An Update On ISIS Activities

April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017


West Mosul Families





US Special Forces on the move in Northwest Anbar. [..]

Daesh still contesting CTS capture of Al-Thawra in SW Mosul. [..]

UN humanitarian coordinator warns of massive food shortage in Mosul. [..]


SDF announces local council to manage Raqqa after Daesh leaves. [..]

SDF, Coalition​​ move in on Tabaqa despite heavy vehicle-bomb attacks. [..]


Daesh attacks historic Christian monastery location in south Sinai. [..]

France foils planned terrorist attack in Marseille. [..]






The Coalition says it conducted 7 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), and near Tal Afar (1). [InherentResolve]​​ 



Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Military Intelligence announced​​ the​​ arrest​​ of​​ a terror cell planning to initiate operations in Baghdad. The cell belongs to​​ Daesh’s​​ socalled Baghdad​​ wilayat​​ and was based in Tarmiya.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says security forces arrested a​​ man wanted on terrorism​​ charges in Khan Dhari.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 




An Iraqi military source says a large fully equipped unit of US Special Forces arrived at Al-Asad​​ Base near Baghdadi, west of Iraq. The source says the units moved from Al-Bakr​​ air​​ base​​ in Balad, Salahuddin​​ in large convoys. The forces are preparing to assist in Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im liberation operations expected shortly in​​ northwest Anbar, says the source.​​ [Anadolu]


A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosives vest in Al-Baghdadi subdistrict, killing a civilian and wounding two others. [Mawazin]​​ 


A security source says a suicide attacker with an explosives​​ belt attacked a police checkpoint in Al-Dolab, in Hit, killing one policeman and wounding two others.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

Daesh’s version says it blew up a Sahwa headquarters in the Al-Dolab area east of Hit. Daesh says it then conducted a suicide attack with an explosives vest on Sahwa fighters in the area. [A3maq]


Daesh says it killed an officer and another soldier, wounded five soldiers, and damaged a Humvee by detonating 2 IEDs on General Hospital Street in Hit city. [JustPaste]


Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th​​ army division says Coalition planes destroyed vehicle bombs in​​ both​​ Anah and Rawa,​​ killing their suicide drivers.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Daesh publishes photos of fishing in Rawa city. [JustPaste]



Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 110 area east of Rutba, wounding the soldiers inside. It also says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the same area with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of damaging an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Kilo 40 area. Daesh says soldiers were wounded in the attack [JustPaste]


1st​​ army division says a sniper​​ from​​ the division shot down a Daesh recon drone in Rutba.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 




The PMF Press says PMF units launched a military operation to collapse Daesh tunnels in the Makhoul Mountains area. It says the operation aims at cutting Daesh supply lines to Mosul and​​ preventing Daesh from attacking Iraqi military units in the area. It also says the operation intends to cut off Daesh supply lines between Hawija and Salahuddin. [Maalomah]​​ 


Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army soldier and wounded another in the Al-Qusour Compound in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]



PMF​​ command​​ says its EODs defused 22 IEDs in Sukariyat near Baiji.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 


Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions in several areas north of Baiji with 23 mortars. It also says its snipers killed a PMF fighter on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [JustPaste]



A local Diyala official says 50 Daesh combatants moved from Hawija to Mtaibija, a situation described as​​ a time bomb threatening three provinces, i.e. Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. Mtaibija​​ in Salahuddin​​ is separated from Udhaim​​ in Diyala​​ by a small river branch.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 



Daesh says it destroyed an IFP Humvee with an IED in the Al-Tayoub area in Samarra city, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]


DIYALA​​ (No reports)




Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga SUV with an IED in Mazerer village in Dibis, west of Kirkuk, killing one fighter and wounding three others. [JustPaste]


Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in Al-Kawaz village west of Kirkuk. [JustPaste]


