An Update On ISIS Activities

February 24, 2017

 

 

Mosul Airport

 

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Iraq bombs Daesh in Syria to retaliate for Bayaa, Habibiya attacks. [..]

Al-Abadi offers Daesh members a last chance to surrender. [..]

IAF airstrikes in Al-Qa’im kill 60 Daesh members. [..]

12 Iraqi soldiers reported killed in Jordanian border attack. [..]

Iraqi units have full control of Mosul airport, move north. [..]

CTS targeting southwest Mosul. [..]

Daesh radio station knocked off the air by airstrikes. [..]

Tel Keif church holds first prayer service in two years. [..]

Syria

Daesh retaliates for Al-Bab defeat with deadly bomb blasts 5 miles away. [..]

Syrian Army continues gains near Palmyra. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime​​ Minister Al-Abadi’s office says the commanderinchief ordered​​ the Iraqi Air Force (IAF)​​ to attack Daesh targets inside Syria. Iraqi​​ planes​​ attacked Hasiba and Albu Kamal, in Deir Ez-Zor, targeting Daesh operatives responsible​​ for the deadly​​ Habibiya and Bayaa’​​ attacks in Iraq. The statement says that the air raid came out with​​ excellent​​ results.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters the US knew about the Iraqi​​ airstrikes on Albu Kamal. He says “Yes we were aware, yes we supported it as well with information.” “It is a good strike, it is a valid strike, it was a strike against (Daesh) targets,” ​​ [Reuters]​​ 

A Syrian official said the airstrikes were coordinated with the Syrian government. [Rudaw]

A video of the airstrike [Mayadeen]​​ 

 

Al-Abadi called​​ on​​ all armed forces​​ units​​ to coordinate closely and to​​ sustain the​​ tactics that have cause the​​ drop in morale among Daesh ranks following​​ the army’s​​ recent​​ victories. He called​​ on​​ the​​ Mosul population to cooperate with the liberating forces,​​ and said​​ this is the last chance for Daesh operatives to lay down arms and surrender for a just trial before​​ a​​ court of law;​​ otherwise all will be killed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Al-Abadi also called for preserving human lives, and public and private property. He called for controlling media​​ reports​​ about the progress of battles, and​​ the need​​ to​​ maintain​​ centralized control of those​​ reports.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The​​ Shia leadership in Najaf​​ hailed the sacrifices of the Iraqi army and PM in their efforts to liberate the remaining parts of Iraq, calling​​ on​​ the fighters to reflect​​ a​​ real patriotic and humane spirit when dealing with civilians in war battles.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (6), Rawa (1), and Sinjar (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says a roadside IED targeted a police patrol in Al-Hora, killing one policeman and wounding another.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed​​ in a popular market place wounded three civilians in Nahrawan.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A police source​​ said​​ yesterday that a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Rustamiya exploded, wounding its driver. ​​ 

Daesh says it killed three Shia and wounded others by detonating a parked car bomb in Rustamiya on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

The MoD says that Military Intelligence field units and 11th​​ army division found a large ammunition and explosives cache in the Taqa​​ complex,​​ in the​​ Jisr Diyala area.​​ [MoD Website]​​ [Maalomah]

A police source says three civilians were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in the Al-Wardiya area in Mada’in. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The MoD says that military intelligence field teams and the 17th​​ army division found an explosives cache in Latifiya.​​ [MoD Website]​​ [Maalomah]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Security forces blocked​​ Al-Rube’i Street in Zayouna for several hours, after finding a car parked for 20 minutes​​ and not​​ finding the driver, raising the possibility that the car was​​ booby-trapped. The car was removed later,​​ but the street​​ re-opening was delayed pending the arrival of the officer in charge. [Ghad]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says a military unit captured a suicide terrorist before he​​ could​​ detonate his explosives vest in a displaced people camp in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 9(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed three Iraqi soldiers with an IED near the Al-Jami’a Bridge in the Kilo 5 area, west of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

Anbar Operations Command says​​ that​​ while searching the desert area west of Ramadi, the troops found Daesh’s​​ Abu Talha Al-Kara’wi​​ Camp containing workshops for car rigging and explosives manufacturing, as well as Katyusha rocket launching pads and quantities of weapons, explosives, and C4 explosive materials. Daesh​​ destroyed​​ the vehicles and rations storehouse before​​ withdrawing from the camp. [Qurtas]

 

Northwest Anbar

IWMC​​ ​​ says IAF​​ planes​​ attacked a major Daesh training camp in​​ Al-Qa’im,​​ killing 60 combatants and wounding​​ another 30,​​ and​​ destroyed​​ a​​ weapons​​ cache.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says the IAA targeted a Daesh house in Anah District, killing 4 terrorists. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Rutba

A Tribal Mobilization commander says security forces blocked a Daesh attack on the HQ of the Border Guards second battalion in Al-Waleed junction, near Trebil border crossing. ​​ He says that border guards and Tribal Mobilization inflicted large casualties to the attacking force and shot down a Daesh drone.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

However, in another version, 12 Iraqi soldiers were killed, including two officers, while three others​​ were wounded in the attack. Attackers withdrew as army units arriving at the scene started a search campaign.​​ [Maalomah]​​ This version was picked up by international media.

 

Daesh says it killed fourteen Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 3 Humvees and a car an attack north of Rutba. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

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SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked an Iraqi headquarters in Al-Khadhraniya village north of Shirqat, killing or wounding several soldiers and PMF fighters. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Baiji

PMFs​​ say they​​ repelled a Daesh attack in​​ nearby​​ Fatha, killing 10 attackers and destroying several vehicles. [Ghad]​​ A PMF commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on the Fatha area, destroying a vehicle bomb and killing 2 terrorists. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked Al-Hanshi, Shawish, and Al-Laqlaq villages, northeast of Baiji​​ near Fatha, killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding others, including a battalion commander. Daesh says all of its terrorists returned safely. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh says it attacked a PMF headquarters in the Al-Jalam area east of Tikrit on Thursday, killing twelve fighters, and forcing the rest to escape. Daesh says it blew up the headquarters and several military positions, and captured weapons and ammunition. It also says it destroyed a reinforcement SUV with an IED, killing the fighters inside. Daesh publishes a photo of the weapons in got after the attack. [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]

 

A local source says an airstrike killed two Daesh combatants in Mtaibija,​​ attacking their car, which was​​ carrying IEDs. One of those killed​​ was Abu Dua’ Al-Iraqi, a wellknown Daesh​​ leader​​ in the area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA​​ (no reports)

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Peshmerga sources say Coalition​​ planes​​ attacked Daesh gatherings in Mazerer, near Dibis, killing 10 Daesh combatants and destroying two vehicle bombs, a mortar​​ unit, and 2 tactical units.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Coalition planes destroyed Daesh tactical units, 2 vehicle bombs, a mortar unit, and a motorcycle near the frontline in Dibis, killing ten terrorists [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

IWMC​​ ​​ says IAF​​ planes​​ attacked a rigging and armoring workshop in Hawija, killing 15 Daesh combatants and wounding 4 others,​​ and​​ destroying the workshop completely.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

NINEWA

The Ninewa Operations Commander says the IAA killed many terrorists and destroyed 13 personnel carriers, an armored vehicle, 3 armored construction shovel trucks, a machine gun-mounted vehicle, and a motorcycle bomb in the Mosul and Tal Afar areas. He also says the IAF destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and IED factories, 2 headquarters, and 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles in the same area. He says Coalition planes conducted 27 sorties, while Coalition helicopters conducted 3. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

West Mosul

Mosul​​ Liberation Operations says that CTS fully liberated​​ Ghizlani​​ camp, while Rapid​​ Response units​​ are in​​ full control​​ of the​​ Mosul airport.​​ Over 50 Daesh combatants were killed in​​ Ghizlani;​​ efforts​​ to clear the two locations​​ of IEDs and mines​​ are​​ underway.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Mosul airport

Commander of Mosul Operations says IFP and Rapid Response units liberated the Mosul Airport in full and linked it to Al-Tayran neighborhood in central Mosul where IFP troops are advancing and spreading snipers over the rooftops. The IFP and Rapid response troops captured the stadium in the Al-Tayran neighborhood.​​ [Harbi]

IFP commander says IFP elite units killed Abdul Rahman Attiya (Abu Muwafaq Al-Askari), a Daesh field commander, in Al-Tayran.​​ The 19th​​ IFP brigade killed a group of Daesh combatants in the area .​​ Harbi]​​ 

 

Photos of Daesh combatants surrendering to security troops after capture of the Airport and​​ Ghizlani​​ camp.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

IFP Rapid Response forces say tens of Daesh combatants surrendered themselves to its units, and will be referred to judiciary authorities for trial.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We see a​​ government​​ strategy here, based on these two stories and the Prime Minister’s “last chance” offer to Daesh fighters reported above. The purpose is to further diminish Daesh’s ranks by encouraging defections. One implication in the message to Daesh members is that they will be treated humanely if they surrender, an assumption not so easily made in Iraq.

