An Update On ISIS Activities

May 17, 2017

 

 

Mohammed Al-Shuwaili (middle)

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

CTS, IFP still battling for northwest Mosul neighborhoods. [..]

PMFs still gaining in Qayrawan liberation campaign in Sinjar. [..]

Iraqi jets pound Daesh locations in Baaj. [..]

Turkey

Trump, Erdogan finish brief meeting in Washington.​​ State Dept. official says YPG relationship is only a “marriage of convenience.”​​ [..]

Newspaper​​ reports​​ Turkish publisher printed Daesh propaganda book. [..]

Syria

Russians predict Iraq & Syria coordination on anti-Daesh border battles. [..]

Coalition drops 15 more airstrikes on Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor areas. [..]

Russia’s combat deaths in Syria reportedly higher than its official estimate. [..]

Controversy surrounds Iraqi airstrikes on Bukamal due to civilian casualties. [..]

Other

Daesh gunmen storm state-run Jalalabad, Afghanistan TV studios. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Babel​​ central​​ criminal​​ court sentenced two Daesh operatives to death for participating in​​ the​​ Athar checkpoint terror attack in Hilla that killed around 100​​ people.​​ The two men transferred the suicide attacker to the checkpoint.​​ [Buratha]

 

The​​ US​​ Ambassador to Baghdad expects that Daesh will change its form after its defeat in Mosul. He​​ remarked that army and security forces still have a big task in liberating Tal Afar, Hawija, and west Anbar areas.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), and Sinjar (2); Rutba (1) and Al-Qa’im (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Northwest​​ (Kadhimiya, etc.)

Security units defused 2 IEDs planted in a market in Shula. [Babil24] ​​ 

Daesh’s version says it detonated 2 IEDs on 2 Shia gatherings in Shula, killing or wounding several people. [DENMay17]

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF vehicles on the road between Taji and Tarmiya with 2 IEDs on Tuesday, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [DENMay17]

A police source says an IED wounded three civilians in Taji.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded in Nahrawan. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

A police source says a​​ car​​ bomb​​ exploded in Sadr Al-Yusufiyah,​​ killing one civilian and wounding 5 others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The BOC says 23rd​​ army brigade found an explosives cache​​ in its sector of responsibilities.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

6th​​ army division set and ambush and arrested a person wanted on several terror charges in​​ Ameriya.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The BOC says 7th​​ Baghdad emergency​​ battalion found 4 Katyusha rockets buried in a​​ vacant lot​​ near a mosque in Radhwaniya.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 8(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5

 

ANBAR

Falluja​​ 

Security units defused an IED in Subaihat village in Qarma subdistrict. [Babil24] ​​ 

 

Ramadi

A Tribal Mobilization commander says security forces arrested the mastermind​​ behind moving​​ vehicle bombs to​​ the Kilo 7​​ area​​ west of Ramadi. He was arrested as​​ he tried​​ to attack the checkpoint again. The checkpoint witnessed several car bomb attacks recently.​​ [Maalomah]

 

Northwest Anbar

A security source says Daesh executed 4 men in public in Rawa on charges of contacting army and security units.​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh has started doing in Anah what it did in Mosul and elsewhere. As the pressure on them increases, they go looking for people to execute in order to intimidate the rest of the population into line. The implication is that Iraq needs to liberate northwest Anbar​​ sooner rather than later.

 

MoD says IAF initiated several attacks on​​ Daesh targets in Qa’im,​​ destroying two HQs and a weapons storehouse,​​ and​​ killing several Daesh combatants in Daghaima near Qa’im.​​ [Harbi]​​ The​​ IWMC​​ version of the same story​​ says the IAF destroyed a Daesh rockets factory, a hideout, and a vehicle bomb factory in Al-Qa’im. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

The IAF destroyed a Daesh camp and 2 vehicle bombs in the​​ Fadwa Horan area, killing 13 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces conducted a military operation in the Makr Al-Dhib area near the Horan Valley, killing seven terrorists and destroying a mobile communications center, 4 vehicles, and a hideout. [Buratha]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Daesh drone targeted a hospital in Shirqat, killing one civilian and wounding ten. The source says another drone dropped a bomb on a PMF checkpoint in Tilul Al-Baj,​​ along the road to Qayara,​​ killing three PMF fighters. The source also says a third Daesh drone targeted a house in Al-Aitha village, killing one civilian and wounding two.​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Abrams tank with a mortar shell near Shirqat city. [DMNMay17]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Al-Khanuqa village south of Shirqat. [DMNMay17]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted a PMF military position in the Al-Qalaa area south of Shirqat with 2 mortars. [DENMay17]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Ain Al-Baidha village southwest of Shirqat. [DENMay17]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army headquarters in a refinery north of Baiji with 4 mortars. [DENMay17]

 

Tikrit

MoD says field intelligence teams found an explosives cache containing 3 IEDs in Shishin near Tikrit.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Commander of Dijla operations says army helicopter destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs in Himrin​​ Hills, while a search in the area resulted in finding an ammunition cache.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in the Al-Waqf area east of Baquba. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

A local source 6 Daesh mortar shells hit Udhaim subdistrict north of Baquba, one near a house, without causing any casualties.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army position in Al-Bayar village in Udhaim subdistrict with 7 mortars. [DMNMay17] Later on, Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militia” positions in Udhaim city and Al-Bayar village with 10 mortars. [DENMay17] Daesh publishes photos of targeting “PMF positions” in the Udhaim area with mortars. [ICDNMay17]

 

A military source in Diyala says the guerrilla war initiated by Daesh forms a major challenge in Diyala. He says sleeper cells​​ conduct​​ sporadic, small, but sometimes harmful attacks on army and security sources, saying that it is very difficult to control the vast agricultural lands where Daesh cells may hide. He confirmed that​​ while​​ Daesh is​​ being​​ defeated in major battles,​​ its tricky​​ new methods​​ are difficult to confront and will need much more effort.​​ [Anadolu]

 

A local Diyala official says Daesh combatants in Mtaibija and Aith, Salahuddin​​ fired 7 mortar shells on Mubarak Al-Farhan village near the Salahuddin border, wounding Tribal Mobilization soldiers and burning over 350 donums of wheat.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The Minister of Education says the ministry will resume paying the salaries of 1,000 of its Mosul employees. He says the National Security Agency has checked the records of those employees. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A member of the Mosul District Council says the Council doesn’t have a building now and the members are working from a mosque in the city. [Sumaria]  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Mosul liberation campaign

Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi accuses the IFP of “indiscipline” and says the IFP used heavy weapons that caused massive infrastructure damage and killed many civilians in west Mosul. He says the CTS and the Iraqi Army were more “professional” and used the same tactics as in the east side of Mosul. [Karemlash]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It is strange for a senior “national figure” to criticize his country’s armed forces, but welcome to Iraq. The uproar against the IFP started in April when a video of the IFP commander was shown on Al-Jazeera, which claimed that he said he would crush Mosul. We watched the video and the commander said to a group of wounded IFP soldiers “We took revenge for you. We crushed them with rockets.” Obviously he meant Daesh, but Al-Jazeera has its own way of reporting that tends​​ to support Daesh, just as it supported the AQI. Who the not-so-esteemed Vice President is supporting might be an appropriate question. ​​ 

 

Central​​ Mosul

The JOC spokesman says Iraqi forces have encircled the Grand Mosque area and are advancing from the northwest. He says they are being careful about breaking into this area, as Daesh forced civilians to gather in the area in order to cause massive civilian casualties when Iraqi forces attack. Also, the streets of the area are very narrow and the buildings are old and collapsing, which makes movement of vehicles difficult. [Buratha]​​ 

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh terrorists have withdrawn from northwest Mosul to Hay Al-Farouq in Old Mosul. He says the terrorists are preventing civilians from leaving the area in order to use them as human shields. [Maalomah]

 

The IFP Commander and eyewitnesses say that Daesh is planting IEDs and vehicle bombs in front of civilian houses in west Mosul to prevent the civilians from leaving. The commander says Daesh terrorists even chained civilians in Hay Al-Sihha to prevent Iraqi and Coalition planes from bombing the area. He says Iraqi forces held fire and just watched while Daesh terrorists were moving among civilians. He says the forces didn’t target the terrorists to avoid civilian casualties. [IraqPress] ​​ 

 

