An Update On ISIS Activities

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]​​ 

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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]​​ 

​​ 

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

 

February 8, 2017

 

PMF Fighters in Ninewa

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Jubouri calls for international conference on Mosul reconstruction. [..]

Daesh makes major attack on PMFs in Al-Daur. [..]

Pentagon spokesman says Daesh militants now trapped in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh burns 10 civilians to death in west Mosul. [..]

Daesh takes significant casualties in battles with PMFs near Tal Afar. [..]

Turkey

Trump, Erdogan hold telephone conference on Syria strategy. [..]

Syria

Coalition drops 31 airstrikes on Syria in one day. [..]

SDF moves forward in one area near Raqqa; faces stiff opposition in another. [..]

Turkish coalition, Syrian Army keep advancing in Al-Bab area. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh in fierce combat over Homs airport, oilfields. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh, opposition militias battle in East Qalamoun. [..]

Afghanistan

Daesh attack on Kabul appeals court kills at least 20. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Iraq’s parliament speaker​​ Al-Jubouri​​ called for setting up a rapid reconstruction plan to return to normal life in Mosul. He called for holding an international conference for reconstructing Iraq under the auspices of the​​ federal government, and in coordination with​​ international organizations and countries interested in reconstruction of Iraq.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad, demanding changes in the elections law and replacement of current members of the Independent High Electoral Commission. [Sumaria]​​ 

The​​ Iraqi CoR (parliament) building was evacuated today, after large demonstrations by Sadrist, Civil​​ Movement, and other started​​ in​​ downtown Baghdad.​​ Some CoR officials say that the reason was to allow CoR members and staff to return to their homes,​​ before there were​​ road blockages;​​ others​​ say it was evacuated​​ out of​​ fear​​ that demonstrators would​​ breaking into it,​​ as happened​​ late​​ last year.​​ [Hawar]

 

Pentagon spokesman,​​ Navy Captain Jeff Davis,​​ said that tests have confirmed that Daesh was making rudimentary chemical weapons at the University of Mosul.

He says the Iraqis have now run tests on the chemicals and these proved positive for sulphur mustard.

Mosul​​ University was “central to the (Daesh) chemical weapons program,” Davis said. “They have received positive samples; that is indeed what was going on there.”

Davis said he was not aware of anyone having been killed by the chemicals.

“It was used primarily as an irritant and something to scare people,” he said. [Hawar]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 12 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (9), Kirkuk (1), Rutba (1), and Qayara (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found shot in Ma’amel. [Sumaria]​​ 

The BOC says 44th​​ army brigade found and defused an IED in an empty​​ yard​​ in Sumer neighborhood.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says an IED exploded in Khanasa, in Mada’in​​ District,​​ wounding three civilians.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

A police source says two persons were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in the Old Diyala Bridge area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

The BOC says 42nd​​ army brigade found and defused an IED in Al-Wahda neighborhood.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 17th​​ army division defused an IED and found an explosives cache​​ during a search campaign in Karaghoul and Ubaid.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

The BOC says 17th​​ army division found a rocket pile in Karakza based on informant’s information. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

A police source says four people were wounded when an IED exploded near a medical center in Hay Al-I’lam. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A police source says armed men kidnapped a construction materials shop owner in Ameriya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says a civilian was killed and two others wounded when a booby-trapped house exploded in Hay Al-Shuhada’. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Local Council of Khaldiya says a​​ large-scale operation to clear war remnants in Khaldiya resulted in defusing 10 booby-trapped houses​​ and​​ tens of IEDs and mines, and finding large quantities of explosives and weapons​​ caches. The operation was based on tips received from local informants.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

A security source in Anbar says a roadside IED targeted an army patrol in Kilo 160, on the international expressway. One officer and two soldiers were killed, and two others wounded.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says it killed 23 soldiers, destroyed an armored personnel carrier, a minesweeper, and 4 cars in a suicide attack with a vehicle bomb in the Al-Mudhim area southwest of Haditha. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it stopped an Iraqi Army and Sahwa fighters attack west of Haditha. Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing 23 soldiers or other fighters, wounding others, and destroying an armored personnel carrier, a minesweeper, and 4 military vehicles, forcing the attackers to retreat. [Top4Top]