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed 16 terrorists, destroyed 8 vehicle bombs, and shot down a drone near the Mosul Airport. [Etejah]​​ 

 

The Times​​ of London says in its Friday issue that Iraqi forces have defeated Daesh at Mosul airport, but observing that the US played a big role in supporting advancing Iraqi troops and that its armored vehicles were clearly seen in the backlines of Iraqi forces where the paper’s correspondents were stationed. The paper also noted the arrest of Aby Yasmin Al-Russi, one of the major Daesh field commanders. It says that Daesh is sticking to recruiting youth and children after the huge casualties inflicted on it in east Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a US unit arrived to Mosul airport to serve as a coordination unit for all the airstrikes and assist the Iraqi forces advancing in the area. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee and damaged 3 others in the Mosul Airport. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Humvee and damaged a bulldozer in shelling at the Mosul Airport. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If this is the best it can come up with, Daesh must have lost decisively.

 

Iraqi forces reportedly told local Daesh terrorists they would be offered ‘special care from the judiciary’ if they agreed to kill foreign militants.

Iraqi forces, who also encouraged locals to pick up weapons and join the fight against Daesh, made their announcement as they gained control of Mosul airport on Friday and a sprawling military base next to it.​​ 

 

Elsewhere in west Mosul

Daesh says it destroyed an armored personnel carrier with mortar shelling on the Al-Ghizlani​​ Camp. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ How revealing, as Daesh has yet to reported losing the camp. It hasn’t acknowledged losing the airport either.​​ 

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed 50 terrorists and destroyed 25 IEDs in Hay Al-Tayran. He says his troops are 1 km away from Hay Al-Dawasa in downtown Mosul. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

IFP says its Rapid Response units entered Al-Tayran and Jawsaq neighborhoods. [Harbi]​​ 

A source in west Mosul says Daesh forced residents of Al-Jawsaq and Dandan neighborhoods, parts of which border the Tigris on​​ its​​ west​​ bank,​​ to leave their houses and confiscate their personal ID documents. Daesh intends to use these houses as defensive positions when army units reach these areas. Daesh also opened holes in walls​​ so as​​ to move​​ easily​​ between the houses.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A local source says Daesh kicked 250 families​​ out of​​ their houses and confiscated their IDs in Hay Al-Dandan and Hay Al-Jawsaq in order to use the houses to attack Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source says Iraqi forces are 1​​ km away from the governmental complex in Bab Al-Tob, in the heart of Mosul. The complex ​​ contains the Ninewa Police Command, the Judiciary House,​​ the​​ Governorate office, and the Media office. [Shafaq]

 

Ninewa Liberation Operations command says CTS forces have entered​​ Al-Mamoun neighborhood​​ in southwest Mosul under air cover from Coalition​​ aircraft​​ and​​ IAA​​ helicopters.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Ma’moun, destroying 2 bulldozers and killing the soldiers inside. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi ​​ bulldozer and 2 Humvees, and damaged a Russian tank, a bulldozer, and 4 Humvees in the ongoing battles in Al-Kawar and near Al-Ma’moun, and Wadi Hajar in southwest Mosul. Daesh also says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee with a drone. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of 4 Iraqi suicide terrorists who attacked Iraqi forces in southwest Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of the suicide attack in Hay Al-Ma’moun. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard to follow the​​ west Mosul​​ strategy, as the​​ troops​​ are in so many places. We notice, however, that initially most of the places were outside the city, just​​ beyond​​ the​​ southwest​​ border. The Al-Mamoun story is significant because it shows that the plan included moving from there to attacking the southwest corner of the city. The presence of the CTS troops in southwest Mosul tells you this area is a​​ government​​ priority.​​ The result so far is a push from the south up the river, including the airport, and a second push from the southwest.​​ 

 

Daesh says 2 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Kawar village​​ in​​ southwest​​ Mosul​​ with 2 vehicle bombs, killing or wounding several soldiers, destroying a Humvee and 2​​ buildings. It also says battles erupted in the area and it detonated several IEDs on Iraqi forces’ vehicles, killing more than​​ 12​​ soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 2 Humvees and 2 military vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Here Daesh says it killed​​ 8​​ Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees and 2 vehicles in and near the village. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi force’s armored personnel carrier and a Humvee in the village with bombs dropped from a drone. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the battles. [A3maq]

 

A​​ Joint Operations Command (JOC)​​ source says Coalition​​ planes​​ killed the​​ wali​​ of west Mosul,​​ Au Hafsa Al-Dawoodi, and his military official Zerak Maamoun, in an attack on a Daesh HQ in​​ the​​ Al-Islah al-Zira’i neighborhood.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This has already been a tough year for walis.

 

IWMC says IAF​​ planes​​ attacked the old textile factory in​​ Al-Mansour neighborhood​​ in​​ west Mosul, destroying large numbers of Katyusha rockets stored there, and killing 10 Daesh combatants and wounding 3. [Etejah]​​ 

 

A security source says a Coalition airstrike destroyed a convoy of 7 vehicles carrying heavy weapons​​ on Jumhuriya​​ Street in the heart of Mosul, destroying all vehicles and killing Daesh combatants inside. [Shafaq]

 

A local source says a house in west Mosul collapsed,​​ killing three civilian​​ residents including one child. The collapse was due to Daesh digging a tunnel under the house.​​ [Sumaria]​​ A local source says that​​ there are​​ writings spread around west Mosul walls saying “Where is Al-Baghdadi?” Daesh did not remove or paint over these writings as​​ it​​ usually would, which might indicate that​​ Daesh​​ opponents​​ are behind these writings.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Local sources say fighting broke​​ out​​ among Daesh combatants​​ in​​ west Mosul,​​ with​​ casualties reported. Sources say that the fighting followed​​ an​​ exchange of​​ corruption​​ accusations among Daesh leaders, and it was alleged that​​ corruption caused the decline in​​ Daesh’s​​ control of wide areas. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a correspondent​​ from​​ Al-Nujaba TV station was wounded while covering military operations​​ in​​ west Mosul.​​ 

 

A local source says unknown people burned down a Daesh media point in Hay Al-Zanjili, the first known ​​ incident of its kind. The source says Daesh had shut down it media points in west Mosul. Daesh uses these locations in public places in areas under its control for propaganda purposes. [Sumaria]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says many civilians were killed or wounded after walking into a Daesh land mine field in west Mosul.​​ 

The source also reports that Daesh is setting tires on fire to block the vision of planes.​​ 

In a significant development, the source also says Daesh’s Al-Bayan radio station stopped broadcasting after its antennas were destroyed by airstrikes. The source says that by losing the station, Daesh lost its ability to spread false information about the battles.​​ 

 

East Mosul

A security source says Iraqi forces foiled a Daesh attempt to smuggle 300 terrorists from the west side to the east side using boats. The source says Iraqi troops shot at the boats, killing or wounding several terrorists and forcing the rest to go back. ​​ [Mada]​​ 

 

The Ninewa Police chief refuted social media reports about Daesh distributing leaflets threatening people on the east side of Mosul. [Mada]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

A Red Crescent official says IFP, Rapid Response, and CTS transferred over 2,000 civilians to safer areas, to be transported to​​ a​​ refugee camp later on. He says all refugees are​​ displaced​​ from​​ west and south Mosul villages that witnessed battles in the past few days.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Daesh cancelled Friday prayers in many parts of West Mosul, for security​​ reasons, as they put it. Local sources say that many of the Daesh preachers they are used to did not attend the prayers. This sparked inevitable rumors saying​​ that some escaped the city with their families. [Sumaria]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

IFP units reached the “Pit of Terror”​​ south of Mosul,​​ used by Daesh to dump​​ the bodies of persons executed. [Shafaq]

 

The PMF media says PMF forces liberated Tal Al-Zalat, ​​ Umm Al-Masayid, and Zaytoun, southwest of Mosul city, and cut off the route to eastern Tal Afar from the west side of Mosul. PMF killed 35 Daesh combatants and destroyed 7 vehicle bombs, while Daesh combatants retreated after failure to receive reinforcements from Mahalbiya. [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near Al-Masayid village. [A3maq]

Daesh says battles erupted with the Iraqi Army and PMFs near the Tal Zalat area. Daesh says it destroyed a BMP armored vehicle, killing the soldiers inside, and shot down a recon drone. Daesh says the battles are still ongoing. It also says it destroyed an Iraqi force’s bulldozer and damaged an Abrams tank and another bulldozer with 3 rockets. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Tal Zalat. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it killed​​ 19​​ Iraqi soldiers and wounded​​ 6​​ by detonating a booby-trapped house and IEDs near Tal Zalat. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi forces recon drone near Tal Zalat. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video showing an Iraqi force’s Humvee targeted by a drone southwest of Mosul. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ In fact, the PMFs have helped to liberate these places before, so the victory claim is a bit excessive, but notice amid the “Daesh is always victorious” reports that its suicide attacks are around places occupied by Iraqi forces.

