An Update On ISIS Activities

February 10, 2017

 

Daesh Drone

 

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Daesh stages three suicide attacks in east Mosul. [..]

Syria

SDF captures two more villages northeast of Raqqa. [..]

New CIA Director making important visit to Ankara. [..]

Turkey, Russia have competing self-justifications re: friendly fire airstrike. [..]

Turks, Syrians struggle to advance in Al-Bab. [..]

SDF, Syrian Army reported coordinating in Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Coalition says it conducted 9 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq, near Mosul (4),​​ Kasik (1),​​ Qayara (2),​​ and​​ Al-Qa’im (2).​​ [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

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

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Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says the body of a young man was found tortured and shot near the highway in Hay Al-Qahera. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Daesh says it shot and killed an Iraqi soldier on the road between Yusufiyah and Abu Ghraib. [JustPaste]

A police source says the body of a woman was found stabbed to death in Mahmudiya. [Sumaria]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says a car bomb exploded near a popular restaurant in I’lam neighborhood, killing​​ 4​​ civilians and wounding​​ 12​​ others. [Anadolu]

In the latest count, five people were killed and fourteen wounded in the car bomb explosion in I’lam. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh’s version​​ says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb in I’lam, killing​​ 19​​ Shia and wounding​​ 34. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

A police source says an IED explosion wounded three civilians in Suwaib. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A Tribal PMF commander in Qarma says army and supporting units found 400 gallons of explosives in Shahabiyat, in​​ Qarma,​​ as well as numerous IEDs​​ planted around​​ the​​ houses of army and security personnel. EODs managed to defuse and remove all​​ of them​​ without incident. [Maalomah]​​ 

The Tribal PMF commander says his men are removing 70 IEDs a day on average. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Rutba

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army SUV with an IED in the Kilo 160 area east of Rutba, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

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SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMF positions in Ain Sadid village near the Hatra Intersection, killing three fighters and destroying a barracks before returning safely. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We followed up on some Daesh stories where the terrorists “return safely.” ​​ Iraqi soldiers or PMF fighters publish photos and videos after Daesh attacks, and we can definitely say that at least some of the terrorists didn’t return at all.​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Mohammad Al-Musa village with 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Ain Al-Baidha and nearby areas with 27 mortars and 4 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions north of Baiji and on the road between Baiji and Haditha with 39 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

A local source says fighting broke​​ out​​ among Daesh militants in a part of Mtaibija over​​ vacant leadership​​ positions, after withdrawal of foreign leaders from the area. The quarrel turned into a gun battle that left 2 killed and 4 wounded. [Sumaria]

 

Eastern​​ Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

Daesh says it destroyed​​ a​​ PMF Humvee with an IED east of Al-Daur on Thursday, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [A3maq]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A local source says Abu Hudhaifa, the mastermind of Daesh attacks in Al-Waqf basin east of Baquba, died of wounds he sustained in a gun battle. The terror leader, an Iraqi national, was wounded in a failed Daesh attack on a checkpoint near Al-Qubba village. [Sumaria]​​ 

In what may be another version of the same story,​​ Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked a police building in the Al-Qubba area in Abbara subdistrict, wounding three policemen. Daesh says its terrorists captured the building for a few hours before returning safely with captured weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A security source in Diyala says an​​ IAA​​ helicopter attacked a group of Daesh combatants near Himrin Lake and killed “Abul Samak”, the​​ best known​​ explosives transporter across the Lake, and several others. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

A PMF commander says PMFs rocketed Daesh positions in several areas in Himrin during the last 48 hours killing or wounding many terrorists. He says Daesh killed the local wounded terrorists in order not to be identified by security forces. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of the results of an ambush on Iraqi forces in the Himrin Hills area in Saadiya. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A military source in Kirkuk says Coalition planes destroyed a large storehouse of weapons and explosives near Dibis, killing 7 terrorists and wounding others.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

Local source in Kirkuk says unidentified gunmen killed two members of​​ the​​ Daesh​​ hisbah​​ police after attacking their checkpoint near Al-Shajara village in Al-Abbasi subdistrict near Hawija. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh arrested 12 civilians following the death of 3 of its combatants​​ in battles​​ with Tribal Mobilization fighters near Al-Shajara. The civilians were taken to an unknown location.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad, etc.)

A Kirkuk Police commander says a Daesh leftover IED exploded in Bashir, killing one civilian. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

West Mosul

Sources in Mosul say Iraqi and Coalition​​ planes​​ are attacking Daesh moving targets in west Mosul. A group of Daesh vehicles was destroyed by such airstrikes recently. Local observers say Iraqi army and Coalition forces are gradually exhausting Daesh’s assets by shelling selected targets in the city.​​ [ARA]

 

The MoD says Coalition​​ planes​​ destroyed a car bomb-rigging workshop in Sheikh Mohammed village in northwest Mosul.​​ [Forat]

 

The MoD says the IAF destroyed a Daesh HQ and a command center for a Daesh rocket regiment in Badoush, west of Mosul.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

1st​​ battalion of Ninewa Police blocked a Daesh attempt to cross to the east side of Mosul using small boats.​​ [Harbi]

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources say Daesh arrested 10 young men in Hay Al-Jawsaq in the west side of Mosul after accusing them of communicating with Iraqi security forces.

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources say that in the Friday prayers in Al-Nouri mosque in west Mosul, Daesh threatened people of the east side and called them murtads (people who left Islam) because they cooperated with Iraqi forces. A Daesh cleric in the mosque also said that Daesh had already planted terrorists on the east side to assassinate officials and security personnel and anyone who cooperates with Iraqi forces.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Another uplifting religious message from the Daesh clergy.

 

North Mosul

Daesh says it wounded eight Iraqi soldiers and targeted 2 vehicles and 3 Humvees with​​ 9 drones​​ attacks​​ in Al-Ghabat, Al-Qubba, Rashidiya, Wihda, and Maliya. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of a drone​​ attack​​ on an Iraqi Army vehicle in the Al-Ghabat area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting an Iraqi Army military position in Al-Ghabat with an SPG9 rocket. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in several areas in Mosul with 14 SPG9 rockets, 3 RPG7 rockets, 2 locally made rockets, 122 mortars, and 8 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded six others in Al-Qubba village and the Faisaliya area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might be repeated from yesterday.​​ 

 

East Mosul

Daesh staged three suicide attacks in east Mosul:

(1)Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Mosul attacked an “Iraqi Army and militia gathering” in Hay Al-Zuhour with an explosives vest.​​ 

(2)Daesh also says another terrorist from Mosul attacked an Iraqi forces’​​ HQ​​ in Hay Al-Noor.​​ 

(3) It says a third terrorist, also from Mosul, detonated his explosives vest on Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Zira’i. Daesh publishes a photo of the terrorist. Daesh says “tens” of Iraqi soldiers were killed or wounded in the 3 attacks. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

