May 26, 2017
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TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
CENTCOM reports on 3 Daesh leaders killed by Coalition airstrikes. [..]
Daesh burns 32 civilians to death in Mosul; stages mass execution in Shirqat. [..]
PMFs, IAA keep advance going in Sinjar, Baaj; PMFs capture Yazidis’ Kujo village. [..]
PKK reportedly kills 57 Turkish soldiers in SE Turkey. [..]
UN says over 800 paramedics have been killed in Syria since 2011. [..]
Turkey reported building a military base in Al-Bab. [..]
Daesh kills 29 Egyptian Christian bus riders. Egypt attacks Daesh Libya training camps. [..]
Morocco says it will lose 65% of its US support under Trump’s proposed budget. [..]
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REPORTS FROM IRAQ
The Coalition says its airstrikes have removed senior Daesh senior military officials and planners from the battlefield, citing several examples.
(1) Mustafa Gunes, a Syria-based Daesh external operations facilitator from Turkey, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin, Syria, April 27. He was identified as a Daesh recruiter in the central Turkish city of Konya. Gunes helped facilitating financial support for planning attacks against the West.
(2) Abu Asim Al-Jazaeri, a Daesh external operations planner and a Syria-based French-Algerian Daesh terrorist, was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Mayadin on May 11. Al-Jazaeri was involved in training the Cubs of the Caliphate, a high priority youth military training program.
(3) Abu-Khattab Al-Rawi, a senior Daesh military official, was killed during an operation near Al-Qa’im on May 18, along with three other terrorists. Al-Rawi was a Daesh military official who operated in Anbar Province and provided direct support to the Daesh leadership. He was responsible for coordinating unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and procurement in Anbar. [CENTCOM]
The Badr commander says PMFs will not only liberate Qayrawan and Baaj, but also capture the border with Syria. He says the plan was approved by the Iraqi commander in chief, Al-Abadi. He also says the Coalition is providing “mediocre” support to Iraqi forces, and accused it of being a reason for the delay in the Ninewa liberation. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. Badmouthing the Coalition won’t conceal the fact that without the enormous support from the Coalition, Iraq would have needed years to get rid of Daesh. Al-Amiri knows this well, but he has his (anti-American/pro-Iran) reasons not to say it.
Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack on Christians in Minya, in Upper Egypt, and saying that Iraq supports Egypt in fighting terrorism. [Sumaria]
The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5) and Tal Afar (1); Samarra (1) and Baiji (4). [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)
The MoD says 17th army division found an explosives cache in Amya. [MoD Website]
The MoD says 23rd army brigade found an explosives cache in Agaydat and arrested 3 terror suspects. [MoD Website]
BOC units found 6 IEDs and other explosives in different areas in south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]
Southwest (Rasheed, etc.)
A police source says one civilian was killed and three wounded when a roadside IED exploded near a popular market in Suwaib. [Sumaria]
West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)
A police source says an IED exploded in Suwaib, killing one civilian and wounding three others. [Sumaria]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 5 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 3
A security source says gunmen opened fire on a Tribal Mobilization checkpoint in Falahat west of Falluja, wounding 4. [Ghad]
Military Intelligence says 8th army division arrested two “serious” terrorists wanted on several terror charges , as they mixed with IDPs in Kilo 18, west of Ramadi. [Ghad]
Military Intelligence says 10th army division found a mass grave containing 40 Daesh corpses in Albu Bali, near Ramadi. [Sumaria]
Anbar Police say they destroyed a vehicle bomb without any casualties. The truck was parked near the stadium downtown, near one of the checkpoints. [Maalomah]
Chairman of the Haditha District Council says hundreds of Tribal PMF fighters from Haditha haven’t received any salaries for the last three years. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. Haditha was one of the cities that paid heavy price for resisting Daesh. It is shameful if the government is not taking care of its fighters.
IAF executed an airstrike in the oil refinery city of Rayhaniya in Anah District, destroying a Daesh fuel station and a fuel storehouse, and killing 3 combatants. [MoD Website]
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed twelve young men in Isdaria village, east of Shirqat city after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.
Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Al-Zuwiya Intersection with 4 mortars. [DMNMay26]
The MoD says army units killed a Daesh combatant in east Shirqat. [MoD Website]
Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Ain Al-Baidha village south of Shirqat. [DMNMay26]
Daesh issues a video of a PMF fighter targeted by its snipers in Al-Khanuqa village south of Shirqat. [A3maq]
The MoD says army units blocked a Daesh attack on the defense line in Harariyat in the Makhoul Mountains, destroying three Daesh positions. [MoD Website]
Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 54 mortars and an SPG9 rocket. Daesh also says it damaged 2 Humvees and an excavator with B10 rockets on the same road. [DMNMay26]
The MoD says Salahuddin Operations troops arrested 3 men wanted on terror charges, at a temporary checkpoint installed in Samarra. [MoD Website]
The MoD says 17th IFP brigade found IEDs and weapons during a search in Albu Badri. [MoD Website]
MoD says Salahuddin Operations forces arrested two men wanted on terror charges in Hawi Al-Hamra. [MoD Website]
The MoD says army forces destroyed a Daesh mortar squad, destroying their vehicle and killing 4 combatants in Makhoul. [MoD Website]
Salahuddin Operations Command says the total number of families who returned to their homes in various parts of Salahuddin is 88,941. [MoD Website]
Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters and wounded another in the Allas oilfield. [DMNMay26]
Western Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)
Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Al-Fatha area in Tooz. [DMNMay26]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A local source says army and PMF units repelled a Daesh attack on two checkpoints near Himrin Lake, forcing the attackers to retreat. [Sumaria]
Chairman of the Security Committee in the Diyala Provincial Council says PMF units shot down a Daesh drone on the Himrin Hills near Saadiya. [Sumaria]
Hawija Tribal PMFs supervisor says Daesh finished moving its “caliphate” headquarters from Mosul to Hawija. [Sumaria]
Mosul liberation campaign
A Ninewa Police captain says Daesh burned 32 civilians to death in Mosul center. He says the Daesh caught the families while they were trying to escape. [BasNews]
IAF dropped thousands of pamphlets on west Mosul calling on the population to use safe routes opened by the army to escape Daesh-held areas before the final attack. [IraqPress]
A military source says tens of civilians escaped the Old City Thursday night using the safe routes opened by the IFP. The source says that all remaining Daesh-held neighborhoods are under siege and are going to be attacked simultaneously very shortly. He says most of the combatants there are Iraqis and will most likely try to exit with IDPs in order to escape. [Rudaw]
The Ninewa Police Chief issued orders to prohibit the wearing of niqabs (which cover the face) in Mosul, in order to prevent Daesh terrorists from disguising as women in the city. [Karemlash]
The Ninewa Operations Command says EODs of the 16th army division installed the Iron bridge connecting the east and west side of Mosul. The aim of the bridge is to facilitate the crossing of troops and families alike. [MoD Website]
Daesh says its snipers killed two IFP soldiers near the Bab Al-Jadid area. [DMNMay26]
Daesh says it destroyed a CTS military position with rockets in Hay Al-Thawra, killing several soldiers. [DENMay26]
North & northwest Mosul
Daesh says it killed or wounded CTS soldiers by detonating a booby-trapped house in Al-Najjar on Thursday. [DMNMay26]
Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Al-Rifa’i with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 2 Humvees, and damaging another. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [ICDNMay26]
DaeshDaily comment. No Daesh report can be considered reliable, but the persistence of these Daesh stories from northwest Mosul does create some doubts about government claims that these neighborhoods have been liberated. Perhaps “liberated” does not mean “safe.”
Other Daesh stories (unverifiable)
Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army, IFP, and militia” positions in different areas in Mosul with 82 mortars and 20 heavy artillery shells. [DMNMay26]
Daesh says its snipers killed thirteen IFP and CTS soldiers in different areas in west Mosul. [DENMay26]
Daesh publishes photos of battles in west Mosul. [ICDNMay26]
A DaeshDaily source says Daesh executed four persons in Tal Afar after accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces.
PMF command says it liberated more villages after capturing Kujo, the Daesh stronghold, and now has control of the Sinjar-Baaj road. [Sumaria]
Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces, including Yazidi PMFs, captured Ranbusi village north of Baaj and continued their way toward Kojo village. Kojo is the Yazidi village where 1,700 people were massacred by Daesh in August 2014. [Harbi]
Thousands of Sinjar IDPs are still living in tents on Sinjar Mountain under difficult conditions. [ROJ]
Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on PMF units in Ranbusi village south of Sinjar. [A3maq]
Daesh also says it damaged a bulldozer and 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs near the same village. [A3maq]
PMF says it capture the Sinjar military base, killing tens of Daesh combatants and destroying several of its vehicles. [Sumaria]
Daesh publishes photos of battles west of Qayrawan. [ICDNMay26]
Daesh says it killed or wounded twenty PMF soldiers and damaged 4 vehicles in an ambush near Khanisi village, north of Qayrawan on Wednesday. [A3maq]
Daesh says it destroyed 6 PMF vehicles and damaged 8 others in battles in north Biski and south Biski villages north of Qayrawan on Thursday. [A3maq]
Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone in Abu Khashab village northwest of Qayrawan. [A3maq]
Ninewa Liberation Command says Iraqi forces killed 21 terrorists in Baaj and Sinjar. It says Iraqi forces captured the Sinjar Military base and the Domiz Compound, and cut off Daesh supply lines between Adnaniya village north of Baaj and Baaj city. It also says the IAA destroyed 8 Daesh vehicle bombs north of Baaj. It also says three PMF religious officials were wounded by a Daesh drone strike. [Harbi] [Harbi]
DaeshDaily comment. The geography may be slightly confusing in these stories, as Baaj city is just south of Sinjar city and the Sinjar border and some of the military action is crossing the border.