 

PMF Press says that the Daesh​​ wali​​ of Mahalbiya is calling for urgent reinforcements to stop PMF advances on the village. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Rapid Intervention units found a Daesh rocket factory and an ammunition storehouse in Albu Saif, just south of Mosul city along the river. [Mada]

 

Shura/Qayara

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Jamsa village south of Qayara​​ city​​ and destroyed several military positions. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain (Hamdaniya, Bashiqa, Tel Keif)

The Mar Korkis Church in Tesgofa holds its first prayer service in nearly two years (video). [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The​​ IFP commander says his troops killed Abdul Qadir Qardi, Daesh Police commander in Tal Afar, and a lieutenant of Al-Baghdadi. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Local sources in Tal Afar says that Daesh held only one Friday prayer in Tal Afar with a brief preaching session, where the preacher admitted for the first time the loss of over 200 Daesh combatants in battles around Tal Afar in the past few weeks. [Sumaria]

 

A military source says an artillery shelling on a meeting of Daesh commanders in Al-Muthanna neighborhood in Tal Afar killed 6 of them. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says the terrorists who were conducting suicide​​ attacks​​ yesterday on Iraqi forces in Ayn Talawi and northern Al-Shara’e west of Tal Afar were an Iraqi and a Turk. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

PMF​​ Press​​ says​​ PMFs​​ repelled a Daesh attack and destroyed a vehicle bomb from the direction of Hatra.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

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KURDISTAN

Turkish​​ planes​​ attacked​​ near​​ the PKK’s​​ Qandil Mountain headquarters,​​ destroying power facilities that cut off power supplies on over 30 villages in the area. No other account of casualties is available.​​ [ROJ]

 

Eyewitnesses say Turkish artillery targeted several areas in Kani Masi subdistrict, north of Dahuk. [Sumaria]

Another eyewitness says Turkish planes targeted the area. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

A leader of a PMF faction fighting in Syria says his group is ready to deal with hundreds of Daesh combatants, mainly foreigners, escaping Iraq to Raqqa and Daraa on Al-Baghdadi’s​​ orders.​​ He says that intel​​ to this effect​​ was received from Syrian authorities.​​ [Sumaria]

Syrian Parliament welcomed the Iraqi strike against Daesh targets inside Syria, saying the two countries are coordinating to confront a common enemy. It says that strikes on Daesh do not require prior​​ Syrian​​ approvals.​​ [Maalomah]

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In a televised statement,​​ the​​ Syrian foreign​​ ministry​​ says Syria was informed of the Iraqi air attack and that both countries are in full coordination.​​ [Ghad]

 

The Pentagon says it provided Iraq with the right intelligence to​​ make​​ its strike in Syria. Jeff Davis, the Pentagon spokesman, says “we knew about it, and​​ provided the info.” He described​​ the strike as successful. [Shafaq]

 

Syrian​​ opposition’s “Free Army” condemned the Iraqi attack on Albu Kamal,​​ labeling​​ it as “illegal.” A​​ leader​​ in the​​ Free​​ Army says “Daesh is most present in Iraq, and they (Iraqis) should worry about their country first.” [RT]

 

The SDF spokesman says the CENTCOM commander, General Joseph Votel, visited areas under SDF control in north Syria and met with SDF commanders to discuss the Raqqa liberation and other military issues. [Rudaw] ​​ 

 

The SDF spokesman refuted Russian media reports about the SDF giving a 20 km passage to the Turkish Army and Turkey-backed opposition groups to participate in the Raqqa liberation. Russian news outlets reported that US Senator John McCain’s visit to Syria was intended to convince the SDF to open the passage. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 28 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, 17 of them in the Raqqa area, a sign of its high priority. The others were on Deir Ez-Zor (1), Palmyra (1), Al-Bab (1), Shaddadi (6), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Kurdish authorities accused Turkey of cutting off Euphrates water supplies to Tishrin Dam,​​ causing​​ a​​ shortage in water supplies and​​ a​​ cutoff of​​ power to many Kurdish areas, especially Kobane and Manbij. [Hawar]

 

Daesh issues a video of an SDF drone it shot down in Al-Fadghami village south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Raqqa

The​​ population of Ayn Eissa, north of Raqqa,​​ is​​ returning to​​ its home​​ area after four years of fighting between SDF and Daesh in the area.​​ The city has been on the frontlines of battles between Daesh and the SDF and was secured recently by the PYD’s Asayish.​​ The Asayesh units are cross-checking​​ identities of the returnees before allowing them into the city. [Rudaw]​​ [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Asayesh sources say an IED exploded in front of the Armenian Church in Tal Abyad without causing any casualties.​​ [ARA]

Daesh says at least one SDF fighter was killed by an IED on the road between Tal Abyad and Suluk. [A3maq]

 

SDF says that its forces are advancing from a fourth direction,​​ aiming to cut off​​ the​​ Raqqa-Deir Ez-Zor road,​​ this time Kharbat Malha village northeast of Deir Ez-Zor. It says that the forces advanced​​ 7​​ km so far,​​ also​​ capturing 3 farms.​​ [Hawar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We are trying to figure out the military significance of farms, whose “capture” is always duly reported.

 

SDF units advancing from Makman captured 4 more villages from Daesh after battles that left​​ Daesh​​ casualties.​​ The forces are now besieging the strategic Abu Khashab village.​​ [Hawar]

 

Coalition​​ planes​​ initiated over 20 airstrikes on Tabaqa military airport,​​ controlled by Daesh,​​ west of Raqqa.​​ [Qasioun]

Daesh says it killed ten SDF fighters by detonating IEDs in Suwaidiya Kabira and Suwaidiya Saghira villages north of Al-Tabaqa. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Daesh attacked Aleppo-Khanasir road, hours after the​​ capture by​​ government forces of Rasm​​ Al-Sheikh village east of Aleppo. The fighting is continuing as Daesh aims to control the road that represents the supply line​​ between​​ Aleppo​​ and​​ other provinces. Daesh also wants to ease pressure​​ on its forces east of Aleppo after losing several villages to the government in the past few days.​​ [Qasioun]

 

SOHR reports​​ that​​ Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah elite units and Russian artillery and​​ planes​​ have captured Manadhir Al-Jurf village, making the total of villages captured 6.​​ Syrian troops are closing​​ in​​ on Deir Hafer and​​ on​​ the road to Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the Syrian Army east of the Kowaires Airbase. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab​​ 

Turkish​​ Army announced full control of Al-Bab city, after the​​ liberation​​ of Jarabulus, Dabiq, Ra’i, ​​ and Suran from Daesh earlier, and several other areas from​​ the “PKK​​ farther​​ south. Its interpretation is that this​​ ​​ renders​​ the​​ Turkish borders safe from terror attacks. It says Turkey​​ cleared 1925 sq. kilometers and secured 230 residential neighborhoods. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Notice that Turkey’s priority is so much more about the Kurds than Daesh that even after a significant victory over Daesh it is still translating it into a victory over the Kurds.

 

The Turkey-allied militias also took over Qabasin and Baza’a near Al-Bab, without resistance, ​​ after withdrawal of Daesh combatants from these areas, according to the recent agreement. Sporadic fighting was reported near Tadif, still being shelled by Turkish artillery. [ARA]

 

Turkey’s​​ Prime​​ Minister​​ also​​ welcomed the “liberation” of Al-Bab saying that “now Daesh and PKK access to Turkish borders is impossible.” He says Turkey is fighting terrorism alone, combating three terror groups at the same time; Daesh,​​ Fethullah Gülen, and the PKK.​​ [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another angle of Turkey’s propaganda–that they are the victims of terrorism and that no one is helping them. The Turkish leadership’s reputation for honesty is taking a beating after all these self-serving propaganda statements, seemingly on a daily basis.​​ 

 

However, a​​ Daesh​​ vehicle bomb​​ attack in Susian,​​ 8 km (5 miles)​​ north of Al-Bab,​​ against​​ an​​ opposition​​ group​​ checkpoint killed 35 civilians and 6 opposition combatants​​ by initial count, leaving many other injuries. [Sumaria]​​ 

A more recent report says the​​ death toll has​​ risen to 54. [EnabBaladi]

A second vehicle bomb​​ then​​ struck Susian,​​ killing at least 8​​ more​​ persons​​ based on an​​ initial count, raising the​​ combined​​ death​​ toll from the two​​ explosions to​​ at least​​ 62. The second attack targeted civilians returning to Al-Bab after clearing their areas of Daesh’s​​ presence. Turkey admitted​​ that two of its soldiers died​​ in the first explosion.. [ARA]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked “the security establishment” of the Turkish Army and opposition groups in Susian town, killing​​ 8​​ Turkish soldiers and​​ 60​​ opposition fighters, wounding 100 others, and destroying 2 Turkish Army armored vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

