An Update On ISIS Activities

April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017​​ 


Hatra Liberated






Saudi newspaper investigation highlights alleged Daesh drug trade in Iraq. [..]

Coalition, IAF airstrikes again target Anah, Rawa. [..]

PMFs, Diyala Police smash Daesh operation in Mtaibija, Salahuddin. [..]

IFP edges in on Grand Mosque area. [..]

CTS says it has just 4 neighborhoods to go. [..]

IDPs from West Mosul up to 560,000. [..]


UN raises Iraqi sovereignty issue re: Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar. [..]


YPG threatens to pull out of Raqqa campaign if US won’t stop the Turks. [..]

Israeli planes attack Damascus Int. Airport, probably aiming at Hezbollah site. [..]


Two US service members killed in eastern Afghanistan. [..]





A Saudi newspaper says​​ the​​ drug trade in Iraq is​​ returning millions of dollars to​​ the​​ Daesh treasury. The trade passes​​ through an​​ Iraqi trader nicknamed Pablo Escobar (after the famous Colombian drug dealer).​​ Huge bribes​​ are​​ paid to security officials in​​ Iraq.​​ The main drugs trade routes are the​​ Qaeda route from Afghanistan to Pakistan to Iran, then to Iraq and Syria, and the Daesh line from​​ Iraq to Syria to Turkey and​​ on to Europe.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (7), Tal Afar (1), Sinjar (3), Rawa (2), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]



Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)

A police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in the Al-Sadda area. [Sumaria]​​ 


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

A police source says a sticky bomb attached to​​ the​​ car of a Sahwa member exploded and killed him on the spot in Dora.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

The BOC says 6th​​ army division units arrested a Daesh cell of 4 persons in Amiriyah​​ that was​​ planning terror​​ attacks in Baghdad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1



Northwest Anbar

A source in the 7th​​ army division says Coalition planes attacked a​​ vehicle-rigging workshop and a Daesh guesthouse in Anah,​​ killing 11 Daesh combatants and destroying two vehicle​​ bombs.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


IWMC says​​ the​​ IAF attacked a rigging workshop, an explosives storehouse, and a Daesh position in Rawa,​​ killing tens of Daesh combatants.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 



A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says security units issued a curfew in Rutba after getting intelligence reports of several Daesh suicide terrorists who entered the city.​​ 


PMF Press says PMF 19th brigade and an Iraqi Border Guard unit raided the Al-Saqqar area, killing several Daesh terrorists and capturing large quantities of weapons and explosives vests. [Ghad]




Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Badou area with 6 mortars. [DMNApril27]​​ 



Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and several areas north of Baiji with 34 mortars and several SPG9 rockets, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying 2 military positions. [DMNApril27]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF military position on the Al-Makhazen Bridge with an SPG rocket. [DENApril27]


Daesh says it killed twenty-five PMF fighters and wounded “tens” in attacks with 3 explosives vests in Al-Malha village, south of Baiji, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

However, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that a group of Daesh suicide terrorists sneaked into Al-Malha village, but police units and tribal fighters killed one of them and forced the rest to flee. [MoD]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice the huge discrepancy between the government report and the apparently fictional account in the Daesh report. ​​ 



The PMF spokesman says that sudden army attack from four directions​​ with intense air support​​ on Mtaibija foiled Daesh plans to create a second Hawija in the area. Wide areas were liberated during the operation, expected to be a step towards liberating Hawija.​​ A PMF commander says an Army helicopter chased 4 Daesh commanders and killed them during their escape from Mtaibija.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Ministry of Defense says 9 Daesh guesthouses were destroyed and 150 IEDs defused during​​ the​​ Mtaibija operation. 6 Daesh combatants escaping Mosul were also arrested.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

The​​ Diyala​​ Chief of Police,​​ whose​​ men​​ are​​ participating​​ in​​ the​​ Mtaibija operation,​​ says they killed 3 Daesh combatants and destroyed 3 guesthouses, in addition to defusing 11 IEDs.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The Dijla Operations Commander says the military operation in Mtaibija was concluded after 48 hours, and the operation covered more than 600 sq km (243 sq miles.) He says Iraqi forces killed 80 Daesh terrorists and destroyed tens of vehicles, hideouts, IEDs, and explosives vests. [Sumaria]​​ 


