An Update On ISIS Activities

July 31, 2015

Iraqi Soldier 2 Iraqi Soldier

An Iraqi soldier killed in the battle against Daesh

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

       

ANBAR

Falluja

A source in Anbar police says Iraqi forces trapped a Daesh group trying to escape Falluja through Saqlawiya, killing 4 of them and forcing the rest to return. [Al-Ghad]

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces clashed with Daesh north of Saqlawiya killing 2 terrorists. [Al-Sumaria]

Waad Allah Forces, a Shia militia, says they cleared Daesh completely out of the Al-Halabsa area north of Saqlawiya. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The Coalition bombed Daesh in Falahat in west Falluja, destroying 4 rockets. [The IWMC Report]

Baghdad Operations Command forces killed a terrorist and destroyed a rocket-carrying vehicle and a hideout in Qarma. [The IWMC Report]

An eyewitness from Falluja says Daesh threatened the people through loudspeakers that they would kill anyone who tries to leave the city without their approval. He says hundreds of people are waiting by Falluja hospital to get permits from doctors to leave the city.  The permits require approval by Daesh’s Falluja wali, but he hasn’t approved a single permit yet. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

A local PMF commander says Daesh arrested 14 people demonstrated after Friday prayers in Falluja demanding Daesh to let the families leave the city. [BasNews]

 

PMF media publishes more videos of the fights near Falluja. [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A Daesh military uniform shop in Falluja. [Just Paste]

Daesh publishes a photo of an Iraqi suicide bomber in Falluja. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Falluja. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Friday prayers in Falluja. [Just Paste]

Ramadi

A security source says Iraqi Federal Police forces and the PMFs foiled a Daesh breach attempt in Hsaiba, killing 8 terrorists and confiscating 17 rockets. Iraqi forces destroyed 4 vehicles and 3 Daesh locations using Kornet rockets. [Al-Ghad]

A security source says Iraqi forces received information from local sources in Albu Farraj east of Ramadi that Daesh intended to attack there, and responded with a preemptive military operation that killed 14 Daesh terrorists, including foreign fighters, and destroyed their vehicles. [Al-Baghdadia]

Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi forces are 1 km away from Ramadi after the advances in Albu Aitha and Albu Farraj. [Rudaw]

 

The Anbar Operations commander also says Iraqi forces killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 7 car bombs while clearing areas southwest of Ramadi. [BasNews]

Iraqi Federal Police commander says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh snipers and destroyed 2 vehicles and 4 locations in Hsaiba. [Al-Mada]

The IAA destroys a Daesh vehicle in Tameem, killing the terrorists inside it. [The IWMC report]

The PMFs say Iraqi forces cleared the Fhaimiya area in west Anbar and broke through Sufiya town east of Ramadi. [Al-Sumaria]

Elsewhere in Anbar

A security source says the Coalition bombed Al-Baghouz Bridge between Al-Qa’im in Iraq and Albu Kamal in Syria destroying it completely. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says unknown jets bombed civilian houses in Rutba killing 24 people and injuring 30 most of them were civilians. [A3maq]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces shelled a Daesh hideout in the Raihana village of Anah District west of Ramadi, killing 11 Daesh terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

 

IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated the Al-Zuwiya area in Haditha district after heavy battles with Daesh. Iraqi forces also destroyed a Daesh hideout, killing 5 terrorists, and confiscated 115 IEDs and 11 rocket launchers. [Al-Mada]

 

Iraqi forces shelled Daesh in the town of Jazeera, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [The IWMC Report]

SALAHUDDIN

A security source says Iraqi airpower bombed a Daesh gathering in Shirqat, killing 7 terrorists and injuring others. The source says the men were trying to leave Shirqat for Mosul. [Al-Maalomah]

A security source says local tribal fighters killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Shirqat on Thursday night. The source says Daesh conducted a search campaign and arrested citizens after the attack. [Al-Baghdadia]

Iraqi Federal Police commander says Police Commandos targeted a Daesh convoy near Baiji refinery killing 7 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Al-Mada]

The IAA destroyed a Daesh foreign terrorist hideout in Baiji in addition to a sniper hideout. [The IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of 2 Iraqi suicide bombers in Salahuddin. [Dump]

A security source says an IED exploded near the rented family house of a displaced Turkmen family in Tuz, injuring 2 civilians. [Al-Baghdadia]

Iraqi forces found 20 IEDs in Sayyed Ghareeb. [The IWMC Report]

The Salahuddin GC chairman says 1,300 displaced families returned to their houses in Tikrit and 600 families returned to Mkaishifa south of Tikrit. [Al-Sumaria]

The director of the forensics department in Baghdad says they have to date received 600 bodies of Speicher cadets who were buried at Saddam’s palaces in Tikrit. [Al-Sumaria]

BAGHDAD

PM Abadi issued a statement saying he held an urgent meeting with the Minister of Electricity and his staff Friday evening in Baghdad and discussed electricity issues. The PM urged them to give more efforts to solve the power problems and fight corruption. He also thanked the demonstrators for their civilized behavior and for not disturbing the general order and asked the Iraqi officials to go out to the field more and listen to the citizens. [Al-Mada]

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities against the government over electricity and other services.  Shia clerics, including Sistani, criticized the government’s performance in Friday prayers. With the current heat wave and the general anger in the country, the demonstrations could easily escalate.

Some sources talk about a move led by vice president Ayad Allawi and the Sadrists to replace Prime Minister Abadi.

DaeshDaily comment. The usual political maneuvering aside, continuing demonstrations could weaken the government. The inadequate electricity service is a seemingly permanent issue from before the fall of Saddam, and a long-standing embarrassment to successive governments, and it can’t be solved quickly because expanding electricity service hours is necessarily a long-term and expensive project.

 

Iraqi Ministry of Health refutes the reports about children dying in displaced persons camps. The Ministry says it hasn’t received any report from its health directorates about such cases.  [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Coalition conducted 12 sorties, killing 10 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles and other Daesh equipment. [The IWMC Report]

According to security sources:

  • Iraq force tightened security procedures inside and around Baghdad after getting information of terrorists in several car bombs trying to get into the city. [Al-Hadath]
  • A man’s body was found hung on an electricity pole in Husseiniya in north Baghdad, and a woman’s body was found in Shula in northwest Baghdad. [Al-Sumaria]
  • A civilian was killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion in a commercial area in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • Two civilians were killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Mada’in in south Baghdad.[Al-Gharbiya]
  • A PMF fighter was killed and 2 injured when a sticker IED exploded under their car in Zafaraniya in south Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded on a police patrol in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing a policeman and injuring 3. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its RPG launchers training in north Baghdad. [Just Paste]

 

DIYALA

A member of Diyala GC says certain political factions are diverting international humanitarian assistance for displaced people to some areas in Diyala while ignoring other areas. [Al-Sumaria]

 

Dijla Operations commander says Daesh social media messages about Diyala decreased 80% in July and August comparing to the same period last year. [Al-Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces conducted a search campaign in Khan Bani Saad and arrested a mosque imam. [Al-Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Iraq’s Minister of Defense says Mosul cannot be liberated from Daesh without securing the western desert in Anbar.  He says he receives letters from people in Mosul who are waiting for the military operations to start in order to start an armed revolt against Daesh in the city. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says they detonated an IED on a Daesh car on the road to Tal Abta, killing 3 Daesh fighters. [The KM Facebook page]

 

A local source in Mosul says Daesh executed a young man from the Shammar tribe for trying to release 3 Yazidi women in Rabi’a west of Mosul. [Al-Mada]

 

The KRG says 2,014 Yazidi prisoners were freed from Daesh so far out of 5,838. The KRG says they don’t deal directly with Daesh on this issue but sometimes they contact the people who “bought” the prisoners and offer them money to free them for thousands of dollars. [Xendan]

 

Daesh shelled Peshmerga locations in Sinjar on Thursday but the Kurdish forces supported by Coalition airpower bombed Daesh locations, killing 8 terrorists and injuring 4. [PUK Media]

 

A KDP official says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations east of Mosul killing 13 terrorists. [Xendan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Peshmerga in Tal Al-Reem. [Dump]

 

Eyewitnesses in Mosul say Daesh arrested more than 300 people, mostly young men, for different charges including smoking, shaving, wearing western clothes, etc. They say Daesh escalated its campaign against the residents recently. [Al-Mada]

 

Daesh Hisbah arrests a man for making tattoos. [Just Paste]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

A KRG spokesman says he requested an explanation from the American consulate in Erbil about the security warning they issued to the American citizens in Erbil. The consulate replied that it was a routine warning issued from time to time. The spokesman says Erbil is safe and the security forces are prepared to protect the people. [Rudaw]

 

Southern Iraq

Sistani’s rep in Kerbala hails the participation of Anbar tribes in fighting Daesh and asks for a bigger role for them in the battles. [Al-Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment: This rep is considered the official spokesman of Sistani.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG says they advanced in 2 areas in south Hasaka, one of them captured by Daesh recently, killing 18 Daesh terrorists including a Tunisian emir. [BasNews] The Coalition bombed a Daesh car near Hasaka, killing one Daesh leader and injuring another. [Welati]

Videos of the Kurdish forces in Hasaka. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Daesh terrorists with support from some residents hid in Sarrin before the Kurdish forces captured the city on July 27. These men, supported by others coming from a nearby village, have clashed with the Kurdish forces since yesterday. The YPG says 9 Daesh terrorists have been killed but also 4 Kurdish fighters. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says Daesh fighters disguised in civilian clothes attacked Al-Burkan Operations forces (combined YPG and Free Syrian Army units) in Sarrin, resulting in heavy clashes. They also say Daesh shelled Burkan in Jarabulus on the Turkish border and the Burkan forces replied with heavy weapons. [Welati]

 

Clashes erupted in Thursday between Kurdish forces and Jabhat Al-Nusra in Afrin in Syria’s far northwest corner for the second day over trenches the Kurdish forces dug around the city. [BasNews] A YPG official says other Syrian armed groups intervened to end the clashes and negotiations are still going on. [Welati] Kurdish sources accused Turkish authorities of allowing Al-Nusra to cross the borders to Afrin. [Hawar]

 

A video of normal life in Tal Abyad now that Daesh has been kicked out. [Hawar]

 

Daesh cleanup services in Deir Al-Zor. [Just Paste] And other services in Shaddadi in Hasaka. [Just Paste] And more services in Raqqa. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh says it killed or injured 30 Syrian soldiers and captured a soldier in Homs. [Dump]

Another public lashing in Homs. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting and destroying a Syrian opposition commander’s car in Daraa. [Just Paste]  Friday prayers in Daraa. [Dump]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Turkish government is “disappointed” by the statements of people in the Iraqi government’s statements criticizing the Turkish airstrikes against the PKK inside Iraq. It says such statements are unacceptable and incomprehensible from a government that doesn’t have control of its own borders. [Mustaqila]

DaeshDaily comment. Our position exactly, as previously commented.

 

Turkish security arrests a network of 5 people in Şanlıurfa in southeast Turkey responsible for sending foreign terrorists to Syria. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Egypt. Security sources say Egyptian military helicopters bombed Daesh locations in Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 20 terrorists and injuring others and destroying 2 vehicles. The sources say the airstrikes happened after the Egyptian authorities got information about Daesh intentions to launch several attacks on Egyptian security and military locations. [Al-Mogaz]

 

Libya. A Libyan military source says Daesh attacked a Libyan forces post between Ajdabia and Tobruk, killing 5 soldiers. The source says 18 soldiers are still missing. [Akhbar Libya] Daesh says it killed all the soldiers in the post. [Dump]

 

Four Indian citizens working at Sirte University were taken hostage in a Daesh controlled area while trying to leave Libya to return to their country. [Al-Hurra]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Derna. [Just Paste]

 

Tunisia. Tunisia extends emergency situation in the country for 2 more months. [Islam Memo]

 

Yemen. Daesh says it detonated a Houthi leader’s house in Sana’a, killing everyone inside. [Dump]

 

Nigeria. A local source in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria says a female suicide bomber detonated herself in a popular market, killing 6 people and injuring 8. [Rudaw]

 

Uzbekistan. Daesh supporters say the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement pledged allegiance to Daesh. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh full reports for today. [Dump]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh news page from Mosul.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/D_r80

https://twitter.com/rasin_mh

https://twitter.com/hmza24470373

https://twitter.com/gudrekou

https://twitter.com/naiprewr

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
FSA Free Syrian Army
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

July 30, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

       

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source in Anbar says Daesh executed 19 of its own members under Falluja Bridge, accusing them of running away from battle. [Al-Baghdadia]

Anbar GC spokesman says Iraqi forces killed the Daesh wali of Saqlawiya, Aref Al-Dulaimi, as he tried to escape to Khaldiya. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The local PMF commander in Ameriyat Al-Falluja says Daesh shelled the residential and the public areas in the town with mortars and Katyusha rockets. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Baghdad Operations Command killed 3 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and 4 hideouts in Qarma. [IWMC report]

Baghdad Operations Command conducted a military operation in Dhira Dijla north of Qarma, killing 18 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [IWMC report]

A video of the PMF battles near Falluja. [YouTube] And another video of Iraqi soldiers in a shootout with Daesh, then an Iraqi plane destroying the Daesh location. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes more photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Zoba’a. [Dump]

Ramadi

A tribal leader from Anbar says Iraqi forces captured Albu Dhiab east of Ramadi after heavy battles over 2 days. They are 50 meters away from the gate of the former Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi. [New Sabah] The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) confirms the liberation of Albu Dhiab, and says Iraqi forces killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicles. IWMC also says Iraqi forces freed the Al-Maadheed area east of Anah, killing 16 terrorists. [Al-Masdar]

A local official in Khaldiya says Iraqi forces completely cleared Al-Mazra’a, 4 km (2.5 miles) east of Ramadi, and are advancing towards the government compound in Ramadi, killing 40 Daesh terrorists. He says many Daesh leaders are trying to escape to Syria after the Iraqi forces’ advances and says Ramadi will be liberated in the coming days. [Al-Mada]

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition airpower liberated 3 areas 16 km (10 miles) north of Ramadi, killing dozens of Daesh fighters and destroying 4 car bombs and a huge weapons and explosives storehouse. [Al-Mada]

Iraqi forces advanced towards Albu Aitha, killing 9 terrorists and defusing 30 IEDs. [IWMC report]

Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh counterattack on the stadium area, killing 20 suicide bombers. [IWMC report]

Daesh Daily comment. Remember when suicide bombers were a new and unusual phenomenon? That’s not so long ago. Now they collect in guest houses and attack en masse. It is noticeable from our reports that a large percentage of Daesh assaults are led by multiple suicide bombers in vehicles. Even if most get stopped, the one that gets through may kill a lot of people.

