January 22, 2016
Today’s Major Developments
Al-Abadi criticizes Gulf states for sectarianism, lack of support, but praises Kuwait.
Al-Abadi, Davutoglu clash on whether Turkey is fighting Daesh or just helping itself.
Sistani organization issues major critique of Iraqi government.
Iraqi Army continues clearing areas east of Ramadi.
Sunni & Shia citizens hold joint prayer service in Muqdadiya; Badr leader denies PMF role in Diyala conflict, demands impartial investigation.
Three mass graves of Yazidis found in Sinjar.
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Iraq will eliminate the Daesh military threat in 2016 despite Iraq’s financial challenges, Prime Minister Abadi stated from Davos in Switzerland. [Ghad]
Abadi said Kuwait is the only Arab country that stood by Iraq in this “delicate period,” It allocated $200 million to assist with the IDP crisis in Iraq. He said Daesh would have seized many areas in the Gulf were it not for the sacrifices of the Iraqi people and military forces; yet some media outlets in that region are trying to aggravate the situation and instigate sectarian violence in Iraq. He says Daesh is still benefiting from Gulf-region financing and support.
Abadi also said Turkey is trying to re-establish the Ottoman Empire and there is no proof it is fighting Daesh in reality. He says Turkey is focusing more on fighting the PKK and doesn’t deal with Daesh as a serious threat. Abadi repeated Iraq’s demand that Turkey withdraw its forces from Iraq. [Rudaw] [Mada] [Mada]
Turkey’s PM Davutoglu, also in Davos, says the accusations that Turkey is supporting Daesh are insulting to Turkey, which has put Daesh on its terror groups list and suffered from Daesh attacks in Ankara, Istanbul and Suruc. [Mada]
Speaking from Davos, Ashton Carter, US Defense Secretary, said the Coalition should concentrate on liberation of Mosul and Raqqa, which would have the consequence of separating the Iraqi and Syrian fronts. He added that the roads between the two cities are being bombed. He also says PM Abadi has the right to be ambitious about liberating Mosul in 2016 after the Iraqi victory in Ramadi. [Ghad] [Sumaria]
Khalid Al-Obeidi, The Minister of Defense, said Mosul’s liberation operation will take place in the first half of this year. He says it will take less time than many expect, and that the Iraqi Army’s tactics will surprise Daesh. [Sumaria] Al-Obeidi said the newly formed four-nation intelligence center is providing intelligence to the Iraqi forces, although still below the level required. He added that there is no intention in Iraq at the movement to invite Russia to participate in the strikes against Daesh due to regional sensitivities. [Maalomah]
Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri is heading to the US soon to meet with American and UN officials to discuss the situation in Iraq. [Sumaria]
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad, and dozens in Wasit, Diwaniya, Najaf, Kerbala, Babel, Dhi Qar, Basra, and Maysan, demanding more reforms. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]
A Sistani spokesman says Iraq is suffering dangerous challenges because some politicians are supporting terrorism while other politicians support retaliation crimes. He says the government should take the initiative to control the weapons in Iraq. He says all political parties should aim at and support national reconciliation. He also says the Iraqi people deserve more than what the politicians have provided so far. [IraqPress] [Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. This is a devastating and accurate critique, looking past Daesh and focusing mostly on the end game in Iraq. It takes on the central issues that have to be solved, including a process of justice and reconciliation that faces up to the revenge motive felt by so many Iraqis toward neighbors who supported Daesh; avoiding the real danger that Shia militias will usurp the government’s authority at the point of a gun once Daesh is defeated; the desperate need for non-sectarian leadership and cooperation; and a political process that serves the public interest instead of the corrupt private interests of those elected. The statement could have been made by Sistani himself, and shows why he is the most influential person in Iraq.
For the fourth time, the US Army announces civilian casualties resulting from its air attacks in Iraq and Syria. It said today that internal investigations revealed that 2 non-combatants were killed and 4 wounded between the 4th and 17th of July 2015. [Qurtas]
France said it is intensifying its raids on Daesh by using its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle based in the Mediterranean, and that the results are starting to show, adding that the defeat of Daesh is a matter of months. The Charles de Gaulle is manned by 2000 sailors and has 26 aircraft. [AIN]
According to security sources:
- An IED placed in a commercial area in Taji District in northern Baghdad Governorate went off, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Mada]
- Security troops found two rocket launching stands with rockets ready to fire on Dhubatt Street in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad Governorate, as well as two IEDs which were successfully defused. [Baghdadia]
- A soldier was shot and killed by a sniper in Meshahda, in Tarmiya District. [Ghad]
- Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Meshahda and two in the Albu Aziz area of Anbar. [JustPaste]
- A terror suspect was arrested in Adhamiya, northeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
- Bodies of three men shot to death were found in Shula and Husseiniya in north Baghdad and Al-Nasr in east Baghdad, Thursday morning. [Baghdadia]
- A body of a woman shot to death was found in a tunnel of the Al-Qanat Expressway in east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
- A civilian was shot dead by armed men in the Mechanic neighborhood in Dora, south Baghdad today. [Ghad] (The neighborhood is largely industrial, and the name is from English, though pronounced “me-cahn-EEK.”)
