An Update On ISIS Activities

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

 

Major Ali Al-Tamimi​​ 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

UN’s Iraq humanitarian coordinator worried about soaring Mosul IDP numbers. [..]

Daesh has executed 1,000​​ &​​ killed 650 escapees in Hawija; adds 17 more. [..]

Iraqi forces gain ground in Old City​​ despite Daesh chemical attacks. [..]​​ 

CTS gains ground in​​ west​​ and southwest Mosul. [..]

1, 341,000​​ IDPs live in the KRG. [..]

Turkey

Constitutional change passes narrowly in Turkey. [..]​​ 

Syria

Coalition airstrikes hit Raqqa city. [..]

SDF makes significant gains around Tabaqa and north of Raqqa. [..]

Four-city population exchange interrupted by bus massacre but resumes. [..]

Coalition, SDF stage personnel air drops in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said in a statement. “The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering.” She also said “Our worst-case scenario when the fighting started was that up to one million civilians may flee Mosul. Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving almost everything behind.” [BasNews]​​ 

Muqtada Al-Sadr issues an order prohibiting​​ the Sadrist Current’s “economic commission”​​ followers from having any​​ further​​ trade or finance deals with the Iraqi government, accusing the commission of corruption.​​ He also ordered​​ the​​ shutdown of​​ the “economic commission.” [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Muqtada is trying to show he is not as corrupt as other Iraqi politicians. Big parties in Iraq have their own “economic commissions” that secure deals and contracts with the ministries these parties control. Muqtada’s new move is just for propaganda. His “economic commission” is one of the worst in Iraq. It has been​​ operating​​ for years​​ in its corrupt way, so why now?​​ 

 

MoI’s Al-Suqoor Intelligence Service director says the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, is still alive and he is in Syria moving along the Iraqi border. He also says Daesh is preparing for the next stage of its operations after​​ the loss of​​ Mosul. He calls this stage “political terrorism.” He says Daesh’s​​ new strategy will be to expand its relationships with politicians who benefited when Daesh captured some Iraqi cities. He says this happened before when some politicians interfered and released terrorists,​​ and when they were trying to hinder Iraqi forces’​​ operations.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t find all these “expert” analyses about the whereabouts and status of Al-Baghdadi all that convincing, and at this point it’s not clear that they are important. Daesh is going to lose,​​ wherever he is. We have reported many different people saying he is still alive, usually in different places. However, Baghdadi has not made any public appearance for more than two years. Without the benefit of the latest rumors from Iraq and Syria, a reasonable person might conclude as we have that if he is alive (which you have not seen asserted here) he is out of the public spotlight for a reason, perhaps a serious injury that has left him incapacitated in some way.​​ Otherwise, he would have found some way to communicate to his followers. Despite several Baghdadi “sightings,” no photo has appeared, from an organization that is photo-happy as can be seen from any Daesh Daily issue.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (8)​​ and Tal Afar (1);​​ Rawa (2)​​ and​​ Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

On Sunday, the Baghdad Operations​​ Commander said​​ army units​​ killed 2 suicide terrorists and destroyed 32 IEDs and 7 boats,​​ and found Daesh guesthouses, weapons, explosives, and communication devices during 8 days of military operations in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

A police source says an IED placed in a marketplace killed one civilian and wounded four others in Sheikh Hamad. [Maalomah]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says an IED wounded three civilians in Jisr Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Unidentified armed men killed an electrical appliance shop owner in Suwaib, a police source says. [Ghad]​​ [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A​​ police source says armed men attacked an army checkpoint near Abu Ghraib prison,​​ burning at​​ least​​ one military vehicle. The incident caused the cutting off of​​ the​​ Baghdad-Abu Ghraib road and intense security measures.​​ [Sumaria]​​ One soldier was killed and three wounded in the battle near the check point;​​ army units are chasing the attackers. [Maalomah]

A police source says the body of a​​ Ministry of​​ Interior staff member stabbed to death was found in an empty yard in Haswa.​​ [Maalomah]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A security source in Hit says an IED targeted an army patrol,​​ wounding one soldier. [Maalomah]

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers​​ and wounded five others by detonating 2 IEDs in Hit city. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Rutba

A​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization commander says Daesh is mobilizing in​​ the​​ Kaara area between Rutba and​​ Akashat​​ to attack the western parts of Rutba.​​ The Iraqi Air​​ Force​​ and Iraqi Army Air​​ were informed of the gathering. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A local source says 10 Daesh families left their houses in areas east of Shirqat toward​​ the Hawija area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

