February 23, 2017
Mosul Map (Ninewa Media Center)
Iraqi Flag: Government Controlled
Today’s Major Developments
Anbar, Salahuddin officials cite need to liberate Northwest Anbar, Hawija quickly.
Daesh executes former security officers it had held for 2½ years. [..]
Iraqi forces capture most of Mosul Airport. [..]
Rapid Intervention units enter
Senator McCain reported visiting northern Syria. [..]
SOHR says Coalition has killed 5,677 Daesh members in Syria. [..]
SDF continues advance east and north of Raqqa. [..]
Daesh affiliate now controls Golan Heights/Jordan triangle in southern Syria. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel to discuss the Mosul liberation battle according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Sumaria]
Speaking to AFP and other reporters in Baghdad this week, US Air Force Brigadier General Matt Isler said Daesh had adopted coercive new techniques in its use of suicide car bombs because the jihadists appear to be running out of willing drivers. He says “We saw people being led to a VBIED, being put in (it) and being chained in the VBIED.” He also says “We’ve seen children put in VBIEDs as drivers, people that aren’t able to walk… I don’t know if they signed up for this service.”
The Coalition has often seen VBIEDs depart on missions, only for their drivers to veer off course and attempt to hide behind structures. “We see a VBIED going to its attack, going off and hiding,” Isler said.
“We see a party going to find the AWOL VBIED driver, we see (Daesh) command and control trying to figure out where their VBIED driver’s gone, we’ve seen multiple VBIED drivers going AWOL.”
He says the Coalition first saw drivers being chained into trucks when Iraqi security forces approached the Tigris River as they cleared eastern Mosul. [Sumaria]
The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (5), Tal Afar (4), Qayara (1), Rawa (1), and Baiji (3). [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
A police source says an IED explosion killed one
A police source says one person was killed, another wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their civilian vehicle in Al-Rashidiya. [Sumaria]
The Baghdad Operations Command says security units killed 3 terrorists, including a suicide bomber, in a hideout in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]
The BOC says 44th
The BOC says police forces killed a suicide attacker and destroyed his car bomb in Jurf al-Naddaf.
A police source says a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Rustamiya exploded,
The BOC says 17th
A police source says an IED placed in a popular market place exploded,
A police source says one person was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded under a civilian car in Hay Al-Jami’a. [Sumaria]
The BOC says EODs of the 6th
Total Baghdad incidents reported:
Total IED incidents reported:
A member of Anbar
Commander of Jazeera Operations says Coalition
Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 25 area west of Rutba with 5 mortars. [StoreUp]
Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position with 2 drone strikes in the Kilo 110 area, east of Rutba. [StoreUp]
We have no confirming information on the following Daesh reports.
Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMFs near Al-Shirqat Intersection. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF positions in Al-Dibis village with mortars and heavy machine guns. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh says it targeted a PMF position on the road between Baiji and Haditha with an SPG9 rocket. [StoreUp]
Commander of Samarra
Daesh says two of its Iraq suicide terrorists attacked two checkpoints near Al-Khalis on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk with vehicle bombs killing 15 people and wounding 30. [StoreUp]
Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army bulldozer in the Al-A’ali village area near Muqdadiya, severely wounding a soldier. [StoreUp]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)
A local source says a joint security force started a search campaign in the Hawi Al-Udhaim area. The source says villages in the area are empty because their residents fear Daesh attacks. [Sumaria]
Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)
Daesh says it blew up 5 electricity towers in the Al-Mayah
Daesh says it destroyed 2 Peshmerga vehicles with IEDs on the road between Dibis and Kirkuk, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]
Daesh says it blew up a section of Cihan Company oil pipe that moves oil from Kirkuk to Turkey with two IEDs. [StoreUp]
A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes destroyed a bridge and 3 Daesh vehicles in Awn village near Hawija.
