An Update On ISIS Activities

April 21, 2017

Note to our readers:​​ Due to unavoidable circumstances, we were unable to publish yesterday’s issue. We have caught up with most of those stories today. This had​​ not happened before. We apologize for the problem.

 

April 21, 2017

 

West Mosul (Mada)

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Latest Erdogan bombast draws Al-Maliki reaction. [..]

Small-scale Baghdad attacks target Shia pilgrims. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods​​ in west Mosul. [..]

Several more Daesh leaders killed in west Mosul. [..]

Car bomb in east Mosul kills 5, wounds 144. [..]

Turkey

Pro-Erdogan newspaper says Turkey will attack Kurds in both Sinjar,​​ northern Syria.​​ [..]

Syria

SDF captures two more villages north of Raqqa. [..]

SDF-Daesh battle for Tabaqa continues. [..]

US kills Daesh facilitator of New Year’s Eve Istanbul bombing near Mayadin, Syria. ​​ [..]

Other

Egyptian planes kill 19 terrorists in North Sinai. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Former Prime​​ Minister​​ Nouri​​ Al-Maliki denounced​​ a statement by​​ Turkey’s President​​ Erdogan,​​ describing it as blatant intervention in Iraqi affairs. Erdogan said earlier that the PMF is a terrorist force.​​ [Hawar]

Erdogan also​​ denounced the raising of​​ the​​ Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk, and called Europeans Nazis and liars. He says Turkey will​​ help build a Syrian national army and​​ rebuild​​ cities for the people. He also called for a no-fly zone in an area of 5,000 sq.​​ km north of Syria. [ROJ]

 

Iraqi kidnappers (possibly from Iraqi Hezbollah) released 26 Qatari hunters, including a prince, and handed them over to Iraq’s​​ Ministry of Interior. Details of this vague kidnapping that took place in 2015 are still unknown. Some sources speculated​​ about a​​ large ransom paid by Qatar, others​​ about a possible​​ connection​​ to​​ the 4-city exchange (Fawaa , Kefraya, Madaya, and Zabadani)​​ under way​​ in Syria.​​ [EnabBaladi]

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The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), Rawa (1), Fallujah (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

There were incidents in multiple Baghdad locations in which Shia pilgrims going to the Kadhimiya celebration in northwest Baghdad were the intended victims.

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya)

Baghdad Operations Command says its units prevented a suicide terrorist from detonating himself among Shia pilgrims on Al-Dujail road, north of Baghdad. It says the terrorist was forced to blow himself up away from the Shia gathering. However, it says four pilgrims were wounded in the attack. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says an IED targeted a​​ Tribal Mobilization patrol in Al-Ru’oud, wounding two of​​ its members.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

The BOC says IFP foiled a terror attack on the pilgrims heading to Kadhimiya​​ in​​ northwest​​ Baghdad, in​​ the​​ Shakha​​ 9 area. A suicide attacker dressed as a police​​ officer and driving​​ a booby-trapped motorcycle was killed and his motorcycle defused before​​ he could​​ ​​ reach his target.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A police sources says two civilians were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Albu Aitha. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A security source says four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source said on Thursday that four Shia pilgrims were wounded when an IED exploded near Saidiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a terrorist who was planning to attack Shia pilgrims in Hay Al-Jami’a in Mansour. [Ghad] ​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The MoD says​​ Military​​ Intelligence found a large weapons cache in a house in Shuhada neighborhood in Falluja​​ city,​​ containing​​ chemical warfare face masks​​ among other​​ items.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

8th ​​​​ army division say it killed Abu Abdullah​​ Al-Zoba’i, the Daesh​​ emir​​ of Falluja,​​ in an operation near​​ Razaza​​ Lake in Anbar.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The MoD​​ published photos of​​ weapons and ammunition caches​​ discovered​​ in Albu Farraj and Albu Dhiab in Ramadi.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council’s security committee says 120 fighters from Albu Nimr tribe, supported by American troops in 5 Humvees, attacked Daesh in the Al-Baghailiye area north of Rawa, killing 20 terrorists. He says the Daesh terrorists were preparing to launch an attack on Haditha.  ​​ ​​​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A Tribal PMF commander says the IAA attacked a Daesh training camp in the Jtaiba area, northwest of Haditha Lake, between Rawa and Haditha, killing 20 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. [Maalomah]​​ Rawa is located northwest of Haditha.

