An Update On ISIS Activities

April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017








US, Russia condemn​​ Turkey bombing attacks on Kurds in Syria, Sinjar. [..]

Coalition airstrikes again hit Daesh in Northwest Anbar. [..]

Iraqi forces launch major attack on Daesh in Mtaibija, Salahuddin. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods in move to surround downtown area.​​ [..]

PMFs capture Hatra city, several Hatra villages. [..]

PUK-organized demonstrations in Suleimaniya, Diyala​​ target Turkish bombing attacks. [..]


Turkey’s Karachok Mountain bombing killed 28 people, including media. [..]


Syrian Army putting pressure on Daesh in Palmyra desert, Deir Ez-Zor. [..]





The Coalition spokesman, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, says Turkey gave Coalition forces less than an hour’s​​ notice before launching airstrikes on Kurdish troops in Syria this week, potentially putting American forces in the region at risk. He says Turkey’s warning to the Coalition’s air operations center included a large area and wasn’t specific enough about timing and location to ensure the safety of the American forces. He says U.S. troops were about six miles, or 10 km, from the strikes.​​ A senior U.S. official said it was about 20 minutes. The official was not authorized to discuss the details publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity. [Star]​​ 


Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement describing the Turkish airstrikes as unacceptable. It also says Turkey disrespected the sovereignty of two countries and increased the tension in the region. [Sumaria] ​​ 


The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Rawa (1), and Kirkuk (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

The Central Criminal Court of Iraqi sentenced a Daesh convict to death after he was charged with transferring weapons in north Baghdad. A Daesh car and communications equipment were found with him when he was arrested.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A security source says an IED exploded under a tribal PMF watchtower in Tarmiya without causing casualties. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF watchtower in Al-Meshahda in Tarmiya. [DMNApril26]


Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army first lieutenant and four soldiers in​​ fighting in​​ north Baghdad. [DENApril26]​​ 


A security source​​ says security forces found an​​ ammunition cache in an orchard in Taji.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The Ministry of Transportation says a Baghdad Operations Command EOD unit destroyed an IED near the Ministry’s building. [AIN]​​ 


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

Baghdad​​ Operations​​ Command says 25th​​ army brigade in cooperation with Mahmudiya and Latifiya intelligence departments found a large cache of weapons, explosives, supplies, military clothes, and medicines in​​ the Al-Manari area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


The Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces found a Daesh guesthouse and confiscated weapons, explosives, and ammunition south of Latifiya. [Etejah]​​ 


Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Baghdad Operations Command says security units captured a Daesh member in Radwaniya. [Sumaria]


West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says 4 civilians were wounded when an IED exploded in a sheep market in​​ the​​ Hameed Shaaban area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Military intelligence says it arrested 3 terror suspects in Abu Ghraib.​​ [Ghad]​​ 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3




Daesh says it killed two Iraqi soldiers with light weapons in the Duwailiba area. [DMNApril26]


Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th​​ army division says Coalition planes killed 15 Daesh combatants and destroyed their guesthouse in Anah. The planes destroyed a vehicle bomb and killed its driver, and destroyed an Daesh ammunition warehouse.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes targeted a school in Al-Ubour subdistrict in Al-Qa’im. Daesh used the school as a headquarters for one of its “elite” units.



Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army convoy in the Al-Saqqar area east of Rutba, killing three soldiers and wounding five, including an officer. [DENApril26]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]


Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 25 area with 3 mortars. [DENApril26]




Daesh says it killed three “PMF fighters” and destroyed their vehicles after targeting them with 5 mortars in Shirqat city. [DMNApril26]


Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha village and nearby areas with 8 mortars. [DMNApril26]



Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and several other areas north of Baiji with 98 mortars and 2 SPG9 rockets. [DMNApril26]​​ 



The Dijla Operations Commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the Iraqi Army Air (IAA) launched a large military operation to clear the Mtaibija area, killing more than 50 Daesh terrorists, destroying more than 20 cars, including vehicle bombs, destroying guesthouses and boats,​​ and defusing more than 20 IEDs. [Sumaria] ​​ 

