An Update On ISIS Activities

March 29, 2017

 

West Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi attacks sectarianism of Arab governments; gets support from Arab Summit. [..] 

Al-Abadi meets with Saudi king on improving relations. [..]

Daesh explodes fuel track at Baghdad entrance; kills at least 3. [..]

IFP captures stadium area adjoining Grand Mosque. [..]

Iraqi forces keep moving forward in southwest, far west Mosul. [..]

UN’s FAO cites severe food shortage in west Mosul. [..]

Persons displaced from west Mosul now top 230,000. [..]

Syria

SOHR says Daesh has executed 4,370 people, mostly civilians. [..]

Technicians working on Tabaqa Dam, as Daesh attacks it. [..]

Israel

Israel asks its citizens to leave Sharm El-Sheikh due to security concerns. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minster Abadi said in his speech in the Arab Summit in Amman that Arab countries should help Iraq by stopping their sectarian rhetoric. He says Iraq has paid a heavy price for the hate speech and sectarian language. Abadi also asked Arab countries to support Iraq’s sovereignty. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]  

 

Egypt President, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, said during the Arab Summit that Iraq is fighting terrorism bravely and that Egypt supports Iraq in the war. [Sumaria] 

 

Prime Minister Abadi met with the Saudi King on the sidelines of the Arab Summit in Amman to discuss the relationship between the two countries in trade, economy, investment, security coordination, and Iraqi forces’ victories over Daesh, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The King says that Iraq should regain its role in the region, and the relationships with Saudi Arabi should be enhanced on all levels, according to the statement. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. The kingdom could help a lot if it is serious about supporting Iraq in the war against terrorism. It could stop its clerics from interfering in Iraqi issues in the name of Sunni solidarity. Iraq is a multi-cultural country and not a Sunni or a Shia country. We might not have Daesh today if Saudi Arabia and Iran had not used Iraq as an arena for their territorial war. Iraq, and the entire world, would have many fewer problems if the Saudis had decided to assert themselves with some of their TV stations and had stopped sending clerics out to spread the Wahhabi ideology.  

The final statement of the summit said that Arab countries support Iraq’s unity and support Iraq in the liberation of Mosul and the war on terrorism. [Rudaw] 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northeast (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in the popular Souq 4000 in Shaab city wounded three civilians. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 17th army division found a large explosives cache during a search in Al-Sabahiya and Al-Bakr. [BOC Facebook Page] 

A police source says a security unit arrested a man on terrorism charges in Dora. [Maalomah] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says three people were killed and twelve wounded when a fuel truck bomb exploded at the Al-Raml checkpoint on Baghdad’s southern entrance. [Sumaria] Daesh later claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says its recon battalion found 5 locally made rockets and an explosives cache in Sa’adan. [BOC Facebook Page] 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on the convoy of Talal Al-Zoba’i, a Sunni CoR member and Chairman of the CoR’s Integrity Committee, in the Abu Ghraib area, killing or wounding several of his bodyguards and damaging a vehicle [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. We couldn’t confirm this report from other sources. 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

A member of Anbar Provincial Council says a US private security company was awarded the contract to secure the Baghdad-Amman road passing through Anbar. This is a preliminary step towards opening the Trebil border access point between Iraq and Jordan. Details of the contract were not revealed. [Anadolu]

 

Falluja

A security source says security units raided southern Falluja and found 50 IEDs and other weapons. [Maalomah] 

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations say 1st army division found a Daesh library containing hundreds of books promoting their radical thought in Ramadi, while 10th army division found and destroyed a large explosives cache containing 70 rockets and 100 mortar shells. The 8th army division found 52 IEDs in Nassaf. [Harbi] 

 

Hit/Haditha

Anbar Police says an IED killed a child and wounded another as they played in a desert area in the Kilo 160 area. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “Sahwa positions” in Al-Haqlaniya, Al-Khasfa, and Al-Saqra with 5 Grad rockets, 2 Katyushas, and 10 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Anbar

Commander of Jazeera Operations says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles in Raihana, near Anah, killing several combatants. [Sumaria]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh publicly executed an Iraqi soldier in Rawa. Daesh had kidnapped the soldier from the Rutba area four days ago.  

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says anti-Daesh threats returned to the walls of east Shirqat, including “Death to Daesh,” written on the walls of a house of one of its members. Daesh put its fighters on the east side of the district, still controlled by Daesh, on full alert. [Sumaria] 

 

The MoD says an Iraqi Abrams tank killed 6 Daesh combatants in Shirqat junction. Iraqi forces also destroyed a Daesh boat in Awaijila and found a large explosives cache in Aitha. [MoD Website] 

 

Baiji

An assault by 99th PMF brigade resulted in capturing a Daesh Command center in Makhoul Mountains after a battle reported to have lasted for several hours. All combatants inside the center were killed and 4 vehicles destroyed. [Ghad] 

 

The MoD says Daesh attacked army defense lines in Siniya with mortars and drones. The army repelled the attack, killing 8 combatants and destroying 3 Daesh positions. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh published photos of targeting Iraqi Army military positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge with mortars. [JustPaste] 

 

Tikrit

A local source says the Daesh mortar syndicate Commander in Mtaibija was killed when one of the mortars exploded at the firing location. Daesh shelled Mubarak al-Farhan village on the Diyala border with 6 mortars, suspected to be armed with chlorine, wounding several civilians, including a child. The Daesh commander is Abu Othman al-Iraq (alias al-Akhras [mute]), from Hawija, and is considered part of the Daesh middle command echelon. [Sumaria] 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Diyala Chief of Police says joint forces captured an explosives belt in Hibhib northwest of Baquba, and five Katyushas rocket in Mansouriya, north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The Sheikh of the Jubour tribe in Sadiya says Daesh demanded $400,000 as a ransom for a person they kidnapped near Himrin Dam. News reports said 4 tribal fighters were kidnapped and 3 executed. [Ghad] 

 

A PMF commander says his troops captured several rockets in a raid on orchards in Al-Sadiya. He says Daesh was planning to use the rockets against civilians in the area. [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

KRG in Erbil says raising Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk alongside the Iraqi flag is legal and natural. It gave no legal rationale for this opinion. The Kirkuk Provincial Council made this decision Tuesday as its Turkmen and Arab members boycotted the meeting. [Anadolu]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says the vote of the Kirkuk PC was not a right step, and saying that Turkey has always favored a unified Iraq. He warned of dire consequences from one-sided decisions, without mentioning the term “raising the Kurdistan flag” specifically. [ROJ]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says Daesh now controls only 7% of west Mosul only. Army troops fully control 50% of it. [Buratha]

 

General Joseph Votel tells the US Congress that 284 Iraqi soldiers have been killed and 1,600 wounded since the start of the west Mosul liberation. He also says 490 Iraqi soldiers were killed and more than 3,000 wounded during the liberation of the east side. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh media had claimed that at least 6,000 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in west Mosul, and some pro-Daesh incubator media repeated the claim. 

 

Iraqi intelligence found documents in west Mosul showing Daesh’s procedure for selling female prisoners, as well as the prices and names of buyers. The document also shows compensation paid to Daesh combatants for certain missions. The documents revealed rentals paid by Daesh to some homeowners in Mosul. [Ghad] 

 

Daesh says 53 people were killed and 56 wounded in bombing and shelling on the west side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Central Mosul

IFP says it captured the Malaab (stadium) neighborhood, along with the Qadhib Al-Ban neighborhood captured yesterday, putting the Grand Mosque fully under siege. 

