An Update On ISIS Activities

August 3, 2016

Displaced Yazidis

Today’s Major Developments

UN commission investigation says Daesh still committing genocide against Yazidis.

Speaker Al-Jubouri sues the Minister of Defense.

Daesh counter-attack on Jazeera Khaldiya fails.

Iraqi troops capture key Syria border crossing in western Anbar.

Minister of Defense says Daesh leaders are fleeing Mosul.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from US Vice President Joe Biden, according to a statement from Abadi’s office, and discussed the war against Daesh and the preparation for the Mosul liberation. Biden reportedly expressed the United States’ support for Abadi. The two sides agreed on accelerating the humanitarian and stabilization efforts in the liberated areas to match the pace of the liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

A United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said on Wednesday that Daesh is still committing genocide and other crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq. The commission urged action to prevent further death and suffering. Its report comes on the second anniversary of the Daesh attack on Sinjar.

It also says about 5,000 Yazidi men were killed by Daesh when it took control of Iraq’s northwest two years ago. Thousands more, mostly women and children, were taken into captivity. The commission of inquiry said Daesh’s actions against the Yazidis, including the crime of genocide, are “ongoing.” It called for a refocus on the “rescue, protection of, and care for the Yazidi community.” [ROJ]

 

Speaker Jubouri sued the Minister of Defense for “false accusations and trying to mislead public opinion,” according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. [Mada]

Another Sunni MP also says he sued the Minister. [Rudaw]

The Judicial Council says the General Attorney Office started its procedures to investigate all the officials mentioned by the Minister of Defense. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Corruption is unacceptable in any shape or form. However, anti-corruption efforts should be fair and should include all corrupt officials from all parties. Many Sunni people say the Minister focused his accusations on Sunni leaders, including the highest ranking Sunni official, Jubouri. In this case, however, the accuser is also a Sunni. With Iraq still in the balance, however, this is not a good time to attack the Sunni elected leadership.

 

The Shabak representative in the CoR says he refuses the KRG’s attempts to add the Nineveh Plain to Kurdistan. He says he values the Peshmerga sacrifices in the battle against Daesh but the Kurds shouldn’t force their will on the people of the Plain. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted seven airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq; in and around Qayara (1), Mosul (2), Kasik (1), and Tal Afar (1); and in the Ramadi (1) and Rawa (1) districts. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

A security source says the Intelligence Service captured 2 Daesh cells and confiscated weapons and explosives in south and north Baghdad.  [Mawazin]

 

An MoI source says a PMF fighter was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Hor Rijab, in south Baghdad. [Mada]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 2 vehicle bombs, 147 IEDs and a booby trapped house, and found large quantities of weapons and explosives in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh appears to have turned all of Falluja into a weapons and explosives area. The discoveries keep coming, day by day.

 

The Falluja tribal PMF commander says an Explosives Ordinance Disposal soldier was killed while trying to defuse an IED in Hay Al-Dhubat in Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says two policemen were killed and three severely wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded on them in Qarma. [BasNews]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh military commander of Jazeera Khaldiya and 20 of his associates in an airstrike on a Daesh headquarters. It also says the IAF destroyed a Daesh car bomb-rigging factory in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing ten terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

A Badr commander says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh plan to retake Jazeera Khaldiya, after killing 100 terrorists and capturing more than 40 and confiscating large quantities of weapons hidden in canals and orchards. He says the captives admitted that Daesh ordered them to hide the weapons in order to prepare for a counterattack. [Sumaria]

 

The manager of the Anbar Civil Defense Department says his employees found 15 Daesh rockets loaded with chemical weapons in Ramadi, in addition to hundreds of IEDs.  [Maalomah]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Mayor of Rutba District says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, cleared Al-Waleed subdistrict and the border crossing, killing tens of terrorists. He says Daesh blew up the houses of civilians, army and police personnel, in addition to government buildings and the water purification station. [Mada]

He also says Iraqi forces secured around 500 families from the area. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Waleed town is small but strategically located, and has been described as the primary border checkpoint between Damascus and Baghdad. Control of this location is important to controlling the Iraq-Syria border north and south of Al-Waleed.

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a fuel storehouse, a rocket launcher and a mortar unit in the Qutniya area in Rawa District. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed the Daesh “police” headquarters in Al-Qa’im, killing 10 terrorists. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. These and other stories in recent days indicate that the government and Coalition campaign to recapture northwest Anbar and the Syrian border area is on, even though no official proclamations have been issued.

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says his troops captured 4 terrorists in Kaif village in Dibis subdistrict, west of Kirkuk city, who planned Sunday’s attack on a gas station. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its battles in Kirkuk. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Hawija

A security source says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in the Hawija area, killing 10 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Minister of Defense told Al-Iraqia TV that Daesh leaders are fleeing Mosul towards Erbil and Turkey. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. We have seen a number of similar reports recently. It would add to their credibility if they were more specific.

 

The British Ministry of Defense says the Royal Air Force destroyed a Saddam palace in Mosul that was used by Daesh as a training camp for foreign terrorists. [Ghad]

A video of the airstrike [MailOnline]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh closed down several of its “sharia courts” in Mosul and moved them to nearby mosques after the Coalition bombed 10 of them recently. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says Coalition aircraft destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb-rigging factories in the Wadi Okab area in west Mosul, killing the terrorists inside. [ARA]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in airstrikes on 2 villages in the Qayara area. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Iraqi Humvees near Qayara. [A3maq]

 

The following story might give people some respect for Iraq’s military engineers.

The just-built Qayara Bridge is the only span across the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad. A civilian bridge had spanned the river, but Daesh had been using it so Coalition aircraft destroyed it.

The military bridge gives Iraqi troops mobility, allowing reinforcements and materials to cross easily. It also helps to isolate Daesh. Building it is a key accomplishment in the campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh control, officials in Baghdad said. American combat engineers observed the operation but had no role in building the span, officials noted.

The bridge is about 200 meters long, and the Iraqi military engineers built approaches on either side. They were under fire when they started, but Iraqi soldiers forced Daesh fighters away and construction proceeded, officials in Erbil said. “There was a bit of a bend in it at first, because they anchored it a bit loosely against the current, but they tightened it up and it is working very well now,” one official said.

The engineers also built the defenses for the bridge, and that is important, the official added, as Daesh fighters recognize the strategic importance of the span and have tried to destroy it. Daesh bomb makers hollowed out trees, packed them with explosives, and put them in the river upstream from the bridge. The idea was that the trees would float down the river and explode next to the span. It didn’t work. The Iraqi defenders caught the ploy, and the span was never in danger. Next, Daesh bomb makers packed a refrigerator with explosives and put that in the river. Again, the defenders intercepted the bomb and engineers disposed of the threat. Iraqi engineers also have placed defenses on the downstream side of the bridge.

Daesh terrorists now are reduced to lobbing mortars at the bridge. “They fire two or three shells at a time,” the official said. “They can’t do anymore, because Coalition air power would kill them if they stayed any longer.” [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The manager of the KRG’s Kidnapped Yazidis Office says in a conference in Dahuk, on the second anniversary of Daesh’s capture of Sinjar, that 2,460 Yazidi people have been liberated from Daesh so far, while there are still 3,770 people missing. He also says Daesh is training more than 1,400 Yazidi children to become suicide bombers. He says there are 400,000 Yazidis living under dire conditions in displacement camps. [Sumaria]

The KRG President, Masoud Barzani, says in the same conference that Kurdistan independence is the only way to prevent such massacres in the future. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Notwithstanding that the Yazidi massacre immediately followed the sudden withdrawal of the Peshmerga from Sinjar as Daesh was approaching. Apparently Barzani was not a History major.

 

KURDISTAN

(See story above)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, four in the Manbij area and one near Raqqa. [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Note: There was very little news reported today from Manbij.

 

A local journalist says the Syrian Democratic Forces captured Hay Al-Jazeera in east Manbij after Daesh terrorists withdrew from the area. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed six YPG fighters in Manbij. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says it killed 242 terrorists and captured 6 during the month of July. Eighteen of its fighters were killed. [Hawar]

 

Photos of displaced people in Afrin [Hawar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Authenticity and Development Front, a Coalition-backed Syrian umbrella group, issued a statement saying it fired the New Syria Army from its ranks because of the “recent events.” It also says it will continue its operations in Eastern Syria. [Dorar]

 

Local activists say Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions near Deir Ez-Zor airport but Syrian helicopters targeted Daesh and stopped the attack. Media sources say a Daesh emir was killed by a Syrian airstrike in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say Egyptian troops stopped an attack on a checkpoint in the Dhahir area, south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 3 terrorists. The sources say a soldier was wounded in the attack. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Benghazi. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Central coast

A military source says a Daesh Libyan leader was captured in Zella, a desert town south of Sirte, after he fled with displaced families from the city. [Wasat]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Falah]

 

August 2, 2016

Sirte

Today’s Major Developments

Anbar PC dissolves all tribal councils formed after Daesh takeover.

Iraqi Army trying to clear last Daesh remnants from Jazeera Khaldiya area.

Iraqi Air Force F-16s unleash multi-airstrike attack on Daesh in Al-Qa’im District.

Iraqi forces surround Shirqat; await further exodus of civilians.

Iraqi troops, Coalition airstrikes extend government control south of Qayara.

PYD statement accuses KDP Peshmerga of enabling 2014 Daesh capture of Sinjar.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister’s Abadi spokesman says the PM issued a temporary travel-prohibition order for the officials mentioned in the Minister of Defense’s statement yesterday. The Minister accused Speaker Jubouri and several other MPs of corruption. [Sumaria]

Jubouri’s office issued a statement saying such prohibition requires a court order. [Mada]

The National Powers Alliance, the Sunni CoR coalition, issued a statement defending Jubouri and accusing the Minister of Defense of targeting the legislative authority and the entire political process. It also says it is waiting for the investigation to end before deciding on the Minister’s continued membership in the Alliance. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. There is a lot of history behind the travel-prohibition order. Any number of officials accused of major corruption have escaped Iraq before their cases got to court. They have then been convicted and sentenced in absentia but of course had no intention of returning and chose to live abroad, comfortably supported by their ill-gotten gains.

 

A Christian CoR member says the Nineveh Plain should be kept out of political conflicts and all its people should participate in deciding its future. A Shabak member of the Ninewa Provincial Council had said that the Shabaks would submit a request to the KRG President to join their areas in Nineveh Plain to Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. As with other groups in Ninewa, the leaderships are divided between people who want to join Kurdistan and people who don’t. This “proposal,” quite possibly connived in by Barzani, is rejected by many Shabak leaders.

 

The Estonia Ministry of Defense says it will send 6 advisors to train local police and Iraqi border guards in Anbar. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Mosul (3), Qayara (2), Sinjar (1), and Baghdadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A Baghdad Operations Command officer says MoI intelligence personnel found a fuel tank bomb hidden in an orchard in Talbiya. [BasNews]

A security source says unknown armed on a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian in Rashidiya. [Maalomah]

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and defused 3 IEDs in different areas in Tarmiya. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says unknown armed men broke into a house in Hay Al-Nassr and killed three women inside. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in an industrial area in Talbiya. [Mada]

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

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says one person was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Hay Al-Sihha in Dora. [Mada]

An MoI source says one person was killed and nine others wounded when an IED exploded near a busy  market in Mahmudiya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 17th division continued its operations to clear areas in south Baghdad up to the Falluja District, defusing tens of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Harbi]

 

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

 

ANBAR

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council says the Council decided to dissolve all tribal councils that were formed after 2014 in Anbar because they became “a source of disorder” aimed at destroying the social fabric. Several tribal councils were formed after Daesh captured large areas in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

The IWMC says Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 289 IEDs in the Falluja area. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

A security source says Iraqi forces are in control of Jazeera Khaldiya and have started to clear the area. He refutes recent media reports about Daesh’s continued presence in Jazeera Khaldiya and says that Iraqi forces killed more than 200 Daesh terrorists in its military operations. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces have cleared the vast majority of Jazeera Khaldiya. He says Daesh terrorists are trapped in the Waqa’a area north of Jazeera Khaldiya. Daesh has used that area to launch its rockets on civilians in Khaldiya. [Ghad]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces are also continuing efforts to capture the Daesh fighters who fled the battles. He says Iraqi forces defused tens of IEDs, booby-trapped houses, and roads, and found several car-rigging and IED factories. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces are searching the houses in the Albu Ubaid and Albu Bali areas in Jazeera Khaldiya for the remaining Daesh terrorists. He says most of the terrorists are wearing explosives vests. [IraqPress]

 

The JOC spokesman says the IAA destroyed 5 Daesh vehicle bombs loaded with poisonous materials in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BasNews]

 

A video of Iraqi forces battles in Jazeera Khaldiya [Yalla]

A video of a Daesh tunnel found in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya council says hundreds of people celebrated the liberation of Jazeera Khaldiya in different areas in Ramadi District. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Um Mu’ayyad, an Anbari woman who joined the Sahwa and has been fighting AQI and Daesh since 2006, in Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

The PMF Press says Iraqi forces have also started to clear the Zuwiya area west of Jazeera Khaldiya. [Buratha]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces will start a new military operation in the coming days to get full control of Jazeera Ramadi, which includes the Albu Ali Al-Jassem, Albu Assaf, and Albu Dhiab areas north of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

According to the IWMC:

–      Iraqi forces killed 24 Daesh terrorists, including 8 suicide bombers, and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles and a hideout, in addition to 26 IEDs and a tunnel in Jazeera Khaldiya. It also says the IAA killed 50 Daesh terrorists. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi forces cleared a 3 km road and destroyed 27 IEDs in the Karabla area, and also cleared the Albu Shahab area, including a 5 km road, destroying 76 IEDs. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 22 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 rocket launchers, and defused 33 IEDs, clearing a 4 km road in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Ghad]

–      Iraqi Army 53rd brigade killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb and a construction shovel bomb, and defused 8 IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC also reported that Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters and an ammunition area in the Qurtan area, killing 5 terrorists and wounding 7. [Ghad]

 

The Sistani Office issued a statement mourning the death of one of his representatives who was responsible for providing logistical support for the PMFs in Jazeera Khaldiya. It also mourned the death of a PMF commander, killed with three other fighters while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Shafaqna]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says Jazeera Operations Command troops cleared 7 schools and destroyed 5 IEDs in the Dolab area. [Ghad]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Iraqi Air Force F-16s destroyed Daesh vehicle bomb factories and weapons storehouses in Al-Qa’im, killing tens of terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says an Iraqi F-16 destroyed a Daesh hisbah office, a headquarters, and a “sharia court”, in Al-Qa’im District. [Ghad]

 

Daesh alleges that more than 45 women and children were killed by an American airstrike on Al-Qa’im. [A3maq]

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

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 28th brigade destroyed 7 IEDs and 5 rockets near Rutba. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command says Iraqi forces have surrounded Shirqat and the liberation operations will start in 10 days. It says the operations were postponed because of the unexpected number of displaced people. The Shirqat Mayor says 50,000 people have left their houses in Shirqat and there is only one IDP camp, whose capacity is only 1,000. [Mada]

 

A security source says the IAF destroyed a Daesh convoy of 11 machine gun-mounted vehicles near Shirqat. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 38 Daesh terrorists in the Shirqat area, and destroyed 3 car bomb and IED factories and 2 weapons storehouses. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 92nd brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Tilul Al-Baj area near Shirqat city, destroying 2 vehicle bombs and killing 3 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says the Salahuddin Emergency Police stopped a Daesh attack in Makhoul, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb, and confiscated 50 explosives vests and 50 Grad rockets. [Ghad]

The Salahuddin Operations Command says, however, that three soldiers and a policeman were killed in the battles. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi T72 tank with a guided missile, in the Makhoul area. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Dibis area in Makhoul. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its suicide terrorists, 2 from Turkmenistan and 1 from Tajikistan, who separately attacked Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area. [DawaAlhaq] Daesh publishes photos of one suicide attack with a vehicle bomb conducted by an Iraqi and a Tajik terrorist. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

A local source says an electricity tower was destroyed by IEDs north of Udhaim. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The MoI says a joint security force captured 2 Daesh men wanted on terrorism charges in Kirkuk. It says one of had a Daesh identification document. [Baghdadia]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hisbah headquarters in Hawija District, killing 20 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Daesh issued orders to the government employees in Mosul to go to the battlefield to compensate for its recent losses and its decreasing number of terrorists. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. There are tens of thousands of government employees trapped in Mosul. We don’t think that Daesh could force all of them to join its ranks. However, we think that Daesh is copying Saddam’s “Popular Army” experience, where civilians, especially government employees, were forced to the battlefield; otherwise they would lose their jobs.

He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed the house of a Daesh leader in the New Mosul area on the west side of the city. He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh locations in the Presidential Palaces area on the east side, in addition to Daesh locations in Mosul University, killing or wounding 12 Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh prison in Shura, killing 15 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Daesh is filling trenches in the Ninewa area with crude oil, which it could burn in order to distort the view for pilots. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say unknown people took advantage of the chaos after Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh in Mosul to burn down a Daesh media point in Hay Al-Sukkar. [Karemlash]

 

Local sources say Kata’eb Al-Mosul killed 3 Daesh terrorists in 3 different areas in the city. [Karemlash]

 

The Badr commander says the PMFs will “definitely” participate in Mosul liberation. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

A KDP official says a Coalition plane killed the Daesh military officer of the Nineveh Plain, Abu Abdulla Al-Askari. He says the terrorist was directly responsible for killing civilians, and he recently executed many people trying to escape Daesh controlled areas. [Rudaw]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs heading toward the Qayara Airfield. The Coalition also killed 7 Daesh terrorists near Awsaja village. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared the main road between Qayara Airfield toward Tilul Al-Baj (50 km), and the nearby villages in addition to the Hatra Intersection. It also says the IAA killed tens of Daesh terrorists in Al-Malha village and the Hatra Intersection west of Qayara.  [Baghdadia]

 

A Ninewa Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle near the Hatra Intersection, killing 6 terrorists. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops and Iraqi Army 9th division destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and 3 mortar units and cleared Al-Aghar village near the Hatra Intersection. [Ghad]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh terrorists killed a pregnant woman and captured her four children while the family was trying to escape Marir village toward Iraqi forces in the Qayara Airfield. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 14 Daesh terrorists and wounded another, and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs and 3 other vehicles in the Qayara area. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a group of 15 Daesh terrorists who were moving to attack Iraqi forces in Awsaja village. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed more than 38 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 7 boats, and a weapons storehouse in Al-Houd village. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes destroyed 5 Daesh boats and several mortar units near Jada’a and Safina villages in Qayara. [Ghad]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command captain says Daesh is dumping oil in the Tigris River in the Qayara area in order to pollute the water in Shirqat and other areas. He also says Daesh blew up 8 houses it had used as offices and prisons in Qayara. [BasNews]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces found new Daesh vehicles with Saudi plates in the Qayara area. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issues a video of night battles south of Qayara. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces in areas west of Makhmur and south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh gathering in Hatra District, killing a local Daesh official and destroying a vehicle bomb. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The PYD issues a statement on the 3rd anniversary of the Sinjar massacre against the Yazidis, saying that not only should Daesh be held responsible for the massacre, but so should the KDP’s Peshmerga, who received orders to withdraw suddenly and left the Yazidis defenseless. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement is a broadside in a nasty argument. When the Peshmerga re-emerged to drive Daesh out of Sinjar, the KDP credited itself with saving the Yazidis. However, others remembered that soon after Daesh appeared, the Peshmerga suddenly bailed out for Erbil. This has been confirmed by eyewitnesses. The PYD, which also participated in the Sinjar liberation, but with no Kurdish acknowledgement, and which still has soldiers in Sinjar, is competing with the KRG and KDP for the loyalty of the Yazidis. Of course, Sinjar is officially within the Iraqi Government’s jurisdiction. This is yet another complication in the post-Daesh Ninewa scenario that is getting closer.

 

The Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council says the Council allocated 1 billion Iraqi dinars ($830,000) to support 1,710 Yazidi women who escaped Daesh. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. That’s less than $500 per woman. The PC won’t be accused of being over-generous.

