An Update On ISIS Activities

October 22, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

The Pentagon says one American was killed in a successful U.S. military operation to rescue dozens of hostages who “faced imminent mass execution” in Hawija. [CNN]

A security source in Kirkuk says US Special Forces raided a Daesh prison in Fadhikha, a village 10 km (6 miles) east of Hawija. The prison was formerly the home of a judge. American troops in 5 Chinook helicopters, supported by jets, drones and Iraqi troops, conducted the operation. They rescued a large but so far unspecified number of prisoners—estimated in the dozens—including former Daesh members, killed many Daesh fighters, and then destroyed the prison. The source says the operation was conducted after several airstrikes on nearby areas. The operation led to the arrest of Daesh’s wali of Hawija and its military commander. Most of Daesh’s leaders in Hawija are missing after the operation. [Mada]

A second security source says the operation was conducted by American troops and Peshmerga and resulted in killing 80 Daesh terrorists and capturing 5. [Sumaria]  A later CBS News report described the operation as conducted by 30 US personnel in five helicopters and Kurdish commandos that rescued 70 hostages. An NBC News report said that the Kurds requested US help because many Kurdish prisoners were in small cages and about to be executed, but none of the hostages rescued were Kurds. The Kurds attacked the prison, met resistance, but were then backed up by the US force.

The Kurdish version gives most of the credit to the Kurds. The Kurdistan Region Security Council says it gathered information about a Daesh prison 7 km (4 miles) north of Hawija and conducted a successful operation, supported by Coalition airpower, to take over the prison and release 69 prisoners, none of them Kurdish. The report doesn’t mention US paratroopers as part of the “Coalition airpower.” It says an American soldier was killed and 3 Peshmerga fighters wounded, while 30 Daesh armed men were killed and 6 captured. The Kurdish troops then pulled back to their bases and sent the hostages for medical checkups. [Rudaw]

The Daesh version of the story is that American troops conducted a “failed” airborne operation on a prison in the village of Al-Masnna’ north of Hawija at 2 am. Daesh says American jets, 4 Chinooks and 2 Apaches participated in the operation and bombed the road between Hawija and the prison and the areas surrounding the prison before the airborne troops clashed with 6 Daesh guards for 2 hours before bombing the prison and killing most of the prisoners and taking others away, none of them from the Peshmerga. Daesh says many American soldiers were killed or wounded in the operation while only 3 Daesh guards were killed and 3 wounded. [Twitter]

A security source says the American operation in Hawija was very difficult because it was done in one of Daesh’s most important strongholds. He says the troops managed to free all the hostages. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This development was a total surprise. Whether it sets a precedent for future Special Forces raids in Iraq is an open and intriguing question. Similar raids have been conducted in Syria, however. At the moment, this sudden appearance of American troops on the ground has to be encouraging to both Iraq and the Kurds, maybe not to Daesh.

 

Family of the late Jacky Sutton and the IWPR issued a statement about her death saying that based on an extensive review of the information provided by Turkish authorities, the family of Jacky Sutton and IWPR have reached the preliminary conclusion that no other parties were involved in her death. [IWPR]

 

ANBAR

A member of the Security and Defense Committee in Anbar GC says the Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in Anbar are too few and asks for more. [Sumaria]

 

Former Anbar Operations Commander (and IFP Commander) Rasheed Flayyih was appointed to be the PMF Commander in Anbar. Flayyih says the PMFs have their own command in Anbar now and it reports to the JOC and will accompany the Iraqi forces in the liberation and holding the ground. [Sumaria]

 

The Albu Fahd tribe leader says the anti-Daesh Anbar tribes are preparing lists of Daesh collaborators and supporters and will give them to the security forces. [Gharbiya]

DaeshDaily comment. This cooperation is a positive development. However, it sets up those who get named for tribal retribution after Daesh is gone, which has a downside the Iraqi government should take seriously.

 

Falluja

A PMF source says the PMFs rocketed Daesh in Saqlawiya, destroying 15 trucks carrying machine guns. [Harbi]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 8 terrorists and wounded 4, and destroyed 3 vehicles and a rocket launcher in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A Baghdad Operations Command recon unit killed 2 terrorists and destroyed 4 hideouts and a motorcycle in the village of Al-Abadi near Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit destroyed a rocket launcher, a hideout and a vehicle in Subaihat village in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A security source says the authorities issued a curfew on vehicle and motorcycle movement in Ameriyat Al-Falluja after getting information about Daesh vehicle bombs in the city. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi artillery bombed Daesh locations in the Zoba’a villages southeast of Falluja, killing 4 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army location in Zoba’a with a 23 mm sniper weapon. [Dump] [Dump] [Dump]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army bulldozer in Zoba’a with an SPG9 rocket, then blowing it up.  [Dump] [Dump] [Dump]

 

Ramadi

The IWMC says Jazeera Operations Command troops and Albu Nimr tribal fighters with support from the Coalition rescued 350 citizens near the Thirthar Lake, killing 7 Daesh terrorists and forcing the rest to flee, and destroying 2 construction shovels. The IWMC says Daesh banished those people to the desert for 5 days and booby-trapped their houses, and was about to execute them for allegedly cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

Seven Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in Thirthar. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh command center in Ramadi city, destroying it and killing “dozens” of terrorists inside it. [Baghdadia]

The IAA killed 11 terrorists and destroyed a tunnel, 3 defense locations, 2 heavy machine guns, a vehicle and 2 hideouts in Ramadi city. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says the Anbar Police issued a curfew in Khaldiya after getting information about Daesh intentions to target the district with vehicle bombs. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of Khaldiya District Council says more Iraqi reinforcements were deployed from Baghdad and Habbaniya to East Hsaiba and Tal Mshaihda east of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh north of the city, in Albu Dhiab, Albu Farraj and Albu Aitha. [IWMC Report]

The IAA killed 3 Daesh fighters and destroyed a vehicle and a hideout in Albu Farraj. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists, a Tunisian and a Brit, destroyed an Iraqi forces headquarters with 2 vehicle bombs north of Ramadi, killing more than 50 soldiers. [Dump]

 

Daesh says it blew up an Iraqi armored vehicle with a Kornet missile in Albu Iyada west of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded another as they tried to plant IEDs on the International Road near Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Tameem. [YouTube]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Al-Assad Brigade Commander says his fighters and Anbar Operations Command troops killed the Daesh wali of Jazeera, Abu Anas Al-Rawi, and several of his associates, in the desert between Anbar and Salahuddin. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IFP commander says his troops found 2 car bomb factories and defused 8 booby-trapped houses in Albu Juwari. [IMN]

 

An IFP source says IFP troops found a Daesh hideout north of Baiji and seized 7 explosives vests, a booby-trapped motorcycle, 50 C4 (explosives) cans and 40 artillery shells. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist (photo) attacked Iraqi forces west of Baiji with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of them. [Dump] [MRKZGulf]

 

Daesh says its fighters are advancing toward the Presidential Palaces in Makhoul. [JustPaste]

 

IWMC says Iraqi Special Forces supported by Abrams tanks stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains between Baiji and Shirqat, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Mada]

The Badr forces say they stopped a Daesh attack on the Al-Msahaq village and Makhoul Mountains, killing 19 Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria]

 

Videos of Iraqi families escaping Shirqat and other areas to Baiji. [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of the destruction in Baiji. [YouTube]

Shirqat

A security source says Daesh blew up the Zuwiya Bridge, linking the Makhoul Mountains and Shirqat, in an effort to stop Iraqi forces’ advances. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The last Baiji stories and this story are connected. It seems clear that the Baiji battle has been won finally by the government forces and that Shirqat is the next target—the last major stop before re-entering Ninewa on the way to Mosul.

 

The MoD spokesman says Iraqi forces are fighting in Al-Fatha and after that will move to Shirqat. He says the battles in Shirqat will be easier because Daesh exhausted its military capabilities in Baiji. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. This statement shows that the MoD still hasn’t figured out Daesh strategy. Daesh needs territory for its Caliphate claim but militarily they depend on “hit and run,” and tend to measure success by the number of casualties they cause.

 

Samarra

A security source says unknown armed men blew up electricity poles between Samarra and Al-Alam subdistrict near Tikrit. [Baghdadia]

 

A Police commander says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh plot to attack Samarra using boats, confiscating the boats in addition to IEDs and rockets. [Iraq Press]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces with Katyushas west of Samarra. [JustPaste]

 

A video of Saraya Al-Salam fighting Daesh west of Samarra. [YouTube]

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

A security source says a suicide terrorist in a car bomb attacked a Shia religious gathering in Tuz, killing 3 people and wounding 33.  [Baghdadia]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack in Tuz, credited to an Iraqi terrorist. [Dump]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops defused 8 booby-trapped houses and 14 IEDs and found 3 weapons caches in 3 areas in Balad District. [IWMC Report]

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Operations Command issues a statement asking people not to demonstrate this Friday because security forces are busy securing the roads for the Ashura pilgrims. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A member of the Legal Affairs Committee in the CoR says the CoR will host PM Abadi next week to discuss several issues, including the reforms, the new government employee salary schedule, and the Quadripartite Coalition. [Mawazin]

 

The Badr bloc in the CoR issues a statement objecting to the appointment of Emad Dhia Al-Kharsan as the General Secretary of the Council of Ministers. [Iraq Press]

 

An MP from the National Coalition (headed by former Prime Minister Allawi) says they have reservations regarding the work of the Quadripartite Coalition operations room because it is “mysterious” and Iraqi ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Interior and the Chief of the Intelligence Service have no knowledge of what is happening there. He asks the Council of Ministers to explain what’s happening. He says this coalition should be subject to approval by the CoR. [Ghad]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says Iraq requested Russia to bomb all Daesh convoys in Syria heading to Iraq. [Buratha]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Defense says the plan to liberate Mosul is prepared and it will be implemented when all the things needed are in place. He also says there will be no battle in Mosul without the participation of the Iraqi Army. He says the Iraqi F-16s are participating effectively in the battles. He says Iraqi didn’t ask for any Russian airstrikes but Russia and Iran offered help regarding intelligence.  He also says the International Coalition airpower is doing its job but sometimes they don’t conduct airstrikes as requested because of the situation on the ground. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Service Commander says there were different troops for the battles in Salahuddin and Anbar and the fight in Ramadi was not affected by the fights in Baiji. [Sumaria]

 

The body of a liquor store owner was found near the Qanat Highway in east Baghdad. The victim was one of 3 liquor store owners kidnapped from Zayouna in east Baghdad this morning. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Religious extremists, often including militiamen, are known to attack liquor store owners, all of them Christians and other non-Muslim minorities as Muslims are not permitted to sell liquor. Despite the religious justifications sometimes given by perpetrators, killing liquor store owners is not permitted by Islam. The real story in Zayouna is about extortion, not religion. Most of these liquor store owners pay monthly “protection fees” to local militiamen. Unfortunately, the fees don’t buy much protection and the owners often face similar demands from other extortionists.

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and 7 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Meshahda in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A Ministry of Finance employee was killed and his son wounded when a sticker IED exploded under their civilian car in Adhamiya in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Abu Dsheer in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 6. [Mada]
  • An IED targeting a police patrol exploded in Hor Rajab in south Baghdad, killing 2 policemen and wounding 3. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near Mada’in hospital in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 7. [Mada]
  • Two civilians were killed and 8 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Bakriya in west Baghdad. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 60th Brigade unit killed 2 terrorists and wounded 3, and destroyed a vehicle, in Al-Ubaid west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 21 IEDs (and an explosives vest) in several areas around Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Overall, Iraqi airpower conducted 45 airstrikes, destroying 50 Daesh defense locations in Ramadi and Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

The Coalition conducted airstrikes on Mosul, Ramadi, Baghdadi and Kirkuk, reportedly killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Daesh says it captured and killed an Iraqi government “spy” in Buhriz. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it blew up a police vehicle in Hay Al-Muhandiseen in Baquba with an IED, wounding an officer and 2 policemen. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya

A security source says 3 civilians were wounded when 4 mortar shells fell on the Mukhaisa village in Abu Saida. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The village used to be a Daesh stronghold and Shia militias hold the people of Mukhaisa responsible for Daesh’s many attacks in the area.

 

An MP from Diyala says 40 mortar shells fell on Mukhaisa and Abu Khanazir villages during the last 3 days and asks Dijla Operations Command to help stop it. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it blew up an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Shirween, killing a soldier and wounding 3. Daesh also says its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army location in Shirween with light weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF fighter’s vehicle with a sticker IED in Muqdadiya, wounding him. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Unknown armed men shot and wounded a woman driving her car in Hay Al-Nasr in Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

Unknown armed men kidnapped a displaced person from Mosul from a camp in Laylan, 15 km (9 miles) east of Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

A PUK official says the Coalition bombed a Daesh IED and car bomb factory in east Mosul, killing 6 terrorists and destroying 6 vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia] The official also says Daesh launched a search campaign for its terrorists who escaped the battles in Baiji and arrested 250 of them, then executed 23. Daesh also executed another civilian, accusing him of communicating with the Iraqi forces and the Coalition. [PUKMedia]

 

A Peshmerga source says 12 Daesh fighters were killed and 2 of their vehicles destroyed in a Peshmerga shelling near Bashiqa. [ARA]

 

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

 

A Peshmerga commander says his troops shelled Daesh heavily in Khorsabad, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Xendan]

 

A Kurdish source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh explosives storehouse in Qaraj, an Arab-majority area of Makhmur, killing 10 Daesh members and wounding 5. [IraqPress]

 

Other Governorates   

KURDISTAN

The American Ambassador to Iraq and the US Consul in Erbil meet with Gorran’s General Coordinator in its headquarters in Suleimaniya. Mahmoud Othman, a much respected Kurdish politician, says the Americans will also meet with the other Kurdish parties because instability in the IKR is a “red line” for them. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Moqtada Al-Sadr says the demonstrations in Iraq will continue and says the government should not prevent them. [Qurtas]

 

A security source says security forces captured a “dangerous” terrorist in Suwaira in north Wasit. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Northern Syria

A source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (an alliance of Syrian armed groups including the YPG) says the Coalition provided the SDF with 120 tons of weapons and ammunition (not 50 as reported by many other sources) and added 50 more tons through Iraqi borders. The source says the SDF decided with the Coalition to liberate Raqqa. The start date depends on many factors but it might start early next year. He also says many Arab tribes in the area pledged allegiance to Daesh because of fear and now there are communications with them. [Welati]

 

A PYD official says the PYD will not open a representation office in Russia. [Welati]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide bombers (photo) attacked a YPG location east of Suluk, near the Turkish border, killing and wounding many of them. [Dump] [Dump]

 

Daesh says it killed 2 YPG fighters in an ambush near Ain Eissa. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing the YPG near Ain Eissa. [ShareText] [ShareText]

 

A field source says Daesh attacked the YPG in Tal Brak with a vehicle bomb but the Kurdish forces destroyed it. Daesh terrorists then attacked the YPG and the clashes are still going on since the early hours of Thursday. [BasNews]

 

The YPG says a YPG Arab fighter was killed by a Daesh landmine in Tal Abyad on Wednesday. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say the Coalition airpower bombed Daesh locations near Shaddadi and near Mount Abdul Aziz and other areas in Hasaka countryside. [ARA]

 

Daesh says 8 people were killed and 43 wounded in the airstrikes on Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling the YPG in Um Barameel in Raqqa. [ShareText] [ShareText]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its “safety and protection” office in Raqqa. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes photos of cutting off a man’s hand accusing him of theft. [JustPaste]

 

Northwestern Syria

Local sources say Daesh is forcing all men age 14 to 30 in Manbij to become Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

A Daesh sniper killed a 23 years old Kurdish man while he was visiting his family in Ihris. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing the Syrian army in several areas in Aleppo. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the result of the Syrian bombing on Al-Bab. Daesh says a person was killed and 6 wounded in the bombing. [JustPaste] [Archive] [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Syrian bombing on a village near Al-Safira, just east of Aleppo. [Archive]

 

Turkish border shot at Syrian refugees trying to cross the border to Turkey, killing a Syrian Armenian young man. [BasNews]

 

Eastern Syria

A local source says Daesh forced taxes of 200 Syrian Lira (USD 4) on every dunam, 1,000 sq meters (10,764 sq feet), of agricultural land in addition to 10% of the harvest in Deir Al-Zor. [ARA]

 

Central and Western Syria
Daesh publishes another video from its terrorists in Damascus to the people of Jerusalem. [Archive]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY

Two Turkish MPs say they have documents prove that the Turkish government imported the materials used to manufacture sarin gas and send them to Syria. They say all the details are in a court case in Adana. [SANA]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Lebanon. Lebanese authorities say they arrested a Daesh group including a sharia official in the Ain Al-Hilwe camp in Saida. The group admitted they were gathering information in order to attack the Lebanese Army and assassinate officials and target several areas in Lebanon with car bombs. [Mayadeen]

 

Egypt. Daesh publishes a summary of its attacks in Sinai for the month of Dhi Al-Hijja. [Archive]

 

Afghanistan. Daesh publishes a message for its terrorists in Afghanistan. [Archive]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

An Iraqi Special Forces page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/aldolawekaleeb2

https://twitter.com/Fathialnmer3

https://twitter.com/czThYbAD2ynAmK1

 

 

October 21, 2015

 

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

ANBAR

The Commander of the Tribal Fighters in Anbar says only 3,000 Daesh fighters remain in Anbar cities and 40% of them are not Iraqis. He says Daesh suffered heavy losses during the current battles near Ramadi and Falluja. [Mada]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi commando unit killed 2 Daesh terrorists in Nuaimiya just south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Ameriyat Al-Falluja police chief says security forces arrested a Daesh cell of 6 members responsible for bringing car bombs to the city. He says 2 more car bombs were found and defused today. [Mada]

However, IWMC says three Iraqi policemen were killed while defusing one of the car bombs in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. Two suspects, who brought the car from Rutba, were arrested.  [IWMC Report] As explained by a member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council, 3 members of the anti-explosives team were killed while trying to defuse a car bomb in the city. [Baghdadia]

 

The Police Chief of Ameriyat Al-Falluja says the Daesh car bomb cell was trying to move some of the car bombs to Baghdad. [Sumaria]

The Chief also reported that Daesh rocketed a civilian area in the city, wounding a woman and three children. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the Iraqi Army 8th Brigade supported by local tribal fighters captured the Albu Daaij village north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 32 terrorists and wounded 2, destroyed 2 vehicles and a motorcycle, and defused an IED in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit killed 7 terrorists and destroyed their hideout in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack with several suicide bombers north of Ramadi, killing 8 terrorists and wounding many others. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces attacked Daesh in Albu Aitha, killing many. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and a colonel wounded. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cleared the Albu Ali Al-Jassim area northwest of Ramadi completely from Daesh. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Daesh IEDs seized in Albu Farraj. [YouTube]

A video of the IAA bombing Albu Farraj on Saturday [MoD]

 

The Mayor of Hsaiba, 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Ramadi, says Iraqi forces need to liberate the remaining areas of East Hsaiba quickly in order to stop Daesh from using it to shell Khaldiya and Habbaniya. He also says the humanitarian situation in the liberated areas of Hsaiba is difficult and people lack food, services and fuel. [Mada]

 

