An Update On ISIS Activities

July 24, 2017

 

Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Iraqi aircraft attack Daesh positions in Shirqat. [..]

Over 200,000 families have returned to East Mosul & Nineveh Plain. [..]

Coalition airstrike kills top-level Daesh military official in Tal Afar. [..]

Syria

SOHR says SDF now holds 41% of Raqqa city. [..]

SDF stops Daesh counter-attack in SE Raqqa, kills 19. [..]

Syrian opposition group cites cutoff of Coalition support. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The MoD issues a statement denying Iranian media reports about a statement attributed to the Iraqi Minister of Defense. MoD says the Iraqi Army will not intervene in the issue of the KRG’s independence referendum. Iranian media outlets claimed that the minister said in his visit to Tehran that the Iraqi Army will stop any attempts to divide the country. The KRG’s Ministry of Defense apparently believed the story and responded to the “fake” statement, saying it knows how to defend Kurdistan against anyone. [Anadolu] [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 3 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Qayara (1), Baiji (1), and in the Tal Afar area (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

The MoI spokesman says IFP units captured a terrorist and confiscated his vehicle, loaded with explosives, in Al-Karkh. [Ghad] 

The Military Intelligence Service says its units captured 6 persons on terrorism charges in several areas in Baghdad. [Ghad] 

 

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

The Baghdad Operations Command says its units captured a Daesh female member in the Al-Meshahda area. It says the women had kidnapped a child, whose family was killed by Daesh in Mosul, in order to use him in a suicide attack. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The Military Intelligence Service says its units found 2 explosives caches in 2 areas in Latifiya.  [Ghad] 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Albu Mufrij area, in west Yusufiyah, killing the soldiers inside. [DMNJuly24] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The MoI says several people were killed or wounded when an IED exploded inside a café on Street 17 in Ramadi city. [Sumaria] 

 

Hit/Haditha

An Iraqi Army colonel says an EOD captain was killed by a Daesh IED he was trying to defuse south of Kubaisa. [Anadolu] 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying Iraqi soldiers with an IED north of Rutba. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Salahuddin Operations Command captain says Iraqi planes and helicopters launched extensive attacks on Daesh positions in the Abbasi Zawiya and Kanous areas on Sunday, as Iraq prepares to launch a major attack on Daesh. [Anadolu] 

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF EODs started a large operation to remove IEDs on the road between Baiji and Mosul. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in two areas north of Baiji with rockets and 8 mortars. [DMNJuly24] 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

A local source says four Peshmerga fighters were wounded by a roadside IED near the Jamila villages in Jalawla. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

East Mosul

The Council of Ministers says more than 200,000 families returned to their houses on the east side of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. [IraqPress]

 

The MoI says security units captured a Daesh member in east Mosul.  [Ghad] 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Intelligence sources say they confirmed that Ayad Al-Ubaidi, aka Fadhil Haifa, a former Saddam officer and the commander of Daesh’s “soldiers’ office” and its top-level military council was killed in a Coalition airstrike on his hideout in Tal Afar two weeks ago. [Mawazin] 

 

A local source says Daesh executed Abu Yousif Al-Masri, an Egyptian doctor who joined Daesh 2 years ago, and arrested his family in Tal Afar. The source says Daesh has increased its executions of its own members in Tal Afar during the last few weeks. [Buratha]

 

A security source says a suicide bomber attacked a Daesh clinic in Tal Afar, killing 7 Daesh members and wounding 11. [Waradana]

 

An Intelligence source says Daesh in Tal Afar, through its media points, called Mosul “the land of disobedience and letdown.” The source says that Daesh claimed that it withdrew from Mosul after some Daesh members cooperated with security forces. [Sumaria] 

 

Baaj

The PMF Press says PMF units stopped a Daesh attack near the Syrian border killing 8 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles. [Ghad] 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

Daesh claims it killed forty-five PMF fighters in an attack on Al-Sahaji village, north of Khubairat in the Mosul subdistrict, southwest of the city along the road to Tal Afar. [A3maq] The government has not yet responded to the story.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a terrorist, originally from Hit, in Wasit. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

The PKK issued a statement Monday saying that it killed 6,356 Turkish military and police personnel and wounded more than 2,000 others during the last 2 years. It also says that 1,116 of its members were killed and 30 captured during the same period. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. And all these people died for what exactly?

 

Daesh said it killed two Turkish Intelligence personnel near Urfa on Thursday. [A3maq] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 13 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The body of a Syrian academic was found in Hasaka on Saturday, three days after he was kidnapped, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). [ARA]

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SOHR says the SDF has captured 41% of Raqqa city so far. It says, since the start of the battles, 302 civilians were killed, including fifty children. It also says 434 Daesh terrorists and 198 SDF fighters were killed so far. [SyriaHR] 

 

SDF fighters stopped a major Daesh attack on Hay Hisham in southeast Raqqa, killing 19 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The SDF has captured 90% of the neighborhood so far. [Hawar] 

SDF units simultaneously stopped 2 Daesh attacks in Hay Al-Rawdha in northeast Raqqa and Hay Al-Barid in the north, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs and a machine gunmounted vehicle. [Hawar]

Daesh says it killed at least ten SDF fighters in its suicide attack in Hisham. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes aerial photos of the attack. [ICDNJuly24]

 

SDF units captured the Officer’s Residential Compound in Hay Nazla Shuhada, killing 11 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Hawar] 

 

The YPG publishes the names and photos of four of its fighters who were killed in the Raqqa battles. [Hawar] 

 

A young man was killed by SDF shelling on the Bustan area in Raqqa city. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the SDF near the Old Mosque in east Raqqa city. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of SDF fighters targeted by its snipers near the Panorama area in southwest Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

On Sunday, Qasioun reported that more than 60 airstrikes were conducted by the Syrian Army, Russia, and the Coalition on Raqqa Province. It says 6 civilians were killed and 19 wounded by Russian airstrikes on Maadan town, the Zor Shammar area, and other villages east and southeast of Raqqa. A local activist says civilians are leaving these areas in large numbers toward SDF-controlled areas. Qasioun also says Coalition planes destroyed more than 10 factories and storehouses west of the Panorama area south of Raqqa city. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

Nine civilians were killed and others wounded by Russian airstrikes on Al-Jaber town east of Raqqa. Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Khamisiya east of Raqqa. A local activist says two women and a child were killed in the airstrike. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

The SOHR says 19 people, including 4 children and 5 women, were killed on Sunday evening by airstrikes on the Juwaizat and Sharida areas east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR] 

 