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Kurdish​​ counter-terrorism organization​​ says Coalition planes attacked a Daesh gathering on Riyadh-Hawija road southwest of Kirkuk, killing 10 of them including a major security commander nicknamed Abu Nabil.​​ [ROJ]


A security source says Coalition planes targeted 3 Daesh vehicles on the road between Al-Riyadh and Hawija, killing 4 Daesh “important leaders”. [Sumaria]




A report says that civil​​ conflict​​ in Iraq,​​ as well as​​ Al-Qaeda​​ in Iraq​​ and then Daesh,​​ reduced the number of Christians in Iraq from 1.3​​ million​​ to 300,000 as hundreds of them​​ are leaving Iraq daily.​​ The Nineveh Plain alone​​ witnessed the migration of over 100,000​​ Christians​​ into​​ Kurdistan or out of Iraq.​​ [Mada]​​ 


Mosul liberation campaign

JOC says it is aware that Daesh possesses some chemical weapons, but not effective quantities, yet there is a potential hazard of having them used against civilians, which has already happened once or twice. ​​ They were also used to arm mortar warheads to impede the advance of Iraqi units, but did not succeed.​​ [AIN]​​ 


Iraqi Army says Iraqi forces started to use the RAYSUN MD1, a device that cuts off communications of Daesh drones with the drones’ controllers. [BasNews]​​ 


Coalition planes killed Daesh’s “tribal affairs minister” and 4 of his bodyguards in west Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 


Daesh says twenty-five people were killed and forty-five wounded by “American and Iraqi bombing” on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says seven people were killed by “American bombing” on the emergency entrance in the medical compound in Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The implication is that the airstrikes missed their targets and killed only civilians, or were targeted on civilians. This has become a daily “report”​​ by​​ Daesh’s creative writing team.


Central​​ Mosul

Commander of IFP says his troops killed 60 Daesh combatants including an​​ emir​​ in the​​ area around​​ the​​ Grand​​ Mosque, adding that IFP are advancing towards​​ Al-Farouq neighborhood​​ to the north​​ under helicopter and drone fire. They also destroyed 5 Daesh armed trucks, 8 booby-trapped motorcycles,​​ and​​ 6 AA guns, and defused three booby-trapped buildings.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 


IFP also announced its capture of the Daesh Health Office in the old city near Al-Farouq neighborhood.​​ [Etejah]​​ 


IFP says it captured a Daesh guesthouse and started to build defense lines on the outskirts of Al-Farouq neighborhood. It killed Abu Hajir al-Rusi, a Russian national and one of the Daesh commanders, in a rocket attack on Al-Thawra neighborhood.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 


Daesh says its snipers killed 2 IFP soldiers near the Al-Meshahda area on Monday. [JustPaste]

Daesh says two IFP soldiers were killed when an Iraqi helicopter was mistakenly targeted by the opposition near the Al-Meshahda area. [A3maq]


Daesh says it targeted seven IFP and Rapid Intervention military positions near Kornish Street with a Katyusha rocket, several SPG9 rockets, and a heavy sniper gun. [JustPaste]


Daesh says its snipers killed five IFP and Rapid Intervention soldiers near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an IFP military position with an SPG9 rocket near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]


Southwest Mosul

A CTS source says a Daesh suicide attacker targeted CTS soldiers in Al-Thawra neighborhood west of Mosul, but when he fail to reach CTS lines, he blew up his truck in an alley, killing 7 men, 5 women, and 4 children. The source added that Al-Thawra neighborhood is liberated but not cleared yet, and that’s why the Iraqi flag is not yet raised over its buildings.​​ [Arabi21]


A field source says Iraqi forces captured the center of Hay Al-Thawra Al-Ula and​​ are​​ shelling Daesh positions in Al-Thawra Al-Thaniya. [Harbi]​​ 


A security source says a vehicle bomb parked on the roadside in Al-Thawra neighborhood exploded, killing 6 civilians and wounding 14 others including women and children.​​ [Sumaria]


Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Thawra with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a BMP armored vehicle. Daesh also says it killed at least six CTS soldiers and destroyed a BMP vehicle, a bulldozer, 2 Humvees, and an armored vehicle, and damaged a bulldozer in battles near the same area. Daesh says battles are still ongoing. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers and destroyed an armored vehicle and damaged a bulldozer near Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq]

Daesh says several CTS soldiers were killed and a bulldozer and an armored vehicle were destroyed after entering a land mine field near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of a destroyed CTS armed vehicle near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]


Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army armored vehicle destroyed during battles in Hay Al-Thawra. [A3maq] Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi Army recon drone in Hay Al-Tanak. [JustPaste]


Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Tanak with a vehicle bomb, killing several soldiers and damaging a bulldozer. Daesh says it also damaged a bulldozer and a Humvee in battles in the same area. [JustPaste]


A field source says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh Russian snipers’ commander in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [Harbi]


Daesh says it destroyed​​ an​​ IFP armored vehicle and damaged a Humvee and another armored vehicle with SPG9 rockets in the Ras Al-Jadda area on Monday. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it destroyed 2 IFP bulldozers with rockets, one in the Ras Al-Jadda area and one near the Al-Meshahda area. [JustPaste]


West-central Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Yarmouk and near Hay Al-Thawra. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee with an SPG9 rocket in Al-Yarmouk in far western Mosul. [JustPaste]


Military Intelligence says​​ Coalition planes destroyed a car rigging workshop in Sina’a Ghanim Al-Sayyed in​​ Islah Al-Zera’i​​ neighborhood,​​ killing 15 Daesh combatants inside.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in Halila and Kharba villages northwest of Mosul with 16 locally made rockets, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in several areas of Mosul city and Al-Rayhaniya and Gharb Loh villages with 217 mortars. [JustPaste]


East Mosul

A source in Ninewa police says a search campaign in the heart of Mosul resulted in the arrest of 31 Daesh operatives including leaders​​ from other​​ Arab nationalities.​​ [BasNews]​​ 


Human conditions in Mosul

A PMF commander says the “For You” campaign to secure and support displaced people from Mosul is ongoing. He says PMFs have equipped displacement camps with all necessities. The campaign was called for by the Shia Marji’ya in Najaf, led by Grand Ayatollah Sistani. [Harbi]


U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, told Reuters in a telephone interview “If there is a siege and hundreds of thousands of people don’t have water and don’t have food, they will be at enormous risk.” “We could be facing a humanitarian catastrophe, perhaps the worst in the entire conflict.”

​​ She also says “It is a deteriorating situation; we fear for the lives of the 400,000 people in the Old City,”​​ 

“Families … tell us that they are being shot at as they are escaping. It’s terrifying.”  ​​​​ 

Residents who have managed to escape from the Old City have said there is almost nothing to eat but flour mixed with water and boiled wheat grain. What little food remains is too expensive for most residents to afford, or kept for Islamic State members and their supporters.

“The security forces know the situation on the ground and they need to decide how this is best done, whether by evacuating civilians or protecting them in their homes or opening routes they can escape through,” [IraqPress]​​ 


Amid harrowing accounts of displaced, including pregnant women escaping military activities in Mosul, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is supporting static and mobile reproductive health facilities and​​ “Women Centers”​​ in neighborhoods in West and East Mosul that are now under the control of the Iraqi military forces. It also runs services related to women’s health and well-being in camps that host families who have fled the ongoing conflicts in West Mosul.


Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

On 13 April, the maternity wing of Adhba field hospital was inaugurated in the presence of UNFPA’s director for the Arab region, Dr.​​ Luay Shabaneh, and its representative in Iraq, Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan. Adhba hospital now serves as the main referral point​​ for​​ static and mobile reproductive health facilities in West Mosul, and provides critical life-saving medical interventions to women facing complicated deliveries and other reproductive emergencies [ReliefWeb]​​ 


Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF says its​​ snipers killed the Daesh training official​​ for​​ Tal Afar in an operation in Ayn Talawi village west of Tal Afar. [PUKMedia]​​ [Buratha]


PMF Press says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack west of Tal Afar, destroying a vehicle and killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]​​ [Waradana]


PMF says that major Daesh local, Arab, and foreign leaders are in Tal​​ Afar. A PMF commander expressed surprise​​ at​​ the delay of​​ an​​ announcement of​​ the​​ zero hour to liberate the city despite the fact that all preparations are finalized. He says possibly US and Turkish political pressure is delaying the operation. ​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

PMF says it shot down a Daesh recon drone equipped with three cameras near Tal Afar.​​ [Waradana]



Military​​ Intelligence says it guided CH4 Iraqi army drones to destroy a Daesh gas station, a storage caravan, and oil tankers in Baaj.​​ [Etejah]​​ [Harbi]​​ 




Speaking to the public after his referendum success, President Erdogan says the​​ Euphrates Shield operation in Al-Bab would not be the last, but it is the first. He says this is a message to those who want to bring Turkey to its knees through terrorism, that they will fail.​​ [Dorar]




The Associated Press reported a Trump Administration​​ 4stage plan for Syria,​​ which it says has been discussed with President Putin.​​ The plan​​ starts with improving​​ stability​​ by establishing​​ safe areas in Syria.​​ A local administration will be set​​ up​​ in all areas, run by Sunnis in Sunni areas and Kurds in Kurdish areas.​​ A​​ period of interim government will follow, and​​ here Assad​​ would have​​ to step out of power. The final stage includes final settlement of affairs in Syria with possible​​ retention​​ of Russian naval and air bases in Syria.​​ [EnabBaladi]


Syria has​​ put its naval rocket power in full alert along Syrian coasts following the US strike on Shayrat​​ Airbase in Homs. Syrian naval defense missiles range between 270-300 km.​​ [SyriaNow]


The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (7), Raqqa (1), and Deir Ez-Zor (4), Shaddadi (1), Palmyra (2), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


A​​ civilian​​ governance​​ council​​ for​​ Raqqa​​ has​​ been​​ formed​​ and its members appointed,​​ with​​ Co-Chairmen (man and woman), three deputy chairmen, and​​ 14 subcommittees. A final statement is yet to be read to the members.​​ [Hawar]

An​​ SDF spokesman says power in Raqqa will be handed over to this local council​​ after​​ the liberation, and this will be​​ a message of peace and stability to the whole world. [Hawar]


SDF​​ says it has​​ rescued​​ thousands of escapees​​ from​​ Daesh areas in Raqqa and transferred​​ them to safe areas away from battlefronts.​​ [Hawar]


West of Raqqa

SDF says its​​ units advanced 1 Km towards the center of Tabaqa from the west and 500 meters from the east. It says it killed tens of Daesh combatants during​​ the​​ advance. ​​ [Hawar]


Daesh initiated 7 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs on SDF forces advancing in Tabaqa, all​​ of which were​​ destroyed. One​​ was with a large truck and trailer whose​​ explosion killed 2 SDF fighters and wounded several others.​​ 

Coalition planes attacked Al-Abbara​​ village school, Rahyat,​​ the​​ Ayed​​ villages, and Jarbo’ village as well as the 1st​​ neighborhood​​ in​​ Raqqa​​ city, in addition to two airstrikes on Hunaida village west of Raqqa.​​ [ARA]

The​​ Coalition attack on​​ Al-Abbara killed one civilian and wounded tens of others.​​ SDF forces stormed Rahyat village under​​ Coalition air cover.​​ [Qasioun]


