An Update On ISIS Activities

April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017


Old Mosul





IFP claims gradual progress in Old Mosul. [..]

3,453 Yazidis are still held hostage by Daesh. [..]


6 Khan Sheikhoun victims die in Turkish hospitals. [..]

SDF struggling to gain control of Tabaqa area. [..]

Exchange of besieged populations begins with 60 buses. [..]

Major clash looming along Iraq-Syria border near Jordan. [..]


36 Daesh casualties reported so far from US bomb in Afghanistan. [..]





Iraqi CoR​​ passed a resolution recognizing the​​ victims of​​ the​​ Anfal campaign initiated by Saddam Hussein​​ against​​ the Kurds in 1988.​​ Thousands of Kurdish people were killed and many others displaced in the campaign.​​ [ARA]


Hundreds of people demonstrated in Baghdad demanding changes on the High Elections Commission and​​ in​​ the election law. [Rudaw]​​ 


The Coalition says it conducted five airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, all in or near Mosul. [InherentResolve]​​ 



Security-related incidents reported

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

A police source says four people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Um Najm near Kadhimiya. [Sumaria]


North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Military intelligence says 11th​​ division EODs operating within the military force clearing Tarmiya detected a booby trapped house and destroyed it remotely in Al-Hora. The house was packed with over 200 kg of TNT.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

A police source says an IED in Taji exploded,​​ wounding two civilians.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a fish market in Mada’in killed one civilian and wounded two others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


South​​ (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says an IED​​ exploded​​ in Ma’alef, killing a civilian and wounding 5 others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says security units found rockets and explosives in Hay Al-Jihad. [Ghad]​​ 


West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military intelligence says 6th​​ army division ambushed and arrested a “serious terrorist” in Dawoodi,​​ in​​ Mansour.​​ [Etejah]​​ 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5




Anbar Operations say 8th​​ army division found and destroyed large explosives caches​​ in​​ two Ramadi villages,​​ in addition to 250 IEDs in Al-Tash. The division arrested three terror suspects in Halabsa and 5 in​​ the​​ Kilo 180 IDP camp.​​ [Harbi]​​ 



A​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization source says a​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization fighter was killed by a Daesh IED placed in Mahboubiya, near Baghdadi, in​​ Jazeera​​ Hit.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 


Northwest Anbar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh forced the people of Al-Ubaid village near Rawa to raise Daesh flags over their houses in order to make the houses targets for aircraft.​​ 



Iraqi security sources say tens of Daesh terrorists accompanied by military vehicles and heavy and mid-size weapons moved from Al-Qa’im to attack the Al-Walid border crossing. The sources say Daesh intends to attack the crossing from the Albu Kamal area in Syria at the same time. [IraqPress]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Across the border is a Coalition-supported armed opposition-group at the Al-Tanaf base, likely the real target of the Daesh operation.

[Also see southern Syria story below]




Salahuddin Operation says its artillery destroyed a machine gunmounted truck and killed 3 Daesh combatants on​​ board​​ in Safina, east of Shirqat.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of Iraqi soldiers targeted by its snipers in the Shirqat area. [Sawarim] ​​ 



MoD says 43rd​​ army brigade attacked Daesh guesthouses near Harariyat​​ near​​ Baiji,​​ killing 6 Daesh​​ combatants and destroying​​ 18 IEDs.​​ [Harbi]​​ 



Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Sunni Endowment office in Diyala says it sent 30 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Mosul. It says this is the fourth shipment sent by the​​ Endowment. [Sumaria]​​ 


The​​ Security Committee of​​ the​​ Diyala​​ Provincial​​ Council says security forces found​​ documents proving Daesh’s​​ failure to replicate​​ the Al-Qaeda​​ in Iraq success​​ in recruiting suicide women​​ attackers in​​ “wilayat Diyala.​​ The documents were found in a guesthouse in Himrin.​​ Al-Qaeda suicide women initiated over 20 attacks in Diyala between 2006​​ and 2008.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists in Diyala​​ (without showing his face). [DawaAlhaq]


Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

Chairman of Udhaim subdistrict says security forces​​ have​​ armed only 10% of Udhaim’s​​ tribal PMFs. He says there are 600 fighters on the frontlines with Daesh in the subdistrict. [Sumaria]​​ 




A local source says 169 civilians who escaped Hawija are still trapped in the Maktab Khalid area and not allowed to enter Kirkuk,​​ for the 16th​​ day in a row. [Sumaria]​​ 

The​​ Chairman of the Kirkuk Provincial Council says these displaced people​​ will be allowed to go to displacement camps after security checks. [Sumaria]​​ ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ After so many days, it’s hard to be impressed by the explanation, made by someone not directly involved in the situation.




