An Update On ISIS Activities

December 21, 2016

Christmas Tree in Ninewa (JM Lopez-Yalla)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Daesh attacks on electricity infrastructure in Diyala causing problems for families, security. [..]

East Mosul campaign suspended for another day. [..]

KDP-Iran accuses Iranian intelligence of deadly Koya bombing. [..]​​ 

Turkey

Erdogan trying to blame Gulen​​ supporters​​ for assassination of Russian ambassador.​​ [..]

Syria

SDF captures more villages in move toward Raqqa. [..]

Evacuation of Aleppo is mostly working. [..]

Turkish Army struggling to defeat Daesh in Al-Bab. [..]

. . . but Turks threaten to take Manbij after taking Al-Bab. [..]

Syrian Army, Daesh battle around airport near Palmyra. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, says the Mosul liberation​​ campaign​​ is​​ progressing​​ but it’s slow. He says the battle if difficult because there are 285,000 buildings and more than a million people​​ whom Daesh is using as human shields​​ in the city. He says the Coalition attacks against Daesh, at the beginning of the battles, were tactical and were targeting​​ Daesh vehicle bombs, but now the attacks are strategic and they target Daesh vehicle bomb factories and supply lines. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

The High Election Commission says it will not allow parties who have armed groups​​ to​​ participate​​ in the elections. [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like a follow-up implementation decision for the newly passed PMF law.​​ The law provided that individual militia members could join the Iraqi Army but could not keep their militia membership thereafter.​​ However, the Commission’s​​ ruling​​ is based on the 2015 political parties law, which bars​​ political parties with militias​​ from running candidates in future elections.

 

The Minister of Displacement and Migration​​ says 1.5 million people have returned to their houses all over the country so far. He also​​ says the return of displaced people to their houses in Baiji will start on January 31. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]​​ 

At the same time, the Ministry says total IDPs from war operations in Ninewa is now 125,000, which exceeds the capacity of Iraq refugee camps to host such​​ a​​ flow. The​​ Minister says the​​ maximum capacity of Iraqi camps is 120,000 and that more international support is needed.​​ [Anadolu]

UNAMI says Kuwait donated 4 million dollars to support displaced people in the Mosul area. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul (3),​​ Tal Afar (1), and​​ Hawija (1). [InherentResolve]

 

BAGHDAD

Baghdad Provincial Council says 25 kidnapping incidents, targeting merchants​​ and wealthy people, were​​ recorded in Baghdad during the past month. The Council says that ransoms demanded by kidnappers vary between $ 10,000 and $ 200,000. ​​ [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have reported many of these incidents. Some may be fund-raisers for Daesh, but most reflect one of Iraq’s endemic problems: its lawlessness.

 

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The BOC says 22nd army brigade destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and an explosives cache in Albu Hayat. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says two IEDs wounded two persons in Baghdad Al-Jadida (New Baghdad). [Sumaria]

The MoI says an IED wounded two civilians in Niariya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

The BOC says an IED wounded five persons in Maysaloun​​ Square​​ on Palestine Street. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it detonated an IED​​ at a​​ “Shia gathering” on Palestine Street. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed or wounded​​ 16​​ people by detonating IEDs on “Shia gatherings”​​ on Palestine Street and​​ in​​ Zafaraniya​​ in southeast Baghdad.​​ ​​ [JustPaste]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The BOC says a roadside IED wounded four civilians in Zafaraniya. [Sumaria]​​ [Relates to previous item]

Daesh says it detonated an IED​​ on a​​ “Shia gathering” in Zafaraniya. [A3maq]

 

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

An MoI source says an IED wounded three persons, including a woman in Abu Dsheer. [Ghad]

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven people by detonating IEDs on two “Shia gatherings”–in Abu Dsheer and in Bayya in southwest Baghdad. [A3maq]

 

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache on a routine search in Arab Jubour and Ma’inat. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

An MP called​​ on​​ the government to concentrate on security issues in Yusufiyah and its surroundings, saying security breaches are becoming more constant and that civilian lives are lost daily. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The MP has a good point, but this is not a recent phenomenon. Yusufiyah has been one of the most violent​​ places in Iraq for a long time and appears almost on a daily basis in Daesh Daily, always for the wrong reasons.

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The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found a guesthouse and a weapons cache in a basement in Al-Rakoub. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says 23rd​​ army brigade cleared and opened 6 km road and destroyed an IED in the “Air Defense” area. ​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says army forces killed two suicide attackers with explosive belts before they​​ could​​ enter a military post of the 55th​​ army brigade in Al-Darwishiya. The belts detonated without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

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Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

The MoI says an IED placed near car dealerships in Bayya wounded one civilian. [Ghad]

Baghdad Operations Command says one person was killed and four wounded when a car bomb exploded in Al-Shurta Al-Rabi’a. [Sumaria]​​ A police captain says two people were killed and seven wounded​​ in the explosion. [Rudaw]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded eighty Shia by detonating a parked car bomb in the Al-Shurta Al-Rabi’a area. [A3maq]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

An MoI source says a security force captured a storehouse of explosives in​​ the​​ Hitawiyeen area in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

Daesh says it conducted 2 suicide attacks with 2 suicide vests on Iraqi security members in the Zaidan area. [A3maq]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported: ​​ 16​​ (Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 10

 

ANBAR

Falluja

As security source says 8th​​ army division found a large weapons and explosives cache in a search campaign in​​ the​​ Subaihat and Falahat areas. It also found a tunnel containing weapons and a mine, and arrested 5 suspects.​​ [Etejah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

A security source in Ramadi says a bomb-rigged​​ car attacked a civilian car carrying soldiers on leave,​​ killing two of them and wounding seven, in Kilo 35 area west of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it killed twelve Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 2 cars in a suicide attack conducted by a terrorist from Mosul in the Kilo 35 area west of Ramadi. [A3maq] [Top4Top]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Anbar Border Guard commander says he met with Jordanian Guard officials in order to coordinate their efforts to prevent Daesh terrorists from sneaking into Jordan. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

A Tribal Mobilization source in Haditha says Daesh is​​ doing​​ house-to-house searches​​ in Anah​​ to find Daesh​​ fighters who​​ left​​ the battlefield and are planning to escape to Syria. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists planted an IED near an Iraqi Army barracks in the Kilo 70 area east of Rutba. Daesh says the IED exploded and destroyed a Humvee, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of reconstructing the Hsaiba Market in Al-Qa’im city that was destroyed by airstrikes. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its air defense unit targeting a Coalition plane in west Anbar. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Salahuddin Operations Command says army units repelled a Daesh attack near Kan’ous village,​​ destroying a machine gunmounted truck.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed six PMF fighters in Sharia Al-Imam village east of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Operations Command says an army unit raided a house in Tikrit, following up on​​ intelligence​​ reports,​​ and found a large explosives cache inside.​​ [MoD Website]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command says total number of families​​ who​​ returned​​ to their homes in​​ all​​ districts of Salahuddin is 132,590. [MoD Website]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ If those families averaged 5.5 people, the total number of people displaced and later returned was over 729,000. This reinforces the enormity of the IDP problem nationwide.

 

Samarra

Daesh publishes photos of an IFP Humvee destroyed by an IED in the Al-Jalam area northeast of Samarra city. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

DIYALA

The​​ Ministry of Electricity says Iraq temporarily lost 400 MW of power supply after a terrorist attack on the MirsadDiyala line.​​ (Mirsad is in Iran.)​​ The line​​ provides​​ Baghdad and mid-Euphrates provinces with power. [Ghad]

 

An MP from Diyala describes the agricultural route connecting Abu Saida in central Diyala to Abbara south of Baquba as a “nest of Daesh cells,” calling it a constant threat to civilians and security personnel alike. He called on the security forces to clear this area, locally known as “Hawdh Al-Waqf”. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 4 persons were arrested on terror charges in Muqdadiya and Buhriz (just south of Baquba). ​​ [Sumaria]

 

Baquba/southeast Diyala

A security source says a roadside IED planted near Zaham village northeast of Baquba killed two farmers passing through the area. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says a civilian overcame a kidnapper who tried to abduct him, took his pistol, and handed him over to a security center. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The manager of Abu Saida subdistrict​​ says that continued power cuts​​ in areas where Daesh is active​​ are​​ adversely affecting security, as blackouts allow Daesh to initiate attacks on Abu Saida villages and advanced lines and plant IEDs. ​​ He demands an urgent solution for this delicate security related issue. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 towers in the Himrin Mountains area in Muqdadiya that provided​​ electricity from Iran to Shia areas in Baghdad with IEDs. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Apparently even electricity is sectarian​​ to Daesh. The kind of electricity Daesh is​​ trying to knock out​​ only works in Shia houses.​​ They must have some new​​ physics concept​​ we don’t​​ understand.​​ 

 

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and wounded another with an IED in the Abu Qarma area in Abu Saida on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted the police station of Zaghinya village, 9 miles north of Baquba,​​ with 5 mortars. [JustPaste]

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

DaeshDaily comment.​​ It’s obvious from the photo​​ that​​ the aim was not that accurate. Daesh just wants to cause casualties in order to appear in the news and create tensions among people.​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted Abu Saida with 2 Katyushas. [JustPaste]

