji area, south of Badoush. [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says army helicopters killed 21 Daesh combatants, including 4 suicide attackers, and destroyed 3 vehicles and a mortar unit in Um Al-Zanabir, southwest of Tal Afar. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says one of its drones bombed an Iraqi forces barracks and armored vehicle southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on a PMF military position near the Tal Afar Airport. [JustPaste]

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMFs positions in Al-Saadiya village north of Hatra. Daesh says the terrorists killed 3 fighters, destroyed 3 military positions and 3 machine gunmounted vehicles, and captured weapons and ammunition before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Local sources in Hatra told DaeshDaily that Daesh looted government directorate buildings and moved the furniture to Syria. The sources also say Daesh is digging tunnels in some locations between Hatra and Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish President Erdogan and President Trump spoke by phone for over 45 minutes, and they agreed to act jointly regarding Al-Bab and Raqqa in Syria, and USproposed safe areas in Syria. The new CIA Director will arrive in Turkey tomorrow to discuss combating terror and US support for the PYD/YPG, among other issues. [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish President’s spokesman says the Turkish Army submitted a plan to the Coalition to kick Daesh out of Raqqa. He also says the coordination with the Coalition regarding airstrikes during the last 10 days was better than before. He also says Turkey aims to establish a safe zone between Azaz and Jarabulus. [ARA] 

 

In a press conference held with Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir, Turkey’s foreign minister Mawlud Jawish Oglo proposed sending special units from regional countries and the Coalition to liberate Raqqa. Oglo says depending on terrorist groups (referring to YPG) to defeat other terrorist groups is bad for the future of Syria. He also referred to the telephone conversation between President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump, which discussed mutual relations and the war on terror, describing it as very fruitful. He says liberating Al-Bab, Raqqa, and Mosul is a priority in the coming stage to defeat Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Tartus, the most important Syrian seaport, is a pillar of government forces in Syria. The city lost 18 soldiers and four officers in battles against Daesh in the T4, Deir Ez-Zor, and Aleppo battles during this month. Total casualties suffered by the city’s servicemen since 2011 is over 4,200. [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment. This would seem to highlight the absurdity of Assad’s win-at-all-costs military strategy.

 

The Syrian Ministry of Justice denied the Amnesty International report that 13,000 prisoners were executed in Sednaya prison north of Damascus. The ministry says that executions in Syria must be reviewed by several levels of judicial courts. It described the report as an attempt to defame Syria after its victories against terror groups. [ARA]

 

Watan, the Turkish daily, claims that the US supplied the YPG with sophisticated (FMG-148 Javelin) anti-tank missiles and launchers, despite the US denial. Several interested social media sites and blogs published photos of Kurdish fighters carrying such weapons in various operations. Turkey earlier complained about the use of such weapons by the PKK against its forces. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 31 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (20), Palmyra (2), Al-Bab (6), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve] 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Sources in Markada say Daesh paid $150 to each of its suicide attackers as an incentive to be ready for coming operations. The sources say this comes after an increase in the desertion rate among Daesh militants. [ARA]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says heavy battles continued between the SDF, supported by Coalition planes, and Daesh north of Al-Tabaqa. It also says battles continued north and northeast of Raqqa. It says Daesh is trying to regain what it lost in those areas. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh counterattacked in Suwaidiya, Hamareen, and Wadyan villages north of Tabaqa, liberated by SDF forces back in December. The battles are still ongoing, with no report of results or casualties. [Hawar]

 

SDF forces backed by Coalition planes took over Ma’aizila village east of Raqqa after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh militants in the city. The fighting moved to Melikhan village northeast of Raqqa, with the participation of Coalition planes. [Qasioun]

 

