An Update On ISIS Activities

April 10, 2017

 

Displaced near Raqqa

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Iraq

Iraq ministry says 47% of displaced people have returned home. [..]

World Food Program warns of food crisis in Iraq as war continues. [..]

Daesh executes large numbers of Iraqis in west Mosul, Hawija, Baaj. [..]

CTS captures two more neighborhoods in west-central Mosul. [..]

Mass grave of executed Yazidis found in Sinjar. [..]

Syria

Russia,​​ Iran​​ now say US presence in Syria is illegal. [..]

SDF soldiers holding firm vs. Daesh counter-attacks around Tabaqa. [..]

Coalition-supported opposition force repels Daesh attack in SE Syria. [..]

Egypt

Daesh attacks on two Coptic cathedrals kill 43, wound 119. [..]

Other

US Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan. [..]

Uzbek terrorist in Sweden admits he worked on Daesh orders. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The Minister of Migration and Displacement says 47% of the displaced people in Iraq (around 2 million people) have returned to their houses so far. [BasNews]​​ 

The Iraqi government said it will pay 1.5 million Iraqi dinars​​ (around $1,200) to every displaced family that returns. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

A joint report by the World Food Program (WFP) and the Iraqi government says half of the Iraq population will be threatened by food insecurity if the crisis in the country continues. It reports a study revealing that 35% of the population and 66% of IDPs are subject to this​​ danger.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with a US Congressional delegation, headed by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, to discuss the liberation of Mosul, the return of displaced people, and stabilizing the liberated areas, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The US delegation also met with Speaker Jubouri. [Rudaw] [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (5), Taji (1), and Al-Qa’im (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

On Sunday, Iraqi forces started a military operation to clear Tarmiya. A Sunni CoR member says Iraqi forces should shorten the time of the operations in order not to let some “shady people” use the​​ operation for sectarian gains.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh has been reporting attacks in Tarmiya for years now. The honorable MP should focus on Daesh victims instead of trying to add an obstacle to the military operations.​​ 

 

A police source says one person was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Taji. [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source says a security​​ unit​​ found a large explosives​​ and weapons cache in Tal Taqa.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC says an IFP unit found 17 mortar shells and a large quantity of explosives hidden in​​ a bedspring in Nahrawan.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

The​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ says​​ the​​ 17th​​ army division found 36 mortar shells and an IED while searching​​ three areas in south Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The MoD says 17th​​ army division found and destroyed explosives caches in Shakha 3, Sakhrija, Duwailiba, and Gharebawiyeen. [MoD Website]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military intelligence says 6th​​ army division and military intelligence arrested a “very serious” terror suspect in Ameriya. The man is wanted on several terror charges.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

A security source says security forces defused an IED in Haswa in Abu Ghraib.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 2

 

ANBAR

Falluja

MoD says 8th​​ army division arrested a wanted person in Angour, destroyed 4 IEDs​​ at the​​ Assalam-Zuwiya junction road, and arrested one more​​ suspect​​ in Abu Jir.​​ [MoD Website]

 

A member of Khaldiya​​ subdistrict​​ council says army units found and defused a large Daesh explosives cache,​​ buried underground west of Khaldiya. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

Daesh said it destroyed a police SUV with an IED on Street 40 in Ramadi city, killing three policemen and wounding two. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Anbar

IWMC says an airstrike by IAF in​​ the​​ Karabla area in Qa’im killed 14 Daesh combatants who were planning to move to north Baghdad for terror operations. The strike also destroyed a car-rigging workshop and a command center of​​ Daesh’s​​ wilayat​​ of Baghdad.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Rutba

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 60 area east of Rutba, killing two soldiers and destroying a Humvee before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in the Kilo 40 area north of Rutba. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army military position near the Kilo 25 area north of Rutba with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

MoD says Salahuddin Operations EODs defused three explosives​​ belts in a school​​ in Shirqat.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Al-Khanuqa village. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Salahuddin Operations​​ Command repelled a Daesh attack on the defenses of the Iraqi forces in Harariyat​​ ​​ Baiji and destroyed three Daesh positions,​​ killing all combatants inside.​​ [MoD Website]

IWMC says IAF planes destroyed several Daesh vehicles and weapons, including a vehicle bomb, and killed 12 Daesh combatants north of Harariyat. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF and IFP positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha, and in three areas north of Baiji with 28 mortars and 3 SPG9 rockers. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

A local source in Salahuddin says two Daesh combatants were​​ killed in an army mortar shelling on Mtaibija when the shells destroyed their vehicle. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The MoD says security units found a large IED storehouse near Albu Ubaid village, west of Tikrit. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Samarra

The Samarra Operations commander says his troops killed a Daesh terrorist who tried to sneak into their positions in the Albu Dalaf area, east of Samarra. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it assassinated the PMF commander of the Abu Dalaf area and his son in their house near Samarra in a “security operation”. [JustPaste] [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A “security operation” is usually conducted by security forces, not by a couple of thugs on a motorcycle terrorizing families.​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 PMF and IFP vehicles with 2 IEDs in the Al-Jalam area near Samarra, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

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DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Shia village of Zaghinya in the Al-Waqf area east of Baquba with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

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

A source in the Diyala Provincial Council says​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization backed by army units killed a Daesh combatant in the Al-Zor area, near Mansouriya.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Diyala Police says it captured a hideout containing large quantities of weapons and explosives in Shirween near Mansouriya. Many of the explosives were buried underground.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council says five mortars fell on Ali Al-Hassan village, south of Balad Ruz, without causing casualties. [Sumaria]​​ 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed 12 civilians in Hawija after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi forces.

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several Daesh members, including a senior Iraqi terrorist, were killed in ongoing internal clashes in Al-Zab. The source says Daesh executed 4 senior commanders after the dispute.​​ 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says a PMF fighter was wounded by a Daesh sniper in Bashir. [Sumaria]​​ 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

A Mosul member of the CoR says Daesh executed hundreds of civilians in recent days for attempting to escape Daesh held areas west of Mosul, saying that 140 were executed in Hay Al-Tanak and 20 in Tal Afar recently, apart from tens killed by Daesh sniper fire on their escape.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

IFP says​​ that​​ since the start of​​ Mosul​​ operations, its forces​​ have​​ liberated 61 areas,​​ killing 512 Daesh combatants including 77 snipers.​​ [Mada]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says most of the Daesh elite forces of foreign fighters have been annihilated in west Mosul. The source says most of the remaining terrorists are Iraqis.​​ 

 

Local sources say many Daesh commanders are escaping the west side of the city while the bodies of their combatants are lying in the streets of the old part of the city. Daesh lost several commanders in battles on​​ the west side of Mosul.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

Several media sources said local Daesh terrorists nominated a terrorist called Abu Hamza Al-Maslawi to replace Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi. A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Maslawi, whose real name in Mahdi Ghadeer Al-Salami, was wounded in his eyes by a Coalition airstrike in Diyala in 2006, but recovered later. The source says Iraqi forces captured him in 2009 in Hatra, but 90​​ terrorists attacked the police station where he was held and released him. The source says Maslawi held several important positions and became a member of Daesh’s Shura council.​​ 

 

The Ministry of Education says teams of the ministry started inspecting schools in the liberated areas in west Mosul to start​​ operating​​ as soon as possible. The teams are also monitoring the attendance of teachers to start the education process.​​ It says that​​ the​​ March salaries of education personnel in west Mosul will be paid. [Sumaria]

 

Central​​ Mosul

A security source in Mosul says Rapid Response units killed two Daesh combatants​​ by​​ the grand mosque​​ in​​ the old city. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded IFP soldiers by targeting their position with an SPG9 rocket near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh executed 7 of its commanders in Zanjili in west Mosul for abandoning the battlefield.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted an IFP military position on the Kornish Street with an SPG9 rocket. It also says it damaged an IFP Humvee on the same street. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed a CTS Humvee during battles in the Al-Matahin area. [JustPaste]

 

