An Update On ISIS Activities

January 10, 2017​​ 

 

CTS near the 4th Bridge in Mosul

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Al-Abadi says the Hawija liberation campaign will start shortly. [..]

Daesh​​ claims deadly​​ IED attacks​​ on two Baghdad​​ medical colleges.​​ [..]

Iraqi forces now hold 53 neighborhoods on east side of Mosul; just a few to go. [..]

Iraqi forces near full control of southeast Mosul. [..]​​ 

Syria

SDF says it has no connection to the PKK. [..]

Coalition hits Raqqa area with 12 airstrikes, but SDF​​ has​​ a setback. [..]

Destruction continues in struggle for Al-Bab. [..]

Syrian forces target opposition groups in southern Syria. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime​​ Minister Al-Abadi says that Hawija liberation operation will start shortly. He was speaking in his weekly press conference following the cabinet meeting. He also said that Iraqi is not only willing to​​ create positive​​ relations with neighboring countries, but​​ committed to​​ push them ahead. The​​ prime ministers of Turkey and Jordan visited Baghdad recently. He also says that Daesh is​​ collapsing, and is initiating​​ attacks in Baghdad and other cities to hide that fact. As for the Mosul Dam, Al-Abadi says that​​ risk of its​​ collapse​​ is​​ minimal. ​​ [Mada] [Anadolu]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi refuted media reports about shooting at demonstrators Tahrir Square. He says the demonstrators installed tents and closed the roads without getting permissions. Hundreds of people demonstrated in the square, protesting the bad security situation in Baghdad, but were forced to leave by security forces. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (7), Tal Afar (3), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

The Association of Muslim Scholars issued a statement condemning the Iraqi forces’ and Coalition’s war tactics and indiscriminate bombing and shelling on the city​​ of Mosul. Of course, the statement didn’t​​ criticize​​ Daesh​​ or even mention them. [AMSIraq]  

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This organization of​​ Baathist​​ diehards is not only hopelessly sectarian but also the most inaccurately named organization in Iraq, being neither Islamic nor scholarly.

 

BAGHDAD

Iraqi security forces closed down the Sinak Bridge in the heart of Baghdad for a few hours on suspicion that a car bomb was present in the area. The bridge was later reopened. Iraqi police forces also dispersed by force the sit-in organized by the Sadr Movement affiliates in Tahrir square. The Sadrists and other groups were protesting recent security breaches, especially in Sadr City. Police tore down sit-in tents and arrested several protestors. [ROJ]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Center​​ (Rusafa, Karkh, etc.)

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb on a “Shia gathering” at the Al-Kindi Medical Collage in downtown Baghdad. [A3maq]​​ It detonated another one at a medical college in Southwest (See​​ below)

Here Daesh says 70 people were killed or wounded in the two car bombing attacks on the medical colleges. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We haven’t been able to confirm these reports from other outlets.​​ 

Of course the colleges are not “Shia” in any sense but according to Daesh, everyone who lives in​​ areas under the government control is a fair target.​​ 

And while Arab media outlets shed tears about Sunni civilians who get killed by military operations, they seem to ignore the Sunni civilians killed by Daesh attacks in Baghdad​​ and​​ elsewhere. As for Shia civilians, it​​ has​​ become an accepted​​ “fact” in many Arab media outlets that they deserve to die. These media outlets don’t talk about Shia casualties as human beings.​​ 

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North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

An MoI source says an IED explosion killed one policeman and wounded​​ another two in Sheikh Amer village, Tarmiya​​ District. [Sumaria]​​ 

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East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source says armed men shot and severely wounded a man near his house in Fudhailiya. ​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED placed near a popular coffee shop in Mada’in killed one civilian and wounded four others. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED killed one civilian and wounded​​ another three in Basmaya.​​ [Sumaria]

 

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

An MoI source says an IED wounded two civilians in Awerej.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

An MoI source says a roadside IED explosion in Albu Aitha wounded one civilian. [Sumaria]​​ 

The MoD​​ says 25th​​ army brigade found a large weapons and ammunition cache in Abdullah Al-Jawen village and arrested two persons wanted on terror charges in Abu Samak.​​ [MoD Website]

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Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Daesh says it detonated a parked vehicle bomb on a “Shia gathering” at the Dijla Medical Collage in southwest Baghdad. [A3maq]

Daesh says it detonated 4 IEDs on​​ two​​ “Shia gatherings” in Al-Maalef and Abu Dsheer, killing or wounding​​ 22​​ people. [A3maq]

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

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says explosions heard in Baghdad last night​​ were​​ airstrikes​​ by​​ the​​ IAF​​ on​​ Daesh​​ positions​​ west of Baghdad, and​​ not​​ terror attacks.​​ The MoI says the explosion was due to​​ controlled destruction of explosives and​​ other​​ war​​ materiel​​ in Subaihat, in the neighboring Falluja District. [Sumaria][Mada]

An MoI source says an IED placed in​​ a​​ marketplace wounded two civilians in​​ Hay​​ Al-Furat.​​ [Ghad]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 10

 

ANBAR

Ramadi

Anbar Police says it arrested a Daesh operative driving a car bomb in Juwaiba, east of Ramadi. The driver had a gun​​ with a silencer​​ on him. [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police vehicle near the Albu Alwan Dam north of Ramadi on Monday, killing the policemen inside. [A3maq]

A security source​​ said​​ yesterday that a man was arrested while planting an IED near the house of a police officer in Albu Alwan. The IED was defused on site.

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A security source says intelligence reports​​ show​​ Daesh transferred over 170 of its prisoners from Qa’im to Syria.​​ A​​ convoy of 17 vehicles transported the prisoners, many of them army, security, or public office personnel. The source says that Daesh kidnapped those prisoners over the past two years, adding that Daesh transferred 200 prisoners to Raqqa earlier. [Mada]

 

Tribal Mobilization forces in Haditha demanded​​ a​​ bigger role in liberation​​ operations in northwest​​ Anbar.​​ TM​​ says that its forces can liberate Anah, Rawa, and Qa’im in hours, and can hold the land after liberation. ​​ The​​ tribal forces are​​ officially in the campaign, but are not directly involved in ongoing battles. [Mada]

 

A​​ Tribal​​ Mobilization source says Coalition planes destroyed a​​ Daesh​​ checkpoint east of Anah,​​ killing all of its personnel. The attacks come​​ as part of the​​ air support to army units​​ moving​​ toward the city. [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Displacement and Migration says it has received 213 families who left their houses in Anah, Rawa, and Al-Qa’im since the start of the military operations in northwest Anbar. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The MoD says​​ the​​ IAF destroyed a ferry carrying Daesh combatants in the river near Zuwiya.​​ [MoD Website]

 

The MoD says Rapid Deployment forces and 60th​​ army brigade destroyed a Daesh hideout in​​ the​​ Aitha desert,​​ killing 3 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says it killed three PMF fighters with an IED in Al-Khadhraniya village north of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes a propaganda video about its battles in the Shirqat area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Baiji

Salahuddin Police say an IED explosion killed 15 civilians including several children​​ who were trying to​​ escape​​ Hawija heading towards Al-Alam in Salahuddin. The explosion took place in​​ the​​ Himrin Mountains east of Tikrit. [Mada]

 

A PMF source in Salahuddin says 9 Daesh operatives were arrested while trying to enter the province​​ with​​ Hawija​​ IDPs. The arrest took place in Hayakel camp near Al-Alam,​​ serving IDPs​​ from Hawija. [Mada]

 

A security source says Daesh is transferring combatants from the east side of Shirqat to Siniya in Baiji using ferries to cross the river. [Ghad]​​ 

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Tikrit

The Mod says EOD units of Salahuddin Operations Command destroyed 15 IEDs​​ reported​​ by local residents in Al-Dayoum,​​ east of Tikrit.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Samarra​​ Operations Command units arrested several persons​​ wanted on terror charges in Jubairiya Al-Oula and Thaniya, while another unit destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and two trenches in​​ the​​ Albu Gate’ area. Rapid Intervention forces found a large ammunition and explosives cache in Albu Eissa, in Mkaishifa.​​ [MoD Website]

