An Update On ISIS Activities

March 24, 2016

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Today’s Major Developments

 

Ninewa liberation campaign begins, has early success, US Marines support.

Al-Abadi will submit cabinet candidates to parliament next week.

Army, Counter Terrorism troops move in on Kubaisa.

Jazeera Operations Commander survives IED assassination attempt.

Daesh supply route from Raqqa to western Anbar reportedly cut off.

Iraqi helicopters attack Daesh in Bashir village.

Turkey insists it warned Belgium, Netherlands about Brussels bombers.

Syrian Army moves into Palmyra.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi issued a statement congratulating the Iraqi people on the start of Ninewa liberation operations and its success in liberating several villages already. [Sumaria]

 

Abadi’s office issued a statement saying Abadi received the technocrat candidates list provided by the Sadrists and will “deal with it positively” alongside other nominations. Abadi will submit his cabinet candidates list to the CoR next week. [Mada]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr says the committee he formed to choose technocrat candidates should also prepare names for other high ranking offices (including independent commissions and embassies) after its “huge success”. [Sumaria]

 

A member of the Citizen Coalition (ISCI) says the ISCI’s 3 ministers (Oil, Transportation and Sport & Youth) submitted their resignations to PM Abadi. He also says the ISCI refuses to be part of the “mess” created by Abadi regarding the new cabinet. CoR sources say the leader of ISCI, Ammar Al-Hakim, is trying to form a majority Coalition in the CoR that doesn’t include the PM’s State of Law bloc. [Mada] [Mada]

 

Security developments

Prime Minister Al-Abadi met with Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) top officers at its headquarters in Baghdad. He discussed with them terrorism threats and security developments, as well as Friday’s expected sit-in, and the necessity to treat demonstrators according to the law and constitution. [Ghad]

 

The Military Intelligence Service is broadcasting confessions of a “very dangerous Daesh group” arrested in Baghdad. A press conference will be held on Saturday at its headquarters in Khadimiya. [AIN]

 

Iskander Witwit, member of the CoR Security Committee, expressed surprise at the non-participation of Iraqi F16s in the war effort against Daesh, calling on the government to turn to Russian weapons suppliers to build the air force. [Mawqif]

 

Security-related incidents reported

Central Baghdad

An IED in Al-Siba’ killed one civilian and wounded 4 others. [Mada]

 

Northwest Baghdad

Two bodies of men shot to death were found in an empty yard in Shula. [Maalomah]

 

North Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to the car of a cosmetics shop owner killed him as he was driving in Adhamiya. [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

The body of a policeman was found in his house in the Al-Amari neighborhood of Ma’amel. [Sumaria]

A civilian was shot dead in Mashtal by unidentified armed men. [Ghad]

Armed men threw a hand grenade at a house in Baladiyat, causing material damage without any human casualties. [Ghad]

An IED exploded in a Baladiyat neighborhood, wounding 4 civilians. [AIN]

An IED placed near a popular coffee shop in Sadr City wounded two civilians. [Ghad]

 

Southeast Baghdad

A policeman was shot dead in Jisr Diyala. [Ghad]

Armed men in a 4-wheel drive car kidnapped a child as he left his school in Zafaraniya. [Ghad]

An IED placed near a coffee shop in Mada’in killed a civilian and wounded four others. [Maalomah]

According to the BOC, 42nd army brigade found a hideout in Bawi, containing one IED, five mortar shells, and several detonators.

 

South Baghdad

An IED exploded in a commercial area in Wihda, killing one person and wounding seven. [Mada]

A roadside IED targeting a police patrol in Yusufiyah killed one policeman and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED that exploded near car dealerships in Bayya’ killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED killed one civilian and wounded six others in Iskan. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   16    (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition conducted 26 airstrikes in Iraq and 8 in Syria. Iraq raids were aimed at Daesh targets in Hit, Mosul, Qayara, and Sinjar, destroying several vehicles, mortars, and weapons storage houses. Attacks in Syria were in Manbij, Mare’, Palmyra, and Al-Hawl, destroying seven Daesh positions, and 3 tactical units. [Mawazin]

More details on the airstrikes [CJTF]

 

The summary on Coalition air attacks from March 15-21 in Iraq and Syria was 223 airstrikes that either destroyed their targets completely or seriously damaged them, according to the Coalition command. The statement mentioned Mosul University buildings that had been turned into Daesh command centers since late 2014. (photo) [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Sabah Karhout, Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council called on the government to expedite the Falluja liberation operation, while Sa’ud Jassem , another PC member, called for the participation of US forces, saying the Anbar government welcomes such participation. [Mawqif]

 

COR Speaker Al-Jubouri issued a statement after meeting with UNAMI’s chief, Ján Kubiš, saying that Falluja should be liberated as soon as possible to save the families trapped in the city.  [Sumaria]

The Anbar Governor issued a statement asking that humanitarian assistance to Falluja be sent by air for now. He says Daesh has booby-trapped the roads around the city, preventing supplies from reaching citizens. [Sumaria]

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Anbar PC warns of a famine in Falluja and asks PM Abadi to intervene or resign. [Mada]

 

PMF media said that Saraya Ashura of the PMFs started an operation to clear north and east of Saqlawiya in cooperation with army units. It said that this will continue until the area is fully cleared. [Harbi] Army and PMF units also recovered the Qarma Bridge east of Falluja in the course of the attack. [Maalomah]

 

Col. Khamis Al-Halbousi, commander of Qarma Tribal Mobilization, said that his forces killed 4 suicide terrorists who tried to attack them in the technical institute in Saqlawiya. [BasNews]

Daesh’s version says Iraqi Army units and PMFs, supported by Coalition planes, attacked its positions near the technical institute, but it stopped the attack, destroying a vehicle and forcing the troops to flee. [JustPaste]

 

The BOC said that the 14th army division killed 4 terrorists and wounded 3 others in Albu Shijil, Qarma, and Taqsim, while 30 IEDs were destroyed by the 1st division engineering units in Subaihat in Qarma. [Mawazin]

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Albu Shijil. [JustPaste]

 

The PMF media said that Al-Tayar Al-Risali regiments of the PMF destroyed a fuel tanker near Bawaba Al-Qarma. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

Waleed Khalid Hamid, a wanted terrorist, was arrested by Anbar Operations Command (AOC) units, according to General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, its commander. He said that the terrorist was hiding among civilians in Jaraishi.  He added that 73rd army brigade defused 61 IEDs and destroyed two Jahannam rockets and one explosive belt in Sajariya and Albu Risha. In Zangoura, a weapon cache containing Jahannam rockets and mortar shells and 45 IEDs were destroyed, while two booby-trapped houses were defused.  [Sumaria]

Unfortunately, Major Ahmed Al-Alwani of Anbar Police was killed while trying to defuse an IED on the road leading from Ramadi to Zera’a. [Maalomah]

 

A video of 2 Daesh terrorists captured by Iraqi forces in Ramadi District [YouTube]

A video of Daesh vehicles and weapons captured by Iraqi forces in Zangoura [YouTube]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

General Al-Mahalawi said 26 terrorists were killed, three vehicle bombs destroyed, and 40 IEDs defused in the Basatin area east of Hit. He said that the next few hours will witness the arrival of more reinforcements and Coalition air attacks to finalize the liberation of Hit and Kubaisa. [BasNews]

 

A Coalition airstrike destroyed 9 Daesh vehicles carrying rocket launching platforms in Hijjiya Valley west of the Kubaisa cement factory. The airstrike was based on intelligence provided by the National Security Agency, IWMC said. [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC said that army and security units have not entered Kubaisa yet, denying some news reports. It said that army units are proceeding according to the plan set, and asked everybody who seeks truth to refer to competent parties for information. [Sumaria]

 

However, army units have captured two neighborhoods west of Kubaisa, south of Hit, say sources at Jazeera Operations Command. The two neighborhoods are the industrial area and Hay Al-Timman. [Sumaria]

 

Mohammed Al-Hiti, Chairman of Hit District Council, says Iraqi forces liberated Al-Khidhir and Wadi Al-Hijjiya near Kubaisa after heavy clashes, killing “tens” of Daesh terrorists. He says Iraqi forces are preparing to liberate Kubaisa in the coming hours. [Mada]

 

The Chairman also says the 7th army division found three tunnels extending from the Kubaisa cement factory to the center of Kubaisa city. These have been used by Daesh to elude airstrikes. The tunnels were of 1 km, 500 meters, and 5 km in length; all were destroyed by the army units. [Sumaria]

 

General Sami Al-Aridhi, commander of special operations in the Counter Terrorism Service, said that Kubaisa will be liberated in the coming few hours, and that Iraqi forces are in full control of Mhamdi. Troops are busy evacuating civilians towards safer areas. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh issues the story of one of its top leaders, a terrorist from Jubba called Abu Farouq, who participated in many AQI and Daesh activities and was captured then released after the second Falluja battle. He later became Daesh’s military commander in west Anbar.  Daesh says he was killed by a Coalition airstrike while he was leading an attack on Saqqar base in western Anbar. [Isdarat]

 

A video of Iraqi forces securing families in Hit district [ISOF]

Videos of Iraqi forces advancing in Hit district [Ghadeer] [Ghadeer] [Ghadeer]

 

Army helicopters destroyed construction shovel and vehicle bombs before they could reach the security barrier in Rzeyej east of Baghdadi, a source in Anbar Police said. [Maalomah]

 

Haditha

General Ali Ibrahim Daba’oun, Commander of Jazeera Operations, survived an assassination attempt by IED, which targeted his convoy on the road connecting Baghdadi to Haditha. Daba’oun said in a statement that he is safe and well, but five of his escorts were wounded, including Lt. Col. Waleed Khalid, his office director. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version says a group of its fighters sneaked into the Haqlaniya railroad area and planted several IEDs. When Daba’oun’s convoy arrived, they detonated the IEDs, destroying 3 vehicles, then attacked the convoy with light and midsize weapons, killing 12 soldiers and wounding others and forcing the rest to flee. As usual in such Daesh reports, all Daesh terrorists returned safely after the attack. [JustPaste]

 

Western Anbar

Mohammed Al-Hiti, Chairman of Hit District Council, said army units backed by Coalition air attacks have cut off the Daesh supply route from Raqqa, Syria to western Anbar, by destroying the connection points in Al-Qa’im and other border locations. He says the land road is under control of the army now and that Daesh cannot provide supplies to Hit and Kubaisa anymore. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This shows one reason why US military strategists have placed so much emphasis on knocking Daesh out of its headquarters city of Raqqa: to disrupt the flow of men and supplies into Iraq. The occasional bombs dropped on Al-Qa’im, by the Syrian border, seemed at the time to be disconnected from ongoing battles in Iraq, but were part of a larger plan.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Daesh publishes a photo of some of its terrorists in Salahuddin. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The photo is most likely of a sleeper cell hiding in a “guesthouse” in some area in Salahuddin. 

 

Shirqat

Iraqi Air Force (IAF) destroyed four vehicle bomb-rigging workshops in Shirqat, based on intelligence from the National Security Organization. The workshops were located in Shakra fields in Shirqat, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Shirqat is now under siege by Army and PMF units, in a step towards liberating it. The siege also aims to restrict Daesh’s movement and thus its ability to move fighters towards Mosul. [ Maalomah ]

 

Baiji

A video of PMFs stopping a Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

Daesh says its terrorists shot down an Iraqi Army drone near Ajeel oilfield. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The BOC said 59th army brigade found and defused 6 explosive belts in Al-Niba’i, in the Kasarat area. [Mawazin]

 

Tooz

The Tooz police chief says Peshmerga special forces units arrived to the city to “calm the security situation”. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

10 Daesh mortar shells fell within the perimeter of the agricultural Nahr Al-Imam village northeast of Baquba late Wednesday night, local sources said. The shelling did not cause any human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Taza

IAA helicopters attacked Daesh targets in Bashir village near Taza, the IWMC said. [Buratha]

 

Karim Al-Husseini, spokesman of the PMFs, said the IAA made 6 attacks on Daesh targets in Bashir Wednesday night, destroying tactical units used to attack Taza, and killing and wounding several terrorists. [Harbi]

 

Ali Al-Akbar brigade of the PMFs is preparing to participate in the liberation of Bashir village, the PMF media said. Kareem Al-Hasnawi, deputy commander, said that his brigade will join the Imam Ali and Al-Abbas regiments in this operation. [AIN]

 

Hawija

An Iraqi airstrike on a rocket factory in Hawija and two adjacent hangars killed 35 Daesh experts and engineers, IWMC said. The attack was based on intelligence provided by the National Security Service. [AynIraq ]

 

Daesh issues a video of the destruction of Abbasi hospital in Hawija after it was attacked by Iraqi planes. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. Daesh would have published any human casualties resulted from the airstrike, and there should have been civilian casualties because it is a hospital, but there aren’t any in this video. So what was this “hospital” used for?

 

A security source in Kirkuk said that the Ninewa-Hawija road is now under the full control of army units. [Maalomah] That seems to be especially important, because . . .

 

NINEWA

The IWMC announced that the first stage of the Ninewa liberation operation has started with the liberation of several villages and raising the Iraqi flag therein. The operations were started by Ninewa Operations units under the supervision of Joint Operations Forces. The operation is called “Al-Fath” (conquest). [Sumaria]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Within the first phase of the Ninewa liberation operation, the army’s 15th division recovered the villages of Kodila and Kermerdi, southwest of Makhmur without resistance. Aerial, artillery, and rocket bombardment preceded the attack, local sources said. [Sumaria] The army, tribal mobilization units, and Peshmerga then moved towards Salahiya, Tel Al-Sha’ir, and Sultan Abdullah near Qayara, under heavy artillery bombardment. [Mada]

 

Ninewa Ops Command (NOC) later said that the liberated villages are now eight, after liberating Matantar, Khattab, and Tel Al-Sha’ir. It also said 15th army division artillery destroyed an observation tower equipped with modern cameras in Qayara. [Mada] [Mada]

 

The joint forces crossed the Tigris River from Makhmur to Qayara using a floating bridge, under artillery cover from the US Marines, after Daesh had destroyed the bridge connecting the two areas, a security source said. [Mada ] The villages of Al-Nassr, Mahana , Kharbardan, Nathra, and Haj Ali, near Qayara were then all liberated. [Mada] Joint operations command called on the population to keep away from Daesh command centers and gatherings, as the troops are advancing from three directions. [Mada]

 

20 Daesh terrorists were killed during the recapture of Al-Nassr village. [Mawazin]

NOC announced the killing of “Al-Yamani”, the Daesh military commander in southern Ninewa, in a battle near Al-Nassr village. [Maalomah] The Command said in a statement that Daesh is withdrawing but are placing IEDs all over the area to slow down advancing troops. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attack on Kodila and Nassr villages, destroying 5 armored vehicles and capturing a Humvee. [A3maq] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. We want to recommend whoever teaches the Daesh creative writing class for an international award.

 

In a confirming statement after the day’s hectic events, the Ninewa Operations Commander says Iraqi forces liberated 8 villages near Qayara, including Nassr and Kodila. [Mada]

 

One Iraqi soldier was killed and three wounded, while tens of Daesh terrorists were killed in the initial operations to liberate areas south of Mosul, a security source said. The source also said army units are surrounding Sultan Abdullah, a strategically located town at the southern end of Hamdaniya province, northeast of Qayara. Six US Apache and Chinook helicopters are assisting in the operations. [Mada]

 

Husam Al-Abbar, a Ninewa PC member, said that the first phase of the Al-Fath operation had stopped temporarily, and will be resumed as soon as the IEDs in the villages are cleared. [Mawazin]

 

The ground operation was heavily supported by airstrikes.

Coalition warplanes destroyed five “secret” communications towers in Qayara, killing five terrorists guarding them, a Ninewa Police source said. [BasNews]

 

The Coalition destroyed two Daesh command centers in Qayara, before destroying another three in Shirqat, on the east side of the Tigris, Salahuddin Operations Command said. [Ghad]

 

Tens of Daesh terrorists were killed and wounded when Coalition warplanes attacked their positions in Qayara and in Hammam Al-Alil north of Qayara, a security source in Ninewa said. The planes fired nine missiles on a fuel tank, a machine gun, and four armored personnel carriers, destroying them, causing Daesh to evacuate their command centers and positions in fear of further strikes. The attack coincided with heavy artillery shelling by Iraqi Army on Daesh targets in Qayara. [Mada]

 

15 Daesh terrorists were killed in an operation that targeted the Qayara post office, used by Daesh as a command center, a source in Ninewa said. [Mada]

 

Col. Steve Warren, operation spokesman, said that the Coalition warplanes are supporting Iraqi army attacks in and around Makhmur, which are aimed at isolating the city of Mosul. [Mada]

 

Daesh executed five of its members for escaping the battlefield.

It is burning tankers to create a smoke camouflage against air attacks. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video showing the “suffering” of the people of Qayara while trying to cross the river after Coalition planes destroyed the main bridge recently. [A3maq]

 

Mosul

Tribes in the Al-Shura subdistrict south of Mosul revolted against Daesh. They attacked three command centers and Daesh-occupied houses, killing 5 Daesh members and capturing 11 as prisoners, local sources said. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh leaders were reported by local sources to be in a tizzy after the Iraqi flag was raised over the Faculty of Arts building, the tallest building at the University of Mosul.  [Mawazin]

 

A source in Ninewa Ops Command said 15th army division is just over 30 km (19 miles) away from the center of Mosul. [Mada]

Photos show Iraqi forces heading to Qayara. One photo shows Iraqi soldiers near a sign saying they are 30 km (19 miles) away from Mosul. [AIN]

 

Karim Al-Nouri, a PMF Commission member, said that the aim of the current operation in Ninewa is aimed to keep the danger away from Iraqi units in Makhmur, and is not aimed at liberating Mosul. [Mawazin]

 

Ninewa Provincial Council said that over 1,000 tribal mobilization fighters, mainly from Saba’wiyeen and Jubour tribes, are actively participating in the Ninewa liberation battles. It emphasized that these fighters are under the command of the PMF Commission in Baghdad and are paid by it. [Sumaria]

 

Yusuf Al-Kalabi, security spokesman of the PMFs, said that PMFs are not participating in “Al-Fath’ Operations by the Iraqi army that started early today, saying that the PMFs were not invited by the Joint Operations Command. But he said, that “we are nearby, and whenever they need us, we will be there”. [AynIraq]

DaeshDaily comment. The contradiction in the preceding two stories would seem to come down to this: Sunni tribe PMFs are participating; Shia PMFs are not participating. We get the reasons, and don’t support the constant whining, but it would be a good thing for Iraq if a meaningful role in Ninewa can be found for some Shia PMFs.

 

Rudaw, a Kurdish news agency, reported that four of Atheel Al-Nujaifi’s National Mobilization fighters were wounded in the battles. [Rudaw]

However, Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, the Governor of Ninewa, denied in a press statement the participation of the National Mobilization in the war operations started today, saying that “Juhaish tribe fighters” (Nujaifi’s) are still being trained and are not ready yet to participate. The Saba’wiyeen, Lahib, and Jubour tribes are fighting alongside the 15th army division, Ninewa Police, and Peshmerga, supported by Coalition aircraft. [IraqPress]

 

Daesh executed five persons in Dorat Qassem Al-Khayat, on the right (west) side of Mosul for “disobeying orders”. Their families were banned from taking their corpses, a source in Ninewa said. Guards of their building and several others were arrested. [Mada] [Maalomah]

 

Nouraldin Qablan, deputy chairman of the Ninewa PC, said that the PC has no idea of the presence of a US base in Makhmur. He said that what we know is that there are US experts at Iraqi bases. [Karemlash]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked an extensive Daesh meeting in the dairy factory, in the Al-Arabi neighborhood on the east side of Mosul, a security source in Mosul said. [Mada]

Daesh issues a video of Coalition airstrikes on the dairy factory. [A3maq]

 

Naif Al-Shimmari, CoR member for Mosul, called Ninewa tribes to cooperate with the advancing Iraqi forces and provide them with all necessary information to expel Daesh from their areas.  [Mada]

 

A security source said that Mosul residents have provided Iraqi army units with important information and coordinates of Daesh locations in the city. [AIN]

A local source has also reported that people from Mosul are providing information about Daesh locations and terrorists in the city. The source also says youth from the city have formed combat groups to help Iraqi forces liberate the city. [Buratha]

 

A security source said that Iraq had received two batches of modern drones and tanks to participate in the Mosul liberation operation. The source did not specify the origins. [Sumaria]

 

Nineveh Plain

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Tel Keif. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. When all the Christians and other residents return to Tel Keif, someone should send Daesh some photos of what normal life is really like there.

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Peshmerga military positions on Fadhiliya Mountain, 20 km north of Mosul. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Sources said US Apache helicopters were seen flying towards Nawaran near Sinjar. [Mada]

 

Daesh issues a video showing a “Peshmerga” vehicle being attacked by its terrorists west of Tal Afar. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The vehicle in the video looks like a normal civilian pickup attacked.

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Eyewitnesses said Turkish warplanes attacked the villages of Nirwa, Rekan, and Nuhail in Amedi District in northern Dahuk, targeting PKK positions. The bombardment lasted for one hour; no account of casualties was mentioned. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

The Turkish courts reportedly released “Khalis Bayanjouk” known as “Abu Handhala” who had been arrested with six others last year on allegations of forming a Daesh cell in Istanbul. The pro-PYD Hawar expresses surprise that the freed man was not handed a ten-year sentence on terrorism charges. [Hawar]

 

Military developments (all about who said what to whom when the Brussels suicide bomber was previously deported from Turkey)

“We informed the Brussels embassy of the deportation process of the attacker with a note on July 14, 2015. However, the Belgians released the attacker despite his deportation,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 23, adding that one of the perpetrators of the Brussels attack had been detained by Turkish authorities in June 2015 in the southeastern province of Gaziantep and deported.
Hours after Erdoğan’s remarks, Belgium’s Justice Minister Koen Geens said he was aware one of the Brussels attackers had been sent to the Netherlands from Turkey, but denied that he had been flagged as a possible terrorist.

 

Meanwhile, two Turkish officials speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters that one of the attackers in the suicide bombings was deported from Turkey not only once but twice last year and that authorities warned their European counterparts that they suspected him of being a militant fighter.
The first official said Ibrahim El Bakraoui’s initial deportation in July 2015 had been based on police suspicions that he was a militant fighter, but no crime was committed in Turkey, describing his expulsion as an “administrative deportation.” “The police were looking at him and came to the conclusion that he may be a foreign fighter. He was picked up in the southeastern city of Gaziantep,” said the official, declining to be named because of the sensitivities of the case.
The second Turkish government official told Reuters that El Bakraoui had entered Turkey for a second time on Aug. 11, 2015, through the Antalya airport on the Mediterranean coast, and was again deported two weeks later, on Aug. 25, 2015.
The official did not specify where he was deported to on the second occasion. [Hurriyet]

 

However, Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said on Thursday the terrorist who blew himself up at Brussels airport this week was not on any Dutch or international wanted lists.

“We checked with our Belgian, German and Turkish colleagues and in all cases he was not registered in our systems,” Van der Steur told a news conference called 24 hours after Turkey announced that Ibrahim El Bakraoui was a known suspect whom it had twice deported.

Van der Steur also said that El Bakraoui had been deported from Turkey to the Netherlands only once, contradicting assertions by Turkey’s government. [Reuters]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The Ahrar Al-Sham militia, which is presently allied to the Nusra Front in various theaters in Syria, has stated that it does not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood but that it “coordinates” with them. The statement came in a media interview which was subsequently shared on social media by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. [IslamMemo]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The Shaitat tribal council has announced in a statement that it will coordinate with opposition militias and that it refuses to cooperate with the Syria Democratic Forces, saying that the SDF’s “atheist Kurds” are linked to the federal project in northern Syria and that the Shaitat refuse any project that calls for the partition of Syria. The Shaitat will continue to battle against the Assad regime, against Daesh, and against any other group who seeks to apply any project “contrary to the Syrian revolution.”  [Qasioun]

 

In a sign of ongoing tension between Kurdish factions in Syria, the pro-PYD Hawar agency published a story describing a petition reportedly bearing the signatures of 500 families in Qamishli calling for the prosecution of some of the leadership of the rival KDP-oriented Kurdish National Council, also known by its Kurdish-language initials “ENKS”. The specific allegations are unclear from the Hawar report but they appear to relate to the KDP’s cooperation with Turkey, which has rejected the PYD. Hawar also published text and video alleging that the KDP is collaborating with the Turkish AKP government to besiege what it calls the Rojava area of northwestern Syria. [Hawar] [Hawar]

 

Daesh attacked YPG units with mortars in Makman near Shaddadi on Wednesday, the YPG announced. [Hawar]

 

A child died in a land mine explosion near Jabal Abd Al-Aziz west of Hasaka, according to residents. Mine-clearing operations in the area are ongoing according to the Syria Democratic Forces spokesman. [ARA]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG units with mortars east of Ain Eissa. [JustPaste]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist captured by the YPG [RT]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh attacked the city of Mare’ north of Aleppo on Thursday in renewed battles between Daesh and opposition militias, a “Sham Corps” fighter said. The fighting erupted as Daesh attempted to infiltrate militia-held territory on the outskirts of the city, the source added. Two Daesh fighters were killed in the battle before Daesh was forced to withdraw, he said. The militias also mortared the city of Harbal in response to the attacks, the militiaman added, saying that there were reports of Daesh casualties amid the shelling. [ARA]

 

Opposition militias launched an arrest campaign targeting Daesh members and sympathizers in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city under militia control. The statement also said that the militias had arrested a preacher in one of the mosques in Aleppo after he had made several sermons praising Daesh and calling for attacks on the Free Syrian Army. [ARA]

 

Syrian units attacked Daesh positions near the city of Tadif east of Aleppo on Thursday morning with artillery fire and ground assault, an activist said. The Syrian shelling killed three civilians and injured five others, while causing a large flight of residents towards Azaz, north of Aleppo. Syrian aircraft struck multiple Daesh-held areas east of Aleppo Thursday, but casualty figures were not available from the aerial attacks. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

From its positions near Jarabulus, Daesh attacked YPG units across the Euphrates River in the Kobane countryside with heavy weapons on Wednesday, the YPG announced. [Hawar]

A field military source says YPG fighters stopped a Daesh infiltration and killed 5 terrorists and wounded others. One YPG fighter was killed and another wounded in the clashes. The source also says Coalition planes launched heavy airstrikes on Daesh locations in the Hamam Mountain area across the Euphrates.  [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing five men publicly, accusing them of being drug dealers. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

As has been widely reported, the Syrian Army has again made advances in the city of Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs. In what will be an important coup for the Syrian government if confirmed, the Army announced that it is now in control of the city after entering earlier in the day under Russian air cover.

An official Syrian news video appears in the report by Qasioun.

[Qasioun] [Reuters (English)]

Syrian Army troops, supported by militias, cleared the last Daesh controlled areas west and southwest of Tadmur (video). [SANA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed 3 Syrian Army SUVs with one rocket in Dowa west of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video showing Tadmur city. [A3maq]

A video shows Syrian troops near Tadmur. [syriaalikhbaria1]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh issues a video of clashes between its terrorists and Syrian Army troops in Deir Ez-Zor city. [A3maq]

 

A video of Syrian troops damaging a Daesh vehicle bomb before it reaches its target in Deir Ez-Zor [YouTube]

 

South

Opposition militias in Daraa conducted raid and arrest operations against Daesh-affiliated groups in the cities of Inkhal and Jasim. The arrests targeted the “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” and the “Muthanna Islamic Movement.” Opposition groups also submitted “all members” and the commander of the “Beloved Muhammad Brigade” in the city of Tafas to the “Dar Al-Ifta,“ which makes Islamic legal rulings, in the village of Gharz. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

An IED exploded Thursday on an Army patrol near the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal near the Syrian border where Daesh is known to operate, killing a soldier and wounding three others, a Lebanese security source said. [Arabi21]

 

Saudi Arabia

The Al-Majd TV channel conducted a phone interview with Farouq Al-Dhifairi, the spokesman of the “Sunni Movement.” the entity that started the anti-government protests in Iraqi Sunni governorates. The first question from its presenter is “How do you see the sectarian war led by the American-Iranian-Iraqi government coalition to kneel Sunni people in Iraq?” Dhifairi replies that what is happening in Falluja is a starvation crime, and they face random bombing by the Iraqi government, because Falluja opposed the American-Iranian project. [Al-Majd]

DaeshDaily comment. Al-Majd is a Salafi channel owned by a private business and but sponsored by the Saudi government and religious establishment. The channel not only spews sectarian hatred but also anti-West hatred. If we want to know how Daesh and Al-Qaeda are able to recruit so many young people, we can just study the rhetoric of this channel supported by a country that always presents itself as a US ally.   

 

North Africa

Egypt

Military helicopters intensified their search operation south and east of Arish as the hunt goes on for both the perpetrators of the deadly attack on Safa five days ago and for an officer and two policemen who have been missing since, according to witnesses and a security source. [ElWatan]

 

An IED exploded on an armored security vehicle in the Sadout area west of Rafah city on Thursday, killing two conscripts and wounding three others, according to security sources. [ElWatan]

Daesh publishes photos of destroying an Egyptian Army vehicle near Sadout on the international road between Rafah and Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Two policemen were injured when an IED exploded on a police detachment as it traveled by foot while conducting clearing operations in the village of Al-Mansoura south of Rafah on Thursday, a security source said. Another IED was discovered nearby later in the day, inside a cardboard box. [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

An IED exploded late Wednesday evening on an armored security vehicle on the coastal road in Arish without any casualties, according to eyewitnesses, security sources and medical sources. Eyewitnesses also reported the sound of gunfire after the blast. [ElWatan] [VetoGate]

 

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis released Thursday a member of the Al-Riyashat tribe that it had abducted three days before in the village of Abu Tawila south of Sheikh Zuweid, and abducted another man from the same family who was present when the first prisoner was being released, according to a member of the tribe. [ElWatan]

 

The Egyptian Armed Forces announced the seizure of 380 kg (838 lbs) of explosives as well as bomb-making cylinders and a motorcycle in the Al-Mahajir area of North Sinai. [EgyArmySpoxFB]

 

Daesh says 4 Israeli drones are flying over villages south of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in north Sinai. [A3maq]

 

Libya

Northeast

Sporadic fighting has erupted on Benghazi’s western front between Daesh on the one side and the Libyan Army and local militia allies on the other. Fighting also continued in the Al-Hawari area around the sprawling cement plant, Daesh’s last Benghazi stronghold, where its fighters remain besieged on three sides. One Libyan soldier died in the fighting and two others were injured according to a medical source. [Wasat]

 

A video of Daesh terrorists, mostly teenagers, in Benghazi [YouTube]

 

A suspected Daesh member, Mousa Al-Tarkawi, was arrested in the coastal city of Al-Kubba on Wednesday, according to local sources, who also said that Al-Tarkawi had been detained by the Mujahidin Derna Shoura Council in Derna but escaped and fled to Al-Kubba, where he was recaptured. [AfriGate]

 

Central Coast

The former Libyan media minister Omar Al-Qawayri claimed on his Facebook page that an American battle group made up of two American aircraft carriers and 16 warships and five submarines are operating clandestinely off the coast of Sirte. Al-Qawayri added that this alleged presence was against UN Security Council resolutions and a violation of Libyan sovereignty. He also claimed that Daesh boats operated in front of the alleged US ships and “in coordination” with them. [AfriGate]

DaeshDaily comment. In the long history of the US Navy, this may be the first time aircraft carrier operations have been described as “clandestine.”

 

Daesh publishes photos of public punishments, including executions, in Sirte. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists distributing candies in Sirte, celebrating the terrorist attacks in Brussels. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest

A video of the confessions of a Daesh terrorist captured in Zawiya in Libya [YouTube]

 

Tunisia

A captured Tunisian student who was part of the Daesh sleeper cell that participated in the aftermath of the Daesh assault on Ben Guerdane said that Daesh decided to expedite the attack on Ben Guerdane to March 7 after a Daesh leader was captured and Daesh feared that the plan would be exposed. The student reportedly said that the original plan was to launch a second attack on March 20 at another point on the Tunisian border with Algeria to compel Tunis to divert troops and leave Ben Guerdane exposed to the planned attack. [Wasat]

 

Morocco

Moroccan authorities broke up a cell connected to Daesh in Libya, according to the Interior Ministry on Thursday. The cell was reportedly made up of individuals in Marrakesh in central Morocco, Smara in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, two villages in the Sidi Bennour province in western Morocco, and Had Soualem southwest of Casablanca. The cell had been planning attacks inside Morocco, according to the ministry. [Tunisien]

 

Other countries

Belgium

Daesh issues a video about the Brussels terrorist attacks. The video praised the attacks and included footage of a statement by Donald Trump to Fox news saying Brussels used to be a beautiful and safe city 20 years ago and became a horror show. The video also has songs calling for young people to join Daesh. The video also shows the training of one of the terrorists from Belgium on suicide attacks. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh issues another propaganda video about the Brussels terrorist attacks. [VideoWood]

 

Russia

Russia’s military has reportedly acknowledged for the first time that it has special forces troops on the ground in Syria. In remarks to the Interfax news agency a Russian officer said the troops’ role was limited to reconnaissance and target guidance for Russian warplanes. [IslamMemo]

 

The Russian commanding officer in Syria said Wednesday that Russia had provided training for Kurdish fighters in Syria, as well as providing weapons and materials to the Syrian armed forces. [Welati] [ARA]

 

Indonesia

Daesh issues a video message to the people of Indonesia, asking them to join Daesh. [AKI]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Al-Ghadeer channel page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/alhadllallah

https://twitter.com/khilafamar1036

https://twitter.com/ahmb66xx1

https://twitter.com/xyzxyz1436

https://twitter.com/abu_a102

 

 

March 23, 2016

ISOF

Today’s Major Developments

 

Hit liberation operation is still stalled.

Haditha anticipates major Daesh attack.

Coalition bombardment continues in Ninewa.