In the first incident, a​​ Daesh suicide attack followed by a car bomb explosion near a restaurant in Al-Zuhour neighborhood killed and wounded several persons, a security source says.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ later​​ report on the incident says 3 were killed and 17 wounded in that attack, the first of a kind since liberation of east Mosul. [ROJ]

Another report says a suicide bomber attacked a restaurant, where top Iraqi officers had their meals several times, at the peak hour, killing 4 and wounding 22 civilians. [Anadolu]

Another suicide attack with an explosives vest in Hay Al-Zuhour didn’t cause any casualties. [BasNews]​​ 

 

In the second incident, a​​ security source says one Iraqi officer​​ was​​ killed and nine​​ people, including six civilians,​​ were​​ wounded in a Daesh car bomb​​ attack​​ on the 35th​​ army brigade in Al-Noor neighborhood east of Mosul.​​ [Buratha]

 

Military intelligence found a car bomb rigging workshop and a large quantity of raw materials for manufacturing explosives, in Al-Noor.​​ [Harbi]

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources say one of the suicide terrorists was called Mohanned Hamid and that he was reported to security forces but they didn’t take any action against him.​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of drone​​ strikes​​ on Iraqi Army vehicles​​ on the east side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and militiamen and destroyed several positions by targeting them with 11 SPG9 rockets in Faisaliya, Ghabat, and Yarimjah. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” positions in 4 areas in Mosul with 47 mortars and 4 artillery shells. [JustPaste]

 

Southeast Mosul

Daesh says it killed five Iraqi soldiers and damaged several vehicles in mortar shillings on Hay Sumer on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

A local source in Mosul says a Daesh mosque preacher in west Mosul cut off the head of a red bear puppet telling the worshippers that this is the “destiny of whoever wants to celebrate the feast of​​ love (St. Valentine’s Day).” The preacher was talking about the “evil things” that happen during this infidel festivity. Red bears are often exchanged on St. Valentine’s Day in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting a “PMF SUV” with a drone​​ strike​​ in Al-Arij village​​ in Hammam Al-Alil. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it damaged a PMF car and hit a T72 tank with 2 bombs dropped from a drone in Al-Arij. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in the Al-Adhba Hills area with 2 SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Muftiya and Al-Khabirat villages with 13 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and PMF positions in Adaya and several other nearby areas with 124 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

PMF​​ command​​ says army helicopters destroyed several Daesh machine gunmounted trucks near Tal Afar west of Mosul. [Harbi]

 

PMF says​​ Army​​ 92nd​​ brigade artillery destroyed a tunnel containing large quantities of Daesh weapons, in​​ the​​ Mulla Jasim area, at the west entrance of Tal Afar. The same brigade’s artillery​​ joined PMF artillery in shelling a meeting of Daesh local commanders in Kifah neighborhood north of Tal Afar, killing 15 of them including the commander of the suicide attackers’ regiment.  [Harbi]

A​​ mosque preacher in Tal Afar dedicated an hour​​ to​​ talking about the victories of Daesh in Sinai, Egypt. He spoke about hundreds of young men joining the group there. [Sumaria]

 

PMF says its 11th​​ brigade shot down a Daesh drone in Ayn Talawi, west of Tal Afar. [SotIraq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Tal Afar Airport. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of a PMF fighter being targeted by its snipers near the Tal Afar Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a drone​​ strike​​ on the Domiz Peshmerga Camp west of Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

DaeshDaily​​ sources say Coalition planes targeted the Youth Union building in Hatra, killing 12 terrorists including the Saudi Abu Qatada Al-Asiri, a Daesh mufti. Daesh has been using the building as its sharia court.​​ 

 

Daesh says three children were killed and five other people wounded by an “American” bombing on Hatra city. [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

A KDP official says 1,300 wounded Peshmerga fighters were treated in Turkish hospitals. He says the treatment of 200 of them was paid for by the Turkish government and the rest by the KRG. He also says some wounded fighters were sent to Europe. [BasNews]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Failaq Al-Sham, a Syrian​​ opposition​​ group, says it is postponing its commitments​​ made at the​​ Astana and Geneva talks until the ceasefire guaranteed by Russia is observed and air attacks on Waar neighborhood​​ in​​ Homs stop.​​ [Dorar]

The SOHR says Syrian planes killed six civilians, including 2 children, in its ongoing attacks on Al-Waar neighborhood in Homs. [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 14 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria, near Raqqa (10),​​ Tadmur (1),​​ Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Albu Kamal (2). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A group of militant factions announced formation of “The Congregation of the​​ Sons of Hasaka”. The new group​​ intends​​ to fight PYD, PKK, and other Kurdish factions in Hasaka.​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This sounds like another Turkish plot against the Kurds.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Coalition spokesman John Dorrian says SDF and its allies​​ have​​ liberated 3,410 sq. km of land it its drive towards Raqqa. He says Daesh is putting​​ up​​ light to medium resistance as its command and​​ control systems face difficulties in managing battles in more than one​​ place. He says Coalition planes have​​ destroyed numerous Daesh targets, including weapons, tunnels, vehicle bombs, and fighting positions.​​ [ARA]

 

SDF fighters captured Ma’aizila village from Daesh after 3 days of fighting, capturing 4 Daesh combatants. The village is 20 km (12.5 miles) north of Raqqa.​​ [Hawar]

The SDF captured the Sanina village northeast of Raqqa, after a battle with Daesh with heavy and medium weapons.​​ [Qasioun]

Observers believe that by capturing Sanina and Ma’aizila, the SDF has totally turned its battles direction to the east, aiming to isolate Raqqa from Deir El-Zor. Observers say that military operations west and north of Raqqa have almost stopped, after being concentrated there previously. [EnabBaladi]

 

The​​ SDF says it killed 8 Daesh suicide bombers who attacked several positions​​ held by​​ SDF units in the area between the​​ two routes on which SDF units are​​ advancing toward​​ Raqqa. The distance between the two SDF​​ contingents​​ in Makman and Khaniz​​ is about 4 km.​​ [Hawar]

The​​ SDF says it shot down a Daesh drone in Melihan village.​​ [Hawar]

 

As SDF was advancing,​​ Turkish officials discussed with visiting CIA Director Mike Pompeo the preparation for​​ their own​​ Raqqa campaign and​​ the much-disliked​​ US support​​ for​​ SDF units already advancing towards Raqqa.​​ Turkey says its next target after capturing Al-Bab will be Raqqa​​ and that the plan to isolate and capture Raqqa is already in place. Turkey claims that​​ the Turkey-supported “Free Syrian Army” has over 10,000 fighters ready to​​ liberate” Raqqa.​​ [Dorar]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ They were ready to liberate Al-Bab too but the results have come a lot more slowly than promised.​​ If verbal posturing were military firepower, the current Turkish government would be all-powerful.