South of Raqqa

Syrian Army units, supported by foreign militias, captured large areas south and southeast of Raqqa and arrived to Dalha village east of the Euphrates River. This puts the Syrian Army 10 km (6 miles) away from the western administrative lines of Deir Ez-Zor Province. Local activists say Daesh withdrew from the areas without putting up any resistance. [Qasioun] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tahrir Al-Sham executed 2 men in Idlib after accusing them of being involved in the car bomb explosion that killed 15 people, including Tahrir Al-Sham members, on Sunday. Tahrir Al-Sham says the 2 men were Daesh members. [Qasioun] [SyriaHR] 

The SOHR says, at least 18 people, including 3 civilians, were killed in the explosion and several others severely wounded. [SyriaHR]

Tahrir Al-Sham had captured Idlib city after the withdrawal of Ahrar Al-Sham and other opposition groups. [SyriaNow]  

 

The Nour Al-Din Zenki Movement, a radical Islamist group, issued a statement saying that it approves of the Tahrir Al-Sham project to establish “civilian management” over oppositioncontrolled areas in accordance with sharia law. The movement had announced last week that it ended its affiliation with Tahrir Al-Sham after the battles between the latter and Ahrar Al-Sham. [Qasioun] 

DaeshDaily comment. Idlib is about to be the safe haven that Al-Qaeda wanted since the start of the civil war in Syria. Ironically, Daesh was one of the main obstacles for this project because it wanted its own safe haven. It is still to be seen who will start to destroy Tahrir Al-Sham’s project.  

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army and allied militias targeted Ain Diqna village and areas near Tal Rifaat in Azaz with artillery mortars and heavy machine guns. [Hawar] 

 

Several sources say 14 people, including 11 children, were wounded by SDF shelling on Kaljibrin village, south of Azaz city. The sources say clashed erupted between SDF units and Turkey-allied opposition groups northeast of Manbij. [SyriaHR] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Three civilians were killed and others wounded by Russian airstrikes on Khudhaira town east of Hama. Battles continued in villages of the Aqairbat subdistrict between the Syrian Army supported by foreign militias and Russian warplanes, and Daesh. The area suffers from lack of medical supplies in hospitals. Wounded people are taken to Mayadin city 300 km (186 miles) away. [Qasioun] 

 

Syrian military source says Russian warplanes targeted Daesh positions east of Hama. The Syrian Army issued a video of a Russian airstrike that destroyed a Daesh rocket launcher in the Qastal Ghazi area (video). [SyriaNow] 

 

Homs

Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Qaryatayn, a Syrian opposition faction, issued a statement saying that it cut off its relationship with the Coalition after the Coalition stopped its support. It says it is still fighting the Syrian Government in several areas. It says its “backers” refused to allow it to fight the regime and wanted to focus on fighting Daesh only. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The Russian military says a military operation to “eradicate” a large group of Daesh terrorists is ongoing in northwest Tadmur. [SyriaNow] 

 

Battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by local and foreign militias, and Daesh, east of Tadmur. The Syrian Army shelled and bombed Daesh positions in the area. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian PMFs moved toward the Syrian Desert to support the Syrian Army’s attempts to break the siege on Deir Ez-Zor. This group was officially announced last month and has 5,000 fighters. [Qasioun] 

 

Syrian Government sources say Syrian Army units battled with Daesh south of Deir Ez-Zor and near the airport, killing or wounding many fighters. It also says Syrian planes targeted Daesh in the area, destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle and several hideouts. [SyriaNow]

Syrian Government sources say the Daesh commander of Albu Omar village, 5 km (3 miles) east of the city, was killed in the fighting. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian planes targeted Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city and in Al-Salihiya village north of the city, wounding civilians. Battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh in several areas in and around Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh shelled government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. No reports of casualties were available. [SyriaHR] 

 

A man, his son, and his daughter were killed by airstrikes, thought to be Russian, in Shamitiya town west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR] 

 

Daesh issued a propaganda video about how it captured Deir Ez-Zor Province from Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and other Syrian opposition groups in 2014. The video shows footage of several Daesh commanders who are now dead, including Abu Omar Al-Shishani. [ICDNJuly24]

 

Mayadin

Five civilians were killed and others wounded by a Coalition airstrike on Al-Arba’in Street in Mayadin city. Coalition planes also destroyed a Daesh vehicle in the city, killing the terrorists inside. [Qasioun] 

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

The Russian Army said it deployed units of its military police to monitor the cease-fire in southwest Syria. [ARA]

 

Seven children, two women, and an old man were killed and fifty other civilians were wounded by a Syrian airstrike in Arbin city in east Ghouta. [Qasioun] 

 

An opposition fighter was fighting against the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, west of Daraa [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army says one of its tanks stopped a vehicle bomb near a security barrier south of Arish. It says the vehicle exploded, killing three men, two women, and two children, in addition to four terrorists who were inside the vehicle. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says Afghani Army units, supported by US forces, attacked a village in Dih Bala in Nangarhar. Daesh says it stopped the attack, killing many soldiers including four US service members, wounded others, and forced the rest to retreat. Daesh says helicopters retrieved the casualties from the village. It also says the Afghan Army shelled the village, killing fourteen people and wounding others. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed five Afghan soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a Humvee and a bulldozer in battles in the Achin area in Nangarhar. [ICDNJuly24]

 

Philippines

Daesh said on Sunday it killed six Philippine soldiers and destroyed an armored vehicle in Marawi city. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

July 21, 2017

 

Mosul

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Sistani organization urges humane treatment of Daesh prisoners. [..]

Border Guard in Anbar stops Daesh attack on Al-Walid border crossing. [..]

Police in Mosul arrest several Daesh terrorists hiding their identity. [..]

Daesh in Tal Afar city asks mosque-goers for donations. [..]

Syria

16 more Coalition airstrikes hit Raqqa. [..]

SDF campaign advances in multiple neighborhoods of Raqqa. [..]

92 killed in Ahrar Al-Sham/Tahrir Al-Sham clashes, including 15 civilians. [..]

Cease-fire announced Friday night between Ahrar Al-Sham, Tahrir Al-Sham. [..]