West-central Mosul

Commander of Mosul Liberation Operations says CTS forces liberated​​ Al-Sikak and Al-Yarmouk​​ Al-Oula​​ neighborhoods​​ and​​ raised​​ the​​ Iraqi​​ flag over their buildings. CTS liberated​​ the Al-Matahin neighborhood in​​ southwest Mosul earlier.​​ [SkyPressIraq]

Military sources say 5 CTS soldiers and 4 officers were killed in the fierce battles for​​ the​​ Al-Yarmouk neighborhood, while Daesh lost 41 combatants in this battle.​​ [Anadolu]

 

IWMC says IAF planes destroyed car rigging and explosives workshops in Wadi Okab, while attacking a Daesh combatants gathering near the city where tens of them were killed.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged a CTS Humvee with an SPG9 rocket near the Old Sina’a area. [JustPaste]

 

Other Daesh reports

Daesh says its snipers killed eleven Iraqi soldiers in several areas in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in several areas in Mosul with 136 mortars and 13 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its suicide terrorists in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

The IFP says it killed six major Daesh leaders in the Al-Khawsar area in 17th​​ of July neighborhood west of Mosul, saying that very shortly, it will attack the grand mosque of Mosul after destroying 60% of Daesh defenses around it.​​ [Mada]​​ 

 

A Ninewa Police colonel says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in the 17 Tammuz area, killing 43 terrorists and wounding others. [BasNews]​​ 

A National Security officer says 3 civilians were killed and 4 wounded, including women and children, by 3 Daesh rockets that fell on the Al-Hadba’ area in northeast Mosul. He says the rockets were filled with chlorine. [BasNews]​​ 

The MoD says Iraqi forces killed several Daesh snipers and destroyed vehicles in the Al-Saboniya area, west of Badoush. [Harbi] ​​ 

The PMFs​​ say​​ they​​ shot down a Daesh recon drone over Badoush.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters by detonating a booby-trapped house in Al-Rayhaniya village northwest of Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Migration and​​ Displacement​​ says it received 6,855 IDPs from west Mosul today, making the total number of IDPs 281,630. The IDPs were distributed among 7 camps run by the ministry.​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says food prices in Daeshcontrolled areas in west Mosul have skyrocketed. For example, a kilo of sugar is being sold for more than $30, while wheat flour and several other food items are not available. The source says a 7-month-old child died in the Hawi Al-Kanisa area because of the lack of food. The source says Daesh terrorists have food supplies for themselves that could feed them for months.​​ 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes intensified their airstrikes on Tal Afar destroying 11 guesthouses, in addition to killing a Daesh commander and his driver in an airstrike on their vehicle.​​ 

PMF​​ organization​​ says it repelled a Daesh attack on Tal Hasani and​​ Qasr Mihrab areas near Tal Afar. It also says it found and defused two Daesh minefields near Hajaf village and is planning to start a campaign to clear several other minefields of Daesh all along main and off the road routes near Tal Afar.​​ [Mada]​​ 

PMF killed 12 of the 30-man strong Daesh force that attacked Tal Hasani.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

MPF destroyed 10 Daesh vehicles packed with ammunition in a shelling on Al-Hamra village near Tal Afar.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

PMF media says army helicopters destroyed two Daesh houses used for storing weapons in Tal Afar , and destroyed three pick-up trucks outside the houses.​​ [Waradana]

 

Sinjar

A mass grave​​ containing the bodies of 1,646 Yazidi civilians executed by Daesh was found by​​ PMFs​​ in Sinjar.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

A Peshmerga commander says the Peshmerga have started to train 489 fighters who defected from the PKK’s People’s Protection Units in Sinjar. [BasNews]​​ 

Baaj

A source in Ninewa​​ Police says several Daesh commanders and their families escaped Tal Afar towards Baaj recently.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed its finance officer for Al-Baaj and his Belgian assistant after they fled with a large amount of money last week. The source says the two were captured near the Turkish border.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed four civilians in Baaj after accusing them of communicating with the Coalition. The source says Daesh filmed​​ the execution, led by a British terrorist.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 200 Daesh terrorists arrived from Syria to Baaj in civilian vehicles.​​ 

Shura/Qayara/Hatra

PMF says it received 60 families escaping Hatra southwest of Mosul, and provided them with food supplies and medical care.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters and wounded two in an attack on Al-Jamsa village. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it killed the PMF official of Al-Shabali village and wounded several of his fighters in an ambush. [JustPaste]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh arrested a senior Baath Party member in Hatra for unknown reasons. The source says the Baathist was one of the first people who supported Daesh and urged people to join it in 2014.​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a vehicle carrying 4 Daesh leaders in Hatra was destroyed by a drone near the Hatra Directorate of Agriculture. The source also says a senior Daesh leader was killed by a Coalition airstrike near Al-Sheikhan village in Hatra. ​​ 

KURDISTAN

A PUK source says Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani arrived in Suleimaniya and met with senior PUK officials to discuss internal PUK disputes, the referendum, and the KRG flag issue in Kirkuk. [BasNews] ​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ None of which should be any of Iran’s business.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Hundreds of students protested the visit of the AAH leader, Qais Al-Khazali, to the University of Diwaniya and​​ forced​​ him​​ to leave​​ while shouting “Iran, out, out” (video). [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Some pro-Iran thugs tried to clear their history by joining the PMFs. Apparently​​ some​​ university students have good memories. However,​​ student​​ protests​​ are often​​ organized by Sadrists.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia and Iran say they​​ will confront any coming US attack on the Syrian government, saying that they​​ will keep cooperating in combating terrorism until defeating it.​​ Presidents of both countries spoke over the phone and agreed that the US surpassed the “red lines” in Syria and that its presence​​ in​​ northern​​ Syria is illegal. Both countries called for an independent investigation of the “chemical attack” incident in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib that drew the US reaction.​​ [ARA]​​ Meanwhile, Secretary of State Tillerson was arriving in Moscow to confer with Foreign Minister Lavrov.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s damage control time in​​ Tehran​​ and Moscow.

 

A​​ Syrian opposition​​ source​​ leaked audio​​ communications​​ between two Syrian​​ Army​​ officers, regarding the US strike on Shayrat​​ airport in​​ western​​ Homs. The conversation reveals that 24 Tomahawk missiles fell inside the base, while 18 fell in unpopulated areas outside the base.​​ [Qasioun]

A Syrian official says his country is not intending to fight the US in Syria.​​ A​​ Russian​​ official​​ says​​ the role of​​ Russian forces is to back President Assad against terrorism.​​ He said the​​ arrival of a Russian missile frigate to​​ the​​ Syrian coast was according to a preset plan and has nothing to do with the American strike.​​ [Dorar]

Boris Johnson, the British foreign minister, says US strikes on Syrian target could be repeated. He says he hopes Assad allies, including Russia, are now aware what kind of tyrant they are supporting.​​ [Dorar]

 

Out of 204 foreign volunteers fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, there are 69 Germans, according to German Home Office. It says that three of them were killed in Turkish airstrikes against YPG forces in Syria while 43 have returned to Germany. Germany says​​ these volunteers do not pose a security threat like those returning from Daeshcontrolled areas.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 18 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, fourteen in or near Tabaqa​​ west of Raqqa​​ and four near Albu Kamal in the east. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Daesh banned the population of ​​ Markada villages, south of Hasaka from leaving their areas towards Mayadin and Deir Ez-Zor. The population​​ is​​ in fear of being​​ punished​​ by SDF forces for their cooperation with Daesh, and also​​ of a​​ drastic food crisis in this city and surrounding villages, the last Daeshcontrolled​​ area in the province. Recently, battles between SDF and Daesh in the Shaddadi​​ area​​ drew nearer to Markada.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an SDF vehicle south of Hasaka city with an IED on Sunday, killing or wounding the people inside. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

SDF says it captured the Abbad Al-Kabir village 3 km south of Tabaqa, after a “big” battle with Daesh.​​ [Hawar]

SOHR says Daesh lost 36 combatants during the past 24 hours of fighting with SDF units backed by Coalition planes in Tabaqa and in Albu Khashab, in Deir Ez-Zor. It says Daesh lost 11 combatants in the recent battle for Abbad village south of Tabaqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