Mosul liberation campaign

The US Army says it is using the​​ MQ-1C Grey Eagle​​ drone in its operations in Mosul and Anbar. The drone can carry 4 Hellfire missiles, and is thus considered deadly against tanks and armored vehicles. The drone is valued at $21 million.​​ [Karemlash]​​ 


Central​​ Mosul

An IFP commander says​​ IFP is getting deeper​​ into the​​ Old​​ City in​​ Mosul, engaging Daesh every step of the way.​​ IFP rocket units destroyed the​​ Daesh General​​ Security building in old Mosul, and an​​ anti-aircraft​​ gun placed​​ on a school in​​ Zanjili, northwest of downtown.​​ The​​ IFP also killed the general​​ mufti of West Mosul and three Daesh religious judges.

In a seemingly incongruous addition, the commander says IFP is rehabilitating​​ a​​ school west of Mosul to have it available to receive students.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Daesh says its snipers killed six IFP soldiers in the Bab Al-Tob area. [Sawarim]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We summarize Daesh reports to show what they are saying and not in any way to give them credence. At times, their reports get onto certain creative writing themes that make them even less credible. The daily sniper success stories​​ now coming​​ from Mosul, generally from places Daesh has already lost, have reached that point.​​ 


In the same vein, Daesh says 37 people, including women and children, were killed and 181 others wounded by “Iraqi and American” bombing on several areas in Mosul during the last 2 days. [Sawarim]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another and long-standing creative writing theme. US airstrikes (and in this story Iraqi airstrikes) almost never hit their Daesh targets and​​ only hit innocent civilians.​​ Daesh hardly ever concedes that its personnel were killed by Coalition airstrikes, but if you believe their reports these airstrikes have killed thousands of innocent people instead. (Recent​​ actual​​ errant airstrikes like those in Mosul and near Tabaqa in Syria unfortunately give credibility to this line of propaganda.)


Daesh says it attacked IFP and Rapid Intervention units on Kornish Street near Bab Al-Tob, killing a captain and another soldier, wounding two others, and recapturing positions in the area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

It publishes a video of the fighting. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Southwest Mosul

PMF​​ command​​ says it arrested Saad Hassan Al-Janabi, a Daesh operative who was working at the Daesh traffic department in​​ the​​ Mamoun neighborhood​​ in far southwest Mosul.​​ [Harbi]​​ 


A security source says CTS destroyed a​​ booby-trapped​​ bulldozer in​​ Hay Al-Tanak.​​ [Harbi]

Daesh says it attacked CTS positions near Hay Al-Tanak, killing three soldiers, damaging a Humvee, and destroying 3 military positions, and capturing several positions in the area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of targeting a CTS position near Hay Al-Abar with a rocket. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF Humvee with an IED near Al-Rayhaniya Al-Ulia village northwest of Mosul, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Military Intelligence says it arrested a Daesh real estate official who had worked his way into a group of IDPs leaving the liberated village of Halila.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi forces BMP armored vehicle with a rocket near Halila village northwest of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


PMF Press says one of its media teams survived a Daesh rocket attack in west Mosul. [Ghad] ​​ 


Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Military intelligence says IAF planes destroyed Daesh​​ vehicle-rigging workshops, explosives and weapons storehouses, and rocket launching platforms, and killed five combatants in raids​​ in Tal Afar​​ and west​​ Mosul.​​ [Harbi]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of distributing its​​ Naba’​​ magazine in Tal Afar city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 