The IFP commander says his troops rocketed a vehicle in Juwaiba, 17 km (10.5 miles) east of Ramadi, killing 9 Daesh members. [Mada]

 

Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in Albu Chlaib west of Ramadi with 2 vehicle bombs but Iraqi forces destroyed both of them. Three Iraqi soldiers were killed. [IWMC Report]

 

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says the KH rocketed Daesh with Katyushas in different areas in Ramadi, killing 13 Daesh members and wounding 10. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Coalition aircraft destroyed a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles west of Ramadi city, killing the terrorists inside them. [Baghdadia]

 

Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist and wounded 2 others as they were trying to launch rockets at an unspecified location in Anbar. [IWMC Report]

 

Hit/Haditha

An Anti-Terrorism Service source says Iraqi F-16s bombed a Daesh media and intelligence center in Hit, killing 80 terrorists. [Baghdadia]

 

Jazeera Operations Command troops liberated the Ismailiyah area and the orchards near Baghdadi and seized 2 vehicles and a rocket launcher. Jazeera Operations Command also found 49 IEDs and 9 booby-trapped houses during a military operation east of Baghdadi.  [IWMC Report]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops defused 675 IED east of Baghdadi and detonated dozens of double-trigger IEDs they couldn’t defuse. He also says Daesh put hundreds of IEDs on the roads and in citizens’ houses in the villages and areas near Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

The Press Freedom Association says unknown armed men shot at a press convoy coming back from covering the events in Baghdadi, wounding 2 journalists (one from Extra News, one from an Iranian news agency). [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The Salahuddin Operations Commander says more than 300 Daesh fighters were killed in the fighting in Baiji. [PUKMedia]

The IWMC says 19 Daesh mass graves were found in Baiji so far with 365 bodies in them. [Mada]

 

The leader of a Sunni bloc in the CoR says the victory in Baiji was good and “clean” and asks the PMFs not to repeat what happened in Tikrit (when Sunni residents were abused by PMFs). [Sumaria]

 

The PMF spokesman says Daesh is fighting desperately in Al-Fatha because of its strategic importance. He also says Iraqi forces advanced to the Fatha Bridge from the west while the eastern areas are still under Daesh control. [Sumaria]

A video of the PMFs in Al-Fatha [YouTube]

 

The PMF spokesman says the PMFs will move from Al-Fatha towards Al-Riyadh and Al-Rashad in the Hawija area. [Ghad] A member of Kirkuk GC says 900 PMF fighters have arrived in Fatha. [Ghad]

The spokesman of Kata’eb Hezbollah, however, says the reports about preparations to liberate Hawija are not true because, unlike Baiji, there are still civilian families trapped there. [Ghad]

 

The PMFs say they captured Al-Shatt Village east of Baiji from Daesh. [Harbi]

PMFs defused a Daesh car bomb east of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF commander says his troops found the bodies of 4 Chechens in the fertilizer factory in Baiji, hanged by Daesh for escaping from the battle. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP Commander says his troops found 8 Daesh communications devices, cameras, CDs, and important documents about Daesh movements in Baiji. [Baghdadia]

 

PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Juwari and forced them to retreat. Three PMFs were wounded. [IWMC Report]

The IFP says its men found a Daesh car bomb factory in Albu Juwari and another one in the 600 Area (so named because it has 600 houses). [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

IWMC says the IFP found an explosives hideout north of Baiji. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the fighting in Mount Makhoul and says it captured some Iraqi Army positions in the area. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Shirqat

A Badr source says Iraqi forces coming from Baiji are only 15 km (9 miles) away from Shirqat. [Harbi]

 

A PUK official says hundreds of Daesh members’ families are leaving Shirqat and Hawija towards the Nineveh Plain villages where Daesh occupies the houses of displaced Christians and other minorities. [PUKMedia]

 

Samarra

Daesh publishes photos of the fighting near Samarra Barrage (dam). [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Daesh publishes photos of executing 2 men accused of spying. [JustPaste]

 

BAGHDAD

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a Shia gathering in Nahrawan in east Baghdad, wounding 8 people. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The annual Shia ceremonies for Ashura have started. Hundreds of thousands of people are walking to Kerbala and there are many guest services locations run by volunteers along the roads to Kerbala. Every year these gatherings get attacked by Daesh or other Sunni armed groups, especially in the Baghdad area. This is the first reported attack for this Ashura.  

 

A Council of Ministers source says Prime Minister Abadi will sue the Speaker of the CoR for not implementing the 30% cut on the MPs salaries. Abadi issued the cut within his reform package 3 months ago. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. The CoR salaries are highly excessive and 30% is not an unfair reduction, but we think it will be argued that CoR salaries are not, legally speaking, under the PM’s authority.

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says PM Abadi “has no right” to give guarantees to the US that Russia will not conduct airstrikes in Iraq. Reports say the PM assured the Americans he won’t Russian request airstrikes on Daesh. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. A question to the Chairman: So who does have the right?

 

Informed sources close to the new “Information Center” say Russia provided Iraq with equipment to protect soldiers from chemical weapons and it will be given to the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. [Sumaria]

 

The deputy chairman of the PMF Committee sends a written letter to PM Abadi saying the budget for the PMF salaries is “thin” and should be reconsidered. He says the government allocated one trillion Iraqi dinars (around USD 800 million) out of the requested 2 trillion, and only one-third of that amount was released. [Iraq Press]

 

Security forces defused 6 IEDS and confiscated weapons and explosives in several areas around Baghdad.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh says it blew up an AAH vehicle and an Iraqi Army vehicle with 2 IEDs in Yusufiyah. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • Two civilians were killed and 4 wounded in an IED explosion near a commercial area in Basmaya in southeast Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Shula in northwest Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 8. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Suwaib in southwest Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 5. [Mada]
  • A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in Radwaniya in southwest Baghdad, killing 3 civilians and wounding 5. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAF conducted 31 sorties, destroying 2 hideouts and 4 rocket launchers and a vehicle bomb in Sinjar. The IAF also destroyed Daesh combat positions and 3 vehicle bombs in Ramadi in addition to an IED factory in Hit. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says 5 Iraqi soldiers were wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in Mansouriya east of Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says security forces arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in west Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A member of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says Iraqi forces supported by local tribal fighters stopped a Daesh attack on the Shirwin villages, 45 km (28 miles) northeast of Baquba. He says Daesh terrorists in north Muqdadiya attack the towns and villages of Diyala from time to time. [Iraq Press]

 

A security source says a civilian was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his small bus in Muqdadiya. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi policeman by detonating an IED on his car in Abu Saida. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in his car in Abu Saida. [Baghdadia]

 

A local source says 2 mortar shells fell on a house in Mukhaisa wounding a young boy. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

An MP from Kirkuk says the Minister of Interior approved release of the salaries of 1,170 policemen from Hawija that had been held up for months. The Minister also ordered the policemen to attend a 3-month training program in Baghdad in order to be able to hold the ground after the liberation of Hawija. [Iraq Press]

 

A security source says the Daesh military commander for the east side of Hawija was killed with four of his associates in Al-Riyadh, 45 km (28 miles) west of Kirkuk city, in a Coalition airstrike on his vehicle. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says the Coalition bombed Daesh in villages in Al-Multaqa subdistrict west of Kirkuk city, killing 7 Daesh members from Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

A Kirkuk police source says security forces arrested 5 persons wanted on terrorism charges in north and central Kirkuk. [Mada]

Kirkuk police say they arrested 40 people on terrorism suspicions in the Wahed Huzairan area in south Kirkuk. [Ghad]

 

A video showing a group of detained Hawija Sunni PMFs sitting on the ground, being accused by a Shia PMF leader of shooting at Daesh with blanks. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. This is an awful incident whatever the truth happens to be.

 

NINEWA

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh arrested 47 people from the Lihaib and Jubour tribes and executed 13 of them for allegedly cooperating with Iraqi security forces. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh blew up a building of the College of Agriculture in Hammam Al-Alil that it used previously as a weapons storehouse. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh’s “minister of finance” was killed with 6 of his associates in a Coalition airstrike near Badoush, 35 km (22 miles) northwest of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Sinjar, killing 16 terrorists including foreigners. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Daesh launched an attack on the Peshmerga in Sinjar from three sides on Tuesday evening to regain control over the road between Mosul and Syria, but the Kurdish forces supported by Coalition warplanes stopped the attack. He also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in several areas in Ninewa killing more than 30 terrorists including important local and foreign leaders. [PUKMedia]

 

An Iraqi commander says 13 people escaped a Daesh prison in Tal Afar, including 3 Army colonels and 2 captains in addition to civilians. [IslamMemo] Another source says 8 prisoners escaped a Daesh prison in Tal Afar. [BasNews]

 

The Peshmerga says the Coalition airpower bombed Daesh more than 4 times in Ashiq northwest of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of whiplashing a man accused of adultery. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates   

KURDISTAN

President Barzani meets with the British Ambassador to Iraq to discuss the current situation in the IKR and the fight against Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

The KRG’s Prime Minister will hold discussions with the Kurdish political parties to fill the ministries of Gorran. The PUK send a memo to the KDP requesting an “explanation” for the firing of Gorran ministers and other officials. [Rudaw]

 

Photos of demonstrations in Halabja [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. Further demonstrations have occurred in Suleimaniya but have not received extensive news coverage. Halabja is close to the Iran border in an area where Islamic parties are strong.

 

A KRG official meets with a representative from the Iraqi Ministry of Migration to discuss the legal affairs of the displaced persons in Kurdistan and how to provide them with services. The official says 286,000 displaced families are living in the IKR. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

PMF commanders say Jurf Al-Sakhar and its surrounding areas in North Babel, which were liberated from Daesh more than a year ago, are still not habitable because of land mines, IEDs, and booby-trapped houses. They also say many Daesh members are trying to return with the displaced families. The Ministry of Environment signed a contract with a German company to remove the land mines but the contract was not implemented because of the financial crisis. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment. This area was one of the main strongholds of Daesh, and AQI before that. Thousands of people were killed while traveling on the road between Baghdad and the southern governorates before it was liberated last year. The area is mixed Sunni and Shia and many Sunni families say they are not allowed to return to their houses. This problem is happening and will happen in many former Daesh-controlled areas. Even in Sunni areas in Salahuddin, the tensions between the tribes are very high because of Daesh crimes, and Sunni tribes are not allowing some families accused of being Daesh associates to return.

 

A security source says security forces found a car bomb and light weapons in a house in Kerbala. [Harbi]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Christian organizations in Jazeera oppose the PYD’s latest move to change the school curriculums to the Kurdish language. The PYD also prevented Kurdish children studying in private Christian schools from going to their classes in order to force them to study in Kurdish in the public schools. [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a seriously negative development indicating that the PYD intends to establish its own governmental entity in northern Syria and will force non-Kurds to live under their rules. The US is supporting the YPG militarily but hopefully this will not include any implied approval for self-serving PYD power plays like this. Such moves are likely to anger Arabs and increase support for Daesh.

 

The YPG rejects the reports about allowing the Rojava Peshmerga (Syrian Kurds trained in Iraq) to enter Syria. [ROJ]

 

The Notables Council in Tal Abyad announced officially the self-administration in Tal Abyad. People who oppose the move say it makes the city part of Kobane instead of Raqqa. [Welati] [Welati]

 

A local activist says the Syrian Army captured Tal Sabeen in Aleppo’s eastern countryside after forcing Daesh to retreat in the face of heavy bombing and rocketing. However, Daesh forced the Syrian Army to retreat from another village in the same area after detonating a car bomb in the village that killed 10 soldiers. [ARA]

 

Daesh says a man and a woman were wounded in a bombing on Al-Bab. [CDN] [CDN]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Tal Ta’ana in east Aleppo. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the Syrian shelling on Al-Safirah. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes a video message from its terrorists in Homs to the people of Jerusalem. [Archive]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

English translation of Daesh spokesman’s latest speech [Archive]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English [Archive]

 

Bahrain. The office of the General Attorney in Bahrain says 24 Daesh suspects (8 arrested and 16 escaped) will face trial in December. [Anadolu]

 

Egypt. Daesh publishes photos of a damaged M113 Egyptian Army armored vehicle it says it destroyed in south Sheikh Zuweid. [Store1] [Store1]

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored vehicle in Arish, killing or wounding everyone inside it. The Egyptian authorities say the vehicle was destroyed by a roadside IED, wounding an officer and 10 soldiers. [Anadolu]

 

Libya. Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Laithi in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

The Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna says they arrested a top Daesh local commander near Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Algeria. Daesh publishes an audio message from its terrorists in Algeria. The speaker says Daesh represents the real Salafism. He threatens Russia and China in addition to the West. [Archive]  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Gaddafi page from Libya

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/mas_ansar

https://twitter.com/matodha1

https://twitter.com/abuayisha19

October 20, 2015

 

 

 

1

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

ANBAR

The Chairman of Anbar GC asks PM Abadi to release the results of the investigations into the fall of Falluja and Ramadi and send the military and security commanders implicated to military courts. [Sumaria]

 

An MP from Anbar says 5,000 fighters from different tribes of Anbar are participating in the battles in Ramadi. He also says these fighters haven’t received their salaries. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit killed a Daesh terrorist in Hitawiyeen south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit killed 3 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in Subaihat village in Qarma.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A local PMF commander says Iraqi forces conducted a preemptive operation in Buhairat in Qarma, killing a Daesh sniper officer and 4 of his associates and destroying weapons and explosives hideouts. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 11 terrorists and wounded 1, and destroyed 5 vehicles and 3 hideouts and defused 3 IEDs in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi commander says security forces defused a car bomb in Ameriyat Al-Falluja center. [Baghdadia]

 

The Mayor of Ameriyat Al-Falluja says a Japanese organization opened a camp with 500 tents for displaced people in the subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

Iraqi forces “advanced” in Albu Farraj and Albu Aitha, killing “dozens” of terrorists and destroying Daesh locations and 6 vehicle bombs. Iraqi forces are also advancing in Jaraishi and the stadium areas (video). [IWMC Report] [MoD Website]

 

The IFP artillery shelled Daesh in East Hsaiba, east of Ramadi, killing many terrorists including 10 from Arab countries, and destroying 3 construction shovels and a vehicle with a machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

The IWMC says the Anti-Terrorism troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed the suicide bombers in Albu Chlaib west of Ramadi. [Ghad]

Another source says Iraqi forces supported by the IAA and the Coalition killed 20 suicide bombers and destroyed 17 vehicle bombs in Abu Chlaib and the surrounding area. [Baghdadia]

 

A Joint Operations Command source says reinforcements from the Golden Division arrived in Ramadi to join with Iraqi forces there to liberate the city. [Maalomah]

The Chairman of the District Council of Khaldiya says 900 more tribal fighters joined the training camp in Habbaniya to participate in the war against Daesh. [Rudaw]

The Chairman also says the Coalition destroyed 6 Daesh vehicle bombs attacking Iraqi forces, in Albu Chlaib and in Albu Farraj and other areas north of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces stopped a massive Daesh attack started on Monday morning on areas north of Anbar, killing 30 Daesh fighters and destroying their vehicles while 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed. He also says Iraqi forces advanced in the area after the attack. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the Al-Tash area south of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Albu Iyada west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated Al-Sunjuk in Hit, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists and capturing weapons and military equipment. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

IWMC says Iraqi forces cleared Baiji and Albu Juwari completely from Daesh after defusing IEDs and vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraqi forces should learn  not to advance into captured areas while there are still Daesh pockets behind them. This is not the first time Iraqi forces liberated some of these areas in and around Baiji, and they were forced to retreat more than once. The same could be said about Ramadi and Qarma, where we hear every day that Iraqi forces are “advancing,” and the IWMC forgets to mention when they retreat.

 

An IFP source says Iraqi forces cleared Al-Hay Al-Asry east of Siniya. The source also says Iraqi forces killed 10 Daesh fighters hiding in civilian houses in Albu Juwari. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source said Iraqi forces defused four booby-trapped buildings inside the Baiji refinery. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says 2 Daesh fighters were killed after being trapped house already booby-trapped by Daesh in west Baiji. [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says the IFP’s Anti-Explosives Unit found a big Daesh car bomb/IED factory within the cement factory in Baiji and defused 6 car bombs and 299 IEDs. [Sumaria]

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces found 27 car bombs with Syrian plates in east Baiji. [Mawazin]

 

The Iraqi Ground Troops Commander visits Baiji and meets with the Salahuddin Operations, PMF, and IFP commanders (video). [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 8 Iraqi Army vehicles and a bulldozer northwest of Baiji. [Dump]

 

An IFP source says Iraqi forces killed 6 Daesh fighters and destroyed 4 defense locations while advancing in Al-Fatah. [Harbi]

Video of the battles in Al-Fatha. [YouTube]

Daesh published a photo of the bodies of 2 Iraqi soldiers and says they were killed in Al-Fatha. [Dump]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces found three mass graves with 55 Daesh bodies in north Baiji.

A Salahuddin police commander says 300 displaced families arrived in Baiji from Daesh-controlled areas in Msahaq and Salman villages north of Baiji. [Mada]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi forces found a 700-meter long tunnel between the Baiji refinery and northwest Baiji. There is a video of the tunnel. [Harbi] [YouTube]

 

A video of the Christian PMFs rocketing Daesh in northern Salahuddin. [YouTube]

A video of an Al-Sumaria TV reporter in Baiji market. [Sumaria]

A video of PMFs confronted by a few Daesh fighters while clearing areas near Baiji. [YouTube]

A video of a captured Daesh fighter in Baiji. [Facebook]

A video of PMFs near the Al-Fatah Mosque in downtown Baiji. They say Daesh booby-trapped the mosque. [YouTube]

 

Shirqat

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded three people and shot two more, after accusing them of trying to escape Shirqat. [Mawazin]

 

Samarra

A PMF source says Saraya Al-Salam rocketed a Daesh hideout west of Samarra, killing 3 fighters and destroying 2 vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Samarra Operations Command troops arrested terrorism suspects and defused 23 IEDs in Sayyed Gharib and Mkaishifa. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces west of Samarra with Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

A Badr official says Iraqi forces found a big Daesh suicide bomber guest house, with terrorists from Syria and Mosul, in a compound near Mount Makhoul. [Sumaria]

 

The Deputy Chairman of Muthanna GC was wounded while fighting with the PMFs in Himrin Hills. [Buratha]

 

BAGHDAD

A source in Abadi’s office says the Prime Minister appointed Imad Al-Kharsan as the General Secretary of the Council of Ministers. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Mr. Al-Kharsan is an Iraqi American and was a high ranking official in the Coalition Provisional Authority.

