An Update On ISIS Activities

January 22, 2016

Babel Demonstrations

Today’s Major Developments

 

Al-Abadi criticizes Gulf states for sectarianism, lack of support, but praises Kuwait.

Al-Abadi, Davutoglu clash on whether Turkey is fighting Daesh or just helping itself.

Sistani organization issues major critique of Iraqi government.

Iraqi Army continues clearing areas east of Ramadi.

Sunni & Shia citizens hold joint prayer service in Muqdadiya; Badr leader denies PMF role in Diyala conflict, demands impartial investigation.

Three mass graves of Yazidis found in Sinjar.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Iraq will eliminate the Daesh military threat in 2016 despite Iraq’s financial challenges, Prime Minister Abadi stated from Davos in Switzerland. [Ghad]

Abadi said Kuwait is the only Arab country that stood by Iraq in this “delicate period,” It allocated $200 million to assist with the IDP crisis in Iraq. He said Daesh would have seized many areas in the Gulf were it not for the sacrifices of the Iraqi people and military forces; yet some media outlets in that region are trying to aggravate the situation and instigate sectarian violence in Iraq. He says Daesh is still benefiting from Gulf-region financing and support.

Abadi also said Turkey is trying to re-establish the Ottoman Empire and there is no proof it is fighting Daesh in reality. He says Turkey is focusing more on fighting the PKK and doesn’t deal with Daesh as a serious threat. Abadi repeated Iraq’s demand that Turkey withdraw its forces from Iraq. [Rudaw] [Mada] [Mada]

Turkey’s PM Davutoglu, also in Davos, says the accusations that Turkey is supporting Daesh are insulting to Turkey, which has put Daesh on its terror groups list and suffered from Daesh attacks in Ankara, Istanbul and Suruc. [Mada]

 

Speaking from Davos, Ashton Carter, US Defense Secretary, said the Coalition should concentrate on liberation of Mosul and Raqqa, which would have the consequence of separating the Iraqi and Syrian fronts. He added that the roads between the two cities are being bombed. He also says PM Abadi has the right to be ambitious about liberating Mosul in 2016 after the Iraqi victory in Ramadi. [Ghad] [Sumaria]

 

Khalid Al-Obeidi, The Minister of Defense, said Mosul’s liberation operation will take place in the first half of this year. He says it will take less time than many expect, and that the Iraqi Army’s tactics will surprise Daesh. [Sumaria] Al-Obeidi said the newly formed four-nation intelligence center is providing intelligence to the Iraqi forces, although still below the level required. He added that there is no intention in Iraq at the movement to invite Russia to participate in the strikes against Daesh due to regional sensitivities. [Maalomah]

 

Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri is heading to the US soon to meet with American and UN officials to discuss the situation in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad, and dozens in Wasit, Diwaniya, Najaf, Kerbala, Babel, Dhi Qar, Basra, and Maysan, demanding more reforms. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A Sistani spokesman says Iraq is suffering dangerous challenges because some politicians are supporting terrorism while other politicians support retaliation crimes. He says the government should take the initiative to control the weapons in Iraq. He says all political parties should aim at and support national reconciliation. He also says the Iraqi people deserve more than what the politicians have provided so far. [IraqPress] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a devastating and accurate critique, looking past Daesh and focusing mostly on the end game in Iraq. It takes on the central issues that have to be solved, including a process of justice and reconciliation that faces up to the revenge motive felt by so many Iraqis toward neighbors who supported Daesh; avoiding the real danger that Shia militias will usurp the government’s authority at the point of a gun once Daesh is defeated; the desperate need for non-sectarian leadership and cooperation; and a political process that serves the public interest instead of the corrupt private interests of those elected. The statement could have been made by Sistani himself, and shows why he is the most influential person in Iraq.

 

Security developments

For the fourth time, the US Army announces civilian casualties resulting from its air attacks in Iraq and Syria. It said today that internal investigations revealed that 2 non-combatants were killed and 4 wounded between the 4th and 17th of July 2015. [Qurtas]

 

France said it is intensifying its raids on Daesh by using its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle based in the Mediterranean, and that the results are starting to show, adding that the defeat of Daesh is a matter of months. The Charles de Gaulle is manned by 2000 sailors and has 26 aircraft. [AIN]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Taji District in northern Baghdad Governorate went off, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • Security troops found two rocket launching stands with rockets ready to fire on Dhubatt Street in Tarmiya District in northern Baghdad Governorate, as well as two IEDs which were successfully defused. [Baghdadia]
  • A soldier was shot and killed by a sniper in Meshahda, in Tarmiya District. [Ghad]
  • Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Meshahda and two in the Albu Aziz area of Anbar. [JustPaste]
  • A terror suspect was arrested in Adhamiya, northeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Bodies of three men shot to death were found in Shula and Husseiniya in north Baghdad and Al-Nasr in east Baghdad, Thursday morning. [Baghdadia]
  • A body of a woman shot to death was found in a tunnel of the Al-Qanat Expressway in east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A civilian was shot dead by armed men in the Mechanic neighborhood in Dora, south Baghdad today. [Ghad] (The neighborhood is largely industrial, and the name is from English, though pronounced “me-cahn-EEK.”)
  • A roadside IED in Sayyed Abdulla village in Mahmudiya District in southern Baghdad Governorate killed two civilians and wounded seven others Thursday. [Baghdadia]
  • Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Sayyed Abdulla village in Mahmudiya, without giving details about casualties. [JustPaste]
  • The body of a woman stabbed to death was found in Mahmudiya Thursday. [Maalomah]
  • An IED placed in a public garage in the Diwanem area of Suwaib in southwest Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot dead a man and his wife in a civilian car in the Al-Turath area of Saidiya in southwest Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area in Al-Bayya in southwest Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding five. [Qurtas]
  • A civilian was shot dead in Washash in west Baghdad by armed men in a speeding car. [Sumaria]

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   18    (Not an overall total)

 

17 airstrikes in Iraq and 2 in Syria by the international Coalition destroyed several tactical units, fighting positions, vehicles, and gathering points, the Coalition said. Iraq attacks were on Albu Hayat (Haditha), Ramadi, and Falluja; Kasik (Tal Afar), Mosul, and Sultan Abdullah (Hamdaniya). The Syria strikes were on Raqqa and Manbij. [Ghad]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Tribal mobilization forces in Ramadi announced the burying of 700 Daesh bodies in various areas in Ramadi, adding that there are more buried under collapsed buildings in the city. Photos of the dead were taken in addition to their IDs and fingerprints for identification purposes. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Ops Command (AOC) said today the Iraqi Army was heading towards Sajariya, Juwaiba, and Hsaiba under air and artillery cover. The three areas are the last Daesh strongholds east of Ramadi. The statement said that the Daesh resistance to the advance is rather weak. [Ghad]

 

A Daesh gathering was bombed in Juwaiba , northeast of Ramadi, killing eight terrorists and destroying a road and 4 supply lines used by them [Ghad]

An air strike by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) in Sajariya killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists including Mahir Nabeel Al-Satouri, alias Mahir Amouna, Daesh observation official in the area, the IWMC said today. [Mawazin]

 

27 Daesh terrorists, including suicide bombers, were killed by the 8th army division in Sajariya, a security source said. [AIN]

AOC said that the 8th army division is surrounding Sajariya from the northern and southern sides, and that tanks and artillery are shelling the area to pave the way for the land attack. [Mawazin]

 

A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in east Hsaiba killing 4 terrorists and destroying 2 ammunition storehouses.  [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi attack in East Hsaiba by detonating a booby-trapped house killing 12 Iraqi soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

An Abrams tank of the 8th army division destroyed a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker that approached the division’s lines in Sufiya, east of Ramadi. [AIN]

 

AOC artillery heavily shelled Daesh positions in Albu Ghanem east of Ramadi and the Sufiya power station, an AOC statement said. Rapid Intervention forces were involved in a hand grenade combat with Daesh terrorists, killing 4 and wounding 10. However, an officer was killed and 9 soldiers and two tribesmen wounded. [AIN]

 

A 100 m long tunnel was cleared by the IFP in Hsaiba, said the IFP command. The tunnel contained Daesh weapons and medical supplies of Daesh, as well as some dead bodies. Also, in Hsaiba, the 3rd IFP brigade destroyed a Daesh command center that was apparently important, given the heavy security arrangements surrounding it, and destroyed a truck with an SPG9 launcher near a school in Hsaiba. [Baghdadia]

 

Families and civilians are safe, despite the continuation of operations in east Ramadi, the Anbar Ops Command said today, adding that battle fronts are currently away from civilians, especially after opening of safe routes for their evacuation. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Anbar University after it was liberated from Daesh [Beladi]

 

An interview with a Tajik Daesh fighter caught in Ramadi [Iraqia]

 

A video of a captured Daesh vehicle bomb [YouTube]

 

An attack by Daesh on Zangoura, northwest of Ramadi, was repelled by army troops, who destroyed two attacking vehicles and killed 13 terrorists according to a security source. [Baghdadia]

 

The AOC said that airstrikes by Iraqi and Coalition warplanes against Daesh positions north of Ramadi killed “tens” of terrorists and destroyed several vehicles. [Mawazin]

 

Falluja

Internal fighting among Daesh members in Falluja left 26 of them dead, a local source said. [AIN]

 

A CoR member from Falluja warns that the city has been surrounded for the last three months and people there are starving. [IraqPress]

 

Baghdad Ops Command troops killed several terrorists and destroyed a Daesh hideout, while another unit destroyed two positions and 4 vehicles in the Al-Raood, Al-Lihaib, and Al-Obeid areas, the MoD said. [AIN]

 

A source in Ameriyat Al-Falluja police says unknown armed men broke into a Daesh location in Hay Nazzal in Falluja and stabbed 4 Daesh members to death. This is the second such attack in 24 hours. [Maalomah]

 

A member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, attacked Zoba’a villages southeast of Falluja. He gave no details about the results of the attack. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The AAH militia says it has finalized preparations to launch a comprehensive attack in the Makhoul and Himrin mountains to reach the Shirqat area. The spokesman of the AAH, Jawad Al-Telaibawi, said that the attack is due in the next few days. [Mawazin]

 

Coalition aircraft reportedly killed four Daesh fighters in Shirqat.

 

Baiji

A video of dead Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Facebook]

 

Samarra

An PMF attack on a Daesh position in the Al-Zora area of Jazeera Samarra destroyed the position and inflicted heavy casualties, Samarra Ops Command said, adding that various army troops destroyed two vehicles in Mkaishifa, and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Al-Siniya junction near Baiji. [AIN]

 

PMF artillery today shelled two Daesh hideouts near the Strategic Line area west of Samarra, killing the terrorists inside them. The shelling was based on prior intelligence. [Mawazin]

 

A PMF source says Waad Allah, a PMF unit, stopped a Daesh attack Thursday night west of Samarra. [Harbi]

Another source says Saraya Al-Salam stopped a large Daesh attack on several areas west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says ten Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack on Thursday night. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of dead Iraqi fighters and their weapons west of Samarra. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It may be significant that Daesh didn’t publish photos of the battle itself.

 

Tooz

Tension is rising again between the Peshmerga and PMFs in Tuz Khurmatu, after some security incidents in the city. Both parties refuse to withdraw from the city despite the pleas of the District’s Mayor. [IraqPress]

 

The IAF executed 14 airstrikes and the IAA helicopters 6, destroying a vehicle and an anti-aircraft gun in Al-Zarqa in eastern Salahuddin.

 

DIYALA

Baquba

23 persons were arrested in Muqdadiya, Mansouriya, and Baquba by the Diyala police department, 6 of them on terror charges, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

A weapons cache was found in a house in Khalis District north of Baquba by security forces. The weapons and ammunition were transferred to a safe location, a police source said. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Sunnis and Shia of Muqdadiya held a joint prayer service today as a message of coexistence and abandonment of sectarian differences. Tribal dignitaries and clergy attended. [IraqPress]

 

Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell said today that the wide scale security operation in Diyala initiated under the name of “Lion Claw’ resulted in the arrest of 20 terrorists who took part in recent security incidents in Diyala and Baghdad, while IAF planes and IAA helicopters killed over 92 terrorists in Himrin.  [Mada]

 

Hadi Al-Amiri, the Badr leader, described what happened in Diyala recently as a conspiracy, denying any presence of PMFs within Diyala’s cities. He called for formation of an investigative committee of all parties to reveal the truth. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

A Daesh training camp was found in the Abdullah Al-Hutam area in northeast Diyala and was destroyed by Army helicopters.

 

A Joint Ops Command source says the Iraqi Army’s 5th Division destroyed 3 Daesh training camps in the oilfield area of Naft Khana in Khanaqin. [Harbi]

 

A security source says 8 Daesh members were arrested in a house in Qara Tapa. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC said that 5th division forces of Dijla Command started the second stage of a search effort in the Qalaqez Mountains and found and destroyed several explosive belts and C4 containers.

 

KIRKUK

Kurdish security (Asayesh) of Kirkuk said today they have arrested an escapee of Badoush prison in Mosul, who escaped following Daesh occupation of the city. The man is from Suleiman Beg, and was hiding with a fake ID among the IDPs. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition aircraft killed 6 terrorists and destroyed three Daesh positions in Mosul.

 

The Deputy Speaker of the CoR, Humam Hamoudi, condemns Daesh’s destruction of the monastery in Mosul and says it is a crime of ignorance but it will only make Iraqis unite against Daesh. [Mada]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh security member in the Haramat area in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A member of the CoR’s Health Committee says several diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, thalassemia, and tuberculosis are spreading in Daesh-controlled areas in Ninewa. [Buratha]

 

An Arab member of Ninewa GC criticizes Amnesty International’s report about Peshmerga violations in the liberated areas and says it creates more ethnic tensions. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

An attack by Daesh in Makhmur District was repelled by the Peshmerga, killing 20 and wounding 12 attackers, a local security source said. [Sumaria]

Clashes between Peshmerga troops and Daesh terrorists in Lakji village in Makhmur resulted in the death of 7 terrorists and wounding 3, in addition to destroying a vehicle, a PUK source said today. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Three mass graves were found 600 meters away from Domiz checkpoint in Sinjar, according to the District’s Mayor. The graveyards were all for Yazidis killed by Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Suleimaniya demanding reforms and improvement in living conditions. Security forces went to the area and forced the demonstrators to leave. [Sumaria]

 

German media sources say they found German weapons being sold in the markets of Erbil and Suleimaniya. The weapons were branded with the German Army initials and were obviously part of the shipment to the Peshmerga. The sources say the weapons were sold by Peshmerga fighters who didn’t receive their salaries for months because of the economic crisis in the IKR.

The deputy chairman of the KRG Parliament says these reports are not true. He says the Iraqi Army has the same weapons and it might be the source for the weapons in the market.

However, a spokesman of the Peshmerga Ministry said today that while the news of weapons black markets in Kurdistan is rather exaggerated, a “very few Peshmerga fighters sold their weapons to use the revenues to migrate to Europe”.

A Shia MP says the weapons sold in Kurdistan markets are being sold to Daesh and an investigation should be conducted. [Sumaria] [IraqPress] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A video of a 12 years old Yazidi boy trained by Daesh who managed to escape back to his family in Erbil [Mayadeen]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. A body of man shot in the head was found near Musayyib, north of Hilla, hours after his kidnapping. A Babel police source said. [Mada]

 

Kerbala. PMFs arrested three Daesh terrorists trying to enter Kerbala through Anbar’s Al-Nukhaib District. A command source in the PMF organization said the terrorists took a desert route to sneak around PMF checkpoints. [AIN]

 

Basra. A young man working as a guard in a school was shot dead by armed men in downtown Basra. [Sumaria]

 

Wasit. 74th army brigade destroyed 15 IEDs in the Al-Battar area in Wasit.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

US Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey to discuss regional issues, including Syria and the PKK, with Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cihan writes. [Cihan]

 

In a statement issued Friday, President Erdogan said that Turkey would not accept a Russian presence in Qamishli in northeast Syria, where 100 Russian troops have recently been transferred. Turkey would not allow such a presence anywhere along its border the President said. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. This would seem to set up a bit of a confrontation.

 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is in Berlin to meet with German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a press conference with the German Chancellor he stated that “no place in Syria remains safe” after the Russian intervention in the country. Merkel announced that Germany would combat Daesh in coordination with Turkey and would intensify its raids on Daesh sites. The two also discussed the question of Syria’s refugees, with Davutoglu stating the view that refugees outside Syria would be more likely to return if Assad were removed from power. [Anadolu] [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A US official speaking to Fox News has denied media reports that US forces will be stationed at Rmeilan Air Base in Hasaka. [ARA]

 

Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions near the village of Al-Silb in the Jabal Abd Al-Aziz area west of Hasaka, a local source said. Fighting continues between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces in the countryside south of Hasaka, a militia commander said. [ARA]

 

Daesh dismantled a grain silo south of Hasaka and transported it to Deir Ez-Zor, local sources said, adding that the organization also moved thousands of tons of grain that was stored in the silo to Deir Ez-Zor. [ARA]

 

Daesh has told wi-fi providers in Shaddadi to stop broadcasting the internet service immediately, and implemented new rules that Internet users in the facilities must record their name and identification data to use the net, under Daesh supervision. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of an American airstrike on a wedding convoy in Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

The Revolutionaries Army (RA), which is a faction of the Syria Democratic Forces, and the Mare’ Operations Room (coordinating other armed groups) have reached a new agreement on the area outside of Azaz which would allow the SDF-affiliated RA to enter into the Azaz countryside to fight Daesh. The agreement also includes opening the road between Afrin and Azaz, cessation of hostilities, and exchange of prisoners between the two sides. Welati notes that similar agreements have failed to hold in the past.  [Welati]

 

The Syrian Army has continued indiscriminate shelling on residential areas of the city of Al-Bab, and launched rocket fire on the town of Haritan. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the YPG with locally made rockets near Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

 

A video of Sultan Murad Brigade destroying a Daesh bulldozer in Qara Kubri [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Kowaires airbase. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Russian airstrike on the city of Qaryatayn killed six civilians, including two children and three women. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops in Dowa in Homs with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of them and destroying a tank (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of fighting in Dowa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped a Syrian Army attack near Qasr Al-Halabat southwest of Tadmur (Palmyra), killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh has announced that it has acquired large quantities of advanced Russian-made weaponry from Syrian Army sites it seized in Deir Ez-Zor recently. Daesh Twitter accounts have shared images of SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles, heavy guns, ammunition, tanks and armored vehicles, and heat-resistant armor. [IslamMemo]

 

The Lebanese Hezbollah militia announced on Thursday evening that two of its fighters were killed in Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says Russian warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on Deir Ez-Zor and its countryside. [A3maq]

 

Russian warplanes have killed 59 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor in the last two days, according to a Qasioun correspondent. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

SAUDI ARABIA

The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir announced in an interview on CNN that Saudi Arabia is considering sending “special forces” to Syria to support the fight against Daesh, saying also that Daesh cannot be defeated without removing the Assad regime from power. The FM made similar remarks today. [Erem] [ARA]

 

North Africa

EGYPT

Giza

In the wake of yesterday’s deadly explosion in Giza, two contradictory claims of responsibility have emerged: one from Egypt’s Daesh affiliate and the other from a radical anti-government organization. Competing Egyptian statements have blamed Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood, respectively.

The “Eqab Al-Thawri” [“Revolutionary Punishment”] organization has issued a statement claiming that its militants lured police to an ambush before attacking with suicide bombers, while also regretting the civilian casualties. One hour before, the Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis group (now self-titled as “Wilayat Sinai”) issued a statement online claiming that its militants had booby-trapped the building where the blast took place. Daesh media claimed that all ten killed in the blast were police, while the official toll includes seven policemen and three civilians. On Thursday night after the attack, the director of Giza investigations blamed Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis for the blast, citing evidence found on a laptop computer at the scene. However, in a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the Egyptian authorities accused the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization of the attack, saying that the apartment was being used as a weapons cache and was booby-trapped by the Brotherhood. [Arabi21] [Youm7][AswatMasriya][Aawsat]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the explosion in Giza yesterday and says it detonated a booby-trapped house on Egyptian police members in Giza, killing ten of them including officers, and wounding twenty. [JustPaste]

The statement of Eqab Al-Thawri claiming the Giza blast. [el3qab]

The statement of the Egyptian Interior Ministry. [MoiEgyFB]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol in Karm Al-Qawadees. [JustPaste]
Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers east of Arish. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol near Mahdiya village south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

North Sinai

An infant was killed and three of his family injured on Friday when a mortar shell fell on the family’s home in Rafah, according to a North Sinai security source, who added that the shell was launched by Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis and was targeting a military detachment. [ElWatan]

 

Following Thursday’s deadly attacks that killed five Egyptian police in Arish.

 

Egyptian security troops conducted operations in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid on Friday, targeting Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members, according to “security information.” An Egyptian Apache helicopter targeted an Ansar gathering from the skies, killing 25 militants and injuring another 35, disrupting a planned terrorist attack according to security sources. Residents of Sheikh Zuweid reported sounds of heavy gunfire on Friday. [ElWatan] [VetoGate] [AkhbarElYom]

 

LIBYA

Efforts are ongoing to extinguish the blazes that ignited in petroleum reservoirs in yesterday’s attacks on oil infrastructure in Ras Lanuf, according to a security official there. Four oil storage tanks are burning, he said, containing an estimated total of two million barrels of crude oil.  [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

 Pakistan. Daesh says its terrorists killed two policemen in Peshawar. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Daesh’s Haq news agency page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Bani_Omaia

https://twitter.com/fazfaz7777777

https://twitter.com/majd_alkhalil2

https://twitter.com/khalidabdulah21

https://twitter.com/rtghbvi

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [Archive]

 

 

January 21, 2016

Samarra

Today’s Major Developments

 

Iraqi forces attack Daesh-held Kubaisa in Anbar’s Hit District.

Daesh prepares a comeback in Haditha area.

Egypt Defense Minister promises military support for Iraq.

Nine more IED attacks hit Baghdad.

US drone takes out important bridge in Mosul, but maybe not intentionally.

Daesh trying to take over Libya’s main oil region as politicians renew bickering.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

PM Abadi meets with Vice President Biden in Davos and discusses several issues, including the need for international support in Ramadi reconstruction. Biden encouraged Abadi to continue the dialogue with Turkey regarding its troops in Iraq and repeated the US respect for Iraq’s unity and sovereignty over its land. [Erem]

The meeting also discussed the challenges in the liberated areas, the support of the US for the reforms in Iraq, and the efforts to restore electricity. [Sumaria]

Abadi also met with Secretary John Kerry in Davos to discuss the war on Daesh. Kerry reiterated the US support for Iraq according to a statement issued by the PM office. [Rudaw]

 

Speaker Jubouri received General Lloyd Austin in his office in Baghdad to discuss Ninewa liberation and the participation of Ninewa citizens and how to increase the number of training venues for them, according to a statement issued by the Speaker’s office. The Speaker said that the victories in Anbar showed the ability of the Iraqi armed forces and the tribal fighters to defeat Daesh and also refuted the false image about the people of the Daesh occupied areas that they are Daesh supporters. [Sumaria]

 

The Integrity Court sentences the former minister of finance Rafi’ Al-Essawi to 7 years in prison on corruption charges.

A Sunni MP says the any official responsible for corruption crimes should be punished, and the law should be implemented on everyone. He says there are many officials involved in corruption but they are not punished. [Hurra]

 

A report about fake materials (videos and photos) published on social media to instigate more sectarian violence. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. The social media war between Sunni and Shia was escalated after the execution of the Saudi cleric Nimr Al-Nimr. Organized media campaigns are promoting hatred and violence on both sides. Daesh of course is the first beneficiary of such divisions and Iraqis keep paying the price for the regional conflict.

 

Security developments

Prime Minister Abadi is suspicious about the kidnapping of the three Arab-Americans, saying that they rather “disappeared”. He also described the rumored Iranian connection to their disappearance as highly unlikely. [Mada]

 

The Minster of Defense says organized crime organization was behind the kidnapping of the three Americans in Iraq. [Hurra]

 

The MoD publishes a video of IAA airstrikes on Daesh locations in several areas. [MoD Website]

 

The US will sell Iraq US$ 1.95 worth of Sidewinder missiles and other ammunition to use in its 36 M16 warplanes, the Pentagon said. [AIN]

 

Egypt’s Defense Minister told his Iraqi counterpart in their meeting today that “the stores of the Egyptian Army are open to Iraq to have whatever it needs.” He said the near future will witness improved relations between the two armies. [AIN ]

 

IWMC announced today the arrest of a terror cell operating under the “Wilayat Al-Shimal” (northern command) of Daesh, along with weapons and explosives, by military intelligence in Baghdad. The group is responsible for several terrorist attacks in the capital. [Sumaria]

 

Two women were arrested at the Bzaibiz crossing between Anbar and Baghdad while trying to smuggle 100 personal status cards, 101 phosphoric stamps, and 110 Iraqi nationality cards, all blank, as well as a group of mobile phones, memory rams, and SIM cards. The women are being investigated by the south Karkh investigations office. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. One of the major demands of demonstrators in Sunni areas in 2014 was the release of female prisoners detained for terrorism-related charges. Daesh and its affiliated media focused on this (in Egypt the same thing happened) and claimed that the Iraqi government is violating the “honor” of the Sunni tribes by imprisoning their women and hence they must rebel. Conceding that the judicial system in Iraq needs improvements, the government needs some way to deal with women who participate in terrorist activities. Daesh, and several other armed groups, use women as carriers because they usually don’t get searched.  

 

According to security sources:

  • AN IED placed in a popular restaurant in Shula in northwest Baghdad exploded today, killing one civilian and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a grocery in Hamamiyat, in Taji District, north of Baghdad city, killing three civilians and wounding seven others. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in Saba’ Al-Bor, north Baghdad, killed one civilian and wounded five. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed in a trash can in Shaab, north Baghdad, went off today, killing one civilian and wounding another four. [Baghdadia]
  • An attack with a hand grenade on a police patrol left two policemen dead and three wounded in Tarmiya District, north of Baghdad city. [Mada]
  • A body of a woman shot to death was found along the Baghdad-Kirkuk road. [Maalomah]
  • Armed men attacked three civilian employees of the Ministry of Trade in their car passing along Al-Qanat road in east Baghdad, killing one of them and wounding the other two. [Mada]
  • AN IED placed in a commercial area in Al-Ameen in east Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded five. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in the Al-Sahiroon neighborhood of Jisr Diyala in southeast Bagdad, killing one civilian and wounding six others.[Mada]
  • An IED exploded late yesterday night in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in a popular market in Nahrawan, south Baghdad, and killed two civilians and wounded 5 others. [Maalomah]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Iskan in west Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded five others. [Mada]

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

 

16 airstrikes were executed today by the Coalition warplanes over Iraq and Syria, 15 of them in Iraq. The strikes were distributed over 7 cities and have destroyed 14 targets in Sinjar, in addition to tactical units and weapons caches, according to a statement by the Coalition. A strike in Deir Ez-Zor in Syria destroyed four cranes, the statement said.  [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Anbar Ops Command (AOC) said that Iraqi joint forces are capable of liberating all of Anbar by themselves, and that they only need air cover. It added that there is no land forces participation by the Coalition.  [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

AOC announced today that all northern areas of Ramadi are liberated, and that only a few areas are remaining on the eastern side that will be fully liberated shortly. [BasNews]

 

Orders were issued to liberate the areas east of Ramadi, a source in AOC said. The areas remaining are Juwaiba, Hsaiba, and Jazeera Al-Khaldiya. [Mada]

 

The delay in liberating Juwaiba and Sajariya east of Ramadi is due to large numbers of civilians in these areas, Rapid Intervention force commander says. He says his troops killed over 65 terrorists in the past three days, but the large numbers of civilians as well as IEDs are delaying the advance. [Mawazin]

 

The IAA killed 20 Daesh and destroyed 3 motorcycles and an anti-aircraft machine gun in Sajariya. [IWMC Report]

 

A flash attack by the IFP killed 13 Daesh terrorists in Hsaiba, destroying 4 mortar and bazooka positions, the IFP command said. [Sumaria]

 

A tunnel connecting the Al-Madhiq area to Hsaiba was found and destroyed by security troops today. The forces found ammunition and weapons, as well as some corpses of terrorists in the tunnel, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Artillery and rocket shelling on Hsaiba killed 9 Daesh terrorists, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

Coalition warplanes flew 22 sorties over Ramadi, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs in addition to supply lines and a shelter. [IWMC Report]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service source says 2,000 Daesh fighters were killed during the liberation of Ramadi according to Daesh documents found in its locations in Ramadi. [IraqPress]

 

Anbar tribes say they need more support from Baghdad to be able to hold ground in Ramadi. Wisam Al-Hardan, the head of the Sahwa council, said the 7,000 tribal fighters have light arms and very few intermediate weapons, which are no match for Daesh weapons. [BasNews]

 

North of the city, Iraqi forces destroyed 20 IEDs and defused 68 while clearing the road between Al-Qassem Bridge and Jaraishi. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi officer and four soldiers were wounded in Daesh mortar shelling in Jaraishi. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh in the Albu Aitha area, killing 6 terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

The Counter-Terrorism Service Commander says his troops found a Daesh fighter from the Caucasus who was hiding in a house in south Ramadi. The fighter was trapped in the house for some time and intended to attack the Iraqi forces with hand grenades when he got trapped. He says he was about to attack them when he saw them praying. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Daesh foreign fighters were told they were going to fight “infidels” in Iraq and Syria. Some were surprised to see Iraqi soldiers and Peshmerga fighters praying. Many people join Daesh knowing in advance that they were going to kill Muslims and civilians. However, Daesh can still depend on the ignorance of some of its recruits.  

 

A video of Counter-Terrorism troops securing families trapped in Ramadi [YouTube]

A video of Counter-Terrorism troops clearing the Aziziya area of Ramadi [YouTube]

 

A video of a Daesh guesthouse in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

Three Daesh terrorists were stabbed to death today by unidentified armed men in the Golan neighborhood of Falluja, says an AOC source, adding that the attackers were probably tribal fighters. [Mada]

 

An armed group in Falluja broke into a house in the Al-Mualimeen neighborhood and killed 7 Daesh terrorists inside. Sources say that the group might be Falluja tribal fighters who are committing inside attacks to pave the way for the army and security forces to liberate the city. [BasNews]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 20 IEDs in Thirthar area. [IWMC Report]

 

BOC troops killed a Daesh terrorist in Qarma and destroyed 2 vehicles, killing the terrorists inside. [IWMC Report]

 

An airstrike by IAF on a Daesh convoy heading from Falluja to Qarma killed 15 Daesh terrorists including a leader, and destroyed the convoy, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Joint army and security troops are currently attacking the Daesh-held city of Kubaisa in Hit District, under intensive air support. Tens of Daesh terrorists are reported to be killed in the battle that is still ongoing. [Maalomah]

 

“Tens” of Daesh commanders are escaping Hit to Mosul through the desert, following the large army attack on Kubaisa, a source in the AOC said today [Maalomah]

 

72 persons held by Daesh as human shields in Hit district were liberated by the IFP today and cleared to safety in Al-Wafa subdistrict. Meanwhile, the 107th artillery regiment killed 7 Daesh terrorists. [AIN]

 

Iraqi artillery destroyed a Daesh vehicle, a rocket launcher and 2 rockets near the Majid checkpoint in Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A Haditha District Council source says Daesh is preparing to attack Haditha from two sides, from Al-Ghabat (north) and the storehouses area (west). Mobilization of Daesh fighters and vehicles was noted in these areas, and the army and security are reinforcing their positions accordingly. [Mada] The Haditha council called for intensified airstrikes on Daesh forces planning to attack the District. [Sumaria]

 

Haditha sheikhs say they have repelled Daesh attacks for 20 months and will do so even unto death. They added that the areas lost to Daesh were lacking real leaders.