PMF artillery attacked Daesh targets in​​ the​​ Makhoul​​ Mountains​​ and achieved direct hits, says a military source.​​ [IraqPress]



Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Diyala Police say​​ they​​ arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Abu Saida.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


A​​ Daesh​​ leader​​ called Abu Muadh detonated his explosives​​ belt when military intelligence approached him​​ at the​​ Ghalibiya checkpoint between Baghdad and Diyala. One of the intelligence personnel was slightly wounded.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 


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

[See Diyala Police story under Tikrit above]


Iraqi units destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs and killed 7 terrorists in the Hawi area in Udhaim. [MoD Website]


Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Diyala​​ Police say​​ their​​ EODs defused two sticky bombs attached to a civilian car in Mandali.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 




Kirkuk Asayesh says it has captured 59 Daesh terrorists who were staying in a displacement camp in Laylan, all since the start of April. [Sumaria]​​ 


A Kirkuk Police commander says security units raided several villages in Dibis and captured 3 Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 


Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says more than 20 Daesh terrorists, including a local commander, were killed by an airstrike on the house of a displaced family that had been seized by Daesh in the Al-Zawiya area in Hawija.​​ 


Daesh says three people were killed and two others wounded by 3 “American” airstrikes on Al-Abbasi city market. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is probably today’s version of the ongoing account from Daesh’s creative writing department on how US airstrikes only hit civilians. [..]




Mosul liberation campaign

An act of revenge:​​ A young man from Mosul opened fire on a Daesh gathering in west Mosul, killing 4 of them and wounding 3 others. Local sources say this was an act of revenge, as Daesh executed his parents and sister earlier for welcoming Iraqi forces.​​ [BasNews]


Central​​ Mosul

IFP commander says IFP is now 300 meters​​ (1/5 mile)​​ from the Grand Mosque, working from the Qadhib​​ Al-Ban area. He also says his troops killed tens of Daesh combatants, including Faisal Al-Jebouri, a field commander, and destroyed 8 suicide motorcycles and 3 vehicle bombs in Al-Farouq neighborhood in the old city. He added that IFP EODs cleared five safe passages for civilians to escape battle areas.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 


Military intelligence says an airstrike killed Abu Luqman Al-Afri, Daesh commander of Hay Al-Shifa’ neighborhood.​​ [Mawazin]

Daesh publishes photos of an IFP soldier targeting by its snipers in Bab Al-Tob. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an IFP position in Bab Al-Tob with a rocket. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh says its snipers killed three IFP soldiers “on the outskirts of” Bab Al-Tob. [DMNApril27]​​ 


Daesh says it targeted an IFP military position near the Kornish Street with an SPG rocket. [DENApril27]


Southwest Mosul

CTS says that there are 4 neighborhoods remaining to be liberated before CTS completes its mission in Mosul. It also says that Hay Al-Tanak, liberated yesterday, had not been entered by any​​ Iraqi army or security unit since 2003, and was the major Daesh stronghold in the western part of the city. [ROJ]


Daesh publishes a photo of a young boy and says he conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tanak. [ICDNApril27]


Daesh says its snipers killed two CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Thawra. [DENApril27]


West-central Mosul

Daesh says it damaged 2 CTS Humvees with 2 SPG9 rockets in Hay Al-Yarmouk. [DENApril27]


Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militias” in different areas in Mosul city and nearby areas with 121 mortars, 16 heavy artillery shells, and 11 Katyushas. [DENApril27]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is no way to validate any of these now-daily reports from Daesh. Given the obvious falsity of other west Mosul stories, however, one should not take its numbers too seriously. Even if you do, however, these reported attacks are all from long distance, almost all on places that Daesh has already lost. Daesh is just keeping up appearances.


Daesh says nine people were killed and twenty-seven wounded by an “American and Iraq” bombing on several areas in west Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another probably made-up inaccurate airstrikes story. That makes two for today. No one needs to take any of these stories seriously unless the US acknowledges an errant​​ airstrike. These do happen occasionally, and the US has been​​ consistent​​ about acknowledging​​ and investigating.


Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration​​ and​​ Displacement​​ says IDPs from Mosul are at 560,000 now, most from the west side. The statement of the​​ Minister came in a meeting with​​ Vice​​ President Ayad Allawi,​​ who says that some IDPs are​​ prevented from returning to their homes. He also says that he would approach some​​ Arab​​ countries to coordinate their relief efforts with the​​ Ministry​​ so as​​ to maximize​​ their​​ effectiveness.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 


Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

PMF says it repelled​​ a large​​ Daesh attack in Marahba village​​ southwest of Tal Afar, killing 80 combatants and destroying 17 vehicle bombs.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 


Daesh says it targeted PMF position in the Tal Afar Airport and nearby areas with 16 mortars. [DMNApril27]​​ 



PMF​​ organization today​​ announced full liberation of Hatra​​ District in a record time not exceeding 48 hours. Hatra,​​ which was​​ a Daesh stronghold, is 80 Km​​ (50 miles)​​ south of Mosul and 100 km​​ (62 miles)​​ north of Siniya in Salahuddin, and is a connection point among​​ Ninewa, Anbar, and Salahuddin provinces. It has several Daesh command centers and a very important Iraqi​​ archaeological site.​​ PMF liberated over 22 villages, killed over 150 combatants,​​ and destroyed 37 vehicle bombs and large​​ numbers​​ of guesthouses, tunnels, command centers, and salvaged over 5,500 families and transferred them to safe areas. PMF​​ command​​ says its EODs are clearing boobytrapped houses and removing Daesh fortification and remnants from the city.​​ PMF also says that the next step will be Qayrawan​​ in​​ Baaj and​​ the Syrian border.​​ [Harbi]

PMF says it​​ captured the​​ archaeological site northeast of Hatra. [Maalomah]​​ 

Photos showing the liberated archaeological city of Hatra. [Sumaria]​​ 

PMF says it killed 20 Daesh combatants​​ near the entrance​​ to Hatra city.​​ [Waradana]

PMF says it cleared over 30 booby-trapped houses in Hatra and destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the city. [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says its forces are clearing the surrounding area and the cemetery of Hatra, killing 12 Daesh combatants. [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says it cleared the supply road connecting Rawa in west Anbar to Mosul through Hatra. [Harbi]​​ 


Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on PMF units north of Hatra on Wednesday, killing or wounding “tens” of fighters and destroying 3 Humvees. [DMNApril27]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ “Daesh is always victorious,” (even when it’s not).


The​​ PMF​​ organization​​ mourned one of its media correspondents,​​ killed in action near Hatra.​​ 

PMF Press senior correspondent, Haydar Al-Mayahi, was killed by a Daesh land mine while covering the Hatra battles on Wednesday. [Brothers] [Harbi]


A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Tribal PMF units captured a Daesh female suicide bomber in Qayara. The source says the bomber is originally from Shura. The source also says security units issued a curfew in Qayara after the terrorist said that Daesh sent 20 suicide terrorists to Qayara.​​ 




Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and wounded others by detonating 2 IEDs on their patrol in Al-Iskandariya. [DENApril27]




The​​ UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres,​​ expressed “concern”​​ (through a spokesman)​​ about​​ recent Turkish attacks on Sinjar, demanding that Turkey respect Iraqi sovereignty.​​ He​​ called​​ on​​ Turkey and Iraq to solve pending issues between them through dialogue.​​ [SyriaNow]


A commander of the Iraqi PMF organization says the PMF will put an end to Turkish aggression in Iraq.​​ [ROJ]


The Guardian​​ says scores of Daesh combatants are escaping Iraq and Syria towards Turkey, including Western fighters, anticipating the imminent defeat of Daesh. It says a Briton and his wife and an American escaping Daesh areas handed themselves over to Turkish authorities while many others were arrested.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 




YPG, which forms the largest part of SDF,​​ threatened the US​​ with​​ withdrawal​​ from the Raqqa campaign unless protection is provided against Turkish attacks like those which took place in Karachok and Sinjar. The SDF spokeswoman says SDF is not a tool the US​​ can​​ use to eliminate its enemies. She says she expects a tangible US reply to Turkey.​​ [Dorar]


Russia says it​​ conducted​​ 77,000 airstrikes and 23,000 sorties in Syria since its involvement in Syria, saying that President Putin reduced the air and helicopter forces in Syria by​​ half. [Dorar]