Saraya​​ Al-Salam units (Sadrists) say in a statement that they attacked a guesthouse east of Samarra​​ and​​ killed​​ 20 Daesh terrorists. The statement says Daesh combatants were preparing for an attack on Samarra. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source in Diyala says the car bomb destroyed by security authorities was carrying​​ an​​ Erbil number. He says the operation of tracking the car and destroying it near Asia checkpoint north of Khalis took five hours. Baghdad-Kirkuk expressway was​​ closed​​ for half an hour because of this operation. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack with a car bomb on an Iraqi Army gathering on a road near Al-Khalis. [A3maq]

 

Northern Diyala​​ (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

A police spokesman says the body of a Peshmerga fighter was found near Kifri. [ARA]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A local Tribal Mobilization commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed two bridges connecting Hawija to Ninewa and Salahuddin, isolating Hawija from these provinces. The bridges are​​ in​​ Shemet and Sadr Al-Nahar, and were destroyed and rebuilt by Daesh before. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Abu Omar Al-Jawali (ex-Iraqi army and​​ military industries officer) was killed in an explosion alongside six associates while trying to booby-trap a car in a​​ workshop in Hawija. Al-Jawali was one of Daesh’s​​ explosives experts. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says three Daesh terrorists and their leader were killed while planting an IED in Al-Riyadh subdistrict.​​ Mada]

 

A PMF commander says PMFs captured 9 Daesh terrorists who were trying to escape with displaced families from Hawija in the Himrin Mountain area. [Mada]

 

Southwest

A security source says Peshmerga units repelled a Daesh attack near Daquq, killing three attackers and forcing them to retreat. [Mada]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Daesh executed an ex-policeman and a teenager in Al-Rashad subdistrict, on charges of cooperating with security forces. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

The Pentagon marked signs of decreased Daesh capabilities in maintaining their defense of Mosul. One sign is inability to send as many​​ truck bombs as they did in the first days of operations, and the second is noteworthy​​ desertion of its combatants​​ from​​ the battlefield, says​​ Jeff Davis,​​ Director of Press Operations at United States Department of Defense in a press conference. “They started to​​ realize that their days are numbered,” he says. He added Coalition warplanes destroyed at least 134 vehicle bombs since the start of operations. He also confirmed the news of US airdrop near Deir Ez-Zor in Syria,​​ saying that no hostages were freed or persons arrested, and that the forces killed 25 Daesh terrorists.​​ [ROJ] [Dorar]​​ 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) commander says Iraqi forces captured 53 neighborhoods on the east side of Mosul and will capture the entire east side of the river in the coming few days. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The IWMC quotes Ninewa Liberation Operations Command as saying CTS liberated Al-Sukkar and Al-Dhubat,​​ in​​ the northern part of​​ the​​ Nisan​​ Seventh​​ area​​ and raised​​ the​​ Iraqi flag over their buildings, after inflicting 20 casualties​​ on​​ Daesh. The CTS is heading towards Al-Maliya neighborhood and moving deep into​​ Al-Hadba’​​ backed by Coalition warplanes.25 Daesh terrorists were killed​​ and​​ 5 vehicle bombs and three motorcycles destroyed. In Dhubat, 66 Daesh combatants were killed, 2 vehicle bombs destroyed, and 2 drones shot down.​​ 

 

In the southern sector, the IFP is advancing in Palestine,​​ Sumer,​​ Yarimjah,​​ Al-Saheroon, and Al-Salam with the support of Coalition warplanes and army helicopters. It killed 41 terrorists and destroyed several vehicle bombs and​​ destroyed large quantities of ammunition and explosives.​​ 

 

Coalition planes initiated 8 attacks.​​ destroying Daesh vehicles and armored pieces, in addition to 10 reconnaissance flights. Army helicopters initiated attacks killing 25 terrorists and destroying a communication center, in addition to two vehicle bombs and a bomb rigging workshop in west Mosul, Tal​​ Afar and Hatra. Army helicopters also provided 15 air attacks and 8 cargo flights to support PMF units,​​ destroying several weapons and killing 16 terrorists. The total number of​​ IDPs​​ in the 6 camps set for receiving them is 17,512 families. ([Ghad] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

IWMC says that total Daesh combatants killed since the start of the second phase of Mosul operations, January 2017, is 2,461. [AIN]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes an infographic about the 12th week of the Mosul battle. [A3maq]

 

Summary IWMC report on airstrikes in Mosul:

  • Army helicopters initiated 8 airstrikes killing several Daesh combatants and destroying their equipment.

  • IAF F-16s destroyed a car-rigging workshop in Dur Al-Mahatta in Mosul killing 5 Daesh explosives experts.

  • IAF F-16s destroyed a large weapon and explosives storehouse in Ghabat area killing 4 Daesh terrorists.

  • IAF F-16s destroyed an electronic interception facility in Dawasa​​ in​​ west Mosul,​​ killing a French national in charge of it and 4 other Daesh leaders.

  • IAF F-16s destroyed a car-rigging workshop in Hay Al-Salam in Tal​​ Afar,​​ killing all terrorists inside and destroying two vehicle bombs. It also destroyed an explosives storehouse and two guesthouses affiliated​​ with the workshop,​​ killing all terrorists inside.

  • IAF F16s attacked a Daesh gathering preparing for an attack​​ on Albu Saif​​ in Hammam Al-Alil,​​ killing them all and destroying two vehicle bombs. ​​ [Ghad]​​ 

 

Coalition spokesman John Dorrian says Daesh is hiding in public and service facilities to evade Coalition strikes. He adds that the Coalition has fired over 5,000 rockets towards Daesh since the start of the Mosul operations. [Sumaria]

 

North and west Mosul

A source in the “Ninewa Volunteers” says with the liberation of Al-Sukkar, military units are very close to Siddiq and Faisaliya. The source says 50 Daesh combatants were killed in recent battles in the neighborhood. [PUKMedia]

 

An MoD source that General Najm Al-Jebouri (excommander of Mosul operations) replaced General Ali Al-Feraiji, as commander of the Northern military sector. The source says officers and soldiers had showed too little respect to Al-Feraiji as commander. [Anadolu]

 

Ninewa Operations Command says Daesh gunmen are fleeing from Presidential Palaces and Kindi establishment towards Rashidiya neighborhood in northwest Mosul, adding that leaving the east side of Mosul became very difficult for them. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Field sources in Mosul say preliminary artillery shelling of Al-Kafa’at and Kindi neighborhoods by Iraqi army units have started. [Harbi]​​ 

 

A security source in Mosul says a strike by the IAF on the HQ of the so-called Australian regiment in Hadba’ neighborhood destroyed the HQ and killed all combatants inside, including Abu Musa’ab Al-Australi, their commander, and two of his associates. [Sumaria]

 

Commander of the northern sector says army helicopters killed 6 and Coalition warplanes 4 Daesh combatants in Al-Hadba’ while supporting advancing army units. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed twelve Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 4 Humvees in 2 suicide attacks near the Hadba’ Apartment compound. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a third suicide attack near the Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound, killing six Iraqi soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the 3 suicide terrorists in Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound were from Syria and Chechnya. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh publishes photos of the Syrian and Chechen terrorists. [Top4Top] [Top4Top]

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi soldier being wounded by its snipers near the Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound, [A3maq]

 

IFP says it arrested 6 Daesh terrorists including a Syrian national, and the commander of the Al-Zarqawi​​ Regiment in​​ Al-Mithaq neighborhood. [AIN]​​ 

 

Los Angeles Times​​ says in a report that 2000 Daesh combatants have escaped the east side of Mosul to the west side. It quoted Major Joseph Martin, an American officer on the ground, as saying that reaching the Tigris ​​ is not a major hurdle, and that real challenges are awaiting on the west side. [Sumaria]

 

Sources in Mosul say Daesh is getting frantic and is committing executions of civilians and its own personnel, in west Mosul. Many of those executed escaped battlefields in east Mosul, which prompted Daesh media to speak about traitors who did not make good on their oaths to Al-Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

A local source in Mosul says Daesh lost a full IED squad that was trying to rig the head of the fifth bridge on the west side of the city. Something went wrong and explosives went off, killing the entire squad of 6 men. Daesh destroyed the Iron Bridge connecting the two sides of Mosul. [Sumaria] [Mada]

 

Sources in Mosul say Daesh is destroying the infrastructure of the city while escaping its positions. It recently burned down Al-Salam and Khansa hospitals north of the city, several buildings of the university, and the local government office in Faisaliya, in addition to the fifth and the iron bridges. [ARA]

 

A local source in Mosul says a Daesh terrorist in his seventies and his son died while trying to cross the Tigris River towards the right side of Mosul. The man became famous in Daesh media after being shown crying over his failure to detonate a vehicle bomb. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Daesh executed a young man from Mosul by throwing him off a high building on charges of homosexuality. Throwing from high buildings is the Daesh standard penalty for such charges. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is considerable suspicion that many of these incidents victimize people who are not gay.

