An Update On ISIS Activities

April 5, 2016

 

Families rescued from Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Iraqi troops gain further control of Hit.

Government offices reopen in Kubaisa; people celebrate liberation.

PMFs capture village near Bashir in Kirkuk.

Daesh evacuates personnel from east side of Mosul to the west side; conducts more horrifying executions.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy, to discuss the war, the international support for Iraq, and the political situation, and other challenges Iraq faces, according to a statement from the PM’s office. McGurk said the United States and the international community are standing by Iraq to support it during its financial crisis. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement after the Council of Ministers meeting, summarizing the meeting and saying the PM issued orders to form a committee to investigate the recent corruption allegations against some Iraqi officials. The statement called on the “international fronts” that published the report to submit their evidence, based on a request from the Minister of Higher Education, Hussein Al-Shahristani (who was implicated in the reports). [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It is easy enough to believe corruption charges against officials in Iraq, but floating rumors for the purpose of embarrassing political opponents is also a well-known technique. Shahristani has a personal reputation for honesty, which makes some people skeptical about the accusations against him.

 

The Central Criminal Court says it cancelled around 1,000 arrest warrants because they were based on “secret informant” information. The CoR’s Sunni coalition welcomed the decision. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. There is more this story, but we will need the longer explanation. A lot of people have been arrested on the word of one person, which of course is subject to abuse. The message perhaps intended by this decision is that the court is unwilling to prosecute someone without corroborating evidence. However, it’s also true that the great majority of people avoiding jail by this decision are Sunnis, many accused of Daesh-related crimes, giving the decision an unavoidable sectarian angle.

 

The large Shia militia Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq issues a statement saying although the Daesh attacks on Baghdad belt were stopped, there is a “clear” lack of support for the PMFs in those areas regarding weapons and ammunitions and logistics, and Daesh took advantage of that. The AHH asked the Prime Minster and the PMF Commission to solve the issue as soon as possible, and to liberate Qarma and Falluja to eradicate the danger on Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Shula, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

Northeast Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Shaab in Adhamiya, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

The MoI spokesman says a Daesh suicide attack in Baghdad Al-Jadida failed when the explosives vest went off inside the car that was transporting the attacker, killing him and wounding the transporter severely. [Mada] A security source says IFP intelligence was aware of the planned attack, based on information taken from arrested terrorists, and followed the car after it left Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. The source says security forces were not able to stop the car so they shot at it, which set off the explosives vest. [Mada]

Daesh publishes photos of 3 of its Iraqi terrorists and says they conducted an attack on PMFs in Jahwara Mall in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes a photo of a fourth Iraqi suicide terrorist and says he attacked a PMF convoy near the mall in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says a parked car bomb exploded near a popular restaurant in Baghdad Al-Jadida, killing two people and wounding nine. [Mada]

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed three women in their house in Hay Al-Nassr using guns with silencers. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in an industrial area near the new Diyala Bridge, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on PMFs in Zafaraniya, killing or wounding some of them. [JustPaste]

A police source says two policemen were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle in Mada’in. [Sumaria]

 

South Baghdad

A police source says 3 roadside IEDs exploded simultaneously on a PMF convoy in Latifiya, killing two fighters and wounding nine. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Mahmudiya, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

The Combined Joint Task Force issues a statement saying that Coalition military forces in Syria, conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets. In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes coordinated with the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets. [CJTF]

 

The MoD issues a video of airstrikes on Daesh locations in different military sectors.

[MoD Website]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command says security forces killed Anmar Ibrahim, the Daesh’s military officer of the Ma’ameer area in south Falluja District. The terrorist was responsible for the failed attack on Iraqi forces on Monday. [Etejah]

 

In airstrikes on areas between Baghdad and Falluja, the IAF destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb, while the IAA destroyed 5 armored vehicles, 3 hideouts, and a factory used by the terrorists as a safe house. Coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes killing 20 terrorists and destroying 2 hideouts, 2 trenches, and a vehicle. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Anbar Operations Command (AOC) source says warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh hideouts in the Falahat area west of Falluja, killing the terrorists inside them. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says one of the terrorists who were killed in Daesh’s attack on Qarma yesterday was identified as Abu Huraira Al-Saudi, a Daesh military commander. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces killed 4 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma, Albu Shijil and Taqsim areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A Qarma PMFs commander says Iraqi forces killed the Daesh military officer in Qarma, his assistant and 8 other terrorists in a military operation in Qarma. He also says security forces are preparing to launch a major attack on Qarma. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. What happened to the promised last “major” attack on Qarma? For some reason Iraqi forces seem to be confused in this area.

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

Hit

The Chairman of Hit District Council says Iraqi forces have captured more than 70% of Hit District and are closing on Daesh locations. He says Daesh terrorists are trapped in a 5 square km area. [Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces, coming from the east and the west, met each other in Hit city after taking control of Al-Jari Street. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces raised the flag over the Hit court building. He says Daesh terrorists collapsed and withdrew from the battle. He also says security forces are securing families from Hit although Daesh have booby-trapped many houses and buildings in the city.  [Maalomah]

 

The Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council’s Security Committee says Iraqi forces secured more than 1,000 families from Hit and moved them to safe areas west of Ramadi. [Mada]

A video shows families escaping the fighting in Hit. [AFP]

The Combined Joint Task Force issues a video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh safe house near Hit on March 28. [CJTF]

 

Kubaisa

A security source says Iraqi forces found an explosives cache and several Daesh computers in a house in Kubaisa. [Etejah]

 

Photos from the liberated city of Kubaisa [Sumaria]

A video of the reopening of government directorates in Kubaisa and people’s celebrations after the city was liberated from Daesh [MoD]

Baghdadi

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army convoy with a car bomb northwest of Hit, killing or wounding many soldiers and preventing Iraqi forces from advancing toward Hit city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed 3 Iraqi Army bulldozers near Basa’er village, northwest of Hit. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of its attack on Baghdadi on Monday, and publishes photos of the terrorists who conducted the attack. [Isdarat] [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

The Salahuddin PC announces that the Governor submitted his resignation to the council. The Governor says the resignation was for personal reasons. [Mada]

 

Baiji

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says KH troops shot down an unknown drone in Makhoul Mountains. [Maalomah]

 

The IFP commander says Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the Fatha area northeast of Baiji, killing 3 terrorists. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces on the Siniya-Haditha road with 360 mortar shells and 19 heavy artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces in the Al-Asmeda area with 100 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

The IFP commander says his troops conducted a security operation in Jazeera Samarra and captured 6 Daesh terrorists; it also confiscated “important documents” from them. [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

Southern Diyala

The Diyala Chief of Police says security forces arrested a Daesh terrorist and confiscated 24 IEDs in Balad Ruz. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

The Turkmen PMF supervisor says PMF troops liberated the Tal Ahmed area, a strategic location near Bashir, cutting off one of Daesh’s last supply lines to Bashir. A security source said the Bashir liberation operation will start soon. He also says there are 70-100 Daesh terrorists in Bashir and they are planting IEDs and digging tunnels preparing for the attack. [Mada]

In a later statement, the supervisor said PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on the liberated area destroying a Humvee bomb and killing the suicide bomber inside. The PMFs artillery also shelled Daesh locations in the area. [Mada]

 

A video of PMF fighters destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Bashir [YouTube]

The Kirkuk Governor says in a meeting with the Security Committee that the Bashir liberation plan is ready to be implemented but the central government is putting up obstacles against it. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says Coalition warplanes targeted a Daesh sniper training camp near the grand mosque in Mosul with 4 rockets, destroying the camp and killing 50 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 18 civilians in Mosul after accusing them of cooperating with the government and with the Peshmerga. The source says Daesh used different methods to kill the victims including burning, drowning and electrifying them. [Sumaria]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh evacuated all its locations on the right (east) side of Mosul and moved them to other locations on the west side after heavy Coalition airstrikes. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Souq Al-Zuhour in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Ammar Beit area in Tel Keif with 120mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces killed 17 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 8 vehicle bombs in Al-Nassr village and drove the rest out of the village. He also says the Iraqi Army’s 15th division artillery shelled Al-Salahiya village, preparing to liberate it. [BasNews]

Daesh issues a video of 2 Iraqi armored vehicles burned near Al-Nassr village. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated a booby-trapped motorcycle, killing a PMF fighter near Al-Nassr village. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It was hard to tell who was in control of Al-Nassr from yesterday’s conflicting stories. Today’s story seems to imply that the government forces control it but Daesh is still contesting it.

 

Daesh says its terrorists rocketed PMFs in Kharbadaran village with 15 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an indirect admission that Iraqi forces had captured the village.

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Rep. Edward Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in Erbil. According to statement issued by the PM’s office to a Kurdish media outlet, Barzani requested modern weapons for the Peshmerga to help in the war against Daesh. Barzani also said that the KRG should get its share of the international loans provided to Iraq and talked about the administrative and financial reforms under way in Kurdistan to solve the current economic crisis. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. In other words, the KRG wants to be treated as a separate country and not as part of Iraq, precisely what the Obama Administration has refused to do, for good reasons. The larger purpose of this request, and many similar ones before it, is to get the US to set precedents for Kurdish independence.

 

The manager of Qandil, near the PKK headquarters area on the Iraqi Kurdistan border, says Turkish planes bombed border areas in the mountains, destroying 2 houses and damaging the electricity network. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Babel Provincial Council says security forces arrested a Daesh cell leader in Jbala in north Babel. [Mada]

 

Dhi Qar

Dhi Qar Police say security forces captured a Daesh terrorist from Ramadi in Sayyed Dakhil subdistrict, 20 km (12 miles) east of Nasariya. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Veteran opposition figure Haytham Manna told AFP on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the Syrian Democratic Council, a Kurdish-Arab alliance based in northeast Syria that he co-chaired.

“I withdrew on March 19 from the presidency of the SDC and made it clear that I will not return until they rescind the March 17 declaration,” he said, referring to an announcement by Kurdish and allied groups of a “federal region” in northern Syria.

Manna, an Arab, was co-president of the SDC, an alliance formed in December as the political branch of the Kurdish-Arab fighting force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). [DailyMail]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Jerna village, 25 km (15.5 miles) from Manbij, with 4 airstrikes, killing 7 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and a mortar. [Hawar]

Daesh closed the internet cafes and cut off all communications in Manbij after the airstrikes. [Qasioun]

 

A source close to the Syrian government refutes rumors about collaboration on potential battles between Syrian troops and YPG fighters in Hasaka. He says the two sides agreed on removing the armed presence and the cement barriers from the city and opening the roads because of the improvement in the security situation after Daesh was defeated in Hasaka. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes bombed Hamra village in Raqqa’s eastern countryside, killing seven members of one family and wounding 20 other civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of crucifying men publicly in the Mansoura area in Raqqa, after accusing them of hijacking. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a YPG bulldozer in Azzawi village south of Shaddadi with a rocket and shelled the village with heavy artillery. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh said yesterday its terrorists captured the village.    

 

Daesh issues a video of the fighting south of Shaddadi. [Isdarat]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Local sources say Daesh shelled Turkish troops across the border in southeast Gaziantep, wounding a soldier. The sources say Turkish troops were deployed to the area to prevent Daesh terrorists from sneaking in. [Qasioun]

 

Seventeen civilians, including women and children, were killed and 63 wounded in Syrian opposition group shelling on Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, possibly by a Turkey-related militia. [Hawar] [Hawar]

Tens of civilians were killed or wounded in heavy clashes that erupted in the area between the Syria Democratic Forces and the opposition groups. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its religious seminars in Manbij. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says American warplane(s) launched an airstrike on Al-Ra’e near the Turkish border in Aleppo’s northern countryside, without giving more details. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Turkish artillery shelled Jakka, Toqali, and Ra’el villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a young man was killed because of the Turkish shelling on Htaimilat village in the same area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists shelling Al-Ja’da village in Kobane’s southern countryside with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations east of Al-Qaryatayn, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles and locations. Syrian warplanes also bombed Daesh locations in 4 villages east of Homs. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing two men, accused of being spies, and a Syrian soldier in Hama. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured the Al-Barda area east of Qaryatayn in Homs countryside. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh north of Jufra village and in Bghailiya near Deir Ez-Zor airport, killing or wounding many terrorists and destroying their vehicles and combat positions. The source says Syrian warplanes destroyed 17 Daesh vehicle bombs and 4 personnel carriers near the airport on Monday and killed many terrorists. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of its suicide terrorist who attacked Syrian troops in Jufra village on Monday. [JustPaste]

 

South

Daesh captured the Al-Muthalath (triangle) area in East Qalamoun after a massive attack on Al-Dhamir airport. Syrian warplanes and helicopters bombed the area while the artillery shelled it. Daesh advances and the Syrian Army bombing and shelling forced many people to leave the area. [Qasioun]

Daesh says its terrorists launched a major attack on Syrian troops in East Qalamoun, capturing several Syrian Army military positions (including 3 battalion headquarters) and killing many soldiers and capturing weapons, vehicles, ammunitions and a tank. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of a tank, weapons, and vehicles its terrorists captured in East Qalamoun. [JustPaste] [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh says Syrian Army and militias collapsed after the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh issues videos of its terrorists in Al-Mahjoura and the 559 battalions in East Qalamoun. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in the Al-Muthalath area. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle, a cannon and a mortar in the Suwayda northeastern countryside. [SANA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Tishrin thermal power station east of Damascus and put it out of service after capturing the Syrian Army protection unit in the station. Daesh says its terrorists killed 15 Syrian soldiers and destroyed a cannon and 2 SUVs and captured a vehicle and weapons and ammunitions. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Lebanese security forces arrested a Daesh member who admitted his role in providing Daesh with weapons and recruits. [AfriGate]

 

Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Ministry of Interior spokesman says Majid Al-Hamadi, an Investigation Service colonel, was shot dead in Riyadh. [IslamMemo]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more. [JustPaste]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Local media sources say security forces found and defused 2 IEDs near a security camp in Giza. [AfriGate]

 

Security forces captured 80 suspects, including 10 wanted on terrorism charges, in the Safa area south of Arish. [VetoGate]

Eyewitnesses say 4 policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Arish. [ElWatan]

Security forces captured a weapons and explosives storehouse, belongs to Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, in Nakhal city in central Sinai. [VetoGate]

A 25-year old Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis leader was killed after heavy clashes when security forces surrounded him in Khariza in central Sinai. [VetoGate]

Five security personnel were wounded while defusing an IED in Rafah. [VetoGate]

Libya

The National Salvation Government issued a statement saying it decided to give up power to save the country. [Wasat]

 

A member of the Libyan Parliament warns that Daesh is expanding in south and southwest Libya, taking advantage of the political crisis in the country. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists sneaked into a Libyan armed group military position in Derna and planted an IED, then detonated it. [JustPaste]

 

A local source says Daesh is forcing the people of Sirte to attend the dawn prayers in mosques after forcing them to sign a (pledge). The sources also say Daesh will start obligatory religious seminars next week for any male over 13 years old. [Wasat]

DaeshDaily comment. There is no basis in the Koran for forcing people to attend religious seminars or even go to the mosque. Daesh needs more suicide bombers and it is focusing on teen-agers. If they can recruit even a very small percentage of such young people, they will have thousands of suicide bombers. We have noticed that suicide bombers in Iraq seem to be getting younger.

 

Local sources say Daesh beheaded a man publicly, 4 months after he was arrested. The sources also say Daesh executed four Salafi young men, accusing them of opposing Daesh. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military spokesman says 3 soldiers were wounded by a Daesh shell near the cement factory in Hawari. [Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in Harawa in the Sirte desert. [JustPaste]

 

Algeria

The Algerian Ministry of Defense says the Army found a large cache of weapons in Al-Wadi in eastern Algeria, 24 hours after killing 4 terrorists in the same area. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Germany

Yazidis Across the World, a Yazidi organization in Germany, organized a mass wedding for Yazidi girls who were freed from Daesh in Baden-Württemberg. [ARA]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Nineveh Plain activists page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/iiiizzzz_7788

https://twitter.com/ggdssfhv

https://twitter.com/seifmark76

https://twitter.com/mwhd011

https://twitter.com/abmo60

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh issues another video about its attacks in Europe threatening more attacks in London, Berlin or Rome. [AKI]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

A new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

April 4, 2016

Sheikh Fares Al-Saba'wi

Today’s Major Developments

 

Daesh counter-attacks in Baghdad, Anbar, Ninewa.

Iraqi forces still advancing in Hit; but Daesh makes major attack on Baghdadi.

Daesh reportedly burns 15 Falluja civilians to death for trying to escape.

Major clash in Al-Nassr, Ninewa leaves many dead, outcome unclear.

Terrorist responsible for deadly Babel soccer field attack arrested.

Syrian Army takes Qaryatayn back from Daesh.

Libyan unity government chooses Prime Minister, enabling western support.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi met in his office with Rep. Edward Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Lois Frankel, and Ambassador Stuart Jones. The PM office issued a statement after the meeting saying they discussed the war against Daesh and US support for Iraq. The Congress members expressed their support for Abadi’s reforms. They also offered to help Iraq on its anti-corruption efforts and on recovering its stolen money abroad. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

A Coalition airstrike has killed the Daesh terrorist believed responsible for an attack on U.S. troops in northern Iraq last month that left a Marine dead, it said on Sunday. Jasim Khadijah, a former Iraqi officer not considered a high-value target, was killed by a drone strike overnight in northern Iraq. Coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters in Baghdad, “We have information he was a rocket expert; he controlled these attacks,” said Warren, referring to the shelling of a base used by U.S. troops near the city of Makhmur.

That attack killed Marine Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin and wounded eight others, all part of a company-sized detachment of less than 200 troops. They were providing force protection fire for Iraqi army troops. [Reuters]

 

U.K. Major General Doug Chalmers, the deputy commander for strategy and sustainment at the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, says “Our strategy to defeat Daesh has not changed. We continue attacking the enemy with strikes across the breadth and depth of their so-called caliphate to weaken them whilst we enhance the lethality of our partner forces on the ground in both countries.” [CJTF]

 

The CJTF says the IAA destroyed more than 32 Daesh targets in a 48-hour period last week (video). [CJTF]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a joint police and Army checkpoint with an explosives vest near Muthanna Bridge in Taji, killing or wounding 30 soldiers and policemen. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Meshahda in Tarmiya, killing 12 fighters and wounding others and destroying 2 SUVs. [JustPaste]
Here Daesh says the PMFs were from the Sadrist Saraya Al-Salam. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said yesterday it launched a major attack on Iraqi forces in Yusufiyah, killing 21 soldiers and wounding 15 and destroyed 11 military positions in addition to a Humvee and another vehicle. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Several media outlets said Daesh managed to return to Yusufiyah after PMF fighters withdrew because they were not paid their salaries. Karim Al-Nouri, a member of the PMF Commission, denied the reports and says it is “impossible” for Daesh to capture any area in Baghdad belt and what happened was a “minor security breach”. He also says that the talk about PMFs withdrawing because of salaries is “insulting”. 

However, Daesh’s attacks in Baghdad’s south have never stopped, and in fact have increased recently. The government and the military leadership should pay attention to that because it undermines the Iraqi forces’ advances in other areas and gives Daesh much-needed publicity that offsets news of its losses elsewhere.    

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest Baghdad

IFP troops defused an IED in Shula. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

North Baghdad

An MoI source says a Daesh suicide terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Meshahda in Tarmiya, killing four fighters and wounding nine. [Mada]

Iraqi forces defused 2 Daesh booby-trapped guesthouses in the Albu Quraita area in northern Baghdad Governorate. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Northeast Baghdad

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) spokesman says an Iraqi officer was killed while preventing a Daesh suicide bomber from attacking a checkpoint near the Muthanna Bridge. The terrorist detonated himself, killing the officer and another security member and wounding four others. [Ghad]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An MoI source says a sticky IED exploded under a vehicle that sells gas bottles in Zafaraniya, killing the vendor and three civilians in the street. [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded on a police patrol in Tuwaitha, killing a policeman and wounding four. [Mada]

A sticky IED exploded under the car of a Ministry of Agriculture employee in Mada’in, killing him immediately.  [Maalomah]

 

South Baghdad

An MoI source says unknown armed men in a vehicle threw a hand grenade at a Sahwa checkpoint in Albu Aitha village in Dora, killing two fighters and wounding four.  [Mada]

An IED exploded near Al-Rasheed market in Dora, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

The IWMC says the Military Intelligence Service arrested a Daesh wilayat Baghdad group and confiscated weapons and explosives. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in Manari in Arab Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page] Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMFs military position in Manari with light and mid-size weapons, killing two fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Sayafiya in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a Sahwa vehicle in Yusufiyah, destroying it and killing the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Baghdad

A security source says armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed a Sunni mosque imam in his car in Hay Al-Amel. [Baghdadia]

 

West Baghdad

A security source said two policemen were injured when mortar shells fell on the Al-Salam police station in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Ghazaliya, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   20    (Not an overall total)

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria and 10 in Iraq on April 3. The airstrikes in Syria were near Raqqa, Idlib, Deir Ez-Zor, Hasaka, Manbij, Al-Hawl, and Mare’. The airstrikes in Iraq were near Baghdadi, Hit, Kasik, Qayara, Sultan Abdullah, Mosul, and Kirkuk. [InherentResolve]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says Daesh burned to death 15 civilians who tried to escape from Falluja. [BasNews]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in Kubaishat, killing 34 terrorists. The IWMC says a “notable” Daesh commander was killed in the airstrike in addition to the Daesh media officer of the area. [BOC Facebook Page] [IraqPress]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and killed 8 terrorists near the asphalt factory east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces killed 4 terrorists and wounded 3 in Hay Al-Shuhada in south Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF source says Baghdad Operations Command troops and PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on areas in north Qarma and south Falluja, killing more than 100 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

The MoD says the IAA launched a massive airstrike on Daesh locations and hideouts in Qarma, killing 40 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The MoD also says an Iraqi CH4 drone destroyed a large Daesh storehouse, killing or wounding many terrorists, in addition to a vehicle carrying weapons in the same area. The IAA also destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a machine gun in Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict. [MoD Website]

 

The commander of the Qarma local PMFs brigade says security forces destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed 2 other suicide bombers wearing explosives vests in Subaihat, Shahab, and Rofa in Qarma District. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 5 terrorists and wounded 6 in Qarma, Albu Shijil and Nadhim Al-Taqsim. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The leader of the tribal fighters’ brigade in Qarma says Daesh terrorists attacked with 12 vehicles, including vehicle bombs, but the security sources destroyed the vehicle bombs. He said the battles were still going on. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh’s summary of the day in Falluja was completely different.

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army locations in the Ma’ameer and Albu Risha areas in Zoba’a and captured 10 military positions, after heavy shelling, then burned them. Daesh says it killed or wounded “tens” of Iraqi soldiers and captured 2 of them and destroyed a T72 tank (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army and PMF military positions near the Lihaib area northeast of Falluja and captured all the positions, killing “tens” of soldiers and fighters, and the battles are still going on (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the positions its terrorists captured in Lihaib. [A3maq] Daesh says 15 Iraqi soldiers and PMF fighters were killed in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh also says its terrorists captured Iraqi Army and PMFs military positions east of Falluja, killing “tens” of them and capturing weapons and vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked the gate of Tareq camp east of Falluja with a car bomb, killing several soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Iraqi forces defused or destroyed 195 IEDs and defused 3 booby-trapped houses and 15 booby-trapped shops in different areas in Ramadi District. Security forces also found a large Daesh explosives factory in Ramadi with hundreds of IEDS, explosives belts and rockets inside it. [IraqPress]

 

Iraqi forces defused 35 IEDs in Albu Ubaid. [BOC Facebook Page]

The IWMC says IAA helicopters destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles and killed 6 terrorists in the Albu Ubaid area. [IraqPress]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 10th division troops secure 176 civilians in the Albu Assaf area in north Ramadi district. [IraqPress]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

Hit

The Chairman of the Anbar PC’s Security Committee says Iraqi forces broke into Hit city from 3 sides and liberated the police station, killing 16 Daesh terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [Mada]

A Counter Terrorism commander says Iraqi forces liberated 3 more areas in Hit city. He says 70 Daesh terrorists were killed by heavy shelling and airstrikes. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman says Iraqi forces liberated the Amina area in west Hit district after heavy battles, killing 18 Daesh terrorists. He says Iraqi forces raised the Iraqi flag over the area’s buildings and started to defuse IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Mada]

 

The Chairman Hit District Council says Iraqi forces liberated the Al-Basa’er and Hay Al-Mualimeen areas in Hit city, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says Daesh terrorists burned the Hit youth center in addition to ambulances and civilian vehicles before they fled. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops stopped a Daesh attack on Ma’amoura village in Hit District killing 20 terrorists and destroying 4 IEDs and capturing a vehicle. [IraqPress]

 

The MoD says killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in addition to a hideout in Hit district. [MoD Website]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Hit District, destroying a booby-trapped bridge and killing a sniper near the industrial compound between Hit and Kubaisa. Another airstrike destroyed a Daesh construction shovel bomb in the industrial area. Coalition warplanes also destroyed a Daesh hideout in Sadqa village in Hit District, killing several terrorists including a local leader called Khaled Al-Jassem. [IraqPress]

 

The Combined Joint Task Forces issues a video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh fighter barracks near Hit. [CJTF]

 

A video of families secured by Iraqi forces from Hit District [Iraqia]

 

Kubaisa

The IWMC says Iraqi forces defused 10 IEDs in Kubaisa. [IraqPress]

 

Baghdadi

However, Anbar Operations Command (AOC) says 2 Daesh vehicle bombs attacked the residential compound in Baghdadi and at the same time 3 suicide terrorists wearing explosives vests attacked the Majid checkpoint on the southern entrance of the subdistrict. The source says seven policemen and soldiers were killed, including an officer, and four others wounded. [Mada]

 

The District Council Chairman says Daesh attacked Baghdadi with 100 terrorists, 9 vehicle bombs and 7 suicide bombers. He said Jazeera Operations Command troops attacked Daesh locations, killing 40 terrorists and destroying 4 rocket launchers, 3 vehicle bombs, and 5 guesthouses. [Mada]

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi and Coalition planes, stopped a Daesh attack from 3 sides on Baghdadi, killing 35 terrorists and destroying 12 vehicles, including vehicle bombs. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the chairman of Baghdadi subdistrict council, Malallah Al-Ubaidi, and its police chief Colonel Abdul Salam Al-Ubaidi, were wounded in Daesh attack on the subdistrict. The source says 5 Iraqi policemen and tribal fighters were killed and 15 wounded, including the two officials. [Sumaria]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists entered Baghdadi and clashed with the Iraqi forces. Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists detonated themselves on the Iraqi forces, while other terrorists shelled the city with tens of rockets and mortars. Daesh says 35 people were killed in the attack, including the subdistrict manager and the police chief, and the battles are still going on. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This was a major Daesh attack and it caused significant casualties.  However, it was more costly to Daesh in the end. Such incidents show that Daesh is still dangerous, but even if it succeeds in its initial attack, it no longer has the capability to hold ground it captures, especially with the constant airstrikes.

 

Photos of one of the Daesh attackers captured (then reportedly killed) by tribal fighters from Baghdadi [Facebook]

 

The IWMC says Jazeera Operations Command troops killed a Daesh sniper and destroyed his hideout and defused 42 IEDs in Jubba north of Baghdadi. [IraqPress]

 

Haditha

The IWMC says the Iraqi Army 7th division killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed a boat in the Albu Hayat area. [IraqPress]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) destroyed a Daesh headquarters in Shirqat, killing the terrorists inside. The location used to be a technical high school. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

An Iraqi journalist says Coalition forces conducted a helicopter landing in the Makhoul Mountains area, arresting Abu Ishaq Al-Shami, Daesh special operations commander and Daesh hisbah official in the area, and killed 3 of his bodyguards. Coalition warplanes also bombed a Daesh vehicle carrying an anti-aircraft machine gun in Dibis, Kirkuk after it shot at them. [ARA]

Daesh says its anti-aircraft units prevented 5 American Blackhawk helicopters from conducting a helicopter landing operation in north Salahuddin and forced them to retreat. Daesh says the helicopters, accompanied by warplanes and drones, flew from Makhoul Mountains over Shirqat and Dibis. [A3maq]

 

The IWMC says Salahuddin Operations Command troops and a PMF Kornet unit destroyed a Daesh hideout in Makhoul Mountains, killing the terrorists inside. [IraqPress]

 

The IWMC says IFP troops stopped a Daesh attack in the Fatha area in Baiji District and killed a Daesh terrorist. Three IFP fighters were wounded in the attack. [IraqPress]

 

Tikrit

The MoD says the IAA killed 6 Daesh terrorists in Allas oilfield. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

The IWMC says Salahuddin Operations Command troops killed 12 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and a booby-trapped house in Jazeera Salahuddin (the area between the Tigris and Thirthar Lake). [IraqPress]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala police chief says 2 men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Khan Bani Saad, southwest of Baquba. He also says a weapons cache was found in Al-Masoud village east of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

The Diyala Police chief says a SWAT team ambushed a Daesh boat in Udhaim Lake, killing 4 terrorists and destroying the boat. He also says the team found 30 IEDs and 2 motorcycles and ammunition in the same area. [Mada] The Dijla Operations Commander says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a Peshmerga vehicle in Khanaqin District, killing or wounding the fighters inside it, including a captain. [JustPaste]

 

A member of Diyala provincial council says 263 displaced families returned to their houses in Jalawla. The families represent the 13th group of returnees according to the planned schedule. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Dijla Operations Command troops destroyed 9 IEDs in Kabashi in Jalawla. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces in Saadiya with 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

The president of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish party, who leads a Peshmerga group in southwest Kirkuk, says the Daesh terrorist who appeared in a recent video beheading a Peshmerga fighter is an Iranian Kurd. He says official Iranian agencies are helping facilitate the movement of young Kurds from Iran to join Daesh. [Welati]

 

Hawija

A PMF commander says Daesh arrested 30 young men from Hawija District, most of them relatives of security personnel, and took them to an unknown location. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says a group of Daesh terrorists in Rabidha village in Rashad were preparing to attack Iraqi forces in Himrin Hills when an explosives vest exploded by mistake, killing 30 terrorists and wounding 15. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur/Qayara

The Chairman of the PMF Commission issued a statement mourning the death of Fares Al-Saba’wi, the PMF commander in Makhmur. A local source says the Ninewa native died of serious wounds he received during the fighting in Al-Nassr village. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Sheikh Fares Al-Saba’wi was a tribal leader from south Ninewa. His son was killed by Daesh a few weeks ago. 

A video of the funeral ceremonies of Faris Al-Saba’wi [Mosuliya]

 

Ninewa Operations Command says an NOC force, supported by tribal fighters, liberated Al-Nassr village. [Mada] The MoD says this followed heavy bombing and artillery shelling. The MoD says 3 Daesh vehicle bombs were destroyed. [MoD Website] The IWMC says Ninewa Operations Command troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Nassr village. [IraqPress]

 

An NOC source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in Nassr village and killed the suicide bomber. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 30 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Nassr village, without giving more details. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says military planes bombed Daesh near Nassr village, killing 11 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

In the face of those positive reports came reports that seemed to entirely contradict them.

