An Update On ISIS Activities

April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

 

Coalition Commander Visits Karachok Mountain

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Turkish bombing of Sinjar kills Peshmerga too, reignites animosities​​ with Turkey, within Iraq, and between KRG parties. [..]

KDP blames the PKK for deaths of Peshmerga from Turkey’s Sinjar bombing. [..]

Diyala leader​​ says​​ security​​ failures​​ prevent some IDPs from​​ living in their homes. [..]

Battle for Al-Tanak​​ in Mosul​​ killed 500 Daesh members. [..]

Iraq initiates liberation campaign in rural Hatra, captures 12 villages. [..]

Syria

Tabaqa battle rages on; SDF captures four more villages north of Raqqa. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi condemned the Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar (reported here yesterday). He says the PKK has been in northern Iraq (in northern Kurdistan) since the 1980s, and Saddam gave authorization to Turkish troops to enter 10 km (6 miles) into Iraqi territory, an​​ agreement​​ that​​ is obsolete and no longer in place. He also says the PKK is in Turkey and in areas close to Turkey, and has no access to Turkey​​ from​​ Sinjar except through Peshmerga positions. He says it is surprising that the Turks bombed Sinjar now while Baghdad and the KRG are working on an agreement to have joint Iraqi Army and Peshmerga troops capture the area. He says it looks like the Turkish attack aims at preventing cooperation between the Iraqi Army and the Peshmerga in order for Turkish forces to go deeper into Iraqi territory. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

US Department of State says it is deeply concerned about the Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar. It says the Coalition didn’t approve the airstrikes. [Sumaria] The Pentagon says any military action in Iraq should respect Iraq’s sovereignty. [Sumaria]​​ 

CENTCOM says all neighboring countries should respect Iraq’s sovereignty. It says it encourages all regional powers to focus their efforts on defeating​​ Daesh,​​ the largest threat to the region, and not distract from those efforts. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

According to Sky News Arabia, Erdogan says Turkey informed the US, Russia, and the KRG about the airstrikes. He says he is “sorry” that the airstrikes killed Peshmerga fighters unintentionally. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Sultan​​ of Ankara​​ has reached a severe state of self-delusion. He knows that not many people in Turkey, or elsewhere, are in position to tell him that he is lying. The Sultan wants a bite from Iraq, exactly as he​​ took a bite from Syria. Mosul is going to be liberated,​​ but​​ he doesn’t want to pull his troops out of Iraq. The liberation of Raqqa, largely by Kurdish forces, also angers him. He wants more pieces of north Syria. He is using the PKK as an excuse, while forgetting that it was he who destroyed the peace agreement with the PKK in order to​​ create an atmosphere that would help him​​ get more executive powers​​ in Turkey.​​ 

 

The Mayor of Sinjar (KDP) says Turkish planes attacked 6 PKK HQs, which were all empty, and one Peshmerga HQ, killing 5 inside. However, he says the PKK is responsible for all agonies experienced in the area, as well as the Iraqi federal government, for not expelling the YPG from Sinjar. He claims the population does not want it in their area.​​ [Arabi21]

He says​​ DaeshDaily comment.​​ Actually, inside deals between Erdogan and the KDP’s leader Masoud Barzani have led to most of the current problem. Notice that the KDP Mayor justifies Turkish bombing within his own country, which blatantly violates Iraqi sovereignty, and blames Iraq for the situation. It’s hard to be more disloyal than that. The real KDP game here is to add Sinjar to Iraqi Kurdistan at the expense of the Iraqi government. Barzani has already made repeated claims on it. The YPG doesn’t really belong in Sinjar either, but came into help people against Daesh, and would leave if Iraq asked. The real division here is between Iraq and the YPG on one side and Turkey and the KDP on the other. The Kurdish political system is largely broken due to Barzani and KDP actions, and the other Kurdish political parties are not at fault for this situation.​​ 

If you doubt any of the above, read the two stories just below. ​​ 

 

