An Update On ISIS Activities

April 21, 2016

Ramadi

Today’s Major Developments

 

President Obama talks about Iraq; praises Al-Abadi.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dunford meets with Al-Abadi in Baghdad, pledges continued US support.

Al-Abadi and head of EU delegation to Iraq focus on Iraq’s economic situation.

Tussle over Speaker Jubouri’s position continues, but sit-in group now in minority.

Al-Abadi says he awaits CoR vote on his cabinet nominees.

Daesh mortar attacks raise alarm in Diyala.

Ninewa MP says Mosul people don’t support Daesh, except those implicated.

Syrian Army battles YPG in Qamishli.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Political developments

President Obama said in a press conference in Riyadh, “Inside of Iraq, there are understandable concerns about Iranian influence in the Iraqi government at a time when the Iraqi government is also critical for us fighting (Daesh). It was very important I think for us to describe our assessment that Prime Minister Abadi is in fact effectively fighting against (Daesh) and trying to reach out to Sunnis inside of Iraq, while acknowledging that there are significant problems in terms of government stability inside of Baghdad. And that’s a reason for us not to withdraw, but rather to get more involved in helping to stabilize areas like Anbar, where we’ve not cleared out Daesh but the towns that they were governing have been left devastated.  If we want Sunni communities to be able to rebuild themselves and to get back into the lives they were leading before ISIL took over, then we’re going to have to help the Iraqi government respond.”

“Right now in Baghdad, there’s some big challenges in terms of Prime Minister Abadi forming a new government–or a new cabinet.  Until that’s settled, I think it’s important for us to make sure that any additional stabilization dollars that are put in are going to be effectively spent.”

“I think Prime Minister Abadi has been a good partner for us.  But interestingly enough, right now in Baghdad, the challenges within the government don’t fall along the usual lines of Kurdish-Sunni-Shia.  There’s actually significant dissension and disputes even among the Shia power blocks.” [WhiteHouse]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with General Joseph Dunford, the US Military Chief of Staff, to discuss the war on Daesh and the military cooperation between Iraq and the US. General Dunford said the United States will continue to support Iraq, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with Ambassador Patrick Simonnet, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Iraq, to discuss the political, security and especially the economic situation in Iraq according to a statement from Abadi’s office. The Ambassador expressed the EU support for Iraq in the war against Daesh and the PM reforms. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi issued a statement saying that he has fulfilled his commitment by submitting 2 cabinet candidate lists to the CoR, and he is waiting for the CoR to vote on them. [Mada]

 

The sit-in elected CoR speaker kept the session open until Sunday to vote on a new speaker. 135 MPs attended the session. [Mada]

However, a Sunni MP said the Sunni alliance and other blocs are capable now of holding a session with a quorum, led by Speaker Saleem Al-Jubouri. [Sumaria]

 

Jubouri met in his office with Ambassador Jones and discussed the recent political development. Jubouri stresses on the importance on keeping real reforms measures within a national consensus. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

The CJTF reports that on April 20 Coalition military forces conducted 21 airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq, all in Anbar and Ninewa. Target locations included these areas: In Anbar, Hit (2) including destruction of 27 boats, Baghdadi (5), Haditha, Rutba, and Falluja (2); In Ninewa, Mosul (6), Qayara, Sultan Abdullah (2), and Sinjar. [CJTF]

 

BAGHDAD

The Military Intelligence Service says it captured a Daesh cell and confiscated an explosives vest and IEDs. [AIN]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North 

A police source says security forces found the body of an unknown young man shot in Tarmiya District. [Maalomah]

The MoD says the Iraqi Army 9th division troops captured a Daesh terrorist in the Khan Qadim area near Tarmiya. The troops also found an explosives cache and an ammunition cache in Meshahda. [Harbi]

 

Northeast

A man wanted on terrorism charges was captured at the Shaab checkpoint while trying to flee Baghdad. [Mada]

 

East 

An MoI source says a college of dentistry student was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Ameen.  [Mada]

 

Southeast

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Nahrawan, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

A police source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Nahrawan. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a popular café in Mada’in, killing two people and wounding eight. [Mada]

 

South

An MoI source says an IED targeted a PMF pickup truck in Hor Rijab, killing two fighters and wounding three. [Mada]

The MoD says Iraqi Army 17th division troops found 2 IEDs in Mulla Rushdi and Arab Dawood. [Harbi]

The MoD says Iraqi forces defused a booby-trapped house and found a rocket in Madhanik in Arab Jubour. [Harbi]

A security source says an IED targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Arab Jubour, wounding four soldiers. [Ghad]

The MoD says Iraqi forces found an ammunition cache in Sayyed Abdulla in Mahmudiya. [Harbi]

 

West

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a market in Bakriya, killing one and wounding eight. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Iraqi army 14th division commander says his troops, supported by PMF fighters, stopped a Daesh attack on the technical institute in Saqlawiya, just northwest of Falluja, killing 11 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [AIN]

Daesh’s version says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near the technical institute, killing nine soldiers, wounding others, and destroying 4 Humvees and another vehicle before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Baghdad Operations Command says Coalition warplanes killed 26 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 combat locations and 3 small bridges in the Qarma military sector. [Ghad]

 

The spokesman of Anbar tribes says the Qarma liberations operations are still ongoing in order to isolate Falluja completely. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says Iraqi army troops supported by Sahwa fighters and Coalition warplanes attacked Albu Khanfar and Rofa in Qarma. Daesh says the clashes continued for hours (in its favor), then one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked the Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many soldiers and fighters, forcing the remaining troops to flee (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Kanater in Qarma. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Iraqi forces in different areas in Qarma with numerous mortar shells and rockets. [JustPaste]

 

A member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in the Arssi area of Ameriyat, killing the Daesh wali of south Falluja, Ayad Marzouq, and 6 of his associates. [Mada]

 

A PMF source says Kata’eb Hezbollah rocketed a Daesh gathering at a Nuaimiya intersection with Katyushas, without giving more details. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraqi forces announced some time ago that they liberated Nuaimiya.

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Ma’amir in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh terrorist in Bustan Al-Tikriti. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 8th division troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Albu Haratt. [AIN]

 

Ramadi

The Mayor of Ramadi says six civilians were killed when 6 booby-trapped houses exploded in the Andalus, Dhubat, and Hawz areas of Ramadi. He says the civilians entered the houses on their own accord, despite the fact that the houses had not been cleared for entry. [Sumaria]

He also says that a British company has started removing mines and IEDs from different areas of Ramadi. The company was contracted by the UN. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says AOC artillery killed 3 Daesh local terrorists and wounded 2 others in East Hsaiba. [Harbi]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists hiding in a house in Albu Ghanem in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. We reported a similar story yesterday from a different source in the same area. In that report, 3 Daesh terrorists were killed.

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 16th division troops found 2 rocket launchers and 17 IEDs in Albu Chlaib, west of Ramadi.  [AIN]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Chairman of Hit District Council says Daesh still has sleeper cells hiding in basements and underground tunnels, and that Iraqi units are attempting to locate these tunnels and hideouts. [Maalomah]

 

The Chairman says five people from the same family were killed when their house exploded in Khawdha in eastern Hit. The house was booby-trapped by Daesh. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is one reason many people would not leave their houses in Daesh-controlled areas. 

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 16th division troops defused 25 IEDs and a booby-trapped bridge east of Hit. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Army 76th brigade destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Hit District, killing 6 terrorists.  [AIN]

 

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in Jabriya village, north of Baghdadi, killing several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

A video of the military operations in Hit [Ghadeer]

 

Haditha

An Iraqi Army 7th division source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh gathering in Sakran, north of Barwana, killing several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

The IFP commander says his troops destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles, killing the terrorists inside, in an ambush near the Haditha intersection, on the Haditha-Baiji road. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says it attacked the residential compound of the Ain Al-Asad base with 9 mortars, destroying a military vehicle. [JustPaste]

 

Rutba/Western Anbar

The IWMC says Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell foiled a Daesh plan to send vehicle bombs from Rutba to southern governorates. The SIC requested an airstrike by the Iraqi Air Force in the Mithaq area in Rutba, destroying a fuel tank bomb and an entire vehicle bomb factory, and killing 8 terrorists. The IWMC also says the IAF also destroyed Daesh’s main Daesh vehicle bomb location, in the Al-Wadi area in Rutba. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This story suggests that Rutba has more strategic importance that one might expect, as taking it from Daesh could reduce the flow of vehicle bombs into other parts of southern Iraq.

 

A Jazeera Operations Command source says Iraqi Army artillery destroyed a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles in an unspecified location in Rutba District, killing 10 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A tribal PMF commander says “tens” of Daesh terrorists fled from Rutba toward Al-Qa’im and then to Turkey after heavy bombing on the city. He says some Daesh terrorists defected because didn’t they didn’t get their salaries for months. [Maalomah]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh publicly executed 12 of its terrorists who fled the Hit fighting, in Al-Qa’im. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its fighters burned up a PMF food supply truck and killed its driver, and captured a Sahwa fighter near the 160 Kilo area. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This is the same area where Iraqi PMFs are reported gathering for a possible assault on Rutba.

 

Daesh publishes photos of its zakat (tax office) activities in western Anbar. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A security source says a Daesh local leader and 5 of his associates were killed in an airstrike on a fuel station in Shirqat.  [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

The IFP commander says IFP artillery shelled Daesh targets in Fatha, killing 10 terrorists and destroying an SUV. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says IAA helicopters destroyed a Daesh hideout in Makhoul Mountains, killing 3 terrorists. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says IAA helicopters destroyed 5 Daesh hideouts and 2 vehicles in Abu Qaddour village, southwest of Baiji, killing 20 terrorists. [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a poultry farm used by Daesh as a vehicle bomb storage location in Sheikh Ali village in the Makhoul area. [AIN]

 

The MoD says an Iraqi Abrams tank destroyed a Daesh construction shovel bomb in the Siniya-Haditha road military sector. Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, killed 35 Daesh terrorists and captured a vehicle bomb and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles in the same area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Iraqi army on the road between Baiji and Haditha. Daesh says the attack started with 170 mortar shells and 250 heavy artillery shells. Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces after that and burned down 5 military positions and destroyed an Abrams tank before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Abu Jamal village near the Baiji-Haditha Road and managed to break through the sand barrier of the Iraqi forces, burning down 9 military positions. After that, one of the Daesh suicide terrorists attacked the Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing thirty soldiers, wounding others, destroying a Humvee and bulldozer. Daesh says its terrorists also captured an SUV and a 12.5mm cannon. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles on the road between Baiji and Haditha. [JustPaste]

 

The PMF press organization says Saraya Al-Jihad, a Shia PMF, supported by the IAA, stopped a Daesh attack near Siniya, northwest of Baiji, destroying 3 vehicle bombs and a construction shovel bomb, and killing “tens” of terrorists. [Sumaria] In what appears to be another version of the same story, an Iraqi special forces commander says Iraqi forces including the IAA stopped a Daesh attack on the Siniya-Haditha road military sector, killing more than 20 terrorists and destroying a construction shovel bomb and a vehicle. [Mawazin] Neither is clear as to where on this long road the battles occurred.

 

The MoD says the IAA destroyed 3 hideouts and a pickup truck and killed several terrorists in the Thirthar area. [Harbi]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Thirthar. [AKI]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting the Asmeda area with Katyushas. [JustPaste]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs and a tunnel in Himrin Mountains. [Ghad]

 

The MoD says the IAA killed 12 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

The IFP commander says his troops rocketed Daesh locations in the Ajeel oilfield area, killing 14 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says the body of a man was found in Qadisiya in north Tikrit. The victim was kidnapped from the same area a few days ago. [Mada]

 

The MoD says the Intelligence Service captured a man wanted on terrorism charges near Al-Alam. [Harbi]

 

Samarra

A Salahuddin Operations Commander source says Counter Terrorism Service troops arrested a Daesh leader on the road between Samarra and Diyala. The source says the terrorist disguised himself as a truck driver.  [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says IFP troops destroyed 19 IEDs in Abbasiya in Jazeera Samarra. [AIN]

 

The MoD says Salahuddin Operations Command troops found 18 IEDs near the Strategic Line area. [Harbi

 

Daesh says it detonated 3 IEDs on 3 PMF vehicles near the Jalam area north of Samarra, destroying the vehicles, killing six fighters and wounding three. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Abbara subdistrict council says Daesh terrorists attacked a police post on the perimeter of Zaghinya village, killing one policeman and wounding two. He says the policemen foiled a Daesh plan to sneak into the village to attack civilians. He also says that tribal leaders met with security officials and Dijla Operations Command, demanding a quick response to Daesh’s presence in the area. [Sumaria]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMF military post in Zaghinya with light weapons, killing two fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a government employee in Waqf, killing him immediately. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling villages in the Al-Waqf area. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

An MP from Diyala says Daesh has escalated its mortar attacks on Abbara to the south toward Baquba and on Abu Saida. He says four children were wounded by mortar shells yesterday, and warns of a (tribal and sectarian war) in the area. Abbara tribes have called their armed men to be prepared to respond to Daesh attacks. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A security source says armed men shot and killed a PMF fighter near Barwana Kabira village. [Sumaria]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a SWAT vehicle in the Um Tlail area in Udhaim, killing four personnel and destroying the vehicle. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

The Diyala police chief says security forces arrested a Daesh terrorist in Bani Zaid in Kanaan. The terrorist was responsible for many crimes, including the murder of 13 cadets in the Speicher massacre in 2014. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A local police source says an IED exploded near a market in east Kirkuk, killing two people. [Maalomah]

 

A Badr commander says PMF units received orders to deploy to Hawija, Makhmur, and Qayara, awaiting orders from the Prime Minister to participate in liberation operations. [Mawazin]

 

A local police chief says security forces captured 7 men wanted for involvement in operations against Iraqi army, Peshmerga, and police. The terrorists are members of Ansar Al-Sunna and Naqshbandi Army, and helped Daesh in several attacks. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Iraqi warplanes bombed Daesh hideouts and gatherings in Bashir and destroyed a vehicle bomb. [Maalomah]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

An MP from Ninewa says people of Mosul in general don’t support Daesh but there are some who were involved in crimes such as murder and displacing people from their homes who still support the terrorists. Some of those supporters are military officers and others come from the elites of the city. [Xendan]

 

A local source from Mosul says Daesh executed 45 of its own men who fled the battles in Hit by putting them in the refrigerators of the morgue for 24 hours, killing them. Daesh put the frozen bodies in different areas in Mosul, according to the source. [Sumaria]

 

A PUK official says Coalition planes bombed 8 Daesh locations in Mosul and one in Bashiqa, killing more than 25 terrorists and destroying many vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says the Coalition destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb factory and a bomb-rigged vehicle in Hammam Al-Alil south of Mosul, killing 15 terrorists. [AIN]

 

A security source says a Coalition drone bombed a Daesh vehicle in the Wihda neighborhood, killing 3 leaders. [Sumaria]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist in the Qusour area.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Eyewitnesses say the body of a Daesh leader was found beheaded in the Hamidat area west of Mosul. They say the terrorist might have been killed as a result of internal disputes. [Maalomah]

 

Local sources say Daesh cut off the water on the Wadi Hajar area due to non-payment. [Karemlash]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The MoD says Iraqi Army 72nd brigade killed several Daesh terrorists who attacked the brigade’s headquarters. The terrorists wore Iraqi Army uniforms. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Iraqi army 15th division troops stopped a Daesh attack on Kharbadaran village, killing 3 terrorists. A Ninewa Operations Command (NOC) source says 4 suicide terrorists were killed in the failed attack. [Mada] [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version says 3 of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Kharbadaran village and clashed with the troops there for several hours, then 2 of the terrorists detonated their explosive vests, while the 3rd was killed in the clashes. Daesh says “tens” of Iraqi soldiers were killed and some military vehicles were destroyed. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi army vehicle with an IED near Kermerdi village. [JustPaste]

 

The Mod says Iraqi Army 15th division troops defused 3 IEDs and found an IED cache in Kodila village. [Harbi]

 

The NOC says its troops, supported by Peshmerga units and the Coalition (in some unspecified way), secured 200 people who escaped from Mahana and Haj Ali villages. [Baghdadia]

 

A video of a Coalition airstrike that destroyed a Daesh weapons facility near Qayara. [CJTF]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Kharayeb village in Qayara, killing 7 terrorists. [AIN]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PUK official says a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated himself on Peshmerga fighters in west Sinjar, wounding two officers and one fighter. [PUKMedia]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh location in Hay Al-Sada in Tal Afar, killing 20 terrorists and destroying an explosives storehouse.  [AIN]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed 2 Daesh hideouts in Ayadhiya, killing 17 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [AIN]

 

Daesh says one of its fighters killed a Peshmerga fighter near Sino village in Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

The Wasit Police say a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured at a checkpoint north of Kut while he was trying to enter the governorate. [Etejah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The CJTF says on April 20, Coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes in Syria. One near Deir Ez-Zor struck a tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and a rocket system; in nearby Bukamal, one struck an oil well head; and near Mare’ in Aleppo, one struck a large tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and two large battle tanks. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A local official says battles continued in Qamishli between Syrian troops and militia allies on one side and YPG fighters. He says the Syrian Army shelled Kurdish neighborhoods with heavy artillery and mortars. [Rudaw]

 

Local sources say four civilians were killed and 25 wounded in the Syrian Army shelling in Qamishli. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists detonated his explosive vests in a gathering of YPG fighters in Qamishli, killing or wounding 15 of them. [JustPaste]

The YPG hasn’t confirmed the attack yet. [ARA]

 

45 Syrian Army officers and soldiers surrendered to YPG fighters after the YPG attacked the Alaya prison in east Qamishli. [PUKMedia]

 

The YPG says Daesh shelled several areas in Kobane with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Ain Eissa with 120mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

The YPG says its fighters stopped a Turkish-backed opposition groups’ attack on Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, killing 4 fighters and wounding 5. [Hawar]

 

Opposition armed groups recaptured Hamzat village near Mare’ after heavy clashes with Daesh. The groups also shelled Daesh locations in Harbal with mortars. [Qasioun]

 

An opposition group commander says the opposition groups recaptured some of the areas recently lost to Daesh in Aleppo’s northern countryside after receiving reinforcements. He says the Turkish artillery shelled Daesh locations in the area. [ARA]

He also says the opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack on Mare’, killing or wounding several terrorists and forcing the rest to withdraw. [ARA]

 

Syrian opposition groups also captured Kafr Shosh and several Daesh locations inside Baraghida village. Daesh terrorists detonated a car bomb near Kafr Ghan village without reports of casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb and IEDs in Tlail Al-Hisin, northwest of Soran in Aleppo’s northern countryside, after the opposition groups entered the village. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. So Daesh, you lost the village, right?

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops shelled Daesh locations in Fafeen village in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, killing or wounding several terrorists. [SANA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Russian Ministry of Defense says its experts finished defusing mines and IEDs planted by Daesh in historical Tadmur city. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed several Daesh convoys north and east of Tadmur, killing or wounding many terrorists. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a bulldozer allegedly captured by Syrian troops southeast of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Heavy clashes continued between Syrian troops and Daesh terrorists near Sinaa in Deir Ez-Zor. Other clashes also erupted near Deir Ez-Zor. [Qasioun]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed several vehicles southeast of Bir Al-Qasab in Rif Damashq. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian army M60 tank south of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh says its terrorists “realigned” from the Fata’eh area in Derna after they broke the siege on their positions in Derna. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is saying that its terrorists didn’t want to stay in the area for a long time. They just wanted to break the siege and then flee?

 

The Libyan army issued a statement asking people to leave the Fata’eh area in Derna, fearing Daesh land mines and IEDs. Daesh had withdrawn from the area on Wednesday.  [Libya24]

 

Media sources say Daesh terrorists withdrew to areas south of Derna. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan special forces commander says Libyan troops supported by local volunteers captured the Faakat area in west Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan military source says Libyan troops, supported by Libyan warplanes, attacked a Daesh convoy in the Al-Jof area, 60 km (37 miles) east of Ajdabiya, killing many terrorists and destroying 13 vehicles.  [Libya24]

 

Central coast

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on the 28 May Battalion, south of Saddada, east of Misrata. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This might be the attack from a few days ago.

 

Tunisia

The Tunisia Ministry of Interior says security forces captured 4 terrorism suspects, including a woman, in El Kef.   [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the Taliban in Nari Uba in Nangarhar, killing 4 Taliban members and capturing weapons. Daesh says its terrorists captured the entire area. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Daesh page from Mosul

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/PjQ6J7jxyzX44n7

https://twitter.com/zarqawi_reqqa24

https://twitter.com/nbg574

https://twitter.com/Aser7Mt

https://twitter.com/Mu95_khilafa

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

April 20, 2016

Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Al-Abadi calls leaders of seven nearby states.

Al-Sadr orders his MPs out of sit-in; orders his demonstrators to stay out of ministry buildings.

Baghdadi residents want military help to stop Daesh shelling.

UN Special Representative gives recognition to the Yazidis.

Libyan troops oust Daesh from Derna neighborhoods.

30,000 people have left Sirte in Libya since Daesh captured the city.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi made several phone calls today, to the President of Iran, the Prince of Kuwait, the Prince of Qatar, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the King of Jordan. The official explanation is that he called to discuss the war on Daesh. [Sumaria] He also called the President of Egypt and the King of Saudi Arabia. [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We hate official explanations that are designed to reveal nothing. In this case, there is no real explanation for the calls, but any time the head of government calls seven other foreign leaders in one day there must be an important reason.

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued orders to his MPs to withdraw from the sit-in and to suspend their attendance in the parliament, which they did, immediately. This sudden change left many MPs from other blocs in a difficult situation because they have broken with their blocs and now the sit-in seems to be failing. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

Sadr also ordered his followers in the demonstrations not attack, or even chant against, embassies in Iraq because “they didn’t interfere” in the current crisis. Sadr asked them to keep up the demonstrations near the ministries without stopping the work in the ministries. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Jubouri’s office issued a statement saying Jubouri and his two deputies have asked Abadi to submit the names of the nominees. Jubouri also thanked Sadr for his position on the issue. Jubouri also said “comprehensive” CoR session will be held. [Sumaria] [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This sounds confusing but may be good news. This story has to be connected to the Al-Sadr statements above. Those sound like he is yielding to the counter-pressure from the Prime Minister, reported yesterday, against Sadrists invading ministries, and perhaps to the blowback from other CoR members unhappy about the sit-in.

        However, we think Jubouri’s seemingly routine expression of thanks to Al-Sadr is actually a major political concession and part of a larger deal. (1) Jubouri will bring Abadi’s cabinet nominations to a vote, which he had refused to do earlier (either because he opposed the nominations or thought he lacked the votes to pass them). (2) Sadr withdrew his MPs from the sit-in, thus reducing its numbers to obvious minority status, which will allow Al-Jubouri to stay in office. (3) This seems to suggest that Abadi’s job is safe for the moment too, but that can’t be read from the Sadr and Jubouri statements.

        As Abadi submitted two different lists earlier, it’s not clear whether he is resubmitting the original list or some compromise list. Either way, the MPs still in the sit-in group will presumably vote no, but if Sadr’s support means his CoR bloc will be asked to vote yes, that would likely lead to the reform cabinet actually getting approved. This seems like too much good news at one time for Iraq, which makes us cautious about what we just said.

 

The coalition of former PM Ayad Allawi (Wataniya) issued a statement saying it will stay with the sit-in. A Wataniya MP says 110 MPs are still in the sit-in. He accused the US, Iran and Turkey of interfering to keep Saleem Al-Jubouri in his position. [Mada] [Mada]

Ambassador Jones said there has been no communications with Iran about Abadi or Jubouri. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

The Coalition spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren say the US Air Force for the first time deployed a B-52 bomber against Daesh.

The bombing mission, in which a hulking B-52 destroyed a weapons storage facility in Qayara, comes the same week that Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Baghdad and announced extra US troops, cash and equipment for the anti-Daesh campaign in Iraq. [Arabi21]

 

Ambassador Jones says Secretary Carter is allowing the use of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System for the Mosul military campaign. He says the American Apaches in Iraq will also be used. [Mada]

 

On April 18, Coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes, in or near Baghdadi and Rutba; Hawija; and Kasik (3), Mosul (7), Qayara, Tal Afar, and Sinjar. All aircraft returned to base safely. [CJTF]

Daesh Daily comment. The repeated airstrikes on Rutba in far western Iraq could be a clue that it is in fact an intended Iraq target.

 

Security forces found weapons and explosives and defused 7 IEDs in different areas of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Security-related incidents reported in Baghdad Governorate

North Baghdad

Iraqi army 9th division troops found a weapons and explosives cache in Makarem village in Tarmiya District. [MoD Website]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

Iraqi Army 22nd brigade troops found 3 IEDs in the Al-Tha’er area. [MoD Website]

 

Northeast Baghdad

An MoI source says an unknown armed man shot and killed an employee of the Ministry of Higher Education in Sadr Al-Qanat. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

Iraqi army 42nd brigade unit defused 4 IEDs in the Buhairat area in Mada’in. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Bawi village in Mada’in, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

Iraqi army 32rd brigade troops defused 4 booby-trapped houses and 3 IEDs in Khtaimiya, and defused another IED in Sayyed Abdullah. [BOC Facebook Page]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Arab Jubour, targeting a police vehicle, killing one policeman and wounding three. [Mada]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a market in Yusufiyah, killing two people and wounding eight. [Mada]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade found anti-tank mine in Bizayez Al-Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   11    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An Anbar Operations command source says Coalition warplanes, in coordination with the AOC, destroyed a Daesh hideout near the Japanese Bridge near Saqlawiya, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

A PM source says PMF troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb and captured another, killing several terrorists in Saqlawiya [Harbi]

 

A Rapid Intervention unit killed 3 terrorists in Sikrab, while Iraqi Army 35th Brigade troops killed 2 terrorists in Hitawiyeen. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The 14th division killed 2 terrorists and wounded 2, and destroyed 2 vehicles and 2 hideouts in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Iraqi army 14th division source says the division, supported by the IAA and Coalition warplanes, liberated Albu Khanfar, Albu Taha, and Albu Ali Al-Jassem villages, killing 15 Daesh terrorists. He also says that Iraqi forces found weapons caches and explosives factories. [Harbi]

 

Another Commander says Iraqi army, Qarma police and Qarma fighters have started the Qarma liberation operations. He also says 22 Daesh terrorists were killed so far. [Mada]

Later he raised the number killed to 25. He also says Daesh withdrew from some of its locations without fights. [Maalomah]

The same commander later said the liberation operations stopped this evening, awaiting military reinforcements. He then raised the Daesh death toll to 40, but an Iraqi captain and four soldiers were killed and four others wounded. [Mada]

 

He also says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, liberated Rofa and east and west Dawaya, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says the goal of the operation is to isolate Qarma from Falluja and provide secure roads for civilians to leave both cities.  [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version is that its fighters stopped the Iraqi troops’ attack on Albu Khanfar and Rofa after heavy clashes that lasted for hours. Daesh says many Iraqi soldiers were killed and wounded. Daesh also says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with a vehicle bomb, killing more soldiers. [JustPaste]

Daesh says 36 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 6 Humvees were destroyed. [A3maq]

 

The Qarma tribal PMF brigade Commander said security forces killed the Daesh military commander of Qarma, Abu Zaidoun Al-Alwani and 9 of his associates, and destroyed 3 vehicles in the Dawaya area in Qarma. [Mada]

 

In a separate incident, a PMF Commander says a special PMF force killed the Daesh Tribal Affairs Officer and several of his associates during the Qarma liberation operation. [Harbi]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Ashura, a Shia PMF unit, snipers killed many Daesh terrorists while the terrorists were fleeing the battles. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Iraqi soldiers in Kanater in Qarma. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army T55 tank with a guided rocket, south of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Sahwa fighter near Falluja. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers near Subaihat in Qarma. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of Falluja. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. These photos are most likely from old battles.

