An Update On ISIS Activities

 

May 24, 2017

 

West Mosul

 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

A Yazidi 

 

 

A Yazidi 

 

 

Iraq

Historian has documented all Daesh atrocities in Sinjar. [..]

IFP moves in on Al-Zanjili in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh executes 10 people from Tal Afar for trying to escape. [..]

NATO leader will propose that NATO join the Coalition officially. [..]

Syria

First US arms shipments reach YPG in Syria. [..]

SDF takes two more villages near Raqqa. Raqqa city reported in chaos. [..]

Syrian Army kills Daesh’s Minister of War. [..]

Syrian forces move closer to Al-Tanaf location of Coalition-supported Free Army. [..]

Other

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao after Daesh affiliate overruns parts of a city, frees 107 prisoners. [..]

Suicide bomb attack kills 3 policemen in Jakarta, Indonesia. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

A Yazidi historian has documented all atrocities committed by Daesh in Sinjar cities and the massacre of Kujo village, including over 200 stories of female survivors from Daesh captivities. He says he has now full list of names of all Daesh supporters in the Arab tribes of Sinjar who were involved in the atrocities against the Yazidi people. He says Kujo village, in the Qayrawan subdistrict, had the most tragic history of atrocities. All of the men were executed and the women and children were taken prisoner. He says he has over 60 names and addresses of Daesh personnel who participated in the massacre and will hand them over to security authorities in the Baghdad and Kurdistan region. [BasNews] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), Sinjar (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says three people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial market in Tarmiya. [Ghad] 

A police source says an IED placed in a popular marketplace in Hor Al-Basha killed one civilian and wounded three others. [Ghad] 

The BOC says its forces found and destroyed 4 IEDs and found several explosives while searching Al-Duwanem and Zamla areas. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A security source says an EOD team defused a roadside IED in Sadr Al-Yusufiyah. [Ghad] 

The BOC says 17th army division found an IED, an RPG launcher, three stands, and 3 mortar shells while searching the Agaydat, Albu Hamza, and Kilo 12 areas. [Ghad] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in Maalef, killing one civilian and wounding two others. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad and Anbar Operations Commander continued their “Rat Killing” Operation in the Al-Kassarat, Al-Niba’i, and Bani Zaid areas, capturing wanted terrorists and finding weapons and ammunition caches and explosive vests. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment. A catchy and appropriate name. 

 

Military Intelligence says it arrested a man wanted by the Central Penal Court on several terror charges in Ameriya. [Ghad] 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   8(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   6

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Military Intelligence says 7th army division found 51 C4 containers and 127 IEDs in the Al-Khawdha area. [Ghad] 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 160 area on Tuesday, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists north of Rutba. [ICDNMay24]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge with mortars. [ICDNMay24]

 

Eastern Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV with an IED in Al-Zarqa village, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Dijla Operations Commander says that the extensive search campaign in northeast Diyala reaching Qara Tapa resulted in destroying a Daesh guesthouse and three ammunition caches. He says the operation will continue until Daesh’s presence in the province is eliminated. [Sumaria] 

 

KIRKUK (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh only has 350 fighters left in west Mosul, after the liberation of 97% of it. Meanwhile, a Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman says Iraqi units are preparing to recapture Zanjili, Al-Shifa’, and the Old City, populated by 35,000 residents and still held by Daesh. [BasNews] 

 

Central Mosul

A CoR member for Mosul says the Old City will be the last stage of Mosul liberation operations, as all other neighborhoods will be liberated before attacking that part of the city, characterized by high population and worn out buildings. He says a special plan will be in place to liberate that part of the city. [Sumaria] 

 

The IFP Commander says that Rapid Response troops killed 6 Daesh gunmen and destroyed 2 vehicles and 3 motorcycles in the Old City near the Grand Mosque. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh executed 23 people from the same family in Mosul. The victims were trying to escape when Daesh captured them and put them in a booby-trapped house before detonating the house. [Rudaw] 

 

A security source says Daesh executed two more young men who were trying to escape from Old Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

North & northwest Mosul

IFP says its troops entered Al-Zanjili neighborhood, killing tens of Daesh combatants and destroying 3 vehicle bombs. The battles in the neighborhood are continuing. [BasNews] 

 

A security source says Daesh snipers killed three civilians while escaping Al-Sahha neighborhood to Al-Thawra, southwest of Zanjili, while Iraqi army killed a suicide attackers armed with explosive belt in Al-Sahha. [IraqPress] 

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra and 2 nearby areas. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it recaptured several positions in Hay Al-Najjar, killing or wounding CTS soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six CTS soldiers in battles in Hay Al-Najjar and Hay Al-Thawra. It also says its snipers killed two more CTS soldiers in the same neighborhood. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged a Humvee and killed a CTS sniper in battles in Hay Al-Najjar. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Najjar was declared liberated yesterday.

 

IFP commander says his units captured the building of the Religious Court of Caliphate Soldiers in 17th of July neighborhood in west Mosul, seizing many important documents, as well as imprisonment cells and torture rooms. [Sumaria] 

 

The KRG Prime Minister’s office says three Yazidi girls were liberated in 17th July and Al-Rifa’i. [Rudaw] 

Daesh says its snipers killed six CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Rifa’i. [A3maq]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American and Iraqi” bombing on areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Mosul. [ICDNMay24]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed ten people from Tal Afar. The source says Daesh captured the victims a week ago when they were trying to flee to Turkey. 

 

A security source says PMF fighters killed a Daesh commander near the Tal Afar Airport. [Maalomah] 

 

Sinjar

[See major story on Yazidi historian in National News above]

 

A source in the 9th army division says 300 families escaping the Kasik and Tamarat areas have arrived in Peshmerga held areas and were transferred to nearby IDP camps. [BasNews] 

 

The PMF Press says PMFs started the second stage of capturing villages west of Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria] 

The PMF Press says PMFs captured a village west of Al-Qayrawan. [Harbi] 

 

Qayara/Hatra

A security source says 8th PMF brigade foiled a Daesh attack on its defense line near Hatra with 6 vehicle bombs, killing 8 of the attackers and destroying 2 vehicles. The rest of the attacking force escaped to the desert. [IraqPress] 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Military intelligence says its units arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Wasit. [Ghad] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The General Secretary of NATO says he will propose to the member states that NATO join the International Coalition to confront Daesh. NATO will not request direct military involvement in Coalition operations but will seek support. He also announced that NATO has ended all its operations in Afghanistan. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (3), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Anadolu News agency says the first two batches of US arms reached the YPG on May 15 and 20. The news agency published photos, saying it marked the entry of over 100 trucks in two batches from Iraq, seen headed to Raqqa.  [EnabBaladi]

 

Raqqa

SOHR says over 40,000 IDPs have left Raqqa, putting increasing pressure on the limited capabilities of IDP camps which have to serve their basic needs. SOHR called on international relief organizations to support these camps, which are short of many basic supplies to meet the needs of the increasing number of IDPs. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reported 15 civilian casualties including children in the past 24 hours from explosions of Daesh land mines in various parts of Raqqa and its countryside. [SyriaHR]

 

Israeli Defense Magazine says the US is using a new type of “suicide drones called the Kamikaze drones to intercept Daesh drones during the Raqqa attack. These drones have the capacity to carry never-before-used highly destructive minimissiles. [Arabi21]

 

Raqqa city

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh terrorists in Raqqa are in chaos. The source says Daesh closed all the roads inside Raqqa with sand barriers. The source also says Daesh terrorists disappeared from Internet cafes and no one is monitoring them. 