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

 

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

PMF says its 110th​​ brigade went deep into​​ the​​ Himrin​​ Mountains area and found a concrete heliport on a hilltop that was​​ previously unknown. It also found several Daesh hideouts around the heliport. The PMF entered the mountains from Qazlaq and moved 30 km inside the area before reaching​​ an​​ area that no governmental force​​ had​​ reached since 2003. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it killed two Iraqi Army officers and two soldiers with an IED in the Al-Shouhani area in Dalli Abbas subdistrict​​ in Mansouriya​​ on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted the “Shia” Zarqoush area in Himrin subdistrict with 4 mortars. [JustPaste]

A security source​​ said​​ on Tuesday that 5 mortar shells fell on Zarqoush village in the Himrin area without causing casualties. ​​ 

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

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A Police source in Kirkuk says it arrested a previous candidate for the​​ provincial​​ council on charges of​​ making oil​​ deals​​ with Daesh. The man, nicknamed Abu Suleiman, admitted selling oil stolen by Daesh from the Allas and Ajil fields in Salahuddin after refining it.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

In a response to a Human Rights Watch report about PMFs executing Daesh loyalists in Shayala Al-Imam village, a Sunni CoR member from Ninewa says the Ninewa Liberation campaign is going well in regard to protecting human rights. [Sumaria] ​​ 

 

Daesh issues infographics about the 9th week of the Mosul battle. It says it killed 380 Iraqi soldiers and Peshmerga fighters, and destroyed 38 vehicles, and damaged eleven more. Daesh also says it conducted 11 suicide attacks. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video showing its fighters in Mosul commenting on the terrorist attacks in “Coalition countries.” [A3maq]

 

Photos of Christmas trees and crosses in Ninewa [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

East Mosul

The CTS commander says his forces are handing over liberated areas to local police. He also says that 40 neighborhoods are free of Daesh control now, and that an exhibition​​ of​​ weapons captured from​​ Daesh​​ will be set​​ up​​ shortly for people to see​​ the​​ kinds of weaponry​​ it has​​ used. [Shafaq]

 

A senior Coalition general described the Iraqi forces’ holding pattern in Mosul as a “tactical stop.” He says, “After advancing so fast, you need to regroup, refuel, and get ready for the next step”. The general says that the Iraqi troops will resume their advances shortly. [Sumaria]

 

Human Rights Watch​​ says Daesh terrorists​​ have indiscriminately attacked civilian areas in eastern Mosul with mortar rounds and explosives, and deliberately shot at fleeing residents.​​ ​​ Iraqi and coalition forces have also killed and wounded civilians by striking or deploying from homes.

Fleeing residents who spoke with Human Rights Watch said that​​ Daesh​​ justified the attacks on civilians​​ with the argument that because many of them had refused the group’s orders to join its​​ movement​​ west to areas​​ Daesh​​ still controlled. Many stayed because​​ they feared they would be​​ used as human shields. Residents said​​ Daesh​​ members told them in person, by radio, and over mosque loudspeakers that those who stayed behind were “unbelievers” and therefore valid targets along with the Iraqi and​​ Coalition forces.​​ [HRW]

 

The Ninewa Operations commander says Iraqi forces are awaiting the orders of the commander in chief of armed forces to start with the second phase of liberation process. He also says that reinforcement are arriving to city. [Sumaria]

 

Meanwhile, the IFP commander says his forces repelled a Daesh suicide attack in the Palestine neighborhood in southeast Mosul, destroying 2 vehicles and killing the terrorists inside. [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Liberation Command captain says Daesh attacked civilians in Hay Al-Zuhour in east Mosul with a vehicle bomb, killing eight people and wounding thirteen, mostly women and children. [BasNews] ​​ 

 

Daesh says one of its Chechen suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar, killing 14 soldiers and wounding others, and destroying 2 offices, 3 Humvees, 2 personnel carriers, and a military vehicle. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of a suicide attack it conducted on Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. The video shows a vehicle bomb moving, then an explosion from a distance. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles in east Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists sent a 6-year-old girl from its Al-Khansa Battalion (female fighters group) to blow herself up among displaced people in east Mosul. The source says displaced people were not hurt in the explosion. She is part of a group of children called “The Birds of Heaven.” [Sumaria]

 

North and west Mosul

The former Governor of Ninewa, Atheel Al-Nujaifi, says the Mosul battle needs “urgent international support” to guarantee victory with minimum losses. He says Iraqi forces are moving slowly for several reasons, including their poor armament compared to Daesh weapons. Nujaifi’s “Ninewa Guard” are according to a Turkish source, supporting the Iraqi Army 16th division in north Mosul. [Anadolu]

 

A security source in Ninewa says an unidentified drone fired a missile killing Abu Talha Al-Jaafari, a Daesh​​ official​​ responsible for​​ Daesh prisons, and two of his escorts in a car in Dawasa,​​ central​​ Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says Daesh executed ten former Ninewa Police members on the west side of Mosul. The source says Daesh had guaranteed the victims safety after they “repented” in 2014.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Press sources say Daesh arrested five doctors working in a Ninewa Health office west of the river on charges of rejecting work for Daesh and treatment for its prisoners. The doctors were taken to unidentified locations. [IraqPress]​​ 

 

Local sources say Daesh has deployed teenage fighters on the west side of Mosul. They say Daesh faces a shortage in adult fighters. [Mawsleya]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Local sources in Mosul say Daesh executed a mosque​​ imam in​​ the​​ Dhubbat neighborhood,​​ downtown Mosul, on charges of violating​​ their religious instructions.​​ Daesh had imprisoned the imam for over a year before executing him. ​​ [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Reports from Mosul indicate severe economic difficulties among the population due to the drastic rise in prices of basic foodstuffs and vegetables. Food supplies from Syria are no longer arriving since the cutoff of the Tal Afar-Syria road. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh issues a video of distributing flour to families as a part of its​​ zakat​​ activities in Mosul city. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say Daesh members in Mosul are stealing and looting houses in the city to make a living. The sources say Daesh has not paid salaries for the past two months. [Mawsleya]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of fog in Mosul city. [JustPaste]

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

The​​ IFP commander says IFP artillery shelled a Daesh camp in the German Hospital in front of Ghizlani camp, killing​​ tens​​ of them. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP says it captured 2 Daesh terrorists in Tal Wa’i village, south of Shura. [Forat]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF T72 tank and a bulldozer and damaged another bulldozer with rockets near Adaya village in Mosul subdistrict, near the Tal Afar border. [A3maq]

 

Qayara/Makhmur​​ 

A North Oil Company source says the company’s teams extinguished​​ the fires in​​ Oilfield 40 in Qayara​​ and removed IEDs planted by Daesh near the field. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Nineveh Plain

The IFP says it destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs in Hay Sumer in Hamdaniya. [Forat]

 

A child and two women were wounded in a fire in Al-Khazer Camp for displaced people. [IraqPress]

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says it destroyed an armored personnel carrier with a rocket near Al-Hamra village, just southeast of Tal Afar city. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it killed or wounded PMF fighters, destroyed a Humvee, and damaged a bulldozer by detonating 3 booby-trapped houses in Al-Qamishliya village south of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a car carrying PMF fighters with an IED near Al-Qamishliya village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a BMP armored vehicle with a rocket near Al-Qamishliya village. [A3maq]

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a PMF gathering near Al-Qamishliya village. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the suicide attack and battles near the village.​​ [A3maq]

 

KURDISTAN

The Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran accused Iranian intelligence of the dual attack​​ on the party HQ, in Koya.​​ It says five of its members were killed in the attacks in addition to an Asayesh member. Yesterday, it was reported that seven people were killed and others wounded when​​ two​​ IEDs exploded near the party headquarters in Koya, eastern Erbil, on Tuesday.​​ [ARA]​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The inference from yesterday’s casualty report was that the victims were mostly Iraqi Kurdistan peshmerga. The inference today is that they are mostly civilian KDP-Iran members. A possible explanation is that the Iranians are officially regarded as refugees. Admitting that they have armed peshmerga could antagonize Iran.

 

The 4-hour meeting between KDP and Kurdish opposition parties in Erbil ended with a decision to form a joint committee to study the budget and discuss positions of​​ Kurdish COR members​​ who voted for it​​ or​​ abstained. All parties agreed that all would work towards what is best for the Kurdish people. [ROJ]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

American officials are pushing back against suggestions the U.S. is connected to a political movement Turkey’s​​ President blames for the assassination of Russia’s​​ Ambassador to Turkey.​​ President​​ Recep​​ Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, are responsible for Monday’s slaying of Ambassador Andrey Karlov at an Ankara art gallery, Reuters reported.

Secretary of State John Kerry has raised concerns about the overall “rhetoric coming out of Turkey” about U.S. involvement in the killing, State Department spokesman John Kirby later told reporters.