A PUK official says Iraqi forces withdrew from Al-Nassr and Hamadin villages after they were captured because of Daesh attacks from inside the villages. He says Daesh used underground tunnels and hideouts to attack the Iraqi forces, killing four Iraqi soldiers and wounding 29. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi forces attacked on Nassr village. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb killing 30 soldiers and wounding 40 and destroying 2 Humvees and a personnel carrier. [JustPaste]

 

Here Daesh says this is the 4th time that Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, failed in an attempt to capture the village within the last 2 weeks. [A3maq]

 

A security source says 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in Daesh suicide attacks near Nassr village. [Rudaw]

 

A NOC source had earlier said Iraqi Army’s 15th division artillery shelled Al-Nassr, Haj Ali, and Sultan Abdullah villages. [Mada]

 

Local eyewitnesses say an unknown group raised the Iraqi flag over a school in Qayara. They say such cases increased recently with the start of south Ninewa liberation operations. [Maalomah]

 

A video of a Daesh tunnel (15 meters deep and 2 km long), found in Kharbadaran village [Mayadeen]

 

Mosul

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Coalition warplane destroyed the building of the Turkish consulate in Mosul, which was occupied by Daesh. The Ministry says the Coalition bombed the consulate after getting approval from Turkey. [PUKMedia]

 

A security source says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed in the American airstrike on the Turkish consulate. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of the American airstrike on the Turkish consulate in Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The video doesn’t show any human casualties. Daesh only does videos like that when the casualties are its own members.  

 

A member of Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh is making IEDs in the chemical and physical labs in Mosul University to use them against Iraqi forces during the second stage of Ninewa liberation operations. [Mawazin]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Sino village west of Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Ninewa (Baaj, Hatra)

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering of 60 terrorists and 20 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs and a construction shovel bomb, in Abu Taqiya village in Baaj District, destroying 3 vehicles and killing several terrorists. The terrorists were preparing to attack Um Al-Dhiban and Um Jrais villages.  [IraqPress]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The PUK and the KDP issued a joint statement, after a meeting between their political bureaus in Erbil, saying they want to ensure the Kurds’ share in federal positions, and that the candidates should be chosen in coordination with the political leadership in Kurdistan. The statement also said a high level delegation should go to Baghdad and discuss the issue. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Perhaps their chances of gaining this consideration would be better if they showed a little more concern about Iraq and the reasons for the Prime Minister’s reform program. Similar reforms are desperately needed in the KRG.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A Basra health directorate source says six people were killed and 14 wounded in a car bomb attack Basra. [Mada]

The Basra Governor says the suicide terrorist was forced to detonate his vehicle bomb in that location because he had no other place to go. He also says security forces closed the roads to prevent people implicated in the attack from leaving. He says security forces gathered initial information about them. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says a local suicide terrorist from Basra attacked a PMFs and police gathering in the Khoura area in Basra with a vehicle loaded with half a ton of explosives, killing 20 of them and destroying 6 vehicles. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. As expected, Daesh is willing to uncover its sleeper cells to divert attention from the advances of Iraqi forces. However, suicide attacks in the south indicate a security breach that needs to be addressed. 

 

A security source says four people were killed and four injured in a suicide attack by a car bomb in Wofoud Street in Basra center (video). [Mada] [Etejah]

 

The Basra Police commander says security forces arrested several suspects in connection with the vehicle bomb factory found in Zubayr last week. He also says security forces found Saudi vehicle license plates in the factory (photos). [Buratha]

 

Dhi Qar

The Mayor of Souq Al-Shiyoukh District says a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in a restaurant on the road between Nasariya and Basra, wounding eight people including PMF fighters. [Mada]

The IWMC says five people were killed and 22 wounded in the terrorist attack south of Nasariya. [Rudaw]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a PMF gathering in Nasariya, while they were in buses preparing to go to battlefronts, killing more than 30 fighters and wounding “tens” of others. [JustPaste]

 

Babel

The IWMC said on Sunday security forces arrested Mahmoud Jassem Al-Dhareb, the Daesh terrorist responsible for the suicide attack on the soccer field in Haswa. [Qurtas]

A video of the terrorist who planned the Haswa attack [Hurra]

 

Wasit

The Security Committee of Wasit Provincial Council says an Iraqi helicopter went down in Wasit, because of a technical problem, without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Civilian Protection Units (YPS), a PKK affiliated group, says its fighters killed 11 Turkish soldiers and 6 Daesh terrorists, and wounded 2 other terrorists, during the last 3 Days in Nusaybin in southeast Turkey. The YPS concedes that 8 of its fighters were also killed in the battles. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. We are waiting for further explanations about this strange report.

 

The management of Gaziantep state issued a statement saying security forces arrested 3 Daesh terrorists, including the Daesh leader in Gaziantep, who were planning terrorist attacks in Turkey. Security forces also arrested an Al-Qaeda member. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says its terrorists attacked YPG locations in Azzawi village 18 km south of Shaddadi and killed 20 Kurdish fighters and wounded others before returning safely. [JustPaste] Daesh says its terrorists captured the village and the battles are still going on. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says 23 YPG fighters were killed in a suicide attack on the village. [A3maq]

However, Syria Democratic Forces report that they stopped a Daesh attack on Azzawi, killing “tens” of terrorists. The village was liberated from Daesh on February 25. [Hawar]

Kurdish field sources say Daesh also attacked Jakkour Sharqi village, 70 km southeast of Kobane, but were forced to retreat. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Someone needs to teach Daesh enemies how to fight back. It seems like all the fighters Daesh attacks stay still and get killed without killing or wounding any Daesh terrorist. Daesh’s purpose behind such outrageous lies is to show that its terrorists are fighting within a divine plan.    

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of an American airstrike on a dental clinic in Raqqa city center. [A3maq] Daesh said Coalition warplanes bombed locations in Raqqa center with 4 rockets. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Again, Daesh doesn’t show any human casualties in the video. It is well known now that Daesh is using health facilities, and other civilian buildings, to hide its terrorists. If there have been ay civilian casualties Daesh would have published that at once.

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed the Daesh-occupied government compound in Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

A local source in Raqqa says Daesh terrorists sewed up a man’s the mouth and paraded him through parts of the city because he said the Syrian Army will take over Raqqa after Tadmur. The man was taken after that to an unknown location. [ARA]

 

Syria Democratic Forces stopped a Daesh attack on Çixorê village, 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Kobane, and forced its fighters to flee. [Hawar]

 

Local sources in Manbij say Daesh terrorists are preparing 30 vehicle bombs at Sheikh Yehia farm west of the city to use them in attacks on Syria Democratic Forces. The sources also say Daesh beheaded five people from the Kharaj tribe publicly, without giving any reason. [Hawar]

 

Daesh terrorists attacked SDF troops near the southern entrance of Ain Eissa, without any reports of casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Jaish Al-Thuwar, a Syria Democratic Forces’ ally, says Coalition warplanes bombed its positions in Tal Rifaat. [BasNews]

 

Russian media outlets say Syrian troops destroyed a large Daesh explosives and IED factory in south Aleppo. [ARA]

 

A Syrian opposition commander says Syrian opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery, captured Shabaniya and Raghebiya villages near the Turkish border after heavy battles with terrorists, who were forced to withdraw to Al-Ra’e city. [ARA]

Opposition groups are only 5 km (3 miles) away from Al-Ra’e, an important Daesh stronghold in north Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

A video of Syrian opposition groups fighting Daesh in Aleppo’s northern countryside [RSF]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

On Sunday, the Syrian Army recaptured the strategically important and largely Christian city of Qaryatayn between Tadmur and Damascus after several days of battle, with support from Russian airstrikes.

Videos of Syrian troops in Al-Qaryatayn [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

An aerial video of Al-Qaryatayn city after it was liberated from Daesh [ElNashra]

 

A video of Russian experts searching for Daesh landmines in Tadmur [Ikhbariya]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs near Deir Ez-Zor airport, then clashed with Daesh fighters, forcing them to flee. 5 more Daesh vehicles were destroyed in the battle. [SANA]

In a later report, Syrian military sources say Daesh sued mustard gas in its attack on Deir Ez-Zor airport. The sources also say Daesh used 17 vehicle bombs in the attack. [SANA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched a large attack on Syria Army locations in Deir Ez-Zor airport and brigade 137 headquarters. Daesh says the attack started with 2 suicide attacks with car bombs on Syrian Army military locations in Jufra village. Daesh says “tens” of Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded and 2 tanks and a BMP armored vehicle were destroyed, and the battles are still going on (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists captured 2 Syrian Army tanks near Jufra, east of Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles near Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq]

 

South

Daesh says its terrorists recaptured 3 mountains from Hezbollah fighters in West Qalamoun and foiled Hezbollah attempts to advance in the area, killing or wounding several of its fighters. [A3maq]

 

Syrian opposition groups captured several towns and military locations, belong to Daesh’s affiliate, the Al-Muthanna Movement, in Daraa’s western countryside. A Free Syrian Army official says the battles come within a larger military campaign to eliminate Daesh’s affiliates from Daraa (namely, Muthanna and Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk). [Anadolu]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Al-Manar TV says Hezbollah shelled Daesh locations in Ras Jaroud in Baalbek, killing or wounding several Daesh terrorists and destroying their locations and vehicles. [SANA]

A video of the shelling on Daesh locations in Baalbek [YouTube]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces shot and killed a terrorist as he was trying to plant an IED south of Sheikh Zuweid, and destroying the IED. Security forces also destroyed 2 IEDs in a nearby area. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces arrested 5 Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis terrorists near Karm Al-Qawadees, south of Sheikh Zuweid. The terrorists are wanted for killing army and police members and several other attacks. 15 other suspects were arrested in the same area. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian Army and police launched a search campaign south of Arish and captured 34 takfiris. One of the arrestees is an Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis leader who tried to escape in women’s clothes. [VetoGate]

 

A child was killed and two other civilians were wounded in different explosions resulted from land mines planted by terrorists in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

A Prime Minister has been named for the unified Libyan government just agreed to last week. The appointee, Fayez Serraj, is a technocrat who presumably will therefore avoid being seen as a factional figure.

 

Local sources say a security guard was killed by Daesh terrorists in Waddan, in the Libyan desert. The sources say the terrorists stole 3 cars and fled back to Sirte. [Libya24]

 

A Daesh Egyptian terrorist admits, in a public meeting in Sirte, Daesh’s defeat in Benghazi and threatens to burn down Tripoli, then capture it. [AfriGate]

 

Local sources say Daesh confiscated the houses of 4 former Libyan officials in Sirte and forced their families to leave. Daesh also ordered other families to pay the rent for their own houses, claiming the houses belong to Daesh now. The sources also say tens of Daesh terrorists arrived in Sirte from Benghazi and Ajdabiya after they were defeated by Libyan troops. [AfriGate]

 

An eyewitness says Daesh terrorists launched an intensive campaign to search people’s phones in Sirte after the airstrikes on its locations in the city. The source says Daesh terrorists established checkpoints and deployed programmers to look at the deleted items in people’s phones. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Security forces arrested a terrorism suspect in El Kef in northwestern Tunisia. [Tunisia]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

The 15th Emergency Brigade in Anbar page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Abu_mouad

https://twitter.com/IiO_oill

https://twitter.com/90ahSara

https://twitter.com/pgfdsj1

https://twitter.com/hfgg94495

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

A Daesh account published a photo and information about Al-Nusra leader Julani. [Marsd]

DaeshDaily comment. This created an uproar among Al-Qaeda supporters, who accused Daesh of “uncovering the secrets of the Mujahedeen.” Julani was previously a member of AQI then decided to follow the main Al-Qaeda organization and Zawahiri instead of Daesh and Baghdadi. Julani has never uncovered his face or revealed his real name to the media.

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured alive by AAH fighters in an unknown location [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh Islamic humming group in an unknown location [YouTube]

 

 

 

 

 

April 1, 2016

Peshmerga Fighters

Today’s Major Developments

 

Demonstrators in 10 provinces support approval of new cabinet.

Biden gives Al-Abadi a call.

Al-Abadi names a Kurdish Oil Minister; he declines.

Iraqis killed, wounded from terrorism and violence rose sharply in March.

Iraqi forces continue clearing areas in Hit as Daesh foreign fighters leave.

Muqdadiya council chairman warns of new Daesh “wilaya” in Diyala.

Daesh loses 27 men in attack on Ninewa village, then executes another 30.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad and in the capitals of all nine South and South-Central provinces, in addition to hundreds of Sadrists in Kirkuk, calling on the CoR to approve the new cabinet. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

The White House says Vice President Biden spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to discuss the latest political and security developments in Iraq. The Vice President welcomed the Prime Minister’s political reform efforts and reaffirmed continued U.S. support for steps, in concert with Iraqi political leaders, to strengthen transparency, national unity, and accountability.  The Vice President also underscored the critical importance of sustaining momentum in the fight against (Daesh) and reviewed ongoing U.S. efforts to support Iraqi Security Forces.  The Vice President commended the Prime Minister for engaging constructively with the IMF to address fiscal challenges and unlock access to international financial assistance. [WhiteHouse]

 

Nizar Salem Al-Nu’man, a Kurd, who was nominated by Abadi to be the Minister of Oil, said in a press conference in Dahuk that he is not interested in the position anymore because there is no political agreement on the new government. Al-Sumaria TV reported that he said “My candidacy should have been approved by the KRG President and within a political agreement, and since that didn’t happen I withdrew.” [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. Based on the gentleman’s comments, Al-Abadi picked the wrong guy anyway. Choosing a Kurd as Minister of Oil was an awesome move, however, given all the GOI-KRG contention over oil.

 

The Minister of Higher Education, Hussein Al-Shahristani, issued a statement asking the Council of Ministers, the Commission of Integrity and the Ministry of Oil, his former ministry, to open an investigation in the allegations about his involvement in a bribery scandal. He says the Iraqi government should ask the newspaper that published the report to submit documents proving the allegations; otherwise the Iraqi government should sue the newspaper. [Sumaria]

A member of the CoR’s Integrity committee says if there were a scandal it would not be about only one official. He says the committee will send the case to the judiciary. [Sumaria]

Details of the alleged scandal [HuffingtonPost]

 

Security developments

A total of 1,119 Iraqis were killed and another 1,561 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March 2016, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The number of civilians killed in March was 575 (including 45 federal police, Sahwa civil defense, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire departments), and the number of civilians injured was 1,196 (including 50 federal police, Sahwa civil defense, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department).

A total of 544 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 365 were injured.

The overall casualty figures are up from the previous month of February, where a total of 670 were killed and 1,290 were injured. [ReliefWeb]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North Baghdad

An IED exploded near a market in Husseiniya, killing one civilian and wounding eight.  [Mada]

Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in the Sheikh Amer area and destroyed a mud hut used as a Daesh guesthouse in the Sheikh Hamad area. Iraqi forces also defused 2 IEDs in the Banat Al-Hassan area. [MoD Website]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED exploded near car dealerships in Nahrawan, killing two civilians and wounding six. [Mada]

An IED exploded near a fish farm in Sateeh village in Mada’in, killing two people and wounding six. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

Iraqi forces defused 2 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 4 IEDs in Manari in Arab Jabour. [MoD Website]

Iraqi forces found a Daesh mortar in Rakoub in Mahmudiya, and found 2 IEDs in the Karaghoul area in Yusufiyah. Iraqi forces also captured 2 men wanted for terrorism in Latifiya. [MoD Website]

Daesh says its terrorists broke into the houses of the Sahwa leader in Karaghoul in Yusufiyah and his brother and killed them. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists targeted a Sahwa fighter with an IED in Alimiya in Arab Jubour, wounding him severely. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in the same area, killing one soldier. [JustPaste]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Sadda and another one in Sour in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked 2 Iraqi Army Humvees in Sayafiya in Arab Jubour with light and mid-size weapons, without giving more details. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a PMF patrol in Manari in Arab Jubour, killing two men and wounding another. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed another Sahwa member in Arab Jubour with an IED. [JustPaste]

The IFP commander says his troops captured a Daesh terrorist in south Baghdad. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding that most of these Arab Jubour reports are from Daesh and thus somewhat suspect, it’s quite apparent that Daesh has decided to keep killing people in this area and the government has not grasped the obvious conclusion that they need to put more troops in the area. Just recently it was announced that Daesh had been eliminated in Arab Jubour. In general in the past few weeks, the bulk of daily security reports are about incidents in areas well south of Baghdad.

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED exploded in a commercial area in Suwaib, killing one civilian and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

Iraqi forces found a weapons and explosives cache in Radwaniya. [MoD Website]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15    (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition says its warplanes launched 12 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq in Hit, Habbaniya, and Ramadi; Kirkuk, Qayara, Sultan Abdullah, Mosul, and Sinjar, targeting Daesh tactical units, combat locations, mortar locations, vehicles, and anti-aircraft units. The Coalition also launched 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, near Ain Eissa, in Deir Ez-Zor and Mare’, targeting tactical units, combat locations and excavation equipment. [AIN]

Details in this report [InherentResolve]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Mayor of Falluja says four children died in the city because of the lack of food and medicine. He also says the Iraqi government could drop supplies to the city by air but has not done that.  [Rudaw]

 

A video taken by a spectator, showing Daesh terrorists killing 2 people by throwing them from the top of a building. We couldn’t confirm the date of the crime. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja city. [MoD Website]

 

A military source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout and a vehicle carrying a machine gun in Albu Daaij, south of the city. [Harbi]

 

An Anbar police commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on their defense line in Subaihat in Qarma and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

A military source says the IAA attacked a Daesh hideout in the Albu Shahab area in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 15 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A member of Anbar Provincial Council says 4,000 families returned to their houses in the liberated areas in Ramadi District after the areas were completely cleared from IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [BasNews]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The Chairman of Hit District Council says Iraqi forces cleared the Al-Askari neighborhood in Hit, killing 60 terrorists. [Mada]

 

The Chairman says Iraqi forces liberated 3 areas in north Hit, killing 14 Daesh terrorists. He says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition airpower, are advancing in the city and trying to move civilians to safe areas. [BasNews]

 

A video of the military operations in Hit [Sumaria]

 

A Counter-Terrorism commander says Iraqi forces liberated Maamoura village, which is considered the southern entrance for Hit, and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings, killing 4 Daesh terrorists and destroying 5 vehicle bombs. He says Daesh leaders have escaped the city and only some local terrorists have remained. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Although Daesh is trying to show that it is defending the cities it holds, it knows it can’t hold the ground for long, given the intensified airstrikes and major ground attacks. Daesh is retreating to the west mostly, but even that won’t help them much if the road to Syria is monitored strictly. As it loses more territory, Daesh will have a major problem trying to hide its remaining foreign terrorists in Anbar.

 

The spokesman of the Anbar Police emergency battalion says the IAF bombed a Daesh car bomb factory in the new hospital in Hit (under construction), killing 12 terrorists. He also says Iraqi forces cleared the Al-Mualimeen area in Hit, killing “tens” of terrorists.  [Maalomah] [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says the IAA destroyed a bridge used as a supply line for Daesh in Hit. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists conducted a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Iraqi forces west of Hit. [A3maq]

 

Western Anbar

The JOC says the IAF bombed a Daesh hideout in Rutba, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 4 others. Among the dead terrorists were Abu Saleh, a Saudi responsible for the suicide bombers; Younes Abu Qaswara, an Iraqi from Baghdad responsible for the suicide terrorists’ transportation; and Abu Huthaifa, Daesh security officer of south Baghdad. The JOC says the terrorists were planning suicide attacks on Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “forensics department” in west Anbar. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh headquarters located in the old post office in Shirqat. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations Command troops stopped a Daesh attack on Baiji thermal energy station, destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun, and killed 4 terrorists. IFP troops stopped another Daesh attack on the defense line in the Siniya-Haditha road military sector, destroying 3 Humvee bombs and killing 23 terrorists. A joint Iraqi Army and PMFs force attacked Daesh locations in Makhoul Mountains, destroying a house and a combat location and killing several terrorists. Daesh tried another attack on PMF military positions on the Siniya-Haditha road military sector but the Iraqi forces killed 15, some of them suicide bombers, and destroyed 7 vehicle bombs. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces on the Baiji-Haditha road with 32 mortars. Daesh also says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers near Al-Makhazen Bridge west of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in the Asmeda (fertilizers) area in north Baiji with mortars and locally made rockets. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle near Tal Ksaiba, on the road between Tikrit and Tooz, destroying the vehicle and killing or wounding the fighters inside it. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi forces defused 9 IEDs in the Khazraj area in Dhuluiya, in Balad District. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A Sunni CoR member from Diyala says the return of the displaced families has slowed down significantly during the last few weeks and asks the government to investigate the reasons. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Chairman of Muqdadiya District Council says the central and provincial governments ignored 16 messages from people warning about Daesh’s increased presence in the Al-Zor area in north Muqdadiya. He says Daesh is establishing a wilaya in the area and more than 30 local PMF fighters were killed or wounded in Daesh attacks during the last few months. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army regiment headquarters in Al-Kubba village, killed or wounded several soldiers, and captured weapons and communication devices before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a police vehicle in Udhaim, killing two policemen. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle in Saadiya. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur/Qayara

The Mayor of Makhmur District says the security situation is stable in the district after Daesh’s suicide attack. [Mada]

Daesh says the terrorist attack in Makhmur was conducted by 6 six suicide bombers (3 Iraqi Arabs, a Kurd and 2 Syrians). Daesh says “tens” of people were killed in the attack. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. With this attack Daesh again tries its “attack an unexpected location” strategy. The goal is not only to confuse the enemy but also to keep its “always victorious” propaganda theme alive. 

 

A security source says 27 Daesh terrorists, including a woman, were killed by Iraqi forces when the terrorists attacked Kharbadaran village. [Ghad]

 

A video of Iraqi forces, and Daesh terrorists’ dead bodies, after the failed attack in Kharbadaran village [Mousliya]

A security source says Daesh executed 30 of its terrorists after they escaped from the battle in Kharbadaran village. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Want a job? Join Daesh. They take care of you either way. You can die in the battle or you can get executed after the battle.

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army bulldozer with an IED near Kharbadaran. [JustPaste]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says a Daesh leader called Abu Zainab and 5 of his associates were killed by a satellite-guided Excalibur missile. [Buratha]

 

The MoD says Daesh tried to destroy the Ninewa Liberation Radio Station with a Grad rocket, but the rocket fell near the main gate of Ninewa Operations Command without causing any casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh convoy in Awsaja village in Qayara, killing at least 13 Daesh terrorists, including a Moroccan called Abu Hajer, and destroying 4 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide terrorists who attacked the Peshmerga and the police directorate in Makhmur. [AKI]

 

A video of families escaping the battles near Qayara [YouTube]

 

Mosul

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot at a Daesh supply vehicle on the main road between Mosul and Baghdad, killing 2 terrorists inside. The KM also warns anyone who cooperates with Daesh that they will be targets for its fighters. [KM Facebook Page]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force issues a video of the Coalition strike on a Daesh headquarters in the President’s office building at Mosul University on March 19.

The strike was conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, code name of the operation to eliminate Daesh and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. [CJTF]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Sinjar Protection Units (YPG in Sinjar) says Daesh fighters attacked Medibani village in Sinjar District from 3 sides, but the Units stopped them killing 6 terrorists and wounding 3, and destroying a vehicle bomb and capturing 2 Humvees. [PUKMedia]

 

A Peshmerga commander says his artillery shelled Daesh in Rambosi village near Domiz and destroyed 2 vehicles while the vehicles were trying to infiltrate the Peshmerga defense line. He also says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the area, killing 14 terrorists. [Rudaw]

 

The pro-YPG Hawar says that 53 Yazidis (12 women and 41 children) were freed from Daesh and arrived at Mount Sinjar, without giving more details. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Peshmerga locations in different areas in Sinjar District with Katyushas and mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Kani Massi subdistrict manager in Dahuk says Turkish warplanes bombed PKK locations near Orah village without causing any human casualties. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra police said security forces found an explosives factory in Safwan in Zubayr district. The factory manufactures IEDs, explosives vests and remote controls for vehicle bombs. Security forces found weapons and explosives and arrested several suspects. A security source says 4 suspects were arrested in Basra in relation to the factory. [Mada] [Sumaria]

A video of the explosives factory in Basra [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. Yesterday it was only mentioned that a large explosives cache was found in Safwan. This is a disturbing story because it might mean that Daesh might have established a base within the Sunni community in Zubayr.   

 

Muthanna

The MoI spokesman says security forces arrested a Daesh terrorist who participated in the Speicher massacre, at a checkpoint in Muthanna. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Cum Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday that security forces arrested the man responsible for killing the Russian pilot in Syria. The man was arrested in Izmir with 14 other men. The pilot was killed when his plane was shot down near the Syria-Turkey border in November. [IslamMemo]

 

A security source says Alearsalan Celik, a Turkish citizen implicated in killing the Russian pilot, was sent to court, but so far just for a separate charge of violating the firearms law. [Anadolu]   

 

Turkish media sources says Turkish security arrested 13 Daesh suspects in Izmir and 2 in Istanbul. The suspects were allegedly involved in recruiting members for Daesh and sending them to Syria. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The U.S. military said on Friday it has started training dozens of Syrian opposition fighters to battle (Daesh) as part of a revamped program that aims to avoid the mistakes that doomed its first training effort in Turkey last year.

Training for the first group of recruits includes how to identify targets for U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, to allow coalition aircraft to better strike (Daesh) from the air.

“That allows us to bring significantly more fires into play in any of these skirmishes, battles, and firefights that are taking place throughout Syria,” said U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, the Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition. [Reuters]

 

Russia accused Turkey of supplying weapons and equipment to Daesh, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two nations. Moscow accused three Turkish nongovernmental organizations of funneling weapons to Daesh. “The main supplier of weapons and military equipment to Daesh fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through nongovernmental organizations,” wrote Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that was made public Friday. [IBTimes]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Saleh Muslim, the leader of PYD, said in interview with France 24 that if the Syria Democratic Forces (including YPG) liberated Raqqa they will not allow the Syrian Army to get into the city unless there is an “agreed upon political framework”. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. And this is based on whose authority, exactly?

 

A Kurdish official told BasNews that high American military commanders arrived in Kobane in helicopters and met with YPG leaders in Kobane on Wednesday. The official says an agreement has been reached that the Syria Democratic Forces will cross to the west of the Euphrates and liberate Manbij and Jarabulus with air support from the Coalition. The official also says Turkey approved the agreement as long as the SDF don’t go to Azaz. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This report, however, doesn’t explain why the SDF are still trying to capture Azaz, the lifeline of the Syrian armed groups from Turkey.  

 

Local activists say 3 Daesh leaders, including an Iraqi, were killed and 10 wounded in the American airstrike on 2 Daesh vehicles near Al-Noor mosque in Raqqa. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the results of airstrikes conducted by an American drone on Al-Noor mosque in west Raqqa during Friday prayer. Daesh says 3 people were killed and 30 wounded in the airstrike. [JustPaste] [A3maq] [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Earlier Daesh said the drones shot 2 rockets on vehicles near the mosque, wounding worshipers in the mosque. However, neither the photos nor the videos show any human casualties.  

 

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently activists say Daesh raised the entrance fees for trucks to areas it controls to USD 1,000 per truck (from 400-600 previously) to compensate for its revenues losses. [BasNews]

 

Residents of Qamishli says three Turkish artillery shells fell on the city without causing human casualties. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A Syrian Opposition Groups commander says Daesh terrorists tried to advance to Mraighel village near the Turkish border but were stopped by his fighters. He also says Daesh terrorists clashed with Syrian Opposition Groups near Qara Kupri and Dudyan. Several Daesh terrorists were wounded when a Coalition plane bombed them and forced them to flee. [ARA]

 

Opposition armed groups captured Tal Battal and Amadiya from Daesh after a massive attack proceeded by heavy artillery shelling. [Qasioun]

 

The YPG’s Asayish issued a statement warning citizens against a certain brand of rechargeable lights, saying one of the lights exploded in Tal Abyad. It says this (booby-trapped?) brand was smuggled into the city by terrorists. [Asayish]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles continued between the Syrian Army and its allied militias on one side and Daesh on the other side near Qaryatayn in Homs eastern countryside. The Syrian Army shelled the city with Katyushas and heavy artillery, and Daesh returned the shelling, while Russian warplanes bombed Daesh locations. [Qasioun]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army tank west of Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

 

Russian warplanes bombed Sukhnah city near Tadmur as Syrian troops prepare to attack the city. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source says 40 bodies were exhumed so far from a mass grave of Daesh victims in Tadmur, more than half belonging to women and children. Two groups of Russian experts arrived in the city to help with defusing Daesh’s IEDs. [SANA]

 

South

A Syrian opposition leader says Syrian opposition groups will form a “comprehensive operation room” to fight Daesh’s affiliates in western Daraa. Qasioun says the opposition groups were not able to achieve any military advances against Al-Muthanna Movement and Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk, Daesh’s partners in Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Lebanese general security agency says it arrested a Daesh cell of 5 people (4 Lebanese and a Syrian) responsible for recruiting people, especially teenagers, to join Daesh and conduct terrorist activities against the Lebanese Army and security forces. [SANA]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army spokesman says Egyptian Army and police units, supported by Egyptian planes, attacked Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis shelters, gatherings and weapons storehouse in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, as part of the ongoing Haq Al-Shaheed military operations, killing 65 terrorists. [ONA]

 

Security sources say an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle on Khazan Street in Arish, killing three policemen and wounding four policemen and two civilians. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan special forces commander says his troops captured more locations in the cement factory compound, Daesh’s only remaining area in Hawari, southwest Benghazi. [Wasat]

A video of Libyan troops inside the cement factory. [Facebook]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled and rocketed Libyan troops in 2 areas in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Central Coast

A local source says more than 20 Daesh terrorists, from Somalia, Tunisia and Algeria, arrived in Sirte coming from Misrata. [Wasat]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed two brothers in Sirte on Thursday accusing them of fighting Daesh in August. Daesh also sentenced the third to 6 months in prison. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

Khalifa Ghwell, Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Libya Salvation Government says he will oppose the new UN-backed government in Tripoli peacefully and within the law. [AfriGate]

The representatives of the local governments in ten coastal cities in west Libya issued a statement saying they support the new government. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Security forces arrested 58 terrorism suspects in a search operation in Sfax. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes photos of its attack on the Taliban and local police in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of what it says is an American drone that fell (not shot down) in Mamend in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Benghazi

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/lol_gas

https://twitter.com/WilayatNajd

https://twitter.com/9r_7877s

https://twitter.com/mosulnawen7bha

https://twitter.com/al_Ishaaq_

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Infographics of Daesh’s 112 suicide attacks during the month of March in Iraq and Syria [A3maq]

 

 

March 31, 2016

CT Forces

Today’s Major Developments

 

Al-Abadi presents his minister nominees to CoR.

Baghdad to install 20,000 security cameras in vulnerable areas.

Iraqi troops gaining control of Hit as Daesh fighters escape to the west.

Coalition and Iraqi airstrikes pound Shirqat.

Land mine planted during Iran-Iraq War kills a shepherd in Dhi Qar.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi made his nominations for the new cabinet to the Council of Representatives. [Sumaria] He submitted the names in a sealed envelope to the CoR Speaker. The list has 14 names, excluding the ministries of Defense and Interior. [Sumaria] [Mada]

There will be no changes for Defense and Interior due to the sensitive security situation. [SkyNews]

 

Even without the names, there is a huge change, as Abadi has reduced the number of ministries from 22 to 16. He issued a statement saying today’s cabinet proposal is part of his comprehensive reform program. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Maliki’s cabinet had over 40 ministries for a time. Even the recent reduction to 22 had been a major Al-Abadi reform that deserved more attention than it received. Reducing the number to 16 will leave a completely different structure from the recent past. This is readily justified based on good-management principles and international best practices, but the change may be at least as much about fighting corruption.

    The ministries have been at the heart of the corruption. The ministers were beholden to the party that nominated them, not the Prime Minister; any number of party hacks were brought in to ministry jobs, often replacing competent merit employees; controlling a ministry was a financial windfall for the party in control and some of its favored members. Service to the public was not the priority. Increasingly, the public got this point, which is why you see the demonstrations in the streets.