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Anbar Provincial Council says the American company that was contracted to clear Ramadi from IEDS and booby-trapped houses has not yet started its work. Meanwhile, five people were killed in a booby-trapped house in Ramadi yesterday. He says 15,000 families have returned to Ramadi since the liberation, and some of the areas still have booby-traps and IEDs. [IraqPress]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops killed 4 Daesh terrorists who were hiding in a bunker in a house in the Albu Ghanem area. [BasNews]

 

Photos of the mass grave found in the stadium area in Ramadi. Thirty people, including two children, were killed by Daesh and buried in this mass grave. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it targeted an electricity station north of Ramadi, used as an Iraqi Army headquarters, with 30 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

Daesh says it targeted Baghdadi with 13 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

A member of the subdistrict council of Baghdadi says Daesh targeted Baghdadi with more than 20 mortar shells during the last 48 hours, wounding six children. He says the people of Baghdadi are asking the government and security forces to liberate the Jazeera Al-Baghdadi and Jubba areas in order to stop these attacks on civilians. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in Hit [ISOF]

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh motorcycle while it was trying to flee near Hit [YouTube]

 

Haditha

Daesh says it targeted the residential compound east of Haditha with 49 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of an attack on the residential compound. [JustPaste]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of targeting Iraqi forces near the Kilo 160 area. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a Coalition strike that destroyed Daesh financial storage center near Al-Qa’im on March 12th [CJTF]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s bombed a Daesh headquarters in Shirqat, killing 13 Daesh leaders, including a so-called minister. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

A security source says IAA helicopters destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles near Fatha Bridge, northeast of Baiji. [Ghad]

 

The IFP commander says his troops destroyed 4 Daesh vehicles, killing the terrorists inside, in an ambush on the Siniya-Haditha road. [Harbi]

 

A Salahuddin Ops Command source says Iraqi army 57th brigade, supported by the IAA, stopped a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains, killing 12 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of targeting Iraqi forces on the route between Haditha and Baiji with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

The IFP Commander says his troops targeted Daesh with Katyushas in Ajeel oilfield, killing 14 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a PMF fighter in Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

A Tikrit police source says security forces found the bodies of two children in Qadisiya in Tikrit. The two kids were kidnapped on Tuesday by an unknown armed man who demanded a ransom. [Ghad]

 

Tooz

A local police source says an unknown armed man blew up empty houses in Tuz Khurmatu center. [Ghad]

 

IAA helicopters attacked Daesh in Zarqa, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 2 heavy machine guns. [MoD Website]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Zarqa. [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

A Diyala security commander says security forces captured 4 terrorists trying to sneak into Diyala from Salahuddin. [Mawazin]

 

A local source says an IED exploded in an orchard in Had Akhdher, 17 km (10.5 miles) northeast of Baquba, killing one farmer and wounding two. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says unknown armed men shot and killed a Ministry of Agriculture employee as he was leaving his house in Khalis. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Dijla Operations Commander says a military operation in the Al-Zor area in Muqdadiya destroyed 3 Daesh guest houses. He also says security forces found the body of an Iraqi soldier and arrested his killer in the area. He said the forces found large amounts of weapons, explosives, and ammunition. [Mada]

 

Army 5th division troops found a weapons and explosives cache hidden in the bank of the Diyala River, accessible only by boat. [MoD Website]

 

A member of Diyala PC says 6 mortar shells fell on houses in Abu Saida subdistrict, wounding four children. Two children are in critical condition. He criticized “the silence of the government” about what’s happened in the subdistrict. [Sumaria]

 

A police source says two men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Zaghinya village orchards. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

West

A Joint Operations Command source says the IAF destroyed a large Daesh weapons and ammunitions storehouse in Hawija. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed 3 Daesh locations in Sargaran, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Kirkuk city, killing 15 terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it blew up a PMF fuel tank with a sticky IED, killing the driver. Daesh says the driver was a Dawa party leader. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Political leaders in Iraq don’t work as fuel truck drivers, as Daesh might know.

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into 2 Peshmerga barracks and burned them down on Mansouriya Mountain in Hawija. [JustPaste]

 

South

A commander in the Al-Abbas Combat Division, a Shia PMF unit, says his troops ambushed Daesh terrorists in Bashir, killing 30 terrorists. He also says PMF troops stopped a Daesh attack on Tal Hamad village, killing 40 terrorists and wounding 30, and destroying 5 vehicle bombs and a bulldozer. He says one PMF fighter was killed and two wounded. [Sumaria]

The IWMC issued a much more modest success report, saying 7 Daesh terrorists were killed in the failed attack and 2 vehicles and a construction shovel bomb were destroyed. The driver escaped and abandoned the shovel before it was destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF source says a Daesh leader was captured as he tried to sneak out of Bashir with displaced families. [Maalomah]

 

A security source says Kirkuk police got information about Daesh terrorists infiltrating Kirkuk areas and arrested a Daesh military commander. [Harbi]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a secret Daesh hospital in the Hadba’ area, north Mosul. The attack killed 19 Daesh members, including 6 Syrian doctors, and wounded 13. [BasNews]

Eyewitnesses say a warplane launched 5 rockets on the Hadba’ residential compound in north Mosul. They say the fuel station of the compound was destroyed completely. They also say most of the residents are Daesh foreign terrorists, mostly from Russia, including Chechnya. [Karemlash]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on the Ninewa Appeal Court in the Dendan area in Mosul center, killing or wounding “tens” of Daesh members and destroying several vehicles. He says Daesh used the building for its sharia court. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says four children and two women were killed by an American airstrike on Mosul. [A3maq]

 

A local source says Daesh threw two of its terrorists and three civilians off the roof of a high building in Mosul, after accusing them of sodomy. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a mosque imam publicly in Mosul for refusing to obey orders. [Maalomah]

 

Bashiqa

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Nawaran in Bashiqa, destroying 2 combat locations in addition to a vehicle bomb. [PUKMedia]

 

The Peshmerga commander of the Nawaran military sector says Coalition warplanes destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles loaded with weapons and explosives, killing 10 terrorists. [Xendan]

 

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in Bariman village, near Bashiqa Mountain, after they recaptured it. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. A video was published yesterday of NMFs entering an apparently empty village. The video said NMFs captured Nouran and Bariman villages after a “lightning attack”. Well, apparently they also made a “lightning” withdrawal. Daesh didn’t even mention that it attacked them. Let’s just remember that the NMFs are largely ex-Ninewa police personnel who left Mosul without firing a shot when Daesh arrived, and refused the Iraqi government’s later call to join the MoI’s training camps allocated for them in Salahuddin. Instead they preferred to enjoy life in Erbil with their former governor, Atheel Al-Nujaifi. 

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Deputy Governor in Ninewa says a mobile field hospital arrived at the Makhmur military sector and military police will arrive in the area soon. However, he says the military support from the Iraqi General Military Command is weak and more troops are needed. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi Army artillery destroyed 27 Daesh targets in Al-Nassr village. [MoD Website]

 

A local activist says the Coalition launched a satellite-guided artillery attack near Al-Nassr village, destroying Daesh locations and killing “tens” of terrorists. [ARA]

 

Ninewa Operations Command troops secured 57 families from Mahana and from Makouk village in Qayara, in addition to 88 families from other areas. [MoD Website]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh targeted Peshmerga locations near Abu Sheeth village in Gwer with 12 Katyushas filled with chemicals, wounding 7 Kurdish fighters.  [Sumaria]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, extended his best wishes to the Yazidi community of Iraq on the occasion of their new year, and also remembered those Yazidis who have been killed and displaced as well as the suffering of the thousands of their women who have been kidnapped and who continue to be subjected to slavery by the Daesh terrorists.
“While this is a celebration of the new year by an ancient community, it is also a particularly painful reminder of the current suffering of the Yazidi people at the hands of the terrorists of Daesh since 2014,” the SRSG said.
“More than 3,500 women, mainly Yazidi, remain enslaved by the terrorists and subjected to horrific violations on a daily basis. Many Yazidi children were kidnapped, hundreds of men were killed and thousands others fled their homes to escape the onslaught of Daesh, which singled out this community for particular savagery.” [UNIraq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing a man in Tal Afar, accusing him of being a Peshmerga “spy”. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its hisbah activities in Tal Afar. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The manager of the Qandil local government says Turkish warplanes bombed several areas in Qandil Mountains, destroying several roads and cutting off electricity to 15 villages. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

A Syrian opposition commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Turkish officials met with opposition leaders in Kilis and expressed their anger over the groups loss of Al-Ra’i. He says the opposition groups suggested that Turkey launch a major ground attack on Daesh in north Aleppo, but the suggestion was refused by the Turks. The general commanders of the Jabha Shamiya and Nour Al-Din Zenki armed groups, among others, were replaced on Turkish orders. Another commander says the changes happened based on “internal agreements,” and that the meetings are held in Kilis on the Turkish side of the border to avoid airstrikes and Daesh attacks. [Arabi21]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

On April 18th, Coalition military forces conducted one air strike using remotely piloted aircraft, striking one tactical unit and destroying one vehicle. [CJTF]

 

A local source says 2 Asayesh members were killed and 6 wounded in clashes with government-backed militias in Qamishli. A local activist says the Asayesh attacked the Syrian military compound in Qamishli killing 8 military soldiers. The source says the clashes erupted after Syrian troops arrested an Asayesh traffic patrol in the area. [Rudaw] [BasNews]

 

The YPG Asayesh says two people were wounded severely by a Daesh mine in Hadaja in Shaddadi countryside. [ARA]

 

Local officials say civilians are returning to their houses in Tal Barak, in Qamishli’s southern countryside, after it was cleared from Daesh IEDs, based on an agreement between Arab tribes and the YPG. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos from the Maadan area in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

 

Local activists say Daesh beheaded three young men publicly after sewing their mouths and parading them in Manbij. The sources say Daesh arrested the young men, with others, a couple of days ago, accusing them of opposing Daesh and leaving Islam. The sources also say Daesh issued orders to keep the bodies of the victims hanging for 3 days before allowing their families to bury them. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Islam, within Daesh’s definition, is following Daesh orders. Anything else will prompt them to declare you a non-Muslim and you will be killed.

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A Turkish newspaper says the PYD had a secret meeting with American military officials and discussed the battles near Al-Ra’i. The American officials promised air cover to allow the Syria Democratic Forces to capture the city. The newspaper says the meeting happened after Syrian opposition groups lost Al-Ra’i to Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack in Mare’ in Aleppo’s northern countryside. The opposition says 20 Daesh terrorists were killed in the attack. Daesh detonated 3 vehicle bombs near Mare’ and shelled and rocketed residential areas in the city. Clashes also erupted between Daesh and the opposition groups near Harbal. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a position of an armed group in Mare’ and clashed with them for 4 hours. Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists detonated 2 vehicle bombs near the city, killing or wounding many soldiers. Daesh says American warplanes conducted 14 airstrikes on the area, supporting the opposition groups. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of its attack on Mare’, including a vehicle bomb attack conducted by a Saudi terrorist. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a video of shelling and rocketing opposition groups in Mare’. [A3maq]

Videos from Mare’ after Daesh’s failed attack [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A Syrian opposition commander says opposition groups launched a surprise attack on Daesh and captured Kafr Ghan, in Aleppo’s northern countryside, after heavy clashes. He says several Daesh terrorists were killed or wounded and 3 were captured. He also says opposition groups are trying to advance toward Jaka village, supported by heavy Turkish Army shelling and Coalition bombing on the area. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Syrian opposition groups with mortars in Dudyan village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says three Syrian opposition fighters were killed by its IEDs when they were trying to attack Hamzat village west of Soran, in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed several Daesh troop locations in Abu Jabbar village in Kowaires, in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. [SANA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops launched an extensive attacked on Daesh north and east of Tadmur, destroying Daesh vehicles and military locations and killing several terrorists. [SANA]

 

Daesh says Syrian troops, supported by Russian warplanes and Shia militias, attacked its military locations southeast of Tadmur but its terrorists stopped the attack, killing several soldiers and destroying 2 tanks. Daesh says the battles are still going on. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of damaging a Syrian Army tank and a bulldozer with guided missiles, south of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it captured a Syrian Army machine gun-mounted vehicle and a bulldozer, south of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Local sources say clashes near Sinaa near Deir Ez-Zor continued after Daesh captured the area. Sources say 35 citizen soldiers were killed since yesterday, and a similar number of Daesh were killed or wounded. They say the Syrian government controls less than a third of Deir Ez-Zor now. [BasNews]

 

A local activist says Daesh terrorists hanged the bodies of the dead citizens in Sinaa and filmed the process. [ARA]

 

A Syrian military source later claimed that the army had left the area. Prior to that, he said, Syrian army troops trapped Daesh terrorists in the Sinaa area after planting land mines and IEDs. This version of the story says 75 Daesh terrorists were killed in the ambush, including foreign fighters. Media sources say a Daesh commander called Abdul Qader Aref was killed in the ambush. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian army units destroyed a Daesh headquarters and a vehicle carrying a rocket launcher in two areas of Deir Ez-Zor. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh east of Deir Ez-Zor military airport killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian planes also bombed Daesh in Bighailiya village, causing massive damage. [SANA]

 

South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa)

A PLO official says 5 Palestinians, including two children, have been killed in Yarmouk camp in south Damascus since battles began with Nusra two weeks ago. He also says Daesh beheaded 20 people and buried them without reason. 6,000 Palestinians out of the 160,000 previously there remain in the camp since the civil war started in Syria. [Arabi21]

 

Daesh issues a video of the areas it captured from Nusra in Yarmouk Camp during the last 3 days. [A3maq]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists left their positions in Dhumair in Damascus northern countryside, after agreements with the opposition armed groups in the city, and apparently with the Syrian Army. Local sources say 85 Daesh terrorists refused to leave and surrendered to the opposition groups. Local sources also say Daesh terrorists left a BMP vehicle filled with TNT in the city. The vehicle was exploded with a timer trigger after the terrorists left, destroying a house and damaging other houses in the area.  [ARA] [All4Syria] [Facebook]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security sources say security forces took control of the Tarabin neighborhood south of Sheikh Zuweid, after evacuating the entire neighborhood. The forces were looking for the terrorist cell responsible for attacking the police bus on Tuesday. Security forces destroyed 3 IEDs in the area and blew up the houses of the terrorists. [VetoGate]

 

Tribal sources say an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist was killed with his wife and little daughter when an IED he prepared exploded in his house in Hay Al-Jineyeen, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it blew up the houses of 2 Egyptian army “spies” and captured an SUV and motorcycle. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Another excuse to steal people’s property.

 

Libya

Northeast

A Shoura Council of Mujahidin in Derna Commander says the SCMD troops captured the Hila, Fata’eh, and 400 areas in Derna after Daesh withdrew from them. He says Daesh left many car bombs, IEDs and mines in those areas. Citizens of Derna celebrated in the streets after Daesh withdrew. [Arabi21]

 

A Libyan military source says Libyan helicopters targeted Daesh locations in Hila, destroying several vehicles and causing human casualties. [Libya24] Another military source says Libyan troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Hila area, killing the suicide terrorist. [AfriGate]

 

Informed sources and eyewitnesses say Daesh terrorists fled Fata’eh and the 400 area. The sources say a Daesh convoy of “tens” of vehicles filled their cars with fuel from a fuel station in the Makhili area, then burned up the fuel station and headed to Ajdabiya. Local residents say Libyan planes bombed the convoy, destroying vehicles and killing terrorists. [Libya24]

 

A medical source says nine young men were killed by a land mine explosion while they were trying to clear Daesh land mines in Derna. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military commander says heavy clashes erupted between Libyan army troops and Daesh terrorists in the Makhili area near Tobruk. He says Libyan soldiers were killed or wounded in the clashes. He also says the Libyan troops captured 5 Daesh vehicles and damaged 6, and the clashes are still going on. [Libya24]

 

A video shows the land mine explosion that killed the commander of the Libyan 115 battalion in west Benghazi. [Facebook]

 

The spokesman of the Libyan Army’s Hurriya training camp in Benghazi issued a statement mourning the death of the camp’s commander, who was killed by a sniper in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

 

A video shows the shooting that killed a Libyan Army photographer in west Benghazi. [Facebook]

 

Central coast

A local source says 30,000 people have left their homes in Sirte since Daesh captured the city. [Libya24]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a Salafi man in Sirte on Tuesday, for opposing Daesh. [Libya24]

 

A Libyan security spokesman says Libyan authorities will deport hundreds of Tunisian Daesh terrorists back to their country. He says more than 400 Daesh terrorists were captured, mostly Tunisians, Moroccans and Egyptians. He also says tens of Tunisian terrorists, including 4 girls, were captured just in Misrata. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

The Algerian Ministry of Defense says security forces captured a Daesh cell of 3 terrorists in Tebessa near the Tunisian border. 5 other terrorists had been arrested on Tuesday in the same area. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it targeted an SUV of the forces of the current Yemen President with an IED in Aden, killing or wounding several soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Italy

The Italian Minister of Defense says 8 military helicopters will be sent with their crews to Erbil to support the war on Daesh. [Xendan]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A local news page from Dhumair

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/elsengaby117

https://twitter.com/aa8062684

https://twitter.com/gZCmx5rELeyDv27

https://twitter.com/Tsvsvw1

https://twitter.com/AKZF57

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

April 19, 2016

The Booby-Trapped House in Ramadi

Today’s Major Developments

 

Plotting against Al-Abadi, Al-Jubouri continues in Baghdad.

Sadrists invade another ministry; cause a second one to close.

Al-Abadi deploys security forces to ministries, orders arrests for similar future incidents.

PMFs reported gathering in western Anbar for military operation toward Rutba and the Trebil border crossing to Jordan.

Turkish tank crew in Bashiqa retaliates for Daesh shelling, kills 32 Daesh fighters.

US Special Forces stage another helicopter-to-ground operation against a Daesh HQ west of Mosul.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Masoum met in his residence with representatives of the sit-in MPs, according to a statement from the President’s office. The President stressed on continuing the efforts to solve the crisis, while the delegation said they don’t want to marginalize any Iraqi group. [Sumaria]

President Masoum met in his office with the UK Ambassador, Frank Baker, to discuss the current political crisis and the President’s efforts to find constitutional solutions that satisfy all parties, according to a statement from the President’s office. [Mada]

 

Sadrists demonstrators broke through the Ministry of Justice building in downtown Baghdad and forced the employees to leave. The Ministry of Finance also gave its employees leave until further notice. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Photos of the mostly Sadrist sit-in in Tahrir Square in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

A video of Sadrists demonstrating in front of the Ministry of Oil. [YouTube]

 

Prime Minister Abadi held an emergency meeting with the security and military commanders, according to a statement from his office. Abadi issued orders to prevent any unlicensed demonstrations and to arrest anyone who assaults government ministries or offices. [Sumaria]

Security forces were deployed near the ministries and security offices in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Saleem Al-Jubouri issued a statement after meeting with the Kurdish Alliance in Baghdad saying he thanks the political blocs that are loyal to the CoR as an institution. He also says he respects the will of the CoR but refuses to allow some parties who want to kidnap the will of the CoR with their loud noise. [Sumaria]

 

Jubouri and his two deputies went to the CoR but didn’t attend the session today. The rump session was led by Adnan Al-Janabi, who was chosen by the sit-in MPs as a provisional speaker. Janabi postponed the session until Thursday. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

Jubouri had suspended the CoR session until further notice. [Sumaria]

 

A Kurdish MP says the Kurdish Alliance, The Powers Union, Badr, ISCI, Dawa, Fadhila and Turkmen and Christian MPs attended the CoR session today responding to President Masoum’s initiative. She says the sit-in MPs didn’t respect that initiative and started a vote on the CoR leadership, which caused 5 blocs, including the Kurds and the Sunni blocs, to leave the session. [Sumaria]

A Sadrist MP says the sit-in MPs refused Masoum’s initiative. [Mada]

 

The alliance of Sunni blocs issued a statement saying they won’t return to the CoR unless “the legitimacy returns” [Mada]

 

A State of Law MP says the CoR session today reached the required quorum because 230 MPs attended. She says the withdrawal of some blocs later doesn’t mean that the session was not valid. She also says 65 SoL MPs are with the sit-in MPs and the goal is to change the leadership of the three presidencies. [Sumaria]

 

Ammar Al-Hakim, the ISCI chief, issued a statement after meeting in his office with Saleem Al-Jubouri, saying that all parties should meet in the middle, and warning of plans to “destroy the legislative authority and the entire political process”. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes, in Anbar (Baghdadi and Rutba); Hawija; and especially Ninewa (Kasik, Mosul, Qayara, Tal Afar, and Sinjar), using bomber, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft. All aircraft returned to base safely. [CJTF]

 

A Russian source says Russia will provide Iraq with 20 MI-28NE helicopters. [Buratha]

 

Security-related incidents in Baghdad Governorate

North Baghdad

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 7 IEDs in north and northeast Baghdad.

[BOC Facebook Page]

Iraqi army 9th Davison captured a man wanted for terrorism who led them to a weapons and explosives cache in the Ru’oud area in north Baghdad. [MoD Website]

 

East Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in the industrial area in Basmaya, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a restaurant in Zafaraniya, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

A security source says a civilian and his wife were killed when a sticky IED exploded under their car in Zafaraniya. [Maalomah]

Iraqi army 42nd brigade found an explosives vest and 7 IEDs in Hasna village in Mada’in.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

South Baghdad

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused an IED in Madhanik. [BOC Facebook Page]

A police source says an MoI employee was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Mahmudiya. [Maalomah]

Iraqi army 17th division found a weapons and explosives cache in Latifiya. [MoD Website] A security source says unknown armed men attacked a PMF checkpoint in Yusufiyah, wounding 3 fighters. [Baghdadia]

Iraqi army 17th division destroyed 3 IEDs and diffused 4 booby trapped houses in Sayed Abdullah in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

Iraqi army 23rd brigade arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Bizayez Al-Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Saidiya, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in the Al-Ray area, killing one person and wounding four. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Ghazaliya, killing one person and wounding eight. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   15    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh removed its IEDs from bridges and railroads in Falluja suddenly, most likely in order to flee from the city. He also says that many Daesh leaders have escaped Falluja toward Western areas in Anbar and then on to Syria. [Maalomah]

He also says Daesh faces a lack of explosives because of the siege on the city. [AIN]

 

The Qarma PMF Brigade commander says many Daesh terrorists, especially foreigners, are leaving Falluja for the Thirthar area after the reports about Iraqi forces preparing to attack Falluja. [Mada]

 

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says the KH targeted a Daesh meeting with a Grad rocket in the Jolan neighborhood in Falluja. The KH also destroyed 2 oil tanks and a weapons storehouse in Hay Jubail, Falluja. [Harbi] [Harbi]

 

Rapid Intervention units killed 15 terrorists, wounded 5, and destroyed an IED factory, 3 hideouts, and 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles in the east Falluja military sector.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

The West Baghdad Operations Commander says a group of Daesh terrorists were planting IEDs in the Shiha area, north of Qarma, but the Iraqi army 14th division killed 11 of them and destroyed 6 of their vehicles. [Mawazin] [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The MoI issued a statement saying Baghdad Operations Command killed 1 terrorist and wounded 2, and destroyed 2 military vehicles in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [Ghad]

 

A PMF source says PMF troops killed Muhammad Saleh Abtan, a Daesh local commander responsible for IEDs in Qarma, and 6 of his associates, in the Albu Jassem area. [Harbi]

 

The police chief of Ameriyat Al-Falluja says Daesh targeted the city with 10 mortar shells but caused no human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Commander says the AOC’s artillery shelled Daesh in the Qurtan area in Jazeera Khaldiya, destroying 2 vehicles and killing 2 local commanders, one from Anbar and one from Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

The IFP commander says his troops killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle north of Thirthar. [PUKMedia]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the IAF destroyed 4 Daesh locations in Albu Dhiab, northwest of Ramadi. [Sumaria]

 

The PMF media office says security forces arrested a group of Daesh foreign terrorists in a tunnel west of Ramadi. [Etejah]

 

A member of Anbar Provincial Council says two new mass graves were found, with bodies of civilians including women and children killed by Daesh, in the stadium area south of Ramadi. [Mada]

The Mayor of Ramadi says 3 mass graves were found containing the bodies of 30 victims, including two children, killed by Daesh when it captured the city in mid-2015. The mass graves were found based on confessions from captured Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says a house that was booby trapped by Daesh in the Tameem area in southwest Ramadi exploded, killing three people and wounding two from the same family. The family had just returned from displacement. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Iraqi soldiers in the Albu Delma area north of Ramadi. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A Counter-Terrorism source says that, according to Daesh documents found in Hit, 650 Daesh members were killed during the Hit liberation operations. [Etejah]   

 

A Counter-Terrorism commander says more than 5,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in Hit District after security forces cleared several areas and roads. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi army 29th brigade troops, supported by tribal fighters, found 339 Grad rockets, 62 IEDs, and 2 explosives vests in a house used by Daesh as an explosives factory in Wadi Al-Hijjiya, 20 km (12.5 miles) from Kubaisa. [MoD Website]

 

The Jazeera Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicle bombs trying to attack a residential compound in Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 2 Daesh ammunitions caches in Mahboubiya and Dolab, northeast of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says military reinforcements arrived in the Kilo 160 area, preparing for a large military operation on Rutba city and Trebil border station on the Jordan border, west of Rutba. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says the IAF, in coordination with Al-Suqoor Intelligence Cell, bombed a Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in Rutba, killing Abu Khattab Al-Jazrawi, a Daesh military emir and 6 other terrorists. One was responsible for the car bomb attack in Nasariya. Jazrawi, a Saudi terrorist, was buried this evening in Rutba, according to the IWMC. [Harbi]

 

A security source says Daesh leaders withdrew from Rutba, leaving mostly Iraqi terrorists in the city. He also says Daesh stole 7,000 deer from the desert area near the city of Rutba and took them to an unknown location. [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. The story about foreign fighters withdrawing from Rutba confirms an earlier Daesh Daily story.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

An Iraqi special forces commander says Coalition and Iraqi warplanes bombed several Daesh boats carrying explosives crossing the river from Fatha to Shirqat, killing many Daesh fighters. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos of beheading a man, after accusing him of “sorcery.” [JustPaste]

 

Baiji

A PMF source says Al-Nujaba’ Movement destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Makhoul Mountains. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it targeted Iraqi army units near the Asmeda area with mortars and heavy artillery. Daesh also says it targeted Iraqi army units on the Baiji-Haditha Road. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

A Salahuddin police source says a Daesh sniper shot at Col. Omar Thamer, the commander of Tikrit local PMFs, wounding one of his bodyguards. The colonel survived the attack. [Mada]

 

Security forces captured a man wanted for terrorism south of Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

A PMF source says 2 Daesh suicide terrorists who sneaked with families through the Himrin Mountains were killed when one of their explosives vests detonated near Al-Alam. [Ghad]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles near Ajil oilfield. [AKI]

 

Samarra

Salahuddin Operations Command troops defused 14 IEDs in the Strategic Line (pipeline) area.