SOHR says 9 opposition​​ group​​ and Turkish soldiers​​ were killed by IEDs or land​​ mines during the clearing of​​ Al-Bab city so far. [SyriaHR]

Turkey says two of its soldiers​​ were​​ killed and three wounded ​​ by an IED in​​ Al-Bab, while scanning for land​​ mines in the city. [Anadolu]

 

SOHR says Turkey by occupying Al-Bab, has ended the “Kurdish dream,” of establishing the northern Federation of Kurds in Syria, which would be possible if Kurdish forces managed to connect Afrin to Jazeera and Kobane. The Turks control now over 2400 sq. km in northern Syria says the SOHR. [SyriaHR]

 

Azaz

A large fire broke out in an opposition’s ammunition storehouse in Sajo village near Azaz.​​ The fire was accompanied by two other fires in​​ a manual oil refining station in​​ Bab Salama,​​ north of Azaz. Causes and casualties could not be defined.​​ [Hawar]

 

Manbij

Local source say power and water were completely cut off on Kobane, Manbij, and other areas after Turkey cut off water from the Euphrates River. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian government forces fully controlled Al-Buwaidha Al-Sharqiya village east of Homs after several hours of fighting with Daesh units. Almost 15 men from both sides were killed in the confrontation. Meanwhile, Russian experts arrived​​ at​​ Hayan Gas facility east of T4 airport,​​ recaptured from Daesh earlier,​​ to inspect damages and re-operate it. Russian​​ planes​​ attacked Daesh targets in Amiriya village and Hayan Mountain​​ east and west of Palmyra, as well as Sukhnah-Palmyra road.​​ [ARA]

SOHR says Syrian government forces are now 10​​ km​​ (6 miles)​​ west of Palmyra after 42 days of heavy fighting with Daesh. Daesh​​ recaptured​​ Palmyra and​​ the​​ surrounding oil and​​ gas facilities after a flash attack in December,​​ following​​ reinforcements from Iraq, while government troops started​​ their​​ counter attack this February. [SyriaHR]

Syrian forces say they pushed Daesh back for 4​​ km east of Bayarat after heavy fighting, reaching a point 7 km from the strategic Palmyra triangle. It says Daesh is burning oil wells​​ as​​ it retreats. [SyriaNow]

The UN accused militias affiliated​​ with the​​ Syrian government of stopping and looting a humanitarian aid convoy heading to Al-Waar neighborhood in Homs. The UN coordinator for Humanitarian​​ Affairs says gunmen released the crew but took the aid materials. He says Al-Waar has 50,000 people who have not received any aid in 4 months.​​ [Dorar]

 

Russia funds a special unit of Russian and Syrian elite fighters under the name of “Daesh Hunters”, mainly concerned with protecting oil and gas facilities, especially those near Palmyra.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

SOHR says​​ planes​​ killed eight civilians, all from one family, in an attack on Humayrat village northwest of Hama, on the borders with Idlib. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of destroying a Syrian Army military truck west of the Um Jaran Mountain southwest of Tadmur yesterday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video about the changes it made in areas in occupied in Hama Province. The video shows people talking about how Daesh changed their lives for the better. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Russian news agency Sputnik reported that a local source says Daesh covered the streets of Albu Kamal with large umbrellas to obstruct the vision of aircrafts. The source says Daesh forced the people of the city to pay for the umbrellas. [Ghad]​​ 

 

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

The opposition says its forces recaptured Tal Ashtara,​​ near Adwan, from Daesh control after battles that left​​ Daesh​​ casualties. Daesh captured this area among others, in a rapid counter attack in the last two days.​​ [Qasioun]

Jaish Khaled (Daesh affiliate) says through its mosque preachers in Tasil, a small city west of Daraa,​​ that the redemption doors are open for a few days, after which all who cooperate with​​ the​​ opposition will be killed. It​​ labeled the​​ opposition as “Sahwa.” referring to Sunni groups that fought Qaeda and Daesh in Iraq.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says seven opposition fighters were killed by a land mine near Um Jamou’ in the Yarmouk Basin on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian Copts are leaving north Sinai, after the murder of two Copts in Arish, north of the province. Copt employees are demanding leaves to escape the area for imminent threats to their​​ lives. Many of them received letter of threat demanding​​ that they​​ leave or die. Egyptian authorities​​ started an extensive​​ search campaign for possible culprits in Arish.​​ [Arabi21]

 

A security source says security units surrounded and raided several areas in Arish and captured several wanted persons after terrorists killed​​ 15​​ people in the city recently including three Copts. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]​​ 

 

Libya​​ (no reports)

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Yemen

Daesh says it captured a Humvee military position and weapons in an attack on the Qifa area. [A3maq]

 

Somalia

Daesh says it assassinated a Somali Army officer in Hay Karan in north Mogadishu. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

PMFs capture a Daesh vehicle bomb near Hatra (photos). [Facebook]​​ 


Daesh covers Ghazi Street on the west side with giant pieces of cloth (photo). [
Facebook]​​ 

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces raise the flag over Mosul Airport. [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi forces in Mosul Airport. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces enter Al-Jawsaq in south Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces capture Al-Ghizlani​​ Camp. [YouTube]​​ 

Iraqi forces in Al-Ghizlani​​ Camp. [Harbi]​​ 

PMFs fight Daesh southwest of Mosul. [Harbi] ​​ 

 

Rapid Intervention units fight Daesh in west Mosul. [Mawsleya] [Facebook] [Twitter]​​ 

Rapid Intervention fighters save a young boy wounded by Daesh terrorists. [Mawsleya]​​ 

 

People of west Mosul celebrating Iraqi forces. [Twitter]​​ 

 

A young Daesh foreign terrorist captured by Iraqi forces. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces enter Ayn Talawi in Tal Afar as Daesh terrorists flee. [Harbi] [Harbi]​​ 

PMFs down a Daesh flag near Tal Afar. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Syria

 

​​ DAESH MEDIA

 

 

February 23, 2017

 

Mosul Map (Ninewa Media Center)

 

Iraqi Flag: Government Controlled​​ 

Green: Captured​​ 

Red: Contested​​ 

Gray: Daesh​​ 

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Anbar, Salahuddin officials cite need to liberate Northwest Anbar, Hawija quickly.​​ [..]

Daesh executes former security officers it had held for 2½ years. [..]

Iraqi forces capture most of Mosul Airport. [..]

Rapid Intervention units enter​​ neighborhoods in southwest Mosul city. [..]

 

Syria

Senator McCain reported visiting northern Syria. [..]

SOHR says Coalition has killed 5,677 Daesh members in Syria. [..]

Daesh​​ concedes defeat in​​ Al-Bab. [..]

SDF continues advance east and north of Raqqa. [..]

Daesh affiliate now controls Golan Heights/Jordan triangle in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with the CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel to discuss the Mosul liberation battle according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Speaking to AFP and other reporters in Baghdad this week, US Air Force Brigadier General Matt Isler said Daesh had adopted coercive new techniques in its use of suicide car bombs because the jihadists appear to be running out of willing drivers. He says “We saw people being led to a VBIED, being put in (it) and being chained in the VBIED.” He also says “We’ve seen children put in VBIEDs as drivers, people that aren’t able to walk… I don’t know if they signed up for this service.”

The Coalition has often seen VBIEDs depart on missions, only for their drivers to veer off course and attempt to hide behind structures. “We see a VBIED going to its attack, going off and hiding,” Isler said.

“We see a party going to find the AWOL VBIED driver, we see (Daesh) command and control trying to figure out where their VBIED driver’s gone, we’ve seen multiple VBIED drivers going AWOL.”