 

Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Al-Madhiq and Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [IWMC report]

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Hsaiba, killing 12 terrorists including 3 suicide bombers. [Iraqi Media Network]

Iraqi forces entered the southern part of the Tameem neighborhood in south Ramadi preparing to break through and clear Tameem completely. [Al-Maalomah] The PMFs say Iraqi forces have already liberated Al-Tameem, killing 33 Daesh fighters and injuring 12. [Al-Mustaqila]  The IAA destroys 2 Daesh locations in Al-Tameem, killing 10 terrorists. [Buratha]

The MoD publishes a video of the Iraqi forces in Mshaihda Hill. [MoD website]

Iraqi forces found a Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in Tash near Ramadi. [MoD website]

Elsewhere in Anbar

The Anbar GC spokesman says Iraqi forces cleared the Al-Saqara area in the ongoing battles near the town of Baghdadi between Hit and Haditha, killing dozens of Daesh terrorists. He also says Iraqi forces conducted a security operation that targeted 5 Daesh locations near Haditha, to cut Daesh supply lines to Ramadi from the west. [Al-Maalomah]  Jazeera Operations Command, supported by tribal fighters, conducted operations near Baghdadi, killing 2 terrorists, defusing 84 IEDs, and destroying 4 car bombs and 3 weapons storehouses. [IWMC report]

Iraqi Federal Police killed 2 terrorists, destroyed a vehicle, and defused 31 IEDs in Anbar. [IWMC report]

Daesh publishes photos of tribal leaders from Kubaisa in Hit district pledging allegiance to them. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of their sniper graduation. [Archive]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Coalition kills a Daesh leader in Baiji with an airstrike. [MoD website]

Salahuddin Operations Command killed 13 Daesh terrorists west of Tikrit. [IWMC report]

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says the IFP found a car bomb factory in Al-Awja, Saddam’s home town. [Iraqi Media Network]

A local source says a woman was severely injured when Daesh “biters” attacked her in a public market in Shirqat for not covering her hands. Daesh uses female Hisbah members to bite women if they think they are not committed to the Daesh dress code. [Al-Sumaria]

BAGHDAD

The Migration and Displacement Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says 52 children died in displaced persons camps because of the high temperature. The Committee urged the government to provide the displaced people with water and power. The temperature in Iraq has recently reached 53 C, more than 127 F. [Xendan]

 

The IAF conducted 13 sorties and the IAA 36, reflected in other reports, while the Coalition conducted 24 sorties that killed 10 terrorists and destroyed 21 locations, 6 hideouts, 9 mortar locations, a construction shovel and 3 vehicles. [IWMC report]

The Iraqi MoD and the Chairman of the Federal Commission in Russia sign a military cooperation agreement. [MoD website]

DaeshDaily comment. The US is committed to helping Iraq, why are the Iraqis buying weapons from Russia?

 

A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament says the Iraqi government is in control of Iraqi Kurdistan airspace and should stop the Turkish airstrikes on the Region. He said the statements of some Kurdish officials about Turkey’s right to protect itself don’t represent the Kurdish street.  [Al-Maalomah]  Another Kurdish MP had said yesterday Turkey is trying to protect its national security and the KRG cannot interfere in Turkey’s policies. [El-Ghad]

 

The Foreign Affairs Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says they decided to question KRG President Barzani about the Turkish PM’s statement that Barzani knew in advance about the Turkish airstrikes on the PKK in Iraq. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Finance Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says $6.9 billion has been transferred to Daesh controlled areas in Mosul and Kirkuk through Iraqi and Jordanian currency exchange companies. [Al-Mesalah]

DaeshDaily comment: The Iraqi Central Bank holds an auction to sell US dollars to local companies. Apparently Daesh has used this auction through those companies to sell the Iraqi currency they get from the areas they control in Iraq. The $6.9 billion is an astonishing amount of money to transfer to your enemy, and it seems like this practice must have gone on for some time without a major issue being made of it.

 

Iraqi Journalist Freedom Observatory says unknown men on a motorcycle threw hand grenades at the house of the Al-Baghdadia TV office director in Bayyaa in south Baghdad but no one was hurt in the attack. [Iraq Press]

 

According to security sources:

  • Iraqi forces arrested 11 men for terrorism related charges in areas around Baghdad. [Al-Sumaria]
  • A sticker IED exploded under a civilian car in Hay Al-Adel in west Baghdad killing one man and injuring another. [Al-Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Al-Furat in west Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 7. [Al-Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Just Paste]

 

DIYALA

A security source in Diyala says an IED exploded on a PMF patrol in Muqdadiya, killing 7 fighters. [Erem]

 

Dijla Operations Command conducted a military operation in areas near Qara Tappa, destroying 2 Daesh vehicles and 3 motorcycles, and found 40 kg of explosives. [IWMC report]

A Sunni MP from Diyala says more than 50 people were kidnapped in different areas in Diyala during the last 48 hours. [Al-Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. There is no way to evaluate such statements. There will likely be a counter-statement from someone that the people detained are suspected Daesh. The problem is that the PMFs usually don’t really know who the Daesh residents are, and it’s easier to just suspect all Sunnis. Many Sunnis take the position that all Sunnis are innocent victims of Shia militias. Too often, it’s more about politics than justice, but that’s exactly what Iraq has to overcome.

 

The chairman of the security committee in Diyala GC says Iraqi forces arrested 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in Khan Bani Saad, 20 km (12.5 miles) southwest of Baquba. [Al-Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says heavy clashes erupted yesterday between Daesh and Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, JRTN, in a village in Hawija, over territorial disputes. [Byareq News]

DaeshDaily Comment: Most of Daesh advances in Sunni Iraqi areas were in coordination with the JRTN, a Baath party military arm. The fight between the two might be inevitable but so far their alliance has given both groups a lot of advantages.

 

NINEWA

A security source says Daesh terrorists from Tal Afar, Sunni Turkmen, are sending their families to Syria then to Turkey. The source says 220 families have left so far and dozens are leaving every day after paying $700 each. [New Sabah]

DaeshDaily comment. This report suggests there may be a larger story. A disproportionate number of Daesh crimes in northern Ninewa have been committed by Sunni Turkmen. The arranged departures are likely motivated by fear of retribution for these crimes. The only plausible basis for this fear is that they now think Daesh is going to lose.

 

A Peshmerga commander says the Kurdish authorities issued an amnesty to Daesh fighters who didn’t kill Peshmerga fighters and didn’t commit any crimes. [Iraq Press] A Kurdish official says the KRG and the IKR Parliament issued an order to release Daesh prisoners who didn’t commit crimes. He says they shouldn’t have done that since the terrorism crimes are not within the KRG authority. [ROJ News]

 

A KDP official says 3 unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh leader, responsible for the religious taxes, in downtown Mosul. [Rudaw]

 

A security source in Ninewa says the Coalition bombed Daesh in 2 locations south of Mosul, killing 13 terrorists and destroying 4 boats used by Daesh to attack the Peshmerga. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh started to booby-trap Al-Baaj road west of Mosul preparing for an Iraqi forces attack on the city. [BasNews]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

A security source says Turkish jets continued their airstrikes in the Amedi area in far northern Dahuk, east of Zakho.  [PUK Media]

 

Southern Iraq

Iraqi Intelligence Service in Basra shows the confession of a Daesh member from Basra who participated in Daesh crimes in Baiji. [Al-Mirbad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG says they found a Daesh fighter hiding in a house in Sarrin and killed him when he refused to surrender. They also say they defused 310 landmines. Daesh attacked Sarrin from the eastern side and the clashes are still going on. [BasNews]  The YPG says in an official statement Turkish jets flew over Sarrin when Daesh attacked between 9 and 11 am. The YPG units foiled that attack, killing all the attacking Daesh terrorists, but 7 Kurdish fighters were also killed. [Welati]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Kurdish forces in Sarrin and one of the terrorists detonated himself killing many of them. They say the clashes are going on and their terrorists captured some ground there. [Dump]

 

A field source says Daesh launched counterattacks on the YPG and the Syrian Army in south Hasaka. The Syrian Army’s airpower bombed Daesh troops and the clashes are still going on. [BasNews]

 

Eyewitnesses say Syrian government jets bombed a Daesh military headquarters in Manbij on the road to Aleppo. [BasNews]

Daesh says 2 of its suicide bombers attacked a Syrian army compound with 2 car bombs in north Aleppo countryside.  [Dump]

Daesh says its terrorists captured a Syrian opposition forces’ location in Mari’ town in Aleppo after killing 5 of them. [Dump]

 

The YPG refutes the reports about arresting 150 civilians in Kobane and says they only arrested Daesh terrorists who killed people and who will be taken to courts. [Welati]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Albu Kamal. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of their attacks on the Kurdish forces in Tal Barak in Hasaka. [Just Paste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Kuwait. Kuwait’s MoI says security forces arrested 5 Kuwaiti Daesh terrorists who participated in the battles in Iraq and Syria. [Al-Hurra]

 

Libya. Daesh says it clashed with Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna in southeast Derna, killing or injuring 50 of them. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Sirte in Libya. [Isdarat]

 

Nigeria. Boko Haram slaughtered 10 fishermen near Chad Lake in northeast Nigeria. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh full reports for today. [Dump]

 

Afghanistan. Daesh supporters in Afghanistan say the Taliban should pledge allegiance to Daesh’s leader with Mullah Omar now dead. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An Anti Daesh page from Anbar.

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/1567asd156

https://twitter.com/abuzayd00

https://twitter.com/trableb00990

https://twitter.com/Commmaryam

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
FSA Free Syrian Army
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

July 29, 2015

Daesh Locations

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

       

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi forces kill 3 Daesh terrorists and destroy a vehicle and defuse 6 IEDs in Qarma subdistrict. [IWMC Report]

A local PMF commander says a Anbar tribal leaders disowned 33 tribal leaders from Qarma for joining Daesh. [Al-Baghdadia]

A Yazidi Iraqi soldier was killed in the Falluja area fighting. [Independence News]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and clashing with Iraqi forces in Zoba’a villages. [Just Paste] [Just Paste] [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a fallen drone in Falluja. [Just Paste]

Ramadi

The Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Service commander says military leaders held a meeting at Anbar University after clearing it of all IEDs. He says there is an intention to locate the Operations Command in the University. [Al-Mada]

Anbar Operations Command troops continue their advances in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi and defuse 45 IEDs and destroy 9 hideouts. Another Iraqi force cleared a mine field north of Albu Aitha and defused 60 IEDS. The IAF bombed Daesh in Albu Aitha, killing 9 terrorists and destroying a machine gun. The Coalition also bombed Ramadi near Albu Aitha, killing 11 terrorists and destroying their hideout. [IWMC Report]

The Coalition launched 3 airstrikes on the Al-Akrad neighborhood, close to Anbar University.   [IWMC Report]

Iraqi forces liberated Mshaihda Hill east of Ramadi completely and raised the Iraqi flag there. [IWMC Report] Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank in Tal Mshaihda (photos). [Just Paste]

DaeshDaily comment: Iraqi forces reported liberating the hill five days ago.

 

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces are advancing slowly in Ramadi and Falluja to give a chance to the civilians to leave. He says Daesh prevents the civilians from leaving and has told them “we win together or die together.” Iraqi forces have almost completely freed the Al-Tamim area, 2 km from the University, but are advancing slowly because of the huge numbers of IEDs and car bombs Daesh has planted in their way. Iraqi forces also control the Jazeera area and have cut Daesh supply lines from Syria. [Al-Mada]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces conducted a search operation in areas around Anbar University and found a Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse. [Al-Maalomah]

The Anti-Terrorism Service troops captured 4 vehicles and 30 containers of explosives in addition to weapons and ammunitions while clearing Anbar University. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the Iraqi Federal Police shelled Daesh locations in Hsaiba, killing 23 terrorists. The Cell also says IFP snipers killed 4 Daesh terrorists trying to booby-trap a school in Al-Madhiq, east of Ramadi. [Al-Baghdadia] Iraqi Federal Police commander says Iraqi forces also destroyed 5 vehicles and 10 locations in Hsaiba. [Buratha]

Daesh publishes photos of stoning a man to death for adultery in Ramadi. [Just Paste]

Elsewhere in Anbar

The IWMC says the IAA launched an airstrike on Daesh Hisbah (religious police) in Rutba, killing 13, including a high ranking Daesh leader. [Iraqi Media Network]

Jazeera Operations Command troops conducted a security operation near the Jawana area in Baghdadi, killing 8 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of executing 2 men publically in Anbar. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of their flags and billboards in Hit. [Just Paste] [Just Paste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Rutba. [Just Paste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin Police Commander refutes the reports about arresting 5 high ranking Salahuddin police officers in Baghdad. He says the officers were called to Baghdad for administrative investigations. [Al-Mada] A security source in Salahuddin had said a security force from Baghdad arrested 4 high ranking officers, including the deputy police commander and Baiji police chief. [Al-Baghdadia]

Eyewitnesses say Daesh military leader in Shirqat, Marwan Al-Jubouri, and 2 of his associates were killed in an airstrike on their car. The eyewitnesses think it was a drone. [Ray Al-Youm]

Iraqi Army’s 17th Infantry Brigade defused 40 IEDs in Sayyed Ghareeb. [IWMC Report]

Local sources say a suicide bomber in an oil tanker attacked Iraqi forces in Samarra, killing 8 soldiers and injuring 12. [Al-Gharbiya]

A security source says 2 Iraqi policemen were killed and 3 injured when a parked car exploded near the Strategic Line west of Samarra. [Ray Al-Youm]

BAGHDAD

Iraqi security forces arrested 6 college students from Anbar, suspected Daesh members, in Anbar University’s temporary location in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament asks the government to pay the salaries of the MoD and MoI personnel on time. The salaries of the Iraqi soldiers, officers and policemen are being delayed, including those who got injured or lost their lives. [Al-Mada]

 

The Legal Affairs Committee in the Iraqi Parliament will invite several ministries and local and international organizations to a session on August 12 to discuss the general amnesty law.

 

The Finance Committee in the parliament says the arrival of the first group of l-159 jets from the Czech Republic was delayed for 4 more months because of a misunderstanding. [Iraq Press]

Minister of Defense meets with Russian officials in St. Petersburg for a “comprehensive review” of the arms contracts and discusses the ways to move forward. [MoD Website]

The IAF flew 15 air sorties and the IAA 40, while the Coalition implemented 10 sorties, killing 21 terrorists and destroying 3 car bombs. [IWMC Report]

The UN says it will suspend its health programs in Iraq because of the lack of funding. The UN has already reduced its humanitarian work by 40%. [Al-Moslim]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded inside a bus in Husseiniya in north Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring 4. [Al-Mada]
  • A police patrol found a man shot to death in Shula in north Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • Iraqi police found 2 bodies of women shot in the head and the chest in Hay Al-Nasr in east Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 7 injured in an IED explosion near a car dealership in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 8. [Iraq Press]
  • An IED exploded in Camp Sara in Baghdad center, killing a civilian and injuring 2. [Iraq Press]

 

DIYALA

A security source says a farmer was killed and his son injured when a roadside IED exploded in Abu Saida northeast of Baquba. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

Dijla Operations Commander says his troops arrested 18 terrorists from 3 different cells during July. [Buratha]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Daesh detonated the houses of 5 citizens in Hawija who didn’t pledge allegiance. [Al-Maalomah]

IWMC says 6 Daesh terrorists, including the Daesh deputy wali of Kirkuk, were killed and 20 injured in an airstrike on their convoy in west Hawija. [Al-Mada] A military source says the IAA killed Daesh Hisbah  leader in Kirkuk, Abu Maria, and several other terrorists in the airstrike. [Iraqi Media Network]

A security source says the IAA bombed a Daesh convoy in Al-Riyadh west of Kirkuk, killing Mullah Shwan, the Kurdish Daesh terrorist responsible for burning 21 Peshmerga fighters to death. [Al- Ghad]

DaeshDaily Comment: This is not the first time this terrorist was supposedly killed.