IFP sources say IFP engaged Daesh in the Makawi, Bab Al-Jadid, and Bab Al-Tob areas in old Mosul, killing 20 combatants and seizing their weapons. IFP is now surrounded in the Wednesday and Jadid markets in the old city. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted an IFP military position near the Bab Al-Tob area with an SPG9 rocket. [DENMay17] Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP fighter and destroyed a military position near the Bab Al-Tob area. [DENMay17]

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

Sumaria​​ Satellite TV station entered 17th​​ of July neighborhood in west Mosul and held interviews with​​ some residents. They​​ say most Daesh combatants they saw were foreigners. They also say that Daesh attacked their houses, stole their cars, and robbed their belongings.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Commander of Rapid Response units says his forces killed over 30 Daesh combatants during its advance in​​ the​​ 17th of July and Iqtisadiyeen neighborhoods​​ mostly of Arab and foreign nationalities, and captured​​ 4 vehicle bombs.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The IFP Commander says Iraqi forces have captured more than 90% of Al-Iqtisadiyeen and will liberate it in the coming hours. He says Iraqi forces killed 172 Daesh terrorists in the area so far. [Ajel] ​​ 

IFP units stopped a Daesh counter-attack Al-Iqtisadiyeen. [BaghdadTimes] ​​ 

 

Ninewa Liberation Command says CTS units captured Hay Al-Rifa’i and raised the Iraqi flag over its public buildings. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh attacked advancing Iraqi forces with 5 vehicle bombs in Rifa’i neighborhood, but no information on casualties was released.​​ [ARA]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded several CTS soldiers by detonating an IED near Hay Al-Rifa’i. [DENMay17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So Daesh again lost, but was again “victorious.”

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Anbar detonated a vehicle bomb on CTS soldiers in Hay Al-Uraybi, killing several soldiers and damaging a Humvee. [ICDNMay17]

 

Commander of Ninewa Operations says the army is installing a pontoon bridge between Hawi Al-Kanisa northwest of central Mosul where the Tigris turns west, which was liberated earlier, and the east side of Mosul, to facilitate crossing of IDPs to east Mosul.​​ [Maalomah]

 

Local sources say PMF units arrested 5 civilians in Hadba neighborhood in north Mosul on charges of cooperating with Daesh.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in the east and west side of Mosul with 174 mortars. [DMNMay17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The daily mortar and artillery story.

 

Daesh says its snipers killed fifteen Iraqi soldiers in different areas in west Mosul on Tuesday. [DMNMay17]​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed nine Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Uraybi and the Bab Al-Tob area. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The daily sniper story.

 

Daesh says it shot down an IFP recon drone in Al-Sha’arin Market in west Mosul. [DENMay17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another “victorious” (and almost meaningless) story.​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bomb factories, an IED storehouse, and a hideout in Tal Afar District. 10 foreign terrorists were in the hideout. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Tal Afar Airport and 2 nearby villages with 26 mortars. [DMNMay17]

 

Sinjar

The PMF command says PMFs​​ have​​ captured 70% of Qayrawan​​ subdistrict as of​​ the 6th​​ day of military operations in the subdistrict. It says Daesh brought large military reinforcements from Syria to Baaj, led by 3 commanders from other Arab countries. Daesh’s families left Qayrawan while civilians were forced to stay to be used as human shields. It says PMFs killed 35 Daesh terrorists today and secured tens of families. Meanwhile, the IAF destroyed Daesh targets north and south of Qayrawan in addition to 2 targets in the city. [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF​​ command​​ says its units cut off the main​​ Daesh​​ supply route between Qayrawan and Tal Qasab.​​ It says​​ it is advancing in northern​​ Qayrawan​​ and​​ that tens of families were moved to safe areas.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

PMF​​ command​​ says its​​ artillery​​ units attacked​​ the​​ Qahera area south of Qayrawan,​​ achieving direct hits. It also started a campaign on its sixth day of activities against targets in north of Qayrawan.[Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting​​ Iraqi forces​​ Humvee with rockets in the Tal Banat area of Sinjar, southwest of Tal Afar city. [A3maq]

 

Baaj

The MoD says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 6 Daesh buildings in Baaj, including “Islamic police” headquarters, killing 12 terrorists. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

An IFP source says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh weapons storehouse in Baaj and killed 3 combatants.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Hatra/Qayara

PMF command says PMFs stopped a Daesh counter-attack in Hatra, destroying several armored vehicles and motorcycles and killing many terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it killed eight PMF fighters in an attack east of Hatra. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee and 2 machine gun mounted vehicles in an attack northwest of Hatra. [A3maq]

 

Tribal Mobilization​​ units​​ arrested 30 persons​​ affiliated​​ with​​ Daesh,​​ in​​ the​​ Jadaa IDP camp in Qayara. Those men were armed with light weapons. A few days ago, Daesh mixed with IDPs,​​ raised the​​ Daesh flag in the camp,​​ and killed and wounded 10 IFP soldiers​​ they were​​ all killed.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya,​​ Bashiqa, Tel Keif)

Hanin Qaddo, a CoR​​ member​​ from the​​ Shabak minority,​​ accused a colleague of his of “making up stories to have Peshmerga units enter the Nineveh​​ Plain areas​​ and annex them to​​ the​​ Kurdistan region.​​ CoR​​ member​​ Salim Jumaa​​ had said Shabak PMFs at​​ a checkpoint tried to assassinate him after assaulting him physically.​​ Qaddo says the story is made up, and that the checkpoint merely asked​​ Jumaa’s driver​​ for​​ his ID.​​ [ROJ]

 

KURDISTAN

The General Director of the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga says getting helicopters is an essential part of a project to reorganize the Peshmerga. He says the helicopters will help move wounded fighters in addition to logistical support. He says plans for the project were drawn up by the ministry with help from American, British, and German military advisors. He says the KRG is heading to independence, so it is necessary to empower the Ministry of Peshmerga. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Peshmerga were long divided into two totally separate and occasionally warring entities as the armed security forces of the KDP and PUK respectively. A few years back it was finally agreed to merge them. Barzani’s later military coup against Gorran, which headed the Peshmerga ministry in the new government, essentially broke the force into two sides again. The guy talking is a KDP guy talking the KDP line. As for the proposed helicopter fleet, it might be a fine idea after a​​ mutual​​ independence agreement is reached between a unified KRG and the central government. Until then it’s just a threat to Iraq.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

President Trump says his country is supporting Turkey in its war on terrorists groups like Daesh and the PKK, while Erdogan says his visit to Washington will be a historic turning point. They met for 20 minutes before going into the banquet held by the US President for the Turkish delegation.​​ [Dorar]

Media sources say Erdogan told President Trump that Turkey will not tolerate any cooperation between the US and YPG units.​​ [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Erdogan’s bullying tactics and constant whining have not worked on Washington​​ so far, but Trump has apparently decided to paper over the differences and continue showing a benign face to Erdogan and his regime. The upshot is that the whining will continue. The real face of the Erdogan regime may have shown more clearly on Washington’s diplomatic row,​​ where Erdogan’s security team assaulted and beat up anti-Erdogan demonstrators at the Turkish Embassy and apparently got away with it.​​ 

 

Al-Zaman​​ Turkish paper says Daesh published a​​ propaganda​​ book in Istanbul​​ which portrayed​​ its crimes as acts of​​ jihad. The book caused controversy in Turkey while​​ the​​ publishers claimed it does not promote Daesh but rather​​ Al-Qaeda!​​ The government,​​ which provided the license,​​ is still silent.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Another report says Daesh printed out the propaganda book in Istanbul after getting official approvals. It says the printing house that published the book, after being confronted with it, said the book wasn’t for Daesh but for Al-Qaeda. It says the book is legal and it had all necessary official approvals. It says 2 policemen came to the printing house to investigate but they left after they were told the book belongs to Al-Qaeda and not to Daesh. Another newspaper says many books that talk about “jihad” in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are being published in Turkey. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The website of the Russian military base at Khmeimim in Latakia says the coming days will witness a high level of coordination between Iraqi and Syrian government forces in the battles against Daesh, which will soon move to Iraqi Syrian borders. [Qasioun]

 

State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Jonathan Cohen, describes the US relationship with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria as “temporary, transactional, and tactical.”

Cohen was part of a panel at Washington’s Middle East Institute that addressed the issue of “Tensions in US-Turkish relations” on the day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington.

Last week, in advance of Erdogan’s visit, the US announced it would directly arm the YPG in preparation for the liberation of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

However, Cohen made clear that the arms deliveries do not mark any political change. Indeed, he described US relations with the YPG as entirely military and limited to the fight against Daesh.