The sheikhs called on the government to start reconstruction of the District after the end of the threat. [Mada]

 

An AOC source says 200 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have arrived at Ain Al-Assad base. [BasNews] However, the US Embassy today explained that the large numbers of soldiers arriving in Iraq reflect only a rotation of divisions. The US is merely replacing the 82nd Airborne with the 101st Airborne. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

An unconfirmed security source report says the US executed a paratroop drop over the Al-Waleed military camp in western Anbar. The camp, located west of Haditha, is made up of buildings previously used by the Jazeera Operations Command before the camp was taken by Daesh, plus a training ground and an airport. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. The US has denied all these unconfirmed stories and rumors about US troops on the ground. We suspect this one will get the same response.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF commander says his troops secured a family escaping from Daesh in Shirqat. While the family was trying to leave they were captured by Daesh terrorists who let them go after giving a little girl with the family a toy. The girl walked with her family for 6 km (4 miles) before reaching the PMFs. When the PMFs checked the toy they found it was booby-trapped and defused it.  [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not the first time Daesh booby-trapped toys. Iraqi forces found several booby-trapped toys in Baghdad area a couple of months ago. 

 

Baiji

International coalition warplanes destroyed a booby-trapped oil tanker near Al-Salam village northeast of Tikrit, a Salahuddin Ops Command source said. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the leader of Daesh’s Dabiq command died in a hospital in Mosul 3 days after he was wounded in clashes with Iraqi forces north of Baiji.  [Ghad]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh convoys near Al-Fatha northeast of Baiji. The convoys were on their way from Hawija. [Ghad]

A security source says a PMF unit destroyed a Daesh shovel and 4 armored vehicles in Fatha. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 66th Brigade destroyed a Daesh motorcycle, killing its rider in the Siniya-Sukariyat intersection. [IWMC Report]

 

Tikrit

A PMF source says French warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh locations in the Himrin Hills area near Allas and Ajil oil fields and north of Al-Alam subdistrict. The source says Daesh terrorists are fleeing the Himrin area towards Al-Zab villages south of Hawija because of the airstrikes. [Ghad]

 

Security forces, supported by artillery and Abrams tank fire, repelled a violent Daesh attack with medium arms near Tower no. 9 of Speicher camp near Tikrit, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

An Iraqi drone destroyed a Daesh hideout in Jazeera Samarra, west of Samarra, killing “tens” of terrorists, a security source said. [AIN]

 

A Samarra Ops Command source says the IAA destroyed 6 Daesh targets in Jazeera Samarra. [Ghad]

 

A video by Daesh west of Samarra interrupted by an Iraqi helicopter overhead, which does not end well for the photographer and his colleagues. [FuratTV]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi warplanes destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses on Nakhwa Street west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam destroyed 20 IEDs in the Sharif Abbas area west of Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked two Iraqi military barracks west of Samarra, killing ten soldiers and capturing weapons and ammunition, then booby-trapping the barracks and destroying them. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Diyala police arrested two persons wanted on criminal charges in Al-Khalis north of Baquba, and another two in Muradiya southwest of Baquba, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces captured 4 terror suspects in a search campaign in south Buhriz and east Khan Bani Saad. [IWMC Report]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A delegation from the Iraqi Commission for Human Rights arrived in Muqdadiya to investigate the recent violence in the city. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

8 Daesh terrorists were arrested in Qara Tapa, following a security campaign, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Border guards repelled an attack by Daesh on the Jawamir checkpoint between Khanaqin and Mandali, a security source said. “Tens” of attackers were killed, while the wounded were taken back to their hideouts in Himrin Hills. [Maalomah]

 

The manager of Jalawla subdistrict says 161 displaced families returned to their houses recently. The families are the 4th group of returnees; the 5th group will come back during the coming few days. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted a PMF convoy coming from Kerbala in Udhaim with IEDs, destroying many vehicles and killing or wounding many fighters (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says 2 trucks and a Humvee were destroyed in the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists targeting an Iraqi patrol in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

The terrorist who participated in the attack on a checkpoint near Jdaidat Al-Shat was arrested in Diyala, said the MoI. The arrestee provided the car bomb attacker with documents and guided him to the target. The attack on the 12th of January killed 6 military and civilian persons. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh arrested 30 of its fighters in Kirkuk for abandoning battlefronts following recent salary cuts caused by the Daesh financial crisis. The arrestees had been assigned to Hawija, Abbasi, and Riyadh. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP arrested the Daesh officer responsible for rigging vehicle bombs in Kirkuk. The arrest was made in Baghdad today, according to IFP source. [Baghdadia]

 

A woman shot dead three Daesh commanders of Arab nationalities in Hawija, after entering the house where they are staying on pretext of having important information. She escaped the scene safely. Initial information indicates that Daesh executed her husband and five of her brothers last month. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

An airstrike by Coalition warplanes on the areas of Jazaer, Tahrir, and old Sina’a in Mosul left 25 Daesh terrorists killed, a KDP source said. [Mada]

 

Coalition planes bombed Daesh in Mosul and destroyed a vehicle carrying five Daesh leaders, two of them foreign, killing them all, a local source said. The source added that material damage was inflicted to the bridge as well. [Sumaria]

Local sources say a Coalition drone bombed the Hurriya bridge in Mosul, damaging it and rendering it useless, although no Daesh members were on the bridge at that time. However, a security source says 5 Daesh members were killed when Coalition warplanes bombed the bridge. An Iraqi military expert says the bombing was a mistake because the bridge was very important for the movement of the people of Mosul. [Karemlash] [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says the Coalition damaged the bridge in an airstrike after midnight on Thursday and publishes a video of the results of the bombing. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Coalition airstrikes killed 8 Daesh terrorists attacking a house in Al-Houd village in Qayara subdistrict south of Mosul. The house was used by the local Daesh command and as a storage place for arms and ammunition, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

Two brigades of the Mosul population are trained to participate in the liberation of Mosul, a member of the Provincial Council said. The training and supply of these brigades cost over US$ 150 Million. He also says there are negotiations between Baghdad and the KRG to deploy the two brigades southeast of Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

CoR member Ahmed Al-Jubouri said today that Prime Minister Al-Abadi should be questioned for allowing the arms shipment transferred by land from Basra to Erbil and headed to the forces trained in cooperation with Nujaifi. He said Nujaifi was involved in surrendering Mosul to Daesh in the first place, and cannot be a liberator. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. We concede this story makes little sense, as it seems unlikely Al-Abadi would allow arms shipments to the Ninewa separatists.

 

Armed men attacked a Daesh office in Badoush, and killed four Daesh personnel, a source in Ninewa Police said. The group escaped safely after the attack. [BasNews]

 

Daesh uses thousands of doctors and medical workers in 12 hospitals and dozens of medical clinics to generate revues. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh arrested 13 of its members in Mosul for allowing families to escape the city for US$ 2500 per person with faked documents stamped by the arrestees to allow them to cross the checkpoints. The 13 were arrested at Al-Hadhar checkpoint along with several of these families. [BasNews]

 

The Assyrian Patriarch Luis Sako says Daesh is trying to wipe out Mosul history and memory by destroying its oldest monasteries. He asks the Coalition to protect the Christian and Islamic heritage in Mosul. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh destroyed 6 houses belonged to Shabak displaced people in Bazwaya village east of Mosul. Daesh used the houses as weapons and explosives storehouses for some time.  [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

KDP sources said today that 9 Daesh terrorists were killed today in a Peshmerga artillery shelling on Ba Sakhra village in Bartella, just east of Mosul in Hamdaniya District. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle on the road between Qaraj and Makhmur. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A local source says Daesh kidnapped two Yazidis in Sakainiya village south of Mount Sinjar. The source says Daesh contacted the two men’s families and told them they took them to Baaj in southern Ninewa. [BasNews]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Ministry of Peshmerga has trained 600 Christian fighters to fight Daesh in the Nineveh Plain. The Ministry also trained 1250 Yazidis, 690 Kakais and 463 Shabaks to fight alongside the Peshmerga. [Rudaw]

 

The spokesman of the KDP in Suleimaniya says unknown armed men in 2 cars shot at the KDP headquarter in the city without causing any casualties. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra, Dhi Qar. 17 persons were arrested in the ongoing Basra security campaign, in Abu Al-Khasib and Al-Deir, while 23 others were arrested in Dhi Qar. [AIN]

 

Muthanna. Muthanna’s Governor said their investigation revealed the location of the kidnapped Qatari hunters and the identity of the kidnappers, and that this information was conveyed to Baghdad. He did not reveal the information. [Mawazin]

 

Kerbala. The MoI says intelligence units found a weapons and explosives cache in historic Ain Al-Tamr, 67 km (42 miles) southeast of Kerbala city, toward the Saudi border. [Mada]

 

Babel. The Security Committee in Babel GC denies the statement of a Sunni MP who said that the authorities in Babel hold hundreds of Sunni detainees and prevent Sunni families from returning to Jurf Al-Sakhar. The committee chairman says international organizations can come and check the prisons in Babel anytime they want. He also says the return of the displaced families depends on the rehabilitation of the liberated areas. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Jurf Al-Sakhar was liberated more than a year ago. That seems like more than enough time for IED removal and basic infrastructure rehabilitation.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

The Turkish PM says his country refuses the participation of the YPG in the coming meeting in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, saying the YPG is not a real opposition and it has links to the Syrian government. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. Of course, the larger reason is that the YPG is associated with the PKK, with whom Turkey is at war, and which has aspirations for an independent Kurdistan that includes much of Turkey, to which Turkey is understandably opposed.

 

Turkey’s Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said, in a joint press conference held with his German counterpart, that Turkey will share its resources with the Coalition. This includes use of Incirlik airbase, where the press conference was held. The base is being used by a German reconnaissance team for Coalition missions. [Anadolu]

 

Military developments

Turkey is preparing ground operations around the Syrian border city of Jarabulus to clear mines planted by Daesh along the border area, in advance of wider unspecified operations planned by the Coalition for the Daesh-held city, Turkish security sources said. [Aawsat]

 

Daesh is planning to target drinking water in Turkey and launch attacks in the country with other biological and chemical agents, according to a report prepared by Turkish intelligence. The report also says Daesh is planning to use chemical and biological agents obtained from the Assad regime’s stores of mustard gas, chlorine, anthrax and tularemia (an infectious disease spread from animals). The latter would be particularly difficult for Turkey to respond to as it is not widely known in Turkey and its symptoms initially appear similar to less harmful diseases, the report adds. [Cihan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh says warplanes (unidentified) launched heavy airstrikes on Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh has retaken the village of Qara Kubri north of Aleppo near the Turkish border from other opposition groups, an opposition fighter has said, explaining that a heavy Daesh attack led to clashes between the two sides in which the allied militias were forced out.

 

Battles are ongoing between Daesh and the opposition factions for control over other villages in the area, the fighter said. Qasioun reports that Daesh attempted to infiltrate the allied militia positions around the village of Dalha, leading to heavy clashes between the two sides, while the opposition militias mortared and fired heavy machine guns on Daesh positions in the village of Ghazl, in ongoing fighting for control of that area, with reports of Daesh casualties. [ARA] [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment: Daesh announced it had retaken Qara Kubri yesterday. As we have noted Daesh and opposition factions and their allies have fought fierce back-and-forth battles for control of the strategic areas between Aleppo and the Turkish border. Daesh briefly lost Qara Kubri in late December before retaking it a day later (with apparent support from Syrian aircraft). Qara Kubri and neighboring villages were declared a “closed military zone” by the militias in early January, and the pro-Turkey Sultan Murad Brigades then seized Qara Kubri from Daesh a few days later, before Daesh forced the allied militias out on Thursday as reported above.

 

The Syrian Army struck the city of Al-Bab with rocket fire and heavy artillery, killing three civilians and injuring tens of others including women and children in a residential area of the Daesh-held city. Syrian troops are 10 km (6 miles) away from the city in the eastern Aleppo countryside. The shelling comes alongside Russian airstrikes on Al-Bab, setting off an atmosphere of panic and fear among the residents. [Qasioun]

 

Local activists say Daesh executed a Kurdish man in Manbij and showed his body in a public square, after accusing him of cooperating with the Kurdish forces. [BasNews]

 

Daesh has conducted an arrest campaign against civilians in Jarabulus in the last four days, removing detainees to unknown locations, a local source said. In addition, they have announced that residents are forbidden to watch television. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Renewed fighting erupted in the eastern Homs countryside between Daesh and Syrian Army troops around the city of Qaryatayn in eastern Homs amid Syrian shelling and rocketing of Daesh positions in the area. Battles are ongoing between the two sides in the oilfields of Shaeir and Hajjar, east of Homs, which Daesh has been trying to seize.

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army vehicles and machinery in East Qalamoun. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Russian planes have escalated their bombing of Daesh-held areas of Deir Ez-Zor, concentrating on Sinaa, Haweiqa, and Al-Ardi, while the Syrian Army launched heavy shelling on the same districts. Russian planes also struck the village of Ayyash in northern Deir Ez-Zor, amid clashes between Syrian troops and Daesh around the area, as well as striking the villages of Safira, Al-Hisan, and Al-Janina west of the city, causing property damage. Daesh also clashed with the Syrian Army in the area around the Deir Ez-Zor military airport, amid Russian airstrikes on Daesh positions there as well. No reports of casualties are available. [Qasioun]

 

A Daesh member opened fire on his brother with a “Russian rifle,” shooting him in the leg, in the village of Hawarij east of Deir Ez-Zor in a dispute over the permissibility of the brother’s wife’s clothes under Daesh’s interpretation of the Islamic sharia. [ARA] [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes a video of Syrian soldiers it captured in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of a Russian airstrike on Kharita village in Deir Ez-Zor countryside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of Russian planes dropping supplies to the remaining Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

South

Three thousand civilians returned to the southern Damascus neighborhood of Al-Qadam on Wednesday, in a deal reached between the Assad government and Daesh, according to local activists. The residents had not been able to return for more than a year. Residents have been entering both the western sector of the district, under Syrian government control, and the eastern sector, in the hands of Daesh and other opposition militias (video). [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon. Lebanese police have arrested a Syrian national on suspicion of smuggling a high-value artifact out of Syria, the Interior Ministry announced. The detainee is expected to be turned over to the Syrian authorities. [ARA]

 

Yemen. Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Houthis checkpoint in Sanaa, killing four of them. [JustPaste]

 

North Africa

Daesh publishes more video messages to the people of North Africa. [Archive] [Archive] [Archive] [Archive]

 

Egypt

Cairo area

An IED exploded during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Giza, killing seven police including a local anti-terrorism commander as well as three civilians, and injuring another 13 people. Police had been attempting to defuse a bomb in a suspected “Muslim Brotherhood” site. [ElWatan] [Erem] We are not certain whether or not this story is Daesh-related.

 

Photos of the blast site in Giza. [GateAhram]

 

North Sinai

Fifteen militants launched a deadly coordinated attack on an Egyptian security checkpoint in central Arish, eyewitnesses said. The attackers approached in three groups traveling in three private cars, each from a different direction. The militants opened fire on the checkpoint with light and medium-gauge weapons, killing five policemen including an officer, and injuring three others, and injuring two civilian pedestrians. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked a police gathering in Atalawi square in Arish with light and midsize weapons, killing nine of them, including high ranking officers, and capturing their weapons in addition to a vehicle destroyed later. [JustPaste]

 

The Interior Ministry has released photos of the five policemen killed in the attack in Arish. [ElWatan] [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

An IED exploded on a security vehicle in Rafah on Friday, wounding a police officer and a soldier. [ElWatan]

 

Gunfire from an unknown source killed a civilian in Sheikh Zuweid on Friday, eyewitnesses said. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian Army and Border Guard troops seized a weapons and bomb-making cache in the Al-Azariq region of central Sinai, the military’s spokesman announced (photos). [EgyArmySpoxFB]

 

Libya. The spokesman of the Libyan armed forces, Maj. Mohammad Hijazi, has announced that he and a number of commanders have split from the Libyan Army commanded by Gen. Khalifa Hafter, saying in a spoken statement released on YouTube that Haftar is surrounded by corrupt elements and calling for reform in the command of the armed forces. Hijazi also rejected the proposed government of national accord, calling it a “stillborn” initiative

[Erem]

 

Full recording of Hijazi’s statement (YouTube).

 

The Italian newspaper La Stampa has revealed the presence of Western troops on Libyan soil, including British, French, and American special forces and intelligence operatives who are monitoring the war against Daesh from Benghazi and Misrata, and reportedly making preparations for a larger-scale Western intervention in the country. [AfriGate] [LaStampa]

 

French president Francois Hollande says his country is prepared to begin training the Libyan military. [AfriGate]

 

Oil Crescent

Daesh renewed its attacks on Libya’s strategic “Oil Crescent” region Thursday, launching destructive mortar attacks on petroleum infrastructure and abducting 15 civilians in raids in the areas of Sidra and Ras Lanuf, according to a local resident.

 

Daesh launched mortars on oil reservoirs in Ras Lanuf belonging to the Harouge Oil Operations company, local sources said, igniting multiple reservoirs full of crude oil. The National Oil Company (NOC) spokesman confirmed that the mortars had landed on the reservoirs but could not yet specify how many were damaged or burning, adding that there were no human casualties to report in Ras Lanuf. At least four or five reservoirs could be ablaze according to a source close to the company, and firefighting crews have not yet been able to access the site. A security source in Sidra reported that a pipeline carrying oil from the Libyan interior to the coastal ports was also burning after the attacks. The NOC said that the fire also damaged electrical towers and cables that provided power to residential areas, in a statement issued after the attacks, which described the environmental conditions in Ras Lanuf as “catastrophic.”

 

Mortar shells also targeted other strategic infrastructure in the area, according to workers in the area, and brief clashes erupted between militants and the Oil Facilities Protection guards, but the fighting ended when the attackers withdrew.

[AfriGate] [LANA] [LANA] [Fassato] [AlArabiya] [LANA]

 

In a new video released after the mortar attack, a Daesh militant identified as “Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Libi” is seen endorsing today’s shelling and threatening further attacks, saying “Today Sidra and Ras Lanuf, tomorrow Brega port, and afterward Tobruk port, and Al-Sarir, and Jalo, and Al-Kufra,” all referring to strategic petroleum production and distribution sites on the coast and in the interior that are currently out of Daesh’s area of control. [Ewan]

 

Daesh-held areas

Daesh has executed at least three young Libyans who were abducted last week in the city of Marada while they were working as security guards for a Turkish construction company, according to a Marada resident who cites contacts with sources in Nawfaliya where the executions were reported to have taken place. Another person who had been abducted with the guards, Sheikh Musin, was released. [LANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of public executions in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Derna

Residents of Derna foiled a Daesh attack in fighting in Al-Kurfat on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning. This is the third day in a row that a Daesh attack has been foiled in Derna. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Libyan armed group gathering in Hila in Derna, killing three of them and wounding two. Daesh says its snipers wounded another armed group member in the coastal area in Derna. It also says its terrorists attacked a Libyan armed group in Bab Tobruk in Derna, killing or wounding several of them. Daesh also says it shot down a Libyan armed group drone in the coast area. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh page from Anbar

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/AsdMak2016

https://twitter.com/abo_obida17

https://twitter.com/mysarh555

https://twitter.com/mosab9265

https://twitter.com/abohasnalansari

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

 

January 20, 2016 

American Warplanes

 

Today’s Major Developments

 

Prime Minister, COR Speaker take hard line on Shia militia violence in Diyala.

UN says 19,000 Iraqis were killed in last 21 months.

Iraq may be setting up to recapture Hit.

Daesh destroys 1400-years-old monastery in Mosul.

Daesh leader pursuing expanded territory in Libya; cites support from Gaddafi loyalists.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s office issued a statement after the Council of Ministers meeting, stressing that the government will not tolerate criminals and they will be submitted to justice. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. One of the demands of many Sunni leaders is to call the attacks on Sunnis in Muqdadiya “terrorist” attacks, the same description given to Daesh attacks.

 

Speaker Jubouri says he supported Abadi’s reforms, and still does, but the reforms are slow and it is important not to violate the authority of other officials. He also says there are no attempts in the Council of Representatives (COR) to withdraw its confidence in PM Abadi.  [Sumaria]

Jubouri also said it was necessary to “end the armed wings” of the political parties and asked them to denounce the “uncontrolled militias.” He says that the militias whose members committed the crimes in Muqdadiya are well known and should be arrested. He says such crimes hurt the reputation of the PMFs. [Sumaria]

 

The PM spokesman meanwhile denied media reports about changes in the Cabinet. Some media outlets said that several ministers will be replaced, especially the Minister of Interior. The Minister has angered some political parties by sending dozens of high ranking officers into retirement. [SotIraq]

 

PM Abadi himself arrived in Switzerland to participate in the Davos Economic Forum. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

A UN report said 19,000 Iraqis were killed in the last 21 months, half of them in Baghdad, with 36,000 wounded and 3.2 million displaced persons. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition spokesman Steve Warren says Iraqi forces needs hundreds of western trainers before starting Mosul liberation operations. [Hurra] 1,800 US troops just arrived in Anbar (See below under Hit/Haditha).

Mainstream media reported a similar statement in Paris by Secretary of Defense Carter, who indicated the number of US troops in Iraq will increase in order to train more soldiers and police.

 

15 persons were arrested on terror charges in various areas of Baghdad, including a woman from Diwaniya, the MoI said today. [Mada]

 

An ammunition cache was found hidden in a truck in Shaab, north Baghdad. An X-ray vehicle at a checkpoint revealed the well-hidden cache, said the spokesman of the MoI. [Baghdadia]

 

According to security sources:

  • A bomb placed in a minibus in Husseiniya in north Baghdad exploded, killing one civilian and wounding five.[ Mada]
  • An IED placed in a fish market in Shat Al-Taji in Taji District in northern Baghdad Governorate exploded and killed two civilians and wounded five this afternoon. [Maalomah]
  • A civilian was shot dead by unidentified men armed with guns with silencers in Taji, north Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • A security force found a cache containing IEDs and mortar shells in Al-Abaychi area in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate. [Sumaria]
  • A roadside IED placed near the house of a Ministry of Justice employee in Hay Ur in northeast Baghdad exploded late yesterday night without causing human casualties, but left material damage to the house. [Sumaria]
  • Unidentified armed men open fire on a civilian in Karrada in central Baghdad late yesterday, killing him instantly. [Sumaria]
  • Armed men attacked with automatic rifles three Ministry of Justice employees in a civilian car, killing one and wounding the other two.[ Mawazin]
  • Unidentified armed men open fired on a civilian in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad late yesterday, killing him immediately. [Sumaria]
  • An IED exploded in Safiya, Ubaid village, south Baghdad, killing one electricity worker and wounding 6 others who were performing repairs in the area. [AIN]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding another. [Sumaria]
  • Bodies of a man and a woman were found in Mada’in, south Baghdad today. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in Ubaidi, east Baghdad, went off killing one civilian and wounding 5 others. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded near Al-Rayaheen restaurant in Awerej in southwest Baghdad, killing a police lieutenant colonel and a policeman working in the FPS. [Ghad]
  • Two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A 9 year old boy was kidnapped while standing in front of his house in Al-Adel in west Baghdad by men in a civilian car. [Maalomah]

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  13   (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition said its warplanes executed 14 attacks in Iraq, 6 of them in Ramadi that destroyed two oil and lubricants tanks, three fighting positions, and a mortar position. Other attacks hit Habbaniya and Haditha; Mosul, Kasik, and Sinjar. [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

An airstrike by Iraqi and Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh headquarters north of Ramadi today, according to the Anbar Operations Command. 34 terrorists were killed and three vehicles destroyed. [Sumaria]

 

Tribal Mobilization forces issued a list of 400 names of Daesh members and leaders, distributed to checkpoints in Anbar and Baghdad. A tribal source said all tribal forces members are from the area and know very well who’s who. [Mada]

180 tribal fighters are in the center of Ramadi assisting in removing IEDs and holding positions in the city, said the Tribal Forces Command in Ramadi. [IraqPress]

 

A special unit today arrested a Daesh terrorist in the Al-Jamaiya area of downtown Ramadi, following local information. The unit also broke into Daesh guesthouses and found lists of names and other records of the terror group. [Mada]

A video of Daesh documents seized in Ramadi [Sumaria]

 

Albu Shbail, east of Ramadi, was liberated today by the joint forces, according to a security source. The Iraqi flag was raised over the municipal building. [Baghdadia]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces’ battles in Ramadi [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Families held under siege in eastern areas of Juwaiba, Albu Musa, and Albu Salih Hamad called on security troops to enter these areas, as Daesh has withdrawn its fighters eastward to Jazeera Al-Khaldiya, local sources said. [Maalomah]

 

Anbar Provincial Council said the joint forces are ready now to proceed to Jazeera Al-Khaldiya and clear it from Daesh terrorists, adding that liberation of Juwaiba and Hsaiba is continuing as “tens” of terrorists are killed. He said troops are involved now in removing hundreds of IEDs, and securing safe paths for families departing the areas to safety in Habbaniya, Khaldiya, and Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [ Mada ]

Anbar Provincial Council pleaded with the central government to send more explosives teams to deal with the huge number of IEDs and mines in Anbar and surroundings, as available units are far from enough to complete the mission expediently. [Maalomah]

Engineering corps of the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) defused 90 IEDs in Albu Aitha and Soura, north and northeast Ramadi, said the AOC.[ Sumaria]

Explosives units of IFP defused 22 IEDs and cleared 3 bombed houses in Hsaiba, east Ramadi today, the IFP command stated. [ Mawazin]

 

3rd Counter-Terrorism Division is receiving 5-7 families per day who are escaping Daesh-controlled areas and is transferring them to a safe area, said the Division Commander, adding that the families are used by Daesh as human shields in Juwaiba and Sajariya. [Sumaria]

IFP troops rescued 27 families from the villages of Al-Safriya and Abu Taiban in west Ramadi today and transferred them to safety in Al-Wafa subdistrict, the IFP said. [Mawazin]

A video of Iraqi forces securing more families in Sufiya. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

Security troops killed three suicide attackers who approached the defense lines in Hayakil in east Falluja, an Anbar Operations Command (AOC) source said. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) said that its troops killed 19 Daesh terrorists and defused 25 IEDs in Taqsim, Thirthar, and south Falluja. It also detected a cache containing IEDs, mortar shells, batteries, and CK5 rockets in Sawamra and Marasma villages in Rashidiya, north Baghdad. 10 mortar shells were also found in Al-Bawi, northeast Baghdad. [AIN]

 

Hit/Haditha

Army helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over the city of Hit today, asking the population to abandon the city before a forthcoming attack by army and security troops. [Maalomah]

 

Internal fighting among Daesh terrorists in the Dolab area of Hit ended with the death of 9 Daesh terrorists and the Daesh military commanders for Hit and Baghdadi. [WarNews]

 

1800 US soldiers arrived to Ain Al-Assad base and settled in immediately, said a top ranking army officer. The force has training and operational duties, including collecting intelligence, freeing hostages, and pursuing Daesh commanders. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A video of PMFs destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb with a Kornet rocket [Harbi]

 

Baiji

IFP troops killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed an anti-aircraft gun in the Makhoul Mountains today, the IFP command stated. [Mawazin]

 

Karim Al-Nouri, the spokesman of the PMF organization, said that the Makhoul Mountains are of strategic importance in liberating Hawija and Mosul, and that Daesh, which still has some fighting positions in the area, will still try to attack there regardless of their huge losses. [Mawazin]

 

IFP artillery shelled Daesh targets in the Al-Fatha area near Baiji, scoring direct hits, the IFP said. [Mawazin]

 

Tikrit

An attack by Daesh west of Speicher base was repelled by security troops, who destroyed two vehicle bombs and killed several attackers. No casualties were recorded on the Iraqi side, a security source in Tikrit said. [Ghad]

 

The IFP killed two Daesh leaders in Mkaishifa today, according to the IFP command. [Mawazin]

 

The Commander of Iraqi Special Forces units in Salahuddin said that the areas under the control of Iraqi Army are secure and there is no way that Daesh can retrieve any of them, despite their continued attempts. He added that his troops are ready to go on the offensive pending orders. [Mawazin]

 

Samarra

IWMC said that an army helicopter destroyed a Daesh vehicle and fighting position, killing all Daesh personnel inside, in Jazeera Samarra. (Mawazin]

 

Army helicopters attacked Daesh positions west of the Strategic Line (pipeline) area in Samarra, destroying several vehicles, a Samarra Operations Command source said. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says unknown armed men destroyed the guesthouse of a local tribal leader in Buhriz. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF vehicle in Buhriz, killing four fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Karim Al-Nouri, the spokesman of the PMF organization, said that recent attempts to implicate PMFs in Muqdadiya incidents are a failed effort by some politicians to dissolve the PMFs. He added that PMFs were not in the area when Muqdadiya incidents took place. [Ayn Iraq]

 

Diyala Police said they arrested 7 persons responsible for recent incidents in Muqdadiya. The arrests were made following a large scale search campaign in the city. [Sumaria]

 

An IED placed in a popular market in Abu Saida killed one civilian and wounded two others, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMFs in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The attackers in these photos are more than 30 terrorists. The Iraqi government should explain how that many terrorists exist in an area that was liberated a year ago.

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

6 persons were arrested on terror charges in Bajwan, 25 km (15.5 miles) southwest of Kirkuk city, along with 4 cars without proper documents that were with them. [Sumaria]

 

Bodies of two men shot to death in their thirties were found in Shawar north of Kirkuk today, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh gunmen destroyed a 1400 year old Christian monastery in Mosul, the oldest in the area. [Sumaria] The monastery destroyed was the St. Elijah Monastery, located inside Ghizlani camp in Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh is transferring fighters from Mosul to Hawija, Riyadh, and Rashad areas to be closer to fighting fronts, said a Peshmerga source today. [Rudaw]

 

Counter-terrorism command said its source inside Mosul is updating it on the situation in the Daesh occupied city, as well as setting targets for Iraqi and coalition air attacks on Daesh targets. [Baghdadia]

 

A huge fire, resulting from an oil heater, destroyed a large weapons and ammunition facility of Daesh in Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, a local security source said. [Maalomah]

 

An airstrike by coalition warplanes destroyed six oil tankers of Daesh leaving the Qayara refinery, south of Mosul.  This is the second attack of this kind in 72 hours, as 4 tankers were destroyed last Sunday, according to a high ranking police officer. [BasNews]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing the Peshmerga in Pakufa. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Amnesty International published a report about human rights violations committed by the Peshmerga in the liberated areas. Amnesty accused the Kurdish forces of waging a revenge campaign, by removing Arabs from villages captured by the Peshmerga. The KRG issued a statement with a detailed response to the accusations. [Amnesty] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This is hardly the first time such accusations have been leveled at the Kurds, whose motives in such incidents are always suspected to be less about security and more about making populations more Kurdish so as to make it more likely they can be annexed later by an independent Kurdistan.

 

President Barzani meets with the British Ambassador to Iraq to discuss the ongoing preparations to liberate Ninewa, according to a statement from the KRG presidency. [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. We wonder what the Ambassador really said to Barzani.