 

West of Raqqa

SDF announced the liberation of Hamrat Nassir and Hamrat Balsam villages, 5 km (3 miles) west of Raqqa in its drive towards the city. The SDF forces are now closing on the Al-Hurriya (Baath) Dam. [PUKMedia] 

 

SDF sources say its forces are closing down on Raqqa while Daesh is diversifying its defense tactics by using vehicle bombs, spreading land mines along irrigation channels, and digging tunnels to evade airstrikes. SDF found and destroyed 4 long tunnels used by Daesh. All were booby-trapped. The SDF also noted the increase of IDP flows into their positions as residents escape Daesh areas. They were all evacuated to Ayn Eissa IDP camp, which now has 20,000 residents.  [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes killed 16 civilians in their attacks on Barouda village, 15 km (9 miles) west of Raqqa. It says most victims are IDPs from Sukhnah in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says “American airstrikes” targeted Barouda village, killing or wounding people and causing extensive damage to houses. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the results of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh says four people were killed and others wounded by an “American” bombing west of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting an SDF vehicle carrying ammunition in Al-Salhabiya village west of Raqqa with a rocket. [ICDNMay24]

 

Daesh issues a video of four SDF fighters it captured near the Al-Tabaqa Dam. [A3maq]

 

North of Raqqa

Daesh counterattacked SDF forces in the liberated Baran village northeast of Raqqa with 7 suicide attackers. One of the attackers detonated himself, killing 6 SDF fighters, while the other six were killed by the SDF, foiling the attack. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Syrian government says its army killed Abu Musab Al-Masri, who succeeded Abu Omar Al-Shishani as Daesh Minister of War, in battles east of Aleppo. It says it killed over 13 Daesh major leaders in these operations. [Rudaw] 

 

Those battles resulted in recapturing Jarrah military airport and over 20 villages and are inflicting over 3,000 casualties on Daesh and destroying 19 tanks and tens of other vehicles and weapons. [SyriaNow]

 

Government forces are gaining more ground east of Aleppo towards Maskanah after capturing three new villages from Daesh. Daesh destroyed a government vehicle. [Hawar]

Government forces backed by Russian air cover are now only 7 km (4 miles) away from Maskanah, a Daesh stronghold. Over 50 Russian air strikes were recorded on Dash targets in and near Maskanah within the past 24 hours. [ARA]

SOHR says 18 Daesh combatants including a local emir were killed in Russian and governments air strikes on Maskanah and 5 surrounding villages east of Aleppo. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh attacked government forces in three different locations on the IthariyaKhanasir road south of Aleppo killing 13 government soldiers and destroying an armored vehicle. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed eleven Syrian soldiers and destroyed a vehicle in an attack on 3 barriers on the road between Ithariya and Khanasir south of Aleppo. [A3maq]  Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [ICDNMay24]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

YPG says it responded to the Turkeybacked opposition’s shelling on Tal Rifaat, Tal Madhiq, and Ayn Eissa, by counter-shelling their positions and killing two of their combatants. [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Manbij Relief Organization started a new IDP camp in Rasm Al-Akhdhar, 6 km (4 miles) southwest of Manbij city. The camp received the first batch of 5 Raqqa families and provided them basic supplies thereto. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government forces backed by Russian planes controlled 12 more areas south of Qaryatayn after intense battles with Daesh. The forces are advancing towards the strategic Ibn Arsan Mountain in the area. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it killed twelve Syrian soldiers and destroyed a military vehicle and an SUV in battles east of the Tadmur silos. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “leaders” from Al-Ammour tribe pledging allegiance to Daesh. [ICDNMay24]

DaeshDaily comment. As usual, Daesh goes to tribes when it’s trapped. 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

Sources say the US airdrop near Albu Kamal targeted the Daesh financial officer. The man was killed in the battle that took place. The airdrop was based on Iraqi intelligence info. [SyriaNow]

 

Local sources say Daesh intensified its security procedures and captured many people in Albu Kamal after one of its terrorists was found hanged. [Ittihad] 

 

Deir Ez-Zor

SOHR reported one civilian killed and another wounded in Coalition airstrike on a village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh mortar and artillery shelling of governmentheld neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor left 30 civilian casualties since May 18. [SyriaHR]

 

Government says that Daesh bombardment of Al-Joura neighborhood northwest of downtown killed two children and wounded three others. [SyriaNow]

 

Government army and planes targeted Daesh gatherings in 6 areas around the east side of the city. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported continued combat operations between Daesh and government’s army on all touch points in Deir Ez-Zor city, with several air strikes recorded on Daesh held areas. Daesh used a vehicle bomb to attack government’s position. Casualties are confirmed on both sides of the battle, but no figures are available. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an SDF bulldozer with a rocket in the Al-Kabar area northwest of Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

Mayadin

SOHR says that for the second day in a row, planes coming from the Iraqi side of the border attacked targets in Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing two civilians including a woman. The planes, believed to be from the Coalition, attacked the same area by dawn killing two children and wounding 13 others.  [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. This airstrike may be military significant, and we wish it had been reported properly. The SOHR is as usual focused on its own priority of repeating others’ accusations of civilian casualties, with no sources mentioned. What were the military targets? How many Daesh members died? There were two attacks, but the story has no context from which to evaluate it. 

 

SOHR says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle east of Deir Ez-Zor. No further details are available so far. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Opposition sources say government forces are planning to put the Coalition-supported Free Army units in the Syrian desert under siege, and to move closer to the Al-Tanaf border crossing. The sources added that government forces are advancing from two directions toward the area. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of members of its affiliate Jaish Khaled near Nawa city. [ICDNMay24]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says terrorists hijacked a government vehicle in Hay Al-Masaeed south of Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian Ministry of Interior says it captured 3 takfiris in Sousse who were planning to travel to Turkey and then Syria to join Daesh. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Somalia

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked a Somali Army barrier in Bosaso city with an explosives vest, killing seven soldiers and wounding ten others. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay24]

 

The Philippines 

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao following clashes between government forces and a group inspired by Daesh in Marawi City. The president’s official visit to Russia was cut short as he returned to Manila to oversee government operations against fighters of the Maute group. [PhilStar]

 

The Daesh-inspired Maute gunmen set free 107 inmates in two jails they attacked late Tuesday amid gunfights on the streets of Marawi City. Extremists also abducted eight people as fighting ensued in Barangay Basak Malulut, scene of the initial encounters between the Maute terror group and personnel of the Army’s 103rd Brigade.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said on Wednesday that Maute gunmen simultaneously stormed the Malabang District Jail and the Marawi City Jail at dusk Tuesday, disarmed guards, and freed a total of 107 inmates. They also commandeered vehicles parked inside the fenced facilities as they escaped. He says “They even took a government vehicle used in transporting detainees from the jail to the court.”  

 

He said he also received a report from security officials in Marawi City that eight residents were snatched by extremists as hostilities spread through villages outside of Barangay Basak Malulut.

The intermittent skirmishes between heavily-armed Maute terrorists and soldiers had spilled over to seven villages in Marawi City by dawn Wednesday.