[MoD Website]

 

The IFP commander says his troops found an explosives workshop west of Samarra. [PUKMedia]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala police chief says his troops raided and searched several areas in the governorate and arrested 15 men wanted on criminal or terrorism charges. He says 6 terrorist cells were “disassembled” in addition to 4 criminal gangs. [Mada]

 

A member of Diyala PC says the Sahwa leadership put out orders to reduce the number of Sahwa fighters by 50%, which means more than 3,000 fighters will lose their salaries. He says this decision will have dire consequences for the security situation in the governorate. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba

A local police source says unknown armed men shot and killed an Iraqi Army officer while he was leaving his house in Baquba center. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A COR member from Diyala says Daesh is very close to Baquba. He says recent Daesh attacks in the Muqdadiya area are a clear sign that Daesh is coming back to Diyala. [Sumaria]

 

A member of Diyala PC says PMF fighters from the Jubour tribe captured 3 Daesh headquarters in the Shirween area, capturing large weapons, explosives, and Katyusha rockets. He says the terrorists escaped without engaging in combat.[Sumaria]

 

The Diyala police chief says men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in the Zaghinya village orchards. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Southern Kirkuk

A security source says Kirkuk police arrested a Daesh terrorist from Tal Keif in Ninewa at a checkpoint near Taza. [Sumaria]  

 

PMFs publish photos of Daesh weapons captured in Tel Ahmed, south of Kirkuk, after its failed attack. [Harbi]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says the IAF bombed a big Daesh weapons and explosives storehouse in Hawija. [AIN]

 

Coalition airstrikes in the Hawija area hit a tactical unit and a staging area.

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a Peshmerga vehicle on Mansouriya Mountain in Hawija. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A PUK official says Coalition forces conducted another helicopter-to-ground operation in the Badoush area, west of Mosul, using 10 helicopters. He says Coalition troops clashed with the terrorists, killing all of them in their headquarters. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in Hay Al-Wihda in east Mosul, killing 4 terrorists, including the new commander of Daesh’s Usra Army. The former commander of this army was also killed by a Coalition airstrike in March. [PUKMedia]  

DaeshDaily comment. Usra Army is an elite group of Daesh terrorists, formed after other elite units like Al-Battar lost most of their fighters. This group is supposedly responsible for defending Ninewa. The name means “shortage” or “difficulty”, which might mean that these terrorists are less equipped and less financed than the former elite groups, and mostly depend on older methods of warfare.

 

CNN Turk says Turkish troops killed 32 Daesh terrorists near Bashiqa in response to Daesh destroying a tank in the Turkish camp. [Sumaria]

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an attack by Turkish troops and Peshmerga on Bariman village near Mount Bashiqa. Daesh says the battles continued until the early morning under Coalition air cover. Daesh says the village was on the borderline between its positions and the Peshmerga and no troops had been present there.  Daesh says the attacking force retreated after sustaining casualties and under Daesh shelling. Daesh says it destroyed a Turkish tank in the battle. [A3maq] [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of destroying a Turkish tank with a guided rocket. [A3maq]

However, Turkish sources say Daesh terrorists attacked a Turkish tank in Bashiqa with a Kornet missile, but the tank was not destroyed and its crew responded by shelling Daesh terrorists with 8 rockets, killing 10 of them, then shelled 5 vehicles and 3 bicycles, killing 22 more terrorists.  [Anadolu] In short, the 32 Daesh fighters were killed by the tank they were attacking.

DaeshDaily comment. The Daesh tank attack video is unconvincing. It doesn’t show any battle ongoing when the rocket was launched at the tank. As for the rest of the Daesh story, it seems to come from one of the graduates of their creative writing course.

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh security man in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

Kata’eb also says its fighters killed a Daesh informant in the Abar neighborhood in western Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A Ninewa police source and eyewitnesses say that 7 shops selling mobile phones and 3 money exchange offices were broken into on Monday night in downtown Mosul. The sources say the shop owners accused Daesh members who were supposed to protect the market during the night of the break-ins. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says a fire erupted in a fuel station in the Hadba’ area in Mosul after an American airstrike. [A3maq]

 

Seven Coalition airstrikes in the Mosul area struck three separate tactical units and destroyed two assembly areas, three supply caches, a fighting position, two vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), a VBIED factory, a bed-down location, a vehicle, and a tactical unit.

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says Coalition warplanes bombed 4 Daesh locations in the Saba’awiyeen village in Qayara, killing 23 Daesh terrorists and destroying several Humvees. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC says the IAF bombed a Daesh fuel station in Qayara. [AIN]

The Coalition bombed a weapons storage facility in Qayara.

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Iraqi forces secured 60 more families who escaped from Daesh-controlled areas and moved them to safe areas in Makhmur District. [Mada]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A Peshmerga unit says Daesh targeted its location in Zamar. The source says the Peshmerga responded with artillery and shot at Daesh locations in Al-Ashiq village in Tal Afar. [Harbi]

 

The Coalition conducted three airstrikes near Kasik, hitting two separate tactical units, a vehicle, two tunnels, and a mortar position. An airstrike near Tal Afar destroyed three rocket rails.

A strike in Sinjar targeted a tactical unit and destroyed an assembly area.

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its “sharia” institutes. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos throwing a young man off of a roof, in Tal Afar, accusing him of sodomy. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The Turkish Military Command says 22 Turkish warplanes “successfully” targeted the PKK in the Jara area in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. [Mawazin]

An informed source says Turkish warplanes bombed two villages in Amedi, in northern Dahuk. No casualties have been reported. [PUKMedia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The PMF Commission Director in Babel says the commission decided to provide more reinforcements in north Babel. He also says the PMFs will start military operations in south Baghdad to secure the north Babel areas. [Etejah]

DaeshDaily comment. They should put some of their attention on military operations to secure south Baghdad areas, where Daesh attacks have greatly increased lately. North Babel is just south of South Baghdad.

 

Wasit

A joint security force arrested a woman on terrorism charges in Suwaira. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Clashes erupted south of Suluk in Raqqa’s northeastern countryside between Syria Democratic Forces and Daesh. [SyriaHR]

 

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says a Daesh terrorist called Abu Uqba Al-Qairawani was killed by an airstrike on his vehicle in Raqqa. The RSS also says two children were killed in Raqqa by airstrikes. [RSS] [RSS]

The Combined Joint Task Forces says Coalition military forces conducted one airstrike in Syria, in Raqqa, using remotely piloted aircraft, striking a tactical unit and destroying a vehicle. [CJTF]

 

Kurdish activists say Daesh cut off internet services in Manbij and Azaz and forced people to use a service provided from Turkey. The sources say Daesh did that to control communications and to generate revenue. [Welati]

 

A local activist says a trade deal between Daesh and other opposition groups, through intermediaries, allowed trucks loaded with food items to enter Raqqa in exchange for oil. He says such deals are common, and the fighting restarted between Daesh and the other groups immediately after the deals.   [Arabi21]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Local sources say Daesh executed a Kurdish man in Al-Bab, accusing him of cooperating with the YPG. Other local sources say Daesh is forcing people in Al-Bab to donate blood to its wounded terrorists. People who refuse to donate are forced to dig trenches. [Hawar]

 

Daesh continued its shelling on Tal Al-Abr village west of Kobane, causing material damages. [Hawar]

 

Syrian opposition groups kept up their shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud today, wounding one civilian. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops captured more areas from Daesh north of Tadmur. The source also says Syrian warplanes destroyed several Daesh convoys north and east of Tadmur. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says it attacked Syrian troops in a Sinaa neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor, capturing it completely, killing 20 soldiers and wounding 10 and capturing weapons and ammunition. Daesh says its terrorists expanded to nearby areas. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

Daesh captured all Sinaa neighborhoods in Deir Ez-Zor after heavy clashes with Syrian troops and supported militias. Syrian warplanes launched 5 airstrikes on the area. [SyriaHR]

 

A Syrian military source had earlier claimed that Syrian troops destroyed several Daesh hideouts in Sinaa. The source also said Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh in Haweigat Saqar and Bighailiya in Deir Ez-Zor. [SANA]

 

South

Daesh says it launched a massive attack on the Al-Nusra Yarmouk camp in south Damascus and captured more areas, in addition to weapons and ammunitions. [JustPaste]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists in Tal Ishaib, in Suwayda northeastern countryside. [SANA]

 

Ahrar Al-Sham, a Saudi and Turkey-backed opposition group, said it recaptured, with Nusra support, Sahm Al-Jolan in Daraa’s western countryside from Daesh affiliates, Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk and Muthanna Movement, after heavy battles. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says it attacked Egyptian army units south of Sheik Zuweid, killing or wounding 20 soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it blew up the houses of two civilians working for the Egyptian army, south of Sheik Zuweid. [A3maq]

 

A medical source says an 11 year old boy and three policemen were killed, and 14 policemen wounded in addition to seven civilians, in an RPG attack on a police bus in Sheikh Zuweid.  [VetoGate]

 

Tribal sources say Egyptian forces clashed with an armed group west of Rafah, while warplanes covered the area. Another source says 10 ambulances were sent to Sheikh Zuweid with heavy security.   [ElWatan]

 

A security source says security forces killed an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis leader responsible for several attacks in Sinai, and 2 other terrorists, in a shelling of his hideout. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorists shot and killed a farmer in Abu Shanar village in Rafah, accusing him of cooperating with the Egyptian Army. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Army says Libyan troops captured the livestock market area in Qawarsha in Benghazi, in addition to the other areas they captured recently. [AfriGate]

Videos of Libyan troops in the liberated areas [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

The Libyan Army 115th battalion issued a statement mourning the death of its commander who was killed in Qawarsha. [AfriGate]

 

The Benghazi Medical Center says two of its staff were captured by Daesh on Monday in Qawarsha. Daesh published photos of the two men and said they were soldiers. [Wasat]

Daesh photos of the two medical staffers described as “soldiers.” [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. This has happened before, in Iraq in January 2014, when four paramedics in Ramadi agreed to go help someone in need and got killed for their dedication. Since when is capturing medical personnel a military victory?

 

The Libyan Military Command says a military photographer was killed while covering the battles in west Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

A military source says although the Libyan Army has captured large areas in west Benghazi, it is still moving slowly in the area because of the land mines. [AfriGate]

 

The spokesman for Libyan Military Engineering died after he was wounded by a land mine in west Benghazi two days ago. [AfriGate]

 

A Libyan commander says the Army will announce the liberation of Benghazi in the next two days. [AfriGate]

 

Central Coast

Local sources say Daesh’s “Ashbal Al-Khilafa,” a group of boys trained by the terrorists, paraded on Sirte streets. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it killed or wounded several members of the Southern Resistance after targeting their vehicle with an IED in the Memdara area of Aden. [A3maq]

 

Denmark

Denmark said it would increase its military operations against Daesh to include Syria in addition to Iraq. The Danish Parliament approved deploying 7 F-16s and 1 C-130 in addition to 60 special forces soldiers. [Xendan]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Libya News Today page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/1WGodd3H1lBtiz1

https://twitter.com/stmssm

https://twitter.com/The__SoUul

https://twitter.com/afaaaq20031

https://twitter.com/klmaaat4

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

A new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]
Daesh archive for the last lunar month [JustPaste]

 

April 18, 2016

Iraqi Troops Trained by the Coalition

Today’s Major Developments

 

Secretary of Defense Carter in Baghdad; meets with Al-Abadi, promises more ground support and Apache helicopters.

President, Prime Minister trying to bring CoR members together.

Major Sadrist power play stops work at Green Zone ministries.

Anbar Operations Commander says Falluja campaign will start next week.

Iraqi military source says Coalition bombing error in Shirqat killed 8 civilians & wounded 12.

US & Iraqi units stage helicopter-to-ground raids to grab Daesh leaders in Mosul area.

Turks reportedly blocking capture of Manbij by Syria Democratic Forces and YPG.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and discussed the military cooperation between Iraq and US. This includes increasing the Coalition’s support to the Iraqi forces in the Mosul military sector with training, weapons, advice, and equipment according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office. They also discussed cooperation in cutting off Daesh supply lines between Mosul and Syria and providing air cover for Iraqi forces in the Mosul liberation. They also discussed what would happen after the liberation. [Xendan]

 

The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against (Daesh) in Iraq, U.S. defense officials said Monday. The uptick in American fighting forces—and the decision to put them closer to the front lines — is designed to help Iraqi forces as they move to retake Mosul.

Speaking to reporters Monday in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the decision to move U.S. advisers to the Iraqi brigade and battalion level will put them “closer to the action,” but the U.S. will do what’s needed to reduce the risks.

A senior U.S. official said unofficially that eight Apache helicopters will be available to help the Iraqi forces when Iraq leaders determine they need them. The official was not authorized to discuss the numbers publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Carter also met with Lt. Gen. Sean McFarland, the top U.S. military commander for the anti-Daesh effort, and Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Obeidi.

He also spoke by phone with the President of the KRG, Masoud Barzani. Later, Carter announced to the troops that the U.S. aid will extend to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting in northern Iraq. Carter said the U.S. has authorized sending up to $415 million to the Kurds over a period of time. [ABCNews]

 

President Masoum issued a statement suggesting that all CoR members attend a session to discuss the leadership of the CoR. He suggested that another CoR member could lead the session instead of Jubouri and his two deputies. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi also issued a statement asking CoR members to hold a session within the next few days. [Mada]

 

Saleem Al-Jubouri’s office issued a statement saying that the Sunni alliance in the CoR is still supporting Jubouri and doesn’t recognize the earlier vote in the CoR. The statement also called on CoR members to “return to their blocs” and not create obstacles against the reform. [Sumaria]

 

The sit-in CoR members couldn’t get the required quorum for a second rump session after major blocs boycotted it, including several members who had joined the sit-in at the beginning. The rebels don’t want any session held to be led by Jubouri. [Mada]

 

Hundreds of Sadrists besieged the Green Zone, 10 ministries, and the Iraqi Media Network in Baghdad, forcing the ministries to stop their work. The Sadrists demanded that the ministers resign. Sadrists protestors also “attacked” a Badr senior commander on Haifa Street in downtown Baghdad, accusing him and other Iraqi officials of being thieves (video). Badr issued a strong statement condemning the attack and threatening anyone who wants to attack its leadership and PMFs with dire consequences. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Iraqi politicians tend to think their only job is to represent, and too often represent narrowly defined and personal interests, and forget they also have to lead. Iraq needs statesmen, real leaders, who listen to what people want, but also tell people what really needs to be done. Democracy in Iraq is still not strong enough to stand up to wannabe leaders who can mobilize angry thugs and stop the government anytime they like. These people know they are the minority, but they also know the silent majority will not stop them. As recent developments show, there aren’t enough real leaders to stand up to those who play political games for the benefit of themselves and their parties.

 

Security developments

Iraqi received 3 Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter planes. [Mada]

 

Coalition aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq, using ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets. There were three strikes near Baghdadi, one in Falluja, and two in Hit; there was another strike near Bashir in Kirkuk; and in Ninewa there was one airstrike in Sinjar in the far west, three in the Kasik area west of Mosul, four in the Mosul area, and two near Qayara. All aircraft returned to base safely. [CJTF]

 

A video of a Daesh group captured by security forces in Abu Ghraib [MoD]

 

Security-related incidents reported in Baghdad

 

North Baghdad

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

 

East Baghdad

A security source says unknown armed men wearing black clothes and masks kidnapped ten Basmaya residential project workers from a vehicle in Ameen. [AIN]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An MoI source says security forces found the bodies of two unknown women shot to death in Zafaraniya. [Mada]

A security source says that a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested in Mada’in. [Harbi]

 

South Baghdad

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi Army commander and three of his soldiers in Khtaimiya in Rashid. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists damaged an Iraqi Army vehicle after an attack with light and mid-size weapons in Khtaimiya. [JustPaste]

Security forces diffused an IED in Madhanik in Arab Jubour. [BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in the Sour area in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it attacked a Sahwa commander’s house with mid-size weapons and RPG rockets in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it attacked an Iraqi Army patrol with an IED and an RPG rocket in Alimiya in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a market area in Arab Jassem in Yusufiyah, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. We note that of seven reported incidents in South Baghdad, five were reported by Daesh, three of them in Arab Jubour. We are left to wonder why the government doesn’t have more to report, and whether Daesh’s reporting is exaggerated.

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a market in Hay Al-Furat, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a private electricity generator in Hay Al-Amel, killing the generator’s owner and his son and wounding four other people. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   13    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Anbar Operations Commander says the Falluja liberation operation will start next week. [Mada]

The Chairman of the Security Committee in the Anbar Provincial Council says the central government agreed to open a military command for Falluja liberation operations. He says the Falluja liberation will start very soon. [Etejah]

 

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says they rocketed a Daesh gathering near Siddiq Mosque in Falluja city with two Katyushas, and claims they killed many terrorists. [Etejah]

 

A PMF source says Saraya Ashura, a PMF faction, destroyed a Daesh hideout with rockets north of Saqlawiya. [Harbi]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Daesh withdrew from Albu Khanfar and Albu Ali Al-Jassem areas east of Falluja after booby-trapping houses and streets in anticipation of an Iraqi attack. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Sukhoi airstrikes killed 5 Daesh terrorists in Albu Ali Al-Jassem. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 14th Infantry Division killed 1 terrorist and wounded 2, destroying 5 vehicles in Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces killed several terrorists and destroyed a house where terrorists were hiding in addition to 3 sniper positions and 1 tower in different areas of east of Falluja.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF tribal commander says a PMF force killed Kareem Musa Al-Luhaibi, Daesh’s hisbah official in Qarma and 4 of his associates near Qarma Bridge east of Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded nine in Qarma and Albu Daaij. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier in Ma’ameer in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a Daesh headquarters destroyed by PMFs near Falluja [YouTube]

A video of PMFs in battle with Daesh in Falahat near Falluja [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says Daesh is still using underground tunnels and hideouts in preparation for a surprise attack on Iraqi civilians and military forces in the city. [Mada]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says that Iraqi forces destroyed 26 IEDs and diffused 4 booby-trapped residential buildings and 5 houses and cleared streets in different areas of Ramadi city. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Jazeera Khaldiya. [JustPaste]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 8th division troops stopped a Daesh attack in Albu Dhiab in western Ramadi, killing 2 terrorists. [Harbi]

The JOC says the IAA and IAF killed 11 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 5 military locations in Albu Dhiab. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Daesh explosives cache found in Ramadi [MoD]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council says that the destruction of Hit city was 20%, and it is a small percentage compared to Ramadi. He asks the government to provide funds for the reconstruction of the city. [Sumaria]

 

A Counter Terrorism commander says troops cleared and secured the “strategic” road between Ramadi and Hit that runs through Mhamdi. He says this operation will facilitate the movement of displaced families back to Hit. [Mada]

A video of Iraqi forces clearing the Hit-Ramadi road. [Sumaria]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Kubaisa. [PUKMedia]

The MoD says Iraqi forces found a Daesh vehicle bomb and 8 IEDs in Kubaisa. [PUKMedia]

 

The Jazeera Operation Command says its troops killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists wearing explosives vests in a building in Kubaisa. It also says the troops destroyed a 700 meter long tunnel with 6 rooms near Kubaisa. [Etejah]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a mortar in Jubba, north of Baghdadi. [PUKMedia]

Daesh says it attacked Jubba with 5 Katyushas and 20 mortar shells. [JustPaste]

A video of the Daesh media headquarters in Hit after it was captured by Counter Terrorism troops [Hurra]

A video of an Iraqi tank destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in the industrial area in Hit [Iraqia]

A video of Counter Terrorism troops destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Hit [YouTube]

Videos of Iraqi forces in Hit [ISOF] [ISOF] [ISOF] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

A video of an Iraqi tank shelling 2 Daesh terrorists [YouTube]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of its municipal services in Anah. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes mistakenly bombed civilians in Sdaira village in east Shirqat, killing eight civilians and wounding twelve. [Ghad]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says IAA helicopters destroyed several Daesh boats near Safina village in Shirqat. The source says the boats were used to move weapons and equipment between the Shirqat and Hawija areas. The source also says the attack damaged some civilian boats without causing human casualties. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqi sources stopped a major Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains north of Baiji. He says seven Iraqi fighters were killed and one wounded. 20 Daesh terrorists were killed in the attack. The source also says IAA helicopters attacked Daesh in the area and destroyed 3 vehicles. [Ghad]

 

IAA helicopters killed 8 terrorists in Zarqa north of Baiji, according to the MoD. [PUKMedia]

 

A video of a surprisingly civilized phone conversation between a PMF fighter and a Daesh terrorist [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

A security source says IFP troops and Al-Abbas Combat Division fighters stopped a Daesh attack on Mtaibija village south of Tikrit, killing 8 Daesh terrorists. Seven PMF fighters were killed and three IFP troops were wounded. [Mada]

A medical source says the seven tribal PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Mtaibija. The source says all seven were from the Jubour tribe. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Chairman of the Abbara subdistrict council says 5 mortar shells fell on Zaghinya village, causing material damages. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it shelled Zaghinya and Abu Qarma villages with mortars, wounding several PMFs. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

The Dijla Operations Commander says his troops captured 2 Daesh terrorists in Al-A’ali village near Muqdadiya. He says the 2 were involved in assassinating a tribal PMF commander 2 days ago. [Sumaria]
Daesh says it killed a Dawa party leader in Sinsil village in Muqdadiya. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its shelled Radha village in Udhaim with 6 mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMFs barracks in Radha village and killed eight fighters before burning down the barracks. Daesh says that when reinforcements arrived the Daesh fighters detonated several IEDs on them, destroying 2 vehicles. All Daesh terrorists returned safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of weapons it got from its attack on Radha. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Taza/Bashir

A security source says PMF fighters stopped a “violent” Daesh attack on Tal Hamad village near Bashir, killing 15 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. The source also says a PMF fighter was killed and 20 wounded. [Mada]

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked PMFs in Tal Hamad near Bashir with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many fighters. Daesh says another terrorist “parked” his vehicle bomb near the PMFs before returning safely, then detonated it from a distance, killing more PMFs. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Well, we don’t know how anyone could park a car on the military front lines in a such a place. 

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes launched 2 airstrikes near Bashir, destroying 2 vehicles, 2 assembly areas, and a hideout, and killing 9 terrorists. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. It would be good if the PMFs acknowledged the importance of the Coalition air support.

 

A Turkmen Front official says 86 people wounded in a Daesh chemical attack in Taza were transported to Turkey to be treated there. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Daesh tunnels found by PMFs near Bashir [Beladi]

 

Hawija

Daesh says two people were killed and ten wounded in American airstrikes on civilian boats in Al-Zab, near Hawija. [A3maq]

 

A security source says the IAA destroyed the Daesh Bayt Al-Mal (finance office) in Hawija, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

The JOC says Coalition warplanes killed more than 11 Daesh terrorists and destroyed gatherings, weapons, and vehicles in Ninewa military sector. [Harbi]

 

Mosul

The KRG’s Counter Terrorism Service says it implemented a helicopter-to-ground operation in coordination with a US Special Forces in Hammam Al-Alil south of Mosul city, killing a Daesh emir called Salman Abd Shabib Al-Jubouri and 2 of his associates. Jubouri was a member of the Daesh war council and the military commander of south Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A member of Ninewa PC says American troops conducted 2 similar helicopter operations, in Badoush and Mazraa west of Mosul, but gave no details. [Mawazin] Eyewitnesses and 2 Kurdish sources say a Coalition helicopter landed in Badoush and arrested a Daesh member within 10 minutes, without identifying the terrorist. [AIN]

 

A PUK official also reported the helicopter operation in Badoush, which he described as a 6-helicopter operation at the Daesh headquarters near the Badoush prison.

The same official also reports that the Coalition conducted a 6-helicopter operation on Daesh headquarters in Sabouniya on the road between Tal Afar and Mosul. He says 3 notable Daesh leaders were captured in the two operations and no gunshots were exchanged. [PUKMedia]

 

A PUK source says Peshmerga and National Mobilization Forces’ troops liberated Nouran and Bariman villages in Bashiqa. He also says they are fighting Daesh in Khorsabad village in the same area. The 3 villages belong to Iraqi Shabaks. [Sumaria]

The United for Reforms Coalition, led by former vice president Osama Al-Nujaifi, says NMF fighters supported by Peshmerga, Turkish and the International Coalition liberated the 2 villages. [BasNews]

However, the JOC issued a statement refuting the reports about the participation of Turkish troops in Ninewa liberation operations, asking media outlets to stop “fabricating news”. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Media confusion like this makes our job difficult. Even if the JOC statement is accepted, we still don’t know whether these villages were liberated or not, or whether the NMF participated, and if so how that was possible. As for Mr. Nujaifi, we should apparently give no credibility to any of his self-serving statements.