 

The director of Sinjar District says the YPG is still occupying government buildings in Sinjar and is not allowing the KRG’s reconstruction plans. He says the infrastructure destruction in Sinjar is 80% and only 60 families have returned to their houses. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A security source says security forces captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Qurna District and confiscated weapons and ammunition. The source also says the National Security Service captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in a displacement camp in the 5 Mile area. The source says the terrorist admitted he had joined Daesh and participated in moving weapons and ammunition and planting IEDs in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Security sources say the police captured, in Adana, a Syrian driver who was trying to smuggle 9 Daesh terrorists from Trinidad and Tobago into Syria. [SyriaHR]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Three civilians were reported wounded when a leftover Daesh land mine exploded east of Tal Abyad. [Hawar] However, a local YPG commander says the victims were YPG fighters. He says the mine was planted by a Daesh sleeper cell in the area. [ARA]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for detonating a motorcycle bomb in Arisha northeast of Hasaka, claiming it killed five YPG fighters. [A3maq]

The YPG-backed Hawar said yesterday that four civilians were killed and nine others wounded when a parked motorcycle exploded in Arisha village north of Shaddadi. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in the Dibsi area in Raqqa. [Isdarat]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

A Manbij Military Council (MMC) senior commander says the MMC has liberated 80% of Manbij city, freeing 40,000 to 50,000 civilians. He also says the MMC campaign continues 24 hours a day. [Hawar]

 

MMC troops killed 26 Daesh terrorists as they advanced in the Hay Sheikh Aqil neighborhood southeast of Manbij city center and killed 2 terrorists and wounded another in Hay Al-Ghassaniya, 1 km northeast of the city center. [Hawar]

 

Photos from different areas east of Manbij city center after they were liberated from Daesh [Hawar]

 

A video of the MMC Commander meeting his parents for the first time in 2 years after they were liberated in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces captured more than 60% of Manbij, and made strategic advances toward the Syrian-Iraqi border in Hasaka. It also says hundreds of civilians managed to leave the city during the past 24 hours. It says 214 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have been killed so far since the start of the operation. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets near Manbij. [InherentResolve]

 

A Manbij Military Council fighter says Daesh terrorists attacked them on July 29th dressed as MMC fighters, but his troops stopped the attack. [Hawar]

 

The YPG issues a statement mourning two of its fighters, a Brit and a Slovenian, who were killed in the battles against Daesh in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying a YPG bulldozer in Dadat village, north of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of attacks on YPG locations north of Manbij. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

A video of the destruction in Kobane and people’s efforts to reconstruct the city [Hawar]

 

Two civilians were killed and two others wounded by a Turkey-backed opposition group’s shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Eyewitnesses say two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed and two others wounded by snipers in Sheikh Maqsoud. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army southeast of Tadmur. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The Syrian Army and allied militias stopped a Daesh attack on the Barda area, east of Qaryatayn. [SyriaNow]

 

A video of FSA troops fighting Daesh in the East Qalamoun area [YouTube]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

10 Daesh terrorists, including a Belgian, were killed in an attack on Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor city. Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions in the Baghailiye area west of Deir Ez-Zor with a vehicle bomb, then launched a large attack in an attempt to capture the area. Daesh attacked Syrian Army positions in Deir Ez-Zor Airport and Tharda Mountain, trying to prevent the army from sending reinforcement to the southern part of Deir Ez-Zor city. Russian warplanes launched at least 2 airstrikes on the area. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

Media sources say ten Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack, including a major. [EnabBaladi]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian troops targeted Mara’iya town near Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says warplanes, most likely the Coalition’s, bombed Daesh locations in the Albu Khashab area northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Tribal sources say at least 150 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists were killed by airstrikes on the Bala’a and Muqata’a areas in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

A soldier was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

The body of a man who was kidnapped by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis earlier was found beheaded in Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A medical source says an unknown person was killed by an IED in south Arish. [ElWatan]

 

North Sinai Security Directorate captured 5 takfiris in a search in Hay Al-Safa, south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say a soldier was wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle in the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Sinai. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says 17 of his soldiers were killed and 20 wounded by a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in the Qawarsha area, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

Later on, a medical source told Reuters that 22 soldiers were killed and 70 wounded in the attack. [Wasat]

The Shoura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the attack. [Wasat] Daesh has claimed responsibility for two recent attacks in the same area.

 

Central coast

A medical source says five Libyan soldiers were killed and twenty wounded in the battles against Daesh in Sirte during the last 24 hours. [AfriGate]

Photos of Libyan troops in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government Military says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher and a bulldozer on Tuesday. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video of PMF fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [Harbi]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Naba’ magazine [Isdarat]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its terrorist attacks in Paris. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the Kurds. The video shows Kurdish terrorists talking about Kurdish history and verbally attacking Kurdish political parties and leaders both in Iraqi and Syria. They also talk about some atrocities committed against the Kurds without mentioning the Halabja massacre of 1988.  [DawaAlhaq]

August 1, 2016

MMC Fighters

Today’s Major Developments

Competing corruption allegations create uproar in parliament.

Iraqi Army finally claims control over Jazeera Khaldiya.

Heavy airstrikes destroy 20 Daesh locations in Mosul.

Iraqi forces capture five more villages near Qayara.

Manbij Military Council troops gain further control of city.

US bombers join Libyan government’s battle for Sirte.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

A big showdown occurred in the CoR on Monday. A Shia MP had earlier accused Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi (a Sunni) of corruption. The Minister attended his question session today at the CoR, where he accused the MP of corruption herself. Then he accused Speaker Jubouri (a fellow Sunni) of trying to force the Ministry of Defense to sign multi-million dollar contracts with favored contractors. He specifically accused Jubouri and his brothers of being involved in multi-million dollar military equipment deals. He also accused Haidar Al-Mullah (a Shia MP in a Sunni bloc), Jamal Al-Karbouli (a Sunni MP), and other MPs of using CoR question sessions to force the Ministry into financial deals including an aircraft deal and a billion-dollar deal for Army food supplies.

Speaker Jubouri left the CoR meeting room after the accusation but returned later and sat with the MPs. He says he will not return to his chamber until he is proven innocent. He also says he will go to the Judiciary and to the Commission on Integrity himself to answer the accusations. Jubouri’s Islamic Party issued a statement defending him and accusing the Minister of “trying to mix the cards.” Other accused MPs said they would sue the Minister.

The CoR’s Integrity Committee says it will form a committee to investigate the accusations. Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement saying the PM has asked the Commission on Integrity to investigate the accusations. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

Prime Minister’s Abadi spokesman says the accusations are “dangerous” and the investigation will reveal the facts about them, stressing that there is no one above the law. [BasNews]

Videos of the CoR session [Al-Iraqia] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [Hurra]

DaeshDaily comment. The allegations go beyond using one’s political position to favor special interests. There have been past corruption cases in which politicians were revealed to have arranged contracts in various ministries for favored contractors, for which they would then get a fee. The current accusations seem to reflect a similar scenario. This kind of scheme is illegal under Iraqi law. So the accusations, whatever the truth about them, are about major felonies that could involve lengthy jail terms.

 

The leader of Kata’eb Sayyed Al-Shuhada’ (a Shia PMF) says his group is loyal to Wilayat Al-Faqih (the Iranian religious authority), and doesn’t care about the mess created by the politicians in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

A total of 759 Iraqis were killed and another 1,207 were injured in July by acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, excluding Anbar, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

There were 629 civilians killed and 1,061 wounded, but this includes federal police (10 killed, 13 wounded), Sahwa civil defense, personal security details, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel.

A total of 130 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 146 were injured.

According to the casualties recorded for July, Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with 1,400 civilian casualties (513 killed, 887 injured). Salahuddin had 45 killed and 80 injured, Diyala 24 killed and 52 injured, Ninewa 23 killed and 27 injured, and Kirkuk 23 killed and 13 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for this month.

“The number of casualties as a result of terrorism, violence and conflict in Iraq continues to remain high. We continue to deplore this unacceptable situation and look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when peace and tranquility will return to Iraq,” said Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG). [UNIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding the cumulative tragedy reflected in the numbers, this monthly compilation is almost more frustrating than it is useful, given its hopelessly skewed definition of “civilian” and the lack of data from Anbar, where much of the fighting occurred, for which no explanation is given.

 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Monday expressed serious concern at the creation of a committee tasked with making recommendations to accelerate implementation of death sentences in Iraq. The committee, announced by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, has been mandated to identify procedural or legislative delays in implementation of death sentences passed by Iraq’s courts.

“The women, children and men of Iraq live under constant threat of bombing, killings, and other atrocities, particularly those perpetrated by the so-called ISIL. In such circumstances it becomes all too easy to permit such atrocities to stoke the fires of vengeance,” High Commissioner Zeid said.

“But vengeance is not justice. It is imperative that those who have perpetrated such crimes are held accountable on the basis of facts, evidence and due process and in accordance with law. Given the weaknesses of the Iraqi justice system, and the current environment in Iraq, I am gravely concerned that innocent people have been and may continue to be convicted and executed, resulting in gross, irreversible miscarriages of justice.” [UNIraq]

 

The Iraqi Metrological Directorate says 2016 is the hottest year ever in Iraq, with temperatures reaching 54 Centigrade (129.2 F.) in Basra. [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq (near Qayara (3), Mosul (2), Tal Afar (1), Ramadi (2), Haditha (1), and Hit (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in Baghdad. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

A police says a civilian was killed when unknown armed men shot him in the Shorja area. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says security captured 3 men wanted for impersonating PMF fighters and confiscated weapons from their vehicle at a checkpoint in Hurriya. [Mada]

A security source says security forces started searching vehicles in Kadhimiya after getting information about a vehicle bomb in the area. [Ghad]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and two others wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in Falahat village in Tarmiya. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near the 4,000 Market in Shaab. [Mada]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says its Traffic Police captain was killed when unknown armed men shot at his civilian vehicle in Fudhailiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says two people were killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Basmaya. [Mada]

A police source says a policeman was wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Ameen. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market near Jurf Al-Naddaf. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

The MoD says Iraqi Army 17th division did a large search in several areas in south Baghdad for Daesh sleeper cells and IEDs. It says no terrorists were seen during the operations but the troops destroyed several guesthouses, uncovering a weapons and explosives cache. [Baghdadia]

A video of Daesh’s explosives cache found by Iraqi forces in south Baghdad [MoD]

 

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused 3 IEDs in Yusufiyah. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Abu Awsaj area, west of Latifiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says the body of an unknown woman was found stabbed to death near a Rasheed wholesale market. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

 

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

 

ANBAR

A member of the Anti-Daesh Tribes in Anbar says thousands of people have returned to their houses in Anbar but they are suffering from the lack of basic services in addition to a huge shortage of fuel. He asks the central and provincial governments to keep their promises to the returnees. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 6 booby-trapped houses and 141 IEDs, clearing a 10 km (6 mile) road in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Manager of Falluja District says Iraqi forces removed all IEDs from the main road in Falluja city and are continuing their work in other areas in Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

Jazeera Khaldiya

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated Jazeera Khaldiya, and raised its flags over the buildings after heavy battles with Daesh. He says Iraqi forces have started to clear the buildings and villages, defusing IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Mada]

The commander says more than 120 Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation. [PUKMedia]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Khaldiya subdistrict council says 20 Daesh terrorists, who were trapped in Jazeera Khaldiya, surrendered themselves to Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 28 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 6 defensive positions, 4 rocket launchers, a cannon, and 4 guesthouses, and defused 22 IEDs in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 53rd brigade killed a Daesh terrorist and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle, and defused 25 IEDs in the Jazeera Khaldiya area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 51st brigade, and the PMF’s Imam Ali division, liberated Albu Shahab and Albu Sawda areas during the Jazeera Khaldiya liberation operations. [Harbi]

 

The PMFs say they liberated the remaining Daesh pockets in the Albu Bali area. The PMFs are also clearing the International Highway between Ramadi and Falluja. [Harbi]

 

PMF troops found Daesh tunnels linking east and west Jazeera Khaldiya. PMF troops also killed 6 Daesh terrorists in east Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says the IAA targeted Daesh’s locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 12 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

The IFP Commander held a press conference in Jazeera Khaldiya. He says his troops arrested 11 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in tunnels near the river. He also says his troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists wearing explosives vests in Jazeera Khaldiya orchards. He also says his troops killed 37 Daesh terrorists, and captured a machine gun-mounted vehicle and 2 mortars, in addition to mid-sized weapons and explosives, and cleared the bridges in the canal area. [Harbi]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi forces destroyed a vehicle bomb, cleared 30 booby-trapped houses, destroyed 155 IEDs, and found a vehicle bomb-rigging factory in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says the IAA killed more than 30 Daesh terrorists, and wounded more than 50, destroying a 700m tunnel, 2 fuel tanks, 7 hideouts, and 2 motorcycles in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

Overall, the MoI says Iraqi forces liberated 150 sq km (58.6 square miles) in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 180 Daesh fighters. [Rudaw]

 

The JOC says an Iraqi soldier was killed in an IED explosion in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces secured 209 civilians, moving them to a displacement camp in the Kilo 18 area. [Harbi]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube] [YouTube] [MoD][YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A video of an IAA helicopter targeting Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a vehicle bomb in Jazeera Khaldiya [YouTube]

 

Ramadi city area

The Mayor of Ramadi District says 50,000 families have returned to their houses in Ramadi city during the last 7 months. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attempt to attack Iraqi forces in the East Hsaiba area near Ramadi, forcing them to flee. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

The JOC source says Jazeera Operations Command troops captured a Daesh rocket launcher and 5 Katyushas in the Dolab area. [Harbi]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA targeted a Daesh convoy in Rawa in the Anah District, killing 12 Daesh terrorists including a commander. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations commander says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh gathering in the West Hsaiba area of Al-Qa’im subdistrict, near the Syrian border, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. He says the airstrikes also destroyed 4 guesthouses in the West Hsaiba area and Al-Raihana village in Anah. The area is one of Daesh’s main entry points between Syria and Iraq. He also says Iraqi forces are gathering in large numbers to start a military operation to clear the upper Euphrates area in west Anbar. [BasNews]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Coalition warplanes launched airstrikes on a Daesh meeting in Rummana subdistrict north of Al-Qa’im, killing 25 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh says five children and four women were killed and ten other civilians wounded in an American airstrike on a residential area in Al-Qa’im. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Kilo 70 area northwest of Rutba. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video is made in an unconvincing way. It doesn’t show the actual attack, only “before and after” footage. It shows burned building and vehicles, but no casualties.

 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked 2 Iraqi Army barracks near the Kilo 160 area, then a group of its terrorists attacked the barracks, killing or wounding several fighters, and destroying the 2 barracks in addition to an SUV. Daesh publishes a photo of the 2 terrorists in addition to photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The location seems suspiciously like the one in the previous report.

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in west Anbar. In the video, a masked terrorist speaks in Russian and threatens Putin. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 9th Armored division, and Counter Terrorism troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Shirqat area, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and killing 3 suicide terrorists. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. The presence of the Counter Terrorism troops could indicate that an operation to capture Shirqat city is near.

 

The Manager of Shirqat District says Daesh terrorists used the delay in military operations to redeploy in Shirqat areas and arranged a military parade in the eastern part. [Mada]

 

The JOC source says Salahuddin Operations Command defused a booby-trapped house in Makhoul subdistrict. [Harbi]

 

The JOC source says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh foreign terrorist guesthouse in Sdaira village in Shirqat. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues photos of 2 Iraqi suicide terrorists who attacked the Iraqi Army between Dibis and Sheikh Ali villages. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Al-Zab east of Shirqat. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

A video of displaced families from Shirqat [Etejah]

 

Samarra

The Basra Police says its emergency troops conducted a security operation in the Samarra area, and captured 8 people wanted on terrorism charges, including 4 women. The Basra Police has an emergency battalion that participates in military operations with the Samarra Operations Command. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The JOC source says 219 civilians returned to their houses in Yathrib subdistrict after passing the security check. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Chairman of the Udhaim subdistrict council says tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attempt to sneak into Al-Talaa village, 10 km (6 miles) west of Udhaim, forcing them to flee. [Sumaria]

 

National Security sources say security captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Hibhib subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh attacked the Bay Hassan Oilfield, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, but security forces stopped the attack, killing 4 Daesh terrorists. The Daesh attack halted production at the oilfield, damaged fuel storehouses, and killed four North Oil Company employees and wounded several Peshmerga fighters. [Sumaria]

 

The JOC says a group of Daesh terrorists managed to sneak into the oilfield, but the police and Peshmerga surrounded them and killed them. It confirmed that four employees were killed in the attack. [Harbi]

 

Daesh version said yesterday that a group of its terrorists entered the oilfield and burned down the headquarters. Daesh also says another group entered the North Gas Company, killing several people and destroying several oil storehouses, and rigging several buildings with explosives before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes photos of one of the attacks and says it was conducted by a Syrian terrorist from Kobane. [CtS]

 

Videos of the Daesh attack on the oilfield [YouTube] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh launched a Katyusha rocket on the headquarters of the North Gas Company, without causing any damage. [Mada]

 

A security source says 2 “dangerous” Daesh members were arrested in Hay Al-Askari in south Kirkuk. The source says they were planning to facilitate movement of other terrorists into Kirkuk city to conduct terrorist attacks. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Kirkuk Police and Asayesh captured 4 people in 2 villages in Dibis subdistrict who were suspected of aiding the Daesh terrorists who attacked the oilfield. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A local source says unknown armed men shot and killed 4 Daesh terrorists from Arab countries in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source says a Daesh “oil office” official was killed, in addition to 14 others, by a Coalition airstrike on Rashad subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Taza council says Bashir town was liberated 3 months ago and more than 750 of its houses are destroyed, but so far there has been no help from the central government. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Eyewitnesses say Daesh suffered a bad night after heavy Coalition airstrikes on its locations in Mosul city. Sources say more than 20 Daesh locations were destroyed by extensive airstrikes, forcing Daesh terrorists to flee. [Maalomah]

A Ninewa Police commander says Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh’s hisbah office in the Cultural Group area, killing 12 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

A medical source says 60 Turkish soldiers and 20 NMF militia members contracted food poisoning in Atheel Nujaifi’s Zilkan military camp near Bashiqa. [Rudaw]

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga shelled a Daesh headquarters in Omar Qabsa village in Bashiqa subdistrict, killing 12 terrorists, including a commander from Mosul. [Mada]

A KDP official says the Peshmerga shelled and destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Khara’eb Dalil village in Bashiqa, killing 3 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces rapidly advanced in areas between Qayara and Ninewa’s rural Hatra District to its south and liberated 5 villages. He says there hasn’t been strong resistance from Daesh, as several terrorists were killed and the rest fled to Mosul. [BasNews]

 

The JOC says a group of Daesh terrorists wearing Iraqi Army military uniforms were approaching Haj Ali village when Iraqi Army 71st brigade, having discovered the ruse, attacked them, killing 40. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it detonated 7 vehicle bombs on the road between Qayara and Shirqat, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

 

KURDISTAN

KRG President Barzani met with the US Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford, US Ambassador Stuart Jones, Coalition Commander in Iraq General Sean McFarland, and the US Consul in Erbil to discuss the political and military developments in Iraq and the region, according to a statement from Barzani’s office. General Dunford says that the Ninewa liberation plan will not succeed without the participation of the Peshmerga, according to the statement. He also says that having an after-liberation stability plan is more important than the liberation itself. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The last sentence is likely the one important news item about the meeting. Meeting reports by Barzani’s office are consistently unreliable for determining what actually happens in his meetings. As the Mosul plan moves forward, Barzani is more likely to be the problem than the solution. Therefore, the not-infrequent meetings with him are more likely efforts to keep him in line than to get his input on military strategy.