Later on, the IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 78 terrorists and destroyed 46 vehicles, including 35 vehicle bombs, 44 IEDs, 13 guesthouses and a vehicle bomb factory, and capturing 8 vehicles during the operation. [Sumaria]​​ 

A local source says a soldier was killed and another wounded by an IED explosion on the outskirts of Mtaibija.​​ 


Daesh says it attacked 3 police barriers on the road between Tikrit and Ain Al-Faras village, killing all the policemen there. Daesh says​​ two​​ of its Syrian terrorists​​ then​​ broke into​​ the​​ police emergency 10th battalion headquarters. It says one of them was killed, and the other detonated​​ his explosives​​ vest.​​ After that another Syrian terrorist detonated his vehicle bomb. It says more than fifty people, including a police major, were killed and tens wounded in the attack. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of the 3 Syrian terrorists. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have no government reports or independent reports to validate this story.


Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Daesh says it killed a PMF commander and several of his associates by detonating an IED on their vehicle in the Al-Ishaqi area. [DMNApril26]



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

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and a guesthouse and captured a machine gun-mounted vehicle in the Hawi area in Udhaim. [Ghad]​​ 




Daesh says it blew up a gas pipeline with IEDs near Bai Hassan village. [DENApril26]


Kirkuk police announced​​ the​​ arrest​​ of​​ 3 Daesh combatants in Amal Shaabi neighborhood in Kirkuk. An IED destroyed a local oil pipe connecting Arab and Kurdish parts of Darka village​​ in Dibis, while another IED targeting​​ an​​ engineering repair team​​ exploded​​ but did not cause any casualties.​​ [ARA]

Daesh says it detonated​​ an​​ IED that set fire to an oil well in Darka village. [DENApril26]


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hawija. [ICDNApril26]


Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

Daesh says its snipers killed two Peshmerga fighters in two areas southwest of Kirkuk. [DENApril26]




Mosul liberation campaign

A military source says Iraqi units are now in control of over 75% of west Mosul after liberating Al-Tanak, Al-Thawra,​​ Al-Sihha Al-Thaniya, and Al-Nasr.​​ For the past 10 days there​​ have been​​ no vehicle bomb or suicide attacks, which is a sign of decline​​ in​​ Daesh capabilities. He says the new tactic of crossing​​ through​​ the areas and then​​ doubling back​​ to them worked in Al-Tanak. Only Zanjili and Shifa’ neighborhoods remain in order to surround the Grand Mosque from the north. He says for the first time CTS and IFP will be fighting alongside each other after meeting up near Zanjili.​​ [Mada]​​ 


Commander of CTS says Iraqi forces are adopting the tactic of surrounding rather than directly attacking ​​ neighborhoods where Daesh holds civilian hostages, so as to avoid civilian casualties. He says the surrounding and resulting siege would finally push Daesh combatants out of their positions. He also says that this does not mean that direct attacks on certain positions​​ are not taking place.​​ [Karemlash]​​ 


Speaker Jubouri arrived in west Mosul to check on the war and the humanitarian situation. [Sumaria]


Daesh says it destroyed an IFP position near Bab Al-Beidh with a rocket. [DMNApril26]


Daesh says it targeted IFP positions on Aleppo Street in west Mosul with 8 mortars. [DMNApril26]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says local Daesh terrorists in Mosul are shooting themselves in the leg in order to get out of the fighting.


Central​​ Mosul

Security sources say the IFP stopped a Daesh attack on liberated areas in Old Mosul. They also say the IFP shot down a Daesh drone in the same area. [IraqPress]​​ 


Daesh issues a video of battles in Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

Daesh says it attacked IFP positions on Kornish Street and near the Bab Al-Tob area. Daesh says it killed or wounded several soldiers, destroyed 4 Humvees and an armored vehicle, damaged a Humvee and an armored vehicle and captured nearby military positions. It also says Coalition planes targeted the retreating IFP troops with 4 airstrikes. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is likely the latest daily creative writing report telling us that Coalition airstrikes kill innocent civilians instead of Daesh.​​ And here is a second probably made-up story.