IWMC says the IAA killed 46 terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicles, 2 of them vehicle bombs, plus 2 motorcycles, 2 heavy machine guns, and a motor unit in the Baaj and Qayrawan areas. [Sumaria]
PMF says it reached the outskirts of Adnaniya village while having Ranbusi village north of Baaj under siege. Army helicopters destroyed 5 vehicles, including two vehicle bombs north of Baaj, while PMFs destroyed another one approaching Hatimiya. [Harbi]
PMF says Abu Al-Bara, a Saudi national and the Daesh treasury official of Baaj, escaped to Hasaka with millions of dollars. [Sumaria]
PMF says it is using night fighting tactics to liberate the rest of Baaj and Qayrawan, to offset the Daesh so-called Shami tactic that uses heat-seeking missiles. [IraqPress]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Kurdish sources say HPG (military wing of PKK) killed 57 Turkish soldiers in clashes in Kato Quwain and Tendurek mountains in southeast Turkey. Kurdish units also shot down two Turkish helicopters, saying that this is the largest blow to Turkey during this year. [ROJ]
DaeshDaily comment. This is bad news that undermines the anti-Daesh effort in Syria. With the YPG role in Syria such a huge issue to Turkey, this is hardly the time for the PKK to remind people that it is a terrorist organization that has killed 40,000 people.
Turkey described the US Congress condemnation of the Turkish security team’s behavior in Washington during Erdogan’s visit as “biased, expedient, and out of place,” saying that the US did not respond to Turkey’s inquiries about loose security arrangements during President Erdogan’s visit to the White House. Turkish security attacked peaceful protestors during the visit, leaving 9 of them wounded, 2 in serious condition. [ROJ]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
The US Army says one of its soldiers was killed when his car tipped over in north Syria. No further details were announced. [Qasioun]
Russian deputy prime minister says Russia, Turkey, and Iran are going to clearly define the borders of the non-escalation areas agreed to at the beginning of the month. He says contact channels with the US are always open. [Dorar]
The UN says over 800 paramedics have been killed since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 through the end of April. [Dorar]
France revealed on Friday that it already has special forces deployed in Syria, but it has no intention to send land troops to control Raqqa. New French Minister of the Armed Services, Sylvie Goulard, said that France is not present on the ground in Syria, but special forces are carrying out current operations.
Speaking to Europe 1 Radio, Goulard said that France is doing all that is being requested of it as a participant in the Coalition, especially by providing fighter jets that operate in the region, military advisers, and troops from a French artillery unit. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. The implied good news from this report is that the new Macron government will continue France’s support of the anti-Daesh war in Syria. [..]
The Coalition says it conducted 19 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Raqqa (9), Al-Hawl (2), Palmyra (1), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
A Daesh escapee staying with his family in Ayn Eissa IDP camp says Daesh is flooding the city of Raqqa with water, and is booby-trapping houses in the city in anticipation of the SDF attack on the city. He says Daesh combatants are hiding behind civilians in populated areas and are using them as human shields. [Hawar]
Daesh publishes photos of Ramadan prayers in Raqqa city. [ICDNMay26]
West of Raqqa
SDF captured Baath (Hurriya) Dam, the third largest in Syria after battles that ended with the withdrawal of Daesh combatants. SDF also captured the sugar factory, which Daesh then shelled with over 20 rockets after it withdrew. [Qasioun]
SDF says it had reached the northern gates of the dam after capturing Kadrina village on Thursday killing 10 combatants. [ARA]
YPG publishes photos of SDF fighters near Baath (Hurriya) Dam. [Hawar]
SDF says it calls for Daesh combatants to lay down arms and surrender is paying off, as several Syrian combatants handed themselves over to SDF. It says that the number of those who surrender increases every day. [Hawar]
SDF says it blocked a Daesh attack on Maysaloun village west of Raqqa, killing 23.