Other

Syrian Army, Hezbollah attack Tahrir Al-Sham positions on Lebanon border. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi met in his office with the CENTCOM commander, General Joseph Votel, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Abadi says Iraq is determined to end Daesh’s presence in Iraq, secure the borders, return displaced people, and enhance the capacity of Iraqi forces. General Votel congratulated Iraq on the Mosul liberation and praised Iraqi forces, assuring Al-Abadi that the US is committed to support Iraq to liberate the remaining Daesh controlled areas. [PUKMedia] 

 

Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s representative in Kerbala says security units should treat prisoners well. He says assaulting prisoners is a violation of law and religion. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Qayara (2), in the Tal Afar area (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), Baiji (2), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi Intelligence Service member in his house in the Al-Tabi area, in Tarmiya. [A3maq] 

 

A police source says three civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on the highway in Taji. [Sumaria]  

 

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says its units captured 3 persons on terrorism charges in Suleikh. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A security source says 3 Daesh terrorists detonated an IED near the house of a Tribal PMF commander in Sraidiya village, 10 km (6 miles) west of Hit, without causing casualties. The source says a PMF fighter was wounded when PMF units chased the terrorists out of the village. [Sumaria] 

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

A security source says a Daesh hideout in Anah was destroyed by a rocket shot from the Ain Al-Assad base. [Ghad] 

 

Rutba

A security source says a Border Guard unit stopped a Daesh attack on its position east of the Al-Walid Border Crossing, killing several terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. The source says a Border Guard soldier was killed. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a car carrying PMF fighters on the road to Al-Tanaf. [A3maq] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted an “Iraqi Army position” in Shirqat city with a Grad rocket. [DMNJuly21]

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Al-Asmeda Bridge. [DMNJuly21]

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying IFP soldiers with an IED on the road between Balad and Dhuluiya on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

The Tooz District government says an Iraqi soldier was killed and an officer and another soldier wounded when an IED exploded on their convoy in the Zarqa area on Thursday. [ROJ]

 

A security source says a Daesh commander and 3 other terrorists were killed when an IED exploded on the road between Zarqa and Himrin. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and wounded others with an IED near Amerli. [A3maq] 

 

DIYALA (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says two Peshmerga fighters were wounded when a roadside IED exploded on them in Dibis. [Sumaria] 

 

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

A local source says the body of one of Daesh’s A3maq cameramen was found beheaded near Riyadh. The source says many Daesh terrorists have been killed in areas west and southwest of Kirkuk and it’s unknown whether these killings were conducted by anti-Daesh armed groups or resulted from internal fighting. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Security sources say Iraqi forces captured Daesh’s “minister of agriculture” in west Mosul. [ARA] 

 

The MoI says the Ninewa Police captured a Daesh leader when he went to get his social care pension in east Mosul. It says the terrorist had participated in killing many policemen. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. We will see more of these reports. Daesh members will try to claim they were just innocent civilians. The problem is, many politicians, and media outlets, will support the stories of these terrorists. 

 

The IFP commander says his units captured 4 Daesh members who were using fake IDs at a checkpoint near Mosul. [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment. We reported earlier that Daesh terrorists are using the IDs of their victims to flee. 

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A local source says the Daesh Friday prayers speeches focused on urging people to donate money to the “caliphate” during these “difficult days.” [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh emptied some of its prisons in Tal Afar because the spread of diseases, including tuberculosis, killed many prisoners. [Sumaria] 

 

A PMF commander says Daesh captured three families who were trying to escape Tal Afar and forced them to walk into a road filled with land mines, killing the entire families. [Sumaria] 

 

Baaj

A PMF commander says his units stopped a Daesh attack near the Syrian border, killing 25 terrorists.  [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Army raised the estimated number of PKK fighters killed by Turkish airstrikes on Qandil Mountain to 9. The army said yesterday that 4 PKK fighters were killed. [Anadolu] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

PMF Commission in Babel says Daesh terrorists shot and killed two unarmed PMF fighters in Al-Fadhiliya village, north of Jurf Al-Sakhar. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (16), Shaddadi (2), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Civilians freed by the SDF say Daesh prevented people from leaving their houses in Raqqa. Anyone who tries to escape gets targeted by Daesh snipers. [Hawar]  

DaeshDaily comment. Maximizing civilian casualties, exactly as in Mosul.  

 

Raqqa city

SDF fighters killed 8 Daesh terrorists in heavy battles in Hay Al-Rawdha, in northeast Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

SDF fighters advanced in Hay Al-Barid and nearby areas in west Raqqa, killing 6 terrorists. The SDF claims to have captured 60% of Al-Barid so far. [Hawar] 

 

SDF fighters advanced in Hay Nazla Shuhada in west Raqqa, killing 3 Daesh terrorists. The SDF has captured more than half of the area so far. [Hawar]

SDF units secured more than a thousand civilians in Nazla Shuhada, and moved them to safe areas in Hay Al-Yarmouk. Daesh tried to hinder the operation by shelling the area with mortars. [Hawar] 

 

SDF fighters destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Hay Hisham, in south Raqqa. [Hawar]

SDF units freed 200 civilians from Hisham during the last 24 hours. [Hawar]

On Friday evening, Daesh launched an attack on SDF positions in Hisham. [Qasioun] 

 

An anti-coalition media outlet says an unspecified number of civilians were killed or wounded by Coalition airstrikes on several areas in Raqqa city. [Qasioun] 

 

SDF drones monitor Daesh movements and attack Daesh targets in Raqqa. (video) [Hawar]  

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in southwest Raqqa with SPG9 rockets. [ICDNJuly21]

 

Daesh issues a video of its zakat office distributing food items, enough for 4 months, in Raqqa. [A3maq] 

 

East of Raqqa

Russian planes targeted Maadan town and the Khamisiya Foqani and Jaber villages, east of Raqqa. No casualties were reported. [Qasioun] [Qasioun] 

 

South of Raqqa

Syrian military source says the Syrian Army opened 4 secure routes for people of Raqqa who want to leave for government controlled areas. [SyriaNow]

 

North of Raqqa

The SOHR says Coalition forces trained 260 people from Raqqa Province in Ain Eissa in Tal Abyad District as security members to hold the ground in liberated areas after Daesh’s defeat. [SyriaHR] 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Civilians, including children, were killed or wounded in the ongoing battles between Ahrar Al-Sham and Tahrir Al-Sham in different areas in Idlib province. Tahrir Al-Sham shot at people who were demonstrating against the battles. [Hawar] [Hawar] 

The SOHR says fifteen civilians, including five children and one woman, were killed in addition to 77 fighters from both side. [SyriaHR]

 

Turkey-backed opposition units from north Aleppo entered Idlib from Turkey through the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing to support Ahrar Al-Sham. (videos) [Hawar] [ARA] 

 

On Friday evening, both Ahrar Al-Sham and Tahrir Al-Sham announced they have reached a ceasefire. Tahrir Al-Sham says that the two sides agreed that Ahrar Al-Sham leaves the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing and hands over its management to a civilian authority. [ARA] 

Tahrir Al-Sham says that Ahrar Al-Sham burned down a food aid storehouse near the border crossing before withdrawing. [SyriaNow]

An Ahrar Al-Sham source says Turkey suggested that both groups unite under one banner and call themselves The Syrian Popular Movement. The source says Tahrir Al-Sham refused the suggestion. Other sources say Turkish planes flew over Idlib, sending a message to Tahrir Al-Sham to force it to accept the ceasefire. Tahrir Al-Sham had captured many areas near the border crossing in addition to 6 villages before the ceasefire. [ZamanAlWasl] [EnabBaladi] [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Manbij/Jarabulus