Syrian Army close to retaking Palmyra from Daesh.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

The Chairman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) block in the CoR says his party will not send CVs of potential ministers to PM Abadi because they don’t think Abadi is able to make the changes and because they don’t know why their current ministers should be changed. [Rudaw]

Speaker Jubouri received the list of names of candidates from Moqtada Al-Sadr, according to a statement from Jubouri’s spokesman. Jubouri said the list will help the Prime Minister to choose his new cabinet. [Mada] [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. No one wants to say this publicly, or in print, but the ability of the current ministers is not likely the only focus of Al-Abadi’s proposed cabinet reorganization. The larger problem is that the ministers owe their loyalty to the parties who designated them for the cabinet, not to the Prime Minister as in properly functioning parliamentary systems. Al-Abadi desperately wants ministers who will be loyal to him rather than a political party, and will work as a team. This helps to explain his preference for technocrats—who might seem to be preferred for their expertise but are probably preferred more because of their political independence and thus lack of exterior loyalties.

    KDP is a poor partner for such a reform, as it also leads a system in which ministers (and most other important officials) are selected by party leaders, not the Prime Minister. The Sadrist ministers in the Iraqi government all report to Al-Sadr more than Al-Abadi.

    Seen in this context, the cabinet reorganization issue is not directly about reform vs. anti-reform. It is about transferring political power from the political parties, whose greed and corruption have combined to make the Council of Ministers largely unworkable, to the Prime Minister, who needs a more cohesive cabinet in order to win a war and create a stable country.

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement saying he got information that some corrupt officials want to leave the country and is asking the government to prevent them. He also asked people for a united prayer near the Green Zone on Friday. [Mada]

 

Security developments

The MoI said that 4 Daesh leaders were arrested in Bayya’ in southwest Baghdad after pursuit by security forces. The terrorists entered Baghdad with the waves of IDPs from Anbar, but they were under scrutiny of the security forces, which had photos and information proving that they fought Iraqi armed forces in Ramadi. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The COR Security Committee criticized the government’s approval for US soldiers to be stationed in the country. Committee member Majid Al-Garawi said that Iraqi and PMF units are ready to liberate Mosul without any foreign intervention. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s hard enough for the government to sustain the war effort, but it has the additional burden of putting up with stupid statements by members of a parliament committee that is supposed to be helping the war effort. Perhaps it could help more by disbanding.

 

The Al-Nujaba militia of the PMF said that it is ready to counter “American occupation” of Iraq, adding that “our rockets and IEDs are ready to counter them “. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. Nujaba is a splinter group from the anti-American AAH militia that fights in Iraq and in Syria.

 

AAH says that the government got so busy with reforms it forgot about Baghdad’s security. Jawad Al-Tlebawi, spokesman of the AAH, said that intelligence reports indicate an imminent Daesh threat to Baghdad. He said that Qarma and Falluja should be liberated ASAP to avoid such consequences. [Mawazin]

Meanwhile, an Associated Press report confirmed our earlier reports that the political turmoil in Baghdad has prompted the government to pull some forces back from the battlefront to secure the capital. [AP]

 

The IWMC announced:

  • 8 airstrikes by IAF planes in various operations sectors;
  • 10 attacks by IAA helicopters in various operations sectors;
  • 29 airstrikes by the Coalition, in Falluja, Albu Bali, Albu Dhiab, and Baghdadi, and Sagra (near Anah and Rawa); Shirqat; and Mosul, Qayara and Tal Afar, killing 46 terrorists, destroying 4 fighting positions, 5 rocket launching platforms, a mortar, a pick-up truck, a crossing used by Daesh, and an armored vehicle. [Harbi]

 

The BOC summarized its operations of today as follows:

The 14th army brigade killed 22 terrorists and wounded 3 others and destroyed three positions in Qarma, Albu Shijil, and Taqsim.

3rd IFP battalion rescued a kidnapped man in an oil exploration area east of Baghdad, while the 54th army brigade defused a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car in Mansour west of Baghdad.

 

Security-related incidents reported

North Baghdad

A policeman was killed and three civilians wounded by a sticky bomb attached to the policeman’s car in Husseiniya.  Mada]

The body of a woman shot to death with several bullets in her body was found in Bub Al-Sham. [Sumaria]

A man was arrested on terrorism charges while he was trying to pass the Taji checkpoint to enter Baghdad. [Sumaria]

An IED placed in an industrial area in Taji, killed one civilian and wounded six others.  [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

An IED killed two civilians and wounded another six in the Al-Ameen area. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED in Al-Bawi village in Mada’in District killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

An IED in the city of Mada’in killed two civilians and wounded five others. [Maalomah]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside bomb killed two tribal mobilization fighters and wounded three while they were passing in their car in Arab Jabour village. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a PMF vehicle in the Manari in Arab Jabour with an IED, killing four fighters. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi Army “spy” with an IED in the Khaiamiyat area in Arab Jabour with an IED. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi soldier with an IED in Arab Jabour. [JustPaste]

An IED placed in a vegetables market in Sayyed Abdullah killed one civilian and wounded four others. [Maalomah]

A roadside IED killed one civilian and wounded two others in Al-Rasheed Al-Janoubi in Mahmudiya.  [Ghad]

An IED killed two civilians and wounded five others near a restaurant in Mahmudiya. [PUKMedia]

 

West Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to car of an employee of the Ministry of Electricity killed him while he was driving in Abu Ghraib. [Maalomah]

 

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

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A major army operation to finally liberate Saqlawiya, northwest of Falluja, started Wednesday with the support of police and tribal fighters. Col. Khamis Al-Halbousi, commander of Qarma Tribal Mobilization, said that initial operations killed “tens” of Daesh terrorists. The attacking units are advancing from two directions; the first from Al-Maftool crossing to Albu Shijil and then the city center and the other from the technical institute.  [Mada]

 

Arif Al-Janabi, an officer of Ameriyat Al-Falluja police station, said that Daesh units in southern areas of Falluja are in a deteriorated morale situation and that as soon as the attack on southern Falluja areas starts they will collapse. Daesh is based in Albu Hawa, Al-Hassi, Albu Aifan, Al-Fahailat, and Sadat Al-Falluja, and are shelling civilians in Ameriyat Al-Falluja. Al-Janabi said that as soon as the attack begins, all of these areas will be recovered easily. [Maalomah]

 

Abu Ahmed Al-Rumaithi, a leader in Ansar Al-Marja’aiya regiment of the PMF said that a strategy of liberating Mosul before Falluja is very unwise, as was evident in the recent Abu Ghraib. He added that Daesh in west Baghdad is a constant threat, the PMF media said. [Harbi]

 

55th brigade killed a terrorist and wounded another, while destroying two vehicles in Bustan Al-Tikriti, southwest of Falluja. [Harbi]

 

The Iraqi Army’s 8th division says its artillery, supported by Sukhoi planes, stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Salam intersection in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 30 terrorists and wounding 15 and destroying 2 vehicle bombs. [Etejah]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says the Iraqi Army 8th division stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Daaij north of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing “tens” of terrorists while IAA helicopters destroyed 3 vehicle bombs. [Sumaria]

 

A PMF sniper killed 4 Daesh terrorists in Qarma and restricted the movement of 33 others in the area, the PMF media said. [Harbi]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed seven Iraqi soldiers in the Talaa area in Zoba’a. [JustPaste]

 

Ramadi

The Anbar Operations Command (AOC) summarized today’s operations as follows.

The 9th army division killed three Daesh terrorists in Jaraishi, while IAF Sukhois and 8th army artillery repelled a Daesh attack on Al-Hadhaba in Falahat and Al-Salam junction, killing 30 Daesh attackers including leaders from foreign Arab countries, and wounding 15 others. Three vehicle bombs, 4 fighting positions, and a communications tower were destroyed.

Engineering units and Special Forces of the 92nd brigade cleared the area extending from Palestine Bridge westward towards Albu Chlaib, Zangoura, Bustan Hassan, and Al-Qarya Al-Asriya, where the 16th army division is situated. Two booby-trapped houses were defused, 31 Katyusha rockets were destroyed, and 30 locally made rockets and two mortar bases were detected. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC said that three Coalition attacks in Albu Ali Jassem and in Albu Ubaid in Jazeera Khaldiya killed 12 terrorists, and destroyed an APC and a machine gun. 16th army division cleared and destroyed 108 IEDs, and two booby-trapped houses and a school in Zangoura, and cleared a 1 km road in Albu Risha. The Facilities Protection Service arrested 20 escaped Daesh terrorists lost in the desert of Ramadi. In the northern operations sector, 10 terrorists were killed, 3 hideouts destroyed, and 35 IEDs destroyed in Albu Ubaid. [Harbi]

A video of Iraqi forces in Albu Ubaid in Jazeera Khaldiya. [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers destroying a vehicle bomb in Albu Bali in Ramadi district [YouTube]

 

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating, then a Daesh vehicle bomb charges and explodes on their colleagues a couple of hundred of yards away. [YouTube]

 

A conference for the tribes of Iraq was held in Ramadi, said Col. Abdullah Sabri, the director of the district. The conference discussed recent army advances and ways to expel Daesh from all Anbar areas and start reconstruction efforts. Issues of IDPs were also discussed. The conference was attended by representatives of the provincial and central governments. [Sumaria]

 

A group of southern Iraq Shia tribes accompanied by Hameed Al-Shatri, deputy chairman of the PMF Commission, arrived in Ramadi to support the Anbar tribes in their fight against Daesh and help free their areas. [Maalomah]

 

Turki Al-Ayed Al-Shammari, chairman of the anti-Daesh tribal council and the sheikh of Shammar tribes in Anbar, says 9 areas in Ramadi are ready to receive their population back, as they have been cleared of IEDs and war remains. The areas are the center of Ramadi, Sajariya, Sufiya, Hsaiba, Albu Alwan, Kilo 5, Kilo 7, Thayla, and Tameem. He said that the reconstruction committee headed by Abdul Latif Al-Humaim, the chairman of Sunni Endowment, has offices in Baghdad, Erbil, and Suleimaniya to register returnees and do security screenings to make sure they are not affiliated with Daesh.  [Maalomah]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

7th army division engineering units have started to clear the cement factory near Kubaisa from IEDs and mines, defusing 10 IEDs. The perimeter of the factory was surrounded for distances around 500-1000 meters around the premises. 150 meters around the factory were cleared. A Coalition attack southeast of Kubaisa destroyed two Daesh vehicles. [Harbi]

 

Ghassan Al-Eithawi, spokesman of Anbar tribes, said that military operations in Hit are halted due to the multitude of families held by Daesh in the city. He added that plans are being set by the military command to handle this issue, while the operations east and north in Anbar are proceeding as planned. [Mawazin]

 

A video of Iraqi forces near Kubaisa [ISOF]

A video of Iraqi troops securing families in Mhamdi while Daesh terrorists are shooting at them. [YouTube]

A video of Iraqi forces on the road between Mhamdi and Hit [YouTube]

 

The earlier cited Associated Press report quotes military commanders as saying that the battle for Hit is key to building on their current momentum, cutting Islamic State supply lines, and linking up government forces to the west and the north of Baghdad in preparation for an eventual push on Mosul. [AP]

 

Eight Daesh terrorists were killed trying to attack the Majid checkpoint near Baghdadi, the city nearest to the Al-Asad base in Haditha, an AOC source said. [Maalomah]

 

Lt. General Riyadh Jalal Tawfiq, the commander of Iraqi ground troops, visited the Jazeera Operations Command and the Majid checkpoint, which has seen several failed Daesh attacks in the past few days. He addressed the officers and soldiers and expressed appreciation. [Mawazin]

 

Haditha

Haditha is in a 100% state of alert, according to Mayor Mabrouk Hamid. He said that intelligence received says Daesh is intending a major attack on the city. Army and tribal units are ready to confront any attack, the Mayor said. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated several IEDs on the convoy of the Jazeera Operations Commander on the road between the Ain Al-Asad base and Haditha, but gave no details. [A3maq]

 

43rd army brigade found a cache containing mortar shells in Albu Hayat. [Harbi]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

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

 

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces secured 4 families, mostly women and children, who escaped from Shirqat towards Makhoul Mountains. He says one of the women hid her 9 year old son in an underground well for 37 days to prevent Daesh from taking him to a military compound near Mosul. [Sumaria]

 

A video of families escaped from Shirqat and secured by PMFs. [YouTube]

 

Baiji

General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, the IFP commander, said that IFP units repelled a Daesh attack in Makhoul Mountains, killing four attackers and destroying a shovel bomb. He said that his units also shelled the Masoud village held by Daesh north of Baiji, killing 9 terrorists and destroying two vehicles. He added that the “explosives expert” of Daesh’s so-called “Farouq” unit was arrested in Baghdad by the IFP. [Ghad]

 

Sadiq Al-Husseini, a Badr commander, of the PMF, said that Daesh is still well equipped and is receiving constant support. He said that recent battles in Allas and Ajeel oilfields revealed that Daesh used ammunition made in 2016 from several origins. He says this means that surrounding countries are still supplying Daesh with arms and ammunition. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army military vehicle and a Humvee in the Makhoul Mountains area northwest of Baiji. [A3maq]

 

Tikrit

Salahuddin Police say they found an explosives cache west of Tikrit containing 4 IEDs, 6 containers packed with explosive material, and two rockets. [Mada]

 

Samarra

A video of PMFs in an elementary school used by Daesh as a military command in Sharif Abbas in Jazeera Samarra. [YouTube]

 

Southern Salahuddin

74th brigade engineering units cleared 10 IEDs in the Zor Albu Hishma area and destroyed a cache containing explosives used to make IEDs. [Harbi]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Local Police arrested a suicide attacker who tried to detonate himself near commercial shops west of Baquba, a local police source said. A moment of hesitation was enough for the policemen to attack the man and defuse the explosives belt. [Maalomah]

 

A man wanted for terrorism was arrested in Baquba, the IWMC said, quoting Dijla Operations Command. [Harbi]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

Daesh executed two of its members on charges of providing information on Daesh leaders and their whereabouts in Hawija, which guided air attacks that killed many of them in the city.  Hawija is surrounded by army and PMF units on the west and south and by Peshmerga units on the north and east.  [Maalomah]

 

A security source in Kirkuk said that Daesh is mobilizing in Hawija to attack Allas and Ajeel oil fields again, while sending reinforcements to Bashir in anticipation of an army attack there. The source added that Hawija is a central point of attack on several surrounding areas. [Mada]

 

An Iraqi air attack destroyed the house of Abu Arshad, the Daesh religious judge in Hawija, killing him immediately. The raid also destroyed a communications center and three Daesh positions in the Al-Abbasi subdistrict in Hawija, a Kirkuk security source said. [Sumaria]

 

The body of a woman shot to death in Hawija was transferred by Daesh to Mosul on suspicion that she could be the missing German wife of Al-Baghdadi, Diane Kroger, according to Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a leader of the PMF. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says Iraqi warplanes bombed and destroyed Al-Abbasi hospital in Hawija. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A local source in Mosul said that Daesh executed three ex-army officers in Mosul on charges of cooperating with security forces. The officers were three colonels, taken from their houses south of Mosul. Their bodies were not handed over to their families, and were possibly dropped in the Khasfa area, used by Daesh for this purpose. [Maalomah]

 

An ambush by an unidentified armed group killed 7 Daesh terrorists in Hamidat west of Mosul. A StarX van with seven Daesh members inside was intercepted by the armed men, who shot all seven dead, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked several Daesh targets in Mosul within the last 24 hours, according to Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official in Ninewa. He said that the Coalition planes attacked the hisbah police center on the left (east) side of Mosul, an IED workshop in the industrial area in Karama, and weapons storage houses in Al-Kindi camp, all on the left (east) side.  They also attacked Daesh positions in Shalalat north of Mosul, and in Ayadhiya in Tal Afar. The results were 31 terrorists killed and several buildings, vehicles, and positions destroyed. [PUKMedia]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh terrorists blew up 10 houses in Wadi Al-Hajar south of Mosul. The source says Daesh had used the houses as weapons storehouses. [BasNews]

 

Nineveh Plain

Peshmerga units repelled a Daesh attack in Bashiqa and Nawran, killing 12 of them, a source in Peshmerga ministry said. The 12 were killed by the Peshmerga artillery which also destroyed several vehicles. [BasNews]

 

A rocket was fired by Daesh on Zilkan camp, where Turkish soldiers and Atheel Al-Nujaifi’s so-called National Mobilization Forces are present. The rocket caused material damage to one room in the camp. [Maalomah]

 

Makhmur

A PUK official says Daesh shelled several villages in Gwer, wounding3 civilians. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

A local source says Daesh used rabid dogs to kill 10 people in Tal Afar, after accusing them of cooperating with security forces. [Sumaria]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Turkish source says oil exports from Kurdistan to Turkey stopped again because of some illegal drilling and theft from the pipeline on Turkish land. [Rudaw]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

Five persons were arrested on terrorism charges in Jbala, north of Hilla, according to General Ali Al-Zughaibi, commander of Babel police. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

From Syria, a source close to the YPG claims that that the suspected Daesh member, whom Turkey alleged to have committed the recent deadly attack in Istanbul on 19 March, has in fact been in YPG custody since before the attack. The source further claims that interrogation of the suspected Daesh member revealed a relationship between the captive and Turkish intelligence, and with Daesh networks inside Turkey. Safash Baldaz, known as “Abd Al-Aziz Al-Turki-Jihad” was arrested March 2 near Tal Abyad, the source said. [ARA]

 

Erdogan says in a press conference that one of the terrorists who committed the attacks in Belgium was captured in Gaziantep in Turkey earlier and handed to the European authorities with the warning he might be a terrorist but they released him. A later statement from Erdogan’s office explained that the terrorist mentioned was Ibrahim El Bakraoui. [Rudaw]

 

Military developments

Turkish authorities arrested a Japanese national suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Daesh, according to a statement issued on Wednesday. The detainee will be sent back to Japan after interrogation, the statement said. Turkish security sources also said Tuesday evening that three Syrians were arrested in Gaziantep on suspicion of planning attacks in Istanbul. Two of the suspects were reportedly injured in an exchange of gunfire during the arrest operation. (photo). [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A source close to the YPG claims that the attacker alleged by Turkey to lie behind the deadly attacks in Istanbul on March 19 has been in YPG custody since March 2. (See above under Turkey)

 

Residents of Ras Al-Ayn in Hasaka Governorate protested Wednesday against a border fence constructed by Turkey. Turkish troops fired warning shots at the demonstrators as they approached. [Welati]

 

A funeral for an ethnic Arab YPG fighter was held Wednesday in Ras Al-Ayn, ARA reports. [ARA]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh reportedly recaptured the villages of Tal Battal and Ahmadiya north of Aleppo near the Turkish border just hours after opposition militias seized them in fierce overnight fighting.  On Wednesday Daesh targeted the militias with a car bomb in Tal Battal amid heavy ground fighting between the two sides in which six Daesh fighters were killed, a Jabha Shamiya fighter said. However Daesh’s artillery and rocket assault on the militia positions forced them into retreat, the militiaman said. [ARA] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says with American warplanes bombing and Turkish artillery and tanks shelling, Syrian opposition armed groups captured Azzatiya and Tal Battal villages. Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists then attacked the opposition groups with a vehicle bomb forcing them to flee from the two villages towards Turkey. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear how one vehicle bomb could attack two villages at the same time.

Daesh also says Coalition warplanes bombed Toqali village north of Sawan intensively and after that Syrian armed groups tried to capture the village but they were defeated. Daesh says its terrorists recaptured Azzatiya, Tal Battal, Ahmadiya and Toqali villages. [JustPaste] [A3maq]

 

A local source says Daesh finished digging a 4m by 4m trench around Manbij. [BasNews]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian Army claimed advances near Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs on Wednesday, seizing territory in the Al-Hiyal Mountains west of the Daesh-held city after battles with Daesh. Daesh killed at least 22 Syrian troops in fighting and car bomb attacks on Tuesday, but devastating Russian airstrikes on Wednesday and a “scorched earth” policy by Syrian troops forced Daesh fighters into retreat, according to an activist in the area. The Russian air raids in and around Deir Ez-Zor caused material damage and reportedly killed civilians. [ARA] [Qasioun]

A Syrian military source says Syrian troops are less than 1 km away from Tadmur and will capture the city in the next few hours. [BasNews]

 

Daesh publishes photos of weapons its terrorists got after attacking a Syrian Army location on the road between Ithariya and Silmiya. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles with Syrian troops in Dowa. [JustPaste]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Two prominent Daesh commanders have been killed in Deir Ez-Zor in the last few days, according to an activist in the city. “Salah Al-Din Al-Beljiki” (from Belgium) and “Abu Abdullah Al-Libi” were reportedly killed in fighting with Syrian troops. The activist also said that Russian airstrikes also killed Abdullah Al-Kilani, who is a Libyan national from Derna also known as “Sayyaf Al-Burqawi,” another Daesh fighter known as “Sayyaf Al-Maghrebi” and others whose identity is not known. [ARA]

 

Daesh says a Syrian suicide terrorist attacked Syrian troops with a BMP vehicle bomb in southeast Deir Ez-Zor, followed by an attack by other terrorists, killing or wounding 30 soldiers and capturing their positions. [JustPaste]

 

South

In Daraa on Wednesday, an alliance of Islamic militias including the Jaish Al-Islam, the Nusra Front, and Ahrar Al-Sham, as well as militias within the FSA launched broad attacks against the “Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade” and the “Al-Muthanna Movement,” which are reportedly tied to Daesh. Factions within the attacking alliance seized control of Muzayrib, Sheikh Saad, and other territory near the Jordanian border. Factions of the FSA’s “Southern Front” including the “Yarmouk Army” (not to be confused with the “Yarmouk Martyrs” above) and the “Sunna Youth Division,” in alliance with the Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham announced an operation targeting Daesh in Daraa. The coming days will witness larger operations, the Yarmouk Army commander said. The Al-Muthanna Movement detonated the explosives it had planted the day before on the Harir Bridge, cutting the link between its stronghold of Jillen and Muzayrib. [Arabi21]

 

Twelve civilians were killed in shelling by Nusra Front and opposition factions on Jillen on Wednesday, a media activist said. [ARA]

 

Jaish Al-Islam issued a statement on Wednesday calling on residents of the western Daraa countryside to defect from Daesh, offering an “amnesty” to anyone who has “not shed blood.” [ARA]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egyptian military aircraft were deployed in heavy presence in the skies above rural areas outside of Arish overnight, residents said Wednesday. Egyptian intelligence reportedly received information that the attackers behind a deadly assault on a police checkpoint in Safa four days ago had fled in that direction. As the search continues for an estimated 20 people who participated in the attack, residents of the Safa area are fearful of a similar attack occurring again. Checkpoints and inspection operations are in force for people and goods that attempt to enter the area, while some roads have been closed entirely. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

Northeast

A tense standoff is in place in Benghazi as troops are awaiting orders to advance on Daesh-held areas including the cement plant complex and other buildings that remain under Daesh control, according to the commander of the Libyan 204th Tank Battalion. The standoff was interrupted by intermittent shooting [AkhbarLibya]

 

Six Libyan soldiers have been killed this week, and another 60 wounded, on the western front in Benghazi in fighting with Daesh, according to a medical source. [Wasat]

 

A soldier from the Libyan military Special Forces unit died Tuesday of wounds sustained during fighting with Daesh two days before at the cement plant in the Al-Hawari district of Benghazi, a Special Forces spokesman said. [Wasat]

 

The name of the Daesh commander in Al-Fata’ih, a Daesh stronghold, has been identified as “Ibrahim Al-Warfali” according to the commander of the Al-Fata’ih operations room. Al-Warfali commands approximately 100 Daesh fighters in the area overlooking the city. [Wasat]

 

A bomb planted in a school for girls in the coastal city of Al-Kubba was defused in the early hours as school was due to begin, according to an unidentified source. [AfriGate]

 

A young man was killed Wednesday, and four others injured, by a mine explosion in the Sidi Faraj area of Benghazi, which the Libyan military recently captured from Daesh, according to the victim’s fathers. [Wasat]

 

Central Coast

The Daesh wali of Sirte led a march on Tuesday to celebrate the deadly attack on Brussels, according to eyewitnesses and local residents. [Wasat]

 

Daesh has imposed a checkpoint on Sirte residents since Sunday, beginning from the Asr prayer time (which begins just after 4:30pm in Libya at the present time) until after the Maghreb prayer time (which begins just after 7:10pm in Libya at the present time), according to local media sources. Daesh has also compelled residents of Sirte to attend “religious awareness” classes at local mosques, or face penalties which could be as extreme as execution. [AfriGate]

 

The Facebook Page “Sirte in the Color of Life” reported that a Daesh column of 30 vehicles was headed from Sirte to towards Marada and the oilfields nearby. Daesh militants set up a checkpoint 50 km (31 miles) west of Marada on the road to Zella. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

The Sabratha Operations Room has formed of a joint force of military units and militia groups under its command, according to a statement issued Tuesday that did not provide further details. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Tunisian authorities have re-opened border crossings with Libya after closing them in the wake of the deadly Daesh attack at Ben Guerdane earlier in the month, according to media reports. Tunis also extended the country’s state of emergency, which has been in place since late 2015, by another three months, according to the country’s president Beji Caid Essebsi. So far only Libyan nationals are allowed to cross from Libya into Tunisia at the Ras Al-Jedir crossing, while the entry of Tunisians into Libya has been delayed at Ras Al-Jedir by Libyan authorities who have said that they are preparing a data registry for Tunisians entering Libya before the cross-border travel will be resumed. Tunisians are allowed to enter Libya at the Wazin Dhahabiya crossing however, the chief of the Libyan Border Crossings told the media. The Libyan official also said that Tunis’s decision to re-open its side of the border crossing came as a surprise to Libya and that the two countries have not been coordinating over border crossings. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algerian authorities have announced that the country is sending 5,000 troops to the southern regions of the country to protect strategic gas facilities from what Algiers described as an Al-Qaeda-backed conspiracy against the country’s economic health. [Aawsat]

 

Other countries

Belgium

Brussels has become a “city of ghosts” after yesterday’s deadly double bombing attacks, according to a Kurdish journalist present in the Belgian capital, who also expressed worry in an interview with ARA news that the bombing, for which Daesh claimed responsibility, would affect the situation of refugees in Europe. [ARA]

 

The toll of the Brussels attacks still stands at 34, including three suicide bombers, of whom two have been identified as brothers Ibrahim and Khaled El Bakraoui, Belgian nationals, and the third as Najim Laachraoui who was wanted on suspicion of making explosives used in last year’s deadly Daesh attacks in Paris. It has also emerged that Ibrahim El Bakraoui was arrested and deported from Turkey to Belgium last year on suspicion of ties to militant groups (see Turkey story above), and was later deported from Belgium to the Netherlands at his request. Authorities are still searching for a fourth suspect who allegedly fled the airport leaving a bomb behind that failed to explode. [NYT (English)] [USAToday (English)]

 

Italy

Italian security arrested Ihsan Aziz, an Iraqi, in the Sorrento airport near Naples. The man is wanted in Switzerland for robbery and armed assault as well as sexual harassment, but wanted in France and Belgium for connections to terror groups. [Ghad]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraq Minister of Defense page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/rswecvnj1122

https://twitter.com/nVQw4i4m2qc

https://twitter.com/ksks76678309

https://twitter.com/hssan2_hssan5

https://twitter.com/ex_maghribi_

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video of some of its suicide terrorists. [VideoWood]

 

 

 

March 22, 2016

Brussels Tributes

Today’s Major Developments

 

Belgium attacks condemned by Iraqi leaders.

Impatience grows with delay in Falluja liberation campaign.

Hit/Kubaisa operation is stalled; reasons are unclear.

100,000 kids have missed two years of school in Kirkuk province alone.

Daesh casualties growing from airstrikes on Bashir village.

Daesh closing offices in Mosul to reduce number of bombing targets.

Coalition bombs the internet out in Mosul.

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Masoum issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Belgium and asking the international community to unite against terrorism. [Sumaria]

Prime Minster Abadi sent a condolences letter to the Prime Minister of Belgium, calling Daesh’s attack in Brussels “terrorist and cowardly”. [Mada]

Speaker Jubouri, the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, the KRG, and other leaders and politicians issued statements condemning the terrorist attacks. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

A member of the State of Law coalition says Wednesday will be the last day for the cabinet selection committee to submit the names of the potential cabinet ministers. He says Abadi will submit the names he already has of 9 ministers on Saturday if he doesn’t receive the names from the committee. He also says that Abadi might resign and dismiss the CoR if the political parties continue to put obstacles in his way. [Mada]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr says in a press conference after he met with the “reform committee” he established, that the committee provided the names of 90 candidates for ministers and deputy ministers. He says PM Abadi should submit this list to the CoR to vote on it. [Mada]

 

The spokesman of the Supreme Judiciary Council says Iraq sent 726 arrest orders to the Interpol but none of them was implemented. He says 163 of the wanted persons are residing in known locations. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The fact that Daesh was created in Iraq and many of its leaders are Iraqis might be an important lead for international anti-terrorism agencies. Just a little bit of coordination with Iraqi law enforcements and judicial system could have shed some light on Daesh members in other countries. 

 

Kareem Al-Nouri, a member of the PMF commission, says the American troop presence in Iraq is “suspicious” and will give Daesh reasons to call for jihadis to come to Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

Ashton Carter, the US Secretary of Defense, said that the killing of Abu Omar Al-Shishani, the Daesh “minister of War,” cut off communications links between Raqqa and Mosul. He said that the Shaddadi area in Hasaka, east of Raqqa, was so important to Daesh that their “minister of war” fought to keep it, but US allies there managed to capture it anyway. The US had set a $ 5 million reward for information leading to Al-Shishani’s arrest. [AIN]

 

Khalid Al-Ubaidi, the Minister of Defense, and Salman Al-Jumaili, the Minister of Planning, discussed means to maintain the momentum of battles in Anbar by giving more support to the Tribal Mobilization units fighting Daesh alongside army and security forces. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations also participated in the meeting. [AIN]

 

Saad Al-Mutalabi, Chairman of the Security Committee of Baghdad PC, said that some army units were withdrawn from the battlefront to secure the areas around Baghdad, amidst reports that Daesh might target them. He added that the BOC is conducting a search campaign around Baghdad, looking for possible sleeper cells. [Mawazin]

Daesh Daily comment. We can’t evaluate the specific rumors, but as Daesh loses ground elsewhere, it is logical to anticipate that it will seek to offset that negative publicity by making one or more high-publicity attacks in Baghdad, so as to divert attention from their defeats.

 

The Baghdad Operations Command reported these developments.

The 17th army division, operating in south Baghdad, destroyed 6 IEDs and two booby-trapped houses in Manari, while arresting a man wanted on terrorism charges in Sherifat. [Maalomah]

The 24th infantry division found an explosives cache containing 17 IEDs, 7 SPG9 rockets, 2 RPG7 rockets, 16 mortar shells, 14.5 mm barrel, 6 detonators, 10 small detonating batteries, 2 Austrian shells, and 5 bullets belts. [Harbi]

The Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) defused an IED in Al-Arifiya in Mada’in District. [Harbi]

The 43rd brigade found two mortar shells and a hand grenade in Husseiniya in north Baghdad.  [Harbi]

 

Security-related incidents reported

North Baghdad

Unidentified armed men in military uniforms kidnapped a jeweler in Husseiniya. [Sumaria]

An IED in the Falahat area in Tarmiya killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [AIN]

 

 East Baghdad

An IED exploded near building materials shops in Al-Ubaidi, killing one civilian and wounding six others. [Mada]

Unidentified armed men opened fire and killed a civilian on Palestine Street. [Ghad]

Armed men kidnapped a woman in Baladiyat after breaking into her house, and drove her to an unknown location. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED killed two civilians and wounded 6 others in Niariya, in New Baghdad. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside IED targeting a PMF patrol wounded six of them in South Al-Rasheed in Mahmudiya. [Sumaria]

An IED placed near a coffee shop in Wardiya killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area killed one civilian and wounded four others in Bakriya. [Maalomah]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   9      (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition conducted 15 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria. The 13 raids in Iraq were in Habbaniya, Hit, and near Baghdadi in Anbar: and in Sinjar, Kasik, Mosul, and Qayara in Ninewa. Two attacks in Syria were on areas near Raqqa and Mare’, targeting a weapons storehouse and a fighting position. [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Ansar Al-Marjiya faction of the PMF threatened to withdraw from Falluja if the liberation operation does not start in 30 days. The faction said that Baghdad is under grave danger due to the gathering of Daesh commands in Falluja. It said “We know that there is a lot of politics involved in the Falluja issue, and we do not want to be part of it”. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Provincial Council called on Prime Minister Al-Abadi to either liberate Falluja expediently or open safe routes to bring food and medicines to the city. The statements by the PC said that women, children, and the elderly are suffering the most. [Sumaria]

 

The BOC said that 14th army division killed 40 terrorists and wounded 2 others, while destroying a truck with a heavy cannon, a vehicle, three Daesh positions, and an SPG9 gun in Albu Shijil, Qarma, and Taqsim Dam areas. [Maalomah] Coalition warplanes killed 6 Daesh terrorists and wounded another in the 14th division operations sector, the BOC said. [Harbi]

 

Col. Jumaa Faza’ Al-Jumaili, commander of the Tribal Mobilization 1st battalion in eastern Falluja District, held the local government of Falluja and Sabah Karhout, head of its District Council, responsible for the agony of the population in Falluja. He said the District leaders should press the government harder to liberate the city and free the families held hostage there. [Maalomah]

 

Ramadi

Al-Khibra Al-Fanniya company, specialized in mines and IED removal, said that it defused 20 booby-trapped houses in Ramadi. It added that since Saturday, military engineering units had removed over 150 IEDs from various streets of Ramadi, while other areas surveyed for IEDs were marked. The company said that the main road leading to the center of Ramadi was fully booby-trapped and covered with asphalt, and thus detonated under control. The teams located a tunnel filled with weapons and explosives leading from one house to other areas. The company, owning modern detection equipment, said that its surveys showed that most areas of Ramadi are booby-trapped. [Maalomah]

 

Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, commander of Anbar Operations, announced that Coalition warplanes destroyed three vehicle bombs between Albu Ubaid and Albu Bali and killed the terrorists inside. He also said that engineering units of the 16th division cleared a village near Al-Qarya Al-Asriya of IEDs and land mines. [Sumaria] Two explosives belts and 17 IEDs were also found in the 10th division operations’ sector. 70 IEDs, 14 Jahannam rockets, 36 Katyusha rockets, and 21 TNT containers were found and a cache containing 37 Katyusha rockets was detonated. 4 booby-trapped houses and 10 explosives belts were destroyed in Zangoura, the AOC said later. [AIN]

 

Daesh says a group of its terrorists attacked 3 Iraqi military positions in Jaraishi north of Ramadi and killed several soldiers and captured light weapons before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

Sheikh Ali Al-Faris, head of the Iraqi Tribal Sheiks Council, said that operations in Hit are still halted, due to failure of the army to secure safe access for families in Hit to leave the city. He said that families are being used as human shields by Daesh and are in grave danger. [Mawazin]

 

Meanwhile, the notorious Shakir Wahiyib led a group of Daesh militants that destroyed several houses of police and public officers in Kubaisa, according to local sources. [Ghad]

 

Major General Ali Ibrahim Daba’oun, commander of Jazeera Operations, said that Coalition warplanes killed 40 Daesh terrorists in an attack on their Command Center in Dolab. He said that army units are advancing to Hit as planned.  [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. You can only advance so far before you get there, and the units reported days ago as advancing toward Hit and Kubaisa would have to have reached the area by now.