 

East Mosul

Iraqi army units pulled down the largest Daesh flag in Mosul in​​ a public​​ square and replaced it with the Iraqi flag. The Daesh flag is about 5 meters in height. The square was liberated during army’s advance to Al-Majmo’a Al-Thaqafiya neighborhood and Mosul University. ​​ [IraqPress]​​ 

 

The IWMC says CTS forces are now in control of the communications commission complex, public post office, electricity authority, local security, and investment authority premises in east Mosul, and that the Iraqi flag is already on these buildings. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi Army 16th division commander says Coalition planes destroyed a small bridge on the Al-Khawsar River, cutting off Daesh’s supply lines between north and east Mosul. [Anadolu]

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A security source in Mosul says army units found a Daesh scale model of the theater of operations similar to that of the Iraqi military academy in a house in an east side of Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says its snipers killed five Iraqi soldier and wounded another​​ on the east side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says​​ 5​​ people were killed and​​ 40​​ wounded by (Iraqi forces’) shelling with artillery and mortars on Mosul city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in east Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Southeast Mosul

The IFP says it is advancing in Sumer and​​ in​​ Yarimjah​​ by the river,​​ as it opens​​ safe routes for civilians​​ wanting to​​ leave the neighborhood. It killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs in these neighborhoods. ​​ The​​ IFP commander says the southern triangle of​​ the​​ east​​ side of​​ Mosul will soon be liberated in full as Daesh has lost the ability to defend effectively and is​​ relying on​​ random shelling of civilian areas. A recent report says Sumer neighborhood is already liberated by the 9th​​ army division,​​ which killed 30 terrorists and destroyed​​ Daesh​​ mortar positions. IFP rocket and artillery shelling on​​ other​​ Daesh positions​​ in southeast Mosul​​ is continuing. ​​ [Sumaria] [Ghad] ‌[PUKMedia] [Harbi]​​ 

 

Press reports from Mosul says that Maliya and Wahda neighborhoods witnessed fierce battles between Daesh combatants and advancing army forces, whose next targets are Darkazli, Faisaliya, and Jaza’er neighborhoods​​ near​​ the​​ center​​ of Mosul, as well as the Garage and Nabi Yunus. [Rudaw]​​ 

A security source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a house in Al-Jaza’er neighborhood killing 8 Daesh military officials inside. 10 combatants were also killed and three vehicle bombs destroyed. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Conditions in Mosul

The UN says 10,000 people left their houses in Mosul city last week, raising the total number of displaced people to 140,000. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Yesterday we reported the Ministry of Migration and Displacement estimate of 169,000. Possibly the two estimates are based on somewhat different criteria.

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council asks Turkey to allow 1,000 displaced families from Tal Afar to enter Turkey. He says the families are living in very difficult conditions near the border. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Chairman of the Sinjar District Council says Daesh is moving Yazidi girls and Shia hostages from Mosul back to Tal Afar. He says Daesh previously moved them from Tal Afar. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish security killed a terrorist in Gaziantep after exchange of fire at the gates of​​ the city’s​​ Security​​ Department. EOD units initiated a search for possible explosives after the incident. Sources say that the​​ man​​ killed was a suicide attacker aiming to attack​​ the Security​​ Building. One policeman was also killed in the exchange​​ of gunfire. ​​ [Anadolu] [Arabi21]

 

Ankara is hosting a meeting between a delegation of​​ Syrian​​ opposition​​ groups​​ and representatives of Russia and Turkey. The opposition says that signatory factions​​ that​​ agreed to negotiate with the government in Astana need to discuss issues in view of breaches of the ceasefire,​​ for​​ which they blame the government. [EnabBaladi]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Following the YPG’s lead, SDF announced it has no connection to the PKK, and is looking forward​​ to​​ amicable relations with all countries including Turkey.​​ An​​ SDF spokesman says that they are​​ working with the Coalition to eliminate​​ the​​ Daesh presence in Raqqa and​​ throughout​​ Syria, adding that the​​ SDF​​ is an “indivisible part of Syria”.​​ [ARA]

 

Russian​​ air​​ force says it​​ has​​ initiated 19,000 flights and 171,000 airstrikes on “terrorist” targets in Syria. It says it helped​​ the​​ Syrian​​ Army to recover​​ control of over 500 areas held by terrorists,​​ a​​ combined​​ area of 12,360 sq. meters. It also said it destroyed over 200​​ Daesh​​ infrastructure targets​​ and 174 oil-related targets.​​ [ARA]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria, in Raqqa (12), Ain Eissa (1), Deir Ez-Zor (1), and Palmyra (1). [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The PYD issued a statement saying the Turkish helicopters that attacked Al-Sanadid forces (an SDF faction) in Tal Allaw village on January 3 came from Iraqi Kurdistan. [ARA] [Hawar]​​ 

A YPG source had​​ said​​ on January 3rd​​ that Turkish helicopters targeted several locations near Tal Allaw village in Al-Jazeera district. ​​ 

 

Daesh executed two Kurdish young men in Al-Jayer village in Shaddadi south of Hasaka, on charges of cooperation with Kurdish armed units. The bodies were crucified on electricity poles after execution. [BasNews] [ARA]

 

Al-Hawl camp authorities say they received 211 Iraqi families (909 persons) who escaped war areas in Mosul and its surroundings. The camp also received 38 Syrian families (126 persons) escaping war and Daesh zones in Syria. Camp officials say they provide whatever they can to the refugees, but they lack adequate resources,​​ as the camp is ignored by international organizations. [Hawar]

 

The​​ Turkish​​ Army is still building the​​ dividing​​ wall​​ along​​ the Syrian-Turkish borders near the city of Amuda. The building is now heading west towards the village of Ba’erek, destroying farms and​​ private property of farmers in​​ the​​ process. [Hawar]

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Raqqa

SDF forces repelled two Daesh attacks on Jubb​​ Al-Sha’er village south of Ain Eissa,​​ where fighting is continuing, and on Suwaidiya village, killing 46 attackers and gaining their weapons and equipment. SOHR says that fierce counter attacks by Daesh enabled it to recover some areas from SDF forces,​​ who are​​ backed by Coalition planes. 5 Daesh attackers were killed in Jubb​​ Al-Sha’er while SDF​​ forces advanced to liberate six more farms in the​​ area​​ surrounding the village. SDF says that hundreds of civilians are arriving​​ in​​ liberated areas from Daesh controlled areas. ​​ [PUKMedia] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Another report says Daesh recaptured the village and castle of Jaabar, near the Euphrates Dam, from SDF after a few days of SDF control. Jaabar is 50 km (31 miles) away from Raqqa. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

The​​ SOHR says Coalition warplanes bombed Harmala village northwest​​ of Raqqa, killing four civilians and wounding several others.​​ [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR] [Hawar]