 

PM Abadi meets with General Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Abadi’s office issued a statement saying the General congratulated Abadi on the recent victories in Baiji and Anbar. [Rudaw]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Defense meets in his office with General Joseph Dunford and the American Ambassador to Iraq. Both parties stressed strong relationships and the military cooperation between the two countries. [MoD Website]

 

The Foreign Affairs Minister meets with a Gorran delegation to discuss the political situation in Kurdistan and ways to solve the current crisis. [Baghdadia]

 

The Minister of Interior meets with a PUK delegation to discuss the security situation in Kirkuk. [Etejah]

 

The Commission on Integrity says 2 more arrest warrants were issued for the Minister of Trade and several other high ranking officials in the Ministry for corruption charges. [Sumaria]

 

An MP from Badr says Iraq needs both the International Coalition and the Quadripartite Coalition but Russia seems more serious about fighting Daesh because of its thousands of Russian and Chechen terrorists. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Saraya Al-Salam vehicle in Yusufiyah killing 2 of them and wounding 2. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and 7 wounded when a sticker IED exploded under a small bus in Bub Al-Sham in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Three civilians were killed and 7 wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hamamiyat in Taji in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Meshahda in north Baghdad killing a civilian. [Sumaria]
  • Two civilians were killed and 4 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Hay Al-Wihda in central Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • Two civilians were killed and 5 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Al-Amin in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Two civilians were killed and 6 wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Tal Mohammed in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot 3 prison guards in a civilian car on the Mohammed Al-Qassem Highway in east Baghdad, killing one of them and wounding 2. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in Dari’ya in Mada’in in south Baghdad killing 2 Sahwa fighters and wounding 5. [Baghdadia]

 

The Baghdad Operations Commander holds another reconciliation conference for tribes in south Baghdad.  [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The IAA conducted 10 sorties and the IAF 2, including a Daesh gathering west of Sinjar. [IWMC Report]

 

The PMF Media says the IWMC is trying to “promote” the Coalition’s role in Salahuddin at the expense of the PMFs. [BaghdadTimes]

 

A member of the Energy Committee in the CoR says the Iraqi government will not rehabilitate the Baiji refinery, finally liberated from Daesh, because it would cost so much that it might be better to build a new refinery. [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A police source says 3 persons were arrested for possible roles in the assassination attempt on the Diyala Governor yesterday. [Mada]

Daesh claims responsibility for the attack on the Diyala Governor and says its terrorists attacked his convoy with hand grenades, wounding him and killing one of his bodyguards and wounding 2. [Dump]

 

Muqdadiya

A local source says 2 mortar shells fell on a house in Mukhaisa, wounding 4 civilians. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed 2 Sahwa fighters in Hay Al-Askari in Muqdadiya. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says a farmer was killed when an IED exploded in a village in Abu Saida. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

A local source says Daesh executed 18 people in Hawija, accusing them of communicating with Iraqi security forces. The source says Daesh dragged some of them alive behind vehicles on the streets until they died, and hanged the bodies of others on electricity poles. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh near the Al-Safra airbase in Rashad, 65 km (40 miles) south of Kirkuk, killing 4 terrorists and wounding 7. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF vehicle near Daquq, killing 5 PMFs. [JustPaste]

 

A Kirkuk police commander says the police arrested 15 suspects in the terrorist attacks on Dibis. [Ghad]

 

NINEWA

A security source says Daesh burned 25 people alive in Mosul after accusing them of cooperating with the security forces. [Arabi21]

 

President Masoum confirms Nawfal Al-Aqoub as the new Governor of Ninewa. [Buratha]

 

A Kurdish security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in the Shakhouli village in Al-Khazer killing 10 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says the bodies of 4 Daesh commanders killed in Siniya arrived at the Forensics Department in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

He also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in two Ninewa areas, killing 15 and destroying 7 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

KURDISTAN

General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives in Erbil for an unannounced visit. [Sumaria]

President Barzani and General Dunford met in Erbil to discuss cooperation between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga and preparations for Mosul’s liberation. [Mawazin]

 

The head of the Peshmerga ministry, from the Gorran party, says the current problems in Kurdistan will not affect the Peshmerga’s ability to fight Daesh. He also says the Peshmerga and the KRG are ready to coordinate with the Iraqi forces to fight Daesh anywhere. [Mawazin]

 

The KDP wants to take the Kurdish positions in Baghdad away from Gorran, including the Chairman of the Kurdish Alliance in the CoR. Goran reps say “we won’t remain silent if that happens” and the Islamic Union says it would divide the Kurdish Alliance in Baghdad. [Rudaw]

 

A Gorran MP in the CoR says KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Baghdad is “partisan” and doesn’t represent the KRG. [Sumaria]

 

Barham Salih, the Second Deputy of the PUK Secretary-General and former KRG Prime Minister, meets with the British Ambassador and says the system for governing in Kurdistan needs to be revised. He says democracy in Kurdistan needs to be protected. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A Babel police source says 2 IEDs were found and defused in Iskandariya north of Hilla. [Mada]

 

The Intelligence Service in Najaf says 4 people were arrested trying to smuggle a gun shipment to Najaf. [Mada]

 

A security source says a member of the Kerbala GC, a Badr commander, was wounded in the fighting in Salahuddin. [Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Local sources say Russian and Syrian planes dropped leaflets on Al-Bab threatening Daesh fighters and telling them to surrender. [Welati]

A military source says a Daesh IED exploded on a YPG vehicle in Tal Tamr in Hasaka, killing 3 fighters. [BasNews]

Three more people were wounded in a Daesh landline explosion in Kobane countryside. [Welati]

Local sources say the Turkish military is planting land mines on the Syrian side of the border in Afrin. [Hawar]

The YPG says their troops stopped several Daesh attacks on Ain Eissa and Sarrin. [Hawar]

Field sources say the Syrian Army killed 3 Daesh fighters east of Deir Al-Zor. It also destroyed several Daesh vehicles near Deir Al-Zor airbase. [SANA]

Daesh publishes a video of the Syrian bombing on Tal Sabeen in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said the Turkish police have had their hands tied by the government, which in turn has thwarted efforts by investigators to crack down on the Daesh network in Turkey. [Cihan]

 

Ömer Faruk Eminağaoğlu, the President of the Turkish Judges’ Union, filed a complaint against the Turkish PM, Interior Minister, Ankara Governor, the National and Ankara Police Department chiefs and other officials, on six separate charges including misconduct, premeditated murder due to a negligent act, and public officers’ favoring perpetrators. [Cihan]

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Daesh audio newsletter in English for today. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes more videos to the people of Jerusalem. [Archive] [Archive]  

 

Egypt. Daesh says it stopped an Egyptian Army attack south of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, killing or wounding many soldiers and destroying 4 vehicles. [Dump]

 

Libya. Eyewitnesses say they identified one of the 3 people killed and crucified publicly in Sirte by Daesh an 84 years old Sufi mosque imam who had been bedridden for ten years. Daesh raided the imam’s farm, removed his family, seized his farm, then killed him for alleged sorcery (photo). [AkhbarLibya24]

 

Eyewitnesses say an unknown drone bombed Daesh east of Sirte, killing 3 terrorists. [LibyaAkhbar]

 

Daesh says it rocketed Libyan armed groups in Laithi in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

A Libyan commander says 5 civilians were killed, including children, when a random shell fell on Laithi. [AkhbarLibya24]

 

Afghanistan. Daesh says more terrorists graduated from its training camp in Afghanistan (photos). [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an Afghani police vehicle in Nangarhar, killing or wounding the policemen inside it. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh Iraqi page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ad77ad1

https://twitter.com/isis3005

https://twitter.com/Storm_rang19

October 19, 2015

 

Jacky Sutton

The Late Jacky Sutton

Ammar Al-Shahbander

The Late Ammar Al-Shahbander

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

A tragedy needing urgent attention

British journalist Ms. Jacky Sutton, the Iraq Director for the prestigious Institute for War and Peace Reporting, and formerly with the BBC, was found hanged at Istanbul Airport. [The Guardian] [Telegraph]

The Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, Saleem Al-Jubouri, expressed his sorrow and said she was traveling to Iraq to help its people. The Speaker asked the Turkish authorities to open an urgent investigation. [IraqiMediaNetwork]

The Iraqi National Union for Journalists expressed its sorrow and condolences. [Mada]

The Turkish newspaper Hürriyet claims she killed herself after missing her flight to Erbil. [Hürriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. This development is as unsettling as it is tragic. Hundreds of Iraqi journalists and civil society activists in Iraqi media and on social media expressed shock, sorrow, and anger over Ms. Sutton’s death. Iraq and the world’s journalists lost a good friend and a brave defender of the freedom of the press.

    DaeshDaily associates knew Ms. Sutton well, and also knew her predecessor Ammar Al-Shahbander, who was killed in a car bomb explosion on May 2 this year. Daesh claimed responsibility for that attack. [A3maq] We express our deepest condolences to Ms. Sutton’s family and colleagues.

    The circumstances of Jacky Sutton’s death are unclear, to say the least, but we agree with many others that it defies plausibility that a strong person like her would kill herself over a missed flight. Speaker Al-Jubouri has passed the right message to the Government of Turkey. We hope the British and American governments will pass the same message. We are all waiting impatiently for the answer.

 

An excellent article about Iraq by Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group [NYBooks]

 

ANBAR

A member of Anbar GC says Daesh is severely weakened in Anbar after losing hundreds of its men in recent battles. He says Daesh is using boats for transportation because its land routes by road were all cut off. [Mada]

 

An MP from Anbar says 1,300 people from Anbar have been imprisoned in Kerbala and Babel,  most of them after being forced to make confessions. He also says some families escaped Thirthar but a Shia militia released the women and took the men to an unknown place. [Sumaria]

 

Falluja

An Iraqi commander says Iraqi forces supported by the IAA advanced 2 km in Albu Daaij south of Falluja in a surprise attack. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of a bombing attack on Falluja and says there were no human casualties. [JustPaste]

 

A local PMF commander says Daesh controls less than half of Qarma district center and it’s under heavy bombing which has caused many of them to retreat to Falluja. He also says Iraqi forces will advance to Falluja in the coming days. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 12 Daesh suicide bombers disguised as Iraqi policemen attacking Iraqi forces in Al-Tameem just southwest of the city. Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and 5 wounded in the attack. [Baghdadia]

 

On Sunday, Iraqi airpower killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 mortars, a rocket launcher and 3 vehicles in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi. Iraqi forces also destroyed a vehicle bomb and killed its driver and destroyed a boat killing 5 Daesh fighters west of the city. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Jaraishi north of the city, killing many of them, and advanced in Albu Risha despite a Daesh vehicle bomb attack. [IWMC Report]

 

The Anti-Terrorism Service says Albu Risha north of the city was completely liberated and Iraqi forces captured the Palestine Bridge that leads to Ramadi center (photos). [AIN] [Qurtas]

Daesh has a completely different version. It says 2 of its suicide terrorists (a Russian and an Iraqi) attacked Iraqi forces in Albu Risha with 2 vehicle bombs, killing more than 20 of them. [Dump] Daesh publishes a remote photo of the suicide explosion. [CDN] Daesh says a third terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the same area. [Dump]

 

Daesh says a suicide bomber attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in Albu Iyada west of Ramadi, killing or wounding many of them, followed by an attack from other terrorists forcing Iraqi troops to retreat from the area they recently took. [Dump] Daesh publishes photos of one of the explosions and the fights in Albu Iyada. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says it forced Iraqi troops to retreat to the Olympic Stadium. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that two of its suicide terrorists (a British and a Syrian) attacked Iraqi forces in the Ramadi area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding 80 soldiers. [Dump]
Photos of the British and Syrian terrorists [CDN] [CDN]

 

A PMF unit says it defused 25 IEDs near Thirthar Lake. [Etejah]

 

The MoD publishes a video of the Iraqi ME28 helicopter targeting Daesh in Zangoura west of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Iraqi troops supported by Coalition airpower conducted a large military campaign near Baghdadi in Hit, killing 12 Daesh fighters and destroying 3 weapons hideouts, a vehicle bomb, and a truck with rocket launchers, in addition to defusing 172 IEDs. [Mada]

 

On Sunday, Jazeera Operations Command troops killed 3 Daesh fighters, destroyed a vehicle bomb, and defused 30 IEDs near Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces confiscated 3 thermal rockets and 18 cans of C4 explosives near Baghdadi. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAF launched 4 airstrikes on Daesh in Hit, destroying a car bomb factory, an ammunition storehouse, a Daesh gathering, and a vehicle bomb. The last airstrike killed the suicide bomber and his trainer. The airstrikes also killed several Daesh commanders including a Saudi and a Chechen. Daesh closed the area, cut off internet service, and issued a curfew after the airstrikes. [IWMC Report]

 

A PMF commander says his troops defused 2 car bombs with Kuwaiti plates in Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

IWMC said on Sunday that Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell detected a Daesh convoy coming from Syria. The convoy was divided into 3 groups and heading for 3 locations in Rawa: one for the leaders, one for explosives shipments, and the third for suicide bombers. The Cell then coordinated a rocket attack on the 3 locations, killing 47 terrorists.

The Al-Suqoor Cell also coordinated an IAF airstrike on a Daesh explosives factory in Al-Qa’im, killing 18 terrorists including an American and a Turk. [Al-Suqoor Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the results of the earlier bombing on Anah and says a civilian was killed and others wounded. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The court released Mr. Ahmed Nadhem, a member of Salahuddin GC arrested last week on “terrorism” charges. He blamed his arrest on a political front intended to prevent him from voting for a motion to remove the current Governor. The arrest succeeded in doing that. Nadhem says the Governor would not have been confirmed in his position if his vote had been counted. Three “witnesses” had accused Nadhem of transporting 3 Daesh members in his personal car. However, he was released after showing the judge his passport, proving he was outside Iraq during the time of the alleged event. [Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. We expressed our skepticism about this arrest before, based on our previous experience with Mr. Nadhem. Now it seems that he is no longer in trouble, but other people should be if the Prime Minister’s anti-corruption program is for real.

 

Baiji

On Sunday, Iraqi forces supported by the IAF continued their operations to clear Baiji District and the refinery, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists, destroying 3 vehicles, and defusing 8 IEDs. [IWMC Report]

The IFP Commander says his troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near the Baiji refinery. [Etejah]

 

Daesh used mortar shells filled with chlorine to stop Iraqi forces’ advances in Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

Photos of PMFs in downtown Baiji [AIN]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh forced 200 families from Zuwiya north of Baiji to go to Shirqat, fearing a popular uprising in Zuwiya in support of the Iraqi military campaign in the area. [Ghad]

 

Iraqi forces defused more than 100 IEDs in Baiji and Siniya. [IWMC Report]

 

On Sunday, Iraqi forces liberated the Shuwaish Village near Al-Fatha just northeast of Baiji.  [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Fatha, killing several terrorists. [IWMC Report]

Dash says it stopped 2 Iraqi forces attempts to advance in Al-Fatha, killing and wounding “dozens” of them and destroying 5 Humvees and 2 bulldozers. [Dump]

 

The IWMC says the IAA targeted Daesh in Al-Fatha, killing its military commander of the area. [Baghdadia]

A PMF commander says the IAF bombed 3 Daesh caves in Al-Fatha, killing 10 Daesh snipers. [Etejah]

 

The Anti-Terrorism 2nd Division Commander says Iraqi troops stopped a Daesh attack east of Baiji, killing 70 fighters. He also says Iraqi forces are advancing to the north and Daesh is trapped between Mount Makhoul and Himrin Hills. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles near Mount Makhoul. [JustPaste]

 

The PMFs say they killed a Daesh explosives expert called Qassem Kobane. [Buratha]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Iraqi forces northwest of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

A video of Daesh communications intercepted by PMFs, showing Daesh fighters obviously stressed and blaming each other. [YouTube]

 

Shirqat

A local source says the Daesh sharia judge of Mosul was killed in a Coalition airstrike on Shirqat. [IraqPress]

 

The PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces are advancing from Baiji to Shirqat. He also says Daesh booby trapped houses in Baiji, trying to slow the advance. [Qurtas]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops shelled 4 Daesh gatherings, destroyed a Daesh house, and defused 5 IEDs in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Iraqi troops and PMFs supported by the IAA and the IAF conducted a military operation near Himrin Hills, killing 9 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles carrying machine guns, 7 IEDs, 8 heavy machine guns, 2 gatherings, and a truck carrying an anti-aircraft machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

The IFP stopped an attack by a Daesh force coming from Himrin Hills, killing many terrorists, mostly foreigners. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces defused 27 IEDs in Dujail District in southern Salahuddin. [IWMC Report]

 

BAGHDAD

Military and political sources say the Quadripartite Coalition intelligence center has started its work and experts from Syria, Iran and Russia will arrive next week. [Mawazin]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says Russian drones are monitoring Daesh convoys in Iraq and Syria and give information to the Iraqi planes. [Mada]

 

Dozens of Council of Ministers employees demonstrated in Baghdad, rejecting the reduction in their salaries. [IraqPress]

 

The Minister of Trade denies the reports about his arrest in Baghdad International Airport on corruption charges. The Minister and other officials in his ministry will be questioned by the Integrity Court. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A member of the Health Committee in the CoR says 1,715 cholera cases were registered in Iraq. He says the main reason is the lack of chlorine in the water. [Xendan]

 

An MoI source says a car bomb exploded on Iraqi security forces in the Arab Jassem village in Yusufiyah, killing 2 of them and wounding 7. [Mada]

 

According to security sources:

  • A Ministry of Electricity employee was killed by unknown armed men while leaving his house in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a dentist and his secretary in his clinic in Tarmiya. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Saba’ Al-Bor in north Baghdad, killing 3 civilians and wounding 6. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian, using guns with silencers, in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Two mortar shells fell on a farm in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding 5 other civilians, all from the same family. [Mada]
  • A car bomb exploded in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, wounding 4 civilians. [Ghad]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 wounded when an IED exploded in Hay Al-Amel in southwest Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 8. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Military Intelligence Service says it found an explosives storehouse and confiscated 38 IEDs and other explosives in west Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

The Army 53rd Brigade killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle in Al-Rashad in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Army 23rd Brigade unit defused 2 IEDs in Khtaimiya near Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

An Iraqi Army 24th Brigade unit destroyed a hideout and killed the terrorists inside it in Lihaib in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Overall, the IAF conducted 18 sorties and the IAA 86. The Coalition airpower conducted 59 sorties on Sinjar, Mosul, Habbaniya, Baiji and Ramadi.

DaeshDaily comment. Notwithstanding some PMF denials, the MoD says Coalition airpower has been helping in the Baiji battle.