- A roadside IED in Sayyed Abdulla village in Mahmudiya District in southern Baghdad Governorate killed two civilians and wounded seven others Thursday. [Baghdadia]
- Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Sayyed Abdulla village in Mahmudiya, without giving details about casualties. [JustPaste]
- The body of a woman stabbed to death was found in Mahmudiya Thursday. [Maalomah]
- An IED placed in a public garage in the Diwanem area of Suwaib in southwest Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]
- Unknown armed men shot dead a man and his wife in a civilian car in the Al-Turath area of Saidiya in southwest Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
- An IED exploded in a commercial area in Al-Bayya in southwest Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding five. [Qurtas]
- A civilian was shot dead in Washash in west Baghdad by armed men in a speeding car. [Sumaria]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 18 (Not an overall total)
17 airstrikes in Iraq and 2 in Syria by the international Coalition destroyed several tactical units, fighting positions, vehicles, and gathering points, the Coalition said. Iraq attacks were on Albu Hayat (Haditha), Ramadi, and Falluja; Kasik (Tal Afar), Mosul, and Sultan Abdullah (Hamdaniya). The Syria strikes were on Raqqa and Manbij. [Ghad]
Tribal mobilization forces in Ramadi announced the burying of 700 Daesh bodies in various areas in Ramadi, adding that there are more buried under collapsed buildings in the city. Photos of the dead were taken in addition to their IDs and fingerprints for identification purposes. [Mada]
The Anbar Ops Command (AOC) said today the Iraqi Army was heading towards Sajariya, Juwaiba, and Hsaiba under air and artillery cover. The three areas are the last Daesh strongholds east of Ramadi. The statement said that the Daesh resistance to the advance is rather weak. [Ghad]
A Daesh gathering was bombed in Juwaiba , northeast of Ramadi, killing eight terrorists and destroying a road and 4 supply lines used by them [Ghad]
An air strike by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) in Sajariya killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists including Mahir Nabeel Al-Satouri, alias Mahir Amouna, Daesh observation official in the area, the IWMC said today. [Mawazin]
27 Daesh terrorists, including suicide bombers, were killed by the 8th army division in Sajariya, a security source said. [AIN]
AOC said that the 8th army division is surrounding Sajariya from the northern and southern sides, and that tanks and artillery are shelling the area to pave the way for the land attack. [Mawazin]
A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in east Hsaiba killing 4 terrorists and destroying 2 ammunition storehouses. [Baghdadia]
Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi attack in East Hsaiba by detonating a booby-trapped house killing 12 Iraqi soldiers. [JustPaste]
An Abrams tank of the 8th army division destroyed a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker that approached the division’s lines in Sufiya, east of Ramadi. [AIN]
AOC artillery heavily shelled Daesh positions in Albu Ghanem east of Ramadi and the Sufiya power station, an AOC statement said. Rapid Intervention forces were involved in a hand grenade combat with Daesh terrorists, killing 4 and wounding 10. However, an officer was killed and 9 soldiers and two tribesmen wounded. [AIN]
A 100 m long tunnel was cleared by the IFP in Hsaiba, said the IFP command. The tunnel contained Daesh weapons and medical supplies of Daesh, as well as some dead bodies. Also, in Hsaiba, the 3rd IFP brigade destroyed a Daesh command center that was apparently important, given the heavy security arrangements surrounding it, and destroyed a truck with an SPG9 launcher near a school in Hsaiba. [Baghdadia]
Families and civilians are safe, despite the continuation of operations in east Ramadi, the Anbar Ops Command said today, adding that battle fronts are currently away from civilians, especially after opening of safe routes for their evacuation. [Maalomah]
A video of Anbar University after it was liberated from Daesh [Beladi]
An interview with a Tajik Daesh fighter caught in Ramadi [Iraqia]
A video of a captured Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]
An attack by Daesh on Zangoura, northwest of Ramadi, was repelled by army troops, who destroyed two attacking vehicles and killed 13 terrorists according to a security source. [Baghdadia]
The AOC said that airstrikes by Iraqi and Coalition warplanes against Daesh positions north of Ramadi killed “tens” of terrorists and destroyed several vehicles. [Mawazin]