 

The​​ SOHR says that SDF lost at least two fighters in their recent battles northeast​​ of Raqqa. It also says Daesh executed two men in Khaniz​​ during a counterattack on the village.​​ [SyriaHR]

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked the SDF in Khaniz village near Tal Al-Samen north of Raqqa and killed six SDF leaders and another person before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

The​​ SOHR says Daesh is counterattacking in more than one area east and northeast of Raqqa in an attempt to recover areas it lost to the SDF.​​ There are reports​​ of​​ heavy battles and several casualties​​ on both sides. SDF shot down a Daesh recon drone in the northern sector of Raqqa.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of local activists, says Daesh is preparing for the upcoming Raqqa battle by forcing people in the city to pay for sand barriers in front of their houses and shops. Daesh also brought in pipes in order to fill them with oil and burn​​ the oil​​ to block the visibility of Coalition pilots. Daesh also hid large quantities of wheat in underground locations inside the city, preparing for a long siege. [BasNews]​​ 

 

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

Kimberly Taylor, 27, licensed in Mathematics, is the first female Briton fighting in the ranks of the YPG. Taylor told the​​ Guardian​​ she believes in what she is fighting for, and ready to die for it. Taylor told Sky News that her priority now is to eliminate Daesh.​​ [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the “normal life” in Al-Sahal west of Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

It was reported that the SDF handed over several villages to the Syrian government with a commitment by the government to have state offices operating in these villages and allow return of refugees to their homes there. Russia held a meeting between Syrian military and Kurdish representatives, where 6 agreements were signed to that respect.​​ [ZamanAlWasl]

An SDF commander​​ then​​ refuted​​ this​​ report about the SDF handing over areas north of Aleppo to the Syrian Army. [ARA]​​ 

 

Russian​​ planes​​ continued shelling of​​ villages and towns east and west of Aleppo and Idlib killing four civilians and wounding tens of others. Russian supply helicopters made more weapons and ammunition drops to government forces under siege in Fawaa​​ and Kefraya​​ north of Idlib.​​ [ARA]

Opposition forces shelled Fawaa and Kefraya​​ with rockets, causing several injuries among​​ Syrian Army​​ troops​​ and supporting groups. The government responded with airstrikes on several areas controlled by the opposition,​​ wounding several combatants.​​ Opposition gunman also killed four Syrian soldiers near Fawaa​​ in an ambush.​​ [ARA]

 

Daesh says it killed two Syrian soldiers by detonating an IED in Umm​​ Arkilah​​ village southeast of the Kowaires Airbase.​​ [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions near Al-Salem village east of Khanasir. [JustPaste]

 

Al-Bab​​ 

Russia and Turkey exchanged accusations about the incident​​ in which​​ 3 Turkish soldiers​​ were killed​​ in a Russian airstrike. Russia says Turkey provided​​ the coordinates for​​ targets to Russian​​ planes, and the soldiers should have never been there.​​ Turkey says it passed​​ the​​ soldiers​​ coordinates to the Russians​​ before the attack. [ARA]

More recent reports say Turkey​​ deemed​​ Russian apologies and explanation as “satisfactory.”

 

Turkish coalition vs. Daesh

Turkey-supported​​ opposition units made advances in west Al-Bab after capturing Al-Hikma​​ Hospital and​​ the​​ Zamzam neighborhood, while Daesh is still holding​​ out​​ in some governmental offices.​​ Opposition forces​​ are getting​​ heavy air support​​ from​​ Turkish​​ aircraft,​​ which also attacked Qabasin and Baza’a.​​ [ARA]

 

Turkey says its artillery shelled 154 Daesh targets in Al-Bab city, while Turkish planes initiated 11 airstrikes, killing 23​​ Daesh combatants. [Anadolu]

Turkish planes killed 27 civilians and wounded 30, while 20 others are​​ reportedly​​ still under the wreckage, in its attacks on Al-Bab today. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Turkish Army and opposition groups​​ in​​ west Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says​​ it stopped 2 Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attack on the northern and northwestern areas of Al-Bab city, killing or wounding several soldiers and fighters.​​ 

It also says​​ one of its Syrian suicide terrorists detonated his vehicle bomb on Turkish Army armored vehicles east of Al-Bab, killing or wounding several soldiers. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with the Turkish Army and opposition groups​​ in​​ east Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on the Turkish Army and opposition groups​​ in​​ east Al-Bab. As usual, the video shows a charging vehicle bomb, then an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham publishes photos of its fighters preparing for battles against Daesh in the Al-Bab area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on Turkish Army opposition groups west of Baza’a town, killing or wounding soldiers and fighters and destroying a tank. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group’s machine gunmounted vehicle with a rocket and killed two fighters east of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it damaged a Turkish Army tank with a rocket east of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted Turkish Army and opposition group positions on Aqil Mountain west of Al-Bab with 7 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition group’s attack on the west side of Al-Bab city, killing or wounding several soldiers and fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a Turkish Army tank with a rocket​​ in​​ east Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

 

Syrian Army vs. Daesh

Battles raged between government’s forces and Daesh in Abu Taltal village south of Tadif, less than 3 km south of Al-Bab. On the northwestern side of Al-Bab, the Turkey-backed opposition is still facing stiff Daesh resistance as battles continue. [Hawar]

A later report says Government forces are now in full control of Abu Taltal. [Qasioun]

The SOHR says a militia leader fighting alongside government forces was killed today in battles with Daesh near Tadif. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army positions with 55 mortars, in addition to tank shells in Rasm Al-Sarhan and Al-Batoushiya villages​​ south of Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army positions in Al-Batoushiya and Rasm Al-Sarhan with mortars. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed five Syrian soldiers in Al-Batoushiya village and on the village’s hill south of Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

In the process of building its separating wall between Kurdish areas in Turkey and Syria, Turkish​​ Army entered 300 meters inside the​​ Dikmadash village in Sharran​​ subdistrict. 6 tanks and armored vehicles as well as construction equipment entered the area,​​ uprooting​​ 500 olive trees in​​ the​​ process.​​ [Hawar]

 

Manbij

YPG sources say Turkey-supported​​ opposition​​ units​​ and Turkish artillery and mortars shelled Arayma and Kawkali villages in Manbij.​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

For the fourth day in a row, Government forces and​​ unspecified​​ opposition​​ elements​​ exchanged artillery and rocket fire in​​ Homs​​ city. Civilian casualties and material damage were​​ reported. [ARA]

 

Government forces made an advance​​ near T4 airport​​ by capturing the strategic western hills near​​ Jahar junction after inflicting heavy casualties​​ on​​ Daesh forces. Russian​​ planes​​ were effective in providing air support. [Qasioun]

Syria says its planes killed 9 Daesh combatants near Jahar junction and that it extended its circle of control in the areas surrounding Jahar and Hayan gas factory east of Homs. [SyriaNow]