 

Using intelligence provided by the National Security Agency, IAF attacked a Daesh command center in Hit, killing 30 terrorists, including several of foreign and Arab nationalities. [Maalomah]

 

The IWMC says Coalition warplanes, in coordination with the Iraqi Army’s 7th division, destroyed a Daesh tunnel in Jubba northeast of Baghdadi, killing “tens” of terrorists. [Mawazin]

 

Haditha

The AOC ridiculed Daesh claims that a British suicide attacker called Abu Musa killed 30 Iraqi soldiers while attacking a military convoy heading from Ayn Al-Asad base to Kubaisa. It said the attack killed only one person, the attacker himself. AOC said 4 car bombs were destroyed near Hit and nearly 30 terrorists were killed. [Sumaria]

 

Western Anbar

The IWMC says Coalition planes destroyed a Daesh hideout in Rutba on Monday evening, killing 30 terrorists from foreign countries. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Army Aviation (IAA) helicopters destroyed a Daesh convoy of nine pickup trucks heading to Hawija and burned out all the vehicles, a security source said.  [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

Sheikh Hisham Al-Sabhan, commander of the Salahuddin PMF brigade, survived an attack by 4 IEDs while driving on the Haditha road in western Salahuddin.  4 of his security men were wounded, according to a security source. [Ghad]

 

IAA helicopters destroyed three Daesh vehicles west of Siniya, one with a machine gun, one with a 37mm cannon, and the third a Hummer vehicle bomb, killing all terrorists inside, the MOD said. A fourth pick-up truck, which escaped the location, was also chased and destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

PMF media said that the Al-Nujaba faction of the PMF destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle in Makhoul.  [Buratha]

 

Major General Raed Shakir Jawdat, commander of the IFP, said that the 13th IFP brigade killed 10 terrorists and destroyed a Daesh supply vehicle and three sniper positions in Mashak village in Makhoul.  [Harbi]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah says its fighters killed 4 Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [Etejah]

 

Tikrit

Army units found a mass grave in Mkaishifa southwest of Tikrit, containing the remains of 55 persons who might have been killed by Daesh. The remains were moved for forensic checking and identification, a security source said. [BasNews]

 

Samarra

The PMF media said that PMF units destroyed a Daesh armored vehicle and machine gun in Wadi Asilan northwest of Thirthar. [Harbi]

 

Army units in coordination with the IAA repelled a Daesh attack on the joint forces defense lines in Thirthar, destroying two machine gun-mounted trucks and killing terrorists inside, the IWMC said. In another attack by Daesh, IAA helicopters destroyed a shovel bomb and killed10 terrorists. [Sumaria]  Photo [Ghad].

 

DIYALA

Baquba

An IED killed a woman and wounded two men in the Khalis District west of Baquba, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

 

Northern Diyala

Major General Mizhir Al-Azawi, Commander of Dijla Operations, announced a wide scale security operation by the army and the PMF covering the areas of Himrin Lake, Khalawiya north of Muqdadiya, and south of Qara Tapa. The operation managed to discover three secret Daesh hideouts and defuse 10 IEDs, and capture several C4 containers. The operation aims to eliminate sleeper cells in remote areas. [Sumaria]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk city

Kirkuk Education department revealed new statistics on education under Daesh. The superintendent of Kirkuk education, Farhan Hussein Saleh, said that 70,000 refugee students have enrolled in Kirkuk schools; 6,000 teachers have been reappointed. However, over 700 schools are closed in Daesh controlled areas, including Hawija. Saleh said that over 100,000 students in southwest Kirkuk have missed two academic years so far.  [BasNews]

 

Three Daesh members were arrested in the Kiwan area northwest of Kirkuk, by a unit of the National Security agency, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Taza

A security source in Kirkuk said that six attacks by IAA helicopters targeted Daesh positions in Bashir village, killing 8 terrorists and wounding 5 others. [Buratha ]

 

Hassan Wali, the commander of Daesh’s Jund Al-Khilafa unit, was killed in an air raid on the convoy taking him and 7 others to the hospital after being wounded in Bashir, the IWMC said. He was a Daesh deputy ”judge” in Suleiman Beg in Salahuddin before moving to a command  position in Bashir. The IWMC said that total Daesh losses in the past two days are 47 killed and “tens” wounded, in addition to a Ford vehicle destroyed by the Turkmen Mobilization. [Harbi]

 

Najat Hussein, member of Kirkuk PC, said that about 90% of the Taza population was evacuated in fear of Daesh retaliation against Taza after the recent Coalition and Iraqi strikes on Bashir. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

A Ninewa Police source says Daesh leaders in Mosul informed Daesh members they received orders from Awwad Baghdadi to withdraw from markets and public places and close down many of their offices in the city. [BasNews]

 

Coalition warplanes again attacked the University of Mosul in Al-Majmo’a Al-Thaqafiya and the presidential palace area, destroying the major Daesh security and intelligence center. The attack killed 22 Daesh members, including the “religious judge of Ninewa” (French national), in addition to several other Daesh security and military leaders. Daesh used anti-aircraft guns to counter the attacking planes. [Sumaria] [Mada] These news reports were later confirmed by the IWMC, which stated that Daesh has turned the Mosul University campus into a major command center, and that it has not been used as an educational center since 2014. [Ghad]

 

Mosulyoun magazine said the Coalition attack destroyed the university mall used by Daesh as its main internet center, which provided services to the population and was a source of funding for Daesh. The internet connection in Mosul is now cut almost totally except for some individuals who have private internet systems, and Mosulyoun says Mosul can be considered isolated from the world now. [Karemlash]

 

Daesh says 6 women and 2 children were killed in American airstrikes that struck the professors’ apartments at Mosul University. [A3maq]

 

Photos showing the impact of the Coalition attacks on Al-Majmo’a Al-Thaqafiya on March 19. [Karemlash]

 

Nineveh Plain

A Ninewa police source says Coalition warplanes bombed destroyed 4 Daesh checkpoints in Tel Keif, killing 13 Ashbal Al-Khilafa members. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment. It has been reported earlier that Daesh is using these kids to man its checkpoints and to fight or commit suicide attacks.

 

Makhmur

The Coalition command said that 10 Daesh terrorists opened fire on the US base in Makhmur from around 200 yards, without causing any casualties. The camp’s guards fired back, killing two attackers. Col. Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman said that it was not difficult for Daesh to locate the US base without an official announcement; they could figure it out from the helicopters flying in and out or through some other means. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. OK, Steve, but 200 yards is not much of a safety zone; can you extend the perimeter a little?

 

Gen. Joseph Dunford says eight Marines were injured in the Islamic State attack at a fire base in Iraq Saturday that killed one U.S. service member. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells the House Armed Services Committee that the U.S. has not compromised security as it deploys forces to Iraq. He says President Barack Obama has approved any requests that have reached his desk. [Stripes]

 

Daesh says after “precise monitoring” and getting information about a secret American base in Mahkmur, its terrorists rocketed the base with 2 Grads. Then, 4 Iraqi terrorists attacked the base and clashed with American soldiers using light weapons and hand grenades. Daesh concedes that all 4 were killed. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked a Peshmerga convoy with a vehicle bomb in the Bab Shelo area west of Sinjar city, killing or wounding many fighters and burning several vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Wasit

Major General Qasim Rashid Zewed, commander of Wasit Police, said that his forces arrested two men from Diyala wanted on terrorism charges who were planning to conduct terror attacks in Wasit. The two men were pursued extensively through intelligence reports and judicial; arrest orders. [Mada]

 

Maysan

Three tents and one caravan were destroyed by a fire that erupted in a refugee camp in southeast Amarah. No human casualties were reported. Fire brigades controlled the fire, said to be caused by electrical shortcut. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

Ankara’s Foreign Ministry warned Turks against travel to Belgium in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. [Anadolu]

 

Security developments

Turkish troops arrested ten Daesh members as they crossed into Turkey from Syria on Tuesday, including one person wearing an explosives vest, security sources said. A group of 12 Daesh militants attempted to cross the border near the Syrian city of Jarabulus, prompting clashes with Turkish troops that lasted for “hours” according to Turkish sources. Two members of the group fled into Syrian territory while the remaining ten were captured. [Anadolu] [ARA]

 

Turkish artillery units fired across the border, targeting Daesh positions in Syria north of Aleppo on Tuesday, as Daesh clashed with opposition militias near the border, according to a militia fighter. [ARA]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The YPG announced the names of five of its fighters who were killed in fighting around Shaddadi between the 17th and 20th of March (photos). [Hawar]

 

Daesh says its fighters killed three YPG fighters with an IED in Qahtaniyah, in Raqqa District. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Opposition militias launched attacks on Daesh positions in Jaka, Qara Kubri, and Mraigel north of Aleppo in a bid to seize territory in the strategic border area from Daesh, according to a militia fighter. Turkish artillery fired from across the border in effort to support the attacking militias. Daesh mortared the city of Mare` from positions in Harbal, the militia fighter added. Casualty reports were not available. [ARA]

 

Daesh executed six civilians in Manbij for various charges, and using various methods, an activist said Tuesday. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an attack by Syrian opposition groups on Tal Battal and Toqali villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside. Daesh says the opposition groups, supported by Coalition planes, came from Turkish lands to Azzatiya village, on the Syria-Turkey border, then to Tal Battal, but its terrorists forced the opposition groups to retreat. [A3maq]

Daesh says American planes launched 3 airstrikes on Tal Battal village. [A3maq]

Daesh says its terrorists conducted a suicide attack on Syrian opposition groups in Azzatiya. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Syrian troops seized areas near the Al-Tim oilfield on Tuesday in fighting with Daesh south of Deir Ez-Zor. The Syrian government lost control of the oilfield in 2012. Syrian troops and Daesh fighters also clashed in Deir Ez-Zor city around the neighborhood of Haweiqa amid Syrian artillery shelling of the area. Daesh mortared residential areas of the Syrian-held neighborhood of Al-Jura, damaging civilian property. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of distributing candies in Deir Ez-Zor to celebrating Belgium attacks. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The real message is not about celebration; it’s about hatred. Generating more hatred help’s Daesh’s cause.

 

South

The Muthanna Islamic Movement, which is tied to Daesh, mined a strategic bridge Monday evening with explosives in an apparent bid to prevent the advance of opposition militias. The bridge links the city of Muzayrib to Jillen to the north.  [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon. Hasan Nasrullah, General Secretary of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia organization, said his group’s militia fighters will stay in Syria until Daesh is defeated, according to Media reports. [Wasat]

DaeshDaily comment: While Hezbollah and Daesh are bitter enemies in Lebanon and throughout the region, and the two groups are clashing openly in Syria, we suspect that the militia’s decision to remain in Syria has as much to do with its broader regional strategy as it has to do with combating Daesh.

 

North Africa

Egypt

Defense ministers of 27 African countries of the Sahara and Sahel region met Tuesday in Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss regional concerns. According to the Egyptian ambassador to Libya, Cairo proposed a pan-regional counter-terrorism center to be hosted by Egypt. [Aawsat]

 

North Sinai

Three policemen including two officers who have not been accounted for since the recent deadly Daesh attack on a checkpoint at Safa that killed 18 police, are presumed captured by Daesh, according to a security source. [Arabi21]

 

Egyptian troops south of Rafah reportedly killed 20 militants and injured another 30 in operations in the Mahdiya village south of Rafah on Tuesday. Egyptian troops also reportedly killed four Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis members and wounded six others in operations in central Sinai. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Two women were killed and three others injured when an IED exploded on their vehicle on the road between Mahdiya and Hurriya villages south of Rafah on Tuesday, according to a security source. The IED was planted by Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, the source said. [ElWatan]

 

A security source denied Tuesday a Daesh claim that it had destroyed a security vehicle in the Khariza village in central Sinai. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says 2 Israeli warplanes flew over Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah in north Sinai. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says 4 Israeli drones flew over Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah for 6 hours. [A3maq]

 

Libya

The Mujahidin Derna Shura Council (MDSC) executed eight members of a Daesh cell who had been apprehended and had confessed to bombings and other attacks in the city. The MDSC media wing released video confessions of the captured Daesh militants on Monday and said the cell had been planning further attacks. The group reportedly belonged to a larger Daesh cell of up to 16 individuals of which at least six had been able to flee before being captured. [Ewan] [Libya24]

The Shoura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna issues a video of the confessions of Daesh members. [YouTube]

 

Reconnaissance patrols from the military’s “Marada Brigade” recaptured two trucks that Daesh had commandeered as they carried foodstuffs from the west of Libya after fighting with Daesh Monday evening that erupted after the patrols discovered the trucks traveling outside the Marada area. [Wasat]

 

Libya refused to reopen the Ras Al-Jedir border crossing with Tunisia, a security source said, despite the Tunisian decision to open its side of the crossing after having closed it for two weeks following the Ben Guerdane attacks. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Representatives of neighboring countries to Libya met in Tunis on Tuesday along with representatives of the United Nations, European Union, and African Union to discuss the situation in Libya and the war on Daesh. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisian authorities broke up a cell in Tunis that was involved in sending Tunisians to Libya to join Daesh, according to an Interior Ministry statement. The cell was composed of 12 Daesh sympathizers, the statement said.  [LANA]

 

Tunisian authorities opened the Tunisian side of the two border crossings with Libya, Ras Al-Jedir and Al-Dhahabiya, after they were closed for two weeks in the wake of the deadly Daesh attacks at Ben Guerdane earlier in the month. [Erem]

 

Other countries

Bangladesh

Daesh says it beheaded a man for converting to Christianity in Kurigram in north Bangladesh. [JustPaste]

 

Belgium

As has been widely reported, Daesh claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s deadly attacks in Brussels. Suicide bombing attacks targeted a departure lounge in Brussels airport and the Maelbeek metro station at rush hour in the Belgian capital, killing at least 34 people in total, according to the latest updates, and injuring as many as 230 more. Belgian authorities are seeking an individual who was seen in surveillance footage with the alleged attackers but apparently left the scene after the attacks. Raids after the blasts reportedly uncovered a nail bomb, chemicals, and a Daesh flag in a residence in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek. [CNN (English)]  [Reuters (English)]

 

Daesh claims responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Brussels and promises more (audio). [JustPaste] [CTSNN]

Here Daesh says its terrorists opened fire at the airport before detonating themselves, while another terrorist detonated himself in a metro station. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. So far it seems like A3maq has taken the news from international media sources.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A news page from Hit

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/OmFoulen

https://twitter.com/8twaq

https://twitter.com/ggthhyygfdttg

https://twitter.com/OOOOo_ss_oOOOO

https://twitter.com/zarkawii805

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

Daesh’s new issue of its Al-Naba’ magazine [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues another propaganda video. [VideoWood]

 

March 21, 2106

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin

Today’s Major Developments

 

 Daesh attacks US Marines again in Makhmur, after killing US Marine Saturday.

Twenty killed so far, 50 wounded, clearing all the IEDs in Ramadi area.

Daesh attacks in Haditha, Hit slow liberation operation.

PMF commander IDs sleeper cell locations in Diyala.

Daesh kills 20 civilians in Mosul after Coalition bombing.

Iraqi Army division says US refuses to provide air cover in Makhmur area.

Daesh affiliate in Egypt launches deadly attack in Sinai.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

In a press conference, the US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones stated that the US does not interfere in the internal affairs of other states and does not provide advice on sit-ins or protests, nor on reforms and ministerial reshuffling in the Iraqi government. He added that the security of US and other embassies is the responsibility of Iraq.

Jones noted that Iraq is putting Hit under siege and is clearing areas in Salahuddin, while Daesh is retreating. He said that the US trained over 22,000 Iraqi soldiers, which made the army, police, PMF and Peshmerga stronger. He said that the US has allocated $2.7 billion to provide Iraq with weapons and ammunition on a deferred payment basis, with another billion underway in 2017. He said that the US will financially support the reconstruction of Ramadi.  The US has supplied enough weapons and ammunition to equip 9 armored brigades, Jones said, as well as other support like 250 armored anti-IED vehicles, and 4,000 shoulder-held missiles to use against armored vehicle bombs.

Jones said that US units in Iraq are ready to help in Mosul operations if they are asked, and that the US force will help in liberating Bashir village.

He ridiculed reports about the opening of a “consulate” by Rafe’ Al-Eissawi in Washington DC. Consulates can only be licensed for national governments, not individuals. He added that Eissawi and Atheel Nujaifi, among others, can come to the US and establish offices so as to express their opinions freely within the limitations of US laws. [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. It is helpful that the Ambassador threw some cold water on the phony consulate scheme of the Ninewa separatists. The fact that those behind it are still scheming against Iraq is a serious problem, however. Things would be much better in Iraq if some people would stop scheming to return the clock back to the “good old days” and wipe out the entire post-2003 political process. Both Iraq and the Coalition paid a lot of blood to eliminate dictatorship and establish a democratic political process, but some people just don’t want that. 

 

On March 15, the organization released a detailed statement that claimed they found significant and extensive evidence that the Government of Iraq has failed to take substantial action to increase political inclusiveness, address the grievances of ethnic and sectarian groups, and enhance their integration in the political and military structures in Iraq. [Osari]

DaeshDaily comment. This organization is a group of hypocrites playing on the same “marginalization” theme that has been their sectarian crutch since 2003. Their own sectarianism has led to thousands of car bombs and suicide bombers and hundreds of thousands of victims and a few million displaced people. Now they want you to weep for them.

 

The British Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement rejecting the reports about getting threats. The Embassy says the Ambassador is on vacation outside Iraq. It also says the demonstrations were peaceful and not threatening, and the Iraqi forces dealt with them in an excellent way. [Mada]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr demanded in a televised speech elimination of the sectarian quota for appointments, keeping in mind the political balance; following up on corruption cases; setting  a time limit for formation of a technocrat government; independence of the judiciary system; keeping Iraqi forces away from sectarianism and partisanship; and forming special committees to deal with the financial reforms. Sadr also accused political parties and the “three presidencies” of ignorance about what’s really happening (regarding actual conditions and services). [Mada] [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. The demands seem perfectly legitimate, but at a closer look they don’t mean anything. How can a person who has one of the biggest Shia militias ask for non-sectarian security forces? Why doesn’t Sadr let the Commission for Integrity investigate his corrupt officials instead of taking things in his own hands and arresting them in Najaf? Like many other Iraqi politicians, Sadr can’t accept the fact that he didn’t win the elections and can’t lead Iraq on his own.

 

Security developments

(Late-breaking story) For the second time in three days, the first U.S. military firebase in Iraq has come under attack from ISIS. The base, known as Firebase Bell, came under small arms fire from a group of about 10 ISIS fighters who also attacked a nearby US/Iraqi installation at Makhmur in northern Iraq.

No U.S. personnel were wounded, and at least two ISIS fighters were killed, according to Army Col. Steve Warren, the coalition spokesman. Warren said he didn’t have an exact distance of how close the gunmen came to the U.S. security perimeter, saying only “a couple of hundred meters, I would assume.” The remaining attackers “ran away in fear,” Warren said. [CNN]

 

The US Central Command announced the arrival of special units in Iraq to join the war effort, in coordination with the central government. The units are the 26th special units of the Marine Corps; the number of personnel was not specified. The Command said that the unit will coordinate with the US Navy fleet in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and partially in the Pacific. [Mada]

 

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, the Marine killed in a Daesh rocket attack in Iraq on Saturday, was at the first American firebase, which had only become operational a few days earlier, CNN has learned. The existence of the firebase had not been made public. The Pentagon had planned to acknowledge the firebase this week, a defense official tells CNN. The rugged location for now has a “couple of hundred” Marines living in tents near Makhmur in northern Iraq. It’s assumed Daesh observed the Marines moving into the area and saw them firing practice rounds with their howitzers, the official said.

Daesh on Saturday fired two rockets from about 15 km away. One fell inside the base killing Sgt. Cardin and wounding several others. The Marines returned fire with their artillery.

 

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) had denied reports that US ground troops have deployed in Iraq, saying that their presence is for training and advisory roles only. It also denied the rumors of US units spreading out into camps in Baghdad and elsewhere, adding that one unit of 200 Marines is doing training maneuvers with the Iraqi Navy outside Iraq’s regional waters. [Mawazin]

 

Col. Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, says fewer than 200 Marines arrived in Makhmur to protect the American advisors there and they got prior approval from the Iraqi government. [Sumaria]

 

The Marines will be using their field artillery guns in the coming weeks to help defend Iraqi troops as they move towards Mosul. For now, the artillery is to defend another nearby base where American troops are getting 5,000 Iraqi forces ready for the operation to retake Mosul. [CNN]

 

The Air Force Commander, General Anwer Hama, said that Iraqi-US air maneuvers have been going on since 2006, in order to improve the effectiveness of Iraqi pilots. Maalomah]

 

The MOD announced the start of training courses on the use of T72 tanks, for recent graduates in armor units. The MOD also said that courses on command and control, psychological warfare, professional principles, protection against enemy propaganda, and international humanitarian law courses were held for trainers of various army units.[Maalomah]

 

Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) threatened to treat US forces deployed in Iraq as an occupation force, saying that their deployment is a re-occupation of Iraq after their “defeat by the Islamic resistance and being forced to withdraw from Iraq.” In a statement, AAH called on the government to clarify its position regarding presence of US forces on Iraqi territories. [Mawazin]

 

The BOC said that the 17th army division located a large cache of ammunition and explosives in Al-Amya area in Radwaniya west of Baghdad. 15 IEDs were found hidden under the floor tiles, as were a large number of other materials for making IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

A video of the Daesh group arrested in Baghdad last week [Sumaria]

 

The following security incidents were reported.

North Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Giri’at area killed two civilians and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car killed a sewing factory owner and his companion while they were driving through Baladiyat.[Mada]

Armed men attacked a civilian car, killing one civilian and wounding another two working for a money transfer company on Al-Qanat Street. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

An IED placed on a farm in Khtaimiya village in Rasheed District killed one civilian. [Ghad]

One policeman was killed and four wounded by an IED targeting their patrol in Hor Rijab, in Dora. [Mada]

An IED killed two policemen and wounded two others as they were on patrol in Albu Aitha. [Maalomah]

An IED placed in a public bus station in Latifiya killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Maalomah]

Daesh says its terrorists planted an IED in the Ubaid area in Latifiya, and when PMF fighters came to defuse it the IED exploded, killing four of them. [JustPaste]

 

Southwest Baghdad

An IED placed in a livestock market in Suwaib killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED in Tobchi killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

Armed men killed a shop owner in Hay Al-Jami’a. [Ghad]

An IED placed in an industrial area in Abu Ghraib killed one civilian and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

The Coalition initiated 11 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The 7 attacks in Iraq targeted Hit and Ramadi; Mosul, Kasik, and Sinjar, destroying tactical units, fighting positions, vehicle bombs, command centers, and ammunition storehouses. Attacks in Syria targeted Manbij, Mare’, Ain Essa, and Ayn Al-Arab (Kobane), destroying a tractor, mortar positions, fighting positions, tactical units, and heavy weapons. [AIN]

 

The IWMC stated that air attacks by the Coalition and Iraqi aircraft killed 39 terrorists and destroyed two Daesh positions, a mortar unit, two weapons hideouts, 6 rocket launching platforms, 3 fighting positions, 5 cars, and two trucks. The Coalition Tal Afar attack targeted a Daesh convoy and killed Muthanna Hamza Ibrahim Al-Afri, a Daesh commander, and 24 others and destroying their vehicles. Iraqi air raid on Hatra killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 7 cars.  [BasNews]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The Baghdad Operations Command said it killed 53 terrorists in various operations sectors west of Baghdad near Falluja.  24 of them were killed in Albu Shijil, Qarma, and Taqsim, where a machine gun-mounted vehicle and 8 fighting positions were destroyed. A Rapid Intervention force killed 13 terrorists and destroyed a machine gun-mounted vehicle and 30 IEDs in Nuaimiya, Subaihat, Hayakel, Hitawiyeen, Harariyat, Al-Shuhada , and Albu Rudaini. 4 IEDs and several detonators and detonating rods and mortar shells were found in Albu Hussein. [Mawazin]

 

Col. Ahmed Karim Al-Nayel, commander of the third battalion of the Tribal Mobilization in Qarma, said that army units started the liberation of Al-Abadi area, killing 7 Daesh leaders of Arab nationalities and destroying three of their guesthouses. He added that fighting in Abadi and Subaihat is still continuing, while another operation will target Saqlawiya and the Mukhtar and Jughaifi villages north of Falluja. Al-Nayel said that Daesh fighters in the center of Qarma do not exceed 300, as many have already withdrawn to Falluja. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. If there are only 300, why is it taking so long to gain control of Qarma?

 

A JOC source says Iraqi Rapid Intervention units liberated 5 factories in Subaihat. [Harbi]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Subaihat. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped an Iraqi Army attack on its positions near the technical institute north of Falluja, killing or wounding several soldiers and destroying a bulldozer. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says ten Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says one of its snipers killed an Iraqi soldier near Albu Shijil. [JustPaste]

 

Kata’eb Hezbollah regiments of the PMF shelled Daesh positions in Falluja with rockets, the IWMC said. [Harbi]

 

Ramadi

100 persons, including 20 soldiers, have been killed and 50 volunteers wounded in the process of removing IEDs from Ramadi so far, a member of Anbar Provincial Council said. He said this figure exceeds those killed in action during the liberation of the city. Farhan Mohammed, the PC member, said that Daesh planted thousands of IEDs, in a very wicked manner. [ Mada]

 

Al-Waad Al-Sadiq faction of the PMF started clearing IEDs from the Al-Malaab (Olympic stadium) area in the city of Ramadi. Mohammed Al-Timimi, general secretary of the unit, said that his units are simultaneously searching for any Daesh suspects that might have stayed in the area. [Mawazin]

 

General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, Commander of Anbar Operations (AOC), said an attack with 4 vehicle bombs was repelled in Albu Ubaid east of Ramadi, along the international expressway. He said the four vehicles were destroyed, but one went off close to an army unit, killing three soldiers and wounding four. Al-Mahalawi added that the Coalition made 4 attacks on Daesh near Albu Ubaid, causing heavy casualties. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

10 bodies of Daesh terrorists were found in the Albu Ubaid area near the international expressway, one of them of Abu Omar Al-Shishani, the IWMC said. [Harbi] Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, commander of Anbar operations, confirmed finding Al-Shishani’s body among the 10 bodies found. The US announced Al-Shishani’s death on March 15 following an airstrike in Al-Shaddadi in Syria. [PUKMedia] Ali Dawood said that Al-Shishani and seven of his associates were killed in an airstrike in Zangoura.  [Maalomah]

 

30 Daesh fighters including 4 suicide attackers were killed trying to attack the Sadda area of Albu Ubaid east of Ramadi, according to Ali Dawood, the Chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council.  4 vehicles were also destroyed as they approached a checkpoint in the area. Army artillery bombed Daesh positions near the area. [Maalomah].

 

A large weapons cache was found in Albu Ubaid, according to Ali Dawood. The cache included modern light and medium weapons as well ammunition, all confiscated by the army. The IEDs and explosives were safely destroyed.  [Maalomah]

 

The Chairman also reported that Coalition planes bombed Daesh locations in Albu Bali in Jazeera Khaldiya, killing 30 terrorists, including Daesh’s emir of Khaldiya, Ali Majid Al-Bilawi, and wounding 17 others including Al-Bilawi’s military assistant. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed 22 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 6 Humvees and captured several Iraqi military positions in Hamdhiya after 2 suicide attacks. [A3maq]

 

10th army division moved 133 civilians from the Albu Assaf area to safer locations, aided by 41st army brigade, the IWMC said.  [Ghad]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The IWMC denied reports that Kubaisa and parts of Hit had been liberated. The reports came from the Anbar Governor and Khaldiya council. The IWMC said Iraqi forces are still advancing towards these targets. [AIN]

 

Army artillery shelling killed 4 Daesh terrorists inside the city of Hit, AOC said. Several vehicles and weapons were also destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

There is some confusion over inconsistent reports that the Hit/Kubaisa operation has been temporarily halted. The Security Committee of Anbar Provincial Council said operations in Hit were temporarily halted to allow clearing of hundreds of families to safety, but Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes will not be halted. [Mada] Jasim Al-Asal, member of Anbar PC, said that only half of the families of Hit have been evacuated, but also said he is not sure if halting operations in Hit is for tactical reason or due to political developments in Baghdad. He said that AOC had not explained the reasons to the PC so far. [Mawazin]

A video of families leaving Hit [MoD]

 

Meanwhile, the IWMC (catching up with what we reported on Friday) said that Counter Terrorism, Army, and tribal units are 1 km away from the center of Hit from the east side after destroying many Daesh targets in the process of their advance, heavily backed by Coalition warplanes and Army Aviation helicopters, and that Counter Terrorism and Army units are moving toward the city from the west and south. [Harbi]

 

A video of Iraqi forces preparing to attack Hit [Sumaria]

 

However, much of today’s reporting came from the Daesh side and suggested there was no halt in the fighting. Daesh says its terrorists conducted 2 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces near the cement factory in Kubaisa subdistrict, killing or wounding 37 soldiers. Daesh says several hours after that its terrorists conducted 2 more suicide attacks, killing 20 soldiers and destroying 2 Humvees, followed by 2 suicide terrorists detonating their explosives belts and killing 16 soldiers, followed by clashes destroying a tank and 2 Humvees.  [A3maq]

 

Wathiq Al-Fartousi, commander of the Al-Buraq militia of the PMF said fierce fighting erupted between Daesh and combined army and PMF units when Daesh attacked the Majid checkpoint east of Baghdadi.  5 car bombs were destroyed and 25 suicide attackers killed, and the fighting  continued. [Sumaria] Spokesman of the 14th Rapid Intervention brigade, Saadoun Al-Ubaidi, said the attack was from 4 directions and that 15 terrorists including seven suicide bombers were killed near Majid checkpoint. He also said Daesh failed to gain any ground in this attack. [Baghdadia]

The IWMC version says Jazeera Operations Command troops and the Iraqi Army 7th division stopped the attack, killing more than 30 terrorists and destroying 8 vehicle bombs and two vehicles carrying machine guns. [Sumaria] Neither of the Iraqi versions concedes any government casualties.

Daesh’s version says 5 of its suicide terrorists (including one from Jordan, one from Turkey and one from France) conducted 4 suicide attacks on Iraqi forces at the Majid checkpoint. Daesh says that it then launched a massive attack on Iraqi forces and captured the checkpoint, killing 60 soldiers and wounding “tens” and destroying vehicles. Daesh says the battles are still going on. [JustPaste]

However, a video of tribal fighters east of Baghdadi rejects Daesh claims about capturing areas and shows destroyed Daesh vehicle bombs [YouTube]

 

A recording reportedly of intercepted communications between Daesh terrorists in Hit [YouTube]

 

Haditha

The Chairman of the Anbar PC Security Committee said the military operations to liberate Haditha were stopped in order to allow civilians to be evacuated. He also says the Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes will continue. [Mada]

 

However, Daesh says a suicide terrorist from the UK attacked a joint Iraqi Army and Sahwa convoy with a vehicle bomb while it was leaving the Ain Al-Asad base, killing 30 soldiers and fighters and destroying 11 vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh also says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Albu Hayat east of Haditha, killing 6 soldiers and temporarily capturing military positions before they retreated. [A3maq]

 

28th army brigade engaged a Daesh unit that sneaked into the municipality building in Haqlaniya, killing 4 of them, and killed another suicide attacker as he tried to escape. However, the building guard and two tribal fighters were killed, while an officer was wounded, according to the IWMC. [Ghad]

 

Daesh’s version is that 4 of its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Haqlaniya subdistrict, killing 20, including the Sahwa leader of the area, and wounding 26, and destroying 7 armored vehicles and a bulldozer. Daesh says that its terrorists then entered the local municipality building and clashed with Iraqi forces before they detonated their suicide vests. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The details of the story are at the least exaggerated, but it shows, along with the other Haditha-area attacks and the Kubaisa attack, that Daesh intends to make a stand in Hit and Haditha.