The Jazeera Operations Commander says security forces supported by tribal fighters and Coalition planes started a military operation to clear areas north of the Haditha Lake, killing many terrorists and destroying vehicle bombs. [Buratha]​​ 

 

A security source says a Coalition airstrike killed 6 Daesh combatants and​​ destroyed their HQ in Akashat, south of Al-Qa’im.​​ [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted a PMF position south of Shirqat with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and destroyed 2 vehicles near Makhmur on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 2 of its terrorists near Kan’ous village. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

A police source in Baiji says Police, Tribal​​ Mobilization, and Jaisat tribesmen repelled a Daesh attack on Malha village in Baiji,​​ killing one suicide attacker after a battle​​ that lasted several hours.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh’s version says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked “houses of infidels” in the Al-Malha area east of Baiji. Daesh says after heavy battles with PMF units that lasted for ten hours, the suicide terrorists detonated their explosive vests, killing “tens of infidels”. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the 2 masked terrorists. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions near the Al-Asmeda Bridge, and on the road between Baiji and Haditha, with 28 mortars. Daesh also says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier on the same road. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF SUV and an IFP SUV in the Al-Jalam area in Samarra with IEDs, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya and Abu Saida

Daesh says it destroyed an IFP SUV with an IED on the road between Al-Mansouriya subdistrict and Al-Shohani village in Muqdadiya, killing five IFP members. [JustPaste]

 

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

The Mayor of Khalis says​​ IAA​​ army helicopters destroyed a Daesh “secret logistical support base” that provided​​ Daesh with food and other supplies in Al-Mita near​​ the​​ Salahuddin​​ border. 5 Combatants were killed in this attack and an AA gun that started shooting at the attacking planes​​ was​​ destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]

PMF​​ units​​ captured a Daesh mortar shells hideout in a search​​ of​​ Al-Sama and Hafayer villages near Sadiya.​​ [Sumaria]

Military intelligence says it found an explosives cache in an empty house in Assalam subdistrict of Khalis.​​ [IraqPress]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

PMFs​​ say they​​ killed 2 Daesh combatants and​​ destroyed​​ their​​ vehicle​​ in Qate’ village in Hawija.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Yorgon village, 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, killing 4 terrorists, including an Uzbek commander, and wounded ten others. The source also says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in Daquq, killing several terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Five civilians​​ were wounded, including three children, when a mortar shell fell on their house in Al-Bashir. [AIN]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Central​​ Mosul

The IFP commander says his troops killed a relative of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, in addition to the Daesh “minister of zakat” and a Daesh “judge” in a rocketing on Zanjili​​ northwest of downtown Mosul. He also says his troops killed the Daesh chemical weapons official in addition to a Daesh Dagestani leader and his deputy near the Fifth Bridge. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

 

IFP says it killed 14 Daesh combatants, destroyed 8 vehicle bombs and defused 55 IEDs in Al-Thawra. It also says it killed a​​ Russian​​ Daesh commander​​ responsible​​ for vehicle-rigging operations​​ ​​ and 4 of his Asian​​ bodyguards​​ in Zanjili.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed 30 civilians, including women and children, who were trying to escape from Hay Al-Zanjili to Hay Al-Thawra. The source also says Daesh snipers killed many civilians in Hay Al-Thawra.​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a neurosurgeon was killed when a Daesh mortar shell fell on his house in Hay Al-Thawra.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh is setting cars on fire in Hay Al-Zanjili.​​ 

 

Daesh says heavy battles erupted with IFP units in the Al-Meshahda area. Daesh says after killing or wounding several IFP soldiers and destroying 3 Humvees and an armored vehicle, it “cleared the Al-Meshahda area completely.” [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Al-Meshahda area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four IFP soldiers in the Bab Al-Tob area. It also says it damaged a Humvee and shot down a drone in the same area. [JustPaste]

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly destroyed a building where IFP soldiers were barricading near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding several soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department on errant Coalition airstrikes. No Daesh members are ever killed in these airstrikes if you believe Daesh.

 

Southwest Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Command says CTS units captured Hay Al-Nasr and Hay Al-Thawra. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed nineteen CTS soldiers, including an officer, wounded two others, destroyed a Humvee, and damaged a bulldozer in Hay Al-Thawra. It also says several CTS soldiers were killed or wounded after walking into 3 land mine fields in the same area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department ​​ on enemy soldiers killing themselves by walking into Daesh land mines. ​​ Note the report just above that​​ Daesh has actually lost Al-Thawra.”Daesh is always victorious” (even when it isn’t).

Side note:​​ Al-Thawra sometimes ​​ shows up in both Central Mosul and Southwest Mosul stories because of its in-between location, west of downtown but southwest of Zanjili.