Daesh says four people were killed by an “American airstrike” on Harmala on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed seventy SDF fighters in the surprise attack on Tal Al-Samen and Khaniz villages north of Raqqa on Saturday. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded ten SDF fighters with a rocket west of Tal Al-Samen town north of Raqqa on Monday. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an SDF fighter it captured west of Tal Al-Samen town on Monday. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack near Tal Al-Samen. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of setting boxes of cigarettes on fire in the Al-Karama area in east Raqqa. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of a popular market in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city/Idlib

Local activists say Russian warplanes attacked Sheikh Ali and Kafr Halab villages among other areas west of Aleppo.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Government forces repelled​​ a​​ third Daesh attack aimed​​ at​​ advancing​​ toward the Air Academy east of Aleppo. Daesh forces retreated after engaging army units, losing many attackers and one vehicle bomb. Both parties exchanged artillery fire after the attack while Syrian warplanes attacked Daesh positions in Deir Hafer and its surroundings.​​ [ARA]

 

Jarabulus

Opposition groups clash with a Daesh sleeper cell in Jarabulus, killing 2 terrorists. 2 more terrorists are still barricaded in a building. Opposition groups had captured a Daesh suicide terrorist in the city​​ four​​ days ago. [Qasioun]

 

Al-Bab

The Turkish Army says its air and artillery attacks in support of​​ opposition units fighting Daesh killed 19 terrorists in Al-Bab city, Baza’a, and Suflaniya village. The Turks say they attacked and destroyed 27 Daesh positions and large quantities of weapons. Local activists say that​​ 5​​ civilians were wounded in Turkish air attacks, while a woman and a child were killed in Turkish artillery shelling. Al-Bab is said to have suffered huge destruction in terms of infrastructure and civilian targets due​​ to Turkish shelling. A flour storehouse owned by civilians was destroyed in today’s attack. ​​ [Anadolu] [ARA] [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh says​​ 6​​ people were killed and​​ 12​​ wounded, mostly women and children, by Turkish Army shelling and bombing on Al-Bab city. [A3maq]

Earlier Daesh said the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab city with more than 50 shells, wounding at least​​ 3​​ people. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of the bombing and shelling. [A3maq]

 

Al-Hamza​​ Regiment, a faction of opposition units backed by Turkey, says it exchanged 6 Daesh prisoners​​ for​​ the bodies of two Turkish soldier killed in​​ the​​ Al-Bab operation. Sources say that the two soldiers are the ones burned​​ to death​​ by Daesh in the​​ infamous broadcast​​ of​​ a few weeks ago. ​​ [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Local sources​​ allege​​ that​​ the​​ Turkish​​ Army tortured​​ to death​​ Mohammed Mustafa Al-Hamada, from Al-Ra’i​​ village​​ in Azaz,​​ occupied by the Turks. Sources say that the young man refused to hand over his car battery to the opposition forces which considered him an “antagonistic civilian.” ​​ [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Daesh says Syrian Army helicopters and planes targeted Al-Bira village south of Al-Bab with 15 airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it stopped​​ two​​ Turkish Army and opposition groups’ attacks on Al-Suflaniya village northeast of Al-Bab. It also says the Turkish Army targeted the area with 6 airstrikes and 300 artillery shells. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles near the village. [A3maq]

 

Afrin

1,100 refugees from Al-Bab, Jarabulus, Azaz, Deir Ez-Zor and Albu Kamal arrived​​ in​​ Afrin from​​ the​​ Qatma crossing,​​ escaping​​ the​​ war and Turkishoccupied areas.​​ [Hawar]

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Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The SOHR reported that Daesh is taking over several houses in Palmyra amid intensive airstrikes on the city, Sukhnah, Sharifa and the perimeter of T4 military airport. It also reported Daesh killing two opposition fighters in​​ the​​ Hamad​​ desert area east of Homs. Russian warplanes participated in attacks.​​ Two government soldiers were reported to be killed in Sharifa in clashes with Daesh units. ​​ Daesh is confiscating civilian houses in Palmyra to use as headquarters. [SyriaHR] [Qasioun] [ARA] [ARA]

 

The SOHR reported unidentified warplanes attacked Daesh controlled areas in Aqirbat area east of Hama. Helicopters attacked Halfaya and Zuwar in east Hama with barrel​​ bombs.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

A Daesh terrorist who claimed to have repented and joined Nusra in Deir​​ Ful town in Homs countryside put poison in the food of Nusra fighters,​​ then shot and killed 3 of them before getting killed. [Qasioun]

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East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh publishes photos of a dental clinic in Deir Ez-Zor. [JustPaste]

 

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

Syrian government and Hezbollah forces started a widescale attack on Barada​​ Valley,​​ held by opposition forces,​​ backed by intensive air attacks of Syrian warplanes and helicopters, which bombed the area with over 25 barrel​​ bombs. Russia says that Rif Damashq​​ liberation​​ has​​ become imminent. ​​ [Dorar]

 

The SOHR says Islamic opposition forces shelled Khaled’s Army (Daesh affiliate) positions west of Daraa. [SyriaHR]

 

Opposition forces are banning civilians who departed Daesh controlled areas in Yarmouk basin from returning to their homes. Over 1500 civilians left to opposition areas for lack of foodstuffs and medical supplies. Opposition says they can only return after their areas​​ are freed​​ from Daesh control. [ARA]

 

Daesh’s​​ emir​​ of the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area, south of Damascus, left his position to another terrorist after an internal dispute. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb, then its terrorists attacked the remaining policemen and destroyed 2 armored vehicles. It also says that after the attack its terrorists clashed with Egyptian reinforcements. It says it killed​​ 25​​ policemen in the attack. [A3maq]

Security sources​​ said​​ yesterday that a Daesh vehicle bomb exploded near Al-Matafi checkpoint in Arish, killing 9​​ policemen and wounding​​ 16, including 6 civilians. [Hawar]

Later, a 74-year-old man died from wounds he sustained in the attack,​​ raising the number of​​ deaths​​ to ten. ​​ 

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a statement condemning the Daesh attack in Arish. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh also says it killed​​ and​​ wounded more policemen​​ in​​ an attack on another security barrier south of Arish. [A3maq]

Security sources​​ said​​ yesterday that security units repelled another attack in the same area, forcing the terrorists to flee. ​​  

Daesh says it destroyed an armored vehicle with an IED on the Sea Road in​​ Arish. [A3maq]

Security sources​​ said​​ yesterday that a security armored vehicle survived an IED explosion on the​​ same road. ​​ 

 

Libya

Central coast

A Government of National Accord (GNA) Military source says the Sirte Coastal Road was reopened in preparation for the return of displaced families scheduled for Saturday. [Wasat]

 

The GNA Military spokesman criticized the LNA commander Khalifa Hafter and said the GNA military is waiting for orders from its military council to start fighting Hafter. [Libya24]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

A video of a Coalition airstrikes destroying a Daesh tactical vehicle near Baiji on January 2nd. [CJTF]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

 

 

January 9, 2017

 

Mosul (Ali Saleh-Yalla)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Sistani makes first media appearance in a long time. [..]

Two Daesh vehicle bombs kill 15, wound 35 in east Baghdad. [..]

Four airstrikes kill 52 Daesh leaders, fighters in northwest Anbar. [..]

Iraqi forces near control of north Mosul neighborhoods. [..]

CTS units in east​​ Mosul​​ reach the Tigris River. [..]

Displaced persons total from Mosul reaches 169,000; 21,000 return. [..]

Syria

YPG declares its neutrality between Turkey, PKK. [..]

SDF captures three more villages in Raqqa campaign. [..]

Daesh apparently destroys Syria’s largest gas refinery. [..]