 

Western Anbar

A JOC source says the IAF destroyed 4 Daesh locations in Rutba. [Harbi]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

In a first incident of this kind, Daesh burned two of its members to death in Shirqat, in public, for being infected with AIDS, according to a security source. [Maalomah]

 

Baiji

Daesh says its terrorists burned down 25 Iraqi military positions on the road between Baiji and Haditha, killing many soldiers and capturing weapons and equipment. Daesh showed the photos of 5 Iraqi suicide terrorists before they launched their vehicle bombs. [DawaAlhaq]

 

Al-Abbas and Salahuddin regiments of the PMF repelled a three-car-bomb Daesh attack in Siniya, a PMF source said. He added that army helicopters pursued the retreating Daesh force and inflicted heavy casualties. [Mawazin]  The IWMC says the PMFs destroyed one of the vehicles and captured the other two, using new military tactics, the IWMC said.  [Harbi]

 

The IWMC quoted a major PMF source saying that 15 Daesh terrorists were killed and 8 were wounded in a failed large-scale attack on Allas and Ajeel oil fields. The source said that despite their oft-repeated attacks there, Daesh has failed to even set foot in these oil fields and that they are totally secured. [Harbi]

 

Tikrit

A security source in Salahuddin says Daesh has started to depend on Ashbal Al-Khilafa (the “caliphate cubs”), aged 10 to 17 years old, in its suicide attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Samarra

Waadallah PMF units found a chain of tunnels in Jazeera Samarra while clearing the area. Several IEDs were destroyed and weapons hidden in the tunnels were captured, according to the IWMC. (Photos).  [Harbi]

 

Salahuddin Operations Command said that it repelled a Daesh attack in the Thirthar area west of Samarra, killing 9 attackers. Army and security units lost one soldier and 20 were wounded. [Ghad]

 

30 IEDS were destroyed in the Sayed Gharib and Jazeera Samarra areas by the 74th army brigade of the 15th division, the IWMC said.  [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Uday al-Khadran, a PMF commander, said there are 200-300 militants forming the sleeper cells of Daesh in Diyala, in the areas of Himrin, Al-Zor, Mukhaisa, and Hawdh Al-Nida. He stressed the importance of a military operation to eliminate these cells, as they might threaten security in the province at any time. [Sumaria]

 

Two tribal mobilization fighters were killed when Daesh attacked a checkpoint in Albu Mousa village, a local source in Diyala said. [Sumaria]

 

A Tameem tribe leader says the tribe will give the government 72 hours to meet its demands. It accuses the government of not keeping the promises it gave on Friday the 11th. [Mada]

However, the Muqdadiya District’s Mayor says the Dijla Operations Commander met with tribal leaders from the District and with the families of the victims of Daesh suicide attack and told them that the government has not backtracked on its promises and rejected the reports that the commander of the 5th Iraqi Army division went back to his work, saying the commander is still under investigation. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists blew up 5 electricity towers, which transfer electricity from Iran to the Shia in Baghdad, in the village of Imam Wais north of Muqdadiya. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. Each time they do this, they claim the outage affects only Shia. We need to ask a physicist about this unusual type of sectarian electricity that impacts people of one sect but not the other.

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed a PMF commander and his companion in an ambush in the Lihaib area in Muqdadiya. [JustPaste]

 

Security forces arrested a Daesh leader disguised as a woman north of Muqdadiya, a Diyala Police source said. The arrestee confessed his crimes and stated he was in disguise to escape from the governorate.  [Maalomah]

 

KIRKUK

Rayan Al-Kildani, the general secretary of Babelyoun (Christian PMF) said that a special investigation committee was formed by the Cabinet on his PMF’s request after an attack by Coalition warplanes that accidentally targeted one of its positions in Hawija. He said sarcastically that the Coalition is precise when hitting PMF targets but not Daesh targets. [Mawazin]

 

An attack by a construction shovel bomb on Al-Abbas and Turkmen PMF units near Bashir village was repelled after destroying the shovel and killing seven attackers with the support of Army Aviation helicopters. Abu Ridha Al-Najjr, the commander of the Turkmen 16th PMF brigade, said that Daesh tried to break through its defense line by using the shovel bomb, but failed. [Mada]

 

Videos of Daesh terrorists’ dead bodies near Bashir [YouTube] [YouTube] [YouTube]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh terrorists killed over 20 civilians in Mosul, after random shooting that followed a heavy air attack by the Coalition on four of their main centers in Majmoua’ Al-Thaqafiya in north Mosul. The targets were the Mosul University presidency building, Al-Mahmud building, Al-Karam coffee shop, and the student residential complex. Light weapons bullets were detected in the bodies of the dead civilians, proving that they were not killed by the air attacks, according to local sources. [Maalomah]

Daesh issues a video of the first moments after the American airstrike on the Majmoua’ Al-Thaqafiya in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Nouraldin Qabalan, deputy chairman of the Ninewa PC, said that Coalition attacks on Mosul University and several other buildings are destroying the city’s cultural heritage, conceding that Daesh members are inside. It called on the pilots to consider the historical and cultural heritage in the city when initiating these attacks. [Mawazin]

 

Three battalions of Ninewa Police have joined the Iraqi army forces mobilizing in Makhmur, according to Nouraldin Qabalan. He added that these forces will participate in the liberation and will be mainly involved in holding liberated ground. [Sumaria]

 

An intelligence source told the IWMC that the Iraqi air strike on a Daesh position in Mosul on March 19 killed 4 of its major military production officers. Terrorists killed were Abu Huthaifa Al-Russi (an Uzbek), the general weapons expert; Abu Huthaifa Al-Tunisi, booby-trap expert; Mohammed Al-Shami (Abu Fatima), mustard gas official; and Abu Muqdad, a Daesh leader. [Harbi]

 

The IWMC says French warplanes destroyed 11 Daesh media points in Mosul. [Harbi]

Daesh issues a video about the Coalition airstrikes on its media points in Mosul on Saturday. [Isdarat]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters destroyed a Daesh pickup vehicle near Hatra intersection in Mosul, killing the three terrorists inside it. [KM Facebook Page]

The KM also says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist in the Karama area.

[KM Facebook Page]

 

A sticky bomb attached to a car killed two Daesh leaders in Mosul, a local source said. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shot down 2 Peshmerga drones in the Falafel area north of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Makhmur/Qayara

Major media sources have reported the death of a U.S. Marine in Makhmur. Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin was killed Sunday, shortly after midnight, when his unit was struck by Daesh rocket fire.

 

5 foreign suicide attackers were killed in an ambush set by the 15th army division as they were moving from Al-Nassr Sayed Sultan village to attack army units in Makhmur, the IWMC said. [Mawazin]

15th army also repelled an attack by two suicide bombers, killing the two attackers. [Maloomah]

 

A suicide attacker killed one soldier and wounded two more in an attack on the 15th army command mobilizing in Makhmur, according to a security source. Army units killed 5 more suicide attackers who attempted to attack the division’s command headquarters following the first attack. The situation is under full control now, the source added. [Mada]

 

A source in Ninewa Operations Command complained that the Coalition ignores suicide attackers and car bombs attacking the positions of 15th army n Makhmur. He says that despite constant pleas, the Coalition command always ignores the requests. He said that Iraqi fighters and helicopters are banned from flying in that area, which is controlled by JOC and Peshmerga. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This needs to be taken seriously by the Coalition and checked out. Either it’s a joint force or it’s not. This is no time to enforce a Kurdish no-fly zone (over Iraqi territory) or any other artificial limitation.

 

The IWMC said that Daesh destroyed five houses in Al-Hawd village in Qayara District, next to Makhmur, including that of the district Mayor, Saleh Hassan.  [Harbi]

 

An Iraqi airstrike killed tens of Daesh terrorists gathering near Qayara bridge, the JOC said. [Mada]

 

Other Governorates  

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Armed men killed a policeman and wounded another in an attack on their car as they returned from duty at Basra hospital. The policemen were from the Huwair police station, and were attacked on Baghdad Street in Basra, according to the Basra PC security committee. [Buratha]

 

A man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested at the checkpoint on the road between Basra city and the Basra International Airport, Basra Police said. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

According to a report in the Turkish press: DNA tests showed that the suicide bomber who carried out the terror attack on İstiklal Street in Istanbul, killing four people and wounding 39 others, was 24 year old Mehmet Öztürk. Following the explosion, the police focused their attention on Öztürk, believed on the basis of footage in security archives to have joined Daesh and wanted as a “missing person with connections to terror”. It was established from phone signals that Öztürk was in the area. The police, concentrating on this line of investigation, took hair, blood and saliva samples from Mehmet Öztürk’s father, Nahsen Öztürk, who lives in Gaziantep. DNA matching left no doubt that the suicide bomber who carried out the terror attack was Mehmet Öztürk. [Cumhuriyet]

DaeshDaily comment: We are grateful to a loyal reader for this translation from the Turkish-language press.

 

Turkish police are searching for three other suspected Daesh members, according to a statement by the Istanbul police directorate. The three are reportedly using forged identity documents and are suspected of planning other suicide attacks in Istanbul or other parts of Turkey. [Cihan]

 

Military developments

Three mortar shells launched from an unknown point fell in southern Turkey’s Osmaniye province Monday, landing on a military barracks and on a neighborhood, damaging property but without causing human casualties, a security source said. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced further into Daesh-held territory after violent battles in the in the village of Al-Zayanat, 25 km (15.5 miles) southeast of Shaddadi that started before dawn on Monday. Unidentified sources said that the SDF gained 15 km (9 miles) of territory as it advanced toward the city of Markada. Meanwhile, eyewitnesses in the Abdul Aziz Mountain area said a car bomb exploded, killing five people and wounding six others. [Qasioun]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked YPG fighters south of Mount Abdul Aziz (photos). [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG locations south of Shaddadi with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

Daesh says several YPG fighters were killed or wounded by IEDs it planted while they were sneaking into its positions in Shaddadi’s southeastern countryside. [JustPaste]

 

Raqqa

Daesh says 5 of its terrorists attacked YPG fighters south of Suluk and clashed with them for 6 hours killing or wounding many YPG fighters. Daesh says 4 of its attackers were killed and the fifth returned safely. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of 4 of the attackers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists blew their explosives belts up on YPG forces in Sarrin, southwest of Kobane. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling YPG locations east of the Tishrin Dam with Katyushas and with 220mm mortars. [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Heavy battles erupted north of Aleppo between opposition militias and Daesh as Daesh renewed its assault on opposition-held territory near the Syrian-Turkish border, an activist said. The fighting is ongoing and casualties are reported on the Daesh side in fighting near the city of Mare’. [ARA]

 

Syrian troops gained control of the Kurdish-majority village of Kafr Saghir, northeast of Aleppo city on Sunday after a Daesh retreat from the village, where it committed an alleged massacre of “tens” of residents after taking control in 2014. [ARA]

 

YPG fighters killed five would-be Daesh suicide bombers who were attempting to infiltrate the city of Sarrin southwest of Kobane on Monday morning, a YPG fighter said. The attempted mass attack came as Kurds in Syria and elsewhere were observing the Nawroz holiday. [ARA] [Welati]

 

In a sign of continuing tensions between Kurdish factions, the PYD-controlled Asayish intelligence agency reportedly “prevented” the KDP-oriented Kurdish National Alliance from holding a Nawroz celebration near Kobane. [Welati]

 

Daesh publishes photos of attacking Syrian troops northeast of Aleppo city. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of its terrorist attack on Syrian troops in the Industrial City north of Aleppo. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says an American warplane launched an airstrike on Toqali village in Aleppo’s northern countryside, and 3 drones are also flying over the area. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says Turkish artillery shelled Jaka village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Twenty-six Syrian soldiers were killed in heavy battles with Daesh on Monday in the countryside around Tadmur (Palmyra), according to a local activist. Daesh claimed the figure was as high as 70 soldiers killed. [ARA] [ARA]

Daesh says one of its Syrian suicide terrorists attacked Alawite militias will a truck bomb in Homs, killing or wounding 70 of them including a commander. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says 30 fighters were killed out of 70. [A3maq]

Daesh issues a video of battles with Syrian troops west of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of two Syrian Army military positions its terrorists captured in the Muhassa mountain area southwest of Qaryatayn. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Activists say that on Sunday they discovered a mass grave in the Ahzam area of Bukamal, suspected to hold remains of some of the over 1,700 people estimated killed by Daesh in the area, mostly of the Shaitat tribe. [ARA]

 

Daesh fought heavy battles with Syrian troops and their militia allies in several areas in and around Deir Ez-Zor without significant gains by either side. Casualty reports were not available from the fighting, which involved fighting and exchange of artillery fire at Al-Baghiliya and Jumat Al-Ruwad west of Deir Ez-Zor city as well as in the Deir Ez-Zor neighborhoods of Rusafa and areas around the military airport.  [Qasioun]

 

South

The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which has pledged allegiance to Daesh, along with allied fighters, seized the small city of Tasil west of Daraa on Monday, advancing rapidly on the city and controlling it completely without clashing with any other faction. The factions announced an immediate complete curfew and said they seized the control of the city to protect it from opposition militias that were mobilizing nearby. [ARA]

 

The “Southern Front” militia alliance seized control Sunday of the headquarters of the “Hamzat Asad Allah Brigade,” believed to be pledged to Daesh, in the city of Tafas in Daraa Governorate, according to a field commander from the Jaysh Al-Mutaz militia. [ARA]

 

Armed factions in southern Syria announced the formation of the “United Inkhal Army” on Sunday, in a statement which said the group’s primary reason for forming a united command was to fight to eliminate Daesh. (video). [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Syrian armed group in Laja south of Damascus, killing several fighters before returning back safely. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The group mentioned in this report is Nusra, who in turn published photos of several Daesh members killed in this attack.

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

At least eighteen members of the police force were killed in a devastating Daesh attack on a police checkpoint in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Arish, according to official statements. The attack began with a deadly mortar shell reportedly launched from a mountainous area six kilometers (4 miles) away, security sources said. After the mortar strike, militants stormed the checkpoint, firing gunshots at the survivors before fleeing the scene with captured weapons and  ammunition. Security sources denied earlier reports of the involvement of a car bombing in the assault. The attack killed the entire crew of the checkpoint, security sources said. The dead included three officers, and according to the latest reports at least three other policemen are still missing. Rescue vehicles came under gunfire as they attempted to reach the site. The attack was claimed by Egypt’s Daesh affiliate formerly known as Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis. [Reuters (English)] [ElWatan] [ElWatan]

 

Following Saturday’s deadly attack, Egyptian troops conducted raids on Monday targeting Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis sites south of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 10 militants and arresting four others, security sources said. [ElWatan]

 

The Daesh-affiliated Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis group abducted two Bedouin citizens in the village of Abu Tawila south of Sheikh Zuweid, claiming that the two had collaborated with Egyptian security. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says it attacked an Egyptian Army M60 vehicle south of Arish. [JustPaste]

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army SUV in Khuraiza village in the middle of Sinai. [JustPaste]

 

An IED exploded in Rafah on Monday killing a man who was driving an agricultural tractor. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian troops captured 25 tons of explosives linked to Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants south of Rafah on Sunday. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

Northeast

The Libyan Army has begun a siege on the cement plant in the southern Benghazi neighborhood of Hawari, the last major Daesh stronghold in the city, a military media official said. [AfriGate]

 

The spokesman of the Army’s “Omar Mukhtar Al-Karim Operations Room” said that Libyan aircraft targeted Daesh sites in the “400” neighborhood of Derna and in the Al-Fataih heights overlooking the city. [Libya24]

 

Northwest

Libyan military commanders from the four western Libyan operations rooms (Tripoli, Western Sahel, Western Mountain, Western Region) met in the city of Al-Rahibat on Sunday to discuss the security situation in the west of Libya, according to media reports. [AfriGate]

 

Gunmen abducted an Egyptian construction worker near the city of Qasr Al-Khayar, 75 km (45 miles) east of Tripoli and demanded a ransom of 25,000 Libyan dinars ($18,200 US dollars) from his family. [AfriGate]

 

Armed men abducted a woman in the city of Al-Khoms, 125 km (77 miles) east of Tripoli. The family has said that they do not know any further details.  [AfriGate]

 

The body of a young man was found bearing fatal gunshot wounds in an area outside Tripoli, according to media reports on Monday. [AfriGate]

 

Interior

Four Daesh members were arrested in the city of Sawkna in central Libya, a security source said Monday. Three detainees are Chadian nationals and one is Libyan. The group was in possession of hundreds of remote detonators and a large quantity of mines and explosives. Security sources said the group was planning attacks at strategic sites throughout Libya. [AfriGate]

 

Other countries

Philippines

Daesh issues a video of a group of Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu in the Philippines pledging allegiance to Daesh. [Isdarat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Abdullatif Al-Hamim, the director of the Sunni Endowment page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Caliphate_yy990

https://twitter.com/xgz00zz

https://twitter.com/tchinachina1

https://twitter.com/jxll203

https://twitter.com/kibrya3

 

Other Daesh media   

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

 

Daesh issues security instructions for Android users. [DawaAlhaq]

 

 

 

March 18, 2016

Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Al-Sadr’s sit-in roils Baghdad and political leadership.

Coalition spokesman says Daesh has lost 40% of its territory in Iraq.

Iraqi forces advance on Hit and Kubaisa, as bombs on Daesh continue.

McGurk talks Ninewa liberation with Barzani, but also avoidance of post-Daesh issues over territory.

Syrian Army and Russian airpower continue advance on Tadmur in Homs Governorate.

Alleged Paris massacre leader arrested in Belgium.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Masoum calls for a meeting of political leaders on Saturday to solve the current crisis. [Sumaria]

 

In a meeting between Prime Minister Abadi and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy chairman of the PMF commission, the latter said that we made a promise that there will be no Daesh in Iraq by the end of this year, and the PMFs are keen to keep that promise. [Maalomah]

 

Security developments

Sadrist protestors forced their way past security barriers to the gates of the Green Zone by force from Jumhuriya Bridge and the Alawi area, while BOC ordered security forces to prevent any gathering in the Green Zone. The pressure from thousands of protesters forced security forces to open the Jumhuriya and Sinak bridges as thousands headed toward the Green Zone.  Security forces cut off Al-Qanat Street, and closed the areas of Shalchia, Utaifiya, Khadimiya, Benook, Shaab, and Hurriya.  As the Sadrists were planning a mass prayer in front of the Green Zone, news reports said that the Presidential Brigade based in Jadriya rejected any involvement, either by banning or protecting the demonstrators. [Ghad] [Ghad] [Ghad] [Ghad]

 

Lt. General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, the commander of Baghdad operations (BOC) was said to have been dismissed from office for allowing protestors to reach the Green Zone, and responsibility for Baghdad security was transferred to the Joint Operations Command (JOC). [Ghad] In his capacity as the Commander in Chief, Prime Minster Al-Abadi authorized the JOC to take charge of security in Baghdad, granting it all necessary powers. [Sumaria] Reports are that Lt. General Talib Shaghati, the commander of the JOC, will be Al-Shammari’s replacement. [IraqPress] In a further explanation, the IWMC said that the Commander in Chief ordered that BOC would be under the command of the JOC from now on. [Shafaq]

 

The Minister of Interior says MOI rejected a request for demonstrations and sit-ins in front of the Green Zone. [Sumaria]

However, a Sadrist CoR member says the Sadrists don’t need approval from anyone. [Sumaria]

A video and photos of demonstrates breaking the barriers and crossing to the Green Zone gates. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

The state of full alert of army and security forces in Baghdad has been lifted, according to a military source. [Sumaria] All roads and access points in Baghdad are now open for traffic. [Ghad]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement describing the cooperation of security forces with demonstrators as “beyond expectations.” The PMF Commission called on the government to confine arms to security organizations and ensure the withdrawal of all militia presence from the cities. [Sumaria]

 

The Ministry of Defense denied a statement spread by social media that Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi is being dismissed from office, calling such news an “attempt  by the fifth column” to spread doubts about the security situation. [Shafaq]

 

Col. Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said that Daesh is now in a “defensive crouch” position after losing 40% of the area they were controlling in Iraq. [Sumaria]

 

Jawad Al-Tlebawi, spokesman of the AAH, said that the PMFs are resting now and that there are no serious developments in their fields of operation. He added that the PMFs are currently gathering intelligence on areas to be liberated in the coming days. [Mawazin]

 

The following security incidents were reported. Today’s incidents were concentrated heavily in South Baghdad.

 

North Baghdad

The MoD said security forces found a weapons cache in Meshahda in Tarmiya, in northern Baghdad Governorate, containing two containers of C4, several detonators, batteries, and an Austrian shell. The MoD also said Iraqi forces arrested 5 men wanted on terrorism charges. [SamaBaghdad]

Daesh says its terrorists killed an Iraqi soldier in his house in Tarmiya. [AKI]

 

East Baghdad

A large fire broke out in Souq Mraidi, in Sadr city. The reason is not yet known. [AIN]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An attack by a hand grenade on a wedding in Jisr Diyala area killed 2 and wounded 32 civilians. [AIN]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside IED placed in Arab Jabour area killed a minibus driver and another passenger, while wounding five civilians in the bus. [Mada]

Security forces defused an IED in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. [MoD Website]

Daesh says it attacked a PMF fighter’s house in Alimaiya in Arab Jabour with a C5K rocket, burning the house and wounding the people inside. [AKI]

Daesh says its terrorists blew up a PMF fighter’s house in Mudhariya in Arab Jabour. After PMF fighters arrived in the area, Daesh terrorists shot at them wounding several of them. [AKI]

Daesh says one of its snipers killed a PMF commander in Sayafiya in Arab Jabour. [AKI]

Daesh says its terrorists killed a PMF fighter with an IED in Arab Jabour. [AKI]

Daesh says one of its snipers shot at a group of PMF fighters in the Manari area in Arab Jabour, killing one of them and wounding another. [AKI]

Security forces arrested a man wanted for terrorism charges in Hor Rijab in south Baghdad. [MoD Website]

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee in Rasheed District, killing the soldiers inside. [AKI]

An IED in a popular market in Yusufiyah killed one civilian and wounded eight others. [Mada]

Iraqi forces found several explosive materials and IEDs in Yusufiyah and Latifiya and arrested two men wanted for terrorism. [MoD Website]

Iraqi forces arrested 3 terrorists responsible for an IED attack that killed several soldiers in Sayyed Abdullah in Mahmudiya. [MoD Website]

The IWMC announced that 17th army division found two old weapons caches in Latifiya in south Baghdad, containing various weapons, ammunition, and explosives. [Ghad]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   17    (Not an overall total)

 

A video of Iraqi forces raiding 2 Daesh guesthouses and an explosives hideout in Latifiya [MoD]

 

Coalition airstrikes Friday numbered 11 in Iraq and 9 in Syria, according to the Coalition command. Iraq attacks were in Falluja, Habbaniya, Hit, and Albu Hayat; Kasik, Qayara, and Sultan Abdullah. The airstrikes destroyed tactical units, vehicles, command centers, rocket launching and fighting positions, weapon storehouses, and heavy weaponry. Attacks in Syria were in Al-Hawl, Ain Essa, and Mare’, and targeted tactical units, vehicle bombs, and fighting positions. [Rudaw]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Col. Mahmoud Murdhi Al-Jumaili, the commander of the 1st battalion of the Tribal Mobilization in Qarma said that battles in the Al-Ma’amel and Albu Sayeh areas near Qarma killed 40 terrorists. [Mada] Al-Jumaili also said that the 1st army division and tribal battalions are clearing the areas of Subaihat, Albu Jasim, and Al-Shihabi, towards the center of Qarma, killing 18 terrorists. [Mada]

 

Col. Al-Jumaili said that his forces killed 7 Daesh terrorists and wounded several others while advancing towards Subaihat. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says one of its Moroccan suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in the Juss Factory near Subaihat with a vehicle bomb. Daesh says its terrorists captured the factory killing or wounding the soldiers inside it. Daesh says 16 Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack including a battalion commander. [AKI] [A3maq]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a machine gun in Bustan Al-Tikriti south of Falluja. [MoD Website]

 

9th army division found an explosives and ammunition cache in Halabsa village 6, according to the MoD. The cache contained two explosives belts and one 20 liter container packed with C4. In Bani Zaid village 26 anti-tank rockets, 30 anti-personnel rockets, 20 rocket charges, 14 mortar shells wired as an IED,  6 SPG9 rockets, and 5 CK7 rockets. Additionally, the cache contained BKC and AK-74 barrels, two Katyusha rockets, one 155mm shell, 2 IEDs, 13 grenades, 6 rocket grenades, 8 detonators and 17.7 mm and 14.5 mm ammunition. [SamaBaghdad]

 

Ramadi

Anbar Operations Command (AOC) announced the arrest of “many” Daesh members who tried to escape liberated areas along with families evacuating battle areas. The command said that it has full information on persons who were fighting alongside Daesh. [Mawazin]

 

The MoD said an Iraqi airstrike killed 7 terrorists and destroyed a mortar unit and machine gun-mounted pickup truck in the Anbar Operations sector. [SamaBaghdad]

 

A video of a woman from Ramadi beating up 2 captured Daesh members [YouTube]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

A Coalition airstrike killed the emir of Kubaisa (a Libyan national) and 8 of his accomplices, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

Major General Ali Ibrahim Daba’oun, Commander of Jazeera Operations, said that hundreds of families are using the safe routes organized by the army to leave Hit and Kubaisa, heading towards safe areas in Al-Wafa, Al-Baghdadi, Zangoura, or Albu Tiban. [Sumaria]

 

An Anbar Operations Command source says Iraqi forces captured a group of Daesh terrorists trying to sneak out of Hit with the displaced families. [Mawazin]

 

Lt. Saadoun Al-Ubaidi, spokesman of 14th Rapid Intervention brigade in Haditha, said that army forces liberated the area of Hawdha near Hit after fierce fighting that left tens of Daesh terrorists killed. He said that Coalition warplanes provided valuable support to the operation, and that the army is advancing towards its targets. [Mada]

 

Hit is going to be liberated in the coming few hours after being surrounded from all areas, said Ali Dawood Al-Dulaimi, the chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council. He said that artillery and planes are intensively attacking Daesh positions at the moment, awaiting the zero hour for entering the city. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment: Ali Dawood is a wonderful news source, even on military developments far from Khaldiya. We wonder where he gets all his information.

 

Daesh says its terrorists executed five young men in Hit, accusing them of “spying” for the Iraqi government. [A3maq]

 

The attack on the large command center reported in Hit yesterday was performed by 30 Coalition warplanes which alternately shot 60 rockets on the 3-story building, destroying it completely. The Joint Operations Command said that local intelligence was provided on this building which was a new incomplete hospital, where the basement was used to shelter top commands while other stories were command rooms and weapons storehouses. The strike killed tens of foreign, Arab, and local terrorists, the JOC said. [AIN]

Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, commander of Anbar Operations, said that the air bombardment on Hit killed over 57 Daesh terrorists and destroyed much of their equipment. [Maalomah]

 

Ibrahim Al-Jassem, hisbah official of Hit, and eight of his accomplices were killed in an Army Aviation helicopter attack, according Lt. Saadoun Al-Ubaidi, spokesman of 14th Rapid Intervention brigade. He described Al-Jassem as a “very dangerous terrorist” and the mastermind of many terror operations. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb south of Kubaisa. They also destroyed a rocket launcher and several rockets in Dolab north of Hit. [MoD Website]

 

Haditha

A source in Anbar Operations said large cargo planes have transported many US-made tanks and APCs to Ain Al-Asad base in Baghdadi west of Baghdad to participate in west Anbar operations. Rockets and other weapons were onboard as well, the source said. [BasNews]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a PMF commander, said that Shirqat is about to revolt against Daesh, and that signs of that can be noted. He said that in March, over 10 attacks on Daesh centers and leaders were reported and that Daesh’s execution of 16 people, including children and elderly persons, just added to the tension. [Sumaria]

 

Baiji

Three machine guns and a Daesh command center were destroyed and 20 terrorists killed, near Baiji operations sector, the MoD said. It added that an airstrike in Harariyat area destroyed a Daesh command center and a truck carrying five terrorists. [SamaBaghdad]

 

Iraqi forces, supported by IAA helicopters, stopped a Daesh attack on the Siniya-Haditha Road destroying 3 vehicles carrying machine guns and killing 25 terrorists. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed two Iraqi soldiers near Siniya. [AKI]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle and a hideout and killed 2 terrorists in the Makhoul Mountains area. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

The Daesh emir of Shirqat and Hawija and 11 of his associates were killed by 5th army division units in Allas oil field east of Tikrit, the MoD said. [SamaBaghdad]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated 2 IEDs, destroying 2 Iraqi Army vehicles and killing or wounding the soldiers inside them near Ajeel oilfield. [AKI]

 

Iraqi forces defused 4 IEDs in the Qadisiya area in Tikrit. [MoD Website]

 

Samarra

Samarra Operations Command troops found an explosives factory and dozens of IEDs in Jazeera Samarra. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

Unknown armed men shot and wounded a civilian in his car near Bankaja village, in Tooz District, according to a security source in Salahuddin. [Sumaria]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Diyala Chief of Police says 2 persons wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Baquba. [Sumaria]

 

A special security unit rescued two persons after they were kidnapped near Baquba, a security source said. [Maalomah]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army patrol in Um Al-Khanazir village in Abu Saida, wounding one soldier. [AKI]

 

KIRKUK

Taza

The Chairman of the CoR’s Human Rights Committee says a fourth child, a ten year old girl, died of wounds suffered in the Daesh chemical attack. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

An F-16 Iraqi airstrike on Al-Juhaish village near Hawija killed 14 terrorists, many of them among those who mutilated the bodies of the three Iraqi pilots on the Cessna that went down in the area. [Sumaria]

 

IAF warplanes destroyed a vehicle near Hawija, killing three terrorists, a security source said. [Mada]

 

Daesh says Iraqi planes bombed Hawija hospital, causing massive damage. [A3maq]

 

A video of a house being blown up by Daesh in Hawija [YouTube]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

For the second day in a row, Coalition airstrikes hit Daesh positions in several villages around Makhmur, killing tens of Daesh terrorists, according to Rashad Kalali, PUK official in Makhmur. He said that Thursday night witnessed a wave of Coalition attacks on targets near Qayara, where two Daesh leaders were killed. [PUKMedia]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

President Barzani met in his office with Brett McGurk, the US presidential envoy, and discussed the American support for the Peshmerga and the ongoing preparations to liberate Mosul. However, McGurk also stressed creating an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil for the after-liberation stage to avoid any disputes about managing the liberated areas. They also discussed the situation in Syria and the idea of federalism, and the problems between Turkey and the PKK. [Rudaw]

McGurk and Ambassador Jones also met with PM Nechirvan Barzani and discussed the war on Daesh. Barzani says he was ready to solve the internal issues in Kurdistan by communicating with all sides, and he has already taken made the necessary steps to make that happen. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. McGurk’s emphasis on the post-liberation arrangements is the critical and correct message. The President and McGurk deserve credit for addressing this directly, and the US will need to continue its diplomatic stance on this problem to discourage further Barzani territorial pronouncements. The most important requirement for post-Daesh Iraq is to settle the ongoing territorial and other disputes between Baghdad and Erbil.

To make that realistically possible, the warring Kurdish politicians need to negotiate their way to a more stable and less corrupt KRG. It’s good that Prime Minister Barzani has a plan, but he has had months to propose one and has so far chosen to remain part of the problem.