He says the Coalition first saw drivers being chained into trucks when Iraqi security forces approached the Tigris River as they cleared eastern Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (5), Tal Afar (4), Qayara (1), Rawa (1), and Baiji (3). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

A police source says an IED explosion killed one​​ civilian and wounded four others in Al-Khan.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The​​ Baghdad Operations Command (BOC)​​ says 59th​​ army brigade destroyed an IED in Village 6 and confiscated several detonators. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

A police source says one person was killed, another wounded when a sticky IED exploded under their civilian vehicle in Al-Rashidiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

The Baghdad Operations Command says security units killed 3 terrorists, including a suicide bomber, in a hideout in Tarmiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

The BOC says 44th​​ army brigade​​ defused an IED placed in a trash​​ can in Shaab.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC says police forces killed a suicide attacker and destroyed his car bomb in Jurf al-Naddaf.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ police​​ source says​​ the​​ body of a young man shot to death was found in Jurf Al-Naddaf.​​ Sumaria]

 

A police source says a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Rustamiya exploded,​​ wounding its driver.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

The BOC says 17th​​ army division found an SPEG9 rocket in Ubaid.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed in a popular market place exploded,​​ killing one civilian and wounding four others in Radwaniya.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A police source says one person was killed and two wounded when an IED exploded under a civilian car in Hay Al-Jami’a. [Sumaria]​​ 

The BOC says EODs of the 6th​​ army division found artillery and​​ a​​ mortar ammunition cache in Al-Arsan.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 12(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 8

 

ANBAR

Northwest Anbar

A member of Anbar​​ Provincial Council called​​ on​​ the Ministry of Defense and Joint Operations Command to expedite​​ the liberation of Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im. He says that Daesh is confiscating citizens​​ property and that​​ the​​ population​​ is​​ threatened with famine due to​​ the​​ deteriorated economic situation. Daesh is executing whoever tries to escape these cities.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Commander of Jazeera Operations says Coalition​​ planes​​ destroyed three Daesh guesthouses in Rayhaniya near Anah, killing​​ 6 Daesh combatants.​​ [Sumaria]

 

Rutba

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Kilo 25 area west of Rutba with 5 mortars. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position with 2 drone strikes in the Kilo 110 area, east of Rutba. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh launched a major attack on Iraqi forces in the Makhoul Mountain area.​​ 

 

We have no confirming information on the following Daesh reports.

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha and Al-Badou compounds areas with 32 mortars. [StoreUp] [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on PMFs near Al-Shirqat Intersection. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting PMF positions in Al-Dibis village with mortars and heavy machine guns. [DawaAlhaq] ​​ Daesh says it targeted a PMF position in Al-Dibis village with an SPG9 rocket. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted a PMF position on the road between Baiji and Haditha with an SPG9 rocket. [StoreUp]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha, and in areas near Siniya and north of Baiji with 94 mortars. [StoreUp] [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Samarra

Commander of Samarra​​ Operations says that suicide attackers, who attacked Ishaqi a few days back, entered the area from Allas, Ajil, and Hawija using faked IDs.​​ The Commander stressed the necessity of liberating Hawija and​​ the​​ Himrin​​ Basin, as well as enhancing ID checking procedures at checkpoints.​​ [Sumaria]​​ ​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The​​ Khalis district says total casualties of car bomb attacks on two checkpoints in Khalis on Baghdad-Kirkuk road were four civilians killed and nine wounded. The road was blocked for 3 hours while security forces destroyed another vehicle bomb.​​ [ROJ]

Daesh says two of its Iraq suicide terrorists attacked two checkpoints near Al-Khalis on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk with vehicle bombs killing 15 people and wounding 30. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army bulldozer in the Al-A’ali village area near Muqdadiya, severely wounding a soldier. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A local source says a joint security force started a search campaign in the Hawi Al-Udhaim area. The source says villages in the area are empty because their residents fear Daesh attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

Daesh says it blew up 5 electricity towers in the Al-Mayah​​ village​​ area in Balad Ruz. Daesh says the towers transfer power from Iran to “Shia areas” in Baghdad. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is typical Daesh sectarian propaganda. Each time it​​ tries to show that it is only hurting Shia people with its attacks on electricity towers. However, it reported earlier that it targeted towers that provide electricity​​ to Al-Daur in Salahuddin, a Sunni city. ​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Social​​ media​​ outlets​​ circulated a picture of police forces arresting a suicide attacker who tried to detonate his car bomb on a checkpoint, and another of the police destroying the car bomb.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 Peshmerga vehicles with IEDs on the road between Dibis and Kirkuk, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it blew up a section of Cihan Company oil pipe that moves oil from Kirkuk to Turkey with two IEDs. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A DaeshDaily source says Coalition planes destroyed a bridge and 3 Daesh vehicles in Awn village near Hawija.​​ 

 ​​​​ 

A security source says the Peshmerga received 200 civilians, mostly women and children, who escaped Daesh controlled areas in Hawija. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Hawija. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ When Daesh publishes “normal life” photos, it’s a sure sign that people are trying to leave the place.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

West Mosul

Mosul Airport

A security source says IFP and​​ Rapid Intervention units​​ entered Mosul Airport​​ in the southeast corner of west Mosul​​ and Ghazlani military camp​​ just​​ south of Mosul respectively. Battles are still continuing inside the two locations.​​ [IraqPress] Western media sources report that Iraqi forces are now largely in control of the airport, but the airport is a huge area.

 

A local source says Daesh ordered residents in areas next to Mosul airport to put their cars in streets and alleys to obstruct the advance of Iraqi forces. The source says such tactics would allow Daesh combatants the space to enter houses and install weapons therein.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

A security source says Intelligence units arrested Abu Omar Al-Russi, the commander of Daesh suicide squads in Mosul Airport, as he entered the airport. The man does not speak Arabic, says the source.​​ [Sumaria]

Local sources say IFP police liberated the Mosul airport after its assault on Thursday morning. [Sumaria]​​ 

In a recent televised​​ statement, commander of Mosul Liberation Operations said​​ the airport is not fully liberated yet.

Ninewa Operations Commander says CTS forces liberated Tal Al-Rayan, near Mosul airport after​​ a​​ fierce confrontation with Daesh, and has raised the Iraqi flag.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

IFP says it captured sophisticated Daesh communications equipment and computers in Mosul airport.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

A military source says IFP arrested 8 Daesh combatants in Mosul airport, equipped with modern communications equipment. [Waradana]

 

A Rapid Intervention commander says Daesh targeted Iraqi forces in the Mosul Airport with Katyushas, killing four soldiers and wounding three others. [Karemlash]​​ 

IFP says Daesh destroyed large parts of Mosul airport to render it unusable for Iraqi forces.​​ [PressIraq]

IFP EODs started defusing several vehicle bombs on the Mosul Airport runway. [PressIraq]

A military source says​​ the​​ percentage of destruction of Mosul airport is around 90%, and that Daesh turned its main terminals to wreckage by using them as defensive barriers. He says Daesh shelled the airport with 9 Katyusha rockets, killing 4​​ Rapid Intervention​​ soldiers and an officer. The source says the battles are now​​ on​​ the outskirts of the airport, most of which is controlled now by Iraqi units.​​ [ARA]

 

Southwest Mosul

MoI says that​​ Rapid Intervention​​ units have already entered Al-Mamoun and Tal Al-Rumman areas in southwest Mosul, in addition to the Ghazlani camp​​ south of the city, where battles are raging. [IraqPress].​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says Daesh executed tens of former security members in an elementary school in Hay Al-Yarmouk in far western Mosul. The source says some of the victims had been in Daesh prisons since June 2014. The source also says Daesh put the victims in orange suits and will issue a video about the execution.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ As usual, Daesh is more dangerous to defenseless prisoners when it is trapped.  ​​​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Al-Kawar village in southwest Mosul with a vehicle bomb, killing ten soldiers, wounding others, destroying 2 Humvees, and damaging 2 Humvees and 2 BMP armored vehicles. It also says it destroyed another Humvee with an SPG9 rocket near the village. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of an “American” airstrike on New Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says 4 people were killed and 12 wounded, mostly women and children, in the airstrike. [A3maq]​​ 

Later on, Daesh says that the number of the casualties increased, and fifteen killed and twelve wounded in the airstrike. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in southwest Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Elsewhere in west Mosul

In military action along the southwest border of Mosul city, Daesh made a rash of claims:

A military source says 9th​​ army division destroyed 6 vehicle bombs in Al-Aboor village, near the power station.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the Al-Aboor area​​ in​​ southwest Mosul, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a BMP armored vehicle. Daesh also says it destroyed a BMP vehicle and damaged 3 others with rockets in the Al-Aboor area and in Tal Kaysum village.​​ [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Here Daesh says it damaged 4 BMP vehicles in the Al-Aboor area. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [StoreUp]​​ 

Daesh publishes a photo of a drone strike on an Iraq Army truck carrying a cannon in Tal Kaysum. Daesh says two Iraqi soldiers were wounded by the bomb. [DawaAlhaq] [A3maq]

Daesh says another suicide terrorist, from Mosul, attacked Iraqi forces in the Al-Aboor area with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and damaging a Humvee. It also says it damaged​​ an armored personnel carrier and damaged an Abrams tank with rockets in the same area. [StoreUp]​​ 

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

Daesh issues a video of the 2 suicide attacks and battles in the area. [A3maq]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says a Daesh Iraqi explosives expert was killed by rocket that targeted his vehicle near Zanjili Square. The source also says Coalition planes targeted a building used by Daesh to accommodate foreign terrorists near Abbousi Square, killing many terrorists.​​ 

 

A local source says Daesh replaced its local fighters in 10 locations of the old part of the city with​​ non-Iraqi​​ Arabs and​​ other​​ foreigners, especially in sensitive defensive points. The source says this might due to lack of trust in the local combatants​​ and concern that they​​ might collapse or escape upon the approach of Iraqi units.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh issued a circular in west Mosul​​ saying that​​ shaving of beards by its combatants​​ is an action of cowardice, saying that it would not tolerate such actions, a local source says.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ A shaved beard would help a Daesh fighter to blend in with the local population, after a military defeat, say.