 

A PUK official says the Coalition bombed Daesh in a village in southwest Kirkuk, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

Daesh publishes a video of executing PMF soldiers caught on their way to join their units in Kirkuk.  [Archive]

NINEWA

Local sources from Mosul say they found a mass grave in the Rashidiya area north of Mosul with 30 bodies of Iraqi soldiers and policemen executed by Daesh. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh training camp in Hammam Al-Alil, 20 km (12.5 miles) south of Mosul, killing 19 terrorists and injuring 13. [BasNews]

 

A KDP official says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in 2 villages near Bashiqa, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 2 car bombs. [KDP]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Peshmerga in Tal Al-Reem. [Dump]

 

Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education says Mosul University students will continue to attend at the temporary location in Kirkuk for next year. [Iraq Press]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

Turkish jets continued the heavy airstrikes in northern Iraq on Tuesday night. [ROJNews]

 

Southern Iraq

A security source says one of the men accused in the Speicher Massacre was arrested at a checkpoint in Dhi Qar province. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Syrian Army captures Hay Al-Zuhoor in south Hasaka, the last Daesh location in south Hasaka, reportedly after bombing with barrel bombs. The Coalition launched 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Hasaka yesterday. [Rudaw] However, other sources say the clashes between the YPG and Daesh continued in other areas in south Hasaka after most of the area was liberated. [Welati]

 

A report about an Armenian church in Tal Abyad used by Daesh as a torture center when they occupied the city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Lebanese Army in Bekaa Valley from Al-Qalmoon in Syria. [Just Paste] And the Syrian Army and Hezbollah in Qalmoon. [Dump]

 

Daesh says it captured 2 strategic hills and 10 Syrian Army military checkpoints northwest of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publically executed an old man in Al-Jazeera, accusing him of blasphemy. [Just Paste]

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man in Tadmur, accusing him of “wizardry.” [Dump]

DaeshDaily comment.  These accusations may only mean they didn’t like the two men for some reason. Daesh kills some people just to intimidate other people.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey says the security forces have so far arrested 1,302 suspects in 39 provinces. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The report does not distinguish between Daesh and PKK suspects. Continuation of this practice will confirm that lumping them together serves a political purpose.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

Libya. Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna says they captured the Corfat Saba’a area from Daesh but lost 5 fighters in clashes. They say Daesh used the area to attack Derna with rockets and mortars and the clashes are still going on. [Akhbar Libya] Daesh says it stopped the attack in Derna and publishes photos of the SCMD dead fighters.  [Dump] [Dump]

Tunisia. A Tunisian official says his government shut down 80 associations linked to terrorist and takfiri groups and warns 83 others to correct their ways. [Islam Memo]

 

Yemen. A Yemeni security source says 11 people were killed or injured in a car bomb explosion near an Ismaili Shia mosque in Sana’a. [islam Memo]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack in Sana’a. [Dump]

 

Daesh information security instructions.

 

Daesh audio newsletter in English.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/M_TNT_A

https://twitter.com/turkyaslaan

https://twitter.com/1567asd156

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
FSA Free Syrian Army
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

 

July 28, 2015

 Iraqi Soldiers after a suicide attack in Ramadi 1 

Iraqi Soldiers after a suicide attack in Ramadi 2

Iraqi Soldiers after a suicide attack in Ramadi

 

Daesh Daily

July 28, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

       

ANBAR

Falluja

The Commander of the local PMF in Qarma says Iraqi forces launched a major operation on the Albu Khalifa area, killing 14 Daesh terrorists including 12 foreigners. [Al-Maalomah]

A PMF commander says Daesh transformed entire neighborhoods in Saqlawiya to “ticking bombs,” booby-trapping everything including bread. [Al-Sumaria]

 

A local PMF commander says snipers from his unit sneaked into Falluja and killed Daesh’s “minister of finance,” a local terrorist responsible for hanging an Iraqi soldier from Falluja Bridge. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A medical source in Falluja says 4 people were killed, including a child, and 16 injured, including 2 women and 3 children, in Iraqi forces’ bombing of Falluja. [Rudaw]

Ramadi

A member of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition airpower implemented a large military operation in several areas east of Ramadi, killing 44 Daesh fighters. [BasNews] An Anbar tribal leader says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition airpower captured 4 areas south of Ramadi, close to Anbar University, killing dozens of Daesh fighters. He says the security forces are clearing the areas now of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [BasNews]

A local PMF commander in Anbar says Ramadi will be liberated in the coming days and Daesh terrorists are escaping after the Iraqi forces broke them in the University battle. [Al-Mada]

The Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council says Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and Coalition airpower captured the Albu Dhiab area north of Ramadi, killing 30 Daesh terrorists. [Al-Sumaria]  A security source says the IAA bombed a Daesh leader’s funeral in Albu Dhiab, killing 9 more. [ Al-Baghdadia]

A source for the Anti-Terrorism Service, which includes several Army components, says Iraq Army units are now holding the ground in Tash 1st and 2nd south of Ramadi after capturing the area. [Al-Sumaria]

Anbar Operations Command destroyed 115 IEDs, a car bomb and 8 Daesh hideouts in Albu Aitha east of Ramadi. The IWMC also says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh construction shovel, a car bomb and 12 hideouts in the same area. [IWMC Report]

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh suicide truck bomb attack in Hsaiba and killed the suicide bomber. He also says Iraqi forces killed 14 Daesh fighters in their advance east of Ramadi. [Al-Sumaria]

Photos of Iraqi soldiers after a car bomb explosion in Ramadi. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

Iraqi Federal Police says Iraqi forces, who regained control of the stadium area yesterday, have started to clear the area of IEDs. [Erem News]

Elsewhere in Anbar

A member of Anbar GC says most of the families trapped in Bzaibiz crossway want to go to Kurdistan. He asks Baghdad Operations Command to open the crossway for them and allow them to enter Baghdad. He says BOC only allows people with severe health cases to enter. [Al-Sumaria]

 

A security source says the IAF bombed a Daesh convoy heading from Rutba to Hit, killing 30 and injuring 25. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A security source says 3 car bombs exploded in Baiji center targeting an Iraqi Joint Force, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15. [Al-Sumaria]

A local source in Kirkuk says Daesh lashed 25 men in Shirqat for shaving their beards. [Al-Sumaria]

Salahuddin Operations Command killed 10 terrorists in Albu Jwary and defused 6 booby-trapped houses and 19 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

 

The Badr militia commander meets with Albu Ajeel tribal leader in Tikrit and agrees to let the displaced families return to their houses in Albu Ajeel in Tikrit. Badr will form a PMF unit to protect the area.

DaeshDaily comment. Many southern tribes accuse Albu Ajeel of committing the Speicher massacre.

 

A Turkmen MP asks the government to establish a military operations command for the Tuz area, after the suicide attack last week. He says Turkmen Iraqis are paying for the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil, which led to security confusion in Tuz. [Al-Ghad]

 

BAGHDAD

The Iraqi Parliament issues a statement condemning Turkey’s bombing of Iraqi villages and violation of Iraqi airspace. [Al-Maalomah] Iraqi Council of Ministers also issued statement calling the Turkish attack “a dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty”. [Al-Maalomah] A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament says the Turkish bombing aims at putting Daesh and the PKK at the same terrorism level. He says Erdogan’s party broke the truce with PKK that saved a lot of blood. [Al-Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. The posturing will continue as long as presumed political advantage can be gained from it.  

 

A news-making explanation from the spokesman for Prime Minister Abadi: He refutes the reports about the participation of Arab nations in the bombing against Daesh in Iraq. He says no Arab airpower has ever participated in any anti-Daesh airstrike in Iraq. He also says the Coalition launches airstrikes after getting initial approvals from Iraq and after getting information from Iraqi intelligence sources. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. When the airpower coalition was announced in Washington, the participation of Arab states was the focus. If the PM’s spokesman has it right, all the Coalition airstrikes in Iraq are by US and other western aircraft; all the Arab-nation airstrikes are confined to Syria. The unspoken part of this dialogue is that some Shia leaders don’t have confidence that all the Sunni Arab governments are on Iraq’s side, due to sectarian motives. 

 

The Iraqi government discusses minimizing the numbers of the security personnel allocated for Iraqi officials. There are 18 military regiments allocated for just the Prime Minister, President, and parliament Speaker and their deputies. [Al-Mada] An Iraqi MP says Iraqi officials’ security guards should be taken to the front lines to fight if they want to keep receiving their salaries. [Iraq Press]

DaeshDaily Comment: Reform should be encouraged. The number of security personnel allocated to Iraqi officials is incredible. In addition to the three top leaders and their offices, there are 29 ministers, 22 chairmen of independent commissions, 328 MPs, 18 governors, and thousands of military and police commanders, general directors, local officials, etc., not to mention former office-holders. The number of police and army personnel in these guard units is in the tens of thousands, all paid by the Iraqi budget. Most are recruited based on their family or political ties, which means there are fewer positions for those who want to serve in real military units that can defend the country. It’s a form of corruption, the more so for positions assigned to “ghost soldiers” whose salaries are paid to others. This is not to say the officials don’t need security, because there is a constant risk of being attacked.  

 

The MoD says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh locations in Anbar and Mosul, destroying a big building used by the terrorists in Ramadi and a car bomb factory in Mosul. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

A Shia MP says if Turkey’s President Erdogan is serious about fighting Daesh he should disassemble Turkey’s network that recruits terrorists and facilitates their movement in the region. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Coalition implemented 19 sorties on different operation sectors, killing 53 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles, a construction shovel, 45 locations and hideouts, and 10 tunnels. [IWMC Report]

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Shula in northwest Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • A sticker IED exploded under the car of an MoI employee in Hurriya in north Baghdad, killing him instantly. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A Ministry of Higher Education employee was killed when unknown armed men opened fire on his car as he drove on the Al-Qanat highway in east Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • A civilian was killed and 3 injured in an IED explosion in Dora in south Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • An IED exploded in Nahrawan in south Baghdad, killing one civilian and injuring 9. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion in Sheik Omar in downtown Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack in the Al-Sham area in north Baghdad yesterday. [Dump]

 

An Iraqi Army force captured a suicide bomber trying to target them in Yousifiya in south Baghdad. [8th Day]

A report about the importance of the thermo cameras in monitoring the terrorist activities in Yousifiya (video). [Al-Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

The spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity says armed men in Khanaqin planted IEDs near power supply lines running to Baghdad. One of the IEDs exploded, killing a police officer accompanying the Ministry’s maintenance unit. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The security committee in Diyala GC decided all soccer tournaments must obtain a security approval. The decision came after 3 IED explosions on a soccer field during a popular tournament in Abu Saida yesterday. [Al-Sumaria] As we reported yesterday, seven were killed and seven injured in these explosions.

 

An MP from Diyala says the security situation is getting worse in Diyala and the militias are kidnapping people. He says 25 were kidnapped during the last 3 days. [Rudaw]

 

KIRKUK

A local source in Kirkuk says Daesh executed 6 brothers publicly and hung their bodies on electricity poles, because they were trying to leave Hawija. [Al-Sumaria]

A local source in Kirkuk says Daesh beheaded a school teacher publicly in Al-Abbasi subdistrict in Hawija for an unknown reason. [Al-Sumaria]

A security source says Daesh’s new wali (governor) of Kirkuk was killed in a Coalition airstrike on his hideout in Zab subdistrict west of Kirkuk.  [Iraq Press]

Daesh lashes a man for adultery in Kirkuk. [Makalem]

NINEWA

A Peshmerga source says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh in west Dijla, killing many of them and destroying their locations. Another source says the Coalition bombed Daesh near Bashiqa killing 10 and injuring many others. [BasNews]

 

A KDP official says Daesh established cannabis farms in Hammam Al-Alil and Mahalibya south of Mosul. He says these farms were kept secret but recent disputes between Daesh leaders in Mosul uncovered the information. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The IAA destroyed part of a Daesh oil pipeline west of Mosul. [IWMC Report]

 

Dash publishes photos of more public beheadings in Ninewa. [Minbar Al-Ansar]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Coalition bombing on Wadi Al-Hajar in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

An eyewitness says Turkish jets bombed PKK locations near Zakho in far northern Dahuk. He says the bombing targeted several locations and lasted about an hour. [Al-Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Burkan Al-Furat soldiers, supported by Coalition airpower, captured Sarrin. (Burkan Al-Furat combines YPG and Free Syrian Army units.) This means Daesh has now been kicked out of the entire Kobane district. [Rudaw] The YPG says they killed 80 Daesh terrorists in Sarrin and confiscated 10 vehicles, 10 car bombs, 3 trucks loaded with weapons, and 60 motorcycles. However, 9 Kurdish fighters were killed in the battles. [BasNews]

YPG soldiers raised their flags on Najm historic castle 2 km west of Sarrin, on the road to Aleppo. [Hawar]

 

The YPG also claims to have liberated 95% of Hasaka and are promising to liberate the rest in the coming hours. [Welati]

 

The spokesman of the YPG refutes reports that Syrian Kurdish fighters killed 2 policemen in Turkey. He says the Turkish borders on their side were the safest for Turkey, while Daesh terrorists crossed the Turkish border from Turkey and attacked them. He also says they have nothing to do with the clashes inside Turkey lands. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a critical moment for the YPG and its political party, the PYD. The Kurds are having notable military success against Daesh, and the alliance with the Free Syrian Army could be significant for both. Turkey’s intervention against Daesh further changes the military equation in northern Syria. However, the PYD/YPG relationship with the PKK is now a much bigger liability due to PKK’s renewed hostilities with Turkey, and this could put its recent gains at risk.