 

Jaafar Mustafa, member of the PUK politburo, warned that Daesh might use its chemical weapons to maximum effect if it feels that its collapse is near. He added that Kirkuk and Erbil are in the Daesh chemical weapons range. [IraqPress]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

Security forces in Kerbala repelled the attempts of demonstrators to start a sit-in. Ant-riot soldiers attacked demonstrators in front of the provincial government building with batons, press sources said. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Hasaka

A Coalition drone strike targeted two Daesh vehicles south of Hasaka on Thursday, killing a prominent Daesh commander, Abu Dayala Al-Homsi, and a group of his associates, an activist said. The vehicles were reportedly headed from Deir Ez-Zor toward Daesh’s front lines with the Syria Democratic Forces in southern Hasaka. [ARA]

 

A landmine exploded in the village of Nasariya, southwest of Hasaka, on Thursday, killing a young man and wounding four other civilians, an Asayish source said. [ARA]

 

A video of people in south Hasaka celebrating their liberation from Daesh by Syria Democratic Forces [YouTube]

 

Raqqa

Planes believed to belong to the Syrian Air Force conducted eight airstrikes in central Raqqa on Friday, killing more than 17 civilians including women and children, as well as wounding an unspecified number of people. [Qasioun]

 

A group of defecting Syrian Army officers in Turkey announced the formation of the “Eastern Tribal Army,” claiming a mission of fighting Daesh in Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, and Aleppo, in order to return these areas to the control of the Syrian opposition. The new militia includes tribal fighters from these areas. The group said it would coordinate with “brotherly countries.” [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says warplanes launched airstrikes on Raqqa during Friday prayers without giving more details. [A3maq]

Daesh says 52 people were killed or wounded in Russian airstrikes on Raqqa (video). [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

A video of a Daesh terrorist, somewhere in Syria, gathering people publicly and threatening to cut them in half if their women don’t wear niqabs [YouTube]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo

Opposition militias with Coalition air support recaptured the village of Dudyan north of Aleppo after heavy fighting with Daesh on Thursday, just after Daesh seized control of the strategic village. According to a militia fighter, the fighting claimed casualties on both sides and is still ongoing in the area where Daesh and opposition militias have been battling for control of the strategic zone on the Turkish border. [Qasioun] [ARA]

 

Daesh executed three women in Manbij city east of Aleppo on Thursday, on charges of communicating with their sons who are serving in the Syrian military, a source inside the city said. [Hawar]

 

The “Ahrar Raqqa Brigade” announced that it had joined the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), at a press conference south of Kobane. The group announced that it was joining the SDF within the grouping of the “Euphrates Brigades,” which will themselves be announced soon, according to the group’s statement. (photo/video) [Hawar] [ARA]

 

FSA sources say the Sultan Murad Brigade (a Turkey-backed Syrian armed group) freed “tens” of Daesh terrorists in exchange for 6 of its fighters captured by Daesh in north Aleppo. [SotKurdistan]

 

Idlib

Fighting erupted in the Idlib countryside when the Ahrar Al-Sham militia attacked the Daesh-affiliated Jund Al-Aqsa militia in the city of Salqin during funeral services for the former wali of Homs, Hassan Aboud (see below), who is originally from Idlib. Ahrar Al-Sham fighters destroyed the funeral tent and the furniture inside, a resident reported. Sporadic clashes broke out in the city as Ahrar Al-Sham erected checkpoints to look for Daesh movement in the town, the source said. [ARA]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

The Daesh “wali” of Homs, Hassan Aboud, known as “Abu Abdu Sermin” died Wednesday of injuries sustained in earlier battles with Syrian Army troops near the Khanasir area, south of Aleppo. [Arabi21]

 

Syrian army troops continued to advance on Daesh on Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs city. Syrian Army troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies are supported by Russian air power, as the Syrian Army attempts to enter the Daesh-held city. Syrian troops and Daesh also battled near Qaryatayn city east of Homs amid heavy artillery and rocket fire on the city from Syrian units.  Russian planes are carrying out 20 to 25 raids per day on Tadmur, a Russian general said in Moscow on Friday, but the Syrian advance has been limited and has stalled on the outskirts of the city. [Arabi21] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped a Syrian Army attack on Dowa and destroyed a tank. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing Syrian troops in Dowa. [AKI]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army vehicle on the road between Homs and Tadmur, killing or wounding the soldiers inside it. [AKI]

Daesh issue a video of battles near Tadmur. [AKI]

 

Daesh issues photos of shelling Syrian troops with mortars near Qaryatayn. [AKI]

Daesh says its terrorists captured Al-Barda mountain east of Qaryatayn. [AKI]

 

South

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists attacking Syrian troops in East Qalamoun. [AKI]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

A girl of secondary school age has reportedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Arish city in North Sinai governorate. It is feared she may have been abducted by unknown captors. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a 14-vehicle Egyptian Army convoy near Sidra south of Sheikh Zuweid and forced them to flee. [AKI]

 

Libya

Northeast

A “well-placed source” in Derna says Daesh fighters attempted to advance in the “400” neighborhood along with launching attacks on the Mujahidin Derna Shura Council (MDSC) and allied local fighters, from Daesh positions in overlooking the city. MDSC responded with artillery fire, forcing Daesh into retreat, the source said. Libyan planes carried out sorties over the “400” area, the source said. [Wasat]

 

Benghazi’s municipal council has declared that Saturday will be an official holiday in and around the city to commemorate the defeat of an attack by an armed convoy on the city during the Libyan Revolution of 2011. [Wasat]

 

Benghazi’s security and military agencies held a meeting of agency heads Thursday to discuss a plan for securing the city. [AfriGate]

 

A military source denied that armed groups had shot down a military aircraft in the Al-Hawari neighborhood of Benghazi. [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked a Libyan Army vehicle with light weapons in Hawari in Benghazi, killing two soldiers. [AKI] Daesh also says its terrorists attacked another Libyan Army vehicle with an IED in Hawari, killing five soldiers, and burned a third vehicle after attacking it with light weapons. [AKI]

 

Central Coast

Daesh executed a man in Bin Jawad on charges of espionage, after executing a man in Sirte on Thursday on the same charge. Both were killed with gunshots. [Wasat]

 

An unidentified foreign plane landed Thursday at Ras Lanuf airport without permission from the Libyan aviation authorities, according to Saqr Al-Jaroushi, the Chief of Staff of the Libyan Air Force, who described the landing as a violation of Libyan sovereignty and international law. Al-Jaroushi also said that Ibrahim Jadhran ordered the his Facilities Protection Guard to receive the plane and that Jadhran then met with the passengers in a residential area of Ras Lanuf. [AfriGate]

 

In what could be a related story, a well-placed source reported that a delegation representing the Prime Minister-Designate of the Government of National Accord, Fayez Al-Sarraj traveled by plane to Ras Lanuf and met with Ibrahim Jadhran on Thursday. The parties were reportedly discussing a proposal to make Ras Lanuf the headquarters of a national unity government but did not reach agreement, according to the source. [LANA]

 

Northwest

Troops of the “Special Deterrence Force” raided a house in Tripoli on suspicion of Daesh presence there, after receiving a tip from a resident, according to the media officer of the Special Deterrence Force. After interrogating the residents, all were released, the source said. [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

Six young men were arrested in the city of Tataouine on suspicion of trying to travel to Libya to join Daesh. The six have been referred to the anti-terrorism court in the capital, Tunis, for prosecution. A statement by the National Guard said that eight young men were prevented from entering Libya to join with a group of 14 who were known to have crossed into Libya in recent weeks. [Tunisien]

 

Algeria

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has stated that Algeria will play no part in any international intervention in Libya, warning against the possible negative consequences of such action. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Belgium

As has been widely reported, a key suspect in November’s deadly attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, which were claimed by Daesh, has been arrested in a shootout in Brussels. The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced Friday that Salah Abeslam and two other suspects were captured in the Molenbeek area of the Belgian capital. [Reuters (English)]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh media page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/trgmany51

https://twitter.com/MddmVdmm

https://twitter.com/muhamme15504479

https://twitter.com/ataalashwasi

https://twitter.com/4hpxhtq

 

Other Daesh media  

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [AKI]

Daesh issues a video about the inevitability of its caliphate and the conflict with the West. [AKI]

Daesh issues infographics about the types of planes its terrorists shot down. [A3maq]

 

 

March 17, 2016

Iraqi Pilots Killed in Hawija

Today’s Major Developments

 

Baghdad gears for Al-Sadr’s Friday sit-in.

Major Daesh counter-attack south of Falluja fails.

Iraqi forces capture Hit subdistrict; attack on city imminent.

Chemical attack in Taza, Kirkuk claims a newborn child.

Iraq leaflets dropped on Mosul tell population to get ready.

PYD in Syria declares territory it holds a federal region; gets denounced by all other parties.

Syrian activist says Daesh is getting paranoid from all the military pressure.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi rejected the idea of imposing a curfew in Baghdad on Thursday and Friday to assist security forces to control the situation around the anticipated sit-in tomorrow. [Mawazin]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi says the right to demonstrate is protected by the constitution and the protection of the demonstrators is the responsibility of the security forces. He also says the demonstrators should abide by the law and stay within the designated areas for demonstrations and keep away from any appearance of being armed. [Mada]

Moqtada Al-Sadr issued instruction to his followers that during the sit-ins there will be “no blood, no retreat, no surrender, no road cuts, no violations, and no immunity.” He also instructed them to cooperate with security forces and protest peacefully. [Mada]

 

The MoI says it didn’t give authorization for any sit-ins in front of the Green Zone in Baghdad. [Mada]

 

President Masoum issued a statement saying all parties should use wisdom and stay away from any escalation. [Mada]

Masoum talked to Sadr by phone and Sadr stressed that the demonstrations are within the people’s democratic rights and they constitute public pressure to accelerate the reforms. [Mada]

A police source says hundreds of Sadrists have arrived in Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad to participate in the sit-ins. [Sumaria]

 

Former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki issued a statement saying that the statement of his State of Law coalition yesterday didn’t include the term “men for men and arms for arms” as was reported. He asked media outlets to be more accurate.

DaeshDaily comment. This term appeared on many media and social media outlets, even though it wasn’t part of the original statement. Some people wanted to imply that there will be an armed showdown between the State of Law and Prime Minister Abadi on one side and the Sadrists on the other side. These reports were believed by many politicians who offered to intervene. This is a sample of false reporting that has consequences .[Rudaw

 

The Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq (ISCI) issued a statement calling for an urgent meeting of the National Alliance to find a quick solution for what it sees as serious threat to the Alliance’s unity. [Rudaw]

A member of the State of Law Coalition says if there has been no agreement regarding the cabinet change then the State of Law might call for the resignation of Abadi, dissolution of the CoR, and formation of an emergency government. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Both of these statements are self-serving. One reason for lack of unity in the Shia alliance is that ISCI itself has not publicly supported the Prime Minister’s reforms, which would have given Abadi a stronger political position in relation to Al-Sadr’s power plays. The State of Law crowd seems to be still in retaliation mode over the removal of its leader, Al-Maliki, as Prime Minister.

 

Prime Minister Abadi issues a statement, after meeting PMF leaders, saying that the PMF is a state establishment and anyone who violates it violates the state. He also says no one can prevent a citizen from participating in liberating their country. [Mada]

 

Ahmed Al-Salmani, a CoR member for Anbar, called on Iraqi authorities and the international community to intervene to release over 1,400 people who escaped Daesh occupied territories but were then imprisoned by the Kata’eb Hezbollah Shia militia and have spent over 6 months in prison. Only 65 were released, which required negotiations and interventions. He said the people imprisoned were arrested at the Al-Razaza checkpoint in Kerbala near Jurf Al-Sakhar in Babel. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a major accusation and needs to be verified. If it’s true, and the gentleman was certainly specific, it’s a dangerously sectarian scandal in which a Shia militia has on its own authority imprisoned a large number of Sunnis. There might be some Daesh members among those 1,400, but not many. Aside from the sectarian angle, who is giving militias the authority to imprison people for indefinite periods of time?

 

The Saudi Ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer Al-Sabhan, said in a tweet that Saudi Arabia has no secret agendas in Iraq. He said that his country and Iraq have strategic relations based on identity, religion, and blood ties, and that Saudis will never abandon Iraq. He thanked Iraqi parliamentarians and Saleem Al-Jubouri, the Speaker, who visited the Kingdom lately, for their appreciation of the Saudi role. [IraqPress]

 

The Sabean religious sect in Iraq has 250 volunteers fighting Daesh with the PMF, according to their religious leader, Sheikh Mazin Naef. Most are from Basra, Maysan, and Dhi Qar.  One, returning on leave for their religious festivity, said that he fought in Ishaqi, Owainat, Baiji, Awja, Udhaim, and Himrin. He said there are many Sunnis and Christians fighting in the PMF without any religious or sectarian differences. [Harbi]

 

Security developments

Security forces were deployed extensively in various parts of Baghdad, seemingly in anticipation of the sit-in by Sadrists in front of the Green Zone tomorrow.  The CT, army, IFP, Local
Police, Rapid Deployment, and other military units were deployed near the Muthanna airport, Alawi, Salihiya, Saadoun Street, and Karradat Maryam, among other areas in Baghdad. [Mada]

 

Al-Jumhuria and Sinak bridges leading to the Green Zone were about to be closed by security forces. There are Green Zone rumors about top officials’ families leaving the zone to other governorates or even to outside of Iraq, in fear of possible violence. [Ghad] Snipers are spread over building roofs in sensitive areas of Baghdad, a security source said. [Ghad] All army and security units are in full alert on orders of the commander in-chief. [Ghad]

 

 

The Minister of Defense attended a symbolic funeral for the three pilots who were killed in Hawija yesterday. The Minister also met with the families of the three pilots. [Mod] [MoD]

 

The MoD publishes a video of IAF airstrikes on Daesh in Salahuddin and Dijla area.

[MoD Website]

 

The 59th army brigade located two explosives belts and one IED in Halabsa, north of Baghdad, while defusing three IEDs in Zambraniya and Albu Hussein in south Baghdad, according to the BOC. [Mawazin]

 

The National Intelligence agency announced the arrest of a Daesh team in Baghdad operating in military uniforms and in possession of hand grenades, explosives belts, and various weapons, in addition to vehicles. The cell was planning terrorism operations in Baghdad. [Harbi]

 

The following security incidents were reported.

North Baghdad

An IED planted in a popular market in Husseiniya killed two civilians and wounded another four. [Maalomah]

A roadside IED wounded four civilians in Rashidiya. [Buratha]

An IED planted in a commercial area in Shula killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

 

East Baghdad

A nine year old boy was killed while playing with his father’s rifle in Baghdad Al-Jadida. The father is a PMF member. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED placed near a football field killed one civilian and wounded eight in Mada’in District. [Mada]

An IED exploded near a fish farm in Sateeh village in Mada’in killed two civilians and wounded five.  [Mada]

A sticky bomb attached to a car of a mosque Imam exploded in Tuwaitha and killed him immediately. [Mada]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   7      (Not an overall total)

 

Coalition warplanes initiated 20 attacks on Daesh targets in Iraq and two in Syria. Attacks in Iraq, near 8 major cities, targeted weapons workshops, media centers, gathering points, and mortar units, among other targets.  In Syria, two attacks were initiated on Al-Hawl village, destroying a tactical unit and 10 fighting positions, a Coalition statement said. [Mawazin]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Counter Terrorism units repelled a Daesh attack on their positions in Hayakel, south of Falluja. 5 Daesh vehicle bombs, a shovel, and an APC were destroyed in the attack, according to the IWMC. [AIN]

A four-hour Daesh attack on the positions of Hezbollah regiments of the PMF from several directions in Hayakel was repelled, killing many attackers and destroying a shovel bomb, field sources said. [Etejah]

General Saad Harbiya, commander of Baghdad Operations, said that Daesh lost 22 terrorists and three vehicle bombs in its attack on the Hayakel area. He also said that the Ma’amel area in Qarma was cleared and 18 terrorists were killed. BOC forces then headed towards Subaihat in Qarma. [Mawazin]

Daesh’s version says a group of its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army military positions near the electricity station south of Falluja and killed several soldiers and destroyed a T72 tank and 6 vehicles. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of its attack on the Al-Hayakel area south of Falluja. [JustPaste]

 

Saadoun Al-Shaalan, the chairman of Falluja District Council, said that Daesh is booby-trapping Falluja city in anticipation of imminent entry of army forces. He said that a Daesh leader and two of his companions were killed while trying to plant an IED in 7th of Nissan neighborhood in Falluja. [BasNews]

 

The Mayor of Falluja District says a woman committed suicide by throwing herself and her three children from a bridge in Falluja city. The woman’s husband was executed by Daesh and the family suffered because of poverty. [Baghdadia]

 

Daesh publishes photos of executing six men from Falluja whom they accused of cooperating with Iraqi security forces. Daesh blew up one of the victims after putting explosives around his neck, beheaded a second victim, and shot the rest. [JustPaste]

 

The BOC said that 24 terrorists were killed in Albu Shijil during the clearing operations by security forces. A hideout and a vehicle were also destroyed. [Mawazin]

 

55th army brigade shelled Daesh positions with mortars, killing 4 and wounding 2, while 13 were killed in the Albu Khanfar area after being located by an Abrams tank crew, the BOC said. [Mawazin]

 

Ansar Allah Al-Awfiya’, a PMF faction, said that its rocket units shelled a Daesh command post and a Daesh guesthouse in Saqlawiya, killing several Daesh members. [Harbi]

 

A member of Qarma District Council says 700 families returned to their houses in Khairat subdistrict after it was secured from Daesh. He also says security forces are working on clearing other areas in Qarma in order to allow more families to return. [Mada]

 

Ramadi

Adhal Al-Fahdawi, a member of Anbar Provincial Council, said that volunteers and local efforts defused 3,500 IEDs and mines from east Ramadi areas, adding that an Iraqi specialized group is helping voluntarily to survey the area for more explosives. He added that an expert international company is arriving shortly to participate in the IED clearing efforts under the supervision of the UN. [Mawazin]

 

Major General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, commander of Anbar Operations, said that CT, army, and IFP forces attacked Daesh gatherings in the vicinity of Hit, killing 17 of them. [BasNews]

 

Hit/Haditha

Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) forces raised the Iraqi flag on a tall building in Mhamdi city, after its full liberation, after inflicting heavy casualties on Daesh, the IWMC said. [Sumaria] The IWMC  also said that 78 Daesh terrorists were killed in the battle, 21 by the CT forces and 57 by the Coalition warplanes. Families were ordered to stay in their houses and raise the white flags on them. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

General Sami Al-Aridhi, the CT commander, said earlier that 16th army division is supporting the operation, while the police emergency units are holding ground on the backlines. Mhamdi is the only subdistrict east of Hit, which means that its liberation will bring the military operation to the eastern edge of the city. [Sumaria]

 

A security source announced that the 7th army division, tribal forces, and Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) units are advancing in two directions from Ain Al-Asad base to Hit and Kubaisa under air cover from the IAF, IAA, and the Coalition. The source said, however, that the zero hour for liberation of both is not set yet. [Sumaria]

 

However, General Ismail Al-Mahalawi, the commander of Anbar Operations, said that with the liberation of Mhamdi, army units are just 1 km away from the center of Hit. In the coming hours, he said, the city will be liberated under heavy air cover from the Coalition. [Mada]

 

A 7th division source says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh heavily in Hit, killing “tens” of terrorists. The source says the airstrikes pave the way for Iraqi forces to capture Hit. [Sumaria]

The IWMC said that precise intelligence led to detection of a major multi-story Daesh Command center in Hit. IAF planes destroyed the HQ and killed “tens” of terrorists inside. [Harbi]

 

Coalition warplanes attacked a Daesh gathering in Barda village east of Baghdadi, killing eight terrorists and destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle. [Sumaria]

Coalition warplanes destroyed two Daesh gas stations in Basa’er area west of Hit city, and in the Al-Mualimeen neighborhood in the center of the city, a security source said. [AIN]

 

Haditha Police said that Daesh is looting the properties of the population in the Judfiya area of Al-Baghdadi subdistrict. Looted materials are transferred to Hit and Al-Qa’im and sold at auction. [Mada]

 

Western Anbar

An Anbar Police source says IAF planes bombed a Daesh convoy heading from Rutba to Hit, killing 30 terrorists. [Maalomah]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Tikrit

Daesh says its terrorists “freed” 40 Sunni civilians in a village in Jazeera Tikrit after attacking Iraqi forces there and forcing them to flee. Daesh says it moved the civilians to a “secured area”. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of an Iraqi soldier targeted by one of its snipers near Ajeel oilfield. [JustPaste]

 

Samarra

Sayyed Al-Shuhada regiment of the PMFs announced the arrest of two Daesh leaders in Jazeera Samarra. [Harbi]

 

Tooz

Dr. Abboud Mudhir Al-Jawari was arrested on terrorism charges in Tuz Khurmatu, a security source said. Dr. Al-Jawari is accused of treating Daesh terrorists wounded in battles against the government. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. This demands an explanation. Was the doctor a Daesh collaborator? Did he fail to meet some legal requirement? Or is he being punished for doing what doctors are expected to do when a wounded person needs medical help, whoever he is?

 

DIYALA

Baquba

The Dijla Operations Commander says a new supreme committee was formed to deal with the tribal conflicts in Diyala. He says he will be a member of the committee in addition to the Governor and tribal leaders. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. This is a very important step for grass-roots reconciliation. If it works, other governorates should copy the example.

 

An IED placed on an agricultural road in Zaghinya village in Al-Abbara subdistrict 9 miles northeast of Baquba wounded Muhannad Mirdas Al-Temimi, a PMF official, and one of his relatives, a local Diyala official said. The source also said there are still Daesh sleeper cells in the subdistrict, calling on Dijla Operations to focus on the security situation in northeast Diyala. [Sumaria]

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED in Zaghinya village, killing a PMF fighter and wounding two others. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

200 displaced families have returned to the Al-Talea neighborhood of Jalawla, in Khanaqin, according to the Ministry of Immigration and Displacement. The Ministry said that coming days will witness the return of many other families. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Iraqi Army Humvee in Udhaim, killing a captain and three soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists detonated 2 IEDs on PMFs in the Ma’amel area in Balad Ruz. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

An agreement was reached among Hadi Al-Amiri, the commander of the Badr militia, Karim Sinjari, Kurdistan’s Minister of Interior, and top Ministry of Defense officials to start a joint operation to capture areas extending west from Kirkuk and north from Baiji, merging for the liberation of Shirqat District, and then moving toward Mosul. The plan will be implemented in the coming few days. [Buratha]

 

Kirkuk city

A Joint Operations Command spokesman said that the destiny of the three pilots of the Cessna plane that went down near Kirkuk is still unknown until investigations are completed. He said that as reasons for plane’s fall to earth are investigated, it is still a mechanical incident in a combat environment. Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, the spokesman of the JOC, said that all facts will be revealed to the public after the investigations. [Etejah]

 

A lawyer and a PMF captain were wounded in an armed attack on their car by unknown armed men in Al-Quds Street, downtown Kirkuk, a security source said. [Sumaria]

 

Two army officers, a colonel and a captain, were shot dead by unidentified armed men while heading from Kirkuk to Baghdad, a police source said. [Maalomah]

 

Peshmerga forces repelled a Daesh attack near Kharab Al-Rut village in Dibis District northwest of Kirkuk city, killing 20 terrorists, according to a security source in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says 400 Turkmen demonstrated in front of the Kirkuk governorate building demanding the liberation of Bashir and help for Taza city. [Sumaria]

 

Taza/Daquq

The manager of Taza subdistrict says a third child died because of injuries his mother suffered because of the Daesh chemical attack. The child died one day after he was born. [Sumaria]

 

Mohammed Hama Khalil, a field Peshmerga leader, said that Peshmerga is ready to participate in the liberation of Mosul and other parts of Ninewa, as well as Bashir and Taza in Kirkuk. He stressed on the high level of cooperation required among all forces participating. [Mawazin]

 

General Thamer Ismail, the commander of Rapid Intervention forces, said that the plan of liberation for remaining Daesh-held areas in Anbar, southwest Kirkuk, and Ninewa is a matter of timing. It is up to the JOC to decide which comes first. He added that Iraqi forces are getting stronger while Daesh is getting weaker. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled Taza with 6 120mm mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army tank near Shamsiya village in Daquq District in southern Kirkuk. [A3maq]

 

Security forces arrested 3 persons on terrorism charges in the Al-Wasiti neighborhood in Al-Multaqa, east of Hawija. A search campaign in Idris Khabbaz and Mulla Abdulla villages detected 10 Glock pistols, 2 rifles, and an RPG rocket launcher. All were handed over to Taza police, according to a security source. [Mada]

 

Hawija

The IWMC says the IAF’s F16s launched airstrikes on Daesh in Hawija, in response to the crime against the three pilots yesterday, and killed “tens” of terrorists and destroyed vehicle bomb factories. [Sumaria]

An IAF source says Iraqi warplanes bombed a Daesh house in Jihaish village in Hawija killing Daesh’s military operations official in Kirkuk, Abdul Razzaq Al-Badri, and his brother in addition to 17 terrorists mostly from Chechnya and Arab countries. [Mada]

A security source says the IAF bombed a Daesh vehicle in Hawija, killing 3 terrorists. [Mada]

 

The emir of Ubaid tribes issued a statement saying the government should “cut off the head of the snake” and liberate Hawija, especially after Daesh’s crime against the three pilots. [Sumaria]

 

Military Intelligence said that IAA helicopters destroyed a weapons storehouse in Hawija containing chemical weapons. The statement said that based on precise intelligence, a strike by army helicopters destroyed a storehouse containing 65 launcher rockets and 125 locally made rockets packed with banned chemical materials. [Ghad]

 

A security source says Coalition warplanes bombed a Daesh house in Mudhariya village in Hawija killing Abu Azzam Al-Afri, a first rank Daesh leader and a close aide of Awwad Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says 4 people were killed and 16 wounded, including women and children, in an Iraqi airstrike on Hawija. [A3maq]

 

Uday Al-Khadran, a PMF official, said Daesh brought a group of African fighters and deployed them around Hawija while a unit connected to Daesh leader Awwad Baghdadi arrested three ex-officers of Saddam’s Army who were working with Daesh. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Peshmerga military positions in Mansouriya Mountain, Karaw, and Nasaifa in Hawija District, and the Yarmouk compound in Riyadh. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of normal life in Hawija market. [JustPaste]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Major General Najim Abdullah Al-Jubouri, the commander of Ninewa Operations, said that “Daesh members who were not involved in crimes against Iraqis are welcome to defect from Daesh and will be received at the Operations Command before the start of the operation, which will be a losing battle for Daesh. He also said, however, that those involved in crimes against the population will not be spared. [BasNews]

 

The IWMC said that IAF warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets on Mosul calling on the citizens to prepare for the liberation. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh executed sheikh Abu Mohammed Al-Hamdani, the Imam of Al-Anwar mosque in the Hamidat neighborhood in west Mosul. The execution took place in public, on charges that the sheikh refused to host Daesh fighters escaping Coalition air attacks in his mosque at night. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh called on the citizens of Mosul to donate blood after the killing and wounding of 84 of its fighters in Coalition and Iraqi airstrikes. Sources in Mosul said that 6 doctors escaped the Mosul hospital after being beaten by Daesh terrorists, and that Daesh is facing a dire deficiency in the supply of medicines. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi F16s reportedly destroyed Daesh “media points” in the Mosul neighborhoods of Al-Zuhur, Nablus, Bab Al-Tob, Al-Bakr, Al-Ummal, Al-Majmoo’a Al-Thaqafiya, Sumer, Al-Risala, and Faisaliya, according to a JOC source. [Mada] A source at Ninewa Police said that the attacks were by Coalition warplanes. [BasNews]

Daesh says Coalition warplanes destroyed 7 of its major “media points” in Mosul causing material damages to private entities around them. [A3maq]

DaeshDaily comment. The media points are public kiosks Daesh established in cities it controls to show its news and propaganda reports. Daesh rarely admits Coalition airstrikes attacks “its” locations, which makes this report significant. More significant is the accuracy of the airstrikes. Unfortunately we suspect Daesh will execute people for allegedly providing information to the Coalition. And if Daesh doesn’t want private properties destroyed, it shouldn’t establish media points near them. 

 

The new wali of Mosul, Alyan Natiq Mabroush (a Syrian national) and his brother Saad Natiq Mabroush were killed during a Coalition airstrike on Al-Farouq residential complex in the heart of Mosul, a source in Ninewa Police said. 8 other Daesh terrorists were killed in the attack. [BasNews]

 

An unidentified armed group broke into 3 centers of the hisbah police on the east side of Mosul and killed five guards, and escaped after taking computers and files away, a Ninewa Police source said. [BasNews]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh terrorist who used to work in manufacturing of mortar shells in Wadi Okab in Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A delegation from Kurdistan region is arriving in Moscow next April to discuss Russian weapons for the region, press sources in Moscow said. [PUKMedia]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

A civilian was shot dead in Abu Khasib in Basra Governorate by unidentified armed men. The victim, a vegetables trader, was killed by 4 bullets to the head. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The TAK (“Falcons of Kurdish Liberation”) has declared responsibility for the bombing in Ankara on Sunday which killed 37 civilians, in a statement issued on its website. The group said that a female bomber named Sahar Chagladmir had carried out the attack. The TAK, which is linked to the PKK, claimed responsibility last month for an attack in Ankara that killed dozens of soldiers and civilians. [Cihan]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The PYD-backed Self-Administration government that controls much of the Kurdish-inhabited territory in northern Syria have declared a “federal region,” drawing harsh criticism from the Syrian government, opposition militias, rival Kurdish groups, the United States, and Turkey. The Syrian government said the federal region is “invalid,” while the opposition militias rejected the measure, calling it a step toward partitioning the country. Rival Kurdish groups associated with the KDP-backed Kurdish National Council were critical of the move, saying they were not consulted as to the timing of the announcement, nor included in the new federal governing structures, and feared the potential fragmentation of Syria. Turkey as expected rejected the measure, as a high-level official told Reuters that Turkey would not accept any group to take steps “based on ethnicity” in its southern neighbor country.

[Welati] [Welati] [Welati] [Qasioun] [Hawar] [IslamMemo] [Cihan] [Anadolu]

 

PYD-affiliated Kurdish security personnel blocked the leader of a rival Kurdish Syrian group from returning to Syria on Thursday. Ibrahim Barro, the president of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), which includes the Syrian branch of the KDP, was not granted entry to Syrian territory as he tried to enter from Iraq at the “Simalka” crossing, a KNC source said. The PYD and the KDP-backed KNC have had worsening relations recently. [Anadolu]

 

Daesh publishes photos of two of its suicide terrorists, one from Germany and the other from Tunisia. Daesh says the first terrorist detonated himself southeast of Shaddadi. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed three YPG fighters and damaged 2 vehicles with 2 IEDs in Shaddadi’s southwest countryside. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists stopped 3 YPG attacks, the same day, on Jalal village southeast of Shaddadi. Daesh says the YPG troops were supported by Coalition planes. [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video of battles near Shaddadi and says its terrorists captured some military positions. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh seized control of Dudyan north of Aleppo on Thursday, after driving opposition militia fighters out of the strategic village near the Turkish border in heavy fighting. The opposition militias had controlled the village since seizing it from Daesh two months ago. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh released six captive fighters from the “Sultan Murad Brigade” on Thursday in a prisoner exchange between it and the pro-Turkish Turkmen opposition militia, an activist said. The source said the exchange came after weeks of negotiation between the two parties which were facilitated by “non-Syrian parties.” [ARA]

 

Daesh has been repositioning its troops in “abnormal” movements in Jarabulus, according to a “private source” who said that Daesh has moved four of its checkpoints so far in the city. The source added that Daesh has forbidden residents to leave the city without permission from the chief of its hisbah religious police in Jarabulus. [Hawar]

 

Daesh publishes photos of its PR activities in Akhtarin, a Kurdish-majority village north of Aleppo. Most of the attendees were children. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh fought heavy clashes with Syrian troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies near Tadmur (Palmyra) on Thursday, in which fighters from the Hezbollah “Radwan” brigade rebelled and retreated from the front lines. Daesh killed 11 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers in the battles and wounded “tens” of others. [Qasioun]

 

Syrian troops have launched operations to take control of the highway connecting Tadmur east of Homs to Deir Ez-Zor, in their ongoing bid to retake the city of Tadmur from Daesh. Syrian troops, under Russian air cover, made new advances in controlling strategic hills around Tadmur in fighting on Wednesday, an activist reported.  Daesh frustrated Syrian advances in the Mount Khan area, and at one point in the fighting ambushed Syrian troops, killing and capturing an unspecified number of them. [ARA]

 

Daesh issues a video of the dead body of a Russian military advisor killed near Tadmur. [A3maq]

Daesh says five Russian advisors were killed near Tadmur during the last two days. [A3maq]

Daesh says 10 Hezbollah fighters were killed and 20 wounded in failed attacks on its positions west of Tadmur. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh is struggling to keep sufficient manpower on the front lines in Deir Ez-Zor, and has been sending its internal security personnel from inside the cities to face combat on the front lines as the Syria Democratic Forces advance in Hasaka, according to an activist in Mayadin. The source reported that Daesh’s lack of manpower and the advancing forces in the north have created a “crazed state” for Daesh, causing it to launch many campaigns against civilians in the areas it controls on suspicion of collaborating with outside forces. [ARA]

 

South

A Lebanese Hezbollah militiaman opened fire on Syrian troops in Damascus on Thursday evening at a checkpoint on the Almaza Autostrade, killing a soldier. The Army unit into which the victim belonged demanded that Hezbollah hand over the attackers, but Hezbollah blocked the handover, after which the Republican Guard reportedly intervened to arrange that the assailants be transferred to another sector. The unit has continued to demand the handover of the militiamen involved in the shooting. [Qasioun]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

An official Russian report that suggested that “criminal activity” was behind the downing of a Russian airliner over Sinai last year has been referred to the Egyptian Attorney General, according to media reports. This would be the first formal indication that the Egyptian government is considering foul play behind the downing of the jet. [Reuters (English)]

 

North Sinai

Six Egyptian security personnel were killed in two attacks in North Sinai on Thursday. Five soldiers were killed Friday in a mortar attack on the “Al-Saha” security base near Rafah. A security source said that multiple mortar shells fell on the base, one of which landed in an ammunition storehouse, causing a large explosion that killed the five soldiers and wounded 10 others. The sixth fatality resulted from an IED explosion earlier in the day.  [VetoGate]

 

Earlier in the day an IED exploded on the international road between Arish and Sheikh Zuweid near the village of Al-Shallaq west of Sheikh Zuweid, killing a policeman. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian soldiers engaged in a firefight with a group of militants found laying IEDs near Rafah, killing three militants, according to a statement by the Armed Forces (photos). [EgyArmySpoxFB]

 

Daesh says its terrorists planted 2 IEDs near an Egyptian military camp in Rafah and detonated them remotely when soldiers moved them inside the camp. Daesh says the commander of the camp, a lieutenant colonel, was killed along with nine other soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol near Al-Sidra south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

A special forces soldier died Thursday of wounds sustained in fighting with Daesh in the last two days around the cement plant in the Benghazi neighborhood of Hawari, a military spokesman said. [Wasat]

 

Daesh says its terrorists trapped and killed four Libyan soldiers in the Nawaqiya area southwest of Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh issues a video message to the people of Libya asking them to join the caliphate and threatening the Libyan government and armed groups. In the video Daesh tries to lure people to its caliphate by showing them how it cuts off the hands of people (an elderly man in this case). [VideoWood]

 

Central Coast

Daesh is massing its fighters in preparation for renewed attacks against on its territory in Libya’s “Oil Crescent” area, say local sources in Bin Jawad. The sources said the mobilization includes Daesh fighters from Bin Jawad and Nawfaliya and military vehicles carrying heavy and medium-gauge weapons. Local sources in Sirte reported more than 55 vehicles leaving Sirte heading toward Bin Jawad Thursday morning. Warplanes from Misrata were reported in the skies over Sirte on Thursday. [Wasat] [Libya24]

 

Twenty-three families left Sirte in the last 48 hours, fleeing areas of Daesh control for safer cities, Sirte residents said. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

The “Revolutionaries Brigades” (Saraya Al-Thuwar) militia in Sabratha has joined the Sabratha Operations Room to fight Daesh, the Sabratha Military Council chairman said. [Libya24]

 

Algeria

An Algerian parliamentary committee is preparing legislation that would allow the state to prosecute Algerians who return from fighting with armed groups such as Daesh and other extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. While the Algerian constitution stipulates that individuals are free to leave the country, this new proposed legislation, on the advice of the Justice Ministry, would criminalize traveling abroad to commit terrorist acts including armed terrorism, finance, recruitment, communications and other actions. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Afghani police barracks in Nangarhar and killed four policemen before returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Germany

Prosecutors in Frankfurt announced Thursday that German police raided the home of two Syrian brothers with links to Daesh who were suspected of plotting an attack on German soil. Police seized a pistol, electronic media, mobile phones, and 14,000 Euros ($16,000 dollars) in cash but the two men were not captured. [Erem]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Air Force page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/Dont1112

https://twitter.com/fkjjjl4

https://twitter.com/jakshutup101

https://twitter.com/wwioio2

https://twitter.com/almoattasemalb2

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

Daesh issues a video about the importance of “jihad” in Syria [Isdarat]

 

 

March 16, 2016

Families escaping Hit

Today’s Major Developments

 

Political rhetoric surrounds pending cabinet changes, threatened sit-ins.

Delay in Falluja campaign blamed on political interference.

Counter-Terrorism troops capture part of Hit District; troops in place for ground attack on both Hit city and Kubaisa.

Iraq reconnaissance plane goes down in Hawija, killing three crew members.

PMF, Army, Peshmerga take aim at Bashir village in Kirkuk.