SDF says its forces occupied two strategic hills near Khaniz village and are now 11 km (7 miles) away from Raqqa to the north. In the second battle area northeast of Raqqa, SDF is reported to be surrounding Daesh militants in Melikhan, 22 km (14 miles) from Raqqa, where fierce battles continue. [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes initiated 15 air attacks in support of advancing SDF units in Raqqa, destroying several tunnels and killing 8 Daesh combatants.  [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped an SDF attack east of Bir Said village, northeast of Raqqa, killing nine fighters. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the SDF attacked the area with “American armored vehicles”. It also says it destroyed an armored vehicle and an SUV with 2 rockets. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

An old man was killed, and his son and grandson wounded, in a Daesh land mine explosion in Ayn Eissa, southwest of Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

The SOHR says three people, including a woman and a child, were killed by rockets that fell on the government controlled Hay Al-Hamdaniya in Aleppo city. [SyriaHR] 

 

Ahrar Al-Sham and Suqoor Al-Sham attacked the positions of the Jaish Al-Sunna militia in Tarmala, southeast Idlib, taking over their positions, and killing and capturing several of their militants. The attack came after the announcement by Jaish Al-Sunna that it was joining the Tahrir Al-Sham coalition headed by Nusra. Three other 3 militant factions also announced joining the Tahrir Al-Sham coalition yesterday. [ARA]

 

Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions near Khanasir southeast of Aleppo, killing 16 soldiers and destroying two vehicles. Daesh militants withdrew after capturing quantities of light weapons. The battle comes within efforts to control supply lines to Aleppo on the KhanasirAthariya front. [ARA]

Syrian planes attacked civilian targets in Idlib and Benin village south of the area, wounding two civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army BMP armored vehicle with a rocket in the Draihem area east of Khanasir. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab

Turkey says that opposition units backed by the Turkish Army entered the western outskirts of Al-Bab, after capturing the Aqil Mountain, western roundabout, and Al-Sakan Al-Shababi areas. It says battles are raging inside the western part of the city between advancing forces and Daesh militants. It acknowledged that Syrian government forces are advancing south of the city with the support of Russian planes. [Anadolu]

Street-to-street battles are raging inside the western parts of Al-Bab city for the control of the city between opposition units and Daesh combatants.  [Qasioun]

Turkish backed opposition militiamen entered Al-Bab from the northwest and southwest against fierce resistance from Daesh militants. Turkey and its affiliated groups also attacked Baza’a and Qabasin, with no further reports. 

 

After capturing the National Hospital and Aqil Mountain in west Al-Bab, opposition commanders say they found secret Daesh tunnels connecting the mountain and the hospital to locations inside the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Turkish Army reported two of its soldiers killed today in battles against Daesh militants near Al-Bab. This adds to the two killed and 15 wounded earlier today. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish artillery targeted 189 targets in Al-Bab while its planes attacked 65 others, killing 58 militants. Turkey says Coalition planes initiated 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Al-Bab, destroying several Daesh buildings and vehicles. [Anadolu]

 

Syrian Army occupied two more villages south of Al-Bab, after losing 24 soldiers in the fighting. [Hawar]

The Syrian government announced further advances south of al-Bab after capturing Tuman village. [SyriaNow]

Local activists say Daesh suffered severe casualties in the battle for control of Birat Al-Bab village near Tadif, southeast of Al-Bab, taken by Syrian Army units. They also say Russian planes killed several Daesh militants in Tadif, Birat Al-Bab and Bijan. Government forces also destroyed a civilian car in the Awaishiya villages area, killing five civilian from one family inside. [ARA]

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket in Al-Awaishiya village southeast of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

An Erdogan spokesman says Turkey is discussing with Russia how to avoid any frictions between Turkish and Syrian forces in Al-Bab city. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attack on the Al-Sakan Al-Shababi area west of Al-Bab. It also says it stopped a 4th attack on Baza’a town. Daesh says the Turkish Army and opposition groups achieved a “minor advance” in the two areas but they were forced to retreat because of heavy opposition. It also says Syrian Army and opposition groups captured Al-Jabal Hospital and parts of Aqil Mountain. It says the battles are still ongoing. 