PMF​​ command​​ says its EODs are defusing a large Daesh mine​​ field found in Makhoul​​ Mountains. [Maalomah]

PMF says it blocked a Daesh attempt to​​ infiltrate​​ sneak​​ a​​ governmentcontrolled area in Makhoul with mortar shelling. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its​​ snipers killed a PMF fighter near Ain Al-Baidha village. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with an SPG9 rocket on the road between Baiji and Haditha. Daesh also says it targeted a PMF military position on the same road and another military position near Al-Makhazen Bridge with several SPG9 rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a PMF position near the Al-Makhazen Bridge with an SPG rocket. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED in the Al-Jalam area near Samarra, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

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

Military intelligence says it killed a Daesh attacker who tried to approach a PMF checkpoint in Mansouriya. ​​ [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source in Kirkuk says a civilian was shot dead by an armed man in Banja Ali southeast of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says security units found the body of an unknown man tortured and shot near a wholesale market south of Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source in Kirkuk says 77 families, mostly women and children,​​ arrived​​ in​​ Kirkuk, escaping Hawija through​​ the​​ Maktab Khalid crossing. [Maalomah]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

The Hawija Tribal PMF supervisor says Daesh executed seventeen civilians in Hawija, mostly former security members, after accusing them of communicating with security forces and helping families to leave Hawija. He says Daesh has killed around 1,000 men, arrested 3,000, and destroyed thousands of buildings and graves since June 2014. He also says more than 650 civilians have died during the last 18 months while trying to escape Hawija through the “death roads,” from Daesh ambushes, land mines, and IEDs. [Etejah]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A security source says total casualties from Daesh chemical attacks since the start of operations is 80, including soldiers, civilians, women and children. Daesh used mustard and chlorine in Mosul Al-Jadida several times, in old Mosul near the grand mosque, and near Bab Al-Jadid as Iraq units were advancing into the neighborhood.​​ [Buratha]

 

IWMC says IAF dropped hundreds of thousands of leaflets on Daesh held areas west of Mosul that include instructions to the citizens to preserve their safety.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Ninewa provincial council says 75% of the city is under army’s control, adding that the next target is the​​ Grand​​ Mosque, where battles are running now.​​ [Waradana]

 

Central​​ Mosul

Iraqi units are engaging in house to house battles in the Old City of Mosul while slowly driving towards the Grand Mosque, which holds symbolic value to Daesh. Drones are assisting elite IFP units in their daily warfare, while a large smoke cloud can be seen over the mosque from the intensive gunfire.​​ [SotIraq]

 

IFP says it destroyed a truck bomb driven by a suicide attacker before​​ it could​​ reach its target near the​​ Grand​​ Mosque​​ in the​​ Old​​ City​​ killing the suicide terrorist inside.​​ [Waradana]​​ [Maalomah]

A security source in Mosul says Coalition planes destroyed the HQ of the so called Abu Obeida brigade in Al-Thawra neighborhood, just between the old city and southwest Mosul, killing 10 of them and one of their security commanders. [Ghad]

CTS says it recovered 30% of Hay Al-Thawra, amid intense battles with Daesh killing Baha Al-Jebouri, the Daesh military commander of Al-Thawra and his Palestinian assistant. The CTS says once this neighborhood is liberated, Daesh will be under full siege in the old city. CTS commander says his forces also entered Al-Farouq neighborhood and engaged Daesh there.​​ [ARA]​​ [BasNews]​​ ​​ 

A CTS commander says Daesh set 200 houses on fire in the Al-Meshahda and Ras Al-Jadda areas. He also says Iraqi forces broke into Hay Al-Farouq. [BasNews]​​ 

A field source says more than 700 families left their houses in Hay Al-Thawra. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions near the Al-Meshahda area, killing eleven soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DawaAlhaq]

Here​​ Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked IFP units near the Al-Meshahda area with a vehicle bomb, killing more than ten soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 3 armored vehicles and 3 Humvees. [DawaAlhaq]

Here Daesh says it killed twelve IFP soldiers, including an officer, in an attack near the Meshahda area. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed four CTS and Rapid Intervention soldiers with an IED near Bab Lakash. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says its snipers killed seventeen Iraqi soldiers in Al-Meshahda, Bab Al-Tob and Bab Lakash, and in Hay Al-Yarmouk in far western Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A security source says Daesh set houses in Old Mosul, Meshahda, and Ras Al-Jadda on fire. The source says Daesh resistance has been weakened, and it has started to take revenge on civilians. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Southwest Mosul