    The excessive number of ministries was thus a big multiplier of the corruption, and it made the government largely unmanageable by the Prime Minister, stuck with ministers and other party functionaries whose loyalties were more to their parties and themselves. The reduction in ministries is therefore a major move against corruption, but is also a big financial blow to the corrupt. This makes it risky for Al-Abadi, however, who does not have a large voting bloc of his own and can be voted out of office at any time by the CoR, which has a large percentage of “me first” members. His constituency is the demonstrators in the streets, who do have influence but don’t have a vote in parliament.

 

Speaker Jubouri says the CoR will discuss the new cabinet in the coming 10 days, and the security positions and independent commissions in the coming month. [Sumaria]

The CoR voted in support of comprehensive reforms today and will meet again on Saturday. [Sumaria]

 

The Secretary General of the KDP politburo says the Kurdish CoR members will withdraw from Baghdad if the new cabinet is passed without their approval. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The loyalty of the Kurdish political elite to Iraq is inspiring.

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr responded by announcing the end of his sit-in in front of the Green Zone. He also ordered his followers to demonstrate every Friday until the reforms are done. [Sumaria]

Sadrists started to withdraw from sit-in locations in front of the Green Zone. [Sumaria]

 

President Masoum, PM Abadi, and other Iraqi officials issued statements mourning the death of Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect.  She was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in recognition of her work. She died following a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Security developments

The Baghdad Provincial Council said that 20,000 security cameras will be installed to monitor the outskirts of Baghdad next month by CS, a French company. Outer areas of Baghdad, such as Husseiniya, Ma’amel, Abu Ghraib, Mahmudiya, and Yusufiyah, among others, will be covered. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a huge security development and reflects a big decision. We hope, however, that they have factored in the extra police personnel time and the management and maintenance costs that will be required indefinitely to keep this huge system working properly.

 

Anti-riot troops closed down the perimeter of the Ministry of Interior, banning entry or exit. Troops were also deployed inside the ministry. There was no obvious reason, but authorities may have been anticipating the possibility of rioting in the Green Zone. [Ghad]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Central Baghdad

A source in police intelligence said that a potential suicide attacker, Arshad Saad Danhash, was arrested in downtown Baghdad before being able to detonate himself. As the story goes, authorities knew he was in the hotel for the night, had the hotel invite him down for breakfast, and then arrested him. The young man (born 1996) is from Al-Qa’im, Anbar and was trained in Syria. [Mada]

 

North Baghdad

An IED in the Al-Falahat area of Tarmiya killed three civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

Baghdad Police arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Al-Qahira neighborhood. [Sumaria]

Armed men shot and wounded a civilian in Husseiniya. [Sumaria]

 

East Baghdad

The body of a 10 year old girl shot to death was found in Sadr City. [Sumaria]

A traffic policeman was killed by a sticky bomb attached to his car, while driving in Al-Nasr neighborhood. [Mada]

Armed men in a late-model car kidnapped 4 civilians near Souq Al-Radhwi in Sadr City. [Ghad]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED placed near a private generator in Arifiya, Jisr Diyala neighborhood, killed the generator owner and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

Two bodies of Sahwa members shot in the head were found in an orchard in Albu Aitha in Dora. [Mada]

The BOC says Iraqi forces found an IED and weapons and explosives hideouts in different areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says security forces destroyed 4 booby-trapped houses in Khtaimiya in south Baghdad.  [BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi army units defused 7 booby-trapped houses and destroyed 4 IEDs in Manari in Arab Jabour. Iraqi forces also defused a second IED in Arab Jabour, and a third one in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

A roadside IED placed in Yusufiyah wounded two civilians. [Ghad]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Al-Furat neighborhood killed two civilians and wounded six others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

A Daesh guesthouse was found in Abu Ghraib, guided by the confessions of a Daesh arrestee. Two explosives belts were found there. [Mada]

An IED targeting a PMF patrol in Abu Ghraib killed one and wounded three others, including the driver, and damaged their pickup truck. [Mada]

Daesh publishes a photo of shelling Abu Ghraib prison with a Katyusha rocket. [JustPaste]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   16    (Not an overall total)

 

Combined Joint Task Force said that 25 airstrikes were executed in Iraq near 8 cities. 2 airstrikes were executed in Syria in Mare’ and Al-Hawl destroying two tactical units, a vehicle, and three fighting positions. [AIN] Full details here [CJTF]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A JOC source says IAF planes destroyed 11 Daesh locations in Albu Daaij, Halabsa and Albu Ali Al-Jassem.  [Harbi]

 

Abbas Mohammed Al-Kano’r, a major Daesh security commander in Albu Shijil and Albu Shihab, areas and four of his assistants, were killed by an attack of Army Aviation helicopters, according to Ali Dawood, Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council. [Maalomah]

 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 35th armored brigade troops killed 11 Daesh terrorists who were trying to plant IEDs in Hitawiyeen.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

4 terrorists were killed and two wounded, and 2 IEDs defused, by the 14th army division in the Albu Shijil/Qarma/Taqsim military sector, the BOC said.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The BOC says Iraqi Army 60th Brigade troops found an explosives and IEDs cache in Qatoum in Zoba’a. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah said that it rocketed the location of the “Wali Al-Falluja” in the city of Falluja, the PMF war media said. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

Artillery shelling by the 10th army division on Albu Bali north of Khaldiya resulted in killing 25 terrorists and wounding 7, according to General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, Commander of Anbar Operations (AOC). [Sumaria]

 

Al-Mahalawi also said 250 families have returned to Ramadi, after their residential areas were cleared of IEDs and war remains. [AIN]

 

However, a Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says Iraqi forces secured more than 400 other civilians from other areas in Ramadi District. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces defused 50 IEDs and destroyed 25 in Humaira southeast of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The operation to liberate the city of Hit has started, said Major General Sami Al-Aridhi, commander of special operations for the Counter-Terrorism Service. The operation is backed by heavy air cover from Coalition warplanes. [Sumaria] Al-Aridhi also said that advancing troops are only 1 Km away from the center of Hit, and a later statement by Malallah Al-Ubeidi, the chairman of Baghdadi tribal mobilization, said that the troops are already in the center after liberating the gas factory and the industrial quarter. [Sumaria]

 

Counter Terrorism sources said that engineering units started to clear the roads leading to Hit and the streets leading to the center of the city of mines and IEDs. [Etejah]

 

The AOC said that Iraqi army forces liberated the Hit public hospital and its police station, killing 22 Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

 

Mohammed Al-Mohammadi, the chairman of Hit District Council, said that over 100 Daesh terrorists were killed in military operations and air attacks in Hit. He added that violent battles are still going on as army units are advancing. [Maalomah]

 

AOC said that army units are already within the administrative borders of the center of Hit, after the collapse of Daesh defenses whose fighters escaped westwards. [Mada]

Daesh terrorists were reported as escaping towards Al-Bakr neighborhood across the Euphrates. [Sumaria] Na’eem Al-Qa’ood, the sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe, said that Daesh fighters are escaping Hit towards Ana, Rawa, Qa’im, and Rutba, still under Daesh control. [Sumaria]

 

Advancing army units liberated the Hit train station south of Hit and the Al-Mashtal neighborhood north of the city. Hit District Council said that the army is advancing through several sectors of the district, including Kubaisa and Baghdadi, backed by tribal fighters and Coalition planes. [Mada]

 

Army units are closing down on Hit power station, spokesman of 14th rapid intervention battalion, Lt. Sa’ud Al-Ubeidi said. He added that the operation killed tens of Daesh terrorists including several foreign leaders so far. [Maalomah]

 

Meanwhile, the IWMC called on local residents of Hit to keep away from Daesh positions and gatherings, as they are all targets of the government operation. [Sumaria]

 

Governor of Anbar, Suhaib Al-Rawi, announced that safe routes are ready to evacuate the families of Hit to safe areas. He promised immediate return of these families as soon as IEDs and war remains are removed. [Maalomah]

 

A JOC source says IAF planes bombed several Daesh locations in Hit District, killing 51 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

An Iraqi CH4 drone attacked a Daesh hideout in Hit District, killing 15 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed a vehicle bomb and killed the terrorist driving it in Hit, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Social media sites close to Daesh announced the killing of one of its leaders called “Abu Selema”, in Hit. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. His real name is Islam Yeken, and he was a bodybuilding enthusiast from Egypt. 

 

Iraqi Air Force destroyed a Daesh weapons storage facility north of Hit, killing 9 terrorists, the IWMC said. It added that a tunnel at Hit train station was also destroyed. [AIN]

 

Rajih Al-Essawi, member of the security committee of Anbar PC said that Army units recovered most of Hit, and that the multitude of IEDs in public buildings and civilian houses is obstructing the announcement of final liberation. He said that Daesh defenses inside the city have collapsed. [Maalomah]

 

Suhaib Al-Rawi, the Governor of Anbar, announced reopening of Kubaisa police station and return of its officers and policemen to service. He added that patrols in the city to maintain law and order have already started. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Hit, destroying a tank and 3 vehicles. Daesh concedes that Iraqi forces captured Kubaisa on Friday. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We monitor what Daesh’s media arm says every day. It is highly unusual for Daesh to admit defeat anywhere. They usually cover up such events, and issue misleading videos and happy photos to maintain the fictions that Daesh is always victorious and all is well in the caliphate. Having conceded defeat in Kubaisa, however, it simultaneously lied about Hit.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC announced that Iraqi F-16s killed over 60 terrorists in air attacks on Shirqat and Hit. [Sumaria]

 

Two Daesh command centers were destroyed by Coalition airstrikes near the Shirqat water project, a source in Salahuddin Operations Command said. [Ghad]

 

Army helicopters are now flying heavily over and around Shirqat, a security source said. Two Daesh vehicles were destroyed by IAA helicopters near Shirqat. All terrorists inside were killed. [Maalomah]

 

A Daesh weapons cache was destroyed by an Iraqi airstrike in Al-Salman village north of Shirqat, the JOC said today. [Harbi]

 

Daesh issues a video of the civilian casualties of an Iraqi airstrike on Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Baiji

Daesh kidnapped 19 persons originating from Al-Alam and Hawija on charges of escaping the “land of the caliphate.” The arrest was made in Himrin Hills, according to a security source in Salahuddin. The prisoners were taken to Riyadh subdistrict in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Siniya-Baiji Road military sector, killing 6 terrorists and destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun. Iraqi forces killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

Security forces arrested a Daesh terrorist who participated in the Speicher massacre, at a checkpoint south of Tikrit. Security forces arrested another man wanted on terrorism charges as he tried to sneak back with the returnees to Al-Alam. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Jazeera Tikrit near Thirthar Lake. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a PMF Humvee in Ajeel oilfield, destroying it and killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Iraqi forces defused 30 IEDs and found 3 rocket launchers in the Strategic Line area.

[MoD Website]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam found a Daesh electronics storehouse in the Albu Jado’un area in Jazeera Samarra. The storehouse used to manufacture IEDs (photos). [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An IED placed near a house in Muqdadiya was defused by security forces. [Harbi]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army vehicle in Udhaim, killing four soldiers and wounding one. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

Two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Balad Ruz, according to a security source. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says security forces captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges and defused a land mine in Mandali. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Daesh ordered ex-army and security members who joined Daesh to renew their allegiance to the organization, under penalty of death. [Mada]

 

An airstrike by the Coalition warplanes on the technical institute in Hawija destroyed an RPG storehouse inside the campus of the institute. The attack destroyed 60 rockets and killed 8 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed the agriculture directorate in Riyadh in Hawija District, used by Daesh as a weapons storehouse, killing 5 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Taza

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a PMFs unit, said 5 Daesh terrorists responsible for shelling Taza with chemical weapons were killed in an airstrike in Bashir. The airstrike also destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying chemical rockets. [Buratha] The PMF organization announced that members of the group that fired chemical weapons on Taza were killed, without elaborating more. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army Aviation helicopters attacked Daesh targets in Bashir village today. Artillery, vehicles, and terrorist gatherings were targeted, according to a security source in Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Khalid Al-Obeidi, the Minister of Defense, met members of the Ninewa PC, telling them that the Ninewa liberation has started, and asking them to cooperate with army, PMF, police, and peshmerga units participating in the operation. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC summarized Ninewa Operations Command activities, saying that 15th division artillery destroyed a mortar position and killed 4 terrorists in Haj Ali village in Qayara and destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Khaldiya village.  It added that Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Duwaizat Al-Foqani village, and killed 6 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. In one of the photos Daesh members found cigarette boxes hidden in fuel barrels. The brand of the cigarettes is Akhtamar, an Armenian-Swedish brand.

 

Mosul            

An airstrike by Coalition planes on Daesh targets in Hammam Al-Alil destroyed tens of Daesh vehicles and killed 49 terrorists, including Nassir Hammadi Haza’ and Younis Hammadi Haza’, both Daesh leaders, Joint Operations Command said. [Harbi]

 

Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi confirmed that PMFs will participate alongside the army in liberating Mosul, adding that there is no need for any foreign intervention. [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh issued orders to the internet providers in Mosul to stop the service completely. [BasNews]

 

A source in Ninewa Police said that Daesh is distributing explosives belts to its members going to battlefronts, to detonate on themselves in case of inability to hold ground in battles. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Sounds like a real confidence booster.

 

IAF F-16s attacked Ghizlani camp near Mosul, destroying a weapons cache and killing 20 terrorists, the IWMC said. [AIN]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling peshmerga locations near the Mosul Dam with 120mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of an American airstrike on the flour factory on the west side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Hamdaniya, killing or wounding 23 terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two peshmerga fighters in Bashiqa and Fadhiliya. [JustPaste]

 

Makhmur/ Qayara

A PUK official says three people were killed and others wounded in a Daesh suicide attack in front of the mayoralty building in Makhmur (video). [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

The Mayor of Makhmur District says a suicide terrorist detonated his car bomb near Makhmur police directorate, killing 4 policemen and wounding one. The car hit civilian cars near the directorate and didn’t reach the building. [BasNews]

The peshmerga commander of Makhmur says his troops destroyed 3 Daesh car bombs while the terrorists were trying to attack a peshmerga convoy in Bonkina village southwest of Makhmur city. He says the 4th car sneaked into Makhmur from a different area and attacked the police directorate. [BasNews]

However, another peshmerga commander says 2 car bombs exploded on peshmerga troops in Baqert subdistrict (southwest of Makhmur city) causing casualties. [Rudaw]

Daesh says 5 of its suicide terrorists attacked peshmerga troops in Makhmur with 5 car bombs. [A3maq]

Daesh says the first 4 operations targeted a peshmerga convoy on the road to Makhmur and the 5th hit the police directorate. [A3maq]

 

Ninewa Operations Command said 15th army artillery killed 32 Daesh terrorists including 6 suicide attackers in the villages surrounding Makhmur. The terrorists were planning to attack army units.  [BasNews]

 

Army units resumed the Nassr village liberation operation, after two days of stoppage due to bad weather conditions, according to Mohammed Ibrahim, member of the Ninewa PC’s Security Committee. [AIN] Half of the village is already liberated, but the large number of civilians is obstructing the liberation of the other half, he said. [Harbi]

The MoD said that Ninewa liberation forces destroyed a tunnel network used by Daesh in Al-Nassr village and destroyed a large weapons and ammunition cache. [AIN]

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, in Nassr village. [Harbi]

 

Coalition airstrikes were concentrated near Qayara and Sultan Abdullah, as well as Mosul, destroying nine tactical units, several fighting positions, and a communication establishment. [AIN]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists infiltrated Iraqi Army positions near Tal Al-Reem village and burned out 2 vehicles and captured the positions. Daesh says the clashes are still going on. [JustPaste]

 

The IWMC said that an attack by an IAA helicopter on Khaldiya village south of Mosul destroyed a vehicle bomb and killed Daesh terrorists inside. [Maalomah]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Turkish warplanes attacked areas in Kara Mountain and Jemanki subdistrict in northern Dahuk, targeting PKK positions, eyewitnesses in the area said. The half-hour bombardment resulted in heavy explosions and smoke clouds. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A large weapons cache was found in an orchard in Safwan, west of Basra. The cache contained silenced guns and explosives belts, a security source in Basra said. [Mawazin]

 

Dhi Qar

A landmine left over from the Iran-Iraq War killed a shepherd in the Abu Ghar area, southwest of Nasariya, Dhi Qar Police said. [Mada]

 

The Kuwait Al-Ra’y newspaper says a Kuwaiti businessman was kidnapped in Nasariya and the kidnappers contacted his wife demanding a million dollars. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The pro-YPG Hawar agency reports that documents were recovered in the recently captured Syrian city of Shaddadi which they say proves that Daesh was selling Syrian natural gas to Turkey. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

An unmanned aircraft believed to belong to the Coalition killed a prominent Daesh leader, “Abu Al-Hayja Al-Tunisi,” in an airstrike on his vehicle in the Aleppo countryside. The Tunisian national had reportedly been sent by Daesh’s “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi to oversee combat operations in the Aleppo countryside.  [Arabi21]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) seized control of the Ruwayshid Oil Station on the Deir Ez-Zor-Raqqa road Thursday morning west of Markada in the Hasaka countryside after Daesh fighters fled the vicinity, according to local sources. The SDF have reportedly advanced past the village of Al-Maliha toward the Maidan area, west of Shaddadi, with the goal of cutting off the road between Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa as part of the operation to besiege Daesh in Raqqa. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG locations east of the Tishrin Dam with 82mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Five IEDs exploded in three different neighborhoods of the city of Homs on Thursday evening, Qasioun reports. The first was reportedly planted inside the vehicle of a Syrian Army officer, and the remaining IEDs exploded inside shops and cafes. The targeted areas support the Assad regime. Casualty reports were not available at this time. [Qasioun]

 

Fighting has continued between Daesh and Syrian Army troops and allied militias around Qaryatayn as the as the latter alliance battles to dislodge Daesh from the city east of Homs. Twelve Syrian troops and allied militiamen were killed according to Daesh’s announcements. Russian warplanes struck multiple Daesh sites in the area in “tens” of raids while Syrian artillery and rocket fire struck residential areas of the city and Daesh shelled Syrian positions around the outskirts of the town. The shelling and airstrikes extended from the outskirts of Tadmur (Palmyra) to outside Qaryatayn. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army barrier on the road between Ithariya and Salmiya, killing one soldier and capturing a vehicle, weapons, and ammunitions (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army tank west of Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists shelling Syrian troops in Haweiqa neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor with gas cannon. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its snipers in the Sinaa area in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

South

Heavy fighting erupted between Daesh on the one side and Nusra Front and Free Syrian Army fighters in the Qalamoun Mountains area near the Syrian-Lebanese border in Rif Dimashq Governorate. 20 Daesh fighters were killed, as well as 11 Nusra fighters and four FSA fighters. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian militia source said that the “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade,” believed to be pledged to Daesh, has continued its operations in the city of Sahem Al-Golan in the west Daraa countryside in order to gain control over the besieged city of Hayt, considered one of the most important strongholds of the opposition factions and their Islamist allies in the area. The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade reportedly seeks a “settling of accounts” with the Nusra Front. The source also denied reports that have circulated on social media which claim that Jordanian special forces troops are participating in the battles in Daraa against pro-Daesh factions. A media activist in the area also denied the reports of Jordanian involvement, saying there was no evidence for these reports. [Arabi21]

 

Opposition factions in Daraa have claimed that their fighters killed “Abu Obeida Al-Shaykh Saad,” one of the most prominent commanders in the pro-Daesh “Muthanna Movement,” in west Daraa. The factions claimed that Abu Obeida was killed in battles north of Tasil. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists detonated himself inside the headquarters of Alwiyat Al-Omari (a Syrian opposition armed group) headquartered in Jabib village in Al-Lajat, killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says the terrorists attacked he headquarters with an explosives-rigged motorcycle. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia/Gulf States

According to Uday Al-Khadran, a commander of Iraq’s PMF organization, Daesh is about to publish a documentary announcing the creation of “fighting wings” in the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia. He added that 50% of Daesh fighters are from these countries, and they have a considerable number of sleeper cells therein. He expects security surprises in these countries very shortly. [Sumaria]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses report military aircraft have been reported flying over Arish and Sheikh Zuweid Thursday evening, shortly after the sound of explosions was heard in Arish and ambulances were reported moving toward the apparent sites of the blasts. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian counter-terrorism units conducted raiding operations in Rafah on Thursday, sparking battles in which 36 militants were killed, 50 wounded, and nine captured from two cells in the Al-Khayala and Sayala Al-Buwati areas. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian troops conducted clearing operations along a 15 km (9 mile) stretch of the Arish-Sheikh Zuweid road on Thursday, finding four “explosives barrels” and an automatic rifle and ammunition at the site of an airstrike some days earlier, a security source said. The source also reported that Egyptian troops destroyed ten homes in which militants had been hiding, and seized two motorcycles.  [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian security units reportedly tracked the movement of a suspected Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis commander in central Sinai’s “Tajamue Khazira” area and surrounded the suspect in a desert area. The man reportedly attempted to attack the Egyptian troops with a hand grenade, which exploded without causing injuries but caused Egyptian troops to kill the man. The slain man was reportedly identified as “Ali Abdullah Jumae,” a brother-in-law of the Ansar commander in central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

A report today regarding the killing of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis commander in the Wadi Lisan area of central Sinai, which we reported yesterday, identifies the slain man as “Muhammad Nasir Mudghan,” citing a security source who says the man was “one of the most dangerous” commanders of the Ansar group. The report we cited yesterday identified the man as “Muhammad Nasir Mudean.” [ElWatan]

Daesh Daily comment: The difference between the two names turns only on the addition of one dot above one letter in the Arabic script in the new report. Only one spelling can be correct, but from the reporting we are not able to determine which one is correct.

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its terrorist training camp in Sinai and some of its operations. [Isdarat]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Omar Al-Mukhtar Operations Room has confirmed that Libyan aircraft conducted an operation Counter Terrorism forces said that engineering units started to clear the roads leading to Hit and the streets leading to the center of the city of mines and IEDs. [Etejah]

over Derna and surrounding areas on Wednesday, targeting a Daesh gathering in Derna’s easternmost “400” neighborhood, killing 20 people, as well as airstrikes on suspected Daesh  vehicles in the Al-Fata’ih heights overlooking the city. Ground troops also advanced on Daesh positions and captured a Daesh fighter, the Operations Room spokesperson said. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot at a Libyan armed group vehicle in the east coast area Derna killing or wounding the driver. Daesh also says its terrorists wounded another armed group member in Bab Tobruk in Derna. [JustPaste]

 

The Mujahedin Derna Shura Council reportedly captured a Daesh member with the head of an ancient sculpture in his possession, which he was reportedly planning to sell to an unknown party (photos). [@Libyaalaan]

 

Central Coast

A Daesh video released in Libya has asserted that Daesh will begin applying a controversial principle from Islamic law, known as Hukm Al-Qasama. By this principle a conviction for a murder can be ruled on the basis of 50 people vouching for the victim who swear on the Qur’an that the accused is indeed the killer, even in the absence of other evidence. The principle has been rarely applied in Islamic legal history owing to the possibility of obtaining convictions without evidence (video). [Arabi21]

 

Daesh has conducted a wide-ranging arrest campaign in Sirte after one of its members, originally from Lebanon, was reportedly killed on Tuesday according to media reports in Libya citing a knowledgeable source. [Libya24]

 

In Sirte, Daesh members raided a house on Wednesday and detained three sons of the Al-Firjani family given the absence of the father at the time, according to reports in Libyan media citing a knowledgeable source. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

The Government of National Accord started its work yesterday in Tripoli. The Oil Facilities Protection Guard has announced its support of the new government and will work under its authority. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian police announced the capture of a cell of female Daesh members in Sidi Bouzid on Thursday. The four reported members of the cell range from 22 to 25 years of age and are accused of attempting to spread extremist ideas. [Ewan]

 

Other countries

Nigeria

Boko Haram issues a video statement denying they were defeated and threatening more attacks. [Isdarat]

DaeshDaily comment. The speaker in the video is less flamboyant and entertaining than Shikwa, but the same level of IQ. He said that Shikwa is still their leader and they are members of Daesh. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Na’eem Al-Qa’ood, the sheikh of Albu Nimr tribe, page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/alwafaa02857788

https://twitter.com/faah50041

https://twitter.com/AbuAli_Ba_10

https://twitter.com/abuhamzza07

https://twitter.com/hostelp

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic and Russian [JustPaste]

 

 

 

March 30, 2016

Iraqi F16

Today’s Major Developments

 

 Al-Abadi will present cabinet nominations Thursday.

A rumor hits Baghdad that Russia has captured Baghdadi (not confirmed).

Government ground attack on Hit is still pending, but IAF airstrikes take a toll.

More IFP troops, Ninewa Police join Iraqi forces in Ninewa.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi issued a statement saying he will present the new cabinet to the CoR on Thursday. [Mada] This set off a final round of political posturing prior to the event.

 

The Kurdish CoR bloc, after a meeting with President Masoum, issued a statement saying they support any real and substantial reform aiming at fighting corruption and reaching social justice but they refuse any violation of their rights and any monopoly in decision making in the name of the reforms. They stressed using the constitution for real partnership. [Mada]

The KRG spokesman says the cabinet changes are “not important anymore” to President Barzani and the partnership principal in the Iraqi government has no meaning. [BasNews]

 

The CoR’s National Powers Alliance (Sunnis) issued a statement stating their conditions for supporting the reforms. The conditions include liberating the areas under Daesh control; having people from these areas participate in the liberation and adding them to the security forces; returning the displaced people and meeting their basic needs; releasing the “innocent” prisoners; ending the marginalization; eliminating corruption; and building better security and judicial establishments. The Alliance said it supports the comprehensive reforms and threatens that it would take another position if their demands were not met. [Sumaria]

 

The State of Law coalition issued a supportive statement after a meeting of its political bureau, demanding a comprehensive cabinet reform according to “constitutional processes”. [Mada]

 

However, Speaker Jubouri issued a statement saying that the people who delay the reforms are responsible for the security gaps that affects the war on Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement denying a report from a Saudi newspaper that Abadi has lost Sistani’s support. Abadi says there are some people who are trying to mix the cards in order to destroy the political process. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

Our Baghdad correspondent has passed on a late rumor that Russian special forces captured Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader, after a complicated operation. This will be Putin’s surprise for the West, the rumor said. The rumor cites Israeli media, ironically enough, but as with virtually all Iraqi rumors there is no confirmation.

 

General Joseph Dunford, head of the US Joint Chief of Staff, said that intelligence enabled the US to direct more precise and effective strikes against Daesh targets and its funding sources during the past year and a half. He added that the US is researching even more effective means to cause as much damage as possible to Daesh. [Mada]

 

Coalition command said that in February Coalition warplanes initiated 1,095 attacks in Ninewa, Erbil, Salahuddin and Anbar, destroying many Daesh targets. [Ghad]

 

Karkh District police in central Baghdad arrested one of the men wanted on charges of participating in the Speicher massacre near Tikrit in mid-2014. He was arrested in the Yarmouk neighborhood in western Baghdad, after escaping Salahuddin and hiding out in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

4 men wanted on terror charges were arrested—in Abu Ghraib, Tarmiya, and Karrada, the MoI said. [Mada]

 

17th army division operating in southern Baghdad destroyed 4 booby-trapped houses in Khtaimiya and found 2 IEDs and three mortar shells and detonation rods in Shbaisha, an MoD statement said. It added that the division found a weapon and explosives cache containing mortar and artillery shells in Bazayez Al-Yusufiyah, and destroyed an IED in Arab Jabour. [Harbi]

 

Security-related incidents reported:

North Baghdad

An IED killed two civilians and wounded seven others in Souq Shallal, in Shaab city. [Mada]

The body of a man shot to death was found in Tarmiya. [Mada]

An IFP soldier was killed and two wounded when armed men attacked the IFP checkpoint in Khadimiya. [Sumaria ]

Security forces defused an IED in Rashidiya. [KM Facebook Page]

 

East Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a minibus killed one civilian and wounded six others aboard in Mashtal.  [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED killed one civilian and wounded six others in Ja’ara, in Mada’in District. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car killed one and wounded two employees of the Ministry of Oil in Dora. [Mada]

Daesh says it attacked a PMF vehicle with mid-size weapons in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it attacked a PMF fighter with an IED in Hor Rijab in far south Baghdad, cutting off his leg. [JustPaste]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   8      (Not an overall total)

 

The IWMC announced 14 Coalition attacks in Shirqat, Mosul, Hit, Baghdadi, and Albu Shihab, killing 46 terrorists and destroying two tunnels, two vehicles, three rocket positions, 6 gathering points, a mortar, and a boat. The IWMC also said that the Coalition attacked a Daesh checkpoint in Tel Ali and an explosives workshop in Abbasi (Hawija District). [AIN]

 

The Coalition’s own statement announced 20 attacks in Iraq in Baghdadi, Hit, and Habbaniya; Sinjar, Kasik, Mosul, Qayara, Sultan Abdullah, and Makhmur; and in Kirkuk, destroying tactical units, vehicles, Daesh gatherings, mortar locations, heavy weapons, fighting positions, and ammunition storehouses. [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Ghassan Al-Ethawi, spokesman of Anbar Tribal Council, says that any delay in Anbar operations is tactical. He says that these military operations are continuous and will be until full liberation of the province. [Mawazin]

 

The Anbar PC’s Security Committee called on the Prime Minister to increase the number of armed forces in the province. It says that despite the large number already there, Anbar needs more troops in order to hold the ground recaptured. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

The Security Committee says Al-Abadi has not yet issued yet his formal approval to form a Falluja Operations Command, but has issued an approval in principle. The Committee says such a command is necessary to liberate the city and district. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh executed 35 persons who tried to escape Falluja through Nuaimiya or Saqlawiya. Daesh issued a strict warning to the population against any attempt to escape the city. This was reported by Col. Mahmoud Murdhi Al-Jumaili, commander of the 1st battalion of the Tribal Mobilization. [Mada]

 

Rapid Intervention units killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded 8, destroyed a vehicle bomb workshop and a vehicle, and defused 30 IEDs in Hayakel and Sina’a south of Falluja.