Daesh says the attack was conducted with support from “American planes” that launched a series of attacks in different areas in Al-Bab city and its surroundings, in addition to airstrikes conducted by Turkish planes. It also says Turkish Army artillery extensively targeted the city. It says five families consisting of 30 people in total, were killed and several others wounded by the bombing and shelling. Daesh says it attacked the Qabr Al-Muqri Hill and Turkish Army barracks east of Al-Bab. It says it destroyed several Turkish Army vehicles in heavy fighting and captured the hill temporarily before retreating. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh put all these stories in one report titled: “A Turkish-American-Russian-Syrian attack on Al-Bab and its surroundings.”  

 

Daesh issues a video and photos of an attack on the Turkish Army and opposition groups near Al-Muqri Hill east of Al-Bab. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Afrin

Turkish Army expanded its presence in two border villages in Afrin to 500 meters deep. The Turks are building a wall along the border between Syria and Turkey. The wall is 600 m length now, composed of 3×3 concrete blocks. [Hawar]

According to Hawar, the Haji Matra village population, located 7 km (4 miles) northwest of Derik lost most of their agricultural and grazing lands due to the Turkish border wall project which entered deep into their areas. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles between Daesh and government forces backed by planes and helicopters continued in Jahar, Al-Muhur, and Bayarat with all kinds of weapons. Government forces shelled Al-Waar neighborhood in Homs for the second day. [Hawar]  

Syrian air attacks on Al-Waar left 8 civilians killed and 25 wounded. [Qasioun]

 

Local activists say Daesh killed 11 government soldiers and wounded tens of others in battles around the T4 airport and Hayan gas factory. Daesh lost two combatants killed, and had four wounded. Daesh also destroyed two army vehicles in battles near Jahar junction and Baydha Al-Sharqiya. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says battles continued near the Hayan Company and other areas east of Homs between Daesh and the Syrian Army. It says the Syrian Army heavily targeted Daesh positions in the area. It also says several Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded by land mines and IEDs. [SyriaHR] 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the Syrian Army near Hayan Company. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says ten Syrian Army soldiers and militia men were killed after entering a land mine field near the Al-Baidha Intersection east of the T4 Airport. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Battles between Daesh and government forces continued around Al-Maqaber, south of Deir Ez-Zor, under heavy artillery fire and airstrikes by the Syrian planes. News reports report casualties in both sides. [Hawar]

Daesh published a video showing the 14 government soldiers killed in a Daesh ambush near Deir Ez-Zor yesterday. Syrian Army continued its offensive on Daesh areas in Maqaber, backed by Russian planes. Russian ambassador to Damascus says Syrian forces are holding firm in Dei Ez-Zor, and that he does not want to talk about possibilities of a Daesh takeover of the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [ARA]

Syrian Army says its planes attacked Daesh targets in seven locations. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city with mortars and tank shells. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

A local journalist says Daesh executed four New Syria Army soldiers in Al-Sabha village west of Deir Ez-Zor on Tuesday night. He says the four victims had already defected from the army and “repented’ but Daesh executed them after accusing them of “false repentance” and communicating with the international Coalition. [ARA]

 

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

The SOHR says battles continued between the Syrian Army and allied militias on one side, and Daesh on the other side near the Al-Seen Military Airport in east Qalamoun and other areas on the road between Damascus and Al-Tanaf. It also says battles continued in East Qalamoun between Daesh and opposition groups in Al-Afa’i Mountain. [SyriaHR] 

 

Battles between Daesh and opposition forces erupted east of Qalamoun. Casualties are reported among Daesh militants, without specifying numbers. [Hawar]

Opposition forces in east Qalamoun recaptured 3 strategic positions from Daesh after a sudden attack initiated yesterday. 5 Daesh militants were killed and 7 wounded. Daesh also lost two vehicles. The opposition advance was halted by heavy rains in the area. [ARA]