 

The Commander of​​ the​​ “River Police” force in Haditha says his units, supported by​​ Army and​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization​​ units,​​ attacked Daesh units planning to bomb Haditha with Katyusha rockets across Haditha Lake. The Iraqi units captured 8 rockets and 8 rocket launching platforms.​​ The operation was executed on intelligence tips.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Northwest Anbar

The Jazeera Operations commander says Iraqi forces finished their preparations to liberate Rawa, Anah, and Al-Qa’im. He says the Iraqi Army, Anbar Police and tribal fighters will participate in the battle with support from Coalition airplanes. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Rutba

An Anbar Police source says two policemen were killed and two severely wounded when Daesh attacked their patrol in the Saqar area east of Rutba. [BasNews]

​​ 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says it snipers killed PMF fighters near the Al-Qusour area on the Makhoul Mountains. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Ain Al-Baidha area and 2 nearby villages with 57 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

Daesh says it destroyed and Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing the soldiers inside. [A3maq]

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha and areas north of Baiji with 29 mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

A security source says PMF EODs found a large explosives cache in the Thirthar Basin area, west of Samarra. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Eastern​​ Salahuddin (Tooz, Al-Daur)

A security source says Daesh initiated a wide scale attack on Al-Daur​​ District, starting with the detonation of a vehicle bomb that attacked PMF units followed by mortar shelling of the residential complex in the city. The PMF requested the help of army helicopters.​​ News​​ reports​​ say Daesh made advances in Himrin as well.​​ ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

In a televised interview​​ yesterday,​​ Deputy President Ayad Allawi described​​ the​​ security situation in Al-Daur as catastrophic.​​ [Dijla TV]

 

Contrasting reports on the same story:

The PMF says in a statement it killed 9 suicide bombers who attacked the 9th​​ PMF brigade command in Al-Daur.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

A security source says an Iraqi Army unit killed one suicide terrorist who attacked the 9th​​ brigade headquarters in Al-Daur. [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says three of its terrorists, 2 Syrians and an Afghan, attacked the Iraqi Army 9th​​ brigade headquarters in Al-Daur. It says after 3 hours of battles with explosive vests,​​ they​​ killed​​ 32​​ soldiers,​​ and​​ destroyed a bulldozer and 3 houses of PMF commanders and a 4th house that belongs to a member of the Intelligence Service on the outskirts of Al-Daur. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A PMF commander says his units, supported by IAA aircraft, destroyed a Daesh convoy in the Imam Wais area north of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source says security units captured a weapons and explosives cache in Al-A’ali village, in the Sinsil area just northwest of Muqdadiya. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A Diyala Provincial Council member says 18,000 people are suffering because of the lack of medical services in the Himrin Basin area. The area is still infected with terrorists. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

A security source says a policeman was assassinated near his house in Hay Ronaki in east Kirkuk. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A local source says Daesh executed two young men in public​​ in​​ downtown Hawija on charges of spying for government forces.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

West Mosul

The Pentagon says Daesh militants in west Mosul are out of options, except for surrendering or getting killed. It says Daesh has totally lost the east side, and that its supply routes from the west and south are cut off. It added that Coalition forces would continue bombing Daesh targets in west Mosul until it is liberated in full, according to spokesman Jeff Davis.​​ 

Davis also says tests proved that Daesh used Mosul​​ University labs to produce mustard gas weapons. He added that such materials are different from the fatal chemical weapons used in WW1, and there is no evidence of casualties from of the use of such weapons. He says Daesh has moved its production facilities elsewhere.​​ 

Davis​​ says Daesh has some remaining militants hiding underground or in sleeper cells and who attack Iraqi forces every now and then, and is using drones to throw hand grenades on Iraqi forces.​​ [Sumaria]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A military source says Daesh burned ten civilians to death on charges of cooperating with army forces​​ through mobile phones. ​​ The execution took place in Wadi Hajar in southwest Mosul.​​ [Arabi21]