 

Back in Baghdad, the​​ Security Committee of the CoR expects​​ a​​ rapid end​​ to​​ operations in west Mosul,​​ as “Daesh combatants are escaping the city in scores towards Syria.” It says the injury of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi affected Daesh​​ combatants’​​ morale​​ adversely.

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Battles always look easier from long distance.

 

A security source says​​ planes​​ destroyed the Jajan building in New Mosul,​​ in west-central Mosul​​ which is hosting 30 Daesh​​ female​​ combatants equipped with explosives​​ belts.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh circulated names of 143 of its combatants who escaped battlefields, ordering immediate arrest of any of them on sight. [SotIraq]

 

North Mosul

Ninewa Police Director​​ and MoI both report that​​ police arrested 18 Daesh combatants hiding in houses during a search campaign in the Qahera neighborhood in the far northeast corner of Mosul.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

[Sumaria]​​ 

 

East Mosul

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army military position in the Al-Faisaliya area with 2 SPG9 rockets. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted 3 Iraqi Army military positions in the Al-Ghabat area with 6 SPG9 rockets. [StoreUp]​​ 

MoI says Rapid Response units shot down a Daesh drone in the Ghabat area.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

Commander of IFP says 13 important villages were liberated by the IFP in its drive towards south Mosul, adding that​​ the​​ Yarmouk area, the sugar factory, and the residential complex of the factory were also​​ captured. IFP captured large quantities of weapons and ammunition left behind by Daesh on its withdrawal. He also says tens of IEDs were either defused or destroyed.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A security source says a workshop for manufacturing mortar shells and explosives was found by IFP troops inside the sugar factory. [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF​​ Press​​ says Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units liberated Ghazlani camp just south of Mosul.​​ [Harbi] (Yet​​ to be confirmed)

A security source says CTS arrested a Daesh combatant in Ghazlani camp. ​​ [Etejah]​​ 

A security source says an Uzbek camera operator working for Daesh was arrested in Ghazlani camp. [PressIraq]

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” positions in the Ghizlani Camp, near the Mosul Airport, and many areas in south and west Mosul with 526 mortars, 17 Katyushas, 11 SPG rockets, 9 locally made rockets, and 26 artillery shells. [StoreUp] [StoreUp]​​ 

 

MoD says 9th​​ army division liberated four villages and a series of hills southwest of the city.​​ [MoD Website]​​ ​​ 

 

A security source says IAF planes destroyed containers full of weapons in Mahalbiya, southwest of Mosul city near the Tal Afar border.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMF​​ Press​​ says the PMF liberated Tilal Al-Atshana (eastern and western) southwest of Mosul after a battle with Daesh that lasted for several hours.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

PMF Press says PMFs liberated the Al-Atshana Hills. [Maalomah]

PMF media​​ had reported earlier that​​ its forces​​ were fighting to liberate Atshana​​ Hills, and that Daesh combatants​​ were retreating.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

A PMF leader says PMFs repelled a major Daesh attack southwest of Mosul, killing all 32 attackers.​​ [Sumaria]

 

News reports say Army units liberated the German Hospital area and the sheep market south of Mosul.​​ [PressIraq]​​ 

 

Shura/Qayara

Ninewa Police commander says Qayara police arrested Daesh operative Majid Mohsen Jasim (nicknamed Abu Hinich),​​ accused of murdering two local officials.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

MoD says army helicopters killed 69 Daesh combatants and​​ destroyed​​ 5 various vehicles in Sihaji and​​ Shara’e​​ Al-Shimaliya villages.​​ [MoD Website]

 

PMF says it found a series of Daesh tunnels during the clearing of Ayn Talawi village. Weapons and ammunition were found inside.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

PMF says in a statement that its operations in the past 24 hours resulted in killing 50 Daesh combatants, destroying 11 car bombs, capturing 3 armored vehicles and a bulldozer, shooting down a Daesh drone, and finding a series of tunnels.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

A security source says PMFs killed a Daesh Tunisian commander west of Tal Afar. The PMFs killed 2 more Daesh terrorists in addition to a suicide bomber, destroyed a vehicle bomb, and captured 2 vehicle bombs in Ain Al-Agha village west of Tal Afar. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF tank with a rocket in Tal Aska’ village, southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on a PMF vehicle west of Tal Afar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted​​ PMFs​​ vehicles with 2 bombs dropped from a drone in Ayn Al-Hasan village west of Tal Afar wounding one fighter. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi forces SUV in Al-Sahaji village west of Mosul with 3 bombs dropped from a drone, killing one service member and wounding two. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Social media outlets showed Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of PMF, handing over rewards of IQD 1 Million to whoever destroys a vehicle bomb, provided that a video thereof is available.​​ [IraqPress]

 

PMF mourned Ali Abdul Kadhim Al-Sa’idi, commander of the 10th​​ PMF brigade, killed in action against Daesh in Tal Afar.​​ ​​ [Etejah]​​ 

PMF says it repelled a Daesh attempt to enter Umm​​ Al-Shababit village,​​ west of Tal Afar,​​ destroying the attacking squad.​​  [IraqPress]

A security source​​ says​​ IAF attacked 4 targets in Tal Afar, destroying an explosives workshop, a Daesh tactical unit, a vehicle bomb, and an ammunition cache.​​ [PressIraq]

South (Hatra, Baaj)

PMF media says army helicopters destroyed a Daesh convoy of 9 vehicles heading to Syria.​​ [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish deputy prime minister says his country is intending to naturalize 80,000 Syrians (20,000 families) living as refugees in Turkey who meet the Turkish nationality standards, after the referendum on the constitution on April 16. Work permit, academic qualifications, and professional skills are among​​ the​​ criteria set by Turkish authorities for naturalized Syrians.​​ [Dorar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Reports say​​ Senator​​ John McCain paid a secret visit to Kobane and met with YPG and SDF commanders.​​ US press sources says McCain discussed the progress of operations against Daesh​​ with US military personnel providing support to the SDF in its war against Daesh and potential Raqqa operations. [ARA]

 

A​​ Hezbollah leader​​ says it will not withdraw from Syria until guaranteeing that Syria is governed by its people.​​ He says Hezbollah itself decides when to leave. He says that Russia is not an ally;​​ there is common ground in positions towards Syria and Lebanon, but nothing beyond that.​​ [Dorar]

 

Documents showing Daesh executions​​ or other penalty​​ orders against opposition and government affiliates were published by a Syrian website. ​​ The documents show over 120 orders of execution or confiscation of​​ money and property​​ of persons accused of​​ working​​ for Ahrar Al-Sham, other opposition factions, or the government.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Speaking to commanders of his northern fleet, Russian President Putin says Russian intervention in Syria paved the way for dialogue between the government and opposition. Putin criticized “some partners” who tried to obstruct Russian efforts instead of supporting its war on terror. He also criticized sectarian alliances, saying that secularism kept Syria going for decades.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

SOHR says that total civilians killed by Coalition airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 until today is 876, including 209 children and 130 women. ​​ The Coalition​​ has​​ also killed at least 5,677 Daesh combatants,​​ including several top leaders, 90 soldiers, and 141 Nusra militants among others. Total killed of all categories is at 7,043, in addition to tens wounded. SOHR note that getting adequate​​ casualty​​ figures​​ for​​ Daesh and other Islamic​​ groups’​​ casualties is difficult, and that real numbers might be higher.[SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 24 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (7), Deir Ez-Zor (3), Al-Tanf (1), Shaddadi (3), Al-Bab (4), Albu Kamal (3), Um Tamakh (1), and Palmyra (2).​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

[A3maq]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Kurdish authorities say that starting Thursday, no power supply from Tishrin Dam will be available, due to lack of water supply from Turkey and the drop in water level in Tishrin Lake below the minimum required for operation. It called on all beneficiaries to seek alternative power sources. [ARA]

 

Syrian government says Daesh militants executed the American “Abu Farouq Al-Mohajir,” whose body was found in Markada Wednesday. The American, a Daesh militant himself, was the victim of internal conflict within Daesh. [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it severely wounded a “PKK member” by detonating an IED on his motorcycle south of Qamishli. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Raqqa

SDF says it liberated 1664 sq.​​ km from Daesh in the past 8 days. This includes 37 villages and 102 farms in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. It says it killed 49 Daesh combatants and arrested one, and destroyed several vehicles and vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

SDF also says that it liberated​​ 3​​ new villages​​ and 16 farms​​ east of Raqqa, and is still moving forward after the meeting of two groups of forces advancing from Makman and Bir Hiba. [PUKMedia]​​ 

Sources say that SDF advances were backed by heavy Coalition airstrikes on Daesh targets that left heavy casualties. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in different areas in Raqqa province. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