SDF and​​ Coalition​​ commandos kill, capture Daesh leaders near Deir Ez-Zor. [..]​​ 

Coalition oilfield airstrikes​​ in Deir Ez-Zor alleged to have killed 60 civilians. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the main religious authority of Iraqi Shia, appeared for the first time in media for​​ a few​​ years. Al-Sistani met Peter Moyer, the head of ICRC (Red Cross) in Iraq to discuss expansion of​​ humanitarian aid in Iraq. [Arabi21]

 

Iraq’s and Jordan’s prime ministers, Haider Al-Abadi and Hani Al-Malki, agreed to confront terrorism and to reopen Trebil border crossing between the two countries as soon as possible. Both countries agreed that strategic cooperation on priorities such as the oil and gas pipeline to Aqaba, reopening border access, and waiver of customs fees should be activated in 2017. [ARA] [Anadolu]

 

The MoI says it captured 247 terrorists’ cells, defused 6,738 IEDs, and captured 326 vehicle bombs during 2016. [AIN]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, near Mosul (5)​​ and Sinjar (2);​​ Rawa (2),​​ Baiji (1), and Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The BOC says 22nd​​ army brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses and 1 IED while searching Zor, Bustan Saleh Al-Abdullah, Hora, and Ghuzailia. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

​​ 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC said on Sunday that a car bomb exploded in the Jamila Wholesale Market in Sadr City, killing 7 people, and wounding 15. [ROJ]​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday it attacked a “Shia gathering” with a car bomb in the Jamila Wholesale Market. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the Jamila attack was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist and it killed or wounded 80 Shia. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ After the attack, families of the victims and civil society activists​​ demonstrated​​ in Al-Tahrir Square protesting the bad security situation and demanding an investigation. But within the “historical settlement” atmosphere in Baghdad, justice seems unlikely. According to​​ local activists​​ from Anbar, the suicide terrorist who attacked Sadr City with a vehicle bomb last week had been captured in Anbar and released after paying a bribe. They recognized him when Daesh published his photo. They say many terrorists are being released, and some of the well-known Daesh terrorists are joining security units! ​​ Iraq will never be safe as long as it has corrupt officials, and as long as its politicians keep pandering to terrorists and their supporters.​​ 

 

A security source says a suicide terrorist detonated his explosive belt in the Baladiat area of New Baghdad on Sunday, killing 8 people and wounding 20. [Ghad]​​ 

Daesh said on Sunday one of its suicide terrorists attacked “Shia gatherings” in Baladiat with an explosives vest. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says the Baladiat attack was conducted by an Iraqi suicide terrorist, killing or wounding 45 people. [JustPaste]

 

Here Daesh says it killed or wounded more than 100 Shia​​ in​​ the​​ two​​ attacks​​ in​​ Jamila and Baladiat. [A3maq]

 

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

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache while searching​​ in​​ Mullah Rushdi, Al-Shaar, and Futouh.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

The BOC says 3rd​​ battalion of the Presidential Brigade destroyed a roadside IED placed in Dora, Suq Al-Athouriyeen.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

​​ 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says an IED placed in a commercial area in Ghazaliya killed one civilian and wounded eight others.​​ [Ghad]​​ 

The BOC says 45th​​ army brigade found two mortar shells in Luqmaniyat.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 5

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source in Anbar says a car bomb exploded near a gas station in Albu Alwan west of Falluja without leaving any human casualties. The police and​​ Tribal mobilization units arrested the​​ terrorist responsible at a nearby checkpoint. His confession helped​​ to​​ arrest another terrorist driving a car bomb in Albu Alwan.​​ [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a “Sahwa gathering” in the Albu Alwan area west of Fallujah. [A3maq]

 

A security source says a man was arrested while planting an IED near the house of a police officer in Albu Alwan west of Falluja. The IED was defused on site. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

The​​ Falluja​​ Mayor​​ says a car bomb exploded near the house of​​ a Rapid Response battalion​​ commander in​​ the​​ Al-Nassaf neighborhood. He says the​​ car was parked in location for over two days, and its owner is known. He is not sure if he was​​ arrested. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Ramadi

The MoD says it found tens of IEDs in Hay Al-Tameem in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Haditha

Daesh says 2 of its suicide terrorists detonated their explosive vests on “Sahwa gatherings” in Al-Saqra village west of Haditha on Saturday, killing eleven fighters and wounding others. It also says it killed an Iraqi Army Captain with an IED in the same village. [JustPaste]

Daesh also said it killed six soldiers and damaged an Abrams tank and 2 Humvees by detonating IEDs on an Iraqi Army convoy in Al-Saqra. [JustPaste]

 ​​​​ 

Northwest Anbar

The​​ Joint Operations Command (JOC) says 52 Daesh terrorists were killed in 4​​ IAF​​ airstrikes near Haditha, Rawa, and Qa’im west of Anbar. The first strike targeted a Daesh tactical position,​​ killing 9 Asian terrorists including their leader Abu Doa’a Al-Jawzrawi. The second targeted​​ a​​ Daesh gathering in​​ a​​ neighborhood in Rawa,​​ killing 20 of them​​ including their commander Abu Talha Al-Uzbeki,​​ and destroying weapons and explosives caches.​​ 

The third strike targeted​​ the​​ Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi workshop for explosives in Qa’im and killed​​ 8 terrorists, including Murad Sabah​​ Awwad Al-Fa’ouri (Abu Sulaiman Al-Iraqi). The fourth destroyed “Wilayat Al-Furat” guesthouse in Qa’im,​​ killing 15 terrorists, including Omar Humaidi (Abu Azzam), the guesthouse official. [Mada]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh says its snipers killed three PMF fighters near Al-Sahal village. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A security source says the IFP and PMFs stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, destroying 3 vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [Maalomah]​​ 

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Daesh publishes videos of targeting PMF armored vehicles with rockets in the Shirqat area. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin Police source says 15 people, including 7 children and 4 women, were killed by a Daesh IED near Al-Alam subdistrict while they were trying to escape from Hawija through the Himrin Mountains. [Mada]​​ 

 

Samarra

A security source says army units shelled a Daesh guesthouse, known as Golani guesthouse, in Mtaibija, on the DiyalaSalahuddin​​ border, killing 3 terrorists.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Tooz

Daesh said it killed 6 PMF fighters and destroyed a Humvee and another vehicle with two IEDs near Tooz on Saturday. [A3maq]​​ 

 

DIYALA​​ (No reports)

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source says a woman and three of her children were killed by a Daesh IED as they were trying to escape from Hawija. The source says only a 22-day-old infant survived. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A security source in Kirkuk says an armed group ambushed a​​ Daesh vehicle going​​ from Al-Abbasi subdistrict to Hawija,​​ killing 4​​ people.   [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A local source in Hawija says​​ someone raised​​ the Iraqi flag in the central commercial area of Hawija. Daesh security is looking for the person and has​​ established​​ checkpoints.​​ The​​ Iraqi flag is banned in Daesh controlled areas. [Buratha]​​ 

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NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

North and west Mosul

The Commander of Mosul Liberation Operations says the adjoining Al-Baladiyat and Al-Sukkar neighborhoods in north Mosul were liberated today. [Sumaria]​​ 

A​​ Counter Terrorism Service (CTS)​​ commander​​ had reported earlier​​ that​​ Al-Baladiyat and Al-Sukkar​​ were​​ almost liberated,​​ despite the fierce Daesh resistance due to their large concentration there, leaving just​​ a few areas still to be cleared. CTS killed 17 Daesh terrorists in these two neighborhoods​​ at that point. Mosul University​​ was announced as​​ the next target. CTS says it captured the fourth bridgehead on the east side, after liberating​​ the​​ Al-Mazare’ neighborhood earlier. [Ghad] [Buratha] [Buratha]​​ 

A security source says 5 foreign Daesh terrorists surrendered to Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Baladiyat.​​ 

 

A later​​ report from Ninewa Liberation Operations say the​​ Counter Terrorism Service is​​ surrounding the Mosul University premises now, which will be liberated very shortly. [Harbi]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Mosul University is located across a main road from Baladiyat. It has been​​ used as​​ a major Daesh headquarters, and is therefore a major military target.​​ 

 

A security source in Mosul says 16th​​ army division destroyed 4 Daesh vehicle bombs approaching Al-Hadba​​ neighborhood​​ in north​​ Mosul. It also killed 10 Daesh terrorists in this attack.​​  [Mada]​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded fifty Iraqi soldiers in the two suicide attacks near Al-Hadba’ Apartment compound on Sunday. [A3maq] [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of 2 suicide attacks with vehicle bombs on Iraqi forces in the Al-Hadba’ Apartments compound. As is typical in these videos, it shows 2 vehicle bombs moving separately, then 2 remote explosions. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of 4 of its terrorists in the Al-Hadba’​​ apartments​​ compound. The terrorists say Iraqi forces haven’t captured the compound. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh had published similar videos from Ramadi and Falluja after Iraqi forces had actually captured them.​​ 