IFP says since the start of west Mosul operations, it has captured 62 targets and liberated 330 sq. km, destroyed 268 vehicle bombs, evacuated 25,000 refugees, and provided 29,000 food baskets. IFP is mainly using limited bombs and sniper fire in its battles in the area.[Sumaria] 

 

IFP says it killed 3 Daesh combatants behind the grand mosque in west Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

IFP says it killed Saadallah Abu Sha’ib, the Daesh “minister of health, near the Jumhouri Hospital in Hay Al-Shifa’ in old Mosul, using an intelligence tip. [Sumaria]

The MoD says army helicopters killed 54 Dash combatants, and destroyed 2 vehicles and several weapons, near the Jumhouri Hospital. [MoD Website] 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh forced families into Jumhouri Hospital in order to use them as human shields.

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh uses hospitals as military command centers and uses civilians as human shields. 

 

A DaeshDaily source says a civilian and his child were killed and his mother severely wounded by a rocket that fell on their house in Al-Zanjili. 

 

A field source says IFP drones destroyed 4 Daesh mortar units in west Mosul. [Harbi] 

 

Local source say two civilians were killed by an Iraqi Army mortar shell on the Grand Mosque area. In addition, the Mosul Sports Club swimming trainer was killed by a mortar shelling that hit his house in the Al- Baraka area, in Mosul center, which is still under Daesh control. [Karemlash] 

 

A security source says Daesh is bomb-rigging civilians’ cars in Mosul to obstruct Iraqi forces advance. It detonates them in civilian areas and then blames the damage on air strikes.  It says Iraqi EODs have defused many of them already. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says seven civilians, including women and children, were killed and four wounded when a Daesh IED exploded on them near the Tigris River in west Mosul as they were trying to escape. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh killed seven civilians and wounded eleven in mortar shelling of the Agaydat, Bab Lakash, and Bab Al-Hadid areas. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers in battles in the Bab Al-Jadid area. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Bab Al-Jadid and Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

 

Southwest Mosul

IFP says it liberated Ras Al-Jadda, killing 22 Daesh combatants including snipers and suicide attackers. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says it killed three CTS soldiers in battles near the Al-Matahin area in southwest Mosul. It also says it destroyed a CTS military position and damaged a bulldozer with SPG9 rockets near the same area. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi forces bulldozer with rockets near the Al-Matahin area. [JustPaste] 

 

West-central Mosul

A military source says CTS forces made large advances in the far-west Yarmouk neighborhood, killing tens of Daesh combatants, and working without air or artillery support so as to preserve civilian lives. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Yarmouk with a vehicle bomb, killing 6 soldiers, wounding others, destroying an Abrams tank, 2 bulldozers, a Humvee, and damaging another Humvee. [JustPaste] Daesh also says 2 other suicide terrorists, from Iraq and Dagestan, attacked CTS units separately with 2 vehicle bombs in near Hay Al-Yarmouk, killing or wounding many soldiers and destroying 15 Humvees and 2 military positions. [JustPaste] Daesh issues a video of the 2 suicide attacks. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed 4 CTS military positions in the Yarmouk Apartments with SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

9th army division says it is about to reach CTS positions in west-central Mosul after finalizing the Badoush campaign. [IraqPress]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says its snipers killed seven Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and damaged a tank. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

East Mosul

A source in Ninewa says Daesh shelled Al-Jaza’er neighborhood in east Mosul, killing 3 civilians and wounding 5. Daesh also shot dead a civilian in Al-Tahrir neighborhood. [BasNews] 

 

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement says 1,127 displaced people returned from camps to their houses in several areas in east Mosul. [Buratha] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that Daesh controlled areas west of Mosul are suffering from a drastic food shortage, which puts civilians there in severe jeopardy. The FAO says that the shortages could reach critical levels shortly, and it hopes that such areas will be liberated as soon as possible to solve this humanitarian problem. [Anadolu]

 

The UN says the number of people who left their houses in west Mosul increased rapidly recently and reached 230,000. [Rudaw] 

Shura/Qayara

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Nazzaza village, west of Shura, and nearby areas with 18 mortars and 4 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A security source says Iraqi units blocked a Daesh attack on Tal Hachim village, killing all the attackers.  [IraqPress] 

 

A security source says the Daesh “Complaints” Officer, Abu Ihsan, was wounded, and his son and two bodyguards killed in an airstrike on a Daesh guesthouse in Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

Commander of Ninewa Operation liberation says an Iraqi F16 attacked and destroyed 3 Daesh command centers and weapon storehouses in Hatra and Baaj. [Etejah] 

 

PMFs say they killed Daesh combatants in Hatra with a rocket. [Harbi] 

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish army says its warplanes destroyed 19 PKK targets in Zab in northern Kurdistan and Hakari and Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey, saying that the targets included positions and weapons. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Two separate explosions in Izmir killed one civilian and wounded another, Turkish press sources say. The two bombs were placed in a car and a trash can 300 meters away from it.  [BasNews] 

 

The Prime Minster says Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria ended successfully, and any new operation will be conducted under a different name. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

SOHR sys Daesh executed 4,630 persons including combatants and civilians, from June 2014 thru March 29, 2017. Among these were 2,526 civilians, including 133 women and 87 children. [SyriaHR]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

People of Hisha village southeast of Qahtaniya say Daesh cut off the water from creeks reaching the village as a revenge action. Hisha was one of the villages captured by SDF from Daesh earlier. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF bulldozer with a rocket near Anad village, south of Shaddadi, killing its driver. [JustPaste] Daesh says it targeted SDF positions near Shaddadi with 20 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in south Hasaka province with heavy artillery, heavy machine guns, and mortars. [JustPaste] 

 

Raqqa

Reuters says Daesh shelled SDF positions at the Tabaqa Dam while the engineering team trying to repair it was inside. Meanwhile, the Agriculture and Irrigation Committee of the CoR says the collapse of the Dam would not pose any threat to Iraq because of the 20 million cubic meter storage capacity in the Habbaniya and Thirthar lakes in Anbar. The water coming down river to the Haditha Dam could be moved through to those lakes. [Sumaria] 

Hawar news service published a video of Daesh mortar shelling on the dam while the engineering team was inside, forcing the team to withdraw temporarily. [Hawar]

SDF says it shot down a Daesh drone over the dam while the engineering team maintaining the dam was inside. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Coalition warplanes killed eight civilians in a strike on Mansoura, west of Raqqa. Battles between SDF and Daesh in Tabaqa continued. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports a team of Syrian Red Crescent and dam technicians who entered the dam from the side controlled by the SDF managed to open one channel of the dam, thus reducing the pressure on the dam and releasing some of the stored water. The team did not enter Daesh controlled areas. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF killed 11 Daesh combatants in a failed Daesh attempt to recapture Sahl Al-Khashab village west of Raqqa. [PUKMedia] 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Sahl Al-Khashab village and in the Tabaqa Military Airport with 17 mortars and several Grad rockets. [JustPaste] Daesh publishes photos of battles near Sahl Al-Khashab village. [JustPaste] 

 

Fighting between SDF and Daesh continued on the Tabaqa-Raqqa road and at the Tabaqa airport, where Daesh initiated a counter attack. The fighting is still going on. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles east of the Al-Tabaqa Dam. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its “agriculture activities” in Raqqa province. [JustPaste] 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of distributing its leaflets in Raqqa city. [JustPaste] 

 

Daesh says it blew up 2 SDF military positions in Traikiya village, northeast of Al-Tabaqa city, in a “stealth operation,” killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

SOHR says Syrian warplanes killed 7 civilians including three children and a woman and wounded 20 others in an airstrike on Deir village east of Maarat Al-Numan, south of Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Syrian warplanes initiated 28 strikes on Daesh-held Maskana. [SyriaHR]