Opposition forces arrested a 16 year old young man carrying an explosives belt in the city of Muzayrib west of Daraa. The area contains IDP groups and some opposition military HQs. The boy, believed to have announced allegiance to Jaish Khalid (Daesh affiliate), was planning a suicide attack. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says the Syrian Army and opposition groups launched a joint attack from two sides on Al-Afa’i Mountain in East Qalamoun northeast of Damascus. It says the Syrian Army and Shia militias tried to advance from the Taniyat Hit area and the 555 battalion camp east of the Al-Nasiriya Military Airport. It says opposition groups attacked from the Al-Batra area south of the airport. Daesh says that after hours of fighting the attackers were forced to retreat without achieving any results. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the attack was near the battalion 559 camp. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say the body of a 29-year-old man was found in the Street 20 area in Arish city. [AhlMisr]

 

Security sources say a 21-year-old woman was killed and a 22-year-old man were wounded by unknown armed men in the Al-Tayra area in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say three soldiers were wounded in heavy battles while raiding terrorists hideouts in areas south of Arish. [AhlMisr]

 

Libya

Central coast

The GNA Military says it’s in need for EOD equipment in Sirte and asks the government for help. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 6 takfiris in two areas in Aryanah who admitted to communicating with terrorists in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Israel 

The Israeli Army says it intercepted 3 rockets that were launched from Egypt toward Eilat while the 4th one fell in an open area. [Anadolu] 

 

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in two areas in Qifa with mortars and a heavy machine gun. [JustPaste] 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says one of its Tajik suicide terrorists attacked the Appeals Court in Kabul with an explosives vest, killing or wounding sixty judges and workers. Daesh publishes a video of the masked terrorist. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh says the court is kafir (because it depends on civil laws). It also says all the victims were judges or workers, ignoring the fact that civilians also go to the court.  

Officials say at least 20 people were killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

The government said 41 people were injured, 10 of them critically. All of the casualties are civilians.

The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound as employees were leaving to go home, reports say.

The attack came hours after a senior district official in western Farah province was killed in a bombing claimed by the Taliban. [BBC] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of weapons and ammunition it got from an attack on the Afghani Army in the Waj Kot area in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh said on February 3rd that it killed nine Afghan soldiers, destroyed 2 Humvees and a barracks, and captured light weapons and ammunition in an attack on the Waj Kot area south of Jalalabad on Thursday. 

 

Somalia

Daesh says two of its terrorists killed four bodyguards of a pro-government militia leader at a hotel in Bosaso city in east Somalia. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a “group” conducted the attack. It publishes photos of 2 terrorists. [DawaAlhaq] [JustPaste]

Somali officials said on Wednesday that security forces have brought to an end a bomb and gun attack by militants on a village hotel that killed at least 6 people and wounded many more.

The terrorists attacked the hotel predawn and stormed it, killing security guards.

Two attackers were among the dead after the attack, which ended with police shooting the assailants.

An eyewitness says “Three well armed men attacked and fought for hours in the hotel”  

“So far we have confirmed 6 people, 4 soldiers and two assailants, died,” said an official who talked to local media. [Mareeg] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Iraqi forces brought floating bridges in preparation for operations in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

A Rapid Intervention fighter gives children of Mosul haircuts in his spare time. [Facebook] 

 

PMF sources say PMFs shot down a Daesh drone in the Al-Khabirat area south of Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh armored vehicle bomb after a suicide terrorist left it and fled. [Facebook]

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Displaced people received by PMFs near Mosul [Facebook]

 

Four civilians wounded by a Daesh drone in Hay Al-Jaza’er. [Mawsleya]

The IFP shoots down a small Daesh drone. [Afaq]

 

The IFP captures a Daesh explosives cache in the Shura area. [Afaq] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fishing in the Euphrates River. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of it terrorists from Dagestan who might have been killed in Ninewa. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes two photos of a stream in the Yarmouk Basin area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of two of its media members who might have been killed in Sinai. [JustPaste]

February 7, 2017