The Turkish Army and allied armed groups shelled several villages in Azaz and Afrin. A Turkish warplane and a drone flew over several areas in Azaz and Afrin. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Heavy battles erupted between the SDF and Turkey-backed opposition groups in Al-Muhsenli village, in Jarabulus. [Qasioun] 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Eight Syrian soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh near Al-Albawi village, east of Salmiya. Several civilians were wounded by Daesh mortar shelling on Salmiya city. Warplanes targeted several villages in the area. [Qasioun] 

Syrian government sources say 6 civilians were killed and 19 wounded when Nusra (Tahrir Al-Sham) rocketed civilian areas in Salmiya. [SyriaNow] 

Later on, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says 6 people, including 4 women, were killed and 25, including 10 women, were wounded in the shelling. [SyriaHR] 

 

Homs

Many Syrian soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh near Jabab Hamad village, east of Homs. Daesh recaptured a hill that the Syrian Army had captured earlier. Russian planes targeted Daesh positions in the area. [Qasioun] 

 

A Syrian military source says the Syrian Army destroyed a Daesh communications center in Umm Al-Rish village, east of Homs, killing the terrorists inside. [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian Army and allied militias captured the Majbel area, west of Sukhnah. [SyriaNow] 

The Syrian Army says it continued its operations against Daesh in the Al-Hail-Sukhnah area. It says that its troops are less than 9 km away from Sukhnah city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket west of Hamima village, east of Homs. [A3maq] 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by foreign militias, and Daesh south of the Deir Ez-Zor airport. Daesh mortared Hay Al-Joura and Hay Al-Qusour in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian Army officer near the Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army communications vehicle with a rocket on Deir Ez-Zor Mountain, south of the city. [A3maq] 

 

Mayadin

Coalition planes targeted the governmental compound and the Al-Bal’oum roundabout area in Mayadin city, wounding civilians. [Qasioun] 

DaeshDaily comment. Qasioun, an opposition media outlet, has almost never reported Daesh casualties in Coalition airstrikes. It is hard to imagine that an airstrike that targets a government building occupied and run by Daesh hurts only civilians. 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Syrian Army and Hezbollah launched a major attack near the eastern Lebanese village of Arsal, where fighters loyal to Daesh, Tahrir Al-Sham, and other jihadist organizations have taken shelter. (video) [Qasioun] [Qasioun] 

The SOHR says the operation started on both sides of the border. It says Tahrir Al-Sham and its allies control 20 sq Km (7.8 sq miles) in the area, while Daesh controls 120 sq km (47 sq miles). It says the initial operations targeted only Tahrir Al-Sham areas and will move on to Daesh areas. It says the area was heavily bombed and shelled during the last 24 hours. [SyriaHR]  

Saraya Ahl Al-Sham, another opposition armed group, issued a statement asking international organizations to open a secure route for 15,000 displaced people in the area. [ZamanAlWasl] 

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Army issued a statement saying its airplanes continued airstrikes on several areas in Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, and Arish, killing 30 takfiris and destroying 12 SUVs, including 4 vehicle bombs. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

The Philippines 

Daesh says it killed three Philippines soldiers in battles in Baling in Marawi. It also says its snipers killed one soldier in Marinaut in Marawi. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

A convoy of Mosul youth arrives in Tahrir Square in Baghdad to celebrate the liberation of Mosul. [Yalla] [Yalla] [Yalla]

 

Iraqi soldiers save a wounded child in Old Mosul. [Yalla] 

 

IFP units find a Daesh prison in the Dawasa area. [Sumaria] 

 

The Ninewa Police capture 21 Daesh terrorists in different areas in east Mosul. Some of them admitted killing civilians in the city after 2014. The police took them to the houses of their victims to start legal procedures. [Mawsleya] 

 

Iraqi forces liberate Imam Gharbi village in Shirqat, killing 211 Daesh terrorists. Iraqi and Coalition commanders visit the area. [Mawsleya] 

 

Syria

SDF fighters find a Daesh weapons storehouse in west Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

 

U.S. Marine Corps artillery destroys a Daesh tunnel entrance in Raqqa on June 19, 2017, with little or no collateral damage. [CJTFOIR]

 

Families managed to escape Raqqa and arrive in SDF controlled areas. [SyriaHR]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan] 

July 20, 2017

 

Imam Gharbi Village 

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Government rejects estimates of civilian death toll in Mosul. [..]

CTS captures 16 Daesh terrorists hiding out in Old Mosul. [..]

Iraqi planes, artillery attack Daesh in Tal Afar. [..]

 

Syria

Trump ending covert CIA military support for moderate opposition groups. [..]

SDF claims control of 30% of Raqqa city. [..]

Idlib fighting between Ahrar Al-Sham & Tahrir Al-Sham continues near Turkey border. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

IWMC denied media reports that said that 40,000 civilians were killed in the Mosul battles. It says that Iraqi forces killed 30,000 Daesh terrorists during the battles, and asks if those media outlets counted the terrorists among civilian casualties. It also said that the bodies of 1,429 civilians were retrieved from Mosul so far. [Anadolu] 

The Independent in Great Britain said yesterday that more than 40,000 civilians were killed in the Mosul battles. It said residents of the besieged city were killed by Iraqi ground forces attempting to force out militants, as well as by air strikes and Daesh terrorists, according to Kurdish intelligence services.

It also said that Hoshyar Zebari, former Minister of Finance, told The Independent that many bodies “are still buried under the rubble.” “The level of human suffering is immense,” he said. He also said that “Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the federal police, airstrikes and (Daesh) itself,” 

 

The CoR unanimously approved a resolution to consider Daesh crimes against Turkmen in Tal Afar and Tooz as genocide. This is the first step for the Iraqi government to compensate the families of the victims and to start reconstruction in those areas. [Anadolu]  

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Qayara (4), in the Kirkuk area (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says security units captured a terrorist from Abu Saida who was disguised as a worker, in a popular restaurant in Adhamiya. [Ghad]

 

East (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

Daesh says it killed ten Shia and wounded others with 2 IEDs in Sadr City. [ICDNJuly20]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC said yesterday its units captured and defused a car bomb parked in the Nahrawan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says it killed or wounded Shia with 2 IEDs in the Nahrawan area, one near an intersection and the other at a bus station. [ICDNJuly20] Here Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on “Iraqi forces” near Nahrawan. [A3maq]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says security units captured the Daesh officer of assassinations in west Baghdad, in a raid in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria] 

The MoI says security units captured 3 suicide terrorists in a car bomb at the Al-Suqour Checkpoint. [Sumaria] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA targeted a Daesh convoy in the Hajiya Valley, near Kubaisa, destroying 3 machine gun-mounted vehicles. [Etejah] 

 

Anah/Al-Qa’im

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA targeted destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses in the Al-Sawahik area in Rawa, killing 15 terrorists. [Etejah] 

 

Rutba

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED in the Kilo 50 area, east of Rutba. [ICDNJuly20] Daesh says an Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded in the attack. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its Wednesday attack on an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 50 area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Al-Saqar area, east of Rutba. [ICDNJuly20]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh issued a propaganda video about capturing Imam Gharbi village. [ICDNJuly20]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one of Daesh’s media tactics to show it is “always victorious.” Daesh has lost control of the village, but the video, shot days ago, is intended to give the opposite impression.