 

Daesh imposed a curfew in Wadi Okab in west Mosul and blocked the roads leading to the area.​​ Daesh terrorists were deployed while vehicles loaded with blue barrels, that might contain explosives materials, arrived in the area.​​ [Buratha]​​ [Buratha]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This is an industrial area.​​ 

 

The Ninewa Liberation Commander says the preparations to liberate the west side of Mosul are done and Iraqi forces are waiting orders from Prime Minister Abadi. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Local sources say Daesh distributed expired medications to children in Wahda neighborhood west of Mosul and filmed the event to show that everything is normal on the west side of the city.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Sources in west Mosul say Daesh closed down all​​ hisbah​​ police offices in west Mosul and sent​​ their​​ personnel to the fighting fronts.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

The IWMC says Iraqi F16s destroyed the HQ of Daesh’s “Diwan Al-Jund” (ministry of defense) in​​ the​​ 17th of July neighborhood​​ in​​ west Mosul.​​ [SotIraq]

North Mosul

A JOC source says Iraqi forces shot down 3 Daesh drones in different areas in north Mosul. He also says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists who tried to infiltrate Al-Rashidiya. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi Army soldiers in Hay Al-Dhubat and Al-Qubba villages. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a rocket near Al-Qubba village. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a​​ bomb​​ dropped by a drone in Al-Ghabat and says it wounded a soldier. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting an Iraqi Army Humvee with a​​ bomb​​ dropped by a drone near Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Are these examples of using drones to drop grenades as indicated above by the Pentagon spokesman?

 

East Mosul

CTS says its soldiers engaged a Daesh group in Darkazliya neighborhood in east Mosul, killing 16 of them and arresting 17 others, including suicide bombers. The CTS units were doing a search operation when the battle erupted.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

A security source says a Daesh drone strike on Hay Al-Jaza’er killed a civilian and wounded six others including five volunteers who were distributing food items. The source also says thirteen more people were wounded, including six​​ tribal PMF fighters, by a Daesh drone bombing on Hay Al-Arabi and​​ Sayidaty Al-Jamila Square. [Sumaria]​​ 

Another source says four civilians were wounded, one of them severely, by a Daesh drone strike on a soccer field in Hay Al-Jaza’er. [Harbi]​​ 

 

One civilian was killed and six wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling from west Mosul on Al-Nour, Muhandisin, and Sukkar​​ in​​ east​​ and north​​ Mosul,​​ local sources say.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

 

A security source says three civilians​​ were​​ killed in Al-Malayin neighborhood​​ in​​ east Mosul by mortar shells fired from the west side.​​ [Waradana]

 

A security source says army units blocked a Daesh attempt to cross​​ the Tigris​​ to​​ the​​ Baath,​​ Mazare’,​​ and Sumer​​ neighborhoods​​ on the​​ east​​ side. An army unit confronted the attack and killed several attackers.​​ [Buratha]​​ 

A security force says warplanes destroyed a Daesh boat in the Tigris River killing 4 terrorists. The source says the terrorists wanted to sneak from the west side of Mosul to the east side. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it targeted the Ninewa International Hotel with heavy weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it targeted “Iraqi Army and militias” in different areas in Mosul with 47 mortars and 12 SPG9 rockets. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says Daesh drone attacks on Sayidaty​​ Al-Jamila, Al-Arabi, and Jaza’er neighborhoods killed one and wounded 19, included 5​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization fighters.​​ [Buratha]

 

Southeast Mosul

International Human Rights Organization says in a report that Daesh used Al-Salam Hospital as a military operations base, exposing doctors, nurses, and medical staff to grave danger. It says Daesh applied similar policies to different health facilities it occupied in various parts of Iraq. It called all combat forces to respect health centers and the services they provide, and at least provide a warning before attacking them.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Hammam Al-Alil/​​ Mosul subdistrict

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh HQ in the Albu Saif area just south of the city.​​ [SotIraq]​​ 