 

Daesh says it shelled Peshmerga locations in Nawran, Fadhiliya (in Bashiqa) and Mount Bashiqa with mortars and heavy artillery. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it damaged a Peshmerga tank with a guided rocket in Mount Bashiqa. [JustPaste]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi IAF planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Mosul, asking the citizens to prepare for the Mosul operation, and saying that Iraqi forces are very close. [IraqPress]

 

A local source says Daesh moved 35 of its leaders to a basement in an Al-Rabi’ private hospital in Mosul after Coalition warplanes bombed the Jumhouri Hospital in the city. Another source says Daesh has 18 Katyusha rockets filled with chlorine hidden in different parts of Mosul. [Ghad]  

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot at a Daesh pickup, killing or wounding 3 terrorists inside. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source says a Daesh biological weapons expert from China and other terrorists were killed in a Coalition airstrike on a Ninewa pharmaceuticals factory. [Buratha]

 

A source in Mosul forensics department says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in the Al-Farouq area west of Mosul on Sunday, killing 6 terrorists, including 2 Germans. [BasNews]

 

Daesh issues a video of installing traffic lights in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Nineveh Plain

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes in coordination with Ninewa Operations Command launch an airstrike on Daesh in Omar village, Hamdaniya, killing a group of terrorists including Barzan Hussam, the new wali of Hamdaniya. [IraqPress]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A PUK official says Daesh buried the bodies of 150 terrorists killed in battles in the Makhmur area in a big mass grave south of Mosul, without informing their families. [PUKMedia]

 

The MoD says Coalition warplanes killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Wadi Shuwaim. [PUKMedia]

 

A Joint Operations Command (JOC) source says Ninewa Ops Command troops secured more than 150 displaced families who escaped Daesh controlled areas and moved them to Makhmur. [Harbi]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters helping Arab families escaping Daesh controlled areas [YouTube]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh zakat (tax) office in Tal-Afar on Sunday. [Buratha]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in Tal Afar District, killing more than 10 terrorists, including foreign explosives experts. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says it shelled Sinjar with 50 120mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

A PUK official says Daesh terrorists were planting IEDs and preparing rocket launches against Peshmerga in Salhiya village in Zamar. He says Coalition warplanes bombed them, killing 8 terrorists and destroying the rocket launchers in addition to 2 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

A Peshmerga Commander says Daesh attacked his troops with shells filled with chlorine in Domiz for the fourth time. He says 15 Peshmerga fighters were wounded in the attack. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says it destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle in Qarya Assriya with an IED, killing or wounding the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A PUK CoR member says anyone who wants the PKK to leave Kurdistan must demand that the Turks withdraw their troops from Ninewa also. [SotKurdistan]

 

The Islamic Kurdistani Union repudiated Adel Nouri, an IKU CoR member, because he joined the CoR sit-in. [SotKurdistan]

The sit-in CoR members issued a statement saying that Adel Nouri and Tafka Ahmed (a Gorran CoR member reportedly expelled from her party for the same reason) have joined the “reform and change” movement in Iraq. [SotKurdistan]

 

An informed source says Turkish warplanes bombed 2 villages in the Qandil Mountains. [PUKMedia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Muthanna

The Muthanna Chief of Police says security forces arrested a Daesh member in Samawa. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Kilis state says Daesh launched 4 Katyushas in different areas in Kilis, on the Turkish side of the border, killing four Syrian refugees including three children and wounding six others. The source says a hospital and a high school were evacuated after 2 rockets fell near them. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Ahmed Al-Jarba, the former chairman of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, which had been the umbrella organization for anti-Assad groups, formed the Elite Syrian Forces, which will be fighting against Daesh. The ESF has already announced it captured areas from Daesh in Hasaka and Deir Ez-Zor (video). [BasNews]

 

On April 17, Coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets in Syria. One was near Deir Ez-Zor; two were near Manbij, destroying two anti-aircraft artillery pieces.

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A local activist says the YPG captured a wounded terrorist south of Shaddadi. He also says the YPG captured another Daesh terrorist as he attempted to drive a vehicle bomb into the city. [BasNews]

 

Warplanes, thought to be Russian, launched several airstrikes on Raqqa, killing or wounding several civilians. [Qasioun]

 

Awad Al-Dahal, a Daesh security official, was killed in a Coalition airstrike on his vehicle in Hasaka’s southern countryside. [ARA]

 

A video of Tal Al-Urban archeological site in Hasaka after it being damaged and looted by Daesh [Al-Aan]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A YPG source says the liberation of Manbij was postponed because of differences between the United States and Turkey. The source says Turkey insisted that there should be more Arab and Turkmen fighters than Kurds in the Syria Democratic Forces before attacking the city. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This would postpone the capture of Manbij indefinitely, as a decided majority of SDF fighters are YPG. It’s just one more example of the fact that defeating Daesh is not Turkey’s highest priority in Syria, and also further evidence that aside from the important cooperation of allowing the US to use the Incirlik airbase, Turkey’s participation in the anti-Daesh effort has done more harm than good.

 

Meanwhile, local sources say Daesh executed 11 people publicly in Manbij. The source says the victims were arrested in Al-Ra’i in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Hawar]

 

A local activist says Daesh issued orders preventing people from using Turkish mobile phone networks in Manbij. He says Daesh is trying to isolate the city, preparing for upcoming attacks against it. [ARA]

 

An opposition commander says Daesh advanced further in Aleppo’s northern countryside, kicking out Turkey-backed opposition troops. He says Daesh captured Tal Battal village after heavy shelling forced opposition groups to retreat. He also says Turkish artillery shelled Daesh in Kafr Ghan and Tal Hussein villages. [ARA]

Daesh says it recaptured Tal Battal after the opposition groups withdrew. [A3maq]

 

Syrian opposition groups continued their heavy shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud, a Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo city. [Hawar]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops attacked Daesh locations and gatherings in several villages northeast of Aleppo. The source also says Syrian troops attacked Daesh in Deir Hafer, in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, killing several terrorists. [SANA]

 

A local activist says a child was killed by a leftover Daesh land mine near Mabrouka in Tal Abyad countryside. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles east of Khanasir. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of a fighter from the Iraqi Al-Nujaba’ Movement (a Shia militia), who was captured in Aleppo’s eastern countryside. He says he is from Ubaidi in Sadr City and arrived in Syria through Iran. [A3maq]

 

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured by opposition groups in Aleppo [YouTube]

A video of opposition fighters destroying a Daesh cannon near Braighida in Aleppo’s northern countryside [YouTube]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its men in Al-Barda east of Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Battles continued between Syrian troops and Daesh near Jufra village near Deir Ez-Zor Military Airport. Syrian warplanes bombed several neighborhoods in Jufra. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops attacked Daesh in Jufra, killing many of them and destroying a tank and 3 vehicles. [SANA]

 

Unknown armed men attacked the Daesh hisbah office in Sbaikhan city in Deir Ez-Zor, killing a Daesh Moroccan terrorist. [Qasioun]

 

A video of Syrian troops fighting Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor [YouTube]

 

South

A local activist says heavy fighting took place between Daesh and Al-Nusra in Yarmouk Camp south of Damascus. He says 6 Daesh terrorists were killed and 8 Nusra were wounded. He also says a Daesh sniper killed a 15 year old boy and wounded his brother. [ARA]

Daesh says it killed 6 Nusra fighters in Yarmouk Camp and captured more locations. Daesh also says 10 Nusra fighters “repented” and surrendered. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. A photo was published 2 days ago showing a 10 year old boy killed by a Daesh sniper in the camp. Most likely Daesh counted him within the Nusra fighters it killed.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A security source says an IED targeting a prison vehicle transporting suspects near the coast in Arish exploded, killing two suspects and wounding eight. The source says no security personnel were harmed in the attack. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say an IED exploded on a security armored vehicle on Khazzan Street in Arish, wounding three soldiers. [VetoGate]

 

A security source says Counter Terrorism troops stopped an Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis attack in the Mansoura area south of Rafah, killing 3 of the attackers and wounding 6. The source says two soldiers were wounded in the attack. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it destroyed an Egyptian Army M-60 tank with an IED between Karm Al-Qawadees and Kharouba, southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its operations in Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

A Libyan military commander says Libyan troops captured the cement factory and other areas in Benghazi, trapping Daesh terrorists. [Libya24]

A video of battles near the cement factory [Hadath]

A video of Libyan Special Forces inside the cement factory after it was liberated from Daesh [YouTube]

 

A Libyan battalion commander and one of his soldiers were killed by a land mine in Hawari in Benghazi. [Libya24]

 

The Benghazi medical center says it received the bodies of 13 Libyan soldiers killed in the battles in Hawari, in addition to 32 wounded, during the last two days. [Libya24]

 

A local source says SCMD (Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna) fighters captured more strategic areas from Daesh in the Fatai’eh heights east of Derna. A local source says Daesh launched an attack on the SCMD and captured several areas after 2 suicide attacks, but the SCMD launched a surprise counterattack forcing Daesh to retreat. [Wasat]

Daesh terrorists were killed and many others wounded in the battles. [Libya24]

Daesh says it captured all SCMD military positions in the Hila military sector in Derna after two vehicle bomb attacks, led by 2 suicide terrorists, a Libyan and a Sudanese. Daesh says many SCDM fighters were killed in the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Central Coast

Local sources say Daesh executed three members of the Gaddafi tribe in Sirte. [Wasat]
Daesh publishes photos of the graduation ceremonies for one of its sharia seminars in Sirte, showing hundreds of people in attendance. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh forgot to mention that attendance was compulsory, as several sources reported earlier.

 

Northwest

A security chief says Daesh might have seized Saddada castle near Bani Waleed after the 28th of May Battalion withdrew from the area. Daesh attacked the battalion last week, killing five of its fighters. A local source from Bani Waleed says security officials in the city held several meetings, fearing a Daesh attack. [Wasat]

A tribal leader says a Daesh convoy of 40 vehicles advanced towards the arms factory in Bani Waleed. [Libya24]

However, the Bani Waleed Protection (military) Company refuted on its Facebook page any presence of Daesh near the city. [Facebook]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior says security units arrested a Daesh terrorist in Sfax. The terrorist, who returned from Syria, gave information that led to the capture of 5 more terrorists, including a woman. [Welati]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

The Bani Waleed Protection Company page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Abu_Sajda

https://twitter.com/Blalmuslim21

https://twitter.com/7BssjMwm

https://twitter.com/afnan3m5

https://twitter.com/Khilafa21101

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic, Russian and Turkish. [JustPaste]

 

 

 

April 15, 2016

Syrian Refugees in North Aleppo

Today’s Major Developments

 

McGurk expresses US concern over political crisis.

President Masoum backs reform program in televised speech.

Reports say Falluja liberation operation about to start.

Daesh captures villages in northern Aleppo from anti-government opposition groups.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Masoum met in his office with Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy, and the US Ambassador Stuart Jones to discuss the political situation in Iraq, the war on Daesh, and the international support to Iraq. Mr. McGurk expressed the US concern about the political crisis in Iraq, according to a statement from the President’s office. [Mada]

 

President Masoum said in a televised speech that the comprehensive reforms are essential for Iraq and that the process should stay away from sectarianism and partisanship. He also says that everyone should adhere to the constitution in all government decisions in order to preserve its unity and security. [Mada]

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in 10 Iraqi governorates demanding a technocrat government and opposing the partisan quotas. [Mada]

 

Security developments

The AAH Spokesman says the Minister of Defense reduced the amount of ammunition for security forces in the Baghdad Belt because Iraqi forces need more ammunition near Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Coalition military forces conducted 30 airstrikes in Iraq. In Hit, three strikes struck a large tactical unit and destroyed 18 boats, a command and control node, and a weapons cache. Near Kasik in Ninewa, one strike hit a tactical unit and destroyed a tunnel system. In the Mosul area, 21 strikes targeted a tactical unit, 18 modular oil refineries, and two crude oil stills, and destroyed an assembly area. In the Qayara area, one strike destroyed 33 boats. Near Sultan Abdullah, three strikes hit a tactical unit and destroyed an assembly area, a fighting position, a mortar cache, and a mortar system. A strike near Tal Afar took out a mortar position. [CJTF]

 

A video of Iraqi Cessna Caravan airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Baghdad military sector

[MoD Website]

 

Security-related incidents reported in Baghdad

 

North Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Falahat village in Tarmiya District, killing three people and wounding nine. [Mada]

A security source says unknown armed men threw a hand grenade at a house in Hay Al-Qahera, without causing civilian casualties. [Ghad]

A local police source says the bodies of two unknown men were found near Al-Muthanna Bridge. [Maalomah]

 

East Baghdad

An MoI source says security forces found the body of a man shot to death in Ameen. [Mada]

A police source says unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in Jamila. [Sumaria]

 

South Baghdad

The Baghdad governor refuted the reports about Daesh capturing Bizayez Al-Yusufiyah. He says Daesh assassinated an (important person) yesterday but the situation is under control.  [Mawazin]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a PMF personnel carrier in Latifiya, killing or wounding 20 fighters. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces found a weapons and explosives cache in Mahmudiya. [MoD Website]

An MoI source says an IED exploded targeting a police patrol in Hor Rijab, killing a policeman and wounding four. [Mada]

Iraqi forces defused 2 booby-trapped houses and an IED in Madhanik in Arab Jubour.

[MoD Website]

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Khtaimiya. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Shuhada in Bayya’, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

The IFP commander says his forces found a weapons and explosives cache in Radwaniya (photos). [Harbi]

The Military Intelligence Service says it arrested a Daesh cell of 7 members in Abu Ghraib and captured weapons and ammunition. [Baghdadia]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   14    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The spokesman of the Falluja District Council says Falluja liberation operations will start soon, now that Hit has been liberated. He says there are only 1,000 Daesh terrorists left in the city. [Mada]

A tribal PMF commander says security forces, PMFs and tribal fighters have arrived near Falluja to start the city liberation. [Maalomah]

 

The management of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf organized the delivery of 20 trucks loaded with food supplies to PMF units in the Falluja military sector. The supplies were provided by private donors.  [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Fund raising campaigns are ongoing in Shia areas in Iraq to support the PMFs. Many units have no funding even from the government. The well-funded and well-armed PMFs are usually the ones linked to Iran.

Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist PMF, provided “tens of tons” of food and medical supplies to displaced families in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Rapid Intervention troops killed 4 terrorists in Nuaimiya, and 3 others near the thermal station. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 8 terrorists, including a Syrian commander called Abu Omar Al-Himsi, and destroyed a vehicle and 4 hideouts in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/ Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Anbar Operations commander says a man wanted on terrorism charges was captured near Bzaibiz Bridge in Ameriyat Al-Falluja.  [Sumaria]

 

Ramadi

The Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council suggests a different timetable for the Falluja liberation operation. He says Iraqi forces will start to liberate Jazeera Khaldiya areas and then move ahead to Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Albu Bali and Albu Ubaid, in the Jazeera Khaldiya area.  [Sumaria]

 

The chairman of the subdistrict council security committee says Daesh terrorists kidnapped a tribal PMF fighter and took him to an underground hideout. Security forces found the hideout and shot it out with the terrorists, killing all four of them. The tribal PMF fighter was killed as well. [BasNews]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops cleared 30 booby-trapped house and several roads in Hay Al-Aramel, just south of Ramadi. [Buratha]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers in Hamdhiya. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

A video of a Coalition airstrike on a Daesh bridge near Hit [CJTF]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says security forces defused more than 120 booby-trapped houses and 210 IEDs in different areas in Hit. [Maalomah]

 

The manager of the Al-Wafa’ subdistrict says 800 displaced people returned from Al-Wafa’ to their houses in Kubaisa. [Sumaria]

The JOC had said that Iraqi troops escorted 1,334 civilians from Hit to Al-Wafa’ subdistrict. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says the Iraqi Army 7th division cleared the road between Kubaisa and Hit. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Rabi’i area in Hit District. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb workshop and 2 vehicle bombs in Qalqla village in Hit District. Coalition warplanes also killed 16 Daesh terrorists, including a sniper, and destroyed several vehicles and a construction shovel in Hit District. [Harbi]

 

The JOC says Iraqi Army 7th division artillery shelled Daesh in Baraziya village east of Baghdadi, killing 16 terrorists and destroying a vehicle. [Harbi]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh launched several rockets and mortars on the residential compound near Ain Al-Asad base, killing or wounding several civilians. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its terrorists launched a rocket and a mortar shelling on Baghdadi. [JustPaste]

 

Haditha

Daesh says it ambushed 10 Sahwa boats near Khasfa, northwest of Haditha, killing 25 fighters and destroying several boats. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled and rocketed the Khasfa, Albu Hayat and Jubba areas. [JustPaste]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The PMF commander says a Daesh tunnel collapsed because of the rain in Shirqat and two terrorists were killed. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Daesh publishes photos of distributing food items and other supplies to the families of its dead or imprisoned terrorists in an unspecified area in Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Abbara, demanding that security forces clear the orchards in the subdistrict in response to Daesh’s recent attacks. [Abbara]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists detonated 2 IEDs on 2 PMF vehicles in the Albu Slaibi area in Udhaim. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says an unknown man shot and killed a mosque Imam in Wahid Huzairan in south Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

A PMF commander says a high ranking Saddam security officer was responsible for the chemical attack on Taza. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh executed a former Minister of Defense employee publicly in Hawija after he was caught trying to leave the city. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Peshmerga fighter in the Mahkour Mountain area in Hawija. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

A PUK official says coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in several areas of Ninewa, killing 21 terrorists. [PUKMedia] [See Coalition bombing story above under Baghdad]

 

Mosul

Kata’eb Al-Mosul issues a statement mourning the death of a group of its fighters. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh brought weapons and explosives from Syria to Mosul and prepared booby-trapped tunnels in anticipation of the Iraqi forces’ attack on the city. [BasNews]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The JOC says Ninewa Operations Command troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed several Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle and a weapons cache in the Makhmur military sector. Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in several areas in the sector, killing 32 terrorists and destroying vehicles and combat locations. [Harbi]

 

A PUK official says that Iraqi forces stopped the Daesh attack on Kharbadaran village, killing many terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh will issue a video about a suicide terrorist called Abu Anwar Al-Kuwaiti. The terrorist used to study in the United States before flying to Turkey and then going to Syria. Daesh published a photo of the terrorist on Thursday, saying he detonated himself on Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village with Katyushas. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its quality control inspection in Qayara. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A story about a Turkmen child who lost her father, her mother, and three brothers when Daesh attacked Tal Afar. The girl managed to escape with her uncle and is living now in Kerbala. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Unlike other Iraqi cities captured by Daesh, Tal Afar rarely appears in the news. Even the Iraqi government seems to forget that there are thousands of Shia civilians trapped in Tal Afar and no one has heard from them. 

 

Daesh says its terrorists sneaked into a Peshmerga barracks near Aski Mosul village, east of Tal Afar, and planted 2 IEDs, then detonated them, killing or wounding many fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A local source says Turkish warplanes bombed 2 villages in Amedi in northern Dahuk without causing human casualties. [PUKMedia]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Turkish media outlets say Turkey sent military reinforcements, including tanks, to its border with Syria near Aleppo. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says Coalition military forces conducted six strikes Thursday in Syria, using attack and ground-attack aircraft against Daesh targets near Raqqa (one strike destroyed a bulldozer); and near Mare’(five strikes hit five separate tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and four vehicles.) [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The YPG says its fighters arrested a Daesh leader called Hani Al-Khudhair between Hasaka and Shaddadi. [BasNews]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling Azzawi village in Hasaka with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling areas east of Ain Eissa with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A Turkish official says 30,000 refuges escaped their camps in north Aleppo to the Turkey border after Daesh attacks on the camps. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh rocketed residential areas in Mare’, causing massive material damages. There were no reports about human casualties. [Qasioun]

 

Syria Democratic Forces attacked Azaz with heavy machine guns. No casualties were reported. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh delivered the dead bodies of 15 of its terrorists, killed in battles in Aleppo’s northern countryside, to their families in Jarabulus. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says it took over control of Qasajek and Tal Al-Sha’ir villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside after opposition groups withdrew from them. [JustPaste] [A3maq] Earlier, Daesh said it stopped an opposition groups attack on Baraghida, Kafr Shosh and Kafr Ghan. [A3maq]

Daesh also said American warplanes launched 3 airstrikes on Baraghida. [A3maq]

An opposition groups commander confirmed that Daesh captured Qasajek, and confirmed the opposition groups failed attack on Kafr Ghan, saying several Daesh terrorists were killed in the second attack. He also says Daesh rocketed Daesh with 8 Grads, wounding civilians. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it captured large areas, including 11 villages, in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, killing many Syrian soldiers and capturing one; and seizing a tank, 12 vehicles, 250 Grad rockets and other weapons and ammunitions. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the spoils. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says it captured 18 villages and publishes photos of documents found with dead Iranian soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Syrian troops east of Khanasir with a vehicle bomb, killing or wounding many of them. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops near Draihim camp in Aleppo. [JustPaste]

 

The YPG says it killed 10 opposition group fighters in the continuous battles in Sheikh Maqsoud. [BasNews]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists attending a tribal gathering in Hama. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian Army bulldozer with a rocket northwest of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

An Egyptian soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their vehicle in Karm Al-Qawadees, south of Sheikh Zuweid. A second armored vehicle survived an IED seconds after it exploded in the Khazan area in Arish.  [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian Apaches bombed Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis locations in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, killing 5 terrorists and destroying 14 hideouts in addition to vehicles and motorcycles. Security forces arrested 33 takfirs in North Sinai, and defused 6 IEDs in Rafah and Arish. The body of an unknown man was found beheaded in Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police SUV west of Arish, killing or wounding the policemen inside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of detonating IEDs on Egyptian Army vehicles and beheading a soldier in Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Libyan troops in Nawaqiya in Benghazi with a vehicle bomb, killing 50 soldiers and destroying 15 vehicles. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist and an aerial photo of the explosion. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. So how would Daesh know the number of casualties?

 

Daesh says its snipers killed 2 Libyan soldiers in Nawaqiya. [JustPaste]

 

Two Libyan soldiers were killed and three wounded in a Daesh suicide attack with a vehicle bomb near the cement factory in Benghazi, according to the Libyan Special Forces spokesman. Another source says two soldiers were killed and five wounded in the attack. He also says Libyan troops defused 2 other vehicle bombs. He says Daesh was trying to break the siege on its terrorists in the factory area.  [Tunisien] [AfriGate]

 

Libyan troops captured more areas near the cement factory in Hawari in Benghazi. Six Libyan soldiers were killed and 17 wounded in the battles. Libyan warplanes also bombed Daesh’s command and a gathering in the same area, according to the Libyan Special Forces spokesman. [Libya24] [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

Daesh says it detonated 3 IEDs on Libyan troops in Hawari in Benghazi, killing or wounding many soldiers. Daesh also says its terrorists damaged a military vehicle and a bulldozer in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Central Coast

Local sources say unknown armed men attacked a Daesh convoy in the Arba’in area on the road between Sirte and Bin Jawad killing a Daesh Algerian commander and wounding 3 terrorists–a Tunisian and 2 Algerians. The area is inhabited by Al-Mi’dan tribe. Daesh had executed three members of the tribe 2 weeks ago. [Wasat] [AfriGate]

 

Daesh reissues a propaganda video about its sharia punishments in Libya. [AKI]

 

Algeria

Daesh says several Algerian soldiers were wounded by an IED in Al-Wahsh Mountain in Qasantina. [A3maq]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Daesh says it detonated a parked car bomb near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Mansoura city in Aden, killing or wounding many people. [JustPaste]
Somalia

For the first time, Daesh issues a video of a training camp in Somalia. [AKI]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Thiqa, a Syrian news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/qaydar213

https://twitter.com/omar_i4

https://twitter.com/Wwwvcvcvcvcv

https://twitter.com/afewg_dgr

https://twitter.com/ranouch_bilal

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

 

 

 

April 14, 2016

Burned Refugee Camp in Aleppo

Today’s Major Developments

 

Political turmoil continues as rump parliament claims to have replaced Speaker Jubouri.

Al-Abadi tells citizens the technocrat cabinet was undone by political machinations.

Iraqi forces claim full control of Hit.

US, Coalition providing heavy weapons to Peshmerga.

Daesh captures Aleppo villages, refugee camps near Turkish border.

Daesh in Syria executes three of its terrorists for refusing to die.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi announced the full liberation of Hit and congratulated the Iraqi people. [Sumaria]

 

In a televised statement, Prime Minister Abadi explained that he did submit the technocrat cabinet candidate list to the CoR, but most of the names were rejected by CoR committees for “narrow partisan benefits.” He says that he then had discussions with political parties and came up with another technocrat list as a second option, but when it was submitted to the CoR all the chaos happened. He says the cabinet change is only one part of the comprehensive reform and that the chaos will not help the reforms in any way. He also says the current situation and the war against Daesh don’t permit leaving vacancies in the cabinet. [Mada]

 

171 CoR members held a session on Thursday and voted unanimously to depose Speaker Jubouri and his two deputies. They elected Adnan Al-Janabi, a Sunni MP from Allawi’s bloc, as provisional speaker. Janabi says the CoR will elect a new speaker and two deputies on Saturday. [Mada] [Sumaria]

Jubouri, however, says what happened in the CoR was illegal and unconstitutional, non-consequential, and has no legal effects. He also says CoR sessions will go on as usual next week and he is ready to have to have a vote on dismissing the CoR leadership then. He says the political process cannot go ahead in an atmosphere of chaos and by marginalizing people. Jubouri’s office had issued a statement saying that deposing the speaker was illegal because a quorum was not achieved. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Powers Alliance (the Sunni CoR coalition) issued a statement saying it insists on keeping Jubouri as the Speaker. It also says it supports the comprehensive reforms and demands questioning PM Abadi and deposing him then it would consider deposing others. [Mada]

 

The Iraqi Islamic Party issued a statement saying that deposing Speaker Jubouri is a blow to the reform and reconciliation, and asking political parties to cooperate in order to prevent “uncontrollable chaos”. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. You are either for reforms or you’re not. Pretending to be in favor, then secretly blocking them, then blaming other people is unfortunately politics as usual in Baghdad. If the Sunni bloc is serious, it should declare itself in favor of the reforms. PERIOD. It should also declare itself in support of Al-Abadi, who after all is the author of the reforms. PERIOD. Mix and match makes you a liar and a hypocrite. Shia CoR members played games with Al-Jubouri’s position in part because Sunni parties played games with Al-Abadi’s position.