 

The Erbil Asayesh says it captured a group of Daesh terrorists in Erbil who entered the city with displaced families from Qayara. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh executed a man and a young boy in 2 different areas east and west of Raqqa, in separate incidents, after accusing them of leaving Islam and cooperating with the Syrian government. [SyriaHR]

 

Four civilians were killed and nine other wounded when a parked motorcycle exploded in Arisha village north of Shaddadi in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

A video showing a girl planting a bomb at the KDP headquarters in Maabda city in Hasaka. The video shows the masked girl ran away before the bomb exploded and caused material damage. KDP supporters accused the PYD of the attack. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

The MMC spokesman tells Reuters his troops have liberated 70% of Manbij so far. He also says 40-50,000 civilians left the city since the military operations started. [Xendan]

 

Manbij Military Council (MMC) troops advanced into Hay Sheikh Aqil southeast of Manbij city center, killing 10 Daesh terrorists. MMC troops stopped a Daesh attack in the southern part of the city center, destroying 5 vehicle bombs. [Hawar]

MMC troops secured more than 2,000 civilians from the area (photos). [Hawar]

 

MMC troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists in battles in Hay Al-Azar east of Manbij city center, killing 10 terrorists. MMC fighters also destroyed 3 Daesh headquarters in the western part, killing several terrorists. [Hawar]

 

MMC fighters secured 5,000 civilians from areas east of Manbij city center, mostly women and children, during the last 2 days. [Hawar]

Videos of women from Manbij celebrating their freedom from Daesh [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

MMC troops liberated Jab Al-Nashama village south of Manbij after heavy battles with Daesh (video). [Hawar]

 

MMC fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Um Adas village west of Manbij, killing several terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a Daesh attack on Dandaniya village northwest of Manbij on Sunday, killing 22 terrorists. Daesh is targeting Manbij city with rockets and mortars from Dadat town. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG bulldozer with a guided missile near Dadat, north of Manbij, on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles north of Manbij. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

A video of an MMC commander entering his house in Manbij for the first time in 2½ years [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three people from one family were killed as they were trying to escape Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

A local newspaper says Daesh terrorists forced the family of a young man who was killed by a Daesh land mine while trying to escape from a village northeast of Manbij to pay the price of the mine. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. The Baathists used to force the families of executed men to pay the price of the bullets. This incident helps you to understand where some of Daesh’s absurdities really come from.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 8 near Manbij and 2 near Mare’. [InherentResolve]

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying 2 Daesh fighting positions near Manbij on July 11 [CJTF]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

Tens of people demonstrated in Afrin objecting the PYD’s compulsory military service. [BasNews]

 

Opposition groups publish photos of the Russian helicopter they shot down south of Aleppo. The Russian Ministry of Defense says the helicopter was on a humanitarian mission. [Qasioun] [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh captured parts of the international road between Aleppo and Khanaser, cutting off an important Syrian Army supply route, after heavy battles with the army and its allied militias. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say an armed group attacked a Daesh vehicle in Mayadin city, killing or wounding several terrorists. Daesh intensified its security procedures and raided several houses in the area after the attack. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of a New Syrian Army commander, explaining to his fighters how to communicate with American warplanes. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a tribal gathering north of Albu Kamal. [A3maq]

 

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

Opposition groups launched massive attacks on Daesh in the Ain Dhikr and Saham Al-Jolan areas west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its affiliate, Khaled Bin Al-Waleed Army, stopped an opposition attack on the Yarmouk Basin west of Daraa and damaged a tank with a guided missile. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian Army Ground Troops commander says Daesh has attracted recruits from Iranian cities near the Iraqi border. He says 2 Daesh members were killed and their explosives vests were confiscated in the cities of Qasr Shirin and Naft. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say Egyptian Apaches destroyed a big Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis rockets and explosives storehouse in Rafah on Sunday, killing 46 terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis destroyed electricity towers in North Sinai, cutting off power on areas in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say two soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle on the coastal road in Arish on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a soldier was wounded by a sniper at a checkpoint in the Bir Lahfan area, south of Arish on Saturday. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces captured 2 Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis leaders in two different areas in Sheikh Zuweid and captured large quantities of weapons and explosives. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in Sinai. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army says it captured the Qawarsha Gate after heavy battles. Military sources say three Libyan soldiers were killed in the battle. [AfriGate]

The Libyan Special Forces spokesman says his troops, supported by Libyan warplanes and helicopters, captured the gate and several buildings in the area from Daesh. He says one of his field commanders was killed and three other soldiers wounded in the battles. [Wasat]

 

A military spokesman says his troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb before it reached its target in the Qawarsha area on Sunday. He says this is the third foiled suicide attack in the last three days. Another commander says two soldiers were killed and seventeen wounded in two suicide attacks in the Chinese Buildings area on Saturday and Sunday. [Libya24] [Libya24]

 

Central coast

At the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes today against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced this to reporters in a news briefing. The airstrikes were in support of GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya, Cook said. President Barack Obama authorized the strikes following a recommendation from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Defense]

The Chairman of the GNA’s Presidential Council says American warplanes conducted airstrikes on Daesh locations in Sirte at his government’s request, causing massive casualties. He says the airstrikes were conducted only in the Sirte area. He also says there will be no American ground intervention. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government military spokesman says his troops cleared Hay Al-Dollar in Sirte city and have made significant advances. He also says Libyan warplanes bombed Daesh locations near Ibn Sina hospital and Hay 3. [AfriGate]

He says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in the area on Sunday destroying 2 vehicles and killing 7 terrorists. He says the American bombing of Daesh locations in Sirte destroyed several vehicles including a T72 tank. [Wasat]

He also says his troops captured a Daesh leader who was trying to escape by sea. He welcomed the American airstrikes on Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Eyewitnesses say tens of families escaped Sirte city after the American airstrikes. [AfriGate]

 

The National Accord Government military spokesman says 354 of his troops have been killed and 2,000 wounded in the battles in Sirte so far. [Wasat]

 

Photos of Libyan troops in Sirte [AfriGate]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it attacked Fajr Libya troops in Hay Al-Dora, south of Sirte, then a Saudi suicide terrorist attacked Fajr Libya with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says several Fajr Libya fighters were killed and several of their vehicles destroyed. [DawaAlhaq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes the 15th issues of its Dabiq magazine. [Akhbar Al-Muslimeen]

 

Daesh’s A3maq publishes infographics about its suicide attacks in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the month of July. [ARA]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

July 29, 2016

Manbij

Today’s Major Developments

Anti-corruption demonstrators back in Baghdad, other cities.

Baghdadi’s deputy and brother-in-law among many killed by IAF airstrikes in Al-Qa’im.

Babel Police arrest 20 terrorism suspects.

Coalition hits Manbij with 19 airstrikes in one day.

CENTCOM confirms 55 accidental deaths from Coalition bombing.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and several other governorates demanding reforms and an end to the sectarian and partisan quotas, and objecting to the CoR member benefits law and the freedom of expression law. [Mada]

 

The Reform Front in the CoR says Iraq should cut off diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia if the Saudis host the “Sunni Region” conference. They say the conference aims at destroying the political process in Iraq and will host people linked to Daesh. Several Sunni politicians are supposedly attending the conference including former Ninewa Governor Atheel Nujaifi, Rafi’ Al-Eissawi, and former Vice President Tareq Al-Hashimi, living in exile to avoid implementation of death sentences against him. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudi Arabia is still working on destroying Iraqi unity and Iraqi identity by claiming to be the friend of Sunni Iraqis, similar to what Iran does on the other side. This petty cold war between the two countries, which is a recently developed political conflict and not really a religious one, has killed hundreds of thousands of people so far, and neither side seems interested in ending it.

The dilemma for Iraq is that it is caught in between. Any gesture that seems negative to Saudi Arabia is regarded by some Sunnis as further evidence of sectarianism by the Shia-majority government. However, not standing up to Saudi sectarianism undermines Iraq’s own security.

 

The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Normandy and calling for political and religious leaders to de-legitimize the people who call for terrorism and poisonous ideas. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD says the Minister of Defense met with the Badr leader, Hadi Al-Ameri, to discuss the Mosul liberation preparations. [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Qayara (3) and Mosul (2) areas, and in Hit (2), Haditha (1), and Habbaniya (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

An MoI source says a Ministry of Science and Technology employee was killed and his wife and two children wounded when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi forces started a military operation in Tarmiya targeting Daesh hideouts and sleeper cells (video). [Sumaria]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says a roadside IED exploded on Al-Fallah Street in Sadr City without causing any casualties. [Ghad]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A local police source says the body of an unknown young man was found shot near Fadhliya. [Maalomah]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 4 Daesh guesthouses in the Manari area in Arab Jabour. [Ghad]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in the Kilo 5 area. The same brigade destroyed an IED and found more weapons and explosives in the Arab Dawood area. [Ghad]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

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

The MoI says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured in Dora. [Baghdadia]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 25th brigade captured a man wanted on terrorism charges in Rasheed. [Ghad]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says one PMF fighter was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused a booby-trapped house and 27 IEDs in Falluja. Iraqi forces also defused the house of Daesh’s “minister of trade”. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found another car-rigging factory in Falluja city and confiscated large quantities of explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused a school, 55 houses, and 4 IEDs in the Qarma area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused 22 houses and 15 shops, destroying 2 IEDs, in Saqlawiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 24th brigade found an explosives cache buried in a house in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces began to clear the Falahat area, west of Falluja, from mines and IEDs, confiscating 29 C4 cans. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh IEDs in the Hassi area. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. All these post-battle stories about defusing IEDs and booby-trapped houses sound boring and repetitive after a while. They all represent a measure of progress, however, in making homes and neighborhoods safe and allowing residents to return to their homes.

 

Ramadi

A military source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in the Zangoura area. The source also says Daesh shelled the 7th tribal PMF brigade’s headquarters north of Ramadi, killing one fighter. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were trying to plant an IED near Jazeera Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on Daesh locations in the Qurtan area, killing 9 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Photos of IFP troops moving toward Ramadi to help liberate Jazeera Khaldiya [Harbi]

 

Hit/Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout near the Haditha Dam, killing 7 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says IAA helicopters and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Hay Al-Bakr west of Hit. [Mawazin]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says the IAF, aided by the Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell, destroyed 3 Daesh targets in Al-Qa’im, killing “tens” of terrorists, including the deputy of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, and the “deputy minister of war,” in addition to Abu Taha Al-Azzawi, Baghdadi’s brother-in-law, and other notable terrorists. It also says the IAF destroyed a large weapons and explosives storehouse, in addition to 5 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs. [Ghad]

 

The Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says it conducted an operation killing several Daesh terrorists and capturing 6 in Rutba. It says the terrorists were responsible for suicide attacks in Kerbala, Dhi Qar, and Basra. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The MoD says it captured 43 wanted people while they were trying to sneak into Salahuddin with returnee families. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. That’s a rather large number of suspects caught in one day. Daesh has been trying to gain ground in the liberated areas.

 

A local official says a list of 950 names was sent to Prime Minister Abadi’s office, consisting of tribal fighters to participate in holding the ground in Salahuddin. [BasNews]

 

Shirqat

A PMF commander says the Daesh mufti of Shirqat, a 40-year-old Saudi terrorist, was killed in an airstrike on a Daesh guesthouse just outside Shirqat. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Saudis are preferred by Daesh and Al-Qaeda to be “muftis,” or sharia emirs. Most have never actually studied religion, but because they are from Saudi Arabia, people believe they know what they are talking about.

 

A PMF spokesman says Daesh has collapsed in Shirqat and he does not anticipate any fierce battles once the liberation battle starts. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicle, killing 4 terrorists in the Rihaiwat area in Makhoul subdistrict. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing several terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says armed men kidnapped a civilian on the road between Baquba and Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police Commander says his men captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges near Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF commander says many families from Albu Khayal village in Udhaim left their houses after Daesh kidnapped and executed five people from the village. He says Daesh is still a major presence in the Mtaibija area near Udhaim, and is threatening the nearby villages. He says Daesh is attempting to force people out of liberated villages so as to use some as a launch pad for its attacks. [Sumaria]

 

A police source says people of Sa’aidat village near Qara Tapa stopped a Daesh attack on their village. The source says three people from the village were wounded. [BasNews]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says Daesh launched a rocket on the North Gas Company headquarters on the road between Kirkuk and Hawija, without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a Daesh terrorist from Hawija was captured at a checkpoint in Laylan south of Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

A security source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh car bomb factory in Hawija, killing a Daesh explosives expert. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says the Coalition bombed a police station used by Daesh as a headquarters in the 17 Tammuz neighborhood in Mosul city, killing tens of terrorists. [Mada]

 

Local sources say an IED exploded targeting a Daesh vehicle at the entrance of Mahalbiya subdistrict, west of Mosul, killing 5 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross says, with the start of liberation operations in Mosul, around 1 million people might be forced to leave their houses in the coming months. [Karemlash]

 

The MoI Spokesman says Iraqi forces have liberated more than 13 administrative units in Ninewa governorate so far. He says Daesh has fallen in Mosul, and there is a “real revolution” against it. He says the Iraqi Government is depending on the people of Mosul to support Iraqi forces. [Etejah]

 

Media sources say a Daesh speaker in Mosul insulted the men of Mosul during the Friday prayers for refusing to join Daesh in the battlefield. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh issues a video of the activities of its religious call and mosque offices in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video shows how Daesh “takes care” of mosques, which includes mutilating and destroying mosques that don’t follow Wahhabi rules. The video also attacks other Sunni groups and imams. Daesh stresses its Wahhabi background in using the thousands of Wahhabi mosques all over the world for its recruitment.   

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The MoD says a tribal PMF force, supported by Iraqi Army units, liberated Shayala village southwest of Haj Ali in Makhmur, capturing 2 vehicles in addition to weapons and ammunition. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh car bomb and IED factory near the Water Project in Qayara subdistrict. The Coalition also destroyed 12 Daesh rocket launchers in Al-Houd village, in addition to killing 3 terrorists, and destroying a vehicle on the road between Mosul and Qayara and a rocket launcher near Ihjala village. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 35th brigade captured Hussein Al-Khalifa village east of the Qayara Airfield. [Ghad]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it stopped 2 Peshmerga attacks on Hasan Jallad and Qara Kharab villages near Aski Mosul. [A3maq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

Sistani’s office issued a statement saying the Iraqi government was not able, or willing, to support the displaced people. It also says it built a 300-unit camp equipped with water and electricity in Najaf for 300 displaced families. [Sumaria]

 

Babel

The Babel Police Chief says his troops, supported by Sahwa fighters, conducted a search in Jbala and Iskandariya and captured 20 men wanted on terrorism charges and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 22 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria. An amazing nineteen of these were on the Manbij area, the others on Mare (2) and on Shaddadi in Hasaka (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

YPG fighters conducted a special operation in Raqqa city that liberated a Yazidi family of twelve from Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij Military Council troops finally captured Hay Al-Kajli in southeast Manbij after 5 days of heavy battles with Daesh (video). After that, MMC fighters continued their advance toward the city center and captured a street and a bridge before heading toward Hay Al-Nuaimi in Manbij city center. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops liberated around 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children, from Hay Al-Kajli and Al-Rabita streets. Survivors say Daesh is targeting anyone trying to leave the city. They also say people who are trapped in the city are suffering from lack of food. (video). [Hawar]

A mother of three from Manbij says they spent the entire month of Ramadan without food. They had nothing but water and sun-dried bulgur. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a massive Daesh attack that began Thursday evening northwest of Manbij, killing more than 35 Daesh terrorists and destroying an armored vehicle and a headquarters. Battles continued in Ilan village. MMC fighters are searching the villages. [Hawar]

 

U.S. Central Command has begun an assessment to determine if a U.S. airstrike yesterday near Manbij resulted in unintentional civilian deaths, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today.

“That assessment is still in its early phase and we do not have all the facts at this time and we do not have any conclusions,” the Press Secretary said.

There have been a total of 202 allegations of civilian casualties during Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a DoD spokesman.

Of those 202 allegations, 143 were deemed not credible. Of the 59 deemed credible, 23 cases remain open and 36 have been closed. The 36 closed allegations resulted in the announcement of 55 civilian deaths and 29 civilian injuries, the spokesman said. [DoD]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, are trying to regain villages it lost yesterday in a Daesh attack northwest of Manbij. Daesh captured and killed twenty-four civilians in Buweir village yesterday. [SyriaHR]

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, a separate organization, says Daesh beheaded fifteen civilians from the village. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it killed twenty-seven YPG fighters in its attack on areas west of Manbij yesterday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Reality is that the people it massacred were civilians, many of them women and children.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a civilian was killed by a Coalition warplane in Hay Al-Sarb in Manbij city. Two other men were killed by snipers as they tried to leave Manbij city. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of YPG armored vehicles destroyed in battles on Al-Rabita Street in west Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG armored vehicle with a guided missile northeast of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Dudyan north of Aleppo from opposition groups. [A3maq]

An opposition commander says his troops then launched a counter attack and recaptured the town after heavy battles, killing or wounding many Daesh terrorists. He says that before the counter-attack, Coalition warplanes launched several airstrikes on Daesh locations. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like the tenth time we reported that Daesh recaptured this town. Daesh is trying desperately to keep its route to the Turkish border.

 

Battles continued near Sheikh Maqsoud between the YPG and Turkey backed opposition groups. The opposition is heavily shelling and rocketing the area. [Hawar]

Media sources say a female YPG commander was killed in the battles in Sheikh Maqsoud. The YPG captured a residential area near Sheikh Maqsoud, cutting off the opposition group’s supply line to east Aleppo. Media sources say the Syrian Army and the YPG, supported by Russian warplanes, have captured several areas in east Aleppo. [Dorar]

 

Internal clashes between opposition groups continued for the 6th day in the Azaz area, cutting off the road for displaced people who want to go to Afrin. One of the displaced people says the opposition groups are charging $200 dollars for every vehicle that wants to cross into Afrin. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Iraqi and Afghani militias supporting the Syrian government reportedly burned down 20% of Tadmur city. He says a woman died when militias burned down her building in the city near the Tadmur silos. Russian warplanes launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Al-Barda area east of Homs. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on the Huwaisis area in Jab Al-Jarrah subdistrict east of Homs, killing eleven soldiers. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say Daesh appointed a new emir for the Shaitat area in Deir Ez-Zor, after the previous emir was recently killed. Daesh also arrested many people from the Shaitat tribe. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying 2 Syrian army cannons south of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

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

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavy battles erupted between Syrian Islamic groups and Daesh affiliates in Ain Dhikr and other areas west of Daraa. Daesh advanced in the Lajat area after a massive attack. [SyriaHR]

 

Opposition groups admitted they lost eight fighters who fell into a Daesh land mine in Lajat, northeast of Daraa. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh said yesterday it stopped an opposition attack on the Hawsh Hamad area in Lajat, killing eleven fighters and wounding nineteen. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 4 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles in Al-Qasr village northeast of Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Senior security sources say around 200 takfiri terrorists were killed during the week, after heavy bombing on areas south of Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid. The sources say the airstrikes destroyed Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis headquarters and weapons and explosives storehouses, in addition to more than 50 vehicles and motorcycles. [VetoGate]

 

Two soldiers were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle in the Sadr Hitan area, in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis planned to attack the checkpoint near the Sheikh Zuweid Police Station with a vehicle bomb, followed by an attack by armed terrorists, in addition to planting IEDs in the area to prevent military reinforcements. The sources say security men destroyed the vehicle bomb, in addition to 2 other vehicles, with RPG rockets and killed 15 terrorists. Security found and defused 3 IEDs in the area. [VetoGate] [ElWatan]

A security source says the terrorists used a Directorate of Agriculture vehicle in Arish that they hijacked earlier. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a military patrol survived an IED explosion near Karm Al-Qawadees, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says security destroyed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis storehouse that contained around 50 tons of explosives. [VetoGate]

 

Unknown armed men shot and wounded a 35-year-old woman in the head in Hay Al-Kharrafin in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Medical sources say a soldier was wounded by an IED in the Al-Hasan area in Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says one soldier was killed and six others wounded by a suicide attack near the Chinese Buildings area in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

Daesh says one of its Libyan suicide terrorists attacked Libyan National Army troops in the Chinese Buildings area, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and destroying 14 military vehicles and a tank. [JustPaste]

 

A Libyan special forces commander says one of his soldiers was killed in land mine explosion in the Qawarsha area, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

He refutes earlier reports about capturing the Qawarsha Gate but says his troops captured strategic areas near the gate. [Libya24]

 

Central coast

A medical source says five soldiers were killed and twenty-three wounded in heavy battles in Sirte today. [Wasat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A video of today’s demonstrations in Baghdad [Yalla]

 

Iraqi fighters defusing a booby-trapped house [YouTube]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh vehicle carrying terrorists while they were fleeing from the Habbaniya area on June 29 [CJTF]

A video of Daesh terrorists captured by tribal fighters near Haditha [YouTube]

 

A Daesh terrorist killed by the Iraqi Army near Shirqat [YouTube]

 

Daesh supporters make fun of Nusra’s breaking ties with Al-Qaeda [Twitter] [Twitter] [Twitter]

 

A video of displaced families from the Qayara areas [Twitter]

 

Druze people from Suwayda celebrating the release of a local family that was kidnapped by Daesh few days ago [YouTube]

 

Videos of opposition groups targeting Daesh positions near Hawash Hamad in Lajat, Syria. [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

July 28, 2016

Displaced children from Manbij

Today’s Major Developments

Coalition airstrike in Anah, western Anbar, kills 17 Daesh members.

Ninewa Ops Commander says Daesh is at its weakest point militarily.

Mosul citizens attack Daesh prison and free prisoners; others kidnap 3 Daesh members.

Al-Nusra leader announces split from Al-Qaeda.

Toll from Qamishli attack grows to 62 killed, 176 wounded.

Manbij Military Council forces stop major Daesh attack, gain ground in Manbij.

Daesh massacres Manbij residents who escaped to nearby villages.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Local activists and COR members say the draft of the Freedom of Speech and Demonstration law needs substantial changes. The drafted law faced objections from several societal and legal groups because of its vague nature. [Mada]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the PMF commission, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says the PMFs are ready to participate in the liberation battles of Shirqat and Mosul, when Prime Minister Abadi issues his orders. He also says the PMFs will never accept having Ninewa Governorate become a base for “terrorism, Baathists, or Turks.” [Mada]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says the foreign donations to Iraq will be used to help the displaced people, but will not include compensation for damage to their houses. [Mada]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or around Rawa (1), Hit (2), Baghdadi (1), Ramadi (1), and Falluja (1); in Hawija (1); and Qayara (1), Sultan Abdullah (1), Mosul (1), and Kasik (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The JOC Spokesman says Military Intelligence captured a cell of 3 Daesh terrorists who were planning suicide attacks with explosives vests in Baghdad. He says they also captured weapons, explosives vests, and other equipment (video). [AIN]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

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

Iraqi Army 59th brigade destroyed 7 IEDs in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade found 40 mortar shells in the Banat Al-Hassan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says six civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Bub Al-Sham. [Maalomah]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers with light weapons in the Tuwaitha area in Mada’in. [JustPaste]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 25th brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and cleared a 22 km (14 miles) road in the Huwairat area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade defused one IED and found weapons and explosives in the Khawaled area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says its snipers wounded an Iraqi soldier in the Sayafiya area in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says one person was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market near Hay Al-Amel. [Mada]

An MoI source says an Iraqi Army lieutenant was kidnapped near his house near Saidiya; then his body was found shot four hours later in Hay Al-Nasr, in east Baghdad. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says the situation of the displaced people in the camps is still terrible. He also says the financial allocations from the displacement ministry are very low, and the donor’s money has not arrived yet. He also says the Anbar Provincial Council’s management of the displacement issue has been poor, and Council members are afraid of incurring anger from displaced people if the Council decides to go back and hold its meetings in Anbar. [Mada]

 

Falluja

A member of the COR’s Security and Defense Committee says displaced people from Anbar are being forced to pay 300-400 dollar bribes in order to be allowed to enter Baghdad through Bzaibiz Bridge. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not only shameful, but also dangerous.