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Syrian army in Aleppo. [Dump ]

 

Daesh checkpoints in Tadmur. [Dump] And results of the bombing on Tadmur. [Makalem]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

An unknown man shot an injured Turkish soldier in Hakkari Province in southeast Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Daesh publishes photos of a health clinic in Aden in Yemen, claiming it’s one of theirs. [Makelem]

 

Daesh audio newsletter

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Hashim Al-Hashim is an Iraqi expert on radical groups.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/baghdadsniper31

https://twitter.com/KaaLeMh

https://twitter.com/jeje_esit

https://twitter.com/Vboo123

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
FSA Free Syrian Army
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

 

July 27, 2014

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

       

ANBAR

Falluja

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces conducted a large military operation in different areas in Qarma, 19 km (12 miles) east of Falluja, and took over the Al-Rashad area completely. He says they killed 30 terrorists including Daesh’s military leader in the area. Iraqi forces are now clearing the area of IEDs in order to let displaced families return. [Al-Mada]

Iraqi forces killed 10 terrorists including 2 snipers, destroyed 2 vehicles and a motorcycle, and found an explosive factory and 8 IEDs in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi Federal Police commander says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh attack from 2 sides on Khaldiya, killing 30, including foreign fighters, and destroying 6 vehicles. [8th Day]

 

Saraya Al-Jihad says they killed 4 Daesh suicide bombers and destroyed 3 car bombs when a Daesh group tried to break the Iraqi siege in the Al-Sijir area north of Falluja. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces bombed selected targets in Falluja Sunday, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a large fuel depot. [MoD website]

 

Local sources say Anbar GC asked the Iraqi government to stop bombing Falluja for a week to allow negotiations with the local tribes and allow 4,000 families trapped by Daesh in Falluja to leave the city. [8th Day]

 

Local sources say 6 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 8 injured in a car bomb attack east of Falluja. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Eyewitnesses say Iraqi forces arrested 200 people from the displaced families camp in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, accusing them of being Daesh members. They say dozens of families left the camp for Baghdad or their original areas after the raid. [Iraq Press]

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces arrested 6 Daesh members trying to enter Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Al-Baghdadia]

Daesh publishes photos of the civilian casualties of the bombing on Albu Shijil. [Makalem]

Videos of the battles near Falluja. [YouTube] [YouTube]

Daesh publishes a video of its anti-smoking campaign in Falluja. [Isdarat]

Daesh municipal services in Falluja. [Makalem]

Ramadi

Babel Operations commander says Iraqi forces liberated a village, secured the Stadium and the highway, and are only 3 km from Ramadi. [Al-Ghad]

Anbar Operations Command cleared 4 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 18 IED and killed 3 terrorists and stopped Daesh attacks in Hsaiba and Al-Madhiq, east of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

The Iraqi Federal Police Commander says Iraqi forces clashed with Daesh in Hsaiba, killing 18 fighters, destroying 6 foreign fighter guesthouses, and disassembling 44 IEDs. [Al-Sumaria]

 

Photos of Anbar University after being captured from Daesh. [8th Day]

A video of the Iraqi forces at Anbar University. [YouTube]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says the police commandos attacked Daesh near the Glass Factory 12 km (7.5 miles) west of Ramadi and killed a Syrian Daesh leader, Ammar Al-Halabi, and 7 of his associates. [Al-Mada]

Daesh says they destroyed 10 Iraqi Humvees and 2 tanks and killed dozens of Iraqi soldiers south of Ramadi. [Dump]

Elsewhere in Anbar

A security source says unknown armed men on motorcycles attacked a Daesh gathering in Rawa in western Anbar, killing 5 terrorists. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A security source says Iraqi Federal Police artillery shelled Daesh locations near Baiji, killing 25 terrorists and destroying 6 car bombs and an oil tanker bomb. [Al-Maalomah]

A security source says Daesh withdrew from Al-Fatha north of Tikrit after heavy bombing by Iraqi aircraft. [Al-Maalomah]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces west of Baiji. [Just Paste]

Daesh beheads 2 people in Shirqat, accusing them of cooperating with the Iraqi forces. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh atrocities against people in Shirqat continue. One reason is that Iraqi forces have made noises about moving on to Shirqat but can’t seem to get past Baiji. This leaves government supporters in Shirqat exposed.

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the beheading of the 2 “spies”. [Ana Al-Muslim] [Isdarat]

A security source says Daesh surrounded a farm in Shirqat and stole 3 valuable horses worth tens of thousands of dollars, and sent them to Mosul. [Al-Sumaria]

Daesh billboards in Shirqat. [Dump]

Daesh imam graduation in Shirqat. [Dump]

Salahuddin deputy governor says the allocation for reconstruction efforts is not enough. He says the governorate needs around 2 billion dollars more. [Al-Sumaria]

Salahuddin Operations Command conducted a security operation in west Tikrit and killed 13 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

Dijla Operations Command arrested 3 suspects in a search operation in Salahuddin. [IWMC Report]

Daesh claims responsibility for the suicide attack in Tuz and says a Lebanese terrorist did it.  [Independence News]

Daesh publishes photos of sniper training camp in Salahuddin. [Ana Al-Muslim]

Iraqi Federal Bank, Ministry of Women, and the IWMC honor Um Qusai, the Sunni women who saved 25 young cadets from the Speicher massacre, in a public ceremony. PM Abadi has awarded Um Qusai the Iraq Medal, the highest civilian medal in the country. [Al-Sumaria]

BAGHDAD

Iraq’s President says, after a brief phone call with Turkey’s President, that Turkey entering the war on terror will lessen the danger of terrorism. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The Badr Militia leader says the PKK is the “spearhead” in the fight against Daesh and Turkey is supporting Daesh by bombing the PKK. He also says the war on Daesh should end in Syria. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Migration and Displacement says tribal conflicts in Salahuddin and Diyala, sometimes within the same tribe, are hindering the efforts of displaced families to return. He says 584,000 families have registered with the Ministry as displaced. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an incredibly large number, especially when you multiply 584,000 by the average size of an Iraqi family. The toll in this protracted conflict is not just in the daily casualty statistics.

 

The Spokesman of the MoD says the Minister appointed General Othman Al-Ghanemi as acting Chief of Staff of the Army to replace General Babkr Zebari, who recently retired. PM Abadi has not yet appointed a permanent replacement. [Al-Maalomah]

 

According to security sources:

  • Five civilians were injured in an IED explosion near a popular restaurant in Al-Sham in north Baghdad. [Al-Maalomah]
  • Bodies of 2 unknown men were found tortured and shot in Hurriya in north Baghdad. [Al-Sumaria]
  • A civilian was killed and 3 injured in an IED explosion in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Rudaw]
  • An IED exploded in Jisr Diyala in east Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 5. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Obaidi in east Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 8. [Iraq Press]
  • Unknown armed men kidnapped the general secretary of Hezbollah Al-Tha’eroon Party in Karrada in southeast Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Rasheed in south Baghdad killing a lawyer passing by in his car. [Al-Sumaria]
  • An employee in the Sunni Endowment was killed and his wife injured when a sticker IED exploded under their car in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Daesh publishes a video of one of their suicide bombers in Baghdad. [Ana Al-Muslim]

Baghdad Operations Command arrested 11 terrorists, including 7 foreigners from Arab countries, in the Al-Basateen area between Baghdad and Anbar. [IWMC Report]

The IAF and IAA implemented 64 sorties on different areas in Iraq killing 11 terrorists and destroying 3 hideouts, a construction shovel and a vehicle. [IWMC Report]

Iraqi Intelligence Service arrests a terrorist group trying to enter Baghdad from Falluja as displaced people. [MoD website]

 

A Shia MP says the Sunni Bloc’s suggested changes to the Amnesty Law will allow the release of terrorists and give them the chance to join Daesh again. [Al-Maalomah]

A Shia MP says foreign terrorists in Iraqi prisons should not be included in the Amnesty Law if it is approved. She says Saudi Arabia is pushing the Iraqi government to release those terrorists and hand them over to Saudi Arabia to deal with them. [BasNews]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr says the suggestion to start a security service under the PMFs is unacceptable and that PMFs should be under the command of the elected government. [Iraq Press]

 

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights says Iraq doesn’t have a database on people missing since June 2014. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

DIYALA

A security source says the Peshmerga implemented several security operations in north and east Qara Tappa, 112 km (69.5 miles) northeast of Baquba, and arrested a Daesh sleeper cell of 10 people. [8th Day]

 

A member of Diyala GC says 7 people were killed and 7 injured in when 3 IEDs exploded in a popular soccer field in Abu Saida, 30 km (18.5 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Al-Sumaria]

 

A Shia MP says some current and former Iraqi officials have brigades of security guards who are more needed in the battlefields, as the officials already live in secure areas. He gave an example of a GC member who has 83 bodyguards for his house and farm in Diwaniya. [Al-Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says the Coalition, based on intelligence information, launched airstrikes on 5 Daesh locations around Hawija, killing 8 terrorists and injuring 7. The source says a Daesh “judge” in the Sharia court in Hawija and 2 foreign terrorists were killed. [Al-Sumaria]

The spokesman for Kurdish security forces in Kirkuk says they arrested a Baath party military leader in Kirkuk responsible for many terrorist attacks. He says the former officer was transported to Baghdad. [Rudaw]

NINEWA

A security source says Daesh executed 28 employees of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission after arresting them at their houses on Sunday might. [BasNews]  IHEC says Daesh executed its employees publicly in Mosul. It condemned the executions. [Al-Sumaria]

 

Local Mosul sources say Daesh lashed 50 young men there for shaving their beards. [BasNews]

 

A source in the forensics department in Mosul says they received the bodies of 13 Daesh Afghani terrorists killed by a Coalition airstrike in Tel Keif north of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police officer says Iraqi forces arrested General Abdul Kareem Al-Jubouri, the commander of Ninewa Police Operations, with 3 other police officers, as they arrived in Baghdad. This is unconfirmed. The officer says Jubouri remained in Mosul for 4 months after Daesh seized the city, “repented” to Daesh, and only then left for Erbil and joined Ninewa liberation camps. [8th Day]

 

The KRG’s Minster of Peshmerga says Kurdish troops will participate in Mosul liberation operations. He says the KRG is discussing the issue with the central government and the Coalition. [8th Day]

 

Daesh harvest season in Ninewa. [Just Paste]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

Turkey bombs the PKK in the Qandil Mountains in Suleimaniya again on Sunday evening. [BasNews] Local sources say Turkish artillery attacked PKK locations inside the Iraq borders. [Al-Gharbiya]  A local IRFAD source reports a very large number of F-16 jets participated in this operation.

Vice President Maliki criticized the bombing and asked Turkey to keep the airstrikes within its borders. [Al-Sumaria]

A Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament accuses Turkey of bombing civilian villages in northern Iraq. The MP says Turkey is taking advantage of the fact that both Baghdad and Erbil are busy fighting Daesh. [Al-Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This kind of posturing can’t be taken seriously. The PKK has continued to enjoy a safe haven in the KRG. Baghdad can’t do anything about them because the Kurds won’t let the Iraqi military operate in the KRG. The KRG has not tried to remove them because they have political support among some Iraqi Kurds. Letting the Turks cross the border into Iraqi territory, as it has done repeatedly over the years, is politically preferable to securing Iraq’s borders by forcing the PKK to leave.

 

The KDP says Turkey refused to allow the bodies of 13 YPG fighters from Turkey, killed in battles against Daesh in Syria, to be buried in Turkey. The KDP says they tried to facilitate the return of the bodies but Turkey refused. [KDP Website] The YPG accused the KDP of not allowing the bodies to cross the Turkish borders. [Roj News]

DaeshDaily comment. The real story is probably more like this: Turkey assumes any Kurdish Turk joining the YPG is affiliated or self-affiliated with the PKK, with which it is again at war. Because the Turks would stop the bodies at the Turkish border, the YPG was returning them through the KRG. Refusing the bodies is a Turkish tactic for discouraging Kurdish Turks from fighting in Syria.

 

Southern Iraq

Mid-Euphrates Operations Command, supported by the IAA and the PMFS, implemented a security operation in Ain Al-Tamr in west Kerbala killing 2 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated against the shortage of electricity in Nasariya. [Al-Mada] Dhi Qar’s Governor ordered a policeman who shot at the demonstrators arrested. [Al-Sumaria]

 

Basra Police chief says security forces arrested 2 suspects on terrorism charges. [Al-Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Turkish PM says it’s time now to establish the safe area in Syria. [Anadolu Agency]

 

A YPG source says the Turkish Army shelled the YPG and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Kobane and Tal Abyad Sunday evening. [Welati] A Turkish official refuted this, saying that the Kurdish forces in Syria are not Turkish targets. [Welati]

 

Turkey’s PM says the YPG might have a place in “new Syria” if they cut their relationships with the Assad regime and stop being a concern to Turkey. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say several civilians, including a child, were injured in 2 explosions in Qamishli. [Welati]

 

Burkan Al-Furat (a coalition of the YPG and the FSA), liberated Sarrin, 40 km (25 miles) south of Kobane and are looking for the remaining Daesh terrorists in the town. Daesh left numerous suicide bombers and hundreds of IEDs in the town. [Welati] The YPG says 24 Daesh terrorists were killed in the battles in Sarrin. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says their troops freed more areas in southeast Hasaka after heavy battles with Daesh in which 4 YPG fighters were killed. [Hawar]

 

Turkish forces use tear gas to prevent people from Kobane from crossing the Turkish border back to their homes. Turkey said earlier it will allow re-entry only on Mondays and Wednesdays, citing the terrorist attack in Suruc. [Hawar]

 

Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam), an anti-government militia, announces its support for the Turkish attacks on the Kurdish forces. [Hawar]

 

A field source says Kurdish forces stopped 2 car bombs and arrested the drivers at a checkpoint 30 km (18.5 miles) east of Kobane. [BasNews]

 

A field source says Daesh attacked the Kurdish fighters in Tal Abyad with 2 car bombs on Sunday, without giving numbers of casualties. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its “repent” office in Deir Al-Zor. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “court” in Al-Jazeera. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes a video of Eid in Aleppo. [Isdarat]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey says the security forces arrested 1050 suspects from different organizations, including Daesh and the PKK, in 34 states. [Anadolu]

 

The governor of Kilis province in Turkey says the Daesh terrorist who got killed in an attack on the Turkish Army on July 23rd was Egyptian. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish security sources say a police commander was injured when he was attacked in his civilian car with his wife and child in Mus in east Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Daesh issues a fatwa that every woman married to a man working against Daesh is “automatically divorced”.  [Ana Al-Muslim]

DaeshDaily Comment: This is an open invitation to rape women. Daesh terrorists now can “marry” any woman who falls into their hands. 

 

Egypt. Daesh says they attacked an Egyptian police truck in Arish, killing and injuring many policemen. [Twitter]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisia MoI says security forces raided 195 locations in 5 cities and arrested 17 suspects on terrorism charges. [Rudaw]

 

Turkmenistan. Daesh publishes a video message to its members I Turkmenistan. [Isdarat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Khames Al-Khanjar

DaeshDaily comment. Khames Al-Khanjar is a wealthy Sunni Iraqi businessman from Falluja who started his businesses after 2003. The Iraqi government accuses him of supporting the Sunni insurgency, and some politicians say his business is a front for the Baath party or even Daesh. He owns Independence News, a strong Daesh mouthpiece that provides glorified reports of Daesh  victories. However, his Facebook page never mentions Daesh in any way, as if it never existed. He blames the government and Shia militias, even for attacks committed by Daesh, including the Khan Bani Saad attack in Diyala. The interesting thing is the hostile comments he receives on this Facebook page. Many Sunnis accuse him of destroying their cities by calling for rebellion against the government, while he lives comfortably outside Iraq.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abvcLibnry

https://twitter.com/9______1w

https://twitter.com/B__R__T_1

https://twitter.com/ENG_SUNNY56

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
FSA Free Syrian Army
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

 

 

July  24, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

The campaign against Daesh took a dramatic turn in the last 24 hours, as Turkey joined the anti-Daesh coalition. We reported yesterday about the border clashes between Daesh and Turkish soldiers, and a government meeting on how to respond.  Mainstream media have now reported that Turkey has finally granted the US permission to fly sorties from the American base at Incirlik into Iraq and Syria, which will facilitate its airstrikes campaign. Incirlik is only 60 miles from the Syrian border. Turkey also retaliated directly against Daesh by flying its own airstrikes on Daesh-held locations along the border with Syria and sent troops across the border. As reported below, Turkey has also closed many pro-Daesh websites and arrested Daesh members.  All of this happened suddenly, and the further implications will emerge over time.

