July 11, 2017
TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS
Trump congratulates Iraq for Mosul victory, praises heroism of soldiers. [..]
Gen. Townsend says Iraq is interested in keeping US troops in the country. [..]
Three groups of Daesh fighters surrender voluntarily in Diyala. [..]
Amnesty International slams Iraqi “war crimes” in Mosul; Gen. Townsend slams Amnesty International. [..]
4,952 displaced people returned home to Mosul today. [..]
SOHR confirms Baghdadi has been killed, but can’t say when or how. [..]
World Bank tallies up Syria’s financial mess, including 27% of homes destroyed. [..]
SDF units backed by Coalition Apache helicopters gain ground in central Raqqa. [..]
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
In a phone call on Tuesday, President Donald Trump congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi on eradicating Daesh from Mosul. Trump also emphasized keeping jihadist forces out of other “liberated areas.” He said Daesh’s days in Iraq and Syria are numbered.
The Administration’s report of the call declared the liberation of Mosul a “a major milestone in the fight against (Daesh).” It said that “The President praised the heroism of the Iraqi and American soldiers and underscored his commitment to the total defeat of (Daesh).” [Anadolu]
Coalition Commander, General Stephen Townsend, says the Iraqi Government has expressed interest in keeping Coalition troops in Iraq after defeating Daesh. [Arabi21]
The Coalition says it conducted 2 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in the Mosul area (1), and in Tal Afar (1). [InherentResolve]
Security-related incidents reported
North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)
Daesh says it captured and killed an MoI employee in the Al-Azri area north of Tarmiya. [DENJuly11]
West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)
Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers with an IED in the Al-Shuhada area in Abu Ghraib on Monday. [A3maq]
Baghdad Operations Command says its units found 21 IEDs in the Dhibat area. [Ghad]
Total Baghdad incidents reported: 3 (Includes only incidents reported)
Total IED incidents reported: 2
Chairman of the Hit District Council says Daesh terrorists can easily sneak into Hit because police manpower in the district is not enough. [Sumaria]
Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army vehicle with an IED on the road between Al-Waleed and Trebil border crossings west of Rutba. [DENJuly11]
A security source says a soldier was killed and three others wounded when a roadside IED exploded on their vehicle on the International Highway in the Kilo 160 area, east of Rutba. [Sumaria]
Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army patrol and a vehicle with several IEDs near the Al-Saqqar area east of Rutba. It also says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the area with 10 mortars. [DENJuly11]
Security Committee in Salahuddin Provincial Council says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists in Imam Gharbi village. [Waradana]
An Iraqi Army captain says five Iraqi soldiers were killed in battles near Imam Gharbi village. [Anadolu]
Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters near Imam Gharbi. [A3maq]
Daesh says Iraqi planes mistakenly bombed a house where PMF fighters were barricading near the village. [A3maq]
Daesh publishes photos of executing three “PMF fighters” it captured in Imam Gharbi village. [ICDNJuly11]
A DaeshDaily source says two of the men who appeared in Daesh execution photos were civilians.