 

An Iraqi Army Captain says an IAF plane bombed a Daesh meeting in Hay Al-Hadba’, killing 3 senior Daesh terrorists; a Saudi responsible for Daesh’s Al-Khilafa Army, an Iraqi responsible for foreign suicide terrorists, and another Iraqi responsible for Daesh’s special forces. [Anadolu] [Ghad]​​ 

 

The IWMC says the IAF killed more than 90 terrorists, including explosives experts, and destroyed 5 car bomb factories, in airstrikes on the Shir Khan and Rashidiya areas​​ in northwest Mosul. It also says the IAA killed 48 more terrorists east​​ of the river. [PUKMedia] [Harbi]​​ 

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A security source says Coalition planes initiated three attacks on Daesh security premises in Zanjili, just west of the Tigris, destroying the location completely. The source said that most Daesh​​ commanders have moved to the west side of Mosul because of the advance of Iraqi troops on the east side. [Anadolu]

 

A local source says a Daesh defense line on the west side of Mosul collapsed suddenly and most of its fighters withdrew. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This kind of report is hard to evaluate. However, Daesh has made its point and prevented Prime Minister Abadi from keeping his promise to liberate Mosul before the end of 2016. Now it could be more beneficial for Daesh to keep its stronghold in the west side of the city and depend later on sleeper cells as it did in other areas. The west side of the city was the center of support for Daesh even before it captured the city “officially”. Terrorists usually don’t want their own houses destroyed. So far they have been destroying houses that belong to anti-Daesh people in the east side.​​ 

 

A security source says Daesh kidnapped 40 young men from Mosul and took them to an unknown location. The source says Daesh will force the men to join its ranks. [Mada]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of throwing a young man from the roof of a building in Mosul after accusing him of homosexuality. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

East Mosul

The​​ Commander of the 2nd​​ CTS elite force​​ says it​​ is “virtually in​​ the​​ heart of Mosul” after reaching the Tigris bank,​​ and gaining​​ control​​ of​​ the 4th​​ bridge and​​ over 2​​ km along the bank. He says units​​ advancing from the south have reached​​ the location of​​ other​​ CTS​​ units after liberating​​ the Al-Baath neighborhood. [AIN]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 Humvees in a suicide attack near Hay Al-Baath on the east side of Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. The video shows a vehicle while moving, then an explosion from a couple of miles away. [A3maq]​​ 

 

A security source the IAF targeted Daesh in Hay Al-Islah Al-Zira’i, killing 5 senior Daesh terrorists, including a deputy of the Daesh leader, Baghdadi, and the Daesh police and traffic police commanders. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Joint Operations Command says Daesh is forcing civilians in the neighborhoods of Andalus, Shurta, Al-Majmo’a Al-Thaqafiya, Nerkal, Zira’i, Numaniya, Muhandisin, Jaza’ir, and Faisaliya, to leave their homes and move to the west side as Iraqi forces are approaching. Daesh executed nine civilians who refused to evacuate their houses. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh issued a video on Sunday of a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Hay Al-Rifaq in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Another Daesh Sunday video purports to show an “Iraqi soldier” being shot by its snipers in Hay Al-Rifaq. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ There is no evidence in the video that the young man was a soldier.​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in Hay Al-Maliya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles on Friday in Hay Al-Sihha. [A3maq]

 

A CTS commander says a CTS unit freed a Mosul family held by Daesh, killing the captors, without any harm to the family or CTS troops. The exact area was not identified. [AIN]​​ 

 

A member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh cut off water supplies on 30 neighborhoods in the east side of Mosul, and asks the government to provide water tanker trucks for the liberated areas. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southeast Mosul

The IFP says it liberated the Palestine neighborhood in southeast Mosul, killing 35 Daesh terrorists.​​ Palestine is southeast and across a main road from Al-Wahda, captured a few days ago. The IFP​​ captured the Domiz neighborhood earlier. The IFP units are advancing to Yarimjah on the east bank of the river, across the river from the airport. ​​ [Baghdadia] [ROJ]

The IFP later said it killed 40 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 IEDs while capturing Hay Palestine. [Mada]​​ 

​​ 

Daesh says an Iraqi suicide terrorist attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle near Hay Al-Furqan in southeast Mosul, killing or wounding several soldiers, and destroying 2 Humvees, in addition to a house occupied by Iraqi forces. [JustPaste]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Air Force (IAF) killed 25 Daesh terrorists and destroyed bomb-rigging and armoring workshops and several vehicles, in the Industrial area and the Sumer, Palestine, Wahda, Intisar, and Karama neighborhoods.  [Mada]​​ 

 

A local source in Mosul says Daesh fired on civilian families leaving the Sumer and Wahda neighborhoods in southeast Mosul, wounding one woman and killing her infant child.​​  [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A security source in Ninewa says Daesh executed 7 of its fighters that deserted battlefields in Sumer, Wahda, and Mazare’ neighborhoods in Mosul. The execution took place in the HQ of the River Police in Mosul. [BasNews]​​ 

 

According to Daesh, the battle for Al-Salam in southeast Mosul is still going.

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi forces’ Humvee and damaged a BMP armored vehicle, killing or wounding several soldiers in battles in Hay Al-Salam in south Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says its snipers killed six Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Salam and the Al-Azirat areas. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its “air defense unit” damaged 2 Iraqi Army helicopters in Hay Al-Salam. It also says it killed or wounded 8 soldiers, destroyed a Humvee, and damaged a BMP vehicle. [JustPaste]

Daesh says an Iraqi Army helicopter made an emergency landing after it was hit by ground fire in Hay Al-Salam. [A3maq]

Daesh says it shot down 2 Iraqi Army drones in Hay Al-Salam. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Hay Al-Salam. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of the battles in Al-Salam. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of 4 suicide terrorists who conducted attacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Summary statistics

The IWMC says that the Iraqi forces’ drive towards the Tigris bank killed 187 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 13 vehicle bombs and other equipment. The advance was backed by intensive IAF and Coalition air support. Iraqi Army Air (IAA) helicopters killed 34 terrorists in several attacks on the east side of Mosul. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The​​ Ninewa Provincial​​ Council says 85% of eastern Mosul is liberated, leaving only 15% in Daesh control. The Council says that the battle for the west side is imminent. It also says the army on the Tigris banks​​ is establishing​​ defensive positions while fresh units are arriving to hold ground. [Maalomah]​​ 

The CTS, actually in the field, says Iraqi forces have captured 80% of the east side of Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Conditions in Mosul

The Ministry of Immigration and​​ Displacement​​ says​​ the number of​​ people displaced​​ from Mosul has reached 169,000. The​​ Ministry​​ spokesman also says that 21,000 refugees​​ have​​ returned to their original areas. [Anadolu]

 

Hammam Alil/Mosul subdistrict

PMF media says PMFs repelled a Daesh attack​​ on​​ strategic​​ Adaya junction west of Mosul near the Tal Afar border, killing 10 terrorists and destroying two vehicles. [AIN]

 

Qayara

The Ministry of​​ Oil says its​​ teams extinguished 16 of 25 burning wells in Qayara. The wells were​​ set afire​​ by Daesh last August before their withdrawal from the city.​​ [Anadolu]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF armored vehicle with a rocket near the Hatra Intersection, killing the fighters inside. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the attack. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The IWMC says the IAF killed 80 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 5 headquarters and an explosives storehouse in Tal Afar district. [Harbi]​​ 

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh terrorists in Al-Abra village in Tal Afar.​​  [Mada]​​ 

 