 

President Barzani meets with the former president of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Ahmed Assi Al-Jarba to discuss the latest military developments and ways to cooperate against terrorism. [SotIraq]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. A lawyer and his sister were wounded in an armed attack inside a courthouse in Basra, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Kerbala. The PMF organization said it foiled an attempt by Daesh to commit suicide attacks in Kerbala after arresting a group of terrorists with large quantities of explosives. Ali-Alakbar regiments of the PMF said the terrorists, based in historic Al-Akheider, had 4 explosives belts, 4 detonators, 15 small IEDs and 17 big ones, and 26 detonation triggers. [AIN]

 

Najaf. Security and military forces in Najaf executed a sudden survey of the desert areas in the province to check for any security gaps, according to a statement. It said that checkpoints were installed and car and personal ID searches were performed with the assistance of tribes in the area. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu penned an op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, calling Daesh “worshipers of death” and pledging that Ankara would combat the organization. He referred to last week’s deadly suicide attack at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, which Turkey has attributed to Daesh. The PM argued that Turkey was hosting more Syrian refugees than any other state, and that Turkey would continue support for Syrians in Turkey. Turkey will work with coalition partners to eliminate the threat of Daesh, he wrote. [Cihan] [WSJ]

 

Military developments

Turkish police detained 14 people, including two Syrians, on Wednesday on suspicion of ties to Daesh in multiple Turkish governorates, Anadolu reports. In the central governorate of Afyon, six Afyon Kocatepe University students including one Syrian were arrested on suspicions of Daesh membership. A further eight suspects including one Syrian were arrested in the southern governorates of Antalya, Adana, and Othmaniya. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish security sources denied reports of the entry of Turkish forces into the Daesh-held city of Jarabulus on the Syrian-Turkish border. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The YPG’s anti-terrorism units known as “YAT” killed two Daesh members in the Jabal Abd Al-Aziz area west of Hasaka, the YPG media office announced. [ARA]

 

Syrian government agents arrested three civilians in Hasaka on suspicion of links to Daesh, a “source close to the Syrian regime” said, adding that search operations were still ongoing for four others wanted for similar reasons. [ARA]

 

Daesh has continued to destroy homes and schools along its line of confrontation with the Syria Democratic Forces in southern Hasaka province. The organization executed a young man in the village of Al-Atala in the Al-Arisha area of Hasaka for using WhatsApp, and executed a man in the same village for having worked for the police. Daesh has forbidden all travel in the areas it controls south of Hasaka to the city of Hasaka, even in humanitarian cases or in cases of dangerous illness. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh and Syrian opposition factions have continued their battle for control of settlements near the Turkish border north of Aleppo amid reports of the opposition militias retaking the village of Ghazl from Daesh, after it had changed hands several times between the two sides in earlier fighting. Fighting also erupted between Daesh and opposition militias in the village of Sheikh Rih in Hama Governorate amid heavy shelling by opposition militias on Daesh positions. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped a Syrian armed groups’ attack on Ghazl, then made a counterattack and recaptured Qara Kobri village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the villages it recaptured from Syrian armed groups in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in other areas in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste]

 

Meanwhile the Sham Corps militia repelled a heavy Daesh attack in the city of Al-Bil, killing around ten Daesh fighters and capturing another eight, with fighting ongoing amid reports of a group of Daesh fighters besieged inside a mosque by the opposing militia. [ARA]

 

Daesh shelled residential areas of the city of Mare in the Aleppo countryside, destroying property. No reports of casualties are available. [Qasioun]

 

Around 300 civilians from the countryside around Al-Bab have fled the Daesh-held area to FSA-held areas near Azaz, activists in Aleppo report. The same sources say that Daesh is packing up its bomb factories and dismantling its positions in the course of moving its fighters and equipment out of Al-Bab toward Raqqa, under heavy Russian air attacks and in the face of advancing Syrian Army ground forces, which resulted in the loosened Daesh conditions that allowed the residents to escape from Daesh’s grasp. [Welati]

 

Daesh shelling killed a civilian and injured another in Tal Aren. [Hawar]

 

The Ahrar Jarabulus militia has joined the Syria Democratic Forces, the group said in a statement issued today. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh has made further advances into government-held territory in Deir Ez-Zor, after attacking the field headquarters of the Syrian Army and allied militias in the Furat Al-Sham Hotel, causing an unspecified number of casualties in the ranks and nearly destroying the hotel. After the attack, Daesh seized a strategic hilltop west of town. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh released 270 people, mostly women and children, out of the 400 people it reportedly took captive in Deir Ez-Zor late last week, the Syrian Organization for Human Rights has said, but has abducted another 50 adult men in raids on homes in the city Tuesday. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says Russian planes dropped supplies to the remaining Syrian troops in Deir Ez-Zor for the fourth time today. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the areas it captured recently in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of following and killing Syrian soldiers in the Al-Hajif Mountains west of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes more photos from Hajif Mountains and Tal Idha’a. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Daesh publishes more video messages to the people of North Africa. [Archive] [Archive] [Archive] [Archive]

 

Egypt. Twenty-five fighters of Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, which has pledged its allegiance to Daesh, have fled out of North Sinai into Gaza, tribal sources said. After fighting south of Sheikh Zuweid over the last three days, the same sources report heavy casualties and material losses to the organization, saying that over 100 militants have been killed or wounded, and 34 arrested, in addition to the 25 who reportedly slipped out of Egypt into Gaza. The same sources report also that recent operations have weakened the organization’s fighting capacity as Daesh has lost important leadership as well as weapons. As the operations in the recent Egyptian campaign known as “Martyr’s Right 2” developed from a ground war into a ground conflict involving raids and direct firefights between Egyptian troops and Ansar militants, the group tried to appeal to Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi to send supplies to Sinai to support the Ansar. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian warplanes launched renewed airstrikes on areas of Sheikh Zuweid, Arish, and Rafah in northern Sinai on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, residents reported. Locals reported the sounds of explosions and their homes shaking and glass breaking as the blast waves rocked their area. Three security personnel were wounded in fighting in areas west of Arish, Egyptian security agencies announced. [ElWatan]

 

Three policemen were reported injured in an IED explosion that occurred while they were clearing an area of the Al-Kharouba village near Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian police vehicle west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated another IED on an Egyptian Army patrol west of Karm Al-Qawadees. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Sirte

The Military Intelligence chief in Misrata says Daesh’s leader Awwad Baghdadi sent an Iraqi terrorist called Abu Omar to control Sirte and expand Daesh’s territory. He also says there are 3,000 Daesh fighters in Sirte and they are welcomed in the city by former Gaddafi loyalists. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh has executed five people in Sirte and Bin Jawad in the last few days, two in Sirte on allegations of “spying” for the “Libya Dawn” factions that control the west of the country, and three in Bin Jawad, where the bodies of those executed were displayed in the center of town to instill fear in residents, according to local sources. Another report says that two people were executed and crucified in Sirte’s western “Saffron Island” area on charges of having participated in clashes against Daesh in August. It is unclear from the reports if they refer to the same killings in Sirte or to a different set of executions. [Libya24] [EanLibya]

 

Derna

Two would-be Daesh suicide attackers were killed in Derna by Mujahidin Shura fighters on Tuesday before they could detonate themselves, the Mujahidin Shura of Derna announced. The two attackers, both reportedly from neighboring Chad, were wearing women’s clothes and covered their faces with niqabs. The bombing attempt came one day after two Daesh members reportedly attempted to infiltrate the city. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest (Zliten)

The city of Zliten, the site of a deadly suicide attack on a police training center two weeks ago, is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, the city government has warned, as 60 percent of the area is without regular electricity supply, apparently due to lack of maintenance personnel. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Sudan. Sudan will deploy rapid response troops near its border with Libya in the provinces of Darfur and Al-Shamaliya, the Sudanese security director has declared. He said the move is intended to prevent militants from infiltrating into Libya through Sudan and to prevent extremists entering Sudan from Libya. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh parallel media page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/AkhuMen127

https://twitter.com/henkoog1

https://twitter.com/_Sha_heed_

https://twitter.com/Dssggddf

https://twitter.com/abotal7a57

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in French [Archive]

 

 

 

January 19, 2016

Hasehm Yousef Al-Dhiyabi

Today’s Major Developments

 

 Sectarian incidents in Diyala reverberating in Baghdad.

Top US, French, British diplomats meet with Al-Jaafari.

Three Arab-American contractor personnel kidnapped in Baghdad.

Alleged Daesh supporters in Ramadi are on a list.

Coalition bombing in Mosul destroys Daesh’s main bank and other Daesh buildings.

400 civilians in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria reported abducted by Daesh after military advance.

Rival Libya governments agree to “government of national accord.”

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Sunni ministers and parliamentarians are boycotting government and parliament meetings today in protest against what they call “violations against the Sunni sect in Muqdadiya”. [Elaph]

 

The Prime Minister’s office warned today about people issuing “fabricated videos” to social media sources aiming to instigate sectarian differences.  [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. During the last few days many media outlets (not directly affiliated with Daesh but supporting most of its claims) started to publish synchronized reports, videos, stories, etc. about militia crimes in Diyala. While some were true, many were fabricated or exaggerated, and all were one-sided. They never report Daesh crimes. This is a third type of media involved in the Daesh war (in addition to Daesh’s media and the parallel pro-Daesh media).     

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari received in his office the American and French Ambassadors and the deputy British Ambassador on Monday. Jaafari issued a statement after the meeting thanking the three countries for supporting Iraq and asking for stronger support regarding the Turkish troop presence in Iraq. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Turkey doesn’t seem to accept that its troops are not welcomed by the Iraqi government. Its puppet, Atheel Nujaifi, said two days ago that his phony NMFs will liberate Ninewa with support (but not direct involvement!) of the Turkish troops, and refused even to have the Ninewa provincial government involved in the supposed operation, a position opposed strongly by the new Ninewa Governor.  

 

A report from an unnamed security source says the US 101st Airborne Division is in Iraq at Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s request. However, the source also says the 101st will control the 600 km Syrian-Iraqi border and have the Anbar desert as its field of operations. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. The deployment of the 101st to Iraq has been previously announced, to replace the 82nd Airborne, and to train Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga troops for the campaign to retake Mosul. People in Iraq have no clear idea about the role of the US forces, and previous reports of direct US military involvement have turned out to be mostly rumors.

 

Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi headed to Cairo today on invitation of his Egyptian counterpart. Armament and training cooperation will be discussed, said the Ministry in a statement today.  [Sumaria]

Egypt is fully supportive of Iraq in its effort to combat terrorism and expel Daesh from its territories, President Al-Sisi told Minister of Defense Al-Obeidi.  [Maalomah]

 

Norway promised $2.8 million to support the return of displaced persons to liberated areas in Ramadi, the UNDP said today. [Maalomah]

 

The UN says Daesh has enslaved 3,500 Iraqi people, mostly Yazidi women and children. [PUKMedia]

 

Security developments

The three Americans kidnapped in Baghdad are contractors according to a security source. Two of them are of Iraqi origin, while the third is Egyptian. The search is underway in the Dora area which was blocked off by security for this purpose. [Buratha]

The kidnappers of the Americans in Dora used 4-wheel drive vehicles belonging to “influential parties” in the state, a source of the Ministry of Interior said. [BasNews]

 

24 coalition airstrikes were executed today on Daesh targets, 21 in Iraq and 3 in Syria. Iraq raids were in Ramadi; Hawija; Kasik, Mosul, Qayara, and Sinjar. The raids in Syria were on Daesh positions in Ain Essa and Hasaka. [AIN]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) said today that the 2nd battalion of the 45th brigade found today an explosives cache containing 300 IEDs of various forms and sizes, including 20-liter containers packed with C4, in the Al-Raood area of west Baghdad. The information used was provided by an arrested terrorist. [Mada]

 

According to security sources:

  • A roadside bomb went off in Tarmiya, northern Baghdad Governorate, while a police patrol was passing, killing one policeman and wounding four. [Mada]
  • The body of a woman shot to death was found today in Taji, northern Baghdad Governorate. [Ghad]
  • 2 persons were arrested today in Suleikh, north Baghdad, on charges of terrorism. [Sumaria]
  • A terror suspect was arrested north of Baghdad, escaped the arrest, and was wounded after being chased by security troops. [Maalomah]
  • A man was arrested on terror charges in a security ambush in Qahira, northeast Baghdad, this morning. [Sumaria]
  • A body of a man with marks of torture was found today in Jamila, east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An attack with hand grenades on the house of the car registration officer in Khadimiya traffic department took place today in Ubaidi, east Baghdad. Material damage was inflicted to the house and car of police Lt. Col. Ali Al-Rube’i, but no human casualties were recorded. [Baghdadia]
  • A woman was shot dead in front of her house in Al-Rasheed in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Two civilians were killed and five wounded when an IED placed in a popular market in Hor Rijab, south Baghdad, exploded. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Al-Amel in southwest Baghdad exploded, killing one civilian and wounding 5 others this morning. [Mada]
  • A man was killed and a woman severely wounded when unknown armed men shot them in Hay Al-Adel in west Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a car of a lawyer went off in the Al-Jamea neighborhood in west Baghdad, killing the lawyer immediately. [Mada]
  • Three men in a car were arrested by the Army following a chase, after he shot at the house of Sungul Jabok, ex-Turkmen member of the CPA-era Iraq Governing Council, in Hay Al-Dakhiliya in west Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a car belonging to a leading PMF figure exploded as it passed through Baladiyat in east Baghdad today. The target was killed immediately. [Mada]

Total Baghdad incidents reported today: 14         (Not an overall total)

 

According to IWMC, Army helicopters executed 40 attacks, IAF 13 attacks in all operations fronts, and the Coalition air forces executed 17 attacks in Mosul, Sinjar, Albu Hayat, and Tal Afar, killing 24 terrorists and destroying 14 positions and 3 vehicles. Attacks on Tal Afar and Barwana in Anbar killed 16 Daesh terrorists in a training camp.

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Khaldiya subdistrict council stated today that joint forces of army, IFP, and tribal forces are surrounding the areas of Jwaiba and Hsaiba 10 km (6 miles) east of Ramadi, leaving a secure exit for civilians who want to depart the area. The next few hours will witness the attack on these areas for final liberation, the council said. [Mada]

The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council says hundreds of families are trapped in Jwaiba and used by Daesh as human shields. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman said on Saturday that security forces prepared a list of 10,000 wanted Daesh members from Ramadi. He says these names were provided by people who were targeted by Daesh and by tribal sources.

Photos of Daesh members list found in Ramadi [Facebook]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh problems in Ramadi are far from being over. Ramadi people expressed their anger and their desire for revenge against Daesh members who killed members of their families or destroyed their houses. The problem is there are no clear lines of who is who and who did what. Members of the same family were on opposite sides of the battle. People are angry, and they are not satisfied with promises of justice given by the provincial government. Reconstruction efforts and transitional justice programs are essential to ease some of the tension.

 

The IFP announced that its 3rd brigade killed 8 Daesh terrorists carrying rocket launchers and destroyed 3 vehicles and three fighting positions, as well as detonating 12 IEDs in Hsaiba, east of Ramadi. [Ghad]

 

An IFP rocket regiment killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed three defensive positions east of Ramadi, according to an IFP statement. [Ghad]

 

The commander of the tribal forces in Anbar said that total Daesh casualties since the start of the Ramadi battle are 600 terrorists. [Mada]

 

An Anbar Provincial Council source said Daesh is now present only in Jazeera Khaldiya and Falluja, after being defeated or largely defeated in other areas. He added that the Falluja situation is a bit more complicated. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This sounds a bit too optimistic, especially as it does not address areas farther west.     

 

Rapid Intervention troops are advancing towards Sajariya, and are breaking through the Hsaiba area east of Ramadi according to the forces’ command. It defused 4 booby-trapped houses and cleared several Daesh positions. The advance is under artillery cover of army and IFP forces [Sumaria]

However, Daesh says its terrorists stopped, for the third day in a row, Iraqi forces’ attacks on East Hsaiba and Madhiq and another near Tal Mshaihda, killing or wounding many soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Ramadi (from Albu Fahad tribe) attacked Iraqi SWAT forces with a vehicle bomb in Sufiya, killing many of them and destroying two Humvees. [JustPaste]

 

Large quantities of ammunition and C4 explosives were found in the Al-Warrar area west of Ramadi by security troops, who transferred them to a safe location, according to a security source. [Ghad]

 

An airstrike by the Coalition on Al-Zangoura High School in Ramadi, used by Daesh as a weapon and ammunition store, killed 6 terrorists and destroyed the storage. [Baghdadia]

 

Unidentified armed men threw a hand grenade on the house of an Army Brigadier General in the Al-Betoul neighborhood in Ubaidi, wounding two persons. [Ghad]

 

A video of Iraqi troops clearing Albu Khalifa and Albu Mahal areas in Ramadi [Facebook]

 

An Anbar police source says Iraqi Army lieutenant, Hasehm Yousef Al-Dhiyabi, was killed while defusing an IED in Jamaiya in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

An IWMC statement today itemized the following operations in the Ramadi area. [Ghad]

  • Special operations troops in Sufiya are clearing the houses and the roads of IEDs while transferring civilians to safe areas. In the process, it killed 12 terrorists and destroyed 22 IEDs.
  • The 1st brigade of the Rapid Response troops repelled an attack by Daesh in Hsaiba, east of Ramadi, killing one attacker and destroying a Daesh position. An officer was wounded.
  • 31st Army brigade of the 8th division is clearing the 60th road leading to Tal Mshaihda to connect to the 1st battalion of the 32rd brigade positioned there. In the process, it destroyed 7 IEDS and defused 15.
  • Engineering units of the 50th brigade in Albu Aitha are fortifying defensive positions, securing supply roads, and clearing booby-trapped houses.
  • In the same area, the Coalition initiated 8 airstrikes, killing 5 terrorists and destroying supply lines, a motorcycle, and a truck.

Videos of Iraqi forces in Sufiya [Iraqia] [Iraqia]

 

A video of Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops clearing Albu Alwan area in Ramadi [Harbi]

 

Falluja

An Anbar Operations Command (AOC) source says 14 Daesh terrorists were killed and three armored personnel carriers (APCs) destroyed in an attack by security forces on Al-Azraqiya, north of Falluja. The commanding officer of Daesh armor units was killed in the operation. [Mada]

 

29 Daesh terrorists were killed in Qarma south of Falluja and the Thirthar area to the north, BOC said today. [AIN]

 

A video of Daesh IEDs found in Falluja areas [YouTube]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh is still consolidating its forces to resume attacks on Haditha, Barwana, and Baghdadi, a security source said today.  It added that the reinforcements are arriving from Hit and Syria, and that areas south of Falluja and east of Tikrit are still among Daesh targets. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is still looking for a major win in Iraq to balance its defeat in Ramadi. Capturing Haditha and its strategic dam is more important than retaking Ramadi. Iraqi forces should not get distracted. 

 

The “religious execution officer” of Daesh was killed in Hit, after a Coalition force attacked three Daesh positions in the city, killing “tens” of them, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

IWMC says an airstrike by Coalition planes struck a Daesh convoy heading from Hit to Barwana, including two tank transporters and a trailer carrying 40 terrorists, destroying it completely.

 

Western Anbar

Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says Iraqi helicopters attacked a Daesh gathering in the Al-Tanak neighborhood in Al-Qa’im, following a mass forced wedding of Daesh to Yazidi girls. The attack killed over 20 terrorists and wounded many others and destroyed their location. Among the killed were Abu Saja Al-Dulaimi, a former Saddam officer and a close friend of Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi, Abu Mohanned Al-Hashemi and the Saudi Mus’ab Al-Jazrawi, the leader of the Inghamisyeen brigade. Before the airstrike, Jazrawi killed an Iraqi citizen who tried to protect a 13 year old Yazidi girl and tried to negotiate with the terrorists by trading them his truck for her. [Mada]

 

IWMC says an airstrike by the Coalition on a factory used for car bombs between Haditha and Rawa west of Anbar today killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists, destroyed at least 10 bomb-rigged cars, and caused a wave of big explosions in the area. [Ghad]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Awwad Baghdadi, the leader of Daesh, issued firm orders to execute anyone among its fighters who withdraws from Shirqat or Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

A PMF source says PMFs destroyed 2 Daesh machine shops in Sukariyat near Siniya. [Harbi]

 

A video of PMFs’ battles in the Makhoul Mountains area [YouTube]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Army helicopters shelled a rocket launching platform west of Tikrit, shortly after 4 rockets fell on Al-Qadisiya in the northern area of the city, the Salahuddin police command said. 20 terrorists were killed and the platform and a machine gun-mounted vehicle were destroyed. [Mada]

 

A security source said a 6-man kidnapping group was arrested in the heart of Tikrit. One hostage was released in the operation. [Mada]

 

7 rockets filled with “poisonous” material fell on Al-Zuhour, west Tikrit. A police source said that 7 persons were affected by this material. The rockets were fired from the Al-Jazeera area still controlled by Daesh.  [Ghad]

 

Samarra

10th IFP brigade destroyed three vehicles and a Daesh construction shovel, killing their drivers in the Strategic Line area of Samarra, an IFP statement said.  [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam rocketed Daesh locations in Albu Chaweesh west of Samarra, giving no further details. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

A civilian was shot dead in the middle of Tuz Khurmatu by armed men in a speeding car, a security source aid. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Salahuddin

108 persons are the victims of IEDs and landmines left by Daesh in Dhuluiya area in Salahuddin, said a source of the Ministry of Health and Environment. [Maalomah]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A member of Diyala GC says the events in Muqdadiya were planned by Daesh. He also says the reports about displacement from Muqdadiya were not true. Prime Minister Abadi ordered establishment of an intelligence cell in Muqdadiya to follow up on the recent events. [Mada]

 

Diyala Police said that attempts by some media to portray police measures in Muqdadiya and Diyala as “pathetic” are aiming to provoke sectarian fighting. [Mada]

A source in the PMF commission condemned today the “oppressive” arrest of some PMF leaders and other personnel in Diyala in the recent security campaign.  [Maalomah]

 

Diyala Police said today that its operations against sleeper cells north of Muqdadiya today resulted in clearing the Al-Zor villages in northern Muqdadiya District and Shirween village in Mansouriya from Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

A doctor was shot dead by armed men in Mansouriya, Diyala, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Southern Diyala

A PMF source in Diyala warned that instigation by some politicians is leading to sectarian differences and paving the return of Daesh to the area. Daesh threats forced 16 families to leave their homes in Hussein Al-Hamadi village near Khan Bani Saad, following the assassination of PMF officer Saad Brisem and two of his escorts in that village. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A Daesh leading figure was arrested in Kirkuk today. He entered the province with the displaced families. The man is from Baiji, and is responsible for hosting and transporting foreign fighters, a security source said.  [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The building of the Rafidain Bank in Mosul, used by Daesh as its main bank, was destroyed in an airstrike by the Coalition, a local source said. A church used by Daesh as a prison was also destroyed, and 5 terrorists were killed. [Sumaria]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on Al-Rafidain Bank. [A3maq]

 

A Coalition airstrike hit a Daesh headquarters in Hay Sumer in Mosul, destroying it completely and killing tens of Daesh terrorists, a security source said. [Mada]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a big Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in the Al-Maidan area in Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

Local sources say Coalition warplanes bombed 7 Daesh locations on the eastern side of Mosul, including a historical Assyrian church. [Karemlash]

 

The “Child Recruitment Officer” of Daesh, Abu Al-Qasim Al-Yamani, was killed in Humaidyat village in west Mosul with a hand grenade by unidentified armed men, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

A local source says unknown armed men kidnapped 20 Daesh members in the Qayara subdistrict south of Mosul. The source says Daesh sent foreign terrorists to try to regain control of the situation. [PUKMedia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a local Daesh informant in Hay Al-Tanak in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A KDP source says Daesh executed 9 of its members on charges of defecting from various battle fronts. The executions took place in Bab Al-Tob, downtown Mosul. [Mada]

 

Nineveh Plain

5 Daesh terrorists were killed and 2 of their vehicles destroyed in an attack by Coalition planes on Daesh positions in Tel Keif District, northeast of Mosul, a KDP source said. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters with a series of IED explosions in Makhmur. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa

IWMC says an airstrike by Coalition planes on a Daesh position near Al-Hussein hospital in Tal Afar killed 30 terrorists.

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Daesh cell was arrested in Suleimaniya, the province security agency said, adding that weapons and explosives were found with the group. No further details were stated.  [Maalomah]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. IWMC says operations in Basra and Qurna by Basra Operations Command arrested 31 wanted persons and large quantities of weapons and equipment.

 

Maysan. Unidentified gunmen attacked a police patrol transporting a death-sentenced convict in Ali Al-Sharqi north of Amarah. After being fired on, the police vehicle toppled, and one officer was wounded while two soldiers with the patrol were killed. The convict escaped. He had been arrested in Baghdad but was moved to a prison in Maysan, a local security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

Dhi Qar. Armed men threw a hand grenade on the Nasariya municipality director’s house. No further details are available. [Mada]

 

Najaf. SWAT units in Najaf suddenly installed checkpoints all around the city today, including religious shrines, courts, and other important locations. [AIN]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Daesh reportedly launched a Katyusha rocket on Monday that landed in the playground of a school (Eyüp Gökçe İmam Middle School) about 8 km (5 miles) from the Syrian border in Kilis, Turkey. It killed a member of the cleaning staff and injured four others including a pupil. Cumhuriyet states that the nearest town on the Syrian side of the border is Azaz, controlled by the FSA, but that Daesh controls the territory about 10 km (6 miles) to the west and the PYD controls Afrin about 8 km (5 miles) to the east.

The rocket was one of three that Daesh reportedly launched across the border on Monday, the other two landing in unpopulated fields outside of Kilis. Turkish artillery units on the border are said to have fired “tens” of retaliatory shells into Syria using artillery, armored vehicles, and tanks. [Cihan] [Cumhuriyet] [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Daesh has cut salaries for fighters in Raqqa by 50 percent, according to a report that appeared in the UK-based Independent newspaper. [Hawar]

 

Daesh has begun to introduce electricity codes for circuit breakers in Raqqa in a stated effort to limit electricity consumption and relieve pressure on the power grid in Raqqa. [ARA]

 

A video of a former Daesh emir saying that Daesh sells human organs of its prisoners based on a fatwa from its sharia committee [Al-Aan]

 

100 Russian ground soldiers including 10 officers are deploying to Syrian government-held areas of Qamishli, according to a statement issued by the Local Coordination Committee. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. In response to your probable reaction to this story, we don’t know what the Russians have to do with Qamishli either.

Iraqi and Syrian factions sent representatives to a security summit in northeastern Syria two weeks ago to plan the launch of a new militia on the Syria-Iraq border, a Peshmerga intelligence source has said. The source said that on 11 January in Qamishli the Iraqi PMF commander Qays Al-Khaazali and the deputy governor of Ninewa Abd Al-Rahman Al-Luwayzi met with the PYD-appointed “governor” of Al-Jazeera Humaidi Duham Al-Jarba (part of its efforts to set up its own government), military commanders from the YPG and the PKK, and Syrian security commanders.

The Syrian and Iraqi officials reportedly discussed the formation of a “PMF” in the border area composed of local members of the Shammar tribe as well as Iraqi refugees living in Syria. The new force would ostensibly deploy along the border between Al-Hawl and Tal Kocher, with the stated aim of preventing the deployment of Roj Ava Peshmerga toward the Iraq-Syria border area. [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment. The story is inherently confusing, but seems to be an unverified Peshmerga “leak” about a meeting of entities regarded as unfriendly to the KRG and seen as plotting against it.

Al-Jarba is the leading family of Shammar, one of the major Arab tribes. Most of the family members live in Ninewa and one of them is the former Iraqi President Ghazi Al-Yawer. If true, the story shows another angle for anti-Daesh movements between Iraq and Syria and between Sunni, Shia and Kurds! As of now, however, there is no way to evaluate this report.   

 

Daesh has started to sell houses it confiscated from residents of Shaddadi who left the area, saying these residents who vacated the Daesh-held area have forfeited their right to the property for having “left their religion” and abandoned their land, according to a resident who says that most of those purchasing the homes are Daesh fighters from within the organization. [ARA]

 

Coalition planes targeted a Daesh site in southern Hasaka countryside, one of 35 Coalition sorties against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, the Coalition announced in a statement. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of rocketing the YPG in Melabiya south of Hasaka. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh stoned a woman to death in Raqqa on the charge of adultery, according to a well-placed source in the Raqqa Revolutionaries Brigades, who said the woman was identified as a muhajira, that is a “migrant,” from outside of Syria who had come to join Daesh.  [ARA] A second version of the story, from a local activist, says she was one of its foreign female members. [BasNews]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh now holds the areas of Ghazl and Yayban in the countryside north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, according to a commander in the Jabha Shamiya militia, who said that Daesh attacked opposition militias including the Sultan Murad Brigades, the Mutasam Bi-Allah Brigade, and the Jabha Shamiya, with fierce shelling and rocket fire, forcing them to withdraw from these areas. Fighting is still ongoing as the Sultan Murad Brigade and the Jabha Shamiya attempt to force Daesh back out of these and neighboring areas. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the opposition group fighters it killed in Yayban. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh launched heavy attacks on opposition militias north of Aleppo leading to intense clashes as it attempted to seize opposition-held territory in the direction of Jazir and Tal Malid, but Daesh was unable to advance, according to a fighter from the Muhammad Al-Fatih Brigade. [ARA]

 

The Sultan Murad Brigades (a Syrian Turkmen militia backed by Turkey) and their allies are preparing to turn the border areas between Jarabulus and Azaz (east to west) and Al-Bab (to the south) into a closed military area to prevent a contiguous Kurdish presence on the border between the Euphrates and the Kurdish canton of Azaz, according to Kurdish activists north of Aleppo. The sources fear that these opposition militias are preparing to work with Turkey to depopulate Kurdish areas by the border if Daesh should withdraw. Turkey and its allies are angling to prevent the Syria Democratic Forces from advancing into the area. If and when Daesh vacates the Al-Bab countryside, the activists expect that heavy Turkish shelling from across the border will be used along with Syrian militia activity on the ground to depopulate and seal off the border area. [Welati] [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment: Daesh has fought a protracted series of battles in recent weeks with opposition militias for control over the settlements on the Syrian-Turkish border. Control of the contested cities and villages has shifted back and forth between Daesh and the opposition factions. Ankara has said repeatedly that it rejects the extension of the Kurdish militia presence westward across the Euphrates River along its border.

 

Daesh has resumed shelling the Kurdish-majority town of Tal Aren southeast of Aleppo, local sources said, reporting damage to homes. [Hawar]

 

In the Daesh-held city of Manbij, toward which both Syrian Army and Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing, the organization has begun to impose new taxes and property confiscations, including a “motorcycle tax,” and royalties on olive crops, with threats of harsh punishment for those who do not comply. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh clashed with Syrian Army troops and the allied Lebanese Hezbollah militia outside the city of Qaryatayn in eastern Homs countryside, with unspecified reports of deaths and injuries on both sides. Also east of Homs, the Syrian military shelled areas outside the Daesh-held city of Palmyra under heavy Russian air presence. Daesh and the Syrian Army also clashed over the oilfields of Shaeir and Hajjar, east of Homs, as Daesh attempted to seize the area from Syrian government control. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army troops and supporting militias with a vehicle bomb carrying 6 tons of explosives on the road between Silmiya and Sabboura in Hama countryside, killing 70 of them. [MRKZGulf]

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

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Heavy sandstorms have hampered the Syrian military response to the brutal attack and unexpected advance in the city of Deir Ez-Zor that Daesh conducted on Saturday, according to Syrian opposition sources. The whereabouts of 400 civilians allegedly abducted by Daesh amid the fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, are not known while some local sources suggest that the alleged detainees could have been transferred out of the city to the Daesh stronghold of Maidan in Raqqa governorate. Daesh is reportedly poised to seize control of the western areas of the city including Syrian military units and arms caches. [Aawsat]

Five civilians lost their lives when they fled into a minefield while attempting to escape Daesh advances in Deir Ez-Zor. [Hawar]

 

20 people have died of hunger in the besieged Syrian-held areas of Deir Ez-Zor, the UN reports. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it captured the last Syrian Army position in Al-Jahif Mountain west of Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the battles in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Daesh publishes video messages from its terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor, Raqqa, Ninewa, and Sinai to the people of North Africa. [Archive] [Archive] [Archive] [Archive]

 

Egypt. Twenty Egyptians abducted in Libya [Earlier reports said 21] two weeks ago have been freed and arrived back in Egypt. Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah Al-Sisi, who personally met the returning Egyptians at Cairo Airport, thanked the Libyan military for its cooperation. [AfriGate]

 

Two officers and two soldiers were injured in a roadside IED attack on their vehicle Tuesday in Arish. Egyptian troops have been enforcing all checkpoints on the road between Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in a bid to catch IED attackers, as well as conducting search operations.