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A security source says the Diyala Governor survived an IED explosion on his convoy in south Baquba. [Baghdadia]

The Governor accused Daesh and “the corrupt” of the assassination attempt against him. [Sumaria]

 

Unknown armed men blew up a mosque in Wajihiya northeast of Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

Five civilians were killed and 7 wounded in an IED explosion in a market in Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

Unknown armed men shot and killed a taxi driver on the road between Baquba and Abbara. [Baghdadia]

 

Muqdadiya

Unknown armed men shot and killed a government employee in Muqdadiya. [Baghdadia]

 

Unknown armed men kidnapped 2 civilians on the road between Muqdadiya and Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

The commander of the local PMFs in Hawija says security forces, PMFs and Peshmerga liberated the Tal Khadija village near Al-Rashad, cutting Daesh supply lines from Hawija. He also says 5,000 local tribal fighters will participate in the Hawija liberation in the coming days. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces shelled a Daesh hideout in Hawija, based on intelligence information, killing 5 snipers. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF spokesman says it’s unlikely that the KRG will prevent Iraqi forces from advancing towards Hawija. He says Iraqi forces advanced earlier to disputed areas in Diyala and the KRG didn’t oppose that. [Maalomah]

 

An MP from Kirkuk says Iraqi forces broke Daesh’s outer defense lines in Hawija and asks security forces to provide secure passage for displaced families. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on Hawija. [A3maq]

 

The Commission on Integrity says two of its investigators (a Turkmen and an Arab) were assassinated in Kirkuk. [Maalomah]

 

The bodies of 3 men were found shot and buried near Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

The Ninewa Operations Command headquarters was moved to Makhmur near the front line between the Peshmerga and Daesh which might signal the start of the Ninewa liberation operation. [Karemlash]

 

A Peshmerga commander says the Coalition airpower bombed Daesh 20 km (12.5 miles) south of Makhmur, killing 14 terrorists. [Rudaw]

 

Mosul

The spokesman for PM Abadi says the Peshmerga will have an essential role in liberating Mosul. He also says the Iraqi government is keen on coordinating with the KRG about the Ninewa operation. [Rudaw]

 

The IWMC says 17 Daesh members were killed in a Coalition airstrike on Mosul. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says 7 Daesh members were killed and 10 of their vehicles destroyed in clashes with tribes in Hammam Al-Alil south of Mosul. [Maalomah]

 

Reports about several popular armed operations against Daesh south of Mosul and sudden disappearances of Daesh leaders [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. The disappearances might mean they were killed or they are trying to hide. Many Saddam officers spread rumors about their death after 2003 in order not to be prosecuted. They are recycling old tricks, perhaps.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters attacked a Daesh vehicle in Al-Qusiyat north of Mosul, killing 3 terrorists. The KM also says its fighters killed a Daesh guard near Ghizlani camp. [KM Facebook Page] [KM Facebook Page]

 

A member of Ninewa GC says Daesh arrested several relatives of Ninewa’s new Governor. [Baghdadia]

 

A local source from Mosul says Daesh tightened its security procedures in the city fearing the Iraqi forces attack on Shirqat. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Daesh is executing anyone who mentions the liberation of Baiji. [Buratha]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed 10 police officers in Mosul. The victims were arrested last week. [Karemlash]

 

A security source says Daesh executed 33 of its members who ran away from Baiji. [Karemlash]

 

The Free Officers Movement says Daesh opened 23 schools in Mosul for children, to spread takfir and train them on weapons. [Karemlash]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Security sources say unknown armed men kidnapped a Daesh commander responsible for executing government employees after he left his house (a professor’s house). Ahmed Talla was a Saddam officer from Tal Afar who left to Afghanistan after being a prisoner in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and joined Al-Qaeda, then changed sides to Daesh. [Karemlash]

 

IWMC says the Coalition, in coordination with the Iraqi Intelligence Service, bombed Daesh in Zumani west of Sinjar, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying several mortars.[Ghad]

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition airpower bombed Daesh near Sinjar killing 48 terrorists. The source also says the Coalition killed 5 more terrorists near Kasiq. [Sumaria]

 

Other Governorates   

KURDISTAN

The KDP says the Iraqi Minister of Finance informed the KRG that PM Abadi promised to pay the delayed salaries of the Peshmerga for 2 months in addition to other KRG allocations. [Erem]

 

The Islamic Movement in Kurdistan says it suggested a new initiative to solve the current political crisis in Kurdistan. The Movement also says it met with all the parties and they showed their readiness to work on solving the issue. [Sumaria]

 

A Gorran MP in the CoR says Baghdad should intervene in the situation in Kurdistan. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

A Kurdish field source says the YPG deployed hundreds of fighters, and heavy weapons and tanks and armored vehicles in Sarrin, preparing to attack Raqqa. The source says Daesh is deploying its fighters to stop the attack. [BasNews]

Daesh says the Syrian regime launched more than 50 airstrikes on Tal Sabeen in east Aleppo, destroying many houses. The Syrian Army tried then to advance in the area, but Daesh says it stopped them, killing or wounding “dozens” of them and destroying a tank and 3 vehicles. [Dump]

 

Three civilians were killed and 14 wounded in a Daesh shelling of east Homs. [SANA]

Local sources say Daesh issued a compulsory military service decree on all men age 14 to 40 in its areas of control in Syria. [RaiAlyoum]

 

A video of Daesh terrorists whiplashing 4 women publicly, accusing them of trespassing on Daesh property. The terrorist who announced the sentence said it was issued by the Daesh Saudi judge of the area. He also says there was no proof of theft, otherwise the women’s hands would have been cut off. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes video messages from its terrorists in Aleppo and Deir Al-Zor to the people of Jerusalem. [Archive] [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Al-Bab in Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in several areas in east Aleppo countryside. [A3maq]

 

A video of Daesh terrorists training a 3 or 4 year old boy under military fire, allegedly in Raqqa [YouTube]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

Turkish authorities say they identified one of the suicide bombers of the double attack in Ankara on October 10 and arrested 11 suspects and confiscated weapons and ammunition and tons of materials used to make explosives. [Anadolu]

A Turkish opposition leader says the Turkish authorities arrested more people for expressing their opinion on Twitter than Daesh members. He also accused Erdogan of protecting Daesh and says without this protection the terrorist attack in Ankara wouldn’t have happened. [Xendan]

Turkish media sources say the authorities arrested a Daesh cell that was training boys aged 10-14 in a cellar in Istanbul. The Turkish authorities also arrested 50 foreigners (mostly Uzbek and Tajik) trying to travel to Syria to join Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

The Turkish Prime Minister says the drone that was shot down last week over Turkey was Russian made but it might belong to the Syrian government or the Kurds in Syria. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Daesh audio newsletter in English for today [Archive]

 

Jordan. Jordanian authorities questioned an Iraqi businessman living in Amman about his alleged role in delivering 280 Toyotas to Daesh. The vehicles were imported to Jordan for the businessman, came to the duty-free zone in Zarqa near Amman, and were then exported tax-free to Iraq. [BalqaToday]  

 

The Jordanian State Security Court sentenced 7 men to 1-3 years in prison for promoting Daesh using the internet. [IslamMemo]

 

Yemen. Daesh publishes a video message from its terrorists in Hadhramaut to the people of Jerusalem. [Archive]

 

Egypt. The Egyptian army says it bombed several terrorists transporting weapons and ammunition in Siwa (photos). [Youm7]

 

Libya. The Libyan Special Forces mourn the death of the chief of the intelligence service in Ajdabiya and say he was killed by unknown armed men. [LibyaAkhbar]

Daesh claims responsibility for the assassination. [Dump]

 

The National Committee for Human Rights says Daesh executed 3 civilians in Derna. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh kills a Libyan soldier and a Christian Sudanese citizen. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia. The Tunisian MoI says security forces arrested 6 cells of 27 terrorists, including 5 women, specializing in recruiting and sending terrorists to other countries. [IslamMemo]

 

Some Daesh twitter accounts reported the death of Abu Talha Al-Alamani, the German rapper turned terrorist. [Twitter]

DaeshDaily comment. Several such reports appeared in April and turned out not to be true. DaeshDaily published a photo of him in September, in Mosul, with a tribal leader from Falluja.  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

The spokesman of the Egyptian military page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/a62228682df6403

https://twitter.com/wajdalhirap

https://twitter.com/guyjlgyjuylij

October 16, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

Iraq claims a decisive victory at the Baiji refinery and in Siniya and other locations in Salahuddin.

In Kurdistan, uncompromising statements by the KDP and Gorran, but a peace-making initiative by the PUK.

 

ANBAR

The IAF launched 5 airstrikes in Anbar, destroying 6 weapons storehouses and several Daesh gatherings in the stadium area. [IWMC Report]

The Coalition launched 21 airstrikes in Anbar, killing many terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles and 7 locations. [IWMC Report]

 

Falluja

The IAA targeted Daesh gatherings in Albu Shijil, killing 7 terrorists and wounding 9. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Malahma and Albu Shahab west of Falluja, killing 7 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles carrying machine guns. [Baghdadia]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 15 terrorists, destroyed 2 vehicles and 2 hideouts, and defused 26 IEDs in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the fighting in Qarma. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Khaldiya says Iraqi forces supported by Coalition planes launched attacks on Daesh in Ramadi District from all sides, killing 28 terrorists and destroying “dozens” of vehicles. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces launched an attack on Daesh in Al-Tameem, just across the river from Ramadi. They  liberated the first residential compound in Tameem in addition to the Ceramics Factory and the Ministry of Trade storehouses near the Ramadi Silo, killing 15 Daesh terrorists and destroying 10 vehicle bombs.

Iraqi forces also advanced from Albu Chlaib in the west and reached Albu Risha, around 6 km away from the city. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraqi forces advanced previously in some of these areas, more than once in places, but momentum and control of territory is not the same as victory. Daesh usually depends on the “hit and run” style. The word “control” is not what it seems when fighting Daesh. You don’t need to be in control of an area to kick your enemy out of it. Daesh’s presence in many areas, including Mosul, is about capturing several buildings, mosques and compounds and making occasional appearances in the streets for executions. Daesh keeps spreading the propaganda that it’s a “state,” but that’s not how it operates. 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured 3 more areas in Tameem and are preparing to capture the rests of it. [Baghdadia]

A security source says the IAF in coordination with Anti-Terrorism troops destroyed a big Daesh car bomb factory in Tameem. [Etejah]

 

IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed Daesh mines and IEDs planted west of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 10 Daesh suicide bombers attacking Iraqi military posts west of Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says a Daesh local commander and 2 of his associates were killed in an airstrike on Albu Dhiab north of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the Iraqi Army 8th Division’s artillery, in coordination with a recon drone, destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns and 2 oil tankers and killed several terrorists in Al-Abra south of Ramadi. [Harbi]

 

A video of the battles in Ramadi [YouTube]

 

A video of an IAA helicopter targeting Daesh [Facebook]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops, supported by tribal fighters and Coalition airpower, launched a major campaign to liberate the areas around Baghdadi subdistrict. They killed 34 Daesh members and wounded 18; destroyed 3 vehicle bombs and 3 booby-trapped houses; and defused 62 IEDs. He also says his troops are advancing toward Daesh occupied areas in western Anbar. [Mada]

 

Jazeera Operations Command says Iraqi forces liberated the eastern areas of Baghdadi, killing 40 Daesh and destroying 2 motorcycles and defusing 85 IEDs and a Humvee bomb. [AIN] The Command denied the report about Daesh shelling the residential compound in Baghdadi. [AIN]

Daesh says it destroyed 8 Iraqi Army vehicles at the eastern entrance of Baghdadi, killing and wounding “dozens” of soldiers. Daesh also says one of its suicide terrorists detonated a vehicle bomb in the same area, killing or wounding many more. [Dump]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says a Coalition airstrike killed the Daesh “emir” of Hit, the Syrian Ibrahim Al-Halabi, and 4 of his associates in an airstrike on the Hit Education Directorate, used by Daesh as a headquarters. The source also says the Coalition intensified its airstrikes in western Anbar to cut off Daesh supply lines to Ramadi. [Mada]

Another source says the Coalition killed 30 Daesh members in an airstrike on Hit. [Baghdadia]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Hit. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Iraq Press, a pro-Baathist website, published the same photos and says 10 civilians were killed and 4 wounded in the airstrike. [IraqPress]

 

Western Anbar

The Anbar Governor says PM Abadi agreed to reopen the Trebil border crossing with Jordan after it was secured from Daesh on both sides. [AIN]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

The IWMC says Iraqi forces completely liberated the Baiji refinery, Siniya, Qarya Assriya, and the Sukaria intersection and several areas near the Makhoul Mountains. Iraqi forces also shot down a Daesh drone in the area. [Ghad]

The Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Service Commander says Iraqi forces liberated the Baiji refinery and moved forward 10 km (6 miles) to the north. He says Iraqi forces will continue on to Shirqat. [IraqiMediaNetwork]

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces killed 60 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 37 vehicles and defused 85 IEDs in the Baiji and Siniya battles. [Mada]

The IFP’s Special Forces Commander says that since the start of the Siniya fighting Iraqi forces have killed 140 Daesh fighters and destroyed 240 IEDs and several car bombs. He also says 6 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 10 wounded. He says Iraqi troops are establishing sand barriers and clearing Siniya of IEDs and sleeper cells. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The numbers of Daesh casualties don’t seem proportional to the size of the area and the tens of thousands of Iraqi troops deployed there. However, Daesh depends less on numbers of fighters and more on suicide bombers, vehicle bombs, IEDs, booby-trapped houses and snipers. As for the sleeper cells, Daesh usually throws its foreign fighters into such close encounters since they have no way of surviving if they remain after a losing battle. Most of its Iraqi fighters will flee or just pretend to be civilians. Iraqi troops discovered some wigs and fake beards in Baiji during the last couple of days. 

 

A Joint Operations Command source says Iraqi forces supported by local tribes started the campaign to liberate Fatha northeast of Baiji. [Mada]

 

IWMC rejected the reports that the IAF is using Su-30 Russian jets to bomb Daesh in Salahuddin and says Russia gave Iraq Su-25, Mi-28 and Mi-35 planes. Russian and Iraqi media sources had reported that Iraq used the Su-30 in Salahuddin. [Ghad] [Baghdadia]

 

A video of the Iraqi Golden Division in a battle in Baiji [YouTube]

A video of the Iraqi forces in Baiji. [YouTube]

 

A video of the AAH showing 2 Daesh dead bodies, and a claim that one of them is British and the other Palestinian [YouTube]

 

Shirqat

A security source says Daesh deployed snipers in Shirqat while many of its leaders left for Mosul, anticipating an Iraqi attack on Shirqat. [BasNews]

 

Local sources say unknown armed men shot and killed 2 Daesh members in Shirqat. [AIN]

Local sources say fighters from Jubour and Jumaila tribes clashed with Daesh in Shirqat, killing 12 terrorists. [Gharbiya] Another website close to the Shia militias says the clashes were between different groups of Daesh members debating about staying in Shirqat or fleeing to Mosul. [Etejah]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on Shirqat. [Archive]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

A civilian was killed and his brother wounded when a sticker IED exploded under their car in Tuz. [Mada]

 

IWMC says the IAF bombed a Daesh hideout in a cave in Makhoul Mountains, killing the terrorists inside. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces attacked Daesh near Himrin Mountains east of Tikrit, killing “dozens” of fighters. [Baghdadia]

 

BAGHDAD

The demonstrations resumed in Baghdad and several Iraqi cities, demanding reforms. [Maalomah] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment: The coming days will witness massive Shia gatherings in Kerbala during the Ashura ceremonies. The ceremonies might be used by some religious and political groups. 

 

Al-Sumaria publishes the names of dozens of Iraqi officials who were sentenced or released by the Integrity Court, part of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI). [Sumaria]

 

A member of the Integrity Committee in the CoR says the Iraqi government should pay the salaries of the armed forces and PMFs without any delay. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Our sources in Baghdad told us that many PMFs are not paid anything, especially the volunteers who fund and sometimes even arm themselves. That of course excludes groups like the AAH and the KH that have their own funding.   

 

An Iraqi Army 72nd Brigade unit found 80 IEDs and other explosives between Nahhala and Nibaai in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army 23rd Brigade unit defused an IED and a booby-trapped house in Khtaimiya near Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the IED in Yusufiyah. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes statistics of its military operations in what it called “south state” (areas around Baghdad) for the last 30 days. [Archive]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a popular market in Tarmiya in north Baghdad, killing 3 civilians and wounding 8. [Mada]
  • Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded when unknown armed men shot into a checkpoint in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]
  • The body of an unknown man was found shot in Fahhama in north Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and 8 wounded in an IED explosion near a popular market in Shaab in northeast Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and 6 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular café in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • The bodies of 3 unknown men were found shot in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad. [IraqPress]
  • Four civilians were killed and 7 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a grocery wholesale market in Ameriya in west Baghdad killing a civilian and wounding 6. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says 3 of Daesh most infamous leaders from Diyala were killed in Baiji battles. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya

A security source says 16 mortar shells fell on the Mukhaisa village without human casualties. [Maalomah]

 

A member of Diyala GC says the “orchards IEDs” in Abu Saida killed or wounded more than 60 people and asks the Dijla Operations Command to solve the problem. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated 2 more IEDs in Abu Saida. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says a Peshmerga fighter was wounded when an IED exploded on a military vehicle in a village near Daquq. [Mada]

 

A local source in Hawija says Daesh started to move its wounded fighters from Hawija to Shirqat because Hawija hospitals were full. [Ghad]

 

The Saraya Tahrir Al-Hawija (Hawija Liberation Brigades), local tribal fighters trained by the PMFs, received weapons from the Iraqi government and are being deployed to areas near Fatha to participate in the battles there and advance to Hawija. [Ghad]

 

A Kirkuk police source says unknown armed men threw a hand grenade at the house of a journalist in Kirkuk without any human casualties. [Ghad]

 

A security source says the Iraqi National Security Service arrested another Daesh member trying to cross to Kirkuk from the south. [Sumaria]

 

Videos of Daesh members surrendering to the Kurdish forces near Kirkuk [BasNews] [BasNews]

 

NINEWA

A Peshmerga source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh at the Kasik military base, 45 km (28 miles) west of Mosul, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying their vehicles and weapons. [Mada]

 

IWMC says Coalition planes, in coordination with the Iraqi Intelligence and Investigation Service, bombed a Daesh gathering in Al-Aina village in Mosul, killing “dozens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying many of their vehicles. [Ghad]

Eyewitnesses say 20 Daesh members were killed and 40 wounded in internal clashes in Mosul.

 

An eyewitness says Daesh executed 3 former employees of Ninewa GC, accusing them of spying. The victims were arrested at their houses 5 months ago. Another eyewitness says Daesh arrested 57 more civilians, including women, using the same accusation. [Mawazin] [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. With Baiji and Siniya under government control and Iraqi forces moving toward Shirqat, Daesh in Shirqat and Mosul will be even more nervous. This may mean even more executions of civilians, even innocent citizens, so as to intimidate the rest of the local population into line. This adds urgency to the campaign to retake Mosul, as the passage of time will continue to add to the civilian victims. Local citizens’ attacks on Daesh fighters are also likely to increase. (See next three items below)

 

A PUK source says Daesh executed 3 theater actors and 3 mukhtars in 2 different places in Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 2 lawyers in Mosul Criminal Court after they were arrested at their houses in east Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot and killed a Daesh member near Mosul University. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A photo of MoD pamphlets dropped on Mosul, saying Iraqi forces are coming and asking people to rebel against Daesh. [Facebook]

 

IWMC says the Coalition bombed a Daesh vehicle leaving the Traffic Directorate in Tal Afar, killing a Daesh sharia judge and another Chechen commander in addition to 2 other terrorists. [AIN]

 

Daesh says it recaptured the areas it lost to the Kurdish forces in Mount Sinjar (video). [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Aski Mosul Mountain and its caves. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

KURDISTAN

The PUK’s Secretary General calls for a summit of Kurdish political parties to discuss the current crisis. [Rudaw]

 

The KRG’s KDP PM says in a televised speech that some fronts used the demonstrations for narrow political gains. He says the coming week will witness “the second stage” of the KRG. [AIN] [IraqPress]

 

Gorran says what happened in Kurdistan was a military coup and that President Barzani has lost his legitimacy. [Maalomah]

 

A KDP MP in the CoR says Daesh will thank the people who are encouraging violence in Kurdistan because the violence will encourage Daesh and other terrorist groups. [Maalomah]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Sistani rep in Kerbala repeats Sistani’s request to the Iraqi forces and PMFs to save the lives of the innocent and to preserve the properties of people in the liberated areas [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Daesh says it captured 15 buildings in Hay Al-Tadhamun in south Damascus after killing 12 Syrian opposition fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured a hill from the Syrian Army near the Industrial Area northeast of Aleppo (video). [Archive]

 

A field source says Daesh continued its attacks on the Syrian base near Mount Kawkab, with casualties from both sides. The source says the Syrian artillery shelled Daesh and forced them to retreat. Clashes also continued at Tal Brak, while it was calmer in the areas under the Kurdish forces control in Hasaka countryside.