The KRG’s Yazidi Affairs Office says 3,454 Yazidi people, including 2,477 women, are still held hostages by Daesh. It says 2,963 Yazidis, including 1,070 women and 1,571 children have been freed. It also says Daesh killed 1,293 Yazidis. It says​​ that​​ so far, 30 mass graves​​ have been​​ discovered in Sinjar in addition to hundreds of individual graves. [IraqPress]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Throughout Arab history, Arabs are very proud of being protective of their​​ non-Arab​​ neighbors. It is evident in countless poems and folklore stories. Also, Islam encouraged​​ people to protect and support their neighbors. The atrocities against the Yazidis show clearly that Daesh and its supporters are neither proud Arabs nor​​ real​​ Muslims. ​​ 



Kurdistan​​ Security​​ Council says​​ Coalition planes killed 12 Daesh​​ fighters​​ in Baaj, including​​ 2 commanders, one from Syria and the other from Tal Afar.​​ [ARA]​​ [BasNews]​​ 



The Turkish​​ Army says it bombed PKK targets in Zab,​​ northern Iraqi Kurdistan,​​ destroying several shelters and weapons. Turkey says PKK is trying to convert Sinjar into another Qandil.​​ [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Qandil, on the Iraq-Iran border is the main operating base for the PKK in Iraq, largely because of the relative impenetrability of the area. The Sinjar desert does not seem like an apt comparison.




President Erdogan says he is not going to establish a federal system in Turkey after winning the presidential system referendum. Turkish nationalists say Erdogan intends to have a federal system that might give the Kurds a self-governing region in Turkey. [Sumaria]​​ 


Turkish police arrested 5 terror suspects in Istanbul, saying they were planning for attacks during the referendum on the presidential system set for Sunday.​​ [SyriaNow]


Speaking to an audience in Urdu, northern​​ Turkey, Erdogan says that Turkey would not allow​​ the​​ PYD or YPG to stay in border areas adjacent to Turkey, nor would​​ it​​ allow formation of a Kurdish state in these areas. He says Turkey will return areas it holds to its rightful owners (referring to​​ Jarabulus and​​ Al-Bab).​​ [ARA]


Turkey’s​​ Minister of Defense​​ is in the US. He​​ says the current US administration has a clearer position than the previous one towards the PYD, saying​​ the Turkey and the US​​ are​​ NATO​​ allies fighting​​ a common enemy,​​ which he defined to​​ include​​ the PYD. He called​​ on​​ the​​ US to cooperate with the “Syrian Free Army” instead​​ of​​ the​​ PYD to liberate Raqqa. The​​ minister was speaking​​ at a​​ press conference​​ at Turkey’s​​ embassy in Washington.​​ [Dorar]


President Erdogan​​ and​​ President​​ Putin​​ spoke​​ by​​ phone and jointly called for​​ a​​ continued peace process​​ based on the conferences in​​ Geneva​​ and​​ Astana, and ceasefire arrangements. They also called for an independent international investigation​​ of​​ the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Sounds like two frustrated guys whose grand plans have been overcome by events and who need a friend.




And speaking of “events,”​​ Turkey’s Minister of Health says 6 of the 34 wounded in the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun have died in Turkish hospitals. He says 3 are still being treated while the rest have left their hospitals already.​​ [Anadolu]


The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (2), Raqqa (4), and Deir Ez-Zor (3). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


An “informed source” says Syrian Elite Forces,​​ an​​ Arab opposition group led by Ahmed Al-Jarba, withdrew from​​ its​​ alliance with the SDF​​ and stopped their military operations in the Raqqa area after YPG “harassments.”​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We haven’t been able to confirm this report from other sources. If true, it​​ seems like a​​ hit to US efforts to involve more Arabs in the Raqqa liberation campaign, but the​​ SEF​​ has​​ not been that​​ prominent​​ in the​​ fighting despite Al-Jarba’s previous statement about its importance in the campaign. ​​ 


SDF received over 200​​ displaced people​​ escaping Daesh held areas in Raqqa province and some from Mosul. IDPs are transferred to Ayn Eissa or Manbij camps, or to​​ other​​ camps​​ they request.​​ [Hawar]