The anti-IED campaign comes after an IED attack targeted a passing police patrol on Monday in Arish, without injuries. On Tuesday Egyptian troops safely conducted controlled detonations of two roadside IEDs west of Sheikh Zuweid, security sources said. [VetoGate] [ElWatan] [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it targeted a police vehicle with an IED in east Arish, then its terrorists clashed with the policemen in the vehicle, killing or wounding five of them. [CDN]

 

Photos of damage to homes in Arish from Monday’s IED attack. [VetoGate]

 

According to one report, Egyptian troops made 35 arrests in North Sinai, apparently on Tuesday, but details are not forthcoming. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Libya’s two rival governments (Tripoli/Tobruk) have agreed to the formation of a long-anticipated “government of national accord,” releasing a list of names of 32 proposed cabinet members in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the office of president-designate Fayez Al-Sarraj. The proposed government will first need parliamentary approval (List of proposed ministers in Arabic). [AfriGate]

A list of names, in English, of the proposed cabinet ministers. [LibyaHerald]

 

Unidentified warplanes struck Daesh positions in Bin Jawad and Nawfaliya on Monday evening, according to media reports. No information has been reported on the outcome of the strikes. [Wasat]

 

Two Daesh fighters were killed after attempting to infiltrate Derna Monday evening, the spokesman of the Mujahidin Shura Council of Derna announced. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh seeks to turn Libya into its “rear base” after its setbacks in Syria and Iraq, the Libyan Foreign Minister Muhammad Al-Dairi says, calling for the international community to support the Libyan military in its fight against Daesh. [AkhbarLibya]

 

A group of Egyptians abducted in Libya two weeks ago have been freed and arrived back in Egypt. (See above under Egypt).

 

Tunisia. Tunisian police in Sfax governorate arrested a woman who was allegedly recruiting for Daesh on social media, the Interior Ministry announced, adding that the woman was part of a cell that had been able to recruit Tunisians in Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan governorates. Acting on intelligence gathered in the arrest, Tunisian police raided homes in Kairouan and Sidi Bouzid, making at least two further arrests. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Norway. A Norwegian appeals court has upheld prison sentences against three Norwegian citizens on terrorism charges for involvement with Daesh. Two of the defendants are sentenced to up to four years, nine months, on charges of fighting for Daesh in Syria, while another, a younger brother to one of the two, has been sentenced to eight months for attempting to obtain military uniforms and equipment. The three deny the charges and defense lawyers are studying the cases. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Natiq news page from Syria

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/sv_dave

https://twitter.com/kxIqlaEulsSkTxS

https://twitter.com/gandark81

https://twitter.com/6rqua22

https://twitter.com/BdjdjDbdnd

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

The latest issue of Daesh’s magazine “Dabiq” [Archive]

In this issue, Daesh admits that Jihadi John was killed.

 

Daesh’s Al-Naba’ weekly magazine [Archive]

 

 

January 15, 2016

Anbar Fighters

 

 

Note: In accordance with our policy of observing US and Iraqi holidays, we will not be publishing on Monday, January 17.

 

Today’s Major Developments

 

Sistani organization, Speaker Al-Jubouri issue non-sectarian condemnations of Diyala, Baghdad violence.

Military nears completion of clearing operation east of Ramadi

Battle is over, Daesh bodies counted, near Tikrit.

Iraq adopts gun control strategy in Basra.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Sistani’s rep in Kerbala condemns the attacks on civilians and mosques in Muqdadiya and holds the government responsible for preventing such crimes and not allowing the presence of armed groups outside the government. He also says the government should be vigilant, because Daesh might launch attacks in certain areas, and should support the PMFs and tribal fighters. He also says the government should not make impromptu decisions that threaten citizens’ livelihoods when facing an economic crisis. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Speaker Jubouri welcomes the statement of Sistani rep regarding the crimes in Muqdadiya and Baghdad Jadida. [Sumaria]

The spokesman of the new Sunni coalition, the High Coordination Committee led by former Vice President Usama Nujaifi, threatens to go to the UN for international protection for Sunni Arabs on Iraq. He accused the PMFs of sectarian killing and displacement in several liberated areas and asked PM Abadi to keep CoR members away from “armed work”. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We noticed the difference between the balanced position of the Speaker and the position of the new alliance. The Speaker condemns all crimes and violence against Iraqis while the alliance focuses on the crimes against Sunnis. The same position has been repeated over the years now by all Iraqi sectarian leaders. It is understandable in a democracy that elected officials represent the points of view of their constituencies. What is not acceptable is ignoring obvious crimes against citizens from other sects. 

 

The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako condemns the recent attacks against civilians in Baghdad and Diyala and asks the government to enforce the rule of law and protect the citizens. [Sumaria]

 

Dozens of activists demonstrated in Baghdad, Babel, Kerbala, Maysan and Wasit demanding more reforms. Demonstrators in Basra asked for firm government actions against the tribal conflicts in Basra, in addition to the reforms. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

General Lloyd Austin, leader of the US Middle East command, says Daesh is on the defensive, and that more desperate operations like the recent ones in Iraq, Syria, and Indonesia are expected as it tries to divert attention from its continued defeats. [BasNews]

 

The US-led Coalition admitted some collateral damage in its airstrikes on Iraq and Syria today, saying internal investigations indicate that 8 civilians were killed in the operations between April 12 and July 4, 2015.  [Sumaria] The coalition also said that 14 attacks in Iraq and 8 in Syria took place today. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The civilian death total of 8 seems impossibly low.

 

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi says an assassination attempt on his life, and the lives of other Iraqi Arab leaders, was planned in a “regional country.” He says it was intended to be launched from Syria. [Sumaria]

 

German police said that there are 400 German returnees from Syria and Iraq. Expressing concern that some could perpetrate future terrorist incidents, police say these people are under scrutiny. [Maalomah]

 

A Kyrgyz official says more than 500 Kyrgyz citizens have joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria, including 121 women, and 33 have been killed. [Buratha]

 

Security developments

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) said a Daesh attack was repelled in Tarmiya, northern Baghdad Governorate, where BOC units destroyed three Daesh tactical units with the help of Army helicopters.  [WarNews]

 

Tens of cars with armed militiamen broke into the Karrada area in central Baghdad, despite the opposition of police forces, a security source said today. [Ghad]

 

The Coalition executed 9,627 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria through January 13, the US Army said, of which 6,393 were in Iraq and 3,234 in Syria. [AIN] DaeshDaily comment: Knowing the number by other Coalition countries would enable a fuller and clearer picture.

 

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Iraqi Army, PMFs and Peshmerga in several areas in Anbar, Salahuddin and Ninewa with dozens of rockets and mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A sticky bomb attached to a car belonging to a Ministry of Finance employee exploded today in Binouk, north Baghdad, killing the man and wounding his wife and daughter. [Mada]

–        A body of a beheaded woman was found today in Saba’ Al-Bor in Baghdad according to a security source.  [Ghad]

  • A lawyer was shot dead by unidentified armed men near his house in Basatin, near Al-Qanat Street in northeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Unidentified armed men shot two civilians to death in Fahama, north Baghdad, a security source said today. [Sumaria]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Abu Dsheer, south Baghdad, exploded today, killing one civilian and wounding eight. [Mada]
  • A body of a strangled woman was found in Al-Rasheed District, south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed near a mosque in Mada’in south Baghdad exploded, killing 2 and wounding 7 civilians. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad this morning as a police patrol was passing by, killing one and wounding four policemen, in addition to inflicting material damage on their vehicle. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Iskan, west Baghdad, killed one civilian and wounded 9. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and five wounded when an IED exploded near a hardware store in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

A video of a suicide terrorist attacking Iraqi forces in Tarmiya [YouTube]

 

A video of the Baghdad Jadida suicide terrorists [Iraqia]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The remaining areas of Sufiya east of Ramadi were liberated today, says the Anbar Provincial Council today. The battle by army, police, and tribal forces left 150 Daesh terrorists dead. IEDs are currently being removed while residents of the area are transferred to safe places. [Mada]

 

Albu Ghanem, adjacent to Sufiya, was also liberated today and 37 families were transferred to Habbaniya, away from the battlefield, AOC said. [Sumaria]

 

An AOC source says 167 Daesh members were captured while trying to sneak out of Ramadi with the trapped families. [Maalomah]  

 

The areas of Albu Fahad and Albu Alwan east of Ramadi were liberated in an operation by the joint forces today under heavy air support by Army helicopters, said Khaldiya Subdistrict Council.

 

The areas of Al-Soura, Albu Hzaim, Albu Khalifa, and Albu Sawda (in Qarma, Falluja District) were liberated by the Army under heavy air support, said the Commander of Anbar Ops Command (AOC). Only a very few areas remain to be cleared in Ramadi.  [Maalomah]

 

1900 persons were rescued and transferred from east Ramadi areas to the Habbaniya base, said an AOC source. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 8th Division Commander says his troops liberated Albu Khalifa and Albu Mahal east of Ramadi, killing 15 Daesh fighters including 3 suicide bombers and destroying 3 vehicles carrying machine guns in addition to a Humvee bomb. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi forces killed 8 Daesh fighters and wounded 2 and destroyed a hideout and an excavator near Tal Masoud east of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Tens of terrorists were killed while clearing of IEDs was underway. The only major eastern area remaining under Daesh control is Sajariya. [Maalomah]

 

Counter terror troops liberated the Risala mosque in the middle of Sajariya east of Ramadi, after entering the area today following a violent encounter with defending Daesh terrorists, a security source in Ramadi said. [Baghdadia]

 

The Coalition conducted intensive airstrikes on Sajariya and Hsaiba east of Ramadi to pave the way for land forces to break into them, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi troops destroyed Daesh tunnel-digging machinery in east Hsaiba. [Etejah]

 

Iraqi forces defused 10 IEDs in Albu Aitha north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

After full liberation of Albu Aitha north of Ramadi, AOC is preparing to storm Hamdhiya and Jobia to the east. [WarNews]

 

AOC said that the engineering work is underway to reopen the road connecting the recently liberated area of Albu Aitha to the international road in northeast Ramadi. Twelve IEDs have been destroyed so far on that road.  [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Albu Dhiab, Sheikh Hadid, Albu Aitha and Hamdhiya north of Ramadi, destroying 6 hideouts, a motorcycle, and a vehicle bomb, and killing 6 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Thirthar. [JustPaste]

 

A video of Iraqi forces securing families trapped in Sufiya [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers and tribal fighters in Barwana after Daesh failed attack [Facebook]

 

Videos from Sufiya [Facebook] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A video of shooting a Daesh terrorists by Iraqi forces in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Falluja

A PMF source says the PMFs confiscated a vehicle carrying 100 IEDs on the outskirts of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

PMF killed two Daesh leaders in Qarma, east of Falluja in a security operation today, a PMF source said. The PMF removed a Daesh flag in Al-Badran. [Mada]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Ops Command finalized clearing of Al-Sha’i and Al-Ghrair and secured areas east and north of Haditha.  [WarNews]

 

An airstrike by a Coalition plane on an Daesh 8-car convoy that tried to attack the Majid checkpoint east of Baghdadi resulted in destruction of the convoy and the death of “tens” of Daesh terrorists, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh says 2 of its suicide bombers, a Moroccan and an Indian, attacked an Iraqi barracks in Makhoul Mountains with a bulldozer bomb, followed by 3 more attacks by suicide terrorists in vehicle bombs, an Egyptian, a Saudi and an Iraqi from Tal Afar. Daesh says its terrorists broke into the barracks after that and the clashes are still going on. [StoreUp]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

IFP units repelled a Daesh attack in Ajil oil field in Himrin. The 1st and 3rd battalions of the IFP 20th Division killed 17 Daesh terrorists, including 4 suicide bombers, according to the Ministry of Interior. [Ghad]

 

The major Daesh attack on Tal Kusaiba and Mabdad villages ended with its painful defeat. All attackers in Ajil and on Kirkuk-Tikrit road were killed, while Saraya Al-Salam of the PMF recaptured the Strategic Line and Mkaishifa areas. Total Daesh casualties were over 90. [WarNews]

 

Badr forces source said today that the group counted over 70 Daesh bodies following their failed attack on Tal Kubaisa yesterday. He added that the counterattack was led by Hadi Al-Amiri, the commander of Badr forces. 12 bomb-rigged and 7 machine gun- mounted trucks were also destroyed. [Sumaria]

Another attack by Daesh on Tal Kusaiba was blocked by the counter-terrorism troops today, who captured two vehicles from the attackers, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

The Salahuddin Police Chief says 4 Daesh vehicle bombs in Tal Kusaiba left behind by Daesh terrorists were defused.  [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Tikrit and Speicher base with Grads. [JustPaste]

 

A video of an attacking vehicle bomb being destroyed by Iraqi forces in Tal Kusaiba [YouTube]

 

Samarra

IFP Commander, Brigadier General Shakir Jawdat, said today that the 10th Brigade killed 25 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a defensive position of Daesh west of Jazeera Samarra, while the rockets regiment of the 5th Division destroyed a house used as a hideout by Daesh and killed all those inside. [Sumaria]

DIYALA

Baquba

Diyala Police command said they blocked several attacks by Daesh in western Diyala, inflicting heavy casualties on the attackers. Daesh had attacked areas along the Diyala-Salahuddin border. [AIN]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says an Iraqi-American force conducted a paratroop operation in Hay Al-Askari in Muqdadiya and captured wanted men accused of destruction in the city. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. This report, like many previous reports about airborne operations, is most likely fabricated. The one difference from previous reports is that this neighborhood is a mostly Shia area and was targeted heavily by Daesh shelling during the last months. The phony implication here is that the Americans, supported by the Iraqi government or the KRG, is targeting Shia militias.

 

Hussein Al-Jubouri, an important figure in Muqdadiya, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in the city this morning, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says a civilian was killed by unknown armed men in front of his shop in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

PMFs repelled a Daesh attack west of Udhaim Dam, inflicting heavy casualties on attackers, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

KIRKUK

The bodies of two men shot to death, 25 and 40 years old, were found under the Laylan Bridge connecting Kirkuk to Salahuddin, a police commander said today. [Rudaw]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A terrifying night, as described by a local source, was witnessed by Daesh last night when 26 airstrikes by the Coalition targeted fixed and movable targets in Mosul, Tel Keif in the Nineveh Plain, Noran in Tal Afar, and Sada Balaweza.  Mosul airstrikes targeted Daesh offices, garages and warehouses in Tamim, Qahira, Al-Zera’i, Al-Arabi, Al-Masaref, Al-Zenjili, and Al-Risala in Mosul city, killing tens of terrorists and destroying the targets almost completely. [PUKMedia]

 

A KDP official says 21 Daesh members were killed in the Coalition airstrikes on Mosul. [Mada]

 

An airstrike by the Coalition killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed three vehicles in Zahra Khatoun village in Bartella east of Mosul, a Peshmerga source said today. [Mada]

 

Daesh executed 19 citizens in Al-Haj Ali village in Qayara, south of Mosul, on charges of attempting to escape the village, a local source said.  [Mada]

 

A bomb exploded in one of the Daesh headquarters in the Al-Maliya neighborhood in downtown Mosul, killing 14 terrorists according to KDP sources. [Baghdadia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a local Daesh member in Yaramaja in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Media sources alleged the Americans are installing a field operation post in Ya’robiya on the Iraq-Syrian border.  [Etejah]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Gorran Political Relations Officer resigned from the party, accusing it of falling under the control of “political teenagers” and dealing with issues in a “territorial” way. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. The armored security forces that arrived Basra initiated a search campaign in Hayania in downtown Basra today (a known Sadrist neighborhood). Large numbers of wanted persons were arrested and medium and heavy weapons confiscated. Most of the arrest orders were previously issued, but not executed by the local police. Now, only one rifle and 30 bullets per person are allowed to be kept by civilians after registering the rifle with the police.  [Maalomah]

 

A 500 gm IED placed under a car in Jaza’ir area of downtown Basra was defused by security forces today, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

Babel. The Chairman of Babel GC says a committee was formed to investigate the recent attacks on mosques in Babel. He also says displaced families are returning to Jurf Al-Sakhar. The area was liberated from Daesh more than a year ago but many people haven’t returned to their houses yet. [Mada]

 

PMF and national security forces found today 120 plastic explosives in Falahat village, in the Iskandariya area in northern Babil.  The explosives were manufactured as 5 kg IEDs. 5 Katyusha rockets and 25 mortar shells were also found. All materials were disposed of on site, while the search continued for more explosives stored by Daesh when it was occupying the area, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

Wasit. According to the Wasit Chief of Police, 18 wanted persons were arrested in a security campaign this morning, including one on terrorism charges. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prayed the Friday afternoon prayer in the Sultanahmet Mosque (the famous “Blue Mosque”), visiting the site of Wednesday’s deadly bombing attack in the adjacent Sultanahmet Square, Turkish media reported. He was accompanied by the Turkish ministers of culture, interior, and tourism, the Governor of Istanbul, the director of security, and the Mayor.

 

A group of people, including tourist guide Sibel Şatıroğlu, who saved lives when he noticed the suicide bomber at the last moment and shouted at people to run, stood in silence and laid carnations at the site of the suicide bombing, along with members of various organizations.

 

The number of suspects arrested on suspicion of involvement in the bombing has risen to eight, marking one further detainee in the last 24 hours. [Erem] [Cumhuriyet]

 

In other anti-Daesh raids following the Istanbul bombing, Turkish security personnel have made at least 33 arrests in various governorates, as follows:

Gaziantep – 4 arrests.

Balıkesir – 5 arrests.

Batman – 2 arrests.

Bursa – 4 arrests.

Izmir – 6 arrests.

Adana – 4 arrests.

Osmaniye – 4 arrests.

Erzurum – 4 arrests.

.

In Gaziantep, police also intercepted a consignment of advanced communications equipment allegedly due to be delivered to Daesh. [Cumhuriyet]

The Turkish police have been alerted to look out for five stolen vehicles that may be used in acts of terror. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment: Thank you to a loyal reader for the Turkish-language tips from Cumhuriyet.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Photo and video from the destroyed home of Sheikh Shehadi Al-Faris of the Sharabiya Tribe in the village of East Hamr 8 km (5 miles) southeast of Hasaka, whose home was blown up by Daesh for having refused to pledge allegiance to the organization and cooperate with them during the Syria Democratic Forces campaign that ejected Daesh from Hasaka last year. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Heavy clashes continued Friday in the countryside north of Aleppo near the Turkish border between Daesh on the one side and various allied militias on the other, including the Islamic Brigades and the Sultan Murad Brigades (SMB). Following Daesh’s recapture of the village of Ghazl yesterday an SMB fighter said, the Coalition made numerous airstrikes on Daesh positions in and around Suran (western Hama Governorate), Azaz, Dudyan and Ghazl, killing tens of Daesh fighters. [ARA]

 

Daesh is withdrawing its fighters from Al-Bab and Tadif east of Aleppo in the face of the Syrian Army advance on these areas, an activist has reported. The vehicles were seen heading east, after which more than 30 of Daesh’s 4-wheel drive pickups, six buses, and a number of vans reportedly arrived in the city of Al-Tabaqa in Raqqa Governorate, carrying a lot of Daesh fighters. [ARA]

 

Other reports appear to show Daesh gathering fighters in the city of Jarabulus, and in the last two days, bringing heavy weaponry and vehicles from Al-Bab, “with help from the Turkish state,” according to a report from the pro-PYD news agency Hawar. Daesh’s concentration of forces in Jarabulus and movement out of Al-Bab and Manbij were also reported earlier. Hawar’s sources allege that the Turkish military has been sending “large shipments of arms” to the Syrian village of Raey on the Turkish border through a settlement known as Al-Bili on the Turkish side, and also alleges that Daesh and the Turkish border guards extinguish their lights on a nightly basis to facilitate illicit shipments passing across the border to Raey. [Hawar]

 

Tens of civilians and militants were killed and injured in Manbij on Friday in five Russian airstrikes on various areas of the city, an activist reported. [Qasioun] [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment: The Russian airstrikes come just days after Russian planes caused widespread civilian casualties and property damage in Manbij.

 

Daesh has forced inhabitants of the Kurdish-majority city of Qabasin, 7 km (4 miles) northeast of Al-Bab, into displacement, according to “trusted sources” in the area. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition sources say they killed Daesh’s Turkish emir near Al-Ra’i on the border with Turkey. They also say Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the area while Turkish artillery shelled it. [BasNews]

Daesh says the Turkish artillery shelled 3 villages in Aleppo’s countryside and its terrorists responded by shelling the Turkish military positions. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army vehicle north of Kowaires. [A3maq]

 

East

Daesh and Syrian Army troops fought more pitched battles around Deir Ez-Zor as Daesh fighters attempted to advance in the Al-Jubayla area and Syrian troops attacked Daesh with ground forces and artillery in the Al-Sinaa and Al-Haweiqa neighborhoods. Syrian troops also fired artillery and heavy machine guns on villages around the Deir Ez-Zor military airport, especially the Al-Jufra village, adjacent to the airport gates, while unidentified fighters struck areas around the airport, causing property damage. No information is available on civilian or combatant casualties. Daesh has besieged the military airport at Deir Ez-Zor for three years but all its attempts to seize control of the facility have failed. [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Russian transport planes, with protection from Russian fighter jets, have dropped five shipments of food on areas of Deir Ez-Zor under Syrian Army control that are besieged by Daesh. Daesh militants shot at the shipments as they fell but missed their target in each drop. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Egypt.  Fighting that erupted yesterday between Egyptian security personnel and the Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis in areas south of Sheikh Zuweid lasted overnight to dawn on Friday, according to a media report. The fighting resulted in the deaths of at least 30 Ansar militants and four members of the Egyptian Armed Forces, in addition to 10 Ansar fighters wounded, following figures released yesterday by the Egyptian military. However, the VetoGate website said Friday that as many as 130 militants were killed, without providing a source for that figure. [EgyptArmyFB] [VetoGate]

 

In new clashes on Friday between the Egyptian security personnel and Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis near Sheikh Zuweid, six Ansar leaders were killed, a security source said, including one known as Fahd Abu Hanif, reputed to be the “emir” of the group in Sheikh Zuweid. [Watan]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the summary of its operations in Sinai for the last lunar month. [Archive]

 

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army minesweeper with an RPG rocket, then with light weapons, on the road between Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a water tanker in Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

Libya.  Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Libyan Oil Facilities Protection barrier on the road between Marada south of the Gulf and Zilla to the southwest, killing 4 OFP personnel. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Libyan warplanes bombed the Sabaa area in Tripoli without causing casualties. [JustPaste]

 

Unidentified aircraft struck Daesh positions in the Al-Dhahir area on the coast 20 km (12.5 miles) west of Sirte, according to unidentified “sources,” who also reported that Daesh reinforced its positions in Bawab al-Khamsin 40 km (25 miles) west of Sirte. [WatanAlKarama]

 

Daesh has detained 140 young men in Bin Jawad, a local source in said, adding that Daesh had taken over the governmental headquarters and a hospital, and had cut the Internet and phone services to the town, and has installed checkpoints on the roads leading out of the town in order to prevent residents from fleeing. [WatanAlKarama]

 

Daesh’s repeated attacks on Sidra and Ras Lanuf last week resulted in the burning of around 2 million barrels of oil, while the major oil terminal at Sidra is still out of service, facilities officials said. [Ewan]

DaeshDaily comment: The news suggesting the extent of the economic losses to Libya from Daesh attacks in the strategic “Oil Crescent” area come as Daesh has reportedly been massing its forces for what could be a new attack on the same area.

 

Daesh says it shot down a Libyan armed group drone near the coast in Derna. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it destroyed a Libyan armed group tank in the Dhuhr Hamr area in Derna.  [JustPaste]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan. The leader of the Daesh organization in Afghanistan, Hafiz Said, was killed along with nine others in a NATO airstrike on Thursday in eastern Nangarhar province, a government source said. ARA’s report notes that Said, a former Pakistani Taliban leader, was previously announced killed in a drone strike in July. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its terrorists who attacked the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad. [StoreUp]

 

Indonesia. Indonesian police arrested three individuals suspected of involvement in yesterday’s deadly attacks in Jakarta in a dawn raid on Friday, with search operations for more suspects ongoing in multiple areas of the country. Suspicion turns on a small group of Malay-speaking militants, many of whom were fighters with Daesh in Syria and Iraq, known as the “Katiba Al-Nusaranta,” even though the claim of responsibility after the attack came from Daesh’s main outlets in Raqqa, not from the Al-Nusaranta in Indonesia. One of those detained in Friday’s raid is suspected of having ties to Indonesian Daesh militant Burhan Naim, believed to be in Syria, but also to have been the mastermind of the Jakarta attack. [Tunisien] [Aawsat] [Shorouk]

 

Germany. More than 400 people are under surveillance in Germany as potential security threats after returning from fighting in Syria or Iraq, the country’s police commander has said. [Arabi21]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Mosul News page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/yyt66tcg

https://twitter.com/salamgeer99

https://twitter.com/srytawtas1

https://twitter.com/_ammarr

https://twitter.com/almonaseron36

 

January 14, 2016

Al-Alam Tribal PMF Commander

 

Today’s Major Developments

 

Iraqi forces overcome major Daesh attack near Tikrit.

Two accomplices in Baghdad IED bombings confess.

Al-Abadi confers with Diyala leaders; security campaign begins in Muqdadiya area.

Large Army units gathering in Basra to confront lawlessness.

Daesh believed to be preparing attack on major Libya oil region.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

PM Abadi’s office issues a statement, after a meeting with the crisis cell responsible for dealing the economic problems, saying the salaries and the pensions of government employees will not be touched. The Minister of Finance had said earlier that the government will not be able to pay the salaries after April. [Mada]

 

PM Abadi’s spokesman says an agreement was approved with the Americans to send a small group of Special Forces personnel to monitor Daesh leaders movement and provide support for Iraqi intelligence. He says the force will not have any ground combat missions and will focus on the border between Iraq and Syria in coordination with the Iraqi Government and JOC. [Sumaria]

 

King Abdullah of Jordan sends a condolence message to President Masoum about the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Diyala. [Rudaw]

 

Karim Al-Nouri, PMF spokesman and official, said today that Mosul cannot be liberated without liberating the Shirqat, Hawija, Riyadh, and Zab areas first.  [Maalomah]

 

The director of Australian intelligence arrived in Baghdad and met with the Minister of Interior. Australia is a member of the Coalition.  [AIN]

 

Security developments

The Ministry of Interior announced the death of the “suicide bombers official” in Baghdad after he was wounded in a previous security operation. He was also responsible for Daesh executions in Hit and Rawa, the Ministry said. Mohammed Abd Munaf Al-Rawi died in Al-Shifa hospital in Bukamal in eastern Syria, after being wounded in Iraq on Jan 7. [Mada]

 

A security force arrested four men this morning in military outfits, carrying false PMF IDs at a checkpoint in Shula, northwest Baghdad. The men were in a modern car trying to cross the checkpoint, according to the Ministry of Interior. [Mada]

 

Central Investigations court of Baghdad confirmed today that two of the men arrested for the Baghdad Jadida attacks confessed their involvement in the operation, as one hosted the attackers and the other transported them to the attack scene. [Etejah]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED placed in a popular market in Taji District in northern Baghdad Governorate went off, killing 2 civilians and wounding 5. [Mada]
  • Three men wanted on terror charges were arrested in Nuwaira east of Husseiniya in north Baghdad today. [Maalomah]
  • Three bodies of men shot to death were found in different areas of Baghdad, the first in Zafaraniya, south Baghdad, the second in Hay Al-Nasr, east Baghdad, and the third in an orchard near Shaab, north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED placed near commercial areas in Grai’at, north Baghdad, wounded five civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car belonging to a foodstuffs trader exploded today, killing him and wounding his friend while they passed through the Baladiyat area in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An operation by the 1st Battalion of the 24th Army Brigade in Agargouf, west Baghdad, released a women and arrested 3 of her kidnappers, JOC said today. Another woman was liberated in Husseiniya north Baghdad, by the 2nd Battalion of the 43rd Brigade, which arrested her kidnappers. [Mada]
  • An escapee from Badoush prison was arrested in the middle of Baghdad today. [Maalomah]
  • A body of a man shot to death was found on a street in Saidiya, southwest Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed near the car showrooms in Bayya’, southwest Baghdad, exploded today, killing one civilian and wounding 7 others, a security source said. [Mada]
  • A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded in Latifiya in south Baghdad today, killing the car owner. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Bakriya west Baghdad exploded today killing one civilian and wounding 5 others, a security source said. [Mada]

17 airstrikes were executed by the Coalition in Iraq today, on Hit, Ramadi, and Habbaniya; Baiji; Mosul, Kasik, and Sinjar. Three additional airstrikes in Syria destroyed Daesh positions in Manbij and Mare’, a Coalition statement said. [AIN]

According to IWMC, total Daesh casualties today are 79 dead or wounded and a lot of equipment, weapons, and defensive positions, from operations in Falluja, Albu Aitha, Sufiya, Albu Risha, and eastern and western Salahuddin. [Baghdadia]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

AOC announced today the liberation of 40th Street in Sufiya east of Ramadi after killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying three vehicles [Mada]

 

500 families were rescued in Sufiya and surrounding areas and were safely transferred to camps in Habbaniya and Khaldiya, according to the Khaldiya subdistrict council.  [Maalomah]

 

The Albu Sawda area east of Ramadi was liberated by the 8th Army Division today after killing 10 Daesh terrorists, Division sources said.  [Sumaria]

 

IFP said today that its forces killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in addition to a Daesh defensive position in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

80% of Sufiya area east of Ramadi is liberated, according to AOC. Albu Khalifa and Albu Hzaim area remain to be freed from Daesh, which is a matter of hours according the statement. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual we face difficulties with sorting out the reports from Iraqi military sources. The percentage of the liberated areas (in Sufiya for example) changes by the day without telling us why. We don’t think it’s because Daesh recaptured some areas but most likely the original reports about fully liberating an area meant getting inside it, while Daesh terrorists are still occupying some pockets.  