A security source says the Peshmerga received 200 civilians, mostly women and children, who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Hawija. [Sumaria]
Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hawija. [DawaAlhaq]
Mosul liberation campaign
A security source says IFP and
A local source says Daesh ordered residents in areas next to Mosul airport to put their cars in streets and alleys to obstruct the advance of Iraqi forces. The source says such tactics would allow Daesh combatants the space to enter houses and install weapons therein.
A security source says Intelligence units arrested Abu Omar Al-Russi, the commander of Daesh suicide squads in Mosul Airport, as he entered the airport. The man does not speak Arabic, says the source.
Local sources say IFP police liberated the Mosul airport after its assault on Thursday morning. [Sumaria]
In a recent televised
Ninewa Operations Commander says CTS forces liberated Tal Al-Rayan, near Mosul airport after
IFP says it captured sophisticated Daesh communications equipment and computers in Mosul airport.
A military source says IFP arrested 8 Daesh combatants in Mosul airport, equipped with modern communications equipment. [Waradana]
A Rapid Intervention commander says Daesh targeted Iraqi forces in the Mosul Airport with Katyushas, killing four soldiers and wounding three others. [Karemlash]
IFP says Daesh destroyed large parts of Mosul airport to render it unusable for Iraqi forces.
IFP EODs started defusing several vehicle bombs on the Mosul Airport runway. [PressIraq]
A military source says
MoI says that
Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Kawar village in southwest Mosul with a vehicle bomb, killing ten soldiers, wounding others, destroying 2 Humvees, and damaging 2 Humvees and 2 BMP armored vehicles. It also says it destroyed another Humvee with an SPG9 rocket near the village. [StoreUp]
Daesh issues a video of the results of an “American” airstrike on New Mosul. [A3maq]
Daesh says 4 people were killed and 12 wounded, mostly women and children, in the airstrike. [A3maq]
Later on, Daesh says that the number of the casualties increased, and fifteen killed and twelve wounded in the airstrike. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in southwest Mosul. [JustPaste]
Elsewhere in west Mosul
In military action along the southwest border of Mosul city, Daesh made a rash of claims:
A military source says 9th
Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the Al-Aboor area
Here Daesh says it damaged 4 BMP vehicles in the Al-Aboor area. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [StoreUp]
Daesh says another suicide terrorist, from Mosul, attacked Iraqi forces in the Al-Aboor area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging a Humvee. It also says it damaged
Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [StoreUp]
Daesh issues a video of the 2 suicide attacks and battles in the area. [A3maq]
A local source says Daesh replaced its local fighters in 10 locations of the old part of the city with
Daesh issued a circular in west Mosul
Back in Baghdad, the
A security source says
Daesh circulated names of 143 of its combatants who escaped battlefields, ordering immediate arrest of any of them on sight. [SotIraq]
Ninewa Police Director
Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Al-Faisaliya area with 2 SPG9 rockets. [StoreUp]
Daesh says it targeted 3 Iraqi Army military positions in the Al-Ghabat area with 6 SPG9 rockets. [StoreUp]
MoI says Rapid Response units shot down a Daesh drone in the Ghabat area.
Commander of IFP says 13 important villages were liberated by the IFP in its drive towards south Mosul, adding that
A security source says a workshop for manufacturing mortar shells and explosives was found by IFP troops inside the sugar factory. [Harbi]
A security source says CTS arrested a Daesh combatant in Ghazlani camp.
A security source says an Uzbek camera operator working for Daesh was arrested in Ghazlani camp. [PressIraq]
Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” positions in the Ghizlani Camp, near the Mosul Airport, and many areas in south and west Mosul with 526 mortars, 17 Katyushas, 11 SPG rockets, 9 locally made rockets, and 26 artillery shells. [StoreUp] [StoreUp]
MoD says 9th
A security source says IAF planes destroyed containers full of weapons in Mahalbiya, southwest of Mosul city near the Tal Afar border.
PMF Press says PMFs liberated the Al-Atshana Hills. [Maalomah]
A PMF leader says PMFs repelled a major Daesh attack southwest of Mosul, killing all 32 attackers.