[KM Facebook Page]

Kata’eb Hezbollah says its fighters killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded 3 others who were trying to sneak into the Hayakel area. [Etejah]

 

Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Hitawiyeen and Atar.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Col. Al-Jumaili also denied rumors that Qarma Tribal Mobilization forces are abandoning their positions, saying that such rumors are aimed to degrade their morale. He said the force of 3,000 fighters is holding its positions very well and is ready to liberate Daesh controlled areas when orders are issued. [Maalomah]

 

An operation in Subaihat, Qarma, resulted in the killing of Daesh weapons storage official Wisam Ibrahim, and three of his assistants, according to Col. Khamis Al-Halbousi, commander of Qarma Tribal Mobilization units. 4 machine gum mounted vehicles, a Katyusha firing platform, and a large weapons storage facility were destroyed. [Mada]

 

Iraqi Army’s 14th division troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists and wounded 4, destroyed a vehicle and a rocket launcher, and defused 5 IEDs in the Qarma military sector. [KM Facebook Page]

 

The MoD said in its statement of operations that 59th army brigade found weapons caches in Zoba’a and Dhabitya. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot down a drone north of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Khaldiya subdistrict council says 1,500 families returned to their houses east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, Commander of Anbar Operations (AOC), said that engineering units defused 65 IEDs in the 60th street in the center of Ramadi, and 35 more in the city of Albu Aitha north of Ramadi city. [Sumaria]

 

The Commander says IFP aircraft destroyed 7 Daesh locations in the Albu Ali Al-Jassem area. [Sumaria]

 

A raid based on intelligence received by Counter Terrorism Service resulted in the arrest of 23 Daesh terrorists hiding among civilians in the liberated area of Albu Tiban, northwest of Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

IWMC said that Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) helicopters destroyed two Daesh positions, killing 8 terrorists and two mortar units north of Ramadi. [AIN]

 

An Iraqi CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

A security source in Anbar said that the delayed Hit operation “might” resume tomorrow, as all preparations are completed. [AIN]

 

Iraqi F-16s initiated several attacks on Hit and killed over 50-60 terrorists in total. 9 terrorists were killed in a weapons storehouse in Ain Kibrit, and the IAF destroyed a tunnel near Hit train station, killing all terrorists inside. Another tunnel was destroyed in Al-Hay Al-Askari where 17 Daesh terrorists were killed, while 10 were killed in a gathering near the concrete factory, and 15 more in a training camp in Al-Matabikh, IWMC said. [Maalomah]

 

IAA helicopters destroyed a Daesh fuel station in the heart of Hit, according to Joint Operations Command. [Mada]

 

IWMC said that the 7th army command found a large weapon and ammunition cache in a house in Kubaisa during search operations. Rocket launching platforms and a Jahannam cannon, in addition to a large quantity of ammunition, were also found in the cache. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC said that Iraqi F-16s killed 20 terrorists and destroyed weapons in an attack on Shirqat. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

Badir Al-Fahal, a Salahuddin Representative in the CoR, said that a PMF militia intercepted a government convoy that included also political and security commands, and banned it from entering the Baiji refinery despite having all permits required to enter the refinery.  The PMF unit threatened to kill all members of the convoy if they did not turn back. [Mada]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Hamra village south of Baiji, killing or wounding 32 terrorists and destroyed 7 vehicles. One of the injured was a Daesh local leader called Ibrahim Huwaidi Al-Jubouri who was transported by Daesh to a hospital in south Mosul. [Harbi]

 

Jund Al-Imam PMF units announced the start of a major operation in Siniya-Haditha Road military sector to clear the Daesh supply lines in these areas. Salahuddin Ops Command, CTS units, engineering units, and Iraqi Air Force are participating in this operation. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD said in a statement that its forces backed by IAA destroyed a trench where 10 Daesh terrorists were hiding along with a 23mm gun, and 15 other Daesh members outside, northwest of Siniya. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Coalition warplanes attacked a Daesh position in Al-Hamra village north of Tikrit, killing and wounding 31 terrorists including Ibrahim Huwaidi Al-Jebouri, a Daesh leader who was taken to a hospital south of Mosul, and destroyed seven Daesh vehicles. [Mada]

 

Samarra

Lt. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, commander of the IFP, said that IFP armored units repelled a Dash attack in north Thirthar that used three vehicle bombs, destroying them all before they reached their targets. [Mada]

 

A policeman, Luqman Fadhil Abbas Al-Abbasi, and nine members of his family were killed at their house in Al-Bad’iya area in Samarra. Police source are not sure if the crime was of terrorist or criminal nature. [AIN]

 

Southern Salahuddin

An army unit arrested four Daesh terrorists who were trying to cross the Bzaibiz Bridge among a group of IDPs heading to Dujail in southern Salahuddin. The 74th brigade arrested the four and allowed the remaining families to head to their destinations. The families were escorted by a security unit of CoR member Mishaan Al-Jubouri, a Sunni MP from Salahuddin, before they were stopped by security forces according to the MoD. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Mishaan Al-Jubouri denied the report and said he sent buses at his own expense to transport displaced people from Bzaibiz to Salahuddin, escorted by his own bodyguards. He said the 4 terrorists were transported in a car belonging to Baghdad Operations Command. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Mishaan is one of the most “versatile” politicians in Iraq. He was a Saddam loyalist, then in the Saddam opposition, then a Coalition supporter, then an AQI supporter, then a Saddam loyalist again, then a Maliki loyalist and now he is a PMF commander! He used to have a TV channel that taught people how to booby-trap cars, before he said publicly that the AQI was killing a lot of Sunni Iraqis. He got amnesty from Maliki and returned to Baghdad to join the political process. 

 

Tooz

A Turkmen CoR member says the arrival of a Peshmerga force in Tooz today violated the agreement signed in Tooz and will complicate the situation in the city. [Mada]

The Mayor of Tooz District responded by saying the force arrived in agreement with all parties, is a “neutral” and non-hostile force, and will work on solving the security violations in the city. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A suicide attacker was arrested by Diyala police and local residents before detonating himself in  a commercial area west of Baquba. The man looked afraid and reluctant, before being caught and having his explosive belt defused, a Diyala police source said. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

IAF planes destroyed the bridge in Hawija used by Daesh to transfer personnel and supplies across the Zab River between Ninewa and Hawija, a security source said. The bridge was partly destroyed before, and Daesh was trying to repair it, before it was hit again. [Sumaria]

 

Kurdish counter terrorism units arrested a major Daesh leader between Kirkuk and Hawija named Malik Rifaat Khalaf Jadu’, a leader in Dibis, who masterminded several terrorist operations, Kurdistan Security Council said. [Rudaw]

 

Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a PMF commander, said that Daesh transferred its command centers to the health facilities in Hawija and is using ambulance cars for transport of its fighters so as to camouflage its units against Coalition air attacks. Daesh hisbah police now occupy a large part of Hawija public hospital. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi arrived in Makhmur to inspect the army units there and to get updated on the course of war operations, press sources said. [Sumaria] The Minister confirmed sending additional units to reinforce the army units already in Makhmur. He added that the coming steps will be surprising to Daesh. [Sumaria]

The Minister says more Ninewa Police and IFP troops will arrive in Makhmur to participate in the Ninewa operation. He also says the Peshmerga are participating and their role is a support role. He says the “foreign troops” are in Makhmur for consultation. (He didn’t mention the Marines.) He says there is no delay in the operations and they are going according to the planned schedule. [Sumaria]

 

A source in Ninewa Police said Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh explosives and IEDs workshop in Qayara, killing 16 Daesh terrorists inside. [BasNews]

 

Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official in Ninewa, said Iraqi army and US artillery shelled Daesh positions in Makhmur and Qayara, killing 13 terrorists and inflicting heavy material damage on buildings and positions used by Daesh. [PUKmedia]

 

Sourachi also said that Coalition warplanes attacked Daesh targets in Khaldiya village west of Makhmur, used by Daesh to fire mortar shells, destroying six mortars and killing 6 Daesh terrorists. [PUKmedia]

 

An army force repelled a Daesh vehicle bomb attack on Al-Nassr village, destroying the vehicle and killing several attackers and forcing the rest to withdraw, a security source in Ninewa said. [Sumaria]

 

15th army artillery killed Salman Abd Ali, a local commander of Daesh in Tal Al-Sha’ir village, along with 8 others, a security source said. [AIN]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command (NOC) source says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Zawiya village in Qayara, killing Daesh’s military leader of Qayara and 5 of his associates. [Mada]

 

An NOC source says Iraqi forces captured 3 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a house in a village between Makhmur and Qayara. The terrorists didn’t resist and were moved to a security center for investigation. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Kharbadaran village [Mousliya]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Tal Al-Reem village west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Mosul            

Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh training camp in Ghazlani in Mosul, IWMC said. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh killed 15 civilians by electrocution in Bab Al-Tob in Mosul, after accusing them of communicating with the Iraqi government. [Sumaria]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh security official in Al-Risala intersection. [KM Facebook Page] It also says its fighters attacked a Daesh official’s house in Hay Al-Bakr in Mosul with a hand grenade. [KM Facebook Page]

Daesh issues a video about normal life in Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s totally predictable. When things are going bad for Daesh, it will issue videos and photos to assure its supporters that everything is fine.

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Peshmerga units on Mount Bashiqa. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of a battle in Bab Shalow west of Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Babel Police said that 4 men were arrested on terror charges, out of 49 arrested altogether. [Mada]

 

Basra

Armed men attacked the car of Abu Hayder Al-Mansouri, Hezbollah official in Zubayr, wounding him and killing one of his escorts, a security source in Basra said.  [Sumaria]

 

Qadisiya

Two men were arrested on terror charges in Al-Bedair subdistrict in Diwaniya by intelligence units, a police spokesman said. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish artillery units targeted Daesh positions across the Syrian border near Azaz with “tens of shells” at dawn on Wednesday, causing casualties among the Daesh fighters, according to an opposition militia commander. [ARA]

 

Turkish Army troops also fired across the border targeting areas southwest of Kobane injuring four civilians, Hawar reports. [Hawar]

 

Photos and video purportedly show a border fence being constructed by Turkey on the border near Qamishli. [Hawar]

 

The pro-YPG Hawar agency writes that a new report in the newspaper Ronahi says documents discovered in areas liberated from Daesh near Shaddadi demonstrate Turkish training and logistical support for Daesh militants. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh has issued a decree that all residents of Raqqa of all ages are required to attend Daesh’s courses in Sharia law and Islamic religion. Some of Daesh’s courses last three weeks, while others last three months, meeting for several hours each day. Daesh also issued decrees forbidding women working as receptionists in hospitals and clinics from performing their job, and requiring that they be replaced with men. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A high ranking Syria Democratic Forces source says the US has informed the SDF they are not allowed to go into Azaz city. [BasNews]

 

A report by the Al-Shahba-Manbij Administration Council claims that 1,570 civilians in Manbij have been killed or abducted since Daesh occupied the city in November 2013. [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Manbij on Tuesday evening, including Daesh’s cultural, financial, centers as well as strategic roads and bridges in the city, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Daesh members, according to Welati. [Welati]

 

Opposition militias shelled the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo with mortars, locally made rockets, and gas canisters, according to Hawar’s correspondent. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Mraighel village in Aleppo’s northern countryside, hours after the village was captured by Syrian opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

Hawar’s correspondent reports that 25 Daesh militants were killed between Tuesday’s fighting in Zur Maghar between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces and Coalition airstrikes on the Daesh-held city of Jarabulus on Tuesday. [Hawar]

 

Daesh shelling on the village of Al-Qubba 35 km (21 miles) southwest of Kobane killed a woman and her child on Wednesday, local sources said. Another woman and child were reportedly injured in the shelling. [ARA] [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Soran in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. One of the photos is actually fascinating. In a small kind of madrassa, where a Daesh teacher is standing up and lecturing young boys about whatever, a young boy just ignores him and keeps looking at the Mickey Mouse picture in his hand!

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Around 50 Russian mine-clearing experts, including dog trainers, are operating on the ground in the recently recaptured city of Tadmur, according to Russian media. [Anadolu]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh has allowed the launch of a vaccination campaign against measles in Deir Ez-Zor on Wednesday, which residents had been seeking “continuously” for their children. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh executed one of its fighters in a village west of Deir Ez-Zor on Tuesday on charges of having attempted to flee from Daesh-controlled areas, according to the Local Coordination Committees. [ARA]

 

Daesh executed a child in the village of Al-Kharita in the Deir Ez-Zor countryside for having helped his brother’s wife escape Daesh-held areas, according to local activists. [ARA]

 

Daesh published photos of battles with Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Thirty Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants stormed a popular market in the village of Abu Tawila near Sheikh Zuweid, carrying RPG launchers and heavy machine guns and wearing military uniforms. The group remained ten minutes in the market accompanied by photographers and cameramen from Ansar’s “Sinai 24” media outlet, who photographed and filmed the militants before they departed. The raid-cum-photo-shoot came just days after Egyptian troops raided a Sinai 24 media office and seized equipment. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian counter-terrorism units carried out airstrikes and a ground campaign against various areas of North Sinai on Tuesday, killing 30 Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants, capturing five others, and freeing seven abducted civilians. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian security troops reportedly killed the “number two man” in Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, known as “Muhammad Nasir Mudean” in fighting in the Wadi Lisan area of central Sinai on Wednesday. [VetoGate]

 

An electricity worker lost his leg in a landmine explosion south of Sheikh Zuweid on Wednesday, according to another worker from his electricity company. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian police killed three armed men after they fled a checkpoint west of Rafah on Wednesday. [ElWatan]

 

A police armored vehicle escaped an IED attack without injury in Arish on Wednesday, security sources said, and another IED exploded in Arish without causing any injuries according to eyewitnesses. [ElWatan]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian police vehicle in Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian military engineers defused two IEDs in clearing operations on the road between Arish and Sheikh Zuweid on Wednesday, security sources said. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A reconnaissance unit of Operation Karama forces has advanced on the Al-Fata’ih heights overlooking Derna, Daesh’s major stronghold in the Derna area, according to a knowledgeable source, capturing a Daesh member as it approached. [Ewan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of wiping out Libyan flags in Fata’ih in Derna. [JustPaste]

 

Libyan military copters have carried out airstrikes on Daesh sites in multiple areas around Benghazi, according to media reports. [Jarida]

 

Central Coast

The municipalities of the “Oil Crescent” (between Benghazi and Sirte) have sent a convoy of supplies accompanied by notable community members to the Oil Facilities Protection Guard with messages of support and gratitude to the Guard for its battles against Daesh (photos). [Wasat]

 

Daesh has forced residents of Sirte between the ages of 15 and 60 to attend a Daesh-run course held at various mosques in the city, local sources said. The courses reportedly focused on “declaring the Army to be infidels and describing its commanders as idolaters, and the need to combat the Libyan Army.” [Wasat]

 

The bodies of two Daesh members were discovered in the Abu Hadi neighborhood in western Sirte on Tuesday, local sources reported. The two male bodies bore gunshot wounds, but the sources did not know if the wounds were inflicted by sniper fire or by an execution-style killing. [Wasat]

 

Daesh issues a video of its public punishments in Libya. [Isdarat]

 

Northwest

As the Government of National Accord takes up residence in Tripoli, the Prime Minister of the government Fayez Al-Sarraj has called for the unification of Libyan institutions and unity of effort among Libyans in fighting Daesh. [Wasat]

 

Interior

The commander of the Oil Facilities Protection Guard – Oases Branch has denied reports that Daesh has attacked the Majid oilfield south of Jalu. [Libya24]

 

Other countries

Yemen

The Houthi “Ansar Allah” militia claimed its fighters killed the emir of Daesh in Yemen “Abu Ayoub Al-Ansari,” as well as the group’s sharia judge “Abu Hima,” in an artillery and rocket attack on a Daesh gathering in a village south of the city of Dhabab in Taiz governorate, according to a report in a pro-Houthi media outlet. Other Daesh members were killed and injured in the attack, the report said. The report also said that “an American helicopter” attempted to rescue Abu Ayoub but was not successful. Abu Hima is reportedly known for having issued a fatwa calling for the execution of prisoners held by Daesh in Yemen’s southern governorates. [Arabi21]

 

Yemen’s Daesh franchise is suffering from defections amid allegations by former Daesh members that the group is excessively brutal and does not respect the blood of Muslims. Erem news notes that unlike in Libya, Daesh in Yemen has not formed alliances with other militias such as the Yemeni Al-Qaeda franchise. [Erem]

 

Italy

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri said Wednesday that failure to form a durable unity government in Libya could push the international community to undertake an air campaign against Daesh in Libya. [Ewan]

 

Russia

A Russian policeman was killed and two wounded in an IED attack on police vehicles in the Dagestan area, according to the spokeswoman for the Dagestan police. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement. [Aawsat]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated his explosives vest on a police barrier in Dagestan, killing or wounding several policemen. [A3maq]

 

Russian police arrested 20 suspected Daesh supporters on Wednesday in Moscow following the attack in Dagestan, according to media reports. [LANA]

 

Belgium

Daesh issues another propaganda video about the Brussels attacks. [Isdarat]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says its terrorists attacked and captured 2 “joint” barracks of Taliban and the Afghani police in Nangarhar, killing 9, wounding 11 and capturing 3 of them and seizing weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its schools in Afghanistan. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Ronahi newspaper page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/sm77ur2

https://twitter.com/Rkrk4m83

https://twitter.com/iistratiji6

https://twitter.com/ISSDARAT9

https://twitter.com/_Mujrd_Irhaby

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

March 29, 2016

Iraq

Today’s Major Developments

 

Coalition estimates Daesh has now lost 50% of its territory in Iraq.

Al-Abadi, political parties still wrestling over cabinet reform; Al-Sadr keeps up pressure.

Hit operation is delayed because three Counter-Terrorism battalions were withdrawn to deal with Baghdad demonstrations.

PMF leaders again insist PMFs are entitled to participate in Ninewa liberation

Ninewa offensive slowed by weather.

Experts start analyzing extent of Daesh’s Palmyra destruction.

Syrian Army challenging Daesh for control of Qaryatayn.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

In a televised speech, PM Abadi called on Iraqi political fronts to express their position regarding the reforms and the cabinet change and stressing that he can’t make the reforms successful without working with the political parties. He said some parties insisted on nominating the new ministers, while “others” wanted ministers chosen outside of current political quotas for ministry posts. He said it’s not wise to submit a cabinet that would be refused in the CoR. [Sumaria]

 

Abadi also admitted that the sit-ins in Baghdad are affecting military preparations against Daesh, due to the need for troops to protect the participants in the ongoing sit-in. Abadi said that the current crisis is political and should be solved by agreements among political parties. He also said calling for reform should not affect military operations or the freedom of movement for the citizens. [AIN]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr said in a statement that Abadi should stop his “useless” speeches because they don’t represent Iraqi people’s hopes. Sadr said the CoR gave Abadi a chance until Thursday and he should use it and submit the new cabinet, otherwise he might be questioned in the CoR or even face a motion of no confidence. [Sumaria]

A Sadr spokesman says Abadi should expose the people who are putting obstacles in the way of reforms. [Mada]

Al-Ahrar, the Sadrist bloc in the CoR, said it won’t have ministers in Abadi’s new government, but it urged the political parties to vote on the minister appointments Thursday. [Mada]

 

Speaker Jubouri issued a statement, after meeting with tribal leaders from Falluja, urging Iraqi forces to liberate the city as soon as possible and provide secure roads for the families to leave the city. He also says that he handed PM Abadi a list of names of 2,500 volunteers from Falluja who want to participate in liberating their city. [Rudaw]

 

Security developments

Col. Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said in a press conference that Iraqi units have advanced 2 km towards Mosul since Thursday. [Mada] Warren confirmed the killing of Haj Imam, the financial officer of Daesh, by the Coalition. [Mada] Warren also said that Makhmur, Hit, and Falluja operations will take place at the same time for military reasons, and that liberation of Qayara and Hit is near. He said that Daesh has now lost 50% of the territory it occupied in Iraq. [Mada]

 

Major General Maan Al-Saadi, commander of the 2nd Golden Division (Counter Terrorism) said that three fresh military units are ready for any future movements ordered by the Commander in Chief. He said that military units have finalized preparations, and are waiting for the PMF to prepare as well. He said that he is not sure if the next destination is Shirqat or Haditha. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. This might seem like a minor personnel matter, but the Counter Terrorism Service has been a highly effective fighting force that has taken a leading role and won battles consistently. Putting more of their troops into the fight against Daesh could make a noticeable difference. (But see under Hit/Kubaisa about CTS troops moved to Baghdad.)

 

Saad Al-Mutalibi, member of the Baghdad Provincial Council’s Security Committee, said the Committee had no prior knowledge of recent security measures taken in Baghdad, specifically the Palestine Street operation yesterday by the Ministry of Interior. [We printed an eyewitness report yesterday.] He rued the lack of coordination, saying that MoI does not even respond to the committee’s questions, but also said that the committee understands the sensitivity of the current situation.  He also said that security violations in Baghdad are due to “security gaps” on the outskirts of Baghdad that are difficult to control, as terrorists blend in with normal citizens. [Mawazin]  [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Our daily reports lend credibility to this last assertion. A disproportionate number of daily incidents in Baghdad Governorate occur in districts outside the city limits (e.g., Taji, Tarmiya, Mada’in, Abu Ghraib) or in areas far south of the city center (e.g., Muqdadiya, Latifiya, Yusufiyah). Al-Mutalibi is saying in effect that these incidents are often perpetrated by people living in those areas.

 

The BOC justified yesterday’s intensive security deployment in Baghdad as “a weekly security exercise”. [AIN]

 

The Ministry of Interior issued a stern statement to its employees, calling on its members to be in a state of top alert, and also reminding them of provisions in the law that impose harsh penalties on those who show ignorance in performing their duties. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The latter “reminder” is most likely for the security personnel who showed support for Al-Sadr’s sit-in.

 

A blast described as from a roadside IED placed near a workers gathering location in Bab Al-Sharqi in central Baghdad killed 7 civilians and wounded 21 others. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] However, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan of MoI said that the attack was by a suicide attacker not by an IED. [Etejah]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist who targeted PMFs and killed or wounded 40 of them. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. All of its suicide attacks in crowded places are described by Daesh as attacks on PMFs, by which they want people to think Shia PMFs. Its official propaganda is that this upholds Daesh’s role as the defender of Sunni Arabs. All the reports are lies, as these IEDs kill people indiscriminately, almost all of them unarmed civilians. Unfortunately, as Daesh loses ground in Iraq, it will resort increasingly to these coward attacks against soft targets who can’t shoot back, so as to deflect attention from its defeats against soldiers and real PMFs. In this case the victims were among the poorest of the poor, day laborers who wait for someone to come by and offer a day’s work. Any car stopping there would be quickly surrounded by eager workers, making this attack that much more reprehensible.

    Daesh’s media is the “pinnacle” of sectarian Sunni Arab media. Daesh just takes things to the extreme. The Arab media outlets tend to dehumanize people they don’t like. Since 2003, Shia, Kurds, and all Iraqis who opposed Saddam were considered the enemy by this Arab media, and the AQI and Daesh took it from there. Considering millions of people, including women and children, as fighters, and hence legitimate targets for terrorist attacks, is an obvious call for genocide. The person who pointed that out was neither an Arab nor a Muslim; it was Secretary of State John Kerry, and of course his statement was not conveyed by the petrodollar media.

 

Hakim Al-Zamili, Chairman of the CoR’s Security Committee, said that the Prime Minister ignored the Committee’s recommendation to replace politically appointed security officers in Babel with professionals, which has resulted in the recent security breaches. He added that security cannot be subject to partisan divisions. [Mawazin]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest Baghdad

Unidentified armed men shot and wounded a policeman in Shula. [Sumaria]

An IED placed in a commercial area in Tobchi, killed one civilian and wounded five others.             [Mada]

 

North Baghdad

An IED in Saba’ Al-Bor killed two civilians and wounded ten others. [Mada]

An employee of the Ministry of Justice was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded in Rashidiya. [Maalomah]

A sticky bomb attached to a civilian’s car exploded and wounded its driver while he was driving in Taji. [Sumaria]

The BOC announced that the second battalion of the 45th brigade defused a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Hor Al-Basha. [Mawazin]

 

Northeast Baghdad

A raid by intelligence and national security units ended with the arrest of several men wanted for terrorism in Al-Shaab, in Adhamiya. [Mawazin]

 

Southeast Baghdad

The body of a woman shot in the head was found in the Al-Sadda neighborhood in Zafaraniya. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside IED targeted a police patrol in Arab Jabour, killing one patrolman and wounding 4 others. [Mada]

The BOC announced that a unit of the 23rd brigade defused 4 IEDs in Al-Akhsaf. [Mawazin]

 

Southwest Baghdad

A roadside IED killed one civilian and wounded three others in the Al-Furat neighborhood. [Maalomah]

 

West Baghdad

A roadside IED targeted an army patrol in Ibrahim Bin Ali, killing one soldier and wounding two others. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Ahmed Karim Bdewi, the commander of the 3rd battalion of the tribal mobilization forces in Qarma said that an attack by army units in Al-Sijir, in Saqlawiya north of Falluja, killed Abbas Mohammed Abbas, Daesh security officer of Al-Sijir and six of his assistants, and destroyed 3 vehicles. Daesh responded with random mortar attacks on Al-Maftool crossing and the perimeter of the international expressway. [Mada]

 

Ibrahim Al-Janabi, member of Anbar Local Council, says that the city of Saqlawiya is almost void of Daesh, most of whose leaders have left the city to unknown locations. He says that this is a golden opportunity to recover the city, which is already under siege.  [Maalomah]

 

Daesh announced through loudspeakers in Falluja that any foodstuffs or humanitarian supplies arriving from outside the city will be burned, according to Col. Jumaa Faza’ Al-Jumaili, commander of the 1st Battalion of Qarma tribal mobilization. [AIN]

 

The Daesh military emir of Qarma was killed alongside three of his assistants during a military attack initiated by the army and tribal forces in Raefa and Subaihat in Qarma subdistrict, according to Col. Mahmoud Murdhi Al-Jumaili, commander of the 1st battalion of tribal mobilization. He added that Iraqi and tribal forces are closing in on the center of Qarma. [Mada]

 

1st Rapid Intervention division, backed by air support, killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Subaihat, destroying one vehicle and 20 IEDs, according to a MoD statement. [Maalomah]

 

Col. Mahmoud Murdhi Al-Jumaili, commander of the 1st battalion of tribal mobilization said that an attack by army units and tribal mobilization forces in the Subaihat and storehouses areas killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an AA gun. [Maalomah]

 

The BOC announced that 14th army division killed 9 terrorists and wounded 8 in the Albu Shijil/ Qarma/Taqsim sector. The division also destroyed two vehicles with heavy weapons and two rocket launching platforms, and defused 3 IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces near the Technical Institute north of Falluja with 120mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

In this post published by Daesh last year (titled “jihadi tourism”) Daesh published photos of its terrorists enjoying their time and having a very good meal in Falluja. The terrorist who detonated himself on the soccer field in Haswa appears in one of the photos.  [JustPaste]

 

A video records two Iraqi soldiers in Saqlawiya saying their unit was under Daesh attack for 6 hours and they didn’t get air cover. They also say they were provided with defective ammunition, and blamed the Minister of Defense and the Commander of the IFP for that. [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

Ismail Al-Mahalawi, commander of Anbar Operations, said that weather conditions delayed the advance of Iraqi land forces in Jazeera Khaldiya. However, the 10th army division killed seven terrorists and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle in Albu Ubaid. [Sumaria]

Al-Mahalawi ordered army units to allow the return of all families held at Siddiqiya checkpoint to return to their homes after security checkup and ensuring that there are no Daesh elements among them. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles north of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

Jazeera Operations Command announced today the start of Coalition attacks on targets inside Hit as a preparatory step towards liberating the city. Several targets were destroyed and many terrorists were killed. [Sumaria]

 

One Coalition target was a Daesh guesthouse behind the old public Hit hospital, which was destroyed, killing 20 terrorists, according to a 7th army division source. [Sumaria]

 

However, Lt. Aysar Al-Ubaidi, spokesman of the 14th rapid intervention battalion in Hit said that the delay in the ground attack on Hit is due to the withdrawal of three battalions of Counter Terrorism troops from the area to the Green Zone in Baghdad. He said that the date of return of these units is unknown. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Air Force planes intercepted a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles heading from Rutba to Kubaisa on a desert road, destroying it in full and killing all those inside, PMF media said. [Harbi]

 

Haditha

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attempt to advance to Abd Aswad village east of Haditha, destroying an SUV and killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its operations in Salahuddin. The video is mostly about its snipers. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

Army Aviation helicopters initiated an attack on Daesh positions in northwest Siniya, killing 25 terrorists including several snipers, and destroying two vehicles with 23mm guns. [AIN]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the road between Siniya and Haditha, killing many terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs in addition to a construction shovel bomb. The MoD also says Salahuddin Operations Command recaptured an IFP military location in the area that was taken by Daesh earlier. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

An armed group broke into a house in Al-Qalaa south of Samarra and killed the entire family inside, 11 persons including women and children, a Samarra security source said. [Mada]

 

Ali Al-Akbar PMF faction said that it repelled a Daesh attack north of Thirthar killing several attackers, and destroyed three Hummers and a construction shovel, according to PMF war media. [Buratha]

 

Samarra Operations Command said that an impromptu checkpoint they set up arrested 10 terrorism suspects, while other units, backed by tanks, repelled a Daesh attack on the Siniya-Haditha Road military sector, destroying several vehicle bombs, including a shovel bomb, and killed several Daesh attackers.

MoD said Salahuddin police defused an IED in the Samarra area consisting of a 220-liter barrel packed with ammonia nitrate, and removed 7 unexploded Katyusha rockets.  The statement said that 38,924 IDP families have returned to Salahuddin province. [Maalomah]

 

Tooz

A Kirkuk police officer said that they arrested a dangerous Daesh terrorist in Tooz. The officer said the terrorist had participated in detonating five vehicles in Tooz, and tens of others on the road between Tooz and Tikrit, and had killed two of his brothers, also members of Daesh. He joined Ansar Al-Sunna in 2006, and was released from Bucca prison two years ago. Another Daesh member, from Ramadi, was arrested in Kirkuk while trying to purchase firearms. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Explosives teams from Diyala Police defused an IED near a civilian house without any casualties. The IED was a 5-liter plastic container packed with TNT, Diyala Police said. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

A PMF unit found four explosives belts in a Daesh hideout reported by local residents in Sadiya, in Khanaqin. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Taza

Al-Abbas Units of the PMF shelled Daesh positions in Bashir village with artillery, PMF media said. [Mawazin]

 

A video of PMFs destroying a Daesh vehicle in Bashir [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Kareem Al-Nouri, the oft-quoted PMF commander, said that the PMF cannot be excluded from Mosul’s liberation, and that it is present and ready. He reconfirmed his earlier statement that current operations in Makhmur are merely aimed to push Daesh back away from Iraqi forces in Makhmur. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported that statement but also reported that the Prime Minister declared that this was the start of the Ninewa liberation. Today we have reported the statement of the official Coalition spokesman that Iraqi forces have moved 2 kilometers closer to Mosul. Who are people supposed to believe?

 

Basim Al-Salami, a Badr commander, said the KRG is trying to annex parts of Ninewa to the region. He put the rejection of PMF participation in Mosul’s liberation in that context. He also said that Shabak population of Tal Afar wants to join the PMFs to participate in the liberation process. [Mawazin]

 

Mosul            

Daesh executed five doctors from Mosul Public hospital for refusing to cooperate by going to Qayara to treat Daesh wounded fighters there. The execution took place in public near Ninewa Oberoi Hotel. [Harbi]

 

A source in Ninewa Police said Daesh extended its deployment in Mosul within the last 72 hours, including starting new hisbah police patrols and searches for mobile phones among Mosul’s population. Violators, including women and children, are locked inside a house in the Bab Al-Tob area. Daesh installed checkpoints on the five bridges of Mosul to check trucks and make sure that residents do not move between the right and left sides of the city. [BasNews]

 

Daesh destroyed 22 houses in Al-Bakr, Al-Noor, and Al-Zuhur neighborhoods in east Mosul previously used by it as weapons storehouses, a source in Ninewa Police said. The weapons were moved to locations outside the city. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Saray market in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Nineveh Plain

Two mortar shells fired by Daesh on Zilkan camp in Bashiqa wounded two members of the National Mobilization units affiliated with Atheel Al-Nujaifi, a security source in Ninewa said. [Maalomah]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

5,000 Iraqi soldiers were moved to alternative locations in anticipation of Daesh attacks, while a small group stayed in watch towers to guard the military base near Makhmur where the Iraqi army was gathering. [Mada]

 

Major General Najm Al-Jubouri, the Commander of Ninewa Operations (NOC), denied halting military operations, saying that bad weather conditions only slowed the pace of the operation, as did the high civilian presence in targeted areas. He said that once secure exit routes are open, army units will break into targeted locations. He also added that his units repelled a Daesh attack by suicide bombers north of Khaldiya and Salahiya villages killing 5 of them, while Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 of their positions. [BasNews]

Al-Jubouri added that hospitals in Mosul, Qayara, and Shirqat are filled with terrorists’ bodies, and that their rocket launching facilities in the liberated villages were totally destroyed. [AIN]  He also said that Daesh lost 75 fighters since the start of the operation, among them some of its main leaders in the areas. [Harbi]

 

Coalition warplanes and multiple rocket launchers attacked Daesh positions in Salahiya, Khaldiya, and Hamadan villages, Rashad Kalali, a PUK official in Ninewa said. He added that Iraqi army artillery joined the bombardment, but no land advances were made due to bad weather. [PUKMedia]

 

Abu Othman, Daesh leader in Al-Nassr village, was killed by army units, the IWMC said. Wisam Abd Ali Al-Saba’awi, was appointed as his replacement. [AIN]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Al-Nassr village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of cutting off the hand of a man in Qayara after accusing him of theft. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists deployed in Qayara city. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The spokesman of the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga say the Ministry is still not sure if the person who appeared in a Daesh video yesterday was a civilian or a Peshmerga fighter. Daesh issued a video yesterday showing the beheading of a man and claimed he was a Peshmerga. [Rudaw]

 

Tribal leaders from Ninewa held a press conference in Dahuk, attended by the chairman of Ninewa Provincial Council, and issued a statement condemning Daesh crimes, especially against the Yazidis. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The conference is a little late. It would have done more good in June 2014. These tribes include people who were loyal servants of Daesh. Now their leaders are condemning Daesh and talking about protecting Yazidi girls.  Is it a coincidence that this statement comes when Iraqi forces seem to be heading toward Mosul and days of reckoning might be ahead?  