Internal fighting among Daesh members in Falluja left 26 of them dead, a local source said. [AIN]
A CoR member from Falluja warns that the city has been surrounded for the last three months and people there are starving. [IraqPress]
Baghdad Ops Command troops killed several terrorists and destroyed a Daesh hideout, while another unit destroyed two positions and 4 vehicles in the Al-Raood, Al-Lihaib, and Al-Obeid areas, the MoD said. [AIN]
A source in Ameriyat Al-Falluja police says unknown armed men broke into a Daesh location in Hay Nazzal in Falluja and stabbed 4 Daesh members to death. This is the second such attack in 24 hours. [Maalomah]
A member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, attacked Zoba’a villages southeast of Falluja. He gave no details about the results of the attack. [Maalomah]
The AAH militia says it has finalized preparations to launch a comprehensive attack in the Makhoul and Himrin mountains to reach the Shirqat area. The spokesman of the AAH, Jawad Al-Telaibawi, said that the attack is due in the next few days. [Mawazin]
Coalition aircraft reportedly killed four Daesh fighters in Shirqat.
A video of dead Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Facebook]
An PMF attack on a Daesh position in the Al-Zora area of Jazeera Samarra destroyed the position and inflicted heavy casualties, Samarra Ops Command said, adding that various army troops destroyed two vehicles in Mkaishifa, and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Al-Siniya junction near Baiji. [AIN]
PMF artillery today shelled two Daesh hideouts near the Strategic Line area west of Samarra, killing the terrorists inside them. The shelling was based on prior intelligence. [Mawazin]
A PMF source says Waad Allah, a PMF unit, stopped a Daesh attack Thursday night west of Samarra. [Harbi]
Another source says Saraya Al-Salam stopped a large Daesh attack on several areas west of Samarra. [Harbi]
Daesh says ten Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack on Thursday night. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of dead Iraqi fighters and their weapons west of Samarra. [JustPaste]
DaeshDaily comment. It may be significant that Daesh didn’t publish photos of the battle itself.
Tension is rising again between the Peshmerga and PMFs in Tuz Khurmatu, after some security incidents in the city. Both parties refuse to withdraw from the city despite the pleas of the District’s Mayor. [IraqPress]
The IAF executed 14 airstrikes and the IAA helicopters 6, destroying a vehicle and an anti-aircraft gun in Al-Zarqa in eastern Salahuddin.
23 persons were arrested in Muqdadiya, Mansouriya, and Baquba by the Diyala police department, 6 of them on terror charges, a security source said. [Buratha]
A weapons cache was found in a house in Khalis District north of Baquba by security forces. The weapons and ammunition were transferred to a safe location, a police source said. [Maalomah]
Sunnis and Shia of Muqdadiya held a joint prayer service today as a message of coexistence and abandonment of sectarian differences. Tribal dignitaries and clergy attended. [IraqPress]
Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell said today that the wide scale security operation in Diyala initiated under the name of “Lion Claw’ resulted in the arrest of 20 terrorists who took part in recent security incidents in Diyala and Baghdad, while IAF planes and IAA helicopters killed over 92 terrorists in Himrin. [Mada]
Hadi Al-Amiri, the Badr leader, described what happened in Diyala recently as a conspiracy, denying any presence of PMFs within Diyala’s cities. He called for formation of an investigative committee of all parties to reveal the truth. [Maalomah]
A Daesh training camp was found in the Abdullah Al-Hutam area in northeast Diyala and was destroyed by Army helicopters.
A Joint Ops Command source says the Iraqi Army’s 5th Division destroyed 3 Daesh training camps in the oilfield area of Naft Khana in Khanaqin. [Harbi]
A security source says 8 Daesh members were arrested in a house in Qara Tapa. [Harbi]
The IWMC said that 5th division forces of Dijla Command started the second stage of a search effort in the Qalaqez Mountains and found and destroyed several explosive belts and C4 containers.
Kurdish security (Asayesh) of Kirkuk said today they have arrested an escapee of Badoush prison in Mosul, who escaped following Daesh occupation of the city. The man is from Suleiman Beg, and was hiding with a fake ID among the IDPs. [Sumaria]
Coalition aircraft killed 6 terrorists and destroyed three Daesh positions in Mosul.