Marawi City is the capital of Lanao del Sur, a component province of ARMM, which also covers Maguindanao in central Mindanao, and the islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“We already have the names of the people the Maute terrorists abducted but we have to withhold their names for now,” Hataman said. 

Hataman also confirmed the burning by marauding Maute gunmen of a Catholic church and an old school, the Dansalan College in Marawi City. [PhilStar]  

 

Daesh says its terrorists broke into Marawi city in Mindanao in south Philippines and captured large parts of the city after battles with the Army and police. It says the attack started by breaking into President City and freeing prisoners, then setting the prison on fire. It says other terrorists attacked a police headquarters near the prison, then captured it after killing or wounding several policemen. It also says its terrorists set a church on fire, capturing weapons and ammunition. It says, around seventy-five Philippine soldiers or policemen were killed or wounded. Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the city. [A3maq]

 

Indonesia 

Indonesian Police spokesman says 2 suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday in twin blasts near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta. He says the blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal.

Three officers were killed. Investigation at the scene showed that there appear to have been two suicide bombers, not one as originally thought. He also says that five officers and five civilians were wounded. [Sumaria] 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

 

A video shows American soldiers in west Mosul [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces found a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and chemical materials in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]

 

IFP soldiers battle Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan] 

May 23, 2017

 

Manchester (BBC)

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Abadi outlines security roles in post-Daesh Ninewa. [..]

IAF breaks up high-level Daesh meeting in Al-Qa’im; kills Daesh leaders. [..]

Iraqi ground forces on the move in Anah province, northwest Anbar. [..]

Daesh kills 15 young men trying to escape Mosul Old City. [..]

PMFs, IAA liberate Qayrawan city & several villages in Sinjar. [..]

Syria

SDF captures two more villages from Daesh. [..]

Syrian Army advances in battle for Maskanah. [..]

Territory in Homs under Syrian government widens. [..] 

Coalition stages personnel airdrop near Albu Kamal. Kills 8 Daesh. [..]

Syrian troops, Coalition-supported Free Army edge toward confrontation. [..]

Great Britain

Manchester suicide attack kills at least 22 in UK, with many still missing. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

President Masoum sends a message of condolences to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, about the terrorist attack in Manchester. [Rudaw] 

 

Prime Minister Abadi says the Iraqi Army, the IFP, and local police will hold the ground in Ninewa after the liberation. He says 15,000 local policemen are being trained to hold the ground with new IFP units and 2 Iraqi Army divisions. 

He also says he has issued strict orders to prevent anyone from violating security at checkpoints. Abadi says Iraqi forces defeated terrorism and are capable of defeating anyone who threatens security of citizens. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is another strong statement against the militias by the PM. Militias don’t respect checkpoints, and sometimes they attack checkpoints if they are stopped. That’s not only a violation, but also a security threat. Many attacks have happened in Baghdad because Daesh terrorists, disguised as militiamen, were able to pass through checkpoints without questioning. 

 

Prime Minister Abadi says he discussed with the Saudi Minister of Oil mechanisms to control oil prices. He also says Iraq has good relationships with all its neighbors. The minister arrived in Baghdad on Monday. [Sumaria] 

 

The JOC responded to a recent Der Spiegel report in Germany about abuses by Rapid Intervention against civilians in the Mosul area. It says the report is false and the photos used in the report were from Syria in 2016. Prime Minister Abadi says there are some people who want to smear the reputation of Iraqi forces. He also says there will be an investigation regarding any reports about abuses against civilians. MoI says it opened an investigation about the Der Spiegel report. [Harbi] [Rudaw] [Sumaria] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), Rawa (1), Haditha (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and near the border with Albu Kamal in Syria (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED targeted a police patrol in Al-Ru‘oud area, wounding two policemen. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Albu Khalid village near Tarmiya on Monday, killing four soldiers inside. [DMNMay23]

 

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

The BOC says security forces found an explosives cache while searching the Ogaydat and Rakoub areas. [Harbi]

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says four civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Al-Ma’alef. [Maalomah] 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The Baghdad Operations Commander says a joint force between the BOC and the Anbar Operations Command started a military operation to clear the Al-Kassarat, Al-Niba’i, and Bani Zaid areas. [Sumaria] 

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded another by detonating an IED on an Iraqi Army barrier in the Abu Ghraib area. [DENMay23]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   4

 

ANBAR

Northwest Anbar

IWMC says Iraqi F-16s attacked a Daesh meeting for top commanders in Al-Qa’im, killing 20 of them and destroying a vehicle bomb and several IEDs. Among the terrorists killed were the deputy wali of Baghdad, the official in charge of bombing, a bomb expert, and the suicide attacks official of the Baghdad wilayat). [Ghad] 

 

Commander of Iraqi Army 7th division says Iraq forces, supported by Coalition planes, are destroying Daesh defense lines in Rawa and Anah and aiming at capturing the border between Iraq and Syria. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and Sahwa positions in the Al-Saqra area with 2 Grad rockets and 5 mortars. [DMNMay23]

 

IWMC says a there was a quick-strike operation by combined 7th army division, special forces, and Tribal Mobilization in three directions: North of Qadisiya Lake towards Rawa, southern Euphrates area towards Rayhaniya and Anah, and Haditha ammunition storehouses and Horan Valley. The battle lasted for 48 hours and killed 34 Daesh combatants, destroying 3 vehicle bombs, 70 IEDs, and two machine gunmounted vehicles and captured another. The attacking force destroyed several ammunition caches, and boats used by terrorists to cross the river. [Sumaria]

 

A military source says 7th army division and Tribal Mobilization blocked a Daesh attack on the army defense line near Anah, killing 7 of them and forcing the others to retreat into the city. [Sumaria] 

 

Rutba

Commander of Anbar Operations says army units shot down a Daesh drone near the intersection of Akashat north of Rutba near Al-Qa’im, and destroyed a Daesh ammunition cache in Wadi Ghadhaf south of Kilo 160. [Sumaria]

 

A Tribal Mobilization source says military forces are attacking west of Anbar areas in Wadi Ghadhaf and Thamil near Rutba to secure safe routes for civilians to exit the area. [Maalomah] 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted a PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village south of Shirqat with 5 mortars. [DMNMay23]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near Al-Khanuqa village south of Shirqat. Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions in the village and nearby areas with 24 mortars. [DENMay23]

 

Baiji

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in the Al-Fatha and Al-Maidan areas. [DENMay23] 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and several villages in the Baiji area with 52 mortars and 3 B10 rockets. Daesh also says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [DMNMay23] [DENMay23]

 

Samarra

Diwaniya Police say their emergency battalion operating in Samarra found 20 usable mortar shells in Rakka, south of Samarra. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The security committee of Diyala provincial council says that all Daesh suicide attackers who attacked the Qaraqosh barracks east of Baquba are Iraqis, and there is a high possibility that they came from Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A CoR member from Diyala says the security situation in Abu Saida is deteriorating because of tribal conflicts and because of Daesh networks in the area. He asks the MoI to intervene. [Sumaria] 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)

The Security Committee of Diyala Provincial Council says an IED went off in Qara Tapa, killing an army brigadier and a captain, and wounded another brigadier. [Sumaria]

 

The Dijla Operations Commander says Iraqi forces started a large military operation to clear areas between Qara Tapa and the Himrin Hills. [Sumaria]  

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED in the Himrin Hills area in Al-Saadiya subdistrict, killing four soldiers, including a pilot general and a captain and wounding four others, including the deputy commander of Dijla Operations. [ICDNMay23]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says Daesh opened alternative command centers for the provinces of Ninewa, Diyala, and Salahuddin in Hawija making the city the main Daesh center in the country. Daesh commands are now divided between Hawija in the east and Tal Afar and Baaj west of Mosul. [Sumaria] 

DaeshDaily comment. This is all tactical and probably temporary in all three places.  Daesh is reorganizing the deck chairs on the Titanic.