 

An informed source says the Badr, ISCI and most of the Kurdistan Alliance CoR members didn’t attend Thursday’s session. [Sumaria]

 

DaeshDaily comment (about the whole CoR mess). Iraqi politicians tend to forget that Daesh’s final goal is not Mosul or Falluja. Daesh, and its affiliates, want Baghdad. It is highly unlikely that Daesh itself could capture Baghdad now, but with the political situation as it is, Daesh and its affiliates can do a lot of harm while CoR factions serve their own selfish interests at their country’s expense.

 

Security developments

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with General Joseph Votel, the CENTCOM commander, and Brett McGurk, the Presidential Envoy, and discussed the war against Daesh and the preparations to liberate Mosul and Falluja, according to a statement from the PM’s office. [Sumaria]

 

An IAF Cessna Caravan plane destroyed a Daesh armored construction shovel and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Baghdad military sector. [MoD Website]

 

Security incidents reported in Baghdad:

Northwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a commercial area in Tobchi, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

The IFP commander says security forces captured a Daesh suicide terrorist wearing an explosives belt in Zafaraniya. [Shafaaq]

 

South Baghdad

An MoI source says a Ministry of Oil engineer was killed when an IED exploded under his car in Mahdiya. [Mada]

Security forces found 2 IEDs in Madhanik in Arab Jubour. [MoD Website]

Iraqi Army 23rd brigade destroyed 3 Daesh guesthouses in Manari in Arab Jubour.

[BOC Facebook Page]

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter in Manari in Arab Jubour. [JustPaste]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Mahmudiya, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists killed the Sahwa commander of Qarya village in his house in Yusufiyah. [JustPaste]

A security source says a roadside IED exploded in the Harkawi area in Yusufiyah, killing one civilian and wounding two. [Ghad]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in the Ubaid area in Latifiya, killing the soldiers inside, including a high ranking 17th division commander. [JustPaste]

The MoD says security forces arrested a former Facilities Protection Service employee on terrorism charges in Latifiya. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a sheep market in Suwaib, killing one person and wounding four. [Mada]

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed a barbershop owner near his house in Saidiya. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers near the Abu Ghraib silo. [JustPaste]

 

Baghdad police says security forces arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in west Baghdad. The suspect entered Baghdad with displaced families from Anbar. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source says Daesh terrorists raided the Al-Halabsa and Albu Alwan areas, west of Falluja, and arrested around 100 citizens, accusing them of several charges including cooperating with security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Army 8th division troops killed 2 Daesh terrorists near Saqlawiya Bridge. [MoD Website]

 

A Kata’eb Hezbollah source says the KH launched several rockets on a Daesh gathering in Hay Al-Dhubbat in Falluja city. The source also says Iraqi Army artillery destroyed a Daesh IED manufacturing workshop in the industrial area in south Falluja. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 55th brigade troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Bustan Al-Tikriti southwest of Falluja, killing the terrorists inside it. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 6 terrorists and wounded 3 and destroyed 2 vehicles and a hideout in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A PMF source says PMFs stopped a Daesh attack on Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing several terrorists and destroying vehicle bombs. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers in Ma’ameer in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Rashad in Qarma. [JustPaste]

 

The West Baghdad Operations commander says Iraqi forces, supported by IAA helicopters, stopped a Daesh advance on the tanning factory in Qarma, killing 5 terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

Ramadi

The chairman of the Khaldiya district council says IAA helicopters targeted Daesh’s location in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 12 terrorists and wounding others. [Maalomah]

 

An Anbar Operations Command says Anbar Police troops trapped and killed 3 Daesh terrorists in a house in Albu Ghanem. The source says the terrorists sneaked in from Jazeera Khaldiya. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi Army 10th division troops killed 15 Daesh terrorists in Albu Ubaid and Albu Bali in and near Jazeera Khaldiya. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 10th division troops defused 20 booby-trapped houses in Hay Al-Aramel.

[MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 8th division troops defused 12 IEDs in Zangoura, west of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

An Iraqi soldier shot down a Daesh recon drone in Jaraishi, north of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Counter Terrorism Service commander says his troops completed the liberation of Hit. [Buratha]

 

A Counter Terrorism commander says CTS evacuated more than 24,000 civilians since the start of Hit liberation operations. [Etejah]

 

Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes in and around Hit, using attack, ground-attack, and fighter aircraft. Four strikes struck three separate tactical units and destroyed four machine gun positions, a boat, a boat dock, seven fighting positions, a vehicle, and a command and control node.

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces raided a Daesh hideout in Hit city and killed Ra’ed Muneer Al-Zubaidi, the Daesh military commander of Hit, and 3 of his associates. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army 16th division troops found a Daesh prison in Hit. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed four Iraqi soldiers and Sahwa fighters in Jubba, north of Baghdadi. [JustPaste]

 

Haditha

An Anbar Operations Command source says IAA helicopters targeted a Daesh gathering in Baraziya village, northeast of Baghdadi, killing 16 terrorists. The source also says Coalition warplanes destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in Horan Valley in far western Anbar, killing the terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled the Albu Hayat and Mashtour areas with mortars and rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Western Anbar

A tribal PMF commander says military operations in west Anbar were stopped because of the heavy rains. He also says warplanes continued bombing Daesh locations to ensure that the terrorists won’t use the weather conditions to launch counterattacks. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says the IAA destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle south of Shirqat, killing a local Daesh leader. [Ghad]

 

Baiji

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says Iraqis forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Asmeda area, north of Baiji, killing 3 terrorists. The IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in the same area. [Ghad]

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Iraqi forces in the Asmeda area with 22 120mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

Al-Nujaba’ Movement, a Shia PMF force, says its troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the Makhoul Mountains. It also says they defused 500 IEDs and killed a sniper in the same area. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Iraqi forces on the Baiji-Haditha road with 87 120mm mortar shells and 6 locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Tikrit

A security source says unknown armed men kidnapped the operator of a street generator in Hay Al-Zuhour in Tikrit. [Mada]

 

A Salahuddin Police source says security forces captured 2 Daesh suspects at a checkpoint in Tikrit. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Allas oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Taza/Bashir

Al-Abbas Combat Division, a PMF unit, says it rocketed Daesh locations in Rashad subdistrict in Daquq, killing 60 Daesh terrorists and destroying weapons storehouses and vehicles. The division asked civilians in Daesh controlled areas to stay away from Daesh’s headquarters. [Mada]

 

A security source says unknown armed men killed a tile factory worker south of Kirkuk and set his body on fire before escaping. [Mada]

 

IAA helicopters targeted Daesh gatherings in Bashir, killing or wounding several terrorists and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [MoD Website]

 

The PMF spokesman says Bashir will be liberated in the coming days. He says the preparatory operations were completed and Bashir is surrounded. He also says Daesh used tunnels between two villages near Bashir and attacked PMFs in the area during the last few days. [Etejah]

 

A PMF source says PMF troops shelled and rocketed a Daesh gathering in Bashir destroying vehicles and vehicles bombs. The source says Daesh was preparing to launch an attack on Iraqi forces. [Harbi]

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Taza with 9 130mm mortar shells. Daesh also says its terrorists rocketed Taza electricity station with 4 Grads. [JustPaste]

 

Hawija/Multaqa

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists detonated himself in a Peshmerga barracks in the Khaled area in Riyadh subdistrict. Daesh says two other terrorists attacked the barracks and killed the remaining Peshmerga fighters and set the barracks on fire and booby-trapped a nearby building before retreating safely. Daesh says that when a Peshmerga reinforcement unit arrived the terrorists blew up the building, killing or wounding more fighters. [JustPaste]

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

DaeshDaily comment. As usual the story doesn’t add up. The suicide terrorist in the photo appears near a vehicle bomb that was totally forgotten in the story.

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a Peshmerga vehicle in Mansouriya Mountain in Hawija. [JustPaste]

 

A security source says a joint security force arrested 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Al-Multaqa subdistrict. One was a Saddam security agency lieutenant colonel and the other was an Iraqi Army 12th division staff official. (The division was dissolved after Daesh captured several areas in Kirkuk). The two suspects are accused of collaborating with Daesh. [Mada]

 

A Peshmerga source says an IED exploded on a Peshmerga vehicle in Al-Multaqa subdistrict, wounding one fighter. The source also says another Peshmerga fighter was wounded when Daesh terrorists launched a Katyusha rocket near Al-Khaled area west of Kirkuk. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

In Coalition airstrikes in Ninewa, two in the Kasik area struck two separate tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a bunker; near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate tactical units and destroyed four assembly areas, a vehicle bomb, and a storage facility; near Qayara, three struck a tactical unit, a headquarters, and a financial headquarters and destroyed an assembly area; near Sinjar, two strikes struck a tactical unit and destroyed two assembly areas; near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed seven boats and a mortar position; and near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed a mortar position. [InherentResolve]

 

Mosul

A Ninewa Police source says unknown armed men shot and killed Kanaan Al-Hadidi, the Daesh police chief in Mosul, in an ambush near the Tigris River in the city. [BasNews]

 

A local source says Daesh used bulldozers to destroy the Adad gate and parts of the Ninewa wall and moved stolen Iraqi antiquities to Syria. [Mada] [Sumaria]

 

A Ninewa Police source says unknown armed men shot and killed 2 Daesh terrorists at a Daesh checkpoint on Al-Markaz Street in east Mosul. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its sniper training camps in Ninewa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video about the “good life” under the caliphate rule in Ninewa. [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. Of course the video doesn’t talk a lot about the women under the caliphate rule. The video shows men and children happy and free and safe.

 

Nineveh Plain

An informed source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Kaberli village in Hamdaniya, killing 13 terrorists and wounding 10 and destroying 6 vehicles. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh oil refinement facility in Al-Khidhr, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 2 and destroying 4 fuel tanks. [PUKMedia]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says his troops defused 22 IEDs near Kodila, Mahana and Kermerdi villages in Qayara. He also says the Iraqi Army’s 15th division’s artillery shelled Daesh locations in Haj Ali village, killing “tens” of terrorists. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village with 38 120mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes a photo of a Kuwaiti suicide terrorist who attacked Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village, without saying what he did. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh also says its terrorists targeted Iraqi forces in Makhmur with 70 120mm mortar shells. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

America and its coalition partners have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga with heavy weapons such as armored personnel carriers, mortars and anti-tank weaponry to bolster their capability against (Daesh).

Brig. Gen. John E. Novalis II, deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said this week that the U.S.-led coalition is providing the Peshmerga with a significant amount of new gear as it prepares to take part in a planned assault to recapture the city of Mosul.

“We have decided to give them about two U.S. Army brigades-worth of equipment – heavier stuff,” he said by telephone from Baghdad, where he is overseeing coalition training of Iraqi security forces. [Stripes]

 

KRG President Barzani met with General Votel and Ambassador Jones in Erbil and discussed the situation in the region and the war against Daesh. [Rudaw]

 

A KDP official says the KRG’s president sent 20 cases of corruption to the KRG’s Commission for Integrity. He says the cases implicate high ranking KRG officials. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

The Wasit Chief of Police says joint security forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges during a search in Kut, Suwaira and Aziziya. [Mada]

 

Dhi Qar

A security source says security forces in Nasariya arrested several people implicated in the recent terrorist attack in Dhi Qar. The source says the arrest came after security forces got confessions from a Baathist terrorist cell. [Ghad]

 

The Dhi Qar Governor says security forces captured a Daesh suicide terrorist in Nasariya. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says the Coalition conducted four strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against Daesh targets in Syria. Near Al Hawl, two strikes produced inconclusive results; near Raqqa, one strike destroyed an oil pump jack; and near Mare’, one strike hit a tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A local source says Daesh executed 3 of its foreign terrorists because they refused to blow themselves up in designated locations. [Hawar]

 

A local activist says Daesh terrorists beheaded the Daesh military commander of Jarabulus, Abu Mustafa, publicly after he was caught trying to flee to Turkey 2 days ago. He also says a Daesh commander from Jarabulus, called Abu Hadeed, was killed with 6 of his associates in the battles near Al-Ra’i. [ARA]

 

Daesh says Russian warplanes launched 10 airstrikes on residential areas in Raqqa (video). [A3maq] [A3maq]

At least three people, including a child, were killed because of those airstrikes. [SyriaHR]

 

An 8 year old girl and a 7 year old boy were wounded when a Daesh leftover landmine exploded on them in Tal Abyad. Medical sources say the children are in critical condition. [Hawar]

The YPG says Daesh terrorists shelled several locations east of Ain Eissa with heavy artillery. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh terrorists captured the Bab Al-Salama camp for Syrian refugees in north Aleppo near the Turkish border, after heavy shelling on Kilis. Daesh terrorists are advancing in the area forcing refugees to flee to the border. [Rudaw]

 

Turkish artillery shelled the eastern parts of Tal Abyad for four hours. [PUKMedia]

 

The YPG says several opposition armed groups attacked Sheikh Maqsoud again but the YPG stopped the attack, killing 19 fighters, including 4 from Al-Nusra. A Kurdish civilian was killed and seven wounded, including children. [Rudaw]

The YPG says opposition groups kept up their shelling and rocketing on Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian troops in Draihim military camp and the nearby mountains east of Khanasir, killing several soldiers and capturing one, and seizing 2 tanks, 3 cannons, and several vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

A Syrian opposition commander says opposition groups recaptured Hawar Kilis and Ikada village and Ikada refugee camp after Daesh had taken them over. Daesh terrorists had captured the refugee camp and killed some refugees and burned their tents. He says Daesh kept on shelling the camp with mortars because the refugees there are anti-Daesh from Mare’. He says opposition groups destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Hawar Kilis and another one near Ikada. He also says the clashes are still going on near Kafr Ghan and Tat Homs. [ARA]

He also says Daesh captured Baraghida and Kafr Ghan villages north of Aleppo while opposition groups stopped a Daesh attack on Yani Yaban. [ARA]

 

Daesh’s version says it captured Baraghida and Kafr Ghan, as well as Kafr Shosh in Aleppo’s northern countryside from opposition groups and seized several vehicles carrying American machine guns, in addition to weapons and ammunitions.

Daesh also says a group of its suicide terrorists sneaked to Hawar Kilis village in the same area, where allegedly there is an opposition military operations room to coordinate with the Americans. Daesh says Coalition warplanes bombed the village after the attack. Daesh also says its terrorists killed 30 opposition fighters and captured one. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles and the airstrikes and the weapons its terrorists got. [JustPaste]

Daesh says American warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on Hawar Kilis village after Daesh terrorists captured it. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of Baraghida and Kafr Ghan villages after its terrorists captured them. [A3maq]

Daesh says opposition armed groups, supported by Coalition warplanes, launched a counterattack to retake Baraghida, but the attack was stopped by Daesh. [A3maq]

Daesh also says Turkish artillery targeted Baraghida with 30 shells. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked opposition armed groups with an explosives vest in Ikada village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Syrian armed groups near Ikada with a vehicle bomb. [A3maq]

To summarize, Daesh says its terrorists captured several villages near the Turkish border in Aleppo’s northern countryside (Baraghida, Kafr Shosh, Kafr Ghan, Yani Yaban, Hawar Kilis and Ikada). Daesh says its terrorists withdrew from Hawar Kilis and Ikada, but kept the other villages. Daesh says opposition armed groups, supported by Turkish artillery and 12 Coalition airstrikes, launched an attack to retake Baraghida, but they failed. Daesh says its terrorists killed 40 opposition fighters and captured 3 vehicles mounted by American heavy machine guns in addition to other weapons and ammunitions. []

Daesh issues a video of the American air cover for the opposition groups. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian artillery shelled Daesh locations near Al-Baba and in Rasm Al-Alam village in Aleppo. [SANA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian military vehicle with a guided missile in Jabal Al-Tar, northeast of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of destroying a Syrian Army BMP vehicle in the Abu Al-Fawares area near Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations and vehicles north and east of Tadmur. [SANA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

A local activist says civilians are leaving their houses in several areas of Deir Ez-Zor because of the ongoing battles between Daesh and the Syrian Army. Local sources say Daesh’s snipers use bullets dipped with cyanide in the area to cause instant death.  [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations extensively in Jufra and Mrai’iya villages in Deir Ez-Zor eastern countryside, killing many Daesh fighters and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh issues a video of a Syrian soldier surrounded by its terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

South

The Daesh affiliate in Daraa, Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk, deposed its Saudi leader, Abu Abdullah Al-Madani, and hired a Syrian terrorist called Abu Usama Jumla, after the recent losses in battles with opposition groups, according to sources close to the group. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Nusra Front in Palestine Camp south of Damascus. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues infographics about the areas its terrorists captured in Yarmouk and Palestine camps. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says it shot down a Syrian warplane that had just left Khalkhala military airport in Suwayda countryside. [JustPaste]

Daesh says the pilot survived and parachuted into an area under Syrian Army control. [A3maq]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops, supported by warplanes, launched a major campaign on Daesh locations in Abu Al-Shamat in East Qalamoun and captured the area, killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [SANA]

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops near Abu Al-Shamat Hill. [JustPaste]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Al-Dhumair in Rif Damashq and destroyed vehicles and weapons. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed several Daesh vehicles in Rajm Al-Dawla village in Suwayda countryside. [SANA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces capture 35 suspects, including takfiris, in a search in North Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian helicopters bombed several Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis gatherings and locations south of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, killing 28 terrorists and wounding 30 and destroying 66 hideouts. [VetoGate]   [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army minesweeper between Karm Al-Qawadees and Kharouba, southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on a police armored vehicle on Bahr Street in Arish, killing an officer and two policemen and wounding two policemen. [JustPaste]

 

Security sources say Daesh killed a notable leader of the Hajawi tribe in Arish, accusing him of cooperating with the security forces. [VetoGate]

 

Security sources say an Egyptian soldier was killed and four wounded when an IED exploded on their armored vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh says its terrorists targeted Libyan troops and armed group fighters in Al-Hila in Derna with a rocket, mortars and heavy machine guns. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say a Daesh sniper killed a mosque imam in the Hajjaj area in Derna after the dawn prayers. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military commander says heavy battles continued near the cement factory, the last of Daesh strongholds in Hawari in Benghazi. He says Libyan troops, supported by helicopters, captured more areas around the compound. [Wasat] [Libya24]

Another military commander says a Libyan soldier was killed and two wounded in the battles. [AfriGate]

A military source says Daesh terrorists shelled civilian areas in Benghazi after they were trapped. [Libya24]

 

Central Coast

Libyan media sources say Daesh terrorists raided Wadi Al-Jaref in Sirte and arrested several members of Gaddafi’s tribe. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed a Libyan Oil Facilities guard and wounded two with an IED south of Sidra. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

Security forces captured 12 Daesh terrorists in 4 states after monitoring their communications with a Daesh group in the Kasserine Mountains. [Tunisien]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Hit anti-Daesh page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/x4xcx4
https://twitter.com/Ibnkenana132
https://twitter.com/Pasm108
https://twitter.com/abu_a_347
https://twitter.com/ahmd68288792

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in English and Arabic [JustPaste]

 

April 13, 2016

CT Troops in Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Chaos envelops Iraqi government as sit-in by CoR members grows.

Petition reportedly signed by most CoR members wants Al-Abadi, Al-Jubouri, Masoum all replaced.

Speaker Al-Jubouri reportedly wants CoR dissolved and new elections held.

US will provide $41 million in food assistance for displaced families.

No major military developments occurred in Iraq.

Top KRG Central Bank officials are arrested for corruption.

Daesh publishes information on the brothers responsible for Brussels terrorist attack.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Speaker Jubouri postponed the CoR session until Thursday after the failure to reach an agreement about the new cabinet and end the CoR sit in. A fight started between a Shia MP and a Sunni MP on one side and Kurdish MPs on the other side during the session. This was started by a Kurdish MP throwing a bottle at a female Shia MP.

Video of the bottle-throwing and the fight [YouTube], after which the Speaker was forced to suspend the session for an hour, and then for the rest of the day.

Prime Minister Abadi and Speaker Jubouri met with the heads of the COR’s political blocs in Jubouri’s office to discuss the cabinet change. A Dawa MP, and one of the sit-in participants, says the results of the meeting don’t concern the MPs, and they are insisting on ending the political quota system.

Prime Minister Abadi, President Masoum and Speaker Jubouri met at the Al-Salam Presidential Palace in the evening to discuss the political situation and try to solve the current crisis. An informed source says Speaker Jubouri went to the meeting to call for the dissolution of the CoR and holding of new elections.

The CoR rapporteur says Prime Minister Abadi will attend Thursday’s CoR session.

A State of Law CoR member says 171 MPs signed a petition to change the “three presidencies” (President Masoum, PM Abadi and Speaker Jubouri).

The Badr Organization issued a statement saying it does not object to changing the leadership of the three presidencies as long as it is done within constitutional and legal procedures.

 

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, leader of the Wataniya (National) bloc joins the CoR members in the sit-in.

A Sunni MP says the CoR sit-in will continue until a new technocrat government is elected. He asked the Iraqi people to “raise their voices” and get rid of the “idols” of the political process. He also says the MPs won’t end the sit-in before the resignation of the three presidencies.

A Sunni MP issued a statement requesting the resignation of Speaker Jubouri.

Osama Al-Nujaifi, the leader of the (Sunni) United coalition, says he refused any attempts to move away from the constitution and the CoR procedures, stressing on his coalition to support Speaker Jubouri. He also says the names he submitted as cabinet nominees from some members of his bloc were “personal suggestions” and don’t represent the official position of the coalition.

 

Kurdish political parties say they have decided to boycott discussions on the formation of the government; however they said they wouldn’t put obstacles to any political agreement, as long as it doesn’t affect “their ministries”.

A KRG official says the current crisis started in Baghdad and the Kurds have nothing to do with it. He also says the KRG has no problems with PM Abadi, but it insists on the partnership principle and constitutional issues. He also says the KRG didn’t receive any request to replace the Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari.

The leader of the Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq, Ammar Al-Hakim, said in Suleimaniya that the Kurds should participate in all the political decisions in Iraq. He also says withdrawing trust from anyone will not lead to good results.

 

Hundreds of people (mostly Sadrists) demonstrated and started new sit-ins in Baghdad, Diyala, Diwaniya, Wasit, Babel, Najaf, Dhi Qar, Basra, Kerbala, and Muthanna in support of the CoR sit-in and demanded a vote on Abadi’s first technocrat list and end the political quota.

Former Minister of Planning, Mahdi Al-Hafedh, who was appointed by Abadi to head the technocrat cabinet selection committee, says the second list that was submitted by the political blocs “doesn’t represent him or his committee”

 

[Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada] [Rudaw] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

DaeshDaily comment. This is the scorecard on this political mess, based on what people have been saying, officially and unofficially.

Pro-technocrat cabinet/               Pro-technocrat cabinet/               Anti-technocrat cabinet

Pro-Abadi                                         Anti-Abadi                                        Anti-Abadi

Islamic Dawa                                    Sadrists                                              Kurdish Alliance

State of Law                                     Some Sunni factions                       ISCI

                                                                                                                        Badr Organization

 

To summarize the mess here, we can say that it is a revolt against the leadership, but different blocs are revolting against different people for conflicting reasons, which is what created the chaos. Abadi submitted the names of the technocrat candidates to the CoR, but he was forced to submit another list suggested by political parties. That created the split in which some were angry about the technocrat proposal and some were angry it didn’t get implemented. Al-Abadi seems to have lost both ways. Appreciation for his leadership doesn’t trump cynical political calculations.

    As is often the case in a crisis, the Kurds apparently hold the balance of power. Notwithstanding the comments noted above, the Kurds seem adamantly against the technocrat cabinet because it might weaken their ability to block government decisions they don’t like. They continue to prefer a weak central government that can’t threaten Kurdish aspirations. ISCI has also been consistently negative toward Al-Abadi’s reforms, and over the years, ISCI and its SCIRI predecessor have maintained an effective alliance with the Kurds.

 

Photos of the sit-in by CoR members, eating or sleeping inside the CoR building. [Sumaria]

 

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iraq has welcomed a contribution of US$41 million from the Government of the United States to provide vital food assistance for over 1.3 million displaced Iraqis. [Mada]

 

President Masoum approves the CoR’s resolution to ban terrorism promoting websites and media outlets. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

Coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, ground-attack, and fighter aircraft against Daesh targets, in Hit (2), Hawija, Mosul (2), Qayara, and Tal Afar. [CJTF]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi F-16s bombed Daesh in Hit, Shirqat and Qayara, destroying vehicle bomb manufacturing workshops and vehicles. [Sumaria]

 

Security-related incidents in Baghdad

 

Baghdad Center

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular restaurant in Camp Sara, killing two people and wounding four. [Mada]

 

North Baghdad

Daesh says its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded another in Tarmiya. [AKI]

An MoI source says the body of an unknown man was found shot in Husseiniya. [Mada]

Iraqi forces defused an IED in Tal Al-Bakr. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

East Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Ameen, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a wholesale market in Dora, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

A security source says a roadside IED exploded on a PMF patrol in Manari in Arab Jubour, wounding three fighters. [Ghad]

The IFP commander says the IFP’s 2nd brigade cleared the Karaghoul area in Yusufiyah from sleeper cells. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. This brief and unclear statement doesn’t give us much confidence. How many people were captured? How? What are the follow up procedures? And so on. Security forces announced weeks ago that Arab Jubour was cleared from Daesh and we still have daily attacks there.  