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh executed 13 of its combatants in Musherifa , for deserting battles​​ in Al-Thawra.​​ 

The source also says 5 Daesh combatants surrendered to Iraqi forces earlier in Rifa’i.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack it conducted on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tanak. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The video was filmed from a long a distance.​​ That’s because​​ ​​ Daesh lost Hay Al-Tanak long time ago.​​ The creative writing department is working overtime.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Tanak, Hay Al-Yarmouk, and Hay Al-Thawra. It also says it destroyed a CTS military position in Hay Al-Thawra with an SPG9 rocket, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Hay Al-Tanak with 2 vehicle bombs, destroying a Humvee and damaging a bulldozer and 2 other Humvees. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee in Hay Al-Tanak with an IED, killing four soldiers inside. It also says it destroyed a CTS position with a rocket in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly targeted a building were CTS soldiers were barricading in Hay Al-Tanak. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So far, Coalition planes kill only civilians and Iraqi soldiers, according to Daesh.​​ It leaves one to​​ wonder how those​​ departed​​ Daesh terrorists, whose pictures are published almost on daily basis, get​​ killed.

 

IFP says it​​ freed​​ an 11 years old Yazidi girl held by Daesh as prisoner in Hay Al -Tanak. The girl’s name is Farah Dakhil, and was handed over to Judiciary authorities in Hammam Al-Alil. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

A security source says an explosion in 17th​​ of July neighborhood killed a Daesh poisonous gases official and five of his assistants. It seems that one of the rockets they were arming with chemicals went off by accident.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Military intelligence says Coalition planes killed Abu Abdullah, Daesh’s military official of west Mosul, while he was in his car in Islah Al-Zera’i neighborhood in northwest Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

East Mosul

A military source says a car bomb parked in Al-Zuhour neighborhood in east Mosul exploded,​​ killing​​ three civilians, an army officer and a soldier,​​ and wounding​​ 144 others.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in west Mosul and in areas northwest of Mosul with 195 mortars, 26 heavy artillery shells, and 4 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of a “new invention” it used in Mosul. The invention is a vehicle bomb equipped with anti-armor rockets. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says the IAF bombed a group of Daesh terrorists who were attacking the Tal Afar Airport, killing 9 terrorists. It also says the IAF destroyed Daesh tunnels and weapons and explosives storehouses in Tal Afar, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF says it killed Abu Omar Al-Mosuli, a Daesh commander,​​ as Daesh tried​​ to penetrate defense lines near the​​ desert.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Sinjar

IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh weapons factory and a vehicle bombs factory in Bulaij subdistrict southeast of Sinjar city, killing 7 terrorists from Arab countries. It also says the IAF destroyed a Daesh headquarters west of Bulaij, killing 12 terrorists, mostly foreigners. [Sumaria]​​ 

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IWMC says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles, including 2 vehicle bombs, an anti-aircraft cannon, and a hideout north of Al-Qayrawan. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Baaj

Joint Operations Command (JOC)​​ says a Coalition airstrike​​ in Baaj​​ killed three assistants of​​ Awwad​​ Al-Baghdadi. All there are ex-Iraqi​​ Army officers.​​ [BasNews]

PMFs​​ say​​ they​​ destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and killed two of its combatants in​​ the​​ Al-Jazeera​​ Desert.​​ [Forat]

 

IWMC says IAF planes destroyed 2 Daesh guesthouses and a vehicle bomb factory in Bab Al-Khair village in Baaj, killing at least 15 terrorists. [Ghad] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The recent profusion of news reports from Baaj is noteworthy, as there were previously hardly any developments reported from Baaj. The trend shows the extent to which the Ninewa Liberation campaign and the anti-Daesh effort in general have moved into the desert.​​ There have also been more reports from Hatra, a desert province east of Baaj.​​ Several of our stories are about Daesh leaders killed in Baaj, an indication that​​ one reason for the increasing number of stories is that​​ Daesh operations​​ have to some extent moved into desert areas, where they were less likely to be detected.​​ Given the recent airstrikes, perhaps it is not so easy to hide there anymore.