 

Daesh says a new group of its terrorists finished their training in Al-Zab city. It publishes photos of the “graduation ceremonies.” [ICDNMay23]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing leaflets in Hawija city. [ICDNMay23]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh controls only three neighborhoods now in west Mosul but all are

densely populated. Daesh combatants in these areas are around 400, 70% of them foreigners, says the PC. [Maalomah] 

 

Central Mosul

A security source says Daesh shot and killed fifteen young men who were trying to escape from Old Mosul. [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it killed three IFP soldiers and wounded two others in battles on Halab Street near Bab Al-Tob. [DENMay23]

Daesh says it shot down an IFP recon drone in the Bab Al-Tob area. [DMNMay23] 

 

The MoD says the engineering corps installed a 200-meter temporary floating bridge over the Tigris. [Harbi] 

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it killed or wounded several IFP soldiers in an attack on the Ras Al-Jadda area on Monday. [DMNMay23] 

Daesh says it targeted IFP positions in the Ras Al-Jadda area with 4 SPG9 rockets. It also says it destroyed a military position where IFP snipers were barricading with another SPG9 rocket in the same area. [DENMay23]

 

North & northwest Mosul

A Rapid Intervention captain says Iraqi forces captured 20 Daesh members in Hay Al-Najjar. He also says Iraqi forces defused 80 IEDs and 27 booby-trapped houses in the same area. [BasNews]  

 

A source at Rapid Response forces says the forces arrested a Daesh cell of 20 persons trying to booby trap houses. [BasNews] 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS bulldozer and damaged another with rockets in Hay Al-Rifa’i with rockets on Monday. [DMNMay23] 

 

IFP says it liberated a 17 years old Yazidi girl in Hawi Al-Kanisa, killing two Daesh officials in the same operation. [Etejah] 

A DaeshDaily source says five members of one family were killed by Daesh shelling on the Hawi Al-Kanisa area. 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militia” positions in different positions in the west side of Mosul with 87 mortars. [DMNMay23] 

Daesh says it targeted IFP positions in several areas in west Mosul with 18 SPG9 rockets and 2 locally made rockets. [DMNMay23] 

 

Daesh issues infographics about the 7th month of the Mosul battle. It says it conducted 44 suicide attacks and killed 750 Iraqi soldiers. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed sixteen Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul on Monday. [DMNMay23] 

DaeshDaily comment. The daily sniper story from the creative writing department.

 

Mosul subdistrict

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF positions in Muhalabiya. [ICDNMay23]

 

Northwest Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Tal Afar Airport and nearby villages with 334 mortars. [DMNMay23] 

 

Sinjar

Hadi Al-Amiri, deputy commander of the PMF, says that PMF units with the assistance of army helicopters liberated Al-Qayrawan city in a night operation, following a 7-hour battle. Um Amer, Khunaizi, and Hazl villages were also liberated. [Sumaria] 

The operation, which also liberated 6 additional villages, started at 10 pm and ended at 5 am. PMF units entered the city from three directions, killing 37 combatants and destroying several vehicles and weapons. PMFs say they captured a sophisticated Daesh communications center in Qayrawan. [Harbi] 

 

PMF says it destroyed a Daesh convoy near Kashkash and Sultan villages south of Qayrawan. [Buratha]

 

Daesh issues a video of detonating an IED on a PMF soldier near Tal Banat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says 3 of its terrorists attacked “PKK positions” in Sakiniya village west of Sinjar. Daesh says after 5 hours of battles, the terrorists detonated their explosive vests, killing or wounding several fighters. [ICDNMay23]

 

AAH spokesman says PMFs will head to Kojo village and Tal Al-Banat then to Baaj after they capture Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria] 

 

PMF says the next stage of operations will be towards Baaj and the Syrian border. [Waradana]

 

Baaj

MoD says Iraqi drones destroyed a trailer carrying two vehicle bombs coming from Baaj toward west Mosul, killing 9 combatants. [Harbi] 

 

Qayara/Hatra

PMF says Daesh attacked the defense line near Hatra with 6 vehicles, but PMF destroyed 2 of them and killed 8 combatants, forcing the force to retreat. [Forat]

PMF Press says PMFs stopped the attack, killing 8 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. It says Daesh used 6 vehicle bombs in the attack. [Harbi] 

Daesh says it killed seven PMF fighters in an attack south of Hatra city. [DENMay23]

 

A DaeshDaily source says a PMF fighter was killed by a Daesh drone strike in Hatra.

 

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters in a “security operation” in Al-Ijmasa village. [DENMay23]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A judicial source says the Basra Criminal Court sentenced 3 persons to death for killing civilians and stealing their vehicles in 2011. The source says the convicts used the money they got from selling the vehicles to finance terrorism activities. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkey officially protested to the US Ambassador in Ankara, the behavior of the US security towards Erdogan’s bodyguards during Erdogan’s visit to the US. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. Believe it or not, Turkey’s response to the outrage against Erdogan’s security team for beating up peaceful protesters is to blame the police and protesters for attacking them. 

 

Turkey says it arrested 8 persons on charges of joining Daesh in Sakarya, in the northwest of the country, on the Black Sea.

[Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Sources reported an additional 1,000 Hezbollah fighters who entered Syria and were deployed in Daraa, Manshiya (in Daraa), Homs and Quneitra, to fight alongside government forces. [Dorar]

 

Indonesian media says 500 Indonesian citizens joined Daesh to fight in Iraq and Syria. Youth form a considerable portion of these fighters. Turkey recently deported 17 Indonesians, including some children, trying to enter Syria to fight with Daesh. [SyriaNow]

 

In a report on casualties in Syria, SOHR alleges that Coalition attacks killed 335 civilians during the past month, including 36 women and 44 children. They also killed 122 Daesh combatants and 8 fighters of the pro-government militias. [SyriaHR]

DaeshDaily comment. SOHR does many good things, but needs a better accounting of how it derives its numbers, in particular their sources. It seems as if the extremely high estimate of 335 civilians killed should have been at least partly confirmed by reliable other sources. 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (13), and Deir Ez-Zor (5). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Coalition planes attacked oil targets in Muwailih, near Daesh held Markada south of Hasaka. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters by detonating an IED on a car south of Hasaka on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

SDF forces are engaging Daesh in battles including artillery shelling in Kadiran west of Raqqa, where battles are continuing. [Qasioun]

 

SDF is surrounding Baath (Hurriya) Dam after liberating Yamama village, west of Raqqa and 5 km (3 miles) away from the Dam, following fierce battles with Daesh. [Hawar]

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh publicly executed 3 of its own fighters who fled battles in Al-Yamama village. 