Daesh says twenty-four people, mostly women and children, were killed, and twenty-six wounded by “American and Iraqi” bombing in several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]


IFP says it destroyed 8 Daesh supply trucks near the Grand Mosque.​​ [Waradana]


MoD says mobile IFP units initiated raids in west Mosul destroying Daesh mortar squads, killing several snipers, and destroying a vehicle bomb and a Daesh truck, in addition to​​ an​​ ammunition storehouse.​​ [Harbi]


MoD says IAF destroyed two vehicle bombs and killed 5 combatants in Zanjili northwest of downtown.​​ [Buratha]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 


Daesh says its snipers killed eight CTS and IFP soldiers in different areas in Mosul city. [DMNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another of the now daily reports from the Daesh creating writing department. Each of these sounds like a victory story, but the actual number of sniper deaths is likely much lower than Daesh’s claims, assuming there is any truth to the story.


IFP says it shot down a Daesh drone in old Mosul.​​ [IraqPress]


Southwest Mosul

Daesh says its snipers killed three CTS soldiers, including two snipers, in Hay Al-Thawra. Daesh also says it targeted 2 CTS positions in the same area with 2 SPG9 rockets. It also says it destroyed a CTS bulldozer with an RPG7 rocket in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril26]


North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

The MoD says Iraqi Army 9th division stopped Daesh attacks on the Halila and Bab Al-Sham areas, northwest of Mosul, destroying more than 17 vehicle bombs and killing many terrorists. It says Daesh launched the attack to break the Iraqi siege in northwest Mosul. [AIN]​​ 


Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army IFP and militias” in different areas in Mosul city and nearby village with 151 mortars and 10 heavy artillery shells.]​​ [DENApril26

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Mosul who might have been killed. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of the work of its medical military unit in Mosul. [ICDNApril26]


Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

Ninewa Police says IFP units shot dead a suicide attacker with an explosive belt in Qabr Al-Abd village in Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 


The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout, communications center, and several drones, killing 8-10 terrorists in Al-Muhalabiya, in the Mosul subdistrict near the Tal Afar line. [PUKMedia]​​ 


Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

MoD says IAF destroyed tunnels and a command center in addition to a communications center and several Daesh drones in Muhalabiya and​​ Tal Afar.​​ [Buratha]

PMF says it blocked two Daesh attacks on Tal Ghazala village and​​ the​​ Tal​​ Abta-Tal​​ Afar road,​​ killing at least two attackers.​​ [Waradana]


Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF units south of the Tal Afar airport. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Tal Afar Airport. [DENApril26]​​ 



[See stories above under National News]



The IWMC says the IAF killed 13 foreign Daesh terrorists and destroyed their 2 vehicles near Markab Al-Tayr village, near Baaj. It says the terrorists had come from Syria to Ninewa. [PUKMedia]​​ [Buratha]



PMF​​ command​​ says it liberated the archaeological city of Hatra after fierce fighting with Daesh, with help from IAA helicopters. PMF EODs are now clearing IEDs​​ and mines planted by Daesh in the​​ city. One vehicle bomb was destroyed while army helicopters destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted truck.​​ [Harbi]​​ 


PMF​​ command​​ says it liberated Haraj village north of Hatra​​ and two other villages​​ and​​ captured​​ the main road leading​​ into​​ the district.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF command says that in surrounding Hatra from all sides it captured several villages. It reported that a Daesh military official in Hatra nicknamed Abu Ali escaped to Syria.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMFs say their artillery killed the commander of suicide attackers and 3 of his escorts in the middle of Hatra.​​ [PressIraq]


The PMF Press says PMF units took control of the Hatra end of the main road between Hatra and Rawa. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If true and Daesh traffic to Northwest Anbar is really blocked, this will also help Iraq to recover Northwest Anbar. All these Iraqi attacks in the desert, in Hatra, Baaj, and elsewhere, may be closing off the last land route for Daesh reinforcements and re-supplies.