KRG government issued a statement describing the Turkish airstrikes as “unacceptable,” as they killed and wounded Peshmerga fighters. However, it blamed the PKK presence in Sinjar for the attacks, and demanded that the YPG leave the area.​​ [ARA]

The Peshmerga ministry says the Turkish raids will continue as long as the PKK stays in Iraq. Without denouncing the attack, an official the ministry says Turkey should be more careful, as Peshmerga fighters died in the operation.​​ [ROJ]

 

However, all Kurdish blocs in the CoR except the KDP denounced the Turkish attack on Sinjar and Karachok, holding Turkey responsible for any further deterioration that may occur.​​ [ROJ]

CoR​​ Deputy​​ Speaker Aram Sheikh Ahmed (Gorran) strongly denounced Turkish violation​​ of Iraqi sovereignty. He asks​​ the government to summon Turkey’s​​ Ambassador and hand over a strong message of protest to pass​​ on​​ to his government.​​ [ROJ]

 

On other subjects:

SITE, a US website specialized in pursuing terrorist groups, says Daesh manpower has decreased from 60,000 to 12-15,000, as most were killed either in Coalition airstrike or land battles in Iraq and Syria. It says this forced Daesh to depend more on women, mostly as suicide attackers, and Daesh has around 500 women combatants, most of them European. Over time, it has also depended more on children, knowing that 35,000 women have delivered children in Daesh-held areas.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Prime Minister Abadi says he didn’t approve giving visas to the hunters (24 Qataris, 2 Saudis, and a Pakistani released earlier), who were kidnapped and then released much later. He says the situation in Iraq right now is not permissive for hunting. He also says he was surprised that the Qataris sent bags filled with money. He says the Iraqi government confiscated the money and didn’t let it go to the kidnappers.​​ (The release of those kidnapped was attached to the population exchange deal in Syria.)​​ He says giving hundreds of millions of dollars to kidnappers is unacceptable. He also says the Iraqi government will deal with the money according to legal procedures. He says bringing this amount of money to Iraq is money laundering and Iraq​​ intends​​ to communicate with Qatar about it. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 16 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), Sinjar (8), Tal Afar (1), and Kasik (2). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

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

A police source says one civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a commercial area in Arab Jubour. [Sumaria]​​ 

The​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ says 17th​​ army division found​​ a​​ large ammunition and explosives cache while searching​​ the​​ Harkawi and Shakha 6 areas.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a sticky bomb attached to a car of a Ministry of Interior employee exploded in Al-Nasr wa Al-Salam village in Abu Ghraib, killing him immediately.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded three others by detonating an IED on their vehicle in Abu Ghraib on Monday. [DMNApril25]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it captured three Tribal PMF fighters, including an officer, in the Abu Al-Jir area. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the prisoners. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi forces, supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower, are performing preemptive military operations​​ in the desert north of Haditha, intended to forestall Daesh attacks in this area.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

Iraqi Army 7th division commander says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse, a weapons and ammunition storehouse, and a vehicle bomb​​ in Anah, killing 15 terrorists. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Rutba

Mayor of Rutba says Iraqi forces secured the road between Rutba and Ramadi and removed the IEDs and land mines planted by Daesh a few days ago. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

A CoR member from Salahuddin says special rehabilitation centers should be established for Daesh families. He says these families represent a problem if they stay in their areas because they would form sleeper cells for Daesh. He also says​​ that​​ if these families​​ are isolated​​ from others​​ in displacement areas​​ that would​​ also start to cause problems. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Shirqat

Daesh says it killed or wounded several “PMF members” by detonating an IED near the Al-Sadda area in Shirqat city. Daesh also says it targeted PMF positions in Shirqat city and 2 nearby villages with 12 mortars. [DMNApril25]​​ 

 

PMF Press says PMF units shelled Daesh positions on the Makhoul Mountain, killing 3 terrorists. It says Daesh terrorists in the area are fleeing toward Hawija. [Ghad] [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baiji