 

East of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated two more villages east of Raqqa, killing 21 Daesh combatants. The SDF forces are steadily advancing to Raqqa from the east. [PUKMedia] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed a young man in Raqqa after it got ransom money from his family. 

 

The PYD published the first photo of Raqqa as seen from the eastern side. [EnabBaladi]

 

Coalition planes attacked the road connecting Akirshi to Hawija Shinan east of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Government forces captured five more villages in its drive to capture Maskanah, which received over 25 airstrikes from government and Russian planes on Tuesday. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army east of Deir Hafer. [ICDNMay23]

 

Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers in an attack on the Al-Thaniya area south of the Al-Jarrah Airport. [DMNMay23]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a machine gun-mounted vehicle south of the Jarrah airport. [DENMay23]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

In Afrin today YPG mourned 8 of its fighters killed in action against Turkey backed opposition and Daesh in battles in different parts of the country. [ARA]

 

SDF shelled opposition-held Mare’ with rockets, causing damage. Opposition militias claimed they blocked SDF advances in Al-Hamran and around Abla-Hazwan junction. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A vehicle bomb exploded near Palmyra roundabout in Homs killing at least two persons and wounding several others. [BasNews] 

SOHR says the casualties of the vehicle bomb attack in Homs are over 20 killed and wounded. [SyriaHR]

 

Government forces captured six more villages near Al-Qaryatayn south of Homs after battles with Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

The government says its army is now in control of Qaryatayn Dam and nine other strategic points after killing tens of Daesh combatants and destroying their vehicles in these areas east of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian Army says it captured three more areas after battles with Daesh southeast of Homs. [SyriaNow]

 

Field sources say the expansion of government forces east and north of Homs will shortly put such forces in direct confrontation with opposition militias. Government forces captured Sha’er oil field and several strategic hills recently. [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army military position north of the Tadmur silos, killing fourteen soldiers, wounding six, and capturing the position, in addition to weapons and ammunition. [ICDNMay23]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in Hay Al-Zahra. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

Coalition forces made an airdrop of personnel in Hamdhiya village near Albu Kamal, killing 8 Daesh combatants in the operation. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of Coalition airstrikes on Albu Kamal. Daesh also publishes photos of reconstruction after the bombing. [ICDNMay23]

 

Mayadin

Daesh publishes photos of a pastry factory in Al-Mayadin city. [ICDNMay23]

 

Deir Ez-Zor

Coalition planes killed and wounded several Hezbollah fighters who were attacking a position in Maqaber south of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. A questionable source making anti-Coalition allegations not supported by other reports. We commented skeptically on this issue yesterday.

 

SOHR says government planes attacked at least 5 areas in Deir Ez-Zor and Maqaber, but reports of casualties are not available. [SyriaHR]

SOHR says Daesh mortar shelling of government held Joura neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor killed 6 children, raising the total number of civilian casualties to 28 since May 18. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF bulldozer with a rocket in Al-Kabar village west of Deir Ez-Zor, killing or wounding several fighters. [DENMay23] 

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh prevented women in Deir Ez-Zor from participating in the harvest. The source says Daesh is taking 50% of the harvest. 

Daesh publishes photos of the harvest season in Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNMay23]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers in Deir Ez-Zor city. [ICDNMay23]

 

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

A suicide attacker with a vehicle bomb attacked a checkpoint in the city of Sayyida Zaynab, 6 miles south of Damascus in Rif Damashq, causing several casualties.  [BasNews] 

Security authorities say they destroyed the car carrying two attackers in Sayyida Zaynab before it reached the checkpoint, destroying it and killing terrorists inside. [ARA]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in the Al-Sayyida Zaynab area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a “large gathering” of tanks and armored vehicles of Shia militias at the Baghdad Barrier north of the Al-Seen Airport east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

The FSA announced the start of an operation to prevent government forces from reaching desert areas surrounding Tanaf border point. [Qasioun]

A local military source at the Al-Waleed border location on the Iraqi side says Norwegian and US forces, as well as other western forces, are gathering near the Al-Tanaf border point, seemingly in an operation to assist the opposition to liberate Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor. These forces are also aware of pro-government and PMF militias that are close to the area. [Dorar]

 

Government forces are gradually expanding their control area toward the Syrian desert in Suwayda, having established positions 20 km (12.5 miles) away from Iraqi borders along the Baghdad- Damascus-Palmyra road. [SyriaNow]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Egyptian Army and local allied militias south of Sheikh Zuweid. The photos show a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb. [ICDNMay23]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Great Britain

The suicide attack on Manchester Hall left 22 killed and 59 wounded, according to the police. The explosives went off after a concert by American singer Ariana Grande, as the crowd was leaving. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying there are more to come. [Sumaria]

Daesh says one of its “soldiers” detonated IEDs in an arena in Manchester city, killing thirty people, and wounding seventy others. Daesh promises more attacks. [ICDNMay23]

DaeshDaily comment. The timing of the attack with the ongoing military losses in Iraq and Syria repeats a familiar pattern. Daesh tries to distract attention from its defeats by staging spectacular mass-murder attacks elsewhere. That pattern makes it believable that the perpetrator had communications with Daesh. As usual in these situations. Daesh avoids soldiers and kills innocent civilians. A large percentage of the concert-goers were children.   

 

Police sources identified the perpetrator as a local resident named Salman Abedi. Many people are still missing. 

 

Philippines

The Philippines announced the state of emergency in Marawi following battles between government forces and the pro-Daesh Maute group.

Daesh says it launched a major attack on Philippine Army positions in Marawi city. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh terrorist hiding among civilians in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi soldiers battle Daesh terrorists at the Karkoush Base. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                                                   

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Tal Afar who might have been killed in the Tal Afar area. [ICDNMay23]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members who might have been killed in the Aleppo area. [ICDNMay23]

    

 

 

 

        

May 22, 2017

 

West Mosul

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Journalist’s kidnapping stirs anger in Baghdad. [..]

Daesh suicide attacks in Salahuddin, Diyala, thwarted. [..]

Iraqi forces capture Al-Najjar in NW Mosul; Al-Zanjili is next. [..]

CTS will join final attack in Old City. [..]

PMFs seize five more villages in Sinjar. [..] 

Shabaks in Wasit going home to Nineveh Plain; thank Wasit for its hospitality. [..]

Syria

Syrian Army, Russians in major campaign to take Maskanah from Daesh. [..]

Homs city now under full government control. [..]

Deaths in Daesh attack on civilians in Deir Ez-Zor village reach 31. [..]

Syrian troops renew movement toward Al-Tanaf. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraqi Observatory of Journalism Freedoms said on Saturday that journalist Haidar Al-Atabi was kidnapped in Baghdad. A CoR member asked the CoR to hold an urgent session to discuss the recent kidnappings of journalists and activists. [Sumaria] 

Prime Minister Abadi said in an angry speech on Saturday that Iraqis didn’t fight Saddam to live under the rule of gangs that kidnap anyone who opposes them. He says these gangs want to become stronger than the government. [Yalla]  

DaeshDaily comment. This is the strongest statement so far by the Prime Minister against Iran-backed militias. Some of the criminal gangs are known to be made up of militia members.