The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (4), Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (6), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]


Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)


Kurdish sources say Turkish artillery shells hit three houses and a school in Susek village 8 km​​ (5 miles)​​ west of Kobane. They say​​ the artillery fire put city residents under siege as they are threatened when exiting or entering the village.​​ [Hawar]

Activists say that 9 SDF fighters were killed in​​ the​​ Turkish shelling of Susek village.​​ [Qasioun]


A Daesh land​​ mine exploded​​ in Shaddadi,​​ hitting a taxi​​ and​​ wounding​​ the​​ driver seriously. The driver was taken to Hasaka for treatment.​​ [Hawar]



YPG sources say Daesh is separating Daesh neighborhoods from each other and is forcing the population of eastern and northern​​ neighborhoods​​ to leave their homes. SDF also received 300 families escaping Daesh held areas in Raqqa province.​​ [Hawar]


SOHR says Daesh executed a man in Raqqa on charges of smuggling people out of Raqqa, while a family of 3 was killed by a land​​ mine in Sanina​​ village​​ northeast​​ of Raqqa. It also says Coalition planes attacked Dibsi​​ Afnan​​ northwest of Tabaqa​​ without reports of casualties.​​ [SyriaHR]


West of Raqqa

Kurdish sources say SDF liberated the neighborhoods of​​ the radio station and Al-Wahba in Tabaqa, killing 20 Daesh combatants, arresting 16, destroying 44 vehicles, and capturing​​ a​​ tank. ​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

Sources in Tabaqa say Daesh snipers are spread​​ out on​​ rooftops​​ and are shooting civilians who try to escape the city. Sources also say that Daesh combatants and supporters are changing their houses​​ and cars often.​​ [Hawar]



Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Hama attacked SDF units near Al-Ajrawi Intersection, in south Tabaqa, with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying 7 vehicles. [ICDNApril27]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNApril27]


North of Raqqa

SOHR reported 3 persons killed by Daesh land mines in Huzayma north of Raqqa, while intense battles are raging inside Tabaqa city between SDF troops backed by Coalition planes and Daesh inside the city.​​ [SyriaHR]


Daesh detonated a vehicle bomb in Huzayma north of Raqqa, without report on casualties.​​ [SyriaHR]


East of Raqqa

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in several villages east of Raqqa with 29 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. [DENApril27]


Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)


YPG says Turkey-allied opposition groups attacked 7 villages near Afrin with artillery fire. YPG says it responded to the sources of fire.​​ [Hawar]

YPG says it destroyed a Turkish armored vehicle that entered a village in Rajo subdistrict in Afrin. [Hawar]

Fierce battles were reported between SDF and Turkey-allied opposition groups near Maraanaz and Tal Rifaat in Azaz. [Qasioun]


Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

SOHR says Islamic opposition factions attacked SDF positions in two villages north of Aleppo​​ with​​ reports​​ of casualties among SDF units.​​ [SyriaHR]

Opposition sources say 4 children were killed following Russian airstrikes on 4 villages west of Aleppo.​​ [Qasioun]


Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in Al-Sharifa village, east of Deir Hafer, with 8 mortars. [DENApril27]


Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

SOHR reported advances​​ by​​ Syrian government forces​​ against​​ Daesh in Al-Sha’er​​ gas​​ field​​ east of Homs, saying that government forces recaptured a large part​​ of it.​​ [SyriaHR]

A​​ later​​ report by SOHR says that government forces have recaptured Sha’er gas field and the abandoned regiment site after expelling Daesh therefrom. [SyriaHR]

Reports say that after recapturing Al-Sha’er’s​​ gas​​ fields and Tal Al-Sawana after​​ a​​ year of Daesh control, Sukhnah​​ city might be the next target of government forces. [EnabBaladi]

SOHR says Daesh initiated a counter attack on southern areas of Palmyra desert earlier captured by government forces, and says fierce fighting is currently taking place in that area. [SyriaHR]


Daesh says it attacked a Syrian Army positions south of Tadmur, killing five soldiers, wounding others, and capturing weapons and ammunition. [DENApril27]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions south of Tadmur with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNApril27]


East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR reported heavy fighting between Daesh and government forces​​ around​​ Deir Ez-Zor military airport and​​ the Maqaber area, with intense air activity over the area. [SyriaHR]