Daesh issues a video of Syrian Army positions it captured near Al-Baidha Intersection east of the T4 Airport on Thursday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed six Syrian soldiers​​ with three drone strikes on​​ Tiyas Mountain northeast of the T4 Airport. [JustPaste]

 

Syrian government says its forces destroyed a Daesh machine gunmounted truck north of​​ Qaryatayn​​ east of Homs, and killed several Daesh combatants. [SyriaNow]

 

The​​ SOHR says Daesh shelled​​ Aqarib Al-Safia, 28 miles​​ east of Hama. [SyriaHR]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Izvestia, the Russian daily, says SDF and​​ Syrian Army​​ are coordinating attacks​​ on​​ Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor. The paper says that the Kurds and Syrians discussed several issues under Russian auspices, and reach agreements to coordinate in several areas including Deir Ez-Zor. Most of the SDF concentration is now turned to​​ the​​ Raqqa operation, however.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Battles continued​​ between Daesh and government forces south of Deir Ez-Zor airport while Russian planes attacked Daesh targets south of Tharda and Maqaber.​​ Syrian Army​​ artillery shelled Al-Ma’amel,​​ held by Daesh in the city, while Daesh responded by​​ shelling the​​ Al-Joura and Al-Qusour neighborhoods.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Syrian forces claimed advances in Maqaber and Tharda fronts south of Deir Ez-Zor, saying its artillery destroyed a Daesh explosives storehouse in Ma’amel. It says​​ planes​​ destroyed​​ 2​​ vehicles​​ and 5 Daesh defensive positions near the 17th​​ hill in Tharda.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

The​​ SOHR says clashes between opposition factions and Daesh are continuing east and west of Qalamoun, amidst artillery bombardment from both sides. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army heavy machine gun southeast of the Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in Al-Hamdan village near Albu Kamal. [JustPaste]

 

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

Daesh says its affiliate, the Khalid Army, destroyed an opposition bulldozer near the Sahm​​ Al-Jolan Dam in the Yarmouk Basin. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The Iranian​​ attorney-general says a Daesh group was captured in Iran. He says the group was planning attacks during the celebrations of the revolution. He says he will​​ provide more details in the coming days. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of executing five young men in Central Sinai after accusing them of spying for the Egyptian Army. [JustPaste]

 

A medical source says the body of a 40-year-old man was found shot in Hay Al-Rasm west of Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army SUV with an IED on the Sea​​ Road​​ north of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of an Egyptian soldier being targeted by its snipers at the Al-Haradin security barrier south of Arish. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman says the LNA found hundreds of old books and manuscripts, stolen by terrorists from the University of Benghazi, in the Qanfouda area (photos). [AfriGate] [AfriGate]​​ 

 

Central coast

A local official says 500 families returned to their houses in Sirte in the second group of returnees. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

Libyan security officials say Daesh terrorists have shifted to desert valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to exploit Libya’s political divisions after defeat in their former stronghold of Sirte.

The terrorists, believed to number several hundred and described as “remnants” of Daesh’s Libya operation, are trying to foment chaos by cutting power and water supplies and trying to identify receptive local communities, the officials said.

They are being monitored through aerial surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, but Libyan officials said they cannot easily be targeted without advanced air power of the kind used by the US on Jan. 19, when B-2 bombers killed more than 80 militants in a strike southwest of Sirte. Ismail Shukri, head of military intelligence in Misrata, says the threat is focused south of the coastal strip between Misrata and Tripoli, arcing to the southeast around the town of Bani Walid and into the desert south of Sirte. He also says one group of 60-80 militants is operating around Ghirza, 170 km (105 miles)​​ southwest of Sirte, another group of about 100 is based around Zalla and Mabrouk oil field, about 300 km southeast of Sirte, and there are reports of a third group present in Al-Uwaynat, close to the Algerian border. [Reuters]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in the Qifa area with heavy machine guns and mortars. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its terrorists in the Mamand area in Nangarhar. [JustPaste]

 

Pakistan

Daesh says it killed three Pakistani soldiers by detonating an IED in Bajaur in north Pakistan. [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Photos of the damage from the suicide attacks in the east Mosul restaurant. The owner of the restaurant, Nasser Al-Uhaideb,​​ grabbed​​ the terrorist and died with him. [Twitter]​​ 

 

Social media sources close to Nusra say that Liwa’ Al-Aqsa, formerly known as Jund Al-Aqsa, captured Kafr Zita 2 days ago, and started​​ blocking​​ Nusra fighters from passing through check points. The sources say Jund Al-Aqsa has​​ actually divided into 3 groups, one of​​ which​​ left the battles and stayed home, and one of​​ which​​ joined other groups, while the third​​ faction,​​ which is in Hama,​​ call themselves Liwa​​ Al-Aqsa,​​ publicly pledged allegiance to Daesh,​​ and captured military positions​​ of​​ opposition groups​​ allied with​​ Nusra. According to the sources, Nusra, under its new umbrella Tahrir Al-Sham, has the right to fight them now. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This group is one of the most radical groups in Syria. There have been previous reports about it pledging allegiance secretly to Daesh. It attacked Ahrar Al-Sham a couple​​ of months ago, and when Ahrar threatened retaliation,​​ Jund​​ said it​​ joined Nusra. However, days later, Nusra said it was not in control of Jund and it has nothing to do with them.​​ 

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

The IAA targets Daesh positions in west Mosul [MoD]​​ 

 

A charging Daesh vehicle bomb being missed by a rocket, but fortunately flips over after crossing a sand barrier, then explodes [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces run security checks for people on the east side of Mosul and capture suspects [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh documents are found at Mosul University [Mawsleya]​​ 

 

Syria

Opposition enter Al-Bab city [Twitter]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

 

February 9, 2017

 

 

Mosul

 

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi gets a call from President Trump. [..]

Al-Abadi reiterates commitment to devolve authority to the provinces. [..]

Two more mass graves discovered, in Rutba. [..]

Daesh arrests 385 villages in Hawija area trying to escape. [..]

Daesh drones keep attacking, but Coalition, IAF take out two drone​​ facilities. [..]

Daesh executes 46 people trying to escape west Mosul. [..]

Exclusive report: Daesh arrests media, social media activists in Mosul. [..]

Syria

US kills veteran Al-Qaeda leader in Idlib. [..]

SDF, Coalition​​ keep​​ momentum in Raqqa campaign.​​ [..]