 

A security source in Baghdad says the MoI and military intelligence arrested members of the terror cell responsible for the recent terror attacks in Abu Dsheer, south Baghdad, including transporters, watchmen, and a Daesh supervisor. [Mawazin] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3) and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV in the Al-Meshahda area with an IED on Sunday, killing the five soldiers inside. [DMNMay22] 

 

Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)

The BOC says 22ndarmy brigade found 2 Daesh guesthouses and an ammunition cache, and destroyed an IED, in Al-Duwanem. [Ghad] 

 

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a marketplace in Al-Nasr wa Al-Salam subdistrict in Abu Ghraib exploded, wounding 3 civilians. [Sumaria] 

A security source says a man wanted on terror charges was arrested in a house in Ghazaliya. [Ghad] 

A security source says one soldier was wounded when a roadside IED targeted an Iraqi Army vehicle in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad] 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:   4

 

ANBAR

Directorate of Displacement and Migration in Anbar says more than 165,000 displaced people have returned to their houses in the governorate. [Sumaria]  

 

Ramadi

Military Intelligence Service says its units found an IED factory in the Albu Kanaan area, in Jazeera Khaldiya. It also says it destroyed 11 IEDs on the international road in Anbar. [Ghad] 

 

Northwest Anbar

The MoD says the IAF killed 3 Daesh commanders in an airstrike on a house in Al-Qa’im. It also says the IAF destroyed a weapons storehouse and 3 headquarters, killing more terrorists. [PUKMedia] 

 

Anbar Operations Command says 7th army division is starting a search operation in Niba’i, Bani Zaid, Kassarat, east of Qadisiya Lake, and southwest Anah. The campaign will also cover Thamil, Wadi Al-Ghadhaf, and Kilo 160. [PUKMedia] 

 

Rutba

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi Army, supported by the IAA, launched a major military operation in the Rutba desert and north of the Haditha Lake, killing 17 Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [Maalomah] 

 

Iraqi forces shot down a Daesh drone in the Akashat area, south of Al-Qa’im along the Syrian border. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Ain Al-Baidha village. [DMNMay22] 

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations command says it killed 2 suicide attackers who approached a police station in the Jalam area. Total suicide attackers killed in the area so far are up to 10.  [Sumaria] 

Daesh says 2 of its terrorists attacked the Al-Jalam Police Station north of Samarra. Daesh says after they finished their mission the 2 terrorists detonated their explosives vests, killing or wounding several policemen. [ICDNMay22]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Commander of Dijla Operations says 4 suicide attackers armed with explosives belts attempted to enter Qaraqosh military base, 27 miles east of Baquba. He says all attackers were killed. One army soldier was also killed, however. [Sumaria]

A photo of one of the four suicide attackers who attacked a military barracks north of Diyala. [Sumaria] 

 

A local source says armed men shot dead two civilians in Abu Taba village, about 17 miles northeast of Baquba. [Sumaria] 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says 4 of its Iraqi terrorists attacked the Karkoush Military Base in Balad Ruz. It says the base is used by US troops to train Iraqi soldiers. It says battles continued for 7 hours before the 4 terrorists detonated their explosives vests. It says it killed or wounded “tens” of soldiers and destroyed 13 military vehicles. Daesh says it doesn’t know if American soldiers were among the casualties. Daesh publishes photos of the 4 terrorists. [A3maq] [ICDNMay22]

DaeshDaily comment. These soldiers should check their ammunition. Seven hours of shooting and they couldn’t kill 4 Rambos?  

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed 16 young men in Hawija after capturing them while they were trying to escape toward Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountains area. 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of executing young men in Hawija after accusing them of spying. [ICDNMay22]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hawija. [ICDNMay22]

DaeshDaily comment. Reading this story in relation to the two above will give you an accurate picture of Daesh members as human beings. 

 

NINEWA

Chairman of the Ninewa Provincial Council says the council withheld the parliamentary questioning of the Ninewa Governor after one of the members who signed the petition withdrew. [Sumaria] 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A source in Ninewa Provincial Council says Iraqi forces now control 97% of west Mosul, as Daesh holds only three neighborhoods. [Buratha]

 

Yazidi Women Liberation office says Iraqi units liberated a 10 year old Yazidi girl from Daesh captivity. Arrangements are being made to return her to her family. Total Yazidi women liberated is now 3,011. [Shafaq]

 

Central Mosul

Military sources believe that CTS will be the spearhead in the last attack on Daesh in the neighborhoods of the Old City. The CTS says it believes around 1,000 Daesh combatants are still in these areas, hiding behind over 300,000 civilians. CTS says it is ready for the combat, but says it needs more D-8 bulldozers to remove barriers and block vehicle bomb attacks, as many of those they had have been lost in battles. The Coalition provided three, but more are needed. [Mada]

 

A military source says Iraqi units are setting a plan to liberate the three remaining neighborhoods and the Old City downtown with a joint operation that CTS will be part of. [Anadolu]

 

The IFP commander says IFP, army units, and CTS have finalized their targets for the final steps in the west Mosul campaign. He says his troops are at the outskirts of Zanjili, which will be liberated shortly. He says that will leave just 7 neighborhoods in Daesh hands, and they are all surrounded. He also says Daesh has lost hundreds of combatants and tons of weapons and ammunition in battle, and is now losing its command system. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. We notice that one military source says Daesh still holds 3 neighborhoods and one says 7, but the difference is likely a matter of definition. With Al-Najjar retaken see below), the big targets in the northwest are in government hands. Zanjili is between those neighborhoods and downtown.  The CTS is able to finally participate in the Old City battle because its job is virtually done elsewhere.

 

IFP commander says Iraqi artillery, drones, and multiple rocket launchers have started shelling what remains of the Daesh command and supply centers, defense lines, and weapons positions in the Old City. [Harbi] 

 

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions near Bab Al-Beidh and Bab Al-Jadid, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 2 military positions and 2 machine guns, shooting down a recon drone, and capturing several positions. [ICDNMay22]

Here Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed a heavy machine gun in an attack near Bab Al-Jadid. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Al-Thawra and near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

 

North & northwest Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations says CTS forces liberated Al-Najjar neighborhood in northwest Mosul and raised the Iraqi flag over its high buildings. [Sumaria]

 

A local council source says civil defense rescued 50 civilians that were hiding in the basement of a house in Al-Najjar. Daesh destroyed the house before escaping the area. [PressIraq]

 

A military source says a joint Rapid Response and CTS force liberated Al-Sahha Al-Thaniya neighborhood in a quick operation without CTS casualties, killing 9 Daesh combatants and capturing two others. 