 

A video published by the government today shows government’s army units in full control of Deir Hafer city with Syrian flags over its buildings. Government troops are moving towards Maskana, while Russian warplanes are bombing the city and nearby Jarrah airport. [Qasioun]

Daesh says Russian warplanes conducted more than 40 airstrikes on Al-Ma’amoura village, east of Deir Hafer. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Army says it is now in control of Deir Hafer and 27 surrounding villages, as well as 24 km of the Aleppo-Raqqa road. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Jab Madhi village, east of Deir Hafer, with mortars. [JustPaste] 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army and Shia militia positions in Abu Al-Maqbara village, near Deir Hafer, with tank shells. [JustPaste] 

Daesh says it destroyed 3 Syrian Army tanks and a heavy machine gun with rockets in Al-Zakiya village, east of Deir Hafer. [A3maq] It also says its snipers killed five Syrian soldiers there on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

Kurdish sources accused the Turkish Army of changing the demography of Azaz. It says Turkey brought 400 Turkmen families from Homs and 20 others from Iraq to inhabit the area. News sources previously reported of bringing 100 Turkmen families into Kurdish villages in Azaz after expelling the original Kurdish inhabitants. [Hawar]

 

Afrin

Kurdish sources say YPG forces blocked an attack on areas and villages in Shahba district in Afrin by the Turkish backed opposition and Turkish artillery. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

SOHR says Turkish artillery shelled two villages north of Manbij. [SyriaHR]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A bomb in a bus in Homs, controlled by the government, killed five civilians and wounded seven others, according to official sources. The actual count of casualties is not confirmed. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed three Syrian soldiers and wounded others in mortar shelling on their military positions in the Jazal area, northwest of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting Syrian Army positions near the Tadmur Silos with mortars. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The IWMC says Syrian planes destroyed 39 Daesh positions, killing “tens” of terrorists, in the Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor areas. It says the airstrike was based on information provided by Iraqi intelligence units. [Sumaria] 

 

SOHR says fighting around Deir Ez-Zor airport between Daesh and government forces is continuing while government planes bombed Daesh controlled areas in Maqaber and the city of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

The rumors of a possible collapse of the Tabaqa Dam caused some people in Deir Ez-Zor villages to evacuate their areas. The evacuation process started in Marat village 10 km (6 miles) east of Deir Ez-Zor and surrounding areas. [ARA]

 

Syrian army says it killed 35 Daesh terrorists in Maqabor and 137 Battalion area in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

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

An opposition commander says Rif Damashq is now free of Daesh presence, saying that opposition forces liberated over 250 sq. km. He also says that the area around Suwayda is also liberated. [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Israel

Israel asked its citizens to leave Sharm Al-Sheikh and other Red Sea resorts in Egypt in fear of Daesh terror attacks that might target Israeli tourists, the Daily Mail Londoner says. [Sumaria] 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded another by detonating an IED at a checkpoint in the Khalis Family area in Kabul. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh terrorist who was hiding in a hole near Mosul. [Facebook]

IFP soldiers and Daesh terrorists at a standoff in one house in west Mosul, with just a wall separating them. [YouTube] 

 

Iraqi forces liberate Qadhib Al-Ban in west Mosul. [Facebook]

Hundreds of families leave their houses in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

 

Iraqi forces captured Hay Al-Maghreb and Hay Al-Matahin in southwest Mosul. [Mawsleya] 

IFP soldiers capture Ras Al-Jadda. The video shows civilians killed by Daesh snipers and IEDs. [Mawsleya] 

 

Syria

Al-Aan TV shows Daesh electronic documents obtained from north Syria. The documents reveal information about a Daesh Tunisian terrorist who developed the idea of using small drones. [Al-Aan]

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists who might have been killed in Shirqat. [JustPaste] 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members who might have been killed near Aleppo. [JustPaste] 

 

March 28, 2017 

 

West Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Amnesty International slams Coalition airstrikes in Mosul. Al-Abadi criticizes pro-Daesh bias. [..]

Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh in Anah. [..]

Kirkuk PC votes to raise Kurdish flag; Arabs, Turkmen members boycott. [..]

IFP captures another neighborhood in downtown Mosul. [..]

Fighting accelerates in Tal Afar, Sinjar. [..]

Syria

Airstrikes, controversy threaten safety of critical Tabaqa Dam. [..]

UN estimates 40,000 refugees from ongoing combat in Hama. [..]

Syrian Army, opposition militias gain ground on Daesh in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Amnesty International says Coalition strikes in west Mosul are violating international humanitarian law, and demands an independent investigation into the recent incident that killed tens of civilians. Amnesty’s report described the March 17th attacks of the Coalition as “the most deadly,” saying that the Coalition failed to take necessary precautions to spare civilian lives. [Anadolu]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says some people choose to be on Daesh’s side, like those accusing Iraqi forces of hurting civilians in Mosul. He says these people want Iraqi forces to stop the military operations so that the Daesh terrorists can leave. Abadi says Iraqi forces are trying to liberate the people of Mosul who are being used by Daesh as human shields. [Sumaria]  

 

The Coalition Commander, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, says the Coalition might have had a role in the explosion in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. He says “My initial impression is the enemy had a hand in this. And there’s also a fair chance that our strike had some role in it,” Townsend said. “I think it’s probably going to play out to be some sort of combination. But you know what, I can’t really say for sure and we just have to let the investigation play out.” 

One line of investigation is whether Daesh rigged explosives that ultimately caused the blast that destroyed buildings. One estimate now puts the death toll at more than 200 people. [Reuters] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6), Kasik (1), Tal-Afar (1), Baiji (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Southeast (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC says 2nd army brigade defused an explosive belt and found several munitions in Attariya. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says a civilian was wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hor Rijab. [Sumaria] 

The BOC says 17th army division destroyed 2 IEDs and found an explosives cache during a search in Sakhrija, Kilo 31, and Harkawi. [BOC Facebook Page] 

The BOC says 25th army brigade found a large ammunition cache in Sabahiya village, in Latifiya. [BOC Facebook Page] 

The BOC says 23rd army brigade found an SPG9 rocket in Al-Ubaid. [BOC Facebook Page] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   2

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

The MoD says 1st and 8th army divisions found quantities of explosives and IEDs in Albu Alwan, planted by Daesh earlier. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says 10th army division found an explosives cache in Hay Al-Bakr, near Hit. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest Anbar

Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition forces executed an airstrike on Anah, killing 10 Daesh combatants, including two leaders and a suicide attacker, and destroying a rigging workshop, a drone storehouse, and a weapons storage facility. [Sumaria] 

 

The MoD says the IAF conducted several airstrikes on Al-Ubaidi subdistrict in Al-Qa’im, and Rawa and Anah subdistricts, destroying a car armoring factory and IEDs and vehicle bombs factories, and killing 6 foreign terrorists. [Maalomah] 

 

Anbar Provincial Council says Daesh is kidnapping people in Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im, and demanding ransom for their release, as a source of funding. [Ghad] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The MoD says an army rocket unit destroyed a Daesh shelter in Khanuqa, Shirqat, killing 6 Daesh combatants.  [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the Ain Al-Baidha area with 4 mortars. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Mohammad Al-Mousa village with 2 SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

The MoD says army units blocked a Daesh attack on army defensive lines in Harariyat, destroying 2 Daesh positions. [MoD Website]  

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near the Al-Asmeda bridge and on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 19 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations EODs destroyed a 155 mm artillery shell in Qadisiya neighborhood in Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Mayor of Al-Khalis says 6 mortar shells fell near Mubarak Al-Farhan village, wounding a child. Several civilians got respiratory problems after the attack. He says Daesh might have used chemicals in the shells. [Sumaria] 