       

ANBAR

 

Falluja

The local PMF commander in Qarma says the PMF’s Special Tasks Unit killed 7 Daesh leaders in Shahabi, 19 km (12 miles) east of Falluja. He also says the clearing operation didn’t stop and that Iraqi forces are advancing on Falluja from all sides. [Al-Mada]

The commander also says Iraqi forces killed 38 terrorists, including the Daesh military commander in Qarma. [BasNews]

 

Baghdad Operations Command reports an ongoing operation in Qarma, with several Iraqi forces being supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower. So far they have killed 2 terrorists, destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun, and defused 10 IEDs. [IWMC report]

North of Falluja, however, Daesh caused a lot of government casualties. Local sources say 77 Iraqi soldiers and PMFs were killed and dozens injured in dual car bomb attacks in Thirthar. [Al-Gharbiya] An Iraqi Army officer says 21 soldiers and PMFs were killed and 45 injured. [Oman Daily]

Daesh says 2 suicide bombers attacked the Iraqi forces in Thirthar with a Humvee and an oil tanker. [Dawa Al-Haq]

DaeshDaily comment. This setback is part of a pattern. Government forces make advances that seem to have Daesh on the defensive, then Daesh makes a surprise counter-attack in a different place. Its sudden takeover of Ramadi is the lead example of that pattern. If the government progress toward Falluja and Ramadi continues, more surprises can be expected.

 

A tribal leader from Falluja says it is one of the safest Iraqi cities except for the Iraqi forces’ attack. He refutes the reports about Falluja people demonstrating against Daesh, and also says Iraqi forces are not close, 50 km (31 miles) away from Falluja or Ramadi. [Rudaw]

 

The Anbar Police commander says Iraqi forces established several checkpoints in Habbaniya, Khaldiya and Ameriyat Al-Falluja in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from escaping. The commander says the checkpoints captured 17 terrorists so far. [Al-Maalomah]

 

An Iraqi Army officer says an IED exploded near Habbaniya base, killing an officer and injuring the commander of the 16th Division in addition to 2 officers and 3 soldiers. [Rudaw]

 

More clashes near Falluja. [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Medical sources say 4 civilians were killed and 13 injured, including women and children, in the Iraqi forces’ bombing of Falluja. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Local sources say the police ordered 100 displaced families to evacuate schools they occupy in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

An Iraqi TV reporter almost got killed in a mortar shelling near Falluja. [YouTube]

A video of the PMFs in Saqlawiya Institute. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. It is always interesting, but not surprising, to see Saddam’s photos and Daesh publications in the same place.

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations commander says Iraqi troops are advancing towards Ramadi from the east, north and south and killing dozens of Daesh terrorists. [Al-Ghad]

 

Iraqi Federal Police commander says the IFP Commandos and the Army’s 16th Division advanced in eastern Anbar towards Ramadi, breaking through Daesh defenses and killing dozens of its fighters. [Al-Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi security forces supported by the PMFs and tribal fighters cleared a road east of Ramadi, killing 22 of the enemy. [Al-Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Police source says Iraqi forces captured the Tal Mshaihed area, cutting off Daesh in Ramadi from Hsaiba. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A video of the Iraqi Federal Police Operations in Hsaiba. [YouTube]

 

A PMF source says PMFs ambushed and killed a former Saddam Fedayeen commander responsible for many terrorist activities on the road between Albu Aitha and Ramadi. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A source in Anbar Operation Command says the Iraqi Army’s artillery shelled a Daesh weapons storehouse in Al-Madhiq east of Ramadi, destroying heavy and mid-size weapons and other military equipment. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The IFP forces advanced on the Khaldiya road to Ramadi (from Hsaiba in the east), killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and a hideout. [IWMC report]

 

The IWMC says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh in Ramadi, killing 2 and destroying 5 defensive positions near Anbar University. [Al-Ghad]

The chairman of the Anbar GC security committee says Iraqi forces cleared the areas in north Ramadi after heavy clashes with Daesh, killing dozens of them and destroying 7 vehicles. He also says Iraqi snipers were deployed in the area to prevent Daesh terrorists from escaping or attacking Iraqi forces. [BasNews]

 

The Ramadi mayor says Baghdad Operations Command has closed the Bzaibiz crossway for ten days now for security reasons, except for urgent medical cases. [Al-Baghdadia]

The Iraqi Commission to Support the Displaced People says Baghdad Operations Command allowed the displaced families to enter Baghdad today but the guarantor system is still in use in Bzaibiz. He asks the government to cancel it. [Waradana]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

A source in Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell says the IAF, based on Cell information, bombed a foreign terrorist guest house in Al-Qa’im, killing 20 terrorists. The IAF bombed the location again and killed 17 more after other Daesh terrorists gathered there to evacuate the wounded. The source says one of the dead is the young Russian boy, the “Caliphate Cub,” who appeared in a video executing an Iraqi citizen. [Al-Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA attacked Daesh in Albu Jwary north of Tikrit, killing 25 terrorists and destroying a Daesh foreign fighter hideout and a vehicle. [IWMC report]

IWMC says the Coalition launched an airstrike on a Daesh convoy heading for Baiji, killing 21 fighters. The Coalition sortie also took out a car bomb in Baiji. [Al-Ghad]

A security source says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh attack on Al-Fatha, killing 8 terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

A security source says Daesh executed 4 drivers in Shirqat because they were transporting families running away from Daesh areas. [Al-Gharbiya]

PM Abadi orders honors for Um Qusai, the Sunni woman who hosted and saved 25 soldiers from the Speicher massacre. [Iraq Press] The head of the Pilgrimage Commission says a seat on the next Haj to Mecca was reserved for Um Qusai. The seats are rare and usually require registering years in advance. [Al-Sumaria]

A security source in Salahuddin says 2 Daesh terrorists were injured in a fight over a teenage European girl who came from Mosul with 5 other women to open a Daesh school. The source says the girl was also injured in the fight and was taken back to Mosul. [Al-Sumaria]

A security source says an Iraqi Federal Police unit destroyed a Daesh pickup and killed everyone inside it near the Strategic Line west of Samarra. [Al-Baghdadia]

Samarra Operations Command supported by the IAA and PMFs continued its campaign to clear and secure the areas around Samarra, destroying 5 Daesh hideouts and 2 vehicles. [IWMC report]

BAGHDAD

According to security sources:

  • Unknown armed men shot and killed 2 women working in a hairstyle salon in Saidiya in west Baghdad. [Al-Maalomah]
  • Two civilians were killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion near a trade area in Dora in south Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • Two civilians were killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion near a popular café in Jisr Diyala in south east Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Baghdad Operations Command says its troops killed 8 terrorists and destroyed 4 and defused 10 IED vehicles in several tribal areas around Baghdad. [Al-Ghad]

 

A “high level” security source says the Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell killed the main financer and transporter of suicide terrorists in Baghdad. The Cell followed him from his house in Adhamiya to another house in Shaab and trapped him there. The terrorist threw a hand grenade at the security force, killing 2 policemen before he was shot dead. The Cell also arrested 2 other suspects in the house. [Al-Mada]

 

The IAF commander refutes reports they delivered 2 of the F-16s to Erbil and says the jets flew over Kurdistan exactly as they would any other place in Iraq. [Al-Mada] The Commander also says the F-16s will participate in the battles against Daesh after the initial recon. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

A Sunni MP from Diyala says a delegation of the governorate’s MPs will visit Suleimaniya to negotiate the return of the displaced families to Jalawla. [Al-Ghad]

 

Diyala Police says they arrested the 5 terrorists responsible for the two Balad Ruz car bombs. [Al-Ghad]

 

The chairman of the security committee in Diyala GC says that Khan Bani Saad was considered a disaster area. [Al-Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A local source in Kirkuk says Daesh arrested 50 people to trying to leave Hawija. The source says Daesh lashed 25 of them and ordered them to pay 1 million ID (around $800). [Al-Sumaria]

Daesh says the Peshmerga withdrew from 2 areas in south Kirkuk. [Twitter]

A security source says an unknown armed man shot at a civilian car in east Kirkuk, killing all 3 people inside. [Al-Maalomah]

NINEWA

A Peshmerga commander says his troops quickly stopped a Daesh attack from 2 sides in Sinjar. He says Coalition airpower played a major role in Daesh’s defeat. [Xendan]

 

A Kurdish official says Daesh kidnapped 182 boys, ages 10 to 15, from different areas in Mosul in order to train them and use them in terrorist activities. [Waradana]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

A security source in Babel says the police found the body of a leader from a pro-Daesh tribe in north Babel, who was also a lawyer for terrorism cases. He was strangled to death and thrown on the highway near Muwailha. The area was a Daesh stronghold before being liberated months ago. [Al-Mada]

 

Sistani’s representative in Kerbala says negligence and treason are behind the terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Khan Bani Saad. [Iraq Press]

 

A medical source in Suleimaniya says 2 infants died of cholera in a displaced persons camp. [Al-Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A Turkish newspaper says Turkish forces entered 9 km (5 miles) into Syria after airstrikes on Daesh locations in Azaz. Local sources say the clashes between the Turks and Daesh continued after Turkish artillery shelled Ayousha village in Azaz. [Xendan]

 

Local sources say the Turkish Army threatened through loudspeakers to shoot anyone from the Syrian city of Afrin who comes within 1 km of the Turkish border. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says they cleared the road between Raqqa and Sarrin and surrounded Daesh in Sarrin, south of Kobane. [Xendan]

Other sources say the clashes in the area are still going on. [PUKMedia]

Local sources say Daesh has prevented local residents from leaving Sarrin. [Hawar] A Daesh mine exploded near a civilian car trying to leave the town, with no reports of casualties. [Hawar]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Coalition airstrikes on Sarrin. [A3maq]

 

A video of the Free Syrian Army capturing Daesh weapon storehouses in the Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Islam Memo]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra capture most of the Dhu Al-Faqar brigade fighters in Isqat town in Idlib countryside near the Turkish border. The brigade has pledged allegiance to Daesh. [Roayah News]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its charity activities near Damascus. [Dawa Al-Haq]

 

The YPG is giving weapons training to women in Kobane, in case it is attacked again by Daesh. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish PM says Turkish military forces implemented successful operations against Daesh locations in Syria without informing Damascus. He says the operations happened after Turkish airstrikes destroyed their targets completely. He says the operation against Daesh and the “radical leftists” is not a one-time event but is part of a comprehensive campaign and will continue.  He also says the security forces arrested 297 people including 37 foreigners in different areas in Turkey. [BasNews]

 

Turkish security forces arrested a Daesh cell leader in Istanbul, along with more than 100 other suspects from Daesh, the PKK and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party–Front. Turkish courts also ordered several websites to close, accusing them of spreading Daesh propaganda.  [Rudaw]

 

Photos of the Turkish security raids. [Iraq Press]

 

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says the PKK didn’t respond positively to the government’s peaceful initiatives. He also says military operations were implemented in 16 Turkish cities against Daesh and the PKK and will continue. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.  The Turks’ linking of Daesh and the PKK is obviously part of an internal security strategy, but reflects one of the complications facing Turkish policy-makers, as Daesh and the PKK would seem to be on opposite sides of the Syria conflict.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Tunisian security sources say a dangerous terrorist was killed in Bizerte, and 13 suspects were arrested in a security campaign in northern Tunisia. [Rudaw] Tunisian media outlets say 3 other suspects were arrested near Bizerte. [Iraq Hurr]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

A new Daesh video

http://sendvid.com/jmvht088

Daesh audio newsletter for today. [Isdarat]

Daesh statistics for last month. [Isdarat]

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-government page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/HamidHadeed

DaeshDaily Comment: Hamid Hadid was the director of Al-Jazeera’s office in Baghdad and still works with them in Qatar. His uncle, Omar Hadid, was Zarqawi’s first assistant and his rep in Falluja. That was the reason Al-Jazeera was the first to get Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) beheading videos. Hamid denied any relationship with Omar and said he had a younger brother with the same name who has nothing to do with AQI. The statement about his brother might be true, but his relationship to the older Omar Hadid is common knowledge in Iraq. AQI announced almost 10 years ago that Omar was killed in an American airstrike but his body was not found. Hamid Hadid never mentions the name Daesh in his tweets, but talks euphemistically about the mujaheddin and the revolutionaries instead.

https://twitter.com/SaLmAn12RG

https://twitter.com/5lafaaa

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

July 23, 2015

 

Kilis Map

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

      IRFAD sources in Baghdad have reported a potential deal, allegedly suggested by Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in a visit to Erbil two days ago, that would allow Daesh to leave Falluja and give control of the city to a tribal council. The sources say the Iraqi leadership refused even to meet the delegation coming from Erbil to discuss the deal. There are some elements in the government trying to make it happen, however, and there is talk about threats against the government if it doesn’t agree.

      We could not verify this report from other sources, but if true it’s troublesome. Falluja is the symbolic focus of this nasty conflict. Losing in Falluja could be the beginning of the end for Daesh in Iraq, and both they and the government know it. Abandoning the Falluja campaign now would be a victory for Daesh. Falluja, since 2003, has been the Iraqi city most hostile to the government, one reason it was Daesh’s first major target in Iraq. Daesh’s departure from the city would leave effective control with the same people, many of them Daesh supporters. The civilians need to be protected and the city should be given back to its citizens, but not through a cynical deal that gives Daesh another life.