Salahuddin Operations​​ Command (SOC)​​ says​​ army units​​ blocked a Daesh attack on the defense line in Harariyat, Baiji destroying 4 Daesh positions and killing all combatants inside.​​ [MoD Website]

 

SOC says army units blocked a Daesh infiltration attempt by 4 suicide attackers of Malha village in Baiji, killing one of them. The rest escaped. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces are reinforcing their military positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

SOC​​ says​​ the​​ total​​ number of​​ families returned to their original areas in various areas of Salahuddin province are now at 139, 739.​​ [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Actually, this number is hardly different from several other recent numbers, just short of 140,000. A more useful number would be the number of people who have​​ not​​ returned.

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it blew up two houses of Iraqi soldiers, killing seven people and wounding five others in Al-Muhawala village. [ICDNApril25]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh will find any excuse to kill civilians. Even if the houses do belong to soldiers, why kill the children? ​​ 

A local source in Diyala says 3 IEDS killed three children and an elderly man and wounded three others in Muhawala village, 5 km (3 miles) east of Abu Saida. Police managed to defuse a fourth IED in the area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A CoR member from Diyala says this Daesh crime against civilians aims at creating sectarian conflicts in the area. [Sumaria] He​​ says there is an unannounced displacement in Abu Qarma and Al-Kubba villages because of Daesh attacks and threats. He says only 30 families remain in Abu Qarma, out of 2,000, and only 40 in Al-Kubba, out of 1,600. He says Daesh terrorists have returned to the area and are using people’s houses as “guesthouses.” [Sumaria]​​ 

Residents of Abu Qarma village organized a peaceful sit-in and stopped traffic on the road to Baquba, demanding that the government find a solution for Daesh terrorists who are hiding in orchards in the area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the mountains of the Nafut Khana area in Khanaqin. [ICDNApril25]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Kirkuk police say they arrested two Daesh operatives from Barima village in Hawija.​​ [ARA]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Peshmerga vehicles with 2 IEDs in Al-Murra village in Al-Riyadh killing the fighters inside. [DMNApril25] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in the Maktab Khalid area in Al-Riyadh. [DMNApril25]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says it targeted “PMF positions” in Bashir village with 8 mortars, killing or wounding several fighters. [DMNApril25]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

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

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is the now daily propaganda “report” from Daesh’s creative writing department intended to persuade the gullible that only innocent civilians are killed by US bombing, not Daesh members.​​ 

 

A CTS captain says 30 notable Daesh commanders fled the remaining 5 neighborhoods in west Mosul toward the Syrian border. He says local Daesh terrorists facilitated the escape of foreign commanders using civilian vehicles. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A Sunni CoR member ask Iraqi forces to​​ air drop​​ humanitarian aid to people in west Mosul who are starving to death. He praised Iraqi forces for their support for the civilians trapped in Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Mosul. It claims that its administrative units are still working “normally” in the areas it controls in west Mosul. The video shows Daesh’s​​ hisbah​​ members moving around. It also shows the distribution of food items to families. Daesh claims that its sharia laws and punishments are still being executed in west Mosul. [ICDNApril25]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The video lacks the “quality” of previous Daesh publications and it shows​​ obvious​​ desperation.​​ Daesh​​ published similar videos only a day or two before losing Falluja.​​ Daesh isn’t admitting defeat in Mosul, but the issuance of this “everything is normal” video, based on our previous experience with Daesh videos, shows that they know defeat is imminent.

 

Central​​ Mosul

IWMC says a group of Daesh combatants dressed in IFP uniforms opened fire on welcoming civilians in old Mosul, killing several of them. The statement did not specify the area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

IWMC quoted commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations as saying that CTS forces have​​ liberated al-Tanak neighborhood west of Mosul in full after inflicting heavy casualties to Daesh.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source Daesh executed two young men in Hay Al-Zanjili because they were trying to escape toward Iraqi forces. The source says Daesh has executed more than​​ 80​​ civilians during the last 2 days.