Iraqi covert operation rescues 19 Yazidi women and children.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

President Masoum says the Peshmerga and PMFs will participate in liberating Mosul without entering the city, because of “sensitivities”. [Sumaria]

 

Prime Minister Abadi says in a televised speech to Iraqi people that he gave political parties one week to submit the names of their candidates for the Cabinet. [Mada]

However, a member of the State of Law coalition says the one-week period was over by the end of today and Abadi so far didn’t get any names. [Sumaria]

 

Abadi also says in his statement that any issue, no matter how important it is, should not divert attention from the battle against Daesh. He asks the demonstrators to continue their peaceful demonstrations, and asking security forces to stand up to any “armed appearances”. [Mada]

 

The spokesman of Moqtada Al-Sadr says the sit-ins are a pressure tactic on the political factions to lift the barriers they have placed against Prime Minster Abadi’s reforms. [Sumaria]

Al-Ahrar, the Sadrist political movement, says the sit-ins are within the constitution and the Council of Minister’s statement doesn’t say specifically that they are prohibited. [Sumaria]

 

The State of Law Coalition issued a statement, after a meeting attended by Prime Minister Abadi and former Prime Minister Maliki, saying that some people are trying to force their own version of reforms without considering the constitutional procedures. The statement also said these people are jeopardizing national unity and the security situation. It said that demonstrations are constitutional but the armed gatherings are not. [Sumaria]

 

The Council of Ministers apparently disagreed. It issued a statement saying that even within the law, the sit-ins are not allowed because they require security approvals, and it is hard to provide security while the country is at war with Daesh. [Mada]

 

A police source says security forces were deployed extensively in Baghdad and snipers were deployed on governmental buildings to prevent any violations. [Sumaria] This seems to be in preparation for Al-Sadr’s sit-ins.

 

The Wataniya Coalition, headed by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, says Abadi’s proposed cabinet change is not substantial and doesn’t address the real problems in the political process. [Mada]

 

The Council of Ministers says the ministers are ready to leave their positions to support Prime Minister Abadi’s reforms. [Mada]

 

Prime Minister Abadi met with Philip Hammond, the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and discussed the war on terrorism and the reforms in Iraq and the participation of UK companies in the reconstruction efforts, according to a statement from Abadi’s office. [Rudaw]

 

The MoD said that compulsory military service is designed for the post-Daesh period, and is not expected to be in place before two years. It said it’s the responsibility of the Commander in Chief to order its implementation when he deems it necessary. [Sumaria]

 

Family members of the Speicher massacre demonstrated in Baghdad demanding to get results of the investigations. Also, tens of PMF fighters demonstrated, demanding their salaries. [Sumaria]

 

The Iraqi Observatory for Journalism Freedom says security forces closed 2 offices of the Al-Baghdadia channel (main office in Cairo) in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Security developments

Lt. General Thamer Ismail, the Rapid Intervention Units commander, says preparations are being made to liberate new areas in Anbar and Salahuddin and that all recently liberated areas are currently being searched and cleared. He says a plan to hold liberated areas is being discussed. He mentioned sending a unit of his forces to Diyala to assist in imposing order there. [Mawazin]

 

17th army division arrested two men on terrorism charges in Latifiya, while the 55th  brigade detected an IED in the form of a container packed with C4 connected to a 130mm artillery shell in Karaghoul, in Yusufiyah, south Baghdad, while the 9th army division, found 3 IEDs in the Fahad Al-Fadhil area west of Baghdad, according to IWMC. [Ghad]

 

BOC says the 23rd army brigade defused 11 booby-trapped houses and 10 IEDs in Al-Sur, Sayafiya, and Ubaidi in south Baghdad. The 22nd brigade destroyed 8 Daesh guesthouses, one motorcycle, an ammunition cache, and 8 IEDs in different areas north of Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

The BOC says Rapid Intervention forces killed a terrorist at Al-Atar Water station west of Baghdad. [Maalomah]

 

22nd army brigade destroyed 2 booby-trapped Daesh guest houses in the Um Al-Son area north of Baghdad, the MoD said. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked the house of an Iraqi soldier with mid-size weapons in Zambaraniya in Arab Jabour, without giving more details. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a PMF vehicle in Gharran in Latifiya with an IED, killing the fighters inside. [JustPaste]

 

The following security incidents were reported.

 

North Baghdad

An electrical supplies shop owner was shot dead by men in a speeding car using silenced guns in Husseiniya. [Maalomah]

An IED placed in a popular market in Shatt Al-Taji killed one civilian and wounded 5 others. [Maalomah]

 

East Baghdad

An IED placed in a market in Al-Ameen killed one civilian and wounded six others. [Mada]

A civilian was killed by unknown armed men using guns with silencers in Al-Ameen on Tuesday evening. [Baghdadia]

 

Southeast Baghdad

The body of a man shot to death was found in Mada’in.  [Ghad]

An IED placed in the industrial area in Jisr Diyala neighborhood killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

A roadside IED killed one civilian and wounded two others, in the Shakha 3 area in Latifiya. [Sumaria]

An IED placed in a commercial area in Dora, wounded five civilians. [AIN]

An IED placed in a commercial area in Mahdiya wounded seven civilians. [Mada]

Bodies of two men shot in the head were found in an empty yard in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

 

Southwest Baghdad

Two people were killed and five wounded when an IED exploded in a commercial area in Hay Al-Furat. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Abu Ghraib District killed two civilians and wounded seven others. [Mada]

A sticky bomb attached to the car of an education supervisor killed him while he was driving through Ghazaliya. [Maalomah]

 

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

 

Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced several strikes by Iraqi Air Force IAF) Wednesday, attacking targets in Mhamdi, Aqaba, Al-Asad, Albu Bali, and Zangoura; Mosul, Shirqat, and Kirkuk, killing tens of terrorists and destroying two mortars, one machine gun and two fighting positions. [SamaBaghdad]

 

The Coalition announced 11 attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria, 9 of them in Iraq. The planes targeted Daesh near Hit, Hawija, Kasik, and Sinjar, destroying heavy weapons, tactical units, weapons storehouses, mortar positions, defensive positions, and rocket launching platforms. The attacks on Syria were both on Al-Hawl, where a tactical unit and several fighting positions were destroyed. [AIN]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Col. Jumaa Faza’ Al-Jumaili, commander of Tribal Mobilization in Qarma, said that political deals are obstructing the liberation of Qarma. He said the military operation in Qarma was stopped in spite of the recent advances. He blamed political interventions, which he says cannot be tolerated, as much Iraqi blood was spilled in fighting against terror. He added that operations were halted after liberating important locations south and north of the city. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Political considerations are being given higher priorities than security and military ones in Falluja. Iraqi forces are going deep west to Hit and Kubaisa, and more forces are arriving near Mosul in the north, while the government is still lingering about Daesh’s closest stronghold to Baghdad. The people of Falluja who have suffered for Daesh’s crimes have the right to ask why the delay.

 

The PMF said that its rocket units shelled Daesh terrorists near Saqlawiya, killing 20 of them. [SamaBaghdad]

 

The BOC said that its units in Albu Shijil killed 6 terrorists and wounded 2. The troops also destroyed 2 vehicles, a motorcycle, 3 defensive positions, and 20 IEDs. [Maalomah]

 

Army units using Russian made Kornet rockets destroyed a truck bomb in the Hayakel area southeast of Falluja, IWMC said.[ Ghad]

 

The Anbar PMF (tribal mobilization) started an operation to liberate Al-Subaihat and Al-Ma’amel Al-Iraqi in Qarma, with support of Army units and Army Aviation (IAA) helicopters, IWMC said. [Harbi]

 

A video of clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh west of Falluja [YouTube]

 

Daesh issues a video of battles in the Falluja area. [Isdarat]

 

Ramadi

Ali Dawood, head of Khaldiya subdistrict council, said that IAA helicopters destroyed Daesh fuel storage containers in Albu Bali Northeast of Ramadi, killing several Daesh terrorists. [SamaBaghdad]

 

10th army division killed 2 terrorists while repelling an attack by Daesh north of Ramadi. It also found 10 rockets, 3 launchers, 3 BKC bullet belts, and several explosive containers. Special operations units located a tunnel and an explosives cache in Aqaba, and killed 15 terrorists, the IWMC said. [Mada]

The Iraqi Army’s 9th division destroyed a vehicle bomb in Albu Ubaid near the Japanese Bridge, and defused 50 IEDs in Hamdhiya and Albu Dhiab, the MoD said. [Maalomah]

 

Suhaib Al-Rawi, Governor of Anbar, said that the displaced families will start returning to their homes in east Ramadi in the coming few days, after hundreds of IEDs and mines are removed. Efforts to restore basic services in Sajariya, Juwaiba, and Madhiq are continuing, according to the Governor. [BasNews]

 

The chairman of the security committee in Anbar Provincial Council says the government needs 2 months to remove thousands of IEDs and provide basic services before allowing the displaced families to return. [Mada]

 

CT units and 16th army division backed by tribal units started the operation to liberate Al-Mohammadi, west of Ramadi, according to a security source. [AIN]

 

A video of a citizen from Zanqoura informing Iraqi soldiers about the locations of a vehicle bomb and a booby-trapped house. [ISOF]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

Counter Terrorism forces and supporting units have liberated the Mhamdi area, according to Ali Dawood, the Chairman of Khaldiya’s council. He said fierce battles took place that ended with the death of 40 Daesh terrorists and destruction of 9 vehicle bombs, a fuel storage, and rockets and weapons cache.  The units are clearing IEDs and booby-trapped houses at the moment. [BasNews]

An IFP engineering unit defused 30 IEDs on the road leading to the Mhamdi area, IWMC said.  [SamaBaghdad]

A video of Counter Terrorism troops in Mhamdi [YouTube]

 

 

Major General Ali Daba’oun, commander of Jazeera Operations, said that the Coalition, IAF, and IAA initiated 8 attacks on Daesh targets in Hit and Kubaisa, causing immense human and material damage to Daesh terrorists. [Sumaria]

 

Lt. General Abdul Ghani Al-Asadi, commander of the CT forces, said the Hit city liberation will start as soon as air cover is available. He added that new tactics and never-before-used weapons will be utilized in the operation. [SamaBaghdad]

 

7th infantry division said that it is ready to liberate Kubaisa. Major General Numan Al-Zoba’i addressed his soldiers, saying that they must liberate the city so as to avenge all innocent victims slaughtered by Daesh, and provide safe environment for families to return to their homes. He says the division is ready to act as soon as the order is given. [SamaBaghdad]

 

A security source in Anbar says Daesh executed 7 of its members in Hit on charges of deserting battlefields. [SamaBaghdad]

 

7th army division artillery killed 7 terrorists in shelling areas east of Baghdadi, according to IWMC. [SamaBaghdad]

 

The Mayor of Hit District says around 5,000 families left their houses in Hit because of the Coalition and Iraqi airstrikes and is asking the government to help these families. [Etejah]

A member of Anbar Provincial Council says the provincial government doesn’t have the capacity to handle the new wave of displaced people and is asking for international support. [Mada]

 

A video of Daesh members captured by Iraqi forces in west Anbar [YouTube]

 

Haditha

The Chairman of Haditha District Council says municipal services in the district stopped completely because of the lack of financial allocations. He says the workers have not been paid for 4 months now, and the District is asking the central government to release the funds. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. It is highly important for Iraq to show people the difference between living under Daesh control or under government control. Withholding salary money goes against this logic.

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

The Ministry of Defense handed over T72 tanks to the PMF Ali Al-Akbar brigades in Baiji, along with crews trained in Basmaya camp to use them, according to Al-Ataba Al-Husseiniya, a Sistani office in Kerbala. These tanks will be used in the Shirqat liberation. Earlier the MoD handed over BMP1 APCs to the same PMF brigade with trained crews. [Mada ]

 

Baiji

A PMF commander says Daesh used to have maps for all the oil pipes in Salahuddin and used to smuggle oil from these pipes, especially near Siniya, until recently (photos). [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains was repelled by joint forces, killing 8 attackers and destroying their equipment. Two PMF fighters were killed and 12 soldiers wounded, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Majeed Mohammed Saleh, commander of a Turkmen unit of Daesh, was killed by PMFs in the Makhoul Mountains, the IWMC said.  [Harbi]

 

An army helicopter destroyed a Daesh artillery location in Msahaq village in Makhoul Mountains, used to shell army’s positions, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces locations on the Baiji-Haditha Road with more than 80 mortars and 5 locally made rockets. After that, it says, 4 Daesh suicide terrorist (3 Iraqis and 1 Turk) attacked Iraqi forces with 4 vehicle bombs, killing or wounding “tens” of them and destroying 6 positions and 4 vehicles. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of the attack and the 4 suicide terrorists. [CUTS]

 

Tikrit

A security force arrested two men wanted on terrorism charges in a house east of Tikrit. Their confessions led to others as well, Salahuddin Operations Command source said. [Maalomah]

 

Samarra

A member of Salahuddin Sheikhs Council says the bodies of 16 young men, mostly Sahwa members executed by Daesh, were found in Hamdan village. [Mawazin]

 

10th IFP brigade captured an armored vehicle during its search operations in Mkaishifa in Jazeera Samarra, the IWMC said. The vehicle contained 67 IEDs, 14 artillery shells, and 55 containers of ammonia nitrate. A workshop for manufacturing IEDs, containing 50 IEDs, was also found and destroyed. The brigade also defused 4 IEDs on both sides of a road in Jazeera Samarra. Samarra Operations Command forces destroyed 15 IEDs and defused another 10, according to the IWMC. [Mada]

 

PMF units with support of Abrams tanks repelled a Daesh attack on the defense line in Thirthar, killing 15 of them, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

Lt. General Maan Al-Saadi, commander of 2nd special forces division, said that his forces repelled an attack on the Al-Abbas PMF unit near Al-Thirthar. He also said the clearing of Jazeera Samarra is continuing. He added that CT forces recovered areas in Makhoul Mountains that were held by Daesh for a short period, capturing mortars, rocket launchers, and BKCs. He said that his forces are awaiting orders on the direction of the next attack, be it Haditha or Hawija. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh says its terrorists raided, then blew up the houses of three PMF fighters on Jalam-Milih Street in the District.  [JustPaste]

 

DIYALA

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Abu Saida with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a PMF fighter’s vehicle with an IED in the Shihaiylat area in Balad Ruz. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija

An Iraqi reconnaissance plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, went down near Hawija and its three pilots were killed. The IAF says the plane was downed by a technical fault. Daesh claims to have shot it down with a 57mm gun. [Sumaria] [Sumaria] The three pilots were confirmed killed, according to a security source. [Ghad]

Daesh’s version says its terrorists shot down an Iraqi Army plane over Hawija, with air defense units and 57mm cannons, killing a crew of five. [JustPaste] It issued a video of the plane falling and the bodies of its crew. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes photos of people celebrating the fall of the airplane and parading with the remains of the pilots. [JustPaste]

DaeshDaily comment. The government should keep copies of those photos for future reference. It always helps to know who your enemies are.

 

A Coalition airstrike on Hawija killed Hassoun Aidan Nesayef, Daesh security officer of the Halwat area and several of his escorts, and destroyed a Daesh medical center, the IWMC said. [Ghad]

 

A tribal group attacked the car of the Daesh hisbah official in Al-Zab subdistrict of Hawija and killed three terrorists inside, including the official, a local source in Kirkuk said.

[Sumaria]

 

Aidan Al-Izzi, commander of Daesh Islamic police, and 8 of his companions were killed in a Coalition air strike on Al-Rashad subdistrict in southwest Kirkuk, a security source said. He added that Al-Izzi was a 1st echelon Daesh leader. [Sumaria]

 

The IWMC says the IAF bombed Daesh in Hawija, killing 37 terrorists including 2 leaders, Abu Omar Al-Tunisi and Abu Waleed Al-Zarqani. [Sumaria]

 

A Peshmerga commander says Daesh launched an attack on the Kurdish positions in different areas west of Kirkuk city. He says the Peshmerga didn’t suffer any casualties and the clashes are still going on. [Rudaw]

 

Taza

IAA helicopters started reconnaissance flights over Bashir village, as a step towards liberating it, a security source in Kirkuk said. CT, Peshmerga, and Turkmen mobilization will participate in the operation, which will precede the liberation of Mosul. The source added that 714 police personnel of Hawija, trained by the Italians, were handed over 600 rifles, 75 BKC machine guns, and several vehicles, and will be ready to take part in the operation. [Mada]

The Turkmen PMF announced receiving one tank and anti-armor ammunition, to take part in the Bashir village liberation. [Mada]

 

The chairman of the CoR’s Human Rights committee says a women died of injuries she suffered in Daesh chemical attack o Taza. [Sumaria]

 

Abu Ridha Al-Najjar, commander of north Kirkuk PMFs, said a plan to liberate Al-Bashir village has been set by Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of Badr PMF units, the army, and the Peshmerga. He added that the plan will go beyond Bashir by 18 km (11 miles) to reach Hawija. He did not specify a date. [Rassid]

 

Mueen Al-Kadhimi, a PMF leader, said that coordination with Peshmerga to liberate Bashir village has started. The operation will be initiated in the coming few days. [Mawazin]

 

Ali Al-Husseini, a PMFs spokesman in the northern sector, said that Daesh shelled Taza with four Katyusha rockets without causing any human casualties. [Sumaria]

 

 

NINEWA

The MoD announced that a special intelligence unit working behind enemy lines freed several Yazidi women captured by Daesh. The Ministry did not specify the area but said it is occupied by Daesh. It added that intelligence officers reached the captives’ location in “the heart of the city” and liberated the women, before transferring them to a safe location and securing contacts with their families. Hussein Qaedi, the Director of the Yazidi Captives office, said yesterday that 19 Yazidi women and children were released, giving no details. [Sumaria]

 

Mosul

Lt. General Najim Abdullah Al-Jubouri, the Ninewa Operations Commander, said that Coalition warplanes killed 8 Daesh terrorists in Al-Haj Ali village in Qayara. He added that a ferry carrying 4 Hummers and two other vehicles sank while passing between Duwaizat and Tal Al-Shok villages south of Mosul.  [BasNews]

 

A unit of the “Free Officers” anti-Daesh group, killed Abu Dhar Al-Iraqi, who was running a Daesh radio station inside Mosul, IWMC said. [Harbi]

 

Daesh destroyed 120 houses in Qayara and Nimrud subdistricts belonging to ex-army and police soldiers and officers, a security source in Mosul said. [BasNews]

 

A Ninewa police source says Daesh abandoned its conditions for new recruits and has started to accept anyone who wants to join. Daesh used to ask for recommendations and had other requirements but with the heavy losses it faces it became less picky. [BasNews]

 

A member of the Notables Council of Mosul says there are still 10 Mosul neighborhoods not under Daesh control in Mosul. He says these neighborhoods are controlled by “their sons”. [Mawazin]

DaeshDaily comment. It is hard to believe such a statement, especially when Daesh actually showed photos and videos of its terrorists in some of the ten neighborhoods while they were parading or committing public executions. Many people, who were supporting Daesh loudly on media until recently, started to change their tune after the arrival of Iraqi troops in Makhmur. The same people who used to say “Mosul is living its best days under Islamic State rule” are talking now about their role in helping Yazidis! The same people whose pre-June 2014 rhetoric helped Daesh capture Mosul, and other Iraqi cities, are reappearing now asking the government and the Coalition for weapons to fight Daesh! Some people are just shameless.  

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed several Daesh locations in Mosul killing 10 terrorists and wounding 16. [PUKMedia]

 

A local activist says Daesh launched a search campaign and raided internet cafes in the Yarmouk area west of Mosul and arrested several people, accusing them of giving information to the Coalition after the series of Coalition airstrikes on the area. [ARA]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh command center in Tal Al-Saman village in Tal Afar, according to the IWMC [AIN]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters killed a Daesh security member in Kokajli in the east side of Mosul. [KM Facebook Page]

 

Daesh publishes photos of a battle with the Peshmerga in Shandoukha. [JustPaste]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

During the Suleimaniya Forum at the American University of Iraq-Suleimaniya, the KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said some people tried to undermine the legitimacy of the KRG’s President (his uncle) while he was on the front lines and was leading the KRG Parliament to deal with the worsening situation. After he finished speaking, the Parliament Speaker, Gorran’s Yousif Mohammed, said “the ignorant person cannot make reforms,” which led to a verbal altercation with the PM who then left the forum. The forum was chaired by former KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih and attended by many Iraqi and KRG officials in addition to Ambassadors.  [SotKurdistan]

DaeshDaily comment. Why should this incident be a surprise? The Barzanis are not the best at facing reality. Masoud Barzani has not been the official President for some time, since his extended term again expired, but insists he is still the President. His KDP prevented the Gorran ministers from continuing in office through what amounted to a military coup. This Forum was in Suleimaniya, where Gorran is relatively popular and most people are not friendly to the Kurdish version of “Dynasty.”

The KRG has a major political crisis it is not solving, in the middle of a war. In such times, good leadership works to bring people together, not to create further divisions.

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

Kerbala Provincial Council said a 35 km (22 mile) trench was dug along the Kerbala-Anbar border to cut off all desert roads leading to the city. [Sumaria]

 

The deputy chairman of Kerbala PC says the council asked Prime Minister Abadi to investigate and punish the officials who allowed vehicle bombs and trucks loaded with explosives into Kerbala. He says the Prime Minister should issue orders to prevent CoR members and MoD and MoI officials from intervening to allow such vehicles to enter from Nukhaib in Anbar. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Many Iraqis believe that car bombs and trucks loaded with explosives cannot move around the country and reach any place they want without support from politicians and security officials. Within the current “national unity” government where everyone is afraid that people might leave the political process, the government seems shy to address this issue.

 

Dhi Qar

Yahya Al-Nasiri, the Governor of Dhi Qar, said that a campaign in north and south Nasariya found several sleeper cells of Daesh and the Baath, which are linked to terror groups in the north and west of the country. He added that Nasariya’s security organization has an adequate database on such cells. [Mada]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Anonymous Syrian opposition sources have reported an “international agreement” permitting the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to send ground troops into Syria as Russia pursues its stated policy of “withdrawal” from the country, without providing further details. An activist suggested that the mandate of the foreign troops could include providing security to Syria during transition as well as fighting Daesh. Some reports have suggested that the force will deploy to Syria after completing its mandate in Yemen. [ARA]

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

A message from Daesh’s “Caliph,” Awwad Al-Baghdadi, has appeared on a recording released by Daesh in Raqqa calling for all its fighters to proceed directly to fight in the Hasaka front to retake Shaddadi, without permission from the emirs of the organization, saying such permission was not required for the jihad against atheists and apostates. This is reportedly the first such message since the emergence of Daesh and is likely both a sign of Daesh’s weakening position and the strategic value of Shaddadi to Daesh’s survival. [Qasioun]

 

A land mine planted by Daesh killed five Syria Democratic Forces fighters and wounded nearly 20 others when it exploded during clearing operations south of Shaddadi, according to a source close to the YPG. [ARA]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a YPG vehicle south of Suluk. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Makman village south of Mount Abdul Aziz with Katyushas. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Qashala village near the Tishrin Dam with 160mm mortars. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos from Tabaqa city, including public whiplashing and hand cutting. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh says its terrorists captured Dudyan village in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of people from a village in Abu Qalqal subdistrict near Manbij, pledging allegiance to the Daesh leader. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh fought renewed clashes with Syrian Army troops and their militia allies near Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs, as Syrian troops and foreign-backed fighters tried to enter the Daesh-held city. Syrian artillery units shelled residential areas of the city amid the fighting, causing property damage. The two sides also fought violent battles and exchanged artillery fire around the Al-Dowa area outside Tadmur. Syrian artillery also struck the area around the Shaeir oil field, causing reported casualties in the Daesh ranks. [Qasioun]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Coalition warplanes struck areas around the Al-Hisyan oil field in the Bukamal countryside east of Deir Ez-Zor as well as other oil infrastructure on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Syrian artillery units shelled the neighborhoods of Al-Haweiqa and Al-Rashidiya in Deir Ez-Zor city amid battles with Daesh as Syrian troops and militia allies attempted to advance south of the Deir Ez-Zor military airport. Daesh shelled the Syrian-held areas of Al-Joura and Al-Qusour in Deir Ez-Zor city. No information on casualties was available. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of its battles in Deir Ez-Zor [DawaAlhaq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will continue fighting Daesh in Syria regardless of the Russian “withdrawal” from Syria, the spokesman for the Saudi Defense Ministry said Wednesday. [Qasioun]

 

Jordan

Daesh issues a video with the pre-recorded “wills” of four of its Jordanian suicide terrorists who were killed in different suicide attacks in Iraq. [AKI]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Contradictory reports circulated regarding the group of as many as 15 Egyptians who were reported abducted in Libya on Tuesday. While some news reports continue to link the abduction to Daesh or to the related Ansar Al-Sharia group, the Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister has announced that the 15 Egyptians who were reported missing in Libya earlier this week were not abducted by Daesh and are being held by Libyan officials in immigration centers. However a Libyan government source said only 12 of the 15 hostages were Egyptian, and that the whereabouts of the group had been determined. [Libya24] [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol near Abu Zamat south of Rafah. Daesh says that after the explosion its terrorists attacked the patrol with light weapons, killing or wounding six soldiers, including an officer. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked an Egyptian Army Humvee with heavy weapons, then with an IED near Sadout south of Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

A police officer was killed and four others injured when an IED exploded during police clearing operations in the village of Mahidiya south of Rafah on Wednesday. Egyptian troops killed ten Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis members in the same village in fighting following the IED attack. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

Egyptian counter-terrorism troops carried out raids in Rafah Tuesday evening, sparking battles with Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants in two villages, in which three Daesh militants were killed. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army M113 vehicle near Al-Tawil village east of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Unknown gunmen fired on a 21-year-old civilian in the Al-Risa neighborhood east of Arish on Wednesday, eyewitnesses said. The victim died later from his wounds, local sources said. [ElWatan]

 

Egyptian minesweepers found an IED on the international road between Sheikh Zuweid and Arish on Wednesday morning security sources said. [ElWatan]

 

Libya

The Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi has said that talk of international intervention in Libya is “illogical and unacceptable,” calling instead for international support for the Libyan Army in its battle against Daesh. [Libya24]

 

Northeast

Daesh says its targeted Libyan troops with an IED, mortar shells, and light weapons in the Al-A’laf area in Benghazi, killing two soldiers. [JustPaste]

 

Northeast

A civil society activist “Abd Al-Basit Budhahab” was killed in Derna on Wednesday by a bomb planted in a car. The victim was a frequent critic of Daesh and other extremist groups and had been seriously injured in an earlier assassination attempt in 2014. [AfriGate]

 

The major fronts in Derna have seen relative calm on Tuesday despite ongoing attacks by Daesh snipers on the eastern coastal area of the city, after some fighting erupted in the 400 neighborhood between Daesh and the Mujahidin Derna Shura Council (MDSC) at dawn on Tuesday, local sources said. The MDSC also raided a number of suspected Daesh-affiliated homes and captured some light weapons. [Ewan]

 

An explosives expert died on Tuesday when a land mine exploded during clearing operations on Benghazi’s western front. [Wasat]

 

Central Coast

Daesh has cancelled the morning assembly and has implemented a policy of separate break times for boys and girls at schools it controls in Sirte, teachers said. Teachers reported that Daesh foreign members from Tunisia and Sudan visit the schools each day and monitor students and teachers, preventing them from interacting outside the provided curriculum. Four schools in Sirte are cooperating with Daesh, the sources said. [Wasat]

 

Petroleum Facilities Guards discovered an IED on the road between Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad and called in Libyan military engineers who defused the device, according to a video statement released by the Al-Wadi Al-Hamr Operations Room. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

Sabratha Operations Room issued a statement on Tuesday instructing all military and security personnel to enroll for service at the chamber’s headquarters in Sabratha on Wednesday, and not to join any other brigade or militia in the city. [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

The spokesman of the Tunisian counter-terrorism agency said Wednesday that investigators have ascertained the identity of 39 of the slain Daesh attackers who were killed in the assault on Ben Guerdane earlier this month. Most were Tunisian, he said. Investigations are underway to determine the identity of the remaining dead. Tunisian authorities have arrested 31 people since the attack, eight of whom have been held and the remainder released, the spokesman said. [218Tv]

 

Other countries

Italy

Representatives of more than 30 Western countries held a secret meeting in Rome to discuss combating Daesh in Libya, according to a report in the Italian press. [Erem]

 

Afghanistan

Daesh says its terrorists attacked and captured an Afghani military barracks in Nangarhar killing 8 soldiers and forcing the rest to flee. [JustPaste]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An Iraqi page that provides information about Daesh local terrorists

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/medccccchami86

https://twitter.com/halsbagh4

https://twitter.com/m2552017_44

https://twitter.com/Dont1112

https://twitter.com/_olgc_salah181_

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

 

A new issue of Daesh’s Al-Naba’ magazine [Isdarat]

March 15, 2016

 

 

Iraqi Army

 

Today’s Major Developments

 

Al-Abadi predicts Daesh’s final defeat in Iraq.

Coalition spokesman says they kill at least one Daesh leader every three days.

Daesh fighters reported escaping west from Jazeera Khaldiya.

Ninewa Operations Commander estimates 6,000-8,000 Daesh fighters in Mosul.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Haidar Al-Abadi, the Prime Minister, said that Daesh is on its way to final defeat. He was speaking before the Council of Ministers. He said all military plans are proceeding as expected. Al-Abadi warned against lowering citizens’ morale by exaggerating Daesh actions. [Maalomah]

 

Steve Warren, the spokesman of the Coalition, said preparations are underway to liberate Mosul, and that Daesh is under pressure from the continued Coalition air attacks. He noted that Daesh has not won any battles since last May, and that the Coalition kills at least one Daesh leader every three days.  Warren added, however, that defeating Daesh militarily is far easier than defeating its radical thought. [Shafaq] Warren also said Daesh is in possession of chlorine and mustard chemical weapons, but Coalition attacks have largely minimized its ability to use them. [Mada]

 

CoR members say the salaries and benefits cuts, including reducing the bodyguards, of the CoR members will start being implemented this month. PM Abadi issued orders to reduce the CoR budget in August. [Mada]

 

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, arrived in Iraq today for the second time in two weeks to meet with senior government and security officials of the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, including Prime Minister Abadi and IKR President Barzani. In all of his meetings, Mr. McGurk will discuss the Coalition’s ongoing support for Iraqi-led efforts to defeat Daesh, including plans for the further isolation of Mosul, as well as US efforts to help address Iraq’s economic crisis, the situation in Syria, and other regional developments. [State]

 

A Shia MP says the Iraqi Government should demand that the KRG deliver the Daesh chemical official to Baghdad. She says the government should also ask for an explanation why he was given by the US to the KRG instead of the Iraqi government. [Rudaw]

 

The UK’s departing military attaché says the UK will continue supporting Iraq’s war effort through training and airstrikes. He expressed this while bidding farewell to Khalid Al-Ubaidi, the Minister of Defense. [AIN]

 

Amir Al-Kinani, a leading figure in the Sadrist movement, described the reports from Lebanon of Moqtada Al-Sadr’s assassination as “pathetic” and intended to divide the National Coalition. Al-Jadid Lebanese TV said earlier that Moqtada and two of his escorts were assassinated, and that the Sadrists are about to elect a new leader, most likely Hazim Al-A’raji. [IraqPress]

 

Security developments

A security source said that intelligence revealed intentions of Daesh to target five areas in Baghdad with car bombs: Taji, Khadimiya, Zafaraniya, Ghazaliya, and Abu Ghraib. [Ghad]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) issued instructions banning security escorts of officials to move around with weapons when not accompanying their protectees, including those of Ministers, MPs, and other top officials. Violators will be subject to arrest. [Mawazin]

 

The Coalition confirmed the death of Abu Omar Al-Shishani, describing him as one of the most important Daesh leaders. Abu Omar, who had received some of his military training in the US, was the Daesh minister of war and was considered as the second-ranking member of Daesh. He was mortally wounded in a Coalition attack on Shaddadi village in Syrian Kurdistan. [BasNews]

 

Emad Yohanna, member of the CoR Security Committee, admitted that implementation of the compulsory military service law will be difficult. He cited the lack of training camps, and inadequacy of the existing ones; lack of an appropriate budget; uncertain selection criteria; and the as yet unseen obstacles placed by political parties. The law is addressed to the State Shura (consultative) Council for discussion. The MoD announced earlier that the service will include all young men 19-45 years of age, excluding Master’s degree and Ph.D. holders. [Etejah]

 

Coalition warplanes initiated 14 attacks near Hit and Mosul, targeting one tactical unit, a training camp, and 3 weapons workshops. Fighting positions were also targeted. The Coalition said targets near Ramadi, Qayara, Hawija and Kirkuk were also attacked. [Baghdadia]

The following security incidents were reported.

 

Central Baghdad

An MoD colonel was wounded when unknown armed men shot at his car on Sina’a Street in downtown Baghdad, an MoI source said. [Sumaria]

 

North Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Saba’ Al-Bor killed 2 civilians and wounded 8 others. [Baghdadia]

An attack on a Sahwa checkpoint by hand grenade in the Falahat area of Tarmiya District killed one and wounded three others. [Maalomah]

43rd army brigade defused an IED in Rashidiya, and found a cache containing Katyusha rockets and mortar shells. [Mawazin]

 

East Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a hairdresser’s car exploded in Mashtal, killing him immediately. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

Baghdad intelligence and security units arrested Abbas Mahmoud Mirhij, an escapee of Badoush prison in Mosul, in Zafaraniya, the MoD said in a statement. [Sumaria]

Security sources arrested a man wanted on terror charges in Mada’in District. [Ghad]

 

South Baghdad

Three mortar shells fired on a checkpoint in Arab Jabour village killed two soldiers and wounded another three, in addition to wounding 5 civilians who were crossing the checkpoint. [Mada]

23rd army brigade defused 9 IEDs and destroyed 7 booby-trapped houses in Haramsha, Manari, and Madhanik villages in the Arab Jabour area. [Mawazin]

An IED placed in a commercial area in Al-Shiha neighborhood in Dora killed two civilians and wounded another six. [Mada]

 

Southwest Baghdad

A man was wounded by unidentified armed men in Al-Amin neighborhood. [Sumaria]

The body of a woman stabbed to death was found in Jurf Al-Naddaf. [Mada]

 

West Baghdad

An IED planted in a market in Haswa village in Abu Ghraib District killed one civilian and wounded four others. [Maalomah]

Photos show a car bomb being defused in Hay Al-Jami’a.  [Qurtas]

 

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   12    (Not an overall total)

 

ANBAR

The Anbar Uprising Council was formed to confront Daesh, said Abdul Sahaib Mubarak Al-Alwan, an ex-officer of the Iraqi army. The council will be chaired by Mohammed Al-Alwan, and is directly supported by the Prime Minister. [Mawazin ]

 

Falluja

Daesh executed Mustafa Abdul Rahman Al-Eissawi, a mosque Imam in Falluja, on charges of exercising sorcery and black magic, a source in Falluja said. The source said the real reason was the cleric’s opposition to Daesh and its practices. The execution took place publicly in Al-Shuhada Square in downtown Falluja. [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. As we explained previously, Daesh uses this accusation against Sufi Muslims. Falluja was a Sufi city for a long time before Salafi takfiris invaded the city in the 1990s. Many of Falluja’s Sufi imams were assassinated by the AQI.