 

Diyala Police say a joint force of the police and civil defense found a large explosives cache hidden near a house in Nahr Al-Sheikh, in Abbara subdistrict, northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria] 

 

The security committee of Diyala Provincial Council says a PMF unit found a Daesh guesthouse packed with weapons and explosives in Al-Zor Basin, 44 km (27 miles) northwest of Baquba near Al-Khalis. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk Provincial Council voted to raise the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk (along with the Iraq flag). The meeting was attended by Kurdish parliamentarians only, as Arab and Turkmen members boycotted the session. [ARA]

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says raising the KRG flag over Kirkuk is not right and violates the Iraq constitution. [SotKurdistan] 

 

The New Yorker interviewed three Daesh prisoners held by the Kurdish security forces. One of them, a leader named Abu Islam, described his Daesh experience since 2014 and operations he masterminded, mainly in Kirkuk. He says his duty was selecting targets and mapping the planting of IEDs near them. He believes that even of Daesh loses all its cities and Al-Baghdadi is killed, the group will go underground and become a threat to the whole world. Although he does not recognize Al-Baghdadi as the true leader, he believes the Islamic state will prevail in the end, even if it takes 100 years. 

Another prisoner was a 15 year old kid who refused to detonate his explosive belt on other kids playing soccer and handed himself over to the police. The third said he participated in or witnessed over 400 killings, mostly Shia. He also participated in many rape incidents and beatings of women who refused to subject themselves to their desires. The first and third prisoners were arrested by the Peshmerga during the failed attack on Kirkuk. [Mada] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations says Daesh casualties are at around 1,000 killed since the start of west Mosul operations. He also noted that Daesh was well prepared, and is still fighting fiercely. [Etejah] 

 

Daesh says twenty-one people were killed and nineteen wounded by bombing and shelling on neighborhoods in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Local sources in Mosul say Daesh publicly beheaded the “religious judge” of its Dijla wilayat (province), for refusing to participate in suicide attacks. [Sumaria] 

 

The Minister of Interior called on the west Mosul population to revolt against Daesh to facilitate liberation of their areas by the Iraqi forces.

 

The MoD says IAA army helicopters initiated 4 air attacks on Daesh targets in west Mosul, and another on Saboniya in the Badoush subdistrict, achieving direct hits. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says battles erupted between its terrorists and Iraqi forces near Bab Al-Tob in central Mosul, and Old Sina’a, Ras Al-Jadda, Al-Yarmouk Apartments, and the Al-Matahin (mills) area to the west and southwest. It says it killed at least 14 Iraqi soldiers, wounded others, destroyed 2 bulldozers and 7 military positions, and damaged 2 Humvees. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 9 Iraqi soldiers and wounded others in several areas in west Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Central Mosul

The IFP commander says his forces liberated Qadhib Al-Ban neighborhood after a 5-hour battle with Daesh combatants, killing 120 of them and destroying 12 vehicle bombs. Army helicopters provided air cover for the operation, which started after midnight. Oil storehouses were also captured during the operation.  He says 1,500 families left the area on Wednesday. [PressIraq]

 

Joint Operations Command said IFP and Rapid Response units advanced on foot in Al-Farouq and Qadhib Al-Ban neighborhoods, using mainly light and medium weapons, and snipers, to hunt Daesh operatives hiding behind civilians. IWMC says that army helicopters destroyed a Daesh camp in Sarjakhana, killing 14 Daesh combatants, including Abu Thabit Al-Ansari, Daesh military commander in the Al-Farouq area. [Mada]

Daesh says it shot and struck an American Apache over Al-Farouq Street, forcing it to make an emergency landing. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

IFP says it killed 3 Daesh snipers hiding in a house near the Grand Mosque in Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

Rapid Response forces say they are fighting in the Al-Malaab (stadium) area, adjacent to the Grand Mosque, adding that capturing the mosque is a matter of a short time. He says Rapid Response snipers killed tens of Daesh combatants and snipers so far, and that preserving civilians’ lives is the reason for their cautious approach. [Maalomah] 

The IFP commander says his forces are 80 meters away from the stadium. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two IFP officers and wounded a Rapid Intervention commander near the Bab Al-Jadid area on Monday. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in the Bab Al-Tob area. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh says it killed three IFP soldiers with an IED and destroyed a bulldozer near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Hay Al-Zanjili, northwest of downtown. [A3maq]

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh issues a video of battles with Iraqi forces in the Al-Matahin area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped a CTS attack near the Al-Matahin area, killing three soldiers, wounding others, damaging a Russian tank, and capturing light weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh targeted a hospital and a school in Wadi Hajar with mortars without causing casualties. 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 CTS soldiers, one in Hay Al-Risala, one in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [JustPaste]

 

West-central Mosul

A local source says young men from Mosul stabbed 6 Daesh combatants who tried to prevent them from escaping the Al-Thawra neighborhood, southwest of Zanjili. The young men reached security forces safely. The fate of the stabbed Daesh combatants is unknown. [PressIraq]

 

The MoD says a Coalition airstrike killed 3 Daesh foreign commanders: Norwegian, Egyptian, and Belgian, in Hay Al-Tanak. [SotIraq]

 

CTS says it moved into the Yarmouk and Maghreb neighborhoods, where fighting is continuing. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed or wounded eight Iraqi soldiers near Ras Al-Jadda and Al-Yarmouk Apartments. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed eight IFP soldiers near the old Sina’a area. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos and a video of the Old Sina’a area. [A3maq] [A3maq] 

 

Other Mosul liberation stories

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul city with 264 mortars, 27 Katyushas, and 3 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Prince Zeid Bin Raad, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says 307 civilians have been killed and 237 wounded by Daesh operations in west Mosul since February 17th of this year, through holding people in booby-trapped houses or shooting civilian escapees, among other means. [PUKMedia] 

 

Daesh issues a video report about the bad living conditions in West Mosul. It says thousands of people are suffering a severe lack of food and drinking water. [A3maq]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/ Mosul subdistrict

JOC says IAF destroyed a shelter in Mahalbiya containing a Daesh operations room, killing all combatants inside. [Harbi] 

 

Shura/Qayara

Iraqi Minister of Oil says ministry engineering teams managed to extinguish the fire in the last burning oil well in Qayara.  The fire in well no. 42 was put out Wednesday, making total for extinguished well fires 25. Daesh set oil wells in Qayara on fire following its defeat there last August. [Anadolu]

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Bashiqa, Tel Keif)

The Ministry of Defense says it shipped over 40 tons of medical equipment, supplies, and appliances to Hamdaniya Public Hospital, to serve civilians and military alike. It says it is also providing air transport for serious cases to Baghdad and Erbil. [IraqPress]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Tal Afar

PMF says it killed 63 Daesh combatants and destroyed all vehicles in stopping a failed Daesh attack on Ayn Al-Hisan village, west of Tal Afar Airport. [PUKMedia] 

 

The MoD says army helicopters blocked a major Daesh attack on PMF front lines in Qamishiyah near Tal Afar Airport, Yuz Tapa, and Qayrawan in Sinjar, killing 57 combatants and destroying nine armed trucks and one booby-trapped shovel. [MoD Website]

 

Intelligence sources say Tal Afar hospitals received 30 Daesh combatants’ bodies killed in the recent failed attack on Qamishiyah, southwest of Tal Afar. They also say Daesh announced general mobilization in the city calling its combatants to break the siege imposed by army and PMF units on the city. 