 

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions near the Bab Al-Tob area, killing or wounding several soldiers and capturing 3 new military positions. Daesh says battles are still ongoing. [ICDNApril25]

Here Daesh says it continued its attack on IFP positions near Bab Al-Tob, killing or wounding many soldiers, damaging several vehicles, and capturing a market and 3 more positions. [ICDNApril25]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [ICDNApril25]

Daesh issues a video of IFP soldiers targeted by its snipers near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded IFP soldiers with mortar shelling on Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh says it targeted IFP positions near Bab Al-Tob and Ras Al-Jadda with 5 SPG9 rockets. [DENApril25]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Despite all these “victorious” stories, Daesh has already lost these neighborhoods.​​ 

 

Southwest Mosul

Commander of CTS says Hay Al-Tanak battles left 500 Daesh combatants killed, 72 of them on Monday. He says this was the Mosul neighborhood where fighting was the fiercest.​​ [PressIraq]

 

A security source says CTS forces found quantities of weapons and ammunition in addition to Daesh military maps in three houses in Hay Al-Tanak.​​ [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS military position with an SPG9 rocket in the Al-Matahin area. [DMNApril25]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

West-central Mosul

IFP commander says IFP forces liberated 260,000 civilians and 4,500 families in the old city during its operations. It also re-operated power, water, and sanitation services and opened up schools and health centers in liberated areas. He added that IFP rocket units shelled Daesh command centers and gathering points,​​ killing 15​​ Daesh members including the chemical weapons official and several other commanders,​​ and destroyed​​ various weapons.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh terrorists are welding the doors of houses shut to prevent people from leaving their houses in the Musherifa area in northwest Mosul. The source says Daesh also filled the narrow alleys with IEDs and landmines.

 

A CTS captain says Iraqi F-16s killed the new Daesh​​ wali​​ of Mosul and a Syrian military commander in an airstrike on Hay​​ Al-Tammuz​​ in northwest Mosul. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A security source says army helicopters destroyed a Daesh oil tanker in​​ Al-Harmat neighborhood west of Mosul.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Daesh says it targeted 3 Iraqi Army military positions in Al-Kharba village in northwest Mosul with several SPG9 rockets. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

East Mosul

The Ministry of Defense says security units captured six people on terrorism charges in east Mosul. [Ghad]​​ 

 

A Ninewa Police captain says security units captured 13 thieves who raided and stole many houses in east Mosul and claimed to be Iraqi soldiers. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Police sources in Ninewa say two Christian women (16 and 19) working as servants in the house of a Daesh operative in Al-Zuhur neighborhood in northeast Mosul were freed by security forces.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militias” in several areas in Mosul and several nearby villages with 140 mortars, 12 heavy artillery shells, and 2 Katyushas. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The UN says​​ the number of​​ IDPs escaping Mosul operations in Iraq reached 376,000 and that only yesterday Hammam Al-Alil received 66,500 IDPs. It also noted that over 95,000​​ have​​ escaped Hawija.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Mosul subdistrict

Ninewa Chief of Police says security forces freed a 30 year old Yazidi woman in Rahmaniya village, southwest of Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

Kurdish sources say Turkish recon planes were seen in the skies of Sinjar following the​​ Turkish​​ attacks on Sinjar​​ yesterday.​​ [Hawar]

 

A video showing the outcome of Turkish airstrikes​​ on Sinjar.​​ [ROJ]

 

A YPG spokesman says Turkish airstrikes on YPG headquarters in​​ Karachok Mountain, in northeast Syria near the Turkish border,​​ killed 20 fighters and wounded 18, 3 of them in serious condition. [Hawar]​​ 

The YPG says in a statement that Turkish attacks would not stop the YPG from confronting terrorism. [Hawar]​​ 