 

Army helicopters shelled a Daesh gathering, killing 11 terrorists including a major leader in Hsaiba, east Ramadi today. [Maalomah]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 8th Division commander says his troops liberated the Al-Soura area east of Ramadi, killing 5 Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria]

 

A video of a Daesh media office captured by Iraqi forces in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Albu Aitha Bridge with a vehicle bomb, destroying a tank and 2 Humvees. [ADI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured 8 Iraqi Army locations in Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Falluja

The Coalition will announce results of its investigation regarding the shelling of Iraqi troops by coalition planes near Falluja last month during the next week, according to Steve Warren, coalition spokesman. [AIN]

 

BOC forces killed 14 terrorists and defused 10 IEDs, as well as destroying a construction shovel and a Daesh fighting position south of Falluja.  [AIN]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Talaa and Hitawiyeen in Zoba’a, killing more than 25 soldiers, including a captain, and destroying 4 Humvees. [ADI]

Daesh publishes photos of its attacks in Zoba’a. [ADI]

 

MoD said that the 17th Army Division made a major advance northeast of Falluja towards the city after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh terrorists with air cover by Army helicopters. MoD says the liberation plan is progressing as planned.  [Mada]

 

Hit/Haditha

An informed source says Awwad Baghdadi, the leader of Daesh, ordered a 3-day mourning period for his men killed in Barwana. This reflects the deep effect of these casualties on Daesh according to the source. The losses in Barwana were 237 terrorists killed, 27 machine gun mounted Toyotas, four shovels, four APCs, and two Hummers. [Sumaria]

 

The Daesh “minister of defense” was killed in Barwana, said Brigadier General Yahya Al-Zubaidi of the JOC in a press statement. [AIN]

 

Airstrikes by the Coalition on Zuwiya, in Hit, caused many Daesh fighters to flee towards Al-Qa’im in west Anbar, after many of them died, including the hisbah, Emir Abul Qiqa’, a security source said. [Qurtas]

 

27th Army Brigade troops destroyed two Daesh vehicles in the Qusairat area in Haditha District, Jazeera Operations Command said.  [AIN]

 

A video of the dead body of Assi Al-Ubaidi, one of the Daesh leaders who was killed in the Haditha area [Facebook]

 

West Anbar

Anbar Chief of Police said that Daesh is still mobilizing in west Anbar, mainly in Qa’im and Rutba near Syrian borders with fighters from Syria. [Bas]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Al-Nujaba movement of the PMF announced today repelling an attack by Daesh in Makhoul Mountains after killing 15 attackers. Snipers also shot down five terrorists who that tried to approach their defense line, one of them a suicide bomber. Rocket units destroyed a house used by Daesh as a hideout. Al-Nujaba also announced that the Kirkuk road is open again. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

The Governor of Salahuddin, Raed Al-Jubouri, said a few hours ago that the area of Tal Kusaiba located between Allas and Ajil oil fields east of Tikrit was again fully controlled by the joint forces (Army, Police, PMFs). [Sumaria]

Laith Al-Jebouri, the Al-Alam subdistrict manager, said today that the attack of Daesh on Tal Kusaiba was the largest of a kind in a long time, but it failed to give them any advantage, as security forces are in full control of the area. [Qurtas]

 

Eleven persons, including two high ranking officers, were killed or wounded earlier today in an attack by two bomb-rigged vehicles on Tal Kusaiba village in Al-Alam, east of Tikrit, a security source said. The attack targeted a joint command post of police and PMFs, and killed 7 soldiers and a police colonel. The director of Al-Alam police was among those wounded. The source said that Daesh was attacking the area from Himrin Hills. [Mada] Col. Moayad Rashad, commander of Al-Daur PMFs, was the officer killed; several of his escorts were wounded. [Baghdadia]

Tikrit was placed under curfew while Army helicopters attacked Daesh gatherings in Fatha in north Al-Alam subdistrict, killing “tens” of them. A military campaign was initiated to clear the area of Daesh terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Tribes and citizens of Tal Kusaiba village joined the Army, PMFs, and the police in repelling Daesh’s attack this morning, which in this account used 4 bomb-rigged cars and tens of attackers. [Baghdadia] Another earlier report said Daesh gained temporary control of the Kirkuk-Tikrit road and the Mabdad and Tal Kusaiba villages. Fighting continued under heavy shelling by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF). 12 terrorists and 7 soldiers were reported killed at that time. [Rudaw]

Another report said Daesh seized control of 4 villages previously held by PMFs, including Tal Kusaiba but not Mabdad, on the main road between Tuz and Tikrit. Daesh was reported to be holding 70 civilians and PMF fighters as prisoners. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh managed to attract media attention by attacking in an unexpected place. Daesh knows it is very difficult for its terrorists to control the areas they attack. However, Daesh used the first part of this story to convince its supporters it is still in charge.     

 

Daesh captured Tal Kubaisa for several hours before Iraqi forces took it back. Sources say Daesh used a gap in an area in Himrin Mountains where Iraqi forces are not present and attacked the village killing the police chief of the area and five PMF fighters. [Hurra] Daesh says its terrorists captured Tal Kusaiba after heavy battles, killing many Iraqi fighters, including the local PMF commander, and capturing vehicles and weapons. [ADI]

 

Daesh says one of its local terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb east of Al-Alam, killing or wounding many of them. [ADI] It says 2 of its local terrorists, from the Jubour tribe, attacked Iraqi forces in Tal Kusaiba with 2 vehicle bombs, killing or wounding many of them. [ADI] Daesh says its terrorists rocketed the Al-Alam subdistrict building, killing or wounding Iraqi soldiers. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes bombed an Iraqi Army convoy on the road between Tikrit and Al-Alam mistakenly. [A3maq]

 

A security source says several Katyushas fell on Al-Alam, wounding a woman and three children. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Salahuddin. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. The photos don’t show any areas captured nor casualties from the Iraqi side. However, Daesh most likely generated a lot of raw materials for several publications that will appear soon. Unfortunately, the publications might include executions of local PMFs. For Daesh’s media the message is more important than the final results on the ground. Its hardcore supporters will tend to ignore that Daesh already lost these areas last year.

 

Daesh says its terrorists hit the Golden Division headquarters in Speicher base with a Grad rocket. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted the local PMF headquarters in Al-Naama village east of Al-Alam. [A3maq]

 

A video of interviews with Iraqi fighters in Al-Alam [Ghadeer]

 

Daesh says one of its local terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Himrin subdistrict with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers. [ADI]

 

Security forces killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles while controlling the road connecting Tikrit to Udhaim in northern Salahuddin. An reconnaissance mission is underway in the villages leading to Himrin Hills at the moment. [Baghdadia]

 

Samarra

IAF blocked an attack by two bomb-rigged vehicles on military locations in Mkaishifa, north of Samarra, a security source said. The two vehicles were destroyed before reaching their targets. [Mada]

 

Marwan Al-Tikriti, Daesh’s wali of Awja in Tikrit, and Ahmed Ubaid Al-Jumaili, its West Salahuddin emir, were killed today by joint forces while trying to enter Al-Sharif village west of Samarra, a security source said. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes a video of an Iranian made drone it shot down west of Samarra. [A3maq]

 

Shirqat

Daesh executed 7 of its own members in Shirqat today, on charges of making an escape attempt to Mosul, local sources said today. [Maalomah]

 

Tooz

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces with a suicide attack in Al-Zarqa village in Tuz district. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Abadi meets with the military and security commanders in Dijla Operations Command in Diyala and with provincial officials in the Diyala Governorate building. He issues a statement saying security forces need to find and arrest the people who attacked the mosques and the people who killed the journalists in Diyala. He also says Daesh will not succeed in instigating sectarian violence. [Mada]

Photos of PM Abadi walking in Diyala streets. [Sumaria]

 

10 mortar shells were fired on the village of Hanbes northeast of Baquba with no human casualties, a local security source said. The shells were fired from the Al-Zor area, which still has Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]

 

An IED placed in an agricultural area in Balad Ruz east of Baquba went off this evening, killing one civilian and wounding another, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A wide scale security campaign was initiated in Diyala to end the organized crime in the region, said a high ranking security source. The list of wanted persons exceeds 120, and the campaign was initiated in early morning today on orders from Baghdad. [Sumaria]

Diyala police announced that the security situation in Muqdadiya is stable and under control, and that the attackers of the mosques were not related to PMF groups operating in the area. It called for citizen cooperation to arrest the attackers. [Sumaria]

 

Diyala Police said 20 persons were arrested on terror charges in Muqdadiya, in addition to 2 suspects related to the recent bombing attacks, a security source said.  [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

An IED placed near a medical clinic in Qara Tapa, Diyala, went off today killing one civilian and wounding three, a security source said.  [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army locations in Udhaim; captured 2 barracks and a PMF military position in Albu Eissa; captured and then executed a PMF fighter; then captured 3 villages. [ADI] No government reports address these claims.

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army and PMFs gathering near Udhaim Dam with a vehicle bomb. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says a Coalition drone bombed Iraqi forces in a village in Udhaim mistakenly. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Coalition planes completely destroyed the Mosul municipality building, said local residents, adding that they are surprised as the building was not used by Daesh and was still providing municipal services. It contained all maps and land ownership details of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

French warplanes destroyed a Daesh communications facility near Mosul today, the French Ministry of Defense said.  [Rudaw]

 

Daesh arrested 15 mosque preachers in Mosul, two of them Kurds, said KDP sources. [PUKMedia]

 

British bombers destroyed the Police Command of Mosul according to the British MoD. It said in its statement that this station was used by Daesh to terrorize the local population. [AIN]

Peshmerga troops repelled a Daesh attack on the Al-Khazer area in north Mosul, killing six attackers and destroying 2 Hummers, a KDP source said. [Mada]

 

Three so-called “judges’ of Daesh were killed in an international coalition attack on a Daesh court house (ex-social care building) in Al-Majmoua Al-Thaqafiya north Mosul, according to a Ninewa police source. [BasNews]

 

A sniper shot down a major local Daesh leader in Qayara in south Mosul District called Abu Ghalib Allibi (The Libyan). This terrorist was responsible for executing young men in Qayara, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

Nineveh Plain

Coalition jets destroyed a 3-vehicle Daesh convoy moving from Bartella toward Hamdaniya east of Mosul. 8 Daesh terrorists were killed and the vehicles were all destroyed, said a KDP source in Ninewa. [Mada]

 

Makhmur

An airstrike by the Coalition on Makhmur District killed 12 terrorists and destroyed three vehicles, according to KDP officials. [PUKMedia]

 

70 civilians, all Arabs escaping Daesh areas, handed themselves over to the Peshmerga forces in the Qaraj subdistrict today. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest Ninewa

The Sinjar District Mayor says a new mass grave of 40 Yazidi victims was found in Ghalai, 13 km (8 miles) east of Sinjar, raising the total number of mass graves to 20 so far. [Rudaw]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Gorran CoR member says former vice president Osama Nujaifi should apologize for accusing the Kurdish parties, except the KDP, of being controlled by Iran. She said Nujaifi and his brother are suspects in Mosul’s fall and he should work on taking it back instead of attacking the Kurds. [Sumaria]

 

A KDP official denied recent media reports about the Peshmerga digging a trench between Sinjar and Diyala and says trenches were dug in some areas to prevent Daesh attacks. [Mada]

 

The Commander of the French Special Forces meets with Masrour Barzani, the Counselor of the KRG’s National Security Council, and says France will support the Peshmerga with supplies and equipment in its war against Daesh, according to a statement issued by the NSC. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. The Commander of the Rafidain Operations Command and other top Army commanders arrived in Basra today in anticipation of a wide scale campaign to restore law and order in the governorate, media sources said. [Baghdadia]

Dhi Qar. A rapid deployment battalion headed from Nasariya to Basra to assist in preserving law and order there. The battalion will work under the command of Al-Rafidain Operations Command, a security source in Dhi Qar said.  [Mada]

 

Babel. A security force from Babel detected a house where 128 C4 containers and 22 anti-personnel missiles were stored in Girtan village, Iskandariya, north of Babel. The materials were still stored there despite the liberation of the area over a year ago. The troops also destroyed a booby-trapped house in the area, a security source said. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

In retaliation for Wednesdays deadly bomb blast in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square, Turkey has fired around 500 artillery and tank rounds at Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria in the last 48 hours, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Thursday. The PM said that “the relevant parties” had confirmed the death of 200 Daesh militants in the Turkish attacks, “including local officials in the organization.” Turkey would respond in similar fashion to any threat that it or its guests face, Davutoğlu said, adding that Turkey would, in his words, continue to fight Daesh until it “departs from all areas adjacent to the Turkish border,” and adding that Turkey’s response to the Istanbul bombing would continue with artillery strikes, and that the Turkish Air Force would be involved in operations against Daesh “as needed.” The PM compared the Sultanahmet blast to recent Daesh attacks in Europe, and denied that all Syrian refugees were tainted by the Daesh attack. [Anadolu]

 

Arrests and interrogations are ongoing after Wednesday’s bombing in Istanbul, Interior Minister Efkan Ala has announced, saying the total number detained in connection with the attack had risen to seven. [Anadolu]

 

According to a Daesh Daily reader, the Turkish media organization Habertürk has claimed, without citing any sources, to have obtained information about the movements of the Istanbul suicide bomber, identified as 28-year-old Nabil Fadli. Our reader, noting that the news organization is flouting the government’s news blackout on the Istanbul attacks, sent the following summary of Habertürk’s report.

 

According to Habertürk:

  • Parts of the suicide bomber’s body were collected from the site and sent to various laboratories. It was determined that the pieces of fingers found were suitable for comparison purposes.
  • A search of immigration records revealed that the suicide bomber applied in Istanbul for asylum in Turkey on 5 January 2016.
  • Fadli came to the Immigration Office together with four people.
  • Fadli and those accompanying him gave an address in the Istanbul Zeytinburnu district.
  • Intelligence agencies have identified the number of a cell phone used by Fadli as of 18 December 2015. The first signals were found to come from Urfa and this leads to the suspicion that he crossed illegally into Turkey in December.
  • From tracing his cell phone, it emerges that Fadli stayed in Urfa for a while, then went to Ankara, where he met with certain people, and then to Istanbul.
  • Security units believe, due to the time he spent in Ankara and the people he contacted there, that Fadli intended to strike in that city but later, on being instructed not to stage an attack there, he moved on to Istanbul.
  • Fadli came to Istanbul before the New Year.
  • So as not to create suspicion, he applied for asylum and his fingerprints were taken.
  • It was discovered in the autopsy procedures that Fadli had no toenails on one of his otherwise healthy feet.
  • Persons who had been in contact with Fadli were arrested and questioned. They said that Fadli had been arrested by the Assad regime on suspicion of being a Daesh member and he underwent torture, during which his toenails were removed.
  • Nabil Fadli was born in 1988 in Saudi Arabia, his father’s name is Abdullatif and his mother’s name Brigite. His mother is Syrian-Armenian. [Habertürk]

DaeshDaily comment: We thank our reader for the tips and for the above text. The information does not present any major contradictions with the information ARA published yesterday based on information reportedly gathered from activist sources in Jarabulus, though the two accounts don’t overlap on many points. We note one apparent contradiction: Habertürk’s account has Fadli entering Turkey December 18, while ARA’s sources reported Fadli was present at the fighting between Daesh and the Syria Democratic Forces for the Tishrin Dam, which began the following week, before returning to Manbij after the battles and entering Turkey “days” before the attack.

 

Our same helpful reader also writes that “Cemil Bayık, joint leader of the KCK (Group of Communities in Kurdistan), established by the PKK, is claiming that the Istanbul bombing was a false flag operation masterminded by Turkish intelligence in the attempt to dispel Western suspicion that the Turkish regime is cooperating with Daesh.” [OzgurGundem]

DaeshDaily comment. Without signing on to the gentleman’s conspiracy theory, we do note that Daesh has not claimed responsibility for this bombing as it has done cheerfully for similar incidents. It likewise did not claim responsibility for the Suluk bombing in July 2015, though others concluded they did it.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

An rural airport in northeastern Syria is now being used by US advisors supporting Syrian militias in the war on Daesh, sources in the Rmelan oil fields have said. The airport, near the village of Rmelan Pasha, has been largely out of service since 2011 apart from being used for local crop-spraying flights, but eyewitnesses have said the site has been refurbished and the tarmac resurfaced, and personnel with American flags on their clothes have been seen on multiple occasions at the site. [ARA]

 

Daesh has conducted heavy mortar shelling and rocket attacks from the Jarabulus countryside on villages across the Euphrates River, west of Kobane, in the last two days, a resident said. Many homes have been damaged or destroyed in the attacks the resident said. [ARA]

 

Daesh released 16 Assyrian captives on Thursday, including 8 children and three women, according to an Assyrian rights organization, who added that 66 Assyrians remain in Daesh custody according to its count. Those released Thursday were among a group of Assyrians from Hasaka taken captive by Daesh in February of last year. According to the Assyrian Association for Human Rights, the releases came after efforts and negotiations by the Assyrian church. [ARA] [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Indications from prior such releases of Christians, and Yazidis too, is that they are being purchased with ransoms paid to Daesh.

 

The Euphrates Martyrs Brigade (EMB), which announced its membership in the Syrian Democratic Forces yesterday, “will not be the last” militia to join, the SDF’s spokesman in Kobane said, without naming other groups. The spokesman added that the SDF represented the Syrian people’s “only hope” to be rid of Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Hawar profiles the EMB, writing that the relatively small militia hails from the Arab village of Al-Quba south of Kobane. The village rose against the Assad regime in 2011 and by 2012 had expelled it from the area in fighting that cost the lives of ten local fighters. The “Rebels of Al-Quba” then joined the Al-Tawhid Brigade that operated in the Mare’ area of Aleppo, and fought against the Syrian military in multiple battles in Aleppo and Raqqa governorates. When Daesh took over the area south of Kobane in 2014 the “Rebels” fought in vain to repel the advance, losing over 20 members in the process. After Daesh was driven out of the area in 2015 the group reformed as the EMB, referring to the “martyrs” who were lost in the battle with Daesh. [Hawar]

 

Northwest

Opposition militias from the Fath Haleb Operations Room killed a Daesh “emir” in the city of Raey in the northern Aleppo countryside on Wednesday, in the course of ongoing fighting over settlements near the Turkish border, according to activists in the area. The Daesh commander, a Turkish national, reportedly known as Abu Dajana Al-Turki, was killed in the Dudyan area, a media activist reported. Another report refers to the death of a Daesh emir north of Aleppo near the Turkish border at the hands of opposition militias, naming the deceased as “Humam Al-Zarqawi” without providing further details. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh retook the village of Ghazl from opposition militias just hours after the opposition fighters forced it out in pitched battles near the Turkish border north of Aleppo on Thursday, with reports of unspecified numbers of casualties on both sides. Daesh targeted the allied militias with a suicide car bomb in its drive to recapture the village before attacking from multiple directions, wounding several opposition fighters and forcing a retreat. [Qasioun] Daesh also says the Turkish Army hit the village with 10 shells. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says 20 Syrian soldiers were killed north of Kowaires airbase. [A3maq]

 

The Syrian Army, with Russian and Syrian air support, has continued its advance against Daesh in the countryside east of Aleppo, according to local sources Syrian troops seized several villages around the city of Tadif, as Daesh fighters retreated under heavy airstrikes. [ARA]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a 23mm Doshka machine gun, killing five militants west of Tishrin Dam, the Syria Democratic Forces said, adding that SDF fighters had found another Doshka in the area, but that conditions in the Tishrin Dam area were otherwise calm. Daesh made multiple attempts to retake the strategic dam from the SDF in recent days. [ARA]

East

Daesh has released a new video showing Lebanese Hezbollah fighters reinforcing the Syrian military in its battle against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor, which appears to be the first appearance of combat units of the Lebanese militia in Deir Ez-Zor since it started fighting in Syria. The video purports to show five Daesh suicide attacks against Syrian troops in the area. [Qasioun]

 

 OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English.

 

Egypt. 13 militants were killed and eight wounded in battles with Egyptian troops south of Sheikh Zuweid. Residents of both Sheikh Zuweid and Arish reported sounds of explosions and heavy gunfire in their respective cities. An IED exploded on an armored police vehicle near Nafoura Square in Arish, injuring two officers, a security source said. Egyptian engineers defused an IED that had been planted near a primary school in central Arish, security sources said. [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [VetoGate] [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Egyptian Army attempt to advance in Al-Noma village south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing many soldiers and damaging a tank and several Humvees. Daesh says Egyptian warplanes bombed the damaged vehicles in order not to let Daesh make use of them. Daesh also says its terrorists launched a counterattack and destroyed an armored vehicle with an IED then clashed with Egyptian Army soldiers near their barricade. [A3maq]

 

Libya. Daesh is massing its fighters in the city of Bin Jawad east of Sirte, local sources say, in what appears to be a preparation for a new assault on the “Oil Crescent” area, which it has attacked on multiple occasions in recent weeks. Eyewitnesses report 40 of the organization’s armed four-wheel drive vehicles heading from Sirte toward Bin Jawad. The organization has closed the road between Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad, forcing vehicles heading west from Ras Lanuf to return eastward. Power has been cut in Bin Jawad and Daesh appears to be moving fighters and supplies into the city, according to local sources. Even so, the same sources say that Daesh has remained “dispersed” after its recent attacks on Sidra. [Alwan]

 

An explosion destroyed a major oil pipeline south of Ras Lanuf port on Wednesday night, the National Oil Company said. [Erem]

 

Daesh released two Western captives on Wednesday, an Austrian national and a Serbian national, who had been abducted by the organization in southern Libya last March. The Austrian foreign ministry has confirmed that the 39-year-old Austrian arrived in Vienna on Thursday and is in good health. Austrian media reported that the released Serbian has been moved on a preliminary basis to Malta. [Libya24]

 

A Sudanese Daesh fighter who was killed in the fighting in Sidra last week left behind a handwritten note to his family with a phone number. The Wasat correspondent telephoned the number and spoke to the fighter’s parents who said they had already learned of their son’s death from Daesh websites, but that Daesh had used three different names with their son’s photo in different death announcements (photo). [Wasat]

DaeshDaily comment. We have taken note of this Daesh trick before. Daesh announces someone’s death, so no one is surprised that he goes out of sight, and the lack of scrutiny enables him to move somewhere else under another name. One apparent advantage of joining Daesh is that you will be able to die more often.

 

A second Daesh member was reportedly seriously injured in the sniper attack in Sirte that killed a Daesh legal official. [Libya24]

 

The Oil Facilities Guard spokesman has announced that there is no further Daesh presence in Ajdabiya in northeast Libya and that the city is now in the hands of what he called “Karama Forces” and the Libya Shield Forces. [Libyens]

 

Unknown gunmen abducted five guards working for a Turkish construction company in Marada in eastern Libya. Residents of the town suspect that the attackers are linked to Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

A plane was tracked by an online flight-tracking site leaving a base in southern France, passing over Sardinia and Malta, then abruptly returning over a similar path after flying close to the Libyan coast, according to the FlightRadar website, AfriGate reports. The flight path is suggestive of a fuel plane sent to refuel French fighters on mission over Libya (Click for image of flight path). [AfriGate]

 

Psychologists in Libya have warned that the violence and chaos in which the country is mired could have “catastrophic” effects on the psychological well being of Libyan children. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Indonesia.  At least eight people were killed in a series of coordinated bombing and shooting attacks in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, for which Daesh has claimed responsibility, , Indonesian and international media have reported. Six bomb blasts appear to have detonated in various areas before assailants opened fire on a police station in central Jakarta. A police spokesman said the dead included seven civilians and a police officer (photos and video). [Arabi21]

Daesh’s version says 4 of its terrorists detonated time bombs and attacked “crusader” tourists in Jakarta with explosives vests and light weapons, killing 15 people and wounding many others. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. “Crusaders” is a Daesh pejorative term for Christians. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day
Al-Alam subdistrict news page

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day
https://twitter.com/sadgadfg1
https://twitter.com/ansaaaari3
https://twitter.com/Gerarisis4
https://twitter.com/asd1000uu
https://twitter.com/uougeapr

January 13, 2016

10610927_890047537780789_2235375809361283065_n

Today’s Major Developments:

Baghdad bomb suspects quickly arrested.

Haditha District Council declares victory; says Hit is next

Escalated Diyala violence becomes sectarian, sends provincial council into emergency session.

Daesh money problems deepen in Mosul as Coalition bombs keep falling.

Army arrives in Basra; Al-Abadi too.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Ashton Carter, US Secretary of Defense, confirmed today that “US Special Forces are in Iraq and are ready to fight Daesh alongside the Iraqi army”. [AIN]

 

The last batch of four MI35 and MI28 (Night Hunter) helicopters will be received by the MoD from Russia by the end of this month, an MoD source said. Tanks and ammunition were received from Russia in the past few days as well. [BasNews]

 

The Iraqi Commission for Human Rights says the government has spent one billion dollars on displaced people since mid-2014. A member of the Commission says 3,250,000 people have been displaced since Daesh captured Mosul. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s a lot of money but it seems pretty low for such a big problem. Doing the math, we calculate a little over $300 per person, and some got their support by moving to the KRG. The displacement problem is one of the most important results of the violence in Iraq, and part of overcoming the Daesh crisis is helping all these people to return home.    

 

Security developments

BOC announced the arrest of the terror group that executed the attack on Baghdad Jadida Monday. The attack was initiated and the group supplied from inside Baghdad. Explosives and explosives belts, as well as cameras and videos of the attackers and the process of attack operation, were captured in the operation. [Sumaria]

Prime Minister Al-Abadi, speaking from Basra, praised the arrest of the Baghdad terror cell, confirming that “intelligence efforts” recently activated were the reason for such a rapid response. Al-Abadi also confirmed that such efforts were activated in Basra as well. (See below under Other Governorates.) He ordered an “iron fist” policy to retrieve respect for the state in all of Iraq. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Provincial Council will discuss security developments in the capital tomorrow and address the central government with thoughts and recommendations, a Council source said. [Sumaria]

 

Eleven bodies of men shot to death were found in Tarmiya, north Baghdad, according to a security source.  [Sumaria]

 

A police raid on a house in Hay Al-Sihah in Dora in south Baghdad resulted in capturing IEDs, explosives belts, and pistols with silencers. The raid was conducted in response to local intelligence, according to a security source. The house owner was also arrested.  [Sumaria] [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army location in Tarmiya, killed several soldiers, and destroyed 4 Humvees (photos). [ADI] [ADI]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded in Husseiniya in north Baghdad killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in Souq Shallal in Shaab in north Baghdad went off this morning, killing one civilian and wounded six. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and six wounded in an IED explosion in a popular market in Ubaidi, east Baghdad today. [Baghdadia]
  • Unidentified persons threw a hand grenade on the house of an army officer in Zayouna, east Baghdad. Material damage to the house front was inflicted but no casualties were reported. [Ghad]
  • An IED placed in a popular restaurant in Sheikh Omar, downtown Baghdad, killed 2 and wounded 7 civilians this morning. [Mada]
  • A policeman was shot dead by armed men in Mada’in, south Baghdad during a search campaign in the orchards in the city. [Qurtas]
  • An unidentified armed group attacked a checkpoint in Latifiya in south Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding two. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in Yusufiyah south of Baghdad exploded and killed two and wounded five civilians today. [Maalomah]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five today. [Baghdadia]
  • Two men from the Wilayat Salahuddin (Salahuddin command) of Daesh were arrested in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad, one of them carrying a fake PMF ID. [Mada]
  • The body of a man shot to death was found today in Abu Ghraib, west Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • A man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Hay Al-Nasr Wa Al-Salam in west Baghdad today. [Maalomah]

Baghdad Operations Command summarized its operations for today as follows: [AIN]

  • The IFP arrested a man with 5 sticky bombs, a gun with silencer, and detonators in Al-Hay Al-Askari, north Baghdad.
  • 3rd Battalion of 23rd Brigade defused two IEDs and captured grenades, and RBK machine gun in Tal Al-Samar southwest Baghdad.
  • 45th Brigade also defused two IEDs and captured a grenade, in Raood and line areas north of Baghdad,
  • IFP defused and removed a sticky bomb from a car in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad.

16 airstrikes in Iraq and 8 in Syria were executed by the Coalition today. Iraq’s raids were on Mosul, Ramadi, and Kasik, targeting Daesh positions and hideouts. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh withdrew the passports and personal IDs of its members in Anbar and prohibited them from using their mobile phones. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

A Counter-Terrorism division supported by IFP entered Sufiya east of Ramadi today from the northeast. The force is engaging Daesh terrorists and clearing a large number of IEDs placed to obstruct their advance, as the defense line of Daesh has collapsed, a source in the Counter-Terror forces said. [Sumaria] [Maalomah]

 

60 families were rescued by the Army from Sufiya and transferred to Habbaniya camp in Khaldiya. [Sumaria]

 

Counter-terror troops today captured the Albu Ghanem power station east of Ramadi and some of the surrounding areas from Daesh control, according to a security source. [Baghdadia]

 

The commander of the tribal fighters in east Ramadi sector says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition airpower, are advancing rapidly in areas east of Ramadi. He says Iraqi forces killed 16 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 9 vehicle bombs. [Mada]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service Commander says Iraqi forces stopped temporarily in Sufiya because Daesh is still holding dozens of families hostages. He says seven civilians were killed by IEDs planted by Daesh in the road specified by Iraqi forces for civilians in the area. He also says there are only a few Daesh fighters left in the area. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Rapid Intervention troops rocketed 6 Daesh hideouts in East Hsaiba and defused 4 IEDs and killed a Daesh sniper. Iraqi forces also killed several Daesh terrorists while the terrorists were planting IEDs and booby-trapping houses in the area. [AIN]

 

An AOC source says Iraqi forces secured the road between Albu Aitha and Sufiya. [Maalomah]

 

Anbar Operations Command (AOC) announced a campaign by the 10th Armored Division to liberate the Albu Aitha area northeast of Ramadi, with air support from the IAF, IAA, and Coalition. AOC Commander Ismail Al-Mahalawi said the tanks entered the area supported by heavy artillery bombardment and air cover, and that Daesh resistance has been rather weak. [Sumaria] The reported result is that the Albu Aitha area was fully liberated. The Army has started to establish fortifications there. [Sumaria]

However, the media director of the AOC, a colonel, and two soldiers were wounded by a Daesh mortar shell Albu Aitha. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh suicide bombers from Arab countries who were waiting to attack Iraqi forces in a booby-trapped house in Albu Aitha. The source says Iraqi forces knew about the terrorists’ location from an intelligence source and shot into the house, killing all five terrorists. The attackers were planning an attack on advancing Army forces, according to a security source in Anbar. [Maalomah] [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 34 IEDs and 8 booby-trapped hideouts and a 12 meter tunnel in addition to 6 rockets, in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

An IFP source says the IFP shot down a Daesh drone in the Kilo 35 area west of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes, killed 30 Daesh terrorists in Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition warplanes flew 12 sorties on Ramadi killing 4 terrorists and destroying 2 construction shovels, a vehicle bomb, 2 heavy weapons, and a shelter in addition to supply lines. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

The Baghdad Operations Command also has responsible for eastern Anbar. Its report on Anbar for today includes:

  • Killing seven terrorists and defusing 15 IEDs south of Falluja.
  • Defusing 16 IEDs and destroying 6 vehicles in Thirthar north of Falluja, and clearing the road between the 10th Division and Jisr Al-Yabis.
  • Killing 8 terrorists in Qarma and near Taqsim Dam.