Other sources say a Daesh local emir called Abdul Jabbar Al-Ali was killed in Azaz countryside in fights with other Syrian armed groups. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it captured 2 Syrian Army road locations in Athria in Aleppo killing 10 soldiers and arresting 1. [Dump]

 

The YPG issues a detailed statement responding to Amnesty International’s critical report. [ROJ]

 

The YPG spokesman says the PYD President shouldn’t have talked about the issues of the YPG receiving weapons from the Coalition because he is not informed, it’s not his business as a politician, and his point of view doesn’t represent the YPG. He also says the US knows and announced to whom it sent the weapons. [Welati]

DaeshDaily comment. This is confusing, as the YPG is basically the PYD’s militia. However, the YPG has secured a lot of American and Iraqi Kurdish cooperation.

 

Iran says 2 more of its Revolutionary Guard commanders were killed in Syria. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister says the Turkish military shot down an unidentified drone 3 km inside Turkish territory near Syria. Russia says the drone was not Russian. [Anadolu] [Fars]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Lebanon. Hezbollah says it killed 5 Daesh trying to sneak into Beqaa Valley in Lebanon from Syria. [Fars]

 

Saudi Arabia. The Saudi MoI says an armed man opens fire near a Shia mosque in Qatif, killing 5 people including a woman, and wounding 9 others before being killed by a security patrol (videos). [IslamMemo] [IslamMemo] [IslamMemo]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in Qatif and published a photo of the terrorist who did it. [Dump] [Dump]

 

A Daesh Telegram page showing young men how to become “lone wolves” [Telegram]

 

By the end of this you see some Daesh assassinations in Iraq. [GoogleDrive]

 

A collection of Daesh videos [Dump]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

Mosul News page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Ddawlat_alislam

https://twitter.com/alakeed38

https://twitter.com/vvgvv559

https://twitter.com/al_kansaa127

October 15, 2015

 

Note on Daesh Daily sources

Daesh Daily tries to get the reports about Daesh from sources close to the events, including government sources, national and regional media, political leaders, and even Daesh sources, and sometimes we rely on reliable personal sources on the ground. These sources sometimes conflict, not surprisingly, which we don’t try to hide, and we are sure some accounts are exaggerated. Some even turn out to be untrue, or bad predictions, but we stay away from reports we know are not true. We do not report from English sources, for which you don’t need us, and from major Arabic media networks who reach audiences in the west, though we make occasional exceptions.

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

News highlights

The first Iraqi forces attack on Shirqat, after further progress in consolidating control of Baiji and Siniya.

Cooler heads trying to prevail in the major political crisis in Kurdistan.

 

ANBAR

The Chairman of Anbar GC says there are more than 1,300 prisoners from Anbar, including army and police members, in Kerbala and Babel since the start of the military operations in Anbar. He says most of these prisoners are innocent and their confessions were taken by force. He asks PM Abadi to release them and move their files to Anbar.

 

Falluja

IWMC says the IAF bombed 2 Daesh locations and weapon storehouses in Albu Shijil, destroying them completely. [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 10 terrorists and wounded another and destroyed 3 vehicles carrying machine guns in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Albu Sawda in Qarma. [Alors]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army excavator in Qarma. [Alors]

 

Ramadi

The Coalition airpower destroyed 3 Daesh hideouts near the Albu Farraj Bridge. Iraq forces raised the Iraqi flag on the northern side of the bridge and killed 30 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 6 vehicle bombs and more than 20 Daesh sites in Albu Farraj and Albu Aitha. [IWMC Report]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 15 Daesh locations in Albu Farraj, Albu Aitha and Albu Dhiab and destroyed 54 IEDs planted by Daesh to slow the advance of government forces. [IWMC Report]

The Anbar Operations Commander says the Coalition destroyed 2 vehicle bombs attacking Iraqi forces in Albu Farraj. [Buratha]

 

The Chairman of Khaldiya District Council says 2 children and a woman were killed in a Daesh shelling on a civilian area in Habbaniya. [Waradana]

 

A member of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces killed 50 Daesh terrorists while clearing the areas north of Ramadi and secured the military entrances to the city. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces started their military operations to liberate the Al-Tameem area southwest of Ramadi. [Mada] A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the residential compound in Tameem. [Baghdadia]

Daesh says it ambushed Iraqi troops near Anbar University, killing or wounding “dozens” of them. Another Daesh source says 25 Iraqi soldiers and PMFs were killed in the ambush. [Dump] [A3maq]

 

The MoD publishes a video of a Coalition airstrike near Ramadi. [MoD Website]

The MoD publishes a video of the Coalition airstrikes on Daesh near Ramadi. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. The report says IAF airstrikes, but the video reads the Coalition.

 

Hit/Haditha

The spokesman of the Iraqi 14th Emergency Battalion says Iraqi forces supported by tribal fighters started a large military campaign east of Baghdadi, liberating 3 areas and killing more than 40 Daesh fighters and destroying 4 vehicles. He also says Iraqi forces are clearing the areas of IEDs and booby-trapped houses. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition airpower bombed Daesh in Al-Dolab, killing 31 terrorists, including the Daesh “emir” of the area, and destroying 3 hideouts.  [IWMC Report]

 

An Anbar police source says the IAF bombed a Daesh convoy of 18 vehicles moving from Jazeera Baghdadi to Ramadi, killing or wounding “dozens” of Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed the cement factory in Kubaisa in Hit District, killing 6 Daesh members. The source also says the Coalition bombed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs on the road between Kubaisa and Hit, destroying them and killing the suicide bombers inside them. [Baghdadia]

 

Western Anbar

A local source says Daesh captured 35 of its own members near Albu Kamal who were trying to escape to Turkey. The source says Daesh shot them in their feet publicly in Rutba and put them in prison. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

IWMC says Iraqi forces captured 2 state-owned factories northeast of the Baiji refinery and are heading towards the Fatha Bridge. [Mada]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops supported by PMFs advanced in Baiji, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and another vehicle and killing 3 Daesh terrorists in downtown Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

Iraqi forces are securing the Baiji refinery and advancing to the west; they destroyed an oil tanker bomb in addition to other vehicle bombs. [IWMC Report]

 

The Minister of Interior visits the Baiji refinery. [Qurtas]

Photos of Iraqi forces in Baiji. [Etejah] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the Makhoul Village north of Baiji. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Abrams tank north of Baiji. [JustPaste]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says the intelligence center of the Quadripartite led by Russia gave “important information” to the Iraqi forces that helped in the battles in Baiji. [Waradana]

DaeshDaily comment. Many times it has turned out that the Chairman’s statements were not true and otherwise not helpful.

A PMF spokesman says the Baiji operations, land and sky, were purely Iraqi, and neither the Coalition nor Russia participated. [Buratha]

A Kata’eb Hezbollah official said on Wednesday the Iraqi government delayed the attack on Baiji because the Coalition didn’t want the PMFs to participate and the PMFs didn’t want the Coalition to participate, then the government chose to have the PMFs involved and excluded the Coalition. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Other sources said this statement was not true and there was a kind of a silent agreement to have both participate.

 

Siniya

Kata’eb Hezbollah claims they captured Siniya and kicked Daesh out of it completely. [KH Website] A security source says the IFP and PMFs liberated Siniya and have started to clear the IEDs and booby-trapped houses. The source also says there are still 30 Daesh terrorists trapped in the area. [Maalomah]

The IFP Commander’s version of the story says Iraqi troops killed 10 Daesh fighters and destroyed 3 vehicle bombs in Siniya. He also says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh suicide bombers on motorcycles and destroyed a vehicle bomb north of the Baiji refinery. [Mada]

 

IWMC says Iraqi forces captured the Al-Sukaria intersection northwest of the Siniya airbase. [Mada]

 

A video report of the KH in Siniya and Daesh headquarters in the area. (An oil tanker bomb was destroyed by Iraqi Abrams tanks during the filming of the report). [Etejah]

 

The PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces liberated more than 1,000 square km (386 square miles) in north Salahuddin, including the Baiji refinery, several state owned factories, Siniya, and many other villages and locations. [Mada]

 

Shirqat

A security source says tribal fighters attacked 2 Daesh military posts in Shirqat, killing 9 terrorists and seizing their weapons. [Waradana]

 

A security source says the IAF bombed a Daesh vehicle in Shirqat, killing 5 armed men. [Mada]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAF bombed Daesh’s main checkpoint in south Shirqat, destroying 4 vehicles and killing several terrorists. [Mada]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the civilian casualties of the bombing on Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Daesh evacuated the Shirqat hospital in order to make space for their wounded fighters from Baiji. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh convoy heading from Shirqat to Mosul, killing or wounding “dozens” of terrorists. [Mada] Other sources said the IAF did the bombing.

DaeshDaily comment. This relates to the last Baiji story above. The inside explanation seems to be that the PMFs officially refuse to fight in places where the Coalition also participates, though what they do in actual situations is less clear. This explains the felt need to downplay the Coalition’s achievements.

 

Tikrit

A security source says Iraqi forces liberated the Presidential Palaces in the Makhoul Mountains, 70 km (43.5 miles) north of Tikrit and rescued Iraqi fighters trapped in the area for a year.

DaeshDaily comment. These are not the presidential palaces of Tikrit. Saddam had dozens of palaces in many places, including in this area.

 

IWMC says the tribal fighters near the Makhoul Mountains killed “dozens” of Daesh terrorists who were escaping the fighting in Baiji. [Mada]

 

Samarra

The IAA launched an airstrike on Daesh in Jazeera Samarra, destroying 2 Daesh vehicles and killing the fighters inside them. [IWMC Report]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

The MoD publishes a video of the IAF airstrikes on Daesh in Salahuddin. [MoD Website]

 

BAGHDAD

Prime Minister Abadi and President Masoum say Iraqi should not be part of the “axis game” in the region and focus on Iraq and its people. [Sumaria]

The Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister said on Wednesday Iraq didn’t ask for military help from the Quadripartite Coalition and the talks are only about intelligence cooperation. He also says the international Coalition is not doing enough airstrikes. He says the Coalition used to do hundreds of airstrikes during the Gulf War. [Sumaria]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says the liberation operations in Salahuddin are part of the plan to liberate Ninewa. He also says the Salahuddin tribes will hold the ground after the areas are liberated. [Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council says the Central Court sentenced 2 Daesh members to death for killing a PMF fighter in east Baghdad. The 2 terrorists were members of a Daesh assassination squad and used sophisticated technology in their operations. They roamed around in a van equipped with cameras, screens, a guided machine gun, and remote controls. [Baghdadia]

 

Speaker Jubouri orders the security agencies to investigate extortion against displaced people trying to return to their houses on Bzaibiz crossway. [Sumaria]

 

The Spokesman of the Judicial Council says the Integrity Court issued arrest orders, or ordered to appear for questioning, Iraqi officials from the Ministry of Electricity and Baghdad Amanat (Mayoralty). The orders included the current and former Ministers of Electricity and 2 former Baghdad amins (mayors). [Sumaria]

 

The Dawa Bloc in the CoR says Iraq should restart compulsory military service in order to create a non-sectarian and strong military. [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. This used to be one of the demands of the Sunni fronts in Iraq.

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army barracks in Tarmiya killing or wounding many soldiers. Daesh also says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Tarmiya, killing or wounding many of them. [JustPaste]

 

According to security sources:

  • Unknown armed men beheaded 3 women and a man from the same family in Shaab in north Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed an electricity generator operator in Shaab. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded near the industrial area in Taji in north Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 7. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 wounded in an IED explosion in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • The body of an unknown man was found shot in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • The bodies of 2 unknown men in Sahwa uniforms were found shot in Hor Rajab in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad wounding 2 women. [Sumaria]
  • Two civilians were killed and 3 wounded in an IED explosion in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 7 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular market in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding 4 other civilians. [Mada]

 

Overall, the IAA conducted 39 sorties and the IAF 12.

The Coalition conducted 43 sorties, killing an unknown number of Daesh members and destroying 31 locations, heavy weapons, 11 hideouts, 2 vehicles and an anti-aircraft machine gun. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi Army’s 14th Division recon unit found 15 IEDs in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Army’s 43th Brigade unit found an explosives storehouse of 21 IEDs and 2 sticker IEDs and other explosives near the Tigris in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

A video of the confiscated items [MoD Website]

 

Another unit from the same Brigade confiscated explosives in Kamira in east Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

DIYALA

Dijla Operations Command troops found 4 IEDs in different areas in Diyala. [IWMC Report]

 

Baquba

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi soldier by detonating a sticker IED under a car in the Zahra village north of Baquba. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says a sticker IED exploded under a civilian car, killing a policeman inside and wounding another in Al-Muradiya south of Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped a mosque imam from a village 24 km (15 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs near an Iraqi soldier’s house in Baquba without giving any information about the casualties. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says security forces arrested a man on terrorism charges and confiscated 4 IEDs from his house east of Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A security source says 3 men were kidnapped in different incidents in Muqdadiya, Abu Saida and Baquba. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source says 3 mortar shells fell on Mukhaisa in Abu Saida, killing a civilian and wounding another. [Baghdadia]

 

The Abu Saida Mayor says a roadside IED exploded in a village in Abu Saida, killing a civilian. He says this is the third incident in the last 24 hours and asked for a military operation to clear the area. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it ambushed a PMF vehicle near Abu Saida, wounding one PMF fighter and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF fighter’s vehicle in Abu Saida, killing him and destroying the car. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says the Coalition bombed the Daesh hisbah office (sharia police) in the center of Hawija, killing 20 Daesh members. [Mada]

 

The Hawija Mayor says 400 tribal fighters from Hawija finished their training and will join the 1,500 trained earlier in Al-Alam subdistrict. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Coalition airpower destroyed the Daesh communications center in Hawija, killing a Daesh commander called Abu Huthaifa and 7 of his associates. The source also says the Coalition bombed 3 Daesh units in 3 villages near Hawija. [IraqiMediaNetwork]

Local sources say the Coalition bombed Hawija, killing a civilian and wounding 7, and bombed a mosque in Al-Aqoula. [Rafidain]

DaeshDaily comment. Rafidain is a TV station belonging to the Association of Muslim Scholars and they are typically anti-government and anti-Coalition.

 

A security source says 10 Daesh fighters were killed and others wounded in an Iraqi Army “shelling” on the Al-Aqoula village in Hawija. [Maalomah]

Daesh publishes photos of the civilian casualties of the “bombing” of Al-Aqoula. [Sharetext]

 

Daesh publishes photos and video of the civilian casualties of the bombing on Dibis and says it was done by a drone. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

PM Abadi says Mosul didn’t fall by fighting and most of the people who stayed there are against Daesh. He also says the government needs to coordinate with the people of Mosul in order to reduce the human casualties during the upcoming liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

The delegation from Ninewa that met with the PM yesterday asked for the release of the salaries and to reactivate the “smart card” payments in the city after excluding the “bad elements;” issue an amnesty for the people who didn’t commit any crime or violation; return the Ninewa police personnel from Speicher and other places; release the budget of the governorate so it can start to rebuild the liberated areas; open the door for the people of Ninewa to volunteer for the security forces; open new locations for the passport and national ID agencies; give amnesty for the people identified under the Justice and Accountability (De-Baathification) law if they participate actively in fighting terrorism and in liberating the city; and have the PM himself oversee the work of the Displaced Persons Commission directly to ensure better work. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. And again the Baathists want an amnesty for their crimes. Would that include the people who helped Daesh take over Ninewa? Just wondering.

 

The IAA Commander says Iraqi forces will head to Mosul after Salahuddin. He says the Peshmerga will attack Daesh from the east and the north and Iraqi forces will attack from the south. [Waradana]

 

A PUK official says the Coalition bombed Daesh in 2 areas in Mosul, killing or wounding 14 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

The official also says the YPG has been in control of Rabi’a district for months now, cutting Daesh’s main supply line from Syria and forcing it to use Sinjar instead. The Coalition bombed Daesh in Sinjar heavily last night, killing “dozens” of terrorists and cutting off the Sinjar road to Syria, forcing Daesh to use smaller rural roads instead. [PUKMedia]

 

An MP from Ninewa says Daesh is using the Ninewa Cement Factory in Mosul and the laboratories of Mosul University to make explosives. [Ghad]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

KURDISTAN

Prime Minister Abadi and President Masoum ask the political parties in Kurdistan to go back to the negotiating table and solve their problems in a constitutional way. [Sumaria]

 

An Islamic Union official says Barzani is still legally the KRG’s President even after his term was ended. [Rudaw]

 

A KDP MP in Baghdad says the KRG didn’t ask for the central government’s help in the recent crisis because it’s an internal issue. She also says the media should distinguish between the demonstrators and the people who started the violence. [Etejah]

 

A Gorran MP in Baghdad says Gorran asked the Central Government to intervene in the crisis to “save lives.” She also says the KRG violated the oil agreement with Baghdad; it had a clearly defined share of the revenue and no one could “steal” it from them, but now they are selling their own oil and it’s not clear. [Etejah]

 

The Chairman of the Gorran Bloc in the CoR says the violence in Kurdistan resulted from the insistence of Barzani to remain as President and because the KRG didn’t pay salaries for 3 months. [Sumaria]

 

Another Gorran MP says Barzani’s conditions for leaving the Presidency are to hire his son or his nephew in his place, closing the issue until the 2017 election, firing the (Gorran) Speaker of the KRG parliament, and holding early elections. She says the Gorran leaders met today to discuss these conditions. [Mawazin]

 

Gorran issued a statement after the meeting saying they will continue the meetings tomorrow. The leader of Gorran, Nawshirwan Mustafa, is outside the country and didn’t attend the meeting. [Mawazin]

 

The PUK again denied reports about taking over Gorran ministries but it says one of their officials (the Deputy Prime Minister or the Minister of Interior) will run the Ministry of Finance temporarily. [Rudaw]

 

A civil society activist was released 3 days after he was arrested in Suleimaniya. [ROJ]

 

The Suleimaniya Governor says “foreign hands” swayed the demonstrations. [BasNews]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel. Babel Operations Command troops arrested several men wanted on terrorism charges in Haswa north of Hilla and confiscated weapons and ammunitions, as well as documents about the Iraqi forces’ movements in the area. [IWMC Report]

 

Wasit. A security source says Wasit police arrested a man in Suwaira wanted on terrorism charges. [Baghdadia]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

A Syrian military source says one of Daesh’s top leaders, Abu Bakr Al-Shishani (A Chechen) was killed in a Russian airstrike on Homs. [Rudaw]

 

Local sources say the battles between Daesh and the Syrian army near Mount Kawkab in Hasaka countryside continued, with casualties on both sides. The Coalition also continued its airstrikes on Daesh in Shaddadi and other areas in the countryside. [ARA]

 

A local source says Daesh tightened its procedures against the people in Hasaka countryside and cut off the hand of a young man after accusing him of theft. [ARA]

 

A Jabha Shamiya commander says the JS stopped Daesh attempts to advance in Aleppo’s northern countryside, killing 10 Daesh fighters and capturing 4. [ARA]

Jabha Shamiya publishes videos of the battles in Aleppo’s north countryside. [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Local sources say the Syrian Army captured Tal Al-Naam, a town in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, and forced Daesh to retreat to nearby villages. The Syrian Army is trying to break Daesh’s siege on Kowaires military base. [ARA]

 

The PYD President says the weapons they received from the US, and will receive in the future, will be used for self-defense and will not be given to anyone else (i.e., the PKK). And when asked about a potential attack from Turkey he says “we will defend ourselves against anyone”. [Welati]

 

The General Secretariat of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, a rival political organization to the PYD, says it resents the PYD’s tactics in Syria, like compulsory military service and confiscating the properties of displaced people and migrants. [Welati]

 

The YPG’s Anti-Terrorism units arrests 12 Daesh members in Hasaka, Tal Hamis, Tal Brak and Tal Abyad (video). [Xendan]

 

American and Turkish planes launch airstrikes against Daesh in Syria. Turkish security sources say an American drone destroyed a Daesh vehicle trying to flee the bombing location. [Anadolu]

Daesh says 4 of its terrorists attacked Kurdish forces in the Al-Safawiya village north of Raqqa and clashed with them for 3 hours before 2 of the attackers detonated themselves, killing 20 Kurdish fighters. [Dump]

 

 

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in the areas they captured from the Syrian armed groups in north Aleppo. Some sources said the Syrian Army captured some of these areas from Daesh. [Archive]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Tal Brak countryside in Hasaka. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Yalda on the southern outskirts of Damascus. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian armed groups in East Qalamoun near the Lebanon border. [Just Paste]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

The President of the People’s Democratic Party says the PYD is defeating Daesh and the Turkish government is sending weapons to Syria to fight the PYD. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Egypt. Daesh says it ambushed and killed pro-government tribal fighters and wounded others in Sheikh Zuweid, and burned their car and confiscated another car in addition to weapons. Daesh warns the other members of the tribe to join it or else. Daesh publishes photos of 3 of the victims. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says the 3 victims were members of an armed group recruited by the Egyptian Army. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a typical Daesh tactic, previously applied in Iraq, Syria and Libya, to intimidate tribes into joining it.