Kurdish sources say Daesh destroyed the railway lines in Tabaqa and sold the metal pieces as scrap while using wooden parts as fuel for heating. [Hawar]
Coalition planes attacked three villages north of Tabaqa while Russian planes attacked two villages south of it. Meanwhile, three civilians including a woman and a child were killed by two Daesh land mine explosions in Mansurah and Hittin. [Qasioun]
East of Raqqa
Battles between Dash and SDF raged in Asadiya village east of Raqqa, while Daesh attacked SDF units in Hamrat Nasir village with a vehicle bomb. No account of casualties is available. [Qasioun]
Daesh says it detonated 2 IEDs on SDF units west of Jazrat Abu Hamid east of Raqqa on Thursday, killing or wounding several fighters. [DENMay26]
Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in the Al-Karama area and a nearby village with 34 tank shells. [DENMay26]
Daesh publishes photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on SDF units in the Al-Hamrat area east of Raqqa. [ICDNMay26]
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
Government’s army says it intercepted a weapons smuggling operation in Wadi Odeib area, killing several Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]
SOHR reported over 110 airstrikes on Maskanah, held by Daesh in east Aleppo, as government forces close down on the city. [SyriaHR]
Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket in Albu Ajouz village south of the Al-Jarrah Military Airport. [DENMay26]
Daesh also says it damaged a Syrian Army vehicle in battles near the same village. [ICDNMay26]
Daesh issues a video of a Syrian Army recon drone it shot down near Al-Ta’ous village southeast of Deir Hafer. [A3maq]
Local activists say the Turkish Army is building a military base on the Aqil Mountain in Al-Bab. They say the Army has demolished many houses and is preventing civilians from reaching the area (photos.) [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. The Sultan of Ankara got what he wanted.
YPG blocked an attack by Fath Al-Sham, a Turkish backed opposition group in Aska village in Afrin, killing one attacker and forcing the others to retreat. Kurdish sources say the opposition group attacked 6 villages in Afrin countryside, but were firmly blocked by YPG units, which inflicted several casualties on the attacking forces. [Hawar]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.
Government says its forces captured three more locations from Daesh east of Homs and is chasing its forces deep into the desert. [SyriaNow]
SOHR reported continued retreat of Daesh forces before government’s army advance east of Homs, under intense artillery, rocket, and air cover. Government forces recaptured 8 more areas east of Homs from Daesh on Thursday. [SyriaHR]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Coalition planes killed 35 civilians in airstrikes on Mayadin east of Deir Ez-Zor, making a total of 50 civilians killed by coalition strikes in two days. The planes hit a building housing Moroccan and Sudanese families of Daesh combatants. [ARA]
SOHR says total civilians of Daesh family killed in two days are 160 including 42 children. It also says that 10 combatants were killed in these raids on Mayadin. [SyriaHR]
DaeshDaily comment. The US is investigating this incident. However, the details look shaky. What are the chances that airstrikes on residences would kill family members but not the Daesh members in the same family—two days in a row? Or that the airstrikes would target residences but not Daesh positions? More information can be expected. Another concern is the possibility that Daesh is applying its human shields tactic in Syria too, though in this case the victims were reportedly Daesh family members.
Syrian Army says it attacked 13 Daesh positions with planes and artillery in and around Deir Ez-Zor, killing many of them and destroying at least two vehicles. [SyriaNow]
South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.
An opposition source denied the rumors that Syrian opposition factions under the Free army attacked government positions in the Syrian desert with the support of the Coalition. [Qasioun]
The Government announced the start of a “New Dawn” operations aiming to clear southeastern Syria. It says it cleared over 13,000 sq. km from Daesh captivity. [SyriaNow]
As part of this campaign, the Syrian Army reports destroying a large Daesh convoy in Zaza, in eastern Homs.
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Egyptian police say gunmen attacked a bus carrying Christian Copts heading from Beni Suef to Al-Minya and killed 29, including children, and wounding 16. [Sumaria]
Hours after the attack, Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed dozens of Christians earlier in the day.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said he had ordered strikes against what he called terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.
Egyptian military sources said six strikes took place near Derna in eastern Libya at around sundown. [Reuters]
Egyptian planes responded to the attack on the Christian bus by bombing Daesh training camps in eastern Libya.
Moroccan authorities arrested a 4-person Daesh cell intending to initiate attacks in the country. Morocco says it will be affected by President Trump recently announced decision to reduce support to Middle East countries by 80%, saying that it alone would lose 65% of US support. [Arabi21]
REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Daesh says it destroyed a Philippine Army armored vehicle in fighting in Marawi city. [ICDNMay26]
Videos of the Day
Iraqi soldiers in their Abrams tank battling Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]
Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]
Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists from Mosul who might have been killed in Ninewa. [ICDNMay26]