 

Baiji

PMF Press says PMF units stopped a Daesh attack on the Zuwiya Intersection in northern Baiji, forcing the terrorists to flee. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh says it wounded two PMF fighters with an IED in Al-Mahawila village in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee with an IED in Chalabi village in Al-Waqf. [A3maq]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

Daesh says it wounded two PMF fighters with an IED in Albu Mubarak village, in Udhaim. [A3maq]

 

KIRKUK (no reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A woman from France captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul with her four children is facing possible prosecution in Iraq for allegedly collaborating with Daesh. This is a test case for how governments handle the families of foreign fighters now that the extremists are in retreat. It could set a precedent for the many other foreigners who joined Daesh. France estimates that 750 French citizens are among the extremists in Iraq and Syria—including up to 450 children.

The fate of the children, ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years old, is in legal limbo. The father’s whereabouts are unknown. Two Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the woman is being investigated in Baghdad and could face terrorism charges for illegally entering Iraq and joining Daesh, and that the French government wants the children handed over to France.

French consular officials want permission to see the family, but the French government has shown no interest in having the woman brought home.

Her lawyer says the whole family should be brought back to France, even though she would probably be jailed and face terrorism charges upon her return. He says he fears she could suffer abuse in Iraq and be used as a scapegoat for Daesh crimes or as a pawn in domestic political conflicts. But a French government spokesman said Wednesday the mother should be prosecuted in Iraq, and wasn’t in Mosul “for tourism.” While he said France condemns reported abuses by Iraqi troops in their campaign against Daesh, he insisted that “the authorities in Iraq are justified in wanting to judge (foreign fighters) on site.” [Rudaw] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is a significant story, as it defines a procedure for handling the many other such cases that will arise in Iraq about foreign Daesh family members and supporters captured in Iraq. The French government deserves praise for its balanced approach.

 

Central Mosul

A PUK official says CTS units captured 16 Daesh terrorists hiding in Old Mosul. [PUKMedia]

A security source says there are still Daesh foreign terrorists hiding in tunnels in Old Mosul. [ARA]

 

A security source says US units supplied Iraqi forces with a monitoring balloon and cameras that can be used to monitor the security situation in Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

Two freed Yazidi girls said Daesh terrorists executed ten Yazidi girls in Old Mosul before Iraqi forces liberated the area. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment. Let’s hope those guys can be identified; a story like this makes everyone angry. Local terrorists would do anything to hide their links to Daesh and to hide with civilians. 

 

A military source says the IFP found rockets and explosives in the Bab Al-Saray area in Old Mosul. [Harbi]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

A local source says a Daesh drone carrying explosives hit a house in Tal Afar, killing a woman and child. [Sumaria] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed a social media activist in Tal Afar. 

 

A PUK official says Iraqi planes bombed Daesh positions in Abu Mariya village, killing 13 terrorists, mostly foreigners. He also says Iraqi artillery shelled Daesh in Tal Afar, killing 7 terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Hay Al-Askari, in Tal Afar city. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 2 Daesh positions and killed 6 terrorists in Ayadhiya, northwest of Tal Afar city. [Harbi] 

 

Baaj

An Iraqi Army captain says three Iraqi soldiers were killed when a suicide terrorist attacked a checkpoint in Baaj with a vehicle bomb. [BasNews] 

 

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

A military source says the IFP is searching several areas in Hammam Al-Alil looking for Daesh terrorists who fled with civilians from Mosul. [Harbi]

 

PMF Press say PMFs killed 4 Daesh suicide terrorists in Tal Al-Zalat in the Mosul subdistrict. [Harbi]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel 

The Deputy Governor of Babel denied media reports about kidnapping civilians in Jurf Al-Sakhar and nearby areas. He says security units arrested suspects based on judicial orders. He also says security units found explosives vests and weapons with those suspects. Three terrorist attacks were conducted in the north Babel area during the last few weeks. [Mada] 

 

Dhi Qar

A security source says security units captured 7 Daesh members hiding in a house in Nasiriya. The source says the terrorists entered the city as displaced people and were planning to conduct terrorist attacks. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Military says its planes killed four PKK fighters and destroyed an anti-aircraft unit and a hideout on Qandil Mountain. [Anadolu]  

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

US officials say President Trump decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar Al-Assad. This is being widely seen as a concession to Russia, which had been pursuing this objective, and is thus controversial. [WashingtonPost] 

The implications of this decision for anti-government forces on the ground are not clear. However, a spokesman for Ahmed Al-Abdou Forces, which operates in southern Syria, says the arming of his and similar forces that the US announced as stopping doesn’t exist in the first place, and that most of the US support was limited to logistics. He says the weapons the opposition groups got from the regime and from Daesh during battles are “enough for 7 years. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. This decision leaves a lot of unanswered questions. The secret nature of the support is one reason the implications are not clear. The Post story does not mention which groups had received the support, or how much. Nor does it indicate what level of assistance the US or other Coalition countries might still provide, or whether they would get any support if attacked by government troops (as some recently did). Also not included are any reactions of the other Coalition countries that participated in supporting moderate rebel groups, known to include Great Britain and Jordan, perhaps among others, though the Post reported that Jordan supports the decision.

However, the intended and likely effect from Russia’s viewpoint is to remove or at least greatly weaken some of the armed anti-Assad opposition, particularly in southern Syria, making it easier for the Syrian Army to regain control of the country. This would seem to contradict earlier US statements that Assad’s continuation in power was unacceptable. Whether the US is conceding the country to Assad or has some other plan for getting him out is impossible to project. The decision does seem to improve his chances, however, notwithstanding all the negative opinion about him around Syria. The immediate impression, therefore, is that Assad (and Russia and Iran) are favored by this decision.

 

In response to a Turkish news report, the Pentagon says the release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat Daesh. Anadolu news agency published a report on Tuesday specifying the location of 10 U.S. military posts in northern Syria, and in some cases detailing the number of U.S and French troops present. The report also says there are 200 US soldiers and 75 French special forces soldiers deployed 30 km (19 miles) north of Raqqa. 