SDF says it blocked a Daesh counter attack on Ayed Al-Kabir village south of Tabaqa, killing 10 Daesh combatants and three suicide attackers putting on explosives​​ belts.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh says 6 of its terrorists attacked SDF positions in Ayed Al-Kabir. Daesh says after battles that lasted for 3 hours, 4 of the terrorists were killed, and the remaining 2 detonated their explosive vests, killing or wounding several fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the terrorist. [JustPaste]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked houses in Ayed Al-Saghir village southwest of Al-Tabaqa where SDF fighters were barricading. Daesh says after heavy battles that lasted for hours, one of its Syrian suicide terrorists detonated his explosive vest, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to escape. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Qadisiya Farm and Ayed Al-Saghir village with 30 mortars. [JustPaste]


A KRG official says two Yazidi girls, aged 18 and 20, were freed from Daesh in Raqqa. He says the girls were forced to stay with Daesh for 2 years and 7 months. [Ghad]​​ 


East of Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near the Al-Karama area east of Raqqa with heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it damaged an SDF bulldozer with a heavy sniper gun in Jazra Albu Shams village east of Raqqa. [JustPaste]


Raqqa city

Daesh publishes photos of the industrial area in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]



Daesh says it killed a “PKK member” and wounded four others by detonating a sticky IED near the Jarabulus Bus Station in Manbij city. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Any civilian in SDF controlled area is a “PKK member” to Daesh.​​ 


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Human Rights Watch accused the US of killing at least 70 civilians in Jina town in Aleppo in an air strike against Fath Al-Sham (Nusra faction)​​ and also​​ destroying a mosque. It​​ says US claims that it did not target the mosque are not true, based on evidence provided by civil defense personnel and local population.​​ [EnabBaladi]


15 civilians were killed in air attacks, possibly Russian, on south Idlib and parts of Aleppo.​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

Russian planes initiated over 10 strikes on Maarat Harma village,​​ targeting Nusra​​ personnel​​ in the area.​​ [EnabBaladi]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkey-backed opposition​​ elements​​ shelled Tal Rifaat and Sheikh Eissa with mortars,​​ causing damage to civilian property.​​ [Hawar]


YPG says it blocked an attack by Turkish backed opposition on five villages in​​ the Al-Shaba area, driving them back after wounding 9 of their combatants.​​ [Hawar]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR reported government planes attacks on Sabkhat Al-Mot in​​ the​​ Palmyra desert, amid continued battles between government​​ forces and Daesh.​​ [SyriaHR]

A​​ Syrian opposition​​ faction​​ says it killed two Russian officers in a shelling of Rahbet Khattab north of Hama held by government forces.​​ [Qasioun]

Syrian​​ Army says it destroyed two Daesh ammunition vehicles in Wadi Odhaib near Hama.​​ [SyriaNow]


Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army barrier on the road between Ithariya and Salmiya, killing five soldiers before returning safely. [JustPaste]


Daesh publishes photos of Al-Hayr Al-Sharqi Palace. [JustPaste]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says Coalition warplanes attacked Dawar al-Masriya in Albu Kamal, east of Deir Ez-Zor, killing 3 Daesh combatants and 13 civilians including women and children.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

Local activists also say that Coalition planes initiated 10 airstrikes​​ on​​ Hussayniya village in west of Deir Ez-Zor killing at least seven civilians. They also say that Iraqi planes attacked Al-Hari village in Albu Kamal,​​ a subdistrict that​​ Iraq considers a source of terror attacks in Iraq.​​ [EnabBaladi]


A​​ German news agency says Coalition planes intensified​​ their​​ attacks on​​ Deir Ez-Zor after news that Al-Baghdadi might have escaped​​ to​​ there.​​ 

It is also reported that​​ 23 civilians were killed and 40 wounded in a series of airstrikes on various targets in Albu Kamal and Deir Ez-Zor. The Coalition is yet to publish a statement​​ describing these strikes. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This story is obviously incomplete but leaves the implication that the Coalition targeted the wrong places or people. However, the lack of any other source suggests that we withhold any conclusions about this report. The Coalition has conducted a large number of airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor and its Albu Kamal subdistrict.