 

Hit/Haditha

Haditha District Council Chairman said today that Daesh lost 250 of its fighters in recent attacks on areas in Haditha, Barwana, and Sha’i. The Chairman added that all these areas are liberated now, and that liberation of Hit and the reconnecting of Haditha to Ramadi will eliminate the danger of Daesh attacks for good. He also says Daesh terrorists fled to Horan Valley after the defeat. [Mada] [Mada]

 

An airstrike by the Coalition in coordination with the 7th Army Division killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroyed a large number of vehicles at Daesh-controlled offices and neighborhoods in Hit District and the subdistrict of Kubaisa, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

An IFP source says IFO commandos rocketed a Daesh gathering near Haditha, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Harbi]

 

Counter Terrorism fighters killed 2 Daesh suicide bombers who were hiding in a deserted house in Barwana. [IWMC Report]

 

An AOC source says Daesh executed 4 of its members in Hit for fleeing the battles in Ramadi. The source says Daesh threatened that it would execute any members who flee and burn down their houses. [Mada]

 

West Anbar

The AOC said today that 11 Daesh leaders were killed, including the new wali of Baghdad, and 7 wounded by an airstrike by the IAF on a house in Al-Qa’im, in far west Anbar.  [PUKMedia]

The IWMC says the new Baghdad wali, an Iraqi from Adhamiya called Abu Dua’a Al-Rawi, was appointed just a few days ago. Other terrorists killed included Abu Qatada Al-Jazrawi, a Saudi responsible for the suicide bombers; Ammar Eissawi the mail officer of Baghdad and Falluja; and Abu Fatima, an intelligence officer. [Mada]

 

An attack by Daesh with a bomb-rigged car on the border guard units in Ar’ar on the Saudi borders was intercepted and the attacking vehicle was destroyed before reaching its target, a security source said. [Buratha]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A security source says Daesh launched an attack on Iraqi forces in Fatha from two sides. The IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles and forced them to retreat. One PMF fighter was killed and three wounded in the attack. The IAA also targeted Daesh reinforcements behind Himrin Mountains and foiled a Daesh attempt to attack Al-Alam.  [Mada]

 

Tikrit

Security sources said that the PMFs repelled an attack by Daesh on Al-Jazeera west of Tikrit, killing all attackers. [Ghad]

 

An attack by Daesh west of Speicher base was repelled by the PMF, killing “tens” of terrorists, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and the IAF stopped a Daesh attack from 3 sides on Mkaishifa, killing 25 terrorists and wounding 30 and destroying 4 vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs. An Iraqi fighter was killed and seven others wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “Russian” suicide terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces in Mkaishifa with a vehicle bomb yesterday. The photos don’t seem to belong to the same person however. [ADI]

 

Samarra

Daesh says 4 Iranian officers were killed while fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battles in the Thirthar area southwest of Samarra. [A3maq]

 

Shirqat

People in Shirqat protected and hid a group of young men who killed two terrorists in the Jamila area of Shirqat, before they were able to escape under the protection of local residents, the IWMC said.  [AIN]

 

Southern Salahuddin

Iraqi forces destroyed 31 IEDs in the Albu Hishma area, 15 km (9 miles) east of Balad. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Diyala Provincial Council held an emergency meeting today with all of its members and political blocs to discuss the major deterioration of security in the province. Over 90 Diyala citizens have been killed or wounded in three major cities, especially Muqdadiya, in the past few days.  [Sumaria]

 

An IED buried in agricultural land in the village of Sha’Ali, east of Baquba exploded today, wounding three civilians, a security source said.  [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Saleem al-Jubouri, CoR speaker, headed a meeting with top officers in the Dijla Operations Command following the recent deterioration of security in Muqdadiya. Top police and tribal figures attended the meeting, according to a statement by the Speaker’s office. Al-Jubouri stressed the need for expedient replacement of some security command members and said Dijla Operations and local police should take immediate initiatives to halt the deterioration [Ghad] [Maalomah]

 

The MoD says it will send a committee of high ranking officers to accompany Speaker Jubouri to Diyala to investigate the recent violence. [MoD Website]

Jubouri issues a statement after meeting with Diyala officials saying if 30,000 security members cannot keep the governorate safe, then why they are getting salaries? He also says “we condemned Daesh crimes and stood up against it, and everyone should fight the criminal gangs and stand up against them”. [Sumaria]

 

Two civilians were shot dead in an armed attack on Al-Shati restaurant on the main road in Muqdadiya today, a security source said.  [Baghdadia]

 

Six bodies of men shot to death were found by a police patrol in Abdulla Bin Ali intersection on the road connecting Baquba to Muqdadiya, a security source said. The men are yet to be identified.  [Baghdadia]

 

An unidentified armed group with military uniforms destroyed a commercial building belonging to CoR member Nahida Al-Dayni (Sunni) late yesterday night. They placed several IEDs inside the building and demolished it to the ground.  The building had several clinics and commercial offices. [Baghdadia] We reported this yesterday but didn’t know then who owned the building.

Dayni issued a statement asking the Sunni CoR members to withdraw from the political process. Another Sunni MP from Diyala asks the government to intervene immediately and fight the militias otherwise he will ask for international intervention through the UN office in Baghdad. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Another Sunni MP warns that another wave of displacement might occur if the security situation stays the same in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

The Badr commander, Hadi Al-Ameri, issues a statement condemning the attacks against (Sunni) mosques and journalists in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

A Badr commander says Hadi Al-Ameri will rehabilitate the mosques that were destroyed in Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Some sources reported yesterday that the attacks on mosques were a false story. Ameri’s statement confirms the reports about the attacks.

 

Two mortar shells on Mukhaisa village south of Abu Saida wounded two civilians, according to a security source. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The village used to be a Daesh stronghold and many Shia accuse its residents of sheltering Daesh terrorists now.

 

Eastern Diyala

As sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded in Mandali, near Iran, wounding a soldier and two policemen in the car, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

An IED placed at the entrance of Mandali subdistrict wounded four civilians today, said a security source. [Baghdadia]

 

An IED placed in a car was defused today by counter-explosives units in the popular market of Mandali, a security source said.  [Buratha]

 

KIRKUK

A security campaign in 5 villages in Kirkuk today resulted in the arrest of 15 persons, among them 6 wanted on terrorism charges. The campaign took place in Mullah Abdullah and the Yaychi subdistrict, according to a security source.  [Sumaria]

 

A Sunni Arab MP from Kirkuk says 50 families escaped Daesh controlled areas in Hawija to Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A fierce airstrike by the Coalition on Daesh offices and locations on both the east and west sides of Mosul at dawn today left 18 terrorists dead and 7 wounded, in addition to the destruction of targets, a security source in Mosul said. [Sumaria]

Daesh closed the five main bridges connecting the east and the west sides of Mosul, and withdrew its Islamic police cars off the streets, following unprecedented air attacks by Coalition warplanes that killed 31 and wounded 21 terrorists, including several foreign leaders, and destroyed Daesh-occupied offices and buildings in the city, a Ninewa police source said today. [BasNews]

 

Daesh is stealing cars in Mosul and selling them in Raqqa, said a Mosul source. The terrorist group is facing major financial difficulties in the city after the destruction of its money reserves Beit Al-Mal) in Mosul by Coalition airstrikes. [Sumaria]

 

80 bodies of Daesh terrorists were received by the morgue in Mosul, including 60 from Ramadi and 20 killed by airstrikes in Shalalat in north Mosul, a security source said. The hisbah office, which monitors religious violations, was converted into an “autofinance office” to imposes taxes and levies on Mosul citizens to cover Daesh expenses. The source added that floods and rains are forming a major transportation obstacle for Daesh from Raqqa to Mosul.  [Karemlash]

 

Young men from the Jubour tribe attacked Daesh positions and killed 11 terrorists in Qayara, southernmost subdistrict in Mosul District, said a KDP source. [Baghdadia]

 

A KDP official says unknown armed men broke into a Daesh location in Hay Al-Arabi in Mosul and killed 3 terrorists. He also says 2 Daesh Chechen fighters committed suicide because their request to go back to their country was denied. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the destruction of the municipality building and the cement company in Mosul after Coalition airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Ninewa

A 13 years old Yazidi girl tells her story about how she was sold for $1,000 to a Daesh member. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its Zakat (Islamic tax) work in Tal Afar. [ADI]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A KRG official says the construction of the gas pipeline from the IKR to Turkey will start in February and will be done by the end of 2016. He also says the IKR can produce 10 billion cubic meters every year. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This development is a continuation of a now long-standing issue between Erbil and Baghdad, with the KRG now having moved to a mostly independent oil and gas operation in collaboration with Turkey. 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. Armed forces ordered by the central government arrived in Basra today to enhance security, a local security source said. The force is currently surrounding three areas north of Basra, including Al-Garma, where a lot of tribal conflicts took place. Police managed to stop an armed tribal conflict in Tamimiya in Basra city and arrested all persons involved. [Baghdadia], [Baghdadia]

The armored army unit headed to Basra was subject to attacks in the Nahran Amran area north of Basra. That was followed by wide-scale arrests of area residents by the Army and deployment of troops in and around the area, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

 

Qadessiya.  Diwaniya intelligence teams arrested today a 47 year old woman on terrorism charges, after a lengthy pursuit, according to a security source. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. Most of the recent arrests targeted followers of Mahmoud Sarkhi, a self-proclaimed Shia cleric. Sarkhi’s people have been responsible for many terrorist attacks on the Coalition and Iraqi forces since 2003. 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Little new information has emerged from the Turkish press about yesterday’s deadly suicide attack in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square that killed ten people, eight of them German tourists, and injured 15 others. As anticipated yesterday, Turkish authorities have forbidden users of social media sites to post about the Sultanahmet mosque bombing and have imposed a ban on traditional media coverage of the incident while the investigation into the attack is ongoing. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack to date. [Cihan] [Aawsat]

 

One report in the Syrian media cites activists in the Daesh-held town of Jarabulus who say that they are aware of the attacker’s identity, though the source of the activists’ reported knowledge is unclear (see below).

 

In the wake of the Istanbul attack, Turkish police arrested three Russians in the southern city of Antalya on suspicion of ties to Daesh, the Turkey’s Interior Minister announced Wednesday. Cihan notes in its report that Antalya is a frequent site of raids and arrests after Daesh-related terrorist attacks in Turkey. [Cihan]

 

In a press conference on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that Turkey has made “relentless efforts” to identify the “real players” behind the bombing, and would take measures against “those who seek to use Daesh against us.” Police made five arrests on Wednesday in connection with the attack, the PM said in later remarks. It is unclear from the PM’s remarks if these five include the three Russians mentioned above. [France24] [Anadolu]

 

The PM alleged that intelligence information confirms that Daesh and the Syrian regime are collaborating, and said that unspecified “countries” are obstructing Turkey’s operations against Daesh. [Anadolu]

 

The Star, a newspaper close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AKP party, has alleged that Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of being the “real perpetrators” of the Istanbul attack, citing threatening words uttered by Putin after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane last year. [Cihan]

 

Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmuş called on the international community to raise its voice in solidarity with Turkey after the attack. [Anadolu]

 

PM Davutoğlu visited injured survivors of yesterday’s blast at the Istanbul Teaching Hospital, accompanied by the Turkish Minister of Health Mehmet Müezzinoğlu, the Turkish Minister of Interior Efkan Ala, and the German Minister of Interior Thomas de Maizière. Davutoğlu made no statement to the press in the course of the visit. [Cihan]

 

With the news blackout in effect in the Turkish press, one intriguing report has emerged from Syria: Activists in the Daesh-held Syrian city of Jarabulus told ARA News that the suicide attacker in Istanbul was a Syrian Turkmen who had joined Daesh. The sources identified the attacker as Nabil Abd Al-Latif Al-Fadli, originally from the Turkmen village of Al-Emarina in the Jarabulus countryside, 7 km (4 miles) southwest of the city. However, it is not clear from ARA’s report how the Jarabulus activists could know that Al-Fadli was the attacker. (As we reported, however, he was the first person named as a likely suspect.)

According to the activists who spoke to ARA, Nabil’s father, known as Abu Shehab, is the director of the agricultural bank in Jarabulus, and returned to the area from Saudi Arabia ten years ago. The family then moved to the city of Manbij where they ran a furniture shop. After Daesh took control of Manbij, the activists say that Al-Fadli and all his brothers pledged allegiance to the organization, and took part in several battles on a number of fronts, most recently against the Syria Democratic Front in the fighting for Tishrin Dam last month, after which Al-Fadli returned to Manbij before entering Turkey illicitly through Jarabulus a few days before the attack. [ARA]

 

In other news from Turkey, the Cumhuriyet newspaper reported that interrogation was underway of 22 detainees [Reports yesterday said 21] in the southern governorate of Urfa, including one man who is reportedly mentally unstable and who was allegedly being groomed for another suicide attack. [Cumhuriyet]

 

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said that Turkey had stopped 36,000 people from 124 different countries from entering the country on suspicion that they intended to cross Turkey to join Daesh in Syria. [Arabiya]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

The Euphrates Martyrs Brigade (EMB, Arabic: Katibat Shuhada Al-Furat) announced in a statement that it has joined the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) and that it accepts the principles of the SDF. The EMB is based in the Arab village of Al-Quba, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kobane, Welati writes [ARA] [Welati]

Photos and video of the press conference announcing the EMB’s membership in the SDF. [Hawar]

 

Daesh has accused tribes in three villages south of the city of Shaddadi in the Hasaka Governorate, of being “Houthis,” according to tribal members. Daesh leveled the claims, which refer to the Houthi movement based in Yemen’s Zaydi Shia community, at residents of the villages of Al-Harir, Al-Awd, and Al-Sarab, which adjoin each other in an area about 10 km (6 miles) south of Shaddadi. A tribal leader said that the tribes reject Daesh’s rule and it is therefore trying to paint them as un-Islamic according to its definition of Islam. [ARA]

 

Two children were killed yesterday in the village of Saba Skour south of Hasaka, when a house that Daesh had booby-trapped exploded on them. Eight members of their family were injured. Daesh has also blown up school buildings over the past two days in the villages of Al-Mustawira and Al-Amu, as well as a water tank in the village of Al-Dhahir, in the southern Hasaka countryside. Residents in areas south of Hasaka also report hearing the sound of what is assumed to be Syrian Army artillery rounds exploding in the area. [Qasioun

 

Northwest

The Turkey-backed Sultan Murad Brigades advanced against Daesh in the northern Aleppo countryside near the Turkish border Wednesday, seizing several strategic locations and inflicting casualties, according to a field commander of the FSA-allied Jabha Shamiya. At least nine Daesh fighters were reported killed. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Turkey has sent 40 vehicles to the Sultan Murad Brigades according to local sources near the Syria-Turkey border. [Hawar]

 

After yesterday’s deadly Russian airstrikes reported in Manbij, Russian planes have committed what ARA calls another “massacre” in the city of Tadif, also east of Aleppo. Russian jets bombed a market in the city, killing 16 civilians and injuring tens of others, an eyewitness said. Two other Russian strikes on the city of Maskana killed two and injured another five people. The strike occurred amid clashes between Russian-backed Syrian Army ground forces and Daesh in the area outside the city amid a Syrian drive into Daesh-held territory east of Aleppo. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the airstrikes on Aisha village north of Kowaires. [A3maq]

Daesh says 6 Syrian soldiers defected and surrendered to its fighters near Kowaires. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense unit in Aleppo. [ADI]

 

Central and West

Daesh fought violent clashes with the Syrian Army and the allied Lebanese Hezbollah militia in areas around Al-Dowa in the eastern Homs countryside, after Daesh seized control of four Syrian military sites in the area. Clashes also erupted between Daesh and the Syrian Army in the Qaryatayn area, amid Syrian Army shelling of the area with rockets and artillery. In both areas, Russian aircraft conducted a large number of raids in coordination with the ground assault. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide attack on Syrian troops in Dowa yesterday. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of peaceful life in Tadmur. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. All is well in the caliphate, despite anything you may have read.

 

East

Just as Daesh allowed residents of the villages around Shaitat in the Deir Ez-Zor countryside to return to their homes, three mass graves have been discovered in the Shaitat village of Abu Hammam, a Syrian human rights organization announced. The graves contain the remains of 37 unidentified people, the group announced. After occupying the area over a year ago, Daesh reportedly killed over 1,500 members of the tribe before forcing the survivors to flee their homes. [ARA] [ARA]

 

Daesh fought renewed clashes with Syrian Army troops and militia allies in the Deir Ez-Zor city areas of Al-Haweiqa and Al-Sinaa, who attempted to infiltrate the Daesh-held areas on Wednesday. Fighting also erupted south of the Deir Ez-Zor military airport as Daesh shelled Syrian Army positions in the mountains overlooking the airport. Unidentified planes bombed the city of Al-Baseera on Tuesday, killing two civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh arrested a family of four that had paid 3 million Syrian pounds (approx. $13,600 USD) to escape besieged Syrian Army-held areas in Deir Ez-Zor and took them to an unknown location. Daesh also arrested 17 youths from the cities of Mayadin and Buqrus, without stating the reason. An unidentified fighter bombed the house of the Daesh wali in Mayadin, with the results of the strike still unknown. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Egypt. Egyptian F-16s targeted Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis sites in Rafah, Arish, and Sheikh Zuweid amid a wide-ranging ground campaign codenamed “Martyr’s Right 2,” security sources said. Twelve Ansar members were arrested in the ground campaign, and there are unconfirmed reports of casualties among Ansar members from the airstrikes. [Watan]

 

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis abducted ten civilians from three villages, tribal sources in Rafah said, explaining that the abductions were caused by a dispute between the Ansar group and cigarette smugglers in the area. [Watan]

 

Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi has issued a decree extending the “state of emergency” in some areas of North Sinai governorate for three months, covering an area that runs from the international border with Gaza and Israel in the northeast to the west of Arish, and extending southward to Jabal Halal in the interior of northern Sinai. In these areas a curfew is in place between 7pm and 6am, apart from areas around Arish and the international road running through the city, where a curfew is in force from 1am to 5am. [Shorouk]

 

Libya­­­. Daesh fighters have reportedly slipped quietly out of Sirte with the aim of carrying out attacks in other cities of Libya, residents say. [Ewan]

 

The Oil Facilities Guard repelled an attack on petroleum infrastructure in Zuweitina, the Guard’s spokesman said. Three boats attempted to advance on the facility, which prompted the Guard to open fire on them. One boat was disabled and the two others fled, before returning later in an attempt to extract the disabled boat, the spokesman added, without providing further details. The attackers are presumed to be Daesh militants based on the known threat of Daesh attempting to infiltrate Libyan oil facilities in Zuweitina by sea, he added. [Libya24]

 

A sniper has assassinated a Daesh judicial official in Sirte, according to local sources in the city.

Ahmed Abdulhadi, known as Abu Anis Al-Muhajir, of Sudanese nationality, was reportedly shot dead as he entered a health clinic, the source said, adding that a state of fear broke out among Daesh members in the city who shot in the air and searched in vain for the sniper, who was identified in the report just as “a citizen.” [Hadath]

 

Libyan aircraft have been flying in the skies over Sirte, Bin Jawad, Nawfaliya, and Harawa to monitor the movement of Daesh in the city, a Central Area Joint Operations Room source said. [Wasat]

 

Daesh has tightened its grasp in the areas it controls, local sources say. The organization executed five Libyans in Bin Jawad, for having been associated with the Libyan security and military apparatus. Daesh also abducted six Egyptians in the village of Abu Qurayn, a local source said. In Bin Jawad the organization has confiscated houses belonging to Salafis, marking “Property of Islamic State” on them. Sources in Bin Jawad also said that Daesh has been raiding houses in Bin Jawad since yesterday, searching for arms, as well as making arrests of residents suspected of collaborating with the Libyan authorities.

 

Daesh also raided the homes of nurses in Sirte, compelling them to work in Avicenna Hospital, according to local sources. A displaced person from Sirte has said that the organization has forbidden young men from wearing tight trousers. A source in the area said that Daesh moved its security command center to a hotel complex in the city. [Wasat] [Ewan] [LibyasChannel]

 

Photos of recently arrived military reinforcements in the strategic oil-producing areas around Sidra and Ras Lanuf. [Libya24]

 

Inadequacies in the Libyan military’s arsenal have facilitated the spread of Daesh in Libya, the Libyan Interior Ministry’s spokesman has said (video in Arabic). [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its police in Harawa. [ADI]

 

Algeria. Algerian police in the northern governorate of Boumerdès have broken up a cell of 21 people, including 9 women, who intended to join Daesh, according to media reports. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan. Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack involving a suicide bomber and an ensuing gun battle on a building near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, killing seven Afghani security personnel. [Arabi21] [Erem]

Daesh’s version says 3 of its terrorists attacked the Pakistani consulate and two of them detonated themselves, killing “tens” of consulate staff and several Pakistani intelligence officers. Daesh says its third terrorist returned safely after four hours of battles. [ADI] Here Daesh says at least 15 people were killed and many others wounded in the attack. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Mohammed Tarhouni (a Daesh cleric)  page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aboliby

https://twitter.com/aeggerh1

https://twitter.com/izz363

https://twitter.com/awechile_lopk

https://twitter.com/alwafaa05444111

 

 

January 12, 2016

 

Golden Division

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Deadly attack on Istanbul tourist area kills many German and other tourists. (See Reports from Turkey, below)

IED explosions increase in Baghdad.

Army continues clearing Ramadi and nearby cities to the east.

Two Al-Sharqiya TV journalists shot dead near Muqdadiya, Diyala.

Lawlessness brings security crisis, Al-Abadi action in Basra.

Report details Daesh organization in Libya.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visited the Baghdad Jadida District today to assess the results of yesterday’s terror attack. He inspected attack locations and talked to the people. [Maalomah]

Ali Al-Tamimi, Baghdad’s Governor, demanded that the people responsible for Baghdad Jadida security be put on trial, given the recent security violations. [Maalomah]

 

France, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia condemned terror attacks in Baghdad against civilians, stating their support to Iraq for its war on terror. [AIN] [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. More vocal condemnation against any kind of violence in Iraq is more than needed, especially by Arab and Muslim countries.  

 

John Kirby, spokesman of the US Department of State, issued a statement today condemning the terror attacks in Baghdad and Diyala yesterday and expressing continued US support for Iraq. [Ghad]

 

The IWMC, in coordination with the PM office and the Coalition, started training sessions for its media people. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. The IWMC needs a lot of help because of its poor reporting. This is a good step from the Coalition. 

 

The CoR might submit a compulsory military service law instead of the National Guard Law that’s been stalled for more than a year now. [Mada]

 

A Shia MP questions former vice-president Osama Nujaifi about the fall of Mosul. She says he is trying to cover for his brother, who faces 12 accusations by Ninewa GC for his role in letting Daesh capture Mosul. She also says Nujaifi should have mentioned the name of the Iranian general who warned him in advance about Mosul. [Sumaria]

Osama Nujaifi had told Sky News that a high ranking Iranian general approached him, four months before Mosul’s fall, and told him the city would fall to Daesh if Nujaifi didn’t cooperate with Maliki. He said he considered that a direct threat. He says Iraqi elite forces withdrew from Mosul and didn’t fight, while the rest were infected by corruption. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. A lot of books could be written about Mosul fall. All of them would be conspiracy theories supported by some evidence (unlike the usual rumor-based conspiracy theories). For example, many people in Mosul believe that Maliki let Mosul fall to punish them for not supporting him.  Others have focused on former Governor Nujaifi, who continues to provide ammunition for his opponents.

 

Security developments

The G4S security company, responsible for Baghdad International Airport security, announced a 100% security alert for the airport following yesterday’s attacks in Baghdad Jadida. [Sumaria]

 

Saad Al-Mutalibi, member of the security committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council said the car that exploded in Baghdad Jadida came from the Arab Jabour area in south Baghdad. He wondered how a bomb-rigged car could travel all that distance and cross that many checkpoints without being detected. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Good question. There have been persistent statements that Daesh’s attacks in Baghdad are often facilitated through government security personnel, that in effect they are an inside job. This seems like a good test case for that theory. How did that car get to the explosion point despite all those checkpoints? 

 

Denmark will send 120 more soldiers to Anbar to provide training and advice to Iraqi forces, without participating in combat. Denmark has had 250 soldiers in a training mission in Iraq since 2014, media sources said. [AIN]

 

Acting Commander in Chief of the armed forces, General Othman Al-Ghanimi, met today with the MENA advisor of the British Defence Ministry, Thomas Becket, and discussed continued training and air support by the UK forces to Iraq. [Maalomah]

 

A “significant” group of 10 terrorists was arrested in Baghdad today. The IWMC said that the group is affiliated with the Wilayat Al-Janoub (southern command) of Daesh, and is charged with attacks on security personnel and civilians as well as transfer and storage of weapons. [Sumaria]

 

Mo’een Al-Kadhimi, a leader of the PMFs, says he does not understand why there are 50,000 MoD soldiers in Baghdad while the fighting fronts are in real need of more men. He says PMFs are holding a vast area behind a line extending for over 1500 km (about 1,000 miles), from the outskirts of Baghdad to the Makhoul Mountains and Himrin Hills, despite shortages in men, money, and supplies. This area, he argues, is much larger than areas controlled by the regular army. [Etejah]

 

However, the Al-Abbas combat division of the PMFs today authorized one of its divisions to call its 15,000 reservists to service if needed and requested by the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC), following yesterday’s attacks in Baghdad. The fighters would be placed under the command of the BOC. [Buratha]

 

The Ministry of Defense said plans to liberate Hit and Falluja are ready to implement, pending the decision of Anbar Operations Command. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a PMF gathering in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad, killing three PMFs and wounding seven. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on a PMF patrol in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing or wounding many PMFs. Daesh also targeted an Iraqi Army personnel carrier in Yusufiyah, about which it mentioned no casualties. [ADI]

 

According to security sources:

  • A sticky bomb attached to the car of a Ministry of Education employee went off today and killed him as he passed through the Shula area in northwest Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • As soldier was killed and 4 others wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a passing Army patrol in Al-Falahat village in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate. [AIN]
  • Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]
  • A terror suspect was arrested at the Taji checkpoint in northern Baghdad Governorate. [Sumaria]
  • A roadside IED in Taji District exploded while a police patrol was passing by, wounding two policemen, according to a security source. [Sumaria]
  • A bomb-rigged motorcycle was found by security near Ishtar Hotel in downtown Baghdad. The bomb was defused without casualties. [AIN]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in Dora in south Baghdad killed 2 civilians and wounded 6. [Mada]
  • Three men were arrested following a search campaign in Arab Jabour village near Dora on terror charges. [Mada]
  • A body of a man was found near the former Al-Rasheed military camp in south Baghdad. The man was handcuffed. [Ghad]
  • Two civilians were killed and nine wounded in an IED explosion in Mada’in in southeast Baghdad Governorate today. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED went off today on Al-Dhagt road in Ghazaliya west Baghdad. One person was killed and six wounded. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad Governorate went off today, killing two and wounding 5 civilians, a security source said. [Maalomah]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh tried to attack the 76th Army Brigade in Ramadi with 4 bomb-rigged cars and 20 attackers armed with machine guns and RPG 7 rocket launchers. The brigade repelled the attack with the support of the 16th Division artillery, which destroyed the vehicles and killed 14 terrorists according to security sources. [Rudaw]

 

A commander of Anbar tribal forces said the IEDs and explosives set by Daesh in Ramadi are in the “thousands” and are of many customary and non-customary types. He added that detecting and removing these bombs is causing some delay in the Army’s work to liberate the remaining few areas of Ramadi.  [Mada]

 

Minister of Interior Mohammed Al-Ghabban and Prime Minister Al-Abadi approved the rehiring of policemen who were previously expelled from active service but fought alongside the Army and tribal units in the successful Ramadi battle. [Sumaria]

 

A floating bridge is being built by military engineers to connect western areas of Ramadi to the center of the city. The original bridge was destroyed by Daesh earlier. [Sumaria]

 

A video of several Daesh terrorists, including a Saudi, caught by Iraqi Counter-Terrorism troops. [YouTube]  

 

The MoD publishes a video of Coalition airstrikes near Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces found 9 IEDs while clearing the security service building in Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

A video of a Daesh rocket factory found by Iraqi forces in Ramadi. [Hurra]

 

Army and security troops fully secured Ramadi-Sufiya road which would allow hundreds of families to evacuate the area within the 48 hour time limit set by the Army, Anbar Operations Command (AOC) said today. [Maalomah]

 

Army and security forces’ advance east of Ramadi was halted to allow civilians to evacuate their areas within the time frame given to them, said the Khaldiya subdistrict council. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes killed several Daesh terrorists while clearing Sufiya. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in the operations. [IWMC Report]

 

Two children were killed when a Daesh IED exploded on them near a house in Sufiya. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers securing families who escaped from Sufiya. By the end of the video we see a woman whose face was burned by Daesh because she didn’t wear a niqab (face covering). [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi Golden Division soldiers evacuating civilians from Ramadi. [YouTube]

 

250 persons, many of them women and children, were rescued by the Army from Sajariya and Sufiya east of Ramadi and transferred to Habbaniya camp. Seven of these persons were wounded, according to the Commander of the 3rd Counter-Terror Division. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar GC sources say that only 30% of the liberated areas of Anbar are destroyed.  [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. So it’s not as bad as Baiji but 30% is a lot. Daesh was proud of the amount of damage it caused in Ramadi. Its supporters think the damage is a sign of Daesh terrorists’ tenacity and resistance. The real message is “we won’t leave you easily. We will destroy anything we can”. This message is in the tradition of Saddam, who said “I won’t give up Iraq before the last palm tree is burned.”   

 

AOC Commander announced today that an operation by his troops killed 5 Daesh terrorists including a sniper in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

AOC operations in Albu Dhiab northeast of Ramadi by the 38th Infantry Brigade resulted in the deaths of 6 Daesh terrorists and defusing of 40 IEDs, AOC sources said today.  [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs while clearing Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi forces found 1,000 “empty” Iraqi passports and 2 locally made drones in Albu Dhiab. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes an infographic about the Iraqi Army losses in Ramadi during the last 30 days. [ADI]

DaeshDaily comment. Here Daesh calculates the cost (in USD) of the losses and assumes that the Iraqi government won’t be able to pay salaries in the coming months.

 

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops killed 11 terrorists and defused 30 IEDs, 2 combat locations and a hideout south of Falluja. [IWMC Report]

 

Army helicopters tracked and destroyed a Daesh convoy of machine gun-mounted vehicles heading from Falluja south to Albu Hawa in Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict, killing “tens” of Daesh fighters including leaders, an Ameriyat District Council source said.  [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its men killed three Iraqi soldiers south of Falluja. [ADI]

Here Daesh says its terrorists actually killed five Iraqi soldiers south of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Albu Daaij north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 3 terrorists and wounding 6. [IWMC Report]

 

BOC troops killed 7 Daesh terrorists and wounded 2 and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in Qarma. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF destroyed a vehicle and killed 9 terrorists while the IAA destroyed another vehicle and killed 7 terrorists in the Thirthar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

BOC troops defused 4 IEDs and cleared 14 km (9 miles) of a main road in the Thirthar area. [IWMC Report]

 

AOC said that 4 Daesh terrorists were killed while attacking Army lines in Saqlawiya, northwest of Falluja  [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

The IAF bombed a Daesh convoy heading from Hit to Barwana, destroying 6 vehicles and killing more than 35 terrorists.  [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh lost 33 out of its 43 highest ranking leaders in the fierce but failed Haditha and Barwana battles it initiated, tribal sources in Haditha said. [Mada]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Peshmerga 9th Brigade commander said that his forces facilitated transfer of over 600 persons who escaped Daesh areas to the Iraqi Army controlled areas in Salahuddin. [Sumaria]

 

Several PMF commanders issue a statement asking PM Abadi to investigate the drone bombing on a PMF unit near Al-Salam village in Salahuddin within 48 hours and asked the Iraqi MOD and JOC to issue an official apology. The statement says Daesh used its “American allies” and “their supporters” to bomb Iraqi forces more than once. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Let’s separate the issues. The alleged rogue drone should be investigated through official military channels, as should all possible “friendly fire” incidents. Let the investigation determine whether and by whom an apology is owed.

    The snide reference to Americans as Daesh allies is just more anti-US and (one always suspects) pro-Iran propaganda, and is another political shot at Abadi’s leadership, using his cooperative relationship with the US against him. It is increasingly obvious that certain Shia PMF leaders intend to use their self-defined anti-Daesh accomplishments as a route to political power. This would of course reopen the same Sunni hostility that largely caused the Daesh crisis in the first place.

    In Iraq, the subplots behind the story are often the larger story. Al-Abadi has mostly succeeded in keeping the Shia militia leaders at bay. The unified command structure has limited their room to freelance militarily. The coordinated media policy limits their air time, conceding that the few who mouth off on their own show the limitations of the policy. Recapturing Ramadi without them was a huge boost to the Army and to tribal PMFs in Anbar, but also undermined the anti-Abadi militia leaders by showing that Iraq is not entirely dependent on them. Their share of responsibility for Falluja has yet to be announced, assuming it’s even settled, but there will now be pressure on the Shia PMFs to show they can perform at the Army’s level, and their leaders have already made a big point of saying they don’t want Coalition air support. (In Falluja? Good luck with that!) Likewise, who has what role in the upcoming Ninewa campaign will be as important for the subplots as it is for the larger story.  