SDF says fierce non-stop battles with Daesh are underway west and south of Tabaqa, aimed at capturing the city. SDF claims its forces are only 3 km away from the city.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions near​​ a​​ barrier south of Al-Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

SDF is now advancing towards Tabaqa from three directions–western, southern, and eastern–after battles with Daesh that left at least 10 Daesh combatants killed.​​ [ARA]

SOHR reported a new Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, but has no information on casualties.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SDF reported continued battles east of Tabaqa, saying they destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb, the second in two days, and killed at least 4 combatants in battle.​​ [Hawar]

SOHR reported the deaths of 25 Daesh combatants in failed attempts to recapture areas east of Tabaqa from SDF forces.​​ [SyriaHR]

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of Al-Tabaqa city. Daesh says it recaptured positions in the area from the SDF and damaged a bulldozer. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions near Al-Qadisiya Farm east of Raqqa with SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions near the Al-Tabaqa Military Airport and in nearby villages, killing or wounding several fighters, destroying 4 military positions, and damaging a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted SDF positions at the Al-Tabaqa Military Airport with 3 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

SDF says it received 150 civilians escaping battle areas with Daesh near Raqqa as well as some from Mosul and Tal Afar in Iraq.​​ [Hawar]

SDF says​​ Daesh​​ killed two children who tried to escape​​ Daesh-held​​ Maskana village​​ near Tabaqa along with their families​​ towards SDF forces. Daesh is openly threatening people who​​ try to​​ escape​​ Daesh-held areas.​​ [Hawar]

 

Spokesman of the Elite Syrian Forces says the ESF is part of the Free Syrian Army and part of the Coalition efforts to liberate Raqqa. He says the ESF has played an important role in liberating the Al-Karama area. He also says the ESF, around 3,500 fighters, is not part of the SDF and it is open to cooperate with the KDP-trained Roj Ava Peshmerga. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This Sunni Arab military group was formed with Coalition support as part of the effort to broaden the image of the SDF as a largely Kurdish force as it seeks to dislodge Daesh from Raqqa with Coalition help.​​ 

 

Ex-engineers of Euphrates Dam say the danger of a major flooding and Dam collapse was eliminated, after opening of flooding gates and raise of river levels, which​​ also enabled the​​ return of drinking water to Raqqa. The engineers demanded in a statement​​ that​​ the Dam​​ be kept out of​​ war operations​​ so that​​ technical teams inside the Dam​​ can​​ perform maintenance.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Other Raqqa reports

More than 150 displaced people, mostly women and children, arrived in SDF-controlled areas west of Raqqa. An SDF official says the SDF receives hundreds of people from the Raqqa area and some from Ninewa, and the total number has exceeded 8,000 so far. [SotKurdistan]​​ 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of battles in Bayoudh village, north of Al-Tabaqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it attacked SDF positions in Jab Sha’er village west of Ain Eissa in northern Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

SOHR reported air drops of food supply​​ containers by Syrian​​ planes over​​ Fawaa​​ and Kefraya, the​​ Shia villages​​ north of Idlib.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a Syrian soldier in Al-Mahdoum village east of Deir Hafer. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian government says a bomb placed in a bus killed a woman and wounded several others in​​ the​​ Hasba area in Homs.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Draihem area east of Khanasir. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions near Ithariya town with Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it ambushed a Syrian Army convoy south of Tadmur city, killing thirty soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 7 vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Government says Daesh shelling with four shells of Al-Joura area in Deir Ez-Zor killed​​ 2​​ children and wounded 19 civilians. [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR reported continuing​​ government air strikes on Daesh held areas in Deir Ez-Zor, but no reports of casualties are available. [SyriaHR]

 

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

The Coalition said its forces and partnered Vetted Syrian Opposition forces repelled a Daesh attack targeting a partnered military base in southern Syria April 8. It says Daesh initiated the attack on the Al-​​ Tanaf​​ garrison with a VBIED and 20-30 fighters,​​ followed​​ by​​ a ground assault and suicide vests. It says Coalition and partnered forces defended against the Daesh attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple Coalition airstrikes.

Daesh said it conducted 2 suicide attacks and 2 attacks on US backed opposition groups in the area on Saturday. [A3maq]​​ 

Opposition sources say eight opposition fighters were killed and others wounded in the Daesh attack on Al-Tanaf. They also say 4 Daesh terrorists were killed. [BasNews]​​ 

Daesh sources say that the Coalition “admitted” that at least three Coalition soldiers were killed and ten wounded, in addition to tens of opposition fighters killed or wounded,​​ by the attack on Al-Tanaf 2 days ago. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We checked the Coalitions statement and there has been no such “admission.”​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Tasil town west of Daraa. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Kuwait

A Kuwaiti newspaper says security units captured a Daesh cell of 4 members who were planning to launch attacks on US forces and a Shia mosque in Kuwait. [IraqPress]​​ 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian health ministry says the recent count of Daesh attack casualties on two Christian cathedrals in Egypt is at 27 killed and 78 wounded in Saint George Cathedral in Tanta, and 16 killed and 41 wounded​​ at​​ Saint Marcus Cathedral ​​ in Alexandria.​​ [Hawar]

The suicide attackers on​​ both​​ churches​​ were Egyptians, and both fought in Syria before returning to Egypt, say the authorities. [Arabi21]

Egypt announced​​ a​​ state of emergency for three months in the whole country following the deadly attack, while the UN​​ Security​​ Council condemned the attacks.​​ [ARA]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility​​ for​​ firing a Grad rocket on an Israeli settlement in​​ Eshkol​​ in southern Israel. The rocket was fired from Sinai. No casualties were recorded​​ from​​ the missile firing.​​ [Anadolu]

Egyptian security says it killed 7 members of a terror cell in Asyut. The cell was operating in​​ the​​ Awamer desert.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that one of its “security units”​​ conducted​​ the attacks on the churches. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issued infographics about its operations with Copts in Egypt. It says it killed more than eighty people and wounded “tens” in the attacks. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Security sources say the Egyptian Army launched several airstrikes on terrorists south and west of Rafah and in Sheikh Zuweid. The sources say the terrorists were planning to attack security barriers. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers south of Arish. [A3maq]

 

Security sources say EOD experts destroyed 3 IEDs on the Al-Joura road, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Security units stopped an attack on​​ a security barrier, south of Arish, killing 7 takfiris. Medical sources say two soldiers were wounded in the attack. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say ABM terrorists set a garage on fire in south Arish before fleeing the area. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say armed men shot and wounded an 11-year-old girl in south Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Air attacks by forces affiliated​​ with​​ General Khalifa Hafter killed 3 and wounded 2​​ soldiers from​​ the​​ Fifth​​ Regiment of the​​ National​​ Accord Government​​ military,​​ south of Sirte.​​ [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

A CNN source says that a US Army Special Forces soldier was killed on Saturday while on counter terrorism duty in the Nangarhar province. It says that the soldier was mortally wounded, then killed by terrorists, after helping Afghan forces conduct an attack on a Daesh affiliate. [CNN]​​ 

 

Daesh said 10 of its terrorists attacked a joint American and Afghani Armies’ military position in the Shadal area in Nangarhar on Saturday, killing several US soldiers, in addition to fifteen Afghani soldiers. Daesh says 7 of its terrorists returned safely. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

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Daesh said on Sunday it killed nine Afghan soldiers and captured 5 in an attack in​​ Jowzjan, and have been on continuous attack since Saturday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Sweden​​ 

The Uzbek attacker of Stockholm admitted during investigations that he committed the attack on Daesh orders. He was carrying a homemade hand grenade during the attack but he did not​​ use it. He​​ had​​ used his Facebook account to promote Daesh. Swedish police say they have evidence that the man is a terrorist. [SyriaNow]

 

Israel​​ 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Eshkol in southern Israel, near Gaza City, with Grad rockets. [JustPaste] ​​ [See Egypt story above]

 

Yemen

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Houthi positions in the Wadi Al-Asra area in Qifa, killing six fighters and damaging an SUV before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Somalia​​ 

A military source in Somalia says a suicide attacker detonated himself at a large military training base near Mogadishu, killing and wounding several soldiers.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

An Iraqi sniper uses digital technology to hunt Daesh. [Maalomah]

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

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Yemeni terrorists who might have been killed in Al-Baidha. [JustPaste]

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April 7, 2017

 

Sweden

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Turkey issues another threat to intervene in Iraq. [..]