Turkish coalition gains further in Al-Bab, but clashes with Syrian Army. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Prime Minister Abadi received a phone call from President Trump according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Abadi told President Trump that Daesh is in its final stages and Iraq is determined to​​ put an end to. He stressed the importance of continuing Coalition support to Iraq. Abadi also asked President Trump to reconsider the travel ban on Iraqis, and the President says it is important to coordinate regarding this issue and he will issue orders to the Department of State in this regard. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in a meeting with the High Commission for Coordination with the Provinces that the government is moving on to devolve authority to the governorates. He also warns of “hidden hands” that are committing assassinations and trying to create conflicts. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Former Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi says he met with the US Ambassador Douglas Silliman and the UK Ambassador in separate meetings. He says he told the ambassadors that kicking out the Ninewa Guard one day after the liberation of the east side of Mosul gave the wrong message to the people of Mosul. He says the Ninewa Guard was supposed to hold the ground in 30 neighborhoods in Mosul according to a political agreement. He also says many thefts happened in that part of Mosul after the Ninewa Guard was kicked out. He says the Ninewa Guard did a good job fighting Daesh with the Iraqi Army 16th​​ division in north Mosul. [BasNews] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Well, we don’t know where to start. The leader of the Ninewa Guard is Nujaifi’s brother, former Ninewa governor Atheel Al-Nujaifi. He was previously indicted for allowing foreign troops (Turkish) to enter Iraq without informing the government. Atheel was​​ once​​ openly implicated in a plan to hand over Mosul to Turkey. In 2013 he said that the “Safavid Army” (meaning the Iraqi Army) should leave Mosul. He conspired with the Baathists to take over Ninewa, resulting in Daesh capturing the province​​ in mid-2014. He was implicated in many shady business​​ deals with the “mujahidin” and he even ordered his people not to mess with them. He opposed the rights of minorities in Ninewa and wanted to take​​ over​​ most of their lands​​ for​​ his imaginary Turkey-governed Ninewa region.​​ 

As for​​ the Guard’s role in​​ liberating Mosul, we covered the battles day by day and the areas where the National Guard​​ was present​​ were not liberated until the IFP came in.​​ Nujaifi’s​​ Turkey-trained force was insignificant.​​ This could not have been surprising because his troops​​ were​​ former Ninewa police who didn’t fight Daesh in the first place, and later refused to join IFP training camps when the government told them to​​ report, instead​​ staying​​ in​​ their​​ Erbil hotels. As for the alleged thefts, it is​​ worth noting that​​ they were mainly reported by the Turkish Anadolu​​ organization. The Coalition and the UN praised the Iraqi forces’​​ behavior after the liberation of Mosul. ​​ 

 

The Minister of Displacement and Migration says 1,650,000 displaced people have returned to their houses all over Iraq, including 60,000 in Mosul. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq (near Mosul (6), Qayara (1), Kasik (1), Kirkuk (1), Tuz (1), and Haditha (1)). [InherentResolve]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is mistake in this report​​ as​​ the numbers don’t​​ quite​​ add up.​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The BOC says 22nd​​ army brigade destroyed a roadside IED in Al-Tadabir neighborhood.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

Daesh says it killed an Iraqi Army officer and a soldier with an IED, and damaged a Humvee with a rocket,​​ in Hay Al-Dhubat in Tarmiya on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

The BOC says 44th​​ army brigade defused an IED placed in a popular coffee shop in Shaab neighborhood.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed a civilian near his house in Zafaraniya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

A police source says a civilian was wounded when a roadside IED exploded in the​​ Shia​​ Hor Rijab area. [Sumaria]​​ 

The MoD says security units captured a man on terrorism charges and confiscated 6 rockets in the Karakza area. [Harbi]​​ 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 55th brigade found an explosives cache in the Karaghoul area. [Harbi]​​ 

The MoD says Iraqi Army 25th brigade found 25 IEDs and other explosives in Hay Al-Murtadha in Mahmudiya. [Harbi]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says the body of an MoI employee was found shot in Abu Ghraib. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The BOC announced the arrest of a “Wilayat Baghdad” cell in west Baghdad after a pursuit and an ambush. The​​ BOC​​ statement did not define the exact area. Weapons, explosives, and explosive belts​​ were found with the​​ group.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 10(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source in Anbar says two​​ soldiers​​ were​​ killed and two wounded in a Daesh attack with a car bomb on an army checkpoint on the road connecting Falluja​​ city​​ to Ameriyat Al-Falluja​​ subdistrict.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked “Iraqi Army and police” in the Al-Fahailat area southeast​​ of Falluja with a vehicle bomb, killing nine people, wounding others, and destroying a Humvee. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces found 2 IEDs in the Albu Hawa area south of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

The MoD says Iraqi forces found 34 IEDs in the Tawi area northwest of Ramadi. [Harbi]​​ 

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces found 20 IEDs in the Albu Risha area. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed two policemen with an IED at the University Intersection in Ramadi city on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says Iraqi forces found 4 IEDs in the Al-Aqba area south of Mohammedi. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

A​​ leader​​ in Anbar​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization says army units attacked Daesh gatherings in passages connecting Anah to Haditha, killing 9 Daesh militants, including foreigners, and destroying three vehicle bombs. The source says army helicopters attack these areas on​​ a​​ daily basis.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Rutba

A security source says 1st​​ army division found two mass graves, believed to be of civilians executed by Daesh, in a dump behind the Askari neighborhood in Rutba. A forensics team is arriving in the area to identify the bodies.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army barracks near the Trebil border crossing on the Jordanian border, after targeting it with several mortars. [StoreUp]​​ 

​​ 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says unidentified gunmen shot dead two Daesh militants on a motorcycle​​ on a countryside road east of Shirqat. Daesh deployed its combatants in the area, as the incident is the first of​​ its​​ kind​​ there.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked 2 PMF positions near Al-Dibis village, killing three fighters, wounding others, and destroying a barracks before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]

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

 

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Ain Al-Baidha village south of Shirqat. [StoreUp]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of a PMF fighter being targeted by its snipers near Ain Al-Baidha village south of Shirqat. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Misahaq village in the Makhoul Mountains southeast of Shirqat. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army positions in several areas in Shirqat with tens of mortars. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army military position with a 12.5mm weapon in the Al-Qusour area near​​ the​​ Makhoul Mountains. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Baiji

PMF says its 20th​​ brigade blocked an attack by the Daesh suicide squadron on its positions in Baiji. The PMF killed several attackers and arrested one of them.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The MoD says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in the Thermal Station area in Baiji, killing several terrorists and destroying 3 hideouts. It also says the IFP killed 25 terrorists in a nearby area. [Harbi]​​ 

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles in Makhoul subdistrict, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A security source says Daesh attacked Ajil oilfield from the south and captured several military positions, and failed to advance in the north. The source says military reinforcements arrived from Al-Alam to the field. The source also says seven Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A security source says security units defused a car bomb on Street 40 in Tikrit city. A curfew was imposed for a few hours after the car was detected. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Eastern​​ Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

The MoD says Samarra Operations​​ Command, supported by the IAA, searched more than 160 sq km​​ (62.5 sq miles) in Jalam Albu Khaddo and Jalam Al-Daur and captured two people on terrorism charges, destroyed a booby-trapped house and defused another one, and found 35 IEDs. [Harbi]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The Diyala Police​​ Chief​​ says his troops captured 2 men on terrorism charges in Abbara subdistrict​​ north of Baquba​​ and confiscated explosives from their vehicle. [Ghad]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The chairman of the Muqdadiya​​ District​​ Council says some checkpoints in Diyala are imposing bribes on vehicle owners, especially of trucks, in different areas in Diyala. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For anyone who wants to know how can Daesh move vehicle bombs to Baghdad and other areas, this story is your answer.​​ 