 

Baiji

The Iraq Federal Police (IFP) commander said IFP artillery shelled and killed several Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains, in addition to killing a Daesh sniper in Hsaiba, east of Ramadi. [Qurtas]

 

Daesh says it rocketed and burned an Iraqi Army barracks in the Makhoul Mountains. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

Daesh shelled the city of Tikrit with several locally made rockets without causing any casualties. The shelling accompanied a failed attack by Daesh on the western side of the city, according to security sources. [Mada]

 

Army and security forces repelled today a major attack by Daesh in the Al-Jazeera area west of Tikrit with 8 bomb-rigged cars and a large number of men. 25 terrorists were killed and vehicles destroyed, according to a security source [Buratha]

 

Samarra

A strike by Army helicopters on a Daesh gathering in Mkaishifa, west of Samarra, killed “tens” of terrorists and destroyed three military positions and three vehicles, said the IWMC today. [Ghad]

 

8th Army Division interceded today against a Daesh attack in Mkaishifa, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says one of its Russian terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army barracks with a vehicle bomb in Mkaishifa, killing or wounding many soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

PMF spokesman Karim Al-Nouri said that the PMFs blocked some roads including the Strategic Line to prevent Daesh from sending bomb-rigged vehicles into Salahuddin. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Iraqi Humvees and an SUV near Samarra Dam and killed or wounded many soldiers (photos). [GulfUp] [ADI]

 

Southern  Salahuddin

Armed men belonging to some PMF factions are said to have destroyed houses in Yathrib and Aziz Balad, east of Balad. [Ghad]

 

Tooz

Armed men kidnapped today the Iraq elections commission officer in Tooz, a security source said.  [Baghdadia]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A bomb-rigged car intercepted a car transporting the Diyala intelligence director in Jidaidat Al-Shatt east of Baquba, wounding him and killing a first lieutenant riding in his car and two others, while wounding 4 persons at the scene.  [Sumaria]

 

The Badr commander, Hadi Al-Ameri, held a large conference attended by the Diyala provincial government, military commanders and tribal leaders to discuss the return of the displaced families to Diyala. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The issue of displaced families is one of the most difficult facing the Iraqi government. Between their fear of retaliation, the fear of Daesh sleeper cells, the infrastructure damage, and lack of services, citizens are anxious about their return and the governorate and national government are anxious about it too, for all the same reasons. It’s a dilemma that does not have an easy solution.

 

A roadside IED exploded in Balad Ruz, east of Baquba, wounding three civilians, a security source said.  [Baghdadia]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Two journalists, a correspondent and cameraman, working for Al Sharqiya TV, were shot dead by unidentified armed men after their car was intercepted and stopped near Muqdadiya, a security source said. [Baghdadia]

A security source says the two journalists accompanied the Diyala Operations Commander to cover the events in Muqdadiya yesterday, They were targeted as they were returning alone by armed men who were following them. The Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory says 293 journalists have been killed in Iraq since 2003. Journalists and MPs from Diyala say the government should not let this crime go unsolved and should activate the journalist protection law. The Diyala Police command formed a task force to investigate the murders of the two journalists. [Ghad] [JFO Website] [Mada]

 

The stories of attacks on 6 mosques in Diyala yesterday are not true, according to the security director of the province, saying that all worship houses are well protected. There was an attempt yesterday to attack two of them but it resulted in minor material damages. He promised more details very shortly. Media sources reported attacks on 3-5 mosques in Muqdadiya yesterday. [Sumaria]

 

Diyala security director, Brigadier General Jassim Al-Saadi, said that security Diyala is under control, following the series of terror attacks, adding that army and police are now deployed all over the province. [Sumaria] Notwithstanding his confidence, incidents continued.

 

Diyala Police found bodies of two men from Kanaan subdistrict shot to death near the road connecting Muqdadiya to Baquba. The two were kidnapped three days ago. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attack in rural Shirween village northeast of Muqdadiya, killing two soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

A local source says unknown armed men destroyed a commercial building in Muqdadiya; there were no human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle near Khanaqin, destroying it and killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists rigged an Iraqi officer’s house with explosives and blew it up in Khanaqin. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on 2 Peshmerga vehicles in Khanaqin, damaging them and killing one fighter and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Daesh executed four persons, all from one family, in Hawija today on charges of attempting to escape.  Families are not allowed to leave Daesh controlled areas. [Maalomah]

 

3 Daesh terrorists were arrested while trying to plant an IED east of Kirkuk, a security source said.  [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh whiplashed 90 shop owners  in Bab Al-Tob in Mosul for refusing to accept small and damaged banknotes, mainly the IQD 250 banknote, which lost its value in Mosul due to high prices. The penalty is 50 whips for each trader, local sources in Mosul said. [BasNews]

 

The US DOS spokesman John Kirby says the US sent experts and equipment to check the situation of the Mosul Dam and will help Iraq maintain it in order to prevent a human catastrophe. [Mada]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh issued a new tax on every house in Mosul (who used to own phone landlines) to pay 150,000 ID (125 USD) to return the service to their houses even if they don’t want the service. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. With the heavy airstrikes on Daesh money resources, and the airstrike on its bank yesterday, Daesh will keep issuing more taxes.

 

Northwest Ninewa

Daesh says it shelled and rocketed Peshmerga locations in several areas in northwest Ninewa. [ADI]

 

Makhmur

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

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing the Peshmerga in Makhmur. [ADI]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Italy’s Ambassador to Iraq said that Italy is sending more military trainers to the Kurdistan region to support and train Peshmerga forces, said a security source.  [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra. Prime Minister Al-Abadi orders withdrawal of heavy arms from Basra and orders that security be imposed in the province by all means possible. He said organized crime groups are at the same level as terrorist groups and should be treated as such. [AIN]

PM Abadi gives orders to send a task force to secure Basra. [Sumaria]

 

DaeshDaily comment. Heavy clashes erupted between tribes in Basra recently. All kinds of weapons were used and many people were killed. This is yet another example of the fact that, Daesh aside, the most important problem in Iraq is the absence of the rule of law.

 

Qadessiya. Security personnel today arrested a terror suspect in Dagarra, north of Diwaniya, according to a security source. [Diwaniya]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Deadly attack in Istanbul tourist area

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has claimed that the suicide bomber who detonated himself in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square on Tuesday, killing ten people, was a member of Daesh born in 1988, not revealing his name or how he was identified. [Later media reports indicated that he was identified from fingerprints.] The PM’s announcement seemed to contradict an earlier Cumhuriyet report which says the bomber was a man named Nabil Fadli, born in Saudi Arabia.

 

All those killed in the attack were foreigners, the PM said. Most were German tourists, prompting the PM to place a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to break the news. At least 15 people were wounded in the attack and the death toll is expected to rise. The PM also said in remarks to the press that the Syrian people are not responsible for the existence of terrorist groups, blaming what he called the “security void” in the region.

 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the bomber was a Syrian national, and asked “Is there another state in the world confronting the terrorist Daesh organization more firmly than Turkey, and which pays the price as we do?” The attacker entered Turkey recently, Turkey announced, and as such was not on any list of wanted persons in Turkey.

 

The blast was so violent it left a trench one meter deep in places. Further details may be difficult to gather as, according to the Cumhuriyet newspaper, the Turkish government has invoked legislation allowing temporary restrictions on news reporting for reasons of national security or threats to public order.

[Erem] [IslamMemo] [Arabi21] [Cihan] [Anadolu] [Cumhuriyet] [Cumhuriyet] [Cumhuriyet]

Turkish news video of emergency response to the attack. [Cihan]

DaeshDaily comment: Thank you to one of our readers for some important tips from the Turkish press about this horrible attack.

We are personally familiar with Sultanahmet, which is a popular tourist location in Istanbul. It is within walking distance of several major attractions and has many popular restaurants and shops. Terrorists planning this attack had to have known that this was a location where most of their victims would likely be Europeans. Killing foreign tourists was therefore a deliberate choice.

 

Arrests

Turkish police arrested 21 suspects in the southeastern Urfa governorate on suspicions of belonging to Daesh, security sources said, while anti-terrorism police arrested 16 suspects in Ankara–15 Syrians and one Turk–on similar suspicions, according to information shown to Anadolu. In the Ankara arrests police also seized “a large quantity” of documents related to Daesh. [Anadolu] [Anadolu]

 

Turkish public views on Daesh

In a survey conducted in Turkey by an Ankara-based polling organization, the overwhelming majority of respondents reported negative views of Daesh. Among the minority, 10 percent of respondents said Daesh was not a terrorist organization in their view; 21 percent of respondents said that Daesh represented Islam; 8.9 percent said Daesh represented a “state or governorate.” [Erem]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

DaeshDaily update. We published last week a story by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights about a Daesh member who executed his mother publicly because she urged him to leave Daesh. A Facebook page appeared of someone who claimed he was the Daesh member mentioned in the story. He denied killing his mother and said he was sleeping “when that happened”. Later on he said the woman who got killed was not his mother at all, and his mother was “repenting” in Daesh custody because she is Alawite. He said he was not afraid of anyone and if he had killed his mother he would say it.

Well, we thank the nice gentleman for telling us he was sleeping while his colleagues were killing (or educating) his own mother.

Regardless of this denial, within the Salafi Takfiri line, your first enemies, who try to sway you from the “real Islam”, are your parents and your immediate family. Abu Qatada, one of Al-Qaeda’s clerics, praised an Algerian terrorist who killed his parents because they let his sister marry a soldier. In this video we see a Saudi Daesh terrorists saying “You should start by disowning then killing your family members, your father, your brother, your uncle, especially if they were working for Saudi army or security”.  

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the YPG near Al-Hawl with locally made rockets. [MRKZGulf] [MRKZGulf]

 

Northwest

Syrian Air Force bombing attacks in the countryside north of Aleppo stopped the progress of an opposition militia advance on Daesh positions, a Jabha Shamiya (Syrian Front) commander said. Allied opposition militias associated with the Fath Halab Operations Command attacked Daesh positions in the areas around Al-Taqali and Ghazl with heavy guns and artillery, he said, explaining that the joint attack by his militia group along with the Sultan Murad Brigades, Kata’eb Islamiya, and other allied groups had made “great advances” before their forward progress was stopped by Syrian Air Force bombing in Ghazl, which prevented them from reaching Daesh’s positions. [ARA]

 

Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in the Manbij countryside and in sites east and west of the Tishrin Dam, killing 34 Daesh militants, the Syria Democratic Forces General Command announced. [ARA]

 

Russian planes conducted more than 14 airstrikes on the Daesh-held city of Manbij, killing at least 25 civilians and injuring 40 others, all civilians, a resident said. Medical and emergency personnel are in short supply, he said, describing a scene of fires burning and overwhelmed emergency response amid fears of renewed Russian strikes. [ARA]

 

Daesh says 25 people were killed and 44 wounded in 14 Russian airstrikes on Manbij in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says 9 people were killed and 15 wounded, mostly women and children, in an airstrike on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists stopped a Syrian Army attempt to advance near Aisha village northeast of Kowaires airbase by attacking with a vehicle bomb, killing 12 soldiers and wounding “tens.” [ADI]

 

Central and West

Renewed fighting has erupted in the eastern Homs countryside between Syrian Army troops and Daesh fighters in the Qaryatayn area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian T72 tank in Dowa west of Tadmur. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and captured 3 tanks and 3 cannons in addition to a rocket launcher and several rockets in Dowa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops with a vehicle bomb in Dowa, killing or wounding large numbers. Daesh also says it destroyed a Syrian Army armored vehicle in the same area. [ADI] Daesh says it captured 4 military positions in Dowa area in addition to the farms around them after a surprise attack. [ADI]

Daesh publishes photos of the military spoils its terrorists got in Dowa. [ADI]

 

East

In the last two days Daesh has conducted an arrest campaign in areas of Deir Ez-Zor that it controls, targeting “dissidents” from the Syrian Army, after posting a list of wanted names publicly, an activist said, adding that the detainees are required to take a 40-day “course.” Those who do not disclose their previous relationship with the Army are considered “collaborators” and could face harsher punishment, including execution, the resident said. [ARA]

 

Residents of villages around Shaitat in the eastern countryside of Deir Ez-Zor were allowed to return home on Monday, a year after Daesh displaced them from their homes and following multiple massacres and abuses committed by Daesh members against the residents of the area. According to photos obtained by Qasioun, the devastation in the area is extensive. Fighting between Daesh and Syrian Army with Syrian Air Force support has continued in other areas around Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

Daesh weekly magazine [ADI]

 

Lebanon. Iranian state-run media reported that Daesh has established a training camp in Lebanon. The Lebanese government denies any Daesh presence on its territory (photos). [Erem]

 

Egypt. Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta, which issues religious fatwas and monitors fatwas issued elsewhere, said today that the instructions issued by Daesh to children to execute their parents are forbidden in Islam. It added that the recent incident in Raqqa in which a 20-year-old Syrian executed his own mother in public was not the first of its kind. [Aawsat]

DaeshDaily comment. Dar Al-Ifta is responding to the same story we covered above under Reports from Syria, in which the apparent perpetrator tries to retract his story. We covered the original Syria story when it happened. Since then, the incident has generated a lot of hostility around the Middle East toward Daesh, reflected in mass media and social media.

 

Libya. A report from Libya24 adds more detail to recently released information on the organizational structure of Daesh in Libya. A Daesh militant known as Abu Obeid Al-Masri has released information from Libya, which shows that the organization in Libya takes the form of a pyramidal hierarchy with a wali at the top, while the areas where Daesh operates in Libya are subdivided into directorates and administrative areas, along with institutions and councils such as a military council and a legislative council.

 

The names of the top Daesh officials are identified in the report, with some information provided differing with what was released in a report last week. The Libya24 report adds some details: The Daesh wali in Libya, based in Sirte, is known as Abu Amer Al-Mulatham (Abu Amer Al-Libi in last week’s report). The judges in Daesh’s courts, overseen by “emir” Abu Omar Al-Tunisi, are identified as Walid al-Farjani, and Fawzi Muhammad Al-Eyat, both Libyans from Sirte.

Below in rank are the Islamic Police, under the command of Abu Hamza Al-Misri, and the military leader Abu Salam Al-Libi and the Hisbah (religious police) under Abu Abdullah Al-Misri.

 

One contradiction to last week’s report: Hasan Karami, known as Abu Muawiya, is identified by Abu Obeid as the head of Istitba, whose role he says includes preaching, lessons, and offering opportunity for repentance to those found to have transgressed (istitba). In last week’s report, this position was reported occupied by Abu Hifs Al-Tunisi, while Hasan Karami was identified in that report as a “legal official.”

 

According to Abu Obeid’s information, Daesh has approximately 2,000 fighters in Libya, who receive a “quasi-monthly” salary of 200 dinars (approx. $145 USD) for the unmarried with 400 dinars (approx. $290) paid most months to those who are married. Much of the funding for this is paid from locally obtained “booty” (ghana’im). [AkhbarLibya]

 

An Egyptian police officer who traveled to Libya to join Daesh was killed in last week’s fighting in the major oil port of Sidra, the Libyan Center for Terrorism Studies has announced. In 2014 armed groups in Iraq had announced falsely that the ex-officer, Ahmad Al-Douri, was killed in Iraq, where he was known as “Abu Muaz Al-Misri.” He then traveled to Libya to fight with Daesh as “Abu Muaz Al-Qaraani” in the middle of last year. The Center announced earlier that Daesh has been using false declarations of fighters’ deaths as part of its strategy for moving its followers from place to place. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libya’s Special Deterrence Force arrested an unspecified group people in Tripoli on Monday on suspicion of belonging to Daesh, a security source said. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Libyan armed group fighter in the Laithi area in Benghazi. [ADI]

 

Algeria. Daesh says its terrorists attacked a counter-terrorism police center in Tablat in northeast coastal Algeria yesterday. [A3maq]

 

Somalia. Daesh publishes a video message from its terrorists in Libya to the Somali people. [Archive]

 

Other countries

Italy. The Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Italian Parliament has called for the establishment of a joint Western-Russian operations room to combat Daesh in Libya, saying in remarks to the press that he backs the establishment of such an entity once a Libyan government of national accord is formed. [AkhbarLibya]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An Iraqi pro-Daesh page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/manasina3

https://twitter.com/ISIS____TNT1111

https://twitter.com/ash3th122

https://twitter.com/elsengaby35

https://twitter.com/munteasdert

 

January 11, 2016

Baghdad

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Belated bombshell in Al-Hashimi legal case.

Daesh targets Baghdad, Muqdadiya with major IED attacks.

Clearing of Daesh from Ramadi, Barwana areas continues.

Political dispute erupts about alleged Kurdish territorial designs against Iraq

US bombs Daesh’s bank in Mosul.

French warplanes attack Daesh in Libya

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Ahmed Shawki, the special operations officer at the office of Tariq Al-Hashimi, the ex-Vice President tried in absentia on terror charges, confessed before the Iraqi High Criminal Tribunal that he committed terror attacks in Baghdad and Falluja on orders of the Vice President. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Putting Al-Hashimi on trial was a hugely divisive decision and symbolized to many Sunnis the oppression of the Shia-majority government under Nouri Al-Maliki. Even at that time, however, some of his bodyguards gave evidence against him. Al-Hashimi was charged in December 2011 with numerous murders, using personal bodyguards as a hit squad, and arranging bomb attacks. He was then convicted in absentia and sentenced to death multiple times, after escaping to the protection of the Kurds and later the Turks to avoid arrest. Al-Shawki’s admission adds credibility to the guilty decision, but reopens an old political wound.

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari issues a statement asking the Arab League to take practical steps to ease the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. [Sumaria]

 

PMF Commission spokesman Ahmed Al-Asadi said today that the PMFs are ready to liberate all occupied cities of Iraq, after finishing with Salahuddin and Anbar. He added that after Ramadi, comes Falluja and Saqlawiya. [Etejah]

 

Security developments

A major Daesh attack in the heart of Baghdad left around 70 casualties including 15 dead. A bomb-rigged car and two suicide bombers, as well as several gunmen, attacked the areas near Al-Jawhara Mall in Baghdad Jadida, in east Baghdad with unconfirmed news of holding several hostages there. A huge security force, including an armed battalion and a counter-terrorism unit, responded, and the incident ended with the killing of all attackers according to Ministry of Interior sources. The Minister himself came to the scene. Daesh announced responsibility. [Maalomah]  , [Mada][Mada] [Baghdadia]

Daesh claims responsibility for the Baghdad Jadida attack. It says 3 of its terrorists attacked “Shia,” then a fourth terrorist attacked the reinforcements that arrived with a car bomb. Daesh says 90 people were killed or wounded in the attack. [ADI]

A video of the moment of the car bomb explosion in Baghdad Jadida [YouTube]

Photos of the aftermath in Baghdad Jadida. [Sumaria]

Many IEDs and bombs were found in a house in Baghdad Jadida today. [Ghad]

 

According to security sources:

  • Three bodies of men shot to death were found this morning in Shula in northwest Baghdad, Jihad in west Baghdad, and Al-Ameen in east Baghdad, a security source said. [Mada]
  • An IED explosion wounded two civilians in Al-Bawiya, in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Unknown armed men shot dead a civilian in Sadr City. [Ghad]
  • An IED placed in a commercial area in Baladiyat in southeast Baghdad went off today, killing one civilian and wounding five others. [Mada]
  • Three mortar shells fell on Hor Rijab village in Dora in south Baghdad today, killing two civilians and wounding nine, a security source said. [Mada]
  • A bomb-rigged vehicle exploded near the Nahrawan junction in south Baghdad, killing 3 and wounding 8 this evening. [Mada] Daesh claims responsibility for the car bomb attack in Nahrawan. [A3maq]
  • The general director of the hospital in Saidiya in southwest Baghdad was kidnapped by unidentified armed men today. [Ghad]
  • An IED placed in a popular vegetable market in Radwaniya in southwest Baghdad exploded today, killing two and wounding five civilians. [Maalomah]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian and stole his car in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Weapons and explosives caches were found in Jisr Al-Raood in west Baghdad, and another in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

ANBAR

Ramadi

Operations to clear Sufiya east of Ramadi are almost completed, said a security source. [Maalomah]

JOC called on the residents of Sufiya and Sajariya to leave their houses within 48 hours for their own safety. [Sumaria]

Khaldiya subdistrict council chairman says Iraqi forces gave the families trapped in Sajariya, East Hsaiba and Joba east of Ramadi 48 hours to leave their houses. [Maalomah]

 

The Iraqi JOC spokesman says Iraqi forces are preparing to liberate Sufiya, Sajariya, Albu Mari’ and Albu Ghanem in Ramadi District. He says the military operations are going slowly to preserve the lives of the civilians trapped in those areas.  [Mawazin]

 

Army helicopters chased and destroyed a Daesh convoy of 20 vehicles, killing 40 including several Daesh emirs and leaders in Ramadi.  The convoy was escaping from Sufiya northwards towards Albu Obeid in the north. [Maalomah]

 

80 Daesh members were arrested by Army and security troops in Ramadi, said the Khaldiya subdistrict council. Most were arrested while trying to escape the area with civilian families. [Mada]

 

Starting next week, special IED-removal groups will start their work to remove all explosives planted by Daesh in Ramadi, before calling on citizens to return to their areas. Security and Army troops will be responsible for clearing main roads only. These groups are appointed by the provincial council. [Buratha]

 

Iraqi Army troops rescued 635 civilians from eastern areas of Ramadi and transferred them to Habbaniya. 12 Daesh terrorists were also arrested and are currently under investigation, said the commander of the 3rd Counter-Terrorism Division today. [Buratha]

 

Another report says 500 families were rescued by the Iraqi Army in Ramadi, said security sources. The families were transferred to the safe bases of Habbaniya and Ameriyat Al-Falluja.  [Rudaw]

 

Videos of Iraq troops securing civilians from Ramadi [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

A video of a woman wounded and her child killed by a Daesh IED in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

8th Division troops today liberated the Anbar security department building after killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists, IWMC said. [Baghdadia]

8th Division special troops liberated the women’s college building east of Ramadi today after killing several terrorists including leaders today, said Division sources. [Maalomah]

8th Division liberated today the Anbar electricity department building and the Ramadi gas factory, as well as a public fuel station. All these locations are east of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

Security and tribal troops liberated the Albu Fahad mosque and communications building east of Ramadi today, according to tribal mobilization sources.  [Maalomah]

 

IFP troops killed a suicide attacker who tried to approach their lines in Hsaiba, east of Ramadi today. [Baghdadia]

 

Security forces detonated 9 IEDs and destroyed a Daesh tunnel that ran under the international road in Albu Farraj area north of Ramadi. Efforts to clear all IEDs from the area are underway, Anbar Operations Command said today. [Baghdadia]

 

The Tribal Council of Anbar denied the existence of any American ground troops in Ramadi, or any air drops of US Special Forces in the area. He also said Iraqi forces blocked 23 Daesh car bomb attacks on liberated areas. [Mada]

 

Falluja

Krosh and Anaz areas in Nuaimiya just south of Falluja were liberated today by Army and security troops. The operation ended with killing “tens” of terrorists and destroying four machine gun-mounted vehicles, rocket launching platforms, and a combat position.   [Mada]

 

During the last 24 hours, Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops continued advancing south of Falluja, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 38 IEDs, two enemy positions, and two vehicles. Also, 6 terrorists were killed by the BOC troops in the Thirthar area, and 14 by the 14th Army Division west of Baghdad. Rapid Intervention troops killed three Daesh combatants near the ice factory west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

55th Badr Brigade of the PMF killed 7 Daesh terrorists approaching their defensive lines in Saqlawiya north of Falluja. The PMF spokesmen said that this attack was not the first of its kind. [Harbi]

PMF artillery destroyed a bomb-rigged truck that approached a checkpoint in Zaghareed village near Saqlawiya today. [Harbi]

 

A weapons cache was captured and a person arrested in Al-Dhabitya area in Qarma.  [Maalomah]

 

The MoD publishes a video of Iraqi warplanes conducting airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

25 Daesh terrorists were killed by Army and tribal forces clearing the areas of Al-Sha’i and Al-Sakran near Barwana. [Maalomah] In a separate but apparently overlapping report, the 7th Army Division commander announced the liberation of Al-Sha’i and said the troops were heading towards neighboring Al-Sakran. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition planes attacked and destroyed a convoy of 11 Daesh vehicles, killing 35 terrorists, as they tried to moving from Hit to Barwana, according to the IWMC. [Baghdadia]

 

The Mayor of Haditha District says all Barwana areas were liberated from Daesh and 250 families returned to their houses. [Buratha]

 

A video of tribal fighters in a battle in Haditha District [Haditha]

 

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Hit city. [ADI]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

16th Army Division artillery killed 6 and wounded 2 suicide attackers in Al-Qarya Al-Asriya in Baiji today, said the IWMC [Baghdadia]

 

Artillery shelling by the IFP today killed several terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in the Makhoul Mountains. [Mawazin]

 

A PMF source says Al-Nujaba’ Movement rocketed a Daesh convoy near Makhoul Mountains killing 7 terrorists and wounding 12.  [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Daesh attacked Al-Salam village south of Tikrit yesterday. PMFs repelled the attack but lost one fighter. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi ordered an investigation into the bombing by a drone that killed nine and wounded 14 PMF fighters. PMF sources said that after they blocked a Daesh attack on Al-Salam village, a drone coming from Baghdad bombed them and killed 23 fighters. [Buratha]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Tikrit. [ADI]

 

Samarra

Army helicopters today destroyed a Daesh headquarters in the Albu Hantoush village west of Samarra, in coordination with PMF intelligence sources. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Daesh has brought large numbers of fighters and vehicle bombs preparing for a major attack on Samarra. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says PMF troops attacked several Daesh hideouts in the Strategic Line area west of Samarra and destroyed 5 vehicles killing the terrorists inside. He also says the PMFs captured 11 Daesh terrorists including 2 Saudis. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Samarra Dam. [ADI]

 

Tooz

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped two displaced people. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Two consecutive explosions in Muqdadiya District north of Baquba left 17 persons killed and wounded. A suicide attack by someone with an explosives belt executed the first attack on a coffee shop, and when people gathered, another attacker blew himself up. [Mada]

A security source says 19 were killed and 44 wounded in the explosion. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version says one of its suicide terrorists detonated himself in front of a PMF headquarters in Muqdadiya followed by a parked car bomb explosion that killed 36 PMFs and wounded dozens. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh typically claims after these mass-murder incidents that they were attacking PMFs, even though the victims in such public places are all or almost all civilians. This reinforces its propaganda theme of being the protectors of Sunnis. Of course, not all their civilian victims are Shia either.

 

A security source says unknown armed men put explosives in three mosques in Muqdadiya. The source says the security situation is tense in Muqdadiya. More military forces were deployed and a curfew was issued there. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Several online reports said at least four Sunni mosques have been destroyed so far. One possible explanation is that the dual bombing was an effort to set off sectarian violence, to help offset the negative publicity from its military defeats. The timing of the Sunni mosque explosives is suspicious, as it looks like it could be a Shia PMF retaliation for the bombings (or a Daesh effort to make it look that way).

 

Baquba

A bomb exploded inside a car in downtown Baquba, killing a woman and wounding three civilians, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

A roadside IED exploded in Akbashi junction in northeast Baquba yesterday as a car with 3 PMF personnel passed by. One was killed and the two others wounded, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

An IED placed near Al-Azaem restaurant in Baquba killed one and wounded five civilians today. [Maalomah]

 

An IED near a money exchange office in New Baquba went off, killing one women and wounding a man and women, a security source said.  [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a PMF gathering in Baquba killing or wounding many of them. [ADI]

 

Northern Diyala

A security source said that two persons were killed and 3 wounded today by an IED placed near a clothing shop in Mansouriya.  [Maalomah]

 

One PMF fighter was killed and two were wounded when a roadside IED exploded while they were patrolling the Saadiya area. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

The spokesman of the Supreme Council (Hakim) bloc in the CoR says digging a trench as an administrative border for Kurdistan at this time is “not a good message.”

Kurdish officials contradicted themselves in response. A KDP official says the trench is for security and military purposes and has nothing to do with the border. However, the KRG’s “Kurdish Regions Outside the IKR” office says the Kurdistan Region has the right to draw its administrative and political border, though it also said the trenches are to protect the Peshmerga controlled areas from Daesh. [Sumaria] The Kirkuk Governor says digging trenches is part of the military plan to protect cities against Daesh. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. The Kurds have been quoted too often for their own good about their territorial intentions, including Barzani’s previous territorial claims; his maneuvering in the Turks-in-Ninewa affair didn’t help either. Aside from the land that might be at issue, the immediate effect is to further reduce the KRG’s political commitment to Iraq, when a working together is most needed. The Supreme Council statement is not the only example of the hostility rising on the other side of this issue, including from people in the territories potentially affected.   

 

The KRG’s Counter-Terrorism Service says a Daesh leader called Ahmed Abdulla Hassan, AKA Abu Huthaifa, was killed with three of his associates in a Coalition airstrike in northeast Hawija. The terrorist was Daesh’s military commander of Dibis and was responsible for sending suicide terrorists to Kirkuk and other areas. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. In the past week, Daesh has lost a surprisingly large number of its leaders.

 

A Daesh leader called Abu Al-Amer Al-Yamani was killed when a sticky bomb placed in his car exploded in Hawija District today. Al-Yamani was known for issuing several execution orders in the city. [Maalomah]

 

Unknown armed men in a speeding car shot and killed a doctor in Kirkuk today, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Peshmerga forces allowed 60 civilians who escaped Hawija to enter Kirkuk, and provided them with medical care and food. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Ninewa Operations Commander says the Peshmerga will participate in Ninewa liberation alongside the Iraqi forces and tribal fighters and no foreign forces will be involved. He also says there are 5,000 Daesh terrorists in Ninewa.  [Karemlash]

 

An American airstrike destroyed a building that holds millions of dollars of Daesh money with two bombs of 2000 pounds each in Mosul. The operation followed several days of drone reconnaissance over the area, a Pentagon source said. [AIN]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of a Coalition airstrike on Al-Zuhour Bank in Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says one person was killed and five wounded in the airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Daesh has arrested 12 Kurdish young men in Mosul, for refusing to fight with the terror organization, according to KDP sources. The prisoners were taken to an unknown location. [Mada]

 

5 civilians in Mosul were executed by Daesh using construction shovels to run over them, for their reluctance to support the terror group. This is one of the various execution methods used by Daesh to terrorize people, according to security sources. [Rudaw]

 

75 Daesh leaders escaped Mosul, said a KDP source in Ninewa today. He added that Daesh executed two officers and eight soldiers of the Iraqi Army in Mosul in the past 48 hours.  [Baghdadia]

 

A local civil society activist says Daesh buried 1,600 victims in the Al-Khasfa area, 5 km (3 miles) south of Mosul. He says Daesh executed those people and refused to give their bodies to their families and threw them in this 100 meter (300 ft.) deep mass grave instead.  [Buratha]

 

Ahmed Al-Jubouri, a CoR member from Ninewa, says Daesh blew up his house in Shura south of Mosul after they used it as headquarters for a while. [Baghdadia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed an Afghani Daesh commander near Qayara airbase.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Women and children from 50 Daesh families evacuated Mosul for Raqqa, Syria today, in buses that passed through Baaj, Tal Afar, and Ayadhiya. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh demolished a vacant Syrian Orthodox monastery for nuns in Al-Majmoaa Al-Thaqafiya north Mosul today, a security source in Mosul said. [Bas]

 

Daesh looted important historical manuscripts from the endowment library in Mosul. They removed around 30,000 manuscripts as well as other valuable Islamic heritage items.  [Waqfiya]

DaeshDaily comment. Given Daesh’s hostility to the history of others, Islamic and non-Islamic, the probable outcome is that all the manuscripts will be destroyed and anything of marketable value sold.