SOHR says that 5 children and three women are​​ among the 13 civilians killed by Coalition strikes near Albu​​ Kamal. It says this raises civilian tally of losses in Coalition strikes to 20 in the past 24 hours. [SyriaHR]


Russian media says two of its correspondents were wound in Daesh shelling of neighborhoods in Deir Ex-Zor.​​ The wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. A video is attached. [Qasioun]

A local opposition commander says the US did not respond to their plans to liberate Deir Ez-Zor from Daesh, despite receiving them in detail. He says he believes that Deir Ez-Zor is within the American “share” of Syria, and they might want Daesh to stay there for a while longer. [ZamanAlWasl]


The​​ Syrian government says a woman​​ was​​ killed and 26 civilians wounded in a Daesh rocket and drone attack on Jora neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

Syrian​​ Army​​ destroyed​​ a​​ Daesh drone control center near Jabal Al-Taym junction and killed several Daesh combatants east of the city. [SyriaNow]


Daesh says it destroyed s Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket in the Brigade 113 camp west of Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]


Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket​​ on Harabish​​ Mountain east of Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]


Daesh says six people were killed and thirteen wounded, all women and children, after heavy “American bombing” on Albu Kamal city on Monday. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the results of the airstrike. [A3maq]


Daesh publishes a video of destroying a Syrian Army heavy machine gun southeast of Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]


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

Tahrir Al-Sham engaged Daesh in a fierce battle in Hayfa and Safriya in​​ the​​ Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus.​​ Casualty​​ reports​​ included​​ at least one combatant killed. Tahrir Al-Sham will be leaving​​ the camp according to​​ the​​ recent agreement​​ to​​ exchange​​ populations between​​ cities. Daesh controls 70% of the camp. [EnabBaladi]


Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian Army soldier in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area. [JustPaste]




North Africa


Gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry said, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45.

Daesh says its terrorists conducted the attack near Saint Catherine Church in south Sinai. [A3maq]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 meters (yards) from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world’s most important Christian sites.

The attack comes just 10 days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and just over a week after two deadly suicide bombings on Christian churches, also claimed by Daesh, plunged the country into mourning and marked one of the bloodiest days for the country’s Christian minority in decades.

St. Catherine’s, founded in the 6th century and located at the foot of Mount Sinai, is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO​​ World​​ Heritage​​ Site. It is part of the Eastern Orthodox​​ Church. [Reuters]​​ 


Medical sources say a civilian was killed and another wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in the Al-Jayfa area, in Central Sinai. [VetoGate]


Eyewitnesses says security units supported by warplanes attacked terrorists in Abu Shanar village, west of Rafah, and forced them to flee. They say 4 terrorists were killed in an airstrike. [ElWatan]


A security source says EODs destroyed 2 IEDs on the International Road in Rafah. ​​ [ElWatan]


Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army Humvee with an IED east of Arish. [JustPaste]



Al-Saberi Police​​ Chief says his units captured a Daesh Chadian terrorist who was trying to flee the area. [Libya24]





French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl says 2 suspects planning a “violent and imminent attack” have been arrested in Marseille. He says “These two radicalized men, born in 1987 and 1993, of French nationality, intended to commit in the very short-term – by that I mean in the coming days – an attack on French soil.” ​​ 

He also says the search at the scene of the arrest in the southern city is continuing, and people have been evacuated from a building at the scene. [Sumaria]​​ 




Videos of the Day

Electricity returns to east Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 


Iraqi Abrams tank destroys a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul. [Iraqia]​​ 


PMFs blow up Daesh tunnels. [Harbi]​​ 


Iraqi forces capture Daesh’s “health office” in west Mosul. [YouTube]​​ 


Iraqi drones destroy a Daesh fuel station. [MoD]​​ 




Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]


Daesh publishes a photo of a group of its terrorists in the Baghdad area. [JustPaste]

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