As Cohen described what he called “our battlefield partnership with the YPG,” it is essentially a marriage of convenience.

“They are the only force” in Syria capable in the near term of moving to seize and liberate Raqqa, Cohen explained. [Kurdistan24]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We understand the US government’s desire to preserve what it can of its relationship with Erdogan’s government, as well as the desire to be a friendly host for his visit to DC, but we wish it wouldn’t try so hard. Statements like Mr. Cohen’s could cause serious problems later.​​ Perhaps the statement that it’s just a military arrangement is not accurate either, witness the following story.

 

Brett​​ McGurk, White House​​ envoy​​ to the U.S.-led​​ coalition, accompanied by a delegation from the State Department, visited Ayn Al-Arab (Kobane) city and met with the Raqqa and Tabaqa local councils formed by the SDF. The delegation will also meet with the SDF to discuss military aspects of the campaign to liberate Raqqa.​​ [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (5), Raqqa (6), Deir Ez-Zor (3), Albu Kamal (1), Al-Tanaf (1), Tadmur (1), and Al-Hawl (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Kurdish sources say Turkish army​​ soldiers​​ killed a​​ farmer in Tal Abyad during its operations along the​​ Syrian​​ border.​​ [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two SDF fighters in the Tal Jayer area south of Hasaka. [DENMay17]​​ 

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

SDF says it solved a riddle that​​ has​​ confused​​ the​​ Tabaqa population for some​​ time.​​ A​​ mystery house​​ turned out to be​​ the Russian​​ Club building,​​ locked and well guarded by Daesh, which​​ was actually a​​ storehouse​​ for​​ satellite dishes and receiving equipment confiscated by Daesh from the population when they were in the city.​​ [Hawar]

 

SOHR says Coalition planes attacked Daesh targets in Dibsi Afnan village west of Raqqa. No reports​​ have been made​​ of casualties.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

East of Raqqa

SDF says it​​ captured​​ grain silos and is engaging in battles with Daesh in Badr village east of Raqqa. SDF also liberated Falaj village west of the city, and destroyed two Daesh vehicle bombs in Asadiya in the northwest.​​ [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

While Turkey is reinforcing its army along the​​ Idlib border, news​​ outlets​​ are​​ reporting​​ Turkish endeavors to form a force similar​​ to that​​ which​​ fought in Al-Bab city. Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) units are rejecting Turkish entry into the area and mobilizing and redeploying forces in the area.​​ [Hawar]

 

Battles took place in east Idlib when tribal forces attacked Tahrir Al-Sham checkpoints and captured them. SOHR says Tahrir Al-Sham captured the checkpoints back in a counter attack.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A Daesh drone attacked government forces in Jarrah military airport,​​ killing and wounding several government​​ troops​​ and destroying a tank.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in Jarrah Kabir village near the Al-Jarrah Military Airport with 60 mortars. [DENMay17]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Al-Khawalda village southeast of Deir Hafer. It says it killed ten soldiers, captured one, and destroyed 2 tanks. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles. [ICDNMay17]

 

Syrian Army​​ says it​​ captured Aliya​​ Hills east of Aleppo.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

Daesh says it detonated a parked motorcycle bomb on opposition fighters in Azaz city, wounding seven of them. [DENMay17]

Local sources in Afrin say the YPG is recruiting boys as young as 10 and sending them to battlefields. One source published a photo of a young boy who was recruited. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ booby-trapped​​ motorcycle exploded near​​ a​​ Jabha Shamiya​​ prison​​ in Azaz,​​ killing several​​ people​​ and wounding over 15​​ from​​ that faction. Fighting between​​ the​​ Jabha Shamiya​​ militia and Turkey-established​​ police units broke out in Azaz recently.​​ [Hawar]

 

An inspection team says Daesh and Turkey-allied militias​​ used​​ chemicals​​ to shell Um Hosh village. Two women​​ had their​​ blood tested; the​​ tests revealed mustard gas traces.​​ [Hawar]

 

A​​ Turkey-allied faction​​ says it arrested 6 SDF fighters near Jarabulus this week.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

AKI Italian press agency says Homs and Hama hospital treated over 150 Russian soldiers wounded in battle. The press agency says that 21 Russian soldiers were killed​​ just​​ in Palmyra. Russia only​​ acknowledges​​ 5 Russian casualties.​​ [Dorar]

 

SOHR says that Daesh killed and wounded over 40 government soldiers​​ in sporadic attacks on the Khanasir-Athariya Road,​​ threatening the main supply road to Aleppo.​​ 12 are confirmed as killed,​​ including 2 officers.​​ The sporadic attacks with small groups aim to distract government forces​​ attention​​ as they​​ head​​ toward​​ Maskana and​​ the​​ remaining Daesh-held​​ areas east of Aleppo.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Albu Kamal

The Coalition denied initiating any airstrikes on Albu Kamal,​​ saying that its last attack was on​​ a​​ Daesh oil facility 50 km away from the city.​​ The​​ Coalition says “other countries” might be involved. The attack killed 42 civilians including 11 children. Some activists say the air strike was by Iraqi planes that have bombed this area more than once recently. [ARA]

 

Daesh executed 8 persons in Albu Kamal on charges of providing Coalition planes with coordinates that facilitated the recent attack on the city. [Qasioun]

Local activists say all the executed men are Iraqis from Rawa. [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR says​​ anonymous​​ helicopters, believed to be the Coalition’s, flew at a low level over eastern areas of Deir Ez-Zor. The helicopters flew over Safa​​ Company​​ HQ, occupied by Daesh, and exchanged fire with its fighters, destroying two of their vehicles. [SyriaHR]

 

Violent fighting​​ was​​ reported between​​ the Syrian Army​​ and Daesh in several areas in Deir Ez-Zor city and the nearby airport without notable advances from​​ either side.​​ ​​ [Qasioun]

 

Syrian Army killed over 58 Daesh combatants and destroyed several of their vehicles in battles near Deir Ez-Zor​​ airport. [SyriaNow]

Government forces say they​​ blocked a Daesh attack on Deir Ez-Zor airport and destroyed a vehicle bomb before​​ it could​​ reach its target. [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian government says its planes attacked Daesh units in 4 locations around Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Sina’a in Deir Ez-Zor city. [DENMay17]​​ 

 

SOHR says Daesh​​ beheaded​​ a woman in Ghraiba village east of Deir Ez-Zor on charges of practicing witchcraft.​​ Daesh​​ executed another woman​​ and several​​ Daesh​​ men by stoning​​ in Mayadin,​​ on charges of adultery. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh dismissed the Iraqi​​ wali​​ of its Al-Kheir​​ Wilayat (Deir Ez-Zor except for​​ Albu Kamal) for stopping executions against​​ Daesh​​ members accused of​​ adultery and “alien thought.” A commander​​ from​​ a​​ Gulf​​ country​​ is replacing him.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says a Coalition plane attacked a car in​​ the​​ Buqris area east of Deir Ez-Zor​​ city near Mayadin,​​ killing 4 Daesh combatants. [SyriaHR]

 

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

Opposition sources in the Rukban IDP camp near the Jordanian border denied any new car bomb attacks on the camp, saying that explosions heard were due to government airstrikes on two water tankers in Zarqa, around 30 km (19 miles) away from the camp. [EnabBaladi]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED south of Rafah city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged 2 Egyptian Army armored personnel carriers with 2 IEDs near Sheikh Zuweid city. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan​​ 

Five​​ Daesh​​ gunmen stormed the regional offices of Afghanistan’s state-run TV channel Wednesday. Militants attacked the offices of RTA in Jalalabad, said regional government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani to NBC News. He says four employees of the TV station and two police officers were killed. Four of the five attackers were also killed, including one suicide bomber. The fifth was arrested.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attack began with an explosion, followed by a gun battle with security forces. The state media building is close to the governor’s compound and a police station. [NBC] [CNN]​​ 

Daesh’s version says 2 of its suicide terrorists attacked the Government Radio Building in Jalalabad and detonated 2 parked motorcycle bombs near the building on police and security personnel then​​ entered the building and killed thirty security members, policemen, and media persons, and wounded others. Daesh publishes a photo of the 2 terrorists. [ICDNMay17]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