“It’s a ludicrous claim, absolutely false, there’s no basis of truth in it whatsoever,” Kirby said of rhetoric suggesting the U.S. supported the assassination “because of the presence of Mr. Gulen here in the United States.” [NBCNews]​​ 

Erdogan said that “all indications” say the assassin is linked to Fethullah Gulen organization. [Anadolu]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The assassin’s loyalties will likely be discerned from the investigation. However, Erdogan and his regime have a terrible habit of blaming disastrous incidents on whichever political opposition group is the most convenient target at the moment, without waiting for the evidence. The assassin was completely clear​​ in​​ his shouted comments that his issue was about Russia’s involvement in Aleppo, an issue we have not previously heard linked to Mr. Gulen.

 

Fath Al-Sham (Nusra)​​ was reported by Hawar to have​​ claimed responsibility​​ for​​ assassinating the Russian​​ Ambassador to Turkey, saying that it would avenge Aleppo on Russia, Turkey, and Iraq!​​ [Hawar]

However, Abu Maria Al-Qahtani, a member of​​ the​​ Shura Council of Fath Al-Sham​​ (and an Iraqi from the Mosul area), denied any involvement of his group in the assassination, saying that the statement issued in the name of the group claiming responsibility is faked.​​ [Qasioun]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says that Turkish Army and opposition groups will capture Al-Bab city in a short time. He also says​​ that​​ after Al-Bab, they will move toward Manbij city. He says​​ that​​ after capturing Al-Bab and Manbij, there will be an area of 5,000 sq. km (1.950 sq. miles) that is free of “terrorist organizations.” [Anadolu]​​ 

Daesh Daily comment.​​ If the Turks head for Manbij on their anti-SDF crusade while the SDF is heading for Raqqa as part of the US-sponsored Raqqa liberation campaign, American diplomacy could be facing a major problem.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 20 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, in or near Raqqa (11), Deir Ez-Zor (4), and Tadmur (5). ​​ [InherentResolve]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham rejected merger with Fath Al-Sham and other Islamic militant groups in one body called “The Syrian Islamic Commission.” The vote​​ in​​ the​​ organization’s Shura Council did not gain​​ the​​ required majority.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Turkish Army shot​​ into​​ Habel Hawa village in Dirk,​​ burning down a house and causing other damages. [Hawar]​​ ​​ 

 

A​​ medical source says transmitted diseases are spreading in Al-Hawl Camp,​​ including 2 cases of leishmania, cause of a parasitical disease. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Raqqa

The SDF, supported by Coalition planes, captured​​ Jaabar​​ and Ghadhban villages, west of Raqqa, after heavy battles with Daesh. [Qasioun]​​ 

Other reports seemed to indicate that fighting was continuing in​​ Jaabar. Activists say that SDF forces are on the outskirts of​​ Jaabar​​ west of Raqqa and are planning to attack Tabaqa shortly after amid sporadic battles with Daesh. [EnabBaladi]

Daesh says it killed fifteen SDF (“PKK fighters” in its version) while stopping an attack on​​ Jaabar​​ village. [A3maq]

 

The SDF captured Abu Jab village, west of Raqqa, killing​​ two​​ Daesh terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [ARA]

In an overlapping report, the SDF liberated Abu Jab and​​ the village of​​ Mazraa east of​​ Qarwan village in its drive towards Raqqa. It says it killed two Daesh fighters. [Hawar] [Qasioun]

The​​ SDF​​ also reported​​ repelling​​ a​​ Daesh attack on​​ Qarwan village,​​ killing 5 attackers. [Hawar] [ARA]

 

Coalition​​ planes​​ attacked Tabaqa city and Mahmoudli​​ village​​ east of Al-Jarniya,​​ killing three civilians and wounding​​ tens” of​​ others. [Qasioun]

Daesh says it shot down an SDF recon drone near Al-Mahmoudli. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of “American” airstrikes on Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of removing rubble after “American” airstrikes on Al-Tabaqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh says the SDF fighters shot and killed seven people near Al-Ghantu village east of Al-Jarniya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh executed and crucified a man in Mansoura, west of Raqqa, on charges of trafficking people to areas outside the control of​​ Daesh, in​​ SDF or YPG controlled areas. [ARA] [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of an Egyptian suicide terrorist who attacked the SDF (“PKK”) west of Raqqa [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting​​ SDF​​ positions west of Raqqa with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of building and expanding mosques in Raqqa. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

A leftover Daesh land mine seriously wounded a 13 year old child in Tal Abyad. The child underwent a surgery and is in stable condition now.​​ [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city/Idlib

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says Assad now has control of Aleppo after the last fighters were brought out of the city and only one small position on the western outskirts remains in rebel hands.

But a U.N. official in Syria, asked about the Observatory report, told Reuters: “That is not something we can confirm. Evacuations are still ongoing.”

A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army rebel alliance, Osama Abu Zaid, told an Arab news channel that evacuations had been slowed by bad weather and would continue into the night. [Reuters]​​ 

Informed sources say the last group of opposition fighters have left east Aleppo. [ARA]​​ 

 

Activists accused militias supported by​​ the​​ Syrian government of placing obstacles to the Aleppo evacuation process by adding additional conditions, including increasing the number of persons evacuating Fawaa​​ and Kefraya villages​​ in Idlib.​​ [ARA]​​ The​​ Syrian government, on the other hand, says that​​ the​​ evacuation is delayed due to new conditions set by the opposition. [SyriaNow]

550 civilians evacuated the city today in bad weather conditions, while Turkey announced its readiness to receive​​ people with​​ serious​​ medical conditions who need​​ to be treated in its hospitals. [ARA]

 

Turkey says it is starting to build three refugee camps in safe areas in Idlib to receive refugees from east Aleppo and all war-ravaged​​ areas in Syria. The camps are planned to host 80,000 persons. [EnabBaladi]

 

Al-Bab

The​​ Turkish​​ Army says it lost four soldiers in intensive fighting around Al-Bab city,​​ with​​ 15 others wounded. ​​ It also says opposition​​ forces​​ backed by Turkish air and artillery support​​ now​​ control​​ the expressway connecting Al-Bab to Aleppo. Local activists say that​​ “control” of​​ the expressway is not​​ exactly accurate,​​ as​​ the​​ Syrian​​ Army still controls​​ over 90% of the expressway from​​ the​​ Aleppo side. ​​ Opposition​​ units​​ backed by Turkey​​ captured​​ Sheikh Aqil Mountain​​ and Al-Hikma​​ Hospital under heavy Turkish fire and​​ are​​ now at the outskirts of Al-Bab.

 

Daesh’s version​​ says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Turkish Army and opposition groups in Aqil Mountain with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding several soldiers and fighters and destroying several military vehicles. [DawaAlhaq]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Aqil Mountain. [A3maq]​​ 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on the Turkish Army and opposition groups who “fled” from the outskirts of Aqil Mountain to Al-Azraq village farms west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says it conducted a third suicide attack with a vehicle bomb on Turkish Army and opposition groups near Al-Azraq village, killing nine soldiers and fighters and wounding others, and destroying a tank, an SUV, and damaging 2 more vehicles. [JustPaste]

​​ 

Turkey says its​​ planes​​ destroyed 48 Daesh targets,​​ killing 15 of its fighters. Turkey says total Daesh members killed in Al-Bab are 138. ​​ [BasNews] [Hawar] [ARA] [ARA] [ARA] [Qasioun] [Qasioun] [Dorar] [EnabBaladi] [ZamanAlWasl] [Anadolu]

Later on,​​ it also says Turkish planes destroyed 67 Daesh targets, while its artillery targeted 8 machine gun-mounted vehicles.​​ 

In the same report, however,​​ the Turkish Army says​​ 10​​ of its soldiers were killed and​​ 18​​ wounded,​​ 6​​ of them severely, by vehicle bomb attacks in 3 different areas in​​ and around​​ Al-Bab. It says​​ 14​​ of its soldiers​​ have been​​ killed and​​ 33​​ wounded in​​ the​​ Al-Bab battles so far. [Anadolu]

 

Activists say that Turkish planes attacked a bus carrying civilians escaping Al-Bab, killing thirteen of them and wounding seven others. [Hawar]

Activists say Turkish airstrikes on Al-Bab killed seven civilians and wounded others. They also say Turkish artillery based​​ on Al-Deir​​ Mountain​​ shelled Daesh targets west of Baza’a. [ARA]

A 5-year-old boy was killed by Turkish bombing on Al-Bab. [Hawar]​​ 

 

Daesh says the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab city with 48 airstrikes and more than 300 artillery shells​​ on Aqil Mountain and residential areas in Al-Bab city.​​ [A3maq]​​ ​​ [A3maq]

Daesh says the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab city with 50 rockets in less than 15 minutes. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the Turkish bombing on Al-Bab. [A3maq]​​ 

 

Daesh says it conducted a suicide attack on a Turkish Army and opposition groups’ gathering west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed an opposition group car loaded with ammunition in battles west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army personnel carrier with a rocket west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish Army tank and a BMP armored vehicle with​​ two​​ rockets west of Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Here Daesh says the Turkish Army losses in the Al-Bab area are the highest since the Operation Euphrates Shield started. Daesh says 22 Turkish Army vehicles arrived near the southern fence of Al-Faruq Hospital near Aqil Mountain. It says one of its Palestinian suicide terrorists attacked Turkish Army and opposition groups near the hospital, killing or wounding at least fifty soldiers, and destroying a tank, 4 armored vehicles, and a bulldozer. Daesh says the remaining Turkish Army soldiers and opposition group fighters fled from the hospital to the western suburbs of Al-Bab city. It says the​​ Turks have not been able to​​ capture any area inside of the city yet.​​ 

Daesh says​​ that even​​ before the suicide attack,​​ 20​​ Turkish soldiers were killed or wounded, and a tank, a BMP vehicle, and a personnel carrier were destroyed by rockets.