The Deputy Speaker of the CoR, Humam Hamoudi, condemns Daesh’s destruction of the monastery in Mosul and says it is a crime of ignorance but it will only make Iraqis unite against Daesh. [Mada]
A member of the CoR’s Health Committee says several diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, thalassemia, and tuberculosis are spreading in Daesh-controlled areas in Ninewa. [Buratha]
An Arab member of Ninewa GC criticizes Amnesty International’s report about Peshmerga violations in the liberated areas and says it creates more ethnic tensions. [Mada]
An attack by Daesh in Makhmur District was repelled by the Peshmerga, killing 20 and wounding 12 attackers, a local security source said. [Sumaria]
Clashes between Peshmerga troops and Daesh terrorists in Lakji village in Makhmur resulted in the death of 7 terrorists and wounding 3, in addition to destroying a vehicle, a PUK source said today. [PUKMedia]
Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)
Three mass graves were found 600 meters away from Domiz checkpoint in Sinjar, according to the District’s Mayor. The graveyards were all for Yazidis killed by Daesh. [Rudaw]
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Suleimaniya demanding reforms and improvement in living conditions. Security forces went to the area and forced the demonstrators to leave. [Sumaria]
German media sources say they found German weapons being sold in the markets of Erbil and Suleimaniya. The weapons were branded with the German Army initials and were obviously part of the shipment to the Peshmerga. The sources say the weapons were sold by Peshmerga fighters who didn’t receive their salaries for months because of the economic crisis in the IKR.
The deputy chairman of the KRG Parliament says these reports are not true. He says the Iraqi Army has the same weapons and it might be the source for the weapons in the market.
However, a spokesman of the Peshmerga Ministry said today that while the news of weapons black markets in Kurdistan is rather exaggerated, a “very few Peshmerga fighters sold their weapons to use the revenues to migrate to Europe”.
A video of a 12 years old Yazidi boy trained by Daesh who managed to escape back to his family in Erbil [Mayadeen]
Babel. A body of man shot in the head was found near Musayyib, north of Hilla, hours after his kidnapping. A Babel police source said. [Mada]
Kerbala. PMFs arrested three Daesh terrorists trying to enter Kerbala through Anbar’s Al-Nukhaib District. A command source in the PMF organization said the terrorists took a desert route to sneak around PMF checkpoints. [AIN]
Basra. A young man working as a guard in a school was shot dead by armed men in downtown Basra. [Sumaria]
Wasit. 74th army brigade destroyed 15 IEDs in the Al-Battar area in Wasit.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
US Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey to discuss regional issues, including Syria and the PKK, with Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cihan writes. [Cihan]
In a statement issued Friday, President Erdogan said that Turkey would not accept a Russian presence in Qamishli in northeast Syria, where 100 Russian troops have recently been transferred. Turkey would not allow such a presence anywhere along its border the President said. [Anadolu]
DaeshDaily comment. This would seem to set up a bit of a confrontation.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is in Berlin to meet with German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a press conference with the German Chancellor he stated that “no place in Syria remains safe” after the Russian intervention in the country. Merkel announced that Germany would combat Daesh in coordination with Turkey and would intensify its raids on Daesh sites. The two also discussed the question of Syria’s refugees, with Davutoglu stating the view that refugees outside Syria would be more likely to return if Assad were removed from power. [Anadolu] [Anadolu]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
A US official speaking to Fox News has denied media reports that US forces will be stationed at Rmeilan Air Base in Hasaka. [ARA]
Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions near the village of Al-Silb in the Jabal Abd Al-Aziz area west of Hasaka, a local source said. Fighting continues between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces in the countryside south of Hasaka, a militia commander said. [ARA]
Daesh dismantled a grain silo south of Hasaka and transported it to Deir Ez-Zor, local sources said, adding that the organization also moved thousands of tons of grain that was stored in the silo to Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]
Daesh has told wi-fi providers in Shaddadi to stop broadcasting the internet service immediately, and implemented new rules that Internet users in the facilities must record their name and identification data to use the net, under Daesh supervision. [ARA]
Daesh publishes a video of the results of an American airstrike on a wedding convoy in Raqqa. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Raqqa. [A3maq]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
The Revolutionaries Army (RA), which is a faction of the Syria Democratic Forces, and the Mare’ Operations Room (coordinating other armed groups) have reached a new agreement on the area outside of Azaz which would allow the SDF-affiliated RA to enter into the Azaz countryside to fight Daesh. The agreement also includes opening the road between Afrin and Azaz, cessation of hostilities, and exchange of prisoners between the two sides. Welati notes that similar agreements have failed to hold in the past. [Welati]