 

Iraqi forces defused 30 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 167 IEDs in the Falluja area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 51st brigade killed 4 Daesh terrorists near the Japanese Bridge in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

The Chairman of the Falluja Tribes Council says hundreds of Daesh members left Anbar toward Baghdad, Erbil, and Suleimaniya. He urged the government to follow up on them. [Etejah]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem and Tarabsha areas, killing 8 terrorists, and destroying 24 rocket launchers, 2 buildings, and several rockets. It also says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Tarabsha area, and found 5 IEDs and 7 C4 cans. [Etejah]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh targets in Hay Al-Bakr, west of Hit, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 4 machine gun-mounted vehicles, a large weapons and explosives storehouse, and 3 mortar units. [Mada]

A security source says Coalition warplanes also destroyed a Daesh radio station in Hay Al-Bakr. [PUKMedia]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The commander of the West Anbar Tribal PMFs says military reinforcements are needed to liberate the rest of western Anbar and capture the border of Syria. He says the liberation also needs addition arms for the tribes and continuous air support to cut off Daesh supply lines. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh was parading its terrorists near Anah when Coalition warplanes bombed them, killing 17, including 7 Asians. [Mada]

Daesh says it destroyed 4 Iraqi Humvees with IEDs and killed sixteen soldiers north of Rutba. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb on an IFP convoy on the road between Rutba and Akashat, killing four IFP officers and several soldiers. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh gave the names and the ranks of three of the officers. And why would a car be parked in the desert without being checked? This suggests an inside job.  

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Mayor of Shirqat says the American Military Unit accompanied the Iraqi Army 15th division, and moved from Makhmur area to support Iraqi forces in liberating Shirqat. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. Even if true, it’s not wise to reveal information about military movements. The government said earlier that it postponed a military operation in Qayara because some Iraqi officials leaked the plans to media outlets. 

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Alam subdistrict, killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Maalomah]

 

Southern Salahuddin

The MoD says Iraqi forces will dig a trench around the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine in Balad District in order to prevent Daesh attacks. Daesh attacked the shrine on July 7th, killing or wounding more than 100 people. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

A police source says Daesh released a boy it had kidnapped earlier in Jalawla after his parents paid 6,000 dollars. He says Daesh is using kidnapping in the Jalawla area to make up for its loss of other financial sources. [BasNews]

 

The Diyala Police says its Explosive Ordinance Disposal units defused 2 IEDs in Mansouriya subdistrict. [Mawazin]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in Albu Mar’i village in Udhaim, killing one soldier and severely wounding two others. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says Daesh executed a 20-year-old man in Hawija, after accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

A tribal leader says Daesh terrorists publicly executed a family of four people from his tribe in Hawija, after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. He says this is a ready-made Daesh accusation, used against anyone wishing to leave its territory. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing copies of the will of its dead commander, Omar Shishani, in the Hawija area. [JustPaste]

Daesh also publishes 2 photos of distributing leaflets and CDs. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Daesh is now at its weakest stage and will soon be defeated. He also says the reason behind the delay in the Iraqi force’s operations to liberate Mosul is that Daesh is using civilians as human shields. [PUKMedia]

 

A local source says a group of people attacked a Daesh prison in Mosul, killing its guards and freeing “tens” of prisoners. [Baghdadia]

 

A local source says unknown armed men kidnapped 3 Daesh terrorists in Mosul city. The source says the terrorists, from Arab countries, were responsible for kidnapping and killing tens of civilians in Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed twenty civilians after various accusations, including opposing Daesh and provoking people against it and communicating with the Army, Peshmerga, and Coalition. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh has started to distribute wholesale wheat broadly in Mosul city. The source says Daesh used to have a monopoly on the wheat, keeping it in storehouses and using it as leverage to manipulate the people of Mosul by giving it only to favored people and selling it for high prices. The source also confirms that Daesh’s hisbah terrorists have nearly disappeared from Mosul streets, and people have started to openly smoke cigarettes and partake in other previously prohibited activities. [AIN]

 

The AAH Spokesman says “AAH Intelligence” has arrived on the east side of Mosul and published a photo, allegedly from Mosul. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a rather exaggerated statement. Showing a photo of a piece of paper in the hand of someone in Mosul doesn’t prove you have your own intelligence service.

 

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga colonel and a lieutenant were killed and four others wounded by a Daesh mortar shell in Muftiya village in the Al-Khazer military sector. [Rudaw]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Peshmerga commander says a Peshmerga colonel and a lieutenant were killed and four others wounded by a Daesh mortar shell in Muftiya village in the Al-Khazer military sector. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga locations in different areas in the Nineveh Plain. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh meeting in Qayara city, killing several terrorists, including the Daesh military commander of south Ninewa. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Shayala Al-Imam village southwest of Makhmur. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the same area, and that its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi forces in Awsaja and Nassr villages, west of Makhmur. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The General Turkish Council in Erbil refuted media reports about withdrawing the Turkish troops from Bashiqa, saying the troops are there to help the Peshmerga in the fight against Daesh. [BasNews]

 

The Erbil Police says a displaced young man from Anbar committed suicide in Erbil. [Sumaria]

 

The Deputy Peshmerga Chief of Staff says 4,200 Peshmerga fighters and officers finished their training by international trainers in two compounds in Kurdistan. The Coalition has trained 1,500 Peshmerga fighters since the start of the war on Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The leader of Nusra Front, Jolani, appears in a video announcing its split from Al-Qaeda, saying he is forming a new group called Al-Sham Conquest Front. Jolani, who showed his face publicly for the first time, thanked Al-Qaeda and its leader, stating his new group will not have a relationship with any non-Syrian side. It intends to be a Syrian organization rather than an international organization. [Rudaw]

The Al-Qaeda Deputy Chief, Ahmed Abu Al-Khair, had issued an audio message on Thursday, permitting Jolani to split. [ARA]

However, General Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM Commander, says Nusra will remain part of Al-Qaeda, even if it changes its name. [ARA]

 

The White House spokesman also says the United States has not changed its point of view regarding Al-Nusra. He also says Washington has increasing fears of Al-Nusra’s ability to conduct attacks that might threaten the United States and Europe. [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, nine in and around Manbij, four in Mare, and one in Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

Human Rights Watch says that since May 27, Syrian and Russian warplanes have conducted 47 airstrikes on 3 provinces in Syria using cluster bombs. [Dorar]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A special source says the number of casualties of the Qamishli terrorist attack was increased to 62 killed and 176 wounded, and 100 houses and shops were destroyed. The source says volunteers in teams are cleaning up and trying to find missing people under the rubble. [Rudaw]

The search for victims under the rubble continues in the area (video). [Hawar]

 

The National Kurdish Council in Syria, a KDP affiliate, says the PYD confiscated 4 tons of medicine provided by the KRG for the people who were wounded in Qamishli. [ARA]

 

A 50-year-old man was killed and two other civilians wounded by land mines near Mabrouka in Hasaka. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

Manbij Military Council troops stopped a massive Daesh attack in Manbij. The MMC also killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an armored vehicle in Hay Al-Kajli in Manbij. [Hawar]

After stopping the Daesh attack, Manbij Military Council troops started opening the roads in order to let out the civilians (video). [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops advanced in the southern parts of Manbij after killing 5 Daesh snipers. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops launched an attack on MMC positions from Ghandoura and Dadat northwest of Manbij. Many Daesh were killed and the battles are still ongoing. [Hawar]

More than 30 Daesh terrorists were killed and 3 vehicles were destroyed so far. [Hawar]

 

A local activist says a local Daesh terrorist sneaked in Al-Buweir village 11 km (7 miles) west of Manbij, and beheaded many civilians, including two entire families. He says some of the residents who survived the massacre escaped to nearby villages, while the fate of the remaining residents is still unknown. [BasNews]

The YPG-backed Hawar says that more than 1,000 Daesh terrorists arrived from Turkey to Jarabulus in order to break the MMC’s siege on Manbij. Daesh terrorists committed massacres in Buweir, Mushairfa, Jamusiya, Dandaniya, and Ilani northwest of Manbij. Local sources say that half of the people of Manbij who left toward the villages were killed and the other half are missing. [Hawar]

A woman who survived the massacre says Daesh terrorists entered Buweir village in the early hours of the morning and started to kill people indiscriminately, men, women and children. She says tens of people were killed, including her husband, and many more were wounded, including her two children. [Hawar]

Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Ilani, Qutairan, Qurut, Jamusiya, Dandaniya, and Buweir villages west of Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Local activists say a man who was trying to leave Manbij city was killed by a Daesh sniper. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it recaptured Hay Al-Banawi in south Manbij after an attack from several sides, killing more than twenty YPG fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says more than thirty people were killed and one hundred wounded in American airstrikes on the market in Ghandoura town north of Manbij. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrike. The video shows civilian casualties. [A3maq]

Another report says fifteen civilians were killed and tens of others wounded in a Coalition airstrike on Ghandoura. [Qasioun]

In another report, local sources say twenty civilians were killed in the airstrike. [Dorar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says twenty-eight civilians, including a woman and several children, were killed in the airstrike on Ghandoura, 22 km (14 miles) from Manbij. It also says the number might increase because some people are in serious condition. It also says thirteen others were wounded in the airstrike. [SyriaHR]

 

A Manbij Military Council fighter meets his family 3 years after he was forced to leave Manbij. Daesh threatened to killed the man in 2012 because he adopted a child. After he left, Daesh forced his wife to divorce him after accusing him of being a murtad. [Hawar]

 

More stories are appearing about civilians who were executed by Daesh in Manbij. A 50-year-old man with five children and a Master’s degree in Islamic studies was beheaded in 2015, after refusing to accept Daesh’s interpretation of Islam. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it damaged 3 YPG vehicles in southeast Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says seven civilians were killed by an American airstrike on Al-Rabita Street in west Manbij. [A3maq]

Local sources say a man and two women were killed in this airstrike. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it destroyed a YPG armored vehicle in Al-Rabita Street. [A3maq]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria

Daesh says opposition groups retreated after their failed attack on Kafr Ghan village north of Aleppo, and several of the opposition group fighters were killed by IEDs. [A3maq]

 

The YPG captured several areas east of Sheikh Maqsoud, after heavy battles with opposition groups. [Hawar]

Syrian troops captured Hay Bani Zaid in east Aleppo, trapping thousands of opposition groups fighters. [Dorar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters, in addition to vehicles and hideouts, east of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video displaying the wreckage of the Syrian warplane it shot down last week in Jab Al-Jarrah east of Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed five Syrian soldiers with mortars in Jab Al-Jarrah. [A3maq]

 

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

Heavy battles erupted between Daesh and Nusra in Yarmouk Camp. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition attack on the Hawsh Hamad area in Lajat northeast of Daraa, killing eleven fighters and wounding ninety. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say a man and a women were wounded when a rocket fell on their house in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say Egyptian Counter Terrorism troops, supported by helicopters and F-16s, attacked Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists in Rafah and Arish, killing 25 terrorists and wounding 15, and destroying 3 vehicles in addition to hideouts and motorcycles. Counter Terrorism troops also captured 9 terror suspects in Hay Al-Tarabin, south of Sheikh Zuweid. Explosive Ordinance Disposal defused 3 IEDs in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan National Army spokesman says Libyan warplanes launched airstrikes on west Benghazi. He also says the military operations are still ongoing, and their troops captured more areas. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed three Libyan National Army soldiers in Al-Shajar Street in west Benghazi. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it damaged a Libyan National Army vehicle with light weapons in the Qawarsha area. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

The National Accord Government Military spokesman says battles continued in several areas in Sirte center. Government troops shelled a Daesh position near the port, killing several terrorists. He says Libyan troops continued their siege on Daesh in the residential area in Sirte, and Libyan warplanes launched 2 airstrikes. Another military source says one Libyan soldier was killed and four others wounded by a Daesh land mine near Ouagadougou compound. [Wasat]

A military source says Libyan troops found a Daesh vehicle bomb factory in a farm house in the Sawawa area. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Military source says two Libyan soldiers were killed by Daesh snipers in Hay Al-Dolar in Sirte center, and seven other soldiers were wounded in clashes in southwest Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Volunteers started a campaign to remove Daesh graffiti in Harawa, 70 km (43.5 miles) east of Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it found a weapons storehouse in Ban Guerdane. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

France

Daesh issues another video message from Abdel Malik Petitjean, one of the 2 terrorists who attacked the Catholic church in Normandy. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A video of an Iraqi Daesh terrorist called Nizar from the Tameem area in Ramadi, dancing with his girl [Facebook]

In the comment section, another Iraqi Daesh terrorist from Anbar says he has been “on the jihad path” for 12 years and has never seen anything like this. He claims the video is fake.

 

A video of Iraqi forces in the liberated Karama village near Qayara [Yalla]

A video of displaced people who escaped Daesh in the Qayara areas [Mosuliya]

 

A video of an Iraqi airstrike on Daesh targets [YouTube]

 

A video of thousands of people in Diwaniya mourning a Sunni displaced man from Anbar who was killed while fighting Daesh [Yalla]

DaeshDaily comment. Many displaced people left their families and joined Iraqi forces in the battles.

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video criticizing the Saudi Government and military establishment, saying that they don’t represent the “real Wahhabism.” [DawaAlhaq]

 

July 27, 2016

Sabah Shafi-IFP

 

Today’s Major Developments

Daesh vehicle bomb attack in Qamishli, Syria causes 35 deaths, 150 injuries, with toll mounting.

Daesh stages suicide attack in northwest Baghdad, kills at least three.

Impeachment of Anbar Governor overturned by federal court.

Search is on for more mass graves in Falluja after discovery of 25 bodies.

Coalition airstrike spoils wedding reception in Al-Qa’im.

Daesh executes 17 of its own fighters who fled Qayara battles.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman says the Council of Ministers did not send to the COR the proposed law that would grant extra benefits to MPs. He says the proposed law violates the PM’s reforms. An MP had said the law had been sent by the Council. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi government and the KRG issued statements condemning the terrorist attack in Qamishli. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] (See story under Syria)

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq near, around Baghdadi (2), Hit (2), Albu Hayat (1), and Ramadi (1) in Anbar; and Qayara (2), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Sinjar (1) in Ninewa. [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

The JOC says the Military Intelligence Service stopped 4 suicide attacks with explosives vests in Baghdad and captured one of the terrorists. [Mada]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

The Baghdad Operation Command Spokesman says a suicide terrorist was trying to attack a busy market in Shula, a Shia area, but was surrounded by the IFP. Then he detonated himself, also killing an IFP member who grabbed him trying to stop his crime, and wounding another. [Mada]

However, an MoI source says a suicide terrorist blew himself up near a checkpoint in Shula, killing three people, including an IFP member, and wounding eight others, including three IFP members. [Mada]

Daesh’s version says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a police checkpoint in Shula, killing or wounding twenty policemen. [JustPaste]

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

DaeshDaily comment. In all its reports Daesh describe the Iraqi Army and Police as “Rafidhi” (Shia), ignoring the fact that most of the victims are civilians, many of whom might be Sunnis. This is reflected by the petro-dollar incubator media who don’t want to recognize the fact that the vast majority of Sunni Iraqis have joined the political process and are on the frontlines fighting Daesh.

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says two MoI employees were killed and another wounded when unknown armed men shot at a civilian vehicle on the Muthanna Bridge. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a weapons and explosives cache in the Albu Zabar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

An MoI source says one person was killed and six others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Tal Mohammed in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says two people were killed and ten wounded when an IED exploded near a soccer field in Khanasa village in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

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

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

The Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces seized a large weapons and explosives cache in the Shakha 1 area in Latifiya. [Ghad]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses in the Huwaira area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 2 IEDs in the Shabisha area. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

Two slightly conflicting reports on the same incident:

An MoI source says two displaced people were killed and nine wounded when 2 mortar shells fell on their camp in Saidiya. [Mada]

A police source says five children were killed when 2 mortar shells fell on a displaced persons camp in Saidiya. [Sumaria]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

A police source says the body of a Sahwa fighter was found tortured and strangled to death in Radwaniya. [Sumaria]

 

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

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Governor, Suhaib Al-Rawi, says the Federal Court overruled his impeachment. The Governor was voted out of office by the Anbar Provincial Council and challenged the decision in court. [BasNews]

 

Falluja

A member of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council says the bodies of 25 civilians, executed by Daesh, were found in the Teacher’s Institute building in Falluja. He says intelligence information indicates there are more mass graves in the city, and specialized teams are searching for them. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces continued their operations to clear the Falluja areas, and defused 35 booby-trapped houses and 7 IEDs, cleared 2 hospitals and found weapons and explosives. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The west Baghdad Operations Commander says that 85% of Saqlawiya and Qarma, and 30% of Falluja have been cleared of IEDs and mines. [Mawazin]

 

The Qarma PMF Brigade Commander says two of his fighters were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Qarma. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Most of these fighters did not get adequate training for this job. These are just civilians in military uniforms. They should not be used in such missions.

 

Iraqi politicians have different opinions regarding the trench the government intends to dig around Falluja to prevent Daesh attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya subdistrict council says the IAA targeted Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, destroying a hideout, 3 guesthouses, and 2 vehicle bombs, and killing 10 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb and IED factories in Jazeera Khaldiya, in addition to an ammunition and explosives cache, killing tens of terrorists. [Mawazin] [AIN]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout and a weapons storehouse in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, killing 8 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Police issued a statement saying they captured 3 Daesh terrorists, including a Syrian terrorist, in the Kilo 70 area. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi Army 6th division destroyed large quantities of explosives in the Al-Tash area. [MoD Website]

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces found 92 IEDs and large quantities of rockets and light and mid-sized weapons, in addition to TNT and C4 explosives in the Al-Tash area. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Coalition warplanes killed 9 Daesh terrorists in Hay Al-Bakr and 9 others in Mahboubiya, and destroyed a vehicle loaded with weapons in Aliya village near Dolab. Coalition warplanes also destroyed an IED and vehicle bomb factory in the Qusairiyat area. [MoD Website]

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed 18 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb factory in the Qusairiyat area. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy in Al-Tasiya village, north of Baghdadi, destroying 6 vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army 7th division destroyed 42 ammunition caches and 6 IEDs in Dolab. [MoD Website]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says Coalition warplanes bombed the wedding celebration of a the Daesh military commander in Al-Qa’im, killing him and 7 of his associates, and destroying 4 machine gun mounted vehicles, a rocket launcher, and a mortar unit. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says an IFP battalion commander and two of his associates were killed, and four soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their military vehicle in the Akash area, 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Rutba, toward Al-Qa’im. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

More than 62,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in Salahuddin governorate thus far after passing the security check. [MoD Website]

 

Shirqat

Security and provincial officials say Iraqi forces are ready to liberate Shirqat, but the displacement wave stopped the military operations.

A local official says that the Sadrist militia, Saraya Al-Salam, withdrew from the Shirqat area because the Military Command didn’t approve their participation in the campaign. Moqtada Al-Sadr had order the Saraya to go to Shirqat to “help its residents.” [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. There has for some time been a perceptible reluctance to include Saraya Al-Salam in high-profile locations and battles, presumably for well-considered political reasons. They were assigned to handle the Samarra area, which eventually became a focus of military attention but has quieted down since Daesh was driven out.