MoD says IAF destroyed a Daesh position and two vehicles near Fawaz Hezam village south of Hatra.​​ [Buratha]

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh hideout and 2 vehicles, killing 11 terrorists in Fawaz​​ Hezam. [PUKMedia]​​ 


PMFs report finding​​ Daesh rocket launchers in Musaltan village near Hatra.​​ [Waradana]


Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked PMF units in Um Al-Sultan village, northwest​​ of Hatra, with explosives vests, followed by an Algerian terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb. It says “tens” of fighters were killed and 20 vehicles were destroyed or damaged in the 3 attacks. [ICDNApril26]


Daesh says it destroyed a PMF BMP armored vehicle and an armored personnel carrier with 2 rockets north of Hatra. [DMNApril26]


Daesh says 2 PMF vehicles and a Humvee were destroyed and several fighters were killed or wounded after walking into a land​​ mine field north of Hatra. [DMNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Here is the daily land mine story from the creative writing department. We attribute no credibility to such stories unless there is some independent confirmation.


PMF Press also claimed that PMFs have secured over 3,000 civilians escaping battle areas.​​ [Sumaria]

In another report, it says 2,500 civilians, from Hatra and surrounding villages.​​ [Ghad]​​ 



Demonstrations are set today in Kalar, far southern Suleimaniya,​​ to condemn Turkish attacks on Karachok​​ Mountain, Syria​​ and​​ on​​ Sinjar yesterday. The PUK is organizing these demonstrations. Similar demonstrations​​ took place in Suleimaniya​​ and Rania in Suleimaniya province and​​ Kifri​​ and​​ Khanaqin​​ in Diyala.​​ [ROJ]




SOHR says total casualties of​​ the​​ Turkish​​ bombing​​ of​​ Karachok​​ are​​ 28 killed, including a female leader​​ of YPJ and many media​​ personnel​​ whose​​ operations​​ center was hit in the airstrike. 20 others were wounded.​​ [SyriaHR]


Turkey’s Foreign​​ Minister says in a​​ press conference in Uzbekistan that his country informed both Russia and the US of its attacks on Karachok and Sinjar two hours before the attack according to a previous agreement between the three countries.​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As reported above under National News,​​ however,​​ the US says the notice was a lot shorter and vague as to the intended locations.​​ Of course, notification does not constitute a justification for killing all those people.


Turkish army says it responded with artillery fire to two separate mortar attacks on Army positions in Hatay in southern Turkey. The first came from an area held by the Syrian government while the second came from YPG areas.​​ [Qasioun]


Turkish army says it initiated attacks on Zab and Avashin areas in northern Kurdistan, destroying 3 PKK positions and killing 6 of their fighters.​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another of the frequent Turkish raids of PKK camps in northern Kurdistan and is not related directly to the Karachok or Sinjar bombings.




Agence​​ France​​ Presse​​ quoted a YPG​​ leader​​ as requesting Coalition protection against “Turkish aggression.” The commander says the Coalition​​ should​​ keep silent as its​​ partners in the war on terror are being attacked.​​ [Dorar]

Russian army says it deployed a control system covering the whole Syrian airspace, without going into details.​​ [SyriaNow]


The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (6), Deir Ez-Zor (7), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


YPG says it engaged Turkish forces and destroyed a​​ Turkish tank near Kobane​​ after the Turks​​ crossed​​ through​​ the area​​ and​​ shot​​ at​​ Kurdish villages. An artillery shelling preceded the entry.​​ [Hawar]


Combined​​ civilian activists​​ in​​ Qamishli organized a large demonstration condemning​​ the​​ Turkish attacks on Karachok and Sinjar.​​ A crowd media-estimated to be in the thousands called Erdogan a murderer and demanded a nofly zone over their area to protect the population.​​ [Hawar]



West of Raqqa

Coalition airstrikes caused​​ extensive​​ damage in Tabaqa,​​ which is still witnessing intense battles between SDF and Daesh forces inside​​ the city.​​ 