 

IFP says it shot down a Daesh drone near Al-Adhba village in Hammam. ​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

PMFs say they blocked with IFP assistance a Daesh attack​​ near Al-Hajaf village south of Tal Abta. The defenders killed 20 Daesh militants and destroyed three vehicles.​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

Daesh says it killed more than​​ 30​​ PMF fighters, burned down 2 Humvees and a vehicle, and captured weapons in​​ its​​ attack. [A3maq]​​ [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video and photos of the attack. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed​​ Iraqi forces‘ Humvee, bulldozer, armored personnel vehicle, and 4 vehicles, and damaged an Abrams tank and 5 other vehicles in Grad rocketing on Tal Abta. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 aerial photos of the results of the attack. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Reality is that Daesh is not winning in southwestern Mosul subdistrict. However, the persistence of attacks in this area, along with other recent PMF desert stories, suggest that much of the anti-Daesh battle is now along Daesh desert ​​ supply routes, stretching all the way back to western Salahuddin. Relate this story to the Pentagon analysis above saying that Daesh supply routes from the west and south are now cut off.

 

Shura/Qayara

The IFP commander says IFP units found a large explosives cache in Shura.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Falih Al-Fayadh, national security advisor to the prime minister, says Daesh is defeated in Iraq, even in the eyes of its sponsors. He also says that after liberation of Tal Afar, the PMF will assist in controlling border areas between Iraq and Syria. ​​ [SyriaNow]

 

PMFs​​ attacked a Daesh convoy between Um Al-Shatan and Musaltan villages near Tal Afar,​​ destroying two vehicles​​ and killing 8 Daesh combatants. The villages are 8 and 6​​ km away, respectively,​​ from PMF units.​​ [Harbi]​​ 

 

A security source in Ninewa says IAF​​ planes​​ destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying mortar guns and a Daesh guesthouse in the Sahaji area, south of Badoush.​​ [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says army helicopters killed 21 Daesh combatants,​​ including 4 suicide attackers, and destroyed 3 vehicles and a mortar unit in Um Al-Zanabir, southwest of Tal Afar.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its drones bombed an Iraqi forces barracks​​ and​​ armored vehicle southwest of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of dropping a bomb from a drone on a PMF military position near the Tal Afar Airport. [JustPaste]

 

South (Hatra, Baaj)

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked PMFs positions in Al-Saadiya village north of Hatra. Daesh says the terrorists killed​​ 3​​ fighters,​​ destroyed 3 military positions and 3 machine gunmounted vehicles,​​ and captured weapons and ammunition before returning safely. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Local sources in Hatra told​​ DaeshDaily​​ that Daesh looted government directorate buildings and moved the furniture to Syria. The sources also say Daesh is digging tunnels in some locations between Hatra and Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish President Erdogan and President Trump spoke​​ by​​ phone for over 45 minutes,​​ and​​ they agreed to act jointly regarding Al-Bab and Raqqa in Syria, and USproposed safe areas in Syria. The​​ new CIA Director​​ will arrive​​ in​​ Turkey tomorrow to discuss combating terror and US support​​ for the​​ PYD/YPG, among other issues.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The Turkish President’s spokesman says the Turkish Army submitted a plan to the Coalition to kick Daesh out of Raqqa. He also says the coordination with the Coalition regarding airstrikes during the last 10 days was better than before. He also says Turkey aims to establish a safe zone between Azaz and Jarabulus. [ARA]​​ 

 

In a press conference held with​​ Saudi foreign minister​​ Adel Al-Jubeir, Turkey’s​​ foreign minister Mawlud Jawish Oglo proposed sending special units from regional countries and the Coalition to liberate Raqqa. Oglo says depending on terrorist​​ groups​​ (referring to​​ YPG)​​ to​​ defeat other terrorist​​ groups is bad for the future of Syria. He also referred to the telephone conversation between​​ President​​ Erdogan and US​​ President Donald​​ Trump, which​​ discussed mutual relations and​​ the​​ war on terror, describing it as very fruitful.​​ He says liberating Al-Bab, Raqqa, and Mosul is a priority in the coming stage to defeat Daesh.​​ [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Tartus, the most important Syrian seaport,​​ is​​ a pillar​​ of government forces in Syria. The city lost 18 soldiers and four officers in battles against Daesh in​​ the​​ T4, Deir Ez-Zor, and Aleppo battles during this month. Total casualties​​ suffered​​ by​​ the city’s servicemen​​ since 2011 is over 4,200.​​ [EnabBaladi]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This would seem to highlight the absurdity of Assad’s win-at-all-costs military strategy.