 

A local source says two policemen were wounded when a group of Daesh terrorists attacked a checkpoint near Al-Kubba village. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a 10-year-old boy was killed and two men from his family were wounded when an IED exploded in front of their house in Hay Al-Badr in south Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Directorate of Migration and Displacement in Kirkuk says 500 people were hosted in the new camp for displaced people in Laylan, called Laylan C. The camp capacity is 2,500 people. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source says Daesh arrested 260 persons from Dhibat village and 125 persons from Hamal village in Himrin​​ who were​​ trying to escape Hawija to Maktab Khalid,​​ held by the Peshmerga southwest of Kirkuk. The arrestees were taken to Hawija,​​ accused​​ of escaping “Caliphate territories”.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source in Kirkuk says unidentified gunmen broke into the house of Abu Saif Al-Farouq, A Saudi national and the officer of executions in Hawija and shot him dead.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes 3 photos from​​ Sdaira Wusta village near Al-Zab. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Prime​​ Minister Al-Abadi says most Daesh foreign combatants have left Mosul with their families towards Syria. He says that large quantities of weapons and explosives were captured with excellent cooperation​​ from​​ Mosul residents. He says that the west side off Mosul will be liberated shortly.​​ [Anadolu]

 

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis congratulated his Iraqi counterpart Irfan Al-Hayali on his new office and on liberating the east side of Mosul. In a telephone conversation, Secretary Mattis discussed with Minister Al-Hayali the pending operation in west Mosul.​​ [Anadolu]

 

West Mosul

Coalition warplanes targeted and destroyed one of the main Daesh bases for launching drones from west Mosul. Local sources say the location was run by “Russian” experts and other foreigners. The site was destroyed and all persons present in the location were killed.​​ [ARA]

 

The​​ Times​​ of London says Daesh executed 46 civilians trying to escape Daesh recruitment for jihadi service west of Mosul. The paper says that 40 of them tried swimming across the river to the east side. The youngest of the victims is 16 years old. Daesh emptied houses overlooking the riverbank and converted them into watch and defense positions. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

DaeshDaily​​ sources in Mosul say Daesh arrested several media and social media activists, including a woman, and took them to unknown locations.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We don’t know who these people are, but​​ we relate to such people and​​ this story is worrisome. There are some brave people in Mosul who have taken risks to communicate with the outside world about circumstances in Iraq.​​ 

 

The same​​ Daesh Daily​​ sources​​ also say Daesh is issuing more taxes on the people of the west side of the city. They also say Daesh has deployed snipers and increased its checkpoints in order to prevent people from escaping.​​ 

 

The IFP commander says the IAA stopped heavy attacks on Daesh positions in west Mosul. He also says Daesh is losing control of its terrorists on the west side. [Maalomah]

 

A local source says Daesh initiated a house-to-house search in the Dawasa and Bab Al-Tob neighborhoods and arrested three local​​ Daesh​​ leaders. The three are Mosul residents and one is the​​ mosques officer. The arrest​​ was made on charges of planning to desert​​ Daesh.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source says Daesh captured 12 men, 11 women, and 19 children who were trying to escape Mosul to the south. The source says Daesh executed the men and whiplashed the women before releasing them. [ARA]

 

Local residents of Bab Al-Tob say mortars fired from the east side killed​​ 8​​ and wounded​​ 16​​ civilians, in addition to causing material damage to shops in the area. A doctor in the Republican Hospital of Bab Al-Tob says the hospital, which received the wounded, lacks basic supplies and equipment to treat the wounded properly.​​ [Rudaw]

 

The MoD says 9th​​ army division and the IFP are maintaining their vehicles and weapons in preparation for the anticipated attack on west Mosul which​​ could start at any minute.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Kurdistan Security Council says Abu Waleed Al-Kurdi (alias Abu Ali Al-Kurdi), a Kurdish​​ Daesh​​ commander, was killed in a Coalition airstrike along with 4 of his escorts in Zanjili neighborhood​​ in​​ west Mosul. Al-Kurdi was the Daesh religious officer in Tel Keif area. The council says around 500 Kurds are fighting​​ with Daesh, recruited from Syria and Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

North Mosul

Daesh says it wounded two Iraqi soldiers and targeted a Humvee and a car in Al-Qubba village with a drone strike. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded others in Al-Qubba village and Al-Faisaliya​​ (east Mosul). [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces Humvee and damaged a bulldozer with IEDs in Alam​​ Louk village​​ in​​ Rashidiya. [A3maq]

 

East Mosul

IWMC says army units captured and destroyed a​​ Daesh​​ car bomb in Intisar neighborhood east of Mosul.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh says it wounded six Iraqi soldiers and targeted 2 Humvees in drone strikes on Al-Rashidiya (north), Al-Ghabat, Al-Maliya, and Al-Wihda (southeast). [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army vehicle with a drone strike in the Al-Ghabat area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

A military source says 3 drone attacks on​​ north and​​ east Mosul killed two civilians and wounded 25 others.​​ The target​​ locations were Al-Arabi, Jaza’er, Iqtisadiyeen and Zuhoor. Daesh attacks with drones​​ take place at night when they are difficult to see.​​ [Anadolu]

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a “bomb” on an Iraqi Army Humvee from a drone over Hay Al-Maliya in east Mosul, across the river from downtown. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Southeast Mosul

Daesh publishes photos of dropping a bomb on an Iraqi Army barricade in Hay Al-Wihda. It says two soldiers were wounded in the attack. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists sneaked into an Iraqi Army position in Hay Al-Saheroun in southeast​​ Mosul and planted a land​​ mine​​ under​​ an Abrams tank, destroying it. It also says the terrorist detonated his explosives​​ vest on Iraqi soldiers, killing several soldiers and destroying a Humvee. Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist and aerial photos of the attack. [DawaAlhaq] [JustPaste]

 

Human conditions in Mosul

The Chairman of the Sunni Endowment arrived in Mosul and reopened the Endowment branch in east Mosul. [Mosul]​​ 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

Daesh says one of its drone​​ strikes hit​​ an Iraqi forces’ tank and a car in Al-Arij village near Hammam Al-Alil. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down a PMF recon drone in Ain Alwah village near Mahalbiya. [A3maq]

 

The MoD says the IAF destroyed a Daesh cannon and a weapons and ammunition storehouse in Mahalbiya. [Harbi]

 

Shura/Qayara

Daesh says it killed four IFP members, including an officer, in an ambush in Al-Jamsa village in Qayara on Wednesday. [A3maq]

 