Daesh says in the early morning the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab with 40 airstrikes and 50 mortar shells and tried to break into the city. Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked them with a vehicle bomb, forcing them to retreat.​​ 

Daesh says the Turkish Army targeted Al-Bab with 88 airstrikes and more than 350 shells and rockets during the last 24 hours. [A3maq] [Top4Top]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Discerning the truth about any combat situation from Daesh reports is nearly impossible. However, even Turkish accounts concede significant Turkish casualties.​​ It is obvious, moreover, that Turkey-supported opposition groups could not capture Al-Bab with Turkey’s previous significant support and that Turkey has been forced to rely on its own forces​​ to make progress in Al-Bab. Almost nothing in today’s reports is about the Turkey-supported opposition groups.​​ 

 

Daesh executed and crucified a man on a power pole in Tadif, south of Al-Bab, on charges of trafficking people to areas outside the Turkish backed opposition areas. [ARA]

 

Afrin

Citizens of Dara Azza cut off the road connecting their city to Afrin in protest​​ of the high fees imposed by Fath Al-Sham​​ (Nusra)​​ and other armed groups on trucks carrying fuel and oil derivatives from Daesh controlled areas. ​​ [ARA]

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Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh and Syrian​​ Army exchanged artillery and rocket fire​​ around the​​ T4 airport perimeter. Daesh targeted the airport​​ and​​ government​​ troops​​ responded by shelling Daesh positions near Sharifa village and​​ the​​ T4 perimeter,​​ killing and wounding​​ several Daesh fighters. No air activity of Russian and Syrian planes was noted,​​ due to bad weather. [ARA]

Here Daesh says the Syrian Army, supported by Afghani and Iranian militias and Russian airpower, tried to capture Al-Sharifa village west of the T4 Airport. Daesh says it stopped the attack, killing fourteen militiamen, including Afghans, wounding others, and forcing the rest to flee. [Top4Top]

Daesh says it killed twelve Syrian forces’ members and destroyed a tank in an attack east of the T4 Airport. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting T4 Airport with tanks and heavy artillery. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Syrian helicopters attacked targets in Palmyra with explosive barrels, killing and wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

 

The Syrian Army killed 23 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several armored vehicles​​ east of​​ the 4th​​ Station area, west of Homs.​​ [SyriaNow]

​​ 

Daesh says it captured a Syrian Army soldier who was hiding in a house in Tadmur city. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

The SOHR says​​ planes​​ targeted several areas in Deir Ez-Zor province. [SyriaHR] ​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” in west Albu Kamal. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists west of Deir Ez-Zor city. [MRKZGulf]

 

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

SOHR says Fighting and counter shelling is resumed between the Khaled Army, affiliated to Daesh, and Opposition units west of Daraa, while opposition​​ units​​ engaged​​ the Syrian Army northwest of the city. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Eyewitnesses say security units destroyed an IED near Al-Dhahir road, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]​​ 

​​ 

Libya

Northeast

The​​ Libyan National Army (LNA)​​ spokesman says the LNA stopped its military operations in Qanfouda to allow families to leave. He had said earlier that 120 families are trapped in the area. He also says the remaining terrorists in Qanfouda are​​ from Tunisia, Sudan, and Egypt.​​ He accused Turkey of supporting terrorist groups in Benghazi.​​ He says some countries are using Libya as a training base for terrorists.​​ [AfriGate]​​ 

The LNA says it captured large quantities of C5 rockets in a house in Qanfouda. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

The Benghazi Medical Center says​​ two IEDs in bags exploded in the center,​​ causing damage and minor suffocation cases. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

A medical source says a 45-year-old woman was shot​​ and wounded​​ by a sniper​​ near Al-Saberi. A sniper has been targeting civilians in the area for a week. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

The GNA Military says its troops, supported by Libyan recon planes, are searching and clearing areas south of Sirte. [AfriGate]​​ 

 

An LNA commander says 40-60 Daesh terrorists, foreigners and Libyans, coming from Bani Walid, attacked the Al-Khamsin area in Shwayrif. He says his troops, supported by local volunteers, clashed with the terrorists and forced them to flee. He says the terrorists stole an ambulance and another vehicle from the Industrial River Company in the area. [Wasat] [Libya24] [Libya24]  ​​ ​​​​ 

 

Other countries​​ 

Yemen

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

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says it killed two Afghani Intelligence members and wounded two by detonating 2 IEDs in Kabul. [A3maq]

 

Germany

The​​ German Interior Ministry says it is looking for a new suspect of Tunisian origin who might be connected to the recent truck attack in Berlin.​​ [Arabi21]

A​​ German official says the suspect, Anis Al-Ameri, was supposed to be deported back to Tunisia in 2015 but the Tunisian​​ government refused to accept him. [Tunisien]​​ 

A Tunisian official told​​ Agence​​ France Press that Tunisian Counter​​ Terrorism units​​ have​​ started to investigate the family of the suspect. [Tunisien]​​ 

Security sources say the 23-year-old suspect was known for his radicalism​​ in his hometown, Tataouine, Tunisia. [Tunisien]​​ 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

The displaced people​​ in Bartella. Medical staffing​​ is not enough for their large numbers. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul residents having breakfast at a bakery, along with CTS​​ commander Abdul Wahhab Al-Saedi​​ and another general. It seems like a scene​​ from life returning to normal. [Yalla]​​ 

 

A gym in Mosul Hay Al-Barid in east Mosul used by Daesh as a training facility for terrorists. [Yalla]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today​​ [Bayan]

 

 

December 20, 2016

Iraqi Christians children, (Matt Cardy-Getty Images)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Iraq

Coalition airstrike hits Daesh leadership gathering in Al-Qa’im. [..]

All displaced families in Jalawla, Diyala have now returned. [..]

Iraqi troops make no new offensives on Tuesday. [..]

US says Daesh has used 600 vehicle bombs during Mosul campaign. [..]

7 killed in terrorist attack on political party office in Koya, eastern Erbil. [..]

Syria

Russia, Turkey, Iran announce diplomatic agreement on Syria. [..]​​ 

SDF Raqqa campaign keeps gaining; Daesh​​ showing more resistance. [..]

Aleppo exodus going more smoothly. [..]

Turkey steps up attack in Al-Bab against increasing opposition. [..]

Germany

Terrorist truck attack by Daesh-claimed supporter kills 12, injures 48 in Berlin. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi says no group fighting in Syria represents the Iraqi government. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Col. John Dorrian, the Coalition spokesman says Daesh has developed a video game for children where they target mainly famous western locations like the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, or the Big Ben of London. The game, called “Letters,” allows​​ players to select an attack weapon from a wide range of options, including commercial planes. [Sumaria]​​ 

​​ 

The Canadian Defense Minister​​ Harjit Sajjan arrived​​ in Baghdad and met with Prime Minister Al-Abadi. Official statements say the progress of Mosul operations, Canadian training support, and reconstruction of war-battered areas was discussed. [Shafaq]

 

The Coalition says it conducted 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, in or near Mosul (2), Kasik (1),​​ Tal Afar (1), and Hawija (2). [InherentResolve]​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

A Muslim businessman has erected the tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad as a show of solidarity with Christians during the holiday season. Yassir Saad told The Associated Press on Thursday that the initiative aims at “joining our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations and helping Iraqis forget their anguish, especially the war in Mosul.”​​ 

The 85-foot-tall (26-meter) artificial tree, with a diameter of 33 feet (10 meters), has been erected in the center of an amusement park in the Iraqi capital. Saad says the initiative cost around $24,000. “This tree represents love and peace,” said teacher Saba Ismael, as her visiting students took pictures in front of the tree. “I wish all Iraqi Christians could return to Iraq and live normal and peaceful lives.” [Telegraph]​​ 

 

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

The MoI says armed men shot dead an ex-Sahwa member in his car, in Meshahda, Tarmiya. [Maalomah]​​ 

The MoI says a roadside IED in Rashidiya wounded 4 civilians. [Ghad]

The BOC says 59th​​ army brigade destroyed 8 IEDs in Al-Hamra. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

The BOC says 11th army division found two IEDs and hand grenades in Hay Al-Kufa in Shaab.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The BOC says 11th​​ army division found an explosives cache in Luqmaniyat, in Sadr City.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The MoI says an IED placed in a marketplace in Nahrawan killed one civilian and wounded six others. [Ghad]

 

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

The MoI says a roadside IED in Arab Jubour in Dora went off, wounding several civilians passing by. [Ghad]