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Four persons were arrested in Iskandariya north of Babel on terrorism charges, according to Major General Ali Al-Zughaibi, director of Babel Police. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

As has been widely reported, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be in Washington this week for the Nuclear Security Summit of over 50 world leaders, and will hold “informal” talks with US President Barack Obama as well as a formal meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden. The Turkish president is due to press his US counterpart on Ankara’s disagreement with Washington over the YPG, with whom the US is cooperating in the war against Daesh but whom Ankara views as an extension of the outlawed PKK. [Reuters (English)] [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

“Thousands” of families from the Homs countryside who have fled the fighting between Syrian troops and Daesh arrived in areas north of Aleppo recently, especially in Azaz, where local groups are struggling to secure the humanitarian needs of displaced people. [Qasioun]

 

Battles reportedly erupted in the village of Zur Maghar northeast of Kobane between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces, according to the Hawar correspondent, who could not provide further information regarding the result of the fighting. Coalition airstrikes also targeted Daesh gatherings in Jarabulus on Tuesday, killing and wounding an unspecified number of people. [Hawar]

 

Daesh executed three people in Manbij on Monday, according to a local activist. A man and a woman were both stoned to death on charges of adultery, the source said, and a young woman was executed on charges of communicating with the YPG. [ARA]

 

The YPG repelled opposition militia and Daesh attacks north of Aleppo on Sunday and Monday, militia attacks in Afrin on Monday, Daesh attacks in Kobane on Monday, and a Daesh attack in Shaddadi on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Kurdish militia on Tuesday. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says American warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Ra’el village, while Turkish artillery shelled Toqali village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says its terrorists killed 31 Syrian soldiers and supporting militia fighters in an attack west of Qaryatayn southeast of Homs. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its clashes with Syrian troops near Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

Syrian troops seized control of strategic Hazm Al-Gharbiyat hills overlooking the city of Qaryatayn from the southwest in the Homs countryside after attacking Daesh after midnight on Monday night with Russian air support, the Syrian army announced Tuesday morning. The ensuing battles caused deaths and injuries on both sides, according to an activist in the area. Tuesday morning, Daesh attacked Syrian troops outside Qaryatayn with a vehicle bomb that killed eight soldiers and wounded “tens” of others, the activist said. The bomb attack was followed by a Daesh ground assault on Syrian troops, the activist added. Russian planes resumed airstrikes on Daesh positions in and around Qaryatayn during the battles Tuesday, the activist also said. More than 30 Russian airstrikes were reported on residential areas of Qaryatayn. Syrian units also attacked the city with artillery shelling. Syrian Army reinforcements were reportedly moved from Tadmur to the Qaryatayn area. Syrian Army troops appear to be attempting to seize strategic hilltops on all sides of the city. [ARA] [ARA] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

In the city of Tadmur (Palmyra), where a modern city sits next to a vast archaeological heritage site, Daesh left behind IEDs and mines which are hindering the progress of Syrian troops in clearing the city. Hidden in the bases of trees or disguised as stones from the ancient ruins, the explosive devices have prevented Syrian troops from deploying to all areas of the newly re-taken city.

As for the site’s archaeological area, one estimate said that after over a year under Daesh control and heavy attacks by Syrian troops, backed by artillery and Russian airstrikes, to dislodge Daesh, the ruins are only 50 percent intact. The chief of the Syrian government’s archeological authority however estimated that the ruins were 80 percent intact and said it would take five years to repair them, although this optimism has been disputed by other experts. Another Syrian expert expressed fear that the ruins were now possibly in danger of theft and trafficking by Syrian troops. Meanwhile the UK’s Telegraph newspaper has cited the Syrian government’s antiquities director as saying that a secret “deal” between the Syrian regime and Daesh helped to protect the ancient monuments from Daesh’s abuse.[Anadolu] [Qasioun] [Arabi21] [Arabi21]

 

A video of a Daesh headquarters captured by Syrian troops in Tadmur [YouTube]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh launched wide-ranging attacks on the Syrian Army-held Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport on Monday. Daesh attacked the Army and its Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies from the neighboring Al-Marieiya neighborhood amid heavy artillery fire targeting Syrian positions in and around the airport. The two sides also battled in Al-Baghiliya west of Deir Ez-Zor amid Syrian rocket fire on the area. Syrian artillery units also heavily shelled the villages of Marat and Al-Husseiniya, causing damage to civilian property. For its part Daesh mortared the Syrian-held Al-Jura and Al-Qusour neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor city. No casualty reports were available. [Qasioun]

 

South

A media activist in Rif Dimashq confirms Daesh’s claim that it repelled a Nusra Front attack in West Qalamoun and killed 17 Nusra fighters on Monday. However an opposition militia commander also says that 12 Daesh fighters were killed in the battles, including a Daesh commander known as “Abu Azam.” whose death was reportedly confirmed by sources close to Daesh. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of its clashes with Nusra in West Qalamoun. [A3maq]

 

The pro-Daesh Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade fought new battles with opposition and Islamist militia groups in west Daraa near the city of Tasil as the latter alliance of militia groups attempted to storm the city which is in the possession of the former. The attack was accompanied by artillery fire by the opposition fighters on Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade positions in the city. Renewed fighting also erupted between pro-Daesh militias and opposition and Islamic factions in Hayt, including exchange of artillery fire. Civilians have been fleeing areas where fighting is taking place as well as areas near those controlled by Daesh-affiliated militias in west Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian troops discovered a large IED at dawn Tuesday on a road in Arish that runs between the Safa and Zuhour areas, a security source said. The bomb contained from 75 to 100 to 200 kilograms (165, 220, or 330 pounds) of TNT, according to three different reports, and was wired to an electric detonator. The device was removed to a desert area and safely detonated, the sources said. The device was reportedly discovered as part of a wider clearing operation in the area in which troops also destroyed four militant hideouts and removed four structures. [ElWatan] [ElWatan] [VetoGate]

 

El-Watan writes that high-level security sources have described the Egyptian strategy against the Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis organization, which now calls itself Daesh’s “State of Sinai,” as involving close surveillance and monitoring of lower-level members who eventually lead Egyptian intelligence monitors to larger gatherings of Daesh members which are then attacked by Egyptian troops, as well as relying on civilian collaborators to provide information on militants hiding in civilian areas. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian troops seized an Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis command center in Al-Barth, a security source said, after the militants fled when Egyptian troops raided the village southwest of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army personnel carrier in Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an ID on an Egyptian Army Humvee near Karm Al-Qawadees south of Kharouba. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army explosives expert while he was trying to defuse it in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 7 Israeli drones in addition to warplanes and Apaches launched extensive airstrikes on north Sinai. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Northeast

The “Omar Al-Mukhtar Operations Room” of the Libyan Armed Forces has confirmed that a Libyan MI-35 attack helicopter targeted Daesh’s “operations room” in Derna’s “400” neighborhood Monday morning. Libya’s Al-Abraq airbase has stated that the country’s youngest pilot, 20-year-old Mahmoud Al-Firjani, participated in raids over “400” neighborhood, targeting two houses believed to be Daesh sites. [Libya24] [AfriGate]

 

Libyan special forces troops uncovered a secret Daesh prison in the cement plant complex in Benghazi’s Al-Hawari neighborhood, the special forces commander announced. The prison consists of several rooms which will not be opened until engineering units can check for booby-traps, he added. A Libyan special forces soldier died from wounds sustained in a mortar strike two days earlier. Operations are ongoing to seize the remaining areas of Benghazi where Daesh has a presence, he said. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Libyan MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighters have conducted 20 airstrikes on the rural Al-Qawarsha area, 14 km (8.6 miles) west of Benghazi city, destroying a command headquarters belonging to a “terrorist group,” according to media reports citing a statement from the media office of the Libyan Air Force’s Office of the Chief of Staff. Libyan aircraft also destroyed two boats 150 km (93 miles) from Benghazi and destroyed a third boat that was entering “Al-Jawhara Port” west of Benghazi, the statement also reportedly said. The Libyan Navy and Army ground forces also conducted joint operations Monday to destroy another boat at the Mraysa Marina southwest of the city with artillery fire. [AfriGate]

 

Three members of a military engineering unit, including two officers, were killed in a landmine explosion during mine-clearing operations in the Sidi Fredj area outside of Benghazi on Tuesday, according to the unit’s spokesman. Another officer from the unit was injured in the blast, the spokesman added. [Wasat]

 

Central Coast

Daesh executed a young man in Sirte on allegations of refusing Daesh’s “repentance” process, local sources said on Tuesday. The man had been detained three months earlier, the sources added. The execution was carried out by a Tunisian Daesh member by gunshot to the head, the sources said. Daesh claimed that the victim had belonged to the Libyan Army. The execution comes days after Daesh reportedly executed two former military officers in Sirte on charges of belonging to the Army. [Wasat]

DaeshDaily comment: Daesh’s “repentance” usually involves an invitation to renounce past ties to the security forces and take a re-education course.

 

Northwest

Libyan aircraft destroyed four boats of a group of six that were traveling from Misrata according to an official in the Air Force Operations Room. An aircraft was reportedly pursuing the remaining two boats, the official added. From the reporting it is unclear if this story is related to the boats reported destroyed near Benghazi (see above). [AfriGate]

 

Relatives of those killed in battles against Daesh in Sabratha announced the formation of a “League of Families of Sabratha Martyrs” on Monday and held a meeting with commanders of the Sabratha Field Operations Room. The Operations Room commanders also convened a meeting on the same day with civil society leaders to discuss the battle against Daesh. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian authorities last week foiled an attempt by an unspecified “takfiri group” in Ben Arous south of Tunis to infiltrate the ranks of the military though a Ministry of Defense recruitment campaign, according to media reports. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

Algerian authorities in the Ayn Qazzam area of southern Tamanrasset Province detained two people, one a Libyan national and the other a Nigerian national, on suspicion of attempting to reach Libya to join Daesh, according to media reports. [Wasat]

 

Algerian authorities have uncovered a Daesh list of 50 assassination targets inside Tunisia, an Algerian security source said Tuesday, according to Algerian media reports. The list reportedly includes political figures, sports personalities, business people, artists, and media figures, including the Tunisian President, Prime Minister, and prominent Cabinet ministers. The list was reportedly uncovered during arrest operations against suspected Daesh members in Algeria. The investigations also revealed that Daesh militants had gone as far as planning the attacks and had acquired specific means of carrying out various assassinations, including silenced rifles, explosives attacks, and poisons “which kill with only a touch.” [ARA]

 

Other countries

Russia

Daesh says its terrorists detonated 2 IEDs in Kaspiysk in Russia’s Dagestan republic in the north Caucasus area, killing ten Russian soldiers and wounding three and destroying 2 vehicles. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Yazidi Iraqis page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Taif_Almnsorh5

https://twitter.com/23_valko1999

https://twitter.com/yakyajak106

https://twitter.com/EamQC

https://twitter.com/T_176_T

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic and Russian [JustPaste]

 

Daesh’s new issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

 

March 28, 2016

 

 

Haswa 2Haswa Victims 2

Today’s Major Developments

 

Iraq condemns deadly Easter Sunday terrorist attack against Pakistani Christians.

Al-Sadr publicity offensive moves to one-man Green Zone sit-in.

Army captures two areas south of Hit.

Daesh member confesses to organizing Babel soccer field attack; but concerns expressed about sectarian retaliation incidents.

Qayara ground attack delayed by bad weather, but Coalition pounds Daesh targets.

Syrian Army is in control of Tadmur (Palmyra).

Al-Azhar study says 55% of Daesh recruits are teen-agers.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The CoR voted that Thursday is the deadline for Prime Minister Abadi to present his new government. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Lahore against Christians celebrating Easter. The Ministry says media outlets and funding sources that support terrorism should be shut down. [Sumaria]

 

A Sadrist leader says Moqtada Al-Sadr refused to meet with high ranking Iraqi politicians in his tent in the Green Zone. Moqtada started a one man sit-in inside the Green Zone on Sunday. [Sumaria]

 

A statement by the Prime Minister’s office ordered all military units and the Ministry of Immigration and the Displaced to take all necessary measures to shelter the IDPs of the liberated areas. The statement said that this comes in response to the Ninewa liberation operations, and the Falluja operations that will start shortly. [Mawazin]

 

Three money exchange offices transferring moneys to Daesh controlled areas were detected by the economic intelligence units with the cooperation of the Central Bank, the MoI said. [Sumaria]

 

Rusafa Criminal Court sentenced a man to life imprisonment for blowing up a mosque in Baghdad. The attack did not leave any human casualties. [Ghad]

 

The UK said that 30 additional soldiers will be deployed in Taji and Basmaya camps to provide training on defusing explosives and on medical aid, according to the military attaché office of the British Embassy in Baghdad. [AIN]

 

Security developments

Saraya Al-Salam militia units, affiliated with the Sadrist movement, were extensively deployed in Sadr City in east Baghdad in preparation for a large demonstration in support of Al-Sadr expected today. [Ghad] It seems, however, that no demonstration actually occurred.

 

An eyewitness account direct to DaeshDaily reports that SWAT vehicles were placed all over Palestine Street, Shaab Stadium Road, and Mohammed Al-Qasim expressway, spaced 50  meters or less apart, causing major traffic delays in Baghdad Monday morning, especially in Rusafa.

 

Saad Al-Mutalibi, a member of Baghdad Provincial Council security committee, said that the current political chaos and the need to concentrate security forces in the middle of Baghdad to keep order has allowed organized crime activities to return, mainly kidnapping and armed robbery. [Mawazin]

 

Mahmudiya court announced that security forces arrested a big group smuggling oil in “modified” tankers. [Ghad]

 

54th army brigade located a cache of artillery shells and propellers in Abu Ghraib, while 22nd and 23rd brigades defused 5 IEDs in Tarbulia, Akaidat, and Tal Al-Samar north of Baghdad, the BOC said. 60th brigade killed one terrorist and wounded another in Al-Ubaid, south of Baghdad. [Mawazin ]

 

West Baghdad Operations announced it was stopping all military activities due to weather conditions. [Mawazin]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast Baghdad

An IED exploded in Al-Shaab, wounding two civilians. [Ghad]

 

East Baghdad

Armed men kidnapped a civilian after stopping his car in Talibiya. [Sumaria]

Armed men threw a hand grenade at the house of a school headmistress in Sadr City. [Ghad]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Zafaraniya killed two civilians and wounded six others. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

An IED placed near a popular restaurant in Camp Sarah killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

Bodies of three men shot to death were found behind a vegetable market in Abu Dsheer, in Dora. [Mada]

Bodies of two men shot to death were found in an empty yard in Sadr Al-Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

An IED placed in a market in Mahmudiya killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

A retired army officer shot two armed men dead as they tried to break into his house in Saidiya, while the others escaped. [Sumaria]

An automobile spare parts shop owner and a worker were killed by armed men with silencers in Al-Jihad neighborhood. [Mada]

A sticky bomb attached to a car of an army captain exploded, killing him as he drove in Ghazaliya. [Mada]

An IED went off in the Hameed Shaaban area in Abu Ghraib, killing one civilian and wounding five others. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

The Combined Joint Task Force said that 14 airstrikes were executed in Iraq and Syria on March 27, ten of them in Iraq. It said that the strikes were near 4 major cities and destroyed a security headquarters, 5 tactical units, and a storage facility. In Syria, attacks near Mare’ and Manbij targeted 7 fighting positions and two tactical units (details). [CJTF]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A meeting was held in the Green Zone between a delegation headed by the Governor of Anbar, Suhaib Al-Rawi, and security/tribal commands to discuss the liberation of Falluja. The delegation will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow. [Maalomah]

 

4 terrorists were killed and 4 wounded by the 14th army division in Albu Shijil, Qarma, and Taqsim sector, the BOC said. Meanwhile, the 1st Rapid Intervention force killed 17 Daesh terrorists, wounded 16 others, defused a car bomb, and destroyed a vehicle and two fighting positions in the Hitawiyeen, Andalus, Abu Rudaini area. A terrorist was killed in Bustan Al-Tikriti by the 55th brigade. [Mawazin]

 

A survivor from Daesh in Falluja said Daesh executes whoever tries to escape Falluja, and throws their bodies into the Euphrates. Daesh has tried to cover this policy by spreading rumors that those people committed suicide because of the governmental siege. [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. This theme (people are committing suicide because of the government siege) is very popular in the “incubator” media these days. Many Arab media outlets are trying to show that the government is punishing Falluja people collectively. They forget to mention that it is Daesh that prevents people from leaving. They also forget that Haditha has suffered for around two years from a Daesh siege.

 

Ali Al-Faris, Chairman of Anbar Tribal Council, said that US pressure is delaying the recovery of Falluja, though he cannot understand the reasons behind that. [Mawazin]

 

PMF media said that the Ansar Al-Marji’ya brigade of the PMF opened three safe routes for the Falluja population to evacuate the city, and will build a camp and provide food and medical supplies there. [Harbi]

 

Risalyun regiment of the PMF intercepted a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles, destroying two of them, a PMF source said. [Harbi]

 

An IED placed near a building materials shop in Dhira’ Dijla, north of Qarma, killed one civilian and wounded three others. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

Governor Al-Rawi announced that a team of foreign experts arrived in Ramadi to remove IEDs and war remains that could not be removed through local efforts. He said that coordinated efforts with the central government and the international coalition made this possible without any cost to the local government. [Sumaria]

 

Army artillery shelled a house in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing four Daesh terrorists and destroying a Daesh vehicle. [Maalomah]

 

Kornet missile units operating with the 10th and 14th army divisions destroyed two Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns in Jaraishi and Albu Ubaid, the JOC said. [Harbi]

 

Engineering units of the 16th division defused 15 IEDs and destroyed 5 in Al-Aramel neighborhood while the Kornet unit destroyed a booby-trapped shovel in Albu Taiban. The 76th brigade found a weapons cache in a Daesh guesthouse in Zangoura containing 3 rifles, 31 60mm and 11 82mm mortar shells, AA 23.5mm ammunition, an SPG9 rocket, 29 IED rods, and 14 IED pressure units. 3rd IFP battalion killed three terrorists who tried to sneak into Husaiba from Jazeera Khaldiya, the JOC said. [Harbi]

 

Hit/ Kubaisa

The areas of Ma’imara and Hawtha south of Hit were liberated by army units, who killed 17 Daesh terrorists after fierce battles, Tribal Mobilization of Anbar said. [Mada]

 

Army Aviation (IAA) helicopters killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed three vehicles in an attack on a Daesh gathering in the middle of Hit, according to Lt. Aysar Al-Ubaidi, Tribal Mobilization intelligence officer in Albu Ubaid. [Maalomah]  The lieutenant also said that IAA helicopters attacked a Daesh hideout in Hit, killing Abu Sayyaf Al-Tunisi and several others. [Maalomah]

 

Heavy rains and humidity detonated tens of IEDs at the entrances to Hit, as well as inside and south of the city, a source in Anbar security said. [Sumaria]

 

Two army battalions and one IFP battalion were moved from Khaldiya and Ramadi to hold liberated lands in Kubaisa and surroundings, a source in Anbar Operations Command (AOC) said. The battalions will also provide fire and back support for the advancing units. [Mada]

 

Daesh says the commander of Hit Tribal Mobilization forces, Colonel Yousef Al-Nimrawi, was killed in a booby-trapped house in Kubaisa. [A3maq]

A security source says a booby-trapped house exploded in Kubaisa, killing Colonel Yousef Al-Nimrawi from Anbar Police and an army lieutenant and a tribal fighter, and wounding three others. [Sumaria]

 

Sheikh Na’eem Al-Qa’ood of the Albu Nimr tribe says that tribal forces from all over Hit, Kubaisa, Baghdadi and Haditha are ready to contribute to the liberation of Hit. He said that the tribes are well aware of Daesh battle methods and tactics. He said that the Coalition is playing a major role in destroying Daesh supply lines, and their vehicles and equipment, and that Daesh morale is at its lowest. [Mada]

 

7th army division found an IED workshop at the municipal council building in Kubaisa containing 40 20-liter and 8 100-liter containers packed with explosives, and destroyed 6 IEDs on side streets. It also found a second workshop in a house in the city, containing 5 oxygen cylinders and 5 explosives containers, as well as 11 Jahannam shells, rocket launching pads, detonators, and fuses. 9 booby-trapped houses were defused by the engineering units, Joint Operations Command said. [Harbi]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Kubaisa city [YouTube]

 

Haditha

Coalition warplanes attacked a Daesh gathering, destroying two vehicles and killing all terrorists inside them east of Baghdadi.  Daesh was planning to attack the Majid checkpoint in Baghdadi from Jabriya village when attacked, a source in 7th army division said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in the Albu Hayat area east of Haditha. Daesh also says its terrorists shelled Iraqi troops in the area with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Suqoor Al-Shirqat, an armed group operating inside Shirqat, killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Dorat Al-Souq, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

The IFP commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun near the Harariyat area in Baiji district. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

The IFP commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack north of Thirthar, killing 25 Daesh terrorists and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. [Sumaria]

A video of 2 Daesh terrorists captured near Thirthar Lake. [YouTube]

 

Photos of Daesh tunnels found by the Saraya Al-Salam militia of the PMF in Jazeera Samarra. [AIN]

 

Tooz

A civilian was kidnapped by armed men in the middle of Tuz Khurmatu, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

An explosives team defused an IED placed on an agricultural road in Udhaim, according to Major General Jasim Al-Saadi, commander of Diyala Police. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Daesh executed a man in a public square in Hawija on charges of cooperating with security forces, local sources said. [Maalomah]

 

A JOC source says the Daesh sharia judge of Kirkuk was killed by an Iraqi airstrike in Riyadh in Hawija District. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Governor says around 2,000 members of the Saddam-era army joined the tribal fighters and they ask the US troops to arm them in order to fight Daesh. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear how many of these men were in the ranks and how many in the officer corps. As far as we know, most of the Saddam army’s officers in Ninewa either joined Daesh to help them against the government or were executed by Daesh. Support from ex-Army officers in Ninewa was instrumental in Daesh’s takeover of much of Iraq. So if we are now to believe that all these 2,000 guys were against Daesh all the time, then how was Daesh able to capture all that territory and kill so many people? Do we sound slightly suspicious?

 

Daesh issues a video message threatening Barzani and Erdogan. Daesh beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in the video and threatened to kill three others who appeared in the video. [Isdarat]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Joint Operations Command said that Coalition warplanes executed 65 attacks on 19 different target areas in Ninewa, concentrating especially on the Makhmur/Qayara area. The attacks killed 97 terrorists and destroyed 6 gatherings, 14 gathering locations, 3 vehicles, a command center, a weapon storehouse, 5 mortars, a tunnel, a part of a bridge, two mortar positions, 2 heavy machine guns, 4 defensive positions, and 2 cannons. [Harbi]

 

A medical source in Ninewa said that Qayara hospital received 80 dead bodies of Daesh terrorists in addition to 120 wounded, most of them severely wounded. Several leaders from Arab and other foreign countries are among these casualties. [Buratha]

 

Army units killed 32 Daesh terrorists, including 17 suicide attackers, who attacked 15th army division units in Khurb Addar village in Qayara, a source in Ninewa Operations Command said. [Sumaria]

The MoD says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists and Coalition warplanes killed 12 in Khurb Addar. Iraqi forces Daesh tunnels linking the village to other villages in the area (video). [MoD Website]

 

Operations in Makhmur were halted due to bad weather conditions, according to Ninewa Operations Command (NOC). The army settled for artillery shelling of Daesh positions. [Shafaq]

 

An Iraqi Army 15th division source says the division stopped a Daesh attack in Makhmur, killing 10 terrorists. [BasNews]

 

An NOC source says Iraqi artillery is shelling Daesh locations in areas south of Mosul. The source also says 500 more families left their houses in those areas and headed to Makhmur. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 booby-trapped houses on Peshmerga fighters in Um Al-Dhiban village and shelled the village with Katyushas and 220mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

NOC called on the civilians south of Mosul to head to Makhmur city to ensure their safety. It started three safe routes for families of these areas to reach army and Peshmerga units in Makhmur. [Mada]

 

Ahmed Abdullah Al-Jubouri, a CoR member from the National Powers Alliance (Sunni coalition), warned that Ninewa liberation operations may be halted if there are no forces to hold ground in liberated areas. [Sumaria]

 

A security source said that fresh army units arrived in Makhmur to hold liberated areas. [Maalomah]

 

71st army brigade broke into Al-Nassr village in Makhmur and engaged Daesh terrorists in the village, a security source said. [Maalomah]

Daesh issued a video of its terrorists destroying an Iraqi Army armored vehicle near Al-Nassr village. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This was one of the villages reported as liberated last week.  

 

An NOC source said that Iraqi Air Force destroyed a car carrying Mohammed Ahmed Al-Shaaban (Abu Al-Hareth), Daesh commander in Makhmur, killing him immediately. He was from Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, an NOC source said. [Karemlash]

 

NOC denied reports that Coalition warplanes killed 30 Iraqi soldiers, including two commanding officers, by mistake near Makhmur, calling them “lies.” [Karemlash]

Daesh says American warplanes bombed Iraqi forces mistakenly near Kermerdi village west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into and captured Iraqi Army positions west of Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

Mohammed Ali Shu’aib, the Daesh wali of Dijla, was killed by Iraqi army units in Haj Ali village south of Mosul with 5 others, the IWMC said. [Qurtas]

 

Zeryar Fisani, a commanding officer in Peshmerga forces, said that military operations near Nassr village were halted due to heavy rains. [Mada]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers capturing and killing a Daesh terrorist in Makhmur. [YouTube]

 

Photo shows a tunnel used by Daesh south of Mosul.  [Qurtas]

 

Mosul            

Unidentified men armed with AK-47s opened fire and killed three Daesh terrorists in Al-Sa’a in downtown Mosul, and disappeared into the nearby avenues, according to local sources. [Maalomah]

 

Three attacks were executed by armed groups inside Mosul on Daesh terrorists, according to Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official in Mosul. The first in Al-Zuhur neighborhood on the left (east) side of Mosul killed Salim Mohammed Ajil, an official in the hisbah police; the second was near the gas factory in Intisar neighborhood in east Mosul and killed one terrorist; while the third targeted a Daesh patrol on the right (west) side of Mosul, killing two terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Gayath Sourachi also said that Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh car in Hay Al-Sukkar, a Daesh hideout in Al-Jawsaq, a gathering of Daesh in Al-Majmo’a Al-Thaqafiya, and Daesh Command centers in the Sihha and 17th of July areas. The attacks also destroyed Daesh cars near Ninewa Oberoi hotel, Ghizlani police station, and Mosul police department. Airstrikes were also reported on a car in Wardak and a Daesh gathering in Sultan Abdullah village, both in Hamdaniya, as well as a convoy in Makhmur. 25 terrorists were killed in these attacks including Mohammed Ali Ghadhban, Daesh’s financial officer in Mosul, Mohammed Shaaban Al-Jubouri, deputy wali of Mosul, Gailan Faris Ahmed Al-Jubouri, Daesh’s military official for east Qayara, and Nazar Ghalib (Abu Aisha). [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed 14 of its own men, who fled from the east side of Mosul to the west side after the Coalition heavy bombing. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on Daesh in Ghizlani camp south of Mosul, killing many terrorists and destroying vehicles and weapons storehouses. The warplanes also destroyed Daesh secret locations and communications towers in the area. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed 2 Daesh security officials near Hammam Al-Alil.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating houses in the Salamiya area southeast of Mosul, accusing the houses’ owners of joining the tribal mobilization forces. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh has previously kidnapped and killed more than 200 people from this area. 

 

Daesh issues a video of American bombing on the Wadi Hajar area in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Sadiq Al-Sultani, the Babel Governor, says security forces arrested the mastermind behind the Haswa soccer field terrorist attack. The Governor says the arrestee is a Daesh member and has confessed his role in the attack. [Sumaria]

 

More videos of the first moments of the terrorist attack on the soccer field in Haswa [YouTube]

[Channel 4 News]

DaeshDaily comment. Hamid Hadeed, the Al-Jazeera Iraq office manager, a strong Daesh supporter, tweeted happily that PMF fighters were killed in the explosion. He forgot to mention that 17 of the victims were 10-16 years old. This is the type of media that controls the Arab world.

 

The Governor also reported that security authorities arrested two persons who confessed to participating in planning the attack on the Al-Athar checkpoint in Babel earlier this month. [Harbi]

 

Two terrorists confessed they brought the truck bomb from Anbar to the suicide bomber for the Al-Athar checkpoint attack. One of them said he was paid USD 500. [Mada]

 

The National Powers Alliance (Sunni) pleaded with Prime Minister Al-Abadi to stop revenge actions in Haswa and Iskandariya being carried out by a “dominant militia.” A statement by the Union said that despite the fact that most of the victims at the popular soccer field were Sunnis, tens of people have been kidnapped and a whole family and a mosque guard were killed in retaliation. The Union warned of a reaction that could lead to sectarian war.  [Sumaria]

 

Sadiq Al-Sultani, the Governor of Babel, said that changes in security commands of Iskandariya will take place shortly, following the deadly attack on a soccer field, adding that a terror group related to this attack was arrested in a guesthouse in the city. He said that Wilayat Al-Janoub (southern province command) Al-Bara sector of Daesh is responsible for both the soccer field and the checkpoint attack. [Mada]

 

Mansour Al-Baiji, a CoR member for Babel, said that the 12,000 man security force of Babel is not enough to protect the 2 million person province. He demanded that the central government send more troops and modern equipment to reinforce security there, in recognition that Babel is the gateway to all the central and southern provinces. [Mawazin]

 

Basra

A man wanted for terrorism was arrested at Al-Sayyid checkpoint. He was carrying a Glock pistol and a magazine, Joint Operations Command said. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

The Turkish Prime Minister said on Sunday that the areas between Mosul and Aleppo represent a “safety belt” for Turkey. He said Turkey sent troops to Mosul so that Daesh or the PKK could not use that “belt”. [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. The distinguished Prime Minister should make better use of maps. Turkey sent troops to Bashiqa, decidedly east of Mosul and not between Mosul and Aleppo.