 

The Syrian Ministry of Justice denied​​ the Amnesty​​ International report​​ that 13,000 prisoners were​​ executed​​ in Sednaya prison north of Damascus. The ministry says that executions​​ in Syria​​ must be​​ reviewed by​​ several​​ levels of judicial​​ courts. It​​ described the report as an attempt to defame Syria after its victories against terror groups.​​ [ARA]

 

Watan, the Turkish daily, claims that the US supplied the YPG with sophisticated​​ (FMG-148 Javelin) anti-tank missiles and launchers, despite the US denial. Several interested social media sites and blogs published photos of Kurdish fighters carrying such weapons in various operations. Turkey earlier complained​​ about​​ the use of such weapons by the PKK against its forces. [EnabBaladi]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 31 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, near Raqqa (20), Palmyra (2), Al-Bab (6), and Albu Kamal (3). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

Sources in Markada say Daesh paid $150​​ to​​ each of its suicide attackers as an incentive to be ready for coming operations. The sources say this comes after​​ an​​ increase​​ in the​​ desertion rate among​​ Daesh​​ militants.​​ [ARA]

 

Raqqa

The SOHR says heavy battles continued between the SDF, supported by Coalition planes, and Daesh north of Al-Tabaqa. It also says battles continued north and northeast of Raqqa. It says Daesh is trying to regain what it lost in those areas. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Daesh counterattacked​​ in​​ Suwaidiya, Hamareen, and Wadyan villages north of Tabaqa, liberated by SDF forces back in December. The battles are still​​ ongoing, with no report of​​ results or casualties. [Hawar]

 

SDF forces backed by Coalition​​ planes​​ took over Ma’aizila village east of Raqqa after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh militants in the city. The fighting moved to Melikhan village northeast of Raqqa, with the participation of Coalition​​ planes. [Qasioun]

 

SDF says its forces occupied two strategic hills near Khaniz village and are now 11 km​​ (7 miles)​​ away from Raqqa​​ to the north. In the second battle​​ area​​ northeast of Raqqa, SDF is​​ reported to be​​ surrounding Daesh militants in Melikhan, 22 km​​ (14 miles)​​ from Raqqa, where fierce battles continue. [Hawar]

 

Coalition​​ planes​​ initiated 15 air attacks in support of advancing SDF units in Raqqa, destroying several tunnels and killing 8 Daesh combatants. ​​ [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it stopped an SDF attack east of Bir Said village, northeast of Raqqa, killing nine fighters. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the SDF attacked the area with “American armored vehicles”. It also says it destroyed an armored vehicle and an SUV with 2 rockets. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

An old man was killed, and his son and grandson wounded, in a Daesh land mine explosion in Ayn Eissa, southwest of Raqqa. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib

The SOHR says three people, including a woman and a child, were killed by rockets that fell on the government controlled Hay Al-Hamdaniya in Aleppo city. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Ahrar Al-Sham and Suqoor Al-Sham attacked the positions of​​ the​​ Jaish Al-Sunna​​ militia​​ in Tarmala,​​ southeast Idlib, taking over their positions, and killing and capturing several of their militants. The attack came after the announcement​​ by​​ Jaish Al-Sunna​​ that it was​​ joining​​ the​​ Tahrir Al-Sham coalition headed by Nusra.​​ Three other 3 militant factions also announced joining the Tahrir Al-Sham coalition yesterday.​​ [ARA]

 