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade cleared a 1 km road and found an explosives cache in Albu Khamis. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

MoI says one civilian was killed and four wounded by an IED explosion in Bakriya, in Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

The MoI says a roadside IED targeting an army patrol in Radwaniya wounded two soldiers and damaged their vehicle. [Maalomah]​​ 

The BOC says 66th​​ army division found an explosives cache and destroyed 2 IEDs in Albu Anjour and 10 IEDs in the Al-Abadi and Buhairat areas.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

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

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 7

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A member of the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says security​​ units captured a group of Daesh terrorists who were responsible for blowing up many houses south of Falluja during the period of Daesh control. [Maalomah]​​ 

 

Ramadi

A military source in Ramadi​​ says 10th​​ and 8th​​ army divisions found and destroyed a large explosives cache and 85 IEDs in Albu Hayes, Albu Chlaib, and Angor north and west of Ramadi respectively. [Sumaria]

 

Hit/Haditha

A source in Haditha Tribal Mobilization says army helicopters attacked a gathering of Daesh terrorists planning to attack the city of Al-Saqra, west of Haditha, killing 12 of them and destroying​​ 4 vehicles. It also destroyed​​ a convoy of three Daesh vehicles and destroyed another in Raihana near Anah. ​​ [Sumaria]

 ​​​​ 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The Anbar Operations Commander says Coalition​​ planes attacked a Daesh gathering near Al-Qa’im, killing 9 of their leaders and destroying their 3 vehicles. He also says the campaign to liberate the remaining West Anbar cities is imminent. ​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

A source in in Tribal Mobilization in Haditha says Daesh executed four men in Anah on charges of cooperating with government forces. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes a​​ photo of the sun setting in Rawa city. [Top4Top]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ An appropriate image for a Daesh photo.

 

SALAHUDDIN​​ (no reports)

 

DIYALA

Baquba/southeast Diyala

The Security Committee in the Diyala​​ Provincial Council security says PMFs are covering over 5000 sq. km of the province and are providing adequate protection against possible terror operations. [Sumaria]

 

The Diyala Police chief says a joint security force captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges in different areas east of Baquba. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

The​​ manager of Jalawla subdistrict says the forceful displacement issue in the city is now finally ended, with the return of 1,847 families, the last contingent of families who had left the city. 12,000 families had returned to Jalawla earlier. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 5 mortar shells fell on Zarqoush village in the Himrin area without causing casualties. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Southern Diyala (Balad Ruz, Mandali)

A security source in Diyala says a search operation in six villages in Balad Ruz resulted in the arrest of three men wanted on terror charges. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

A security source in Kirkuk says an airstrike by the IAF destroyed a weapons cache containing ammunition and explosive belts, and killed two Daesh terrorists​​ in Hawija. The strike was initiated based on intelligence information.  [Ghad]​​ 

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Daesh organized a military demonstration in the heart of Hawija, mostly for its “Ashbal Al-Khilafa” (children recruited by Daesh). ​​ The source also says that Daesh​​ reduced the numbers of its fighters at barriers and checkpoints, amid news that more than 3,000 fighters have deserted them. [Sumaria]

​​ 

Eyewitnesses say the body of a Daesh member was found beheaded near a dumpster in Hawija. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest

A security source says the commander of Daesh’s Dabiq battalion and 15 other terrorists were killed by a Coalition airstrike on the Al-Shaheed Compound in Al-Rashad. The source also says the Coalition targeted 4 more Daesh locations in Al-Rashad and in Al-Riyadh in Hawija, killing several terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

East Mosul

The IWMC says the Commander of Ninewa liberation operations stated that there is no change in the military situation for today, as units continue clearing liberated areas.​​ 

As of today, total​​ families in the three refugee camps are 13,467; or 74, 103 persons. [Ghad]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This might be helpful to researchers​​ and journalists faced with statistics that total families but not people. By our calculation, this is 5.5 people per family.

 

However, the Commander of CTS Special Forces says there is no halt in liberation operations. His forces are regrouping and waiting for land-holding units to arrive before starting the second phase. He denied that there were any Daesh attacks today. ​​ [Ghad]

 

Attacks were down today, but did not stop.

The Ninewa Rapid Deployment force says it killed a suicide attacker with an explosives belt who tried to enter Kokjali from the Quds cemetery direction. [Shafaq]

 

A security source in Mosul says Daesh shelled Al-Zuhour neighborhood of Mosul with mortars, killing and wounding several civilians. [Shafaq]

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Intisar in Mosul with mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul with 176 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

A military source says Ninewa Police emergency force found a workshop for manufacturing rockets in the Al-Samah neighborhood. [Mawsleya]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh suicide terrorists who were trying to sneak in with displaced families in east Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

The Pentagon says Iraqi forces in Mosul operations are facing “expected difficulties” due to the urban intensity of the battlefield, adding that they have managed to liberate 20% of the city and are determined to go all the way. ​​ [Sumaria]

The US Army command says Daesh has targeted Iraqi forces with over 600 vehicle bombs since the start of Mosul liberation operations. [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Institute for the Study of War in Washington says in a report that Mosul operation is turning into a war of attrition, in​​ which CTS forces seem to be fighting alone in the big city against an enemy hiding behind civilians. It suggests the slow-down in progress might be solved by (1) involving other military units, including the IFP and PMFs, to open more fronts and (2) using​​ airpower to create strikes that are more clinical. [Sumaria]

 

North and west Mosul

Black Squadrons, a branch of Daesh with black cars and outfits, is deployed​​ on the west side of Mosul, say local sources. These units are spreading fear among the population, and are responsible for the disappearance of many young people, believed to be kidnapped and forced into service by Daesh.  ​​​​ [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says seven people were killed by an “American” airstrike on Khaled Ibn Al-Walid Street on the west side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh is looking for one of its officials, called Abu Tabarek, nicknamed “The Elegant” for his devotion to his personal appearance, who works in the​​ zakat​​ department but disappeared 3 days ago. A circular distributed on the west side of the city says the man is wanted “dead or alive,” local sources say. [Sumaria]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Daesh publishes photos of “normal life” on​​ Ghazi Street in Mosul. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Shura/Hammam Al-Alil/Mosul subdistrict

Ninewa Operations Commander says IPF repelled a Daesh attack near Al-Adhba village, killing 5 attackers, while army units blocked​​ other two attacks on Talawi junction near Shura, and on Hammam Al-Alil, killing and wounding several terrorists. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Al-Arij, Al-Adhba, and Al-Irbeed villages with 33 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

Daesh publishes 3 photos of targeting PMF positions in Al-Arij village, west of Hammam Al-Alil, with light and mid-size weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Commander of IFP says IFP artillery shelled Al-Ghizlani camp and achieved direct hits, while the IFP 3rd division destroyed two vehicle bombs near Abu Saif village. [Harbi]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF BMP armored vehicle with a rocket in Adaya village near the Tal Afar border. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in Tal Abta in southwest Mosul and nearby South Sadahiya village in eastern Tal Afar with 100 mortars and 13 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists near Mahalbiya. [JustPaste]

​​ 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

PMF says Daesh is burning the bodies of its​​ casualties in Tal Afar, to avoid having them recognized.​​ [PressIraq]

 

Um Jassem, a woman who was cocking for PMFs west of Mosul, was wounded in the head in a Daesh attack. The Shia Endowment will pay the​​ expenses of her treatment. [Harbi]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

Seven people were killed and others wounded when 2 IEDs exploded near the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran headquarters in Koya, eastern Erbil. [ARA]​​ 

A motorcycle targeted people who were attending an Iranian traditional celebration at the headquarters, followed by another motorcycle. Six Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and a security member were killed and three other people wounded in the two attacks. [Rudaw] [Rudaw]

 

In a potentially significant​​ development, Gorran says it will participate in the KRG’s Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday. The KDP and Gorran held a meeting yesterday to discuss the political crisis in Kurdistan. [Rudaw] [BasNews]​​ 

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

A security source says a school headmaster was arrested on terrorism charges. The man is an IDP from the Jisr Diyala area in Baghdad.​​ [Mawazin]​​ 

 

Basra

The Criminal Court of Basra levied a death sentence on a terrorism convict accused of transferring vehicle bombs to Baghdad that caused explosions in Ghazaliya and killed several innocent civilians. [Sumaria}

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

The “Falcons of Kurdistan Liberation” (PAK) group claimed responsibility for the vehicle bomb attack in Qaisari, Turkey that left 14 Turkish soldiers dead and tens wounded. The group says the attack is to avenge innocent blood shed by Kurds killed by Turkish soldiers. [ARA]

 

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs told the US Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call that Fethullah Gülen’s organization is behind the attack that killed the Russian Ambassador to Ankara. [Anadolu]​​ 

 

The Syrian Popular Movement, an anti-Assad group, issued a statement apologizing for claiming responsibility for the assassination of the Russian Ambassador yesterday. Its bizarre explanation says there was a typo and a mistaken explanation in its statement yesterday. It says it had received an announcement from a group that claimed the assassination, but accidentally worded its report in a way that made it seem like the Syrian Popular Movement itself was claiming responsibility. [Facebook] [Rudaw]​​ 

The Movement had seemingly claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday, even though the person committing the assassination was clearly identified as a Turk. [Rudaw]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Russia, Turkey, and Iran signed an agreement to revive the political process and end the conflict in Syria. The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs says the​​ three countries stressed the sovereignty and unity of Syria as a democratic and secular country. He also says the three countries are ready to make an agreement between the government and the opposition and act as guarantors. The three countries agreed that there is no military solution for the Syrian conflict, and it should be solved according to UN Resolution 2254. They support the cease-fire, humanitarian efforts, and free movement of civilians. The three countries will continue to fight Daesh and Al-Nusra and separate them from other armed groups, according to the agreement. [Hawar]  ​​ ​​​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Hearing that democracy in Syria is supported by Russia, Turkey, and Iran should gladden everyone’s hearts this holiday season.