West of Raqqa

SDF says it blocked a Daesh attack on Al-I’aiwij village north of Tabaqa while battles around Abbad village are still going on. It says it killed over 15 Daesh combatants and 10 suicide attackers before they could reach their targets. Daesh attacked the village with a 150 men strong unit.​​ [Hawar]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with SDF units near Al-I’aiwij village north​​ of Tabaqa. [A3maq]​​ 


SOHR says a civilian was killed by a Daesh land mine in Suwaidiya Saghira village north of Tabaqa.​​ [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it arrested 6 SDF fighters in the fighting going on around Tabaqa, while Coalition planes attacked Hunaida and Mansoura east of Tabaqa.​​ [Qasioun]

The Daesh prisoners are Arabs from Tal Abyad Revolutionary Brigades fighting under the ranks of SDF. 3 of them were killed in this Daesh counter-attack, which took advantage of a sandstorm and bad weather conditions where Coalition support is not possible.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]


The SDF says it destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in​​ Sahl Al-Khashab​​ west of Raqqa.​​ [ARA]


Daesh says it targeted SDF positions north of Tal Al-Saman, north of Raqqa,​​ with 5 Grad rockets and 30 mortars. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Implementation of the government-opposition agreement regarding​​ people in​​ the Shia towns of​​ Fawaa and Kefraya​​ in Idlib​​ and​​ people in​​ Zabadani and Madaya​​ in Rif Damashq​​ started​​ Friday. Opposition (mainly Ahrar Al-Sham) combatants​​ under siege by Syrian troops​​ will​​ leave Zabadani​​ and Madaya​​ while the​​ under-siege​​ residents of Fawaa and Kefraya​​ will leave in the opposite direction.​​ 2,200 opposition fighters already left Madaya with their families​​ today,​​ in 60 buses. Yarmouk camp​​ near​​ Damascus is said to be covered by the agreement,​​ which includes a 9 month ceasefire.​​ [Hawar]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

A​​ YPG commander says the Turks​​ entirely​​ destroyed over 76 villages in Al-Shahba and replaced​​ the​​ Kurdish population of many other villages with Turkmen and Arabs. He says​​ their​​ objective is to prevent the​​ joining of liberated areas north of Syria. He says the Turks is exercising this ethnic cleansing under the eyes of the world.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We think the Turks have made it clear long ago that extending PYD-acquired territory across the Euphrates was a red line, so that does not appear to be a point of disagreement. Whether that stance is right or fair could certainly be debated. The YPG has resisted this Turkish policy and continued to operate on the northwest border, drawing frequent fire and border incursions from the Turks. However, the Turks have continued to make their own rules and seem to have broadened their intolerance zone to the entire Syrian border. The broader and central issue here is the PYD effort to create an autonomous Kurdish entity along the northern border, where the Syrian government has no military presence. Their efforts have helped to drive Daesh out of northern Syria but​​ by trying to create a Kurdish entity rather than a more democratically based entity with broader participation, they have triggered Turkey’s long-standing hostility to a Kurdish state in Syria.


Jabha Shamiya, a​​ USbacked group,​​ and​​ Suleiman Shah Brigades, a​​ Turkey backed opposition​​ group,​​ engaged in fighting in Azaz.​​ The battles were followed by​​ the​​ arrest​​ of several activists in the city​​ by​​ the​​ Turkish​​ Army. [Hawar]


A Kurdish NGO in Germany says the US is sponsoring a deal to have the PYD hand 10 Arab villages in the Afrin area to Liwa’ Al-Mu’tasem, a Turkey-backed opposition group. It also says the YPG is giving the Syrian Army and Hezbollah, who are located 1 km away from Afrin, access to Idlib. [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Both of these assertions are new, and we have no confirmation of either of them from other sources.