The Ministry of Oil says its teams extinguished the fire on Oilfield 70 in Qayara, raising the total number of extinguished-fire fields to 20. It says only 5 oilfields are still on fire. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

MoD says the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) destroyed a workshop in Tal Afar for manufacturing drones and another for manufacturing of IEDs. ​​ IAF also destroyed a heavy cannon and a weapons storehouse in Tal Afar.​​ [Waradana]

The MoD says an Iraqi CH4 drone destroyed a Daesh bulldozer in Tal Afar, but also reported the IAF destruction of the IED workshop and also a drone control center in Tal Afar. [Harbi]

 

PMF command says Iraqi Army Air (IAA) helicopters attacked a meeting of Daesh commanders in Hasan Kawi near Al-Noor mosque, in the middle of Tal Afar​​ city, following information received by the “Tal Afar Liberation Movement,” which is cooperating with the government.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

An infographic presentation of Daesh losses published by the PMF​​ organization​​ shows Daesh casualties in the past week in​​ operations southwest​​ of​​ Mosul. Daesh lost 117 combatants and 40 defensive positions. The PMFs​​ captured over 40 different weapons. The graph also shows that 500 civilians evacuated their areas during the past week.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi Army and PMF positions at the Tal Afar Airport and surrounding areas with 136 mortars. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A PMF source denied​​ a report that​​ the general secretary of Hezbollah/Iraq,​​ Bassem Al-Musawi, had been assassinated​​ in Basra today.​​ It had been reported that​​ unidentified armed men killed the​​ important​​ PMF leader and wounded​​ one of his escorts​​ in Hayaniyah​​ in downtown Basra. Hezbollah/Iraq is not related to the Lebanese Hezbollah.​​ [Aljournal]

 

A security source says unknown armed men blew up 3 IEDs near houses in different areas in Basra without causing casualties. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The leader of Tahrir Al-Sham, Hashim Al-Sheikh (Abu Jaber), says in a video speech his group is not an “extension” of any other group and is part of the Syrian revolution. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Al-Nusra, the major part of Tahrir Al-Sham, is trying to avoid attacks by trying to show itself as a national Syrian movement instead of being part of Al-Qaeda. So far,​​ this effort​​ doesn’t seem that successful. Al-Sheikh is a former Ahrar Al-Sham member, and putting his face in the front is an attempt to make people forget that the military commander (and actual leader) of Tahrir Al-Sham is still Zawahiri’s​​ boy,​​ Abu Mohammed​​ Al-Jolani.​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 17 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria, 14 near Raqqa and 3 near Al-Bab. [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Coalition spokesman John Dorrian says Raqqa will be totally isolated in the next few weeks. He says entering the city will follow, but the timing is dependent on military developments. [ARA]

 

SDF says it blocked Daesh attacks​​ on Suwaidiya, Hamareen, and Wadyan northeast of Tabaqa. Tens of Daesh combatants were killed or wounded. After their retreat,​​ the​​ Daesh militants shelled the villages with mortars. [Hawar]

Daesh’s version says it attacked SDF positions in Suwaidiya Kabira, Al-Bayoudh, Al-Wadyan, and Traikiya villages north of Tabaqa on Wednesday. It says heavy battles erupted when one of its suicide terrorists detonated his explosive vest. It also says it targeted the SDF with heavy weapons, rockets, and artillery. It says it killed or wounded forty fighters and captured light weapons. [DawaAlhaq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Compare these​​ two stories for a window on Daesh propaganda. Daesh’s version is a typical “victorious” story: It “attacked,” engaged in “heavy battles,” unleashed “heavy weapons,” etc., and killed 40 men while apparently losing none of its own, and captured weapons too.​​ Notice also what it doesn’t say; Daesh failed to capture the places targeted. This​​ also​​ undermines the credibility of its claim to have killed 40 SDF soldiers. As we say, “Daesh is always victorious” (even when it isn’t).

 

SDF forces liberated Sanina village northeast of Raqqa after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh militants.​​ [Hawar]

 

A Tunisian called Abu Al-Bara detonated himself​​ as​​ Daesh security personnel entered his house in​​ Raqqa, sources say. Three Daesh militants were killed in the incident.​​ Local sources say he was a member of a radical group that deserted Daesh.​​ Abul​​ Bara was​​ reportedly​​ planning to leave Raqqa. [ARA]

 

A car bomb exploded in Tal Abyad,​​ in northern Raqqa Governorate,​​ wounding two YPG fighters.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb near the SDF mobilization headquarters in Tal Abyad. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

The Pentagon says​​ the US​​ killed Abu Hani Al-Masri, a veteran​​ Al-Qaeda leader with connections to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an airstrike in Idlib. This attack followed another​​ on the previous day when 10 Qaeda leaders were killed by an airstrike on a building in Idlib.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

We reported on February 3 from several sources that Coalition warplanes attacked a command center of Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) in Sermin, in Idlib, killing 12 of the militants. Other air attacks by unidentified planes left several civilians wounded in the city. [ZamanAlWasl] [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra-led) militants attacked Ahrar Al-Sham positions in Kafr Naha, capturing several vehicles and capturing one Ahrar Al-Sham​​ fighter.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Syrian​​ Army says it destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles near the air academy east of Aleppo.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Syrian government media says​​ five children were killed in a land​​ mine explosion in​​ Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood in Aleppo.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh attacked Al-Hamam village southeast of Aleppo​​ with a rocket that wounded ten civilians. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says it stopped another Syrian Army and Shia militia attack on the Draihem area east of Khanasir. It says heavy battles erupted and​​ 28​​ soldiers and militiamen were killed and others wounded. It says the Syrian Army and militias​​ have​​ tried 9 times to capture the area so far during the last 2 weeks. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Al-Bab

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in an attack by Russian warplanes on Daesh targets in Al-Bab city. Russia’s President Putin​​ expressed​​ sorrow and condolences​​ to his​​ Turkish counterpart​​ President Erdogan for​​ this mistaken attack.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Turkish​​ Army says it bombarded 187 Daesh targets with artillery while Turkish warplanes bombed 66 other targets,​​ killing 44 Daesh militants. Coalition warplanes also initiated 3 airstrikes,​​ destroying 6 targets including a tunnel and vehicle bombs.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The SOHR denied reports that Turkish-backed forces have reached the middle of Al-Bab city. It says they are facing stiff opposition from Daesh combatants and that fighting is still going on west of the city. [Hawar]

 

Opposition forces captured the western part of Al-Bab connecting the city to Mare’. This comes while fighting continues in the western part of the city, where Daesh attacked opposition forces with a vehicle bomb. [ARA]

 

Meanwhile, clashes erupted​​ between​​ the Syrian Army​​ and​​ Turkey-supported​​ opposition units near Al-Bab city. Reports say that​​ government forces​​ destroyed an opposition​​ vehicle​​ and the opposition​​ captured two​​ Syrian Army​​ vehicles.​​ Sporadic fighting is reported. [Hawar]