 

Iran says it established a joint military operations center with Russia in Syria, according to Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. He says his was agreed on with President Putin’s envoy, who visited Tehran earlier.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister says Daesh and Nusra are not included in the cease-fire process. He also says Hezbollah should​​ stop its operations as well.​​ [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems contradictory to the three-way solidarity reported above. One possible explanation is that as part of the agreement, Turkey​​ is dropping its support for Al-Nusra, which it previously supported, so Iran dropping its commitment to the Lebanese Hezbollah militia fighting for Assad would be an equivalent gesture. There is no chance that will happen; Iran and Hezbollah are a lot closer than Turkey and Al-Nusra. Turkey is adjusting uncomfortably to the reality​​ that it has lost in its efforts to overthrow Assad and Russia and Iran have so far won. It is talking a good game but from a weak position.

 

The Coalition says it conducted 11​​ airstrikes on Daesh in Syria (near Ain Eissa (5), Raqqa (3), and Tadmur (3). ​​ [InherentResolve] ​​ 

​​ 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

The SDF says it arrested a Daesh operative during inspection and clearing of a village just captured by the SDF.​​ [Hawar]

 

The SDF says a fierce battle is taking place between the castle and village of Ja’abar, on the 11th​​ day of the SDF drive towards Raqqa from the northwest side. 9 terrorists were killed in battle so far.​​ 

SDF says that in the first 10 days of the campaign, 97 villages and farms have been liberated. SDF earlier captured the villages of Khirbat Tawi and Abu Sahra. ​​ [Hawar] [ROJ]

 

However, activists say that Daesh recaptured three​​ villages northwest of Raqqa after fierce battles with SDF.​​ [SyriaNow]

 

Daesh says it killed thirty-seven SDF fighters in a suicide attack and fighting in Al-Ghantu village, east of Al-Jarniya. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked SDF positions in Saiqoul and Kharba Jahasha villages, west of Raqqa, on Monday, killing or wounding at least thirty fighters. Daesh says its men returned safely after the attack. [Top4Top]

 

The SDF says it is heading towards Tabaqa city west of Raqqa, local activists reported. Coalition planes initiated airstrikes on the city in preparation of the advance. [Qasioun]

Daesh says a man, a woman, and a child were killed and ten other people wounded by an “American” airstrike on Hay 2 in Al-Tabaqa city. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh media consistently reports all Coalition airstrikes as “American” and that they cause only​​ civilian casualties, almost never causing Daesh casualties.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo city

The evacuation process of civilians and opposition fighters continues smoothly in eastern Aleppo. An opposition source says that Syrian Army is using​​ loudspeakers to expedite evacuation so its engineering units can enter and clear the mines and IEDs planted by the opposition. The opposition also claims that some of its armed men are still in Aleppo to ensure safe evacuation of civilians.​​ [ARA]

 

SOHR says that 16,200 civilians have already left Aleppo, in addition to 5,000 fighters. It says that 2,000-3,000 are still waiting to leave, some of them opposition fighters as well.​​ [SyriaHR]

 

Syrian government believes that the evacuation process in east Aleppo will end on Wednesday. Turkey’s Foreign Minister, who said that over 37,000 civilians have already left the city, supported the statement.​​ [EnabBaladi]

 

Syrian Army says it destroyed 4 machine-gun mounted vehicles near the air academy north of Aleppo, killing all terrorists inside them. [SyriaNow]

 

Al-Bab

The Turkish Army says its planes destroyed 16 Daesh targets near Al-Bab city, while its EODs defused 53 IEDs in liberated areas. A Turkish drone destroyed a Daesh vehicle, while a Daesh vehicle bomb killed several opposition fighters and Turkish soldiers in the hills surrounding Al-Bab city.​​ [ARA] [SyriaHR]

 

Activists say Turkey-backed opposition groups’ attacks on Aqil Mountain, held by Daesh northwest of Al-Bab, failed despite Turkish air and artillery support due to Daesh stiff resistance. They also say that Daesh drove the attacking forces back in several locations. [ARA]

 

Daesh says 22 people were killed and 53 wounded by Turkish Army shelling and bombing on​​ Al-Bab during the last two days. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Turkish planes conducted 37 airstrikes on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the results of Turkish bombing on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

Daesh says a family of seven was killed by Turkish bombing on Al-Bab. [A3maq]

 

Other Northwest Syria​​ 

The Syrian Army destroyed 4 Daesh machine gun-mounted vehicles north of Deir Hafer, east of Aleppo. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Fighting between Daesh and Government forces was resumed on the perimeter of T4 airport where Daesh killed 4 soldiers and destroyed several vehicles. Russian planes initiated intensive attacks on the outskirts of Sharifa village and Al-Mafraq south of the airport, activists say. Daesh says it captured two Syrian soldiers.​​ [ARA] [Qasioun] [SyriaHR]

Daesh issues a video of targeting a Syrian Army​​ bulldozer and a heavy machine gun with rockets near the T4 Airport. [A3maq]

 

Syrian planes and artillery shelled Waar neighborhood and Rusten in Homs, while Russian planes attacked Palmyra and Sukhnah, activists reported. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it captured two Syrian soldiers who were hiding in Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Activists say Daesh burned four men to death and threw their remains in the Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor, after charges of communicating with the SDF.​​ [ARA]

 

Russian planes resumes bombing Daesh controlled areas in Deir Ez-Zor, activists say. The planes targeted locations in Abu Hamam village, destroying several houses. Daesh​​ shelled Al-Furat University premises in Deir Ez-Zor, while Syrian forces are digging trenches near the Panorama barrier area.​​ [ARA] [Qasioun] [SyriaHR] [SyriaHR]

Daesh issues a video of two Syrian soldiers who surrendered to its terrorists near the Deir Ez-Zor Airport. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of one of its PR activities, mostly for children, in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

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

A video shows an Al-Nusra terrorist with his two daughters, ages 8 and 6. Both were apparently brainwashed by their father to be suicide bombers. One blew herself up in a Damascus police station a few days ago. [Facebook]​​ 

Several sources​​ reported​​ last week that a policeman found an 8-year old girl​​ who asked for help and took her to the police station in Damascus. An explosives vest on the girl exploded, killing her and wounding one policeman. Other media sources spoke about three civilian casualties as well.​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We have to admit that some stories are so deeply discouraging that they are hard to report. Persuading your own little children to be suicide bombers, making their lives less important than your political cause? How low can people go?​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring Countries

Jordan

A Jordanian security source says four security troops were killed and others wounded in a battle with radicals hiding in a house north of Al-Karak. The group might be linked to the terrorists in Monday attack. [Hawar] [Arabi21]

 

Daesh published the names of the 4 terrorists who conducted the attack in Al-Karak.​​ It says the terrorists clashed with a security patrol in Al-Karak then attacked a security building before barricading in Al-Karak Castle. It says the 4 terrorists were killed after “hours” of battles. Daesh says ten people were killed, including a Jordanian Special Missions commander and “crusader Coalition subjects,” and 35 wounded. [Top4Top]

 

North Africa

Egypt

A soldier was wounded by a sniper in the Karm Al-Qawadis area, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]​​ 

 

Libya

Central coast

AFRICOM issued a statement saying “The United States Africa Command concluded Operation Odyssey Lightning Dec. 19, following an announcement from the Libyan government of the​​ end of offensive military operations in Sirte.” US planes carried out 495 airstrikes against Daesh in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord during the operation, which began on August 1. [AFRICOM]​​ 

 

A medical source says 10,000 were given polio vaccination in the Sirte suburbs. [Wasat]

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Other countries​​ 

Yemen

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Houthi positions in the Al-Qifa area in Bayda with B10 shells. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting a government building used by Houthis near Al-Zob village in Bayda with B10​​ shells. [JustPaste]

 

Germany

A tractor trailer barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others. Witnesses said shoppers screamed and dropped packages and glasses of mulled wine as the truck plowed into the market.

Officials are investigating the crash as an act of terrorism, according to a German intelligence official familiar with the matter.

After a tip, Berlin police arrested a man on foot about a​​ mile and a half away from the crash site. Authorities are working to determine whether he is linked to the case.