 

Security developments

The YPG says that Turkish units fired two shells across the border on the city of Qamishli and then opened fire on YPG fighters who rushed to the scene. The YPG said it would file a complaint with the monitors of the Syrian truce about the incidents. [Hawar]

 

Turkish police arrested six Syrian nationals in the city of Gaziantep on suspicion of belonging to Daesh and of preparing to make a car bombing attack on Turkish soil, according to a statement issued Sunday by the provincial government. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into Jalal village southeast of Shaddadi and planted IEDs, killing four YPG fighters. Daesh also says it shelled the village with mortars. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh’s seemingly proud message is really from weakness. It lost Shaddadi and was pushed further back. Apparently it doesn’t expect to return there soon. Now it can only say it sneaked a few guys into some village to kill people for no military advantage.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Opposition militia repelled a Daesh attack on the southern outskirts of Mare’ north of Aleppo on Sunday night, wounding several Daesh members and forcing the attacking Daesh fighters to retreat. Heavy clashes also erupted Sunday between opposition militias and YPG fighters near Azaz in which opposition fighters advanced into YPG-held turf under cover of mortar fire that injured YPG members. [Qasioun]

 

Coalition planes struck Daesh sites in more than ten raids on the city of Jarabulus Monday amid ground battles on both sides of the Euphrates River. Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces traded artillery and heavy gunfire along the River stretching from the Turkish border to the Tishrin Dam, according to a YPG source. A media activist said that Daesh and the SDF also engaged in direct ground combat in multiple areas east of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Mare’. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops with mortars in Tal Al-Ta’ana in Aleppo’s eastern countrywide. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists conducted a suicide attack on Syrian troops east of Khanaser in Aleppo’s countryside on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

After the Syrian victory expelling Daesh from Tadmur (Palmyra) on Sunday, Syrian Army troops attempted Monday to storm the city of Qaryatayn, also in the Homs countryside, but Daesh stopped their advance. [Qasioun]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army armored vehicle and a tank in clashes near Al-Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

Eleven Syrian Army officers and 48 soldiers were killed in the operations to expel Daesh from Tadmur, according to a list compiled by an opposition Syrian news site. Nearly all of the dead hail from Tartus, with the remainder mostly from Latakia or Salhab. Only two of the total 59 dead were from other areas, one from Homs and one from Hama (photos and list of names in Arabic). [Arabi21]

 

A video of the destruction Daesh caused in Palmyra. [SANA]

 

Syrian military copters are already taking off and landing from the Tadmur military airport, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has announced. [Erem]

 

Daesh briefly captured a Syrian tank unit in the countryside east of Homs on Monday, according to Daesh media and according to a local activist. The activist said that Daesh fighters captured the tanks in a surprise attack and held them briefly before being forced to retreat under heavy Syrian artillery fire and Russian airstrikes. At least 23 Syrian soldiers were killed in the fighting, some in a Russian air raid that hit a Syrian position in error, the activist said. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of American and Turkish bombing on Toqali village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh claimed during the weekend it recaptured the village from Syrian opposition groups.

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Al-Mahjoura battalion base near the T4 airbase, killing 23 Syrian soldiers before returning safely. Daesh says some of the soldiers were killed mistakenly by a Russian airstrike. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of weapons it got after capturing the battalion. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists, for the second day in a row, stopped Nusra attacks on its locations in West Qalamoun, killing 17 Nusra fighters including a military commander. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian aircraft committed a “massacre” in Deir Ez-Zor in the Daesh-held Al-Kanamat neighborhood on Sunday, an activist said. Six civilians were killed and eight others wounded in multiple Syrian raids on the area, the source said. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops with mortars in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Russian planes dropped weapons and ammunition to the Syrian troops trapped in Deir Ez-Zor and its airport. Daesh says 2 parachutes fell on areas it controls; each one had more than 150 shells. [A3maq]

 

South

Damascus

Tensions are reportedly at high levels between the pro-Daesh Ansar group and Nusra Front members in the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus, owing to a turf dispute between the two sides over Daesh’s presence in the “Street 15” area of the camp. Residents fear a return to violent clashes between the two groups. [Qasioun]

 

Daraa

An unspecified number of fighters of the “Muthanna Movement” militia believed to be tied to Daesh have defected from the group in Daraa and formed a separate militia, according to a statement issued Monday, which announced the name of the new militia as the “Murabitoun Brigade.” The statement said it would cut all ties with the Muthanna Movement but it would not withdraw from the “Al-Binyan Operations Room” of the “Southern Front,” which opposes the Syrian government. [ARA]

 

Opposition and Islamic militias repelled an attack by the Muthanna Movement and its ally “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” in the city of Hayt northwest of Daraa, just north of Jordan. As many as 15 Yarmouk and Muthanna fighters were killed in heavy battles that caused destruction and fires in civilian property in the city, according to militia and local sources. An emir of the Muthanna Movement, “Abu Omar Al-Munadi,” was one of those killed in the fighting in Hayt. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Anadolu]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

Heavy fighting erupted Monday between Daesh and Nusra Front partisans near the northeastern Lebanese cities of Arsal and Ras Baalbek on the Syrian border. Daesh conducted heavy raids on Nusra positions in Lebanon as fighting between the two groups spilled over from Syria. As many as 18 Nusra fighters were killed and six captured, while 14 Daesh militants died in the fighting, according to Reuters. [Erem] [Reuters (English)]

 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Al-Azhar’s “Observatory,” which monitors various Islamic trends, has released a report which says that up to 55 percent of Daesh’s recruits are teenagers, upon whom Daesh depends after its series of defeats in Syria and Iraq. A new generation of female recruits has been attracted to Daesh with the dream of carrying out suicide attacks, as opposed to the dream of marriage and procreation in an earlier wave of female Daesh recruits, the report says. The report also says that Daesh tries to attract young people for whom a relatively incomplete education in Islam has left them with a “weakness of religious faith,” according to the Observatory. [Aawsat]

 

North Sinai

Civilians in Sheikh Zuweid captured three Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militants Monday as they were planting roadside IEDs around the Abu Tawila village south of Sheikh Zuweid. The three were then handed over to the authorities. [VetoGate]

 

Thirty Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants were killed and 12 civilian prisoners freed in raids south of Sheikh Zuweid on Monday, security sources said. Five Ansar members were detained in one of the raids, the sources added. [VetoGate]

 

At least 20 “Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis” militants were killed and at least 32 others were injured in multiple raids on Saturday and Sunday in and around Rafah. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Two people were injured Sunday when a mortar shell fell on a house in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian troops reportedly raided an Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis media center on Sunday in an unspecified North Sinai location, seizing computers and audiovisual equipment that were used for the production of its “Sinai 24” media outlet. [VetoGate]

 

North Sinai Security Directorate denied reports on Daesh media on Monday that an IED exploded in Arish that injured police personnel. [VetoGate]

 

An IED exploded on an armored security vehicle at the entrance to Arish on Saturday, injuring four policemen, a security source said. [ElWatan]

Police in Arish found and defused a roadside IED containing 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives on Sunday. [VetoGate]

An IED exploded on an armored security vehicle in Arish on Sunday. No injuries were reported. [VetoGate] However, a second source reported an IED exploding on a security vehicle in Arish Sunday, reportedly injuring an unspecified number of soldiers. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army M60 vehicle near Tawil village east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Intermittent fighting continued on Saturday in the “400” neighborhood of Derna as Daesh fighters made attempts to infiltrate the area, sparking battles between its fighters on the one side and Mujahedin Derna Shura Council (MDSC) fighters and local militia allies on the other. As of Sunday a well placed source reported that the area was experiencing relative calm. The MDSC and their militia allies also used heavy weaponry to target Daesh snipers in the Al-Hajaj area on the eastern Derna waterfront who were covering Daesh’s advance, the source said. The Al-Fata’ih heights area overlooking the city was also seeing relative calm, the source added, which was broken from time to time by sporadic exchanges of gunfire and at least one air raid by Libyan fighters targeting Daesh positions. [Wasat]

 

Sporadic fighting has erupted over the last three days as Libyan troops continue their siege of Daesh fighters inside the sprawling Benghazi cement plant complex in the Al-Hawari neighborhood. The fighting came amid Libyan airstrikes on Daesh positions in the complex according to local witnesses. Mortar shelling has also been reported on the complex.  [AfriGate]

 

Fighting between Libyan military units and unspecified militants in the rural area of Um Mabrouka, south of Benghazi city, killed one Libyan soldier, according to the spokesman of the Libyan special forces. The spokesman said that the area is now is under Army control. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Central Coast

Four Tunisian and Algerian Daesh commanders arrived in Sirte after leaving Sabratha following the clashes that took place in the latter city in the last month, local sources said. The commanders were accompanied by a group of Tunisian youth from Ben Guerdane, the sources added. The group were received by other Tunisian Daesh leaders in Sirte and taken to the Daesh stronghold of Dhahir west of Sirte, the sources said. The sources also added that American planes struck a Daesh training center in Sirte. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian authorities seized an ammunition and explosives cache in a rural area on the Libyan border near Ben Guerdane on Saturday, the Interior Ministry announced. The cache included explosive vests and various forms of IEDs, Kalashnikov rifles, silencers, and detonators. A security source said that Tunisian authorities were still searching the premises. [Ean]

 

Other countries

Belgium

Daesh issued more video messages threatening more attacks. [Isdarat] [Isdarat] [Isdarat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Yalla, a news and variety page from Iraq

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/oxxxxvxxxxo

https://twitter.com/wilayat_alraqqa

https://twitter.com/qdsdf1

https://twitter.com/basa___3399

https://twitter.com/agdfjg_jamenddg

 

 

 

March 25, 2016

Marines in Makhmur

Today’s Major Developments

 

Iraqi forces recapture Kubaisa; residents celebrate in the streets.

Ninewa campaign moves further into Qayara as local residents turn on Daesh.

Yazidi PMFs, Shammar tribal fighters liberate border villages in Sinjar.

Daesh calls for general mobilization in Mosul.

#2 Daesh leader killed by Coalition airstrikes in Syria.

Dueling prayer services enliven political debate about cabinet reform.

Daesh suicide bomber kills at least 30 at north Babel soccer field.

Daesh issues videos to taunt Belgium; Belgium sending fighter planes to attack Daesh.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The Alliance of National Power, the Sunni coalition, issued a statement saying it supports the reforms and the cabinet change “even if it is comprehensive,” as long as it comes within clear constitutional procedures. It also said that “street power” should not be used to push for changes “outside the constitution” (an obvious reference to Al-Sadr). [Sumaria]

The Minister of Planning, a member of the ANP, says he submitted his resignation to PM Abadi in order to give the PM a chance to move ahead with the reforms without pressure.

An informed source has said the Minister of Interior submitted his resignation to Hadi Al-Ameri, the leader of the Badr Organization. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The last item reflects the problem Al-Abadi most needs to solve.

 

Thousands demonstrated in Baghdad, Basra, Amarah, Nasariya, Kut, Kerbala, Hilla, and Diwaniya, demanding acceleration of reforms and more anti-corruption measures. [Sumaria]

Hundreds of people also demonstrated in Samarra, after a Sunni-Shia united prayer, supporting the demands of the demonstrators in Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Thousands of people held a Sunni-Shia united prayer near the Green Zone, led by a Sadrist imam. [Sumaria]

Moqtada Al-Sadr said in a statement read by the imam of the prayer service that if CoR members vote against the reforms, demonstrations and sit-ins will be directed against them. Sadr threatened to take “another step” on Saturday if Abadi doesn’t submit a technocrat government on Saturday. Sadr also promised to support Abadi’s reforms if they are “satisfactory”. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The sheer arrogance of the man can be seen from this story. The COR members are subject to his personal retaliation; the Prime Minister is subject to his personal retaliation; the reform program is subject to his personal approval. The implication is that he considers himself the real leader of Iraq. People looking for the causes of Iraq’s political problems could learn a lot just from his statement.

 

The Dawa Party issued a statement responding to Sadr’s threat, saying that threatening the people’s representatives is unacceptable politically, constitutionally, and morally. It also said any bloc that demands reforms should not play the compromise game and should not cover up for its corrupt officials. [Rudaw]

 

Security developments

The Pentagon announced that the #2 man in Daesh, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Qaduli, also known as Abu Al-Ala Al-Afri and called “Haj Imam,” was killed in a Coalition airstrike in Syria earlier this month. (Photo) [Mawazin] US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said “we killed him, but I cannot tell you where and when.”  The deceased was the supposed “finance minister” of Daesh, who, Carter said, was about to take the place of the late Abu Omar Al-Shishani (killed by a previous airstrike) as second in command of Daesh. [Arabi21] Al-Qaduli also used several other aliases. [IraqPress]

Carter said “we hit the first echelon of Daesh leaders this week.” He also praised the Iraqi armed forces performance on the ground, and confirmed that US Marines are providing artillery support in Ninewa. [Mawazin]

 

All roads leading to Tahrir Square and the Green Zone were cut off by security forces, forcing the people to walk for long distances. This was in anticipation of the unified mass prayer called for by Moqtada Al-Sadr in front of the Green Zone.[ Mada]

A security source in Baghdad said that Counter Terror forces were deployed in the Green Zone for the first time, a sign of the high state of alert among army and security forces. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC reported that a Coalition airstrikes on the Al-Wihda neighborhood in the city killed Ayman Nameer, a Daesh leader, and killed and wounded 36 others. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a group of PMFs in Abu Dsheer in Dora in south Baghdad, killing or wounding several of them. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, any civilian in Baghdad is a PMF fighter according to Daesh.

 

Security-related incidents reported in Baghdad

North Baghdad

An IED placed in the popular Souq Shallal in Shaab city wounded four civilians. [Maalomah]

 

East Baghdad

The body of a man shot to death was found in Al-Ameen. [Sumaria]

Southeast Baghdad

An IED near the brick factories area in Nahrawan killed 2 civilians and wounded 6 others. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

An armed attack on a house in Arab Jabour killed a civilian and his brother. [Mada]

Daesh says it killed a Sahwa fighter with an IED in Sayafiya in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee in Sour in Arab Jabour with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside it. [JustPaste]

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 3 booby-trapped houses in Haramsha in Arab Jabour. [BOC Facebook Page]

DaeshDaily comment. What happened to the promise that Daesh had been eliminated in Arab Jabour? Since that bold statement, it has led the city in violent incidents.

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED placed near a Health Center in Furat neighborhood, killed 1 civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

An IED in a commercial area in Bayya’, killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a car killed a jeweler and wounded his wife in Al-Adel neighborhood. [AIN]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Joint Operations Command specified three safe routes for the Falluja population to exit the city. The first is through Albu Alwan Bridge, alongside the Euphrates, then towards Subaihat, reaching Saqlawiya Bridge. The second is over the new Falluja bridge, to Subaihat, and then to Saqlawiya Bridge. The third would be from either the old or the new bridge towards Al-Salam junction and then to the location of Iraqi army units. [Mawazin]

 

Col. Ahmed Kareem Bdewi, commander of the 3rd battalion of the Qarma mobilization announced the liberation of Zaghareed and Talea villages in Saqlawiya, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. Two car bombs and three guesthouses were destroyed. He said Daesh is using car bombs and mortars to delay the army advance. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 28 terrorists and wounded 3 and destroyed a vehicle and 2 motorcycles in several areas in Falluja District. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Ashura, a PMFs faction, captured the Qarma Bridge that leads to Falluja. [Harbi]

A video of Saraya Ashura in Saqlawiya [Harbi]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers getting attacked by Daesh terrorists during a TV filming in Qarma [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, Commander of Anbar Operations (AOC), said that Army Aviation helicopters destroyed three Daesh hideouts and a pickup truck in the Al-Ubaid area in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing all terrorists inside. He added that engineering units of the 15th and 16th divisions cleared and destroyed 65 IEDs and two explosives belts in Sajariya and al-Qarya Al-Asriya, while the 8th division defused 10 IEDs in Albu Daaij, north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Three Daesh terrorists were killed by army units while planting an IED on a main road leading to Jazeera Khaldiya, a security source in Anbar said.  [Maalomah]

 

A video show displaced families from Qarya Asriya, happy to get rid of Daesh. [YouTube]

 

A video shows Counter Terrorism troops in Anbar [YouTube]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) formally announced the liberation of Kubaisa, killing 40 terrorists. Army units are clearing IEDs, mines, and war remains from the city. [Buratha]

The Chairman of Hit District Council also announced that Iraqi Army and tribal fighters liberated Kubaisa and raised the Iraqi flag over its public buildings. He also says “tens” of Daesh terrorists were killed and 4 vehicle bombs were destroyed. [Mada] The IWMC also issued the happy news

[Mawazin]

 

IWMC says the Kubaisa population received army units with cheers, flowers, and sweets. (Photo) [Mawazin] Another report says they celebrated with singing and dancing, and musical instruments appeared on the streets for the first time in a long time. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC also reported, however, that the army requested the Kubaisa population to stay in their homes until the city is fully cleared. [Mawazin]

 

In his meeting with US Ambassador Stuart Jones, parliament speaker Salim Al-Jubouri praised army units for their liberation of Kubaisa, and asked them to treat the suffering population of the liberated city in a knightly manner. He thanked the US for its aerial support, which he says was vital in the operation. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC said that Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh hideout in Kubaisa, killing all terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

A Jazeera Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle bomb that was threatening Iraqi forces near Kubaisa. [Harbi]

 

General Ali Ibrahim Daba’oun said that the operations to liberate Hit and Kubaisa have resulted in killing 13 terrorists. He added that Counter Terrorism, Rapid Intervention, and tribal fighters are advancing under air cover by Iraqi Army Aviation (IAA) and Coalition warplanes, which killed 9 terrorists and destroyed a car bomb in Kubaisa. [Sumaria]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists near Kubaisa. IAA helicopters killed 3 Daesh snipers and destroyed a personnel carrier, killing the terrorists inside.  [MoD Website]

 

A video of Iraqi forces going to Kubaisa [YouTube]

 

Haditha

A Daesh convoy with 4 vehicle bombs and a shovel bomb was destroyed by IAA helicopters while approaching a checkpoint near Baghdadi, according to Lt. Saadoun Al-Ubaidi, spokesman of the 14th Rapid Intervention brigade. He said that all terrorists in the convoy were killed. [Maalomah]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of life in Rutba [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s like clockwork; when Daesh is losing, it publishes innocuous photos intended to show that everything is fine. They should take Rutba photos while they can.

 

A video of Daesh terrorists executing an Iraqi tribal fighter somewhere in western Anbar. [YouTube]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Lt. General Jumaa Enad, Commander of Salahuddin Operations, ordered a state of alert for all forces in multiple sectors, the MoD said. It added that a fortified building and several positions in Makhoul Mountains were shelled by Kornet missiles, killing Daesh terrorists inside. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions on the Baiji-to-Haditha Road, killing 12 soldiers. [A3maq]

 

A video of PMFs fighting Daesh in the Makhoul Mountains area [Harbi]

A video of Daesh terrorists’ dead bodies after a failed attack in the Himrin Mountains [YouTube]

 

Samarra

A video of PMFs clashing with Daesh in Jazeera Samarra [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Baquba, says the Chief of Diyala Police. [Sumaria]

Northern Diyala

A roadside IED exploded in Akbashi, 25 km (15.5 miles) south of Khanaqin, and killed three Peshmerga soldiers and severely wounded another, a local source in Diyala said. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Peshmerga vehicle near Khanaqin, killing a Peshmerga brigadier general and several of his associates. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Iraqi Air Force warplanes destroyed Daesh hideouts in Al-Riyadh subdistrict of Hawija, killing tens of Daesh terrorists, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

A Coalition airstrike on a Daesh gathering in Hawija killed 37. [Buratha]

 

Taza

Karim Al-Nouri, a leading PMF figure, warned against any secret plans for “annexing lands” after liberation, (an obvious reference to the Kurds). He said this kind of idea serves Daesh.

Speaking of Bashir liberation, Al-Nouri said that such a battle requires adequate preparation, as Bashir is connected to Al-Rashad and Al-Riyadh subdistricts, still held by Daesh, and that a more comprehensive liberation operation is required in this area. [Buratha]

 

IAA helicopters destroyed a Daesh sniper position and killed everyone inside, in Bashir village, Joint Operations command said. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

An airborne operation (no details provided) by US forces resulted in the arrest of the high-ranking official responsible for the private mail of Awwad Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader, a security source in Ninewa said. The operation took place in Rabia, in Tal Afar. [Mada]

 

Makhmur/ Qayara

Joint forces continued their advance in Qayara. Meanwhile, a military source says Qayara residents and tribesmen are controlling over 80% of the subdistrict, after fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists. The rebellion is coinciding with the recent army advances towards the subdistrict. [Maalomah]

A field source in Ninewa said that Daesh ordered its units to withdraw from some Ninewa areas. The source speculated that a possible reason could be the internal rebellion against Daesh in these areas. [Maalomah]

 

Unidentified armed men raised the Iraqi flag over the municipal council building in Qayara, a local source said. However, surrounding areas are still witnessing clashes between advancing army forces and Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

15th army division artillery and rocket launchers shelled Daesh targets in Qayara, killing 25 Daesh members, a security source said. Army and security forces are preparing to liberate the entire Qayara subdistrict shortly. [Mawazin] Qayara is the southernmost subdistrict of Mosul District.

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi Army artillery shelled Daesh locations in several villages in Qayara subdistrict, preparing to liberate them. [Mada]

Photos show US Marines participating in Al-Fath military operation. [Ghad]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed a Daesh hideout in Awsaja village in Qayara, killing 7 and wounding 11 terrorists. [Buratha]

 

The Iraqi flag was raised over Kharbadaran village in Qayara after it was fully cleared. Several Daesh terrorists, including snipers, were killed in the village, local sources said. [Sumaria]

 

The village of Kodila was fully cleared of IEDs and mines by the 15th army division and local residents, according to Ninewa Operations Command. The Iraqi flag was raised in the village. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army convoy near Kodila with 2 suicide attacks. Daesh says an Iraqi and a foreign terrorist drove the two vehicle bombs. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official, reported said Kodila village as well as Kermerdi, Salahiya, and Sultan Abdullah, the last just into Hamdaniya province, were cleared of IEDs and mines after liberation, and joint patrols have started in these villages to observe for possible Daesh infiltrations. He added that Mahana and Al-Nassr villages, both liberated, have a lot of booby-trapped houses that still need to be cleared. Daesh used all of these villages to shell Army and Peshmerga positions in Makhmur. [Sumaria]

Al-Nassr village south of Makhmur was only liberated a matter of hours ago, according to Sourachi. He added that Iraqi army units took full control of the village and raised the Iraqi flag thereon at 7:43 PM. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says one of its Indonesian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb near Kermerdi village, destroying 3 Humvees and killing the soldiers inside them. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

Daesh also says a Syrian suicide terrorist accompanied by another terrorist killed ten Iraqi soldiers near Kermerdi. Daesh says the Syrian terrorist detonated himself while the other returned safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says its terrorists destroyed 2 Iraqi Army Humvees in Makhmur. [A3maq]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi forces defused 140 IEDs and destroyed 2 vehicle bombs in the liberated areas in Makhmur District. [Mada]

 

Mosul            

An IAF attack based on National Intelligence Agency information destroyed several Daesh armored vehicles and heavy weapons hidden in the Ghabat area north of Mosul near the dairy. The weapons belonged to Daesh’s “armored regiment”, the IWMC said. [Sumaria]

 

A sermon in Daesh controlled mosques in Mosul called for a general mobilization, to join Daesh in confronting “the infidels attacking the Caliphate territories”. A source in Ninewa said Daesh is telling the population that the advancing forces will take revenge against them for supporting Daesh if they are caught. [Buratha]

Local sources also said that Daesh is moving the bulk of its forces to the right (west) side of Mosul which is more heavily populated and so more difficult for planes and artillery to target. unlike the left (east side).

DaeshDaily comment. Didn’t they just move a lot of people from west to east Mosul for defensive reasons?

The same source said that recent advances of Iraqi forces south of Mosul had a positive impact on the population, and has encouraged several armed groups to issue threats of revenge against Daesh. [PUKMedia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh security official in his vehicle near the Islah area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

The KM also says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist near Mosul airport.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Coalition airstrikes destroyed a Daesh position and two trucks carrying AA guns, and killed 8 terrorists, in Al-Thawra in western Mosul. [Buratha]

 

A Ninewa Police commander says police units are participating with the Iraqi Army in Ninewa liberations operations. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Ninewa police officers who really wanted to join the war against Daesh accepted the Iraqi government offer and went to the Speicher base in Salahuddin to be trained. Those who refused and wanted to stay comfortable in Erbil joined former governor Nujaifi. 

 

34 Daesh bodies were received by the morgue in Mosul. 10 were of Arab and European nationalities, all arriving from battlefields in Makhmur. Daesh denied public access to several hospitals in preparation for receiving more bodies, a medical source said. [Sumaria]

Nineveh Plain

A Coalition airstrike destroyed a hideout in Khorsabad village, killing 26 terrorists, including Khalid Talib, a Daesh leader. [Buratha]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Yazidi PMF and fighters from the large Shammar tribe liberated the areas of Um Al-Diban and Um Jurais in Sinjar, on the Iraq-Syria border, after killing tens of Daesh terrorists, according to the JOC. The Iraqi flag was raised over this strategic border point again, cutting off a main supply line between Iraq and Syria. The JOC said the operation took weeks of planning. [Sumaria]

The commander of the Sinjar Resistance Units (YPS) says his troops liberated three villages near Baaj from Daesh after 15 days of fighting. He says 17 of his fighters were killed in addition to 84 Daesh terrorists. He says by liberating these villages a road was open between Kurdistan and Kurdish areas in Syria. [Rudaw]

 

The YPS issued a statement saying liberating the villages is the first step towards liberating Mosul. It also says it has 1,600 fighters participating in these military operations in coordination with the Iraqi government and “some regional powers” and they are supported by the People’s Defense Forces (HPG) and Free Women’s Troops (YJA Star). [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. The YPS, HPG and YJA are linked to the YPG, who helped the Yazidi people against Daesh, along with the PKK. But it is interesting to see that the Iraqi government is on board also!

 

Southern Ninewa (Baaj, Hatra)

An attack on the Silo checkpoint between Baaj and Sinjar, where terrorists were gathering, killed 17 terrorists, including Abdul Hameed Al-Burkan (Abu Omar), a Daesh leader. [Buratha]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Khairi Buzani, director of Yazidi affairs in the Kurdistan region, said that 12 Yazidis, including women and children, were liberated from Daesh in “Iraq and Syria,” He did not mention where they were captured. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A suicide attacker detonated himself on a popular football (soccer) field in Al-Haswa, in Iskandariya subdistrict, north of Hilla, according to security sources. [Mawazin] Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [Ghad] Daesh initially said that 45 were killed and 80 wounded, all from PMF units gathering on the field. [Ghad] However, Falah Al-Khafaji, Chairman of the Babel PC Security Committee said that the field was hosting a football match attended by some of the subdistrict officials. [Mada] Ahmed Al-Khafaji, the subdistrict manager, was among those killed, while Hassoun Hussein, an AAH militia official, was wounded. [Sumaria]

Falah Al-Khafaji initially estimated casualties at 10 killed and 10 wounded. [Mada]  The Musayyib council estimated 15 killed and 30 wounded. [Sumaria] The final count according to medical sources in Babel is 30 killed and 95 wounded. [Sumaria] Daesh later claimed that 65 PMFs were killed and tens wounded. [A3maq]

Daesh Daily comment. Daesh’s claim that it attacked PMFs is standard propaganda. The implication is that it is killing Shia militiamen, which is supposed to win approval from Sunnis. Reality is that they kill civilians almost indiscriminately, Sunnis as well as Shia, then cover it up with their propaganda. In mixed-sect north Babel, there were likely victims of both sects, and probably very few were PMFs.

 

A video of the football tournament and then the first moment of the terrorist attack in Haswa. [YouTube] The video shows a soccer game, not PMFs marching onto the field.

 

Basra

Armed men shot four civilians dead and wounded another in Al-Hussein neighborhood in downtown Basra, a security source in Basra said. [Sumaria]

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Belgium of being soft on militant groups and committing intelligence failures, citing the recent revelation that Turkey had deported one of the attackers in the recent bombings in Brussels, and he was subsequently not held by Belgian authorities. The Turkish President also criticized Belgium for allowing pro-PKK demonstrators to protest at a Turkey-EU summit in the Belgian capital earlier in the month. [Arabi21]

DaeshDaily comment. The seemingly less important PKK demonstration issue is probably Erdogan’s real issue.