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police armored vehicle in Arish, killing an officer and wounding several policemen. [JustPaste]

 

Two women (a doctor and a pharmacist) admit their role in a Daesh attack on the Niger embassy in Cairo in July and say they were recruited by Daesh through Facebook. [Youm7]

 

Tunisia. Tunisian authorities say they confiscated 25 tons of takfiri books. The books were found with a takfiri cleric who used to head a religious association that was prohibited by the judiciary last year. The suspect said he intended to distribute the books at schools and colleges. [Tunisian]

 

Yemen. Daesh says it detonated an IED on a military police checkpoint in Sanaa, killing and wounding several policemen. [Dump]

 

Pakistan. Daesh says it detonated an IED on Pakistani army troops in Bajaur, killing a soldier and wounding others. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English. [Archive]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Kata’eb Babelyoun (an Iraqi Christian PMF) page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/TurMedia297

https://twitter.com/Ashws_11

https://twitter.com/ytrwd2014

 

 

 

October 14, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

News highlights

Iraqi forces made a decisive move into the Siniya area in Salahuddin, near Baiji

Anbar officials talk confidently about the impending battle to retake Ramadi

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Coalition bombed Daesh locations in Albu Shijil north of Falluja, killing 37 Daesh fighters and wounding 30, and destroying 2 vehicles carrying machine guns in addition to other vehicles, Katyusha rocket launchers, and mortars.  [IWMC Report] The Chairman of Khaldiya GC says the Daesh sharia judge was killed in a Coalition airstrike on Albu Shijil. [Baghdadia]

 

The IAA destroyed 14 Daesh vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition between Albu Shijil and Falluja, killing 14 terrorists and wounding 30. [IWMC Report]

 

An Anbar Operations Command unit conducted a military operation near Habbaniya, killing 15 Daesh terrorists and wounding 15 and destroying 3 vehicles carrying machine guns. [IWMC Report]

 

Saraya Ashura, a Shia militia, says its troops defused dozens of IEDS in Saqlawiya. [Harbi]

A video of Daesh IEDs in Saqlawiya [YouTube]

Baghdad Operations Command says its troops continued the military operations south of Thirthar killing 12 Daesh terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles and a motorcycle plus 10 hideouts, and defusing 25 IEDs. [Baghdadia]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 16 Daesh fighters and wounded 4, destroyed 2 vehicles carrying machine guns, and defused 2 IEDs in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Police Chief says Iraqi forces will liberate Ramadi within days. The Anbar Governor says Iraqi forces are close to liberating Ramadi and the local tribal fighters are playing a big role. [Rudaw] [BasNews]

 

Iraqi forces supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower continued their advances in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi, defusing 64 IEDs and guided rockets. A Coalition airstrike killed 12 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicles and 3 motorcycles. The IAA and the Iraqi units rocketed and mortared Daesh gatherings in Albu Aitha. [IWMC Report]

 

Eyewitnesses say Iraqi forces liberated 3 areas in Albu Farraj and reached the Albu Farraj New Bridge that links the area to Ramadi. [Ghad] IWMC says Iraqi forces raised the Iraqi flag on the Albu Farraj Bridge. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces in Jaraishi. [JustPaste]

 

The MoD publishes a video of a Coalition airstrike on Daesh near Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded in Falahat east of Ramadi.  [IWMC Report]

 

A video of Iraqi forces freeing 50 families trapped near Ramadi. [Facebook]

 

The IAF destroyed Daesh locations and weapons storehouses in Ramadi city. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says 25 Daesh fighters were killed and 12 vehicles destroyed in different areas in Ramadi. [Baghdadia]

 

The Commander of the tribal fighters in Khaldiya says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Al-Madhiq east of Ramadi, killing 20 Daesh fighters and destroying 8 vehicles including a vehicle bomb, and 3 weapons caches. [Mada] The Chairman denied reports that American ground troops have participated in the battles in Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Jazeera Operations Command troops shelled Daesh in several areas in Haditha district, destroying 4 Daesh hideouts and killing the terrorists inside them in addition to destroying a rocket launcher. [IWMC Report]

 

Western Anbar

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Kubaisa, killing 6 terrorists. He says the Coalition also bombed Daesh in Kubaisa orchards killing and wounding many more. [Baghdadia]

 

A local PMF commander says the Daesh commander in Akashat, Mohammed Al-Eissawi, was killed with 3 of his associates in an airstrike on a Daesh hideout in Al-Waleed. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

IWMC officially announces the start of the Salahuddin Liberation Operations in northern Salahuddin. [Baghdadia]

 

A PMF source says PMF troops were redeployed from Hawija area to north Salahuddin. [Harbi]

 

Siniya

The IFP Commander says his troops captured Siniya Airbase after heavy battles with Daesh. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Salahuddin GC says Iraqi forces have surrounded Siniya and 8 Daesh vehicle bombs were shelled or bombed during the advances towards Siniya Airbase. [Mada] A Kata’eb Hezbollah spokesman says its troops surrounded Siniya completely. [Harbi] A PMF source says Iraqi forces captured 13 Daesh terrorists, including 3 Saudis, in Siniya. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated several areas north of Baiji and cut of the road that links Siniya to Makhoul and Haditha. [Ghad] The IFP commander says his troops captured the road and destroyed 5 vehicle bombs including 3 Humvees. [Baghdadia]

 

A PMF source says Daesh has now withdrawn most of its Iraqi fighters from Siniya and Baiji and kept foreign snipers and suicide bombers there. [Harbi]

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces conducted an airborne operation in Siniya and destroyed 10 Daesh vehicles. Iraqi forces also captured 50% of Tal Abu Jarad. The source says the Iraqi Army artillery shelled Daesh in Fatha, northeast of Baiji across the river. Daesh has lost 80 of its fighters in the battles in Baiji so far. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of Salahuddin GC says Iraqi forces advanced to the northern areas of the Baiji refinery and will liberate the entire district very soon and move ahead to Shirqat after that. [Baghdadia]

 

The IWMC says the Coalition airpower bombed and destroyed a Daesh oil tanker bomb inside the Baiji refinery. [Mada]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces broke through Daesh defense lines at the Baiji refinery in an effort to eliminate pockets of Daesh control and put the refinery entirely under government control. The Badr militia commander says Thursday will be the decisive day in Baiji district liberation battles. [Mada]

 

IWMC says Iraqi forces liberated parts of the Baiji refinery and the Anti-Terrorism troops are clearing the rest. [Ghad] The IWMC rejected earlier the reports about liberating the refinery completely and said Iraqi forces were surrounding it. [Ghad] The PMF spokesman had said Iraqi forces liberated the refinery completely. [Maalomah] A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi forces liberated 90% of the refinery. The source also says the IFP established a headquarters in Albu Juwari after heavy battles with Daesh. [Mada]

 

An AAH source says their troops broke through Daesh defenses at the refinery and the liberation effort is going fast. [Harbi]

 

A video of the Iraqi forces inside the Baiji refinery. [YouTube]

A security source says Anti-Terrorism troops killed the Daesh commander in Baiji, a Palestinian called Abu Suleiman, and 50 other fighters in the Baiji refinery. [Baghdadia]

 

The JOC says Salahuddin Operations Command troops captured the former headquarters of the Iraqi Army 14th Brigade north of Baiji after battles with Daesh. [Ghad]

 

IWMC says the Iraqi Army’s 9th Division troops supported by PMFs advanced on the western axis of Baiji and destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles, killing the terrorists inside them. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command sources says Iraqi Army Abrams tanks destroyed 7 Daesh vehicle bombs west of Baiji and are advancing in the area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says a Saudi and a Syrian launched suicide attacks on Iraqi forces west of Baiji with 2 vehicle bombs, killing or wounding “dozens” of them. [Dump]

 

A medical source says 7 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 15 wounded in the first day of the second stage of Salahuddin Liberations Operations. [Ghad]

 

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says Iraqi forces now control Msahaq and Zuwiya in Baiji district. The source also says Daesh is not counterattacking but using booby-trapped houses and cars as a defensive tactic. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured the Education Directorate building in Baiji center. He also says the IAA is bombing Daesh fighters who run away to Shirqat. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating in Baiji center [YouTube]

Shirqat

A local source says Daesh executed 14 of its terrorists in Baiji for running away from the battles in Baiji. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says Kurdish and Iraqi suicide bombers attacked Iraqi forces north of Tikrit with vehicle bombs, killing or wounding “dozens” of them. [Dump] [Dump] [Dump]

 

Samarra

A Samarra Operations Command unit found 2 rocket launchers in Zankour in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

BAGHDAD

PM Abadi meets with a US Congressional delegation. Discussion topics include the liberation battles in Anbar and Salahuddin, the government reforms, and US military aid to Iraq. [Xendan]

 

Speaker Jubouri issued a statement congratulating Iraqi forces on their advances in Anbar and Salahuddin and asks the tribes in Daesh-controlled areas to support them. [AIN]

 

The Minister of Defense unveiled the statue of Lt. Colonel Ali Al-Nidawi in front of the MoD headquarters in Baghdad. Nidawi became a national hero and a social media sensation in Iraq for his role in the battles against Daesh in Anbar and was killed in a battle in Haditha. [MoD Website]

A video of Lt. Colonel Nidawi’s funeral in January [YouTube]

 

According to security sources:

  • Unknown armed men threw a hand grenade on a house in Hay Ur in east Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding 3 men in the house. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and 9 wounded when an IED exploded in Sadr City in east Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and 7 wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Camp Sara in downtown Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A civilian was wounded when an IED exploded in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 wounded in an IED explosion in Wardiya in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • Four unknown bodies were found shot: one in Shuala in northwest Baghdad, 2 in Abu Ghraib, and one in Hay Al-Jihad in southwest Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 22th Brigade unit defused 10 IEDs in Al-Tha’er in north Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page] Its 25th Brigade unit defused 2 IEDs in Albu Awsaj in south Baghdad.  [BOC Facebook Page]

The 24th Brigade unit defused 3 IEDs in Khazrajiya in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Overall, the IAF conducted 7 sorties and the IAA 18.

The Coalition conducted 16 sorties, killing many Daesh personnel and destroying 21 locations, 15 hideouts, 3 heavy machine guns, 6 weapons and explosives caches, a tunnel, and 2 vehicles. [IWMC Report]

DaeshDaily comment: Earlier the IWMC said the Coalition destroyed 4 vehicles in Albu Shijil alone. Consistency is not one of their virtues.

 

DIYALA

Tens of people demonstrated in Al-Khalis and cut off the Baghdad-Kirkuk road, protesting the decision of the MoI to fire the chief of police of the district. The chief was fired after the recent car bomb explosion in Al-Khalis. [Mada] Diyala Chief of Police says the MoI responded to the demonstrators and rescinded the decision to fire the district chief. [Mada]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A Dijla Operations Command unit defused an IED in Muqdadiya. [IWMC Report]

 

A security source says an IED exploded in Abu Saida killing a PMF fighter. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says 14 Daesh fighters were killed in an airstrike on Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Prime Minister Abadi meets with the Ninewa Governor and GC Chairman and other officials from Ninewa to discuss the displaced people issue and the Yazidi kidnapped women. Abadi assured them Ninewa will be liberated soon. [Maalomah]

 

A PUK official says Daesh shelled the Peshmerga in Mount Bashiqa and the Kurdish forces responded with heavy artillery and rocketing. [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa police source says the Coalition killed Jadullah Abdullah Maarouf, a Daesh top Afghani commander in Ninewa, and 8 other terrorists in an airstrike on Al-Qusiyat north of Mosul. The source also says an IED exploded on a Daesh convoy south of Mosul killing 2 Daesh military commanders. [BasNews]

 

A medical source in Mosul says the Daesh handled the body of the Daesh emir of Tal Afar to the forensics. The terrorist was killed by a Coalition airstrike west of Mosul. [BasNews]

 

A YPG commander says his troops killed more than 50 Daesh fighters and cleared 15 hills in Sinjar during the last 4 days. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. The YPG’s has soldiers in northwest Ninewa to aid the Yazidis after Daesh captured their villages in Sinjar, and they remained there, protecting the people there and recruiting young Yazidi men and women.

A Peshmerga commander says 67 Daesh members surrendered to the Kurdish forces in Gwer within this week. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the graduation ceremonies for its first special forces unit in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a Peshmerga drone it shot down in Tal Al-Reem. [Store2]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

KURDISTAN

A KDP MP says the KDP will not have Gorran continue to participate in the KRG government coalition because of its role in the violent demonstrations. He says the KDP has photos and videos confirming that Gorran started the violent events. [Maalomah]

 

The PUK says more than 400 people implicated in the alleged criminal actions during the demonstrations were arrested. [Mada]

The KRG’s Minister of Housing (PUK) says the Gorran ministers still have their privileges and Council of Ministers hasn’t issued orders to fill their positions yet. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The Muthanna GC voted unanimously to reject the MoI’s decision to fire the Muthanna police chief and says the decision violates the Governorates Law. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. These positions were subject to MoI appointment and dismissal until recently. The law, often referred to as the Provincial Powers law, would seem to leave these decisions to the governorates. Al-Maliki resisted implementing it, but Al-Abadi started implementing it earlier this year.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Daesh releases 50 Christian hostages it kidnapped from Al-Qaryatayn. Daesh still has 156 Christian hostages from Qaryatayn, including 75 women and some children. [Rudaw]

Daesh publishes a video of north Raqqa tribes renewing their allegiance. [Archive]

 

A local source says Daesh captured the Kurdish town of Ihris near Azaz in Aleppo countryside after brief fights with Syrian armed groups. [BasNews] Local sources say the Daesh commander of the area was killed in the battle in Ihris. [Hawar]

 

A local source says 5 Daesh fighters were killed in a failed attack on the Syrian Army and its militias near Mount Kawaka in east Hasaka. [ARA]

Daesh says its fighters advanced in Aleppo’s northern countryside at the expense of Syrian opposition groups. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Aleppo’s northern countryside. [ShareText]

 

Daesh claims responsibility for the motorcycle bomb in Qamishli yesterday and says it killed 15 PKK (YPG) fighters. [Dump]

DaeshDaily comment: The YPG said yesterday one of its fighters was killed and 3 wounded, in addition to some civilians, in this attack.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

The Turkish Prime Minister says he has informed the US and Russia that Turkey won’t agree to have weapons sent to Syria because there is no guarantee that the weapons given to the YPG won’t go to the PKK and be used against Turkey later. He also says both Daesh and the PKK played a role in the terrorist attack in Ankara on Saturday. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment. The real explanation may be that the new US-supported coalition of opposition groups includes the YPG. The YPG is affiliated with the PKK, thus Turkey’s concern that US weapons provided to the coalition forces could end up in the hands of the PKK and used against Turkish citizens.

 

The PYD President responds to the Turkish prime minister and says the US dropped 50 tons of weapons for them and they will only use them to defend themselves. [ROJ]

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 Saudi Arabia. A Saudi academic describes the imam of Mecca as “Daeshi”. [Islam Memo]

 

Egypt. The Egyptian MoI says a policeman and a civilian were killed and 6 policemen wounded when a roadside IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Arish, in the Sinai. [Islam Memo]

 

Libya. Daesh officially opens its sharia court in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Somalia. Daesh publishes a video message from its terrorists in West Africa to Somalia. [Archive]

 

A transcript of the big speech yesterday by Daesh’s spokesman [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Special Operations Forces page.

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/jggjj7

https://twitter.com/ttttrrdddfghvvg

https://twitter.com/Al_BaghdadyaMM

https://twitter.com/1piyfQ8eQIYG3Xs

 

October 13, 2015

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REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

The spokesman for Anbar GC says their sources could not determine whether Daesh “caliph” Awwad Baghdadi was hit in the airstrike on Sunday in Western Iraq. However, he does say that Baghdadi was in the targeted convoy. [Etejah]

 

The lead Daesh spokesman, Taha Hamama, calls himself Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani, in a rambling statement that reflects Daesh’s ideology, he says Russia and America will be defeated; that America is weak and had to ask Australia, Turkey, Russia, and Iran for help against Daesh. He says “we dragged you to fights in Afghanistan and Iraq and now in Syria”. He says they will drag the Americans to the final battle in Marj Dapeq, where in accordance with a Daesh prophecy the US will be defeated completely. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. The Marj Dapeq prophecy is considered false by most Muslim scholars.

Hamama says President Obama thought he could defeat Daesh by air and through his allies and so delayed a land attack, though it would fail anyway. He says Iraqi forces and the US have announced many times they took Baiji but Daesh is still in control of the refinery and many areas in Baiji. He says Americans think they are winning when they take a village here and a town there and kill some Daesh from time to time. After threatening the US, he threatened the anti-Daesh armed groups, including Al-Qaeda. He also says Daesh will continue its takfir—killing, destroying, and creating chaos.

He also says the Muslims in the West are living in humiliation and asks them to join Daesh.

He asks Daesh supporters in Saudi Arabia to rebel and praises the 2 brothers who killed their cousin, a soldier. He says what the brothers did was better than “dozens of car bombs” and ask Daesh supporters in Saudi Arabia to fight even with knives and ropes.