Some of the 48 people in the hospital have serious injuries, Berlin police tweeted. [CNN]​​ 

Of those killed, six were German, one was Polish (the original truck driver, Lukasz Urban, a 37-year-old who was found dead in the passenger seat of the vehicle). The identities of the other victims are not yet known. Police released Naved B, a Pakistani asylum seeker who they had arrested on Monday night, after finding no evidence that he was the driver of the truck. A bystander had tried to follow the driver of the truck for more than a mile after they witnessed him jump out before it was driven into the Christmas market, but it seems they misidentified the suspect. [Guardian]​​ 

Daesh’s A3maq says, according to a “security source”, that the attacker in Berlin was a Daesh “soldier.” [A3maq]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Videos of the Day

Iraq

CTS troops in street battles in Mosul​​ [YouTube] [YouTube] [Mawsleya]

A Daesh convoy destroyed by CTS units near​​ Mosul [YouTube]

Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Tamim, east Mosul [MoD]

 

Civilians wounded by a Daesh attack in Hay Al-Falah in east Mosul [YouTube]

Rapid Intervention troops securing a family in Ninewa [YouTube]

A video of a center for people with special needs used by Daesh​​ as headquarters in Hay Al-Barid in Mosul [Mawsleya]

 

A video of a Daesh IEDs and rockets factory found in Hay Al-Samah in east Mosul [Mawsleya]

 

A video of large quantities of house appliances stolen by Daesh from houses in Mosul and left outside [Mawsleya]

 

IAA strikes killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles west of Mosul [IMN]​​ 

 

A Daesh tunnel found by PMFs in the Tal Afar area [YouTube]

 

Jordan

The battle in Al-Karak [YouTube] [YouTube]

The 4 Daesh terrorists after being killed by security forces in Al-Karak [YouTube]​​ 

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today [Bayan]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of its operations in the Ninewa and Shirqat areas. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

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December 19, 2016

 

Displaced People Camp in Sinjar (Sumaria)

 

Today’s Major Developments

Turkey

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey assassinated. [..] ​​ [See Turkey​​ section below]

Iraq

European Union, UNESCO announce education support program for Iraqi refugees, IDPs. [..]

Baghdad Governorate to start reducing checkpoints and other security locations. [..]

Iraqi ministry estimates Mosul IDPs at 120,000, but 15,000 have returned. [..]

PMFs fight off counter-attacks in Tal Afar. [..]

Syria

Aleppo evacuation resumes, but radical opposition elements undermine it. [..]

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

Other

Libya Prime Minister announces the end of military operations in Sirte. [..]

Terrorist attack kills 10 in south Jordan. [..]

At​​ least 55 killed in Daesh suicide attack in Yemen. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

UNESCO and the European Union signed an agreement to support primary and secondary education for displaced people and refugee children and youth​​ in Iraq.

The new EU-UNESCO program “Access to inclusive quality primary and secondary education in crisis-affected areas in Iraq” will give 100,000 displaced and refugee children and youth the opportunity of getting back to school, to start or to pursue their education where it has been interrupted due to the conflict. The program will considerably scale up UNESCO’s existing efforts to ensure educational opportunities for IDPs and refugees. It will also support the development of national capacity to plan and manage education in emergencies in Iraq, in a more effective and timely manner. [ReliefWeb]​​ 

 

Iraq’s President today ratified the​​ PMF law. The law had caused an ongoing controversy among Iraqi political forces. [ARA]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) says it is going to start removing checkpoints in Baghdad starting tomorrow. The plan would start in Rusafa where 25 checkpoints and 85 security watch locations will be removed. It says this is intended to facilitate daily lives of citizens and ease traffic in the capital. [Ghad]

 

The King of Jordan met with three top Iraqi Sunni leaders in Jordan. An MP from the Coalition of Iraqi Forces (Sunni) says the discussion was about the “historical settlement” proposed by the Shia National Coalition. [Arabi21]

 

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North​​ (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.)​​ 

An MoI sources says one civilian was killed and four wounded in an IED explosion in Meshahda, Tarmiya. [Ghad]

The BOC says 59th​​ army brigade found an explosives​​ cache during a search campaign in Albu Obeid.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

An MoI source says armed men opened fire and wounded a civilian in Basatin, Shaab. [Ghad]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

The MoI says it found the body of a man shot in the chest in Sadda, Sadr City. [Ghad]

The MoI says one civilian was killed and five wounded in an IED explosion in a marketplace in Jisr Diyala. [Ghad]

The BOC said on Sunday one civilian was killed and three wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in the car dealerships area in Habibiya. [NewsIraq]

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb on a Shia gathering in Al-Habibiya. [A3maq]

 

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

The MoI says armed men opened fire and killed a civilian in his car in Nahrawan. [Maalomah]

The MoI says armed men kidnapped a civilian near his farm in Mada’in. ​​ [Maalomah]

 

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

A security source said on Sunday that one person was killed and six wounded when an IED exploded in Abu Dsheer. [Ghad]​​ 

The BOC says an IED placed in a minibus wounded three civilians in Al-Sihha neighborhood in Dora. [Maalomah]

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade found an explosives cache in the Shakha 4 area.​​ [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says 55th​​ army brigade destroyed 5 IEDs and found​​ an explosives cache in three areas, in north and south Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]​​ 

The BOC says 25th​​ army brigade arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Al-Rasheed subdistrict. [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh says it killed or wounded seven people by detonating an IED on a bus in the Abu Dsheer area. [A3maq]

 

West​​ (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

A security source says two people were wounded when a roadside IED exploded in Ghazaliya. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:  ​​​​ 16(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:  ​​​​ 6

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A source in the Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says strict security measures are in place in the city​​ after news that a car bomb had entered the city. Static and movable checkpoints were set up all over the city and at entry and exit points. ​​ [Maalomah]

 

The Ameriyat Al-Falluja council says​​ 8th​​ army division found a Daesh weapons cache there while searching a house in the Al-Dhahira area. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it detonated a parked car bomb on an Iraqi forces​​ barrier in the Halabsa area west of Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Ramadi

Daesh said on Sunday it killed two police officers with a sticky IED in Ramadi city. [A3maq]

 

Hit/Haditha

The MoD says IAF planes destroyed a bomb workshop in Al-Akra village in Haditha. [Shafaq]​​ 

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

A tribal mobilization source in Haditha says Daesh is positioning military vehicles it captured in Palmyra in and around the​​ city of Anah. Vehicles include BMP1 APCs, howitzers, among other weaponry. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Anbar says army helicopters attacked a Daesh guesthouse in Raihana village near Anah, killing 9 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

A tribal source in Haditha says army helicopters attacked a guesthouse in the heart of Al-Qa’im, killing 11 terrorists including a local leader called “Al-Atrash”. [Maalomah]

 

The MoD says two airstrikes by IAF destroyed a bomb factory and a weapons storehouse in Akashat by the Syria border. [Shafaq]

 

Daesh says it destroyed 2 cars carrying policemen with 2 IEDs in the Al-Saqqar area in west Anbar. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issued a video on Saturday of an attack on an Iraqi Army barracks in the Kilo 25 area north of Rutba. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF organization says its men repelled a Daesh attack on Kan’ous village north of Shirqat, killing 5 attackers and destroying two vehicles. [Ghad]

​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed four PMF fighters and destroyed a vehicle, killing the fighters inside in an ambush near Al-Khanuqa village south of Shirqat on​​ Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Sunday that its snipers killed two PMF fighters and wounded a third near the Ain Al-Baidha area south of Shirqat. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Iraqi forces withdrew from the outskirts of Sharia Al-Imam village east of Shirqat because of Daesh’s continuous attacks over the last few days. [A3maq]

​​ 

Daesh says its snipers killed two PMF fighters and wounded another on the road between Ain Al-Baidha and Al-Naml Intersection. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday it killed or wounded twenty PMF fighters and destroyed a military vehicle in an ambush near Shayal Al-Abli and Al-Sahal villages east of Shirqat.​​ [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Baiji

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed eight PMF fighters by detonating 2 IEDs near the Egyptian Company north of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter in the Presidential Palaces area on the Makhoul Mountain. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

​​ 

Tikrit

The MoD says it arrested Sami Dawood Ahmed Kadhim Al-Douri, a known terrorist, based on information from intelligence sources.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

The MoD says that total number of returnees to various areas of Salahuddin is 131, 965 families.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Samarra

The MoD says three army helicopters destroyed a Daesh guesthouse and weapons cache in Al-Jalam, killing 10-13 terrorists.​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday that it killed four IFP members, including an officer, with an IED in the Al-Jalam area south of Samarra. [A3maq]

 

Tooz

The Mayor of Tooz Khurmatu District says two army soldiers were killed and four wounded by an IED in Al-Zarqa village east of Tooz.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin, etc.)