PMF says it shot down a Daesh drone in Kharab Juhaish village southwest of Tal Afar. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions at the Tal Afar Airport and several nearby villages with 134 mortars and 23 artillery shells. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh says it killed seven PMF fighters and wounded ten, destroying 4 vehicles in artillery shelling on military positions near the Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an “American” recon drone near Faqah village northeast of Tal Afar on Monday. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh issues a video of the remains of the drone. [A3maq] 

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) says the IAF killed 48 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicle bomb factories and 2 hideouts in airstrikes on several areas in Tal Afar subdistrict. [Harbi]  

 

A DaeshDaily source says the Daesh is preparing for an attack to break the Iraqi siege. The source says airstrikes targeted Daesh in several areas in Tal Afar city including the Teachers Institute, used by Daesh as an ammunition storehouse; a Daesh security office; a rocket launcher; and a vehicle. 

 

Sinjar

JOC says IAF destroyed a rocket and explosives storage facility in Qayrawan, killing 8 combatants. [Harbi] 

 

A Peshmerga source says it repelled a Daesh attack near Sinjar cement factory, killing 4 suicide attackers. [Sumaria] 

Local sources say there were 6 attackers, and 5 were killed while the sixth detonated himself without hurting anyone else. [ROJ]

 

The Swedish fighter in the PKK says that stories that he was kidnapped by Sinjar protection units were miscommunicated. He says that he refused to participate in the inter-Kurdish friction in Sinjar, which caused PKK fighters to put him in a house. He says they were acting in his interest, but due to the language barrier he thought he was kidnapped. He says all foreigners fighting with Kurdish units are volunteers. KDP media had said earlier that the PKK kidnapped a Swedish citizen who volunteered to fight with the Kurds. [ROJ] The Ministry of Peshmerga had issued a statement accusing the PKK of kidnapping the Swedish fighter. [Sumaria] 

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

PMF media says PMF 33rd brigade destroyed a Daesh mortar squad in the desert of Hatra as it approached PMF units. The source says the PMFs tracked the squad for several hours before attacking it. [Ghad] 

 

The MoD says IAF warplanes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and a command and control center in Baaj. [PressIraq]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish President Erdogan says there are “dirty plots” taking place behind closed doors aiming to divide the region, just like what happened with the SykesPicot agreement a hundred years ago. Erdogan says terrorist groups are the tools of such plots now. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. We are sure that if anyone is playing “dirty plots” to divide his neighboring countries, it would be you, Mr. President. The only people with more plots than you are farmers.

 

Sources in the State Department say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Ankara will discuss the war on Daesh, stabilization of liberated areas, and Raqqa operations. The sources say the US understands Turkish concerns regarding the Raqqa operation. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif says Russia can use Iranian airbases to attack terrorists in Syria. “It happened before, and can happen in the future”, he says. Russian bombers briefly used Hamadan airbase before. The minister was visiting Moscow; he says the situation in Syria tops the discussion agenda. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (5), Raqqa (5), Shaddadi (5), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

YPG issued a statement saying it lost two of its fighters while repelling a failed Daesh attack on its positions in Shaddadi. The battles took 6 hours and resulted in killing 45 Daesh combatants and destroying large quantity of weapons, including a drone. [Hawar]

 

Raqqa

Tabaqa Dam

The Tabaqa Dam story got more confusing. The following reports require some clarifications not yet available.

 

Coalition planes killed Engineer Ahmed Al-Hussein, the director of Tabaqa (Euphrates) Dam, and his assistant, in addition to some technicians as they tried to enter the Dam. Al-Hussein was interviewed by Daesh’s A3maq news service a few days ago to speak about hazards to the Dam out of war operations, but his statements were refuted. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh’s version says that the manager of the Al-Tabaqa Dam, a technician, and the electric station officer were killed by an “American” airstrike. Daesh publishes photos of the manager. [A3maq] [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. The Syrian government has continued to pay dam employees even though the dam has been in Daesh-controlled territory. Perhaps Mr. Al-Hussein was a pro-Daesh director or a Daesh appointee, but that’s not clear. Even if true, however, that would not explain why the Coalition would drop airstrikes on dam engineers, presumably unarmed civilian employees. 

 

A group of engineers working at the dam demanded coordination with Turkey to hold the excess water until the technical problems at the Dam are fixed, saying that the 4hour period allowed by the SDF to fix the problems is not nearly enough. They also demanded safe routes for entry of dam technicians to the Dam to start repair operations. [Dorar]

SDF said on Monday it would stop its operation in the Dam for 4 hours to allow an engineering team to inspect the Dam. [ARA]

An SDF leader says damage to Tabaqa Dam is superficial, and that Daesh is spreading rumors of the Dam’s imminent collapse to obstruct SDF advances in the Dam area. She says SDF units are now half way inside the Dam area, and that Daesh has booby-trapped a lot of areas in and around the Dam. She adds that SDF is advancing cautiously and slowly to avoid any damage to the Dam. [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment. Conceding that Daesh routinely lies, the SDF role in this situation may be less than innocent. If they struck the dam as part of their military operations, they are one of the reasons for the problem. We suspect that, denials notwithstanding, there is a serious problem with the dam, and we don’t have confidence that the SDF is going to solve it by giving orders about things it doesn’t understand.

 

A senior Russian general says that Syrian engineers are trying to open the canals to relieve pressure on the dam. They came in from the eastern entrance captured by the SDF last week. The southern part of the dam is still controlled by Daesh. He says the Coalition airstrikes around the dam have damaged two reservoirs needed to prevent possible flooding and have destroyed the control room, which means that control of the dam has been lost. The Syrian government sent a team of engineers to Tabaqa on Monday. They estimate that they can finish their work by March 30.

 

SOHR says Raqqa residents are suffering lack of power and water supplies for the fifth day in a row during the stoppage in Tabaqa Dam operations. SOHR sources parallel the statement of the Russian general, saying that government engineers are ready to enter the Dam to operate it, which will take 24 to 48 hours, but needed maintenance work would require at least two weeks. [SyriaHR]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF says it repelled a Daesh vehicle bomb attack on the north gate of Tabaqa airport. The SDF says it destroyed the vehicle before it reached its target. The fighting continues in several areas around the airport. [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Daesh sent over 900 combatants to various battlefronts. The main destination is the area facing Coalition and SDF forces near Tabaqa. Local activists could not identify other areas where Daesh combatants are headed. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF also reported intensive battles with Daesh near Sahl Al-Khashab village east of the Al-Tabaqa Dam. [Hawar]

Daesh says it killed seven SDF fighters and wounded five others as they tried to advance on Sahl Al-Khashab village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions west of Al-Tabaqa city with 50 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa city

SOHR says explosions resulting from Coalition air strikes were heard in Raqqa. No further details are available so far. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Sources say Iran and two major opposition movements (Jaish Al-Fath and Ahrar Al-sham) reached an agreement in Qatar to allow Sunni opposition fighters safe passage to evacuate several areas in return for allowing the Shia residents of Fawaa and Kefraya in Idlib to evacuate their besieged villages, where they are surrounded by anti-government opposition forces. A ceasefire for 9 months, starting midnight Tuesday, was also agreed. [EnabBaladi]

 

Local activists reported further advances by the Syrian Army east of Deir Hafer, east of Aleppo, capturing two more villages and several hills moving to the east. The government forces are targeting the city of Maskana, the last held by Daesh east of Aleppo. [ARA]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked the Syrian Army and Shia militias in Al-Zakiya village, east of Deir Hafer city, with a vehicle bomb, killing nine soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a T55 tank. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorists and 2 photos of the explosion. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Al-Bab