Small-scale Daesh attacks in northern Diyala impact multiple areas. [..]

140 Mosul residents reported executed for trying to escape; some crucified. [..]

Syria

Russia suspends Syria air safety understanding with US; complains to UN Security Council. [..]

Other

Arrest made after truck attack kills 4 in Stockholm. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraqi foreign ministry expressed surprise​​ at​​ the​​ “expedient reaction” by the US​​ in Syria,​​ and​​ demanded​​ a thorough​​ investigation into​​ the​​ alleged​​ chemical attack in Idlib.​​ It stressed​​ the​​ joining​​ of​​ all forces to confront Daesh and terrorism in the area.​​ [ROJ]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The US attack puts Iraq in an awkward position, as it is dependent on the US but has generally cooperated with the Syrian government.

 

Turkey’s​​ Minister of Foreign Affairs says Turkey would interfere militarily in Iraqi to​​ “stop the threats of terrorist​​ organizations,” referring to the PKK.​​ An​​ Iraqi Government spokesman says Iraq​​ would​​ never allow anyone to​​ engage in a​​ military operation​​ in Iraq. He says Iraq​​ is​​ waiting​​ for Turkey to keep its commitment to​​ withdrawal​​ from Bashiqa after the liberation of Mosul.​​ [SotKurdistan]​​ 

Turkish sources say Ankara will​​ soon launch a military operation called “Tigris Shield” against the PKK in Sinjar. [SotKurdistan]

 

Sistani’s office says the “defense fatwa” is still on, even after the liberation of many Iraqi cities. Sistani issued the fatwa in 2014, saying Iraqi people should defend themselves and combine security forces, after Daesh captured several Iraqi cities. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 10 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6),​​ Qayara (1), Baiji (1),​​ Al-Qa’im (1),​​ and​​ Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 45th​​ army brigade defused an IED in Al-Amari.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

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

 

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

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found an ammunition cache in Albu Awsaj in Latifiya.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says an IED​​ placed in a marketplace killed one and wounded three civilians in Suwiab.​​ [Ghad]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed near​​ a​​ construction materials shop in Abu Ghraib killed one civilian and wounded five others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says army and tribal mobilization forces shot dead two suicide attackers approaching a security location near the Qarma​​ dump​​ south of Falluja. An Army helicopter shot down a third attacker in the same area. The three were putting on explosives​​ belts.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 300 IEDs in the Falahat area. [MoD Website] ​​ 

 

Ramadi

Anbar​​ Chief of Police says army forces destroyed a vehicle bomb parked near Zarzur​​ Restaurant in​​ the Kilo 5​​ area west of Ramadi. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The terrorist who parked the car doesn’t have any decency. Zarzur’s​​ kebab is​​ among​​ the best in Iraq.​​ 

 

Anbar Operations Command says intelligence tips led to the arrest of 9 persons wanted on terror charges in​​ the​​ Kilo​​ 7 area west of Ramadi.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on “Iraqi forces” in Hay Al-Zaytoun in the Kilo 5 area, west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 ​​​​ 

Hit/Haditha

Iraqi forces found 77 IEDs in several areas in Hit. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

The Mayor of Anah​​ District​​ says Daesh executed 5 civilians​​ in​​ downtown Anah on charges of cooperating​​ with​​ Iraqi forces and providing information on Daesh locations.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs in Rutba. [MoD Website]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin Operations Command announced initiation of a major security campaign to clear different parts of the province of Daesh presence, saying that 200 Daesh combatants have been killed so far. Army units also destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and a booby-trapped bulldozer in Siniya. Army helicopters are providing air cover for the campaign.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Shirqat

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Al-Dibis village. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF position near a water station in Al-Houriya village north of Shirqat. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces positions in Ain Al-Baidha and nearby areas with 60 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Sheikh Ali village and nearby areas with 40 mortars and 15 Grad rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Photos of the 2 explosives​​ vests found in Albu Toma village​​ after the failed attack​​ [Facebook]​​ 

As we reported, three Daesh suicide attackers entered Albu Toma village south of Baiji on Thursday, but security forces killed two of them and defused their explosive belts. The third detonated himself in a civilian house, also killing one child. [Sumaria

 

Tikrit

Daesh publishes photos of 4 of its terrorists who attacked Tikrit on Wednesday, 3 of them Syrians. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command captured 7 persons on terrorism charges in the Samarra area. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Eastern​​ Salahuddin (Al-Daur, Tooz)

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF machine gunmounted vehicle with an IED in the Al-Jalam area, east of Al-Daur, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The chairman of the Abbara subdistrict council says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on a security barrier near Al-Jizani village. He also says Daesh launched mortars on the area, wounding several civilians. He says he​​ has​​ asked Iraqi forces many times to clear the areas around Abbara from Daesh sleeper cells, which have recently started to increase their activities in the area. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

IWMC says 110th​​ army brigade repelled a Daesh attack on the army checkpoints near Sadiya and Himrin.​​ [IraqPress]

 

The Dijla Operations commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack near Al-Duwalib village, killing 2 terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Dijla Operations commander says Iraqi Army 5th division captured 5 suspects in Rabi’a village near Sadiya​​ in Khanaqin​​ after the attack on Iraqi military positions in the area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

He also says his troops found the body of a Daesh terrorist in the area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says an officer and another soldier were killed and five soldiers wounded when an IED exploded on an Iraqi Army patrol near Rabi’a village. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it attacked 2 Iraqi Army positions in Al-Sama and Rabi’a villages near Sadiya, killing eight soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee and 3 other vehicles. Daesh also says it detonated IEDs on the reinforcement units,​​ killing fifteen soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 2 Humvees and 2 other vehicles. [JustPaste]​​ Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]​​ 

The Manager of Sadiya subdistrict says 5 mortar shells fells near a residential compound in south Sadiya without causing casualties. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A member of the Diyala Provincial Council warns that Daesh nighttime attacks​​ in Qara Tapa​​ subdistrict are increasing. Daesh has​​ kidnapped and executed many civilians in the area. He says Daesh terrorists have hideouts in guesthouses in the nearby Himrin area;​​ the terrorists use​​ motorcycles at night. He asks the Iraqi government to increase its security measures in the area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source in Diyala says PMFs​​ destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Himrin,​​ killing Abu Abdullah Al-Iraqi, a local Daesh leader in the area who is responsible of several terrorist attacks in the province.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A source in Diyala Provincial​​ Council security committee says 24th​​ PMF brigade ambushed and killed 3 Daesh combatants in​​ the​​ Al-Maqale’ area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

In a​​ later report, the​​ PMF​​ organization​​ says this ambush was a preemptive operation to block a coming Daesh attack on Diyala, adding that the PMFs​​ also defused an IED in the area and captured Daesh weapons and munitions.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army vehicle in an ambush in Albu Awwad village in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Iraqi Army 5th division found a Daesh guesthouse and explosives in the Imam Mansour area, south of Balad Ruz. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says the bodies of 3 unknown men were found blindfolded and shot in​​ the​​ Shoraw area north of Kirkuk.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A security source says Coalition planes targeted a Daesh convoy in Al-Quds village in Al-Rashad, killing 6 Daesh commanders, including the financial officer and the Daesh police chief of southwest Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source says 4 Daesh terrorists were killed in an internal conflict about revenues in Al-Zab subdistrict. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its sniper operations in the Kirkuk area. [Sendvid]​​ 

 