 

Military developments

Turkish police arrested six suspected Daesh members in Gaziantep province on Friday, according to a statement issued by the provincial government. It said the detainees are suspected of providing logistical support to Daesh and were planning attacks against UN buildings, security targets, and Kurdish-owned cafes in Turkey and against foreign tourists in Antalya and Istanbul. Turkish courts also ordered that an individual arrested earlier in Gaziantep be transferred for interrogation in connection with the recent deadly bombing in Istanbul that Turkish authorities have linked to Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

Also in Gaziantep, Turkish border guards arrested a Daesh member as he attempted to enter Syria by illicit means, according to a statement issued by the provincial government. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters fought continuing battles with Daesh near Markada south of Hasaka. SDF fighters destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs south of Hasaka Thursday evening before they could reach their targets, according to the SDF. A land mine Daesh planted earlier in Ras Al-Ayn, northwest of Hasaka, exploded and caused civilian injuries. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Opposition militias regained control of the village of Al-Toqali north of Aleppo near the Turkish border on Friday, according to a militia field commander. Daesh retreated after heavy fighting in which over 20 Daesh members were killed or injured, the source said. The militias destroyed several Daesh vehicles, including three vehicle bombs which the opposition fighters destroyed before they reached their targets, the source added. [ARA]

Daesh concedes that Syrian opposition groups captured Toqali, citing their support from 4 American warplanes. [A3maq]

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian opposition groups with two car bombs, after they entered the village, killing several fighters. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

A video of Syrian opposition groups in Toqali. [YouTube]

 

Opposition militia shelling of the Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud with gas canisters killed three civilians on Friday, according to Welati’s correspondent. [Welati]

 

Daesh has required women in the city of Manbij, east of Aleppo, to attend a 15-day course in sharia law, according to announcements it made in mosques on Friday as reported by a local source. [BasNews]

 

Syrian aircraft conducted airstrikes on residential areas of the Daesh-held city of Tadif and village of Abu Taltal, east of Aleppo, on Friday, wounding three civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops in Kaffir Saghir village. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG fighters in Ihris village with Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Fighting continued between Daesh and the Syrian Army in and around the city of Tadmur (Palmyra) on Friday, even after the Syrian Army claimed it had taken back the city from Daesh on Thursday. The Army claimed Friday that it had captured the historic Palmyra citadel, a claim Daesh denied in its own online media. An activist said that some reports said Daesh captured three Syrian soldiers on Thursday. Daesh announced Friday that it had regained sites northwest of Tadmur after losing them to Syrian Army troops on Thursday. A media activist said Daesh fired “hundreds” of mortars on Syrian Army positions north of the city, killing more than eight Syrian soldiers and forcing the remainder into retreat.  [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Residents of Tadmur have been fleeing by the hundreds toward Deir Ez-Zor and other areas under Syrian shelling, Russian airstrikes, and heavy fighting in their city [ARA]

 

A Russian officer was killed in fighting in Tadmur on Thursday, according to the Coordination Center at the Russian base at Khmeimim, southeast of Latakia. The Russian was reportedly involved in targeting operations for Russian airstrikes. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syria Democratic Forces fighters reportedly seized the Al-Maliha area of Deir Ez-Zor governorate on Thursday, marking the first territorial gain by the SDF inside the province. The SDF reportedly advanced 15 km (9 miles) inside Deir Ez-Zor Governorate. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Deir Ez-Zor airport. [JustPaste]

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its fighters in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

South

The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which is linked to Daesh, has announced its control over the city of Sahm Al-Jolan, in the western Daraa countryside, after battles with opposition and Islamic militias. An activist in the area said that the group launched raids on the area Thursday evening. The militias launched mortars at the headquarters of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade but only hit civilian buildings, the source added. [ARA]

 

Daesh posts photos of those terrorists deploying in Sahm Al-Jolan. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Daesh issues a video threatening attacks inside Saudi Arabia. [Isdarat]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters conducted over 40 airstrikes overnight and into the morning against suspected Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis sites in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, and southeast of Arish in North Sinai, according to security sources.  In a statement released Friday evening, the Egyptian Armed Forces said the air raids killed 60 terrorists and injured 40 others, destroyed 27 vehicles, two unlicensed motorcycles, and three pieces of construction equipment, as well as destroying 32 Daesh sites. [EgyArmySpoxFB] [ElWatan]

 

A video released by the Egyptian Armed Forces purportedly shows the airstrikes in North Sinai. [EgyArmySpoxFB]

 

An unknown party threatened the owners of a café on the Arish waterfront next to the Al-Khulafa Al-Rashidoun mosque, causing the owners to close the establishment. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Four mortars fell on a power station north of Benghazi on Thursday, without causing casualties or damage, according to an official from the Authority for Electricity and Alternative Energy. [Wasat]

 

An officer in a Libyan Army engineering unit was killed by a landmine during mine-clearing operations in Benghazi on Thursday, according to the unit’s spokesman. [Wasat]

 

Libyan aircraft from the Al-Abraq Airbase bombed a Daesh weapons cache in Derna’s Al-Hajaj neighborhood on Friday, according to the base’s media officer. [AfriGate]

 

Central Coast

Unidentified warplanes struck a house in Sirte on Friday where Daesh leaders were reportedly residing, one a Yemeni national and another a Tunisian national, according to Libyan media reports. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh executed three people in Sirte on Friday, according to local sources. One of the victims, Ali Naser Al-Qadrawi Al-Gaddafi, was reportedly a member of the military under the pre-2011 regime who was captured by Daesh at his home a month and a half ago. Two other military men were also reportedly executed by Daesh on Friday, according to eyewitnesses who were not able to identify the victims. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Photos purportedly show a demonstration in Sabratha on Friday supporting the Sabratha Operations Room in its battle against Daesh. One of the signs held aloft by a demonstrator reads “We are All Sirte” and another reads “Yes to the Sabratha Field Operations Room.” The Sabratha Municipal Council called for the demonstration in a statement issued earlier. [Wasat (photos)] [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh claimed responsibility for a triple-suicide bombing attack in the Yemeni city of Aden that has reportedly killed at least 26 people so far. The attacks all targeted military checkpoints around Aden. In one, the suicide driver struck with an ambulance laden with explosives. Most of the dead are civilians, according to the spokesman for the local Aden government. [Reuters (English)]

Daesh’s A3maq website says Daesh fighters carried out the Aden attacks. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks on the Arab Coalition headquarter in Aden, killing at least 27 people. [A3maq]

 

Belgium

Daesh issues a video from Deir Ez-Zor about the Brussels attacks. The video explains why Belgium was targeted and shows footage of Daesh members celebrating in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issues a video from Ninewa about the Brussels attacks. The video has messages from Belgian terrorists threatening more attacks and asking the people of Belgium to withdraw their planes from the Coalition. [DawaAlhaq]

 

However, the Belgian government passed its own message. In the wake of this week’s deadly bombing attacks in Brussels, Belgium will be sending its F-16 fighters to participate in air operations against Daesh targets, according to remarks to the press by the Prime Minister on Friday. [Tunisien]

 

Germany

A German court has sentenced a suspected Daesh member of Syrian nationality to a prison sentence on charges of operating with Daesh in Syria in 2013 and 2014 before allegedly entering Germany as a refugee, according to media reports. The man is not suspected of links to any past or planned attacks in Europe but was convicted for supporting Daesh operations in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Daesh page from Ninewa

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/arsnal443

https://twitter.com/boterbeel_hamed

https://twitter.com/tfr4_gdw3

https://twitter.com/AboKital556443

https://twitter.com/jeje55556

 

March 24, 2016

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Today’s Major Developments

 

Ninewa liberation campaign begins, has early success, US Marines support.

Al-Abadi will submit cabinet candidates to parliament next week.

Army, Counter Terrorism troops move in on Kubaisa.

Jazeera Operations Commander survives IED assassination attempt.

Daesh supply route from Raqqa to western Anbar reportedly cut off.

Iraqi helicopters attack Daesh in Bashir village.

Turkey insists it warned Belgium, Netherlands about Brussels bombers.

Syrian Army moves into Palmyra.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi issued a statement congratulating the Iraqi people on the start of Ninewa liberation operations and its success in liberating several villages already. [Sumaria]

 

Abadi’s office issued a statement saying Abadi received the technocrat candidates list provided by the Sadrists and will “deal with it positively” alongside other nominations. Abadi will submit his cabinet candidates list to the CoR next week. [Mada]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr says the committee he formed to choose technocrat candidates should also prepare names for other high ranking offices (including independent commissions and embassies) after its “huge success”. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the Citizen Coalition (ISCI) says the ISCI’s 3 ministers (Oil, Transportation and Sport & Youth) submitted their resignations to PM Abadi. He also says the ISCI refuses to be part of the “mess” created by Abadi regarding the new cabinet. CoR sources say the leader of ISCI, Ammar Al-Hakim, is trying to form a majority Coalition in the CoR that doesn’t include the PM’s State of Law bloc. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Security developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi met with Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) top officers at its headquarters in Baghdad. He discussed with them terrorism threats and security developments, as well as Friday’s expected sit-in, and the necessity to treat demonstrators according to the law and constitution. [Ghad]

 

The Military Intelligence Service is broadcasting confessions of a “very dangerous Daesh group” arrested in Baghdad. A press conference will be held on Saturday at its headquarters in Khadimiya. [AIN]

 

Iskander Witwit, member of the CoR Security Committee, expressed surprise at the non-participation of Iraqi F16s in the war effort against Daesh, calling on the government to turn to Russian weapons suppliers to build the air force. [Mawqif]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Central Baghdad

An IED in Al-Siba’ killed one civilian and wounded 4 others. [Mada]

 

Northwest Baghdad

Two bodies of men shot to death were found in an empty yard in Shula. [Maalomah]

 

North Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to the car of a cosmetics shop owner killed him as he was driving in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

The body of a policeman was found in his house in the Al-Amari neighborhood of Ma’amel. [Sumaria]

A civilian was shot dead in Mashtal by unidentified armed men. [Ghad]

Armed men threw a hand grenade at a house in Baladiyat, causing material damage without any human casualties. [Ghad]

An IED exploded in a Baladiyat neighborhood, wounding 4 civilians. [AIN]

An IED placed near a popular coffee shop in Sadr City wounded two civilians. [Ghad]

 

Southeast Baghdad

A policeman was shot dead in Jisr Diyala. [Ghad]

Armed men in a 4-wheel drive car kidnapped a child as he left his school in Zafaraniya. [Ghad]

An IED placed near a coffee shop in Mada’in killed a civilian and wounded four others. [Maalomah]

According to the BOC, 42nd army brigade found a hideout in Bawi, containing one IED, five mortar shells, and several detonators.

 

South Baghdad

An IED exploded in a commercial area in Wihda, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

A roadside IED targeting a police patrol in Yusufiyah killed one policeman and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED that exploded near car dealerships in Bayya’ killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED killed one civilian and wounded six others in Iskan. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   16    (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition conducted 26 airstrikes in Iraq and 8 in Syria. Iraq raids were aimed at Daesh targets in Hit, Mosul, Qayara, and Sinjar, destroying several vehicles, mortars, and weapons storage houses. Attacks in Syria were in Manbij, Mare’, Palmyra, and Al-Hawl, destroying seven Daesh positions, and 3 tactical units. [Mawazin]

More details on the airstrikes [CJTF]

 

The summary on Coalition air attacks from March 15-21 in Iraq and Syria was 223 airstrikes that either destroyed their targets completely or seriously damaged them, according to the Coalition command. The statement mentioned Mosul University buildings that had been turned into Daesh command centers since late 2014. (photo) [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Sabah Karhout, Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council called on the government to expedite the Falluja liberation operation, while Sa’ud Jassem , another PC member, called for the participation of US forces, saying the Anbar government welcomes such participation. [Mawqif]

 

COR Speaker Al-Jubouri issued a statement after meeting with UNAMI’s chief, Ján Kubiš, saying that Falluja should be liberated as soon as possible to save the families trapped in the city.  [Sumaria]

The Anbar Governor issued a statement asking that humanitarian assistance to Falluja be sent by air for now. He says Daesh has booby-trapped the roads around the city, preventing supplies from reaching citizens. [Sumaria]

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Anbar PC warns of a famine in Falluja and asks PM Abadi to intervene or resign. [Mada]

 

PMF media said that Saraya Ashura of the PMFs started an operation to clear north and east of Saqlawiya in cooperation with army units. It said that this will continue until the area is fully cleared. [Harbi] Army and PMF units also recovered the Qarma Bridge east of Falluja in the course of the attack. [Maalomah]

 

Col. Khamis Al-Halbousi, commander of Qarma Tribal Mobilization, said that his forces killed 4 suicide terrorists who tried to attack them in the technical institute in Saqlawiya. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version says Iraqi Army units and PMFs, supported by Coalition planes, attacked its positions near the technical institute, but it stopped the attack, destroying a vehicle and forcing the troops to flee. [JustPaste]

 

The BOC said that the 14th army division killed 4 terrorists and wounded 3 others in Albu Shijil, Qarma, and Taqsim, while 30 IEDs were destroyed by the 1st division engineering units in Subaihat in Qarma. [Mawazin]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Albu Shijil. [JustPaste]

 

The PMF media said that Al-Tayar Al-Risali regiments of the PMF destroyed a fuel tanker near Bawaba Al-Qarma. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

Waleed Khalid Hamid, a wanted terrorist, was arrested by Anbar Operations Command (AOC) units, according to General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, its commander. He said that the terrorist was hiding among civilians in Jaraishi.  He added that 73rd army brigade defused 61 IEDs and destroyed two Jahannam rockets and one explosive belt in Sajariya and Albu Risha. In Zangoura, a weapon cache containing Jahannam rockets and mortar shells and 45 IEDs were destroyed, while two booby-trapped houses were defused.  [Sumaria]

Unfortunately, Major Ahmed Al-Alwani of Anbar Police was killed while trying to defuse an IED on the road leading from Ramadi to Zera’a. [Maalomah]

 

A video of 2 Daesh terrorists captured by Iraqi forces in Ramadi District [YouTube]

A video of Daesh vehicles and weapons captured by Iraqi forces in Zangoura [YouTube]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

General Al-Mahalawi said 26 terrorists were killed, three vehicle bombs destroyed, and 40 IEDs defused in the Basatin area east of Hit. He said that the next few hours will witness the arrival of more reinforcements and Coalition air attacks to finalize the liberation of Hit and Kubaisa. [BasNews]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed 9 Daesh vehicles carrying rocket launching platforms in Hijjiya Valley west of the Kubaisa cement factory. The airstrike was based on intelligence provided by the National Security Agency, IWMC said. [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC said that army and security units have not entered Kubaisa yet, denying some news reports. It said that army units are proceeding according to the plan set, and asked everybody who seeks truth to refer to competent parties for information. [Sumaria]

 

However, army units have captured two neighborhoods west of Kubaisa, south of Hit, say sources at Jazeera Operations Command. The two neighborhoods are the industrial area and Hay Al-Timman. [Sumaria]

 

Mohammed Al-Hiti, Chairman of Hit District Council, says Iraqi forces liberated Al-Khidhir and Wadi Al-Hijjiya near Kubaisa after heavy clashes, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says Iraqi forces are preparing to liberate Kubaisa in the coming hours. [Mada]

 

The Chairman also says the 7th army division found three tunnels extending from the Kubaisa cement factory to the center of Kubaisa city. These have been used by Daesh to elude airstrikes. The tunnels were of 1 km, 500 meters, and 5 km in length; all were destroyed by the army units. [Sumaria]

 

General Sami Al-Aridhi, commander of special operations in the Counter Terrorism Service, said that Kubaisa will be liberated in the coming few hours, and that Iraqi forces are in full control of Mhamdi. Troops are busy evacuating civilians towards safer areas. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh issues the story of one of its top leaders, a terrorist from Jubba called Abu Farouq, who participated in many AQI and Daesh activities and was captured then released after the second Falluja battle. He later became Daesh’s military commander in west Anbar.  Daesh says he was killed by a Coalition airstrike while he was leading an attack on Saqqar base in western Anbar. [Isdarat]

 

A video of Iraqi forces securing families in Hit district [ISOF]

Videos of Iraqi forces advancing in Hit district [Ghadeer] [Ghadeer] [Ghadeer]

 

Army helicopters destroyed construction shovel and vehicle bombs before they could reach the security barrier in Rzeyej east of Baghdadi, a source in Anbar Police said. [Maalomah]

 

Haditha

General Ali Ibrahim Daba’oun, Commander of Jazeera Operations, survived an assassination attempt by IED, which targeted his convoy on the road connecting Baghdadi to Haditha. Daba’oun said in a statement that he is safe and well, but five of his escorts were wounded, including Lt. Col. Waleed Khalid, his office director. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version says a group of its fighters sneaked into the Haqlaniya railroad area and planted several IEDs. When Daba’oun’s convoy arrived, they detonated the IEDs, destroying 3 vehicles, then attacked the convoy with light and midsize weapons, killing 12 soldiers and wounding others and forcing the rest to flee. As usual in such Daesh reports, all Daesh terrorists returned safely after the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Western Anbar

Mohammed Al-Hiti, Chairman of Hit District Council, said army units backed by Coalition air attacks have cut off the Daesh supply route from Raqqa, Syria to western Anbar, by destroying the connection points in Al-Qa’im and other border locations. He says the land road is under control of the army now and that Daesh cannot provide supplies to Hit and Kubaisa anymore. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This shows one reason why US military strategists have placed so much emphasis on knocking Daesh out of its headquarters city of Raqqa: to disrupt the flow of men and supplies into Iraq. The occasional bombs dropped on Al-Qa’im, by the Syrian border, seemed at the time to be disconnected from ongoing battles in Iraq, but were part of a larger plan.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh publishes a photo of some of its terrorists in Salahuddin. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The photo is most likely of a sleeper cell hiding in a “guesthouse” in some area in Salahuddin. 

 

Shirqat

Iraqi Air Force (IAF) destroyed four vehicle bomb-rigging workshops in Shirqat, based on intelligence from the National Security Organization. The workshops were located in Shakra fields in Shirqat, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Shirqat is now under siege by Army and PMF units, in a step towards liberating it. The siege also aims to restrict Daesh’s movement and thus its ability to move fighters towards Mosul. [ Maalomah ]

 

Baiji

A video of PMFs stopping a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its terrorists shot down an Iraqi Army drone near Ajeel oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The BOC said 59th army brigade found and defused 6 explosive belts in Al-Niba’i, in the Kasarat area. [Mawazin]

 

Tooz

The Tooz police chief says Peshmerga special forces units arrived to the city to “calm the security situation”. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

10 Daesh mortar shells fell within the perimeter of the agricultural Nahr Al-Imam village northeast of Baquba late Wednesday night, local sources said. The shelling did not cause any human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Taza

IAA helicopters attacked Daesh targets in Bashir village near Taza, the IWMC said. [Buratha]

 

Karim Al-Husseini, spokesman of the PMFs, said the IAA made 6 attacks on Daesh targets in Bashir Wednesday night, destroying tactical units used to attack Taza, and killing and wounding several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Ali Al-Akbar brigade of the PMFs is preparing to participate in the liberation of Bashir village, the PMF media said. Kareem Al-Hasnawi, deputy commander, said that his brigade will join the Imam Ali and Al-Abbas regiments in this operation. [AIN]

 

Hawija

An Iraqi airstrike on a rocket factory in Hawija and two adjacent hangars killed 35 Daesh experts and engineers, IWMC said. The attack was based on intelligence provided by the National Security Service. [AynIraq ]

 

Daesh issues a video of the destruction of Abbasi hospital in Hawija after it was attacked by Iraqi planes. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh would have published any human casualties resulted from the airstrike, and there should have been civilian casualties because it is a hospital, but there aren’t any in this video. So what was this “hospital” used for?

 

A security source in Kirkuk said that the Ninewa-Hawija road is now under the full control of army units. [Maalomah] That seems to be especially important, because . . .

 

NINEWA

The IWMC announced that the first stage of the Ninewa liberation operation has started with the liberation of several villages and raising the Iraqi flag therein. The operations were started by Ninewa Operations units under the supervision of Joint Operations Forces. The operation is called “Al-Fath” (conquest). [Sumaria]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Within the first phase of the Ninewa liberation operation, the army’s 15th division recovered the villages of Kodila and Kermerdi, southwest of Makhmur without resistance. Aerial, artillery, and rocket bombardment preceded the attack, local sources said. [Sumaria] The army, tribal mobilization units, and Peshmerga then moved towards Salahiya, Tel Al-Sha’ir, and Sultan Abdullah near Qayara, under heavy artillery bombardment. [Mada]

 

Ninewa Ops Command (NOC) later said that the liberated villages are now eight, after liberating Matantar, Khattab, and Tel Al-Sha’ir. It also said 15th army division artillery destroyed an observation tower equipped with modern cameras in Qayara. [Mada] [Mada]

 

The joint forces crossed the Tigris River from Makhmur to Qayara using a floating bridge, under artillery cover from the US Marines, after Daesh had destroyed the bridge connecting the two areas, a security source said. [Mada ] The villages of Al-Nassr, Mahana , Kharbardan, Nathra, and Haj Ali, near Qayara were then all liberated. [Mada] Joint operations command called on the population to keep away from Daesh command centers and gatherings, as the troops are advancing from three directions. [Mada]

 

20 Daesh terrorists were killed during the recapture of Al-Nassr village. [Mawazin]

NOC announced the killing of “Al-Yamani”, the Daesh military commander in southern Ninewa, in a battle near Al-Nassr village. [Maalomah] The Command said in a statement that Daesh is withdrawing but are placing IEDs all over the area to slow down advancing troops. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Kodila and Nassr villages, destroying 5 armored vehicles and capturing a Humvee. [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We want to recommend whoever teaches the Daesh creative writing class for an international award.

 

In a confirming statement after the day’s hectic events, the Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated 8 villages near Qayara, including Nassr and Kodila. [Mada]

 

One Iraqi soldier was killed and three wounded, while tens of Daesh terrorists were killed in the initial operations to liberate areas south of Mosul, a security source said. The source also said army units are surrounding Sultan Abdullah, a strategically located town at the southern end of Hamdaniya province, northeast of Qayara. Six US Apache and Chinook helicopters are assisting in the operations. [Mada]

 

Husam Al-Abbar, a Ninewa PC member, said that the first phase of the Al-Fath operation had stopped temporarily, and will be resumed as soon as the IEDs in the villages are cleared. [Mawazin]

 

The ground operation was heavily supported by airstrikes.

Coalition warplanes destroyed five “secret” communications towers in Qayara, killing five terrorists guarding them, a Ninewa Police source said. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition destroyed two Daesh command centers in Qayara, before destroying another three in Shirqat, on the east side of the Tigris, Salahuddin Operations Command said. [Ghad]

 

Tens of Daesh terrorists were killed and wounded when Coalition warplanes attacked their positions in Qayara and in Hammam Al-Alil north of Qayara, a security source in Ninewa said. The planes fired nine missiles on a fuel tank, a machine gun, and four armored personnel carriers, destroying them, causing Daesh to evacuate their command centers and positions in fear of further strikes. The attack coincided with heavy artillery shelling by Iraqi Army on Daesh targets in Qayara. [Mada]

 

15 Daesh terrorists were killed in an operation that targeted the Qayara post office, used by Daesh as a command center, a source in Ninewa said. [Mada]

 

Col. Steve Warren, operation spokesman, said that the Coalition warplanes are supporting Iraqi army attacks in and around Makhmur, which are aimed at isolating the city of Mosul. [Mada]

 

Daesh executed five of its members for escaping the battlefield.

It is burning tankers to create a smoke camouflage against air attacks. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video showing the “suffering” of the people of Qayara while trying to cross the river after Coalition planes destroyed the main bridge recently. [A3maq]

 

Mosul

Tribes in the Al-Shura subdistrict south of Mosul revolted against Daesh. They attacked three command centers and Daesh-occupied houses, killing 5 Daesh members and capturing 11 as prisoners, local sources said. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh leaders were reported by local sources to be in a tizzy after the Iraqi flag was raised over the Faculty of Arts building, the tallest building at the University of Mosul.  [Mawazin]

 

A source in Ninewa Ops Command said 15th army division is just over 30 km (19 miles) away from the center of Mosul. [Mada]

Photos show Iraqi forces heading to Qayara. One photo shows Iraqi soldiers near a sign saying they are 30 km (19 miles) away from Mosul. [AIN]

 

Karim Al-Nouri, a PMF Commission member, said that the aim of the current operation in Ninewa is aimed to keep the danger away from Iraqi units in Makhmur, and is not aimed at liberating Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Ninewa Provincial Council said that over 1,000 tribal mobilization fighters, mainly from Saba’wiyeen and Jubour tribes, are actively participating in the Ninewa liberation battles. It emphasized that these fighters are under the command of the PMF Commission in Baghdad and are paid by it. [Sumaria]

 

Yusuf Al-Kalabi, security spokesman of the PMFs, said that PMFs are not participating in “Al-Fath’ Operations by the Iraqi army that started early today, saying that the PMFs were not invited by the Joint Operations Command. But he said, that “we are nearby, and whenever they need us, we will be there”. [AynIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. The contradiction in the preceding two stories would seem to come down to this: Sunni tribe PMFs are participating; Shia PMFs are not participating. We get the reasons, and don’t support the constant whining, but it would be a good thing for Iraq if a meaningful role in Ninewa can be found for some Shia PMFs.

 

Rudaw, a Kurdish news agency, reported that four of Atheel Al-Nujaifi’s National Mobilization fighters were wounded in the battles. [Rudaw]

However, Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, the Governor of Ninewa, denied in a press statement the participation of the National Mobilization in the war operations started today, saying that “Juhaish tribe fighters” (Nujaifi’s) are still being trained and are not ready yet to participate. The Saba’wiyeen, Lahib, and Jubour tribes are fighting alongside the 15th army division, Ninewa Police, and Peshmerga, supported by Coalition aircraft. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh executed five persons in Dorat Qassem Al-Khayat, on the right (west) side of Mosul for “disobeying orders”. Their families were banned from taking their corpses, a source in Ninewa said. Guards of their building and several others were arrested. [Mada] [Maalomah]

 

Nouraldin Qablan, deputy chairman of the Ninewa PC, said that the PC has no idea of the presence of a US base in Makhmur. He said that what we know is that there are US experts at Iraqi bases. [Karemlash]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked an extensive Daesh meeting in the dairy factory, in the Al-Arabi neighborhood on the east side of Mosul, a security source in Mosul said. [Mada]

Daesh issues a video of Coalition airstrikes on the dairy factory. [A3maq]

 

Naif Al-Shimmari, CoR member for Mosul, called Ninewa tribes to cooperate with the advancing Iraqi forces and provide them with all necessary information to expel Daesh from their areas.  [Mada]

 

A security source said that Mosul residents have provided Iraqi army units with important information and coordinates of Daesh locations in the city. [AIN]

A local source has also reported that people from Mosul are providing information about Daesh locations and terrorists in the city. The source also says youth from the city have formed combat groups to help Iraqi forces liberate the city. [Buratha]

 

A security source said that Iraq had received two batches of modern drones and tanks to participate in the Mosul liberation operation. The source did not specify the origins. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Tel Keif. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. When all the Christians and other residents return to Tel Keif, someone should send Daesh some photos of what normal life is really like there.

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Peshmerga military positions on Fadhiliya Mountain, 20 km north of Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Sources said US Apache helicopters were seen flying towards Nawaran near Sinjar. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video showing a “Peshmerga” vehicle being attacked by its terrorists west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The vehicle in the video looks like a normal civilian pickup attacked.

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Eyewitnesses said Turkish warplanes attacked the villages of Nirwa, Rekan, and Nuhail in Amedi District in northern Dahuk, targeting PKK positions. The bombardment lasted for one hour; no account of casualties was mentioned. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

The Turkish courts reportedly released “Khalis Bayanjouk” known as “Abu Handhala” who had been arrested with six others last year on allegations of forming a Daesh cell in Istanbul. The pro-PYD Hawar expresses surprise that the freed man was not handed a ten-year sentence on terrorism charges. [Hawar]

 

Military developments (all about who said what to whom when the Brussels suicide bomber was previously deported from Turkey)

“We informed the Brussels embassy of the deportation process of the attacker with a note on July 14, 2015. However, the Belgians released the attacker despite his deportation,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 23, adding that one of the perpetrators of the Brussels attack had been detained by Turkish authorities in June 2015 in the southeastern province of Gaziantep and deported.
Hours after Erdoğan’s remarks, Belgium’s Justice Minister Koen Geens said he was aware one of the Brussels attackers had been sent to the Netherlands from Turkey, but denied that he had been flagged as a possible terrorist.

 

Meanwhile, two Turkish officials speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters that one of the attackers in the suicide bombings was deported from Turkey not only once but twice last year and that authorities warned their European counterparts that they suspected him of being a militant fighter.
The first official said Ibrahim El Bakraoui’s initial deportation in July 2015 had been based on police suspicions that he was a militant fighter, but no crime was committed in Turkey, describing his expulsion as an “administrative deportation.” “The police were looking at him and came to the conclusion that he may be a foreign fighter. He was picked up in the southeastern city of Gaziantep,” said the official, declining to be named because of the sensitivities of the case.
The second Turkish government official told Reuters that El Bakraoui had entered Turkey for a second time on Aug. 11, 2015, through the Antalya airport on the Mediterranean coast, and was again deported two weeks later, on Aug. 25, 2015.
The official did not specify where he was deported to on the second occasion. [Hurriyet]

 

However, Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said on Thursday the terrorist who blew himself up at Brussels airport this week was not on any Dutch or international wanted lists.

“We checked with our Belgian, German and Turkish colleagues and in all cases he was not registered in our systems,” Van der Steur told a news conference called 24 hours after Turkey announced that Ibrahim El Bakraoui was a known suspect whom it had twice deported.

Van der Steur also said that El Bakraoui had been deported from Turkey to the Netherlands only once, contradicting assertions by Turkey’s government. [Reuters]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Ahrar Al-Sham militia, which is presently allied to the Nusra Front in various theaters in Syria, has stated that it does not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood but that it “coordinates” with them. The statement came in a media interview which was subsequently shared on social media by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. [IslamMemo]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Shaitat tribal council has announced in a statement that it will coordinate with opposition militias and that it refuses to cooperate with the Syria Democratic Forces, saying that the SDF’s “atheist Kurds” are linked to the federal project in northern Syria and that the Shaitat refuse any project that calls for the partition of Syria. The Shaitat will continue to battle against the Assad regime, against Daesh, and against any other group who seeks to apply any project “contrary to the Syrian revolution.”  [Qasioun]

 

In a sign of ongoing tension between Kurdish factions in Syria, the pro-PYD Hawar agency published a story describing a petition reportedly bearing the signatures of 500 families in Qamishli calling for the prosecution of some of the leadership of the rival KDP-oriented Kurdish National Council, also known by its Kurdish-language initials “ENKS”. The specific allegations are unclear from the Hawar report but they appear to relate to the KDP’s cooperation with Turkey, which has rejected the PYD. Hawar also published text and video alleging that the KDP is collaborating with the Turkish AKP government to besiege what it calls the Rojava area of northwestern Syria. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh attacked YPG units with mortars in Makman near Shaddadi on Wednesday, the YPG announced. [Hawar]

 

A child died in a land mine explosion near Jabal Abd Al-Aziz west of Hasaka, according to residents. Mine-clearing operations in the area are ongoing according to the Syria Democratic Forces spokesman. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG units with mortars east of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured by the YPG [RT]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh attacked the city of Mare’ north of Aleppo on Thursday in renewed battles between Daesh and opposition militias, a “Sham Corps” fighter said. The fighting erupted as Daesh attempted to infiltrate militia-held territory on the outskirts of the city, the source added. Two Daesh fighters were killed in the battle before Daesh was forced to withdraw, he said. The militias also mortared the city of Harbal in response to the attacks, the militiaman added, saying that there were reports of Daesh casualties amid the shelling. [ARA]

 

Opposition militias launched an arrest campaign targeting Daesh members and sympathizers in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city under militia control. The statement also said that the militias had arrested a preacher in one of the mosques in Aleppo after he had made several sermons praising Daesh and calling for attacks on the Free Syrian Army. [ARA]

 

Syrian units attacked Daesh positions near the city of Tadif east of Aleppo on Thursday morning with artillery fire and ground assault, an activist said. The Syrian shelling killed three civilians and injured five others, while causing a large flight of residents towards Azaz, north of Aleppo. Syrian aircraft struck multiple Daesh-held areas east of Aleppo Thursday, but casualty figures were not available from the aerial attacks. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

From its positions near Jarabulus, Daesh attacked YPG units across the Euphrates River in the Kobane countryside with heavy weapons on Wednesday, the YPG announced. [Hawar]

A field military source says YPG fighters stopped a Daesh infiltration and killed 5 terrorists and wounded others. One YPG fighter was killed and another wounded in the clashes. The source also says Coalition planes launched heavy airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Hamam Mountain area across the Euphrates.  [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing five men publicly, accusing them of being drug dealers. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

As has been widely reported, the Syrian Army has again made advances in the city of Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs. In what will be an important coup for the Syrian government if confirmed, the Army announced that it is now in control of the city after entering earlier in the day under Russian air cover.

An official Syrian news video appears in the report by Qasioun.

[Qasioun] [Reuters (English)]

Syrian Army troops, supported by militias, cleared the last Daesh controlled areas west and southwest of Tadmur (video). [SANA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed 3 Syrian Army SUVs with one rocket in Dowa west of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video showing Tadmur city. [A3maq]

A video shows Syrian troops near Tadmur. [syriaalikhbaria1]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video of clashes between its terrorists and Syrian Army troops in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]

 

A video of Syrian troops damaging a Daesh vehicle bomb before it reaches its target in Deir Ez-Zor [YouTube]

 

South

Opposition militias in Daraa conducted raid and arrest operations against Daesh-affiliated groups in the cities of Inkhal and Jasim. The arrests targeted the “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” and the “Muthanna Islamic Movement.” Opposition groups also submitted “all members” and the commander of the “Beloved Muhammad Brigade” in the city of Tafas to the “Dar Al-Ifta,“ which makes Islamic legal rulings, in the village of Gharz. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

An IED exploded Thursday on an Army patrol near the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal near the Syrian border where Daesh is known to operate, killing a soldier and wounding three others, a Lebanese security source said. [Arabi21]

 

Saudi Arabia

The Al-Majd TV channel conducted a phone interview with Farouq Al-Dhifairi, the spokesman of the “Sunni Movement.” the entity that started the anti-government protests in Iraqi Sunni governorates. The first question from its presenter is “How do you see the sectarian war led by the American-Iranian-Iraqi government coalition to kneel Sunni people in Iraq?” Dhifairi replies that what is happening in Falluja is a starvation crime, and they face random bombing by the Iraqi government, because Falluja opposed the American-Iranian project. [Al-Majd]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Majd is a Salafi channel owned by a private business and but sponsored by the Saudi government and religious establishment. The channel not only spews sectarian hatred but also anti-West hatred. If we want to know how Daesh and Al-Qaeda are able to recruit so many young people, we can just study the rhetoric of this channel supported by a country that always presents itself as a US ally.   