You must see this.​​ A brave CTS soldier stops a Daesh vehicle bomb with his bulldozer in west Mosul. Daesh snipers are shooting at soldier Mohammed Al-Shuwaili as the vehicle-bomb driver tries to force the bulldozer to move in order to reach the Iraqi forces behind it. The terrorist gives up and detonates the vehicle. An officer calls the soldier on the radio; he replies calmly that his bulldozer stopped! [Yalla] [YouTube] [PUKMedia]

 

Displaced people from Mosul say they were forced to eat grass before leaving because of the severe lack of food in the city. [Rudaw]​​ 

A woman tells CTS soldiers that Daesh terrorists forced her to use her house as weapons store. Five families are living in the house. [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces clear Al-Rifa’i. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi soldiers secure a family in Al-Rifa’i. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

Iraqi Army 9th​​ division battle Daesh in 17th​​ of July neighborhood. [Mawsleya]

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IFP soldiers battle Daesh near the Al-Nouri Mosque. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about its battles in Mosul. The video shows an American Daesh terrorist, Abu Hamza Al-Amriki, and other foreign terrorists, talking about how Daesh is developing new weapons, including explosives, RPG rockets, electronic devices on weapons, and remote-control cars. The video also shows the manufacturing of drone “bombs.” It also shows Daesh attacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul including suicide attacks. At the end of the video Daesh shows photos of western cities and asks its supporters in the US, Russia, and Europe to conduct attacks to ease the tension on its terrorists in Iraq and Syria. [ICDNMay17]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If you watch the video without any knowledge about what’s happening, you wouldn’t believe that Daesh has basically nothing left in Mosul.​​ Daesh media strategy, developed by Baathists, reminds us of Saddam’s minister of media, the famous “Baghdad Bob.”​​ As usual, Daesh collects reports from battles and puts them in one video to show its “victories.” The video shows manufacturing of explosives that might be the same as the ones used in the Al-Karrada attack in July 2016 that killed or wounded hundreds of people. Daesh tried to show in the video that how superior it is when it comes to technology. Of course most of its fanboys don’t know that some of these “technologies” have been around since World War II.​​ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 16, 2017

 

SDF Fighters​​ 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Anah council chairman says airstrikes killing civilians. [..]

Daesh is down to its last neighborhood in west Mosul. [..]

PMFs capture more villages in Sinjar. [..]

 

Syria

17 more Coalition airstrikes hit Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor areas. [..]

Raqqa fighting moves to within a few miles of city. [..]

IAF airstrikes on Albu Kamal reportedly killed 66 people. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi says liberating Ninewa will lead to the liberation of Hawija. He also says the government has agreements with the KRG regarding the west Ninewa military operations. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

A Tribal PMF commander from Hawija says his fighters have been ready to fight Daesh and are awaiting Abadi’s orders. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Prime Minister Abadi called on Daesh terrorists to surrender and promised them fair trials. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (5), Sinjar (3),​​ Al-Qa’im (1),​​ Baiji (1),​​ and​​ Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says an IED placed​​ near​​ a​​ building materials shop killed one and wounded three civilians in​​ Sheikh Hamad.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source says two civilians were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Al-Meshahda area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says a search by 17th​​ army division in​​ the Kilo 14 and Alluj areas resulted in destroying 2 IEDs and finding 25 mortar shells and two detonators.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Military intelligence says it arrested a “serious” terrorist in Yarmouk neighborhood, with​​ help from​​ the MoI and 6the army division.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military Intelligence Service says it captured a “dangerous” terrorist in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it detonated 2 Sahwa fighters’ houses and destroyed an SUV with IEDs in Hay Al-Shuhada in Ramadi city, killing five fighters and destroying others. [DENMay16]

 

MoI spokesman says security units captured a Daesh terrorist driving a car bomb at a checkpoint in the Kilo 7 area, west of Ramadi. He says the terrorist brought the car from Al-Qa’im and was planning to move it to Baghdad. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Commander of Jazeera Operations says Daesh has turned to defensive​​ tactics, following​​ a lot of​​ casualties and​​ the​​ escape of major leaders. He says Daesh has no ability any more to initiate major attacks, and is highly dependent on​​ the cover of​​ bad weather to attack here and there. He adds that air forces are pursuing Daesh gathering in all fields of operation.​​ [Maalomah]

 

Northwest Anbar

The Chairman of the​​ Anah​​ District Council says Daesh has​​ 20% of​​ the​​ Anah population under siege inside the city, complaining that air strikes on the city are not focused and often hit civilians like a recent attack on​​ an​​ Anah market that hit several civilians. He demanded​​ that​​ bombing​​ of​​ Anah​​ stop, as​​ the damage to​​ the city’s​​ infrastructure is not repairable. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh terrorists attacked a Border Guard convoy in the Kilo 70 area, killing two guards and wounding three. [Maalomah]

Daesh publishes photos of an ambush on an Iraqi Army border guard vehicle in the Kilo 70 area north of Rutba. [ICDNMay16]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Shirqat city and in Suwaidan village north of Shirqat with 2 mortars and 3 SPG9 rockets, killing or wounding several fighters. [DMNMay16]

 

Baiji

PMF​​ organization​​ says​​ PMFs​​ attacked a Daesh unit in​​ the​​ Makhoul​​ Mountains near the Egyptian company location near Baiji,​​ killing 7 of them and destroying a machine gunmounted truck.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

PMFs​​ engaged Daesh in a severalhour battle​​ with​​ a Daesh group​​ that​​ approached​​ the​​ Baiji-Mosul road,​​ forcing​​ them to retreat.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMF positions near the Al-Asmeda area north of Baiji. [ICDNMay16]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and in 2 villages in south Shirqat with 33 mortars, 3 B10 rockets, and 12 SPG9 rockets. [DMNMay16] [DENMay16]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Commander of Dijla operations says a search campaign in five villages in Diyala​​ Basin northeast of Baquba resulted in destruction of two Daesh​​ guesthouses,​​ two motorcycles, 2 IEDs, and​​ the​​ arrest of 7 Daesh suspects.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh publishes 2 photos of detonating an IED on a police vehicle in the Shahraban area. [ICDNMay16]

 

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

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF positions in the Udhaim area with mortars. [ICDNMay16]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Commander of Diyala Operations says the two terrorists arrested today south of Balad Ruz are part of the most dangerous Daesh cells specialized in planting IEDs in the province. He says the cell used bicycles to move IEDs around undetected. He says the two confessed and informed the authorities of​​ the​​ names of the rest of the cell.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a vehicle carrying a “group of Shia people” with an IED in the Dayniya area in Balad Ruz. [DENMay16]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local source says one of​​ the​​ major Daesh​​ emirs​​ and one of his escorts was killed on the borders between Kirkuk and Salahuddin when an IED they were carrying in their car exploded. They were heading towards Albu Bakr village between Diyala and Salahuddin.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A report says most of the women in IDP camps who escaped Hawija are either widows or lost their sons to Daesh executions. Sources say that 170 women in an IDP camp in Kirkuk were forcefully married to Daesh combatants and many have children that are unregistered or have​​ no​​ ID documents.​​ [Mada]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Hawija has been through hell, and for a longer time than other places. The post-Daesh retrospective is going to be a tragic story on a large scale.

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of removing rubble in Hawija. [ICDNMay16]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a market in Al-Masna’a village north of Hawija. [ICDNMay16]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The​​ Ministry of Interior says​​ that​​ since the liberation of East Mosul​​ it​​ has​​ opened 10 police precincts and 110 stations in the city,​​ and now has 15 battalions and one SWAT company. The​​ Ministry​​ has​​ also started the traffic department and​​ facility​​ protection directorate in the city. It says 5,857​​ people​​ volunteered​​ for​​ the police force, and 600 of them​​ have​​ already graduated after training​​ by the MoI and the Coalition. 12 civil defense centers were started as well as​​ a​​ nationality and passports department,​​ which​​ has opened​​ 27 branches and issued 168,391 ID documents so far.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it​​ has​​ destroyed over 200 Daesh tunnels​​ and 300 vehicle bombs​​ since the start of operations.​​ Col. John Dorrian says in a press conference that Daesh is almost defeated in Iraq, and the Coalition will continue its support to Iraqi units until liberation of the remaining areas of the country, adding​​ that​​ the Coalition still needs to defeat Daesh in Syria.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Mosul liberation campaign