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack on Sheikh Ali village, and destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb with an Iraqi Army Abrams tank. Iraqi forces also stopped a Daesh attack on the Makhoul area, killing 6 terrorists. Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh shelter and an armored vehicle, killing 6 more terrorists in the Rihaiwat area in Makhoul. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army Lieutenant Colonel near Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists wearing explosives vests, west of Siniya. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police spokesman says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were captured in Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF commander says Iraqi armed forces and local tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Mari village in the Al-Hawi area. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says a child was wounded when 3 mortar shells fell near Shawk Al-Reem village. [Sumaria]

 

The chairman of the Saadiya subdistrict council says 192 families returned to their houses as the 11th group of returnees. Saadiya was the first city in Diyala that fell to Daesh in June 2014 and was liberated by Iraqi forces last year. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk police commander says his troops captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Kirkuk city. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says the IAF targeted Daesh locations in several areas in Hawija District, killing two commanders who came from Mosul, and destroying weapons and explosive storehouses. The IAF also destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Al-Riyadh subdistrict. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source says Daesh executed 17 of its own members who fled the fighting in Qayara. The source says the execution happened in the Shoura area. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Daesh delivered the bodies of 60 of its terrorists who were killed in battles and airstrikes to their families in Mosul. [Ghad]

 

A Peshmerga Ministry source says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh convoy in the Azzawi Intersection area north of Mosul, destroying 5 vehicles and killing 9 terrorists. Daesh had executed seven young men from Mosul in the same area earlier today, after accusing them of cooperating with the Peshmerga. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police captain says Daesh is using the houses of Christians it had confiscated in Mosul as prisons and torture chambers. He also says Daesh blew up the houses of 4 Christian families after looting them. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says a group of unknown people raised the Iraqi flag over the Daesh mosque that was built and named after the Daesh leader, in addition to other places in Mosul city, causing alarm among Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists have started to get rid of the Afghani style dresses, and are shaving their beards, withdrawing from Mosul city streets in fear of an Iraqi Army attack on the city. [AIN]

 

A medical source says a displaced woman from Mosul committed suicide after receiving news that her husband was executed by Daesh in Mosul. The man was captured by the terrorists more than a year ago and had three children. [Maalomah]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga positions in different areas in the Nineveh Plain. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa police captain says Iraqi forces found the bodies of forty local police officers who were executed by Daesh in a mass grave in Ihjala village. [BasNews]

The Ninewa Police says Daesh executed fourteen civilians, including five women and a child, after they were caught trying to escape toward Iraqi forces in Ihjala village. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in different areas in Qayara district with 56 locally made rockets and 31 mortars. Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the Qayara Airfield residential compound with 10 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its medical field services. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists shelling or rocketing Peshmerga positions in Shandoukha village. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga positions near Al-Malha village with mortars and heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Peshmerga positions with dozens of IEDs in different areas in Sinjar district. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG sends 3 tons of medical supplies to Qamishli. The KRG also announced its hospitals will receive the people who were wounded in the terrorist attack. [BasNews] (See story below under Syria)

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, eight of them in and around Manbij, two in Mare’ in northern Aleppo, and in Deir Ez-Zor and Tadmur (1). [InherentResolve]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one of the rare times we see the Coalition bombing in Tadmur (Palmyra), which had been a military operations area of Russian aircraft and the Syrian Army. We wonder if this indicates some new strategy or understanding.

 

In that context, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told US troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that is quoted as saying that the Coalition will look for chances to attack Daesh in Syria from the south. “This of course will have the added benefits of helping the security of our Jordanian partners and further splitting the Syria theater of operation from the Iraqi theater of operation.” [Reuters]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear whether this means far southern Syria, where the US has not been active militarily, or Deir Ez-Zor, near where the US is trying to build up the small New Syria Army, based by the Jordanian border in southeast Syria, which failed in its effort to seize part of Albu Kamal (Bukamal) recently, partly because its American air cover was withdrawn during the battle to go to Falluja. We continue to believe that Bukamal is a Coalition target, and that this is one reason for the plans on the Iraqi side to reach Al-Qa’im and complete the liberation of northwest Anbar. 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The PYD Asayesh issued a statement saying a vehicle bomb exploded in west Qamishli, targeting civilians on a crowded street, causing massive damage to the surrounding buildings, in addition to a large number of civilian victims. [Hawar]

The Jazeera Medical Commission says the casualties of the explosion are thirty-five people killed, including children, and one hundred fifty wounded so far. However, there are still victims underneath the rubble. [Hawar]

Local officials say more than fifty people were killed in the explosion. [Qasioun]

The hospitals in Qamishli issued an urgent call to the citizens to donate blood for the victims of the explosion. [Hawar]

Videos of the aftermath of the explosion [Step] [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.

The attacks on civilians in different countries show that Daesh wants to divert the attention from its losses in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Daesh wants to show its blood thirsty supporters it can still inflect pain and suffering world-wide. It wants to show that it is still “victorious” But that’s not all Daesh wants.

Daesh lost Falluja recently, and will lose Sirte and Manbij very soon. Losing Manbij will separate the core Daesh military organization between Iraq and Syria and might lead to a fracture within the organization itself, turning it into 2 smaller terrorist groups. One plausible theory is that Daesh wants to negotiate. Negotiations usually don’t happen unless the two parties don’t want to suffer more causalities. The negotiation theme has been apparent in the messages sent by Daesh’s social media accounts since the Karrada attack. This is how a terrorist group like Daesh delivers a “peace offer”.

In Iraq, some major Daesh supporters have flipped sides in public and started talking about “how to defeat Daesh!” We can believe them, and negotiate with them, only if we ignore that they are Daesh. The Daesh story is way more complicated than a bunch of jihadis who want to establish their own twisted version of a state. One of the biggest mistakes we make is to believe what Daesh media are saying.     

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked a YPG headquarters in west Qamishli with a vehicle bomb, killing more than one hundred people and wounding others. Daesh says the next plan is retaliation against the “crimes” of Coalition warplanes in Manbij, and it threatened more attacks. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes infographics about the Qamishli attack. [A3maq]
The US Presidential convoy, Brett McGurk condemns the attack on Qamishli and promises to support the Kurds in Syria in their war against Daesh. [ARA]

 

Media sources say Coalition warplanes started using Rmeilan Airbase north of Hasaka to launch airstrikes on Daesh in Syria. [Dorar]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of its hisbah activities in the Karama area in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters who have cleared parts of the strategic northern city of Manbij have found a vast collection of intelligence on Daesh, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The United States and its coalition partners are sifting through approximately 10,000 items of intelligence, including computer data files, thumb drives and Daesh rewritten textbooks, said Col. Chris Garver, the Baghdad-based spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Coalition-backed Syrian fighters have retaken about half of Manbij from Daesh, Garver told reporters at the Pentagon.

The files are providing a clearer understanding of how Daesh used Manbij to process incoming foreign fighters for Iraq and Syria and how it also hosted external attack operations there to “send trained terrorists out into the world,” Garver said. [Stripes]

 

Manbij Military Council (MMC) troops stopped a Daesh attack on their military positions near Hay Al-Kajli, killing several terrorists and wounding others. [Hawar]

MMC troops killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and stopped their attack on Ilan village. MMC fighters also stopped 3 Daesh attacks, killing 9 terrorists. MMC fighters advanced in Hay Al-Kajli, killing 11 terrorists. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops freed 750 civilians from Al-Kajli and other areas in Manbij city (video). [Hawar]

However, a mother of nine from Manbij was shot by a Daesh sniper when she was trying to leave Hay Al-Kajli. She says Daesh had made their life extremely difficult, and prevented them from leaving, even to get milk for their infants. [Hawar]

 

Daesh is burning down civilian houses and tires in order to distort the vision of Coalition warplanes (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed twenty YPG fighters and destroyed 4 armored vehicles and a bulldozer in Manbij city. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked YPG fighters in Hay Al-Banawi in south Manbij, killing more than fifteen fighters, and wounding others, destroying 4 vehicles. Daesh also says it destroyed an armored bulldozer with a rocket in west Manbij, killing the driver. Daesh says it attacked YPG in north Manbij as well, killing or wounding several fighters, and capturing light and mid-sized weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Manbij Military Council troops shot down a Daesh drone near Abu Qalqal subdistrict (video). [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes a video of battles in Manbij [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of American airstrikes on Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other reports from northern Aleppo

Heavy battles erupted between the YPG and Turkey backed opposition groups after the opposition shelled Sheikh Maqsoud with mortars. [Hawar]

The YPG says one of its fighters was killed and three wounded in the battles. [Hawar]

Photos of the results of the opposition shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

Opposition groups also shelled Jalma village in Afrin with 20 Katyushas, wounding one civilian. [Hawar]

 

The opposition groups commander says Daesh launched a massive attack on Mare’ after heavy shelling. He says a group of Daesh terrorists infiltrated the southern side of the city, then other Daesh groups arrived. He says the opposition groups stopped the attack, causing Daesh massive casualties. Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations near Mare’, destroying 2 military vehicles and killing several terrorists. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition group attack on Kafr Ghan village, north of Aleppo, killing many fighters with IEDs and forcing the rest to retreat. [A3maq]

Daesh says the Coalition warplanes supported opposition groups in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles and the Coalition airstrikes. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army and allied militia attack on its positions southeast of Tadmur, killing six soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

 

Local activists say Daesh provided free wi-fi service for people in its media centers in Mayadin, to allow people to download its publications.

Russian warplanes bombed Daesh locations near the silos area east of Tadmur. Russian warplanes also targeted Daesh locations near the Jab Al-Jarrah area east of Homs. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Qulib Al-Thor village east of Silmiya. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle with a land mine east of Silmiya. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video about the failed New Syria Army attack on Albu Kamal. The video shows New Syria Army training and reports on one of its phone conversations, taped by Daesh. [JustPaste]

 

A local activist says Daesh publicly executed four young men in Deir Ez-Zor, after accusing them of smuggling people out of Albu Kamal and helping them escape Daesh controlled areas. He also says Daesh arrested ten people near the city without giving any explanation. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. Russian planes dropped humanitarian assistance in areas under Syrian Government control. [ARA]

 

Local activists say people in Deir Ez-Zor started “underground schools” to teach their children. The people are avoiding Daesh’s expensive and useless schools. In the video, a Daesh terrorist who claims to be a teacher doesn’t know the difference between Arabic past tense and present tense. [Al-Aan]

 

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

A local activist says Nusra Front withdrew from all of its positions in the Yarmouk Basin, west of Daraa. The area has been the front line between Nusra and other opposition groups on one side, and Daesh affiliates on the other side. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. There have been news reports that Al-Nusra wants to disengage itself from Al-Qaeda as a way to moderate its image among opposition groups in Syria, a move that is disputed within its own ranks.

 

Media sources say the bodies of eighteen unknown people were found in a Daesh guesthouse in Jassem city in Daraa. [Dorar]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say three civilians were killed while transporting an IED in their horse-drawn carriage in the Sumran area south of Arish. The sources say security is checking their relationship with Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis. However, social media sources close to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis say the three civilians were killed in an Egyptian military shelling on a house in the area. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says yesterday’s explosion in a brick factory in south Arish happened because of a guided Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis missile that was aimed at a nearby checkpoint. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says Israeli airstrikes near Arish, Rafah, and Sheikh Zuweid city killed civilians and destroyed houses. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. In Daesh’s propaganda, in Egypt as in Iraq and Syria, all airstrikes against Daesh miss their targets and instead kill innocent civilians.

 

A soldier was killed and three others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Kontila area in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]

Daesh says it killed Egyptian soldiers with an IED near Kontila village. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Northeast

Reports appeared about Libyan warplanes killing the most notable Daesh leader in Libya, Abu Hafs Al-Libi in Qawarsha. The terrorist, whose real name is Mar’i Faleh Al-Hatak, is one of the most wanted men by the United States because of his participation in attacks on the American and British consulates in Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

The spokesman of the Libyan Special Forces says their troops captured 2 factories and a residential compound in the Qawarsha area. [Wasat]

 

Two Libyan Army commanders were killed in battles in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

Another Special Forces commander was killed by a land mine in the same area. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan Red Crescent says it found the bodies of three paramedics who were captured and executed by Daesh in April in Qawarsha. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan Special Forces commander says his troops secured foreign workers who were trapped in the battle area in Qawarsha. [Wasat]

He also says Libyan troops have started to remove IEDs and land mines from the area. [Libya24]

 

Daesh says it attacked and damaged 2 Libyan National Army vehicles in the Qawarsha area, killing one of the drivers. Daesh also says it killed five soldiers and wounded two. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Libyan National Army armored vehicle with an IED, killing the soldiers inside. Daesh says it killed or wounded more soldiers with 2 IEDs in the Qawarsha area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed a Libyan National Army soldier and wounded others with an IED in Al-Shajar Street in west Benghazi. [JustPaste]

Daesh had said earlier that it killed five soldiers and wounded six with 2 IEDs on the same street. [JustPaste]

 

Central coast

A security source says a Palestinian Daesh leader was captured as he was trying to flee from Sirte. The source says the terrorists have executed more than ten young people in the city. [Wasat]

 

A National Accord Government Military spokesman says the battlefields in Sirte have been relatively quiet the past 2 days, and Libyan troops continued the shelling on Daesh areas. The source also says Libyan warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan National Accord Government source says American warplanes are participating in limited operations against Daesh in Sirte. The source says the American participation in the battles happened after an agreement with the National Accord Government that includes specific technical conditions, including that both parties should announce their operations at the same time. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Media sources say the Tunisian Army killed 2 terrorists in Jendouba province in northwest Tunisia. A Tunisian soldier was wounded in the clashes. [AfriGate]

 

Morocco

The Morocco Ministry of Interior says it captured 52 Daesh suspects who were planning terrorist attacks in the kingdom, and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Sumaria]

 

Other countries

Somalia

Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked Somali security members with a hand grenade in Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

France

A French official says one of the 2 terrorists who attacked the church in Normandy yesterday and killed Father Jacques Hamel, was under government surveillance and had an electronic detection device after being caught twice attempting to leave to Syria to join Daesh. He was captured in Turkey and returned to France in 2015. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A noble and innocent man was killed because of this criminal. He is perhaps an example of the fact that the world still hasn’t figured out how to deal with terrorists who were captured before or after they joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria. For example, a terrorist who took photos with severed heads in Syria was sentenced to just two years in prison in a European country. Really? Joining an international terror organization that publicly calls for killing civilians all over the world should not be dealt with as a minor crime. Many of these terrorists either killed civilians in Iraq and Syria or were planning to. European countries need to take stronger measures.

 

Daesh issues a video of the 2 terrorists who conducted the Normandy attack pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader, Baghdadi. [A3maq]

 

Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Interior says it captured 2 Moroccan brothers in Girona after they were accused of financing Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The terrorists transferred money from Europe to pay for the transportation costs of terrorists who were heading to the two countries. [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Sabah Shafi, the IFP fighter who grabbed the suicide terrorist in Shula and died with him [Twitter]

 

A Kuwaiti “scholar” prays for the people of Mosul to pass this “catastrophe” safely. [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. Mosul has been suffering under Daesh rule for 2 years, and this supposed scholar person and people like him didn’t pray for its people. The same “scholar” said once “If they describe any person as a “terrorist,” it means he is a good man.”

 

Videos of the Day

A video of families secured by Iraqi forces in the Shirqat area [Yalla]

 

A video of opposition fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Kafr Ghan [YouTube]

 

A video of the battle in Mare’ [YouTube]

 

A video of the raids on Daesh supporters in Morocco [Medi1TV]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

July 26, 2016

Father Jacques Hamel

Father Jacques Hamel

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

New Political Parties law will force parties to separate from their militias.

Salahuddin initiates national reconciliation process.

Coalition hits Manbij with seven more airstrikes, as Daesh loses further ground.

Daesh assassins kill French priest during Mass.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The COR’s Legal Committee says the new Political Parties law will be activated in the next 60 days. The law, which was approved in August 2015, creates a problem for some political parties because it prohibits parties from having any affiliation with armed groups. The only solution might be that those parties break their ties with their militias and accept the Prime Minister’s order to define the PMFs as components of a separate organization that is under the Iraqi Military Command. [Mada]

The PMF Commission issued a statement saying it will reorganize PMFs as a military organization based on the Counter Terrorism Service model, according to an order issued by Prime Minster Abadi in late February. The new establishment will follow all of the Iraqi military laws and procedures, and will break its ties to political parties. [Mada]

However, a PMF Commission spokesman says the reconstruction of the PMFs is likely to happen after the liberation of Mosul and not now. [Sumaria]

 

A COR source says they passed a law creating an independent agency called the General Commission of Regions and Governorates not Incorporated into Regions (i.e., the Kurds), which is to report directly to the COR. There must be representatives from all governorates on the Commission. The law was finally passed after intense negotiations among political parties. The law appears to work from the assumption that some governorates are not fairly represented in government management, and their citizens don’t get a fair share of its benefits, in part due to corruption factors. Specifically mentioned are scholarship opportunities and even opportunities to attend foreign conferences and meetings, often controlled by cronies and other favored individuals. The Commission is to make semi-annual and annual reports about its activities. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We found the explanation behind this law somewhat unclear, and suspect that its implementation will be a subject of contention. However, the fairness of the governmental system has been a constant source of criticism.

 

The United Nation’s Security Council voted unanimously to support the United Nation’s mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, retaining its leader, Jan Kubis. [Mada]

 

The JOC spokesman refuted media reports about delaying the military operations in the Qayara and Shirqat areas, saying the preparations are ongoing and large military operations will start in the coming days. [Mada]

 

The Australian Minister of Defense says the Australian trainers in Iraq will have to travel outside of the Taji base in order to be able to train Iraqi forces on heavy artillery and mortars. [Mada]

 

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Kadhimiya and Al-Khalis. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and around Mosul (6), Qayara (2), Tal Afar (2), and Sultan Abdullah (1); Hit (1) and Habbaniya (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

The Christian PMF Commander says an IED exploded near their headquarters in Karrada, causing minor  damage. [Buratha]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command spokesman says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade killed 2 Daesh suicide terrorists wearing explosive vests in the Al-Hora area. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Yesterday, the BOC reported defusing a vehicle bomb in the same area.

 

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed 5 Daesh guesthouses and defused a vehicle bomb and 4 IEDs in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade defused 6 IEDs in Um Najm village. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command started a new military operation by apprehending 20 members of a Daesh sleeper cell in different parts in north Baghdad. [BasNews]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Iraqi Army 44th brigade confiscated 2 explosive vests in Adhamiya. [BOC Facebook Page]

A local police source says a paramedic was killed near his house when armed men in a civilian vehicle shot him with silenced guns in the Saba’ Akbar area. [Maalomah]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says a civilian was killed and three others wounded when a sticky IED exploded under a vehicle selling gas bottles in the Suwaib area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

A security source says the body of unknown man was found tied and shot in Mahmudiya. [Ghad]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and cleared a 5 km road in the Akhsaf area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade defused 2 IEDs in the Al-Sheeth area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

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

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says a PMF fighter was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Abu Ghraib. [Mada]

An MoI source says an MoI Major was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his civilian vehicle in Hay Al-Adel. [Mada]

An MoI source says a civilian was killed and eight wounded when an IED exploded near a busy market in Iskan. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 32 IEDs, 10 explosive vests, and destroyed 2 IED factories with more than 100 IEDs, in addition to rockets and explosives, clearing 70 houses and a 4.7 km road in different areas of Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says an Iraqi soldier was killed as he tried to defuse an IED in the Sin Al-Dhuban area in western Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi Army 8th division defused 12 booby-trapped houses and 21 IEDs in the Albu Taiban and Halabsa areas, west of Falluja. [AIN]

 

A member of the Qarma subdistrict council says some political parties are trying to stop the return of displaced families to the subdistrict in order to take political advantage of the crisis. He says more than 60% of the areas in Qarma are secure and ready to receive the returnees. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 60th brigade confiscated 6 locally made rockets in the Raikan area southeast of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

An Anbar Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes killed 2 Daesh terrorists and wounded 2 in an airstrike on Jazeera Khaldiya. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and 2 weapons storehouses in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 9 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces finished building a temporary bridge over the Al-Hilwa River in order to gain another access point into Jazeera Khaldiya. [Etejah]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says an IAA CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Albu Nimr area near Baghdadi [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Khaldiya area west of Hit. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of items taken from the alleged American warplane it shot down near the Ain Al-Asad Military Base. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh’s didn’t show any photos of the plane wreckage, as it has done before.  For example, Daesh terrorists paraded with the dead body of the pilots of a recon plane that went down in Hawija. Most of the items shown in the photo can be bought on Amazon as was pointed out by a DaeshDaily former military officer.  

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of its PR office activities in west Anbar. The photos show Daesh members intervening to solve a tribal dispute. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh goes to the tribes when it senses troubles.

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Salahuddin Provincial Council held a national reconciliation conference in Yathrib subdistrict in southern Salahuddin, attended by the Governor, Salahuddin Operations Commander, and tribal leaders. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The government is trying to expand such initiatives to other areas to start a real national reconciliation process.

 

Shirqat

A security source says a mother and her four children were killed by a Daesh IED as they tried to escape from Shirqat. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s bombed Daesh locations in Shirqat, killing 9 explosives men, most from Arab countries. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos from Houriya village north of Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Saraya Al-Jihad, a Shia PMF, says it found several Daesh explosives caches and confiscated tens of IEDs and barrels filled with explosives west of Siniya. [AIN]

 

Tikrit

A Tikrit police source says the local police captured 2 Daesh terrorists who sneaked into the city a day earlier. The source also says people informed them about 2 suspects, leading to the arrest. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four PMF fighters and wounded another one in Allas Oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Tooz

The Turkmen PMF commander says, in a conference attended by tribal and community leaders, the people of Tooz District should have the right to decide the future of their areas in coordination with the people who didn’t cooperate with Daesh. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala Provincial Council says Daesh terrorists are fleeing the Hawija area, and are arriving in Diyala, causing the anticipation of further Daesh attacks. He asks the Prime Minister to provide better explosives detecting devices to protect the governorate. [Etejah]

 

The Deputy Chairman of the Diyala PC says the Diyala government passed information to its security agency about the Daesh attack in Al-Khalis before it happened, but no action was taken. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This not the first time we hear such statements. Security might not have the capacity to deal with such information and prevent the attacks.