 

North Africa

Egypt

Military helicopters intensified their search operation south and east of Arish as the hunt goes on for both the perpetrators of the deadly attack on Safa five days ago and for an officer and two policemen who have been missing since, according to witnesses and a security source. [ElWatan]

 

An IED exploded on an armored security vehicle in the Sadout area west of Rafah city on Thursday, killing two conscripts and wounding three others, according to security sources. [ElWatan]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Egyptian Army vehicle near Sadout on the international road between Rafah and Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Two policemen were injured when an IED exploded on a police detachment as it traveled by foot while conducting clearing operations in the village of Al-Mansoura south of Rafah on Thursday, a security source said. Another IED was discovered nearby later in the day, inside a cardboard box. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

An IED exploded late Wednesday evening on an armored security vehicle on the coastal road in Arish without any casualties, according to eyewitnesses, security sources and medical sources. Eyewitnesses also reported the sound of gunfire after the blast. [ElWatan] [VetoGate]

 

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis released Thursday a member of the Al-Riyashat tribe that it had abducted three days before in the village of Abu Tawila south of Sheikh Zuweid, and abducted another man from the same family who was present when the first prisoner was being released, according to a member of the tribe. [ElWatan]

 

The Egyptian Armed Forces announced the seizure of 380 kg (838 lbs) of explosives as well as bomb-making cylinders and a motorcycle in the Al-Mahajir area of North Sinai. [EgyArmySpoxFB]

 

Daesh says 4 Israeli drones are flying over villages south of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in north Sinai. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Northeast

Sporadic fighting has erupted on Benghazi’s western front between Daesh on the one side and the Libyan Army and local militia allies on the other. Fighting also continued in the Al-Hawari area around the sprawling cement plant, Daesh’s last Benghazi stronghold, where its fighters remain besieged on three sides. One Libyan soldier died in the fighting and two others were injured according to a medical source. [Wasat]

 

A video of Daesh terrorists, mostly teenagers, in Benghazi [YouTube]

 

A suspected Daesh member, Mousa Al-Tarkawi, was arrested in the coastal city of Al-Kubba on Wednesday, according to local sources, who also said that Al-Tarkawi had been detained by the Mujahidin Derna Shoura Council in Derna but escaped and fled to Al-Kubba, where he was recaptured. [AfriGate]

 

Central Coast

The former Libyan media minister Omar Al-Qawayri claimed on his Facebook page that an American battle group made up of two American aircraft carriers and 16 warships and five submarines are operating clandestinely off the coast of Sirte. Al-Qawayri added that this alleged presence was against UN Security Council resolutions and a violation of Libyan sovereignty. He also claimed that Daesh boats operated in front of the alleged US ships and “in coordination” with them. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. In the long history of the US Navy, this may be the first time aircraft carrier operations have been described as “clandestine.”

 

Daesh publishes photos of public punishments, including executions, in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists distributing candies in Sirte, celebrating the terrorist attacks in Brussels. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

A video of the confessions of a Daesh terrorist captured in Zawiya in Libya [YouTube]

 

Tunisia

A captured Tunisian student who was part of the Daesh sleeper cell that participated in the aftermath of the Daesh assault on Ben Guerdane said that Daesh decided to expedite the attack on Ben Guerdane to March 7 after a Daesh leader was captured and Daesh feared that the plan would be exposed. The student reportedly said that the original plan was to launch a second attack on March 20 at another point on the Tunisian border with Algeria to compel Tunis to divert troops and leave Ben Guerdane exposed to the planned attack. [Wasat]

 

Morocco

Moroccan authorities broke up a cell connected to Daesh in Libya, according to the Interior Ministry on Thursday. The cell was reportedly made up of individuals in Marrakesh in central Morocco, Smara in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, two villages in the Sidi Bennour province in western Morocco, and Had Soualem southwest of Casablanca. The cell had been planning attacks inside Morocco, according to the ministry. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Belgium

Daesh issues a video about the Brussels terrorist attacks. The video praised the attacks and included footage of a statement by Donald Trump to Fox news saying Brussels used to be a beautiful and safe city 20 years ago and became a horror show. The video also has songs calling for young people to join Daesh. The video also shows the training of one of the terrorists from Belgium on suicide attacks. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues another propaganda video about the Brussels terrorist attacks. [VideoWood]

 

Russia

Russia’s military has reportedly acknowledged for the first time that it has special forces troops on the ground in Syria. In remarks to the Interfax news agency a Russian officer said the troops’ role was limited to reconnaissance and target guidance for Russian warplanes. [IslamMemo]

 

The Russian commanding officer in Syria said Wednesday that Russia had provided training for Kurdish fighters in Syria, as well as providing weapons and materials to the Syrian armed forces. [Welati] [ARA]

 

Indonesia

Daesh issues a video message to the people of Indonesia, asking them to join Daesh. [AKI]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Ghadeer channel page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/alhadllallah

https://twitter.com/khilafamar1036

https://twitter.com/ahmb66xx1

https://twitter.com/xyzxyz1436

https://twitter.com/abu_a102

 

 

March 23, 2016

ISOF

Today’s Major Developments

 

Hit liberation operation is still stalled.

Haditha anticipates major Daesh attack.

Coalition bombardment continues in Ninewa.

Syrian Army close to retaking Palmyra from Daesh.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The Chairman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) block in the CoR says his party will not send CVs of potential ministers to PM Abadi because they don’t think Abadi is able to make the changes and because they don’t know why their current ministers should be changed. [Rudaw]

Speaker Jubouri received the list of names of candidates from Moqtada Al-Sadr, according to a statement from Jubouri’s spokesman. Jubouri said the list will help the Prime Minister to choose his new cabinet. [Mada] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No one wants to say this publicly, or in print, but the ability of the current ministers is not likely the only focus of Al-Abadi’s proposed cabinet reorganization. The larger problem is that the ministers owe their loyalty to the parties who designated them for the cabinet, not to the Prime Minister as in properly functioning parliamentary systems. Al-Abadi desperately wants ministers who will be loyal to him rather than a political party, and will work as a team. This helps to explain his preference for technocrats—who might seem to be preferred for their expertise but are probably preferred more because of their political independence and thus lack of exterior loyalties.

    KDP is a poor partner for such a reform, as it also leads a system in which ministers (and most other important officials) are selected by party leaders, not the Prime Minister. The Sadrist ministers in the Iraqi government all report to Al-Sadr more than Al-Abadi.

    Seen in this context, the cabinet reorganization issue is not directly about reform vs. anti-reform. It is about transferring political power from the political parties, whose greed and corruption have combined to make the Council of Ministers largely unworkable, to the Prime Minister, who needs a more cohesive cabinet in order to win a war and create a stable country.

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement saying he got information that some corrupt officials want to leave the country and is asking the government to prevent them. He also asked people for a united prayer near the Green Zone on Friday. [Mada]

 

Security developments

The MoI said that 4 Daesh leaders were arrested in Bayya’ in southwest Baghdad after pursuit by security forces. The terrorists entered Baghdad with the waves of IDPs from Anbar, but they were under scrutiny of the security forces, which had photos and information proving that they fought Iraqi armed forces in Ramadi. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The COR Security Committee criticized the government’s approval for US soldiers to be stationed in the country. Committee member Majid Al-Garawi said that Iraqi and PMF units are ready to liberate Mosul without any foreign intervention. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard enough for the government to sustain the war effort, but it has the additional burden of putting up with stupid statements by members of a parliament committee that is supposed to be helping the war effort. Perhaps it could help more by disbanding.

 

The Al-Nujaba militia of the PMF said that it is ready to counter “American occupation” of Iraq, adding that “our rockets and IEDs are ready to counter them “. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. Nujaba is a splinter group from the anti-American AAH militia that fights in Iraq and in Syria.

 

AAH says that the government got so busy with reforms it forgot about Baghdad’s security. Jawad Al-Tlebawi, spokesman of the AAH, said that intelligence reports indicate an imminent Daesh threat to Baghdad. He said that Qarma and Falluja should be liberated ASAP to avoid such consequences. [Mawazin]

Meanwhile, an Associated Press report confirmed our earlier reports that the political turmoil in Baghdad has prompted the government to pull some forces back from the battlefront to secure the capital. [AP]

 

The IWMC announced:

  • 8 airstrikes by IAF planes in various operations sectors;
  • 10 attacks by IAA helicopters in various operations sectors;
  • 29 airstrikes by the Coalition, in Falluja, Albu Bali, Albu Dhiab, and Baghdadi, and Sagra (near Anah and Rawa); Shirqat; and Mosul, Qayara and Tal Afar, killing 46 terrorists, destroying 4 fighting positions, 5 rocket launching platforms, a mortar, a pick-up truck, a crossing used by Daesh, and an armored vehicle. [Harbi]

 

The BOC summarized its operations of today as follows:

The 14th army brigade killed 22 terrorists and wounded 3 others and destroyed three positions in Qarma, Albu Shijil, and Taqsim.

3rd IFP battalion rescued a kidnapped man in an oil exploration area east of Baghdad, while the 54th army brigade defused a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Mansour west of Baghdad.

 

Security-related incidents reported

North Baghdad

A policeman was killed and three civilians wounded by a sticky bomb attached to the policeman’s car in Husseiniya.  Mada]

The body of a woman shot to death with several bullets in her body was found in Bub Al-Sham. [Sumaria]

A man was arrested on terrorism charges while he was trying to pass the Taji checkpoint to enter Baghdad. [Sumaria]

An IED placed in an industrial area in Taji, killed one civilian and wounded six others.  [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

An IED killed two civilians and wounded another six in the Al-Ameen area. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED in Al-Bawi village in Mada’in District killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

An IED in the city of Mada’in killed two civilians and wounded five others. [Maalomah]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside bomb killed two tribal mobilization fighters and wounded three while they were passing in their car in Arab Jabour village. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a PMF vehicle in the Manari in Arab Jabour with an IED, killing four fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi Army “spy” with an IED in the Khaiamiyat area in Arab Jabour with an IED. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi soldier with an IED in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

An IED placed in a vegetables market in Sayyed Abdullah killed one civilian and wounded four others. [Maalomah]

A roadside IED killed one civilian and wounded two others in Al-Rasheed Al-Janoubi in Mahmudiya.  [Ghad]

An IED killed two civilians and wounded five others near a restaurant in Mahmudiya. [PUKMedia]

 

West Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to car of an employee of the Ministry of Electricity killed him while he was driving in Abu Ghraib. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A major army operation to finally liberate Saqlawiya, northwest of Falluja, started Wednesday with the support of police and tribal fighters. Col. Khamis Al-Halbousi, commander of Qarma Tribal Mobilization, said that initial operations killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists. The attacking units are advancing from two directions; the first from Al-Maftool crossing to Albu Shijil and then the city center and the other from the technical institute.  [Mada]

 

Arif Al-Janabi, an officer of Ameriyat Al-Falluja police station, said that Daesh units in southern areas of Falluja are in a deteriorated morale situation and that as soon as the attack on southern Falluja areas starts they will collapse. Daesh is based in Albu Hawa, Al-Hassi, Albu Aifan, Al-Fahailat, and Sadat Al-Falluja, and are shelling civilians in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. Al-Janabi said that as soon as the attack begins, all of these areas will be recovered easily. [Maalomah]

 

Abu Ahmed Al-Rumaithi, a leader in Ansar Al-Marja’aiya regiment of the PMF said that a strategy of liberating Mosul before Falluja is very unwise, as was evident in the recent Abu Ghraib. He added that Daesh in west Baghdad is a constant threat, the PMF media said. [Harbi]

 

55th brigade killed a terrorist and wounded another, while destroying two vehicles in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 8th division says its artillery, supported by Sukhoi planes, stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Salam intersection in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 30 terrorists and wounding 15 and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Etejah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the Iraqi Army 8th division stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Daaij north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing “tens” of terrorists while IAA helicopters destroyed 3 vehicle bombs. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF sniper killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Qarma and restricted the movement of 33 others in the area, the PMF media said. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven Iraqi soldiers in the Talaa area in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command (AOC) summarized today’s operations as follows.

The 9th army division killed three Daesh terrorists in Jaraishi, while IAF Sukhois and 8th army artillery repelled a Daesh attack on Al-Hadhaba in Falahat and Al-Salam junction, killing 30 Daesh attackers including leaders from foreign Arab countries, and wounding 15 others. Three vehicle bombs, 4 fighting positions, and a communications tower were destroyed.

Engineering units and Special Forces of the 92nd brigade cleared the area extending from Palestine Bridge westward towards Albu Chlaib, Zangoura, Bustan Hassan, and Al-Qarya Al-Asriya, where the 16th army division is situated. Two booby-trapped houses were defused, 31 Katyusha rockets were destroyed, and 30 locally made rockets and two mortar bases were detected. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC said that three Coalition attacks in Albu Ali Jassem and in Albu Ubaid in Jazeera Khaldiya killed 12 terrorists, and destroyed an APC and a machine gun. 16th army division cleared and destroyed 108 IEDs, and two booby-trapped houses and a school in Zangoura, and cleared a 1 km road in Albu Risha. The Facilities Protection Service arrested 20 escaped Daesh terrorists lost in the desert of Ramadi. In the northern operations sector, 10 terrorists were killed, 3 hideouts destroyed, and 35 IEDs destroyed in Albu Ubaid. [Harbi]

A video of Iraqi forces in Albu Ubaid in Jazeera Khaldiya. [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers destroying a vehicle bomb in Albu Bali in Ramadi district [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating, then a Daesh vehicle bomb charges and explodes on their colleagues a couple of hundred of yards away. [YouTube]

 

A conference for the tribes of Iraq was held in Ramadi, said Col. Abdullah Sabri, the director of the district. The conference discussed recent army advances and ways to expel Daesh from all Anbar areas and start reconstruction efforts. Issues of IDPs were also discussed. The conference was attended by representatives of the provincial and central governments. [Sumaria]

 

A group of southern Iraq Shia tribes accompanied by Hameed Al-Shatri, deputy chairman of the PMF Commission, arrived in Ramadi to support the Anbar tribes in their fight against Daesh and help free their areas. [Maalomah]

 

Turki Al-Ayed Al-Shammari, chairman of the anti-Daesh tribal council and the sheikh of Shammar tribes in Anbar, says 9 areas in Ramadi are ready to receive their population back, as they have been cleared of IEDs and war remains. The areas are the center of Ramadi, Sajariya, Sufiya, Hsaiba, Albu Alwan, Kilo 5, Kilo 7, Thayla, and Tameem. He said that the reconstruction committee headed by Abdul Latif Al-Humaim, the chairman of Sunni Endowment, has offices in Baghdad, Erbil, and Suleimaniya to register returnees and do security screenings to make sure they are not affiliated with Daesh.  [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

7th army division engineering units have started to clear the cement factory near Kubaisa from IEDs and mines, defusing 10 IEDs. The perimeter of the factory was surrounded for distances around 500-1000 meters around the premises. 150 meters around the factory were cleared. A Coalition attack southeast of Kubaisa destroyed two Daesh vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Ghassan Al-Eithawi, spokesman of Anbar tribes, said that military operations in Hit are halted due to the multitude of families held by Daesh in the city. He added that plans are being set by the military command to handle this issue, while the operations east and north in Anbar are proceeding as planned. [Mawazin]

 

A video of Iraqi forces near Kubaisa [ISOF]

A video of Iraqi troops securing families in Mhamdi while Daesh terrorists are shooting at them. [YouTube]

A video of Iraqi forces on the road between Mhamdi and Hit [YouTube]

 

The earlier cited Associated Press report quotes military commanders as saying that the battle for Hit is key to building on their current momentum, cutting Islamic State supply lines, and linking up government forces to the west and the north of Baghdad in preparation for an eventual push on Mosul. [AP]

 

Eight Daesh terrorists were killed trying to attack the Majid checkpoint near Baghdadi, the city nearest to the Al-Asad base in Haditha, an AOC source said. [Maalomah]

 

Lt. General Riyadh Jalal Tawfiq, the commander of Iraqi ground troops, visited the Jazeera Operations Command and the Majid checkpoint, which has seen several failed Daesh attacks in the past few days. He addressed the officers and soldiers and expressed appreciation. [Mawazin]

 

Haditha

Haditha is in a 100% state of alert, according to Mayor Mabrouk Hamid. He said that intelligence received says Daesh is intending a major attack on the city. Army and tribal units are ready to confront any attack, the Mayor said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated several IEDs on the convoy of the Jazeera Operations Commander on the road between the Ain Al-Asad base and Haditha, but gave no details. [A3maq]

 

43rd army brigade found a cache containing mortar shells in Albu Hayat. [Harbi]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces secured 4 families, mostly women and children, who escaped from Shirqat towards Makhoul Mountains. He says one of the women hid her 9 year old son in an underground well for 37 days to prevent Daesh from taking him to a military compound near Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A video of families escaped from Shirqat and secured by PMFs. [YouTube]

 

Baiji

General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, the IFP commander, said that IFP units repelled a Daesh attack in Makhoul Mountains, killing four attackers and destroying a shovel bomb. He said that his units also shelled the Masoud village held by Daesh north of Baiji, killing 9 terrorists and destroying two vehicles. He added that the “explosives expert” of Daesh’s so-called “Farouq” unit was arrested in Baghdad by the IFP. [Ghad]

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini, a Badr commander, of the PMF, said that Daesh is still well equipped and is receiving constant support. He said that recent battles in Allas and Ajeel oilfields revealed that Daesh used ammunition made in 2016 from several origins. He says this means that surrounding countries are still supplying Daesh with arms and ammunition. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army military vehicle and a Humvee in the Makhoul Mountains area northwest of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Police say they found an explosives cache west of Tikrit containing 4 IEDs, 6 containers packed with explosive material, and two rockets. [Mada]

 

Samarra

A video of PMFs in an elementary school used by Daesh as a military command in Sharif Abbas in Jazeera Samarra. [YouTube]

 

Southern Salahuddin

74th brigade engineering units cleared 10 IEDs in the Zor Albu Hishma area and destroyed a cache containing explosives used to make IEDs. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Local Police arrested a suicide attacker who tried to detonate himself near commercial shops west of Baquba, a local police source said. A moment of hesitation was enough for the policemen to attack the man and defuse the explosives belt. [Maalomah]

 

A man wanted for terrorism was arrested in Baquba, the IWMC said, quoting Dijla Operations Command. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Daesh executed two of its members on charges of providing information on Daesh leaders and their whereabouts in Hawija, which guided air attacks that killed many of them in the city.  Hawija is surrounded by army and PMF units on the west and south and by Peshmerga units on the north and east.  [Maalomah]

 

A security source in Kirkuk said that Daesh is mobilizing in Hawija to attack Allas and Ajeel oil fields again, while sending reinforcements to Bashir in anticipation of an army attack there. The source added that Hawija is a central point of attack on several surrounding areas. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi air attack destroyed the house of Abu Arshad, the Daesh religious judge in Hawija, killing him immediately. The raid also destroyed a communications center and three Daesh positions in the Al-Abbasi subdistrict in Hawija, a Kirkuk security source said. [Sumaria]

 

The body of a woman shot to death in Hawija was transferred by Daesh to Mosul on suspicion that she could be the missing German wife of Al-Baghdadi, Diane Kroger, according to Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a leader of the PMF. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says Iraqi warplanes bombed and destroyed Al-Abbasi hospital in Hawija. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source in Mosul said that Daesh executed three ex-army officers in Mosul on charges of cooperating with security forces. The officers were three colonels, taken from their houses south of Mosul. Their bodies were not handed over to their families, and were possibly dropped in the Khasfa area, used by Daesh for this purpose. [Maalomah]

 

An ambush by an unidentified armed group killed 7 Daesh terrorists in Hamidat west of Mosul. A StarX van with seven Daesh members inside was intercepted by the armed men, who shot all seven dead, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked several Daesh targets in Mosul within the last 24 hours, according to Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official in Ninewa. He said that the Coalition planes attacked the hisbah police center on the left (east) side of Mosul, an IED workshop in the industrial area in Karama, and weapons storage houses in Al-Kindi camp, all on the left (east) side.  They also attacked Daesh positions in Shalalat north of Mosul, and in Ayadhiya in Tal Afar. The results were 31 terrorists killed and several buildings, vehicles, and positions destroyed. [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh terrorists blew up 10 houses in Wadi Al-Hajar south of Mosul. The source says Daesh had used the houses as weapons storehouses. [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

Peshmerga units repelled a Daesh attack in Bashiqa and Nawran, killing 12 of them, a source in Peshmerga ministry said. The 12 were killed by the Peshmerga artillery which also destroyed several vehicles. [BasNews]

 

A rocket was fired by Daesh on Zilkan camp, where Turkish soldiers and Atheel Al-Nujaifi’s so-called National Mobilization Forces are present. The rocket caused material damage to one room in the camp. [Maalomah]

 

Makhmur

A PUK official says Daesh shelled several villages in Gwer, wounding3 civilians. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A local source says Daesh used rabid dogs to kill 10 people in Tal Afar, after accusing them of cooperating with security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Turkish source says oil exports from Kurdistan to Turkey stopped again because of some illegal drilling and theft from the pipeline on Turkish land. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Five persons were arrested on terrorism charges in Jbala, north of Hilla, according to General Ali Al-Zughaibi, commander of Babel police. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

From Syria, a source close to the YPG claims that that the suspected Daesh member, whom Turkey alleged to have committed the recent deadly attack in Istanbul on 19 March, has in fact been in YPG custody since before the attack. The source further claims that interrogation of the suspected Daesh member revealed a relationship between the captive and Turkish intelligence, and with Daesh networks inside Turkey. Safash Baldaz, known as “Abd Al-Aziz Al-Turki-Jihad” was arrested March 2 near Tal Abyad, the source said. [ARA]

 

Erdogan says in a press conference that one of the terrorists who committed the attacks in Belgium was captured in Gaziantep in Turkey earlier and handed to the European authorities with the warning he might be a terrorist but they released him. A later statement from Erdogan’s office explained that the terrorist mentioned was Ibrahim El Bakraoui. [Rudaw]

 

Military developments

Turkish authorities arrested a Japanese national suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Daesh, according to a statement issued on Wednesday. The detainee will be sent back to Japan after interrogation, the statement said. Turkish security sources also said Tuesday evening that three Syrians were arrested in Gaziantep on suspicion of planning attacks in Istanbul. Two of the suspects were reportedly injured in an exchange of gunfire during the arrest operation. (photo). [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A source close to the YPG claims that the attacker alleged by Turkey to lie behind the deadly attacks in Istanbul on March 19 has been in YPG custody since March 2. (See above under Turkey)

 

Residents of Ras Al-Ayn in Hasaka Governorate protested Wednesday against a border fence constructed by Turkey. Turkish troops fired warning shots at the demonstrators as they approached. [Welati]

 

A funeral for an ethnic Arab YPG fighter was held Wednesday in Ras Al-Ayn, ARA reports. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh reportedly recaptured the villages of Tal Battal and Ahmadiya north of Aleppo near the Turkish border just hours after opposition militias seized them in fierce overnight fighting.  On Wednesday Daesh targeted the militias with a car bomb in Tal Battal amid heavy ground fighting between the two sides in which six Daesh fighters were killed, a Jabha Shamiya fighter said. However Daesh’s artillery and rocket assault on the militia positions forced them into retreat, the militiaman said. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says with American warplanes bombing and Turkish artillery and tanks shelling, Syrian opposition armed groups captured Azzatiya and Tal Battal villages. Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists then attacked the opposition groups with a vehicle bomb forcing them to flee from the two villages towards Turkey. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear how one vehicle bomb could attack two villages at the same time.

Daesh also says Coalition warplanes bombed Toqali village north of Sawan intensively and after that Syrian armed groups tried to capture the village but they were defeated. Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Azzatiya, Tal Battal, Ahmadiya and Toqali villages. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

A local source says Daesh finished digging a 4m by 4m trench around Manbij. [BasNews]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army claimed advances near Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs on Wednesday, seizing territory in the Al-Hiyal Mountains west of the Daesh-held city after battles with Daesh. Daesh killed at least 22 Syrian troops in fighting and car bomb attacks on Tuesday, but devastating Russian airstrikes on Wednesday and a “scorched earth” policy by Syrian troops forced Daesh fighters into retreat, according to an activist in the area. The Russian air raids in and around Deir Ez-Zor caused material damage and reportedly killed civilians. [ARA] [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops are less than 1 km away from Tadmur and will capture the city in the next few hours. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of weapons its terrorists got after attacking a Syrian Army location on the road between Ithariya and Silmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops in Dowa. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Two prominent Daesh commanders have been killed in Deir Ez-Zor in the last few days, according to an activist in the city. “Salah Al-Din Al-Beljiki” (from Belgium) and “Abu Abdullah Al-Libi” were reportedly killed in fighting with Syrian troops. The activist also said that Russian airstrikes also killed Abdullah Al-Kilani, who is a Libyan national from Derna also known as “Sayyaf Al-Burqawi,” another Daesh fighter known as “Sayyaf Al-Maghrebi” and others whose identity is not known. [ARA]

 

Daesh says a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked Syrian troops with a BMP vehicle bomb in southeast Deir Ez-Zor, followed by an attack by other terrorists, killing or wounding 30 soldiers and capturing their positions. [JustPaste]

 

South

In Daraa on Wednesday, an alliance of Islamic militias including the Jaish Al-Islam, the Nusra Front, and Ahrar Al-Sham, as well as militias within the FSA launched broad attacks against the “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” and the “Al-Muthanna Movement,” which are reportedly tied to Daesh. Factions within the attacking alliance seized control of Muzayrib, Sheikh Saad, and other territory near the Jordanian border. Factions of the FSA’s “Southern Front” including the “Yarmouk Army” (not to be confused with the “Yarmouk Martyrs” above) and the “Sunna Youth Division,” in alliance with the Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham announced an operation targeting Daesh in Daraa. The coming days will witness larger operations, the Yarmouk Army commander said. The Al-Muthanna Movement detonated the explosives it had planted the day before on the Harir Bridge, cutting the link between its stronghold of Jillen and Muzayrib. [Arabi21]

 

Twelve civilians were killed in shelling by Nusra Front and opposition factions on Jillen on Wednesday, a media activist said. [ARA]

 

Jaish Al-Islam issued a statement on Wednesday calling on residents of the western Daraa countryside to defect from Daesh, offering an “amnesty” to anyone who has “not shed blood.” [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian military aircraft were deployed in heavy presence in the skies above rural areas outside of Arish overnight, residents said Wednesday. Egyptian intelligence reportedly received information that the attackers behind a deadly assault on a police checkpoint in Safa four days ago had fled in that direction. As the search continues for an estimated 20 people who participated in the attack, residents of the Safa area are fearful of a similar attack occurring again. Checkpoints and inspection operations are in force for people and goods that attempt to enter the area, while some roads have been closed entirely. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A tense standoff is in place in Benghazi as troops are awaiting orders to advance on Daesh-held areas including the cement plant complex and other buildings that remain under Daesh control, according to the commander of the Libyan 204th Tank Battalion. The standoff was interrupted by intermittent shooting [AkhbarLibya]

 

Six Libyan soldiers have been killed this week, and another 60 wounded, on the western front in Benghazi in fighting with Daesh, according to a medical source. [Wasat]

 

A soldier from the Libyan military Special Forces unit died Tuesday of wounds sustained during fighting with Daesh two days before at the cement plant in the Al-Hawari district of Benghazi, a Special Forces spokesman said. [Wasat]

 

The name of the Daesh commander in Al-Fata’ih, a Daesh stronghold, has been identified as “Ibrahim Al-Warfali” according to the commander of the Al-Fata’ih operations room. Al-Warfali commands approximately 100 Daesh fighters in the area overlooking the city. [Wasat]

 

A bomb planted in a school for girls in the coastal city of Al-Kubba was defused in the early hours as school was due to begin, according to an unidentified source. [AfriGate]

 

A young man was killed Wednesday, and four others injured, by a mine explosion in the Sidi Faraj area of Benghazi, which the Libyan military recently captured from Daesh, according to the victim’s fathers. [Wasat]

 

Central Coast

The Daesh wali of Sirte led a march on Tuesday to celebrate the deadly attack on Brussels, according to eyewitnesses and local residents. [Wasat]

 

Daesh has imposed a checkpoint on Sirte residents since Sunday, beginning from the Asr prayer time (which begins just after 4:30pm in Libya at the present time) until after the Maghreb prayer time (which begins just after 7:10pm in Libya at the present time), according to local media sources. Daesh has also compelled residents of Sirte to attend “religious awareness” classes at local mosques, or face penalties which could be as extreme as execution. [AfriGate]

 

The Facebook Page “Sirte in the Color of Life” reported that a Daesh column of 30 vehicles was headed from Sirte to towards Marada and the oilfields nearby. Daesh militants set up a checkpoint 50 km (31 miles) west of Marada on the road to Zella. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

The Sabratha Operations Room has formed of a joint force of military units and militia groups under its command, according to a statement issued Tuesday that did not provide further details. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian authorities have re-opened border crossings with Libya after closing them in the wake of the deadly Daesh attack at Ben Guerdane earlier in the month, according to media reports. Tunis also extended the country’s state of emergency, which has been in place since late 2015, by another three months, according to the country’s president Beji Caid Essebsi. So far only Libyan nationals are allowed to cross from Libya into Tunisia at the Ras Al-Jedir crossing, while the entry of Tunisians into Libya has been delayed at Ras Al-Jedir by Libyan authorities who have said that they are preparing a data registry for Tunisians entering Libya before the cross-border travel will be resumed. Tunisians are allowed to enter Libya at the Wazin Dhahabiya crossing however, the chief of the Libyan Border Crossings told the media. The Libyan official also said that Tunis’s decision to re-open its side of the border crossing came as a surprise to Libya and that the two countries have not been coordinating over border crossings. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algerian authorities have announced that the country is sending 5,000 troops to the southern regions of the country to protect strategic gas facilities from what Algiers described as an Al-Qaeda-backed conspiracy against the country’s economic health. [Aawsat]

 

Other countries

Belgium

Brussels has become a “city of ghosts” after yesterday’s deadly double bombing attacks, according to a Kurdish journalist present in the Belgian capital, who also expressed worry in an interview with ARA news that the bombing, for which Daesh claimed responsibility, would affect the situation of refugees in Europe. [ARA]

 

The toll of the Brussels attacks still stands at 34, including three suicide bombers, of whom two have been identified as brothers Ibrahim and Khaled El Bakraoui, Belgian nationals, and the third as Najim Laachraoui who was wanted on suspicion of making explosives used in last year’s deadly Daesh attacks in Paris. It has also emerged that Ibrahim El Bakraoui was arrested and deported from Turkey to Belgium last year on suspicion of ties to militant groups (see Turkey story above), and was later deported from Belgium to the Netherlands at his request. Authorities are still searching for a fourth suspect who allegedly fled the airport leaving a bomb behind that failed to explode. [NYT (English)] [USAToday (English)]

 

Italy

Italian security arrested Ihsan Aziz, an Iraqi, in the Sorrento airport near Naples. The man is wanted in Switzerland for robbery and armed assault as well as sexual harassment, but wanted in France and Belgium for connections to terror groups. [Ghad]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraq Minister of Defense page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/rswecvnj1122

https://twitter.com/nVQw4i4m2qc

https://twitter.com/ksks76678309

https://twitter.com/hssan2_hssan5

https://twitter.com/ex_maghribi_

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of some of its suicide terrorists. [VideoWood]