Battles between Daesh and government forces in east Aleppo​​ are producing alternating​​ control of hills and positions between the two sides. Daesh started a counterattack Thursday and recaptured some important points it lost earlier near Khanasir-Athariya road, while government forces are still advancing​​ on the Deir Hafer front where Russian​​ planes​​ destroyed four strategic bridges used by Daesh in the area. [ARA]

 

Government forces captured the Rasm Harmal and Rasm Al-Sheikh​​ villages east of Aleppo from Daesh control, continuing its advances under Russian air cover. The Syrian​​ units​​ destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb that approached them​​ near Rasm Al-Wali. Daesh destroyed a Syrian tank and an​​ armored vehicle near Maghara village and used drones to attack the heat station, causing casualties to Syrian forces stationed there. [ARA]

 

SOHR says that Syrian forces reached​​ to​​ 4-5​​ km from​​ Deir Hafer, the Daesh stronghold, and then​​ headed east towards the road connecting Al-Bab and​​ Deir Hafer to Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. [SyriaHR]

 

Opposition units published photos of tanks burned by Liwa Al-Aqsa (Daesh affiliate) before their departure​​ from​​ Kafr Sheikhoun. Opposition medical teams are trying now to recover the bodies of its combatants executed by Liwa Al-Aqsa several days back. [Qasioun]

Opposition sources say 45 bodies were found yesterday, and 75 today,​​ including opposition fighters executed by Liwa Al-Aqsa. [Qasioun]

SOHR says the final count of bodies​​ of persons executed by Liwa Al-Aqsa​​ found​​ until this hour is 172. [SyriaHR]

Tahrir Al-Sham officially announced the eradication of Liwa Al-Aqsa in north Hama and south Idlib, announcing that any other movement seeking to shed innocent Muslim blood will meet the same destiny. [EnabBaladi]

 

Al-Bab​​ 

Opposition sources say Daesh started gradual withdrawal from Al-Bab city, carrying​​ light arms only. The source says an agreement was reached through special channels to have Daesh combatants leave the city​​ for​​ Deir Hafer and Maskana. Daesh demanded​​ to​​ take​​ its heavy weapons​​ from​​ the city, but the opposition refused.​​ [ARA]

 

Syrian government sources say the agreement reached was to​​ allow​​ Turkey​​ to save​​ face after its failure to expel Daesh from the city, and that huge amounts of money paid to Daesh were part of the deal.​​ [SyriaNow]​​ 

The pro-YPG Hawar news service quoted​​ Kurdish sources​​ as​​ agreeing​​ with the above Syrian perception of events. [Hawar]​​ [We have no independent confirmation of this story and don’t consider Hawar an independent source.]

 

SOHR says​​ Daesh also withdrew from Baza’a and Qabasin towns near Al-Bab,​​ through a space allowed for them by Turkish forces and Syrian government units. However, they are still present in Tadif south of al-Bab. While opposition and Turkish forces are clearing Baza’a and Qabasin from war remnants, 7 opposition combatants​​ are​​ reported killed by Daesh land​​ mines in al-Bab.​​ [SyriaHR]

A later report says Daesh withdrew from Tadif as well, which will allow opposition forces to take it over. [Qasioun]

 

SOHR also says that Turkish troops did not enter 30% of the city,​​ mainly​​ the​​ eastern and southeastern parts, amidst reports that some Daesh combatants are still there. [SyriaHR]

 

Turkey says its artillery attacked 90 targets and​​ its​​ planes​​ 14 more in Al-Bab city,​​ destroying buildings and shelters used by Daesh in the city. Coalition​​ planes​​ also attacked Daesh targets in the city, killing 11 combatants and destroying a vehicle bomb. [ARA]

 

Daesh conceded that it lost Al-Bab. It says that after 104 days the Turkish Army and opposition groups captured the center of the city and cut off Daesh supply lines. It says it conducted a suicide attack killing 28 Turkish soldiers and opposition fighters. It says the Turkish Army and opposition groups lost 400 soldiers and fighters in Al-Bab battles in addition to 31 tanks and tens of vehicles. It says capturing Aqil Mountain near the city took the longest time during the Turkish campaign. It says Russian planes targeted Al-Bab city extensively, in addition to the Turkish shelling and bombing. It says 285 civilians were killed. It also says the Syrian Army attacked the Al-Bab area from 3 sides during the battles. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of its suicide attack in Al-Bab. [A3maq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is another rare occasion where Daesh concedes defeat. We noticed that, for some reason, only Daesh’s A3maq reports such defeats.​​ 

 

Observers say that Daesh defeat in​​ the​​ Al-Bab​​ area​​ left very little​​ territory​​ under its control​​ in northeast Aleppo.​​ Government forces are advancing towards Deir Hafer and Maskana. SDF,​​ opposition militias,​​ ​​ and Government forces almost encircled Daesh in east Aleppo, where observers believe​​ it will​​ have to leave completely in a short while. [EnabBaladi]

 

Turkey says that​​ its​​ opposition​​ groups’ control of Al-Bab will put Turkey out of the range of Daesh fire, which is now 30-35​​ km away from Turkish borders. It also says that this will block PKK and its affiliates from expanding westwards to connect areas​​ it controls​​ along the​​ northern Aleppo border. [Anadolu]

 

Manbij

A local administrator in Manbij says Daesh is still cutting off drinking water from Manbij, through their control of​​ the​​ Al-Khafsa station which supplies large areas with drinking water. The administrator says​​ the​​ population​​ is​​ depending on artesian wells and purchasing water tankers transported by tractors to the population.​​ [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF positions in Jab Makhzoum village, south of Manbij, with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Local activists say Daesh​​ set fire to the​​ Jazl oil wells,​​ causing huge fires,​​ trying​​ to​​ prevent​​ advancing Syrian government forces from​​ capturing​​ the area. Daesh counterattacked​​ and recaptured some points near farms and villages it lost earlier. Russian​​ planes​​ initiated several attacks on Daesh targets west of Palmyra and north of T4 military airport.​​ [ARA]

 

SOHR says Syrian​​ planes​​ and helicopters attacked Daesh positions in Sheikh Idris and Salmiya northwest and east of Hama.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle while the Syrian Army was attacking the Al-Dub Barrier, east of Hama. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed a Syrian Army officer and six soldiers and destroyed an armored personnel carrier west of Um Jaran Mountains southwest of Tadmur. [A3maq] [StoreUp]​​ 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian​​ Army says it regained control of the strategic Tal Shu’aib hill after fierce battles with Daesh,​​ which lost tens of its combatants. The Syrian​​ Army says control of this hill is an important step toward​​ breaking​​ the siege imposed by Daesh on Deir Ez-Zor airport and on over 1,300 families living in government controlled neighborhoods of the city. [SyriaNow]

SOHR says battles between government forces and Daesh are continuing near Panorama while Syrian​​ planes​​ are bombing Daesh controlled areas of the city. Fires were seen in the bombed​​ areas. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions in the university dormitory area west of Deir Ez-Zor with 8 tank shells and 4 B10 shells. [StoreUp]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of the event. ​​ [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of a furniture shop in Al-Mayadin city. [JustPaste]

 

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

The​​ SOHR director says that Jaish Khaled, the Daesh affiliate, now fully controls the border triangle among Golan Heights, Jordan, and Daraa. He says that many casualties fell in the area in the past few days, and the situation is​​ unstable.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it stopped an opposition groups attack on the Dhadha Barrier, northeast of Al-Seen Airport east of Damascus on Wednesday. Daesh says the opposition groups were supported by “American” airpower. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an opposition groups vehicle destroyed by Daesh affiliate, Jaish Khaled, near Tal Jamou’ in the Yarmouk Basin. [A3maq]

 

Daesh burned Palestinian flags and threatened people with execution if they raised the flags in the Al-Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees and in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad areas. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh considers itself a “state”, and no other identities are allowed other than the Daesh imposed identity. Daesh has killed people in Iraq for raising the Iraqi flag on their houses. ​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say armed men threw the body of​​ a​​ beheaded woman​​ into the street​​ in Arish city. [ElWatan]

Eyewitnesses say armed men shot and killed a man near his house in Hay Al-Zuhour in Arish city. [ElWatan]

​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Egyptian soldiers at a security barrier in the Al-Matafi area west of Arish on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Egyptian soldier at Al-Ratil security barrier on the road between Al-Jorua and Sheikh Zuweid. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Local source say ABM terrorists kidnapped a civilian from his house in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Egyptian Army armored personnel carrier with an IED near the Bir Lahfan area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M113 armored vehicle with an IED in the Al-Halal Mountain area in Central Sinai. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Libya

Northeast

The LNA Special Forces says it killed 2 terrorists in the 12 Buildings area, west of Benghazi. [Libya24]

An official source says the terrorists are still preventing families from leaving the area. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed a Taliban commander in Shamshatoo refugee camp east of Peshawar. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Local sources in Mosul say the shortage of food in west Mosul forces women to mix flour with water and give it to children as substitute for milk. [Yalla]​​ 

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

Iraqi forces inside the Mosul Airport. [Facebook]​​ 

 

Coalition airstrike destroys a Daesh headquarters near Mosul on Jan 9. [CJTF]​​ 

 

Coalition planes target Daesh in west Mosul. [MoD]​​ 

 

 

PMFs kill many Daesh terrorists and capture armored vehicles in battles west of Tal Afar. [Harbi]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

 

Daesh publishes the 69th​​ issue of its​​ Al-Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue Daesh publishes graphics about its “health services” in Ninewa. Daesh talks about attacks in east Mosul, in addition to a summary of this week’s attacks everywhere. Daesh mentions its attacks on Christians in Sinai and Jews in Israel. It also asks its supporters to conduct attacks inside Iran. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its Iraqi terrorists who might have been killed in the Baghdad area. [Top4Top]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of its media members who might have been killed in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

February 22, 2017​​ 

 

1st​​ Lt. Abu Bakr Abbas

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Colonel Dorrian confidently predicts government victory in​​ west Mosul. [..]