 

Qayara/Hatra

An Iraqi Army 91st brigade officer says the brigade stopped a Daesh attack in the Haj Ali area, killing 9 terrorists. The brigade (also called Hawler Brigade) used to belong to the Peshmerga, and now it’s under the MoD. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

A police source in Basra sys Basra police arrested two men wanted on terror charges during a search​​ in Qurna,​​ north of Basra.​​ [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Yeni​​ Safak,​​ a ​​​​ Turkish daily close to the ruling party, says Turkey is planning a two-fold operation in Syria and Iraq under the name of Tigris and Euphrates Shield, targeting the PKK in Sinjar and Qara Qozaq south of Kobane in Syria.​​ The paper says the operation will be coordinated with Russia and the US. The paper says that areas cleared from PKK would be handed over to KDP Peshmerga after the operations.​​ [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know which parts of this story are true,​​ if any,​​ but​​ they can’t all​​ be true.​​ We hope it’s a trial balloon.​​ At this point, Turkey’s participation in Syria is nothing more than interference, and its presence in Iraq is a​​ continuing​​ provocation.​​ 

 

Turkish security arrested three person wanted on terror charges in Antalya, one of them Syrian.​​ [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia’s Ministry of​​ Defense says a Russian army major working as advisor and trainer of Syrian government forces was killed in an attack by armed gunmen on the army positions. The ministry did not specify the exact location.​​ [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (8), Raqqa (5), Deir Ez-Zor (3), and Albu Kamal (5). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Al-Sanadid Arab​​ militia headed by​​ Hmaidi​​ Al-Jarba,​​ whose members are from the Shammar tribe,​​ ​​ called​​ on​​ Arab youth to join its ranks.​​ ​​ Al-Sanadid is with the SDF,​​ but says​​ joining​​ an Arab militia,​​ to avoid being​​ subject to compulsory military recruitment by the Kurdish PYD.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

The SDF advanced 500 meters in Hay Al-Iskandariya in east Tabaqa city, killing 20 terrorists. [PUKMedia] ​​ 

The SDF also freed 10,000 civilians from the Raqqa area and moved them to secure places. [PUKMedia] ​​ 

 

SDF says it found a mortar shell workshop in Tabaqa during its advance in the city. Photos published.​​ [Hawar]

 

Sources close to SDF say​​ some of​​ its forces are advancing north of Tabaqa​​ and​​ are​​ now fighting in Tishrin​​ town, while the other wing is advancing inside the city of​​ Tabaqa itself,​​ coming​​ from its western side,​​ and have reached​​ the​​ Al-Alam roundabout.​​ [ARA]

SOHR says Daesh killed 7 SDF fighters in the raging battles inside Tabaqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition planes killed a woman and several civilians in an airstrike on Tabaqa Friday, while Daesh executed a young man for cooperating​​ with​​ the​​ SDF and​​ Coalition in the city. Battles are taking place now inside Tabaqa.​​ [Qasioun]

In addition to the woman, SOHR says Coalition airstrikes killed two more civilians in​​ the​​ Maysaloun​​ farm.​​ [SyriaHR]

SOHR says while battles continue in and around Tabaqa, two children were killed and another wounded by a Daesh land​​ mine in Hunaida, east of Tabaqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven SDF fighters “on the outskirts of” Tabaqa city. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Suwaidiya Kabira village north of Al-Tabaqa with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says five people were killed and three wounded in an “American” airstrike on Al-Hal Market in Tabaqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says three SDF fighters were killed after walking into a landmine field east of Al-Tabaqa. Daesh also says it targeted SDF positions at Al-Tabaqa Airport and surrounding areas with 24 mortars, 4 Grad rockets, and several SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

North of Raqqa

SOHR says SDF captured Kabash​​ Sharqi and Rayan villages north of Raqqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh counter-attacked SDF forces in two farm communities in​​ Tishrin​​ that were ​​​​ captured by SDF earlier. The battle is continuing . [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Daesh mines wounded an IDP and his daughter on Nasr farm, 15 km (9 miles) north of Raqqa, as they were escaping the city toward SDF forces. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded nine SDF fighters with a rocket​​ in​​ Al-Hikma village north of Raqqa. It also says it shot down an SDF drone north of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa city

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ 

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Daesh says it killed 21 government soldiers and destroyed two vehicles​​ in its operations against government forces advancing from Deir Hafer​​ south​​ towards Maskana and Jarrah military airport, the only areas along with 20 villages remaining under Daesh control east of Aleppo. ​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it attacked Syrian Army and Shia militia positions in Al-Atshana east of Deir Hafer, killing twelve soldiers, wounding others, destroying a BMP armored vehicle and 2 other vehicles and capturing a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the vehicle it captured. [JustPaste]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say unidentified plane attacked YPG position​​ on​​ Barsa​​ Mountain​​ between Azaz and​​ Afrin killing and wounding 10 of its fighters. The plane could not be identified pending an official YPG statement. [ARA]

 

Kurdish sources say they received 1,360 IDPs escaping​​ opposition and Daesh controlled areas in Jarabulus, Al-Bab, and Azaz. They entered Afrin through Qatma crossing,​​ where some will stay and others​​ will​​ head to other Syrian areas. [ARA]

 