News reports say Army units liberated the German Hospital area and the sheep market south of Mosul.
Ninewa Police commander says Qayara police arrested Daesh operative Majid Mohsen Jasim (nicknamed Abu Hinich),
Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)
MoD says army helicopters killed 69 Daesh combatants and
PMF says it found a series of Daesh tunnels during the clearing of Ayn Talawi village. Weapons and ammunition were found inside.
PMF says in a statement that its operations in the past 24 hours resulted in killing 50 Daesh combatants, destroying 11 car bombs, capturing 3 armored vehicles and a bulldozer, shooting down a Daesh drone, and finding a series of tunnels.
A security source says PMFs killed a Daesh Tunisian commander west of Tal Afar. The PMFs killed 2 more Daesh terrorists in addition to a suicide bomber, destroyed a vehicle bomb, and captured 2 vehicle bombs in Ain Al-Agha village west of Tal Afar. [Mawazin]
Daesh says it destroyed a PMF tank with a rocket in Tal Aska’ village, southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on a PMF vehicle west of Tal Afar. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh says it targeted
Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi forces SUV in Al-Sahaji village west of Mosul with 3 bombs dropped from a drone, killing one service member and wounding two. [StoreUp]
Social media outlets showed Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of PMF, handing over rewards of IQD 1 Million to whoever destroys a vehicle bomb, provided that a video thereof is available.
PMF mourned Ali Abdul Kadhim Al-Sa’idi, commander of the 10th
PMF says it repelled a Daesh attempt to enter Umm
A security source
South (Hatra, Baaj)
PMF media says army helicopters destroyed a Daesh convoy of 9 vehicles heading to Syria.
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Turkish deputy prime minister says his country is intending to naturalize 80,000 Syrians (20,000 families) living as refugees in Turkey who meet the Turkish nationality standards, after the referendum on the constitution on April 16. Work permit, academic qualifications, and professional skills are among
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
Documents showing Daesh executions
Speaking to commanders of his northern fleet, Russian President Putin says Russian intervention in Syria paved the way for dialogue between the government and opposition. Putin criticized “some partners” who tried to obstruct Russian efforts instead of supporting its war on terror. He also criticized sectarian alliances, saying that secularism kept Syria going for decades.
SOHR says that total civilians killed by Coalition airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 until today is 876, including 209 children and 130 women.
The Coalition says it conducted 24 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (3), Al-Tanf (1), Shaddadi (3), Al-Bab (4), Albu Kamal (3), Um Tamakh (1), and Palmyra (2).
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
Kurdish authorities say that starting Thursday, no power supply from Tishrin Dam will be available, due to lack of water supply from Turkey and the drop in water level in Tishrin Lake below the minimum required for operation. It called on all beneficiaries to seek alternative power sources. [ARA]
Syrian government says Daesh militants executed the American “Abu Farouq Al-Mohajir,” whose body was found in Markada Wednesday. The American, a Daesh militant himself, was the victim of internal conflict within Daesh. [SyriaNow]
Daesh says it severely wounded a “PKK member” by detonating an IED on his motorcycle south of Qamishli. [StoreUp]
SDF says it liberated 1664 sq.