JOC spokesman Brig. Yahya Rasoul says total​​ Daesh​​ casualties in​​ the​​ Ninewa​​ campaign​​ are 16,467 combatants. He says east Mosul is under total control and life has started to return to normal. Rasoul says 679 vehicle bombs have been destroyed, as well as 6,661 IEDs, 11 Daesh command centers, 47 drones, and 76 rigging workshops. He also says 217 explosives​​ belts were defused. He says Daesh​​ now​​ controls only 12 sq. km inside the city.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A field source says security forces arrested a Daesh cell of 25 members armed with light arms in Siddiq and Sukkar neighborhoods in east Mosul. Sources also say CTS destroyed 7 vehicles bombs in​​ west Mosul. A Daesh media official Jalal Ayoub Shihab, a Syrian, was killed during a battle in the Iqtisadiyeen neighborhood in northwest Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

MoD says its men arrested 7 Daesh escapees in Mosul, including one who escaped Badoush prison earlier.​​ [PUKMedia]

 

The JOC says Coalition planes destroyed 2 Daesh weapons storehouses, a vehicle bomb factory, a headquarters, and a mortar unit in several areas in west Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

 

IAF planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Daesh controlled areas in west Mosul asking citizens to stay away from Daesh positions. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Central​​ Mosul

Local sources in Mosul say all that is left under Daesh control are parts of the Old City. However, narrow alleys of 2.5 m width will not be suitable for tanks and armored vehicles, and civilians are forced by Daesh to stay in their houses. The sources estimate Daesh combatants in the old city at 600. Many observers believe army units should have granted Daesh a safe access out of the city and then chased them.​​ [Mada]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a family of six, including two girls, who were trying to escape from Al-Zanjili, northwest of downtown.​​ 

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

The​​ IFP​​ Commander announced finalizing liberation of Iqtisadiyeen and​​ 17th​​ of July neighborhoods.​​ IFP EODs were deployed to clear the neighborhoods of war remnants, with snipers on​​ the buildings to​​ protect them.​​ [Sumaria]

 

He said earlier that they had destroyed 168 vehicle bombs and cleared over 200 IEDs and land mines and 24 booby-trapped houses. Since the start of the last phase, his forces have rescued over 850 families and evacuated them to safe areas.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

The IFP commander says his troops raised the Iraqi flag over Al-Mufti Mosque and the electricity station of the 17th​​ July area. He also says IFP drones destroyed Daesh vehicles that were trying to flee the Al-Iqtisadiyeen area. [Sumaria]

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The IFP commander says his units liberated 6 families that Daesh had locked inside their houses and booby-trapped their outside walls to prevent them from escaping. [Harbi]​​ 

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces secured a child who was wounded by a Daesh mortar in 17th​​ of July in addition to many civilians. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked CTS units in Al-Uraybi with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a bulldozer. [ICDNMay16]

 

A CTS commander says his troops destroyed the remaining Daesh defense lines in west Mosul, and is advancing steadily in Al-Najjar neighborhood, the last under Daesh control. He says the troops destroyed 8 Daesh vehicle bombs, killing the terrorists inside. He says Daesh doesn’t represent any​​ defense or offense force in Mosul anymore because Iraqi forces connected their areas of operations, and because Daesh leaders have fled. [Etejah]​​ [Waradana]

 

A Daesh attack with a vehicle bomb killed 3 Rapid Response soldiers in Haramat 2nd​​ neighborhood, liberated earlier, a military source says. The source also says CTS units killed 15 Daesh combatants in Rifa’i neighborhood.​​ [Anadolu]

Daesh’s version says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked IFP units in Al-Haramat with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a BMP armored vehicle and a Humvee. [ICDNMay16]

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East Mosul

A military source says Coalition planes attacked a house in Al-Shifa​​ neighborhood near the faculty of medicine,​​ used by Daesh as a weapon storehouse. The attack destroyed the house and weapons, and killed 8 Daesh combatants inside, a military source says.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh publishes a photo of an Iraqi suicide terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces in west Mosul. [ICDNMay16]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

A CoR member for Mosul says grass is​​ being​​ sold for IQD 10,000 per kilo due​​ to the​​ near​​ starvation​​ conditions in parts of​​ west Mosul. He​​ called​​ on​​ the armed forces​​ to​​ expediently liberate​​ the remaining areas.​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Sinjar

PMF Press says PMFs liberated 3 more villages in the Al-Qayrawan area, killing 31 Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles. It also says PMFs secured more than 200 families from areas south of Al-Qayrawan. [Harbi]

 

PMF says it liberated Tal Bashuk​​ village north of Qayrawan with the assistance of army helicopters.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

PMF says it liberated Tal Al-Banat and Tal Qasab and 10 other villages and several Yazidi residential complexes in a quick operation.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army tank with a rocket near the Tal Banat area southwest of Tal Afar. [DENMay16]

Daesh also says it destroyed a bulldozer and 2 Humvees with rockets near the same area. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

PMF says it liberated Thari Al-Karah and Tal Al-Dhala neighborhoods south of Qayrawan. It found​​ two mass graves of Yazidi citizens in Tal Kugo and Tal Al-Banat,​​ killed by​​ Daesh.​​ [Maalomah]

PMF says it found 20 mortar shells hidden in a house in Thari Al-Karah neighborhood.​​ [Maalomah]

PMF says it captured a Daesh armored vehicle south of Qayrawan while army helicopters destroyed a vehicle bomb near liberated Thari Al-Karah village. It also says its EODs are clearing the road between Thari Al-Karah and Tal Al-Zanabir in Qayrawan.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

A PMF commander says the capture​​ of Thari​​ Al-Karah village deprived Daesh of its command and control center south of Qayrawan.​​ [Buratha]

 

A military source says Daesh terrorists in 10 pickups kidnapped the senior tribal leader of Albu Mtaiwit tribe and 19 other sheikhs in Al-Qayrawan subdistrict. The source says the Daesh asked the sheikh to mobilize his tribe against the PMFs but he refused. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says unknown armed men shot and killed the brother of an Iraqi Army officer in Sinjar.​​ 

 

PMF says it evacuated 200 families from south of Qayrawan to safe areas.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF says it shot down a Daesh recon drone southeast of Qayrawan.​​ [Buratha]

 

Hisham Al-Hashimi, a security expert says​​ that with​​ the fall of Qayrawan to PMFs​​ expected in the coming hours Daesh will​​ have lost all of its Jazeera Wilayat, added to Ninewa and Dijla wilayat lost earlier. He says Daesh would only have​​ only the​​ Qahtaniya-Qayrawan road for its logistic supplies. He says Daesh will be chased all the way into the Al-Qa’im desert until they return to where they came from.​​ [PressIraq]

 

PMF says Qayrawan center is now within the range of its artillery, adding that it captured the Daesh control point between Qayrawan and Baaj.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Baaj

The JOC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed 6 Daesh hideouts in Baaj, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Bashiqa, Tel Keif)

A Shabak CoR member says Shabak PMFs assaulted him at a checkpoint in the Nineveh Plain area after accusing him of being a KDP stooge. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Internal conflicts among Iraqi groups in the Ninewa area are yet to come. The major two lines are the pro-KDP and pro-Baghdad (PMFs), but there are sub-plots. ​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

A local source says Turkish planes attacked Kara subdistrict north of Dahuk.​​ [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

A Turkish newspaper says Turkish authorities raised an alarm after Intelligence Service obtained information about Daesh plans to attack Russian military ships in the Bosporus. [Sumaria]

 

President Erdogan is in Washington to see President Trump.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

SOHR says that war operations in the areas​​ declared​​ as “safe” or “ease of tension​​ areas​​ have​​ declined by 94%​​ since the​​ safe areas agreement on May 6,​​ with only​​ 7​​ fatal​​ incidents during this period,​​ compared to​​ 208 civilians killed in non-covered areas held by Daesh.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (3), Raqqa (8), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

SDF announced the arrival of 200 IDPs from Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor to​​ the​​ Shaddadi area. It says it has plans to establish a new IDP camp 2 km away from the city.​​ [Hawar]

 

KDP accused YPG of kidnapping the correspondent of​​ the​​ Zagros satellite channel​​ (close to KDP), which telecasts from​​ Erbil, in Rmeilan in Hasaka. The journalist was taken to an unknown place by a car without​​ license​​ plates.​​ [Dorar]

 

Daesh says 2 groups of terrorists sneaked behind SDF lines south of Shaddadi. The terrorists destroyed an SDF truck with an IED, killing seven fighters. It says when reinforcements came the terrorists detonated more IEDs, killing eight fighters and wounding others. It also says it killed four fighters and destroyed an SUV with an IED southwest of Shaddadi. Daesh says all of its terrorists returned safely. [ICDNMay16]