Daesh attacked​​ Syrian Army positions near Khanasir southeast of Aleppo,​​ killing 16 soldiers and destroying two vehicles. Daesh militants withdrew after capturing quantities of light weapons. The battle comes within efforts to control supply lines to Aleppo on​​ the​​ KhanasirAthariya front.​​ [ARA]

Syrian​​ planes​​ attacked civilian targets in Idlib and Benin village south of​​ the area, wounding two civilians.​​ [Qasioun]

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Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army BMP armored vehicle with a rocket in the Draihem area east of Khanasir. [A3maq]

 

Al-Bab

Turkey says that opposition units backed by the Turkish Army entered the western outskirts of Al-Bab, after capturing the Aqil Mountain, western roundabout, and Al-Sakan Al-Shababi areas. It says battles are raging inside the western part of the city between advancing forces and Daesh militants. It acknowledged that Syrian government forces are advancing south of the city with the support of Russian planes. [Anadolu]

Street-to-street battles are raging inside the western parts of Al-Bab city for the control of the city between opposition units and Daesh combatants. ​​ [Qasioun]

Turkish backed opposition militiamen entered Al-Bab from the northwest and southwest against fierce resistance from Daesh militants. Turkey and its affiliated groups also attacked Baza’a and Qabasin, with no further reports.​​ 

 

After capturing the National Hospital and Aqil Mountain in west Al-Bab, opposition commanders say they found secret Daesh tunnels connecting the mountain and the hospital to locations inside the city. [EnabBaladi]

 

Turkish​​ Army​​ reported​​ two of its soldiers killed today in battles against Daesh militants near​​ Al-Bab. This adds to​​ the​​ two killed and 15 wounded earlier today. [Anadolu]

 

Turkish artillery targeted 189 targets in Al-Bab while its​​ planes​​ attacked 65 others,​​ killing 58 militants. Turkey says Coalition​​ planes​​ initiated 7 airstrikes on Daesh in Al-Bab, destroying several Daesh buildings and vehicles. [Anadolu]

 

Syrian Army​​ occupied two more villages south of Al-Bab, after losing 24 soldiers in​​ the fighting. [Hawar]

The Syrian government announced further advances south of al-Bab after capturing Tuman village.​​ [SyriaNow]

Local activists say Daesh suffered severe casualties in the battle for control of Birat Al-Bab village near Tadif, southeast of Al-Bab, taken by Syrian Army units. They also say Russian planes killed several Daesh militants in Tadif, Birat Al-Bab and Bijan. Government forces also destroyed a civilian car in the Awaishiya villages area, killing five civilian from one family inside. [ARA]

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army heavy machine gun with a rocket in Al-Awaishiya village southeast of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

An Erdogan spokesman says Turkey is discussing with Russia how to avoid any frictions between Turkish and Syrian forces in Al-Bab city.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attack on the Al-Sakan Al-Shababi area west of Al-Bab. It also says it stopped a 4th attack on Baza’a town. Daesh says the Turkish Army and opposition groups achieved a “minor advance” in the​​ two​​ areas but they were forced to retreat because of heavy​​ opposition. It also says Syrian Army and opposition groups captured Al-Jabal Hospital and parts of Aqil Mountain. It says the battles are still ongoing.​​ 

Daesh says the attack was conducted with support from “American planes” that launched a series of attacks in different areas in Al-Bab city and its surroundings, in addition to airstrikes conducted by Turkish planes. It also says Turkish Army artillery extensively targeted the city. It says five families consisting of​​ 30​​ people in total, were killed and several others​​ wounded by the bombing and shelling. Daesh says it attacked the Qabr Al-Muqri Hill and Turkish Army barracks east of Al-Bab. It says it destroyed several Turkish Army vehicles​​ in heavy fighting​​ and captured the hill temporarily before retreating. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh put all these stories in one report titled: “A Turkish-American-Russian-Syrian attack on Al-Bab and its surroundings.” ​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video and photos of an attack on the Turkish Army and opposition groups near Al-Muqri Hill east of Al-Bab. [A3maq] [JustPaste]