 

A PMF commander says many Daesh terrorists have returned to the liberated areas in Diyala because of breaches in the security checking process for displaced families. [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Police Spokesman says Police Emergency Units captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in south Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Police spokesman says the police captured a man in Abbara wanted on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army member in the Jizani area in Albu Saida, wounding him severely. Daesh says the victim is a son of an Iraqi Army Colonel who had been previously killed by Daesh. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

The Diyala Police spokesman says the police defused 2 IEDs planted on dirt roads in Udhaim subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army Humvee in the Mtaibija area in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army bulldozer while it was leveling orchards in the Sheikhi area in Al-Waqf. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

The PKK organized a funeral session for one of the YPG fighters who was killed in the Manbij battles, in Kirkuk, his hometown. [ROJ]

 

Hawija

The PMF Commission Spokesman says Shirqat District is now isolated from Mosul and Hawija, anticipating that the liberation of Shirqat will happen very shortly. He also says tens of Daesh terrorists fled the district. [Etejah]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s targeted Daesh locations in Hawija District, destroying a communications center and a weapons storehouse, killing several terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, says the Peshmerga will have “the leading role” in liberating Mosul. [ARA]

 

A Ninewa police commander says Daesh executed eight former Iraqi soldiers in Hammam Al-Alil. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy in the Cultural Compound in Mosul, killing a Daesh “sharia judge”, a terrorist from Tal Afar, in addition to six civilians who were arrested by Daesh. The source says this is the second “judge” killed by the Coalition within the past 24 hours. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes killed the Daesh sharia judge, Ahmed Ma’ayouf, and 3 of his associates in an airstrike on their vehicle in the Ghabat area in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says the Ninewa Falcons Battalion killed 3 Daesh terrorists in 3 different areas in Mosul city. [PUKMedia]

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says more than 1,500 Daesh terrorists, mostly foreigners, left Mosul toward Syria after Iraqi forces liberated the Qayara Oilfield. [Baghdadia]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga soldier in Dayr Umm Tutha village near Tel Keif. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa Police captain says unknown armed men attacked Daesh terrorists in Bazwaya, a Shabak town 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Mosul in Hamdaniya, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 5. [BasNews]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Sunni Arab COR member from Ninewa says Daesh burned up oilfields in Qayara, He also asks Prime Minister Abadi to accelerate the liberation of Qayara because people are stuck in the city under bad conditions. Another Ninewa COR member says he anticipates that 20-30,000 people left their houses in Qayara and the government may not be able to provide shelter. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Operations Commander says Daesh blew up the Salamiya Bridge southeast of Mosul, in an effort to hinder the Mosul liberation operation. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in the residential compound of the Qayara Airfield with light and mid-sized weapons, destroying a military position. [JustPaste]

 

A Shabak COR member from Ninewa says the United States allocated more than $20 million to reconstruct the Qayara Airfield, in order to make it ready in one month. [Mada]

 

KURDISTAN

Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of a YPG fighter who was killed in the Manbij battles, in his hometown in Suleimaniya. [ROJ]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Chairman of the Babel Provincial Council says the Council decided to destroy the houses of the people who are convicted on terrorism charges and force their families out of the governorate if the families were involved in a cover-up. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. We get the motive, but this is exactly what Daesh wants; long lasting societal wounds. And where will the excluded people go, and who will pay them a salary?

 

Wasit

The Chairman of the Wasit Appeals Court says the Kut criminal court sentenced to death a Daesh terrorist responsible for an attack on a checkpoint in 2014. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says it killed three YPG fighters with an IED on the road between Qamishli and Tal Hamis, northeast of Hasaka. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says an IED exploded near a bank in Shaddadi, killing a Syrian Democratic Forces fighter. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it killed two YPG fighters and wounded another with an IED in Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Manbij. [InherentResolve]

 

Displaced people say Daesh is forcing people out of their houses in order to booby-trap them in Manbij. They also say Daesh is digging tunnels under the houses and filling them with explosives while civilians are still inside. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops secured 200 families from Manbij city center. [Hawar]

 

Special sources say Daesh terrorists fought internally in Manbij because of the MMC initiative to let them leave the city peacefully to save civilians. Some of the terrorists wanted to accept the initiative, while others refused. Similar clashes were reported also in Al-Bab city. [Hawar]

 

Local media sources say battles continued between Syrian Democratic Forces and Daesh terrorists who refused to leave Manbij city. They say many Daesh terrorists left Manbij toward Jarabulus. [Qasioun]

 

A Kurdish Asayesh commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack in southwest Manbij, killing 15 terrorists, and destroying a vehicle bomb. An SDF force says Manbij Military Council troops captured the Baizar Bridge and several areas south of Manbij Hospital after heavy battles with Daesh. [ARA]

 

The Daesh military commander of east Manbij, a Turkish terrorist called Abu A’isha, was killed with 13 other terrorists in Manbij. The terrorist had kidnapped more than 150 Kurdish civilians in Manbij before the military operations started. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops killed 13 Daesh terrorists in battles in Hay Al-Kajli in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says a 3 of its terrorists attacked YPG positions south of Manbij, killing five fighters and wounding five, capturing weapons and ammunition before returning safely to their positions inside the city. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

A special source in Manbij says Daesh called on the families of the people it kidnapped, to go to certain locations in the city in order to release their relatives. The source says Daesh is using this trick to hold the families hostages to use as human shields. [Hawar]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says four civilians, including a woman, were killed and several others wounded by snipers and IEDs in northwest Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

A special source says Daesh sent military reinforcements from the Al-Bab area, and attacked Syrian Democratic Forces positions in Ilan village, 20 km (12.5 miles) west of Manbij. The source says Daesh is targeting positions west of Manbij and captured Al-Qurt village yesterday. The source says these villages have no military significance for Manbij city. [Dorar]

Manbij Military Council troops claimed to have stopped the Daesh attack on Ilan, killing 12 terrorists and destroying 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed six YPG fighters in battles in Hay Al-Hazawana. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles in Manbij. [A3maq]

 

Other northwest Syria reports

An opposition group commander says Daesh launched a massive attack from 2 sides near Baraghida village, but his troops stopped the attack, killing 7 terrorists and capturing one. He says Daesh is desperately trying to reach the Turkish border, most likely to open roads for foreign terrorists to enter. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh snipers killed a Kurdish woman and her two young girls, who were trying to flee Daesh controlled areas in Al-Bab. He also says Daesh kidnapped five Kurdish civilians 2 days ago, and confiscated 16 houses in the area. [BasNews]

 

A Syrian Democratic Forces says Turkey-backed opposition groups continued their shelling on Jalma and Diwan villages in Afrin. [ARA]

 

The YPG says the Turkish Army shelled YPG positions west of Kobane with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says it stopped a Daesh attack on its positions near Kobane, destroying 2 vehicles. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of battles near Kowaires Airfield. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say Al-Nusra clashed with other armed groups north of Aleppo, over a dispute regarding the money taken from displaced people who were trying to escape Daesh controlled areas toward Afrin. The sources say the armed groups are randomly shooting at civilian vehicles. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army near Fikr village east of Hama. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says areas under the Syrian Government control in Deir Ez-Zor have been facing a severe shortage in water for 5 days. The main water station is located in the Daesh controlled Baghailiye village. [ARA]

 

A local activist says Daesh captured the entire medical staff of the Mayadin city hospital, after accusing them of accepting bribes and stealing medicine and equipment. He says Daesh released the crew after they paid financial penalties. Daesh also executed a young man in Biqris town east of Deir Ez-Zor, after accusing him of ridda (leaving Islam). [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. For Daesh, not obeying its orders or opposing it makes you a non-Muslim automatically.

 

Russian warplanes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Deir Ez-Zor city. Russian warplanes also launched extensive airstrikes on Daesh locations near Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

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

Syrian troops killed a group of Daesh terrorists who were trying to infiltrate Barad village in Suwayda. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Police armored vehicle in the Al-Wadi Bridge area in Arish on Monday. [A3maq]

VetoGate reported yesterday that three civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near Al-Wadi Bridge in Arish.

 

Yesterday, Daesh said Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes Sunday south of Arish and south of Sheikh Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

A brick factory was destroyed by an IED planted by armed men in south of Arish city. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say they found the head of a 33-year-old civilian in Hasana city in Central Sinai. The man was kidnapped by terrorists several days ago and was accused of cooperating with security. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A military source says battles renewed between Libyan troops and Daesh and its allies in the Qawarsha area, in west Benghazi. [Wasat]

The Libyan National Army says it liberated the Qawarsha gate and the Chinese Company Compound in west Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

The Libyan National Army spokesman asked media outlets not to cover the battles in west Benghazi hastily. Social media sources say a Libyan soldier was killed in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

A National Accord Government Military source says an Explosive Ordinance Disposal expert was killed by a Daesh sniper in southeast Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Libyan forces vehicle in west Sirte, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about the battles in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says border guards arrested an African man trying to cross from Tunisia into Libya to join a terrorist group. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

France

Le Figaro says 2 terrorists armed with knives held civilians as hostage in a church in Normandy and beheaded a priest before they were killed by the police. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s A3maq says the terrorists who conducted the attacks are Daesh members. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The sheer depravity of Daesh is apparent from this truly horrible incident. Despite their religious pretensions, they are people of sub-human values focused only on power and the joy of killing others in cruel ways. Incidents like this put their supposed religious ideology in perspective.

The worst thing we can do is to believe Daesh media, to see the terrorists as religious fighters with a mission, albeit misguided, to change the world. Daesh terrorists are often sociopaths and psychopaths, and the people behind them are murderous criminals who will kill anyone to remain politically relevant.

Unfortunately this is not clearly communicated in the media, even in the West. Daesh is trying to show that beheading an 84-year-old man is a victory, that killing unaware civilians in a mall or a club is a holy fight, that blowing up women and children in suicide attacks will take the terrorists to heaven. For Daesh’s online fanboys these are acts of bravery. That shows us that Daesh is not a group of normal people but a bunch of criminals who must be dealt with as such.

 

The prestigious Al-Azhar Mosque in Egypt issues a statement condemning the murder of Father Jacques Hamel. [CoptsToday]

 

Nigeria

Daesh’s affiliate Boko Haram says it stopped a Nigerian Army attack on a village in Borno State, northeast of Nigeria, killing fourteen soldiers and capturing one. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan

The Spokesman of the Nangarhar province says Afghan troops started military operations in the province and killed 200 Daesh terrorists, including an Emirati leader, capturing 20 more, and clearing many villages. The operations started on Friday. [Anadolu]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

There was an explosion of anger from Muslims on social media over Daesh’s beheading of a French priest (reported above) in his church. One theme was that this had no conceivable religious purpose.

 

Jacques Hamel, the beloved French priest who was murdered by Daesh, wrote last year that “we should make the world warmer, more humane and more brotherly.” [Twitter]

His church had donated land in 2000 to build a mosque. [Twitter]

 

Showing the extent of the problem, however, a supposedly “moderate” Saudi cleric (commenting in general) says “I followed the reasons that adopted violence and extremism, and found that they appear when there is a lot of oppression against Muslims, which creates a lot of enthusiasm accompanied by little knowledge.” [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an example of how the Daesh incubator media justifies its existence. We just want to understand what kind of “oppression” makes Saudis from well-off families detonate themselves among civilians in Iraq?    

 

Videos of the Day

A video of a one-legged PMF fighter who volunteered to fight Daesh [YouTube]

 

A video of an Iraqi airstrike destroying a Daesh car bomb factory in Shirqat [ISOF]

A video of an Iraqi soldier meeting his family for the first time in 2 years after they were trapped by Daesh in Shirqat [YouTube]

 

Photos of Daesh terrorists captured in Samarra [Twitter]

 

A video of Iraqi fighters in a battle with Daesh [YouTube]

 

A video of a French airstrike destroying a Daesh weapons storehouse in Mosul [YouTube]

 

A video of civilians from Manbij secured by MMC fighters [SDF]

A video taken by MMC fighters showing a Daesh terrorist planting IEDs near the Sajur River [SDF]

A video of Hay Al-Banawi in Manbij after it was liberated from Daesh [SDF]

A video of a Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh fighting position near Manbij on July 11 [CJTF]

 

A video of Syrian troops destroying a Daesh heavy machine gun in Deir Ez-Zor [YouTube]

 

OTHER DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes a new issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

 

July 25, 2016

 

Coalition Leaflet Dropped on Manbij

Today’s Major Developments

Daesh suicide attack in Kadhimiya kills at least 12, wounds 15

Iraqi troops attack Daesh in Jazeera Khaldiya, face continued resistance.

Suicide attack in Al-Khalis, Diyala kills 12, wounds 39

Daesh commits two more mass atrocities in Ninewa.

Daesh refuses offer of free passage out of Manbij; keeps using human shields.

UN estimates over 90,000 people have been displaced from Sirte, Libya

Daesh attack on Shia demonstration in Kabul kills 80, wounds 200.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minster Abadi says in a meeting with the Ninewa Governor and Provincial Council members that all the ethnic and religious groups should go back to Mosul in order to keep the harmony between the different groups in the governorate. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, in a speech in the Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, calls on Arab nations to take a “stronger position” to make Turkey withdraw its troops from Iraq. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Good luck with that.

Mithal Al-Alusi, a CoR member from Anbar, said the Iraqi government should ask the Summit to do their best to stop the Saudi and Qatari support for Daesh. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Good luck with that too.

 

The media center of the CoR issued a statement saying the proposed internal CoR law about members’ benefits is only in its first reading and it will be discussed publically. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This law is a shameless effort to negate some of the Prime Minister’s reforms and benefit individual CoR members financially and otherwise. Not surprisingly, this has caused public outrage about this draft law.   

 

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says the Ministry failed to do its duty toward displaced people because of the lack of financial allocations. He says the Ministry didn’t receive any allocations from the government for this year. The Minister, a Kurd, was speaking to a Barzani family-owned news outlet. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. We have a hard time believing this statement, given the many tens of thousands of displaced people. However, it does suggest that the priorities of COR members should be on displaced people and not on their own benefits and perks.  

 

The Supreme Judicial Council issued a statement saying 6 Daesh terrorists from Daesh’s “wilayat Diyala” were captured by security personnel. It says the terrorists admitted to their role in the Nahrawan attack in April, in addition to attacks in Baghdad Al-Jadida in June and July of this year. [Etejah]

 

The French Ambassador to Iraq says in a meeting with the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs that France has provided Iraq with modern weapons to fight Daesh. [AIN]

 

The Coalition says it conducted airstrikes on 7 Daesh targets in Iraq, around Qayara (2), Mosul (1), Sultan Abdullah (1), and Tal Afar (1); and in Ramadi (1), and Rutba (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, Karrada, etc.)

A security source says the body of a Shia cleric from Kerbala was found tortured and shot in the morgue in Baghdad. The cleric used to be an activist in youth issues, and he was kidnapped in Baghdad on Friday. [IraqPress]

 

Northwest (Kadhimiya)

On Sunday, a suicide terrorist attacked civilians in Aden Square in Kadhimiya, killing twelve people and wounding fifteen. [Dijla]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Kadhimiya, saying it was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist, and that it killed or wounded fifty people. [JustPaste]

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Husseiniya. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 45th brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and confiscated a vehicle near the Kaf Ali Cemetery. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused a vehicle bomb in the Hora area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

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

A security source says Iraqi Army 44th brigade found 2 explosives vests in an abandoned lot in Binouk. [Baghdadia]

A police source says a roadside IED exploded in the Ma’amel area, wounding two civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Arab Jabour. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in Arab Jabour. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army units found 2 Daesh guesthouses and an IED in the Zanbaraniya and Sayafiya areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses, defused a booby-trapped house, and killed a terrorist in the Akhsaf area. [BOC Facebook Page]

The same brigade found 2 Daesh guesthouses and defused a booby-trapped house in the Al-Sour area. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found an explosives vest in the Albu Saifi area. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 25th brigade found an explosives cache in the Shakha1 area in Latifiya. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest (Rasheed)

An MoI source says five people were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in Hay Al-Amel. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

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

A police source says an IED exploded near the house of a COR member from Salahuddin in Harthiya, causing material damages. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   20    (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 35 more booby-trapped houses and 25 more IEDs, and cleared a 7 km road, finding an IED storehouse with 351 IEDs, in addition to others weapons and explosives in different areas in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces launched a major military operation targeting Daesh locations in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 14 terrorists, and destroying 4 vehicles and a mortar unit. [Mada]

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council confirmed the attack on Jazeera Khaldiya, saying Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, killed 14 terrorists, destroyed 3 vehicle bombs, and killed 2 suicide terrorists on motorcycles, in addition to destroying 4 Daesh locations in the area. He also says Explosive Ordinance Disposal defused several booby-trapped houses, and cleared several roads near Jazeera Khaldiya.  [Maalomah]

A member of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council says Daesh’s presence in Jazeera Khaldiya is still threatening the nearby areas. He says tens of civilians, mostly women and children, were killed or wounded by Daesh mortars and rockets over the past few days in Khaldiya in Habbaniya. [Mada]

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces are cutting off Daesh supply lines and destroying its hideouts and gatherings in Jazeera Khaldiya. [BasNews]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 boats in the Jazeera Ramadi area, north of Ramadi. [BasNews]

 

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA intensified its attacks on Daesh in areas north of Ramadi, after getting information that Daesh terrorists are planning to flee the area toward western Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi Military Intelligence Service says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the Hit and Masriya areas, killing 34 terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles, a mortar unit, and a weapons storehouse. [Harbi]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh terrorists are gathering to attack the Saqra, Zawiya, and Makhazen areas west of Haditha. He says Iraqi Army, police, and tribal fighters were deployed to stop the potential attack. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it shot down an American warplane near the Ain Al-Asad Airbase, killing its crew. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We asked the Coalition media center about this and they told us all planes were accounted for.  

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The chairman of the Anah District Council says Iraqi forces should liberate the Horan Valley area and the border area with Syrian before liberating the remaining cities in western Anbar from Daesh. He says that although Iraqi forces liberated Rutba and Hit, Daesh is still able to attack these cities because of its hideouts in those areas. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Since 2003, these areas have been a refuge for thousands of jihadis coming from Syria. This problem was not solved by the Coalition or the Iraqi government. Daesh attacked Iraqi cities in 2014 from these areas, and the next phase of Daesh will start from there too if the Coalition and the Government don’t wipe out the terrorists there.

 

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Al-Qa’im, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi F-16s targeted several buildings in Al-Qa’im, in addition to a Daesh trade center, killing 12 terrorists, including the Daesh security commander in Al-Qa’im, Abu Harith Al-Rawa. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Chairman of the Salahuddin Provincial Council says the PC formed an emergency room to follow up on the issues of the displaced families from northern Salahuddin areas, and asked the international community for support. [Mada]

The Salahuddin Governor says more than 12,500 families have left their houses in Shirqat so far. He asks Prime Minister Abadi to start the liberation operations there. [Sumaria]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command secured more than 200 displaced people who had escaped Daesh-controlled areas in Shirqat. They also defused 20 IEDs in the Bedouin residential compound area in Shirqat district. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh trailer and a machine gun-mounted vehicle with Kornet rockets in the Zuwiya area in Shirqat district. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Ain Al-Baidha village, destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

Iraqi forces found 4 IEDs planted near Tikrit University, in addition to 3 barrels of ammonium nitrate. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in the Allas Oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

A Samarra police source says a Daesh terrorist was captured while he was trying to smuggle a vehicle bomb loaded with explosives in addition to 3 explosives vests to Samarra city center (photos). [BasNews]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges, in addition to 3 other suspects, in Samarra city. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. Look at the two Samarra stories together. This is the second time in less than 2 weeks that Daesh terrorists were captured in Samarra city. We have previously suggested that Daesh might try to distract from its defeats by attacking Shia shrines, in order to start a new wave of sectarian violence. The shrine in Samarra remains one of the most important Shia shrines.

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Health Directorate says twelve people were killed and thirty-nine wounded in a vehicle bomb attack near the Directorate of Agriculture in Al-Khalis. It says eight of its own employees were among the victims. [Mada]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack, saying it was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source says the National Security Service captured a Daesh terrorist at a checkpoint south of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says an IED exploded near a wholesale market south of Kirkuk, wounding three civilians. [Rudaw]

 

Hawija

A local source says Daesh terrorists burned a woman and her three children to death after the family was caught trying to escape from Hawija. However, the same source says Daesh terrorists started to take money, in thousands of dollars, to allow families to escape the city. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC issues a video of an Iraqi F-16 airstrike on a Daesh headquarters in Hawija. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Sadr Al-Mahar village northwest of Hawija. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Al-Sabah newspaper reported that, according to a military source, Daesh terrorists publicly sewed shut the mouths of 20 young men in Nabi Younes Square in Mosul, after accusing them of mentioning Daesh’s defeats in the Qayara areas. [Etejah]

 

A KDP official says Daesh blew up the Al-Hadba’ University building in Mosul city. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The private university, which is located now in Kirkuk, had issued a statement on July 13 condemning Daesh’s terrorist attack on Karrada.