SOHR says Coalition planes killed​​ eight women and three children while targeting their car near Tabaqa. This raises​​ SOHR’s​​ tally of civilian deaths by Coalition strikes to 16 in 48 hours.​​ [SyriaHR]

SOHR reported Coalition airstrikes on the Al-Jisr area south of Raqqa, reporting extensive damage.​​ [SyriaHR]


Daesh publishes 2 photos and a video of an “American” recon drone it shot down in Al-Sahlabiya village, west of Raqqa. [ICDNApril26] [A3maq]


North of Raqqa

Daesh says it killed three SDF fighters and captured a bulldozer in an attack on Rahiyat village​​ in​​ northern​​ Raqqa​​ province. [DMNApril26] [DENApril26]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]


East of Raqqa

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in several areas east of Raqqa with 35 mortars. [DENApril26]


Daesh says it destroyed an SDF machine gun-mounted vehicle with a mortar shell in the Al-Qadisiya farm area​​ northeast of Raqqa. [DENApril26]


Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Kurdish sources say Turkey backed opposition is shelling the city of Tal Rifaat with artillery.​​ [Hawar]


Kurdish sources say Turkish backed opposition initiated an attack on 17 Kurdish villages in​​ the​​ Al-Shahba and Afrin​​ areas​​ under heavy artillery fire. It says YPG units blocked the attack,​​ killing 4 and wounding 11 opposition combatants so far.​​ [Hawar]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Sharifa village, east of Deir Hafer, with mortars. [ICDNApril26]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian​​ Army initiated intense attacks on​​ Daesh units in 4 areas in the desert near Palmyra east and southeast of Palmyra inflicting heavy casualties on them and destroying various vehicles. The battles are taking place 85 km​​ (53 miles)​​ southeast of Homs and 75 km​​ (47 miles)​​ east of it. [SyriaNow]


Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions east of Tadmur with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNApril26]

Daesh publishes photos of “Syrian Army soldiers” it killed or captured northeast of Tadmur. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The photos show captured boys in civilian clothes.​​ 


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian government says its army killed 21 Daesh combatants and wounded many others, and destroyed a machine gun mounted vehicle in battles in Maqaber, Maamel, and 137th​​ brigade areas near Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

SOHR reported intense government airstrikes on Daesh position​​ near​​ the perimeter of Deir Ez-Zor airport and​​ the​​ Maqaber area. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in the Al-Maqaber area west of Deir Ez-Zor [DENApril26]


Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Sina’a in east Deir Ez-Zor. [DMNApril26]​​ 


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

Syrian government says its army pushed Daesh​​ back​​ 6 km​​ (4 miles) along​​ a 20 km front east of Damascus towards the desert. [SyriaNow]


Daesh says it attacked opposition group military positions​​ in the​​ Zubaida Mountains​​ in east Qalamoun, killing six fighters, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DENApril26]


Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, in Wahhabi activities west of Daraa. [ICDNApril26]




North Africa


Daesh says one of its Egyptian suicide terrorists attacked a vehicle gathering of​​ the​​ Al-Tarabin tribe in Al-Barath village, south of Rafah, with a vehicle bomb, killing forty people and wounding others. It also says it damaged a vehicle with an IED west of the village. [ICDNApril26]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh wants to make an “example” of this tribe, as it did with Albu Nimr in Iraq and Al-Shaitat in Syria. The tribe revolted against Daesh because Daesh attacked members of​​ the tribe and confiscated their vehicles. Daesh claims tribe members became “Sahwas” and were armed by the Egyptian Army.​​ 



Security units captured 2 Daesh loyalists in​​ Ariana​​ in northeast Tunisia. [Tunisien]​​ 





Daesh says it destroyed an Afghan Army Humvee with an IED in the Shadal area in Achin in Nangarhar, killing the soldiers inside. [DENApril26]




Videos of the Day

The Intelligence Service in Ninewa issued a video of many Daesh terrorists captured in the Mosul area. [Mawsleya]


IFP soldiers battle Daesh in Old Mosul [Facebook]




Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]


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