The PYD​​ says​​ the​​ Coalition should not keep silent towards Turkish violations along​​ the borders and its airstrikes on Sinjar and Karachok. YPD says these attacks will​​ not impede​​ the​​ Kurdish people’s​​ struggle.​​ [Hawar]

A​​ commander of Coalition forces in Syria visited the areas bombed by Turkey in​​ Karachok​​ Mountains​​ and inspected the damage. (Photos).​​ [Hawar]

Turkish planes initiated synchronized attacks on Karachok​​ Mountains​​ which contains YPG command and communications centers,​​ on​​ PKK headquarters​​ on Sinjar​​ Mountain​​ in Iraq,​​ and three adjacent villages.​​ 

Displaced families on the Sinjar Mountain were displaced further because of the airstrikes (photos.) [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Sinjar attack killed 5 Peshmerga fighters and wounded​​ 7 others. Turkey says the attacks will continue “until the last terrorist is neutralized.​​ [ARA]

Turkey says it killed 40 “terrorists”​​ in Sinjar and 30 in Karachok in its airstrikes on the two areas. It also says 3 Turkish soldiers were killed by IEDs and land​​ mines planted by​​ the​​ PKK. [ARA]

 

The​​ Mayor of Sinjar says a PKK planted mine exploded in Sakini village killing three people and wounding two. [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The mayor is a KDP member. While the PKK is not that innocent, we can’t see why it would plant mines to kill people in areas it controls. All the land mine stories we have reported were about Daesh and not the PKK. ​​ 

 

Baaj

A security source says a suicide attacker attacked a Daesh gathering in Baaj,​​ killing 5 of them and wounding 7 others.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Hatra

The​​ PMF​​ command​​ announced today the start of​​ a​​ Hatra liberation campaign.​​ 12 villages were liberated in the first stage of the campaign.​​ [Harbi]​​ PMF says they killed 40 combatants including 18 suicide attackers, destroyed 9 vehicle bombs with assistance from army helicopters, and destroyed a guesthouse and several tunnels.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Rajm Al-Kabir, Aleba Al-Sharqiya and Aleba Al-Gharbiya were among villages liberated and cleared of IEDs. PMF says Daesh combatants are retreating to the center of Hatra while Daesh is banning​​ civilians from leaving the city.​​ [Harbi]​​ PMF says it arrested 3 Daesh combatants during​​ the​​ Hatra operations.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says it captured a​​ vehicle-rigging workshop in Aleba Al-Gharbiya in addition to three vehicle bombs​​ already​​ prepared for​​ use. It destroyed a fourth one in the village.​​ [PressIraq]

 

The​​ PMF​​ command​​ says it liberated Dabisa and Matiaha villages and opened a safe route for evacuation of civilians,​​ securing​​ evacuation of 80 families from Dabisa towards safe areas.[Harbi]​​ 

PMF​​ command​​ says it destroyed 5 Daesh vehicle bombs​​ during its advance towards Hatra,​​ [Harbi]​​ and​​ ​​ 

a Daesh guesthouse in​​ Um Gharba village in​​ the​​ Hatra desert.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says it​​ liberated Al-Salal village near Hatra, and also​​ entered Al-Musaltan village,​​ and​​ destroyed​​ a vehicle bomb.​​ A security source in Ninewa says Daesh arrested 12 families trying to escape​​ the​​ Musaltan area.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

PMF says it liberated​​ the​​ Zoba’iya area in Hatra with the assistance of army helicopters.​​ [Waradana]

PMF​​ says its forces​​ are​​ now​​ in control of the​​ Hatra desert from​​ Shirqat to Hatra city, backing up the advancing PMF units​​ moving​​ toward the city in the first phase of the campaign.​​ The second stage would include liberating the city and the​​ Hatra​​ desert.​​ [Forat]

PMF​​ command​​ says​​ PMFs​​ cut off the Daesh supply line between Baaj and Hatra.​​ [Buratha]

 