Security Committee of the Provincial Council says Abu Musa’ab Al-Iraqi, commander of Daesh assault units,​​ has died of wounds suffered during the failed Daesh attack on a gas station near Mansouriya last Tuesday. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk

A security source in Kirkuk​​ says armed men attacked the house of a contractor in the Rahim Awa neighborhood with a sound bomb. No casualties reported. [Sumaria]

 

A security source in Kirkuk says armed men stopped a truck carrying a container on Kirkuk-Suleimaniya road and drove it away to an unidentified location. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

Governor of​​ Kirkuk says that Iraqi Army, Peshmerga, and PMF are ready to liberate Hawija, but the federal government is delaying the decision to initiate the campaign. Kirkuk Provincial Council called on the government to expedite the liberation to end the agony of Hawija. ​​ [Shafaq]​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

A security source in Kirkuk says Peshmerga forces received 853 refugees who escaped Hawija, reaching Maktab Khalid or Dibis junction on foot. [Sumaria]

​​ 

NINEWA

Joint Operations Command (JOC) says that the first month of the Ninewa liberation campaign achieved important results, such as liberation of Shura,​​ Hammam Al-Alil, Bartella, Qaraqosh, Bashiqa, and Tal Afar Airport. It also says that major advances were achieved in east Mosul. It says Prime Minister Al-Abadi has ordered a change of tactics intended to reduce the threat of mortar attacks on liberated areas of east Mosul and to reach the Tigris as soon as possible. [Etejah]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Translation: The liberation of Mosul has gone more slowly than expected.

 

Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of​​ Badr forces of the PMF says that optimists who thought the Mosul liberation was a matter of days have been proven wrong, and that the battle will take some time, as Daesh is putting up fierce resistance in the city. ​​  [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

The Coalition says it conducted 4 airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq, in or near Mosul. [InherentResolve]

 

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Ninewa Provincial Council says Daesh has 15,000 armed men inside the city, 10,000 of them locals. It said that the terror group has lost over 2000 fighters since the start of Mosul liberation operations. [Maalomah]

 

Security forces say Qusay Basil al-Juhaishi (Abu Anas), Daesh operations commander, was killed in an airstrike on Al-Thaqafa Street in Mosul. [PressIraq]

 

East Mosul

The CTS says it killed over 1,000 terrorists since start of Mosul operations, adding that only 6 neighborhoods are left to fully control the city. [Mawazin]​​ 

 

An MP for Mosul in the Iraqi CoR says liberation of east Mosul will take two more weeks. [Sumaria]

 

A military source in Ninewa says army forces have entered Mazare’ area east of Mosul, killing 14 terrorists, including 4 suicide attackers. [BasNews]​​ 

 

A military source in Mosul says CTS forces killed 8 Daesh terrorists who infiltrated into the liberated Al-Zuhour neighborhood. Iraqi forces also arrested 10 Daesh operatives during ID​​ checks in Al-Zuhour and Masarif. [Etejah]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Saturday that one of its Tunisian terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in Hay Al-Tameem in east Mosul, killing eight soldiers, wounding others, destroying 2 Humvees, and damaging another. Daesh publishes photos of the attack and a photo of the suicide terrorist. [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

The CTS says it shot down a Daesh drone in Al-Zuhour in east Mosul. [Harbi]​​ 

A security source in Mosul says army units destroyed the Daesh drones network in most parts of east Mosul, depriving Daesh of its main surveillance tool. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Humvee with a rocket in Hay Al-Zuhour in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh​​ publishes photos of fighting in Hay Al-Zuhour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi Army soldiers and wounded two in Hay Al-Zuhour and Hay Al-Tameem in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi soldier targeted by a sniper in Hay Al-Tameem in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of an Iraqi Army service member being targeted by its snipers in Hay Al-Barid in east Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Saturday it killed fourteen CTS members including an officer by detonating a booby-trapped house in Hay Al-Nour in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

The Ninewa Liberation Commander says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh​​ attack on Hay Al-Intisar, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and killing 9 terrorists. ​​ [Harbi]​​ 

Daesh issues a video of fighting in Hay Al-Intisar in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says it killed seven Iraqi soldiers in Hay Al-Intisar, Hay Aden, Hay Al-Shaimaa, and near Al-Azirat in east Mosul. [A3maq]

Daesh says it targeted an Iraqi Army position near Al-Azirat area with an SPG9 rocket. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi forces in east Mosul and in areas east of Mosul with 214 mortars, 6 Katyushas, and 2 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of a Coalition airstrike on a market in the Al-Faisaliya area in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in east Mosul, destroying 3​​ military positions, and damaging several vehicles, and killing or wounding several soldiers. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

A security source says 5 Daesh intelligence members were arrested hiding in a house​​ in Kokjali. [Shafaq]

 

Abdul Hassan Al-Muhajir the spokesman of Daesh says to its followers that “Daesh is​​ passing through a serious crisis,” calling them to stand strong and not escape. The statement is being described by observers as a sign of weakness and decline. [Shafaq]

 

A source in Mosul says Daesh executed 10 of its own members for escaping combat in recently liberated Al-Zuhour and Al-Falah neighborhoods. The execution took place in Bab Al-Tob, in the heart of Mosul. [Etejah]​​ 

 

North and west Mosul

A security source says Coalition planes killed 37 Daesh terrorists in airstrikes on Al-Ghizlani Camp. [Baghdadia]​​ 

A security source in Ninewa says IFP artillery shelled Al-Ghizlani camp west of Mosul for the first time, as a step towards the west side of Mosul. [Shafaq]

 

Local source in Mosul says Daesh executed three young men and a middle-aged woman for attempting to​​ escape from the west side of Mosul to the liberated area in the east.​​ [PressIraq]​​ [IMN]

 

A security source says an armed group broke into a Daesh HQ in Dhubbat​​ neighborhood in the heart of Mosul, killing six of them including a Saudi national, and burning the HQ. One attacker was seriously wounded. ​​ [Maalomah]

 

New York Times​​ says Daesh has training camps for suicidal children in Mosul. It interviewed a 15 year old child who wore an explosives belt to detonate near a football field but he backed off in the last minute. He says they received intensive military and ideological training 24 hours a day.​​ [Maalomah]

 

Conditions in Mosul

Medical sources in Mosul say 12 persons including children died due to lack of medicines and medical supplies, adding that four men died of leukemia. The sources say that doctors and assistant staff are forced to give priority to Daesh fighters wounded in battle. ​​ [SotIraq]

 

Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Displacement says that​​ the total number of IDPs who have left Mosul for refugee & IDP camps is now 120, 680. [ROJ]

 

IOM says more than 104,000 Iraqis fled their homes since the start of Mosul liberation operation.​​ [Hawar]

However, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration says 15,000 people have returned to their houses in the liberated areas in Mosul. [IMN]​​ 

 

Daesh publishes a photo of Mosul city. [StoreUp]​​ 

 

Shura/Hammam Alil

A security source in Ninewa says IFP repelled a Daesh attack with suicide bombers and​​ vehicle bombs north of Al-Adhba village. The source says all attackers were killed and vehicles destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions near Al-Irbeed, Al-Khabirat, Al-Arij, and Al-Adhba with 68 mortars, 4 locally made rockets, and 2 heavy artillery shells. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

Daesh says it destroyed a PMF bulldozer with a rocket near Adaya village. [A3maq]

​​ 

Qayara

The Ministry of Oil says its units extinguished the fire at Oilfield 41 in Qayara. [Harbi]​​ 

​​ 

Nineveh Plain

The MoD says 16th​​ army division found and destroyed two large workshops for mortar shells and vehicle obstructers, while capturing 150 usable mortar shells in Bashiqa. A Katyusha rocket workshop was found in the same area earlier. ​​ [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Sunday that one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb in the Bawiza area just northeast of the city, killing 17 soldiers and wounding others, and destroying 5 personnel carriers and a Humvee and damaging 7 more personnel carriers. ​​ [DawaAlhaq]​​ 

 

Northwest (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A military​​ source in Ninewa says four PMF fighters were killed and two vehicles destroyed in a Daesh attack on Abu Sanam village in Sinjar province, south of Tal Afar. [BasNews]

PMF organization says its troops repelled a Daesh attack and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Abu Sanam village. [Forat]​​ A PMF commander says 15 Daesh terrorists accompanied by a vehicle bomb attacked Abu Sanam. He says the PMFs destroyed the vehicle and killed several terrorists. [Anadolu]​​ 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions with heavy artillery and 100 mortar shells in Abu Sanam village and nearby areas. [Ana Al-Muslim

 

An intelligence source says 50 Daesh experts in explosives and​​ rockets have arrived in Tal Afar from Syria, and were received by Daesh’s Al-Jazeera​​ wali​​ (governor) and police commander. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says army helicopters killed 18 and destroyed 3 vehicles terrorists in attacks on Kharaba Juhaish, Qamshaliya, and Northern Sharia villages west of Tal Afar city. [MoD Website]​​ 

 

Daesh says it targeted PMF positions in the Tal-Afar Airport with 40 mortars. [Ana Al-Muslim]​​ 

 

PMF says it rescued 400​​ families from Yasin Al-Halbous village in Tal Afar and transferred them to refugee camps in Qayara. [PressIraq]

 

The Sinjar District’s Mayor says the displaced people on Sinjar Mountain are suffering from the​​ snow and the cold weather and asks international organizations for help. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

A Kurdish member of the Ninewa Provincial Council says the PKK has established new bases on Sinjar Mountain. [BasNews]​​ 

 

KURDISTAN

The General Secretary of the Ministry