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Russian tank and damaged a​​ CTS​​ bulldozer with 2 rockets in Hay Al-Tanak. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issues a video of battles in Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces armored vehicle, and damaged a Humvee and another armored vehicle in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [A3maq]​​ 

 

West-central Mosul

Commander of CTS’s Golden Division 2nd​​ battalion, major Ali Al-Tamimi,​​ was killed in west Mosul. [YouTube]​​ 

 

A field source says CTS units started preliminary shelling of Hay Al-Islah Al-Zera’i after capturing large areas of Hay Al-Thawra. [Harbi]​​ 

A security source says Iraqi planes destroyed a Daesh​​ drone HQ in Al-Islah Al-Zera’i,​​ destroying all drones there, and killing​​ all​​ the​​ foreign Daesh leaders responsible​​ for​​ drones​​ at​​ the command center.​​ [Sumaria]

Military Intelligence says the HQ was​​ actually​​ destroyed by Coalition planes. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it targeted 3 CTS military positions in Hay Al-Yarmouk with several SPG9 rockets. [DawaAlhaq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Tribal PMF unit stole water pumps and looted several governmental buildings while Rapid Intervention​​ units​​ were busy fighting Daesh.

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a baby girl was killed and two other civilians were wounded when a Daesh mortar shell fell on their house in the Al-Aghawat area in far northwest Mosul.​​ 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 27 mortars, 16 heavy artillery shells, and a Katyusha rocket. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says fifty people were killed and fifty-five wounded in “American and Iraq” bombing on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is yet another propaganda piece on the theme that US bombing never hits its Daesh targets but only kills innocent civilians. This theme is now repeated so often that it should have no credibility left.

 

East Mosul

Security units found antiquities that were stolen by Daesh and hidden in Mosul University. Daesh had found these antiquities under the Nabi Yunus Shrine and was planning to sell them outside Iraq (photos.) [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A security source says unidentified gunmen using silenced guns attacked a Daesh prison in Tal​​ Afar, killing three of​​ its guards and releasing 7 prisoners.​​ The source says the attackers used silenced guns in the first of its kind operation in Tal Afar.​​ The prison is an old house where Daesh holds 15-20 of its deserters.​​ The source says the prisoners were Daesh defectors, mostly from Arab countries.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]

PMF intelligence says that Daesh is in full state of​​ alert in Tal Afar following the assassination of Hasaballah Al-Qoqazi, a Caucasus-origin​​ emir​​ close to Al-Baghdadi. Internal conflicts are believed to be the cause.​​ [PressIraq]

A PMF source says PMFs destroyed​​ a​​ Daesh vehicle carrying weapons and ammunition near Ayn Talawi village west of Tal Afar. ​​ [Forat]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of a drone strike on a PMF military position in Gharb Loh village northwest of Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Baaj

The MoD says IAF L-159 planes killed 14 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a weapons and ammunition storehouse, a security headquarters, and several guesthouses in 2 villages in Baaj​​ District. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Shura/Qayara/Hatra/Makhmur​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh arrested many former police and security members in Hatra after accusing them of communicating with the Coalition. The source says​​ Coalition planes have killed many senior Daesh commanders​​ during the last few days.

 

IWMC says Iraqi F16s destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb factories, a hideout, and 2 weapons and explosives storehouses in Hatra, killing 6 terrorists including an explosives expert. [Sumaria]

Daesh says 8 of its terrorists attacked Peshmerga positions​​ in​​ Al-Kahf village, killing a battalion commander and seventeen other fighters, including three officers. Daesh says 2 of its terrorists were killed and the rest returned safely. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

The KRG says it received around 164,000 displaced people from Mosul since the start of the Mosul liberation campaign. It also says there are more than 1,341,000 displaced people living in Kurdistan.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Regardless of our deep differences with some KRG actions, it deserves immense credit for its support of displaced people and refugees. They were allowed to live in Erbil or other cities if they could afford it and did not need permits to work. With such large number of displaced people, some were undoubtedly Daesh members, but the KRG was able to maintain security. Kurds have been displaced many times in their history, which may be one reason that they can deal so effectively with displaced people.​​ 

 

Kurdish sources say Turkish jets attacked PKK defenses in Qandil with​​ a lot of bombs. No further details are available.​​ [Hawar]