 

A police source says a school teacher was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in Haswa. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9      (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

An informed source in Falluja says “tens” of civilians were killed or wounded in a Daesh mortar shelling on houses on the outskirts of Falluja city. One of the shells killed five members of one family. The source says Daesh is trying to incite anger against Iraqi security forces. [Sumaria]

 

A JOC source says Iraqi artillery shelled a Daesh meeting near Al-Furqan mosque in Falluja, killing 3 terrorists. The source also says Coalition warplanes killed 2 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Shahabi in Qarma. [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces defused 10 IEDs near the industrial area east of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The Rapid Intervention 1st division surrounded the south Falluja military sector, cutting off Daesh supply lines and stopped several Daesh attacks in the area. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces killed 2 terrorists in the Asalat area, and 4 in Nuaimiya just south of Falluja city. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces defused an IED in Zoba’a south of Falluja. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 18 terrorists and wounded 6 and destroyed a vehicle in Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja subdistrict council says Daesh terrorists arrested 170 people, mostly young men, from areas south of Falluja, after getting information that armed groups in the area were preparing for an uprising against Daesh. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the deployment of its terrorists in Qarma and its villages. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh reissues a video of battles near Thirthar Dam. [AKI]

 

Ramadi

In interviews with Sumaria TV, Ramadi returnees say the situation in the city is difficult because of the lack of basic services and because of Daesh IEDs. They say the call for the return was untimely. [Sumaria]

An Anbar Police source says an Iraqi tribal PMF Lt. Colonel was killed while defusing a roadside IED in Ramadi center. The source says specialized teams are still defusing hundreds of Daesh IEDs in Ramadi. [Maalomah]

However, the Ramadi Mayor says the Ramadi market in the city center was reopened, after it was cleared, and some of the merchants in the market opened their shops. He asked the rest of the merchants to do the same. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi Army 8th division troops destroyed a Daesh hideout in the Albu Harrat area in Ramadi district, killing 5 terrorists, and destroyed a Daesh guesthouse in Albu Shaaban. Iraqi forces defused 12 booby trapped houses in Hamdhiya and 10 in Hay Al-Aramel. [AIN]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video stressing that its terrorists are still “firm like mountains” in Ramadi. However, the Daesh attacks in the video are old. [AKI]
Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi soldier and targeted an Iraqi Army military location with a rocket, in 2 different attacks, in Albu Dalma, north of Ramadi. [AKI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists damaged an Iraqi Army Humvee with an SPG9 rocket near Ali Hatem Bridge, Northwest of Ramadi. [AKI]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Chairman of Hit District Council says Iraqi joint forces liberated the Jam’iya Thania neighborhood in Hit center, killing 33 terrorists. [Mada]

 

A Counter Terrorism commander says 90% of Hit was liberated and the rest will be finished in the coming hours. He says the military operations were affected by the bad weather. He also says Daesh launched fierce attacks this morning. [Buratha]

 

A Counter Terrorism Service source says CT troops found a Daesh weapons and explosives cache in Hit (photos). [Harbi]

 

A video of the liberation battles in Hit. [Sumaria]

 

Anbar Deputy Governor says more than 4,000 families arrived from Hit to Al-Wafa’ camp for displaced people, 35 km west of Ramadi. He says the camp is not equipped to handle all the displaced people and there is a shortage of tents, blankets, and food supplies. He says many of these families escaped because of Daesh’s continuous shelling. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Hay Al-Jam’iya in Hit, killing eight soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees and a BMP vehicle. Daesh published a photo of the terrorist. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi Army 16th division destroyed a Daesh vehicle in Hay Amina in Hit District, killing 2 terrorists. [AIN]

 

A tribal PMF commander says Counter Terrorism troops and Iraqi Army 16th division surrounded the Hit-Baghdadi road, preparing to clear it completely from Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

Haditha

A tribal PMF commander says a PMF unit sneaked onto a boat to Al-Zawiya, 25 km west of Haditha, and captured 5 Daesh terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh publishes photos of executing five men, in an unspecified location in Salahuddin, accusing them of forming PMF units. [JustPaste]

 

Shirqat

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed 4 Daesh locations in Shirqat, including the traffic police department and a house of a police officer used as headquarters for Daesh hisbah, killing several Daesh terrorists. [Mada]

 

A Salahuddin police source says Daesh captured 18 people east of Shirqat while they were trying to escape to Al-Alam through Himrin Hills, and took them to Hawija. The source says the people were government employees who haven’t received their salaries for months. [Mada]

 

Baiji

The IFP commander says IFP troops stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Fatha northeast of Baiji, killing 4 Daesh terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near the Asmeda (fertilizers) area, north of Baiji. [AKI]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded another in Allas oilfield. Daesh also says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces in the field with 3 mortars. [AKI]

 

A local police source says the Counter Terrorism Service captured 2 Daesh terrorists east of Tikrit. [Maalomah]

 

Samarra

A PMF source says PMF units found a weapons and explosives cache in Samarra city. [Buratha]

 

DIYALA

A security source says Iraqi Army 20th brigade troops surrounded a Daesh terrorist in house then killed him in the Shilgham area, 55 km east of Baquba. The terrorist had an explosives vest and an IED. [Sumaria]

 

Baquba

A security source says unknown armed men in a civilian vehicle shot and killed a Ministry of Education employee in Khalis. [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk city

A Kirkuk Asayesh spokesman says the Kurdish security forces arrested 12 Daesh Arab terrorists hiding in Kirkuk city. [PUKMedia]

 

France’s Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrives in Kirkuk and met with the governor and other provincial officials to discuss security, economic and political issues. The Minister stressed on his country’s support for Iraq and Kurdistan in the war against Daesh. The Minister was in Erbil on Tuesday and met with KRG officials. [Sumaria]

 

Taza

A security source says Daesh terrorists launched 2 rockets from Bashir on Taza center and 2 more north of the city without causing human casualties. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a short video of battles near Bashir. [A3maq]

 

Hawija

A local source says Daesh captured 33 people from Hawija while they were trying to escape towards Al-Alam in Salahuddin. The source says most of these people are former security personnel and government employees. [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A security source says Daesh terrorists executed 14 people, under the 4th bridge in Mosul, accusing them of communicating with the Coalition, blasphemy and not following sharia.  [Ghad]

 

Eyewitnesses say Daesh is buying people’s personal weapons in Mosul using their need for money. The sources say Daesh fears an uprising in the city. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh terrorists executed three Kurdish young men publicly in northeast Mosul, accusing them of communicating with the Peshmerga. The source also says Daesh terrorists arrested two families of 12 people, including women and children, in Hay Al-Ikha’ in east Mosul for the same accusation.  [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in different areas in Mosul, Qayara and Hammam Al-Alil, killing 14 terrorists, including 4 leaders, and wounding 11. [PUKMedia]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist near in Qusiyat.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A member of Ninewa PC says the military operations in south Ninewa stopped for tactical reasons. However, he says Iraqi forces continued to shell Daesh locations and gatherings.  [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC says Ninewa Operations Command troops destroyed 2 Daesh vehicle bombs attacking Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village. [Maalomah]

Daesh’s version says one of its Tikriti suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces near Al-Nassr village with a vehicle bomb. After that, Daesh terrorists attacked the Iraqi forces locations in the area with different kinds of weapons, killing or wounding many soldiers. [AKI]

 

A JOC source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Mahana, Al-Nassr, and Sultan Abdullah, killing 30 terrorists and destroying a vehicle bomb. [Buratha]

 

Iraqi Army 71st brigade troops stopped a Daesh attack and killed 7 Daesh terrorists wearing explosives vests in Makhmur. The troops also destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb in the same area. [MoD Website] [MoD Website]

 

The Makhmur PUK official says about 100 people civilians escaped Daesh controlled areas in Qaraj subdistrict and arrived at the Peshmerga units in west Makhmur. [Sumaria] Qaraj is the one Arab subdistrict in otherwise majority-Kurdish Makhmur

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PUK official says 2 Daesh terrorists were killed and 7 wounded in clashes with Peshmerga fighters in Sahl Al-Maleh village in the Zummar military sector. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Christian citizens demonstrated in front of the KRG’s parliament, saying that their land has been confiscated in Kurdistan. [Sumaria]

 

An informed source in the KRG’s Ministry of Economy and Finance says the chairman of the KRG’s central bank, his deputy, and 6 other officials were arrested based on an order from the Kurdistan Commission on Integrity. The Erbil Chief of Police confirmed the arrests. [BasNews]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Daesh issues a video justifying the assassination of Syrian journalist Zaher Al-Shirqat. Daesh says Shirqat used to fight against its terrorists before he left for Turkey in 2014. [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. In this video Daesh criticizes the opposition groups that issued condolences messages about Shirqat’s assassination. Daesh used the English acronym used for Vetted Opposition Organizations (VSO). The acronym sounds almost exactly like a certain bad Arabic word, and it would be better for polite society if it was changed.

 

The director of Kilis municipality says more rockets were launched from Syrian territory but fell in an empty area in Kilis and didn’t cause any casualties. He says the Turkish artillery shelled back for the third day in a row. [Xendan]

 

The Turkey Minister of Defense says in a press conference that Turkish military launched 117 attacks on Daesh in Syria since January, killing 362 terrorists and wounding 132, according to “trusted sources”, and destroying 10 vehicle bombs, 40 headquarters, 7 weapons storehouses, and other combat locations and weapons. [Anadolu]

 

Security sources say Turkish troops shot 4 Daesh terrorists (a man and 3 women) trying to enter Turkey in Qarqamish in Gaziantep after they refused to stop. The sources say the man (unidentified nationality) died, and the women (a Turk and 2 Moroccans) were wounded.  [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says Coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and fighter aircraft against Daesh targets in Syria, one near Al Hawl in Hasaka, destroying a fighting position, one near Mare’ in Aleppo, hitting a tactical unit. [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say Daesh raised its taxes and fines in Raqqa. The sources also say Daesh is forcing men and women in Raqqa to attend sharia seminars and asking them to join its terrorists in anticipation for an upcoming attack on the city. [Hawar]

 

The YPG says Turkish artillery killed an Arab civilian in Sawsak village west of Tal Abyad. [Hawar]

 

A Daesh leftover landmine exploded in Mutafin village near Shaddadi, killing an 18 year old man and destroying the village clinic. [Qasioun]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh near Markada in Hasaka, killing 4 terrorists. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian opposition groups stopped a Syria Democratic Forces’ attack near Ain Eissa. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling “infidel Kurds” with 122mm cannon east of Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]
Daesh publishes photos of fixing roads and sidewalks destroyed by Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The 4 photos show some minor sidewalk work. But the caliphate wants you to think it is able to rebuild the city.  

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

The YPG says the opposition groups shelling continued on Sheikh Maqsoud. It also says its fighters stopped an opposition groups attack on the city killing 11 opposition fighters. [Rudaw]

A local activist says a civilian was killed and two wounded in the opposition groups shelling on Sheikh Maqsoud. [BasNews]

A 25 year old man was killed and a 7 year old boy wounded by opposition group snipers in Sheikh Maqsoud. [Hawar]

 

Syrian activists issued a video of Syrian Turkmen opposition fighters launching rockets on Sheikh Maqsoud. On the rockets was written in Turkish “This is a revenge for our brothers who were killed in Istanbul”, referring to the February Kurdistan Freedom Falcon attack in Turkey. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. In other words: Your terrorists killed our civilian, and we are taking revenge by killing your civilians.

 

Daesh issues a video of opposition (Jaish Al-Sham) fighters captured by its terrorists in Tlaial Al-Hisin village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. One of the fighters says they were transported through Turkey, by Turkish intelligence, to Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

An opposition group commander says Daesh launched a massive attack on opposition groups in Aleppo’s northern countryside using 3 vehicle bombs. Opposition groups, supported by Turkish artillery, stopped the attack, killing 5 terrorists. [ARA]

He also says opposition groups recaptured Tal Hussein village, after Daesh captured it after a vehicle bomb attack, and destroyed another vehicle bomb in Qasajic village. [ARA]

 

Syrian opposition groups captured 3 Daesh terrorists during the battles in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian warplanes destroyed Daesh hideouts and vehicles in Al-Bab and several other areas in east and northeast Aleppo. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of targeting opposition groups in Tal Al-Sha’ir village in Aleppo’s northern countryside with a guided missile. Daesh says 11 opposition fighters were killed or wounded in the attack. [AKI] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. This report means Daesh lost the village again.

 

Daesh says it stopped opposition group attacks on Qara Ghouz and Tatt Halab villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside, killing several fighters. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked opposition groups with a vehicle bomb in Hawar Kilis village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh east of Qaryatayn and in several areas north and east of Tadmur, killing many terrorists and destroying several vehicles. [SANA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops near Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Heavy clashes erupted near the Deir Ez-Zor military airport between Syrian troops and Daesh terrorists, and the two sides exchanged heavy artillery shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed a young man publicly in Bukamal, accusing him of cooperating with opposition armed groups. [SyriaHR]

 

South

Local activists refuted the reports about Daesh capturing all Nusra Front’s positions in Yarmouk camp in south Damascus, saying the clashes are still going on. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of “repented” Nusra fighters in south Damascus. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army convoy after it left the Dumair military airport in East Qalamoun and forced it to retreat. [A3maq]
Daesh issues a video of Dumair military airport filmed from a close range. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says its terrorists damaged 2 Egyptian Army M60 tanks with IEDs near Al-Tawil village, east of Arish. Daesh also says its terrorists destroyed a minesweeper with IEDs southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. Daesh says its terrorists ambushed an Egyptian Army convoy south of Rafah and captured 3 trucks loaded with weapons, ammunition and food supplies. [AKI]

 

An IED exploded in the Khazzan area in Arish damaging a security armored vehicle without causing human casualties. [VetoGate]

 

An IED exploded on a security vehicle in Karm Al-Qawadees south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing a soldier and wounding four. [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian Apaches destroyed 5 terrorist hideouts south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 6 terrorists. [ElWatan]

 

A 4 year old boy was killed when a (Daesh) shell fell on his house in Dhahir village, south of Sheikh Zuweid two days ago. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Central coast

Media sources say a Fajr Libya militia fighter was killed and four others wounded when a Daesh suicide terrorist detonated himself on their post near Saddada Gate, 80 km (50 miles) east of Misrata). Daesh terrorists attacked the 28th May battalion headquarters in Saddada and captured vehicles and weapons before setting the headquarters on fire. [Libya24]

The Misrata Joint Security Room chief says eight of his troops were sent to the 28th battalion after getting information about a Daesh attack. He says the force was attacked by a suicide terrorist, 4 km south of the gate. He says he still doesn’t know what happened to the battalion members. [Wasat]

Security sources say 3 foreign workers were killed in the Daesh attack. Daesh terrorists captured 5 armored vehicles and burned the ammunition storehouse and a tank in the camp. They also kidnapped five guards. [AfriGate]

A Daesh Twitter account claimed responsibility for the attack in Saddada and said a Sudanese suicide terrorist attacked the gate with a vehicle loaded with 4 tons of explosives. It says six people were killed in the attack. [AfriGate]

 

A local source says Daesh terrorists arrested 12 young men in Sirte accusing them of not attending its sharia sessions. Daesh’s sharia court sentenced nine men to death or to “cutting hands,” accusing them of being Fajr Libya members. [Libya24]

 

Informed sources say Daesh is gathering children from Sirte (locals and foreigners) by force and training them in the Gulf of Sirte. The sources say Daesh recently established several training camps for children in Sirte. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh issues photos of one of its military training camps in Burqa. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an attempt by Libyan Oil Facilities Guards to advance east of Bin Jawad. [A3maq]

 

An Oil Facilities guard was killed and another wounded in a Daesh shelling on their positions east of Bin Jawad. [Libya24]

An Oil Facilities guard was killed and three wounded when a landmine exploded on their vehicle between Bin Jawad and Sidra. [Libya24]

 

Northeast
Daesh says its terrorists shelled Libyan troops and armed group fighters with mortars in Derna, without giving more details. [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. Most likely this was just an arbitrary shelling. Causing any casualties is a victory for Daesh terrorists.

 

The Libyan air force says its warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh boats near Benghazi in addition to bombing 4 Daesh locations. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

The Philippines

Daesh says its terrorists stopped a government attack in the Philippines, killing around 100 soldiers and wounding “tens”. Daesh says 3 of its terrorists were killed in the battles. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. It seems like the caliphate doesn’t know where or when exactly the attack happened.   

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Hawija anti-Daesh page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/ibrahim40675358

https://twitter.com/moahid116

https://twitter.com/TW_ZI

https://twitter.com/NswMsm

https://twitter.com/AXxGda

 

Other Daesh media   

The 14th issue of Daesh’s Dabiq magazine. [JustPaste]. In this issue, Daesh give details about the Bekraoui brothers, the terrorists responsible for the Belgium terrorist attacks.

 

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [AKI]

 

Daesh issues a video of statistics for its operations during the last lunar month. [AKI]

 

 

 

 

April 12, 2016

CoR Riots 1

CoR Riots 2

CoR Riots 3

Today’s Major Developments

 

Political infighting over new cabinet blows up.

Counter Terrorism troops fight off Daesh counter-attack in downtown Hit.

IFP Commander declares his troops ready for campaign to retake Shirqat.

PMF units close in on Daesh in Bashir.

KRG official says 658 Kurdistan villages are controlled by the PKK.

Daesh affiliate threatens to use chemical weapons in Syria

Daesh battles Al-Nusra in southern Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

76 Sadrists, State of Law, and United Powers (Sunni) CoR members started a sit-in inside the CoR building objecting the “new” list of cabinet candidates from Prime Minister Al-Abadi. The new list submitted contained the names of the political parties’ proposed candidates.

Al-Abadi submitted the new list today after several meetings with political leaders (video) failed to get their agreement to support his technocrat list. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] The Kurds in particular refuse to accept anyone who did not have their prior approval. However, abandoning the technocrat list was an issue to CoR blocs and members prepared to support the technocrat list. The Sadrist CoR bloc suspended their attendance in the CoR because of the new list, and demanded a vote on Abadi’s technocrat list. [Mada] Late reports say more parliament members are joining the protest. As Wednesday morning approaches, further information is starting to come in.

 

Security developments

The chairman of the Badr bloc in the CoR, a member of the Security and Defense Committee, says it is necessary for the Iraqi forces to launch a major attack to liberate Saqlawiya, Qarma and Falluja to secure Baghdad. He says many terrorist attacks in Baghdad are planned in, and start from, those areas. [Maalomah]

 

A Baghdad Operations Command source says the BOC raised its alert level and deployed Army, police and Counter Terrorism units in Baghdad because of the recent political events. [Mawazin]

 

Security incidents reported in Baghdad

Baghdad Center

An MoI source says an IED exploded in Sheikh Omar, killing one person and wounding five. [Mada]

The IFP commander says his troops found an ammunition storehouse in Rahmaniya. [Harbi]

 

North Baghdad

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a PMF fighter’s house near Tal Hamad village in Tarmiya District with light and mid-size weapons, forcing people in the house to flee. Daesh says that its terrorists then blew up the house. [AKI]

An MoI source says four car dealership owners were killed when a sticky IEDs exploded under their vehicle in Husseiniya. [Mada]

The MoD says Iraqi security forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges. [Maalomah]

 

East Baghdad

An MoI source says a middle school teacher was killed when a sticky IED exploded under his car in Baladiyat.  [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Ubaidi, killing one person and wounding six. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a fish farm in Sateeh village in Mada’in, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

The IFP commander says his troops captured a wanted man in Rashid. The suspect was freed with other prisoners from Badoush prison in Mosul when Daesh captured the city. [Harbi]

Iraqi forces found 2 weapons and explosives caches in Yusufiyah and Al-Sultan.

[BOC Facebook Page]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   10    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

The Ministry of Migration and Displaced says 8,825 families returned to their houses in Ramadi, Qarma and Khaldiya. However, the Ministry also says 4,472 new families left their houses in Anbar because of the current military operations. [Rudaw]

 

Falluja

A Falluja PMF commander says the first group of 500 fighters from Falluja started their training in Habbaniya camp. He says the Iraqi government approved training 2,500 fighters from Falluja tribes and they will participate in liberating their areas from Daesh. [Mada]

 

A military source says an Iraqi Army major and a soldier were killed and another officer wounded when an IED exploded on them in Falahat, west of Falluja. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Siddiqiya Bridge near Khaldiya. [AKI]

 

A Qarma PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed the Daesh mufti of Falluja, a Syrian terrorist called Abu Ibrahim Al-Halabi, and 4 of his associates and destroyed 4 machine gun-mounted vehicles and a vehicle bomb in Saqlawiya. [BasNews]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 3 terrorists and wounded 2 and destroyed 2 vehicles and 5 hideouts in the Qarma/Albu Shijil/Nadhem Al-Taqsim military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces killed 4 terrorists and wounded 3 and destroyed 4 vehicles and 2 sniper locations in Albu Khanfar, Dhiban, Hitawiyeen and Atar. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi forces found a weapons and explosives cache in Zoba’a. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The West Baghdad Operations Commander says the IAF bombed a Daesh a vehicle bomb workshop in Shahabi in Qarma. [Mawazin]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command says its troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Albu Dhiab, and defused 143 IEDs in Albu Farraj. [Harbi]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The spokesman of the Anbar Tribes Council says Counter Terrorism troops stopped a fierce Daesh attack in Hit center, killing “tens” of terrorists. He also says that Daesh terrorists have attacked families who want to leave the city with suicide terrorists. [Mawazin]

The Counter Terrorism Service commander says Daesh terrorists tried to recapture the mayoralty building in Hit, but Iraqi forces stopped the attack within an hour, killing many Daesh terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Etejah]

A Counter Terrorism Service source says 237 Daesh terrorists have been killed so far in the Hit liberation operations. [Mawazin]

 

An Anbar Police commander says Counter Terrorism troops liberated Itfa’ and Ummal neighborhoods in Hit city. [Sumaria]

A Counter Terrorism commander says CT troops surrounded Hay Al-Qadessiya in Hit. He says the liberation was delayed because of the civilians trapped in the area. [Mawazin]

 

The Chairman of Hit District Council says Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition airpower, liberated Jam’iya, Bakr and Shamiya in Hit forcing Daesh terrorists to flee to the west. [BasNews]

 

Two Coalition airstrikes near Hit struck 2 tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, 16 heavy machine guns, 4 rocket propelled grenade systems, an anti-air artillery piece, and 2 staging areas. [CJTF]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says its troops destroyed a Daesh boat, killing 3 terrorists in the Amina area in Hit District, and destroyed a vehicle bomb in Hit city. [Harbi]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service issues a video of CT troops destroying a vehicle bomb in Hit. [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. The vehicle shown in the video apparently wasn’t rigged with a big amount of explosives.

 

The MoD issues a video of Iraqi CH4 drones destroying Daesh targets in Hit. [MoD Website]

A video of Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in Hit [MoD]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The IFP commander says his troops finished their deployments elsewhere in north Salahuddin, and are preparing for a large military campaign to liberate Shirqat. [Etejah]

 

A tribal PMFs commander says security forces obtained, through sources in Shirqat, a Daesh computer that has important information about Daesh terrorists in Shirqat. He says many Sunni tribes in Shirqat are cooperating with security forces and providing information about Daesh by the hour. [BasNews]

 

Baiji

The IFP commander says IFP troops killed 29 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle, a booby-trapped motorcycle, and a weapons cache in Makhoul Mountains. He also says IFP commandos destroyed a Daesh hideout and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Masoud village north of Baiji. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces near the Asmeda Bridge in north Baiji with 30 mortars. [AKI]

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces on the road between Baiji and Haditha, destroying a Humvee. [AKI]

 

Tikrit

A security source says the body of man shot in the head and chest was found in Tikrit city. The man was kidnapped 2 days earlier. [Mada]

 

Samarra

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on PMF fighters in Jazeera Samarra, killing six of them and wounding others. [AKI]

 

Southern Salahuddin

A Salahuddin police source says 8 Daesh suicide terrorists sneaked into the Bishikan area, northeast of Dhuluiya, but security forces trapped them in an orchard and killed some of them. The source says security forces surrounded the area to prevent the remaining terrorists from fleeing. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

The Diyala Police spokesman says security forces captured 8 Daesh suspects in several areas in Diyala. One admitted his role in killing cadets during the Speicher massacre. Another took part in the double car bomb attack in Balad Ruz.  [Mada]

 

Baquba

A local police source says the body of a young man was found shot in east Baquba. [Maalomah]

 

Northern Diyala

A local source says an IED exploded on a PMF vehicle on the road between Udhaim and Samarra, wounding two fighters. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

The spokesman of Al-Abbas Combat Division, a PMF unit, says military operations near Bashir are still on hold because of the bad weather and says the rain that has made it difficult for military vehicles to move. He says Bashir is “militarily fallen” because Iraqi forces are 500-1000 meter away from its center. He also says that most Daesh terrorists in Bashir are Iraqis from Shirqat and Hawija, and it’s highly unlikely that any civilians remain there. [Mada]

A video of Turkmen PMF fighters in a battle with Daesh near Bashir [YouTube]

 

A security source says four Peshmerga fighters were wounded when a Daesh mortar shell fell on Tal Maghar village in Daquq. [Sumaria]

 

A local source says Daesh kidnapped 22 civilians in Hawija, accusing them of “attempting to leave the caliphate land”. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

The JOC says Iraqi F-16s destroyed a Daesh rockets and explosives workshop in Hammam Al-Alil, killing 12 terrorists. The JOC says the terrorists were filling rockets with chlorine in the workshop. The workshop supervisor, Mizher Ahmed, was a Saddam army officer. [PUKMedia]

 

The JOC says an Iraqi F-16 bombed the former building of the Warriors Directorate, used as a Daesh sharia court and weapons storehouse, on the west side of Mosul, and killed 8 Daesh terrorists. [PUKMedia]

 

Two Coalition airstrikes on Mosul struck a Daesh tactical unit and 2 separate headquarters and destroyed a fighting position and an assembly area. [CJTF]

 

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes bombed the gate of the Science College in Mosul University, killing 10 Daesh terrorists including a security commander. The source also says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh near Mahana village, killing several terrorists. [BasNews]

Daesh also reports that Coalition warplanes bombed one of the Mosul University gates, without giving more details. [A3maq]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters shot at a Daesh oil truck, killing 2 terrorists in the Jabban area. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source says an IED exploded in a residential area in Mosul, killing 5 Daesh members. [Maalomah]

 

Nineveh Plain

The JOC says Iraqi F-16s bombed Daesh weapons storehouses in Bawiza village, just north of Mosul in Tel Keif, killing 6 terrorists and destroying several vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

A Ninewa police source says 14 civilians, including three children and five women, were killed when a Daesh IED exploded on them while they were trying to escape Al-Nassr village. [BasNews]

 

A PUK official says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack in Al-Nassr village Monday night, killing 25 terrorists and wounding others. He says Daesh brought a lot of foreign terrorists for the attack.   He also says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Al-Nassr. The explosion was so big it was heard all over Makhmur. [PUKMedia] [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa Operations Command source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh vehicle in Haj Ali village in Makhmur, killing 4 terrorists. [Mada]

A local source says Daesh terrorists executed a university student in front of his house in Haj Ali village, accusing him of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mada]

 

The Ninewa Operations Commander says military operations in south Ninewa will continue as soon as more forces arrive to hold the ground in the area. He also says several hospitals in Ninewa have received a total of 500 Daesh bodies from terrorists killed in the battles. [Mada]

 

A Coalition airstrike near Qayara destroyed three machine guns. [CJTF]

A video of a Coalition airstrike that destroyed a Daesh weapons storage facility near Qayara. [CJTF]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

The JOC says that after getting intelligence information that Daesh terrorists were unloading weapons and ammunitions from 5 big trucks at the Tal Afar silo, Iraqi F-16s bombed the silo, destroying the weapons storehouses. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh have been using silos (in Iraq and Syria) as weapons and explosives storehouses for some time now. Using civilian locations for military purposes is still a successful strategy for Daesh. 