 

Afrin

Turkish​​ Army expanded its presence in​​ two border​​ villages in Afrin to 500 meters deep. The Turks are building a wall along the border between Syria and Turkey. The wall is 600 m length now, composed of 3×3 concrete blocks.​​ [Hawar]

According to Hawar, the​​ Haji Matra village population, located 7​​ km​​ (4 miles)​​ northwest of Derik lost most of their agricultural and grazing lands due to the Turkish border wall project which entered deep into their​​ areas.​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Battles between Daesh and government forces backed by​​ planes​​ and helicopters continued in Jahar, Al-Muhur, and Bayarat with all kinds of weapons. Government forces shelled Al-Waar neighborhood in Homs for the second day. [Hawar] ​​ 

Syrian air attacks on Al-Waar left 8 civilians killed and 25 wounded. [Qasioun]

 

Local activists say Daesh killed 11 government soldiers and wounded tens of others in battles around the T4 airport and Hayan gas factory. Daesh lost two combatants killed, and​​ had four​​ wounded. Daesh also destroyed two army vehicles in battles near Jahar junction and Baydha Al-Sharqiya. [ARA]

 

The SOHR says battles continued near the Hayan Company and other areas east of Homs between Daesh and the Syrian Army. It says the Syrian Army heavily targeted Daesh positions in the area. It also says several Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded by land mines and IEDs. [SyriaHR]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of battles with the Syrian Army near Hayan Company. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says ten Syrian Army soldiers and militia men were killed after​​ entering​​ a land​​ mine field near the Al-Baidha Intersection east of the T4 Airport. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Battles between Daesh and government forces continued​​ around​​ Al-Maqaber,​​ south of Deir Ez-Zor, under heavy artillery fire and airstrikes by the​​ Syrian​​ planes. News reports​​ report​​ casualties in both sides.​​ [Hawar]

Daesh published a video showing the 14 government soldiers killed in a Daesh ambush near Deir Ez-Zor yesterday. Syrian Army​​ continued its offensive on Daesh areas in Maqaber,​​ backed by Russian​​ planes. Russian ambassador to Damascus says Syrian forces are holding firm in Dei Ez-Zor, and that he does not want to talk about possibilities of​​ a​​ Daesh takeover of​​ the​​ Deir Ez-Zor airport. [ARA]

Syrian​​ Army says its​​ planes​​ attacked Daesh targets​​ in seven locations.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Syrian Army controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor city with mortars and tank shells. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

A local journalist says Daesh executed four New Syria Army soldiers in Al-Sabha village west of Deir Ez-Zor on Tuesday night. He says the four victims had already defected from the army and “repented’ but Daesh executed them after accusing them of “false repentance” and communicating with the international Coalition. [ARA]

 

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

The SOHR says battles continued between the Syrian Army and allied militias on one side, and Daesh on the other side near the Al-Seen Military Airport in east Qalamoun and other areas on the road between Damascus and Al-Tanaf. It also says battles continued in East Qalamoun between Daesh and opposition groups in Al-Afa’i Mountain. [SyriaHR]​​ 

 

Battles between Daesh and opposition forces erupted east of Qalamoun.​​ Casualties​​ are reported​​ among Daesh militants, without specifying numbers.​​ [Hawar]

Opposition forces in east Qalamoun recaptured 3 strategic positions from Daesh after a sudden attack initiated yesterday. 5 Daesh militants were killed and 7 wounded. Daesh also lost two vehicles. The opposition advance​​ was​​ halted by heavy rains in the area. [ARA]

Opposition forces arrested a 16​​ year old young man carrying an explosives​​ belt in​​ the city of​​ Muzayrib​​ west of Daraa. The area​​ contains​​ IDP​​ groups​​ and some opposition military HQs. The​​ boy,​​ believed to have announced allegiance to​​ Jaish​​ Khalid (Daesh affiliate), was planning a suicide attack.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Daesh says the Syrian Army and opposition groups launched a joint attack from​​ two​​ sides on Al-Afa’i Mountain in East Qalamoun northeast of Damascus. It says the Syrian Army and Shia militias tried to advance from the Taniyat Hit area and the 555 battalion camp east of the Al-Nasiriya Military Airport. It says opposition groups attacked​​ from the Al-Batra area south of the airport. Daesh says​​ that​​ after hours of fighting the attackers were forced to retreat without achieving any results. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the attack was near the battalion 559 camp. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say the body of a 29-year-old man was found in the Street 20 area in Arish city. [AhlMisr]