The IWMC says army units south of Tal Afar repelled a Daesh attack with three vehicle bombs on Tal Afar airport,​​ killing 23 attackers with the support of army helicopters and Coalition planes.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh initiated a failed attack yesterday on Ain Al-Hisan village west of Tal Afar. [AIN]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting PMF positions in Al-Amoudiya village west of Tal Afar with artillery. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh issued on Saturday, a video of an attack on an Iraqi Army military position east of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

 

South (Baaj, Hatra)

A local source says armed men attacked 3 Daesh vehicles with light weapons in Baaj, causing casualties and destroying a vehicle. The source says Daesh issued a curfew and deployed its terrorists extensively after the attack. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

The KCK, a Kurdish umbrella organization linked to the PKK, criticized​​ the​​ KRG statements that Kurdish​​ guerilla forces (affiliated​​ with​​ PKK) will withdraw from Sinjar,​​ stressing that the people of Sinjar would govern their own areas. It says that the forces will stay​​ until this objective will achieved, and that it has no political ambitions in the region.​​ [ROJ]

 

UNICEF said it opened 6 schools in displaced people’s camps in Dahuk. It says the schools will serve 2,200 elementary school children. [ARA]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A security source says security units defused 20 IEDs near the Sharifa area, 6 km (4 miles) southeast of Hilla. The source says the IEDs were intended to be used to destroy a nearby Shia shrine. [Mada]​​ 

 

Wasit

The Wasit Provincial Council says a bomb-rigged car​​ was​​ seized​​ and​​ its​​ driver arrested in Tajeldin subdistrict north of Wasit.​​ [AIN]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Turkish Foreign​​ Minister Mawloud Jawish Oglo says that Turkey and the US are strategic partners, which is enhanced by their mutual membership in NATO. Oglo says that US needs to do two things to rise to the level of such partnership, the first is to hand​​ over Abdullah Gulen , the Turkish opposition figure​​ (living in Pennsylvania), to Turkey, and the second is to stop cooperating with the YPG, the military arm of the PKK in Syria.​​ [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s a provocative statement every day now from the leaders of Turkey, once a great strategic partner​​ of the US​​ and now one of the worst.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG issued a statement confirming its neutral position between the Turkish state and the PKK. The YPG says that the group has no enmity with Turkey, and has declined to respond despite numerous Turkish instigations in Kurdish areas in Syria.​​ It​​ also says​​ that despite Turkish attempts​​ to​​ characterize the YPG as part of its​​ internal​​ security​​ problem, the YPG will strongly protect its neutrality. [ARA]

 

Sami Al-Aridi, the religious Mufti of Fath Al-Sham (Nusra) criticized the statements of his front,​​ Husam Shafe’i, which​​ said the front might consider a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis, understood as readiness to negotiate with​​ the​​ Syrian government. The Mufti says that “peaceful solution”​​ would​​ mean​​ getting into​​ western nonIslamic practices such as democracy and elections. [Qasioun]

 

The​​ Financial Times​​ reported the interesting piece about a black market that trades in Daesh terrorists.

It says that as Daesh loses territory, defectors have become a prize for smugglers. Daesh militants have become one of the most lucrative targets for smugglers and rebel groups — including factions armed by foreign powers such as the US and Turkey.

“Every faction trades in (Daesh) fighters. Don’t believe anyone who says they don’t,” says Abu Yazan, who, like most rebels interviewed, asked for his real name not to be used due to the sensitivity of the subject. Captured or defecting Daesh terrorists can generate profit in several ways. The most common is for a defector to pay a combination of rebels and smugglers to arrange their escape from Daesh territory.

The most lucrative opportunity is to capture a foreign Daesh fighter whose government wants him back and is willing to pay for the militant. Rebels say Gulf states are often the most keen, sometimes paying millions of dollars. [FinancialTimes]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Schadenfreude is bad, in general. However, we can’t but feel some gloating when we​​ see​​ that these terrorists,​​ some of​​ whom​​ sold human beings as slaves, are being bought and sold themselves.

 

A statistic​​ from​​ SOHR says that Daesh executed 827 persons in Syria​​ between​​ January 2016​​ and​​ January​​ 2017. Of these, 438 were civilians,​​ including 22 children and 25 women;​​ 5​​ were​​ Iraqi citizens;​​ 89​​ were​​ combatants from various armed groups;​​ 81​​ were its own leaders and personnel;​​ and 214​​ were​​ government soldiers and officers and their affiliated groups.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 23 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Syria. A​​ noteworthy​​ 15 of those were in or near Raqqa, the others near Ain Eissa (1), Deir Ez-Zor (5), Tadmur (1), and Shaddadi (1). [InherentResolve]

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Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

An Asayish commander,​​ Dr. Qahraman Umeri,​​ was killed when a roadside IED targeted his car near the post office in Qamishli.​​ A​​ civilian​​ passer-by​​ was wounded.​​ [Hawar] [Hawar]​​ 

 

Al-Hawl camp authorities announced the arrival of 114 Iraqi families (504 persons) to Al-Hawl camp from Ninewa Plain and the city of Mosul, making​​ the​​ total number of Iraqis in the camp 15,000.​​ [ARA]

 

Raqqa

SDF forces advancing​​ south​​ from Ain Eissa liberated Jun Al-Sha’er village and three adjacent farms after inflicting heavy​​ casualties​​ on​​ Daesh units defending the village.​​ 

On the west Raqqa front, SDF repelled a Daesh attack on Suwaidiya village,​​ killing 13 Daesh terrorists.​​ The SDF also captured the villages of Al-Jeddi and Al-Husseini, aided by heavy Coalition air support,​​ despite two suicide attacks by Daesh that failed to change the outcome.​​ [Hawar] [ARA] [Dorar]

[EnabBaladi]

Daesh issued a video of the results of “American” bombing on Suwaidiya Kabira northeast of Al-Tabaqa. [A3maq]

The SOHR says Daesh executed a young man in Al-Tabaqa city, after accusing him of working for the Coalition. [SyriaHR]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked Jisr Al-Belikh Bridge between Tal Al-Saman and Kheneiz Al-Salman areas. Sources say the bridge was destroyed. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says it killed five SDF fighters and captured another west of Tal Al-Saman north of Raqqa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues an infographic about the 2nd month of the Raqqa battle. It says it killed 262 SDF fighters. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of its “services office” work in Raqqa city. [JustPaste]

 

A 9 year old child was killed by the explosion of a leftover Daesh mine near Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says it killed an SDF fighter and wounded another by detonating an IED in Suluk city. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city/Idlib

The YPG announced​​ the​​ graduation of 24 male and female Arab fighters after receiving intensive military and ideological training in Khabat Military​​ Academy east of Aleppo.​​ [ARA]

 

The Syrian Army says its artillery destroyed 8 Daesh vehicles in Deir Hafer​​ on the perimeter of the Air Academy.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

The Syrian government says two civilians​​ were​​ killed and eight wounded in opposition shelling on Fawaa​​ and Kefraya​​ in Idlib. SOHR says four children​​ were among those wounded​​ in the shelling. ​​ [SyriaNow] [SyriaHR]

 

Al-Bab

Turkey says it killed 48 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several vehicles in addition to 23 Daesh targets in Al-Bab city during the past 24 hours.​​ 

Local activists say Daesh repelled an attack by Turkey-backed opposition forces in Maghri village, near Baza’a northeast of Al-Bab,​​ after fierce fighting.​​ 

Opposition forces captured a truck packed with weapons and ammunition heading towards Daesh units in Al-Bab. The driver was arrested and is under investigation. Turkish and opposition artillery​​ and warplanes continued shelling​​ the​​ Al-Bab area, inflicting civilian casualties. [ARA] [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Turkish forces and opposition units backed by Turkey fired around 150 Grad rockets on Al-Bab city, some of​​ which​​ did not explode. Those​​ that did reportedly​​ caused​​ extensive​​ damage. [Hawar]

Daesh says the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab city with more than 50 artillery shells, wounding at least three people. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it stopped a Turkish Army and opposition groups attack on Qabr Al-Muqri village east of Al-Bab, killing four soldiers or fighters and wounding others, and destroying 3 military SUVs. Daesh also says it killed or wounded three fighters and damaged a vehicle with an IED near Al-Saflaniya village north of Al-Bab. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of Turkish Army bombing and shelling on Al-Suflaniya village northeast of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of children who were wounded by “Russian” bombing on Abu Taltal village south of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says a woman and a child were killed by a Turkish Army shelling on Baza’a town near Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Azaz

The​​ Governor​​ of Kilis​​ in​​ Turkey visited Azaz city to offer condolences following the​​ Daesh truck-bomb​​ explosion that killed 63 and wounded 150 others on Saturday​​ in a market area.​​ Almost all of the victims were civilians.​​ [EnabBaladi]​​ Daesh had previously controlled Azaz, located along the Turkish border.