Turkey-allied opposition factions say the Daesh tunnel network in Al-Bab was a major reason it took so long to capture the city. The sources say that the tunnel network under Al-Bab is over 155 km long. [BasNews]

 

Turkey- backed units say they killed 2 Syrian soldiers and arrested two others who tried to infiltrate oppositionheld locations southwest of Al-Bab. [ARA]

 

A house booby-trapped by Daesh in Al-Bab exploded, killing one civilian and wounded three others. Turkish and opposition EODs are still clearing areas of Al-Bab from Daesh war remains, while civilians are still excluded from some neighborhoods due to the multitude of land mines and IEDs planted by Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Afrin

Kurdish sources say Turkey is mobilizing forces on the Turkish side of the borders across from Afrin. The sources say Turkey often shells villages along the borders with artillery, causing widespread damage. In recent bombardment on March 21, 4 YPG fighters were killed and 4 civilians wounded. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Manbij refugee camp management says it is providing humanitarian support to 139 families, mostly from Deir Hafer and Khafsa, recaptured recently from Daesh. The camp is 7 km (4 miles) west of Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The UN says over 40,000 refugees; mostly women and children, escaped battletorn areas northwest of Hama where government and opposition forces have been fighting for days now. [ARA]

 

SOHR says government forces are advancing north of Hayan Gas field and other areas in Palmyra desert, amid intensive battles with Daesh combatants near Antar, Hayd, and Dhalil mountains, captured by government forces on Monday. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank and 2 armored vehicles near the Al-Mazar Mountain and the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says unidentified warplanes, most likely the Coalition’s, initiated 7 airstrikes on Kharita and the water crossing west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says government forces shelled Daesh controlled neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor, but no reports of casualties are available. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Southern Syria opposition units say they captured Dakwa Mountain in east Qalamoun, and that the Mahsa area is their next target, capture of which would expel Daesh from Qalamoun completely. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it killed eight opposition fighters and destroyed two vehicles in battles in Khan Al-Manqoura in East Qalamoun. [A3maq]

 

Syrian Army says it now controls northeast Suwayda after recapturing 14 villages from Daesh. It says that Daesh units left most of these areas without fighting, heading to Raqqa to reinforce its defenses there. It also says that Syrian warplanes chased retreating Daesh units. [SyriaNow]

 

Both Syrian Army and the opposition are claiming control of Bir Qasab near the desert northeast of Suwayda. The opposition says government forces shelled some of its positions with artillery following Daesh’s withdrawal from the area. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

An old woman and two men were wounded when a shell fell on houses in Rafah city. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says two women were wounded by unknown armed men in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of IDs, a gun, and cell phone of a police officer it says it killed in Arish city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its activities in North Sinai. The activities shown included setting cigarettes on fire and forcing people to “repent.” Toward the end of the video, Daesh shows the beheading of Sulaiman Abu Harraz, a 98-year-old Sufi cleric, in November 2016. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Algeria

Security sources say the Algerian Army killed the Daesh emir in Algeria, Abu Hammam, and one of his associates, on Al-Wahsh Mountain in Qasantina. [Al-Aan] 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it assassinated a “spy” who works for the American Army in the Ghani Khail area in Nangarhar on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Somalia

Daesh says it killed a Somali soldier and wounded another by detonating an IED on a military vehicle near Qandala city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces intercept Daesh wireless communications in west Mosul. The terrorists panicked after Iraqi soldiers surrounded them. [Iraqi] 

 

Iraqi forces enter Hay Al-Maghreb and Hay Al-Matahin. [Mawsleya] 

IFP units enter Ras Al-Jadda. [Mawsleya] [Facebook] 

 

PMFs find a Daesh explosives factory. [Facebook] 

PMFs capture a Daesh major command center in Badoush. [Facebook] 

 

IAA aircraft destroy Daesh targets in Mosul. [MoD] 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

March 27, 2017  

 

Mosul

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi, Votel react to deadly Mosul Al-Jadida bombing incident. [..]  

Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh facilities in Anah. [..]

Army repels major Daesh attack in Shirqat. [..]

Mass grave found in Khanaqin, northern Diyala. [..]

PUK peshmerga occupy government oil company land in Kirkuk, in KRG dispute. [..] 

Iraqi forces closer to capturing Grand Mosque, as standoff continues. [..]

CTS captures four more neighborhoods in southwest Mosul. [..]

Syria

Daesh launches major attack in southern Hasaka. [..]

Daesh warnings on Tabaqa Dam deemed exaggerated. [..]

SDF captures Tabaqa airport, more villages in move toward Raqqa. [..]

Syrian Army, southern opposition groups take 15 villages from Daesh. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi says since the start of the Mosul liberation he has ordered Iraqi forces to prioritize people lives over capturing territory. He says the same people who are crying today about civilian casualties in Mosul were silent when Daesh was killing the people of Mosul. He says these people want to stop the international support for Iraq in its war against terrorism. He also says the investigations about the airstrike incident in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida, where more than 100 civilians were killed, are providing more clues to what actually happened. [Sumaria]  

DaeshDaily comment. There are reports that Daesh booby-trapped houses before forcing people to stay in them.  

The mass-casualty Coalition airstrike in Mosul is having major reverberations. Gen. Joseph Votel of CENTCOM says the death of civilians in the west Mosul fighting is a major catastrophe. He says “as we are investigating what happened, we still taking extreme measures to avoid fall of civilians. He stressed that the battle is very difficult, as Daesh combatants are shielded behind civilians. [Sumaria]

 

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the US Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, to discuss the Mosul battles and arming and developing Iraqi forces, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The general praised the development in the capabilities of Iraqi forces and affirmed US support to Iraq in the war on terrorism. [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (7), Qayara (1), Tal Afar (2), Sinjar (1), Baiji (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Rawa (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says 17th army division found an explosives cache during a search in Amya and Karaghoul. [BOC Facebook Page] 

A police source says a security unit arrested a man on terrorism charges in Dora. [Maalomah] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a popular market in Radwaniya wounded two civilians. [Sumaria] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The MoD says army units arrested a man wanted on terror charges in in Abu Ghraib. [MoD Website]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   1

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An Anbar Police source says two civilians were killed when an IED exploded in the Nuaimiya area. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers and damaged a vehicle by detonating 2 IEDs in the Al-Annaz area in Zoba’a. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Ramadi

Anbar Ops Command says 8th army division found 26 IEDs in Albu Alwan and 17 in Albu Risha, as well as a large ammunition cache in “White residential department complex” in Tamim, and destroyed all on site. [MoD Website]

 

Northwest Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says the IAA killed a notable Daesh leader in Al-Qa’im and several of his associates. [Etejah] 

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition planes launched several airstrikes on Daesh in Anah, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a drone storehouse, a vehicle bomb factory, a weapons storehouse, and a construction shovel truck bomb.[Mawazin] 

 

Rutba

A military source says an IED targeting a border guard patrol in Trebil, on the Jordanian border, wounding an officer and two soldiers. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating 2 IEDs on an Iraqi Army Humvee in the Kilo 40 area, north of Rutba. It says two Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Anbar Operations Command says an IED targeting a military vehicle exploded in the Kilo 160 area, wounding several soldiers. [Sumaria] 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 160 area east of Rutba with 6 mortars. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

MoD says army units repelled a major Daesh attack on Khanuqa in Shirqat, killing 49 attackers and destroying 2 vehicles. In the same area, 66th infantry brigade repelled a Daesh attack in Khanuqa, destroying a Daesh Hummer vehicle. Meanwhile, 60th infantry brigade engaged Daesh attackers in Aitha village in Shirqat with the support of army helicopters, which killed 15 attackers forcing them to withdraw to the east side of the river, which is still not liberated. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it attacked PMF positions near Ain Al-Baidha village southwest of Shirqat, killing five fighters, wounding others, and destroying 3 military positions. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