ANBAR

Iraqi Minister of Defense says military operations in Anbar are going according to plan and Ramadi will be liberated soon. He says Iraqi forces are very close to the city’s borders and the second stage will be about liberating the city. He says the military operations need airpower cover, which is being hindered by the high temperatures. [BasNews]

 

The spokesman of Anbar GC says the first stage of Anbar liberation operations has been completed successfully and Iraqi forces are surrounding Daesh in most of the areas it controls. [Al-Baghdadia]

Iraqi Ministry of Interior asks its personnel in Daesh-controlled areas in Anbar to rejoin the Anbar directorate of police and has issued orders to pay their salaries. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Falluja

A tribal leader from Falluja says Daesh executed 22 Iraqi soldiers in the industrial area in south Falluja. [Erem News]

An Iraqi army officer says Daesh executed a civilian trying to leave Falluja with his 5 children. [Erem News]

The spokesman of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces killed 31 Daesh fighters in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [Erem News]

Baghdad Operations Command destroyed 2 Daesh training camps and 13 foreign fighter guesthouses in addition to clearing 8 IEDs and 7 booby-trapped houses in areas between Baghdad and Anbar. [MoD Website]

The PMFs say they liberated Al-Jarrah village northeast of Falluja. [PUK Media]

Daesh publishes photos of the fights north of Falluja. http://makalem.me/fallujah/

A local PM Commander says the PMFs shelled Daesh locations in Zoba’a villages south of Falluja, killing dozens of Daesh. He says Iraqi forces are advancing to clear all the villages in the Zoba’a area. [Al-Maalomah]

Iraq War Media Cell says 17 Daesh terrorists were killed in airstrikes in Qarma and publishes names of some Daesh leaders among them. [Al-Maalomah] The IAF destroyed 4 Daesh hideouts in Qarma. [MoD Website]

A member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission says 70,000 civilians, mostly women and children, have left Falluja so far. [Al-Sumaria]

Ramadi

The Iraqi Federal Police Commander says the IFP implemented preemptive security operations in Al-Madhiq and Al-Sidiqiya east of Ramadi, killing 25 and destroying 6 vehicles and 4 foreign terrorist guesthouses. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces advanced from Thirthar to Albu Aitha, killing 15 Daesh and defusing 70 IEDs and 15 booby-trapped houses. Iraqi airpower bombed Albu Aitha, destroying a Daesh hideout and killing 4. Another airstrike in the same area destroyed a Daesh weapons truck and killed 4 more. [MoD Website]

 

The deputy chairman of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces cleared the international road north of Ramadi killing dozens of Daesh. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of the Anti-Daesh tribal council in Anbar says Iraqi forces liberated areas in Albu Aitha and Hamdhiya east of Ramadi and are advancing to liberate Jazeera Al-Khaldiya to cut Daesh lines between Ramadi and Falluja. [Al-Hurra]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces broke Daesh defenses and advanced in the areas east of Ramadi. [Al-Ghad]

The deputy commander of the Golden Division says Iraqi airpower bombed Daesh locations at Anbar University west of Ramadi, killing dozens of Daesh fighters. He says the university will be liberated soon. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The coalition bombed 3 Daesh hideouts and a tunnel in Al-Tash south of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack on Al-Tash, killing many soldiers and destroying an Abrams tank. [Ana Al-Muslim]

Elsewhere in Anbar

Al-Jazeera Operations Command troops supported by tribal fighters cleared the front areas of Albu Hayat village in order to secure the road between Haditha and Baghdadi, killing 12 terrorists. [Mod Website]

A source in Anbar police says Daesh stoned an Iraqi woman to death after she insulted one of its leaders in Al-Qa’im. [Al-Mada]

SALAHUDDIN

The PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces control 80% of Baiji district but there are still some Daesh pockets between Siniya and Albu Jarad. He says Iraqi forces are in control of Baiji from a military point of view but they need more reinforcements. [Al-Mada]

 

Iraqi Army’s 17th Brigade defused 35 IEDs and destroyed 4 Daesh hideouts in Sayyed Ghareeb. [Mod Website]

 

A security source in Salahuddin says the IAA bombed a Daesh vehicle carrying a machine gun as well as a booby-trapped motorcycle near the Strategic Line west of Samarra, killing 4 terrorists. [Al-Mada]

 

The Iraqi 17th Brigade commander says his troops captured Daesh’s North Baghdad wali (governor) near Balad, after sneaked out from Baiji. [Al-Sumaria]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi forces and PMFs handed the west Samarra area to Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist militia, in order to participate in the Anbar battles. [Waradana]

BAGHDAD

The IAF flew 41 sorties overall, the IAA 55 and the Coalition 9, affecting all military sectors, and killing 33 fighters, and destroying 3 vehicles, a construction shovel, a rocket launcher, and 8 Daesh locations. [MoD Website]

A member of the Security Committee in Baghdad GC says Iraqi security forces are facing a problem with the rural areas around Baghdad, where some people are providing secure locations and transportation to the terrorists. He says the security forces need K9 units, for which the GC has provided the necessary funds, but corruption may be preventing the deal from happening. [Al-Maalomah]

Other politicians blamed the government’s “austerity policy” for preventing the purchase and installation of security cameras. They say Iraqi security forces can’t infiltrate the sleeper cells and have to depend on chance or luck to foil terrorist attacks. Members of the Security Committee in the Iraqi Parliament say the terrorists have already infiltrated government agencies and are using official cover and government vehicles to carry out their attacks. [Al-Mada] Meanwhile, the Security and Defense Committee says Iraq has spent 149 billion dollars on weapon deals since 2003. [Xendan]

DaeshDaily comment: Security cameras are desperately needed, conceding that effective camera systems are expensive and many would need 24/7 staffing. Austerity policy or not, however, the Iraqi government’s record on surveillance devices has been embarrassing. It is still using the known-to-be-worthless explosive detectors that were purchased in one of the shadiest deals in Iraq history, even though the scandal was exposed some time ago. By contrast, there has been no significant security breach at Baghdad airport for years, partly because of its K9 units with bomb-sniffing dogs. Iraq is spending billions of dollars on security but the government can’t even create and train a couple dozen K9 units. Even under an austerity policy, you can buy a lot of Alpo. 

 

The casualty toll from the car bomb explosion in Shurta reached 16 dead and 32 injured.

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion in Shaab in north Baghdad. [Rudaw TV]
  • One civilian was killed and 7 injured in an IED explosion near a parking lot in Hay Al-Wihda in south Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • Two unknown bodies were found shot in the head in Jurf Al-Naddaf in south Baghdad. [Al-Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion near the industrial area in Taji in north Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • A Sahwa fighter was killed and 4 injured along with 2 Iraqi soldiers in an IED explosion near their checkpoint in Mada’in in south Baghdad.
  • [Iraq Press] Two civilians were killed and 7 injured in an IED explosion in Ameriya in west Baghdad. [Iraq Press]

 

Daesh claims responsibility for the attacks in Binouk and mentions the names of the two terrorists. [Independence News]

 

The Czech minister of foreign affairs says his country will donate 260 tons of hand grenades and AK47 ammunition to support in the war. [Al-Mada]

 

A video of Al-Mashtal Explosion in Baghdad. [YouTube]

 

Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell shows the confessions of terrorists who participated in several attacks in Baghdad. [YouTube]

DIYALA

A security source says unknown armed men shot and seriously wounded an anti-Daesh tribal leader in south Al-Khalis. [Al-Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh locations in south Hawija, 55 km (34 miles) southwest of Kirkuk city, killing 13 and injuring 10. [Al-Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says a Coalition helicopter landed in Hawija and stayed for several hours. [Al-Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it shelled a Peshmerga headquarters in a village in Kirkuk with 2 Grad rockets. Daesh says American advisers were in the headquarters. [Twitter]

NINEWA

Peshmerga sources say the Kurdish forces shelled Daesh locations in Sinjar, killing 20 and destroying 6 vehicles. [BasNews]

A Coalition airstrike kills Daesh’s wali of Tal Afar and 3 other Daesh members. [PUK Media]

Another official says the Coalition bombed a Daesh mortar unit in Bashiqa, killing 11 Daesh and destroying 2 vehicles. [PUK Media]

A local source says 45 Daesh terrorists were killed during the last week in internal fights over loot in Baaj, south of Mosul. [Rudaw TV] Another source linked the fights with the car bomb attack and says the disputes were about widows of Iraqi terrorists who were forced to marry foreign terrorists. [Xendan]

A Kurdish official says the Coalition bombed a Daesh gathering in the Muthanna area in east Mosul on Wednesday, killing 3 Daesh emirs including a Kurd. [BasNews]

 

Unconfirmed news about a potential deal to exchange prisoners between Daesh and the Peshmerga. [Independence News]

 

A local source says Daesh executed another mosque imam, shooting him in the head days after they arrested him in Mosul. [BasNews]

A local source says Daesh executed 3 civilians in Qayyara south Mosul, accusing them of cooperating with the security forces. [BasNews]

Daesh publishes photos of cutting off a “thief” hand in Ninewa. [Isdarat]

A security source in Ninewa says a parked car exploded on a Daesh convoy in Hammam Al-Alil subdistrict south of Mosul, killing 26 terrorists and injuring 8. The source says Daesh issued a curfew and started a search campaign in the area. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. We have reported an increasing number of incidents lately in which Daesh personnel were attacked in the Mosul area, mostly by unidentified people. We don’t yet know whether this pattern reflects a plan. At the same time, we have seen more reports of Daesh executions, like those above, usually a sign that Daesh is getting nervous.

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

The head of the Islamic Group political party in Kurdistan says they got promises from the KRG to release party members who were detained on terrorism charges. The party says they were detained for purely political reasons. [Al-Mada]

 

Basra Chief of Police says police captured 7 men wanted on terrorism charges. They were hiding in a truck and trying to sneak out of Basra. [Al-Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

The YPG says they liberated five more areas from Daesh in west Hasaka. [Hawar]

Local sources say the Kurdish soldiers clashed heavily with the Syrian Army in Hasaka after the Army units tried to expand into the Kurdish controlled areas. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Hasaka Governorate and city are largely Kurdish, with a significant Assyrian Christian minority, which helps explain its importance to the YPG. The earlier Daesh takeover of much of this area forced many to leave. Reports indicate that the Kurds have been able to take much of it back, but the Syrian Army has also been active in the area.

 

The YPG says they liberated 2 villages south of Kobane from Daesh and arrested one terrorist. The YPG lost 5 fighters in the clashes. [Hawar]

The head of the health commission in Kobane asks international organizations for urgent help in providing medical supplies. [BasNews]

A Kurdish military source says Kurdish forces started another military operation to break through in Sarrin, south of Kobane, and captured several advanced positions. The source also says 10 Kurdish fighters were killed in addition to dozens of Daesh terrorists. [BasNews]

A Turkish official says an armored Turkish unit was shot at from the Syrian side, controlled by Daesh, and an officer was killed and 4 soldiers injured. Turkish authorities sent immediate reinforcements to the area. [BasNews]

Kurdish sources say a confrontation between a Turkish officer and Daesh in Azaz, 30 km (18 miles) north of Aleppo, led to heavy fighting, killing the officer and injuring 5 Turkish soldiers. The sources say the Turkish soldiers were inside Syria. [Hawar]

 

Turkish media outlets say a Turkish force of 60 soldiers entered Syria from Kilis Province to implement a military operation against Daesh after the clashes. [Rudaw TV]

A video of the clashes between the Turkish forces and Daesh. [Rudaw TV]

Another Turkish official says Turkey sent military jets to the Turkey-Syria border. [Iraq Hurr]

Daesh says the Turkish army started the fight in Al-Raii and its men responded, killing a Turkish officer. Daesh says the Turkish army shelled the area with no casualties. [A3maq] It says the incident ended and the town is calm. [A3maq]

The Turkish Army says it shelled 3 Daesh vehicles across the Syrian border, killing one terrorist. [Iraq Hurr]

Daesh military parade in Aleppo. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Turkey. Turkey’s Prime Minister held a security meeting with top Turkish officials and security leaders after the clashes in Azaz. [Rudaw TV]

 

Turkish media outlets say the Turkish army sent more reinforcements to the Syrian border. [BasNews]

 

The Turkish security directorate in Diyarbakir says a policeman was killed and another injured when they were ambushed by masked armed men in the city. Turkish authorities accused the PKK. [BasNews]

 

The youth group close to the PKK in Turkey said they killed a Daesh member in Istanbul in response to the Suruc attack. [PUK Media]

 

Egypt. The Egyptian army spokesman says an officer and 3 soldiers were killed and 3 soldiers injured in an IED explosion in Rafah, on the Gaza border. [Rudaw TV]

 

Libya. The Chief of the Libyan Anti-Terrorism Service says his troops started a wide military campaign to liberate the areas around Benghazi from Daesh and other armed groups. [Egypt News]

A police officer says security forces captured a Daesh terrorist trying to sneak into Benghazi. [Al-Wasat]

 

A military source says Libyan troops attacked a Daesh military convoy heading from Sirte to Bu Hindi and forced it to retreat. [Al-Wasat]

Eyewitnesses say local young men targeted a Daesh vehicle in Sirte with an RPG rocket and destroyed it completely. [Al-Wasat]

Tunisia. The spokesman of the Tunisian MoD says military troops found 2 terrorists hideouts in Al-Salloum Mountain. [Masress]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

More Daesh IT instructions. https://dump.to/iostor

Daesh “thesis” about the legitimacy of killing family members if they become heretics. [Just Paste]

 

Facebook Page of the Day

PM Abadi Facebook page.

With more than 770,000 likes, Abadi is by social media standards the most popular public figure in Iraq–more than Sistani, Sadr, Barzani and Talabani combined.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/q_g7i

https://twitter.com/4aass2009

https://twitter.com/frwigf

 

July 22, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Two reports from the mainstream media got our attention.

We have commented twice that while everyone seems focused on Ramadi and Fallujah, equal attention must be focused on Haditha to the west, location of the absolutely critical Haditha Dam and close to an air base and a US military training facility. Today the Washington Post, in a front page story, reports on a media visit to Haditha, which is surrounded by Daesh-controlled area and under frequent attack, with the ominous headline “ISIS selects next target.”

 

Der Spiegel, the German paper, interviewed the former coordinator of suicide bombings in Baghdad, now in prison. The story is fascinating in general, but we picked up on the information that many terrorists, even the most dangerous, have gotten released or have escaped from prison through bribery or other corruption. The situation has improved under PM Abadi. Our comment is that a corrupt state cannot eliminate terrorism. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-conversation-with-an-isis-suicide-bomber-logistician-a-1043485.html

 

ANBAR

Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh hideouts in Albu Aitha in addition to suicide bomber “guesthouses” in Qarma. It also says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh locations in Al-Qa’im in the far west and another in Ramadi, killing 60 terrorists. [Al-Ghad]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, are moving ahead towards their targets in Anbar according to plan. It says Daesh fighters are running away from Falluja in large numbers and the city will be liberated soon. [Al-Maalomah] [Al-Maalomah]

 

Falluja

A Shia militia says they captured an Indonesian terrorist called Abu Abdurrahman Hartu as he tried to escape Falluja in women’s clothes. [Safir News]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya Subdistrict Council says it has shortages of water, fuel and electricity. [Al-Zaman]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled a tribal meeting for Sahwa leaders and PMF commanders south of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, injuring many of them. [Twitter]

 

Ramadi

The Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) commander says his troops killed 3 Daesh trying to booby-trap a school in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. He also says the IFP killed 2 snipers and destroyed 3 vehicles in the same area. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says the Rapid Intervention Brigade stopped a Daesh attack on Iraqi forces in Al-Madhiq, east of Ramadi, killing 14 of them and destroying 6 trucks. [A-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces supported by the IAA started a military operation to liberate Anbar University, in Ramadi. [Khabaar]

 

The IWMC says Coalition airpower, based on information from Iraqi Intelligence, bombed a Daesh headquarters in Al-Tash 1st south of Ramadi. [Mawazin]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

IWMC says Iraqi forces advanced in the Al-Thirthar area and killed 4 Daesh terrorists. [Radio Dijla]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in south and north Al-Qa’im, killing 12. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

A security source says an explosion in a Daesh explosives factory in Rawa in west Anbar killed 7 Daesh members. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The PMFs say they captured a female Saudi suicide bomber trying to attack Iraqi forces in Anbar. [Radio Dijla]

 

SALAHUDDIN

An Iraqi Army officer says Iraqi forces regained control of areas in Baiji center after losing them to Daesh. A Salahuddin GC member says Iraqi forces control most of Baiji but battles are ongoing on in some areas. [Erem News]

Local sources say Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Asry in north Baiji killing or injuring 15 soldiers and captured the area. [Al-Gharbiya]

DaeshDaily comment. To regain Ninewa and get its country back, the government needs to gain firm control of all of Baiji, strategically located on the road to Mosul. So far, despite many successful battles and countless upbeat official news reports, it hasn’t. 