 

A Sunni MP from Ninewa says people of Ninewa raised Iraqi flags inside Mosul city. He also says people in Mosul conducted several attacks against Daesh in Mosul city. He will give more details later. [Ghad]

 

The Director of the so-called “Information Center” says the Coalition lied about the number of civilians trapped in Mosul city. It says the Coalition had said that between 500,000 – 1 million people are trapped by Daesh in Mosul, but the “Center” says there are 2.25 million people trapped in the city and accuses the Coalition of disrespecting people’s lives. [Hurra]

DaeshDaily comment. The director of this “Center” was a huge Daesh supporter. In 2014 he appeared on Al-Jazeera saying that “Mosul lives its most glorious days under (Daesh) control.” He called Daesh a revolution against the oppressive government. Now, he claims to have changed sides and talks about “the liberation of Mosul from Daesh.” Some months ago, we mentioned that many Daesh supporters were changing skin when Iraqi forces started to advance against Daesh, and this guy is a clear example. Daesh’s local and regional supporters are changing sides, but just on paper, while preparing for another wave of media attacks against Iraq and the Coalition. The petro-dollar media has gone to this second stage already. However, we don’t know how a respected organization like Al-Hurra would quote such a “center”.

 

Nineveh Plain

An Iraqi Army commander says Daesh beheaded twenty-three young men from Nimrud subdistrict in Hamdaniya, after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces. He says all of the victims were under 20 years old. [BasNews]

 

A Peshmerga source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Khorsabad and Babyukhat in Tel Keif, north of Mosul, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles. The source also says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh tunnel linking the Mosul motor homes area to Barima village in Tel Keif. [BasNews]

A PUK official says a Daesh “sharia judge” was killed in the airstrike on Khorsabad, in addition to another local leader. He also says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the Tal Al-Rumman area on the west side of Mosul, killing several terrorists, including 3 local commanders. [PUKMedia]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh hideouts in Qayara, killing 5 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in Arkabah village just south of Qayara, killing 28 terrorists and destroying 13 vehicles. [Mawazin]

However, the MoD says only 12 Daesh terrorists were killed in the airstrike. [MoD Website]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh terrorists targeted Ihjala village with mortars, killing or wounding more than 30 civilians, mostly women and children. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes destroyed 6 Daesh fuel tanks in Dakazel village, killing 8 terrorists; 7 Daesh rocket launchers in Safina village, killing several terrorists; and a Daesh mortar unit in Qayara city, killing 3 more terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh publishes photos of burned out Iraqi Army vehicles south of Qayara. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in a village southeast of Makhmur. The photos show the terrorists digging underground tunnels and living there. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga commander says his troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a Daesh attack on Sahl Al-Malih village near Tal Afar, killing 4 terrorists. [Rudaw]

 

KURDISTAN

The Peshmerga Ministry issued a statement saying it will not withdraw its troops from the liberated areas in Ninewa. It says such withdrawal should be done through an agreement between the Iraqi Government and KRG, and not according to a unilateral plan from Baghdad. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense issued a statement on Friday, saying the Peshmerga will withdraw from Ninewa. [Etejah]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Najaf

A security source says the local police, supported by tribes, captured 4 terrorists who sneaked into Najaf via Haidariya. [Mawazin]

 

Basra

A security source says an IED exploded near an Iraq official near the Hakimiya area in Basra, causing material damages. Local residents say the cafe owner had previously received threats from armed men, accusing him and his café of “wasting the time of young people”. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems to be another lawless militia incident in Basra.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A Jihadi source says Nusra Front has decided to cut its links with Al-Qaeda and change its name. He says the Nusra leader will soon appear in a video message to announce this move. [Arabi21]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Two Syrian Government soldiers were killed in clashes with the Kurdish Asayesh in Hasaka city. [Hawar]

 

The Chairman of the Executive Council of Kobane district says most of the countries and organizations did not keep its promises to keep the district safe. He says 75% of people from Kobane have returned since its liberation from Daesh. [ROJ]

 

The YPG says Daesh targeted the Kari Sor area in Kobane district with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Manbij Military Council troops advanced toward the city center from the east and north after heavy battles with Daesh, killing 13 terrorists. [Hawar]

The YPG Asayesh sent rapid intervention troops to Manbij on Sunday to help MMC fighters liberate the city center. [ARA]

Manbij Military Council troops liberated Hay Al-Banawi, 100m from the city center, on Sunday, after 3 days of battles. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 7 near Manbij and 6 near Mare’. [InherentResolve]

 

The MMC Spokesman refuted media reports about the conclusion of Manbij’s liberation, saying MMC fighters are still in the process of liberating the city, street by street. He also says they offered another chance for Daesh to leave the city in order to save civilians, but it refused. The MMC’s proposal included Daesh allowing all the civilians to leave the city through secure routes while the MMC would allow Daesh to peacefully leave the city. The MMC negotiated with Daesh by sending a delegation of local leaders. [Hawar] [Hawar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian Democratic forces and Manbij city notables are still working on an agreement to get Daesh out of the city. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition planes dropped leaflets on Manbij, promising people that Daesh’s end is coming. Daesh asked all terrorists to go to the front lines while its leaders are hiding among civilians in a public location in order to avoid Coalition airstrikes. Daesh cut the bread ration in half in Manbij city. Coalition warplanes bombed 2 houses in Manbij where Daesh snipers were hiding. [Qasioun]

Hawar publishes a short video of Daesh terrorists hiding among civilians in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, and destroyed a Daesh vehicle loaded with explosives in west Manbij. The MMC troops are also advancing in the southeastern side of the city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh snipers killed eight women and five children north of Hay Al-Hazawana on Friday because the civilians were trying to leave Manbij city. Twelve more civilians, mostly women and children, died on Saturday by a Daesh landmine in the same area. [Hawar]

 

Hawar publishes a video from the ground of Coalition airstrikes on Daesh positions in southeast Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops secured 60 civilians, mostly women and children, from Hay Al-Kajli in Manbij city. The civilians were trapped in a basement without food or water for 4 days. [Hawar]

The MMC entered the area on Sunday, after killing 14 Daesh terrorists and wounding 9. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops stopped 3 Daesh attacks outside the city. One on Awsajli village southwest of Manbij, the second on Zonghal, northeast of Manbij, and the third on Um Al-Saraj Hill south of Manbij on Sunday night. MMC fighters stopped the attacks killing 37 terrorists, destroying 2 vehicle bombs, and capturing weapons and ammunition (video). [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops shot down a Daesh drone in Magharat village north of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

The MMC’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, which consists of only 3 members, has defused 6,000 landmines and 25 IEDs, and has confiscated large quantities of weapons and explosives, since the start of the Manbij liberation campaign 55 days ago. They say that most of the land mines and explosive materials, such as the Kukurt, a fertilizer material, come from Turkey. The packages say, in Turkish, that this material is “state owned material”. The MCC has confiscated 4,000 25kg bags thus far. Also, some of the land mines used by Daesh cannot be manufactured in Syria, but can be in Turkey in Iran, according to an MCC EOD officer (video). [Hawar]

 

Other reports from northwest Syria. An opposition group commander says Daesh launched a massive attack on Kaljibrin town between Mare’ and Azaz. He says opposition groups stopped the attack, causing mass casualties for Daesh. [ARA]

 

Two civilians were seriously wounded in a Turkey backed opposition group’s shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

The YPG says a child was killed in the shelling. It also says it stopped an opposition groups’ attacks, killing four fighters. [Hawar]

The groups also shelled and rocketed Jalma and Maranaz villages in Afrin. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Daesh rocketed civilian areas in Kafr Naseh village, southeast of Tal Rifaat. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed 10 YPG fighters in battles on Al-Rabita Street in west Manbij on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

On Sunday, Daesh said it stopped an opposition groups attack on Kafr Ghan village, killing twenty-four fighters. Daesh says the opposition groups were supported by Coalition warplanes. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the “return of life” to Sawran after it was bombed. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its religious activities in Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of a crucified man in Al-Bab after accusing him of being murderous radical. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Look who’s talking.

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Special sources say the Syrian Regime brought large military reinforcements, specifically Afghans, in to Tadmur. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian warplanes targeted several locations near Sukhnah east of Homs, killing a civilian and wounding others. Battles continued between Syrian troops and Daesh near the Tadmur silos while Syrian warplanes bombed the area. 6 Daesh terrorists were killed in the battles. [SyriaHR]

The battles also continued between Syrian troops and Daesh near Ark Oilfield east of Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian troops, supported by warplanes, launched a massive attack on Daesh east of Silmiya. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle on the road between Ithariya and Khanaser. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its men in the Shindakhyat area east of Homs. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army counter-attack on areas Daesh recently captured east of Silmiya, killing twenty soldiers, and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Media sources in Deir Ez-Zor says Daesh informed money transfer offices in Deir Ez-Zor to give exact information about people who receive money from outside, in order to check for people who provide information about the Coalition. Daesh closed several internet cafes in Albu Kamal without giving any reason. Daesh also cut off electricity from houses whose families could not afford to pay the bills, according to a local activist. [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

On Saturday, Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists broke into a school near Rafah, and Egyptian Counter Terrorism troops surrounded them before the terrorists detonated the school with IEDs, causing heavy battles to erupt between Egyptian troops and the terrorists, killing 15 terrorists, and wounding 12. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it killed an Egyptian Police major in Arish, and captured his vehicle, pistol, and machine gun. Daesh publishes photos of the victim’s ID, car, and weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Eyewitnesses say armed men shot and killed a police officer and stole a civilian car in Arish city center. [VetoGate]

 

Three civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near Al-Wadi Bridge in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian aircraft launched attacks on Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis south of Arish, destroying several hideouts and killing many terrorists. The attacks came after the terrorists attacked a security barrier. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Two soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded near Kharouba south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A Counter Terrorism soldier was killed and nine wounded, including an officer, when an IED exploded on an armored vehicle in the Karm Al-Qawadis area south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

The Chairman of the National Accord Government Presidential Council, at the Arab Summit in Mauritania, said Libya will join the International Coalition to fight Daesh [AfriGate]

 

Central coast

The United Nations says 90,449 people have displaced from Sirte so far. [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government Military Spokesman says five of his troops were killed and nine wounded by a Daesh landmine in southeast Sirte. He says three hundred and thirty-eight soldiers have been killed and around two thousand wounded so far in the battles. [Wasat]

 

The Libyan National Accord Government says it captured Daesh’s largest explosives factory in Sirte after heavy battles. [Hawar]

Photos of Daesh’s explosives center after it was captured by Libyan troops in Sirte [Wasat]

 

A military source says Libyan troops captured the Central Medical Compound in downtown Sirte. A medical source says Daesh terrorists stole several pieces of medical equipment from the compound. Libyan troops also captured 2 National Security buildings in south Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 suicide terrorists who attacked a Shia gathering in Kabul. [JustPaste]

Eighty civilians were killed and 200 wounded when 2 suicide terrorists attacked a peaceful demonstration in Kabul on Saturday.

Daesh said it will continue its attacks against Shia until it clears all Islamic lands from them. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Of course Daesh can’t kill hundreds of millions of people. However, the propaganda that calls for this genocide comes from powerful religious establishments that laid the foundation for Daesh to commit all its crimes.  

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing an Afghani policeman in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

Poland

Polish media sources say an Iraqi national was arrested Sunday in the city of Lodz (central Poland) after police discovered traces of explosive agents on his clothes.

A spokesman for the local prosecutor’s office said on Monday that the 48-year-old man, who has no permanent address in Poland, was detained on charges of possessing explosives and was possibly planning to commit a terrorist attack. [Sumaria]

 

Germany

A video of the Syrian suicide terrorist who injured 15 people in a Sunday night attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video of 2 alleged Daesh members captured by Iraqi forces in Zangoura [YouTube]

 

A video of families who escaped Shirqat and were received by Tal Afar PMFs [YouTube]

 

A video of MMC fighters bravely rescuing families trapped in Manbij [Twitter]

 

Photos of the Daesh terrorists who were caught in Najaf [Twitter]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes an infographic about 6 aircraft it shot down since July 14th, including 3 Syrian warplanes and 2 helicopters, and 1 American drone over Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues infographics about its attacks in different countries, including the United States, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, and Australia. [A3maq]

July 23, 2016

Displaced

Today’s Major Developments

Friday demonstrators support cabinet resignations, technocrat replacements.

Great Britain pledges $80 million to help the war effort.

47,631 displaced Anbar families have returned home so far.

US firm starts IED/land mine cleanup project in Ramadi.

Counter Terrorism Service general says Mosul will be even easier than Falluja.

Fierce fighting continues around Manbij.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad demanding faster reforms. The demonstrators praised PM Abadi’s acceptance of the resignation of several ministers and demanded they be replaced by technocrats. [Mada]

A video of the demonstrations Friday in Baghdad [Yalla]

 

The UK allocates $80 million to help Iraq in the war against Daesh, according to a statement from its Foreign and Commonwealth Office. [Rudaw]

 

The French President, Francois Hollande, says France will support Iraqi forces with artillery weapons to fight Daesh. He also says France will not deploy ground troops in Iraq or Syria. [Sumaria]

 

The US Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement detailing the assistance that is to be provided by community donors to Iraq, based on the July 20th conference. [US Embassy]

 

During the recent Iraq conference in DC, Foreign Minister Al-Jaafari stated to his Saudi counterpart and the Saudi Ambassador to Iraq that Iraq rejects recent Saudi statements about Iraq and considers them unwanted interference in Iraq’s internal affairs. [Mada]

Jaafari also called on the conference countries to wage an international campaign to target the sources of the Wahhabi line of thinking, which he says defames Islam. He says fighting terrorism is not useful without countering radicalism and the ideological schools that support radicalism. [Sumaria]

 

The Minister of Displacement and Migration says after a meeting with US Ambassador Stuart Jones that Iraq and the US will intensify their efforts to help the displaced families from Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF spokesman says the donor countries didn’t mention anything about the families of the fallen and wounded PMF fighters, and demands more attention to them. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted nine airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, around Mosul (3), Qayara (1), Tal Afar (1), and Kasik (1); and Hit (2) and Ramadi (1)). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade found a Daesh guesthouses in each of 3 areas in north Baghdad, and confiscated an explosives vest, 4 IEDs, and a motorcycle. [BOC Facebook Page]

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade destroyed 3 Daesh hideouts in Tarmiya. [Ghad]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men in military uniforms killed the owner of a money exchange office in his vehicle in Shaab, and stole $70,000 dollars. [Mada]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

An MoI source says two people were killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Mada]

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and 2 IEDs in the Madhanik area and defused 2 more IEDs in Tal Al-Samar. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Sihha in Dora. [Mada]

 

West (Mansour, Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib)

An MoI source says a car dealer was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his vehicle in the Yarmouk area. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:    8     (Includes only incidents reported)

 

ANBAR

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says 47,631 displaced families have returned to their houses in liberated areas in Anbar. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

A member of the Anbar PC’s Security Committee says the displaced people of Falluja should not return to their houses before the complete removal of IEDs and mines from the city. He says the Council doesn’t want to repeat the mistake that happened in Ramadi when many people returned and got killed by IEDs. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces defused 85 more IEDs and 6 booby-trapped houses, and found large quantities of explosives in different areas in Falluja District. Iraqi forces also cleared 36 houses, a medical center, and 3 streets in Saqlawiya, and 14 more houses and 2 farms in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared 4 km on the road between Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Habbaniya, destroying 32 IEDs. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army artillery targeted 2 Daesh positions in the Falluja area, killing several terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

The Mayor of Ramadi says an American company started its work, removing mines and IEDs from Ramadi city in coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Environment and Iraqi forces. He says Sterling Global has a contract with the United Nations, which will pay for its services. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the IAA destroyed 4 Daesh positions in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area, killing tens of terrorists. He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh mortar unit in Jazeera Khaldiya. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists who were trying to plant an IED on a major road near Jazeera Khaldiya. [Maalomah]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces cleared the Albu Risha and Zangoura areas after they were liberated from Daesh, and found 70 C4 cans, 10 rockets, and other explosives. [Ghad]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IWMC says Jazeera Operations Command destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Tasiya area near Hit, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces captured 35 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak back into Haditha with displaced families. [Maalomah]

 

The imam of Haditha said in the Friday prayers that all mosque imams in Anbar should unite their speech against terrorism and support Iraqi forces. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Amen. This is the attitude that defeated Daesh in Haditha. The petro-dollar media doesn’t consider the people of Haditha (and other Sunni Iraqis in cities that fought Daesh, like Al-Alam and Ameriyat Al-Falluja) as “real” Iraqis. The only “Iraqis” these media care about are those who have opposed everything since 2003. Millions of Sunnis Iraqis didn’t like Saddam’s rules and oppose Daesh now, but the petro-dollar media doesn’t like to mention these people because they don’t fit the Sunni vs. Shia narrative. Unfortunately, this attitude is being copied by some media outlets even in the West. 

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says the IAA destroyed a Daesh convoy of 6 vehicles in Al-Qa’im District, killing more than 11 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army convoys near the Saqqar area with 4 IEDs, destroying several vehicles and killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in the Kilo 160 area with 3 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in western Anbar. [JustPaste]

 

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

DaeshDaily comment. They typically publish such photos when life is not normal.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee near Tulul Al-Baj village, southwest of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Saraya Ansar Al-Aqida, a Shia PMF, says it captured 5 Daesh terrorists in Shirqat District. [Buratha]

The same group defused a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Shirqat area, according to a PMF source. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Iraqi Army artillery and IAA helicopters destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs deployed against Iraqi forces and IDPs west of Shirqat. The source says an Iraqi Army vehicle was also destroyed. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 7 Iraqi armored vehicles with IEDs on the road between Shirqat and Dibis. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos from a village south of Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

The Salahuddin Governor says more than 1,500 displaced families arrived on Friday in Salahuddin, some displaced from Shirqat, the others from Qayara. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in the Sheikh Ali area, killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh gathering in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing 7 terrorists, wounding 11, and destroying 3 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Ain Al-Baidha village in the Makhoul area, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorists. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Tikrit

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed a Daesh military camp in the Allas area, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi forces found 2 IEDs in the Niba’i area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Police chief says his troops captured 7 men wanted on terrorism charges in the Himrin area. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack west of Kirkuk, killing or wounding several terrorists. [BasNews]

 

More than 100 volunteers from the US, France, Brazil, and Sweden are training in Kirkuk with the Peshmerga to fight Daesh. A Peshmerga commander says many people from foreign countries are fighting with the Kurdish forces on 3 fronts against Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

Hawija

A Peshmerga officer says Kurdish troops will participate with Iraqi forces in liberating Hawija. He says the campaign will start from 4 sides and that all of the forces have finished their preparations. [ARA]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists sneaked into Peshmerga positions in the Mullah Abdullah area, northeast of Hawija, and killed five Kurdish fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of distributing its publications in Al-Zab. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander, Counter Terrorism General Abdul Wahab Al-Sa’idi, says he expects that the Mosul battle will be easier than the Falluja battle. He says Counter Terrorism troops just need a short period of time for minor rearrangements and will be ready for the battle. [Yalla]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Defense says the Peshmerga will participate in liberating areas around Mosul but they will not be allowed to enter the city. [SotKurdistan]

 

Correction: Yesterday, we reported the IWMC saying Iraqi forces are 16 km away from Mosul; the correct number was 60 km (37 miles).

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Command says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, stopped a Daesh attack on Awsaja and Haj Ali villages, killing tens of terrorists including 7 suicide bombers, and destroying 2 boats. It also says the Coalition followed the Daesh terrorists, who escaped toward Al-Houd village, killing 3 more terrorists, wounding 2, and destroying 2 more boats. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared the road between Awsaja village and Qayara Bridge and destroyed 35 IEDs. It also says Army 37th brigade destroyed a building where Daesh snipers were hiding near Salahiya village, killing 2 terrorists. [Harbi]

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi Army positions in Nassr and Awsaja villages. [JustPaste]

 

A Shabak CoR member from Ninewa says people are leaving their houses and villages in south Ninewa areas toward Debaga Camp in northern Makhmur District. Debaga is a subdistrict of Makhmur. He says the government’s ability to deal with this influx is weak, and there are fears that terrorists are sneaking in with displaced people. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi Army positions in the Qayara Airfield residential compound, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 4 positions. Daesh also says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded others with a rocket. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee and a personnel carrier in the Qayara Airfield residential compound. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of Qayara. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed several Peshmerga positions in the Sinjar area. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

Peshmerga sources say 318 Roj Ava Peshmerga fighters graduated from a training camp in Kurdistan. This group is a military arm for the KDP-backed Kurdish National Council, and the PYD had prohibited its return to Syria. [EnabBaladi]

 

The KRG spokesman refuted WikiLeaks’s report that said that Turkey gave $200 million dollars to the KDP in order to oppose the PKK. He says Turkey gave a loan of $150 million dollars to provide salaries for KRG employees. [ROJ]

 

The Canadian Minister of Defense says his country has sent a medical crew of 60 doctors, in addition to mobile clinics, to the KRG to treat the Peshmerga fighters who become wounded in battles against Daesh. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Coalition spokesman, Christopher Garver, says the Incirlik Airbase has resumed normal work activities after solving the electricity problem. The base faced an electricity shortage after Turkish authorities cut off power to the base following the failed military coup. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local activists say an IED exploded targeting a YPG vehicle in Ain Al-Arous town near Tal Abyad, wounding two fighters. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says the Turkish Army targeted western areas of Kobane District with heavy artillery and flew recon drones over the same area. It also says it targeted Zor Maghar village west of Kobane with heavy and mid-sized weapons. Meanwhile, Daesh attacked the town of Al-Shiyoukh south of Kobane. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Manbij campaign. Manbij Military Council troops are advancing in Hay Al-Banawi, east of Hazawana in Manbij city, killing several Daesh fighters. MMC fighters found 7 more bodies of Daesh terrorists who were killed in west Hay Al-Hazawana and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in south Manbij. Daesh is shelling Manbij city center with Grad rockets and mortars, trying to prevent MMC fighters from advancing. [Hawar]

The MMC managed to secure a road for civilians near the Banawi area and 123 people were able to escape (video). [Hawar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 200 civilians escaped Manbij city on Friday morning. [SyriaHR]

 

The YPG killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle while advancing toward Manbij city center from the south. Other MMC troops advanced from the west after heavy fighting with Daesh, killing 4 terrorists and wounding 5. [Hawar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, 7 of them in or near Manbij, the other in Albu Kamal. [InherentResolve]

 

A 21-year-old woman trying to flee Manbij was killed by a Daesh land mine, leaving behind an 18 month old and a 3 day old child. [Hawar]

 

The Chairman of the Manbij Civilian Council refuted media reports about MMC fighters committing crimes against civilians. She says the MMC fighters are doing their best to secure civilians from Manbij. She also says that they are asking humanitarian organizations for aid but have not yet received a response. [Hawar]

 

Army Col. Chris Garver, the Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition, said Friday that Daesh fighters have used thousands of civilians as human shields and decoys in the battle for the northern Syrian city of Manbij, where it was reported earlier this week that nearly 60 civilians were killed by an airstrike.