The source says Iraqi snipers killed 8 Daesh combatants in the Al-Najjar and 17th of July neighborhoods, while a Daesh sniper killed two Iraqi soldiers in the 17th of July neighborhood. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 CTS Humvees with rockets in Al-Rifa’i on Sunday. [DMNMay22]

 

The Iraqi Air Force killed Mohammed Mijbil Al-Jawari, Daesh official for administrative affairs in Mosul and Raqqa, in an airstrike in the Al-Zanjili neighborhood. Military Intelligence says it provided info for the airstrike. [Mada] 

 

Northwest Ninewa

Sinjar

PMF command says it liberated 5 villages south of Qayrawan and cut off the road between Hatimiya and Tal Qasab north of the city. PMFs captured two vehicle bombs in Tal Qasab and killed 10 Daesh combatants. It also liberated Ayn Fathi northern village and its residential complex, killing 41 Daesh combatants and defusing a vehicle bomb. The PMFs have evacuated over 21,000 families from the area since the start of operations. [Mada] 

 

PMFs have now surrounded most of Qayrawan after capturing Qahira and Khanisi villages. Qahira is only 1800 meters away from Qayrawan city center. [Ghad] 

 

A military source also says that PMF lost two commanders in battles with Daesh near Qayrawan. [Anadolu]

 

PMF commander says he believes that Qayrawan will be liberated in the coming two days, saying that the battle will not be easy as several Daesh commanders are in the city and its nearness to Syrian borders. He says the next target after Qayrawan will be Baaj most likely unless the command decides otherwise. [Maalomah] 

 

PMF says its EODs are clearing Tal Al-Banat village and complex of war remnants to allow the return of its Yazidi population. [Harbi] 

 

PMF Press says PMFs units shelled Daesh in Al-Qayrawan subdistrict, killing several terrorists. It also says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh motorcycles and a mortar unit west of Al-Qayrawan, killing more terrorists. [Maalomah] [Maalomah] 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several PMF fighters by detonating 3 booby-trapped houses in Thari Al-Awsat village south of Al-Qayrawan. [DMNMay22] 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several PMF fighters by detonating an IED near the Sinjar Plain Airport south of Al-Qayrawan. [DMNMay22] 

 

The YPG says Sinjar protection units (YPG and YPJ) blocked a Daesh attack on one of the small villages near Sinjar. It says it killed two suicide attackers while the other attackers escaped after a several-hour battle. [Hawar]

 

A PMF says 5 Daesh operatives working in a hisbah office surrendered to PMF forces in one of the liberated Qayrawan villages. [Buratha]

 

Baaj

IWMC says IAF destroyed a Daesh fuel storehouse and the hisbah office in Baaj, killing 11 Daesh combatants and destroying all weapons inside. [Waradana]

 

Qayara/Hatra

Hatra

Human Rights Watch says PMFs briefly detained and tortured Iraqi men over possible links with Daesh.

It says it interviewed three men from Hatra who were detained by the PMFs, and two local officials who had knowledge of the detention operations in the area, who said that PMF fighters detained them as they fled their homes because of the fighting, and held them for up to 15 days in a school building and in one case a home in an area solely under PMF control. 

 

Qayara

Daesh says it attacked “Iraqi Army and PMF units” northwest of the Hatra Intersection, killing or wounding “tens” of soldiers, destroying 5 military vehicles and capturing weapons and ammunition. [ICDNMay22]

 

HRW says that in two cases, interrogators “beat them with thick metal cables, before releasing them and a small number of other detainees.” [HRW] 

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish army says its planes initiated strikes on Qandil Mountain in northern Kurdistan, destroying two PKK positions and killing 4 combatants. [Watan]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit 

The Wasit Governor says displaced Shabak people from the Nineveh Plain held a ceremony in the governorate, celebrating their return to their houses and thanking the people of Wasit for their hospitality. [Karemlash] 

 

Basra

A judicial source says the Basra Criminal Court sentenced three persons to death for their role in transporting, equipping, and hiding a suicide terrorist who detonated himself on Shia pilgrims in 2012, killing or wounding several of them. [Sumaria] 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY 

 

Turkish police say they killed two Daesh operatives in Ankara during an arrest. They say the two fired at police and started a gunfight that ended with both operatives dead. Th police say that the men, 25-20 years old, were planning an operation, based on the types of IEDs and weapons found in their apartment. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Shelling and counter shelling intensified south of Al-Shaddadi near Markada between Daesh and SDF forces, as a large number of civilians escaped south from Markada to the villages of Sheikh Hamad and Saada after intensified Coalition planes sorties over the area. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes killed 4 civilians in Ruwaij village southeast of Shaddadi. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Kashkash Jubour village with 12 mortars. [DENMay22] 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (1), Raqqa (13), and Deir Ez-Zor (4). [InherentResolve]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

An informed source says Coalition planes bombed a Daesh convoy that was leaving Al-Tabaqa. The source says the convoy was supposed to leave safely according to the agreement between the SDF and Daesh that allowed 70 Daesh terrorists to leave the city without a fight. However, the Coalition bombed the convoy after the SDF discovered that the terrorists had rigged the Al-Tabaqa Dam with explosives before leaving. [BasNews] 

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

 

SDF says its forces reached a point 2 km away from Baath Dam, the third largest Dam in Syria, west of Raqqa. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” bombing on Kadiran village, west of Raqqa, on Sunday. [A3maq]

A Coalition airstrike on Kadiran west of Raqqa killed 15 civilians and wounded several others. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. We have lost patience with these unverified Qasioun airstrike stories that only address alleged (and quite possibly made-up) civilian casualties. See our comment under a similar story below.

 

SDF says it liberated Salhabiya Gharbiya (West Salhabiya) village west of Raqqa, killing 31 Daesh combatants, while fighting continued in Hamrat Nasser, earlier captured by SDF. [PUKMedia] 

Daesh says it killed seven SDF fighters in battles near East Al-Salhabiya village, northeast of Al-Mansoura, west of Raqqa. [DMNMay22] 

Later on, Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters in the same village. [DENMay22] 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in East Al-Salhabiya with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding fighters, and damaging a vehicle. [ICDNMay22]

Here Daesh says it killed six SDF fighters. [A3maq]  Daesh issues a video of the suicide attack. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle loaded with ammunition and 2 other vehicles in the village with a rocket, killing one fighter. [DENMay22]  Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near West Al-Salhabiya village with mortars. [ICDNMay22] Daesh says it targeted SDF positions northeast of the Al-Salhabiya villages with 11 Grad rockets and 12 mortars. [DMNMay22]

 

East of Raqqa

Coalition planes killed 3 civilians in an airstrike on Ghanim Al-Ali village east of Raqqa. [Qasioun]

 

Raqqa city

While SDF captured 4 villages east and north of Raqqa, Coalition planes attacked Al-Mansoura, causing a large number of civilians to escape the city to safer areas. [Qasioun]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Sources say government forces are advancing steadily towards Maskanah, Daesh stronghold east of Aleppo after capturing 5 more villages and locations on its outskirts. The sources say Daesh is defending fiercely, but intense Russian air support seems to be making a difference. [ARA]

 

The Turkey-allied opposition says it blocked an SDF attack in the Al-Hamran area north of Aleppo, killing 10 attackers, while artillery shelling continued from both sides on more than one front. Syrian government planes dropped thousands of leaflets calling on the population to lay down its arms and abandon terrorism. [Qasioun]

 

An unidentified suicide attacker hit Ahrar Al-Sham HQ with an explosives belt in Tal Toqan in eastern Idlib, killing 16 and wounding 40 others.  There was a meeting at the HQ at the time of the attack. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles south of the Al-Jarrah Military Airport. Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army and Shia militia attack in the area. [ICDNMay22]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army tank with a rocket near Tal Fadha village, south of the airport. [ICDNMay22]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus (No reports)

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

According to the BBC, government officials say about 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated on buses from Al-Waar District. Provincial governor Talal Barazi said “The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants.”