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said “While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information,” [Reuters] 

An Erdogan spokesman says the Turkish government didn’t have any role in publishing the report by the official Turkish news agency. [Dorar] 

 

The SOHR says 107 civilians, including 27 children and 25 women, were killed by Syrian airstrikes and barrel bombs in different parts of Syria during the last 30 days. It also says Syrian government aircraft have killed 23,800 civilians and wounded 67,000 since the start of the anti-Assad revolution. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (8), Shaddadi (3), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

Daesh social media sources claim that a group of Ashbal Al-Khilafa (young boys trained by Daesh) attacked SDF units in Hay Al-Mashlab in east Raqqa. The sources say a US Special Forces member was killed and others wounded in addition to SDF fighters. [Ana Al-Muslim] 

DaeshDaily comment. Hay Al-Mashlab was liberated weeks ago. If this report is true, it might mean that Daesh had left some of these boys with the civilians in the area. 

 

An SDF media official says the SDF has captured 30% of Raqqa city. [Rudaw] 

 

Fighting continued in Raqqa for the 45th day. Daesh launched counter attacks in Old Raqqa, in west Raqqa, and in Hisham in the south. The SDF is advancing slowly because of the large numbers of land mines and IEDs and because of Daesh snipers. [SyriaHR]  

SDF units freed more than 150 civilians in Hisham and moved them to secure places (video). [Hawar] 

 

SDF units captured 2 residential compounds in Nazla Shuhada, in south Raqqa, killing at least 4 Daesh terrorists and capturing 1. [Hawar]

 

Heavy battles erupted between the SDF and Daesh near Hay Al-Yarmouk in southwest Raqqa. Both sides sustained casualties in the battles, and neither side advanced. [Qasioun] 

Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters and wounded three others with an IED near the Panorama Circle, at the southwest entrance to Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

The YPG publishes names and photos of 15 of its fighters who were killed in combat against Daesh in Raqqa. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two SDF fighters and wounded three others in 3 areas in Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh says Syrian aircraft conducted 23 airstrikes using rockets and barrel bombs on Ghanem Al-Ali and Zor Shammar villages, east and southeast of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Russian airstrikes on Maadan. The video shows civilian casualties. [A3maq]

 

South of Raqqa 

A Syrian military source says the Syrian Army captured several oilfields in the Maadan, Rabia, Rasm Al-Ghanem, and Jabala areas south of Raqqa, killing several Daesh terrorists and destroying their vehicles and military positions. [SyriaNow] 

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh social media sources say several SDF commanders and fighters were wounded by the Daesh rocketing on Suluk two days ago. [Ana Al-Muslim]

The PYD-backed Hawar said yesterday that Daesh targeted YPG positions near Suluk city with rockets. It said no report of casualties was available. [Hawar

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Battles continued between Ahrar Al-Sham and Tahrir Al-Sham near the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey and several other areas. The SOHR says eleven civilians, including women and children, were killed. It also says 27 fighters from both sides were killed in battles and in executions. Idlib Media Center says three more civilians were wounded, including a child. It also says a local activist died from wounds he sustained when Tahrir Al-Sham shot at demonstrators in Saraqib city. Tahrir Al-Sham refused the ceasefire initiative imposed by “religious leaders.” The Nour Al-Din Zenki Movement, an Islamic opposition group that was a part of Tahrir Al-Sham, announced its defection. Local activists say the movement sent hundreds of fighters to support Ahrar Al-Sham. However, the movement announced that it will remain neutral and won’t participate in the fighting. [Hawar] [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [ARA] [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Dorar] [ZamanAlWasl]

An Ahrar Al-Sham spokesman says heavy battles are ongoing to recapture Sarmada town, 5 km (3 miles0 from the border crossing, from Tahrir Al-Sham. [EnabBaladi]

Tahrir Al-Sham captured Aqrabat town near the border crossing. [Qasioun] 

Tahrir Al-Sham says it wants a united management for the areas under opposition groups’ control. [EnabBaladi] [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. This is what Al-Qaeda wanted since the beginning, a safe haven for terrorists from all over the world in Syria. Nusra wanted to change its colors, and hide its links to Al-Qaeda, by forming Tahrir Al-Sham with other jihadi groups, but the easy split of Nour Al-Din Zenki shows that this umbrella is nothing real and that the big groups kept their independence.  

Tahrir Al-Sham faced internal disputes between a faction loyal to the Nusra leader, Jolani, and a loyalist of a Saudi “cleric” and financial backer, Abdullah Al-Muhaisini, who doesn’t want Tahrir Al-Sham to fight Ahrar Al-Sham. [SyriaNow] [EnabBaladi]

Tahrir Al-Sham shot at another demonstration in Saraqib today. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Athariya city east of Hama. Daesh killed four soldiers and wounded six others. [Qasioun]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army near Athariya. [ICDNJuly20]

 

A Syrian Army source says Russian planes destroyed Daesh positions, trucks loaded with ammunition, and trucks carrying cannons in airstrikes on the Jab Al-Abyad area, east of Salmiya. (video) [SyriaNow) 

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Al-Albawi village, east of Salmiya, killing four soldiers and wounding six. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of one of its drones dropping an explosive on Syrian troops east of the Al-Hail oil field. [A3maq]

 

Homs

The Syrian Army continued its operations against Daesh east of Homs and captured a hill north of the Homs Autostrad. [SyriaNow] 

 

Heavy battles continued between the Syrian Army, supported by foreign militias, and Daesh near the Al-Hail field. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

Battles erupted between the Syrian Army and Daesh in the Al-Jufra area near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. Planes conducted several airstrikes on Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor city. [Qasioun]

 

Government sources say the Syrian Army stopped a Daesh attack west of the Hamima area, near Deir Ez-Zor. (photos and video) [SyriaNow] [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say Daesh captured several civilians in the Deir Ez-Zor area after accusing them of helping families to escape to SDF-controlled areas. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a plastic factory in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNJuly20]

DaeshDaily comment. We haven’t seen such “industrial achievements” photos from Daesh in a while. 