 

A KDP official says the Peshmerga rocketed Daesh in Khorsabad in Bashiqa, killing 9 terrorists and wounding many others. [Mada]

 

Daesh broke into five hospitals and medical centers in Mosul and robbed drugs and medicines, according to local sources. [Maalomah]

 

Northwest Ninewa

14 Daesh leaders were killed by artillery in Tal Afar. 6 foreigners and three Arabs were among them, said a Ninewa police source. [BasNews]

 

Makhmur

PUK sources said that Daesh terrorists shelled Makhmur with Katyusha rockets today. One fell on a Peshmerga fighter’s house but without causing any human casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A report about a Yazidi man who managed to free 300 Yazidi girls by paying ransoms to Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala. 57 out of 1200 men held in Razaza were released and handed over to the Salahuddin government as a step to deliver them to their families [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Sunni people were displaced from Salahuddin by the fighting there, and tried to reach Baghdad through Anbar, but Kerbala balked at taking them in after some incoming vehicles were found to carry explosives. They were instead forced to stay at Razaza, by a lake of the same name, near Anbar. It’s unclear exactly which people are still in Razaza or why they are still there after most of Salahuddin is already liberated.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Eight Daesh-affiliated groups are at work in the Turkish capital of Ankara, according to a Turkish intelligence report that a Turkish media outlet claims to have obtained. 450 individuals joined Daesh in Ankara, the document reportedly says, divided into eight groups. 100 of these recruits have reportedly traveled to Syria. [Cihan]

 

Police in the city of Adana arrested 12 Egyptians, all from one family, on charges of attempting to cross Turkish territory to reach Syria to join Daesh, according to Egyptian consular officials in Turkey. [IslamMemo]

 

Forty people were arrested in multiple arrest operations in Gaziantep Sunday on suspicion of belonging to Daesh, Turkish media reported. The detainees reportedly included 15 Egyptians, a Russian, and seven Turks who were making their way to the Syrian border. Turkish police have arrested 73 individuals suspected of belonging to Daesh in the first 11 days of 2016, according to information gathered by Anadolu. [Qasioun]  [Anadolu]

 

Turkey will grant work permits to Syrian refugees, the Turkish government spokesman has announced. Permits will allow Syrian refugees to work in the Turkish governorate where they are located, with the condition that no more than ten percent of workers in a workplace may be Syrian refugees, a policy that the government says will protect Turkish workers. The spokesman did not specify further, but added that 2,414,000 Syrian refugees were living in Turkey. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast

Syria Democratic Forces and Daesh fought renewed clashes in the southern Hasaka countryside on Sunday, around the village of Khmayel, trading mortar and artillery fire, while Coalition warplanes struck Daesh positions between Hasaka and the Daesh-held city of Shaddadi. Casualty figures are not available. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh hacked the Egyptian-owned Nilesat satellite and added its own satellite channel “BEIN HD4” to the feed, airing its own programming from Raqqa. Nilesat called the incident a breach.” [ARA]

 

Northwest

The Islamic Brigades and allied FSA militias including the Turkey-supported Sultan Murad Brigades, with support from Coalition warplanes and Turkish artillery, have launched attacks on Daesh in the northern Aleppo countryside, in a bid to drive the organization out of villages it has recently captured, according to a commander in the Syrian Front (Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya).

The Turkmen fighters of the Sultan Murad Brigades took control of the villages of Qara Kubri, Qara Mazaea, and Al-Khabra near the Turkish border, Welati reports. [ARA] [Welati]

 

In a conflicting account, Hawar alleges that Daesh actually turned these villages over to Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham as part of an unannounced agreement brokered by Turkish intelligence, after a show battle in which the two sides fired into the air and the Turks launched some artillery rounds. [Hawar]

 

Syrian Army troops occupied the village of Aisha in the countryside north of Aleppo after Daesh vacated the area under heavy Russian bombing, according to a resident of Al-Bab. The advance gives the Syrian military clear supply lines between the Kowaires air base and the city of Tadif to the north. Russian planes also targeted Daesh positions in Al-Bab. Nearby, Daesh re-took control over parts of Najjara, north of Kowaires airbase, the same source reports. The advances put Syrian forces within 12 km (7.5 miles) of Al-Bab, which Russian and Syrian aircraft continue to bomb, Welati reports. [ARA] [ARA] [Welati]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian forces east of Kowaires yesterday, killing 10 Syrian soldiers and wounding 25. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of an airstrike on Aisha village north of Kowaires airbase yesterday, and another video of a suicide attack on Syrian forces in the same area. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Syria Democratic Forces advanced further against Daesh west of the Euphrates River, taking control of two villages, Al-Sakawiya and Tal Arsh, in the Manbij countryside, an SDF fighter said. He added that at least 12 Daesh militants were killed in the battles on Monday. [ARA]

 

Daesh abducted a Kurdish civilian in the village of Qar Klbin, 70 km (43.5 miles) from Al-Bab. [Welati]

 

Syria Democratic Forces fighters discovered a Daesh bomb-making factory in a village near Tishrin Dam (photo/video). [Hawar]

 

East

Renewed fighting erupted Saturday between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor around the city’s military airport and the overlooking mountain of Jabal Tharda. Further details were not available. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops and allied militia are rounding up military-age young men in Deir Ez-Zor, detaining around 1,000 military-age men in Deir Ez-Zor in house-to-house searches the last two days, according to an activist in the area. Those taken are reportedly being transferred for compulsory national service. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [ADI]

 

A video of Daesh Kazakh terrorists in Iraq [GoogleDrive]

 

Jordan. Jordanian courts sentenced 25-year-old Syrian national Abd Al-Nasir Barakat to seven years in prison on charges of plotting with other Daesh supporters to murder a Jordanian pilot in the northern Idlib governorate. [Arabi21]  

 

Yemen. Daesh says its terrorists killed 8 Yemeni soldiers with an IED in Shabam in Hadhramaut Valley. [A3maq]

 

United Arab Emirates. The high court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced an Emirati citizen to death on charges of belonging to Daesh and sentenced two others to seven years in prison for planning to join. A fourth citizen was sentenced to three years. A fifth person, of unspecified Arab nationality, was sentenced to three years, a fine equivalent to $14,000 US dollars, and deportation for promoting Daesh, while another person, of unspecified Asian nationality, was sentenced to five years in prison and deportation. [IslamMemo]

 

Five Daesh fighters were killed and eight injured in clashes with Egyptian troops that broke out after a raid on an Ansar position south of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Further details have emerged after last week’s attack on a hotel in Hurghada in which two tourists were injured. Although initial accounts suggested the attackers used a firearm, in fact one was armed with a nonlethal sound gun and the attackers used knives to assault their victims. Initial reports suggested that both assailants had been killed, however the authorities later announced that one attacker was killed and another was injured and in custody. No claim of responsibility for the attack has emerged. [MadaMasr]

 

Libya. The Libyan Oil Facilities Protection force and the Revolutionary Brigades have formed a joint operations room to confront Daesh, the Libyan National Army Sirte Operations Room announced. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan Oil Facilities Protection troops foiled a Daesh attack on the oil port facilities in the city of Zuweitina east of Adjabiya. Daesh fighters approached the city from the sea in three boats, which Facilities Protection guards fired on before they could reach the shore. One boat caught fire and the other two stopped their advance in order to assist the burning boat. [AkhbarLibya]

 

French warplanes struck Daesh targets in Sirte on Sunday, destroying military vehicles and ammunition stores, said “high-level sources close to the General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces.” The strikes reportedly came in coordination with the Libyan Armed Forces Operations Room, with more raids expected in the coming days. France is conducting the airstrikes after a Libyan request for support against Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

More than 500 “Daesh families” are living in Libya, according to reports circulating in Libyan media. The number was apparently estimated by observing the number of children in Daesh’s youth organizations. The majority of the families are of Arab nationality, while other Arab and African countries are also represented. One youth group, the “Khalifate Cubs” (Ashbal Al-Khilafa), reportedly number between 100 and 150 youth, who are between 16 and 18 years of age. Most of the “cubs” are from African countries to the south such as Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, and Mali, many of them trafficked to Libya by Boko Haram. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Arab League foreign ministers have called on the international community to arm the Libyan Army amid Daesh’s growing presence in Libya, in a statement issued after a ministerial meeting in Cairo yesterday. They also called for the rapid formation of a government of national accord. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh has been asserting its presence to residents of the newly captured city of Bin Jawad, eyewitnesses said, deploying its armed vehicles throughout the city’s streets, and raising its black flags around the city and on the principal mosque. The sources also said the group had established checkpoints at the city entrances, and were compelling women and schoolgirls to wear specific uniforms. Local civil servants have reportedly fled or stopped coming to work; school lessons have stopped. Some residents were able to flee the city when the recent fighting at Ras Lanuf created an opportunity, but most are now trapped inside. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Police in the Benghazi area of Al-Sabiri arrested a Daesh member in the Sidi Obeid cemetery as he tried to infiltrate to the center of the city on Saturday. [AfriGate]

 

Details are not clear but it has been reported that an unspecified number of Daesh fighters were killed in clashes in Derna on Saturday. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh attacked a power station in Benghazi on Friday, local sources said. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh shelled civilian areas in Benghazi with missiles and mortars on Friday, according to Libyan news reports. Libya News 24 suggests that the attack comes in response to Daesh’s inability to make further gains on the military front in Benghazi. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Two stories provide insight into Daesh’s ability to move its members around Libya and the region: First, the head of the Libyan Center for Terrorism Studies said that Daesh in Libya frequently announces falsely that one or another of its fighters has been killed in order to facilitate the militant’s travel within the country under another name. In a second story, “high-level military sources” in the Libyan National Army have said that Daesh moves its fighters into the country by exploiting the illicit migration routes from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe which pass through Libya. As an alternative to entering Libya via the coastal routes, Daesh militants have first traveled south to sub-Saharan Africa and then taken the land route into the Libyan interior across the southern borders. [AkhbarLibya] [AkhbarLibya]

 

Daesh’s “Sawt Al-Tawhid” broadcaster in Sirte has broadcast a call for the youth of Sirte between the ages of 13 and 17 to join Daesh’s ranks, promising a cash incentive of up to $750 US dollars per month, on the condition that the volunteer has memorized the “Surat Al-Tawba,” the ninth chapter of the Quran. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Eighty-three of those wounded in the deadly suicide bombing attack last week at a police training center in Zliten have been transferred out of Libya for treatment, the Libyan Ministry of Health has announced. Receiving countries include Tunisia, Italy, Turkey, and Malta. [AfriGate]

 

An unspecified number of suspects have been apprehended and are under interrogation in the investigation into last week’s Zliten attack, the Tripoli government’s foreign minister Ali Abu Zaekouk has announced. Investigators have learned that one of the attackers was a Tunisian national, and a number of suspects have admitted to belonging to Daesh, he added. Abu Zaekouk also requested that Tunisia cooperate with Libya in the security area, including by forming a joint operations room between the two countries. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Libyan armed groups’ fighters in Benghazi. [ADI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Libyan troops in the Oil Crescent area. [ADI]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says a dangerous terrorist was arrested in Ben Guerdane. The National Guard arrested 9 terrorists last week. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria. France and the United States have reportedly asked Algeria to cooperate in an upcoming “large” security operation against Daesh in Libya, high-level Algerian sources told an Algerian newspaper. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Four Algerian women have traveled to Libya and joined Daesh there, Algerian police have announced, in what is the first known migration of Algerian woman to Libya for that purpose. [AkhbarLibya]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vcf_jbcg9

https://twitter.com/ansare685

https://twitter.com/Simon_20151

https://twitter.com/mac7_9

https://twitter.com/xaaf28

 

Anbar

 

 

Today’s Major Developments:

Iraqi troops keep advancing east of Ramadi with heavy Coalition bombing support.

Daesh loses again in Barwana to Army and tribal fighters.

Reported Daesh attack on Turkish troops in Bashiqa generates conflicting accounts.

Egyptian Army attacking Daesh in Sinai.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Speaker Jubouri says “foreign” Special Forces conducted operations during the last few weeks behind Daesh lines in Hawija. [Reuters]
Sistani rep in Kerbala says 2015 saw serious steps toward achieving real reforms. [Mada]

 

Demonstrations resumed in Baghdad and several other governorates demanding more reforms and asking the government not to “touch” government employees’ salaries. [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]
The Security Committee of the Baghdad Governorate Council said organized crime in Baghdad is politically motivated.  [Mawazin]

 

Security developments

A security force arrested the “vice wali of Baghdad” and two of his escorts in the New Baghdad District in east Baghdad today. The arrest was based on intelligence information.  [Baghdadia]

 

According to Daesh (unconfirmed):

  • Daesh snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded a fourth in Albu Aziz in north Baghdad. Daesh also says it targeted an Army barracks with a locally made rocket in the same area. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Tarmiya in northern Baghdad Governorate. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh members killed two Sahwa fighters in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [JustPaste] Others detonated an IED on a Sahwa leader in Arab Jabour, wounding him severely. [JustPaste]
  • Daesh destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Arab Jabour, killing an Army commander and 3 of his soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A body of man shot to death was found in Al-Ameen in east Baghdad this morning. [Ghad]
  • One civilian was killed and seven wounded when an IED placed near commercial shops went off this evening in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Three wanted men were arrested on terrorism charges in Al-Ghadeer in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED explosion near commercial shops in Mada’in in southern Baghdad Governorate killed one and wounded six civilians this morning. [Mada]
  • An IED placed near a popular coffee shop in Zafaraniya, south Baghdad, exploded this evening, killing two civilians and wounding eight. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED explosion in a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded eight this morning. [Mada]
  • An IED placed in a popular market in the Al-Risala neighborhood of Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five. [Maalomah]

Coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on Baghdadi, Mosul, and Tal Afar, killing a reported 25 terrorists and destroying 10 combat locations, a heavy weapon, a Daesh gathering, and a tunnel. [IWMC Report]

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

In the fiercest bombardment ever, according to the Khaldiya subdistrict council Security Committee, Coalition air forces today bombed Daesh-occupied areas in Sufiya, Sajariya, and Jazeera Al-Khaldiya east of Ramadi, killing a large number of Daesh terrorists including leaders from various foreign countries. The bombardment accompanied the assault by security and Army troops on Sufiya. [Maalomah]

Counter-terrorism troops entered and captured the Sufiya area east of Ramadi a few hours ago. [Baghdadia]

 

Troops also moved 319 civilians from Sufiya to safe areas. These families were under Daesh siege before escaping toward Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] Another story says 90 families held by Daesh in Sufiya were safely moved by the counter-terrorism troops to the Habbaniya refugee camp in Khaldiya, security sources said. [Baghdadia] (We have no way to tell whether these stories are separate or overlapping.)

 

Qassem Al-Sarhan, Daesh wali of Sajariya, and 4 escorts were killed today by an attack of Army helicopters on Sajariya. Several vehicles were also destroyed, according to a security source. [Maalomah]

 

Albu Alwan, near Sufiya, was captured today in a surge attack by Army and security troops following a heavy aerial bombardment, according to the Khaldiya subdistrict council. [Maalomah]

After liberating Sufiya this morning, Army and security troops initiated a wide scale attack on Hsaiba east of Ramadi from the eastern and southern sides. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi troops stopped a Daesh attack in Sadiqiya east of Ramadi, killing 3 terrorists and destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

Army troops will be heading to both Hit and Falluja after ending Ramadi operations, the Anbar Governorate Council announced today. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers raising the flag over the Ramadi Grand Mosque [Facebook]

A video of Iraqi soldiers in the College of Agriculture in Ramadi [Facebook]

 

Baghdad Police command said over 1200 persons have escaped Ramadi recently, and are currently being questioned to identify any Daesh operatives among them. [Qurtas]

 

Iraqi forces killed 14 terrorists and destroyed 14 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs, a weapons cache, and a terrorists’ guesthouse and defused 50 IEDs in the Thirthar area. The IAF destroyed 3 vehicles, a mobile hospital, 4 hideouts and a cannon and killed several terrorists in the same area. [IWMC Report]

 

Anbar Operations Command announced its troops defused 30 IEDs in Al-Jaraishi north of Ramadi. [AIN] AOC troops also destroyed 34 IEDs in Albu Farraj, north of Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The 8th Army Division killed 11 snipers and destroyed 7 Daesh positions and two vehicles in the Ramadi operations sector, a Division source said. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Ramadi Hospital after it was liberated by Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Mortar shells fired at Ramadi from the west killed a woman and wounded 4 children, said the spokesman of the 14th Rapid Intervention Brigade of Anbar police.  [Maalomah]

 

The Coalition flew 32 sorties in the Anbar military sector, killing many terrorists and destroying 22 combat locations, 5 supply lines, 3 gatherings, 2 tunnels, and an excavator. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

Artillery bombardment on the industrial sector in the Jolan neighborhood of Falluja destroyed a Daesh headquarters, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles, AOC said. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 11 terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles, one a vehicle bomb, and a hideout; it also defused 35 IEDs in ongoing operations south of Falluja. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of an Iraqi officer being shot and killed while fighting Daesh in Falluja. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an Iraqi soldier targeted by one of its snipers in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of Friday prayers in a mosque in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Haditha

Army troops led by Brigadier General Riyadh Jalal, commander of land forces, and supported by tribal fighters, repelled another Daesh attack on Barwana subdistrict in Haditha District, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles, said Naeem Al-Gaood, sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe. The attack came from the desert north of Barwana; it left 3 tribesmen dead and 7 wounded.  [Sumaria]

 

An attack with five vehicle bombs was intercepted by the Iraqi forces in Barwana before noon today. All cars were destroyed and the attackers killed. [Mada]

 

Counter-terrorism troops liberated areas captured by Daesh in Barwana and handled them to the tribal fighters in the area. “Tens” of Daesh terrorists were killed, including 4 suicide bombers. An Iraqi officer and a soldier were killed. [IWMC Report]

 

Nabil Thamer, Daesh military commander of west Anbar, and 11 of his escorts were ambushed and arrested by Army troops in Al-Sakran, several miles from Barwana. The arrest was made by the 1st Company of Haditha Rapid Intervention forces. [Maalomah]

 

35 terrorists were killed in 6 airstrikes by Army helicopters on a Daesh contingent in Al-Sakran. Six vehicles including an armored personnel carrier and a bomb-rigged car were also destroyed. [Mada]

The IWMC confirmed the killing of Alaa Nasser Al-Kerbouli, a local Daesh leader, in a bombing in Al-Sakran. [IWMC Report]

Two Coalition airstrikes killed 9 Daesh terrorists in Barwana District. [IWMC Report]

 

West Anbar

A tribal leader from Anbar says American forces should conduct airborne operations, similar to the Hawija operation, to save many hostages taken by Daesh in different cities in Anbar. [SotIraq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot down a Coalition drone in Akashat in far western Anbar (photos and a video). [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Saraya Al-Salam Brigades of the PMF are on full alert in anticipation of a major Daesh attack on Baiji and Samarra, a Brigades source said. [Mawazin]

 

PMF forces secured three families escaping Shirqat city and killed a sniper trying to obstruct the escaping families in Makhoul Mountains, a PMF source said. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

Clashes between PMF and Daesh near Allas oil field east of Tikrit resulted in the killing of one terrorist, but one PMF fighter died and one was wounded. [Ghad]

 

Samarra

Kareem Al-Nouri, official spokesman of the PMFs, said that the Coalition bombing yesterday that struck PMFs in the Samarra Dam area could have happened by mistake. He said that even the Iraqi Air Force makes such mistakes. Security sources said the errant bombing allowed Daesh to advance in certain places. [Rudaw]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops defused a car bomb near Al-Razzaq mosque in Samarra city. [IWMC Report]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Samarra Dam area. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Diyala security arrested 5 suspects today in Baquba, including two on charges of terrorism, said a security source. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Peshmerga fired artillery rounds after detecting Daesh movements towards their lines in Kobya and Batma villages, as well as the water project south of Kirkuk. Several terrorists were killed and vehicles destroyed, said a Peshmerga source. [BasNews]

 

A security source in Kirkuk said Coalition planes attacked Daesh positions in Kibeba village in Dibis District, destroying machine guns and rocket launchers, and killed several terrorists. [Qurtas]

 

10 Daesh terrorists were killed in Al-Bashir village south of Kirkuk while meeting in a booby-trapped house. A PMF mortar round hit the house, which exploded, killing 8 persons, while a ninth was killed by a sniper. A construction shovel was also destroyed. This Daesh group was part of a unit that arrived from Rashad subdistrict. [Mada]

 

The Baghdad-Kirkuk road is fully safe, said the PMF command today, saying that its troops in Amerli, Tooz, Suleiman Beg, and Himrin are guarding the road leading from Baghdad to northern governorates. [Sumaria]

 

A SWAT unit today arrested a man who participated in the Speicher airbase massacre south of Kirkuk. Abu Shihab Al-Tikriti, from Al-Alam subdistrict, participated in the execution of military students and trainees from that base last June. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Bashiqa

Today brought another bizarre chapter in the saga of the unwanted Turkish troops in Bashiqa, but the stories are totally conflicting.

 

Reuters said today that Turkish troops repulsed an attack by Daesh on Zilkan camp in Bashiqa, where they are “protecting” Turkish trainers presumed to be training separatist National Mobilization Forces (NMF) personnel. 17 Daesh were killed in the attack before Daesh pulled back. [Sumaria]

 

Cihan cites “informed sources in the area” reporting that Daesh attacked between 10:30pm and 11:00pm on Thursday night, while citing (presumably Turkish) “military sources” that Turkish troops did not suffer any casualties, while Anadolu cites similar sources to report the same details. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in remarks to the press that Turkish soldiers killed 18 Daesh militants in repelling the attack, without commenting on any Turkish casualties.

Erdogan also said that the attack shows that “the deployment of Turkish forces was a sound decision,” and added that “The problems at Bashiqa Camp in northern Iraq appeared following tensions between Russia and Turkey,” he added, saying that “Ankara is behaving in accordance with international law.” [Sumaria] [Cihan]

DaeshDaily comment. Mr. Erdogan apparently believes deeply that he can say anything and get away with it. However, as we have pointed out after a previous Daesh attack on the Turks in Bashiqa, such attacks would not happen if the Turks were not there. He has put Turkish soldiers at risk for a dubious purpose and does not know how to lose gracefully.

 

According to the Turkish Cihan news agency, the Russian “Sputnik” news agency reported that two Turkish soldiers were killed in the alleged Daesh attack. Cihan notes that no official Turkish source has confirmed this report. [Cihan]

 

However, the deposed former Governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi, the initiator of the Zilkan camp, whose NMF militia was ostensibly receiving instruction from Turkish trainers there, denied on Thursday that there was any Daesh attack on the camp. [Karemlash]

 

A PUK spokesman also denied any Daesh attack on the Zilkan camp. So did Peshmerga sources (who may or may not be linked to the PUK). [Mada] [BasNews]

 

Mosul

A Coalition air attack on a Daesh convoy between Belj and Baaj killed Mohammed Al-Matyouti (Abu Yousef), the wali of Jazeera, and 15 men with him and destroyed several vehicles. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Being a Daesh “wali” (governor) of anywhere seems to be a dangerous job. We notice that we have reported on the demise of numerous walis, including two of them and a vice wali today. The larger picture is that Daesh leaders in general are in dangerous jobs. The Coalition bombing that often targets such leaders and the recent resurgence of Iraqi forces have resulted in many being killed and others relocating to Syria.

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes targeted Qayara with two airstrikes, giving no details. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh imposed new fines on Mosul’s population for violation of certain rules, such as 60,000 Iraqi dinars (IQD) for wearing trousers, shaving, or car washing. It’s IQD 500,000 for anybody who extends a water pipe across the street! [Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Ninewa

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Mazare’ area of south Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra Governorate banned all vehicles belonging to political parties with PMF militia units from driving in Basra without formal security approvals. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The context is the overly dominant presence of Shia militias in Basra. Their members can largely drive around and do whatever they want without worrying about the police. Basra is apparently trying to get some leverage in this situation.

 

Qais Al-Khazali, the head of AAH militia, proposed to the Governor of Basra that PMFs intervene to impose law and order in Basra, deteriorated by tribal fighting and organized crime. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No, thank you. It’s like hiring the fox to guard the chicken coop.

 

Muthanna. The Minister of Interior said today that persons linked to the kidnapping of Qatari hunters in the desert near Samawa were arrested and are being investigated. [Ain]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Germany initiated its operations in Iraq and Syria with a reconnaissance flight by two Tornado jets that flew over Syria and Iraq before landing safely back in Incirlik airbase in Turkey. [Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The PYD announced on Friday evening that it was suspending its membership in the coordinating body for anti-regime groups, having learned that other opposition factions at the Riyadh conference last month had described the YPG as a terrorist group. In a statement reaffirming its commitment to the body and the PYD role in founding and developing it, the PYD declared that it was “suspending its membership in the national coordinating body and all its offices and branches.” [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. The implications of this move may take time to sort out. The PYD may be betting that the other anti-regime groups will see that their effectiveness without the YPG will be seriously reduced, producing a change of attitude. However, because of its organizational connection to the PKK, an internationally recognized terrorist group, it cannot get away from the accusation.

 

Northeast

Syria Democratic Forces with Coalition air support repelled two separate Daesh attacks on villages where SDF fighters were gathered south of Hasaka on Thursday. Daesh fighters attacked using medium and heavy weapons, prompting clashes lasting two hours before Coalition planes struck the attacking Daesh detachments, killing many and prompting the remainder to flee, a YPG source said, adding that Daesh had suffered heavy losses in the attack.

The Hasaka front has been otherwise quiet for weeks, since the SDF cleared Daesh from the southern Hasaka countryside and Coalition bombing of the area stopped. [ARA] [ARA]

 

A 20 year old Daesh member executed his own mother in Raqqa after reporting her to Daesh for having encouraged him to leave the group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local sources. The woman was detained by Daesh after the son, Ali Saqr, informed Daesh that she was encouraging him to quit Daesh and flee the area. Daesh found her guilty of apostasy (ridda) and her son executed her in public by gunfire before hundreds of witnesses. [Qasioun] [Aawsat]

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into several villages west of Ain Eissa and clashed with YPG fighters, killing 13 and wounding others. [MRKZGulf]

 

Northwest

Daesh fighters are massing in Jarabulus, according to local sources in the city, who note an unusually large and growing presence of Daesh fighters. The group has been reportedly transferring its militants to Jarabulus from other cities it holds west of the Euphrates including Al-Bab and Manbij, according to residents of those towns. According to the same local sources in Jarabulus, the city is under the command of a Daesh “emir” of Moroccan origin. The sources also report that Daesh morale in the city appears to have fallen after advances by the Syria Democratic Forces in recent weeks including the seizure of Tishrin Dam. Daesh has instituted forced conscription of youths in the city and is arming civilians. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh attacked Syria Democratic Forces around the Tishrin Dam area from six different approaches Friday morning, the SDF announced. Daesh fighters advanced on the dam from the west and the south at 5:00am. In the ensuing fighting, the SDF with Coalition air support killed many Daesh militants and repelled the attack, a YPG source said. The SDF announced after the fighting that it was in possession of the bodies of 40 Daesh fighters who had been killed in the battles.

Daesh has launched multiple attacks, including two in the last three days, in its bid to retake the strategic dam from the SDF, who captured it from Daesh late last month. [ARA] [Hawar]

 

Daesh launched five mortars on the village of Tal Abr, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kobane, damaging buildings. [Hawar]

 

Five opposition factions have issued a statement declaring twelve villages north of Aleppo to be “military zones” which civilians are forbidden from approaching, after the allied militias seized them from Daesh control. The five militias issuing the statement were the Sultan Murad Division, Sham Corps, the Shamiya Front, the Muetasam  Brigade, and the Hamza Brigade. The villages are listed as Touqli, Ghazal Mazraa, Qara Kubri, Yani Yaban, Maryaghal, Rael, Jaka, Shuyarin, Dubyan, Kharba, Qara Mazraa, and Maghidin. They are located in an area that has seen pitched battles with Daesh in recent weeks and control of the villages has alternated between the militias and Daesh. [SyriaLive]

 

The Ahrar Al-Sham militia in Idlib has executed five prisoners it accused of belonging to Daesh, creating an issue among the various allied opposition militias in the area, who were not informed of the decision. [ARA]

 

Photos and video of SDF fighters [Hawar].

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Al-Bul village near Azaz. [JustPaste]

East

In a “friendly fire” incident, Russian warplanes accidentally killed and injured an unspecified number of Syrian Army troops in Deir Ez-Zor city, where Russian air power has been supporting Syrian troops fighting Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic. [Archive]

 

Egypt. Egyptian authorities are investigating the reported abduction of 21 Egyptians in Libya by Daesh, while family members of the abducted Egyptians have reported that they have indeed lost contact with the alleged abductees, all of whom were reportedly working in the Kufra area in the southeastern Libya interior. [AkhbarLibya]

 

Unknown armed men stormed a hotel in the Red Sea coastal city of Hurghada and opened fire, wounding two tourists, a German and a Dane, according to security sources. Egyptian security sources said Egyptian police killed both attackers and defused an explosives vest that one was wearing before it could be detonated. An eyewitness said the attackers arrived in Hurghada from the sea. [IslamMemo]

 

Daesh has claimed that it attacked what it called a tour bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Giza area, allegedly causing injuries and deaths among the tourists and Egyptian security personnel. However the Egyptian authorities and witnesses said that the attack involved a small crowd of a couple of dozen boys and youths lobbing fireworks at a tour bus carrying Arabs with Israeli citizenship, with no injuries reported. [IslamMemo] Daesh had said its terrorists, based on the call from their “caliph” in his recent speech, attacked a bus carrying “Jews” on Al-Haram Street in Giza with light weapons, killing or wounding many of them before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian troops killed two takfiris belonging to Wilayat Sinai, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Daesh’s affiliate in Egypt, in villages south of Sheikh Zuweid, in an ongoing security campaign in North Sinai. Twenty-five others were arrested in the campaign and Egyptian troops destroyed 6 homes and 53 barns. In the same area, a young man of 20 and an 8 year-old child were injured by gunfire which Egyptian security agencies said came from a takfiri shooting at an Egyptian sniper. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian troops exchanged gunfire with Wilayat Sinai militants south of Rafah today, killing three commanders in the organization, security sources said. The three men were identified as 1) Ayman Muharib, the son of Sheikh Hasan Muharib, known as Abu Munir, who was killed two years ago, 2) Musa Al-Joukar, a Wilayat Sinai commander who was responsible for an attack that brought a plane down over Sheikh Zuweid two years ago, and 3) Atif Abu Dira, another commander. Two other takfiris were killed in Rafah when Egyptian security agencies destroyed a vehicle carrying IEDs, killing its occupants, security agencies said.  [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian troops killed three militants who were discovered planting four IEDs on the road to Arish International Airport. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian police shot dead a Palestinian “jihadi commander,” Muhammad Ramzi Al-Asi, in Rafah on Friday, after Al-Asi reportedly slipped into Egypt to join “takfiri elements” in Sinai, according to Egyptian security sources. [VetoGate]

 

A woman was injured in Rafah when unknown armed men opened fire on her on Friday. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing an Egyptian Army headquarters in Arish with Grads. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army vehicle on the international road south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya. Libyan medical and security authorities have announced that one child and six Oil Facilities Protection guards were killed, and eleven Oil Facilities Protection guards wounded, in the suicide vehicle bombing attack claimed by Daesh yesterday on the Oil Facilities Protection guards in Ras Lanuf, home to the country’s largest petroleum refinery. Daesh released a statement identifying the attacker as Abu Abbas Al-Muhajir, without providing further details. [AkhbarLibya]

The names of the six OPF guards who were killed in the attack have also been released (in Arabic). [AkhbarLibya]

 

Libyan warplanes targeted Daesh sites in Ajdabiya and Benghazi today, the Air Force Operations Room spokesman said, as well as the Ajdabiya Revolutionaries Shura Council, addition to targeting other extremist groups. [AkhbarLibya]

 

The fires burning in an oil reservoir in Sidra after Daesh’s attacks earlier this week have been put out, the Oil Facilities Protection spokesman has announced. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Libyan armed group vehicle in Derna with an IED, wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed with machine guns a vehicle that was carrying wounded Libyan fighters on the road between Brega on the Gulf of Sidra and Ajdabiya, killing the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed another vehicle with an IED on the same road. [JustPaste]

 

Morocco. Moroccan authorities have arrested seven members of an extremist group in Dar Bouazza, on the ocean southwest of Casablanca, on suspicions of links to Daesh. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the suspects had tried to send fighters to Syria and Iraq to train for attacks in Morocco. [Aawsat]

 

Other countries

Italy. The detention of three Libyan nationals who were detained in Genoa on suspicion of attempting to launder money for Daesh has been extended for three days. [AfriGate]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A local news page from Haditha

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/abotalha8512

https://twitter.com/asbtb2

https://twitter.com/abou_amina51

https://twitter.com/QirjW

https://twitter.com/Defener_Of_Suna