A police officer says three civilians were killed and seven others wounded in a Daesh shelling on Al-Marir village. [Ghad]
Daesh says it targeted “PMF” positions in different areas near Shirqat with 9 rockets and 51 mortars. [DENJuly11]
Daesh says it targeted 2 PMF military positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha with heavy and mid-sized weapons and 4 SPG9 rockets. It also says it targeted PMF positions in different areas of Salahuddin with 66 mortars and a B10 rocket. [DENJuly11]
A local source says Daesh in the Mtaibija area announced the death of Baghdadi and warned its members against engaging in internal disputes. [Sumaria]
A PMF commander says tens of Daesh members in Diyala and Salahuddin want to surrender to security forces after the Daesh defeat in Mosul. He says tribes in the two provinces are mediating between Daesh members and judicial officials. [Sumaria]
The MoI says security units captured 3 suspects and confiscated an explosives vest and C4 explosives in a house in Diyala province. [Sumaria]
The Dijla Operations commander says 8 persons wanted on terrorism charges surrendered to Iraqi forces in the Al-Waqf area east of Baquba. He says the command received calls from tens of wanted persons who want to surrender. [Sumaria]
The manager of Abu Saida subdistrict says 6 Daesh members surrendered to Iraqi Army units in Al-Mukhaisa village. [Sumaria]
Later on, the Military Intelligence Service says 15 persons wanted on terrorism charges surrendered to its personnel in Mukhaisa. [Sumaria]
Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, Khalis north)
A PMF commander says PMF mortars killed 6 Daesh terrorists in Nafut Khana in Khanaqin District. He says 18 Daesh terrorists were attending a meeting in the area. [Ghad]
Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)
A local source says Daesh members in Hawija consider the report from Daesh in Tal Afar about Baghdadi’s death fabricated and accused Daesh leaders in Tal Afar of staging a coup against the “caliph.” [Sumaria]
A local source says that Daesh radio announced the death of Baghdadi. [Sumaria]
A PMF commander says the Daesh deputy wali of Hawija declared himself a caliph after getting the news about Baghdadi’s death. [Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. We got several reports today about Baghdadi’s reported death, which has not been confirmed. However, the fact that the word is getting around to those in the ranks is affecting the morale of some Daesh terrorists. If Baghdadi is still alive, he would have a lot of incentive to show himself now. However, the same could have been said at other times during the past three years. The fact that he has not done that, and that no one has produced a photo of him doing anything during that time (in a photo-happy organization), suggests that his demise, or perhaps incapacitation, long preceded these current stories.
Mosul liberation campaign
Amnesty International said on Tuesday that tactics used by Iraqi forces and the Coalition in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes.
Amnesty said Iraqi forces and the Coalition had carried out a series of unlawful attacks in west Mosul since January, relying heavily on Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions (IRAMs), weapons with crude targeting capabilities that wreaked havoc in densely populated areas.
It also says Daesh terrorists had also flagrantly violated humanitarian law by deliberately putting civilians in harm’s way to shield their fighters and impede the advance of Iraqi and coalition forces.
The top U.S. general in Iraq strongly rejected that Coalition strikes violated international law.
“I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, unlawful or excessively targeted civilians,” Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told a news briefing in Washington.
“I would challenge the people from Amnesty International or anyone else out there who makes these charges to first research their facts and make sure they are speaking from a position of authority,” Townsend said. He added that he believed the fight against Daesh was the “most precise campaign in the history of warfare.” [Reuters]
Coalition Spokesman Col. Joe Scrocca described the Amnesty allegations as “irresponsible and an insult” to the troops who had died freeing civilians in Mosul from Daesh rule. [BBC]
Sporadic small clashes have continued in the city of Mosul, despite the Iraqi government’s declaration of victory. The Coalition said Iraqi forces were rooting out a “handful” of militants in the Old City.
Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator, said hundreds of civilians were probably also still trapped in the area. She said they were mostly disabled people, the elderly and children separated from their families. “Many of the people who are in that situation are too weak even to cross the front line. They have to be helped across,” she added. [BBC]
A security source says Civil Defense units retrieved the bodies of twelve civilians in a house in Old Mosul. The source says the house was destroyed by Daesh shells. [Etejah]
A Ninewa Police captain says the IAA killed 6 Daesh terrorists who were trying to flee the Maidan and Shahwan areas in old Mosul. [BasNews]
Daesh says it killed four Iraqi soldiers in clashes in Maidan. [A3maq]
A security source says security units captured 3 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a house in Hay Al-Zuhour, in east Mosul. [PressIraq]
DaeshDaily comment. Whatever the truth of this claim, it seems the “caliphate” is already becoming little more than a group of assassins who hide like a bunch of cowards among civilians.
Human conditions in Mosul
The Minister of Migration and Displacement says his ministry organized the return of 4,952 displaced people to their houses in Mosul today. [PUKMedia]
A local source says Daesh intensified security procedures and arrested many of its members in Tal Afar after it announced the death of Baghdadi. The source says foreign leaders have started a coup against Baghdadi loyalists. [Sumaria]
A DaeshDaily source says the internal fights started yesterday when Daesh captured 20 of its local terrorists, including 2 commanders, who wanted to surrender with their families to Iraqi forces. The source says Daesh imposed strict security procedures and deployed foreign terrorists in the city. The source says many Daesh members in Tal Afar want to show themselves as Daesh opponents now that Daesh has been defeated in Mosul.