​​ 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkey’s​​ President Erdogan will​​ get​​ greatly expanded official powers​​ as​​ a result of​​ the​​ constitutional referendum​​ Sunday. Turkey will change​​ from​​ a​​ parliamentary​​ democracy​​ to​​ presidential rule. The result was close, with Erdogan’s side winning a​​ majority of 51.4%.​​ ​​ [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The immediate impact may not be major, as Erdogan has already assumed this role with the support of his political party, and his top officials have been his echo chamber. One large question is whether the outcome will lessen Erdogan’s​​ campaign against known and presumed political appointments, tens of thousands of whom are still in jail for political rather than criminal reasons, or whether the witch hunt will continue and continue to polarize the country. It is a reasonable presumption that unless he starts passing a more unifying message, his opponents will​​ continue to dig in. This also complicates Turkey’s foreign policy, which could be fairly described as chaotic.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Tahrir Al-Sham​​ (dominated by Nusra)​​ congratulated​​ President Erdogan on the referendum results, saying that Turkey under Erdogan​​ has​​ always supported​​ the​​ Syrian people. Jaish Al-Islam, Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya, and Faylaq al-Sham all congratulated Turkey on this occasion.​​ [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (5), Raqqa (5), Deir Ez-Zor (9), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A​​ vehicle bomb​​ from an unidentified source​​ attacked Mabrokat IDP camp,​​ run by SDF north of Hasaka. 13 civilians were killed and tens wounded as an initial count.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of an SDF drone it shot down south of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

An informed source says PYD’s military police raided houses and shops and captured 25 young men in Ras Al-Ayn in order to force them into military service in the Raqqa battles. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ 

SOHR reported Coalition airstrikes on the 1st, 2nd​​ and 3rd neighborhoods of Raqqa city. [SyriaHR]

 

Iraqi IWMC says that following an exchange of information in the 4-countries coordination committee, the Syrian air force attacked selected Daesh targets inside Raqqa, including the​​ hisbah​​ office, finance office, economics office, and fatwa office. It also killed at least two major Daesh commanders. [SyriaNow]

 

West of Raqqa

SDF said its forces are advancing towards the center of Tabaqa from western and eastern directions, destroying 4 Daesh positions and killing at least 10 Daesh fighters.​​ [Hawar]

SDF later reported that its fighters were already in the center of Tabaqa and that its liberation is near. It said the large number of civilians sometimes impedes faster progress, but safe exit routes are being opened for them.​​ [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in the Ayed Saghir area south of Tabaqa and Al-Qadisiya Farm with 22 mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes hit Hunaida village east of Tabaqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SDF repelled Daesh attacks in Al-Iskandariya neighborhood east of Tabaqa. It killed 5 suicide attackers that tried to attack SDF frontlines, and destroyed a vehicle bomb before it could reach its target. Two SDF fighters were wounded.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked SDF units in the Al-Iskandariya​​ neighborhood, killing or wounding SDF fighters, destroying 2 vehicles, and damaging 2 others. Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

North of Raqqa

SDF says it advanced 10 Km​​ (6 miles) toward Raqqa​​ from the north, liberating 3 villages and 4 farms so far. It says it found quantities of weapons and around 7 dead​​ Daesh​​ bodies in liberated areas.​​ [Hawar]

 

Coalition planes attacked Abbara village north of Raqqa,​​ destroying its school, killing one civilian and​​ wounding​​ tens of others. SDF forces​​ earlier​​ recaptured Rahyat village, northeast of Raqqa. [Qasioun]

Daesh covered its apparent defeat by issuing a report that four SDF fighters were killed after walking into a land mine field in Al-Rahyat. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it isn’t).​​ 

 

SOHR reported Coalition airstrikes on​​ the​​ Huzayma and Tishrin areas north of Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the SDF near Kabash​​ Gharbi​​ village west of Tal Al-Saman. Daesh also publishes photos of damaging an SDF bulldozer with a rocket near Tal Al-Saman, north of Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq] [JustPaste]​​ 

 

East of Raqqa

SDF says its Karama IDP camp, 5 km (3 miles) from Karama city and 180 km (112 miles) from Hasaka, has recently received 1,000 families from Raqqa. It says that local efforts are being extended but are not enough to provide decent food and services to that many IDPs.​​ [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Manbij​​ Military​​ Council sent 200 fighters with heavy weapons to assist​​ the​​ SDF campaign in Tabaqa. A local leader in Manbij​​ is quoted as​​ saying that the​​ SDF assisted us in liberating our city, and we are returning the favor. He says​​ MMC is​​ ready to send more reinforcements if required.​​ [Hawar]