 

Raqqa

SDF says it lost four fighters​​ to a​​ Daesh shelling on their positions. Other SDF forces are advancing from the east.​​ [Hawar]

 

West of Raqqa

The Civil​​ Council of Tabaqa elected a joint presidium and three​​ deputy chairpersons. The council will work on returning services and normal life to Tabaqa, and will be extended later when the population of the city returns.​​ [ARA]

 

SDF says Daesh left behind tens of IEDs and mines in civilian areas that it left. It warns the population that such objects were made in various shapes and made in unexpected locations, asking them to report any doubtful object they might see.​​ [Hawar]

 

North of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated the Rashid, Abu Qira and Al-Jaif villages north of Raqqa and 15 nearby farms, killed 10 Daesh combatants and shot down a Daesh drone.​​ [PUKMedia]

 

SDF says fighting with Daesh is continuing near Badr village, 6 km​​ (4 miles)​​ north of Raqqa.​​ [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting SDF units with a rocket near Al-Ansar Farm north of Raqqa. [ICDNMay16]

 

East of Raqqa

SOHR reported more advances of SDF towards Raqqa. Fighting​​ erupted in Raqqa Samra village, 3 km​​ (2 miles)​​ east of Raqqa.​​ Daesh initiated failed counterattacks to recover areas it lost earlier. Casualties reported​​ include​​ 5 SDF fighters and 9 Daesh combatants killed so far.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in the Al-Ahwas area east of Raqqa, killing or wounding several fighters and destroying several military positions. [ICDNMay16]

 

Raqqa city

SDF provided 10 days grace period to all Daesh personnel of Syrian nationality to surrender,​​ to avoid war destruction and save​​ the​​ people of Raqqa. The call includes all categories, including fighters, administrators, and clerics. It also called​​ on​​ civilians to keep away from Daesh command centers and gathering points.​​ [ARA]

 

SDF says Daesh flooded Raqqa streets with water after opening pipes coming from the Euphrates dams to the city streets, in an attempt to obstruct any SDF advance into the city (pictures).​​ [Hawar]

 

Syrian government says​​ a​​ Coalition airstrike on Al-Mashlab neighborhood left 17 civilians killed and 40 wounded.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

A civilian from Mazyouna village east of Aleppo was wounded by a Daesh land​​ mine explosion, Kurdish sources say. [Hawar]

 

Kurdish sources say Turkish bulldozers crossed the border in Ayn Al-Baydha, in Latakia District​​ west of Idlib,​​ shoveling agricultural land and trees​​ owned by​​ the local population. Sources say this is part of a larger Turkish operation along the Syrian border. ​​ [Hawar]

 

Turkey backed opposition says it killed several SDF fighters and wounded over 10 others in battles in Muhaisini​​ village north of Aleppo. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army and Shia militia positions near the Jarrah Military Airport with heavy machine guns. [ICDNMay16]

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in Jarrah Saghir village east of Deir Hafer with 35 mortars. [DENMay16]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed twelve Syrian soldiers near Al-Ma’amoura village east of Deir Hafer. [DENMay16]

Daesh says it damaged a Syrian Army T72 tank with a rocket in Khara’ej Daham village southeast of Deir Hafer. [DENMay16]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

YPG sources say Turkey backed opposition shelled 4 villages held by YPG for several hours. YPG says its forces responded to the attack wounding 4 of them in Kaljibrin.​​ [Hawar]

 

Turkish deputy prime minister says Turkey is establishing a military base on Sheikh Aqil​​ Mountain​​ near Al-Bab on 534 meters altitude. He says Turkish army deployed 8000 soldiers during Al-Bab battles, but the figure is reduced to 1500 now. He also says Turkey is training a local police force to keep order in the area, saying that all​​ these steps​​ aim to protect Turkish borders.​​ [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ All these reports about Turkey bullying its way around northern Syria add up to something, and it’s worrisome. No one in Al-Bab is threatening the Turkish border. The bullying tactics in Iraq, over Mosul and Sinjar among other things, are part of the same pattern. The official explanation always depicts Turkey as the victim and misunderstood, forced to defend itself.

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Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Government says its forces captured the strategic Tafha​​ eastern and western hills east of Homs after battles with​​ Daesh​​ that left tens of their​​ combatants​​ killed​​ and tens of vehicles destroyed.​​ [SyriaNow]

SOHR reported continued battles between Daesh and government forces in grain silos and Um Al-Tababir​​ east of Homs amid intense air activity by Syrian air force.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a Syrian Army T72 tank with a rocket east of Ithariya. [ICDNMay16]

Daesh says it destroyed a military truck carrying Syrian soldiers with an IED east of the Tadmur Silos. [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Syrian Army T72 tank with a rocket north of the Tadmur Silos. [ICDNMay16]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The casualties of Iraqi air bombing of Albu Kamal rose to 66, local sources say.​​ The​​ Coalition says it did not execute any attack on Albu Kamal in that​​ given period.​​ [Qasioun]

Local sources say tens of families are escaping Albu Kamal in fear of more air raids from various parties. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian government says its forces attacked Daesh gatherings in five areas​​ in​​ eastern​​ Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in several areas west of Deir Ez-Zor with different kinds of weapons. [ICDNMay16]

 

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

Daesh claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at the Rukban refugee camp on the Jordan border, through its A3maq media website. [ARA]

 

Two vehicle bombs exploded near a restaurant and a market in Rukban refugee camp. At least six civilians were killed in the explosion. The camp is inhabited by Syrian IDPs from various Syrian areas and the “Jaish Ahrar Al-Ashaer” opposition factions. Daesh previously attacked the camp with vehicle bombs on May 4,​​ killing 4 and wounding several others. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A car bomb explosion near Al-Burkan camp​​ destroyed the car of​​ five fighters of the “Free Army”​​ and killed them. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh affiliate, Khalid Army, issues photos of cutting off a man’s foot after accusing him of theft for the second time in Tasil town. [ICDNMay16]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Hezbollah positions in west Qalamoun with mortars and heavy machine guns. [ICDNMay16]

 

Daesh says its snipers wounded a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Tadhamun south of Damascus. [DENMay16]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Saudi MoI says an attack with an RPG rocket killed one policeman and wounded 5 others in Qatif.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

Yemen

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Houthi positions in the Qifa area with a B10 rocket. [ICDNMay16]

 

Afghanistan​​ 

Daesh says it killed ten Afghani soldiers and damaged a Humvee with IEDs in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded 7 Taliban fighters with IEDs in another area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces liberate Hawi Al-Kanisa Monastery. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces enter Hay 17th​​ July. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces clear Hay Al-Uraybi. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces liberate Hay Al-Rifa’i. [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya] [Mawsleya]

 

Iraqi forces found a Daesh chemical weapon factory in a mosque yard in west Mosul. [Al-Aan]

Iraqi forces capture a 17-year-old wounded Daesh fighter. [Iraqia]

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb with a rocket. [Iraqia]

Iraqi forces captured Daesh vehicle bombs in west Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

Life is returning to several areas in West Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces close in on Daesh in Old Mosul. Soldiers say there are 2,000 Daesh terrorists in the area. [Facebook] [Facebook]

 

Iraqi women guard their village from Daesh south of Mosul. [Al-Aan]

 

Daesh booby-trapped Pepsi and milk bottles in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

DAESH MEDIA ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its terrorists who might have been killed in Ninewa. [ICDNMay16]​​ 

 

 

Daesh Daily notice.​​ DaeshDaily mourns the death of our​​ friend​​ Shaheen Khalaf, a reporter with​​ the​​ Yalla team in Mosul. Shaheen, a Yazidi poet and journalist, was shot in the neck by​​ a​​ Daesh sniper on the frontlines, after he​​ got off a Humvee to help a Muslim kid. Shaheen was hospitalized in Baghdad,​​ and was able to chat with our colleagues until he suddenly passed away in a hospital in Baghdad yesterday.​​ We extend our deep condolences to his family and friends. Iraq has lost a man of integrity, honor, and courage.  ​​​​ 

 

Shaheen Khalaf

 

May 15, 2017​​ 

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Iraq

Army, Tribal Mobilization units block Daesh attack in Haditha. [..]

CTS, IFP make major gains in northwest Mosul. [..]​​ 

Mosul IDPs now over 500,000, many arriving hungry. [..]

PMFs & Yazidi battalion capture several more Sinjar villages, now at 36. [..]