 

Security sources say a 21-year-old woman was killed and a 22-year-old man were wounded by unknown armed men in the Al-Tayra area in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Security sources say three soldiers were wounded in heavy battles while raiding terrorists hideouts in areas south of Arish. [AhlMisr]

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Libya

Central coast

The GNA Military says it’s in need for EOD equipment in Sirte and asks the government for help. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Security units captured 6 takfiris in two areas in Aryanah who admitted to communicating with terrorists in Syria. [Tunisien]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

Israel​​ 

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

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Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in two areas in Qifa with mortars and a heavy machine gun. [JustPaste]​​ 

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says one of its Tajik suicide terrorists attacked​​ the Appeals Court in Kabul with an explosives​​ vest, killing or wounding sixty judges and workers. Daesh publishes a video of the masked terrorist. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh says the court is kafir (because it depends on civil laws). It also says all the victims were judges or workers,​​ ignoring the fact​​ that civilians​​ also go to the court. ​​ 

Officials say​​ at least 20 people​​ were​​ killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

The government said 41 people were injured, 10 of them critically. All of the casualties are civilians.

The bomber targeted the car park of the court compound as employees were leaving to go home, reports say.

The attack came hours after a senior district official in western Farah province was killed in a bombing claimed by the Taliban. [BBC]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of weapons and ammunition it got​​ from​​ an attack​​ on​​ the Afghani Army in the Waj Kot area in Nangarhar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh​​ said​​ on February 3rd that it killed nine Afghan soldiers, destroyed 2 Humvees and a barracks, and captured light weapons and ammunition in an attack on the Waj Kot area south of Jalalabad on Thursday.​​ 

 

Somalia

Daesh says two of its terrorists killed four bodyguards of a pro-government militia leader at a hotel in Bosaso city in east Somalia. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says a “group” conducted the attack. It publishes photos of 2 terrorists. [DawaAlhaq] [JustPaste]

Somali officials said on Wednesday that security forces have brought to an end a bomb and gun attack by militants on a village hotel that killed at least 6 people and wounded many more.

The terrorists attacked the hotel predawn and stormed​​ it,​​ killing security guards.

Two attackers were among the dead​​ after the attack,​​ which ended with police shooting the assailants.

An eyewitness says “Three well armed men attacked and fought​​ for​​ hours in the hotel” ​​ 

“So far we have confirmed 6 people, 4 soldiers and two assailants,​​ died,” said an official who talked​​ to​​ local media. [Mareeg]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Iraqi forces brought floating bridges in preparation for operations in west Mosul. [Facebook]

 

A Rapid Intervention fighter gives children of Mosul haircuts in his spare time. [Facebook]​​ 

 

PMF sources say PMFs shot down a Daesh drone in the Al-Khabirat area south of Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Videos of the Day

Iraqi forces capture a Daesh armored vehicle bomb after a suicide terrorist left it and fled. [Facebook]

Iraqi forces destroy a Daesh vehicle bomb near Mosul. [Facebook]

 

Displaced people received by PMFs near Mosul [Facebook]

 

Four civilians wounded by a Daesh drone in Hay Al-Jaza’er. [Mawsleya]

The IFP shoots down a small Daesh drone. [Afaq]

 

The IFP captures a Daesh explosives cache in the Shura area. [Afaq]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh publishes photos of fishing in the Euphrates River. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of one of it terrorists from Dagestan who might have been killed in Ninewa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes​​ two​​ photos of a stream in the Yarmouk Basin area. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of​​ two​​ of its media members who might have been killed in Sinai. [JustPaste]