An Iraqi Army source says Iraqi helicopters killed 10 Daesh terrorists who were trying to sneak from Tal Afar into liberated villages west of Mosul. [BasNews]
A security source says four PMF fighters when an IED exploded on their vehicle near Tal Afar. [PUKMedia]
Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Tal Afar Airport and nearby villages with 17 mortars. [DENJuly11]
Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Sharji village and nearby areas near the Syrian border with 90 mortars. It also says its snipers killed a PMF soldier in the area. [DENJuly11]
Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF faction, says its units, supported by the IAA and the IAF, stopped a Daesh attack in the Hatra area. [Ghad]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
Daesh has killed a total of 304 people in 14 major attacks in Turkey overall’ A report prepared by Turkey’s Interior Ministry says that “A total of 14 significant (Daesh) terror attacks were carried out in Turkey. Ten of these were suicide attacks, one was a bomb attack, and three were armed attacks. As a result, 304 people, including 10 police officers and one soldier, were killed and 1,338 people, including 62 police officers and seven soldiers, were wounded.”
According to the report, three of the attacks were carried out in Istanbul and five of the others were in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep and the capital Ankara.
In addition, the ministry claimed that “the necessary detailed information” on suspected foreign terrorist fighters is not being shared by the source countries before their arrival in Turkey.
“Even though Turkey determines the individuals with potential to become foreign terrorist fighters and extradites them to their countries, it is seen that the threat posed by these individuals in the source countries isn’t being taken into consideration enough,” the report allegedly states.
The ministry reportedly said foreign fighters who arrive in Turkey to join Daesh from all over the world are trying to cross into combat zones through Turkey. “These people are using airways to enter Turkey,” the ministry reportedly said, noting that a small number of the foreign fighters are entering Turkey via sea from the western province of İzmir and the southern province of Mersin.
The report states that 650 people, of whom 366 are foreigners, are under arrest on terror charges as of 2017. “The (Daesh) threat potential against Turkey is continuing, even though it has suffered significant losses as a result of the international struggle against ISIL, which had claimed many territories by taking advantage of the authority gap in Syria and Iraq,” the report stated.
The report names Tunisian, Saudi Arabian, Kazakh, French, Russian and Belgian citizens as being among those banned over suspected links to international terrorism, after Turkey received notices that they might cross into clash zones in Syria. Russian, Iranian, Libyan and Azerbaijani citizens, meanwhile, top the list of nationals who have been are caught by the Turkish authorities while trying to cross into Syria to fight. [Hurriyet]
Daesh Daily comment. The story is informative, but is revealing in unintended ways. First, it is good that the Turkish government is admitting that Turkey has served as a transit route for Daesh terrorists going to Syria after all the pretending that it hasn’t. Second and however, the Ministry’s explanation continues the Turkish leadership’s efforts to portray Turkey as victims while minimizing the extent to which it has contributed to the Daesh disaster in Syria and Iraq.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that it had “confirmed information from a first tier Daesh leader and second tier leaders from the eastern countryside of Deir Ez-Zor” that the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, has been killed. It says the sources didn’t say when or how he was killed. The sources say Baghdadi was hiding in a village east of Deir Ez-Zor, near the Iraqi border, during the last three months. [SyriaHR]
A Pentagon spokesman told Reuters that the US has no information about Baghdadi’s death. [ROJ]
SOHR’s director, Abdulrahman, said activists working with him in Deir Al-Zor had been told by the Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died, but not when or how. The sources said Baghdadi had been present in the eastern countryside of Syria’s Deir al-Zor province in the past three months.