NINEWA

A spokesman of Arab tribes says a new Arab brigade will be formed under the command of​​ the​​ Peshmerga​​ Ministry. This will be mostly composed of​​ Arabs​​ of​​ from​​ Rabia, Zummar, and Baaj. It will be at least 2000 fighters strong.​​ [SotIraq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This misleading story has nothing much to do with Daesh and everything to do with KRG hopes of taking Sinjar and perhaps Tal Afar or parts thereof from Iraq and attaching them to an independent Kurdistan.​​ The tribes involved are anti-government tribes whose likely connections to Daesh might be worth some analysis. Rabia and Zummar are in Tal Afar north of Sinjar; Baaj is south of Sinjar. Sinjar is not contiguous with the KRG.​​ 

 

A CoR member from Ninewa says there is a mismanagement regarding the distribution of aid to displaced people in Ninewa. He says displaced people got the food rations but they can’t cook them​​ because they don’t have stoves, so they sell them for approximately 1/3 of the price. He asks the government to also provide financial aid to displaced people. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

An IFP source explained the difficulty of advancing in old Mosul amid Daesh sniper fire. Daesh snipers are all over the rooftops and mosque minarets in the old city. [SotIraq]

 

The IFP commander says his forces are using drones to attack Daesh targets in the​​ Old​​ City, recently killing Abu Maria Al-Russi, Russian national and Daesh official of oil derivatives near the​​ Old​​ Bridge area. He says the elite IFP units are engaged in intense fighting with Daesh in the​​ Old​​ City, killing tens of them and destroying 8 booby-trapped motorcycles.​​ [Harbi]

 

Central​​ Mosul

Daesh says it killed or wounded IFP and Rapid Intervention soldiers by blowing up a booby-trapped house near Bab Al-Tob. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says at least eight soldiers were killed in the explosion. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the explosion. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven Iraqi soldiers near Bab Al-Tob. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed two Iraqi forces military positions near Bab Al-Tob with SPG9 rockets. It also says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers by targeting their positions in Bab Al-Tob with 10 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed several Daesh positions, in addition to a machine gun-mounted vehicle and a construction shovel truck in west Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Southwest Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed a lawyer in Hay Al-Najjar after accusing him of communicating with Iraqi forces.

 

West-central Mosul

The Kurdistan Security Council says Daesh killed 140 civilians​​ on​​ April 3 – 4 who were trying to escape the battles in west Mosul. It says Daesh crucified some of the victims on electricity poles in Hay Al-Islah Al-Zera’i and Hay Al-Tanak. [BasNews]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh killed many civilians in Hay Al-Tanak and threw their bodies on the street to scare people and frighten them out of leaving.

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee with a rocket near Hay Al-Yarmouk. [A3maq]

Daesh says it damaged 2 Iraqi forces’ Humvees with rockets near Hay Al-Yarmouk. [A3maq]

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

Ninewa Liberations Operation commander says 9th​​ and 15th​​ army divisions liberated the Old and New Rayhaniya​​ and Ghzelwa villages north of​​ the​​ Atshana​​ Mountains​​ in​​ northwest​​ Mosul,​​ after inflicting heavy casualties​​ on​​ Daesh units.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Commander of the 9th​​ army division says​​ Rayhaniya​​ is “of​​ strategic value,” adding that his forces killed 30 Daesh combatants defending the village and is now clearing the village of mines and IEDs.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters by detonating 2 booby-trapped houses and 2 IEDs in​​ Rayhaniya​​ on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh is breaking​​ down​​ the walls of houses in Hawi Al-Kanisa in order to allow its terrorists to move from house to house. The source also says Daesh prohibited​​ residents​​ from using their vehicles in the area and the roads are only used by Daesh vehicles.

 

East Mosul

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh targeted a mosque in Al-Muhandisin after the Friday prayers, killing five people, including the mosque imam, and wounding 20.

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and the displaced says overall IDPs in Iraq are still at around 4 million, including 437,000 from Mosul,​​ of whom​​ 260,000​​ are​​ from the west side.​​ [Karemlash]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

Military Intelligence says​​ the​​ IAF destroyed a Daesh car-rigging workshop in Al-Salam neighborhood in Tal Afar,​​ destroying 8 vehicle bombs and killing the Daesh official in charge of the workshop and​​ several​​ of his associates.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Daesh Azeri communications expert was killed in the airstrike.

 

Shura/Qayara/Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Coalition planes targeted 4 Daesh locations in Hatra, including a water irrigation project used by Daesh as a vehicle bomb factory, killing many of them including an Uzbek explosives expert;​​ a house used by Daesh to develop drones, killing several terrorists, mostly foreigners;​​ the building of the women’s​​ union of Hatra,​​ used by Daesh as an office, killing 12 terrorists including a Daesh Kurdish official responsible for mosques in Hatra; and​​ the house of a Daesh commander, killing him and 6 members of his family.

 

Daesh says it killed two PMF fighters and destroyed a military position in a “security operation” in Al-Jamsa village, south of Qayara. [JustPaste]

 

KURDISTAN

Turkish​​ Army says its planes destroyed 3 fortifications and two shelters of the PKK in​​ the​​ Qandil​​ Mountains​​ in northern Kurdistan. News reports​​ describe​​ a Turkish operation against the PKK in Sinjar similar to that of Al-Bab in Syria,​​ with participation of local forces.​​ [ARA]

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SOUTHERN IRAQ

Military intelligence says two men were arrested on terror charges in separate​​ incidents​​ in Dhi Qar and Maysan.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia condemned the US missile strike on the Syrian airbase as an attack on a sovereign state.​​ Russia suspended the air safety agreement with the US following the attack. It also​​ sent its​​ Admiral Grigorovich frigate armed with​​ Caliber missiles to be stationed​​ in​​ Tartus.​​ [SyriaNow]​​ [Hawar]

 

Russia called for an emergency session of the UN​​ Security​​ Council following the US attack on Al-Shayrat​​ airbase, one of​​ Syria’s​​ major bases in Syria.​​ The​​ Syrian government says that 6 persons were killed in the American attack,​​ and also​​ says​​ such attacks “will only increase its will to defeat terrorism.”​​ [ARA]

The US says it has no plans for further attacks on Syria following the​​ strikes on​​ Shayrat​​ airport with 59 Tomahawk missiles. The Pentagon says that Russia, the UK, and Turkey were all informed of the attack, saying that only Russia objected.​​ [Dorar]

Russia says the level of performance of the US attack on the Syrian airport is rather low, as only 23 missiles hit their targets, while 36 others fell elsewhere. It says that 6 Syrian MiG 23 planes were destroyed, and four military personnel were killed, while two are missing.​​ [SyriaNow]

Russia says that two US missiles hit two villages southeast of Homs, killing 5 civilians including 3 children and wounding several others.​​ [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We can’t evaluate the accuracy of Russia’s reports, but the hypocrisy they demonstrate, after the high level of civilian casualties from Russian bombing, is striking.

 

Syrian authorities admitted losing five officers out of the seven​​ people​​ killed in the US attack on Al-Shayrat​​ airport that hosts MiG 23 and 25 and Sukhoi 22 and 24 aircrafts, 40 cement shelters, and an air defense brigade. The US strike destroyed the runway, several shelters, and the fuel storage facility. ​​ [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (8), Raqqa (4), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

SDF says it received 4,000 IDPs escaping Daesh areas in Raqqa​​ and​​ Ayn Eissa. It says 3,000 of them were​​ received​​ at​​ the IDP camp near the city while others​​ went on​​ to other Syrian areas.​​ [Hawar]

 

SDF says it blocked a Daesh attack from several directions​​ on Haddaj village, 16​​ km​​ (10 miles)​​ west of Raqqa,​​ killing​​ a​​ large number of the attacking force.​​ [Hawar]​​ [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

SOHR​​ says Coalition planes killed five civilians,​​ including two women, all from one family, in a strike on Hamrat Ghanim village east of Tabaqa. The total number of civilians killed in Coalition attacks on various areas of Raqqa and Tabaqa is now 204 including 34 women and 32 children.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

A​​ Syrian opposition field commander says opposition factions shelled Shia populated villages of Fawaa and Kefraya in retaliation​​ for​​ the government’s chemical attack on Idlib, saying that opposition rockets can reach the regime anywhere in Syria.​​ [Qasioun]