The Syrian Army has continued indiscriminate shelling on residential areas of the city of Al-Bab, and launched rocket fire on the town of Haritan. [Qasioun]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling the YPG with locally made rockets near Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]
A video of Sultan Murad Brigade destroying a Daesh bulldozer in Qara Kubri [YouTube]
Daesh publishes photos of battles near Kowaires airbase. [JustPaste]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
A Russian airstrike on the city of Qaryatayn killed six civilians, including two children and three women. [Qasioun]
Daesh publishes photos of fighting in Dowa. [JustPaste]
Daesh says its terrorists stopped a Syrian Army attack near Qasr Al-Halabat southwest of Tadmur (Palmyra), killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Daesh has announced that it has acquired large quantities of advanced Russian-made weaponry from Syrian Army sites it seized in Deir Ez-Zor recently. Daesh Twitter accounts have shared images of SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles, heavy guns, ammunition, tanks and armored vehicles, and heat-resistant armor. [IslamMemo]
The Lebanese Hezbollah militia announced on Thursday evening that two of its fighters were killed in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]
Daesh says Russian warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on Deir Ez-Zor and its countryside. [A3maq]
Russian warplanes have killed 59 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor in the last two days, according to a Qasioun correspondent. [Qasioun]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir announced in an interview on CNN that Saudi Arabia is considering sending “special forces” to Syria to support the fight against Daesh, saying also that Daesh cannot be defeated without removing the Assad regime from power. The FM made similar remarks today. [Erem] [ARA]
In the wake of yesterday’s deadly explosion in Giza, two contradictory claims of responsibility have emerged: one from Egypt’s Daesh affiliate and the other from a radical anti-government organization. Competing Egyptian statements have blamed Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood, respectively.
The “Eqab Al-Thawri” [“Revolutionary Punishment”] organization has issued a statement claiming that its militants lured police to an ambush before attacking with suicide bombers, while also regretting the civilian casualties. One hour before, the Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis group (now self-titled as “Wilayat Sinai”) issued a statement online claiming that its militants had booby-trapped the building where the blast took place. Daesh media claimed that all ten killed in the blast were police, while the official toll includes seven policemen and three civilians. On Thursday night after the attack, the director of Giza investigations blamed Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis for the blast, citing evidence found on a laptop computer at the scene. However, in a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the Egyptian authorities accused the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization of the attack, saying that the apartment was being used as a weapons cache and was booby-trapped by the Brotherhood. [Arabi21] [Youm7][AswatMasriya][Aawsat]
Daesh claimed responsibility for the explosion in Giza yesterday and says it detonated a booby-trapped house on Egyptian police members in Giza, killing ten of them including officers, and wounding twenty. [JustPaste]
The statement of Eqab Al-Thawri claiming the Giza blast. [el3qab]
The statement of the Egyptian Interior Ministry. [MoiEgyFB]
Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol in Karm Al-Qawadees. [JustPaste]
Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers east of Arish. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol near Mahdiya village south of Rafah. [JustPaste]
An infant was killed and three of his family injured on Friday when a mortar shell fell on the family’s home in Rafah, according to a North Sinai security source, who added that the shell was launched by Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis and was targeting a military detachment. [ElWatan]
Following Thursday’s deadly attacks that killed five Egyptian police in Arish.
Egyptian security troops conducted operations in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid on Friday, targeting Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members, according to “security information.” An Egyptian Apache helicopter targeted an Ansar gathering from the skies, killing 25 militants and injuring another 35, disrupting a planned terrorist attack according to security sources. Residents of Sheikh Zuweid reported sounds of heavy gunfire on Friday. [ElWatan] [VetoGate] [AkhbarElYom]
Efforts are ongoing to extinguish the blazes that ignited in petroleum reservoirs in yesterday’s attacks on oil infrastructure in Ras Lanuf, according to a security official there. Four oil storage tanks are burning, he said, containing an estimated total of two million barrels of crude oil. [AfriGate]
Pakistan. Daesh says its terrorists killed two policemen in Peshawar. [JustPaste]
SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES
Facebook Page of the Day
Daesh’s Haq news agency page
Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day
Other Daesh media
Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [Archive]