 

The BOC said that army units in Albu Shijil killed 20 Daesh terrorists and wounded five. It also destroyed a cannon position and 4 defensive positions, as well as 15 IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

Saraya Ashura faction of the PMF shot down a Daesh drone north of Falluja, PMF commission said. [Harbi]

 

1st Rapid Intervention division killed 16 Daesh terrorists including a leader in the Hayakel and Shuhada areas near Qarma. It also destroyed a booby-trapped tanker and a machine gun-mounted vehicle, according to the BOC. [Mawazin]

 

8th army division artillery shelled Daesh positions in Al-Fahailat near Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing all Daesh terrorists inside, a security source said. Daesh were seen transferring dead bodies to Falluja. [AIN]

 

Ramadi

Ali Dawood, the Chairman of Khaldiya subdistrict council, said that Daesh fighters are escaping Jazeera Al-Khaldiya in large numbers and moving westwards towards Syria.  [Maalomah]

 

Col. Amer Al-Mashhadani, deputy commander of Anbar Police emergency units, said that the 7th battalion of Anbar police is now holding ground in Hamdhiya, east of Ramadi, near the expressway. Army units that liberated Hamdhiya have moved eastward to participate in clearing the Albu Bali and Albu Ubaid areas. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi Army positions in Jaraishi north of Ramadi and killed 15 soldiers before burning the positions and returning safely. [JustPaste]

 

Videos of Counter Terrorism troops securing Zangoura west of Ramadi [ISOF] [ISOF] [ISOF]

 

Counter terror forces repelled a Daesh attack on the Hadhaba area near Mohammadi, killing 25 terrorists. Lt. General Abdul Ghani Al-Asadi, the CT commander, said artillery and the Iraqi Air Force participated in the operation, destroying all attackers and their equipment. [AIN]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The IWMC said that Jazeera Operations units rescued 29 families in the Al-Sahal area and 8 families escaping from Kubaisa, and transferred them to the residential complex in Baghdadi. The soldiers killed 3 terrorists and wounded one, while destroying a machine gun-mounted vehicle in south Haditha. Earlier, 67 families were rescued by the IFP and brought to the refugee camp in 60 kilo area. [Harbi]

 

Major General Numan Al-Zubaidi, commander of the 7th army division, said that his forces finalized safe access routes for civilians of Kubaisa who want to evacuate the city. They will be transferred to safer areas by the army. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh issues a video of the Omar mosque that was destroyed by Coalition warplanes on Thursday. [A3maq]

 

Haditha

32 IEDs were destroyed by the IFP in Albu Hayat, in Haditha. [Harbi]

 

Karim Al-Nouri, a member of the PMF Commission, said that PMF forces are 48 hours away from Haditha. He says the liberation of the District is imminent. He says the PMF is contemplating the liberation of the troubled Taza subdistrict in Kirkuk as well. [Mawazin]

 

Ma’een Al-Kadhimi, a PMF Commander, said that by liberating Hit and areas surrounding Haditha, Iraq will have taken away 80% of Daesh’s strategic areas in Iraq. He said that reinforcements are arriving in the area for further liberation operations. [Mawazin]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Major General Thamer Ismail, the commander of Rapid Intervention forces, said that that a wide scale operation to clear north Salahuddin areas from Daesh occupation is imminent, starting from Tikrit northwards. He added that the situation is southern Samarra is stable now, and that the army is now in possession of a lot of Daesh equipment and their plans. He said, however, that the Shirqat liberation date is not yet settled. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

PMF troops defused three booby-trapped houses in Siniya, a security source said. Search operations in Siniya and its surroundings by PMFs and security units are continuing. [Maalomah]

 

Al-Nujaba militia of the PMF said it killed 10 Daesh terrorists with a missile in Al-Sin Al-Sakhri in Makhoul Mountains, the PMF commission said.  It added that Daesh terrorists were trying to recover bodies of their colleagues killed in earlier battles when attacked. [Harbi]

 

Abdullah Abdul Hussein Al-Khafaji, the commander of Al-Battar brigade of the PMF, said his units found a tunnel on a farm in Baiji used by Daesh as a weapons storehouse, where 19 vehicles captured by Daesh from the Iraqi Army were found. [Mawazin]

 

Samarra

PMFs announced finding an ammunition and explosives cache in Sharif Abbas, during the clearing operations for Jazeera Samarra. The cache contained 120 12.7 mm bullets, 22 mortar shells of various calibers, 7 Katyusha rockets, and 100 M16 bullets, among other items. [Harbi]

A video of a Daesh vehicle bomb captured by PMFs [YouTube]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Rapid Intervention forces made several arrests in various parts of Baquba, including several on terror charges, and captured medium and light weapons, said Major General Thamer Ismail, the RI commander. [Mada]

 

Haytham Abdul Sattar, Director of Youth and Sports in Diyala, survived an assassination attempt by a sticky bomb attached to his car, press sources said. Security troops managed to defuse the bomb. [AIN]

 

Diyala Police want to retrieve one of their police battalions, currently holding ground in Salahuddin. It said that this decision was made, but delayed until Salahuddin Police are ready to take over. Col. Ghalib Al-Attiya, spokesman of Diyala Police, said that the forces arrived from Baghdad were very helpful in maintaining law and order, and that once the police battalion returns, the security situation will be good. [Mawazin]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Lt General Mizhir Al-Azawi, Commander of Dijla Operations said that army and security units killed 9 Daesh terrorists and wounded two in Khalawiya, north of Muqdadiya, locating 50 IEDs, 15 explosives belts, and 18 booby-trapped heaters ready to use. [Mada]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on 2 vehicles carrying PMFs in Marat village in Udhaim, killing or wounding the PMFs inside. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on a Facilities Protection Service vehicle in the Nida area in Mandali in southeastern Diyala. [JustPaste]

 

KIRKUK

A high level security meeting was held to coordinate among the Ministry of Defense, the Peshmerga, and the PMF on the liberation of the remaining Daesh-held areas, according to Najmaldin Karim, Governor of Kirkuk. Joint Operations officers, PUK, commanders of land and air units, Peshmerga leaders in Dibis and Makhmur, as well as other top officers attended the meeting. [Sumaria]

 

Dibis

The Districts and Subdistricts office of Kirkuk Police said that Peshmerga forces repelled a Daesh attack on the 108th and 110th Peshmerga brigades in Dibis District north of Kirkuk. 5 suicide attackers were killed in the attack, but a Peshmerga soldier was killed and 5 wounded. [Sumaria]

A second story on the same clash reported that the Peshmerga killed 6 suicide terrorists who attacked Peshmerga trenches in Karaw village, killing all attackers. The attack was followed by a Coalition airstrike on Daesh targets in Karaw village, killing several of them, according to Rasheed Kalali, PUK official in Makhmur. [PUKMedia]

Daesh’s version says 4 of its suicide terrorists (3 Iraqis and a Syrian) attacked and captured a Peshmerga location in Karaw, killing many fighters including a colonel, then clashed with the reinforcements for 6 hours. Daesh says finally 3 of the terrorists detonated themselves and the fourth was killed. [JustPaste]

Here Daesh says a Peshmerga colonel and 4 fighters were killed in the attack. [A3maq]

 

Taza

Hadi Al-Amiri, head of Badr Militia of the PMF, arrived in Kirkuk and visited his forces’ HQ and discussed Daesh’s shelling of Taza subdistrict. He will be visiting Taza as well. [Sumaria]

Al-Amiri said in a press conference in Kirkuk that the aim of his visit is to coordinate with all parties to keep the Daesh threat away. He said that coordination had paid off in the past in the liberation of Amerli, Saadiya, and Jalawla. [Sumaria]

 

A video of the victims of Daesh chemical attack on Taza [YouTube]

 

Ali Al-Husseini, PMF spokesman in north Kirkuk, said that PMF artillery intensively shelled Bashir and Albu Mafraj villages, and three other villages used by Daesh to shell Taza subdistrict. He said heavy losses were inflicted on Daesh terrorists, but no exact count is available. [Sumaria]

 

Hawija

Khalid Al-Mafraji, a CoR member for Kirkuk, asked Prime Minister Al-Abadi to issue orders to liberate Hawija, saying that the Aram tribal mobilization can do the job. He added that Hawija liberation is a step towards liberating Mosul, saying that an army brigade can be formed of all components of Kirkuk society to hold land after liberation. [Mawazin]

 

Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a PMF commander, said that Awwad Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader, is currently in Hawija to meet military commanders there. He asked that airstrikes be increased on Hawija to make use of this opportunity. He said most of Daesh commanders in Hawija were killed in four failed attacks on army units in the past 72 hours. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi Air Force warplanes destroyed a gas station in Al-Rashad subdistrict. The raid killed Jawad Al-Rayashi and Maher Al-Jarad, both Daesh leaders, and several others, according to a security source in Kirkuk. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh truck filled with white phosphorus in Awsaja village of Qayara, Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official in Mosul said. He added that the Coalition also attacked Shirqat and the Albu Najim village in Hatra, in addition to the Pepsi factory in Mosul, Ninewa Ice factory, and the electrical engineering college in the center of Mosul. Coalition warplanes also attacked a Daesh checkpoint in Khorsabad south of Mosul, and Qahtaniya (Ablij) subdistrict in Sinjar. Total results were 16 terrorists killed, 20 wounded, 4 vehicles and several hideouts and positions destroyed. [PUKMedia]

 

Mosul

Major General Najm Al-Jubouri, commander of Ninewa Operations, said that a group of Daesh members had defected, as army units are preparing for the liberation operation. He said the attack on Mosul will be largest ever by the Iraqi army and other units, and that any divisions among these units benefit the terrorists. He also said that the attack will be in several stages starting in Qayara through Makhmur to cut off Daesh supply lines between Mosul and areas south and east of the city. [Ghad] Al-Jubouri estimated there are 6,000-8,000 Daesh fighters in Mosul and he expects street wars in some areas of Mosul. [Maalomah]

Daesh has started to change the houses and buildings occupied by its fighters in Mosul, in fear of Coalition airstrikes and assassination attempts by anti-Daesh armed men in the city, a source in Ninewa Police said. He also said Daesh executed its military advisor, Tariq Najim Al-Samara’i, on charges of communicating with Iraqi security forces. [BasNews]

Press sources said that Daesh is preparing 25 Turkmen children to confront Iraqi forces advancing to Mosul. The children (10-17 years) were taken from Al-Bara’em orphanage in Al-Zahra neighborhood in Mosul and are being trained in Tal Afar to act as suicide attackers. [Maalomah]

 

Jawad Al-Tlebawi, AAH spokesman, held Khalid Al-Ubaidi, the Minister of Defense, responsible for the consequence of following the US-led Coalition’s lead in the liberation of Mosul. Al-Tlebawi said that the agony of Ramadi and Kobane will be repeated, where over 80% of these cities were destroyed, as the Americans applied a scorched earth policy using artillery and warplanes. He said that the PMFs’ “clean” liberation example in Salahuddin should be followed, where only 20% destruction was caused to liberated cities. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. The gentlemen’s memory may be a bit selective. Tikrit was liberated after Coalition air support was provided. The Baiji oil refinery was largely destroyed. As for Mosul, however, he has a point. The slow-but-steady progress strategy is accompanied by continuous bombing, nowhere more heavily than in the Mosul area, as the Coalition keeps flattening buildings. The longer the ground campaign is delayed, the heavier the destruction. At the end of all this, who will pay to replace all those buildings and repair all that were badly damaged?

 

Daesh says 4 people were killed and 25 wounded in Coalition airstrikes on Mosul Jadadia and Bab Lagash on the right (west) side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of the bombing on the soda factory and the ice cream factory in Mosul. [A3maq]

 

An unidentified armed group shot two Daesh leaders to death in two areas in Mosul, according to Gayath Sourachi, PUK media official of Mosul. Raghdan Rafe’ Ahmed (Abu Wadhah), the military officer of Bartella, east of Mosul, was killed in the Al-Nahrawan area, Hussein Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hadidi in the Al-Muthanna neighborhood on the left (east) side of Mosul. [PUKMedia]

 

The “Free Officers” group in Mosul announced armed confrontations with Daesh terrorists in Shallal and the industrial area in Mosul, killing several Daesh members. [Mawazin]

 

In Mosul’s southern Qayara subdistrict, army artillery and multiple rocket launchers started shelling Daesh positions, a security source said. The shelling was attended by the Commander of Ninewa Operations.

More reinforcements have arrived in Ninewa,  including Abrams tanks and engineering units. [Ghad]

 

Makhmur

15th division based in Makhmur camp repelled a Daesh attack on their camp made by six suicide bombers with explosives belts. The terrorists were killed before reaching their targets, Ninewa Operations Command said. [Sumaria] The IWMC said 4 suicide attackers were killed in Makhmur. Ghad  The division’s Chief of Staff, a brigadier general, and three soldiers were wounded. [Shafaq ]

A video of Iraqi soldiers celebrating after repelling a Daesh attack on their location in Makhmur [Hadath]

Daesh says 3 of its suicide terrorists (2 Iraqis and one Egyptian) clashed with Iraqi forces in a camp in Makhmur and killed several of them before detonating their explosives belts. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh publishes photos of its terrorists in the Jazeera area. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Ninewa (Baaj, Hatra)

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

A Russian plane landed in Erbil, carrying weapons and ammunition for the Peshmerga. The Russian consulate in Erbil said that the shipment includes 23mm guns and 19,000 armor piercing bullets. He added that this comes within the Russian military support to the IKR as part of Iraq. [IraqPress]

 

A video of Mohammed Jamal Amin, the American Daesh member who surrendered to the Peshmerga [YouTube]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

Sawt Al-Haq, a Sunni Islamic institution based in Basra, announced forming an armed group to fight Daesh. The group will be called Saraya Al-Haq.  Mohammed Ameen Al-Taha, the director of the institution, condemned Saudi Arabia’s and UAE’s positions towards the PMFs, adding that many Sunnis are fighting within Badr, Saraya Al-Salam, and other PMF units. [Harbi]

 

Hadi Al-Amiri, the commander of Badr militia, said that the visit of Steve Walker, the US consul in Basra to PMF wounded fighters “is not welcome”. He said that “if they were serious, they’d stop their statements criticizing us.”  [Buratha]

DaeshDaily comment. Mr. Al-Amiri is one of the most anti-American leaders in Iraq, based on his own statements, which we have frequently reported. Apparently, hypocrisy troubles him not.

 

Babel

A security source in Babel announced the arrest of a man wanted for terrorism in Jbala, north of Babel. [Mada]

 

A decayed body of an armed man carrying hand grenades was recovered from the Euphrates River in Jurf Al-Sakhar subdistrict, according to Babel Police. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

The Turkish Minister of Interior says security forces identified the suicide terrorist responsible for Ankara attack as Sahar Chaghla Damir, a 24 year old woman from Kars in northeast Turkey. He says Damir joined the PKK in 2013 according to his ministry’s investigations. 37 people were killed and 125 wounded in the attack. [Rudaw]

 

A statement issued by the Chief of Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Tuesday said that 45 terrorists belonging to the PKK were killed in the Qandil Mountains area of Iraqi Kurdistan as a result of the operations targeting PKK camps in Iraq after the deadly bombing in Ankara on Sunday. [Cihan]

 

Turkish troops fired on YPG positions in Syria from across the border, according to a YPG statement. See below under Hasaka for details and link.

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Turkish troops fired across the border on YPG positions near the Hasaka governorate city of Amuda, according to YPG sources. The YPG command reportedly filed a complaint over the alleged violation of the Syrian truce. [Hawar]

 

Abu Omar Al-Shishani, the Daesh “war minister” is in fact dead, according to media reports in the US. As we reported earlier, the notorious red-headed Georgian national was first believed killed in a US airstrike in Shaddadi, before it was reported that the Daesh militant was just injured and later “clinically dead” in a hospital in Syria, as of yesterday’s report. However, US officials have now reportedly confirmed his death. [ARA]

Daesh denied the reports and said Shishani was not hit. [A3maq]

 

A Kurdish military source says Daesh terrorists attacked YPG and SDF forces in Azzawi village, 18 km (11 miles) south of Shaddadi, early Tuesday but the attack was stopped and 19 Daesh terrorists were killed. The source says two Kurdish fighters were killed and another wounded in the battle. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says a YPG commander was killed and an armored vehicle and 4 SUVs destroyed in a suicide attack southeast of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh attacked opposition militia positions north of Aleppo on Tuesday, sparking new fighting in villages north of Aleppo including Dudyan and Yan Yaban, in a bid to regain control of the strategic area near the Turkish border. However opposition militias repelled the Daesh attack, killing and wounding “tens” of Daesh fighters and destroying a Daesh vehicle bomb before it could reach its target, a militia fighter said. [ARA]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Yani Yaban village. [JustPaste]

 

More than ten civilians were injured in opposition militia shelling on the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo on Tuesday. [Welati]

 

A UN delegation arrived in Afrin on Tuesday and was briefed on the situation according to Kurdish media reports. The “Self Administration” government representatives reportedly raised the issue of Turkish cross-border shelling and blockading of Afrin by opposition militias. [Welati]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces are preparing to launch a campaign to enter Daesh-held Manbij, according to a “well-placed source” in the Tishrin Dam area where the SDF holds territory east of Aleppo. Reinforcements have arrived in the last two days, the source said, including heavy weapons, tanks, artillery, and anti-tank missiles, delivered by American planes. Qasioun’s correspondent reports that Daesh has reinforced its positions inside Manbij, including erecting new checkpoints every night and conducting raid and arrest campaigns in the city, targeting those suspected of having contact with opposition factions. Daesh has also been transferring its foreign families to Raqqa in anticipation of the fighting for Manbij.  [Qasioun]

 

Daesh publishes photos of battles near Kowaires airbase. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Dudyan village with locally made rockets. [JustPaste]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian troops and militia allies, with Russian air support, have seized a wide area from Daesh west of Tadmur (Palmyra), east of Homs, a local activist said. [ARA]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Daesh says its terrorists captured 3 Syrian Army locations in Deir Ez-Zor. [A3maq]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

Tehran announced that two Revolutionary Guard colonels were killed while working as military advisors in Syria. Iranian media reported Tuesday that the two were killed in battles with Daesh and are due to be buried in Iran Wednesday. No further details were provided. [Arabi21]

 

Kuwait

Mohammed Al-Mullah, a Kuwaiti media personality, says a suspected Daesh member from outside Kuwait sent messages to many people in Kuwait advertising for low cost educational seminars (video). [Diwan]

DaeshDaily comment. Using people’s need for affordable education is one of the oldest ways of recruitment for terrorist groups. These people usually don’t want to send their children to religious schools, and most of these trap schools are not religious, but the children get introduced to a twisted version of Islam in order to recruit them for Daesh or Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group. This problem might be easy to counter in a rich country like Kuwait, but let’s just imagine what is happening now in poor and more populated countries, or in countries where many people want to teach their kids their original languages and end up hearing that their kids are fighting in Iraq and Syria. 

 

North Africa

Egypt

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry is reportedly investigating reports that 15 Egyptians were abducted in Libya by Daesh. (See below under Libya for more.) [AfriGate]

 

North Sinai

Three soldiers were injured south of Sheikh Zuweid Tuesday when an IED exploded on a group of troops traveling by foot, a security source said, attributing the attack to Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis. [ElWatan]

 

A child was injured by gunfire from unknown gunmen in a village south of Sheikh Zuweid on Tuesday. The one-year old girl was struck in the head by a bullet. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says it detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol near Sidra south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Unidentified gunmen in a private car abducted a young man in his twenties from in front of his home in a seafront neighborhood of Arish, eyewitnesses said. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed a policeman and took his weapon in Birka Halima in Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

A group of 15 Egyptians was reportedly abducted by Daesh in Libya, according to media reports. The Libyan government is investigating the alleged abduction and has told relatives of the abducted Egyptians not to speak to media regarding the ongoing situation, according to the son of one of those reportedly abducted, who lives in Tripoli. Unidentified Libyan parties have been in contact with him, the son said, and have told him that the captives are unharmed and will be released soon. However other reports in Egyptian media have suggested that Daesh is threatening to kill the captives. [Moheet] [AfriGate]

 

Northeast

Five Libyan soldiers were killed in battles with Daesh in Benghazi on Tuesday, according to military sources. Two special forces soldiers were killed in battles around the cement plant, in the Hawari area of Benghazi, while three perished in fighting in the Umm Mabrouka area west of Benghazi, a military spokesman said. As many as 18 soldiers were reportedly injured in the Benghazi battles. [Wasat] [AfriGate]

 

Daesh says its snipers killed three Libyan armed group fighters in Benghazi. [JustPaste]

 

Central Coast

An unidentified warplane conducted two overnight bombing raids on the Qardabiya airbase, controlled by Daesh, near Abu Hadi south of Sirte, local sources said. The sources said that smoke was seen rising from the site of the strikes and the raids caused deaths and injuries in the Daesh ranks. Libyan planes launched from Misrata conducted airstrikes on multiple Daesh positions in Sirte on Tuesday, killing at least five Daesh members and wounding several others. [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

Daesh executed a young man in Sirte on Monday, local sources said. The victim, a Salafist, was allegedly captured by Daesh in clashes in Sirte last August. [AfriGate] Daesh is also Salafist, but many Salafists in Libya are anti-Daesh.

 

Northwest

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a member of the municipal council of the city of Sorman southeast of Sabratha on Tuesday, killing him instantly. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

The chairman of the Sabratha Military Council has said that Daesh “has no presence” in the city apart from “sleeper cells.” The chairman also explained that the newly formed Sabratha Operations Room is under the authority of the Western Region Operations Room. [Wasat]

 

The Sabratha Operations Room has issued a statement calling on residents of Sabratha who “have a break” in Sabratha city to come to its headquarters to provide information. In an earlier statement the Operations Room clarified that there was only one such room in the city of Sabratha. [Wasat]

 

Interior

Armed men believed to belong to Daesh attacked power and water infrastructure near the strategic Sarir Oil Field in the Libyan interior on Tuesday, prompting battles in which the attackers were repelled, according to a facility guard. The guards defending the infrastructure destroyed a suicide vehicle bomb before it could reach its target, the source said. Libyan media reported that armed men displaying the Daesh banner attacked oil infrastructure in the Libyan interior. The Al-Khalij Al-Arabi company, which operates the oilfield, denied reports that the attackers reached the oil infrastructure. [AfriGate] [AfriGate]

 

Tunisia

The Tunisian foreign minister reiterated his government’s opposition to international intervention against Daesh in Libya outside “the framework of international law and the United Nations system,” and said that his government should be notified in advance of any operations, given the anticipated repercussions for Tunisia. [Ewan]

 

Algeria

The Algerian military has raised the level of readiness of its Army forces stationed on the Libyan border to “one level below a war footing,” according to a statement issued by the military. [Arabi21]

 

Representatives of the countries of the so-called “5 + 5” Initiative grouping the southwestern Mediterranean states (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia) and five states of the northwest Mediterranean (Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Malta) started a two-day meeting in Algiers on Tuesday to plan the program of cooperative activities for the next two years. The spread of Daesh in Libya and Tunisia dominated much of the discussion, according to media reports. [Wasat]

 

Other countries

Russia

The Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday that Russian warplanes would continue targeting “terrorists” in Syria even though Russia was drawing down its presence in the country. He named Daesh and the Nusra Front specifically. [Anadolu]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A pro-Daesh page from Mosul

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/As1L61NpL9Lmg19

https://twitter.com/Alsalol_dook352

https://twitter.com/IEIovmCKMu

https://twitter.com/nakhtot1

https://twitter.com/m2552016_43

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

March 14, 2016Hit 2

 

 

Today’s Major Developments

 

The campaign for Hit and Kubaisa is under way.

Rutba may be the next target; Daesh leaves its defense to Iraqis.

Another small child dies from Daesh chemical attack on Taza.

Daesh foreign fighters pull out of Nineveh Plain.

Turkey blames PKK for deadly Ankara blast; bombs PKK in Iraq.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

The central investigations court in Baghdad confirmed the arrest of two Daesh terrorists who confessed to attacking the Al-Athar checkpoint in Babel last week. The arrestees confessed that the attack was executed by an Iraqi suicide bomber. [Maalomah]

 

Security forces closed down the Green Zone from the opposite side of the 14th of July Bridge (a long-standing security checkpoint) and deployed troops in the area in anticipation of next Friday’s sit-in by Sadr supporters. [Ghad]

 

Intelligence units arrested 10 persons wanted on terrorism charges in Ameriya, Radwaniya, Hay Al-Jami’a, and Taji.  [Mada]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops defused 8 IEDs and killed 2 terrorists west of Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

Baghdad Operations Command troops found 6 IEDs in a hideout in Banat Al-Hassan in northwest Baghdad. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

The following security incidents were reported.

Northwest Baghdad

A sticky bomb attached to a minibus killed one passenger and wounded five others in Hurriya. [Mada]

 

North Baghdad

Three men were arrested on terrorism charges in Rashidiya. [Maalomah]

A police unit arrested eight armed men carrying unlicensed weapons in a car in Abayachi, in Tarmiya District. [Ghad]

A man was arrested on terrorism charges in Adhamiya. His confessions led to the arrest of three additional people. [Maalomah]

 

East Baghdad

Two IEDS exploded in Al-Gazlan and Um Al-Kabar in Sadr City, wounding a pedestrian. [Sumaria]

 

Southeast Baghdad

The body of a female child was found strangled on Al-Rasheed camp road. [Maalomah]

A body of a man shot to death was found in Al-Mashru’ in Mada’in. [Mada]

 

South Baghdad

Six men wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Arab Jabour. [Mada]

5 persons were arrested on terrorism charges in Yusufiyah. [Maalomah]

55th army brigade found 3 explosives belts and an explosives cache in Yusufiyah, according to the BOC. [Buratha]

 

Southwest Baghdad

A sticky bomb killed a policeman in his private car as he drove through Saidiya. [Maalomah]

An IED killed one civilian and wounded four in the industrial area in Suwaib. [Maalomah]

 

West Baghdad

An IED killed two civilians and wounded five in a popular market in Al-Makaseb. [Maalomah]

 

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

 

The IWMC said Iraqi F16s killed 60 terrorists in the Shirqat, Bashir, and Sinjar areas in several attacks, based on intelligence from army units in those areas. Several vehicles were also destroyed. [Maalomah]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

Army and tribal forces repelled a Daesh attack on Ameriyat Al-Falluja, the security committee of Anbar Provincial Council said. He said that Daesh used suicide attackers and car bombs in the attack. The attackers retreated after heavy casualties. [Sumaria]

Daesh’s version says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Albu Daaij in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, killing 12 soldiers and fighters and wounding the Anbar Sahwa commander. [A3maq]

 

Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) troops killed 14 Daesh terrorists and wounded 2 and destroyed a hideout, a combat location, and 20 IEDs in Albu Shijil. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

BOC troops killed 10 Daesh terrorists and wounded 4 and destroyed a vehicle carrying a machine gun in the Al-Atar area. [BOC Facebook Page]

 

A military source says the Iraqi Army’s 1st Division artillery, based on information provided by Kata’eb Hezbollah, shelled Daesh in two different locations in Falluja city, killing several terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Etejah]

 

Ramadi

Suhaib Al-Rawi, the Governor of Anbar, announced the return of over 1,400 families to their homes in Zangoura, west of Ramadi. He added that the next few days will witness the start of the return of families to some Ramadi city areas. [Ghad]

 

58 IEDs were destroyed by the 10th and 8TH army divisions in Hamdhiya, where one soldier was killed and 4 wounded. 50th army brigade destroyed 40 IEDs and 10 booby-trapped houses in the Al-Sadda area in Hamdhiya. The 8th division joined the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) “Golden Division” and formed a blocking line against any infiltration attempts and destroyed a Daesh pickup truck and two mortar guns in the process. 15 IEDs were defused and 10 destroyed. [Ghad]

The MoD says Iraqi forces shot down a Daesh drone in Hamdhiya. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Silaijiya west of Ramadi with a vehicle bomb loaded with 3 tons of explosives, killing 20 soldiers and destroying 5 vehicles. Daesh says its terrorists shelled the location after the attack, causing more casualties (photos). [JustPaste] [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Zangoura, killing 20 soldiers and destroying 10 vehicles. [JustPaste]

 

Lt. General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, the IFP commander, said that the IFP 18th brigade liberated the train station at Mohammadi west of Ramadi, and is now clearing it of mines and IEDs. [Mawazin]

 

50% of Mohammadi subdistrict was liberated and the rest will be cleared in the coming hours, according to Naeem Al-Qa’ood, sheikh of the Albu Nimr tribe. After that, the army forces will head to the eastern entrance of Hit. The sheikh said that the army is advancing from several areas including from Ramadi, and along the Anbar Expressway. [Mada]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

The IWMC said on Sunday that the CTS captured the Aqba intersection and is now surrounding Hit from the south and the north. The IWMC also said thousands of families have escaped Hit and Kubaisa towards the Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

 

Lt. General Sami Al-Aridhi, CTS special operations commander, said his units are only 8 km (5 miles) away from Hit, and that large quantities of weapons were captured. He said that Daesh bodies are all over the place. [Mawazin]

 

The IWMC said PMF troops, supported by Iraqi Army units, occupied the Kubaisa factory and are heading towards the city center. [Mawazin]

PMF troops arrested several Daesh terrorists around Kubaisa, one of them a Turk. [Harbi]

 

Hussein Kassar, Chairman of the security committee of Al-Wafa subdistrict in western Ramadi, said that from a military viewpoint, Daesh has already lost both Hit and Kubaisa. Many of their fighters have already escaped to Syria. He added that full liberation will be announced in the coming hours. [Mada]

 

Rajih Al-Essawi, member of Anbar Provincial Council, said that over 500 Daesh terrorists fled Hit and Kubaisa, and also Rutba in the western desert, to an unknown destination, as army units are approaching—after giving up their weapons, shaving their beards, and putting on civilian clothes. [Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of the 41th Rapid Intervention brigade said army and security forces broke into the area of Mohammediyat, near Hit, amidst a mass escape by Daesh fighters. Heavy air cover supported the operation. [Maalomah]

 

An armed group killed 6 Daesh terrorists, including some of foreign Arab nationalities, near the house where they were staying in Hit. The group used loud music to attract Daesh terrorists to their car before shooting them down. [Mada]

 

80 families that left Hit through safe routes arranged by the army were transferred to safety in Khaldiya and Habbaniya, the Khaldiya council Security Committee said. Hit will be liberated in the coming hours, said the Committee. [Mada]

 

Haditha

A security source said over 1,000 families escaped Kubaisa, and were received by joint forces in Al-Sahal area in Wadi Horan, northwest of Ain Al-Asad military base, where they are being supported in schools and mosques. Another 200 persons arrived at Al-Baghdadi in Hit District and were transferred by army forces to a safe area. [Mada] Around 1,000 families arrived at Ain Al-Asad from Hit, Zangoura, and Rutba. [Maalomah]

 

The PMF Commission said that “technical” reasons are delaying the lifting of siege of Haditha, west of Hit. It said that after the liberation of Jazeera Samarra, problems arose related to the holding of the liberated areas by the army. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. Army troops are now widely spread as Iraq moves to knock Daesh out of multiple places. Assigning any of those troops to “hold” liberated areas seems unlikely. Some of the PMFs have been whining about not being allowed in on the action. Seems like it’s time to step up.

 

Coalition planes destroyed 6 Daesh vehicles and a hideout containing weapons in the Qusairat and Masira areas, according to IWMC. [Ghad]

 

Western Anbar

After its withdrawal from Rutba to Al-Qa’im yesterday, Daesh returned with tanks and artillery pieces and took control of the city again, a security source said. The source added, however, that no Arab or foreign leaders have arrived back in the city, leaving local commands to take over. Tanks and artillery are spread around the entrances of the city. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. That would appear to make them inviting targets for the Coalition and IAF.