DaeshDaily comment. We reported sad incident of the cousins in Saudi Arabia on October 8. It happened in September and many Daesh supporters online condemned it, saying it was not ordered by Daesh leaders. What will they say now, after Adnani endorsed it?

In the same audio statement, Adnani belatedly acknowledges the death of Abu Mutaz Al-Qurashi, aka Abu Muslim Al-Turkmani, Daesh’s supposedly No. 2. He says in a threatening way that Americans should not be happy with this. The US announced the terrorist was killed in an airstrike near Mosul on August 22. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a propaganda speech issued at a bad time for Daesh, when it is on the defensive in Iraq and Syria and losing some of its top leadership. The intention is to reassure Daesh’s international audience that things are OK and everything is on track. This is also an invitation to Daesh supporters in other countries to contribute to the “victory” of the caliphate by killing people where they live. It is also a threatening statement to supporters of other armed Arab groups to show solidarity with Daesh and join it. In general, it is intended to project strength at a time when the caliphate seems to be weakening.

 

Responses for to Taha Hamama’s statement. [Ana Al-Muslim] [Islam Memo]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Baghdad Operations Command troops killed 18 Daesh fighters and destroyed an IED field and 4 hideouts in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi Rapid Intervention unit killed a Daesh sniper in Subaihat in Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found several explosives storehouses and confiscated 16 cans of C4 in addition to several IEDs in areas near Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Ramadi

The Joint Operations Command says the Coalition bombed Daesh gatherings in Albu Farraj north of Ramadi, killing “dozens” of terrorists. [Mada]

A security source says Iraqi forces advanced in Albu Farraj killing 35 Daesh fighters and destroying 10 vehicles in addition to destroying 12 booby-trapped houses and defusing 65 IEDs. [Sumaria]

A security source says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Farraj, killing 25 Daesh fighters and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Baghdadia]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says an Iraqi unit supported by tribal fighters launched a preemptive operation on the Albu Hayes area northwest of Ramadi, killing 5 terrorists and wounding others. [Maalomah]

A member of Ramadi District Council says Iraqi forces captured Albu Hayes after heaving bombing and shelling. The area used to belong to an anti-Daesh tribe but it became a stronghold for Daesh last year. [Baghdadia]

 

A member of Ramadi District Council says the Anbar Governorate Council’s decision to dissolve local councils in Daesh controlled areas in Anbar is illegal and that the Ramadi District Council submitted a complaint to the Federal Court. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Iraq’s Russian Sukhoi planes bombed Daesh gatherings in Khaldiya, killing or wounding “dozens” and destroying a rocket launcher. [Maalomah]

 

The IAA destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles carrying machine guns as well as rocket launchers in Albu Shijil, Albu Alwan and Falahat. [Maalomah]

 

An IDP source says the IFP deployed 3 of its artillery brigades to the Ramadi area. [Mawazin]

 

Hit/Haditha

A security source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles including a vehicle bomb near Baghdadi, destroying all vehicles and killing the terrorists inside them. [Baghdadia]

 

Western Anbar

A security source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh house in Akashat on the Syrian border, killing 12 terrorists including a local commander called Haitham Al-Hardani. [Baghdadia]

 

A local official from Anbar says the IAA killed the Daesh local commander Mohammed Khulaif and several of his associates in an airstrike on Waleed subdistrict in Rutba. Khulaif was responsible for capturing the Waleed border crossing with Syria. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 5 Iraqi Army vehicle with several IEDs on the road between Al-Assad base and Kilo 160. [Just Paste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Salahuddin Sheikhs Council, an organization of tribal leaders, issues a statement urging the people of Salahuddin to join the Iraqi security forces and participate in the second stage of Salahuddin Liberation Operations. [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

A security source says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation in the Al-Rabi’ village south of Baiji, destroying a vehicle carrying a machine gun and killing the terrorists inside it, in addition to destroying 10 IEDs. [Mada]

The IFP Commander confirmed the report and says Iraqi forces have captured Al-Rabi’ and are heading to liberate Siniya west of Baiji. [Baghdadia]

 

In Siniya, a Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed the suicide bombers inside them. [Maalomah]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command troops destroyed a construction shovel bomb attacking them near the Hyundai Bridge between Siniya and Baiji. [IWMC Report]

 

The IAA destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle and destroyed a Daesh hideout and weapons storehouse, killing 15 terrorists in the Al-Salam village north of Baiji. [IWMC Report]

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces captured Al-Salam and Albu Kamal villages near Baiji. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of rocketing Iraqi forces with Katyushas west of Baiji. [Just Paste]

 

IWMC says the Coalition bombed a Daesh vehicle in Albu Juwari, destroying it and killing 5 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi forces started shelling and rocketing Daesh locations in Baiji. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. This raises the question of how many Daesh locations are still left in Baiji.

 

Prime Minister Abadi visits Iraqi troops in Baiji (photos). [Ghad]

 

A Sistani rep also visits Baiji and asks the PMF troops to coordinate with each other and to keep citizens’ properties safe. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a euphemistic phrase meaning to stop destroying the homes of people the PMFs decide they don’t like. The hostility generated among the Sunni population makes this tactic counter-productive.  

 

A video of the Iraqi Golden Division in Salahuddin. [YouTube]

A video of close battles between Daesh and Badr. [YouTube]

A video of the PMFs after capturing a Daesh location. [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it detonated a booby-trapped house on Iraqi soldiers north of Tikrit, killing and wounding many of them. [Dump]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the fighting north of Tikrit. [Just Paste]

Daesh publishes photos of an Iraqi drone it shot down north of Tikrit. [Just Paste]

 

Samarra

Samara Operations Command troops defused 4 IEDs near the Strategic Line. [IWMC Report]

 

The Iraqi artillery, based on local intelligence, shelled a Daesh location in Nakhwa near the Strategic Line. Daesh arrested several civilians and executed one of them after the shelling. [IWMC Report]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

A security source says an IED exploded in Ishaqi south of Tikrit near Balad with no human casualties. When police arrived on the scene, unknown armed men attacked them, killing one policeman and wounding 4. [Mada]

 

A security source says a suicide bomber detonated himself in Ishaqi killing or wounding several people. [Sumaria]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists detonated himself with an explosive belt among Iraqi soldiers in Ishaqi killing or wounding “dozens” of them. [Dump]

 

A security source says an IED exploded near Dhuluiya Airbase in Balad District south of Tikrit, killing an Iraqi Army captain and a soldier and wounding the Commander of the Emergency Battalion and 4 soldiers. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces defused an IED and arrested a man for terrorism charges in Albu Jili in Dujail in southern Salahuddin. [IWMC Report]

 

A source in Salahuddin Operations Command says the PMFs found a Daesh IEDs factory north of Lake Thirthar in Salahuddin. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Tuz. [Sumaria]

 

BAGHDAD

The US Ambassador to Iraq says the US will provide Iraq with 4 or 5 F-16s early next year. He says the number of jets depends on the number of the trained pilots. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This seems like an odd excuse. Why not identify and train more pilots now? Then provide a larger number of planes, even if some get delivered after the completion of pilot training?

 

The Central Criminal Court issued a death sentence against 2 men for detonating an IED on a UN convoy near Baghdad International Airport last year. [Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Ministry of Justice will release the prisoners from the Badoush Prison in Mosul who surrendered themselves to authorities after Daesh attacked the prison and released them. PM Abadi issued a special amnesty. Daesh released many prisoners, and killed many, after they took over the prison in Ninewa. [Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the CoR says Iraqi warplanes have started to bomb targets based on information from the Quadripartite Coalition intelligence room. [Buratha]

 

A security source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and an officer was wounded by a sniper in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 60th Brigade killed a terrorist and wounded another as they tried to plant an IED in Ubaid in west Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

According to security sources:

  • An IED exploded near a wholesale grocery market in Tarmiya in north Baghdad killing 4 civilians and wounding 7. [Maalomah]
  • An employee of Baghdad GC was arrested on terrorism related charges in Meshahda in north Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • An IED exploded in a small bus in Sheikh Omar in downtown Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 8. [Baghdadia]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Camp Sara in downtown Baghdad. [Ghad] (Camp Sara is a neighborhood named for the British military camp once located there.)
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in his vehicle in Baladiyat in east Baghdad. [Ghad]
  • A sticker IED exploded under a car in Habibiya in east Baghdad, killing a civilian. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded near a bakery in Baghdad Jadida in east Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 4. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in Zafaraniya in southeast Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 6. [Mada]
  • A roadside IED exploded on a small bus in Rustumiya in southeast Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 3. [Maalomah]
  • An IED exploded near a popular café in Wardiya in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 10. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian near his house in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • A car bomb exploded in Mahmudiya on Monday, killing 6 civilians and wounding 14. [Baghdadia]
  • Daesh claimed responsibility for 2 IEDs in Mahmudiya. [Just Paste]
  • Three civilians were killed and 11 wounded when an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Bayya in southwest Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

Overall, the IAF conducted 27 sorties and the IAA 64.

The Coalition conducted 15 sorties, killing several terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns, 3 weapons caches, 11 locations, 2 anti-craft weapons, 2 vehicles and a hideout. [IWMC Report]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says security forces arrested a Daesh network of 7 members in an area close to Baquba. The group was responsible for many terrorist attacks. [Buratha]

 

KIRKUK

The Kirkuk Governor issues a statement saying he refused the MoI’s decision to fire the Kirkuk police chief and such decisions should be discussed with the Kirkuk government first. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a policeman’s car between Dibis and Kirkuk, killing him. [Just Paste]

 

A security source says the police arrested 3 Daesh members from Hawija in downtown Kirkuk. [Ghad]

 

Daesh publishes photos of Abbasi town in Hawija. [ShareText]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Riyadh in Hawija. [ShareText]

 

NINEWA

Local sources say Daesh foreign leaders in Mosul disappeared after the Iraqi advances in Ramadi. [Karemlash]

A local source says Daesh executed 7 of its local leaders for trying to escape from Mosul. [Karemlash]

 

A report of the deteriorating health situation in Mosul especially with Daesh charging high prices for medical services. [Karemlash]

 

Deputy Chairman of Ninewa GC asks the central government to explain reasons for the presence of American troops in Rabi’a in Tal Afar. [Maalomah]

 

A Peshmerga commander says his troops, supported by Coalition airpower, stopped another Daesh attack on Hardan northeast of Mount Sinjar. The commander says this is Daesh’s 13th attack on the area. [Rudaw]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander meets with American advisors in Makhmur District to discuss the upcoming Ninewa Liberation Operations and the coordination between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. A force from the Iraqi 16th Division arrived in Makhmur to prepare for the operation. [Iraq Press]

 

A Peshmerga source says 7 Daesh Iraqi Arab members surrender to the Kurdish forces in Gwer in Makhmur. The source says many Daesh members, including Kurds, surrendered to the Peshmerga starting last week. [BasNews]

 

A security source says Daesh executed 25 people from areas south of Mosul, accusing them of cooperating with the Iraqi forces. [Mada]

Daesh publishes a video of beheading men south of Mosul, accusing them of spying. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A PUK official says the Coalition bombed Daesh in several areas south of Mosul, killing 12 Daesh terrorists including the “emir” of Dijla and a top Saudi commander. He also says Daesh executed 2 more journalists from Sama TV channel in Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

A local source says a Daesh member killed his parents because they refused to take the “tax” money he gathers from the people of Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man for killing his uncle. [Just Paste] And whiplashing another man [Just Paste]

 

Daesh arrests 70 men in Mosul accusing them of smoking, and then confiscates and burns $45,000 worth of cigarettes. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment: It is almost impossible to sneak cigarettes and other prohibited goods into Mosul without the help of some Daesh members.

 

Daesh publishes photos of the Albu Hamad tribe pledging allegiance and disowning one of its members, who was a former mayor of Hatra District. [Just Paste]

DaeshDaily comment: Ironically, the former mayor was accused by pro-government sources of helping Daesh to capture Hatra.

Daesh usually stages such events when they get defeated or lose ground, to implicate the tribes in their crimes and to show they have a tribal belt of protection around Mosul. Some of these tribe members are actual Daesh members and some of them were forced to pledge allegiance.

 

Daesh graffiti in Mosul [Just Paste]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

The PUK, the Islamic Group and the Islamic Union—three of the five parties in the government—held a meeting in Erbil. They said they consider the disabling of the KRG parliament and the exclusion of Gorran’s ministers unconstitutional. They also refuse any interference from outside governments in the current issues in the IKR. [Ghad]

A PUK official says the PUK refuses to accept dissolving the government, and it will not participate in any government that does not include Gorran. [Buratha]

The Gorran, PUK, IG and IU reps in the Iraqi CoR issued a statement repudiating the KDP’s decision to prevent Gorran’s officials in the KRG from going to their offices. [Qurtas]

 

A KDP official says Gorran could not be trusted anymore and it should be in the opposition and not the government. He also says Baghdad has the right to intervene “in a positive way” in the issue. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

However, a Gorran MP says Gorran had no involvement in the demonstrations in Suleimaniya. She also says people were angry because they haven’t received their salaries for 4 months and the KDP is managing the IKR’s money. [Sumaria]

The KDP meanwhile started negotiations with other parties to form a new government without Gorran. [BasNews]

A PUK official says the PUK is not ready to take any ministry from Gorran. [Rudaw]

 

Southern Iraq

An IED exploded in Basra city center without human casualties. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of the confession of the Daesh member who detonated the earlier deadly car bomb in Basra [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast Syria

Amnesty International accuses the YPG of forced displacement—forcing non-Kurds to leave their homes in YPG-controlled areas. [Amnesty]

The YPG spokesman says Amnesty International’s report is not professional and not neutral and the YPG will respond to it soon. [ROJ]

 

The YPG Commander says the new coalition of Syrian armed groups is coordinating with the International Coalition to start the battles to liberate Raqqa within the next few weeks. He says the new coalition has 50,000 soldiers. The Arab fighters will be the spearhead in Raqqa in order not to instigate ethnic tensions. Meanwhile, the YPG will secure the Kurdish areas, especially in Aleppo’s countryside. [BasNews]

The spokesman of the Raqqa Revolutionaries Brigade, tribal fighters from Raqqa, says they met with the Americans and the Americans told them they would give them weapons to start the Raqqa liberation. [Welati]

 

The YPG Asayesh issued a 2-day curfew after 2 Daesh members on a motorcycle sneaked into Tal Abyad and killed an Arab mosque imam and wounded his 10-year-old son. The YPG killed 2 suspects that might have a link to the incident. Arab sources accused the YPG of killing the imam. [Welati] [Hawar]

 

Daesh releases another Rudaw reporter in an exchange with the YPG in Hasaka. The reporter was kidnapped by Daesh in December. [Welati]

 

A field source says the YPG stopped a Daesh attack on Ain Eissa south of Tal Abyad, killing 4 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [BasNews]

 

A field source says the battles continued near Mount Kawkab in Hasaka countryside between Daesh and the Syrian army. The source also says fighting erupted between Daesh and the YPG in another area in Hasaka countryside. Five Daesh terrorists were killed and one wounded in the battles with the YPG and 2 YPG fighters were wounded. The source also says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Hasaka southern countryside near Shaddadi.  [BasNews]

 

A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in Qamishli on an Asayesh patrol, killing an Asayesh member and wounding other people including civilians (photos). [Welati] [BasNews]

 

A Daesh former prisoner says Daesh arrested her for violating their dress code, then forced her, and many other women, to work in their houses and locations as cleaners. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in Kobane’s western countryside. [Just Paste]

 

Northwest Syria

Daesh says its fighters withdrew from some areas in the Free Zone in north Aleppo and when the Syrian army advanced, a suicide bomber attacked them with a vehicle filled with 8 tons of explosives, killing “dozens” of them (photos). [Dump] [CDN] [CDN]

Syrian opposition groups accused Daesh of kicking them out of the Free Zone, then handling some of the area to the Syrian army. [Shahba]

 

A statement allegedly by a Daesh defector claiming Daesh handled the areas in north Aleppo to the Syrian forces. [Facebook]

A debate between Daesh supporters and enemies about this issue. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the bombing on Tal Qarah in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

A local source says the Syrian regime jets bombed 2 towns in Aleppo’s countryside killing 18 civilians, mostly women and children, and wounded dozens. [ARA]

 

Deir Al-Zor

Daesh says its terrorists captured important points near Deir Al-Zor military airport after several days of clashes and suicide attacks (photos and a video). [Dump] [Just Paste] [Archive]

 

Daesh says the Syrian government planes launched 7 airstrikes on Deir Al-Zor. Daesh says the airstrikes were accompanied by heavy shelling. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of the airstrikes on Deir Al-Zor. [Just Paste]

 

Hama/Homs

Daesh publishes photos of beheading 2 Syrian government “spies” in Hama. [Just Paste]

And publicly executing 2 more men in Homs on the same accusation [Just Paste]

 

Damascus

An Iranian journalist says another Revolutionary Guard general was killed in Damascus on Tuesday. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it captured several landmines from the Syrian army near Damascus. [ShareText]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The President of the People’s Democratic Party attended the funeral of one of the explosion victims in Ankara and said the Turkish government should be blamed because it paved the way for Daesh. [ROJ]

 

A Turkish newspaper says the Turkish authorities released a mosque imam who was arrested for preaching for Daesh in Istanbul. [Sana] No further explanation was given in the story.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES

 

Sudan. The Sudanese Minister of Interior says 70 Sudanese men and women joined Daesh in Libya and Syria. Sudanese authorities suspended the activities of several clerics in religious institutions after the increase in Daesh recruitment. [Shorooq]

 

Egypt. Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M60 vehicle near Sheikh Zuweid in Sinai with an IED. [Just Paste]

 

An Egyptian Ministry of Health source says no one was hurt in the explosion in the train station in Alexandria. [Youm7]

 

Libya. Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Libyan armed group fighter in Benghazi. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh audio newsletter in English [Archive]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ghfdrrrrc6

https://twitter.com/Aterrorist_39

https://twitter.com/asz25522

https://twitter.com/vxcb36

https://twitter.com/aladnani80

 

October 12, 2015

 

Message to our subscribers

Today DaeshDaily is not publishing a full update because of the national holiday in the US. However, there are major developments in Iraq that you may need to know about, thus this Special Edition.

 

IRAQ

 

ANBAR

Western Anbar

Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell says several top Daesh commanders were killed in an IFP airstrike on Awwad Baghdadi’s convoy in Al-Karabilah on the Syrian border Saturday. It names nine of them. Some reports yesterday said that Baghdadi himself was killed but the MoD said it has not verified that. [SIC Facebook Page] [Sumaria] [Ghad]

Videos of Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes on Daesh. [MoD Website] [Mod Website]

Prime Minister Abadi announces from Salahuddin the start of the second stage of Salahuddin Liberation Operations. [AIN]

Iraq will use armed drones for the first time to bomb Daesh. [MoD Website]

KURDISTAN

A major political crisis has erupted in the KRG. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani informed Gorran’s government ministers and MPs, including the Speaker of the KRG Parliament, the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Peshmerga Affairs, that they are being removed from the Cabinet and are not welcome in Erbil. The Speaker said a checkpoint at Altun Kupri, in Kirkuk near the KRG line, prevented him from entering Erbil. He also says the Parliament could work in any city in Kurdistan.