 

Mayadin

Unidentified planes targeted several areas in Mayadin city. No reports of casualties were available. [SyriaHR]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of battles between its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, and opposition groups in Hait town, Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNJuly20]

 

Daesh executed a young man in the Yarmouk Camp after accusing him of communicating with Tahrir Al-Sham. [SyriaHR]

Daesh publishes photos of executing a “Tahrir Al-Sham member” in south Damascus. [ICDNJuly20]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says armed men attacked a security barrier in Hay Al-Masaeed, in south Arish, wounding three police officers and four soldiers. The source says 4 armed men were killed in the attack. The source also says Egyptian planes targeted terrorists’ gatherings in an area south of Arish, killing 34 terrorists, capturing 10, and destroying a vehicle bomb and 2 explosives storehouses. The airstrikes came after a terrorist attack at the Al-Mahajir security barrier south of Arish that killed one police officer and eight civilians. [Anadolu] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Pakistan

The Pakistani Army killed 13 Daesh terrorists and wounded 6 in four days of military operations that started near the Afghan border. [Anadolu] 

 

The Philippines 

Daesh issues a video of battles in Marawi city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

The CENTCOM commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, and US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman visit Mosul and meet with Iraqi commanders. [Mawsleya]

 

Security units freed a Yazidi girl in Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces found a Daesh rockets factory in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi soldiers stopped a Daesh attack west of Mosul. [Facebook]

 

 

Syria

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 90th issue of its Naba’ magazine. It includes reports about its attacks in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It publishes infographics about its operations in Baghdad during the last 10 months. It says it conducted 25 suicide attacks (7 with vehicle bombs and 18 with explosives vests), and detonated 112 IEDs and 37 parked car bombs. It says it killed or wounded more than 2,200 Shia people and destroyed 44 vehicles in those attacks. In this issue also, Daesh publishes a report about one of its commanders, Ali Aswad Al-Jubouri, aka Abu Ayman Al-Iraqi, and says he was killed in an airstrike in Mosul. [ICDNJuly20]

DaeshDaily comment. “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it’s not).

July 19, 2017

 

Civilian Rescued in Raqqa (Hawar)

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Barzani sets KRG election date on his own “authority.” [..]

UN Ambassador Haley issues statement against KRG independence referendum. [..]

Iraqi military finally recaptures Imam Gharbi village in Shirqat. [..]

Human Rights Watch identifies Mosul site of 17 apparent extra-judicial killings. [..]

Syria

SOHR counts up the dead in Raqqa campaign: 384 Daesh, 166 SDF, 280 civilians. [..]

Open combat breaks out between Ahrar Al-Sham and Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. [..]

Syrians, Russians moving closer to strategic Sukhnah in Homs. [..]

Daesh attacks government troops near Al-Tanaf. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The KRG President Masoud Barzani says Iraqi officials that oppose the KRG’s independence referendum violated the constitution and the federal system several times. He says these officials should not claim that the referendum is unconstitutional. [ARA]

In his weekly speech after the Council of Ministers’ meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Abadi said the KRG independence referendum is not constitutional and that the best interest of the Kurds would be to stay with Iraq. [ARA]

 

Barzani issued a decree assigning the date of November 1st for the elections for KRG Parliament and Presidency. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Barzani has not legally been the President in a long time because his term, and an extension voted by the KRG parliament, expired. This is what led to the internal political crisis in the KRG, and the paralysis in certain government institutions including the parliament. The fact that he is setting an election date on his own authority, and timed for his political advantage, only compounds the absurdity of the situation.

 

A Shia CoR member says the KRG is smuggling 220,000 barrels of oil a day ($3 billion a year), and 150,000 barrels come from areas outside the KRG. [ROJ]

 

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a statement from his office. Mrs. May said the UK will continue training and arming Iraqi forces, and is committed to Iraqi unity, according to the statement. [ROJ] 

 

Some KRG media outlets said that the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs said that his country would accept the referendum if the KRG agreed to Ankara’s conditions. A Turkish minister refuted these reports and said Ankara is against the referendum and is committed to Iraqi unity. [ROJ]

 

The United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Tuesday that the US appreciates the “legitimate aspirations” of the Kurds of Iraq, but that an independence referendum may affect the priority of fighting Daesh. “Ambassador Haley conveyed her appreciation for the legitimate aspirations of Iraqi Kurds, but expressed concerns that holding any type of independence referendum would be a distraction from urgent priorities such as defeating (Daesh) and stabilizing the country for all Iraqis,” read a statement following a meeting between Haley and UN Representative in Iraq Jan Kubis. [Rudaw] 

 

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior arrived in Baghdad on a one-day visit and met with his Iraqi counterpart and other Iraqi officials to discuss cooperation on counter-terrorism and the war on Daesh. [Anadolu] 

 

A CoR member says there are more than 6,000 Daesh terrorists in the Al-Taji Prison, including foreigners, and more others in Al-Adala and Abu Ghraib Prisons. He warns that there are plans to help these terrorists to escape and reorganize them to attack Baghdad. [Buratha] 

DaeshDaily comment. This has happened more than once before. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Qayara (3), in the Baiji area (1), Tikrit (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest (Kadhimiya, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says it defused a roadside IED in Shula. [Ghad]

 

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC says its units captured and defused a car bomb parked in the Nahrawan area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says it destroyed 33 IEDs in the Al-Zaidan area. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A Tribal PMF commander says security units in Qarma subdistrict captured 4 Daesh terrorists who had fled Mosul. [Etejah] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it wounded the Tribal PMF commander of the East Duwailiba area, north of Hit, by detonating an IED on his car. [DENJuly19] 

 

A military source says Daesh targeted areas south of Kubaisa with rockets and mortars without causing casualties. [Sumaria] 

 

Rutba

A military source says Iraqi Army 5th division units stopped a Daesh attack west of Rutba, killing or wounding several terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 50 area, north of Rutba, killing one soldier and destroying the military position and a Humvee before returning safely. [ICDNJuly19]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNJuly19]

 

Daesh says it targeted several Iraqi Army military positions north of Rutba with 15 mortars. [DMNJuly19] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says Daesh executed one of the major smugglers in the east Shirqat area after accusing him of communicating with Iraqi forces. Daesh depends on a group of smugglers to get what it needs from government-controlled areas. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. DaeshDaily sources say that several officials and Tribal PMF commanders are involved in this highly lucrative business. These smugglers helped Daesh capture Imam Gharbi village.

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cut off Daesh supply lines and advanced further, reaching the river, in Imam Gharbi village. [Ghad]

Later on, the Ninewa Operations Commander said Iraqi forces captured the village, killing 40 Daesh terrorists and freeing tens of families used by Daesh as human shields. CTS, Salahuddin Police, and Iraqi Army units participated, with help from American advisors and artillery. [Rudaw] 

However, a DaeshDaily source says there are still some Daesh terrorists hiding in the village. 

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army Humvee with a rocket near Imam Gharbi village. [DENJuly19] 

 

A PMF commander says the reason for the security breach in Imam Gharbi was that security forces allowed families to return early, without security checks, allowing Daesh supporters to reorganize themselves quickly. He says Daesh is planning several attacks in other liberated areas using the same methods. [Waradana]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters near the Makhoul Mountain. [DMNJuly19] 

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It also says it targeted Iraqi forces in several areas near Baiji with 15 mortars and 2 rockets. [DMNJuly19] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF military positions near the Al-Asmeda area, north of Baiji, with an SPG9 rocket. [ICDNJuly19]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it damaged a PMF SUV with an IED in the Subaihat area, west of Samarra, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DMNJuly19] 

 

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed four PMF fighters and damaged a machine gun-mounted vehicle in an ambush in the East Khudhaira area, near Balad. [DMNJuly19] 

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF vehicles with IEDs in the Tawakul and Shirween areas, near Muqdadiya city, killing or wounding the fighters inside. Daesh also says it blew up a PMF construction materials factory in the Shirween area. [DENJuly19] 

DaeshDaily comment. Anyone who opposes Daesh is a PMF, even a factory owner. The two vehicles also might belong to civilians.  