IFP, airpower gain advantage in battle for Mosul Airport. [..]

Daesh says​​ British former Guantanamo inmate became a suicide bomber. [..]

Turkey

Turks arrest 35 suspected Daesh operatives in Istanbul. [..]

Syria

Turks, allied militias gain stronger control of Al-Bab. [..]

Daesh affiliate, opposition groups, fighting hard in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Iraq’s Minister of​​ Immigration​​ and Displacement​​ says total​​ displaced persons​​ from Ninewa and Hawija​​ are​​ 220,000, adding that 63,000 refugees from Mosul returned to their homes. He says that sheltering facilities are good, and​​ that​​ the​​ Ministry is ready to handle any possible refugee flow.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (4), Tal Afar (2), Rawa (1), Baghdad (1), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The BOC says 22nd​​ army brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and an IED in Albu Khalid, and captured several detonators.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

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

A police source says unidentified armed men attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in Arab Jubour, killing one Sahwa member and wounding another.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade destroyed 4 IEDs in Um Najim​​ Al-Thaniya.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache in Shakha​​ 1 .​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

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 placed in a commercial area in Bakriya killed one civilian and wounded three others.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

The BOC says​​ a​​ Baghdad Operation recon battalion found an ammunition and explosives cache in Al-Shithi.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 4

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded eight by detonating 2 IEDs in the Albu Alwan and Albu Farraj Bridge areas in Ramadi city. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The Tribal PMF commander for Al-Baghdadi says 1,400 Tribal PMF fighters from Anbar haven’t received salaries for the last 7 months. He also says the families of more than 40 dead fighters and 77 wounded haven’t received any compensation from the government. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Military Intelligence says its units found and destroyed several guesthouses containing large quantities of explosives in cooperation with 10th​​ army division in Hit. Tens of IEDs hidden in the guesthouses were destroyed as well. The destruction was safely carried out in​​ the​​ Al-Bakr Al-Sharqi neighborhood in Hit.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed​​ the​​ Anah textile factory in the industrial sector of the city,​​ which had been converted​​ by Daesh for car bombrigging and producing IEDs and explosives.​​ [IraqPress]

 

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a “bomb” from a drone on an Iraqi Army vehicle in Al-Saqra village. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Rutba

A security source says a Daesh drone dropped 3 “bombs” on an Iraqi Border Guard station near the Trebil border crossing without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]​​ 

However, the Border Guard Command refuted the report and said none of its units was attacked. [Sumaria]​​ 

​​ 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

A security source says an IED placed in Himrin killed three civilians and wounded six others. The civilians were families escaping Hawija towards safe areas in Tikrit.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Eastern​​ Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

A security source in Salahuddin says a roadside IED killed a Peshmerga soldier and wounded another while​​ they were on patrol in Tooz Khurmatu.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

In breaking news, the Mayor of Al-Khalis, which extends well north, says 3 explosions targeted 2 checkpoints on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source says police arrested a suicide attacker putting on an explosive belt in Zahra neighborhood, downtown Khalis. A search campaign was initiated for possible others.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A local source says Daesh imposed extortionate​​ monthly fees on construction brick factories near Jalawla,​​ threatening owners it would blow up their factories. The source says security units informed the owners that anyone who supports Daesh will get punished and urged them to inform​​ on​​ Daesh sleeper cells. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

The​​ Kirkuk​​ criminal​​ court announced​​ the​​ sentencing​​ of​​ 3​​ defendants to​​ life imprisonment on charges of joining Daesh and participation in bombing attacks in the province.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source says Daesh executed​​ three young men in public in Hawija for attempting to escape the city.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These incidents occur so frequently in Hawija, as do incidents of escapees being shot to death, that the civilian death toll in Hawija will add up in the end to a very large number. It’s a rolling tragedy.

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Speaking to Kurdistan24 during a live broadcast interview, US Army Colonel John L. Dorrian spoke about the ongoing offensive against Daesh in Mosul.

Dorrian explained that although the length of the Mosul battle was unclear, he was confident it would end in defeat for the insurgents. “It would be inappropriate for me to estimate the length of the [Mosul] battle,” he said. “But I will tell you with absolute certainty what the result is going to be.”

“The enemy will either surrender, or they are going to be killed,” Dorrian continued. [Kurdistan24]​​ 

 

Dorrian says United States troops embedded as advisers with Iraqi forces have engaged in combat during the battle for Mosul. He says “When someone is shooting at you that is combat. Yes. That has happened.” U.S. forces have “come under fire at different times” and “have returned fire at different times,” he said, though the mission strategy is still to operate by, with and through local partners. [TalkMedia]​​ 

 

West Mosul

Mosul airport

In breaking news, Al-Sumaria TV reports that the IFP has entered the Mosul Airport. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

An airstrike destroyed a Daesh 10-vehicle convoy entering the Mosul airport. The convoy had fighters of Al-Murabitoon, one of the elite Daesh forces. A local source says bodies of Daesh combatants were seen lying on the ground. An airstrike killed the Daesh security official of the airport yesterday.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A local source says distribution of various Daesh media publications in west Mosul has stopped. This included news bulletins, propaganda materials, and religious teachings. Observers say these materials had been distributed almost daily.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

An IFP source says Coalition planes targeted Daesh positions in the Mosul Airport extensively. Also, 35 Daesh terrorists were killed by IFP shelling and Coalition airstrikes. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Iraqi​​ Army says it will use Mosul airport as a back base for its operations to liberate the west side of Mosul.​​ 

A JOC spokesman says over 17 villages were liberated in the past two days (outside the city limits).​​ 

Meanwhile local sources say Daesh leaders are gathering with their families in 17th​​ of July, Rifa’i, and Najjar neighborhoods to move to Tal Afar, and then to Syria.​​ [Anadolu]

A source in Ninewa Provincial Council says army helicopters killed Walid Al-Badrani (Dr. Qutaiba) and Ali Nadhum in an attack in west Mosul. The two were Daesh commanders considered dangerous. The source says that military units are expected to enter the airport tomorrow, ​​ while saying that most of the liberated areas are void of population, and that only 70 families were received in the Hammam Al-Alil refugee camp.​​ [Waradana]

 

Elsewhere in West Mosul

Coalition warplanes destroyed the building of Ibn Al-Atheer print house at the old university in Al-Shifa​​ neighborhood, a security source says. The strike killed 2 Daesh combatants in the building, according to a security source. ​​ [IraqPress]

 

The IWMC says IAF planes dropped hundreds of thousands of leaflets on the west side of Mosul. The leaflets contained letters written by people from the east side expressing support for west side residents and urging citizens to cooperate with Iraqi forces. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The Telegraph​​ says the suicide attacker who set off his vehicle bomb on an Iraqi military base is Ronald Fiddler, an ex-Guantanamo inmate who was released in 2004, and obtained PS 1 million from the British government as a compensation for his “agony.” ​​ The 50 years old who named himself Jamaluddin Al-Harith after converting to Islam, returned to Syria through Turkey in 2014 to join Daesh, and handed over his compensation money to the terror group. ​​ His Daesh name was Abu Zakariya al-Britany.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says Daesh initiated a search campaign in three neighborhoods, including Islah Al-Zira’i, after finding writings on the walls stating “Death to Daesh.” Twenty civilians were arrested.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Minister of Interior Qasim Al-A’raji arrived in the west Mosul operations sector to inspect the Ministry’s units fighting there. Al-A’raji addressed the troops, saying he will do his utmost to preserve security in the country.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The IFP killed 5 Daesh combatants near Al-Aqrab checkpoint,​​ captured by the IFP earlier. IFP sources say the combatants were attempting to enter west Mosul.​​ [Maalomah