 

A source in Salahuddin Operations Command says 12 Daesh terrorists were killed and 2 vehicles destroyed in an airstrike east of Baiji. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source in Salahuddin says the IAA bombed Daesh locations in Shirqat, killing 10 terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cleared the Sayyed Ghareeb area south of Samarra completely, one month after it was recaptured from Daesh. The source says the delay happened because of the huge number of Daesh IEDs in the area, many using a new, sophisticated design that connects the IEDs to multiple triggers, making them complicated to defuse. [Al-Maalomah]

A security source says security forces captured 2 Daesh members disguised as mentally disabled people, trying to cross from Salahuddin to Diyala with returning displaced families. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Migration and Displacement Directorate in Kirkuk says the fifth group of Tikrit displaced families, 300 families, have returned to their homes.  [Al-Mada]

 

A security source says unknown armed men detonated a house belonging to a displaced family in Tuz. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos of lashing two men in Shirqat based on adultery charges. [DAOW]

 

The MoD refutes reports about two F-16 jets disappearing over Erbil and say they were on a training mission in Kurdistan and returned to their base in Balad. [Al-Baghdadia]

The IAF commander, a Kurd, says the 2 jets flew over Kurdistan on a training mission and the pilots are Kurds. [PUK Media]

 

BAGHDAD

A PMF leader says the only duty of the PMFs is to fight Daesh. He also says the PMFs work within a national leadership and respect the political process.  A Shia MP says some PMF leaders promised to change the course of the political process after the battle with Daesh ends and will oppose the politicians who corrupted the political process. [Al-Zaman]

 

According to security sources:

  • The number of the casualties of the Baghdad Al-Jadida terrorist attack yesterday has reached 22 dead and 44 injured. [Al-Mada]
  • Two people were killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Rudaw]
  • A parked car exploded in Bayyaa in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 8. [Buratha]
  • A car bomb exploded in Shurta in southeast Baghdad, killing 3 civilians and injuring 10. [Al-Mada]
  • Security forces arrested 6 suspects linked to the attack on a night club in Baghdad yesterday that killed one civilian. [Al-Mada]
  • An IED exploded inside a small bus in Sadr City, killing one civilian and injuring 5. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the two car bombs in Baghdad Al-Jadida and Zafaraniya yesterday. [Ana Al-Muslim]

A top Sunni Iraqi cleric says the Baathists are behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and are trying to divert attention from the military operations against Daesh in Anbar. [Al-Ghad]

 

An MoI source says 2 Daesh suicide bombers detonated themselves at a checkpoint in Binouk in east Baghdad, killing 5 people and injuring 15.

 

The source also says a car bomb exploded in Shaab in northeast Baghdad, killing 4 and injuring 11. [Al-Mada] Another source says 2 car bombs exploded in Shaab, killing and injuring dozens of people. [Al-Maalomah]

 

IWMC says the Coalition launched 12 airstrikes on different Daesh locations, killing 13 terrorists. It also says the IAF flew 11 sorties and the IAA 9. [Al-Ghad]

 

Officials in the Estonian MoD say they donated light and mid-size weapons and ammunition from the Soviet era to Iraq, after a request from the Iraqi government. [Al-Mada]

 

DIYALA

Diyala GC says they authorized the Governor to ask PM Abadi to withdraw the 5,000 Diyala soldiers from Anbar and Salahuddin and bring them back to the governorate to fight terrorism. [Al-Mada]

 

An MP from Diyala says the security officer who helped Daesh in the attack on Khan Bani Saad has two brothers working with Daesh. The MP asks why such a person was hired in the first place. [Khabaar]

 

A police source says 2 PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded on their patrol in Muqdadiya, northeast of Baquba. [Mawazin]

 

A civilian was killed and 4 injured in an IED explosion in Abu Saida northeast of Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

KIRKUK

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh explosives and car-bomb storehouse in Hawija. [Al-Ghad]

 

A Christian MP from Kirkuk says Christian Iraqi houses are being sold illegally in Kirkuk without the knowledge of the owners, who left Iraq because of the security situation. [Ankawa]

 

NINEWA

Local sources say Daesh withdrew all its military vehicles from the streets of Mosul and ordered its people to mix with ordinary citizens and use civilian cars in order not to be targeted. They also say Daesh’s new local recruits, who were supposed to join civilian positions in the city, were instead sent to the battles in Salahuddin and Anbar, causing many of them to leave Daesh.

Ninewa Operations commander says the Coalition launched 30 airstrikes on Daesh in Ninewa during the last few days, killing 108 terrorists and destroying 8 vehicles and 16 Daesh-occupied buildings. [Al-Ghad]

A local source in Ninewa says 45 Daesh terrorists were killed or injured in Coalition airstrikes south and southeast of Mosul. [Al-Mada]

Five Daesh leaders attending a meeting at Mosul University were killed by a drone. [Al-Ghad]

Eyewitnesses say a Daesh small bus was bombed by a drone in east Mosul, killing the 3 terrorists inside. [Al-Ghad]

A commander in the Ninewa Police says unknown armed men opened fire on a Daesh gathering in west Mosul, killing 11 Daesh terrorists from other Arab countries.

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded 4 brothers, accusing them of cooperating with the Iraqi security forces.

A local source in Mosul says Daesh executed 3 of its own leaders, accusing them of treason. [PUK Media]

Local sources say 5 people from one family, including a woman and a child, were killed in a Coalition airstrike on east Mosul. [Erem News]

A Kurdish official says the Coalition killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on their location in a village near Makhmur. [PUK Media]

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

The Intelligence Service in Najaf says they arrested 8 terrorists who entered the city as displaced people. The suspects admitted to participating in several terrorist attacks, including the assassination of a PMF commander. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

The YPG, supported by the Syrian army, captured Al-Nashwa neighborhood in west Hasaka after heavy battles with Daesh. Daesh booby-trapped many houses in the area, killing or injuring YPG fighters. The YPG says Daesh also used chemical weapons. The battles are still going on. [Rudaw]

 

The YPG says the fights against Daesh in Siren, south of Kobane, are still going on and they will capture it very soon. [PUK Media]

 

Daesh says its terrorists foiled an attack by the Syrian Army and unspecified Shia militias on a

village northeast of Aleppo, killing 24 soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the attack in Aleppo. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes a video of executing a “spy” in Hama. The Daesh terrorist in the video spoke French. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it blew up an explosives factory belonging to Ababil Huran (a Syrian militia), south of Damascus. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Turkey. The PKK claimed responsibility for killing 2 Turkish soldiers in Ceylanpınar on the Syria border in response to the terrorist attack on Suruç. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This action is not only irresponsible but politically foolish. It won’t win much support in either Turkey or Syria, and worsens the PKK’s already bad standing with the Turkish government. Syria harbored Ocalan, the PKK leader now in prison, for 19 years until the Turks threatened to go to war.

 

A PKK official accuses Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party of supporting Daesh and starting terrorist attacks to create the isolated area they want between Turkey and Syria. [PUK Media]

Turkish security sources say an IED exploded near the Justice and Development Party’s headquarters in Hatai near the Syrian borders with no casualties. Another IED was defused near the Party’s headquarters in Ankara. [Iraq Press]

Turkish authorities identified the suicide bomber in Suruc as a citizen from south Turkey called Sheik Abdurrahman Alagoz. [Islam Memo]

The Turkish authorities blocked Twitter to prevent publishing of photos from the Suruc explosion and to avoid possible demonstrations. [Rudaw] A Turkish court says it lifted the suspension on Twitter after it removed the material about the Suruc explosion. [Islam Memo]

The Daesh website with a domain in Turkey, “Come to Success”, was suspended.

DaeshDaily comment. This is the 3rd major Daesh website shut down in the last couple of months.

 

Libya. Local sources say 2 car bombs exploded in Derna in east Libya. Daesh was kicked out of Derna by other Islamic militias recently but it established locations outside the city. [Erem News]

A security source says injured Daesh terrorists, including 4 Egyptians, were moved from Derna to Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte for treatment. [Al-Wasat]

Tunisia. The Tunisian MoI says it arrested 7 Daesh suspects in Monastir and confiscated materials used for making explosives and Daesh publications. [Shams FM]

West Africa. Daesh publishes a video of Eid prayers in West Africa. [Isdarat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Ahrar Ninewa Facebook page publishes names and photos of local Daesh members.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/3baaas37

https://twitter.com/Aakhshamikh

https://twitter.com/TurMedia205

 

Daesh says Twitter is committing a “massacre” against its accounts. More than a thousand accounts were suspended in an hour. [Twitter]

 

Unfortunately, SpongeBob might have joined Daesh. [Twitter]

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

 

July 21, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

Iraqi forces continue their advances on Falluja and Ramadi. Daesh is still trying to show a victory face by increasing attacks on civilians in Baghdad. 

 

ANBAR

Iraqi Federal Police commander says his forces killed 23 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 13 vehicles and 3 boats in Anbar and Salahuddin. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

Falluja

The PMFs say the Saraya Al-Jihad militia, supported by the IAA, foiled a Daesh attack on Al-Shiha north of Falluja, killing 40 terrorists and destroying 3 machine guns. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

A source in the Anti-Terrorism Service in Anbar says Iraqi forces broke through to the Technical Institute in Saqlawiya, 22 km (14 miles) north of Falluja, killing many Daesh fighterss, and they are clearing the buildings in and around the Institute from booby-traps. [Al-Mada]

The PMFs say they liberated the Al-Fuhoud area in Saqlawiya, killing 10 Daesh fighters, and defused several booby-trapped houses near the Technical Institute. They also say they stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Jassem village northeast of Falluja and confiscated their weapons and equipment. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

The director of Falluja hospital says 9 people were killed, including a child and 2 women, and 12 injured, including 4 children and 3 women, in the Iraqi forces bombing on Falluja. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it brought down an Iraqi helicopter in north Falluja. [A3maq]

 

A video of the PMFs blowing up an attacking truck bomb in Falluja. [YouTube]

Ramadi

A source in Anbar Operations Command says the IAF dropped pamphlets on Ramadi asking people to leave the city before the Iraqi forces enter in the coming hours. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says reinforcements from the Iraqi Golden Division arrived in Humaira south of Ramadi, preparing to break through to the southern parts of the city. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Deputy Commander of the Golden Division says its Anti-Explosives Unit disassembled booby traps in 50 houses in Al-Tash, south of Ramadi. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

The commander of the tribal fighters in Anbar says Iraqi forces are clearing Albu Aitha, 20 km (12½ miles) north of Ramadi, and advancing towards the city, killing dozens of Daesh fighters as they go. [Al-Mada]

 

Iraqi Federal Police commander says an Iraqi sniper killed 5 Daesh snipers, including 3 hiding in a mosque, in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. He also says Iraqi forces arrested a local Daesh member, destroyed a truck used for Daesh supplies, and disassembled booby traps in 3 houses and a school. [Al-Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of the graduation ceremony in one of its training camps in Anbar. [Come to Success]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A security source says Iraqi forces are gathering on the outskirts of Siniya preparing to break through. The source also says Iraqi forces shelled Siniya with heavy artillery. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says PMFs shelled a Daesh vehicle near the eastern gate of the Baiji refinery, killing 5 men and destroying their vehicle. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists trying to sneak into Tikrit from the west, and destroyed their vehicle. [Al-Maalomah]

 

 

One of the criminals who participated in the Speicher massacre says he killed 60 cadets that day. He is from a Shia family but joined radical groups starting in the mid-1990s. He says he returned to Basra after committing the crime but was caught by the security force there. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. During the 1990s Saddam kept an eye on the takfiri groups in Baghdad and in Sunni areas but he gave them a lot of freedom in Shia areas. Takfiri are Salafis of the Sunni sect who hold that all who don’t follow their interpretation, Muslims and non-Muslims, are not believers and should be killed. Their cult has been the inspiration for jihadist groups, Daesh and Al-Qaeda included.

    Takfiri mosques were established even in the Shia heartland in Kerbala and Najaf under the protection of Saddam’s faith campaign. They started to get conversions from young men and women from Shia families, and some were sent outside Iraq for further radical training. These people became more valuable after 2003 when AQI announced itself officially in Iraq. With their Shia names and contacts they were able to infiltrate Shia communities and deceive the security agencies. They provided AQI, and later Daesh, with information and hideouts and participated in hundreds of terrorist attacks on Shia civilians in Baghdad and southern Iraq.    

 

Daesh paraded 4 Sunni imams through Shirqat on the back of a truck, after accusing them of being anti-Daesh. The imams were forced to chant for Daesh and raise its flag. [YouTube]

 

A security source says an Iraqi army captain was killed and 2 soldiers injured in a mortar attack on Mtaibija south of Tikrit. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

BAGHDAD

Security sources report a rash of deadly incidents.

  • Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell arrests a Daesh terrorist responsible for many car bomb attacks, including the May attack in Karrada that killed Ammar Al-Shahbander, the Swedish-Iraqi journalist, and 15 other people. [Al-Maalomah]
  • A suicide bomber attacked Iraqi forces in Tarmiya in north Baghdad, killing 3 soldiers and injuring 8. Other sources say 6 soldiers were killed and 15 injured. [PUK Media] [Rudaw]
  • A civilian was killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • An IED exploded in Taji in north Baghdad, killing 2 people and injuring 7. [Iraq Press] The police found 3 unknown dead bodies in Taji. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • A parked car bomb exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadida in east Baghdad killing 15 civilians and injuring 43. [Al-Mada] A video of the car bomb in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [YouTube]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Habibiya in Sadr City, in east Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A car bomb exploded in a residential area in Zafaraniya in south Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 10. [Al-Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says Coalition pilots from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar are targeting Iraqi forces in coordination with Daesh.  Several PMF commanders have said the Coalition is hindering the Iraqi forces’ advances. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Some Shia politicians and PMF commanders previously accused American pilots of dropping supplies to and supporting Daesh. This is another version of the same lie. No excuses for the Chairman, however.