A Gorran official says Gorran refuses to accept the KDP’s orders and their officials will remain in their jobs. The KDP has not been supported so far by the other three parties in the current five-party government and does not have a majority on its own. A PUK MP described the KDP actions as a “coup against democracy”.

The KDP accuses Gorran of fomenting the recent violent demonstrations in Suleimaniya. KDP sources also accuse the PUK and the PKK of starting the violent demonstrations.

Later on, a KDP official says the Speaker was prevented from going to Erbil “for his own safety”.

[Rudaw] [Sumaria] [Rudaw] [Rudaw]  [Rudaw] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Accusing the PUK along with Gorran makes everything worse, as it makes this an Erbil vs. Suleimaniya issue, reopening a lot of old political and personal wounds. Beyond the demonstrations, which were marred by criminal behavior that should be punished, the larger issue is the determination of President Barzani to continue as President even though he has no constitutional authority to do so. Attacking the demonstrations is a way to distract people from the larger issue but won’t resolve it.

A video of the Speaker’s convoy stopped in Altun Kupri. [Rudaw]

SYRIA

 

Several Syrian armed groups, including the YPG, announced the formation of a new military coalition called the Democratic Syrian Forces. [BasNews]

October 9, 2015

 

1

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

The government attack on Daesh in Ramadi city seems very close.

There was a major and deadly protest in Kurdistan.

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A PMF leader says Iraqi forces are prepared to move into Falluja and are awaiting an order from PM Abadi. [Buratha]

 

A Baghdad Operations Command source says Iraqi forces control 80% of Qarma subdistrict and are surrounding the city but they want to avoid civilian casualties. The source says the center is totally isolated and doesn’t represent any military threat. [Harbi Press] The city of Qarma is 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Falluja.

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops in Qarma killed 10 Daesh fighters and wounded 2, destroyed 4 vehicles including 2 vehicle bombs as well as a hideout, and defused 10 IEDs and 3 booby-trapped houses. [IWMC Report]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation in Hayakel, 16 km (10 miles) east of Falluja, killing 13 terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles and a Katyusha rocket launcher. [Mada]

 

In Albu Shijil north of Falluja, an Anbar Operation Command unit supported by PMFs destroyed 4 Daesh locations, and destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles, killing the men inside them. [IWMC Report]

 

Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi forces attack near Jaraishi north of Ramadi and forced them to retreat. [Alors]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED in Zoba’a south of Falluja, killing 4 Iraqi Army officers. [Alors]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Iraqi Army BMP vehicle west of Ramadi. [Just Paste]

 

A video of PMFs rocketing Daesh in Anbar. [YouTube]

A video of PMFs interrogating a wounded Saudi Daesh fighter. [YouTube]

Videos of PMFs fighting in Anbar. [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh in Thayla and Jamaiya in Ramadi city, killing “dozens” and destroying 5 vehicles. [Baghdadia]

 

A local tribal commander says Iraqi forces have surrounded Ramadi from all sides and are preventing Daesh terrorists from fleeing. He also says Iraqi forces are waiting only for Abadi’s orders to move into the city. [AIN]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces are only 800 meters (1/2 mile) from Ramadi center. [AIN]

 

An Anbar GC member of says Ramadi will be liberated within 3 weeks. [Mada]

 

An Anbar GC member says Iraqi forces killed more than 40 Daesh members in the battles east of Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces shelled and rocketed a Daesh convoy of 17 vehicles east of Ramadi, killing 19 terrorists and wounding 37. The source also says Iraqi forces shelled and destroyed 4 Daesh hideouts in Khaldiya. [Harbi Press]

 

The IFP rocketed Daesh in Albu Bali east of Ramadi, killing 21 and wounding 9 and destroying 3 vehicles. [IWMC Report] [Harbi Press]

 

A PMF source says Iraqi forces liberated the CC Area (Civil Cantonment) east of Ramadi. [Harbi Press]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says an Iraqi unit supported by tribal fighters targeted a Daesh convoy escaping from Ramadi to Kubaisa, killing “dozens.” [Harbi Press]

 

The Coalition killed several Daesh fighters in Zangoura just west of the city and destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Humaira to the south. [IWMC Report]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces captured several Daesh tunnels in Zangoura and Albu Chlaib. [Mawazin]

 

The IFP killed 4 Daesh fighters and wounded 2 and destroyed a vehicle near Ramadi. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of the IFP troops preparing for Ramadi battles. [YouTube]

 

A PMF source says the IAA and Kata’eb Hezbollah rocketed a Daesh convoy of 60 vehicles in Ramadi. [Harbi Press]

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Albu Aitha to the north. [IWMC Report]

 

Saraya Al-Jihad says their troops launched a military operation and cleared the areas in northeast Thirthar, killing many Daesh fighters and destroying their vehicles and hideouts. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF video of Iraqi tanks exploded by IEDs in stadium area. [YouTube]

A video filmed from Ramadi of jets bombing Khaldiya. [YouTube]

Daesh publishes a video of its terrorists in Ramadi. [One Drive]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Jazeera Operations Commander says his troops killed 9 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicles and a rocket launcher in Jubba near Baghdadi. [Mada]

 

The Commander of the Al-Assad Brigade (a local Anbar tribal force) says his fighters clashed with Daesh in the Horan Valley west of Baghdadi, destroying a vehicle and killing those inside it, and defused several IEDs. [Buratha]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed 2 Daesh trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition west of Hit, killing 6 terrorists inside them. [Baghdadia]

 

A local source says Daesh published the names of 300 people from Hit whom they executed. The victims were arrested by Daesh when it controlled the city. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh’s media center in Hit showing the Ramadi video (See last item under Ramadi). [Just Paste]

 

Western Anbar

A source in Anbar Police says Daesh executed 19 men publicly after Friday prayers in Al-Qa’im, accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This story and the Hit executions seem to reflect the same pattern seen in Ninewa and elsewhere. As local opposition to it grows, Daesh responds by executing people, often publicly, to intimidate the population into staying in line. It’s cruel, it’s awful, and it’s a sign that Daesh’s grip is weakening.

 

A tribal source says tribal fighters from three local tribes disguised as Daesh fighters killed 24 Daesh terrorists near Akashat in Rutba District. [Baghdadia]

 

SALAHUDDIN

An informed source says the Salahuddin Court issued an arrest warrant for Ahmed Nadhem Al-Jubouri, a member of the Salahuddin GC, on terrorism charges. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This report comes as a surprise to us. IRFAD worked with Mr. Jubouri between 2009 and 2011 when he was an assistant to the Governor of Salahuddin, during a local government support project funded by a European organization. He went out of his way to be helpful. We will suspend judgment until we confirm the report by this “informed source.”

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Fatha and Siniya, killing 17 Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says the IAA targeted Daesh in Siniya, killing a local commander and 4 of his associates. [Maalomah]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers resting and joking while under fire near Baiji. [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

An IFP source says the IFP’s 10th Brigade stopped a Daesh attack on Mkaishifa south of Tikrit, destroying a vehicle and killing those inside it and forcing the rest to flee. [Harbi Press]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be a serious trend if Daesh tries to gain victories in Salahuddin to distract the Iraqi forces in Anbar.

 

A security source says 7 mortar shells fell on different residential areas in Tikrit without causing human casualties. [Baghdadia]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command denies reports that Daesh captured its headquarters and the highway near Samarra. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated several IEDs on an Iraqi Army convoy near Samarra, destroying many of them and killing many soldiers. [Alors]

 

Samarra Operations Command destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles and killed those inside them in Jazeera Samarra. [IWMC Report]

 

An Iraqi JOC source says 3 Daesh foreign fighters were killed and 5 wounded, and 4 Iraqi terrorists were killed and 3 wounded, in an internal shootout between them in Jazeera Samarra. [Harbi Press]

 

Saraya Al-Salam says they shelled a Daesh hideout west of the Samarra desert, killing 15 and destroying their vehicles. [Harbi Press]

 

Elsewhere in Salahuddin

Salahuddin Operations Command killed 25 Daesh combatants in the Ihsan area. [IWMC Report]

 

The Iraqi Army 72nd Brigade found 2 suicide belts and 2 IEDs in Nibaai west of Dujail in southern Salahuddin. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

BAGHDAD

More demonstrations today in Baghdad and 8 other Iraqi cities demanding more reforms, again focusing on the judicial system. [Ghad]

Photos of the demonstrations in Baghdad. [Baghdadia]

 

PM Abadi meets with General Allen to discuss the battles in Anbar and to follow up on the anti-terrorism meetings in New York. [Baghdadia]

 

The spokesman of PM Abadi says the role of the international Coalition in fighting Daesh is bigger than the Quadripartite Coalition, which is more about intelligence cooperation. [Iraq Press]

 

The Iraqi Minister of Defense meets with the Chief of the Anti-Terrorism Service in Kurdistan and Peshmerga commanders and says the coming days will see more coordination with the Peshmerga to defeat Daesh. [Ghad]

 

Former PM Allawi says he is ready to give more information about the missing armored vehicles to the CoR. Allawi said earlier that he requested 78 armored vehicles from Arab countries and they were sent to Iraq but no one knows where there are now. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi government remains silent about recent reports of meetings with the Baathists held in Tanzania and Qatar. The Baath party denied the news on its website. Some MPs have confirmed the reports but say the government is not providing a lot of details. Some sources say the government is negotiating with some “sleeper cells” of Sunni armed groups, to release Baathist prisoners, convicted former demonstration leaders including former political leaders, and men from armed groups, in exchange for having those groups participate in the fight against Daesh. [Mada]

 

Daesh says it broke into the house of a Sahwa fighter in Albu Aitha in south Baghdad and killed him. [Alors]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Sahwa member in Rasheed in south Baghdad and wounded him. [Alors]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army patrol in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad, killing one of them and forcing the rest to escape. [Alors]

 

Daesh says it killed AAH fighters in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad by detonating an IED on their vehicle. [Alors]

 

A police source says unknown armed men attacked the house of a security officer in Mahmudiya, wounding him and 3 of his relatives. When an Iraqi Army unit arrived, an IED exploded on them killing 2 soldiers. [Sumaria]

 

The pro-Daesh Association of Muslim Scholars says the Iraqi government bombing and shelling on Anbar and the shelling on Baquba constitute genocide. [Rafidain]

 

According to security sources:

  • A civilian was killed and 8 wounded when an IED exploded inside a small bus in Shaab in north Baghdad. [Rudaw]
  • Two policemen were wounded when an IED exploded on their patrol in Taji in north Baghdad. [Gharbiya]
  • Unknown armed men in civilian uniforms kidnapped a civilian in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Sumaria]
  • The bodies of 2 unknown men were found shot in Hay Al-Basateen in north Baghdad. [Mada]
  • Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian near his house in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in Hay Al-Amel in south Baghdad, wounding 3 civilians. [Baghdadia]
  • Two civilians were killed and 4 wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Mada’in in south Baghdad. [Mada]
  • An IED exploded in a commercial area in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding 7. [Mada]
  • An employee of the Ministry of Justice was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in Ameriya in west Baghdad. [Mada]

 

The IAF conducted 17 sorties and the IAA 37.

The Coalition conducted 31 sorties, killing 19 terrorists and destroying 2 combat locations, 2 shelters, 5 heavy weapons, 2 weapons caches, 8 hideouts, a mortar, and a sniper location. [IWMC Report]

 

A video of a captured Chechen Daesh terrorist saying he joined Daesh to get married. [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Mayor of Baquba says the final casualty count in the shelling on different areas of Baquba District yesterday was 15 dead and 30 wounded. [Mada]

 

The Chairman of a Sunni bloc in the CoR says the people in areas shelled yesterday were from one group (Sunnis) and Abadi and the security forces should fulfill their responsibilities and prevent the “outlaw” groups (Shia militias) from targeting civilians. [Iraq Press]

 

A member of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says Diyala was facing kidnappings and assassinations even before Daesh took over some parts of it and the security forces are not doing anything about it. [Qurtas]

 

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Diyala GC says security forces killed a Daesh member trying to get into Diyala from Salahuddin. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya

A Security source says unknown armed men shot 2 civilians on the road between Muqdadiya and Imam Wais, killing one and wounding the other. [Baghdadia]

 

KIRKUK

A Peshmerga source says Kurdish forces opened secured passages for the Arab displaced families escaping Daesh controlled areas to Dibis, 55 km (34 miles) northwest of Kirkuk city. [Mada]

 

Local sources say Daesh kidnapped 200 people from Al-Hilwat Village in Al-Zab in western Kirkuk province, accusing them of providing information to the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces about Daesh locations. [Asia]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a typical Baathist procedure that Daesh has also used. If you suspect some unknown person, you arrest dozens or hundreds of people from the same area, torture them, and someone will confess. We can’t see how 200 people could be giving information. These and other incidents repeatedly show the influence of Baathists within the Daesh leadership.

 

A security source says Daesh’s wali of Mosul issued orders to arrest the sharia “judge” of Kirkuk and his brother for refusing to follow orders. The source says Daesh’s wali of Kirkuk is on the run and Daesh is looking for him. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says security forces tightened security procedures and started search campaigns in several areas in central and eastern Kirkuk after the recent kidnappings and assassinations. [Maalomah]

 

A Turkmen political party expressed its concerns about the recent assassinations against Turkmen government officials in Kirkuk. The latest incident was the assassination of a Turkmen intelligence chief yesterday. [Iraq Press]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed a Daesh training camp in Rashad, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, killing 6 and wounding 21 and destroying 5 vehicles and 3 rocket launchers. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a small recon drone shot down in Rashad. [Store1] Daesh says it shot down another recon drone in the same area. [Alors]

 

A security source says the National Security Service arrested a man from Anbar wanted on terrorism charges, as he entered Kirkuk after coming from Baghdad. The source also says the NSS arrested another man at a different checkpoint south of Kirkuk. [Baghdadia]

 

NINEWA

An informed source says Daesh arrested 20 young men from Hammam Al-Alil, Qayara, Badoush and Baaj, accusing them of cooperating with security forces, then delivered the bodies of 16 of them to the forensics department in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

The YPG in Sinjar says their killed 11 Daesh terrorists and wounded 11 in a major military operation. They also say the Coalition launched 5 airstrikes on Daesh in the area. [BasNews]

A video of the YPG forces fighting in Sinjar. [YouTube]

 

A PUK official says the Coalition launched several airstrikes on Daesh in Ninewa, killing 11 Daesh including a local leader called Abu Mustafa Al-Khatouni. [PUKMedia] Another source says Khatouni was killed with 3 other Daesh commanders in an airstrike on a meeting near Tal Afar. The source says Khatouni’s body was transported to the forensics department in Mosul. [Xendan]

 

A security source says Daesh is moving concrete barriers to the northeastern parts of the city, anticipating an Iraqi forces attack. [Iraq Press]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

Kurdistan

A security source says hundreds of people demonstrated in Qalat Diza in Suleimaniya province, demanding to settle the conflict over the presidency of Kurdistan, held by Masoud Barzani. The demonstrators attacked and burned KDP offices. [Ghad]

A KRG parliament member says 7 people were killed or wounded in the demonstrations. [Sumaria] Another source says 4 were killed and 17 wounded, including the District Police Chief. The demonstrators finally took over the building and burned it. [Qurtas]  The demonstrations started in front of the hotel where leaders of the 5 major political groups in Kurdistan were meeting to discuss the presidency issue, then the demonstrators moved to the mayoralty building. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is even more complicated than it sounds.

    Barzani is term-limited and completed his allowed tenure, but his party the KDP engineered a two-year extension that has also run out. The KDP does not have a majority in the KRG parliament to pass a further illegal extension and the other parties have not supported that, but Barzani has maneuvered for a further extension anyway. The scheduled election date has passed.

    Barzani’s support has always been far lower in Suleimaniya than in Erbil and Dahuk, which helps explain the location of the demonstrations. In Erbil and Dahuk, however, many still regard the Barzanis as the ruling tribe. Masoud is the only President that Iraqi Kurdistan has ever had.

 

Photos of the demonstrations in Suleimaniya. [Ghad]

A video of demonstrators allegedly burning the KDP headquarters. [YouTube]

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Ankawa, the largely Christian enclave in Erbil, against corruption. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Iraq

Kerbala. The police clash with demonstrators in Kerbala and prevent them from reaching the local government headquarters. [Mada]

 

Sistani rep in Kerbala says the Commission for Integrity should deal with the corruption cases faster and the government should protect the judges who deal with corruption cases. [Sumaria]

 

Diwaniya. Six people were wounded in clashes between demonstrators and Fadhila party supporters in Diwaniya. [Mirbad]

A video of the demonstrations in Diwaniya. [YouTube]

 

Basra. Basra police say they arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges, one from Baghdad and one from south Basra. [Mirbad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

Iran’s President mourns the death of General Hussein Hamadani, one of the founders of the Revolutionary Guards, who was killed in fighting against Daesh in Aleppo. [Fars]

 

The official Syrian news agency says Russian airpower destroyed 60 Daesh locations and killed 300 terrorists in Syria. [Sana]

DaeshDaily comment. Other news sources have pointed out that the airstrikes were not only on Daesh locations but were against opposition forces generally.  

 

A Jabha Shamiya commander says Daesh attacked them in North Aleppo countryside with vehicle bombs, then clashed with their forces and killed or captured several JS fighters and captured several towns in the area. By controlling the Military Infantry School, Daesh managed to cut off the supply lines of the Syrian armed groups between Aleppo and its northern countryside. [ARA]

Daesh says it captured several areas in Aleppo’s countryside after killing 10 JS fighters and capturing many others. [Dump]

Daesh publishes a video of its fighters in the Military Infantry School in Aleppo’s northern countryside after they captured it from Syrian opposition armed groups. [A3maq] Daesh says it captured the School after “light clashes” and captured one fighter. [Dump]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 JS convoys trying to escape from Tal Qarah, killing 40 JS fighters. [Dump]

Daesh publishes photos of the results of this attack. [Alors] [Alors]

Daesh executed a mosque imam in Tal Qarah. [Twitter]

Daesh publishes photos of the areas it controls. [Just Paste]

 

Field sources say Daesh shelled a Kurdish village near Azaz after capturing several nearby villages from Syrian armed groups. [BasNews]

 

The YPG Asayesh captured an explosives storehouse and arrested 3 suspects in Tal Abyad countryside. [BasNews]

 

Daesh beheaded 3 people in Tadmur, after accusing them of cooperating with the Syrian forces. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing 3 men in Homs by shooting them in the head, after accusing them of spying for the Syrian regime. [Alors]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

Egypt. Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs in 2 areas in Sinai, destroying a truck carrying weapons and ammunitions and a BMP armored vehicle. [Alors]  And publishes photos of one of the attacks. [Alors]

 

Libya. The Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna says they killed a Daesh leader. [AfriGate]

Daesh publishes photos of its Friday prayers in Sirte. [Alors]

 

Afghanistan. Daesh says it detonated 4 IEDs in a Shia mosque in Kabul, killing or wounding “dozens” of them. [Dump]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

Facebook Page of the Day

A Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna page.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Olkan82

https://twitter.com/ftreojsogh

https://twitter.com/rubaqawminlaaaa

https://twitter.com/3rqinjd