 

Two airstrikes near Sinjar destroyed a staging area and suppressed a mortar position. [CJTF]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Yazidi member in the KRG Parliament says PKK armed men kidnapped 2 Yazidi boys, 13 years old, from a displaced families camp in Zakho, and took them to their training camp in Sinjar. He says the PKK has lured many Yazidi children to its training camps and refuses to let them go. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. This is not unusual behavior from the PKK. It is actually one of their standard recruitment procedures. The kids later get brainwashed and put in battles. The PKK helped the Yazidis when Daesh attacked them, but that doesn’t give them the right to kidnap their children.

 

A KRG official in Dahuk says 658 villages in Kurdistan are under PKK control, including 361 in Dahuk. He says some of these villages don’t get services because of the presence of the PKK. [Rudaw]

 

A KRG official says Daesh orders its Kurdish terrorist to either behead Peshmerga prisoners and videotape the process or conduct suicide attacks. [This indicates a lack of trust in its Kurdish fighters.] He says because of that, many Kurdish Daesh members have left. He says 150 Daesh terrorists returned to Kurdistan out of 500 who joined it between 2013 and 2015. He says he doesn’t think these returnees are forming sleeper cells because they are under security forces’ watch. However, a Peshmerga commander in west Kirkuk says no Kurdish Daesh terrorist had surrendered in west Kirkuk.  [Rudaw]

 

The KRG’s Counter Terrorism Service said Daesh might use the bad weather in the coming days to launch attacks on Peshmerga positions. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

The Babel Chief of Police says security forces captured 4 men wanted on terrorism charges in Jbala, northeast of Hilla. [Sumaria]

 

Wasit

The Wasit Chief of Police says security forces captured a man, originally from Mahmudiya, in Baghdad, wanted on terrorism charges. [Baghdadia]

 

Basra

A security source says unknown armed men broke into the house of the South Oil Company procurement manager and killed him. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Zaher Al-Shirqat, the Syrian journalist who was shot in the head by a Daesh terrorist in Gaziantep on Sunday, died today. [BasNews]

 

On April 12 morning, two Katyusha rocket launcher shells, fired from a region under Daesh control, fell on two quarters in the center of the town of Kilis, wounding eight people, two of them seriously. The people of the town, alarmed by the repeated number of explosions in recent days, held a protest in front of the Kilis provincial government building. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment. We thank our friend in Turkey for this translated report.

 

The Turkish Prime Minster says 20 civilians were wounded by Daesh shells on Monday and Tuesday. Syrian refugees say residents of Kilis demonstrated, demanding the resignation of the municipality director and removal of Syrian refugees from the city. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says that on April 11 coalition military forces conducted 4 strikes using attack aircraft against Daesh targets in Syria (near Manbij, one strike struck a large Daesh tactical unit and destroyed 2 fighting positions and a mortar system; near Mare’, 3 strikes hit 3 separate Daesh tactical units and destroyed 2 vehicles, a tunnel entrance, 2 fighting positions, and an IED.) [CJTF]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say Daesh terrorists beheaded a young man in Raqqa, accusing him of fighting against them. The sources also say Daesh terrorists sewed the mouth of a man with an iron wire and paraded him in a vehicle, accusing him of making fun of Daesh after it lost Tadmur. [Hawar]

 

An IED exploded under a bridge in Qamishli, wounding six people, according to the Asayesh. [ARA]

 

A local source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh locations in Zayanat in Shaddadi countryside. [ARA]

 

Daesh says it shelled a YPG military position west of Shaddadi, killing two fighters and wounding one. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes launched intensive airstrikes on Daesh locations in Deir Hafer, Arima, Al-Bab, Maskana and Tal Sha’ir.  [SANA]

Opposition armed groups captured Tal Sheikh Hassan, Shabaniya and Tal Al-Sha’ir villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh, Al-Nusra and other Syrian armed groups usually accuse each other of supporting the Assad regime plans. Now, Syrian warplanes are bombing Daesh locations while opposition armed groups are attacking it!

 

Daesh says its terrorists clashed with Syrian opposition groups in Tal Al-Sha’ir village, while American planes launched several airstrikes on the village. [A3maq]

 

Opposition groups attacked Sheikh Maqsoud with shells containing chemical weapons. Two civilians were infected by the gas and four others were wounded. [Hawar]

 

Opposition armed groups continued their massive attack on Daesh locations in Aleppo’s northern countryside and recaptured a town and several farms in the area, according to an opposition commander. He also says Turkish artillery targeted Daesh locations, while Coalition warplanes bombed Kadrish and Ziyadie villages. [ARA]

 

Daesh says Turkish artillery shelled Sarrin town and Htimailat village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian opposition group positions in Qasajek village in Aleppo’s northern countryside on the Turkey border (photos). [A3maq] [AKI]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [AKI]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Russian Minister of Defense says Russian mine experts defused 2,987 mines and IEDs and cleared 30 km of roads and 182 hectares in Tadmur. [SANA]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes on Daesh locations north and east of Tadmur and west of Qaryatayn.  [SANA]

 

Photos of the Tadmur museum after it was ruined by Daesh terrorists [BasNews]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army armored vehicle with a rocket, northeast of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian troops shelled and rocketed several areas in Deir Ez-Zor, killing two civilians and wounding four. Heavy battles erupted between Daesh troops and Syrian troops near Deir Ez-Zor airport, and Daesh rocketed Al-Jufra village near the airport gate. Daesh also shelled the Jura area in Deir Ez-Zor, causing material damage. [Qasioun]

 

South

Heavy clashes erupted between Daesh affiliates, Muthanna Movement and Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk, on one side and Nusra Front, Ahrar Al-Sham and FSA on the other side in Daraa’s western countryside. Daesh affiliates lost towns and villages in the area. [Qasioun]

Liwa’ Shuhada’ Al-Yarmouk issued a statement threatening to use weapons “with unlimited effects” that don’t differentiate between opposition groups and civilians in the battles in Daraa, and asked civilians to leave their houses. The terrorist group had captured chemical weapons from a Syrian Army unit, according to local activists. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured Nusra Front locations in Yarmouk Camp (video). [A3maq]

 

A PLO official says Daesh captured 60% of Yarmouk Camp, which is a Palestinian camp. He says several Nusra members joined Daesh while many of them were killed. He also says three civilians were killed in the battles. [Xendan]

 

Three civilians were killed in battles between Nusra and Daesh in Yarmouk Camp. Nusra fighters surrendered their positions to Daesh fighters, who advanced to nearby areas. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces launched a major search west of Arish, looking for terrorists. [VetoGate]

 

North Sinai Security Directorate says 51 takfiris and 5 wanted terrorists were arrested in Al-Masaeed in Arish. [ElWatan]

 

Citizens in Sheikh Zuweid say two pregnant women died because of the lack of ambulances. They say they can’t use their personal cars during the night because of the ongoing curfew. [ElWatan]

 

People in Arish say they suffer from lack of water and that tap water is available only 2 days a week. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on Libyan soldiers in the Belad area in Benghazi, killing two soldiers and wounding 2. [AKI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Libyan troops in the Nawaqiya area in Benghazi, without giving more details. [AKI]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a Libyan soldier in Saberi in Benghazi. [AKI]

Al-Jala’ hospital in Benghazi received the bodies of two dead soldiers, killed on the western side of the city, in addition to 19 wounded soldiers. [Libya24]

 

Central Coast

The spokesman of the Oil Facilities Guards says heavy clashes erupted between his troops and Daesh terrorists in Bin Jawad, after an OFG recon force arrived on the eastern side of the city. [Libya24]

 

A medical source says an Oil Facilities guard was killed and three wounded in an IED explosion in Qarat Al-Haddad between Bin Jawad and Sidra. [Wasat]

 

Local sources say Daesh terrorists launched an intensive search looking for former army and security personnel in Sirte. The sources say the terrorists captured two brothers and their cousin.  [Libya24]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisia Ministry of Interior says security forces captured 5 Daesh terrorists in Banzart port in Bizerte. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

The Algeria Ministry of Defense says Army units found and destroyed 9 hideouts for terrorists in eastern areas of the country. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Yemen

Eyewitnesses say a suicide terrorist wearing an explosives belt detonated himself near a soccer field in Aden, killing four people and wounding eight. The terrorist was targeting young men waiting in line to register for the Army. [Sumaria]

Daesh says five Yemeni soldiers were killed and seven wounded when an IED planted by its terrorists exploded in Aden. [A3maq]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh issues a video of beheading an Afghani Army “spy”. [AKI]

Daesh reissues a video of beheading two “spies” in Nangarhar. [AKI] [AKI]

Daesh issues a video of executing two Afghani soldiers. [AKI]

 

Daesh issues a video of executing ten tribal fighters from the Mamend area in Nangarhar. Daesh says these tribes collaborated with the Afghani government and with Taliban to fight Daesh terrorists. [AKI]

 

Daesh reissues a video message from its terrorists in Afghanistan to the ones in Uzbekistan. [AKI]

 

Pakistan

Daesh issues 2 videos of its terrorists shelling Pakistani Army units in Khyber with mortars and SPG9 cannon. [AKI] [AKI]

 

Germany

German counter-intelligence believes that at least 29 former soldiers from the country have left to join Daesh in Syria and Iraq. An internal report also revealed that 65 active soldiers are being investigated for alleged jihadist sympathies.

The report was undertaken by the German military counter intelligence service. The documents show that at least 29 former German soldiers have gone to the Middle East to join Daesh. [ARA]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh page from Anbar

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/22asia_22

https://twitter.com/abo_m_102

https://twitter.com/Ashws_t11

https://twitter.com/alarhabi_9

https://twitter.com/abu_a_343

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [AKI]

 

The new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [AKI]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video of one of its suicide terrorist attacks in Salahuddin. [AKI]

 

Daesh issues more propaganda videos [AKI] [AKI] [AKI] [AKI] [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. Two of the videos are titled “a chat with Al-Qaeda.” The basic message here is that Daesh is uglier than Al-Qaeda since it killed, and is able to kill, more people. Daesh wants to present itself as the only rightful heir of Bin Laden, stressing that the Salafi takfiri line Al-Qaeda follows is not aggressive enough anymore. Again, this is part of Daesh’ campaign to attract Al-Qaeda followers and other takfiris who got angry recently because of the alleged Coalition support to Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria in the war against Daesh.

 

 

April 11, 2016

 

Families leaving Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Biden leans on Iraqi, Kurdish leaders to work together.

Iraqi forces clearing IEDs to liberate remaining areas of Hit.

PMFs fighting for Bashir meet heavy Daesh resistance, casualties.

Daesh bulldozes ancient Assyrian gate in Mosul.

Daesh praises Bin Laden in effort to split Al-Qaeda opposition.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Vice President Biden spoke separately today with Prime Minister Abadi, and KRG President Masoud Barzani, to reaffirm U.S. support for Iraq and the Iraqi people’s ongoing fight against Daesh. The Vice President conveyed continued U.S. support for a unified, federal, and democratic Iraq, and encouraged close cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government as they take steps to strengthen political unity and economic stability. The leaders underscored the urgency of sustained progress in the fight against Daesh and cooperation to liberate Mosul. The Vice President noted ongoing U.S. efforts to mobilize assistance for Iraq’s economic recovery. The leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq. [Sumaria] [Rudaw] [WhiteHouse]

DaeshDaily comment. First Kerry comes to Baghdad for high-level meetings, then Biden calls. This is not the routine diplomatic dialogue. Something more important is up. The usual statements don’t tell you much unless you can read between the lines. One message we read between the lines comes from Biden’s emphasis on “a unified, federal, and democratic Iraq,” which is another way of reiterating US opposition to Barzani’s maneuvering in the KRG for Kurdish independence and territorial acquisitions at Iraq’s expense while the war is still going on. Why this is getting such emphasis now is the next interesting question. (Also see the related story under (“Kurdistan.”)

 

Khaled Al-Obeidi, the Minister of Defense, met in his office with his French counterpart to discuss Ninewa liberation operations. Obeidi noted that France was one of the first countries, after the US, to help Iraq in the war against Daesh. [AIN] [MoD Website]

 

The Sadrist ministers issued a statement saying they submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Abadi and will not continue at their ministries or attend cabinet meetings. [Mada]

 

Security developments

The Military Intelligence Service found a large Daesh weapons and explosives cache in an unspecified location in Baghdad (video). [MoD Website]

 

The Combined Joint Task Force says Coalition warplanes launched 13 airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq, near Rutba and Hit; Sinjar, Mosul, Sultan Abdullah, and Qayara, destroying hideouts, vehicles, heavy weapons, combat locations and tactical units. The Coalition also launched 5 airstrikes on Daesh in Syria, near Manbij and Mare’, destroying tactical units, 6 combat locations, and 7 vehicles. [CJTF]

 

A video of Iraqi airstrikes on Daesh in Qayara, Shirqat and Hawija [Iraqia]

 

 

Security-related incidents in Baghdad

 

Northwest Baghdad

An MoI source says a mortar shell fell on a residential area in Jakouk, wounding four civilians. [Mada]

 

North Baghdad

A police source says a roadside IED exploded in Hamamiyat in Taji District, wounding three civilians. [Sumaria]

 

East Baghdad

An MoI source says unknown armed men shot and killed a money exchange office owner in Binouk and stole $50,000. [Mada]

The IWMC says security forces captured a suicide terrorist wearing an explosives vest in Rusafa. [Baghdadia]

 

South Baghdad

An MoI source says a sniper shot at a police patrol in Yusufiyah, killing one policeman. [Mada]

A police source says a roadside IED exploded on an army patrol in Arab Jubour, wounding four soldiers. [Sumaria]

Iraqi Army 17th division troops killed a Daesh terrorist and arrested another, and destroyed 14 IEDs, in Manari in Arab Jubour. The troops also found 2 Daesh guesthouses and an IED manufacturing workshop. [MoD Website]

Iraqi forces found an explosives cache in Latifiya. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Karaghouliya village in Nahrawan, killing two people and wounding five. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular market in Bakriya, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

A member of the security committee in Baghdad Provincial Council says Daesh still has sleeper cells in west Baghdad. He says there is an urgent need to get Baghdad’s planned wall built. [BasNews]

Security forces found weapons and explosives in Ameriya. [Mawazin]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Iraqi Army 14th division troops killed 21 terrorists and wounded 4 and destroyed 5 vehicles in the Albu Shijil/Qarma/Taqsim military sector. [Mawazin]

 

Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh in Ma’ameer, killing 7 terrorists. [Mawazin]

Iraqi Army 60th brigade units killed 8 terrorists and wounded 10 and destroyed 4 vehicles carrying machine guns in Ma’ameer and Atar. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh supporters in Falluja issue a video of burning down the house of the Al-Mehamda tribe leader who threatened to enter the city with his fighters. [YouTube]

 

Iraqi Army 41st brigade defused 8 IEDs near Thirthar River. [Mawazin]

 

Rapid Intervention units killed 6 terrorists, including a sniper, in Subaihat. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh supporters from Falluja published a video, from a market in the city. In this video a woman said that everything in Falluja is great under caliphate rule and the market is full, and that all people want is for the government to stop the shelling and the bombing.  [YouTube]

 

Ramadi

A member of Anbar Tribes Council says Daesh terrorists are still present in areas east of Ramadi (Jazeera Khaldiya, Qurtan, and Albu Bali), and are targeting Iraqi forces and civilians. He demanded an urgent military intervention to secure the roads for civilians between Jazeera Khaldiya and Ramadi. [Mada]

 

Iraqi forces shot down a Daesh drone over Jaraishi, north of Ramadi. [MoD Website]

 

A video of an Iraqi Army personnel carrier hit twice by Daesh rockets near Ramadi, but the soldiers survived. [YouTube]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The IWMC says Counter Terrorism troops captured the mayoralty building in Hit center. [Mada]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh hideout in Hit cemetery, killing 4 terrorists and wounding 2 and destroying an anti-aircraft cannon. [AIN]

 

The Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces cleared 15 Hit streets and a school of IEDs. [Etejah]

 

A security source says tens of families are trapped in the northeastern parts of Hit city but Daesh IEDs are slowing the operations to rescue them. He says Iraqi forces liberated the western, southern and eastern parts of the city, and Daesh terrorists are fleeing by boats from the northwest. [Sumaria]

That escape route is not working for all of them. An Anbar Police source says IAA helicopters destroyed 4 Daesh boats in Hit District, killing 14 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

The Hit District Council Chairman said on Sunday that 3 Daesh terrorists were killed by Counter Terrorism troops before they could detonate themselves among displaced families. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Tribes spokesman says Iraqi forces liberated the Hay Itfa’ area in Hit center. He says the delay in the military operations is because Daesh is using civilians as human shields. [Mawazin]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Daesh shelled the residential compound near the Ain Al-Asad base with 120 mortars, killing or wounding several civilians. The source says Iraqi Army artillery responded to the source of fire and destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle carrying mortars and rockets. [Maalomah]

 

Videos of Iraqi forces in Hit [Iraqia] [Afaq] [YouTube] [Yalla] [AFP] [Hurra]

A video of Coalition planes destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb near Hit [MoD]

 

Western Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of the public whiplashing of 5 men, accusing them of theft in Al-Qa’im. [JustPaste]

 

A local source in Rutba says internal clashes erupted when a group of Daesh terrorists tried to sneak out of the city and were confronted by other terrorists. He says several terrorists were killed or wounded. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF Buraq (Shia PMF unit) commander says reinforcements for his troops arrived in the Kilo 160 area to participate in the Rutba liberation. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Salahuddin PC elects Ahmed Abdullah Al-Jubouri as the new Governor. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 1,699 landmines were found in an orchard in Salahuddin. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

A PMF source says Kata’eb Hezbollah rocketed a Daesh gathering in Sukaria, killing or wounding 30 terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled PMFs north and west of Baiji with 40 mortars. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh suicide attack in the Siniya-Haditha road military sector, killing many terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

A video of Daesh explosives found by PMFs in the Hamra area in Baiji district [YouTube]

 

Tikrit

A security source says the bodies of three young men were found in the Hajjaj area, north of Tikrit. The young men were kidnapped the night before. [Mada]

 

Samarra

Iraqi forces secured the roads for hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims coming to Samarra for the Imam Ali Al-Hadi annual ceremonies.

[MoD Website]

 

A security source says a returnee and his wife were killed when an IED exploded in their house in Mkaishifa. [Mada]

 

DIYALA

Northern Diyala

The Diyala Police spokesman says security forces captured a Daesh terrorist in Saadiya involved in many terrorist attacks on civilians. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists blew up the house of a government “spy” in Qara Tapa in Kifri District. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A PMF source says the Bashir liberation operations stopped because of the weather conditions and because of the lack of air cover. He also says more PMF troops arrived from north Salahuddin to participate. The source says the PMFs had finished the third stage of the liberation operations by surrounding the city from all sides and arriving at its eastern entrance. He also says 70 Daesh terrorists were killed and 40 wounded, while 14 PMF fighters were killed and 69 wounded. [Mada]

 

However, a PUK official says 42 PMF fighters were killed and 92 wounded in several Daesh vehicle bomb attacks on Albu Mifrij village west of Bashir. [PUKMedia]

Daesh says its terrorists launched 3 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near Bashir, killing 43 fighters and destroying 3 Humvees, a tank and a vehicle carrying a machine gun. [A3maq]

Daesh says several PMF fighters were killed when a booby-trapped house exploded on them near Bashir. Daesh also says its terrorists destroyed a PMF bulldozer near Bashir. [A3maq]

 

A PMF source says the Daesh military commander in Bashir, Abu Dhiba, was killed in the operation. [Harbi]

A PMF source said on Sunday that the commander of the Al-Abbas Combat Division, a PMFs unit, was killed in a suicide attack in Albu Mifrij village. [Mada]

 

A member of the PMFs Commission says PMFs troops liberated Albu Mifrij and Al-Mazraa villages near Bashir cutting off Daesh supply lines from Hawija and Rashad. However, he says the liberation operation needs more logistical support. He also says Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga are coordinating to liberate Bashir. [Maalomah]

 

A PMF spokesman refuted the reports about the PMFS withdrawing from the recently liberated areas near Bashir. He says Bashir is completely surrounded and it will be liberated within few days. [Sumaria]

 

A video of Turkmen PMFs destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb in Bashir [YouTube]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Peshmerga vehicle with an IED in Mahkour Mountain in Hawija District, killing or wounding the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Mosul University archeology professor says eyewitnesses report Daesh used heavy equipment to destroy the Assyrian Mashqi gate, which goes back to the 7th century BC) [IraqPress]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh is a Salafi movement, and claims to be following what the salaf (early Muslims) do. However, these archeological sites existed in the early days of Islam, and no one touched them. So why would Daesh destroy them? Why would Daesh destroy churches? Why would Daesh destroy Islamic sites like Nabi Younes and Nabi Jirjis mosques? It is just an attack on people’s identity. It is about wiping out anything that is not based on their own twisted ideology, which is only 200 years old. Left to Daesh, Iraq (and Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc.) would have nothing left but desert and sand, and a few idiots in charge. 

 

A local source in Mosul says Daesh executed ten shop owners accused of selling satellite receivers. The source also says Daesh is searching people’s houses looking for satellite receivers and issued orders to arrest people who own them. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This brings back memories of the “good old days” when Saddam thugs used to execute anyone who owned a satellite receiver. Maybe that’s where Daesh got the idea, as so many of its men used to be Saddam thugs.

 

Daesh says the landline telephone services was cut off in Mosul after the Coalition airstrikes on the switchers two days ago. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh Egyptian sharia judge in Hay Al-Samah in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh terrorists executed three women in Mosul, accusing them of cooperating with Iraqi forces. Two were captured while taking photos in the Nabi Younes market, and a third was captured allegedly because the other two women mentioned her name. The terrorists shot the women’s hands before killing them. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Coalition warplanes destroyed 4 Daesh fuel trucks in Wadi Hajar, southwest of Mosul, killing 8 terrorists and wounding others. [BasNews]

 

A member of Mosul Tribes Council says heavy clashes erupted in 3 areas in Mosul between Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorists. He says 18 terrorists were killed and 40 wounded from both sides. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. We couldn’t confirm this report so far; however, Al-Qaeda supporters threatened online to target Daesh “even in Mosul” two days ago, after the battles between Daesh and Al-Nusra in south Damascus.

 

A video of an Iraqi soldier talks with a Syrian Daesh terrorist in Mosul vis Skype [YouTube]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

The Ninewa Operations Commander says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Kharbadaran village, killing 29 terrorists, including 2 suicide bombers. [BasNews]

 

Ninewa Operations Command troops rocketed a Daesh gathering in Al-Khattab village, killing 3 terrorists. NOC troops also destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb near Al-Nassr village. Coalition warplanes killed 10 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on Haj Ali village. [MoD Website]

 

A video of Peshmerga fighters securing families from Makhmur [K24]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of attacking Peshmerga military positions near Mount Sinjar. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles near Shandoukha. [AKI]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

The KRG Prime Minister met with Erdogan and his Prime Minister and other Turkish officials to discuss the situation in Iraq and the region and the Ninewa liberation and necessity of the participation of Turkish troops in liberating Mosul, alongside the Iraqi forces, the Coalition, the Peshmerga and the people of Mosul, according to a statement by the KRG. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This has to be seen in relation to our lead story. Nechirvan Barzani was in Baghdad just a few days ago for Kerry’s visit, then went quickly to Ankara. This KRG statement seems to suggest joint support for a unified effort to liberate Mosul, but the message between the lines seems to be a pushback from Erdogan (and maybe the Barzanis) against Kerry’s message, and suggests that the US has made an issue over the presence of Turkish troops in Ninewa and their possible role in the Mosul campaign. This won’t be the last press release on that subject.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A Babel Police source says security forces captured 3 men wanted on terrorism charges north of Hilla. [Sumaria]

 

Dhi Qar

The Governor of Nasariya issued a statement saying there are 25 Daesh suicide bombers in South and South-Central Iraq after Daesh reactivated its Wilayat Al-Janoub (south state). [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Local sources say 12 Turkish civilians, including children, were wounded in Daesh rocketing on Kilis. The sources say Turkish artillery responded by shelling the sources of fire in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [BasNews]

 

Zahar Al-Shirqat, a Syrian journalist, was shot in the head and left in critical condition by a terrorist carrying gun with a silencer in Gaziantep (video). [Orient]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. [A3maq]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said unknown warplanes bombed Raqqa early Sunday, killing 24 Daesh terrorists, including 3 leaders, in addition to eight civilians. [Welati]

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported on Sunday that Fawaz Al-Hassan, aka Abu Ali, the Daesh first sharia judge in Raqqa, was killed by an American airstrike. The terrorist was responsible for sentencing more than 100 people to death and executing some of them with his own hands. [RSS]

Daesh says 20 people were killed and 53 wounded in American airstrikes on Raqqa on Sunday. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated a parked motorcycle on “infidel Kurds” in Al-Malha in Hasaka, killing two of them. [JustPaste]

Daesh also says its terrorists shelled and rocketed the Abu Khashab area west of Shaddadi, killing at least two “infidel Kurds” and destroying a pickup truck. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Qashla village near Tishrin Dam. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Al-Ji’da village in Kobane’s southern countryside, with locally made rockets.

DaeshDaily comment. In these reports, Daesh doesn’t say it targeted YPG fighters, as it usually does. This is one of the ironies from a supposedly Islamic group that targets people just because they are Kurds, who by the way are Sunni Muslims.