This is reportedly​​ the first time since August 2016​​ that the​​ Turkey-supported​​ opposition engaged​​ Syrian government forces, which occurred​​ in Al-Ghor and Abu Al-Zendayn villages. The clashes broke out after government forces captured​​ Deir​​ Qaq and Shamawiya villages​​ south of the city. [Hawar]

 

Local sources say government forces are only 2 km of Al-Bab southern entrance after capturing​​ Deir​​ Qaq.​​ Army troops​​ inflicted heavy casualties​​ on​​ Daesh forces in the village. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Syrian Army with heavy machine guns and mortars south of Al-Bab. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of a​​ purported​​ suicide attack on the Syrian Army in Al-Batoushiya village south of Al-Bab. The video just shows a remote explosion. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the suicide bomber and the attack. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting the Syrian Army with heavy machine guns and mortars in and near Al-Awaishiya village south of Al-Bab. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of targeting Syrian Army positions near Al-Awaishiya village with tank shells. [Top4Top]

 

Daesh says it targeted Syrian Army and allied militia positions in Rasm Al-Sarhan and Al-Batoushiya villages south of Al-Bab with mortars. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of an attack on Al-Muqri Hill east of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

Heavy and medium weapons shelling and counter shelling was reported near Maraanaz between SDF and opposition units.​​ [Qasioun]

 

A Daesh land​​ mine explosion killed a colonel in the opposition forces in Al-Ra’i.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Afrin

Turkish forces occupied a strategic hill​​ in​​ Koran east of Kobane, 250 meters​​ inside Syrian territory. The Turks dug a trench around the hill from the Syrian​​ side.​​ This comes​​ as​​ the​​ Turkish government​​ works to​​ establish​​ a​​ buffer zone inside Kurdish Syrian territory.​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh initiated a counter attack​​ and​​ recaptured​​ Hayan Gas station east of Homs,​​ as​​ fighting continued​​ around T4 airport under heavy Russian air attacks.​​ [ARA]

 

Daesh claims​​ to have captured​​ two​​ Syrian Army positions​​ in​​ Al-Baydha junction north of T4 airport, amid​​ fierce fighting. Local activists say both sides are alternating control of several points in the battlefield.​​ [ARA]

Daesh says 6 of its terrorists attacked 2 Syrian Army barricades near Al-Baidha Intersection east of the T4 Airport. Daesh says it captured the 2 barricades in addition to weapons and ammunition after killing several soldiers and forcing the rest to retreat. [Top4Top]

 

Russian warplanes initiated intensive attacks on Palmyra,​​ causing huge material damage, in an attempt to drive Daesh combatants back to pave the way for government forces to recapture the city. Battles in Jahar and Baydha are continuing. [ARA]

 

Jund Al-Aqsa, an​​ Al-Qaeda affiliate, raided Kafr Zita, north of Hama, expelling​​ the​​ Ahrar Al-Sham related​​ opposition units there.​​ [ARA]

 

An IED explosion in​​ Hay Al-Zahra​​ in Homs,​​ controlled by the government,​​ killed three civilians and wounded two others. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it detonated an IED in the “Alawite” Hay Al-Zahra’ area,​​ killing three people and wounding fifteen. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A woman was killed and eight civilians​​ wounded in a Daesh mortar​​ and artillery​​ shelling of Al-Joura,​​ A​​ governmentcontrolled neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor. A Russian plane dropped food supplies on that​​ part of the city.​​ [ARA]

 

Syrian​​ Army says it repelled a Daesh attack near Tal Barouk, southwest of Deir Ez-Zor, inflicting heavy casualties to attackers.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

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

Reports say that opposition forces made advances​​ against​​ Daesh in Qalamoun in heavy fighting with medium and heavy weapons.​​ [Qasioun]

 

The​​ SOHR says battles between​​ the​​ Khaled​​ Army​​ (Daesh affiliate) and opposition forces continued west of Daraa in​​ the​​ Allan and Sahm Al-Jolan​​ Dam​​ areas, with reports of casualties among both parties.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in East Qalamoun. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it targeted an Egyptian Army water tanker with an IED west of the Al-Qawadis area. It also says it clashed with the Egyptian Army at​​ a​​ security barrier in the Karm​​ Al-Qawadis area. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Local sources say Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists shot and killed a National Construction Council employee after stopping his vehicle in the Al-Khazzan area in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Libya​​ (no reports)

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Israel

Daesh says it launched several Grad rockets on “Jewish gatherings”​​ in​​ Eilat, at Israel’s southern tip,​​ on Wednesday. [DawaAlhaq]

The Israeli Army​​ said​​ yesterday it intercepted 3 rockets that were launched from Egypt toward Eilat while the 4th one fell in an open area.​​ 

 

Yemen

Daesh says its snipers killed a Houthi militiaman in the Qifa area. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in the Qifa area with mortars. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

The Governor of Dhi Qar attends the wedding of a CTS soldier from Nasiriya who marries a girl from the east side of Mosul. [Facebook] [Facebook]​​ 

 

A PMF fighter wounded severely after destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb [Facebook]​​ 

Some Daesh casualties after Wednesday’s attack on Al-Jahaf [Twitter] [Twitter]​​ 

 

Romantic photos of a Daesh couple [Facebook]​​ 

And another couple [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

PMFs stopped a Daesh attack near Baiji, killing or capturing many terrorists [Harbi]​​ 

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh terrorist dressed as a woman in Salahuddin [Facebook]​​ 

 

A man from Mosul meets his sister for the first time in 3 years [Yalla]

 

A video reportedly found in the mobile phone of a dead Daesh terrorist [Facebook]

 

CTS soldiers in close battles [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi forces stop a Daesh attack near Mosul [Facebook]​​ 

Iraqi soldiers celebrate in east Mosul [Facebook]​​ 

 

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Intisar in Mosul [Afaq]​​ 

A Moroccan Daesh terrorist captured by Iraqi forces [Facebook]

 

IFP units deployed near Abu Saif Hills preparing for the attack on west Mosul [Twitter]​​ 

The IFP finds a Daesh explosives cache in Shura and destroys it [Afaq]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes the 67th issue of its​​ Al-Naba’​​ magazine. In this issue​​ it​​ publishes infographics about the battles near Al-Bab. It says it​​ has​​ conducted 29 suicide attacks, killing more than 85 Turkish soldiers​​ and​​ 270 Syrian opposition group fighters. It also says that Russian and Turkish planes conducted over 800 airstrikes, killing or wounding more than 610 civilians.​​ 

Daesh also publishes an interview with its “emir of the health diwan” who says that Daesh established “distinguished” health facilities and that Daesh universities are providing qualified medical staff. Daesh also issues instructions to married couples not to give away each other’s secrets. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

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Daesh issues a propaganda video criticizing several Sunni clerics who issued fatwas against Daesh. [DawaAlhaq]​​