Barzani trying to block PMFs from Yazidi villages in Sinjar. [..]

Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa returns to Suleimaniya. [..]

Syria

SDF closes in on Raqqa from the north. [..]

Syrian Army seizes key airport east of Aleppo, moves in on Maskana. [..]

US supported militia reported already in​​ Albu Kamal. [..]

. . . but Syrian Army now targeting their home base. [..]

Iraqi Air Force bombs Daesh residential area in​​ Albu Kamal. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition against Daesh, during a visit south of Mosul on Monday, praised territorial gains against Daesh in Iraq.

During a meeting with Iraqi military and civilian officials at a water treatment plant near Hamam Al-Alil McGurk told the AP that the Mosul fight is approaching its “final stages.”

He also said “The world is now seeing that (Iraqi) soldiers are completely destroying Daesh.” He described the fight to retake Mosul, which was launched nearly seven months ago, as one of the most difficult urban battles since World War II.​​ 

Maj. Gen. Muhammed Al-Shimary with Ninewa Operations Command told McGurk after thanking McGurk for U.S. assistance in the fight so far “We are looking for more support as the west side of the city will be liberated soon.”​​ 

McGurk said the water treatment plant that now provides water to more than 100,000 people in Ninewa is “symbolic of this entire effort that we’ve embarked upon to defeat Daesh.”

“Here in Nineveh we have hundreds of projects like this funded by our coalition,” he said, adding that a similar list of reconstruction projects was being drawn up for the IS-held Syrian city of Raqqa as U.S.-led coalition forces surround it ahead of a long-anticipated operation to retake it. [AP]​​ 

 

CoR​​ Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri accused Daesh of​​ systematic looting of Iraqi archaeological antiquities and selling them in secret markets abroad. He praised the role of the Tourism and Antiquities committee of the parliament and competent executive authorities in pursuing this​​ criminal behavior. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 6 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in or near Mosul (4), Tal Afar (1), and Rawa (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Eyewitnesses say a civilian was killed and four others wounded when an IED exploded in Karrada on Sunday. [Gulf365]

Daesh’s version​​ says it detonated a​​ parked car bomb in Al-Karrada and claims to have​​ killed​​ or wounded​​ fifty Shia and destroyed​​ several vehicles. [ICDNMay14]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says a roadside IED wounded three civilians in Shaab city.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade and Baghdad security force found an explosives and ammunition cache in​​ the​​ Kilo 18 area.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

A police source says three people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Hor Rijab. [Sumaria]

A police source says a tribal PMF fighter was killed and another wounded when armed men shot them at a checkpoint in the Albu Aitha area. [Sumaria]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says four persons wanted on terror charges were arrested in Ghazaliya.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Falluja​​ 

A Daesh land​​ mine killed a child and wounded two others​​ as they​​ played​​ in an open yard in Shuhada​​ the​​ neighborhood in​​ south Falluja.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Commander of Jazeera Operations says​​ a joint force of Jazeera and Anbar​​ Operations​​ conducted​​ a joint search mission in​​ the​​ Thirthar​​ Desert north of Ramadi,​​ and​​ destroyed​​ several explosives caches and IEDs.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

PMF media says a joint force of army and​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization forces blocked a Daesh attempt to enter​​ a​​ neighborhood in Haditha, killing​​ 4​​ Daesh suicide attackers.​​ [Maalomah]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Another story says there were 5​​ Daesh combatants killed. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says 3 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Sahwa fighters in Haditha with explosive vests, killing fifteen fighters and wounding twenty. Daesh publishes photos of the terrorists. [ICDNMay15]

 

Rutba

Tribal Mobilization forces found three Daesh guesthouses deep in​​ the​​ Anbar desert, and an underground weapons storage facility containing IEDs, explosives, rockets, and explosive belts. Weapons were captured while the guesthouses were destroyed. ​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF source says PMFs shelled Daesh locations north of the Makhoul Mountains,​​ killing 7 terrorists and destroying a machine gun mounted vehicle. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces destroyed a charging Daesh vehicle bomb in the Siniya area, killing the terrorists inside. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Thermal Station area, killing 2 terrorists. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A local source says a roadside IED targeted an army patrol in​​ a​​ village northeast of Baquba,​​ wounding two soldiers.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Army units backed by helicopters destroyed a large guesthouse and a weapons and explosives storage​​ facility​​ in Himrin Basin. The attack was based on prior intelligence.​​ [Ghad]

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

An infographic presentation shows that Iraqi government forces now control over 93% of west Mosul. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Based on today’s developments, this percentage has gone up.

 

Ninewa Liberation Command issued instructions to the people of Mosul to stop using vehicles and motorcycles. Iraqi planes dropped thousands of leaflets with instructions on west Mosul areas. It says Daesh is using civilian vehicles to attack Iraqi forces. It also says the IAF and the IAA will target any moving vehicle in the remaining Daesh-held areas in Mosul. [Sumaria] [Ghad]​​ 

 

A military source says army units found a mass grave of Daesh​​ hisbah​​ personnel containing 20 corpses in west Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

Ninewa Liberation Operations says that CTS forces have liberated​​ the​​ Al-Uraybi neighborhood​​ just southeast of 17 Tammuz​​ (17th​​ of July).​​ [Sumaria]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide bombers attacked CTS units near Hay Al-Uraybi with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees and damaging another. [ICDNMay15]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide bombers attacked CTS positions near the same neighborhood with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying 4 Humvees, and damaging 2 others. [ICDNMay15]

Daesh says 3 of its suicide bombers attacked CTS positions in the same area with vehicle bombs, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a Russian tank, a bulldozer, and a Humvee and damaging

another Humvee. Daesh publishes photos of 2 of the suicide bombers. Two of them are teenagers, one of them on crutches. [ICDNMay15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ With all this “victorious” reporting from Daesh, you almost know, even without reading the first story​​ above, that they lost. “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it’s not).

 

Ninewa​​ Liberation​​ Operations says CTS units liberated​​ the​​ Al-Rifa’i neighborhood, just east of Al-Uraybi​​ within the last 24 hours and entered​​ the​​ Al-Najjar neighborhood, just north of Al-Rifa’i.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

Daesh killed 16 women escaping Al-Rifa’i​​ neighborhood, at a point where CTS forces had captured 60% of it, says a military source, after fully liberating 17th and 30th​​ of July neighborhoods. Daesh is now gathering in a narrow area in old Mosul, says the source.​​ [ARA]

A military source says Iraqi forces killed 9 Daesh terrorists and captured 3 others in Al-Rifa’i. [Harbi]​​ 

The MoD says Daesh targeted an Iraqi tank with a rocket loaded with chlorine in 30th​​ of July. It says the soldiers were treated in the field hospital. [Harbi]​​ 

 

A​​ military source says 60 Daesh combatants with their families escaped 17 Tammuz neighborhood to unknown locations, while CTS forces killed 13 others in Rifa’i. A source inside Daesh-held areas in Mosul says Daesh is in utmost confusion and is counting on young inexperienced fighters to defend​​ the neighborhoods. The source concluded by saying that Daesh is on the verge of total collapse.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The​​ IFP​​ Commander says his forces captured Hassouna and Dijla villages​​ and​​ captured​​ the​​ gas factory, and has also liberated​​ the​​ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th​​ Haramat neighborhoods, and 50% of 17​​ Tammuz​​ and Iqtisadiyeen, and is set to​​ move on​​ to Zanjili, nearer to central Mosul. He also says Rapid Response captured the largest​​ chemical​​ explosives​​ factory in the 17​​ Tammuz​​ neighborhood. [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source says Daesh executed 11 civilians in 17 Tammuz (17th​​ of July) neighborhood after their attempted escape to Farouq neighborhood in the Old City.​​ [Waradana]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ bulldozer and damaged a BMP armored vehicle and another bulldozer in battles in Al-Iqtisadiyeen. [ICDNMay15]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ OK, so they lost big-time, but they were “victorious” over two bulldozers.

 

The​​ IFP​​ Commander says his forces liberated 15 sq. km​​ in​​ northwest Mosul and killed 28 combatants, many of them Daesh​​ leaders​​ of various nationalities.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says that during 4 days of bombing and shelling in Mosul, 108 civilians were killed and 265 wounded, mostly women and children. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ None of them by Daesh of course.