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a YPG bus in Tal Hamis, in Hasaka’s eastern countryside, killing or wounding 15 fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Tabaqa. [JustPaste]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed one of its terrorists in Jarabulus, accusing him of facilitating the escape of other terrorists and their families from the city. [Hawar]

 

An IED exploded near a pharmacy in Qamishli, wounding one civilian. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh terrorists recaptured Al-Ra’i city and several villages after heavy clashes with opposition groups. Local sources say Daesh brought 1,200 terrorists to recapture the city. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Al-Ra’i city from opposition armed groups and captured 2 American heavy machine guns, SUVs, and mid-size weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists captured 2 Syrian opposition fighters in Al-Ra’i and a third one in Tlail Al-Hisin village. [A3maq]

Here Daesh says its terrorists captured 8 opposition fighters in Tlail Al-Hisin. [A3maq]

 

An opposition armed groups commander says the opposition fighters were forced to retreat because of Daesh’s heavy shelling and rocketing. [ARA]

 

Daesh says Coalition warplanes launched 6 airstrikes on Al-Ra’i, while Coalition drones launched 2 airstrikes. [A3maq]

Daesh says an American A10 plane launched airstrikes on Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of allegedly American warplanes bombing its locations in Al-Ra’i, and Turkish artillery shelling several villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of its terrorists in Al-Ra’i. [A3maq]

 

Daesh reported on Sunday that its terrorists captured several villages near Azaz from opposition groups, despite Coalition airstrikes, and killed and captured many fighters and gained 9 SUVs in addition to different kinds of weapons and ammunition. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists captured 12 villages so far in Aleppo’s northern countryside, including Tal Battal. [A3maq]

 

The YPG says its fighters stopped another opposition groups attack on Sheikh Maqsoud, killing 5 fighters. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

A local activist says Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh near Sukhnah, northeast of Tadmur. He also says the Syrian Army brought reinforcements to the Qaryatayn area, fearing a Daesh attack to retake the city. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes a photo of a Russian recon drone its terrorists shot down in Al-Barda east of Qaryatayn. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops in Ameriya, northwest of Tadmur. [JustPaste]

 

South

Daesh says its terrorists shot down a Syrian airplane near Al-Dumayr military airport. [A3maq]

Daesh says 3 planes at the airport were damaged by the fallen plane. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of a fire in the airport allegedly after the fall of the airplane. [A3maq]

A local activist confirmed that Daesh shot down a Syrian warplane over Dumayr airport. He also says Daesh shelled and rocketed the airport heavily. Russian warplanes bombed Daesh locations in the area. [ARA]

Syrian Army artillery shelled Daesh locations east of Dumayr airport in East Qalamoun, killing or wounding many terrorists. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed 4 Nusra fighters and wounded 2 and captured several buildings near Al-Yarmouk camp. Daesh also says 2 of Al-Nusra’s fighters surrendered. [JustPaste]

 

Liwa’ Shuhada Al-Yarmouk, a Daesh affiliated armed group, issued a warning to the people of several towns in Daraa’s southern countryside to leave their houses before its terrorists start shelling the towns. [Qasioun]

 

Videos of FSA fighters in battles with Daesh in East Qalamoun and other areas in south Syria [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Egyptian Army vehicle south of Qassima city in north Sinai with light and mid-size weapons, killing two officers and three soldiers. Daesh also says its terrorists destroyed an M60 minesweeper with an IED near Jora, killing the soldiers inside. [JustPaste]

Security forces defused 2 IEDs near Jora on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Eyewitnesses say two brothers were killed and two children wounded when terrorists shelled a civilian house with mortars in Shallaq village south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

An Egyptian security armored vehicle was destroyed by an IED south of Sheikh Zuweid, wounding four soldiers. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces launched a search west of Sheikh Zuweid after finding 3 IEDs on the road between Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. [ElWatan]

 

An Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist was killed while attacking security forces on a motorcycle in Rafah. [VetoGate]

 

Security forces arrested a leader in Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis and 5 other suspects in the Abu Ali area in Arish on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna says 2 Daesh terrorists surrendered to its fighters in the Fatayeh area. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh issues orders prohibiting all internet connections in Sirte (photo). [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Videos of Iraqi soldiers in a battle with Daesh in Anbar [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

A video of a house burned then booby-trapped by Daesh in Anbar [YouTube]

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Syrian Press Center page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/AkhGibran

https://twitter.com/AbuMaryam187

https://twitter.com/TamimDarry

https://twitter.com/ansarakhilafa

https://twitter.com/sakker___

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a propaganda video criticizing Arab and Muslim leaders and clerics. [AKI]

DaeshDaily comment. In this video Daesh publishes footage of Bin Laden and Anwar Al-Awlaki, stressing its respect and links to the “real” Al-Qaeda, especially given the current battles with Nusra and other Al-Qaeda associates. In leaked videos, some Daesh terrorists had called Bin Laden a murtad (someone who left Islam) because he supported Taliban (also a murtad because it wanted a UN seat). Now, Daesh wants to wipe out this criticism for Bin Laden in order to gain support from the Al-Qaeda terrorists who don’t like that some Al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian groups are fighting with Coalition and Turkey support.  

 

Daesh republishes a video against Al-Qaeda. [AKI]

 

 

April 8, 2016

Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Kerry in Baghdad for series of top-level meetings.

Demonstrations return, supporting reform & new cabinet, in Baghdad and 8 other provinces.

Iraqi forces control most of Hit, but fighting continues.

Use of chemical weapons alleged against Turkey-backed opposition group in Syria.

Daesh executes cement factory workers in Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad and went into a series of high-level meetings.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Jaafari met in his office with Secretary Kerry, who pledged 155 million dollars to help the IDP families returning to Ramadi and to remove the IEDs from the city. Kerry also says he is working on providing more help for Iraq and will urge the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to extend loans. Jaafari praised the US support for Iraq and asked the international community for more help. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Secretary Kerry and Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk met with the KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in the American Embassy in Baghdad, reportedly to discuss the political situation in Iraq, the formation of the new government, and how to resolve the issues between the central government and the KRG. [Mada]

 

Secretary Kerry, speaking at a press conference in the American Embassy, said Prime Minister Abadi has proved his ability to face up to a difficult political and economic crisis. He also says Abadi is working hard to enable Iraqi forces to liberate Iraq’s cities from Daesh and has plans for the stabilization efforts after the liberation. Kerry stressed US support for a united, federal and democratic Iraq. [Mada]

Kerry acknowledged that there are many battles against Daesh to come but says Daesh has lost much of its military capability. Daesh has lost tens of thousands of its terrorists and 40% of its territory, and Iraqi forces have liberated many cities including Tikrit, Ramadi and Hit and are preparing to liberate Mosul. He also said the Coalition destroyed 1,200 Daesh oil targets and burned millions of dollars of its cash, lowering the terrorists’ budget by 50%. He says the US is still taking the Daesh threat, and its daily terrorist attacks in Iraq, seriously, including the Haswa soccer field explosion recently. [Mada]

 

Kerry also said the US has no role in the cabinet change in Iraq, but asked all Iraqi parties to prioritize Iraq’s interests over their personal and sectarian interests. [Mada]

 

Kerry said Prime Minister Abadi has set a timeline for Mosul liberation operations. The Iraqi government hasn’t asked for ground troops yet but has asked for help with other military operations like clearing IEDs. Kerry says there is an effective military team working with the Iraqi government to liberate Mosul. [Mada]

 

Speaker Jubouri met with the Secretary to discuss the political and security situation, especially the war against Daesh, according to a statement from Jubouri’s office. Jubouri stressed the importance of supporting Iraqi forces and using the latest victories in Anbar to liberate Falluja and other areas under Daesh control. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met in his office with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and other KRG officials and discussed the reforms, the formation of the new government, and the war against Daesh, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. Abadi says it is in the best interests of everyone to keep Iraq united. He also says he is keen to maintain cooperation and the coordination with the KRG in order to reinforce the partnership. Abadi says that liberating Mosul is important for everyone, that mutual cooperation will hasten the liberation, and that it is also important to keep the city united after the liberation. [Mada]

 

President Masoum met in his office with Barzani and the Kurdish delegation to discuss the political and security situation, according to a statement from Masoum’s office. The President reportedly stressed cooperation in fighting terrorism, overcoming the economic crisis, and solving the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. Barzani says the KRG is keen on working within the constitution and according to the partnership principle and achieving real reforms in coordination with all Iraqi political entities. [Mada]

 

Thousands of people demonstrated in Baghdad, Kerbala, Najaf, Diwaniya, Hilla, Kut, Basra, Nasariya, and Samawa, demanding anti-corruption measures, more reforms, and formation of the new technocrat government as soon as possible. [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada]

 

Security developments

The Combined Joint Task Force says that on April 7 Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes in Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, with targets in or near Falluja and Hit; Hawija and Kirkuk; Mosul, Qayara, Sultan Abdullah, and Sinjar. [InherentResolve]

 

Col. Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said two foreign fighters were killed on the same day in earlier airstrikes in Iraq. Abu Al-Zubair Al-Bosni, a Swedish national of Bosnian descent was killed near Baaj, and Khaled Othman Timayare, a Swedish-born terrorist and Daesh’s deputy emir of the Anwar Al-Awlaki Brigade, was killed in a strike near Al-Raihaniyah, in Tal Afar. [Ghad]

 

Baghdad security-related incidents reported

 

Northwest Baghdad

A security source says unknown armed men shot an Iraqi pilot in his civilian car on the road between Shula and Ghazaliya, wounding him severely. [Baghdadia]

A police source says unknown armed men shot and killed a policeman in his civilian vehicle in Shula. [Sumaria]

 

North Baghdad

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Tarmiya District, killing two civilians and wounding seven. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi Army “source” in Tarmiya. [JustPaste]

Iraqi forces captured 2 men wanted on terrorism charges in Sayyed Hamad in Tarmiya, and found an explosives cache in Meshahda, also in Tarmiya. [MoD Website]

 

South Baghdad

A police source says an Intelligence Service employee was killed by unknown armed men in Dora. [Sumaria]

An MoI source says an IED exploded in a commercial area in Abu Dsheer, killing one person and wounding eight. [Mada]

Security forces found an IED workshop in Yusufiyah. [MoD Website]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An MoI source says security forces found the bodies of two men shot to death in Saidiya. [Mada]

An MoI source says an IED exploded near a popular café in Bayya’, killing two people and wounding seven. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

A security source says an employee of the Ministry of Trade was killed and another wounded when a sticky IED exploded on their government car in Nafaq Al-Shurta. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Commander of the Qarma tribal PMF brigade says Iraqi artillery and Coalition warplanes continued targeting Daesh locations in Falluja city and in Saqlawiya, killing 22 terrorists and destroying 4 vehicles and a rocket launcher. [Mada]

 

However, a member of Anbar provincial council says a shelling (from an unknown source) on a popular market in Falluja killed 10 civilians and wounded 25. He demanded that the Minister of Defense open an investigation to find out who shelled the city. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says Iraqi Sukhois bombed Daesh locations in Falluja, destroying 2 IED manufacturing workshops, a hospital, 2 weapons storehouses and 2 headquarters. [Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Army 14th division troops continued their operations to capture Al-Maftoul Bridge in Saqlawiya, killing 10 terrorists and wounding 7. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi Army 14th Infantry division troops killed 12 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle, a motorcycle, 6 guesthouses, and 7 IEDs in the east Falluja military sector. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 36th brigade troops killed 3 Daesh terrorists in Nuaimiya south of the city. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Iraqi Army 60th brigade killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a construction shovel and a vehicle carrying a machine gun in Ma’ameer. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Rapid Intervention troops destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a heavy machine gun in Subaihat, Qarma. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

An Anbar police source says 5 Daesh terrorists were killed when the vehicle bomb they were rigging exploded suddenly in Subaihat. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in Iraqi forces shelling on Falluja. [A3maq]

 

Ramadi

An Anbar police source says three returnees were wounded by a Daesh leftover IED in Andalus neighborhood in Ramadi city. [Mada]

An Anbar Operations Command says a returnee died because of the IED in his house in Al-Andalus. [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Kubaisa/Baghdadi

The Chairman of the Hit District Council says Iraqi forces have liberated 85% of Hit District so far, and are gradually clearing the remaining neighborhoods in the city. He also says 30 Daesh terrorists were killed and “tens” of their cars were destroyed. [Mada]

 

Daesh’s version concedes that Iraqi forces, supported by Coalition warplanes, managed to enter Hit, but it says Daesh still controls most of the city. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says a group of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in different areas in north Hit, killing 20 soldiers and destroying several vehicles. [A3maq]

An Anbar Police source says Iraqi forces stopped a large Daesh attack in Hit city, killing 4 suicide terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

IAA helicopters targeted Daesh gatherings in Hit District, killing or wounding many terrorists and destroying a heavy machine gun. [MoD Website]

 

The JOC says Iraqi forces killed 61 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and 3 IEDs in Hit. Iraqi Army 73rd brigade stopped a Daesh attack from the Euphrates River side, killing 3 terrorists and destroying 2 boats. An Iraqi soldier was killed and five wounded during the Hit liberation operations. [Sumaria]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service spokesman says CT troops destroyed 59 Daesh boats as the terrorists were trying to flee Hit. [AIN]

 

The Albu Nimr sheikh says Daesh is still booby-trapping and burning down houses in some areas in Hit, targeting the houses of security personnel, government employees, and anyone who opposed it. [Mada]

A security source says Daesh terrorists looted the main hospital in Hit before escaping. They also burned houses belonging to people accused of cooperating with Iraqi forces. [Mawazin]

 

The Counter Terrorism Service issued a statement saying CT troops and Iraqi Army 73rd brigade liberated Al-Zaytoon farm in Hit city, killing many Daesh terrorists. They also escorted 10,000 families from Hit to safe areas outside the city. [AIN]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A PMF commander says 3 Daesh informants were killed in Shirqat, by unknown armed men. He says one of the informants had given information to Daesh about his own brother, who was later executed by Daesh, and received 50,000 ID (around $40) as a reward. He also says Daesh distributed 70 houses, belonging to displaced people who opposed Daesh, to its informants in Shirqat. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The good news is that accepting such a house amounts to a criminal confession. We’re guessing that the new residents will move out fast once government troops arrive in the neighborhood.

 

The Military Intelligence Service says IAF warplanes bombed Daesh in Shirqat, killing 16 terrorists and destroying 3 vehicles. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

The IFP says its fighters stopped a Daesh attack in the Baiji-Shirqat military sector, killing 17 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Iraqi forces on the Baiji-Haditha road with 256 mortars, 16 rockets and 4 heavy artillery shells then attacked the Iraqi positions with light, mid-size, and heavy weapons. Daesh says its terrorists burned down 3 Iraqi Army military positions and captured light and mid-size weapons. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles on the Baiji-Haditha road. [JustPaste]

 

IAA helicopters killed 4 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun west of Siniya. [MoD Website]

 

A Salahuddin Operations Command source says IAA helicopters destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle in Fatha, northeast of Baiji. [Ghad]

 

Tikrit

Military Intelligence Service captured a man wanted on terrorism charges south of Tikrit.

[MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Saraya Al-Salam, the Sadrist PMF, says it defused 250 booby-trapped houses in Jazeera Samarra. [Mawazin]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The spokesman of Diyala police says security forces captured a “dangerous” terrorist in east Baquba, involved in 17 terrorist attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a PMF fighter in the Waqf area in Abbara, wounding him severely. Daesh also says its terrorists shelled 2 villages in the same area. [JustPaste]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

A local source says an IED exploded near a (Sunni) mosque in Wajihiya, just south of Muqdadiya, killing the mosque imam and his son and wounding two other people. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says PMF artillery and Iraqi and Coalition warplanes targeted Daesh locations in Bashir, killing 12 terrorists, including 2 who participated in the chemical attack on Taza. [Sumaria]

A PMF source says the final count of Daesh casualties in Bashir during the last 48 hours is 67 dead and “tens” wounded. [Harbi]

 

The supervisor of the Turkmen PMFs says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on their positions near Bashir, killing 18 terrorists and wounding 10. He also says Daesh terrorists launched a rocket filled with poisonous gas but it fell before it reached the PMF locations, without causing any casualties. [Mada]

 

The Military Intelligence Service says IAF warplanes killed 28 terrorists and destroyed 3 hideouts and 2 vehicles in 2 airstrikes on Daesh in Hawija. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur/Qayara

Iraqi Army 72nd brigade troops stopped a Daesh attack in Makhmur military sector, killing 10 terrorists. Iraqi forces are removing IEDs in the area to secure the roads for displaced families. 120 people who escaped Daesh controlled villages were secured to safe places. [MoD Website]

 

The JOC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh communications and intelligence center in Qayara. [AIN]

 

A security source says Coalition artillery shelled Daesh in Al-Nassr village destroying 3 hideouts and killing 15 terrorists. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This would seem to imply that Daesh is still in Al-Nassr village, at least parts of it, despite earlier government victory stories.

 

The Ninewa Operations Command says 15 Daesh terrorists were killed and 3 buildings were destroyed in a satellite guided shelling near between Nassr and Sab’awiyeen villages. [Harbi]

 

The Ninewa Operations Command says the Iraqi forces killed the Daesh security officer of Kharbadaran village. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A PKK commander says the PKK will withdraw some of its troops from Sinjar because the Yazidis have formed their own forces and now are able to defend their own areas. He also says the PKK won’t withdraw its forces completely before the liberation of all Yazidi areas in addition to Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

A local source says Daesh mosque imams called on people to join training camps to defend the city, during the Friday prayers in Mosul. The source says the one of the speakers shamed the people of Mosul for letting foreign fighters defend the city while they sit in their homes. The source also says Daesh has started its campaign to confiscate satellite receivers. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the industrial area in the east side of Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Eyewitnesses say Turkish warplanes bombed PKK targets in the Qandil Mountains, which burned wooded areas and orchards without causing human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Coalition military forces conducted 8 airstrikes in Syria, using attack and remotely piloted aircraft, one near Al-Hawl and 7 near Mare’. [InherentResolve]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Local sources say Daesh is collecting 1,000 USD from anyone who wants to leave Raqqa. The sources also say Daesh hisbah personnel are trying to find any mistake in order to collect penalties and fines from people. [ARA]

 

Four children were killed and seven wounded when an old Daesh land mine exploded in Darb Hassan village southeast of Kobane. [Hawar]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Seven more civilians were killed and 20 wounded in the battles between opposition groups and Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) in Sheikh Maqsoud. The battles continued today and “tens” of opposition group fighters were killed, according to YPG sources. The YPG, the major component of the SDF, also says the opposition groups renewed their shelling with chemical weapons on Sheikh Maqsoud, causing suffocation among civilians and YPG fighters. [Hawar] [Hawar] [Hawar]

Jaysh Al-Islam, one of the major armed opposition groups, issued a statement admitting that one of its commanders used “unauthorized” weapons in the war against the YPG. The statement says the commander is under arrest. However, the statement says the weapons used were merely modified Grad rockets and are not internationally banned. [Qasioun]

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN has received reports that chemical weapons might have been used in Aleppo, and that he established an investigation team, in close coordination with the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons. The team has completed the first stage of the investigation, and now is going into the second phase. [UN]

 

A Kurds Front commander (part of the opposition group forces) was ironically killed in Sheikh Maqsoud, a largely Kurdish city, according to KF sources. [ARA]

 

Syrian opposition groups captured Al-Waqf village south of Al-Ra’i, in Aleppo’s northern countryside, after heavy clashes with Daesh terrorists. [Qasioun]

A Syrian opposition commander says the opposition armed groups, supported by Turkish artillery, liberated 3 more villages from Daesh in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [ARA]

 

A Syrian opposition commander says the opposition groups will launch an attack to liberate Al-Bab city from Daesh, and eventually liberate Aleppo. He also says the opposition groups will set up a military operations room to liberate Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. He says they have a complete plan to liberate Aleppo’s countryside and extending to Bukamal in eastern Deir Ez-Zor. He says they are coordinating with Turkey but not with the Coalition. [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment. The participation of Islamic armed groups, some of them allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, created an uproar among Daesh supporters and many radical Islamists who accused Al-Qaeda of cooperating with the “crusaders” and with the secular government in Turkey. Even Abu Mohammed Al-Maqdisi, Zarqawi’s former master and one of Al-Qaeda’s main mouthpieces, accused the opposition armed groups of being “infidels,” before shutting down his Twitter account. Daesh also accused Turkey of facilitating the movement of the opposition groups through its areas. The statement of the commander comes as a response to this uproar, although he is still not able to “legitimize” dealings with the “secular” Turkish government.

 

Daesh publishes photos of one of its terrorists targeting a Coalition recon drone with an anti-aircraft machine gun near Al-Ra’i. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Qishla village near Tishrin Dam with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army tank with a missile in the Ameriya area northwest of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Unknown armed men kidnapped then strangled to death Abu Zaid Al-Tunisi, Daesh’s hisbah official in Mayadin city, in Deir Ez-Zor’s eastern countryside, and put a paper around his neck reading “wait for the anger of Sharqiya”, which suggests that they are from opposition armed groups in Deir Ez-Zor. Tunisi was notorious for his bad treatment of people in the city, especially women, and published videos on YouTube calling the people of the city “non-Muslims”. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh captured more positions in the Sinaa area in Deir Ez-Zor after heavy clashes with the Syrian Army and Hezbollah militia. Daesh will now be able to target Syrian troops inside the Deir Ez-Zor airport. Syrian warplanes and artillery targeted several villages near the airport, causing material damage but no human casualties. [Qasioun]

A Syrian activist says 70 Syrian soldiers were killed or wounded in a Daesh vehicle bomb attack in Sinaa. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of areas its terrorists captured in Sinaa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says a Syrian soldier surrendered to its fighters near Deir Ez-Zor airport. [A3maq]

 

South

Syrian military sources say Daesh executed 175 of the cement factory workers. [ARA]

However, the Syrian official news agency (SANA) denied that any military official issued a statement about the kidnapping. [SANA]

 

Daesh earlier said its terrorists released 300 cement factory workers after investigating who was a (Sunni) Muslim and who wasn’t. Daesh says its terrorists kept 20 government-backed militia members and executed 4 Druze. Now their numbers don’t add up. They said they freed 300 workers and killed 4 and kept 20, that’s 324 total and only 24 in custody. Then they killed 175 people.

DaeshDaily comment. As we expected, Daesh kept a lot more than 20 workers and executed them.  There could be more executions later. As for the Druze, Daesh applies an Ibn Taymiya fatwa publicized in Saudi official and semi-official websites (Islam Way, Islam Web, Al-Ifta, Ahl Al-Hadeeth, Al-Athary, etc.) , that Druze should be killed anywhere they found, and their women should be enslaved, even if they “repented.”

We have to ask here about the future of Syria if radical Sunni armed groups poisoned by such hateful literature, including Saudi-backed groups, capture the country. This is one of the main reasons why minorities in Syria feel they have no other option except to support a ruthless dictator like Assad.

Saudi Arabia has in effect promoted this totally sectarian and hateful fatwa, and fair-minded people can reasonably hold the Saudis partly responsible for all the deaths resulting from its application by Daesh. Saudi Arabia positions itself as a leading anti-Daesh country. Here is one way to prove it: (1) Denounce this fatwa once and for all; and (2) get it removed from all official and semi-official websites.

 

Daesh says its terrorists captured 2 more Nusra front positions in south Damascus and killed 4 fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues photos of the Friday prayers in a mosque its terrorists captured in Yarmouk camp. [JustPaste]

Local sources say Syrian Army artillery shelled Daesh in Yarmouk camp, without reports of human casualties. [ARA]

 

Syrian warplanes and artillery targeted Daesh-controlled areas in Dhumair, killing two civilians and wounding “tens”, including women and children. [Qasioun]

Daesh issues photos of attacking the Syrian Army convoy in Dhumair. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Syrian Army convoy while it was leaving Dhumair airport in East Qalamoun, killing 20 soldiers and destroying 3 tanks and a BMP vehicle. [A3maq]

 

Opposition armed groups captured Tasil in Daraa’s western countryside after heavy clashes with Daesh affiliates, the Muthanna Movement and Liwa’ Shuhada Al-Yarmouk. An opposition commander says the opposition formed a military operation room to liberate Daraa completely from Daesh. [Qasioun]

 

Opposition armed groups captured the Jabal Sharqi (eastern mountain) in East Qalamoun after heavy clashes with Daesh terrorists, and took control of the international road from Damascus to Baghdad, limiting Daesh’s movement to south and central Syria. [Qasioun]

 

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops destroyed a Daesh convoy of 7 vehicles, killing all the terrorists inside, in Qassr village in Suwayda northeastern countryside. [SANA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an opposition armed group convoy coming from Jordan, in the Sadd Risha area, east of Damascus. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Daesh issues a video of the assassination of Majid Al-Hamadi, a Saudi Investigation Service colonel, in Riyadh on April 5. [Isdarat]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Security forces defused 3 IEDs near Jufra village, south of Sheikh Zuweid. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers shot an Egyptian soldier in Kouza, southwest of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Two officers and two soldiers were killed and four soldiers wounded when terrorists attacked a military position with RPGs in Qassima in Central Sinai. A terrorist was also killed, while 2 others escaped on a motorcycle. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Security forces launched a search in Hay Atef in Arish, arresting 40 suspects including 5 takfiris. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

Shoura Council of Mujahidin in Derna says it arrested a Daesh terrorists. Also, a vehicle of one of the SCMD members was destroyed by a sticky IED without causing any human casualties. [Wasat]

 

A Libyan military commander says Daesh terrorists kept on shelling civilian areas in Jaliana in Benghazi every day, killing or wounding many civilians. He says the Libyan Army will use heavy artillery to target the shelling sources. [Wasat]

 

Central coast

Local sources say Daesh terrorists in Sirte repeated their threats during the Friday prayers to attack Tripoli with suicide bombers. Daesh also published a “death list” of 34 people who left Sirte, including military and police personnel and government officials. [Wasat]

 

A local source says Daesh confiscated the pensions of retired military personnel in Sirte and said it wouldn’t pay the pensions unless they “repent”. [Wasat]

 

The Marada Battalion commander, a Libyan oil facilities protection unit, says Daesh is gathering large numbers of its terrorists in Mabrouk oilfield, 100 km (62 miles) south of Sirte, and in another area 60 km (37 miles) south of Sirte, to attack nearby oilfields. [Wasat]

He also says his troops evacuated 3 oilfields in the area. [Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the Friday prayers in Harawa. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

Daesh publishes photos of battles in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Tunisia

Security forces captured a Daesh terrorist in Mahdia, who admitted he was recruited 3 months ago through social media and was planning to attack a prison in the city. Security forces also arrested members of a Daesh cell in El Kef who were planning to blow up a mosque. [Tunisien]

 

Security forces captured 2 Daesh girls in Aryanah who admitted on social media they were members of a Daesh group. One of the girls, 19 years old, said she was recruited by a man who offered to marry her during a meeting in a “missionary tent”. [Tunisien]

DaeshDaily comment. Missionary tents are one of the most popular tools to recruit young men and women. They are basically gatherings sponsored by Salafi clerics that call people to go back to “real Islam.” Many people, especially in Tunisia and Libya, said they were recruited in such tents. Daesh is using these tents also in areas it controls. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Al-Bab city in Syria

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/edmunddfager

https://twitter.com/a_n_sar34a

https://twitter.com/weyffg

https://twitter.com/jibal_ISIStawiq

https://twitter.com/moahed_hor89