A local source says unidentified armed men attacked a Daesh security squad on an agricultural road east of Shirqat, killing one combatant and wounding two others. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Shirqat city and nearby villages with 126 mortars. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Baiji

The PMF Press says PMF units stopped a major Daesh attack on the road between Siniya and Haditha. It says Daesh used 22 vehicles and tens of terrorists in the attack. [Ghad] 

Tikrit

MoD says 5th army division blocked a Daesh attack in Hawi south of Tikrit, without going into further details. [MoD Website]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of families returning to their home areas in various parts of Salahuddin is up to 139,104. [MoD Website]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The MoD says 5th army division arrested several persons on terrorism charges in various areas of Diyala. [MoD Website]

 

A security source says local police captured 3 Daesh members in a house in Kanaan, east of Baquba. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it killed an AAH militia member by detonating a sticky IED under his car in the Al-Qatoun area. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A human rights NGO in Diyala says confessions of a Daesh combatant arrested by the Peshmerga led to discovery of a mass grave in Sadiya, in Khanaqin District, containing bodies of persons executed by Daesh during its control of the city. The fate of over 100 civilians arrested by Daesh in Sadiya is still unknown. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says Daesh executed 3 members of the Tribal Mobilization near Sadiya, while the fate of a fourth member is still unknown. Daesh kidnapped the four on Sunday in Jubour village near Himrin. [Ghad] 

Daesh says it captured three PMF fighters and executed them in the Himrin area in Sadiya subdistrict. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

PUK says its peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the Northern Oil Company complex until the demands of the PUK are met, including establishment of an oil refinery in Kirkuk, and meet the interests of the Kirkuk population. The KDP criticized the PUK move, calling it illegal. [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment. This is more of the ongoing hostility between the KDP and the Suleimaniya parties (PUK and Gorran). (Gorran does not have peshmerga.) The real issue is over which party controls the oil coming from Kirkuk. Politics has reached a sad state in the KRG. 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says a security unit captured a man on terrorism charges at a checkpoint in Taza subdistrict. [Sumaria] 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Military Times says an unknown number of 82nd Airborne personnel, based at Fort Bragg, are heading to northern Iraq to participate in Mosul operations. Another 1,000 might be deployed in Syria later. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says 85 people were killed and 215 wounded by bombing or shelling on areas in west Mosul during the last 2 days. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Central Mosul

Daesh issues a video of the results of a Coalition airstrike on a hospital in Hay Al-Zanjili, northwest of downtown Mosul near the river. [A3maq]

 

A military source says that the IFP is adopting a new tactic that employs sniper attacks and army helicopter assaults, to decrease Coalition strikes in the crowded areas of west Mosul. [BasNews] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh burned down the Ministry of Health storehouses in west Mosul. 

A security source says Daesh burned down medicine storehouses and the blood bank west of Mosul after security forces approached. The source says that a black cloud of smoke was seen over the burning buildings. [Sumaria] 

 

Ninewa Operations Commander says Daesh is holding hundreds of civilian hostages near the Grand Mosque, many of them women and children. Iraqi Human Rights Watch said earlier that Daesh is holding 197 children in that area.  [Maalomah] 

 

However, A CTS commander says Daesh defense lines around the Grand Mosque are destroyed, and it is only a matter of a short time before Iraqi forces recover the mosque buildings. [Maalomah] 

 

An IFP commander says IFP and Rapid Response units are advancing towards Al-Farouq and Qadhib Al-Ban areas in old Mosul. He says that a route to allow Daesh combatants to leave the city was opened, as well as three others for civilians to escape battle areas. Daesh is now surrounded at 360 degrees, says the commander. [Mawazin] 

A local source says 13 Daesh terrorists were killed and 8 wounded in Coalition airstrikes on the Al-Farouq and Al-Mashhad areas. [Harbi] 

The IFP commander says that by reaching Qadhib Al-Ban, IFP units are 300 meters away from the Al-Hadba Minaret of the Grand Mosque. [Sumaria] 

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes killed 13 Daesh combatants and wounded 8 others in an airstrike on Al-Farouq and Mashahida. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh says it killed three IFP soldiers, wounded others, and damaged a bulldozer, a Humvee, and an SUV in battles in the Al-Mahata (Train Station) area. Daesh says that when IFP units withdrew, Coalition planes targeted them with 3 airstrikes. It also says it battled Iraqi forces in the Bab Al-Jadid area, killing five soldiers, including a colonel and four other soldiers. [DawaAlhaq] 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Iraqi forces in the Bab Al-Jadid area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 IFP military positions in the Al-Dawasa area and near Bab Al-Tob. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Hay Al-Zanjili. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Southwest Mosul

CTS says it liberated Arouba and the industrial area neighborhoods and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. [BasNews]

 

On Sunday, CTS liberated Ayn Al-Janoubi and Rajm Hadid neighborhoods. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles near Hay Ras Al-Jadda. [A3maq]

 

West-central Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed a CTS soldier in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [DawaAlhaq] 

A security source says civil defense units recovered the bodies of six civilians killed by Daesh mortar shelling on their house in Al-Mosul Al-Jadida. [Maalomah] 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists targeted a Rapid Intervention unit near the old Sina’a area in far western Mosul, killing or wounding several soldiers. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

North Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations command says 9th army division captured the Badoush Dam and he cement factory and raised the Iraqi flag over their buildings. The Dam has remained unfinished since the Iran-Iraq War broke out in 1980. [Anadolu]

 

The PMF Press says PMF units secured 500 civilians from the Badoush area. [AIN]

East Mosul

The number of civilian casualties from a Daesh rocket attack on Nabi Yunus in east Mosul is now 16 killed and over 50 wounded, say local sources. [IraqPress] 

 

Other stories

MoD says army helicopters killed 15 Daesh combatants, and destroyed a shovel and a tanker in the Al-Malaab (stadium) area. [MoD Website]

 

Eyewitnesses say a Daesh sniper killed three brothers and their child-age sister as they tried to escape towards army units in west Mosul. [IraqPress] 

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in west Mosul with 285 mortars and 26 Katyushas. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh says it shot an Iraqi Army helicopter in west Mosul, forcing it to take an emergency landing. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of some of its men in west Mosul. [DawaAlhaq] 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Daesh shot and killed a mosque imam as he was distributing food to people in Agaydat in central Mosul. [Mawsleya] The Chairman of the Sunni Endowment in Ninewa says a member of the Ninewa Provincial Council survived a Daesh assassination attempt while he was distributing aid in Al-Agaydat. The mosque imam was killed and two of the PC member bodyguards were wounded in the attack. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh publishes photos of throwing a young man from the roof of a building in Ninewa, after accusing him of homosexuality. [DawaAlhaq] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is another human tragedy in a long list. We suspect this tragedy won’t get mentioned by the sectarian incubator media, where alleged government crimes against Sunnis are an issue but Daesh crimes against innocent civilians are not. 