The World Bank says Syria has lost $226 billion dollars since the start of the war in 2011. It also says 27% of its residential units were destroyed and around 50% of its medical institutions were damaged. It says around 9 million Syrian people are without jobs or are of student age but do not go to schools. [Dorar]
The Syrian Council of Ministers says it put in place a plan for the return of residents and government directorates in areas east and south of Aleppo and areas west of Raqqa. [SyriaNow]
The Coalition says it conducted 21 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Raqqa (12), Deir Ez-Zor (5), and near Albu Kamal (4). [InherentResolve]
Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)
Local activists say ten civilians were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Al-Zayanat village south of Hasaka. [Qasioun]
Daesh says it killed two SDF fighters with an IED north of Mount Abdul Aziz northwest of Shaddadi. [DENJuly11]
SDF fighters attacked Daesh in Old Raqqa in the east and Hay Al-Dar’iya in the west, killing 27 terrorists. The plan is to surround Daesh in the city center. [Hawar]
Three SDF fighters were killed in the battles. [Hawar]
SDF units, supported by Coalition Apaches, captured more areas in Old Raqqa. The SDF is reportedly approaching full control of Old Raqqa. [Qasioun]
Daesh attacked SDF fighters in Old Raqqa with two vehicle bombs. SDF snipers killed the first suicide terrorist and forced the other to flee. [Hawar]
30 Daesh terrorists were killed by Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa city and nearby areas on Monday. [SyriaHR]
The YPG publishes the names of seven of its fighters, including three volunteers—a Brit and two Americans—who were killed fighting with the SDF in Raqqa. [Hawar]
SDF fighters freed a Yazidi woman and a 10 year old girl in Raqqa. The woman said she was sold three times while the child said she was sold 4 times. [Hawar]
A group of Yazidi women arrived on July 3rd in Raqqa to participate with the SDF in the battles against Daesh. [Hawar]
SDF special units secured 1,400 civilians, mostly women and children, from western parts of Raqqa city to Al-Salhabiya and Al-Khatouniya villages. Tens of those civilians were wounded by Daesh snipers. The SDF has established special units to secure civilians used by Daesh as human shields. [Hawar]
DaeshDaily comment. Shooting at escaping civilians has become a standard Daesh procedure. It maximizes casualties and keeps the liberation forces busy.
The UN says 30,000-50,000 people are still trapped in Raqqa city. At the end of June the estimate had been 100,000. Local activists warned that cholera might have appeared in the city. [Qasioun] [ZamanAlWasl]
Daesh says it killed eight SDF fighters and wounded eight others by targeting their positions in 2 areas in east Raqqa with 2 rockets. [DENJuly11]
Daesh says Coalition planes mistakenly targeted an SDF position near Qasr Al-Banat in east Raqqa. [DENJuly11]
DaeshDaily comment. Most likely another errant airstrikes propaganda story.
Daesh says its snipers killed three SDF fighters and wounded another in three areas in Raqqa city. [DENJuly11]
Daesh says it wounded six SDF fighters with IEDs near Bab Baghdad (Baghdad Gate). [DENJuly11]
Daesh says it wounded nine SDF fighters in mortar shelling in Hay Al-Jazra in west Raqqa. [DENJuly11]
West of Raqqa
SDF media sources published photos of the American military camp in Sarrin west of Raqqa. The photos show a Hercules C–130 plane. [Qasioun]
South of Raqqa
2 Daesh terrorists and several SDF fighters were killed in clashes in the Hawija Al-Sawafi area, 5 km (3 miles) south of Raqqa. [Qasioun]
East of Raqqa
A group of Daesh terrorists tried to sneak into Al-Jazra town, between Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor, dressed as SDF fighters. The terrorists detonated a car bomb when SDF fighters discovered them. One civilian was slightly wounded by the explosion. SDF sources say the terrorists were killed, without giving more details. [Hawar]
Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked two SDF positions in Jazra Albu Hamid village east of Raqqa, killing twelve fighters. It says another terrorist attacked a force that came to retrieve the bodies with explosive vests, killing or wounding more fighters. [ICDNJuly11] [A3maq]
Daesh says it targeted SDF positions in Al-Akirshi village with 20 SPG9 rockets. [DENJuly11]
DaeshDaily comment. Well Daesh, you just confirmed our report yesterday that the SDF captured the village.
Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)
Turkey-backed opposition groups targeted Basofan village in Afrin with tens of “Jahannam” rockets. [Hawar]
Local sources say the body of a young girl who was kidnapped by Turkey backed opposition groups was found in Jarabulus. Other sources say the groups kidnapped the woman and her child three days ago. The sources allege that several cases of kidnapping and rape have happened in Jarabulus. [Hawar]
Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)
The Russian Ministry of Defense says a Russian military adviser, a captain, was killed by a surprise mortar shelling near the Masasna area north of Hama. [Qasioun]
Daesh damaged 2 Syrian Army tanks east of Salmiya. Russian planes targeted several areas east of Hama. [Qasioun]
Several Syrian soldiers and allied militia men were killed in battles with Daesh near the Qulaib Al-Thor area east of Hama. Warplanes targeted Daesh in the area, destroying several vehicles. [Qasioun]
Daesh publishes photos of targeting two Syrian Army tanks with rockets south and east of Salmiya. [ICDNJuly11]
Battles continued between the Syrian Army and allied militias against Daesh in several areas east of Homs. The Syrian Army is trying to reach the Sukhnah area, which could be used as a launchpad for an attack on Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]
Government sources say the Syrian Army and allied militias captured Al-Hail oilfield and advanced 2 km northeast of Tadmur. [EnabBaladi]
Syrian planes destroyed a Daesh storehouse, a vehicle bomb, and a tank in Um Tuwaina village east of Jab Al-Jarrah east of Homs. [SyriaNow]
Daesh says it killed three Syrian soldiers and wounded three others in clashes near Arak oil field east of Tadmur. [DENJuly11]
East (Deir Ez-Zor)
Coalition planes targeted East Ghariba village north of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]
Two Daesh leaders, Saudi and Moroccan, were killed by a Coalition airstrike on their vehicle in Dablan village east of Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]
One person was killed and four others wounded by Daesh shelling on government controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city. One man was killed and three others wounded in airstrikes in Hay Al-Hamidiya in Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]
Local activists say three civilians were killed and others wounded by a Russian airstrike on Al-Mayadin on Monday. [ZamanAlWasl]
Hundreds of families left their houses in Al-Mayadin city and nearby towns and villages for Hasaka and to areas controlled by Turkey–backed opposition groups, because of the Coalition airstrikes, which have increased during the last few weeks, and because of fear that the Syrian Army will attack Deir Ez-Zor province. [SyriaHR]
Four civilians were killed and others wounded by Syrian airstrikes on Albu Kamal city. [Qasioun]
The SOHR says a woman and a child were killed and 20 others wounded in the airstrikes. [SyriaHR]
The SOHR says Coalition planes targeted a house and shops that were confiscated by Daesh as well as other places in Albu Kamal. [SyriaHR]
South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)
Coalition-supported opposition groups say they shot down a Syrian plane and damaged a helicopter near the Um Ramam area. They say they recaptured the area after a counter attack. [Qasioun] [EnabBaladi]
Syrian government sources refuted the reports about the plane. [SyriaNow]
SOHR says the plane managed to land at the Al-Seen Military Airport in east Qalamoun. [SyriaHR]
The opposition militias also say they destroyed a Syrian Army convoy, killing or wounding tens of soldiers and militiamen northwest of the Mahroutha area. [Qasioun]
A military source says the Syrian Army captured several villages and hills east of Suwayda after killing “large numbers” of Daesh terrorists. [SyriaNow]
A young man was killed by a sniper of the Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, west of Daraa. [SyriaHR]
Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Hay Al-Tadhamun south of Damascus. [DENJuly11]
OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS
Military sources say Lebanese Army units raided an apartment in Arsal town near the Syrian border. The sources say two wanted men blew themselves up. The sources say one of the men, a Syrian, was the mastermind of the explosions in Baalbek. They also say 7 IEDs, an explosives vest, and other explosives were found in the apartment. Lebanese media sources say the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah are preparing for the “decisive” battle against each other in Arsal. [Sumaria]
Security units captured three Salafis in Bizerte who celebrated the death of an Army member in clashes with terrorists. [Tunisien]
Videos of the Day
Daesh terrorists drop their weapons and surrender to Iraqi forces in Old Mosul. [Facebook]
Celebrations continue in east Mosul. [Mawsleya]
An 11-years-old Daesh fighter captured in the Al-Maidan area in Old Mosul. He says he was deployed when he was 9. He also says 4 boys his age blew themselves up and 10 were killed in battles. [Al-Aan]
SDF fighters battle Daesh in Hay Al-Dar’iya in west Raqqa. [Hawar]
SDF fighters recover a Daesh member from the rubble in west Raqqa. [Hawar]
Tahrir Al-Sham arrests Daesh members in Idlib. [YouTube]
Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]
Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members and claims he was killed in Raqqa. [ICDNJuly11]