 

SOHR says Syrian and Russian planes killed 10 civilians in attacks on Jisr Al-Shughur in Idlib following the US strike on Shayrat​​ Airbase. [SyriaHR]

 

Battles continue around Al-Jarrah airport east of Deir Hafer between Daesh and government forces,​​ which are trying to take​​ it​​ over amid stiff resistance by Daesh combatants.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR also reported continued government air strikes on several Daesh positions east of Aleppo.​​ [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab

SDF engaged opposition forces near Mare’ in Azaz without any notable advances for either side. [Qasioun]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army security barrier on the road between Tadmur and Homs, killing five soldiers, wounding others, and destroying a tank and a vehicle, before returning safely. [JustPaste]

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East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A meeting of the​​ Syrian Army was held in Damascus​​ in​​ the presence of supporting armed factions and Russian representatives,​​ including the Daesh​​ Hunters force, to discuss lifting​​ the​​ Daesh siege of Deir Ez-Zor, using​​ the same forces that captured​​ Tadmur (Palmyra). [Qasioun]

 

Syria says its army captured three strategic hills​​ overlooking​​ the​​ west​​ side​​ of​​ Deir Ez-Zor after expelling Daesh combatants therefrom. [SyriaNow]

 

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

Syria says 20 civilians were killed or wounded when rockets hit the Jaramana suburb of Damascus. [SyriaNow]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded five with an IED near the Achin area in Nangarhar. [A3maq]

 

Sweden

An arrest was made Friday after an attack involving a stolen truck that barreled into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, leaving at least four people dead, Swedish police said.

A dozen people were injured in what appeared to be the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon of terror in Europe. [CNN]​​ A Swedish website says the main suspect is from Uzbekistan and has confessed. Reportedly his social media account shows he is connected to Daesh.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This drunk-driving​​ jihad is the latest Daesh invention to harm​​ civilians and waste human lives. Drinking alcohol, stealing, and killing are prohibited in Islam. However, according to Daesh, a combination of the three will take you directly to heaven.​​ This weird​​ lesson​​ is​​ now​​ being taught in many mosques​​ in different parts of​​ the world.​​ ​​  ​​​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Ninewa Police capture large quantities of Daesh wireless devices in east Mosul [Mawsleya]

 

The IAF destroys a Daesh hideout [Facebook]

 

Iraqi forces in close battles with Daesh in​​ west Mosul [Facebook]​​ [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb in west Mosul [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces capture Rayhaniya village​​ [Facebook]​​ 

 

Daesh booby-trapped everything, including a cooking pot [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi soldiers laughing as an​​ IED explodes​​ near them​​ [Facebook]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]​​ 

 

 

 

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April 6, 2017

 

IAA

 

 

TODAY’S MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Syria

US attacks Syrian airbase with cruise missiles, reacting to chemical attack. [..]

Trump, Tillerson call for Assad’s removal. [..]

Russia still insists the chemical weapons tragedy wasn’t Syria’s fault. [..]

SDF captures two villages near Tabaqa. [..]

 

Iraq

Baghdad official credits MoI with improving Baghdad security. [..]

Iraqi soldiers capture two villages in northwest Anbar. [..]

Tribal PMF commander says Daesh holds 20,000 as human shields in Al-Qa’im. [..]

Daesh unleashes series of attacks in Baiji area; takes big losses. [..]

CTS liberates Al-Yarmouk in far-west Mosul. [..]

 

Late-breaking report.​​ At 9 PM Thursday night, the United States fired about 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles​​ at a Syrian air base,​​ from two warships in the Mediterranean, in retaliation for the Syrian chemical attack in Idlib.​​ 

U.S. officials say​​ that​​ Syrian government aircraft killed dozens of civilians by using chlorine mixed with a nerve agent, possibly sarin, earlier this week, in its air attack in Idlib. [AP]

 

This was preceded by a statement from Secretary of State Tillerson six hours earlier that President Assad should no longer govern the Syrian people, saying the US had no doubt that his government was guilty of the attack. He also said publicly to Russia that it should reconsider its support of the Syrian government. A few minutes earlier, President Trump had also suggested that Assad should give up power. He called the chemical attack “a disgrace to humanity.” Trump said he may talk to President Putin about this.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This may prove to be the decisive turning point against Assad. It is​​ also​​ a disaster for the Russians, who had helped Syria to recover much of the country​​ and seemed to be riding high. Now the US is no longer deferring to Russia and the international revulsion toward​​ Assad may now be so great that he can’t be saved.​​ Then again, Assad has survived such major crises before.​​ 

 

[See related stories under Reports from Syria below]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A​​ PUK representative​​ in​​ the Kurdish delegation visiting Baghdad says the referendum does not necessarily mean independence, saying that this is​​ up to​​ the will of the Kurdish people. He says the Kurdish delegation discussed openly with the federal government and the ruling national coalition​​ the​​ means to solve all pending problems between Kurdistan and the federal government, and the means to eliminate obstacles towards holding the population census in Kirkuk and applying constitutional​​ Article 140 provisions.​​ [ROJ]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, in and near Mosul (6), Tal Afar (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Haditha (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

The Baghdad Deputy Governor says​​ that since the Ministry of Interior took over the security of the Baghdad perimeter, the areas of Latifiya, Mahmudiya, Mada’in, and Abu Ghraib are more stable. He also says​​ a Daesh cell was captured in Salman Pak in Mada’in, in addition to two others in different parts of Baghdad.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says one person was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Taji. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ says 45th​​ army brigade defused an IED​​ in Al-Amari.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a sheep market in Mada’in killed a civilian and wounded three others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A police source says a civilian was wounded by a roadside IED in Nahrawan. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says 17th​​ army division found an IED and an artillery shell during a search mission in Sayyed Abdullah and Tal Al-Samar.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED explosion in a popular market place in Haswa, Abu Ghraib, wounded five civilians.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

A Tribal PMF commander says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, captured Al-Mudhim southwest of Haditha, Um Al-Wiz in Rawa, and the Haditha storehouses areas, killing 17 Daesh terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. He says the areas are strategic and link the Anah, Rutba, and Haditha areas, and were used by Daesh as supply lines. [Maalomah]​​ 

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi forces members and wounded others by detonating IEDs in Al-Mudhim and Um Al-Wiz villages. [A3maq]

 

Northwest Anbar

A Tribal PMF commander says Daesh holds 20,000 families hostages in Al-Qa’im in order to use them as human shields. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with mid-sized weapons near the Al-Saqqar area east of Rutba. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Salahuddin Governor says Prime Minister Abadi ordered two battalions to Salahuddin to secure the province. [Ghad] ​​ 

 

Shirqat

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions in Al-Dibis village, killing five soldiers, wounding others, destroying a military position and a weapons and ammunition storehouse before returning safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Mohammad Al-Musa village. It also says it targeted “PMF positions” in Ain Al-Baidha village and Shirqat city with 8 mortars and 2 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

PMF says its 33rd​​ brigade​​ found​​ a​​ network of Daesh secret tunnels while searching​​ in the​​ Makhoul​​ Mountains area.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

PMF​​ organization​​ says its​​ 42nd​​ brigade repelled a Daesh attack in Harariyat, killing 4 attackers. The fighting​​ is​​ continuing. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Three Daesh suicide attackers entered Albu Toma village south of Baiji, but security forces killed two of them and defused their explosive belts. The third detonated himself in a civilian house,​​ also​​ killing one child. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A leader​​ in the​​ PMF​​ command​​ says Daesh initiated a​​ major​​ attack​​ in several​​ parts of Salahuddin. The​​ first assault​​ was in​​ the​​ Harariyat​​ area, where it lost 17 combatants and three bulldozers, while the second was​​ at​​ the​​ ZuwiyaSheikh Ali junction,​​ when it lost 28 combatants and several vehicles, while the PMF​​ unit​​ lost one of its field commanders. A third attack was on​​ the​​ Baiji-Haditha​​ route​​ where PMFs​​ killed 22 Daesh combatants and destroyed six vehicles. The​​ fourth attack was on Assalam village,​​ where the PMF killed 5 Daesh combatants. [Ghad]​​ 