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk’s Governor Najmaldin Karim issued a statement describing Mohammed Tamim, an Arab CoR member from Kirkuk, as a “liar” and a “hypocrite.” Tamim had said that Kirkuk authorities are kicking out Arabs from several areas. The Governor said that Kirkuk hosts 35,000 displaced families from Hawija, in addition to 650,000 displaced people from other areas. He says that Tamim helped the Jaish Rijal Al-Tariqa Al-Naqshbandiya (a Baathist armed group) to kill and displace Kurdish people from the Hawija area, and helped organize the demonstrations in 2013 that led Daesh to capture Hawija. He also said that Tamim had appointed hundreds of his relatives, who joined Daesh later on, to government positions. [ROJ]

 

A Kirkuk Police commander says his units captured 10 persons on terrorism charges and 10 other terrorism suspects in 3 villages in Dibis district. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The French Minister of Defense says France conducted more than 600 airstrikes and 1,200 artillery shellings during the Mosul battle. [PUKMedia] 

 

Iraqi forces published the names of people who were freed from Daesh prisons in Mosul including 4 Peshmerga fighters. [Rudaw] 

 

Yazidi people ask the government to form special committees to look for their children who were kidnapped by Daesh. They say some of the children might be in displacement camps with other families. [ROJ]

 

Daesh issues infographic about the results of the 9th month of the Mosul battle. It says it killed 905 Iraqi soldiers, conducted 11 suicide attacks, and destroyed or damaged more than 50 vehicles. [A3maq]

 

Central Mosul

Human Rights Watch said an execution site with seventeen apparent victims of extrajudicial killings was found near the Old City in West Mosul. It says the site was studied by “international observers whose evidence has proven reliable in the past,” According to HRW, an unnamed shopkeeper reportedly led observers into an empty building in the area and showed them “a row of seventeen male corpses, barefoot but in civilian dress, surrounded by pools of blood.” [RT]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces captured a group of Daesh terrorists who were hiding in Old Mosul. [Harbi] 

Intelligence sources say Daesh terrorists are still hiding among civilians in Mosul. The sources say the terrorists are “begging” the civilians not to inform Iraqi forces. [Sumaria] 

 

Southwest Mosul

A military source says Intelligence units freed a Yazidi child in a security operation in Hay Al-Tanak. [Harbi] 

DaeshDaily comment. This shows that there are still Daesh loyalists there. 

 

East Mosul

A Ninewa Police source captain says local police captured 4 Daesh local female members in a house in Hay Al-Masarif in northeast Mosul. He says the women were working in Daesh’s hisbah and used to whiplash women. He says they fled west Mosul with displaced families, but they were captured after citizens informed security forces about them. [BasNews] 

DaeshDaily comment. One of the major demands at the demonstrations in 2014 that eventually led to Daesh capturing Mosul was the release of women who were imprisoned on terrorism charges. The demonstrators, motivated by Baathists, claimed Iraqi forces were insulting the people of Mosul by arresting those women.  It won’t be a surprise if some politicians, a few weeks from now, demand the release of the 4 “innocent” women mentioned in this report. 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Council of Ministers sources say Iraq is seeking help from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Tunisia about how to deal with Daesh terrorists’ wives who were captured in Mosul. The sources say these women need rehabilitation so that they won’t be able to ruin their children. [Ghad]

 

Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF Press says the deputy chairman of the PMF Commission, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, met with Badr leader Hadi Al-Ameri and AAH leader, Qais Al-Khazali, to discuss military preparations for the Tal Afar liberation battles. [ROJ]

 

A local source says Daesh redeployed its “female guards” in Tal Afar near the houses of its foreign terrorists. These women are foreigners. The source also says Daesh female members had disappeared from the streets when the Mosul liberation started. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Ninewa

Shura/Hatra

The manager of Shura subdistrict says the leader of the Shura Tribal PMF threatened local officials, including the manager, with death if they don’t start working in their offices in the city. He says the subdistrict management is using an alternative location in the Mishraq area because the security situation in the city is not stable. [Anadolu] 

In a report that seemed to underline the problem, Daesh says it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Shura, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DMNJuly19] 

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and damaged a vehicle in an attack on a PMF military position west of Hatra. It also says it targeted the positions with 66 mortars and shells. [DMNJuly19] 

 

Nineveh Plain (Bashiqa, Tel Keif, Hamdaniya)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a large weapons and explosives cache in a house in Hamdaniya. [Ghad]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (12), Shaddadi (1), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and near Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says 280 civilians have been killed in Raqqa since the start of the liberation operations. It also says 384 Daesh terrorists were killed and tens wounded, but 166 SDF fighters were also killed. [SyriaHR]

 

Two SDF fighters were killed and five wounded in the latest fighting in Raqqa city. [Hawar]

 

Daesh terrorists, including suicide bombers, attacked SDF positions in Al-Barid, in northwest Raqqa. SDF fighters stopped the attack, killing 9 Daesh terrorists, including a commander, while 2 other terrorists blew themselves up. SDF fighters advanced in the area after the attack and captured an IED factory. [Hawar] 

 

SDF fighters killed 6 Daesh terrorists in ongoing heavy battles in Nazla Shuhada, in south Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

SDF units cleared 2 roads in Hisham, in south Raqqa, killing 3 Daesh terrorists. [Hawar]

SDF fighters rescued 6 families, mostly women and children, in Hisham. [Hawar] 

 

Daesh issues a video of civilian casualties resulted from “American” airstrikes on south Raqqa. [A3maq]

Daesh says more than 70 “American” airstrikes were conducted and more than 800 shells fell on Raqqa city during the last two days. [A3maq] 

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) says Coalition planes killed 10 people from 2 families in an airstrike on a building in the Saif Al-Dawla neighborhood in Raqqa city. It says more than 70 airstrikes and 800 artillery shells have targeted Raqqa during the last 48 hours. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. These two reports show that some media outlets directly copy Daesh news, or the opposite. 

 

SDF units were receiving civilians in Old Raqqa when Daesh targeted the area with mortars, wounding an SDF fighter. SDF units also destroyed a charging Daesh vehicle bomb near the Old Mosque. [Hawar]

 

Two children were killed by a land mine while they were trying to escape Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

A woman was killed by a Daesh sniper as she was trying to escape Raqqa city. [