Activist groups observing the war in Syria raised allegations earlier this week that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians near Manbij. The Operation Inherent Resolve coalition has conducted more than 500 airstrikes in and around the city since May 21, when the SDF launched its Manbij campaign.

The Pentagon is continuing a “credibility assessment” of those reports, Garver said Friday. That initial investigation should be completed in about the next 10 days, when a commander will determine whether the United States will launch a formal investigation into the incident. [Stripes]

 

The Manbij Military Council Spokesman refuted media reports about MMC troops freeing prisoners from Daesh prisons and moving them to Kobane. [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops found sheepskins used by Daesh terrorists to camouflage themselves to avoid Coalition Airstrikes (photos). [Hawar]

 

A video of 3 Daesh terrorists who were caught dressed as women trying to flee the battles in Manbij [Hawar]

 

Manbij Military Council troops intercepted a conversation between 2 Turkish Daesh terrorists in Manbij (audio). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says American warplanes conducted 20 airstrikes on Manbij city center. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped YPG attempts to advance in west and south Manbij city. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the YPG, supported by Coalition ground and air support, attacked its positions in south and west Manbij city on Thursday, but it stopped the attack, causing massive casualties and forcing the YPG to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Kurdish forces with mortars in Ain Al-Nakhil village north of Manbij. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting MMC fighters with rockets in the Manbij Silo area. [JustPaste]

 

Other northwest Aleppo reports. An opposition commander says Daesh launched a heavy attack on Dudyan village. He says Daesh started the attack with a vehicle bomb, but the opposition groups destroyed it with a rocket. He says the battles are still ongoing in the area. [ARA]

He also says that Daesh targeted Mare’ with rockets and mortars, wounding many civilians. Daesh also attacked Barisha and Ikada villages near the Turkish border, but opposition troops stopped the attacks. The opposition shelled Daesh locations in Harbal and Talalin villages. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army cannon with a guided missile in Aisha village, north of Kowaires airport. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh targeted Syrian Army positions in the Barda area east of Homs with heavy artillery. [Qasioun]

 

Media outlets close to the Syrian government admitted that two pilots were killed when their airplane fell in the Shindakhyat area east of Homs. Yesterday, Daesh had said that it shot down a Syrian plane in the same area. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Unknown armed men attacked a house that was confiscated 4 months ago and used as a Daesh headquarters in Subaikhan village east of Deir Ez-Zor. According to a local activist, Daesh arrested many people after the attack. He also says Daesh is confiscating people’s properties after its headquarters got destroyed by warplanes. [ARA]

Unknown armed men have killed several Daesh terrorists from Arab countries in the past few days in Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says 3 Syrian soldiers surrendered to its terrorists in the Tharda Mountains, near Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq]

 

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

Three armed opposition groups who were formerly a part of the Muthanna Islamic movement, a Daesh affiliate, announced that they will join Ahrar Al-Sham Islamic group. The three groups are from Dora and have a combined number of 400 fighters. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of publicly executing a young man in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area, accusing him of blasphemy. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis beheaded a 37-year-old man in Arish city, after accusing him of cooperating with security. [ElWatan]

 

A security source says a 13-year-old boy was wounded when an unknown armed man shot at him near his house in Bir Lahfan village south of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A policeman was wounded when an IED exploded on his vehicle on the coastal road in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it targeted 2 Egyptian Army vehicles with 2 IEDs south and west of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed one Egyptian soldier south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says takfiri terrorists attacked a security barrier in Kharouba village south of Sheikh Zuweid, wounding a policeman. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Central coast

The National Accord Government Minister of Foreign Affairs says the government decided that the war on terrorism should be Libyan with no foreign ground forces involvement. [Wasat]

 

A National Accord Government military source says 29 Libyan soldiers have been killed and 190 wounded in the battles in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Libyan soldiers by detonating 2 IEDs on their patrol in west Sirte and another in south Sirte. Daesh also says its snipers killed or wounded seven soldiers in south Sirte, and damaged a tank in east Sirte. Daesh says the Libyan air defense commander died of wounds he sustained in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Libyan troops attacked its positions in Sirte from 3 sides. Daesh says it destroyed several armored Libyan vehicles with rockets in the eastern and western sides. Daesh also says 2 of its suicide terrorists, a Sudanese, and a Libyan, attacked Libyan troops with vehicle bombs on the southern side, destroying more than 10 vehicles. Daesh says “tens” of Libyan troops were killed or wounded, including a field commander. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

A Tunisian soldier was killed by a land mine on Samama Mountain in Kasserine. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Cameroon

Daesh’s Boko Haram affiliate says it attacked Cameroonian Army positions in a village in the Fotokol area northwest of the country, killing seventeen soldiers and wounding others, capturing weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A July 20th video taken by Kata’eb Al-Mosul shows a Daesh media point in the Hay Al-Amel area in Mosul before and after it was destroyed by a Coalition airstrike [Twitter]

 

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a charging Daesh vehicle bomb from a relatively close range [YouTube]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh publishes photos of several of its terrorists who were killed in battles in the Ninewa and Kirkuk areas. [DawaAlhaq]

 

July 21, 2016

Levi Jonathan Shirley

Today’s Major Developments

US now talking post-Daesh stabilization and reconstruction.

Coalition conducts heavy bombing on Daesh targets in Mosul.

Daesh closes most of its mosques in Mosul, because people aren’t attending.

American hero dies helping the Yazidis.

Defense Secretary Carter initiates investigation of civilian bombing deaths in Manbij.

Half the school-age Syrian children in Lebanon are not enrolled.

Nigerian Army frees 80 hostages from Boko Haram.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The battlefield momentum in Iraq and Syria has shifted against Islamic State, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but the international community must now also confront the challenge of stabilizing newly liberated areas.”The momentum has shifted,” Kerry told an international conference to raise funds for Iraq at a critical juncture in the military campaign. “The new challenge that we face is securing and aiding for the recovery of a liberated area.”

Lise Grande, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, warned that military victories will prove transient if the needs of Iraqis displaced by the conflict are not addressed. “The military campaign will have achieved a great short-term success, but perhaps little else of enduring impact,” she said.

The officials spoke as defense and foreign ministers gathered to discuss next steps in the two-year-long fight against Daesh, especially in Mosul.

With the early stages of the Mosul campaign underway, plans are still being finalized to provide urgent humanitarian aid and restore basic services and security for residents and as many as 2.4 million displaced people. “Most of our conversations today … were about what happens after the defeat of (Daesh),” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said after a separate meeting of about 30 defense ministers at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. “The biggest strategic concern of the defense ministers here was for the stabilization and reconstruction . . . and making sure our planning and execution of that is in time for the execution of the military aspect,” Carter said.

DaeshDaily comment. This shows an in-depth understanding of the overall situation and a realization that defeating Daesh is not the end game in Iraq. Iraq must effectively manage the territory taken from Daesh in order to make its victory secure. The huge refugee crisis, resulting ironically from its military success, is an enormous financial burden on Iraq in the midst of an economic crisis and undermines the government’s standing with the people displaced, even though most may be grateful for their liberation. The international donations to post-war reconstruction reflect an understanding among Coalition countries that Iraq can’t do this on its own.

 

The Iraq donor conference raised more than $2.1 billion in aid, State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. The United Nations has said that, under a worst-case scenario, it might take $2 billion in relief and stabilization funds to deal with just with the civilian impact of the Mosul battle and its aftermath.

The Minister of Planning issued a statement thanking donor countries who pledged more than $2 billion dollars to help liberated areas. Speaker Jubouri also thanked the countries that participated in the donor meeting in the US. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued orders formation of a crisis command center in order to take immediate actions to help displaced people from Shirqat and other Salahuddin and Ninewa areas. [Mada]

 

The US Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk says Daesh has lost 50% of the lands it captured in Iraq, and 20% in Syria. He also says Iraqi forces will lead the Mosul liberation battle with support from the Peshmerga. He says we should be prepared for Mosul and Raqqa liberation, which will happen sooner than anticipated. [Reuters] [Rudaw]

 

The US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones told Iraqi media outlets in Baghdad that Turkey should withdraw its troops from Iraq. He also says the United States doesn’t have any intention to have military bases in Kurdistan or in Iraq in general. He says the United States will support the Peshmerga with $415 million worth of fuel, ammunition and medical supplies. He says Baghdad was informed about this agreement with the KRG. Jones says the new 560 American military personnel are engineers and advisors to rehabilitate the Qayara Airfield.  [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

The Iraq Minister of Defense says in the Coalition Ministers of Defense conference in DC that the PMFs will participate in Mosul liberation alongside the Iraqi Army and the Peshmerga, and will follow the military plans and Prime Minister Abadi’s orders. He also says the Mosul battle will require preparations and technologies suitable for street wars in a city with one million residents, in addition to extensive and precise air support and effective intelligence. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met with a US Army delegation and discussed US help for Iraq in training and equipping Iraqi forces in securing Baghdad according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office. [Mada]

 

The Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman says the PM will start talks with political parties next week to choose candidates to replace the 7 resigned ministers. [BasNews]

 

A member of the CoR’s Displacement Committee says the government will take strong actions against the provincial governments that want to force the displaced families to leave, specifically Kerbala, Babel and Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes yesterday on Daesh in Iraq, around Mosul (2), Qayara (2), and Sinjar (1); Al-Qa’im (1), Haditha (1), Hit (2) and Ramadi (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

 

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

An MoI source says one policeman was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Tarmiya. [Mada]

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi Army 22nd brigade defused a vehicle bomb in the Albu Hosa area. [Baghdadia]

An MoI source says one person was killed and seven others wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Husseiniya. [Mada]

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A security source says a Daesh leader was captured at the Shaab checkpoint. [Maalomah]

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

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

South (Dora, Mahmudiya)

An MoI source says two tribal PMF fighters were killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Arab Jabour. [Mada]

 

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

 

ANBAR

The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior says the efforts of several defense units have removed more than 6,000 rockets and shells in Ramadi, Qarma, and Saqlawiya, and started a similar campaign in Falluja city. [Ghad]

 

A member of the Anti-Daesh Tribes Council says the Anbar officials should leave the hotels and fight Daesh in the battlefield or join the displaced families in the camps. He also says the displaced people are suffering from extremely difficult conditions under unbearable temperatures urging the government to accelerate their return to their houses. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The sad situation of the displaced families is being used by Daesh’s media and incubator media to try to persuade people that the Iraqi government doesn’t care about them, and that the situation under Daesh control was better. There is a security aspect to this, as Daesh and other armed groups have found a fertile ground for recruitment in displacement camps.

 

A local official says hundreds of displaced families have returned to their houses in Anbar today. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

Iraqi forces defused 3 booby-trapped houses and 30 IEDs, cleared 34 buildings, and found 2 explosives storehouses, in addition to large quantities of rockets, shells, and explosives in the Falluja Military Sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says tens of displaced people in Ameriyat Al-Falluja and Habbaniya camps were taken to hospitals because of the high temperatures. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces found an explosives cache and several explosives vests in a Daesh hideout in Qarma. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi fighters securing civilians in Falluja [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says military reinforcements arrived in Khaldiya in preparation for capturing Jazeera Khaldiya. He also says Iraqi artillery is shelling the area and the military campaign will start in the coming hours with support of Coalition warplanes. [Mada]

The IAA commander says Jazeera Khaldiya will be liberated by early next week. He says the IAA is coordinating with the Iraqi Army 10th division. He also says the IAA killed 12 Daesh terrorists in the Thirthar area. [BasNews]

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Khaldiya council says Iraqi forces secured 800 families who were trapped by Daesh in Jazeera Khaldiya and surrounding areas. He says Iraqi forces provided secure roads for the people and are now moving them to camps in Habbaniya and Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This all sounds good, but these reports show that many of the past reports about liberating Jazeera Khaldiya were more talk than action. The liberation campaign for Jazeera Khaldiya was supposedly under way months ago.

 

Hit/Haditha

The military’s Intelligence Service says Iraqi army artillery killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in the Albu Fa’our area near Hit. [Harbi]

 

Rutba

The IWMC says Iraqi forces destroyed 8 Daesh vehicles loaded with weapons and killed 3 terrorists from Arab countries, destroying 2 explosives vests in the Rawdha area. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

An Iraqi Army source says an old man who had fled Shirqat died of thirst before reaching Iraqi forces. The source also says Daesh shot at his group of three men, wounding one, who was then captured by the terrorists, and wounding the third man, who managed to flee. [BasNews]

 

The Salahuddin Governor says Iraqi forces are preparing to break into Shirqat and the city will be liberated from Daesh in the coming hours. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. How many times are we going to hear this promise? We are counting the hours.

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says a woman and her son were shot and killed by armed men on the road between Diyala and Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Diyala Police spokesman says police captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Kirkuk police commander says his troops captured in Kirkuk city 4 men wanted on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

 

A Kirkuk police source says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack on a Kurdish forces checkpoint near Dibis, killing 7 terrorists, including a suicide bomber. [Maalomah]

 

Hawija

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in Kirkuk governorate. The photos also show Daesh throwing a young man from a building after accusing him of homosexuality. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed the National Insurance Company building in Mosul city. The building is one of the tallest buildings in Mosul and was used by Daesh as a headquarters, and as a place for executions, conducting many of the killings by throwing people off of the roof. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes destroyed Daesh media points in 3 neighborhoods on the west side of Mosul, killing 4 terrorists. He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle on the east side of Mosul, killing a commander and 3 of his bodyguards. Coalition warplanes also conducted airstrikes on other areas in Mosul, killing 20 terrorists and wounding many others, and destroying many vehicles and buildings. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says the Ninewa brigade “Kata’eb Suqoor Ninewa,” attacked 2 Daesh vehicles in Hay Al-Islah in Mosul, killing 3 terrorists, and killing 5 more in Domiz intersection. He says Daesh started a raid campaign in the 2 areas, and arrested several young men. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Daesh cut off the internet from most of the areas in Mosul, and they say it will be cut off completely starting August 1st, out of fear that citizens in Mosul will communicate with Iraqi forces. It also says Daesh has closed most of the mosques in Mosul because few people are attending Daesh prayers, and because it doesn’t have enough members to control and monitor the mosques. [AIN]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The NMF spokesman warns of a humanitarian catastrophe in the Debaga Camp in Makhmur because the camp cannot support the growing numbers of displaced people and because of the lack of water, food, and medicine. [Sumaria]

 

The Joint Operations Command Spokesman says the first stage of the Ninewa liberation campaign is over and there are only 16 km (10 miles) separating Iraqi forces from Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in the Qayara area [MoD]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of tribal leaders from Kubaiba village west of Gwer, pledging allegiance. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Mr. Lee (Lee Scott), a 67-year-old American activist who left the US to help Yazidi people in displacement camps, died of a heart attack in Zakho. He was buried in a Yazidi cemetery in Sinjar, according to his will. An official funeral was held for him attended by Yazidi people, KRG officials, and Peshmerga commanders. [BasNews] [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Peshmerga military positions in Fadhliya Mountain with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, five in and near Manbij, the others in Mare’ (3) and Raqqa (1).  [InherentResolve]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, says the Coalition will open an investigation into the recent civilian airstrike casualties near Manbij. [Hawar]

French President Hollande says he doesn’t have information about a reported French airstrike that killed fifty-six civilians near Manbij. [EnabBaladi]

 

The UNICEF estimates that 35,000 children are trapped in and around Manbij, in eastern rural areas of Aleppo Governorate, with nowhere safe to go. It also says since the intensification of fighting in the last six weeks, about 2,300 people, including dozens of children, are reported to have been killed. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Manbij Military Council issued a statement saying that in order to protect civilians it has accepted an initiative that gives Daesh terrorists who are trapped in Manbij 48 hours to leave the city with their personal guns. It also asks the people of Manbij to stay away from Daesh locations. [Hawar]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the initiative was started by local people. [SyriaHR]

 

Manbij Military Council finished clearing Hay Al-Hazawana and found the bodies of 12 more Daesh terrorists, raising the number killed in the area to 74. [Hawar]

 

Later on, the YPG-supporting Hawar news organization says, heavy battles erupted between Manbij Military Council troops and Daesh in Manbij city center. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says one of its American fighters was killed in the Manbij battle. The YPG issued a statement saying Levi Jonathan Shirley from Nevada, who joined the YPG in February, 2015, went back to America for a while, then returned in January 2016 but was killed on July 14th in Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Moscow says it used its Tu-22 aircraft to bomb Daesh locations east of Tadmur. [SyriaNow]

 

A video of Syrian troops fighting Daesh east of Hama [SANA]

 

The Syrian Army captured 3 Daesh locations on the patrol line east of Silmiya. [SyriaNow]

 

An Iraqi Shia militia announces for the first time it is fighting with Syrian troops in Tadmur city after only previously fighting in areas as far as south of Aleppo. [Arabi21]

 

Syrian warplanes bombed Al-Tiba village near Tadmur, wounding eight civilians, including two children. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Syrian warplane in the Shindakhyat area east of Homs. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This and similar recent incidents suggest that Daesh may have acquired better anti-aircraft weapons.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says a child was killed in an airstrike on the Hamidiya neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor city. It also says warplanes targeted several other neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor and surrounding areas. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Daesh publishes 2 photos of publicly lashing a man in the Yarmouk Camp, after accusing him of adultery. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

More than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon are not enrolled in formal education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Although Lebanon, which is hosting 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees, has allowed Syrian children to enroll for free in public schools, limited resources and Lebanese policies on residency and work for Syrians are keeping children out of the classroom. [HRW]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say a 50-year-old man was killed by unknown armed men in the Masoura area south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Two policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle on the International Road in the Kharouba area in Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Another policeman was wounded when an IED exploded on an armored vehicle during a military campaign on terrorist hideouts in south Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says a policeman was wounded by an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis sniper in the Shallaq area south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Two soldiers were killed when armed men shot at their vehicle in the Burouj area in Central Sinai. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Chief of Staff of the Libyan Airforce says twenty military personnel from France, the US, and the UK, are in the Benina Airbase in Benghazi and their job is to monitor Daesh movements. He refuted the reports about the presence of foreign pilots, saying only Libyan pilots are conducting airstrikes. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The Libyan National Accord Government Military spokesman says his troops advanced from the south and from the coastal area after heavy shelling and bombing on Daesh locations in Sirte. He also says one of his soldiers was killed by a land mine and twelve other soldiers were wounded in battles. He also refuted media reports about NATO warplanes bombing Daesh locations in Sirte. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

The Misrata Central Hospital says 22 Libyan soldiers were killed and 175 wounded in the battles against Daesh in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

The National Accord Government Military media center says Libyan troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs in the port area in Sirte. It also says Libyan warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Sirte. [Wasat]

It also says Abdul Qader Fasouk, a media correspondent, was killed by a Daesh sniper in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

A military source says heavy battles continued in Sirte city center where Daesh has deployed its snipers. The source also says a senior Libyan military commander was killed in the battles. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it targeted a convoy of 30 vehicles that was trying to smuggle armed men coming from Libya into Ben Guerdane, destroying 3 of the vehicles and forcing the rest to flee. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on a vehicle and killing a Salafi militia commander. [JustPaste]

 

Nigeria

A Nigerian military spokesman says the Nigerian Army killed 42 Boko Haram terrorists and freed eighty hostages–forty-two children and thirty-eight women–in northeast Nigeria. [AfriGate]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [JustPaste]