Syrian​​ Army​​ says it killed 30 Daesh combatants in Maqaber and 137th​​ brigade locations, adding that it captured a strategic hill southwest of​​ the​​ Tameem​​ brigade,​​ eliminating two Daesh squadrons. It says its forces advanced for 400 meters west of Maqaber. [SANA]


Daesh publishes photos of Syrian soldiers targeted by its snipers west of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNApril27]


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

Israeli planes attacked targets at Damascus International Airport. Syrian TV told the story without much elaboration; so did Hezbollah. Activists believe the target was Hezbollah’s weapons storehouses near the airport. [ARA]


SOHR says Daesh engaged Tahrir​​ Al-Sham and other​​ anti-government​​ opposition factions in intense fighting in Yarmouk camp in Damascus using​​ many​​ weapons including explosive belts. Casualties are confirmed​​ on both sides of the battle, but​​ no figures​​ are​​ available. ​​ [SyriaHR]

The opposition​​ groups​​ says​​ they​​ killed 70 Daesh combatants in the battle and the rest​​ are​​ under siege. They also say Daesh is gathering for a counterattack. [Qasioun]


Daesh’s version says it launched a surprise attack on Tahrir Al-Sham (mostly Nusra) in the Al-Yarmouk camp. It says the attack started with 3 suicide terrorists detonating their explosives vests. It says it captured 2 residential blocks, killing 10 fighters and wounding others. [ICDNApril27]​​ 

Here Daesh says the attack was to prevent Tahrir Al-Sham from handing over the camp to the Syrian Army. It says it detonated 2 motorcycle bombs in the attack. It also says a fourth suicide terrorist participated in the attack, but it is “unknown” if he was able to detonate his explosives vest. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it killed 5 fighters. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [ICDNApril27] Daesh also publishes a photo of the suicide terrorists. [ICDNApril27]


Opposition factions say they blocked a Daesh attack on Bir Manqoura in east Qalamoun, killing 10 combatants. The fighting is continuing as Daesh counterattacked the area. [Qasioun]


Daesh publishes photos of its affiliate, Jaish Khaled, distributing​​ zakat​​ money in Tasil town, northwest of Daraa. [ICDNApril27]




North Africa


Security units in Bor Saeed captured 40 Daesh suspects from 4 provinces. [AhlMisr]


Daesh said yesterday that 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]

Egyptian media reported that four people were killed and six wounded in the attack. The tribe responded by publishing a video on YouTube of burning a captured Daesh member alive. [Fagr]​​ 


Daesh issued a threat letter to Al-Tarabin tribe in Sinai. It says some members of the tribe attacked Daesh because it confiscated their trucks and merchandize (mostly cigarettes). Daesh says the tribe members should denounce anyone who opposes Daesh or they would face the same fate as “Sahwas” in Iraq and in Syria. [ICDNApril27]





The​​ Pentagon says two US soldiers​​ were​​ killed and one wounded in a joint operation with the Afghan army against Daesh in​​ Nangarhar​​ in eastern Afghanistan.​​ [Anadolu]


Daesh says it stopped an American and Afghani Army airdrop operation in the Mamand Achin area in Nangarhar, killing or wounding several soldiers, including Americans, and forcing the rest to retreat after an hour of​​ fighting. Daesh says after the airdrop, “American” planes launched heavy airstrikes on the area, killing around 100 people, mostly women and children. [ICDNApril27] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yet another inaccurate airstrikes story.​​ Based on Daesh accounts, it seems US pilots never hit Daesh even though they are aiming at them.


Great Britain

British police arrested a young man carrying several knives near the​​ Parliament in London. The man was believed to have been planning terror attacks.​​ [Arabi21]




Videos of the Day

IFP units advance in Old Mosul. [Mawsleya]


Iraqi soldiers beat up captured Daesh terrorists. [Facebook] [Facebook]


PMF units provide aid for displaced people in Ninewa. [Facebook] [Yalla]​​ 





Daesh publishes the 78th​​ issues of its​​ Al-Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh republishes news about its operations in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. It also confirms that the terrorist who conducted the attack in Paris was one of its “soldiers.” There is also an article describing how Daesh supports the families of its captured terrorists. [ICDNApril27]



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