PMF​​ command​​ also says its​​ forces repelled a Daesh attack in Siniya west of Baiji. The 3-hour battle ended with the killing of 14 Daesh attackers and destroying many of their weapons and vehicles, while the PMF lost three fighters killed and four wounded. ​​ [Sumaria]

A security source says 20th​​ army brigade repelled a Daesh attack on​​ the​​ Baghdad-Mosul expressway from Makhoul​​ Mountains side,​​ killing the​​ entire​​ attacking force. Daesh tried to open a gap in Iraqi defenses and to​​ block​​ the army​​ from​​ its supply routes.​​ [IraqPress]

 

PMF Press says​​ Daesh wanted to cut off Iraqi forces supply lines on the road between Baiji and Haditha, and to smuggle its leaders who are trapped in Hawija through the Makhoul Mountains towards the Hatra desert,​​ then to Syria. It says Iraqi forces stopped the attacks, killing 63 terrorists and destroying 12 vehicles, including 4 vehicle bombs, and 3 mortar units. It also says Iraqi forces found Daesh secret passages and tunnels used by the terrorists to sneak from the Makhoul Mountains area. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces from 2 sides north of Baiji city. It says battles continued for a long time on one side, near the Al-Asmeda and Al-Makhazen bridges and nearby areas, and it​​ conducted 3 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, killing more than thirty soldiers, wounding others, destroying 16 vehicles, 2 Abrams tanks, and 30 military positions. It also says it hit a helicopter, shot down a recon drone, and captured 3 vehicles, in addition to weapons and ammunition. Daesh says the second side was on the road between Baiji and Haditha. It says it conducted 2 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs, killing or wounding more than fifteen soldiers and destroying 17 military positions and several vehicles. [JustPaste] [A3maq] Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The MoI says security forces found an explosives and ammunition cache in Diyala and disposed of it, without specifying the exact location.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

PMF Press says a PMF unit killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicle in Udhaim. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

The chairman of Udhaim subdistrict council says a joint Army and PMF force destroyed​​ two​​ Daesh guesthouses in the Albu Awwad area in north Udhaim. [Ghad]​​ 

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The manager of Al-Saadiya subdistrict says Daesh targeted Zarkoush village with 6 mortars without causing casualties. [Ghad]​​ 

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A security source says Daesh combatants forcibly entered a house in Omar Mandan (Sharmoukh) village in Qara Tapa and kidnapped three civilians, including two brothers, and stole their car.​​ [Sumaria]

A local source says Daesh beheaded one of the civilians it kidnapped from Sharmoukh village in Qara Tapa. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man in Qara Tapa subdistrict after accusing him of spying for the Iraqi government. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK​​ (No reports)

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Mayor of Mosul District says the army has liberated 60% of west Mosul while Daesh is still in at least 45 neighborhoods of the city. He says Daesh is still oppressing civilians and using them as shields against military attacks, saying that they try to keep information on the situation in neighborhoods they rule away from the public as much as possible. He also says IDPs from west Mosul​​ now​​ exceed 250,000.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations Commander says the battle​​ on the west side is easier than that on​​ the east side, saying his forces are​​ making​​ protection of civilians and infrastructure a priority during its advance. He also says 50% of the west side is now​​ liberated,​​ and​​ that​​ the PMFs​​ will have further duties in the​​ near​​ future​​ in areas​​ west of Mosul and​​ in​​ securing​​ the​​ border with Syria.​​ [ROJ]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on a medical compound in west Mosul. [A3maq]

Central​​ Mosul

A security source says Coalition planes resumed​​ their​​ airstrikes​​ in west Mosul,​​ killing the Daesh religious​​ mufti,​​ Abu Ayoub, near the old public hospital.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed seven IFP soldiers in battles near the Bab Al-Beidh area on Wednesday. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says its snipers killed five IFP soldiers near Bab Al-Beidh. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an IFP soldier near the Bab Al-Tob area. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Mosul

A security source says a Coalition plane killed 3 civilians of one family when it bombed a house by mistake in New Mosul, believing that Daesh combatants were sheltering there.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says one civilian was killed and two wounded by Daesh snipers in New Mosul.​​ 

The MoD says IAF attacked several Daesh targets in New Mosul and in Yarmouk to the west in support of CTS and IFP operations, killing 42 Daesh combatants and destroying three vehicles, various weapons, and an ammunition cache.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers in the Ras Al-Jadda area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked CTS positions in Rajm Hadid, killing six soldiers, wounding others, damaging 2 Humvees and a bulldozer, and destroying 4 military positions, before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Mansour with 3 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

West-central Mosul

Commander of Ninewa Liberation Operations says CTS liberated Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya neighborhood in west Mosul and raised the Iraqi flag over its main buildings after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]

A security source says CTS​​ then​​ found 20 mortar shells hidden in a house in Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya. The CTS managed to release 19 families held under siege in one of the houses in the neighborhood.​​ [Maalomah]

 

North​​ & northwest​​ Mosul

IWMC says Coalition planes attacked the Suqoor Al-Khilafa (Caliphate Falcons) elite Daesh regiment HQ in 17th​​ of July neighborhood, killing 17 of them including three foreign Daesh leaders–a Saudi, an Australian, and a Frenchman.​​ [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says Coalition planes killed 6 Daesh commanders, 2 Syrians, an Iraqi, a Pakistani, a Turk, and a Moroccan, in an airstrike on Hawi Al-Kanisa, in north Mosul along the river. [Ghad]​​ 

 

East Mosul

A police source in Ninewa says Daesh shot down an Iraqi helicopter, killing its two pilots, in Muhandisin neighborhood in east Mosul.​​ [BasNews]​​ This incident was confirmed by the IWMC later.​​ [Sumaria]

The JOC issued a statement mourning the deaths of two helicopter pilots in east Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi helicopter on the Al-Ghabat area in northeast Mosul, killing its crew. [A3maq] Daesh issues a video of the fallen helicopter. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says three civilians were killed in by a Daesh mortar in Hay Al-Samah in east Mosul.​​ 

 

Northwest​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

The JOC says IAF destroyed Daesh targets in Tal Afar killing two of their leaders. ​​ [Harbi]

PMF says Daesh evacuated its headquarters, command centers, and houses of top officials in the middle of Tal​​ Afar in fear of anticipated Coalition and Iraqi air attacks and PMF artillery attacks.​​ [PressIraq]

 

IWMC says the IAF destroyed 2 Daesh hideouts in Tal Afar, killing 19 terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hatra

PMF says it killed 30 Daesh combatants and destroyed three machine gunmounted trucks​​ in​​ blocking a Daesh attack in Hatra.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army and PMF positions near Ain Sadid village, south of the Hatra Intersection. Daesh says during the battles, one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked the forces with a vehicle bomb, destroying 5 vehicles and killing or wounding the soldiers inside. It says the remaining terrorists killed thirteen soldiers and wounded others during the battles before returning safely. [JustPaste] [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of the attack. [JustPaste]

 

PMF command says fighting erupted with Daesh combatants all along the way to the Shirqat junction on both sides of the road in Makhoul Mountains and Ninewa desert, saying that PMFs destroyed a vehicle bomb approaching the supply lines southwest of Mosul.​​ [Ghad]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Maysan

The MoD says Rafidain Operations forces captured a large ammunition and explosives​​ cache​​ in Qalat Salih​​ in southern​​ Maysan.​​ [MoD Website]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

[See lead story under National News above]

 

In what seems to be a response to the US Secretary of State’s statements that Russia should reconsider its support to Assad’s regime, Russia says its air force will continue supporting the Assad​​ forces in combating terrorism in Syria. It says, regarding the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, that it has nothing to add to earlier statements of the defense ministry that Syrian planes attacked chemical weapons storehouse that contained chemicals brought from Iraq. It added that Russia will provide the information it has on the incident.​​ [Dorar]

 