Daesh says it wounded four PMF soldiers by a drone strike in Um Al-Sultan village, west of Hatra. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted 3 suicide attacks (a vehicle bomb and 2 explosives vests) in the village. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

[See major new stories under National News and Sinjar above]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

[See major stories above under​​ National News and​​ Sinjar about Turkish bombing in Sinjar and the political reactions.]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The media mouthpiece for​​ Syria’s​​ ruling Baath party says preparations​​ are underway for a military operation in southern​​ Syria​​ involving​​ Jordan,​​ the​​ US, and the UK. Jordan denied​​ this,​​ saying it supports​​ the​​ unity of Syria and is concerned only with combating terrorism.​​ [Qasioun]

Iranian media sources​​ reported​​ at least 5 officers of the Iranian elite units affiliated to​​ Al-Quds Corps killed in war operations in Syria.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Syrian armed opposition factions are discussing formation of a unified military force to facilitate liberating areas, copying Jaish Al-Fath experience. Tahrir al-Sham and Fath al-Sham are said to be leading the talks.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 19 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (9), Shaddadi (1), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A large demonstration by PYD supporters in Kobane raised​​ banners calling for “death to treason and death to fascism,” protesting​​ the​​ Turkish​​ airstrikes​​ in Sinjar.​​ [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Daesh bombed SDF positions with mortar shells in​​ Shaddadi south of Hasaka.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of an SDF recon drone it shot down in Al-Fadghami village south of Shaddadi. [ICDNApril25]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

Activists in Tabaqa say 30,000 civilians are under siege in the city, surrounded by SDF forces and suffering shortages of food, water, and electricity. They say Coalition warplanes destroyed the post office building, cutting of land communications, and bombed the three bakeries in the city, leaving it short of bread.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Coalition planes killed 18 civilians and wounded tens of others in airstrikes on Tabaqa in support of advancing SDF forces, which recaptured the village of Huzayma from Daesh yesterday.​​ [Qasioun]

The Pentagon denied that SDF has control over Tabaqa or the Euphrates Dam, adding that they are still held by Daesh. The spokesman, Jeff Davies, says SDF is in the city, although he does not know how to define​​ the​​ city’s boundaries, and battles are taking place inside it.​​ [Dorar]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes killed three civilians including a child, in Maysaloun near Raqqa. The victims were IDPs from Maskana. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh opened fire on civilians trying to escape Zuwaiqat neighborhood east of Tabaqa toward SDF forces, wounding several of them.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an SDF fighter in Hay Al-Iskandariya in southeast Tabaqa. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

Daesh says “American” planes bombed the communications office of Al-Tabaqa city, putting it out of service. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down an “American” recon drone in Al-Sahlabiya village west of Raqqa. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

North of Raqqa

SDF captured 4 new villages north of Raqqa under intense air cover by the Coalition. SDF forces are engaging Daesh inside the southern part of Tabaqa city as well.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says an SDF armored vehicle was destroyed in a land mine field in Al-Traikiya village north of Al-Tabaqa. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

SDF says thousands of civilians are moving toward SDF-held areas to escape Daesh-held areas and battlefronts. It says the Coalition is providing military support only,​​ and​​ not humanitarian support, which is badly needed. It also says 23 civilians including three children died yesterday because of the violent sandstorm that hit the area and the lack of needed relief supplies. [Hawar]

 

Ayn Eissa IDP camp says it has received 35,000 IDPs from various Raqqa areas since the start of the 4th​​ phase of Euphrates Fury operation initiated by the SDF with Coalition backing to liberate Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

East of Raqqa

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on SDF fighters in the Al-Kabar area between Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. [ICDNApril25]

 