Manbij received 200 IDPs escaping war areas,​​ mainly​​ from the​​ Raqqa​​ area. The city provided a place for the IDPs to sleep​​ for​​ the night before deciding on moving them to other areas in Syria or​​ to​​ IDP camps near Manbij.​​ [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The​​ casualties​​ of the terrorism​​ attack targeting​​ civilians leaving Fawaa and Kefraya villages rose to 112 killed, 62 of them children. Despite the incident, the so called “4city replacement operation” continued as 5,000 arrived from Fawaa​​ and Kefraya to Aleppo, while 2,350 arrived from Zabadani to opposition areas​​ in Idlib.​​ However,​​ 4,000 persons​​ covered by the agreement​​ elected to stay in Madaya and​​ hope for​​ reconciliation with the government.​​ [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ While many people accused the regime of staging this terrorist attack, and the regime is not innocent when it comes to killing civilians, and although Daesh didn’t claim responsibility, a Daesh supporter​​ said that​​ (Daesh) might have found an easy Shia target and just​​ took the chance.” This supporter, who lives in Saudi Arabia, reflects the amount of hatred​​ spewed against Shia people. It doesn’t matter if the victims were mostly women and children who were leaving their houses because of daily shelling and sniper attacks. They are Shia, and hence, in accordance with Wahhabism,​​ they should be eradicated.​​ ​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seventeen Syrian soldiers in Qaisoum​​ village east of Deir Hafer. It also says it targeted a Syrian Army position in Hamid Hawsh village south of Deir Hafer with 5 mortars. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh says it killed six Syrian soldiers and destroyed an explosives storehouse in battles near Qaisoum​​ village. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed government troops in an attack on Khara’ej Haddam village southeast of Tal Hafer, captured by the government forces earlier.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in the Aleppo area. Daesh says it had previously lost ground, but will return again. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is​​ another​​ Daesh way of announcing its losses.​​ 

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Turkish army and its​​ Turkey-allied​​ opposition factions shelled at least five villages in the subdistricts of Afrin,​​ causing material damage. Kurdish sources say YPG forces returned fire and that clashes are taking place in some Afrin​​ locations.​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR reported government planes attacked a Daesh location​​ in​​ the​​ Palmyra desert, amid continued​​ fighting​​ between government​​ forces​​ and Daesh.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army east of Homs. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Sources in Deir Ez-Zor say Coalition forces made several​​ personnel​​ air drops on areas near the T2 oil station near Mayadin, and several others in Albu Kamal, Mayadin, and Garanij. The aim of the drops is not clear as the Coalition has not announced them, but there​​ are possibly important Daesh commanders or positions in these areas, say the sources.​​ [ARA]

SOHR says​​ one airdrop​​ of Coalition and SDF troops targeted a Daesh vehicle carrying 4 combatants and​​ a​​ large amount of money. All 4 were killed. The battle took place in Al-Ward field between Albu Kamal and Mayadin. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say a Coalition attack on a house in Sukkariya, which​​ killed 2 Daesh commanders and a third combatant, also​​ killed 10 civilians and wounded many others. The civilians​​ were IDPs from Aleppo.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket near the Brigade 113 camp south of Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its​​ hisbah​​ activities in Albu Kamal city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hatala town, in Deir Ez-Zor. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Hay Al-Haweiqa in Deir Ez-Zor with 2 SPG rockets. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

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

Sources in Daraa say 7 Daesh combatants and one opposition fighter killed in clashes that erupted following​​ a​​ Jaish Khaled (Daesh affiliate) attack on Jillen,​​ west of Daraa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its affiliate Jaish Khaled killed​​ twenty-five opposition fighters and wounded twenty-seven others in Jillen. [A3maq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Local sources say fighting renewed between Rafah city tribes and Daesh-affiliated ABM terrorists in south Rafah after the terrorists stole and burned trucks loaded with cigarettes and whiplashed their drivers. The sources say terrorists shot and severely wounded one of the drivers, and attacked the house of a member of the Al-Tarabin tribe with an RPG rocket. The tribe then kidnapped 3 ABM terrorists. The ABM responded by attacking more houses with RPGs, wounding three people. [VetoGate]

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army minesweeper and damaged an M60 tank with 2 IEDs east of Arish. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army fuel tanker truck with an IED east of Arish. [A3maq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CTS units destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Facebook]​​ 

A Daesh video shows how​​ it​​ booby-traps​​ civilian houses in Mosul. [Facebook]​​ 

Yemen

Security units in Aden follow a suicide terrorist. A security member, disguised as a street cleaner, shoots and kills the terrorist. [YouTube]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

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

 

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