SDF also says that it liberated
Sources say that SDF advances were backed by heavy Coalition airstrikes on Daesh targets that left heavy casualties. [ARA]
Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in different areas in Raqqa province. [DawaAlhaq]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
Battles between Daesh and government forces in east Aleppo
Government forces captured the Rasm Harmal and Rasm Al-Sheikh
SOHR says that Syrian forces reached
Opposition units published photos of tanks burned by Liwa Al-Aqsa (Daesh affiliate) before their departure
Opposition sources say 45 bodies were found yesterday, and 75 today,
SOHR says the final count of bodies
Tahrir Al-Sham officially announced the eradication of Liwa Al-Aqsa in north Hama and south Idlib, announcing that any other movement seeking to shed innocent Muslim blood will meet the same destiny. [EnabBaladi]
Opposition sources say Daesh started gradual withdrawal from Al-Bab city, carrying
Syrian government sources say the agreement reached was to
The pro-YPG Hawar news service quoted
A later report says Daesh withdrew from Tadif as well, which will allow opposition forces to take it over. [Qasioun]
SOHR also says that Turkish troops did not enter 30% of the city,
Turkey says its artillery attacked 90 targets and
Daesh conceded that it lost Al-Bab. It says that after 104 days the Turkish Army and opposition groups captured the center of the city and cut off Daesh supply lines. It says it conducted a suicide attack killing 28 Turkish soldiers and opposition fighters. It says the Turkish Army and opposition groups lost 400 soldiers and fighters in Al-Bab battles in addition to 31 tanks and tens of vehicles. It says capturing Aqil Mountain near the city took the longest time during the Turkish campaign. It says Russian planes targeted Al-Bab city extensively, in addition to the Turkish shelling and bombing. It says 285 civilians were killed. It also says the Syrian Army attacked the Al-Bab area from 3 sides during the battles. [A3maq]
Daesh issues a video of its suicide attack in Al-Bab. [A3maq]
Observers say that Daesh defeat in
Turkey says that
A local administrator in Manbij says Daesh is still cutting off drinking water from Manbij, through their control of
Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Jab Makhzoum village, south of Manbij, with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
Local activists say Daesh
SOHR says Syrian
Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle while the Syrian Army was attacking the Al-Dub Barrier, east of Hama. [A3maq]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
SOHR says battles between government forces and Daesh are continuing near Panorama while Syrian
Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the university dormitory area west of Deir Ez-Zor with 8 tank shells and 4 B10 shells. [StoreUp]
Daesh publishes photos of the event.
Daesh publishes photos of a furniture shop in Al-Mayadin city. [JustPaste]
South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)
Daesh says it stopped an opposition groups attack on the Dhadha Barrier, northeast of Al-Seen Airport east of Damascus on Wednesday. Daesh says the opposition groups were supported by “American” airpower. [A3maq]
Daesh issues a video of an opposition groups vehicle destroyed by Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, near Tal Jamou’ in the Yarmouk Basin. [A3maq]
Daesh burned Palestinian flags and threatened people with execution if they raised the flags in the Al-Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees and in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad areas. [ARA]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Eyewitnesses say armed men threw the body of
Eyewitnesses say armed men shot and killed a man near his house in Hay Al-Zuhour in Arish city. [ElWatan]
Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers at a security barrier in the Al-Matafi area west of Arish on Wednesday. [A3maq]
Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at Al-Ratil security barrier on the road between Al-Jorua and Sheikh Zuweid. [StoreUp]
Local source say ABM terrorists kidnapped a civilian from his house in Rafah. [ElWatan]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED near the Bir Lahfan area. [DawaAlhaq]
Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicle with an IED in the Al-Halal Mountain area in Central Sinai. [StoreUp]
The LNA Special Forces says it killed 2 terrorists in the 12 Buildings area, west of Benghazi. [Libya24]
An official source says the terrorists are still preventing families from leaving the area. [AfriGate]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Daesh says it killed a Taliban commander in Shamshatoo refugee camp east of Peshawar. [A3maq]
Local sources in Mosul say the shortage of food in west Mosul forces women to mix flour with water and give it to children as substitute for milk. [Yalla]
Videos of the Day
Iraqi forces inside the Mosul Airport. [Facebook]
Coalition airstrike destroys a Daesh headquarters near Mosul on Jan 9. [CJTF]
Coalition planes target Daesh in west Mosul. [MoD]
Iraqi forces capture several villages in west Mosul. [MoD]
PMFs kill many Daesh terrorists and capture armored vehicles in battles west of Tal Afar. [Harbi]
Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]
Daesh publishes the 69th
Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists who might have been killed in the Baghdad area. [Top4Top]
Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members who might have been killed in Raqqa. [JustPaste]