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in several areas east of Raqqa with 10 mortars. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Turkey backed opposition shelled Vilat Al-Qadhi village in​​ Sharran subdistrict​​ in Afrin with 7 mortars causing damage.​​ [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Turkish artillery across the border is shelling Al-Shahba village along the border.​​ [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Opposition sources say Russian warplanes killed 12 civilians in Kafr Takharim in Idlib and put​​ the​​ city’s hospital, which​​ serves​​ 200,000​​ residents,​​ out of service.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket east of Deir Hafer. [ICDNApril25]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian​​ Army​​ says it​​ attacked​​ Daesh positions​​ in 4 locations east and southeast of Palmyra and inflicted​​ heavy casualties.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says battles continue​​ around oil fields in the desert west of Palmyra between government forces and Daesh combatants,​​ with​​ mutual artillery shelling. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh​​ says it​​ inflicted​​ casualties​​ on the Syrian army in Maqaber and the military airport in Deir Ez-Zor, without​​ providing​​ much detail. Government artillery shelled Daesh held neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor with artillery. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Sina’a in east Deir Ez-Zor. [DENApril25]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its agricultural activities in the Deir Ez-Zor area. [ICDNApril25]

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Daesh publishes photos of the “normal life” in Al-Gharbia village near Albu Kamal. [ICDNApril25]

 

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

Opposition​​ factions in the south​​ say​​ they​​ still need to advance 20 km​​ (12 miles)​​ to break​​ the​​ Daesh siege on​​ east Qalamoun. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Egypt

Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian policemen at the Al-Ghaz military barrier west of Arish city. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 4 Daesh loyalists in Monastir. [Tunisien]

 

Yemen

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists in the Hadhramaut area. [ICDNApril25]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan​​ 

Daesh says it killed a Shia professor in the Nangarhar University in Jalalabad on Sunday. [DENApril25]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted an “American Army” barracks in the Jalalabad Airport with 2 Katyushas on Sunday. [DENApril25]

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Pakistan

Shahid Ali Khan, a senior regional Pakistani official says at least ten people were killed in a roadside bomb that targeted a minibus in Pakistan’s remote northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan. He told Reuters that militants planted a roadside bomb in the Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The breakaway Taliban faction of Jamat-ul-Ahrar said it was behind the attack.

A woman and two children were among the nine killed; 13 people were wounded in the explosion. ​​ [Aawsat]​​ 

Daesh says it killed twelve Shia people and wounded eleven others by detonating an IED on their bus in the Kurram area in northwest Pakistan. [ICDNApril25]
DaeshDaily comment.​​ And the hatred attacks continue. Women and children are not spared from this despicable propaganda.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed two Pakistani policemen in the Rahim Yar Khan area in south Punjab on Monday. [DENApril25]

 

Philippines

National Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano says the Philippine military killed almost 40 militants loyal to Daesh, including three Indonesians and a Malaysian, in a major land and air assault in the south. 

He says the foreigners were part of more than 160 fighters of the Maute group of militants who came under attack last weekend on Mindanao. He told reporters in Manila “We inflicted about 37 enemy killed, 14 have been identified and 23 still unidentified, with three Indonesians and one Malaysian.” [Yahoo]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

An Iraqi soldier faces a Daesh vehicle bomb and survives [Facebook]

A Daesh vehicle bomb explodes near Iraqi forces after they capture a Daesh terrorist. [Facebook]

Iraqi forces in close battles with Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

IFP units surround the old city in Mosul. [Mawsleya]

IFP soldiers capture a boy who said he had joined Daesh for 2 months [Facebook]

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Iraqi forces liberate Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]

CTS units secure families from Hay Al-Tanak. [Mawsleya]

 

Ninewa police liberate a Yazidi girl in Al-Rahmaniya village. [Mawsleya]

PMF fighters destroy a captured Daesh vehicle bomb in the Badoush area. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces find Daesh weapons in a civilian family’s house in Mosul. [Facebook]

 

IAA aircraft destroy Daesh vehicles in west Mosul [Facebook]

 

Iraqi Border Guard captures 2 Daesh terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces near Rutba, Anbar. [Facebook]

 

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. [ICDNApril25]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists who might have been killed in Baidha. [ICDNApril25]

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