Turkey and its​​ allied militias resumed shelling SDF position in two villages ​​ near Tal Rifaat​​ in Azaz. SDF artillery fired back at the firing​​ sources. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government says it forces blocked several Daesh counterattacks along the 90 km​​ (56 mile)​​ battle line east of Homs, inflicting heavy casualties to the attackers. [SyriaNow]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Col. John Thomas, chief spokesman for US Central Command, says US troops killed Daesh “facilitator” who was tied to the deadly New Year’s nightclub bombing in Turkey. ​​ Abdurakhman Al-Uzbeki was described as a crony of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.​​ “He was known to interact with him in various ways over time,” Thomas said about Uzbeki’s relationship with Al-Baghdadi.​​ Uzbeki was tied to the New Year’s attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39, the military said.​​ “He was involved in plotting external terror plots,” Thomas said. “We’ve clearly linked him with the Istanbul” attack.

The ground operation was conducted by US Special Operations forces near Mayadin, Syria, according to a defense official who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the operation, the network reported. [NewYorkPost]  ​​​​ 

 

Daesh engaged government forces in a new Daesh attack on Deir Ez-Zor military airport. The battles raged at the same time in various parts of the city under intense air strikes by Syrian Army planes. [Qasioun]

Syrian government says its forces killed 8 Daesh combatants in the airport perimeter. [SyriaNow]

 

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

The opposition’s Free Army says it recaptured Alyaniya village,​​ in the​​ eastern​​ desert​​ area,​​ from Daesh control.​​ It​​ has said it​​ is​​ targeting​​ Daesh up to Albu Kamal in Deir Ez-Zor. Opposition sources say battles are taking place under the supervision of​​ Inherent Resolve​​ (US​​ operation). [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says it killed three opposition fighters with an IED near the Baghdad Barrier, northeast of the Al-Seen Airport. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian Army said on Thursday that​​ its planes targeted ABM terrorists in North Sinai, killing 19 terrorists, including a senior commander, and destroying 4 vehicles and several hideouts. [Youm7]​​ 

 

A security source says an IED targeted a police armored vehicle on the Sea Road in Arish, killing a policeman and wounding a civilian. The source says another policeman was killed when an IED exploded on a police armored vehicle in Hay Al-Ubour, in Arish. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed three Egyptian Army “spies” in Rafah city. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

France

Daesh​​ is reported to have​​ claimed responsibly for​​ the​​ Champs-Élysées attack​​ in Paris​​ that​​ left one policeman killed and two wounded.​​ Daesh’s​​ A3Maq​​ says the executioner is Abu Yousif Al-Beljiki.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This story is not so clear from our cross-referencing of sources. The claim of responsibility shows up in many western and Arabic-language sources, but somehow not in Daesh sources. Some later clarification can be expected. ​​ 

 

Media sources say Al-Beljiki, is a Moroccan carrying Belgian nationality, born in 1973, married with two children, and​​ works as an electrician.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Germany

Police arrested a German-Russian citizen on Friday morning on suspicion of carrying out the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that the bombing was motivated by financial greed.

The Dortmund team bus was targeted with three bombs after it left a hotel to travel to the stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco. Defender Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the blasts, which saw the match postponed until the next day.

Investigators found a letter close to the crime scene that appeared to claim responsibility in the name of Islamist extremists, but German police doubted the authenticity of the note. [Independent]​​ 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed twelve Afghani soldiers and destroyed a Humvee in an attack in Achin in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six Afghani soldiers and destroyed 2 vehicles in an ambush in the Dibala area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its terrorists stopped an Afghani Army attack on the Shadal area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the first time we were informed that Rambo has joined Daesh. ​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed an Afghani Intelligence Service member with an IED in Kabul. [A3maq]

 

Russia

Daesh says one of its terrorists attacked a Russian Intelligence Service office in Khabarovsk city, killing three members and wounding others. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have sorted through a lot of Daesh “logic” in the past few years but have no immediate explanation for why Daesh would have someone attack a large city (over half a million) in the far east of the country.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Security units destroy a vehicle bomb under control in west Baghdad. [YouTube]​​ 

 

Security units captured a group of Daesh terrorists who were planning to attack on Shia pilgrims in Baghdad. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi soldiers trap a Daesh terrorist in house in west Mosul. He sets a room on fire to escape. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces in house to house battles in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

Daesh mortars target aid distribution in west Mosul. [YouTube]

 

IFP soldiers fight Daesh near Al-Nouri Mosque. [YouTube]

 

School children in east Mosul celebrate their freedom. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces captured Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]

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Iraqi CH4 drone destroys a Daesh target in Baaj. [MoD]

 

Egypt

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

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