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Afrin

700​​ displaced people​​ arrived​​ in​​ Afrin,​​ escaping​​ the​​ fighting in Al-Bab city. They entered the city from​​ the​​ Qatma crossing east of​​ the​​ district.​​ [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Syrian Ministry of Oil says Daesh booby-trapped the largest gas refining facility in Syria. Daesh published photos, confirmed by Syrian authorities, of explosives placed in Hayan Gas facility east of Homs. Amid​​ reports​​ by Daesh media that the terror group destroyed the facility, Syrian troops, around 30 km​​ (19 miles)​​ away,​​ say they did not hear explosions. If Daesh did destroy the facility, it will be the largest Syrian economic target destroyed by Daesh since the start of​​ the fighting there. [BasNews] [ARA]

Daesh issues a video of​​ blowing up​​ the facility. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed the gas facility to cut off electricity from the government-controlled areas, and to cause financial losses by the government. Daesh had captured the facility on December 11th. [A3maq]

 

The SOHR says battles continued between the Syrian Army and Daesh near the Fourth Station and Al-Sharifa village near the T4 Military Airport. It also says Daesh shelled Syrian Army positions in the​​ Al-Shomariya Mountains area east of Homs. It says the Syrian Army responded by shelling Daesh’s positions west of Tadmur. [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian government says it blocked a Nusra attack that tried to cut off NusraSalmiya road north of Homs. ​​ Syrian troops killed 23 Nusra combatants including 5 leaders, and destroyed 5 vehicles.​​ [SyriaNow]

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East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SDF forces and​​ Coalition​​ commandos executed an airdrop in Deir Ez-Zor, killing Abu Enas, the Daesh​​ Minister of Economy,​​ who​​ had​​ escaped to Deir Ez-Zor from Raqqa.​​ [Hawar]

Press sources say that six helicopters of the Coalition forces executed an airdrop near Al-Kabr village west of Deir Ez-Zor with tens of soldiers,​​ many of them speaking​​ fluent Arabic. The team targeted Daesh leaders in the area, and destroyed a car trying to escape the area. They killed all Daesh members in the car and​​ another 25 Daesh combatants and took the corpses with them. The asked civilians to stay in their homes, arrested several Daesh members and rescued two hostages. One Daesh figure peacefully surrendered to the attacking force. The operation took 75 minutes. ​​ [ARA] [Qasioun] [Dorar] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

In a confusing and probably controversial story, five​​ Coalition​​ airstrikes​​ planes​​ attacked an open-air fuel market east of Deir Ez-Zor, destroying​​ 8​​ oil pump jacks, 6​​ oil refinement stills, 3 excavators, and 2 cranes.​​ [CJTF]​​ 

However, a local source claimed that the strikes​​ killed 15 civilians in Khasham village and​​ 45 more in​​ the​​ oil villages​​ of​​ Sa’wa and Dero.​​ He says 60 vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes.​​ [ZamanAlWasl] ​​​​ 

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Usud Al-Sharqiya, an opposition faction, says it aims to expel Daesh​​ from the​​ Syrian Desert​​ by​​ separating the areas under​​ Daesh​​ control in north and south Syria. The group says that it is working to open Qalamoun​​ Road, and then extend to Deir Ez-Zor in the end.​​ Opposition units recaptured several areas from Daesh,​​ captured the​​ Hamad Al-Shami areas, and​​ took​​ several other positions held by​​ Daesh. [Qasioun] [Dorar]

 

Daesh shelled Harabish and Joura,​​ controlled by government forces in Deir Ez-Zor.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh issued a video of targeting​​ two​​ aircraft​​ inside the Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport with rockets on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its executions in Deir Ez-Zor. The video shows young boys beheading captured prisoners, and a 3 or 4-year-old boy shooting at another prisoner. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh just wants to be in the news, no matter how ugly it looks. The vast majority of people will be disgusted by Daesh’s crimes, but Daesh doesn’t care about the vast majority. It wants to attract sociopaths and psychopaths. And this is another reminder for captured terrorists who claim to not know what Daesh really is when they joined it, that Daesh shows its ugly face all time, and saying you didn’t know is just a lie. ​​ 

 

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

The​​ Free Daraa council of the opposition announced opening​​ of​​ the Allan road west of Yarmouk​​ Basin for humanitarian​​ relief. Daesh did not respond to this initiative. The opposition and Daesh control​​ different​​ areas in the region. The​​ Yarmouk​​ population demanded lifting of​​ the​​ siege imposed by opposition forces on their areas controlled by Daesh,​​ for​​ humanitarian reasons. [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Two Syrian opposition groups​​ who were​​ signatories to the​​ Syrian ceasefire and Astana​​ negotiations, Suqor Al-Sham and Jaish Al-Mujahedeen,​​ announced withdrawal from​​ the​​ negotiations and​​ their commitment to​​ the​​ ceasefire after government forces​​ violated the​​ ceasefire in Wadi Barada and east Ghouta. Air attacks were resumed by Syrian warplanes on the area. Hezbollah announced that the ceasefire in these areas​​ is​​ over. Recent reports say two other groups also withdrew from the agreement. [Dorar] [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh announced appointment of​​ a new​​ emir, a deputy, a​​ wali, and​​ a wounded and missing officer for the area of south Damascus. This was accompanied​​ by​​ arrests of Daesh personnel who rejected the new appointments. [ZamanAlWasl]

 

Daesh says it killed two opposition fighters in an ambush in the Al-Hamad Desert. [A3maq]

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OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A Daesh vehicle bomb exploded near Al-Matafi checkpoint in Arish north of Sinai, killing​​ 9​​ Egyptian soldiers and wounding​​ 16,​​ including​​ 6​​ civilians. The vehicle was stolen from​​ a​​ cleaning company.​​ [Hawar]

A 74-year-old man died from wounds he sustained in the attack raising the number of casualties to ten. [VetoGate]

Eyewitnesses say the attack was conducted by more than 20 terrorists. [ElWatan]

A security source says the body of one of the attackers was found later. [VetoGate]

Security sources say security units repelled another attack in the same area, forcing the terrorists to flee. [VetoGate]​​ 

 

Security sources say a security armored vehicle survived an IED explosion on the Coastal Road in Arish. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says the body of a 39-year-old man was found shot in Al-Nakhal City in Central Sinai. The source says the man had been kidnapped by ABM terrorists few days earlier. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

An LNA spokesman says 2 Daesh terrorists blew themselves up while a third was captured after clashes near the 60 Gate, south of Ajdabiya. The terrorists had fled from the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi. [Libya24] [AfriGate]​​ 

 

The LNA says one of its members was killed by a land mine while helping clearing IEDs in the Qawarsha area, west of Benghazi. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

Local source say many families are returning to their houses in the Gharbiyat area west of Sirte. The sources say 700 other families are waiting for security approvals to return to their houses in the Sirte area. Government units have started large cleanup campaigns in Sirte city. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Other countries​​ 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Sunday it shot and killed an Afghani Intelligence Service member in Quetta city. [A3maq]​​ 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Hundreds of Iraqis attending a play about Iraq unity at the Virgin Maryam Church in Baghdad [Yalla] ​​ 

 

Iraqi forces securing families under Daesh fire in Mosul [Yalla]​​ 

 

A Coalition airstrike destroying a Daesh barge near Mosul on December 31st​​ [CJTF]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

 

 

January 6, 2017