 

The rapporteur of the of Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, a Kurdish MP, says that according to the agreement between the Iraqi government and the US, the F-16s will  fly in military missions only with a Kurdish pilot. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

A Diyala investigative judge says a member of the security checkpoint in Khan Bani Saad admitted he helped the car bomb to enter the area. The suspect says Daesh threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t cooperate. The judge also says the Khan Bani Saad police chief admitted he got information about Daesh’s intentions to attack the city with a car bomb days before the incident.

DaeshDaily comment. The obvious fact, despite all the checkpoints suffocating the citizens’ movements, is that Daesh is still able to hit anywhere with car bombs and IEDs. They could not do that without support from members of the security forces, motivated by corruption or ideological reasons.   

 

A car bomb parked in a popular market in Mandali east of Baquba exploded, killing 3 civilians and injuring 7 by preliminary count. [Rudaw]

 

A Sunni MP from Diyala warns of sectarian tensions in the governorate after Daesh’s recent attacks in Khan Bani Saad, Hibhib and Al-Hadid. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says a roadside IED exploded near a village 44 km (27 miles) east of Baquba, injuring one civilian. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

NINEWA

A Kurdish official says the Peshmerga, supported by Coalition airpower, stopped a Daesh attack from three sides on their locations in Bashiqa, destroying 2 vehicles. [Iraq Press]  A Kurdish field commander says 15 Daesh attacked the Kurdish forces in Bashiqa, 22 km (13½ miles) northwest of Mosul, but the Kurdish forces supported by the Coalition airpower foiled the attack and killed most of the attackers. [Bass News]

 

A Kurdish official says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in 3 areas west of Mosul, killing 22 terrorists. [Bass News]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 4 civilians in Mosul, accusing them of “treason”. [Bass News]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed another young man in Mosul by throwing him from the top of a building for not following Daesh instructions. [Al-Mada]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says their fighters shot at a Daesh vehicle on Dirtaj Road, killing the mens inside it. [The KM Facebook page]

 

The Yazidi Association in Efrin in says the KDP is digging a trench between Sinjar and the Kurdish areas in Syria and accuses the KDP of attempting to isolate the Yazidis. [Hawar News]

 

A Christian Iraqi from Mosul who escaped Daesh prison tells his story and says the leader of the group abducting him was the son of Saddam’s deputy, Izzat Al-Douri. (video) [Al-Hurra TV]

Daesh publishes a video about Eid in Mosul and Tal Afar. [Come to Success] [Come to Success]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

 

A security source says an American drone fell near the Muthanna cement factory in the Samawa desert. (Photos) [Al-Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG says their troops enclosed Daesh completely in areas in south and east Hasaka. They also say they foiled several Daesh efforts to break the siege, including a car bomb attack. [Hawar News]

A video of the Kurdish forces advancing in Hasaka. [Xendan]

Daesh says one of its suicide bombers attacked the Kurdish forces in Hasaka. [Come to Success]

DaeshDaily comment. The surprising recent gains by the YPG against Daesh around Hasaka are intriguing. This may have something to do with implied cooperation between the Syrian government and the Kurds, but we also observe that Daesh seems less active lately in Syria.

 

A Kurdish military source says a Daesh suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Kurdish security barrier 5 km (3 miles) southwest of Tal Abyad, killing one Kurdish fighter and injuring 2. [Bass News]

 

Kurdish forces say they captured a village and several hills in south Kobane, killing a Daesh fighter. [Bass News]

 

Daesh’s top religious “thinker,” the Bahraini Turkey Binali, appears in Eid prayers in Raqqa. [All4Syria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Turkey. Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party says the negligence of Turkish security forces contributed to the deadly terrorist attack in Suruc, just north of Kobane, Syria. [Xendan]

The Turkish PM says the police identified a suspect linked to the Suruc attack. [Xendan]

Hawar News publishes the names of 29 people killed in the Suruc attack. [Hawar]

Saudi Arabia. Daesh publishes the last audio message of one of its Saudi suicide bombers. [Come to Success]

Libya. A source in Misrata military council says his troops clashed with Daesh terrorists trying to sneak into areas between Sirte and Misrata. [Al-Wasat]

Morocco. The Morocco MoI says the security forces arrested 8 Daesh terrorists in 4 Moroccan cities who were planning to execute terrorist activities. The MoI says the men were in direct contact with Daesh leaders and have been trained in Daesh camps and given foreign passports in order to establish a task force in Morocco. [Al-Mesryoon]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Special Forces.

 

Daesh publishes a video about their electronic jihad. [YouTube]

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/faluja_iraq

https://twitter.com/VBB9Msqr8MWJX4y

https://twitter.com/ANBAR_444

https://twitter.com/O_m_e_r_16

 

 

July 20, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Iraqi forces continued to make progress in Anbar, but have not yet made major military gains. Meanwhile, Daesh perpetrated a horrific Eid bombing attack in Diyala and continues its deadly IED attacks in Baghdad. Daesh is trying to divert attention from the ongoing attacks against it in Anbar and sending a message that it can still kill people whenever it wants.

 

ANBAR

 

Falluja

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces finished the first stage of the Falluja battle and surrounded it completely. He says Iraqi forces are coordinating with the tribal fighters to participate in the battles. Iraqi forces are opening more secure roads for the civilians to leave the city. [Rudaw]

The MoD spokesman refuted reports that Iraqi forces halted its attacks in Falluja and says the military operations are ongoing. [Al-Maalomah]

The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) says the IAA launched airstrikes on Daesh in Falluja, destroying weapon storehouses and explosives factories, using information from the National Security Service. IWMC also says IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Siniya in Salahuddin. [Al-Sumaria TV]

The PMFs say they liberated wide areas of Al-Harariyat east of Falluja, killing 16 Daesh terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

However, local sources say 28 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 18 injured in battles Daesh near Falluja. [Al-Gharbiya]

A security source says the commander of the Iraqi 3rd Commandos Regiment in the 1st Division was killed with two of his soldiers and many others were injured in a Daesh attack on their headquarters in Al-Harariyat. The source also says Coalition airpower helped Iraqi forces stop the attack and killed 18 Daesh members. [Iraq Press]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the Eid sermons in Falluja mosques. One of the speakers threatens to behead the Shia in Iraq. [YouTube]

A local official in Ameriyat Al-Falluja says 200 displaced families are still trapped near Bzaibiz crossing, which was closed 5 days ago. [Al-Baghdadia]

Ramadi

Daesh blew up Ramadi Olympic stadium completely on Sunday, a few days after the Iraqi forces announced they took control of it. Iraqi military spokesmen say Iraqi forces withdrew from the stadium earlier.

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says the MoI Intelligence Service coordinated with field artillery and the IAA to bomb Daesh’s operations command in Ramadi, killing many terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles. [Rudaw]

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces in the third stage of Anbar Liberation Operations launched a major military operation in several areas northeast of Ramadi to isolate Daesh in Falluja and cut their supply lines. [Al-Mada]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces captured the glass factories west of Ramadi, forcing Daesh fighters to escape into the city. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower killed 70 Daesh fighters, including 12 snipers and 5 female suicide bombers, in Hsaiba and other areas east of Ramadi. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says a police commando operation in Hsaiba east of Ramadi killed 11 Daesh fighters and destroyed 4 hideouts. [Buratha News]

 

A source in Anbar Police Command says Iraqi forces surrounded an area along the main road 5 kilometers west of Ramadi  and asked the people through loudspeakers to leave their houses before starting military operations in that area. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of lashing 4 “drug users” in Rutba. [Come to Success]

SALAHUDDIN

PM Abadi arrives to Balad military airbase to celebrate the arrival of the F-16s. He says the security forces arrested some of those responsible for Friday’s Khan Bani Saad truck bomb attack in Diyala. (See story below) [Al-Maalomah]

The spokesman of the MoD says the equipment and weapons for the F-16s have been installed and the jets will start their military missions soon. [Al-Maalomah] The Iraqi Air Force commander says Iraq will get more F-16s this year and next year. [Al-Mada]

Abadi says the F-16s will participate in bombing Daesh locations, and asked the international community for more support for Iraq. Abadi also asked all Iraqi politicians to keep the Iraqi armed forces out of political disputes.  [Al-Sumaria TV] [Photos] [Al-Mirbad]

A spokesman of the Badr militia says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Fatha near Baiji, killing many terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says a Daesh bridegroom was killed and his head was found an hour after his wedding in Shirqat. The source says Daesh is looking for the bride and her family, who disappeared after the wedding. [Al-Sumaria TV]

Samarra Operations Command says Iraqi Federal Police stopped a Daesh attack west of Samarra, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a vehicle armed with a machine gun. [Al-Sumaria TV]

Daesh puts an empty bottle filled with dirt on any booby-trapped house in Baiji as a sign for their fighters. (Video) [Facebook]

 

BAGHDAD

Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell says it arrested 41 Daesh members in Baghdad responsible for numerous assassinations, car bombs and IED attacks. Two of the arrested were suicide bombers. The Cell says it confiscated a lot of weapons, communications devices, and explosives. [Al-Mada]

According to security sources:

  • Two Sahwa fighters were killed and 2 injured in an IED explosion in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • Armed men attacked Iraqi forces in Abu Ghraib with machine guns, injuring 3. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A civilian was killed and 7 injured in an IED explosion in Saba Al-Bor in north Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A government soldier was shot and killed at his checkpoint in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [Al-Mada]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Daesh kidnapped 35 displaced families near Himrin Hills who were trying to return to their houses in Salahuddin from Hawija. [Al-Sumaria TV]

DIYALA

On Friday, Daesh perpetrated a truck bomb attack in Khan Bani Saad in eastern Diyala as people were celebrating Eid. The death toll was reported by the AP as 115 as of Saturday, with 170 injured. Most but not all of the victims were Shia.

DaeshDaily comment: There have been talks in Diyala about establishing a tribal council to start the reconciliation process in the governorate. This deadly attack is a setback to those efforts.

 

Prime Minister Abadi visited the location of the Khan Bani Saad attack and went to the victims’ funerals. [Al-Sumaria TV]

 

IWMC says a military unit from Dijla Operations Command, based on intelligence information, arrested 5 suspects accused of the terrorist attack in Khan Bani Saad. The Cell also says another force defused 8 IEDs in different areas in Diyala. [Al-Baghdadia News]

Eyewitnesses say a Shia militia kidnapped dozens of Sunni civilians in Khan Bani Saad. They say the militias had lists with specific names. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

The Badr militia leader proposed that perpetrators of the Khan Bani Saad attack should be executed in the same location as the explosion. [Rudaw TV]

 

The Mayor of Al-Khalis says 8 civilians were killed and 20 injured in a mortar attack in the south of the district. The Mayor says the security forces located the source of the shelling in Al-Kasasba, an area with Daesh sleeper cells. [Al-Sumaria TV]

 

Local sources say a police officer was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in east Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Local sources say a civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Kanaan subdistrict east of Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

NINEWA

Local sources say Daesh executed another mosque imam in Mosul, accusing him of working against them. Daesh has executed 15 mosque imams so far and 40 are still missing. [Al-Maalomah]

Our sources in Mosul say Daesh re-established prepaid internet services, but is selling the services for higher prices and monitoring the browsing.

The deputy chairman of Ninewa GC says the Iraqi MoI issued an order to move Ninewa Liberation Camp from Kurdistan to Baghdad. He says 4,000 policemen in the camp refused to join the new location because they were afraid they would be forced to join the Federal Police and sent to Anbar or Salahuddin. He says they haven’t received their salaries for 5 months now. [Al-Sumaria TV]

The Christian PMF commander says Christian Iraqis in Ninewa Liberation Camp will go to Baghdad and fight anywhere the central government wants. He also says they are already participating in the fights in Baiji.  He repudiates calls by some MPs to keep them in Kurdistan. [Buratha]

Ninewa Operations commander says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh in Tal Afar, Sinjar and Hawija on Sunday evening, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 8 Humvees and 16 buildings. (video) [Rudaw TV]

A Kurdish official says 20 Daesh were killed in internal fights over loot and power in Tal Afar. [Al-Hurra]

Daesh publishes photos of the Eid in Tal Afar. [Come to Success]

And charity activities in Ninewa [Come to Success]

OTHER GOVERNORATES 

Basra.  Young men demonstrated Thursday against the electricity shortage, as temperatures reached unprecedented levels above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), and people were angry about the lack of services. Security forces shot into the crowd, killing one demonstrator and injuring others, increasing the anger. Demonstrators then burned the Supreme Council’s party headquarters in Basra, because the Governor of Basra is an ISCI member.

DaeshDaily comment. Basra is volatile right now, at a most inconvenient time for the Iraqi government. Some politicians had predicted that demonstrations would be organized by Baathists to divert attention from events in Anbar. Many other politicians sympathize with the demonstrators. Shia militiamen have threatened to take action if security forces shoot demonstrators again. The leader of the PMFs in Basra was killed in a car accident, and there are demands for an investigation.

 

A security source in Basra says the Iraqi Intelligence Service raided a rural area in Qurna District and found 13 kg of explosives. [Iraq Akhbar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

The spokesman of the YPG says his troops have almost complete control over Hasaka after defeating Daesh in the southern parts of the city during the last 2 days. Kurdish sources have said Daesh used chemical weapons against their troops in Hasaka. [PUK Media]

The YPG says their troops foiled several Daesh attacks intended to break the siege on Daesh in south Hasaka. [PUK Media]

The YPG says a house in Kobane, with explosives left by Daesh, exploded and killed 3 YPG soldiers. Other sources say the explosion was actually a car bomb attack on a YPG barrier 15 km (10 miles) south of Kobane.  [Rudaw TV] [Bass News]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Kurdish forces with Grad rockets in south Kobane. [Come to Success]

Daesh publishes a video of its men during Eid in Homs. [Come to Success]

Daesh publishes a video and photos of the results of the “Alawite-Crusader” bombing in Manbaj in Aleppo. [A3maq] [Come to Success]

A report about the Assad regime trying to export goods through Daesh controlled areas to Iraq and the Gulf. [Enab Baladi]

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

Turkey. Eyewitnesses say a bag with huge amounts of explosives detonated in Suruc, at the cultural center of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (Kurdish party), killing 28 people and injuring more than 100. Turkey’s PM says initial evidence suggest the attack was by Daesh and promised to punish the terrorists. Turkey says the government established a unit to investigate the explosion and asks the citizens to remain calm. PUK Media publishes a video of the moment of the explosion and Xendan publishes a video of the first moments after the explosion. [Bass News] [Xendan] [Rudaw] [PUK Media] [Xendan]

Tunisia. The Tunisia parliament passes a law making incitement to violence and takfir terrorist crimes. [Middle East Online]

Libya. Daesh pamphlet distribution in Sirte [Come to Success]

Saudi Arabia. The Saudi MoI said Saturday it foiled 6 terrorist attacks on Shia mosques and arrested 431 suspects. [Waradana]

Yemen. Daesh claims responsibility for the car bomb explosion outside a Houthi mosque in Sanaa that killed 5 people and injured 7. [Rudaw TV] [Come to Success]

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Badr Militia Page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vo_wowlome

https://twitter.com/r3_fa

https://twitter.com/mowhed_kirkuk

https://twitter.com/rtyuighj4