Many of the fighters leaving were going to the rebel-held Idlib province, in the northwest. Some were heading to Jarabulus in northern Syria, controlled by opposition militias backed by Turkey.

Most of the rebels had been driven out of Homs in 2014, after years under siege by government forces.

A Russia-brokered evacuation deal was agreed to earlier this year. [BBC] 

 

Government forces continued shelling Daesh held villages east of Salmiya, following the bloody Daesh attack on the city that killed tens of residents. It says it killed groups of combatants in at least two villages east of Salmiya. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of the Tadmur Silos. Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack in the area. [ICDNMay22]

 

Syrian Army says its army destroyed a Daesh machine gun-mounted truck and another vehicle, and killed several combatants East of Palmyra. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor city

SOHR says victims of Daesh’s vicious raid on Jazrat Albu Shams village northwest of Deir Ez-Zor city reached 31 after the discovery of 19 bodies along the Euphrates. Daesh raided the village captured by SDF and kidnapped three SDF fighters and several civilians, and executed them all, even shooting some kids in the head. [SyriaHR]

On Saturday, human rights organizations reported that Daesh attacked Jazrat Albu Shams village, northwest of Deir Ez-Zor, shooting indiscriminately, killing 22 people, including women and children, wounding others, and kidnapping two women and a child. [HRO-MAF] [Step] 

 

Daesh banned all currencies including the Syrian pound in Deir Ez-Zor, forcing residents to use only its own golden, silver, and bronze coins. Exchange offices are not allowed to convert Daesh currency to any other. Daesh coins are priced in US dollars. Special committees are watching shops in the city to make sure they use this currency only. [ARA]

 

Russian air strikes on the Al-Aradhi neighborhood, held by Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor city, killed over 30 civilians including women and children, while Daesh mortar shelling of Joura neighborhood held by the government killed 5 civilians including 2 children. [Qasioun]

Daesh says eight people, all women and children, were killed by the Russian airstrikes on Hay Al-Aradhi. [ICDNMay22]

 

A DaeshDaily source says Daesh arrested around 100 young men in Deir Ez-Zor without giving a reason. 

 

Local activists say the government sent the “Quds Brigade,” a Palestinian militia fighting alongside government forces, to Deir Ez-Zor. [Dorar]

 

Government forces claim they inflicted casualties on Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor with their aerial and artillery shelling over Maqaber, Ummal, and the old airport. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a Syrian soldier targeted by its snipers south of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNMay22]

 

Government planes continued bombing Daesh positions in and around Deir Ez-Zor, destroying a Daesh mortar squad in Baghailiye, while Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Mahkan east of Deir Ez-Zor. Daesh attacked government held neighborhoods of Deir Ez-Zor with two armed drones. [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin

SOHR says unidentified planes initiated three attacks on Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing at least 15 civilians. Some local sources say the planes headed towards Iraq at the end of their attack. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition planes attacked Mayadin city east of Deir Ez-Zor city. According to an anti-Coalition source, strikes near Al-Hasan school left many civilians wounded and heavy damage. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. These Qasioun airstrike stories have now become so formulaic as to lack almost all credibility. Qasioun seldom explains what the target was, presumably a Daesh target, or what the damage to Daesh was. It focuses only on civilian casualties, usually with no real sources cited. See the very similar story under Raqqa above. Qasioun isn’t just anti-Coalition either. Notice above in this section the story about Russian bombing, killing 30 civilians. It’s the same formula, and no more credible. 

We are wondering where these guys stand. They are an opposition newspaper. They are, however, Anti-Coalition as well as anti-Russian. So maybe they are an Al-Nusra mouthpiece? In any case, heavy discounts should be taken on these stories. We are reluctant to eliminate them, as we know we have military readers who track such accusations in their work. At the same time, we don’t want them to think we believe all this stuff. 

 

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

Government forces drew nearer to the Al-Tanaf border crossing when they captured Dhahran um Al-Salasel near Zalaf, east of Suwayda. Government forces raised the Russian flag over the captured area to avoid Coalition airstrikes. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh is about to hand over its positions in Yarmouk camp to the government. Daesh called all who want to leave to “caliphate controlled areas” to register their names in certain Daesh locations. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, fixing water pipes in the Yarmouk Basin area. [ICDNMay22]

 

An opposition source says the government and proIran militias want to control the Baghdad-Damascus Road and thereby connect Iran to Syria by land. He says that government forces are only 40 km (25 miles) away from Tanaf and are trying to control the entire eastern desert. He says that opposition fighters in the area are supported by US and Norwegian forces across the border. [EnabBaladi]

 

A later report says government forces are only 27 km away from Al-Tanaf and are advancing on Free Army positions. The source says government forces recently took over the “scientific research” location in the area without resistance as there were no opposition forces there. [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR reported a prisoner exchange between Daesh and the Jaish Al-Islam opposition faction south of Damascus, involving two from each side. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

The US-Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia, attended by President Trump, agreed to form a 34,000 man strong army to confront terrorism in Iraq and Syria. Iran and Syria were not invited to the summit. [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment. This reminds us of something. Another Saudi-led anti-terrorism coalition was formed with great fanfare a year or so ago.  Whatever happened to that? And who will they be attacking exactly? We would say to some of these national leaders that your countries could help more by just preventing your terrorists from going to Iraq and Syria. Keep your garbage in your own house.

 

North Africa

Egypt

Medical sources say a girl was shot and wounded by unknown armed men in Al-Tayra village, south of Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several Egyptian soldiers with an IED south of Arish on Saturday. [DMNMay22] 

 

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army tank with an IED west of Sheikh Zuweid on Sunday. [ICDNMay22]

 

Daesh publishes photos of setting cigarettes and drugs on fire south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ICDNMay22]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Nigeria 

Eighty-Two Nigerian schoolgirls—recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity —reunited with their families Saturday. This month’s release was the largest liberation of hostages since 276 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school in 2014. Five commanders from the extremist group were exchanged for the girls’ freedom, and Nigeria’s government has said it would make further exchanges is possible to bring the 113 remaining schoolgirls home. [NBC] 

 

In a related story, the Associated Press reports that Nigerian government troops killed 13 members of Daesh’s Boko Haram affiliate over the weekend, and captured 10 others. However, four civilians near a displacement camp in northeast Nigeria were beheaded by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. [WashingtonPost]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it assassinated a Pakistani Military Intelligence Service “spy” in Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan 

Daesh says it killed more than twenty-eight Afghani soldiers, wounded others, and destroyed a Humvee in heavy battles in the Jabrhar area in Nangarhar. [ICDNMay22]

Daesh also said it killed nine Afghani soldiers and destroyed a Humvee during fighting near the same area yesterday. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Najjar. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces find the Daesh “court” and a prison in Hay 17th July. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces clearing the Hawi Al-Kanisa area. [Mawsleya]

 

Rapid Intervention soldiers parade a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA                                                                                                                                                   

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of several of its dead terrorists from Iraq, Syria, and France. [ICDNMay22]

 

Daesh issues an optimistic propaganda video about the Iraqi government’s “security and military collapse in Iraq after 7 months of battles in Mosul. [ICDNMay22]

DaeshDaily comment. Yes, they actually said this. Those guys in the creative writing department should be getting paid for overtime.

 

Daesh issues 2 anti-Saudi Arabia propaganda videos. [ICDNMay22] [ICDNMay22]