 

Human conditions in Mosul

Thursday saw what the Norwegian Refugee Council said was the biggest single-day displacement since the start of the operation, with around 20,000 fleeing neighborhoods​​ in​​ west Mosul.​​ 

Fear and hunger are driving an ever-growing number of Iraqi civilians into a camp in Hammam​​ Al-Alil, where they share harrowing tales of deadly violence and jihadist tyranny in Mosul.​​ Some arrive at the displacement camp, the largest in the Mosul area, on foot, but most of them are crammed into buses and trucks, relieved and exhausted.​​ Half a million people are currently displaced as a result of the massive seven-month-old offensive to retake Iraq’s second city from the Islamic State group.

“I feel safe, I did not think I would get out of there alive,” said Shams Hassan, a woman in her forties who reached the Hammam​​ Al-Alil camp on Friday with 16 members of her family.​​ She is from the Al-Farouq neighborhood of Mosul’s Old City and lost track of the number of times she and her relatives had to change houses and neighborhoods in recent months.​​ “They always wanted us to be in front of them to use us as human shields. They would come to tell us to change houses,” she said. [Monitor]

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh rocket launcher mounted vehicles in Um Amer village in Tal Afar, killing 12 terrorists. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF tank, an armored vehicle, and 3 cars with rockets near Um Hijara village southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF bulldozers with 2 rockets southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Sinjar

PMF press says it continued its military operations in the Al-Qayrawan area, supported by the IAA for the fourth day. It says it killed 39 Daesh terrorists, destroyed 4 vehicle bombs, and captured 3 more vehicle bombs. It also says PMF units secured 250 families from the area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The PMF spokesman says PMFs captured 36 villages and more than 1,800 sq km, 700 sq miles during the last 4 days.​​ He​​ says, however, that we can talk about victory only when we reach the Syrian border.​​ [Rudaw]​​ [IraqPress]

 

A PMF commander says Daesh is shooting at civilians who are trying to escape​​ the​​ Al-Qayrawan area. [Sumaria]

​​ 

PMF Press says PMFs shot down a Daesh drone southeast of Qayrawan. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Military sources say PMF forces are about 2 km away from the center of Qayrawan subdistrict, mainly resided​​ in​​ by​​ the​​ Albu​​ Matyout Arab tribe.​​ Daesh executed many of its tribesmen on charges of joining Sahwa and security forces. PMF sources say Qataniya and Baaj are the next targets after liberating Qayrawan. One of the difficult stages, according to local sources, is the desert along the Syrian borders, where Daesh still maintains units and weapon storehouses. The​​ issue of the party responsible of controlling borders is still to be decided by the commander in chief.​​ [Mada]​​ 

Badr Faction of the PMF says it evacuated 62 families used by Daesh as human shields to safety, saying the PMFs are​​ surrounding Daesh in Tal Al-Banat, their command center in the area. Badr says Daesh commanders escaped to Baaj, while some are still in Qayrawan. It says​​ the​​ main Daesh defense tactics are​​ vehicle bombs, drone​​ strikes, and suicide attackers, which are handled efficiently by the PMFs.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Masoud Barzani ordered Peshmerga units to​​ refuse​​ entry of the PMFs​​ to Yazidi villages in Sinjar. There are around 13 Yazidi villages on the PMF route. [SkyPress]

 

PMF​​ command​​ says it does not​​ pay attention to​​ media announcements and deals​​ strictly with official channels of communications with the Peshmerga, it adds that coordination with Peshmerga forces is excellent and is not new. A PMF commander says the PMF has a full battalion of Yazidi fighters, mostly from Tal Al-Banat village, Sinjar​​ city,​​ Tal Kugo, and Qahtaniya​​ called the Lalesh battalion. This battalion will be entrusted with liberating Yazidi areas.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says it liberated Al-Kabar, Tal Al-Sheikh, Sultan and Khazna​​ Shimaliya​​ villages south of Qayrawan, and​​ entered​​ Manhal Al-Mahdi village north of the city while killing 7 Daesh combatants in Tal Al-Banat.​​ 

 

PMF says it liberated Sheikh Ibrahim and Khazna Al-Janoubia villages south of Qayrawan. [Harbi]​​ 

PMF media says it liberated Karkash area south of Qayrawan in full .​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Commander of Army Aviation forces says Army helicopter killed 100 Daesh combatants in two days of operations in support of the PMF units in Qayrawan. He says in the first day of the fighting, helicopters killed 65 combatants and destroyed 18 vehicle bombs, 14 AA cannons, and 9 various vehicles.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

A commander of the PMF says Daesh now has no place to go except Syria, saying that the coming days will witness more advances​​ and destruction​​ of their positions​​ west of Mosul.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

PMF says it evacuated over 1,000 civilians from Manhal village and transferred them to safety, while destroying a Daesh vehicle in process.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF says it ​​ evacuated 50 families from areas surrounding Khilo village north of Qayrawan to safe areas.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF media says Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a major PMF commander,​​ was wounded during Qayrawan battles. Al-Maamouri fought in Saadiya, Jalawla, Tikrit, and​​ Anbar​​ before.​​ [Buratha]

 

A correspondent and a cameraman from the Mawqif satellite channel were badly wounded when an IED explosion hit their car near Qayrawan.​​ [SotIraq]

 

Baaj​​ 

IWMC says​​ an​​ Iraqi F16 destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and​​ a​​ command center, and burned down a car rigging workshop in Baaj, killing tens of combatants in​​ the​​ process.​​ [Forat]

 

KURDISTAN

Nawshirwan Mustafa, the chief of​​ Gorran​​ Kurdish movement returned to Suleimaniya after 8 months outside the region. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

The Criminal Court in Basra sentenced a man to death for his role in killing a taxi driver and selling the victim’s vehicle to finance terrorist activities in Mosul. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This crime seems bizarre as well as extremely cruel, but has been a frequent Daesh crime in some places. Daesh has killed a lot of taxi drivers, some buried in mass graves.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Nicole Thompson, a​​ State​​ Department​​ official,​​ says Tahrir​​ Al-Sham is not classified as a terrorist group with the US. She contradicted earlier statement by​​ the​​ US envoy to Syria,​​ who says Tahrir Al-Sham is based on​​ Al-Nusra, which​​ is a part of​​ Al-Qaeda, and thus a terrorist group. Tahrir Al-Sham is not classified as​​ a​​ terrorist​​ group​​ by Canada​​ either.​​ [Dorar]

 

Russian​​ Foreign​​ Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia and the US have an agreement on the principles of solving the Syrian crisis. He says that both countries have combatting terrorism as the main common interest.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Russia President Vladimir Putin says his country is not going to arm the YPG,​​ as​​ they have other weapons sources. But he says​​ Russia has​​ to maintain contact with them to avoid friction, which is OK with Turkey as far as he​​ knows.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in Tabaqa (1), Raqqa (9), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh issues a video of targeting an SDF SUV southeast of Shaddadi with a rocket. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

YPG handed over Ain Eissa in Tal Abyad, northern Raqqa, to the Al-Mutasim opposition faction, on Coalition orders. The Coalition earlier authorized Al-Mutasim to manage 11 villages captured earlier by the YPG and SDF.​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems confusing, but it is potentially significant. The US is trying to defuse the issue of PYD control in non-Kurdish areas and also to placate the Turks, who are hostile to the PYD.

 

West of Raqqa

Daesh says twenty-two women were killed and eight others wounded by an “American” drone that bombed their vehicle southeast of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

North of Raqqa

SDF says it liberated Al-Rasheed village northwest of Raqqa, after killing several Daesh combatants.​​ [Hawar]

 

SDF is now only 6 km away from Raqqa after capturing 6 villages and 7 farms, the farmers union building, and the old prison northwest of Raqqa.​​ [ARA]

In an overlapping story, SDF says it liberated 2 villages and 17 farms north and northwest of Raqqa and cleared Daesh out of over 47 sq. km.​​ [Hawar]

 

SDF forces captured Malali, Atshana, and Maaz, north and northwest of Raqqa, killing 20 Daesh combatants and destroying a vehicle bomb.​​ [ARA]

 

Raqqa Civil Council inaugurated a bakery in Tishrin village to provide the village and surroundings with bread. The Council is in the process of starting five more 5 bakeries to meet the needs of the villages’ populations.​​ [Hawar]

 

A website close to YPG publishes photos from Rafiqa village north of Raqqa,​​ liberated by the SDF on May 13.​​ [Hawar]

 

SDF forces are now 3 km away from Raqqa after capturing Al-Abdullah Al-Khalil village north of Raqqa.​​ 

In an odd report, Coalitio