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian​​ Army​​ repelled a​​ large​​ Daesh counterattack in​​ Jabal Sawana east of Homs, inflicting heavy casualties.​​ [SyriaNow]

SOHR says governments planes attacked Sukhnah,​​ held by Daesh east of Homs. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army and allied militias attack northeast of Sabkha Al-Moh east of Tadmur, killing eleven soldiers, and destroying a tank and a machine gun mounted vehicle. Daesh publishes a video of targeting a Syrian Army tank with a rocket. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of the​​ fighting. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian Army colonel near Tadmur. [Sawarim]​​ 


Daesh publishes 2 photos of its “services office” work in Homs province. Daesh also publishes 2 photos of a sandstorm in the province. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Hama area. [DawaAlhaq]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says government’s army planes attacked​​ the​​ Sawame’ area west of Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]


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

Sources say a large operation by opposition forces with air support​​ from the​​ US, UK, and Jordan will start​​ shortly, intended​​ to eliminate the presence of Daesh affiliate Jaish Khaled​​ from​​ Daraa all the way to Albu Kamal. Sources say Coalition​​ vehicles are already​​ at the​​ Tanaf military base​​ on the border with​​ Iraq and near the​​ Jordan​​ border. [EnabBaladi]

[Also see earlier Rutba (Anbar) story]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We sense that this is developing into a major story, but so far it lacks an official statement that would validate the reports from sources on the ground.


Daesh says it killed seventeen opposition fighters and wounded thirty in battles near Adwan town in Daraa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


Jaish Al-Islam issues a video of battles with Daesh in the Qalamoun Mountains area. [JaishAlIslam]​​ 





Security and medical sources say two policemen were wounded when their armored vehicle was targeted by an RPG south of Arish. [AhlMisr]



An LNA source says an Egyptian worker was killed and a Libyan man was severely wounded when a land​​ mine exploded in a house in the Busnaib area west of Benghazi. [Libya24]



Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its operations against Houthis in Al-Baidha. [DawaAlhaq]





A German court is holding an Iraqi national following the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team with three bombs. The Iraqi, who fought with Daesh in Iraq, is connected to the incident, but has not been proven to be an actual attacker, says the court. [BasNews]​​ 



The largest non-nuclear US bomb killed at least 36 Daesh combatants and destroyed their tunnel network near the Pakistan border. The Afghan Ministry of Defense says no civilians were harmed in the attack.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The U.S. Department of Defense released video Friday showing the deployment of a 22,000-pound bomb known as the “mother of all bombs” against a complex of Daesh-controlled caves in eastern Afghanistan.​​ The Pentagon on Thursday announced the use of the bomb, formally known as the GBU-43, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) bomb — the first time it has been utilized since its development in 2003. [Yahoo]​​ 

Afghan officials said that 36 Daesh terrorists were killed in the bombing. There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties, but local authorities said the fighting had prevented them from visiting the bomb site near the village of Shodal, in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border.

Many civilians left the farming village in recent weeks on orders from Afghan commandos, but a few have remained, reluctant to give up their land to Daesh terrorists holed up in the tunnels below a soapstone mine. [MiamiHerald]​​ 

Daesh says no one was killed or wounded by the US bomb that was dropped on Nangarhar on Thursday. [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like a good example for our comment​​ above under Mosul​​ about how Daesh propaganda avoids admitting that airstrikes hit them and claim they only hit innocent civilians. The official report so far is that 36 Daesh terrorists died.


Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists in the Achin area in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of sheep herding in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Mamand area in Achin in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 


​​ Daesh issues a photo of the suicide terrorist who conducted an attack in Kabul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 




Videos of the Day


Iraq stands with​​ the​​ Borussia Dortmund soccer club. Iraqi soccer players and fans salute the German club at the Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad. Three roadside IEDs targeted a bus that belongs​​ to the club on April 11, wounding a player and a policeman. An Iraqi suspect was arrested after the attack. [Yalla]​​ 


Iraqi forces capture several areas in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 


Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Abar in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 

CTS commanders take a tour in Hay Al-Yarmouk in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 


Iraqi forces find a large Daesh tunnel used also as a command center in Ghizlani, south of Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 


Displaced people walk long distances to escape Daesh in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 

Iraqi forces capture​​ thieves who​​ posed as​​ security​​ personnel​​ in east Mosul.​​ [Mawsleya]​​ 


PMF units stop a Daesh attack west of Mosul. [YouTube]

A group of Daesh terrorists planning an attack on PMF units in the Tal Afar area. [YouTube]​​ ​​ 



A Coalition airstrike destroys a Daesh bunker near Tadmur on April 1st. [CJRFOIR]​​ 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes photos of several of its terrorists who were killed in Iraq and Syria. [DawaAlhaq]


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