Turkey’s Foreign Minister criticized Russia for supporting war crimes by the Syrian regime, saying “you can support a regime, but you cannot support crimes against humanity.” The minister says the failure of the UN to come out with a strong resolution on the chemical attack in Syria shows the need for the UN to undergo real reforms.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Syria’s Foreign Minister says his country would like to hold a dialogue with​​ its​​ Iraqi counterparts after the liberation of Mosul to discuss means to prevent Daesh from returning to these areas. ​​ Waleed Al-Mo’alem also says that any bullet fired on​​ the​​ Iraqi, Syrian, or Egyptian army serves​​ Israel in the end.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In a press interview with a Croatian paper, Syrian President Assad says his country has no option but to win the war. He says he will continue fighting terrorists but will reconcile with whoever drops arms and sticks to peace. He says​​ the​​ Geneva talks failed,​​ and​​ described​​ Turkey’s​​ President Erdogan as a “Criminal.​​ The interview took place before the Khan Sheikhoun chemical massacre. [Dorar]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, in or near Tabaqa (13), Raqqa (2), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and Shaddadi (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A Daesh mine killed a woman in Shaddadi south of Hasaka​​ as she​​ tried​​ to reach SDF positions. Sources say SDF artillery shelled Daesh positions in Markada,​​ the last Daesh stronghold in Hasaka.​​ [ARA]

Local activists say Daesh attacked YPG​​ positions in​​ the​​ Kabiba oilfields east of Shaddadi and opened a gap in its defense lines. Battles are continuing​​ in which​​ Coalition planes​​ are​​ assisting​​ SDF forces, which arrived as reinforcements to the​​ YPG​​ in the area.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

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Daesh publishes photos of an attack on SDF positions south of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged an SDF bulldozer with a bomb dropped from a drone in Kashkash Zinat village south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

West of Raqqa

Kurdish sources say Daesh executed seven civilians from Manzil village north of Raqqa for trying to escape the area. They also arrested scores of village​​ residents to cover their retreat and evade Coalition airstrikes.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

SDF says it destroyed a Daesh tank on the road to Tabaqa in battles around northern and southern Safsafa villages liberated by SDF earlier Thursday. According to SDF, Daesh lost 50 combatants in Safsafa​​ in a​​ 38-hour battle. Tabaqa is now under SDF siege. ​​ [Hawar]

SOHR confirmed the capture by SDF forces of the two Safsafa villages, saying that Daesh and SDF are fighting intensely.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SDF published a video showing all Tabaqa dam gates open and water flowing. It says this is to​​ counter​​ Daesh allegations that the Dam​​ has stopped​​ working​​ and​​ a​​ flood is coming, aimed​​ at​​ terrifying​​ the population.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh says water flow returned through the Al-Tabaqa Dam after the engineering teams partially opened 4 gates. [A3maq]

 

SOHR says that a woman died in Tabaqa of her wounds​​ from​​ a Coalition airstrike on the city two weeks ago.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of jewelry shops in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa city

SOHR says 7 bodies of civilians were found north of Raqqa. Their​​ cause of​​ death​​ is​​ vague, but observers believe they might have been shot by Daesh while trying to escape their​​ home​​ areas.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

The​​ Free​​ Army of Idlib and Tahrir​​ Al-Sham (Nusra) agreed to settle the issue​​ over the​​ assassination of one of the​​ Free​​ Army’s officers​​ at​​ a Nusra checkpoint Wednesday through a jointly formed​​ religious court, with​​ an​​ obligation from both sides to accept its verdict. Both factions also agreed to return each other’s cars​​ and other​​ belongings and renormalize relations.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Syrian​​ Army captured Lilan village near Al-Jarrah​​ Airport east of Aleppo after inflicting heavy casualties to Daesh combatants there.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

A woman was killed when rockets hit the western side of Aleppo city. The source​​ of the​​ attack​​ is unknown.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR reports fierce battles between government forces backed by Russian planes and​​ ground​​ units around Al-Jarrah airport east of Aleppo. Government forces are fighting near the perimeter of the airport​​ against a​​ stiff Daesh defense.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army and Shia positions with mortars in Kashish village north of the Al-Jarrah​​ (Kashish)​​ Military Airport. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Syrian Army and Shia militias near Al-Jarrah Military Airport. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a rocket. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army tanks with rockets east of Deir Hafer. [JustPaste]

 

Afrin/Azaz/Al-Bab/ Jarabulus

The YPG says in a statement​​ that​​ Turkish attacks​​ across the​​ northern​​ border have not​​ stopped since​​ the start​​ of April. Artillery shelling following drone sorties was witnessed almost every day on more than one location,​​ mainly on villages in Afrin area. [Hawar]

YPG says it killed 12 and wounded​​ 40 Turkishbacked opposition combatants in battles in over 15 villages in​​ Al-Shahba district of Afrin. [Hawar]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SOHR says​​ the​​ Coalition conducted a new air drop in​​ the​​ Al-Tini​​ desert far west of Deir Ez-Zor, targeting a Daesh vehicle. It is still to be confirmed if the vehicle was carrying Daesh leaders. Armed men with light arms stepped down from two Coalition planes and engaged Daesh in a gun battle. Results are still unknown. [SyriaHR]

 

SDF says Daesh imposed a 100,000 SL fine on whoever owns a TV set in Deir Ez-Zor, in addition to the destruction of the TV set and possible​​ imprisonment of violators. Satellite receivers are banned as well. [Hawar]

 

Government says its army captured three strategic hills west of Deir Ez-Zor after expelling Daesh combatants. It says it killed 48 Daesh combatants, and destroyed a tank and six machine gunmounted vehicles. It also says it killed 25 Daesh combatants in Maqaber, on Wednesday. [SyriaNow]

 

Government planes attacked four areas in the Daesh held part of Deir Ez-Zor, while battles continue in​​ the​​ Maqaber area and its surroundings, the SOHR says. [SyriaHR]

 

SOHR says Daesh crucified a man in Deir Ez-Zor on charges of “false testimony.” [SyriaHR]

 

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

SOHR reported continued battles between Syrian government forces and Tahrir Al-Sham in the orchards of Bosra​​ in Daraa​​ and Qabon​​ just northeast of​​ Damascus. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say the Egyptian Army killed 6 takfiris in heavy battles south of Arish. [AhlMisr]

A security source says one soldier was killed and two wounded in the battles. [ElWatan]

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Daesh says its snipers killed four Egyptian soldiers south of Arish city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it damaged 2 Egyptian Army vehicles with 2 IEDs east of Arish city. [JustPaste]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Russia

An explosion in the​​ middle of Rostov city in Russia wounded one civilian, police sources say. Police​​ are​​ now investigating the incident.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Russian Ministry of Interior says radicals killed two policemen in Astrakhan, on the Volga by the Caspian Sea. It says police units trapped and killed 4 suspects in a shootout. It also says three National Guard members were wounded by armed men at a checkpoint. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it killed two policemen and wounded three Russian National Guard members in 2 attacks in Astrakhan city on Tuesday and Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked an Afghani Army military position in the Achin area in Nangarhar, killing four Afghani soldiers and severely wounding an American soldier. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of spring in the Achin area. [JustPaste]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi soldiers battle Daesh in Old Mosul. [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi forces getting closer to Al-Nouri Mosque. [Mawsleya]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Maghrib​​ in west Mosul. [Mawsleya]​​ 

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Yarmouk Al-Thaniya in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Iraqi soldiers in close battles with Daesh in west Mosul. [Facebook]​​ 

 

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Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]​​ 

 

 

Daesh publishes the 75th issue of its​​ Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue, Daesh talks about its attacks in different countries. It also talks about Ahmad Abousamra (Abu Suleiman Al-Shami), one of its senior media members. The terrorist is on the FBI Most Wanted list, but graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. It says he was killed by an airstrike after being trapped with other terrorists in a house north of Al-Tabaqa city. Daesh also publishes infographics about its operations in Salahuddin. It says it killed or wounded 1,037 Shia people and Sahwa members; destroyed, damaged, or captured 127 vehicles; and blew up the houses of 34 PMF members during the last 6 months. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We express our regrets to the Northeastern University alumni association.

 

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