 

A report says that the army uses tens of abandoned schools in west Mosul as field hospitals. One of these schools receives an average of 100 patients per day, both civilian and military. [Karemlash] 

 

Shura/Qayara

The MoI says Ninewa Police killed a Daesh suicide bomber who crossed the river to Al-Jamsa village. [Sumaria] 

However, Daesh says it attacked PMF positions in Al-Shabali, Al-Jamsa, and Al-Aidha villages south of Qayara, killing more than ten fighters, wounding others, destroying 3 military positions and 2 Humvees, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DawaAlhaq] 

Here Daesh says it killed five fighters and wounded others. [A3maq] 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations says Iraqi F16s destroyed a Daesh IED workshop, a carrigging workshop, two storehouses for rockets and weapons, a hisbah office, and a guesthouse in Tal Afar. [Harbi] 

Military intelligence says the airstrikes killed three major Daesh commanders in Tal Afar. [IraqPress] 

 

A local source says Daesh’s Tal Afar police commander and his wife were killed when a sticky bomb attached to their car exploded near his house south of Tal Afar. [Sumaria]

 

PMF command says PMFs blocked a large Daesh attack on Qamishliya west of Tal Afar, destroying 6 vehicle bombs. The PMF says Daesh was trying to open a gap to escape towards Qayrawan and Baaj, to the west. [Waradana]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF positions south of the Tal Afar Airport. [DawaAlhaq]

 

The IWMC says the IAF killed 50 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 10 vehicles as the men were trying to cross the border from Syria to Qayrawan subdistrict in Sinjar. It also says the IAF destroyed a guesthouse in Qayrawan, killing 12 terrorists. [Mawazin] 

A Swedish newspaper says the PKK kidnapped a Swedish citizen who fights with the Peshmerga in Sinjar. [BasNews] 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 19 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (7), Raqqa (9), Palmyra (1), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A major battle story in three versions:

A source close to the SDF says Daesh launched a major attack on Azzawi village south of Shaddadi, using vehicle bombs and large numbers of terrorists and other vehicles. The SDF stopped the attack, killing 25 Daesh terrorists and destroying 6 vehicle bombs, a tank, 2 armored vehicles, 8 cars, and 7 motorcycles. [ARA] 

Daesh’s version 1 says 6 of its terrorists attacked the SDF headquarters in Azzawi. Daesh says their terrorists battled with SDF fighters for hours, then 3 of them detonated their explosives vests and the other 3 were killed during battles [a rare admission]. It says a “large number” of SDF fighters were killed in the attack. It says its terrorists simultaneously attacked SDF positions near Kashkash Jubour village, destroying a vehicle, and conducted a suicide attack in the same village, destroying an armored vehicle. It also says “American” planes mistakenly targeted SDF positions in the same village, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying a heavy machine gun. Finally, Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on rear-defense SDF military positions near Al-Azzawi. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh’s version 2 tells the story differently. It says a group of its terrorists attacked SDF positions in Kashkash Jubour and on Safiya Hill south of Shaddadi. Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked SDF with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several of them. It says another group attacked the SDF military headquarters in Al-Azzawi village and battles erupted, then one of the suicide terrorists detonated his explosive vest, killing or wounding “tens” of fighters, while the rest of the terrorists returned safely. [StoreUp] 

DaeshDaily comment. We are all too familiar with Daesh propaganda by now. Certain elements of its battle stories seem to come from boilerplate on file for the purpose. It is never defeated and never retreats. Its always-brave terrorists almost always return safely unless they detonated explosives vests and killed themselves, which is counted as a success. The number of enemy casualties is usually grossly exaggerated. References to inaccurate Coalition airstrikes are commonly added to these stories but are routinely made up; if there Is an actual inaccurate strike, it is acknowledged by the Coalition. When Daesh writes a story in two places, one version typically contradicts parts of the other. 

 

Raqqa

Al-Tabaqa Dam

The Coalition said on Sunday it is taking every precaution to ensure the integrity of the Al-Tabaqa (Euphrates) Dam. It said it does not assess the dam to be in imminent danger unless Daesh plans to destroy it. It said the SDF are in control of a spillway north of the dam that provides water to an irrigation reclamation canal which can be used to alleviate pressure on the dam if need be. If the lake reaches dangerous levels the SDF can relieve the pressure through alternative means.

It also said the dam has not been structurally damaged to its knowledge and that the Coalition seeks to preserve the integrity of the dam as a vital resource to the people of Syria. The Coalition does not target the dam with airstrikes and when it strikes military targets in the vicinity it uses non-cratering munitions so as not to cause damage to the dam. The SDF has a robust plan in place to care for the dam after liberation from Daesh, based on recognizing the importance of the dam to Syria’s economy, agriculture, basic human needs and security. [CJTFOIR] 

 

Daesh had said on Sunday that the Al-Tabaqa Dam could collapse at any moment because of “American” strikes and because of the high level of water. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video about damage at the dam, allegedly caused by Coalition airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

SDF says it postponed the operation around the dam for 4 hours to allow the engineering team to inspect it. The SDF spokeswoman says it turned out that the Dam is not damaged and Daesh allegations of its impending collapse are baseless and part of a psychological war to terrify the local population. She says the Coalition did not initiate any strikes on the Dam. Military operations resumed after 5 pm. [Hawar] [Hawar] 

 

SOHR has demanded that SDF allow 200 technicians of Euphrates Dam, still being paid by the government, to enter the Dam area to operate the Dam, saying that they need several days to have it operational. The reasons for the Dam being non-operational are still not clear. However, Daesh still controls large parts of the Dam facilities. [SyriaHR]

 

Reports from Syria say Daesh warned of the collapse of the dam, blaming Coalition bombardment and war operations around it, saying this threatened the lives of over 3 million Syrians. However, Daesh boobytrapped large areas of the Dam and damaged the control rooms to obstruct opening of the dam gates to release excessive water. The Dam is not operational at the moment, but Daesh still controls the turbines and operations facilities. [Sumaria] 

 

SOHR says SDF forces are now closing on the Euphrates Dam after capturing another village east of Suwaidiya Al-Kabira village. It says that it was difficult to move forward from this area in the past few weeks due to large quantities of mines placed by Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb before it could reach its target in Ajil village south of Tabaqa airport. [Hawar]

 

SDF says it killed Abu Omar Al-Almani (a German national) and three of his associates in fighting near Tabaqa city. Al-Almani was the Daesh military commander in the area. [ROJ]

 

A land mine wounded a civilian near Tabaqa, who was transferred by SDF units to Hasaka for treatment. [Hawar]

 

SDF forces recaptured two more villages from Daesh west of Tabaqa. The SDF units stormed the villages of Sahl Al-Khashab and Wadyan, opening safe routes for 420 civilians to leave the villages to safer areas. [Hawar]

 

SDF is engaging Daesh in Abu Rashid village between Tabaqa airport and the city of Tabaqa. The village was captured by SDF earlier, but Daesh is trying to take it back. SDF has killed 4 Daesh combatants and arrested 3 there, so far. [Hawar]

 

On Sunday, SDF captured the Tabaqa Military airport. They thereby moved closer to Tabaqa city from that side and are now surrounding the city from 3 directions. [ZamanAlWasl] [Hawar]

 

SDF sent reinforcements, including heavy weapons to south Euphrates areas near Tabaqa, to assist in the ongoing assault in the area. Overall, the Tabaqa military airport and 14 villages and farms have been recaptured by SDF and assisting US and Coalition forces since the personnel airdrop on March 21st.  [Hawar]

 

Raqqa city

Daesh issues a video of the results of Friday and Saturday’s Russian airstrikes on Raqqa city. [A3maq]

 

SOHR says that 80 Daesh commanders and their families, mostly foreigners, escaped Raqqa towards the south. It says that 300 families of Daesh commanders left the city earlier. It also says Daesh allowed hundreds of refugees escaping from battles in east Raqqa areas to enter the city, including many Daesh combatants. [SyriaHR]

 

Saleh Muslim, the PYD Co-President, says he expects that Raqqa will join the federal system the SDF is establishing in north Syria. [Rudaw] 

DaeshDaily comment. We may need to talk about that.

 

East of Raqqa