 

The Mayor of Rutba District, Emad Ahmed, had said on Sunday that Daesh had withdrawn completely and asked security forces to seize this opportunity to capture the city. He says Daesh left either because of its defeats elsewhere in Anbar or because it wanted to create a situation under which it could identify people in the city who are communicating with Iraqi forces. [Sumaria]

The Mayor also said Daesh released 35 prisoners it was holding for various reasons. He added that Shakir Wahayyeb, a widely known Daesh leader, escaped Rutba to an unknown location, through the desert. [Sumaria]

 

The Anbar Provincial Council says Rutba will be liberated after Hit and Kubaisa. It also said Daesh did not fully withdraw from the city. [Mawazin]

 

In the face of all this, Daesh issued a video of its terrorists in Rutba. [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Army helicopters destroyed the bridge connecting Shirqat to Sadaira Ulia and Sadaira Sufla villages, a source in Salahuddin Operations Command said. He added that the bridge is used by Daesh to move supplies and fighters among Mosul, Hawija, and Shirqat. [Ghad]

 

Jawad Al-Tlebawi, spokesman of the AAH, said that the PMFs are ready to liberate Shirqat upon orders, adding that such orders have not been issued yet. He also says security forces are now busy holding ground and closing security gaps in Jazeera Samarra. [Mawazin]

 

Baiji

Displaced persons from Baiji and Siniya demanded that the PMF press Ra’ed Al-Jubouri, the Governor of Salahuddin, to approve their return to their areas. They accused the Governor of delaying their return, for unknown reasons.  [Maalomah]

 

Lt. General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, the IFP commander, said that the 3rd special forces battalion and the IFP artillery killed 20 terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles near Fatha bridge north of Baiji. [Mawazin]

Army Aviation helicopters destroyed two Daesh vehicles in Fatha, northeast of Baiji, a security source in Salahuddin said. [Ghad]

 

Joint forces repelled a Daesh attack from two directions, the first on Allas and Ajeel oil fields, the second in the Makhoul Mountains, a security source said. [Ghad]

The MoD says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAF and the IAA, repelled a Daesh attack on Himrin Mountains, north Makhoul, and Allas and Ajeel oilfields, killing 40 terrorists and destroying a construction shovel bomb and 2 vehicles. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says its terrorists attacked Iraqi forces in Allas and Ajeel and in Zarqa. Daesh says it shelled Iraqi forces with 95 120mm mortars during the attack without giving more details. [JustPaste]

Daesh publishes photos of battles in the Makhoul Mountains area. [JustPaste]

 

A PMF commander says his troops found identical tattoos on several Daesh dead bodies in Allas and Ajeel oilfields. He says Daesh uses these tattoos to identify its terrorists, especially those from the suicide units. [Sumaria]

 

Tikrit

The MoD says security forces conducted a search campaign in the residential compound in Al-Daur and found 6 20-liter cans of ammonium nitrate. [PUKMedia]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces defused a booby-trapped house in the Shishin area of Tikrit District. [PUKMedia]

 

Samarra

The MoD says an Iraqi Abrams tank destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb as it approached Iraqi forces in Jazeera Samarra. Iraqi forces also defused tens of IEDs in the same area. [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an IFP vehicle in Jalam Al-Milh north of Samarra, killing an officer and three policemen. [JustPaste]

 

Tooz

The spokesman of the Tuz Khurmatu Mayor says an internal fight erupted between PMF fighters in Amerli, resulted in injury to one of them. [BasNews]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Three Daesh terrorists were arrested on terrorism charges in various areas of Baquba, said Jassem Al-Saadi, Diyala police chief. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Armed men kidnapped a worker in a car wash in Muqdadiya, and took him to an unknown location. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Abu Saida with mortars. [JustPaste]

 

Northern Diyala

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed 2 PMF pickup vehicles in Udhaim with 2 IEDs, killing 5 fighters. [JustPaste]

 

Southern Diyala

Three men were arrested on charges of terrorism in Balad Ruz, Diyala police said. An IED was defused in the Shah Ali area. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

Another 1½ year old child died in Taza of suffocation due to the chemical bombardment by Daesh, according to a medical source. The source added that the child died due to lack of proper medical care. [Maalomah]

 

Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a PMF leader, said an air strike on Bashir village killed several Daesh terrorists, including an ex-colonel in Saddam’s Fedayeen. He added that over 20 ex-army officers in Kirkuk are occupying important Daesh positions.  [Sumaria]

 

Armed men detonated an IED at the entrance of a house in Al-Wasiti neighborhood in downtown Kirkuk, wounding a woman and her child, a security source said. [Mada]

 

Two persons were arrested on terror charges in Sayada south of Kirkuk, a security source said. [Mada]

 

17 Daesh terrorists were killed in an air attack by the Iraqi Air Force on Bashir village and the Safra area of Riyadh subdistrict, a source in Kirkuk Governorate said.  [Mada]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Daesh withdrew Iraqi army vehicles captured by them in Mosul, including tanks, Humvees, and large trailers to areas outside Mosul, local sources said. [Maalomah]

 

A Ninewa Police source says Iraqi planes dropped more leaflets on Qayara asking people to prepare for the liberation operation in south Ninewa. Meanwhile, Daesh is forcing people to attend the prayers in Mosul and then making them remain in the mosques to listen to its message urging the people of Mosul to join Daesh. [BasNews]

 

Another Ninewa Police source says Coalition planes bombed the Pepsi factory in Zinjili in west Mosul. The factory was used by Daesh as a storehouse for weapons and ammunition. The source also says Coalition warplanes bombed other Daesh locations in Mosul. [BasNews]

 

He also says that Daesh blew up 700 houses of police and army members who previously fled to the IKR, in several areas around Mosul.  [PUKMedia]

 

Daesh says American warplanes destroyed a soda factory and an ice factory on the right (west) side of Mosul. [A3maq]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says one of its snipers killed a Daesh terrorist in Qusiyat near the Mosul-Tel Keif road. [KM Facebook Page]

 

A local source from Mosul says Daesh has not paid its terrorists for 3 months now, forcing some of them to flee. [Etejah]

 

Nineveh Plain

A PUK official says Daesh withdrew most of its terrorists from Qayara (southern Mosul), Hamdaniya, Bartella and Tel Keif towards Mosul leaving only the local Daesh members of those areas. [PUKMedia]

DaeshDaily comment. If true, this means that Daesh is leaving its supporters, who betrayed and killed and displaced their neighbors and took their lands, to face the upcoming Iraqi attack on their own. We should expect negotiation requests from those people soon. Notice the similarity of this story to Rutba in Anbar (See Western Anbar section above), where Daesh has left defense of the city to Iraqis.

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Daesh executed 6 men in Hassan Kiwi village in Tal Afar on charges of spying for security forces, witnesses said. [Mawazin]

 

Mohammed Jamal Amin, a US citizen with a Palestinian father and Iraqi mother, was arrested at a checkpoint in Sinjar, northwest of Mosul. Mohammed joined Daesh and came to fight in Iraq two months ago, but claims that he defected and was heading back to Turkey. He is currently being investigated. [Mada]

 

A PUK official says Coalition planes bombed Daesh hideouts and gatherings in Tal Afar, killing many terrorists including Ismat Hayyo Al-Afri, a local leader responsible for several crimes against civilians, especially Yazidis. [PUKMedia]

 

Abdul Rahman Al-Luwaizi, a Sunni CoR member from Ninewa, says a new Popular Mobilization unit of 250 tribal fighters was established. He says the unit will operate in areas south of Sinjar and will be connected to the PMF Commission in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Saman Mohammed, the Mayor of Warti subdistrict in Suleimaniya, said Turkish warplanes attacked locations in the Qandil Mountains, where the PKK is headquartered, causing a power cut in the village of Liyona near the mountain. [Sumaria] Turkish media spoke about an air raid on 18 PKK targets by 11 Turkish warplanes following the Ankara bombing Sunday. [Maalomah]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Kerbala

The Mid-Euphrates Operations Command says it captured a truck loaded with 8 tons of rockets, IEDs, explosives vests, mines, sticky IEDs and other explosives materials that was trying to sneak from Nukhaib to Kerbala. The truck, driven by a 60-year old man from Ninewa, was supposed to go eventually to Baghdad (photos and video). It was reported by an intelligence source in Rutba 20 days ago. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Basra

Steve Walker, the US Consul General in Basra, visited injured PMF fighters in Sadr Educational Hospital in Basra on Saturday. The Consul praised the role of the PMFs in fighting Daesh under the command of Prime Minister Al-Abadi. He also gave US condolences to the families of the fallen PMF fighters (video). [Hurra]

Members of Basra Provincial Council praised the visit and said it sent a positive message to the Iraqi people. [Sumaria]

Kareem Al-Nouri, member of the PMF Commission, says the Consul’s visit was positive and represented international recognition of the PMFs. He also says the visit contrasted with the negative attitude of some Arab countries. [Sumaria]

Speaking of negative attitudes, however, Moqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement denouncing the Consul’s visit and saying all PMF commanders should do the same, otherwise they would be considered “in a different trench.” [Mada] A Sadrist MP said the Consulate should not interfere in PMF affairs. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We get the anti-American message, which is nothing new. It’s less clear, however, what Al-Sadr hopes to gain from all this bashing of the Prime Minister and the US.   

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

 

Political developments

The Chief of Staff of the Turkish Army on Monday denied recent remarks by the Russian foreign minister that Turkish ground troops have entered Syria. [Anadolu]

 

Military developments

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu announced Monday that Turkey conducted airstrikes Sunday in northern Iraq targeting PKK camps “after determining the identity” of those responsible for a deadly bomb blast in Ankara on Sunday that killed and injured over 100 people. Turkish police arrested four people on Monday in the city of Urfa on suspicion of involvement in the attack. [Sumaria] [Sumaria]

 

Different videos of the terrorist attack in Ankara. [YouTube]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

The PYD-affiliated Women’s Protection Units known as “YPJ” freed 19 Yazidi female captives from Daesh in an unspecified location near Raqqa, including 5 women and 14 children, the YPJ announced (photo/video). [Hawar]

 

The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) are digging fortifications in the Shaddadi countryside, a Shaddadi resident said. The SDF has extended its cordon around Shaddadi to a distance of 28 to 30 km (17 to 18 miles), the source said. [ARA]

 

The SDF and Daesh fought continuing clashes around the city of Markada, Daesh’s last stronghold in Hasaka Governorate, south of Shaddadi on Monday. The SDF were supported by Coalition airpower, a military source said. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh’s notorious “minister of war,” “Abu Omar Al-Shishani,” is clinically dead in a hospital in the Raqqa countryside after being targeted in a Coalition airstrike earlier in the month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has announced. SOHR’s statement comes after reports of the Georgian’s death in the airstrike. [Arabi21]

 

Daesh says its terrorists launched an attack from different sides on the YPG and its allies in Shaddadi countryside and captured several villages and killed many fighters, despite the air support provided by the Coalition for the YPG. [JustPaste]

Daesh says its terrorists conducted 2 suicide attacks on YPG fighters south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh says an American plane mistakenly bombed YPG positions south of Shaddadi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Mount Abdul Aziz. [JustPaste]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Opposition militias seized the strategic village of Ghazl from Daesh late Sunday, north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, after heavy fighting and reports of injuries on both sides. The militias north of Aleppo also repelled a Daesh attempt to infiltrate the village of Yan Yaban, and engaged Daesh in heavy fighting around the village of Dudyan. In continuing fighting, the militias then seized control of the Turkmen village of Ain Jaka west of Aleppo on Monday, after heavy fighting with Daesh in which an unspecified number of Daesh militants were killed. A militia fighter reported that Turkish artillery units fired “tens” of shells from across the border targeting Daesh positions in support of the militia fighters. The militia fighters also destroyed a Daesh vehicle bomb before it could reach its target, the militia source said. [ARA] [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Opposition militias launched gas canisters and toxic chlorine and phosphorous shells on the Kurdish Shaykh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo, wounding five civilians, according to doctors quoted by the Hawar agency. [Hawar]

 

The YPG repelled a Daesh attack Monday on the village of Zor Maghar near Kobane, killing and injuring a number of Daesh fighters, a YPG fighter said. [ARA]

 

Daesh mortared the village of Abri and surrounding areas southwest of Kobane Monday, the YPG announced in a statement. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Syrian troops and allied militias launched ground operations Monday to seize the city of Tadmur (Palmyra) east of Homs from Daesh control. The operations coincided with more than 80 Russian air raids targeting residential areas of the city and more than 200 Syrian rockets falling on the city, causing extensive property damage. Syrian helicopters also dropped barrel bombs and explosive gas canisters on the city. [Qasioun] [Qasioun]

 

Daesh issues a video of Iranian fighters killed in clashes in Qasr Al-Halabat west of Tadmur two days ago. [A3maq]

 

South

Video released Sunday purportedly shows Jaish Al-Islam militia destroying a Daesh tunnel in Damascus. In a statement released by Jaish Al-Islam, the group had been monitoring Daesh activity for several days before digging a tunnel to intercept the Daesh tunnel builders. Jaish Al-Islam fighters reportedly clashed with Daesh underground in the tunnels before destroying the entire tunnel, killing a number of Daesh fighters. [Arabi21]

 

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Syrian troops in east Qalamoun. [JustPaste]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Saudi Arabia

Saudi security authorities arrested Daesh’s wali at his home in Saudi Arabia’s northern Al-Jawf region, according to the country’s Interior Ministry. Suhayl Al-Hadi Al-Ruwayli is suspected of involvement in multiple Daesh attacks in Saudi Arabia, including attacks on mosques and security personnel. A Saudi woman, identified as Binan Eisa Hilal, was killed in the arrest operation when she offered armed resistance to the security troops with an automatic rifle in her hand. Weapons and explosives were also uncovered at the site. (photos). [Aawsat]

 

North Africa

Egypt

The body of an unidentified young man was found Monday south of Arish, bearing gunshot wounds to the head, and two others bearing gunshot wounds to the head and chest were found in central Arish. [VetoGate] [VetoGate]

 

A police officer was killed Sunday when alleged Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis militants opened fire on him in a public square in central Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army Humvee in the Kilo 17 area west of Arish. [JustPaste]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army patrol on the international road between Arish and Rafah. [JustPaste]

 

Egyptian counter-terrorism units killed two militants in Rafah Sunday, and three others south of Rafah, in ongoing sweeping operations targeting Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, Daesh’s franchise in Egypt. Egyptian troops also neutralized at least three IEDs in various areas of North Sinai, security sources said. [ElWatan]

 

Counter-terrorism units destroyed a four-wheel drive vehicle on Sunday south of Rafah, killing three suspected Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis members inside, security sources said. [ElWatan]

 

Daesh says its terrorists detonated an IED on an Egyptian Army vehicle south of Sheikh Zuweid. [JustPaste]

 

Libya

Northeast

Libyan Army troops extended their area of control west of Benghazi in heavy fighting Monday with militant groups in the Mabrouka area, located some “few kilometers” from the Daesh stronghold of Al-Qawarisha, a military spokesman said. Two soldiers died in the battle and sixteen special forces fighters were also injured the source said. [AfriGate]

 

Pro-Daesh literature was uncovered in a mosque in Bueitni east of Benghazi, the local director of criminal investigations said. [Libya24]

 

Daesh issues a video message from its terrorists in Benghazi. The video also shows the execution of two Libyan soldiers. [VideoWood]

 

Central Coast

Over 20 new Daesh commanders arrived in Sirte on Sunday, a security source said. The Daesh leaders are of Libyan, Egyptian, Yemeni, and Saudi nationality, all arriving via the southern Libyan desert, the source said. Reportedly among the newly arrived commanders is one “Murad Al-Burayki,” a Libyan from Derna. Local residents report that Daesh has increased its presence at checkpoints around the city and its militants have been inspecting cars, drivers, and mobile phones of those passing through as well as checking identities and checking that women are properly veiled according to Daesh’s rules. [Wasat]

 

Daesh raided homes in the rural Henyawa area south of Sirte on Sunday, detaining four young men for unknown reasons. [Wasat]

 

Northwest

The military council of Mashayisha has announced that there is no Daesh presence in Mizda, south of Tripoli. [Ewan]

 

Two brothers of the former Daesh emir of Nawfaliya were arrested Sunday in a Tripoli apartment, security sources said. [Wasat]

 

Algeria

Algerian joint military and security troops killed “Abu Al-Mandhir,” Daesh’s emir in the coastal Tipaza province, according to Algeria media reports. Security sources also said that Algerian authorities seized weapons, explosives, and communications devices from suspected Daesh sites. Daesh’s affiliate “Wilayat Tipaza” was formerly known as the “Salafi Call.” [ARA]

 

Other countries

Afghanistan

Twelve Daesh members were killed and 21 others wounded Monday when an IED they were planting to target security troops exploded prematurely in Nangarhar state in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the Army. Two other militants were killed and three wounded in a similar incident on Saturday. [Ewan]

 

Bangladesh

Daesh says a group of its terrorists stabbed and killed a Shia doctor working in the Khomeini Medical Center in south Bangladesh. [JustPaste]

 

Indonesia

A Jakarta police spokesman says 14 Indonesian citizens were captured at Jakarta airport while they were trying to fly to Bangkok, heading to Syria. He says a family of 5 was among the detainees, including 3 children. Turkey previously deported 200 Indonesians who had been trying to go to Syria since December. [Sumaria]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

A Daesh supporters’ hackers page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/OO_Q91

https://twitter.com/mraser3

https://twitter.com/abotal851

https://twitter.com/nbmb9

https://twitter.com/Hutam__49

 

Other Daesh media   

Daesh audio newsletter for today in Arabic [JustPaste]

March 11, 2016

Zanqoura Families

Today’s Major Developments

 

Sadr-promoted demonstrations in Baghdad and southern provinces demand anti-corruption reforms.

Al-Abadi takes action on Daesh chemical weapons in Taza after two child victims die.

IFP raids Daesh outposts in Arab Jabour, south Baghdad.

Iraqi ground forces move closer to Hit, Haditha as more bombs land on Hit and Kubaisa.

Turkey gives the KRG a loan as pipeline resumes operation.

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

BAGHDAD

Political developments

Prime Minister Abadi’s office issued a statement saying that Daesh’s use of chemical weapons in its attacks on Taza is a crime against humanity and promised a swift response. Abadi also ordered specialized medical teams to the city. [Mada]

 

Abadi’s office also issued a statement saying the PM submitted a request to Iraqi political parties and “the different social organizations” to submit names of technocrat candidates for the cabinet. A committee will review the CVs of the candidates and submit the final names to the Prime Minister. [Mada]

 

Extensive security measures were taken in Baghdad today, where the areas of Salihiya, Zaytoun Street, Abu Nawas Street, Bab Al-Sharqi, Saadoun Street, Tayran Street, and Khayam Street were closed to vehicle traffic. Elite forces are on duty all over these areas and around the Green Zone, while Ahrar, Jamhuriya and Sinak bridges were closed, in anticipation of today’s demonstration. [Sumaria]  Security forces also closed the road leading from Sadr city towards the Ministry of Interior, expected to be used by demonstrators coming from Sadr city to Tahrir Square, and were deployed in force along the sides of the road. [Ghad]

Saraya Al-Salam forces, the Al-Sadr militia, were deployed in Baghdad alongside security forces to ensure protection of demonstrators. [Ghad]

 

Moqtada Al-Sadr said in a recorded speech to thousands of his followers who demonstrated in Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad that the reforms should include all the state’s establishments, including the judicial system, the elections commission, and financial establishments. He says corruption is not about changing a minister or two. Sadr accused the Al-Maliki government of politicizing the judicial system and of selling the country to terrorists. [Sumaria]

Sadr also says the demonstrations should continue to put pressure on the government to make substantial reforms. [Sumaria]

The Sadrists were the biggest group in today’s demonstrations in Baghdad. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. Sadr himself has an old issue with the legal system because he could still be tried for the murder of imam Abdul Aziz Al-Khoei in 2003. 

 

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Kerbala, Babel, Qadisiya, Wasit, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Basra, and Samawa demanding a technocrat government, more reforms, and anti-corruption measures. [Sumaria] [Mada] [Mada] [Mada] This is virtually all the provinces in southern Iraq.

 

The Saudi delegate to the Arab League meeting in Cairo withdrew after Foreign Affairs Minister Jaafari made a speech that praised the PMFs and Hezbollah. [Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Why would the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister put local armed groups in the same sentence with an armed group from another country? Iraq has had enough from meddling in other people’s issues and from other people’s interference in Iraqi issues.

 

Security developments

The Pentagon announced the handover of Sulaiman Dawood Al-Bakar, the Daesh chemical weapons official, to Iraqi authorities, according to Peter Cook, Pentagon spokesman. Cook said Coalition attacks have weakened Daesh chemical capabilities to a large extent, although not eliminating them completely.  Al-Bakar, also known as Al-Afri, was arrested via a special US operation near Zab area last month. [Buratha]

 

Steve Warren, the Coalition spokesman, said that Iraqi army can liberate Mosul and Falluja at the same time. He added that the Coalition is constantly pressing Daesh which has very limited options left, as its forces, infrastructure, and moneys are being bombed in Mosul and surrounding areas.  [Rassid]

 

The IFP conducted a clearing operation in Arab Jabour in south Baghdad. Sheikh Wael Al-Shimmari, commander of the PMFs’ “Elite Regiments”, told the IWMC that the Daesh presence in Arab Jabour was eliminated and that many Daesh terrorists were killed and captured. Command posts in Madhanik village near Arab Jabour were also destroyed. [Harbi]

DaeshDaily comment. Eliminated? Given all the recent deadly incidents in Arab Jabour, we can only hope the commander’s optimism proves justified, but we suspect this welcome initiative will need some serious follow-up. (See today’s list of security incidents in South Baghdad, below.)

 

Aws Al-Khafaji, general secretary of Abu Fadhil Al-Abbas faction of the PMFs, survived an assassination attempt by roadside IED in Arab Jabour in South Baghdad. [Mawazin]

 

The Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) said that total figures from the operations in west Baghdad is 19 terrorists killed, 4 wounded, 3 vehicles destroyed, and 58 IEDs defused. [Harbi]

 

The Security Committee of Baghdad Provincial Council said the administrative borders of Baghdad are well secured, and that the BOC and supporting PMF units are in control for over 20 km from the city perimeter. Mohammed Al-Rubaie, member of the committee said, that Baghdad’s security situation is good, except for some minor incidents here and there. [AIN]

DaeshDaily comment. We highly disagree with this statement. The esteemed gentleman is obviously not reading Daesh Daily, or reading the local newspapers either.

 

The following security incidents were reported.

Northwest Baghdad

A major trader in silenced guns was arrested in Shula. The arrest was made based on prior intelligence. 5 silenced guns were found with him. [Ghad]

 

North Baghdad

An IED killed one civilian and wounded eight others in Hamamiyat, in Taji District north of the city. [Mada]

 

Southeast Baghdad

An IED placed in a commercial area in Wardiya, in Mada’in District, killed one civilian and wounded five others. [Mada]

11th army division found a weapons cache in Mada’in, containing 40 mortar shells. The information was received from local residents. [Maalomah]

 

South Baghdad

Arab Jabour. 23rd army brigade found and destroyed 9 booby-trapped houses in Al-Baijiya area of Arab Jabour. [Ghad]

An IED targeting a PMF patrol in Arab Jabour killed two and wounded six. [Mada]

Daesh says its terrorists killed four PMF fighters in Arab Jabour. [A3maq]

Hor Rijab. A roadside IED killed two Sahwa members and wounded another while their patrol was passing through Hor Rijab, in Dora. [Mada]

An attack by hand grenade on a Sahwa checkpoint in Hor Rijab killed one of them and wounded another three. [Maalomah] (might be the same story)

Mahmudiya. Daesh says its terrorists killed two Iraqi officers and two soldiers and wounded seven soldiers with an IED in Mahmudiya in south Baghdad. [A3maq]

A roadside IED wounded three soldiers patrolling Sayed Abdullah village in Mahmudiya. [Baghdadia]

 

An IED placed near a soccer field in Al-Wihda neighborhood killed 2 civilians and wounded other seven. [Mada]

8 persons wanted on terrorism charges were arrested in Yusufiyah and Bazayez Al-Yusufiyah by temporary checkpoints installed by the 17th army division. [Ghad]

 

Southwest Baghdad

The body of a man shot to death was found in Al-Jihad neighborhood. [Mada]

Security forces arrested a man wanted on terrorism charges in Suwaib. [Ghad]

 

West Baghdad

A sticky bomb killed a university professor in his car in Al-Adel neighborhood. [Mada]

 

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

 

The Coalition announced 13 air strikes in Iraq and one in Syria on March 10. Attacks in Iraq were near seven cities, including Ramadi, Hit, and Sinjar, and destroying five tactical units, 12 fighting positions, and various weapons and supply lines. The strike in Syria was near Mare’, destroying one tactical unit. [CJTF]

 

The UK said that its Tornado and Typhoon warplanes are actively operating against Daesh in Iraq during March. It said that in the past few days, several air attacks were executed in northern and western Iraq, destroying Daesh weapon stores and other targets, including a large-scale attack on a fortified village. [Shafaq]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

The IWMC says Iraqi forces killed 27 Daesh terrorists in different areas in Qarma. [Ghad]

 

Six Daesh terrorists were killed while rigging a car bomb in a workshop north of Falluja. The bomb went off, destroying the whole workshop and four vehicles packed with weapons and explosives ready to move to Qarma, Anbar Operations command (AOC) said. [Mada]

Security forces killed three Daesh terrorists while planting an IED on a main road leading to Saqlawiya, north of Falluja. [Maalomah]

 

Daesh shelled the residential compound in Ameriyat Al-Falluja, wounding “tens” of people including children. [WarNews]

 

25th army brigade killed two terrorists and destroyed their motorcycle in Bustan Al-Tikriti south of Falluja according to the BOC. Another terrorist was killed and two others wounded when the army shelled their positions with 82mm mortars. [Ghad]

 

Ramadi

Ali Dawood, Chair of Khaldiya subdistrict council, said that Iraqi army enforcements are still arriving to Khaldiya to liberate Jazeera Al-Khaldiya while Coalition and Iraqi war planes are bombing Daesh targets there. Full liberation is anticipated very shortly, he said. [IraqPress]

 

A booby-trapped shovel abandoned by Daesh in Albu Aitha area east of Ramadi exploded when Major Aziz Al-Eithawi, of Anbar tribal mobilization tried to operate it. The officer was killed immediately, according to Major General Tariq Yusuf Al-Asal, commander of Anbar tribal fighters of north Ramadi area. [Rassid]

 

Ghassan Al-Eithawi, commander of tribal forces in north Ramadi, says he was wounded by a mortar shell in Albu Ubaid north of Ramadi. [Mada]

 

The Anbar Operations Commander says his troops, supported by Coalition warplanes, killed 14 Daesh terrorists in Hamdhiya and Albu Ubaid north of Ramadi. [BasNews]

The IWMC says troops destroyed 2 Daesh motorcycles that were attacking the forces in Hamdhiya. Iraqi forces also killed 7 Daesh terrorists in the same area. [Ghad]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed an Iraqi Army tank near the Zaidan factories northeast of Ramadi. [A3maq]

 

A video of Iraqi forces in battles with Daesh terrorists in Zangoura [YouTube]

A video of civilians secured by Iraqi forces in Zangoura [Sumaria]

A video of Iraqi forces saving chicken from a burning cage in Zangoura [JustPaste]

 

It became more apparent today that the movement of Iraqi forces through western Ramadi is linked to the pending campaign to liberate Hit. Falah Al-Qaragoli, commander of Anbar tribal forces in the western areas said that army and tribal mobilization forces liberated the important Dawar and Qutniya areas, located near the old Ramadi-Hit road. 20 Daesh terrorists were killed in the operation, which was backed by Coalition warplanes. He said that this was part of the process of clearing all areas of Anbar and destroying Daesh defenses surrounding the city of Hit. [Mada]

 

Hit/Kubaisa

A military source said Coalition warplanes destroyed over 45 targets in Hit and Kubaisa in the past 72 hours. The targets were fixed and movable, and described as being of strategic and important nature. Tens of Daesh terrorists were killed in these attacks. [Sumaria]

 

Iraqi warplanes attacked the Kubaisa cement factory, used by Daesh as a command center, killing numerous terrorists inside, IWMC said. [Harbi]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh guesthouse killing 20 terrorists in Kubaisa. [MoD Website]

Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles coming from Hit towards the Mohammadi area killing the terrorists inside them. [MoD Website]

Coalition warplanes destroyed 3 Daesh vehicles in Wadi Al-Hajiya south of Kubaisa killing the terrorists inside them. [MoD Website]

 

Ismail Al-Jumaili (Abu Aisha), a major Daesh leader and the mastermind of many terror operations against security forces, was killed by an Army Aviation (IAA) helicopter strike in Hit. The helicopters destroyed a house where Al-Jumaili was staying, and killed 8 of his companions as well, a security source in Anbar said. [Maalomah]

 

Lt. Saadoun Al-Ubaidi, spokesmen of the 14th Rapid Intervention brigade, said that IAA helicopters bombed Kubaisa and killed Rahim Al-Awadh, the wali of Kubaisa and four of his colleagues. The attack which also destroyed several weapons and vehicles was took advantage of prior intelligence. [Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. The most dangerous job in the world now is to be a Daesh wali in Iraq.

 

Iraqi forces killed 6 Daesh terrorists and destroyed a weapons storehouse and 2 rocket launchers near Jawa’na bridge in the Jazeera area east of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout killing many terrorists in the Dolab area. [MoD Website]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed a Daesh vehicle carrying a machine gun in Mahboubiya in Hit district. [MoD Website]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh hideout killing “tens” of terrorists in the Nuaim area south of Baghdadi. [MoD Website]

 

Haditha

Army forces shelled Daesh positions in Baraziya and Jubba in northwestern Hit District toward Haditha, killing seven terrorists and destroying two vehicles, a security source in Anbar said. [Maalomah]

 

Coalition warplanes destroyed 6 truck bombs in Qusairat in Haditha District based on intelligence provided by the National Security Service, IWMC said. [Baghdadia]

 

A security source said that Iraqi Abrams tanks are now 50 km (31 miles) from Haditha after clearing all of the north Thirthar area, destroying 4 Daesh car bombs and three positions. (This is part of the military campaign that started in Jazeera Samarra.) Major General Maan Al-Saadi, commander of the 2nd special forces division, said that the next step might be an attack towards Haditha city. [Mawazin]

 

Iraqi troops destroyed 75 Daesh planted IEDs in Albu Hayat in Haditha. [MoD Website]

 

Western Anbar

IWMC said that the 1st battalion of Iraqi special forces repelled two Daesh attacks on Makr Al-Na’am border post near the Saudi border. The first attack was with one car bomb and 5 supporting vehicles, and the second with 11 vehicles. The vehicles were destroyed by mortar shells before arriving at their destinations. [Harbi]

Daesh’s version says its terrorists broke through an Iraqi Army brigade’s headquarters west of Nukhaib on the border with Saudi Arabia after 2 suicide attacks with armored vehicle bombs. Daesh says its terrorists entered the headquarters and killed more soldiers and captured weapons and vehicles. [Falh] [A3maq]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Ali Al-Jubouri is an Iraqi young man shot by Daesh while climbing a tower, where he threw down the Daesh flag and raised the Iraqi flag in its place. Al-Jubouri was part of a group in Shirqat operating against Daesh. [IraqPress]

 

Baiji

Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh suicide terrorists in the Siniya-Haditha Road intersection. [MoD Website]

 

Tikrit

The IWMC says IFP troops shelled Daesh locations near Ajeel oilfield, killing 13 terrorists. [Ghad]

The IWMC says Iraqi forces rocketed Daesh locations in Himrin Mountains, killing 30 terrorists. [Ghad]

 

The IFP killed 13 terrorists and destroyed 2 mortar units when they responded with Katyusha rockets to 120mm mortar fire by Daesh in Ajeel. Another rocket attack on Daesh in Himrin killed and wounded 30 terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles and 6 caravans, a statement by the JOC said. [Maalomah]

A video of Iraqi forces destroying a Daesh construction shovel bomb in Himrin Hills [Harbi]

 

Samarra

AAH units of the PMF found several “large tunnels” used by Daesh in Jazeera Samarra, according to a statement by the group. It added that large quantities of rockets were found tin these tunnels. [Mawazin]

A video of Daesh tunnels found in Jazeera Samarra by AHH fighters [Harbi]

 

Iraqi forces found a big Daesh vehicle bomb factory in Jazeera Samarra in addition to a vehicle bomb and tens of IEDs and explosives cans. [Ghad]

A video of Iraqi fighters destroying a charging Daesh vehicle bomb in Jazeera Samarra, with AKs and a lot of luck [YouTube]

 

A video of Humvees made by Daesh out of wood to deceive warplanes [YouTube]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 9 IEDs in the Strategic Line area. [MoD Website]

 

Lt. General Ra’ed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of IFP said that his forces destroyed a vehicle bomb before it reached the IFP defensive line in the Khashm Al-Thirthar area, northwest of Siniya towards Haditha road. Jawdat also mentioned destroying another attacking car bomb in Qanater north of Baiji [Harbi] [IraqPress]

 

Iraqi forces destroyed 4 vehicle bombs and 4 tanker bombs in addition to 7 motorcycles and defused 4 booby-trapped houses and 12 IEDs in areas east of Thirthar Lake. [MoD Website]

 

Tooz

Three bodies were found decayed in an underground water tank in the Turkmen Bastamali village in Amerli subdistrict northeast of Tuz Khurmatu, a security source said. [Ghad]

 

Southern Salahuddin

4 persons from an armed group supposed made up of PMF members were killed while drilling a hole in a pipe extending from oil well number 2 in Balad with the objective of stealing oil. The resulting explosion killed the 4 thieves, according to a medical source in Salahuddin. [Ghad]

 

DIYALA

Baquba

Major General Jassem Al-Saadi, Chief of Diyala Police, said that the strategic Baghdad-Kirkuk road is fully secured, and that rumors of kidnappings along the road are not true. A recent report spoke about the kidnapping of 8 persons on that road, which Al-Saadi strongly denied. [Sumaria]

 

Col. Ghalib Al-Attiya, spokesman of Diyala police said that police forces shot dead a Daesh terrorist in the Kubashi area in Himrin who was trying to plant an IED on a power pole on the Mirsad power transmission line from Iran into Diyala. [Mada]

The Diyala Police Commander says the terrorist who was killed was a member of AQI and then became responsible for Daesh sleeper cells in Diyala. He was also responsible for three massacres against civilians in the Himrin area. [Sumaria]

 

Three mortar shells were fired by Daesh militants on Nahr Al-Imam village northeast of Baquba without causing human casualties, a security source said. The village is located in an agricultural area. [Sumaria]

 

Muqdadiya/Abu Saida

Tameem tribe issued a statement saying it ended its demonstrations after the government implemented some of its demands. [Mada]

 

KIRKUK

A 3 year old girl who was infected by the Daesh attack on Taza died of suffocation and kidney failure according to Masrour Aswad, a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission. He also says that four other people were transported to Baghdad because of their severe cases. [Rudaw]

The Kirkuk health directorate issued a statement advising citizens to stay away from the areas where Daesh rockets fell. [BasNews]

A local source says another baby girl died because of Daesh attack on Taza. [PUKMedia]

A security source says 4 more mortar shells filled with chemicals fell on Taza without giving details about the casualties. [BasNews]

 

Prime Minister Al-Abadi, ordered medical teams to go to Taza subdistrict immediately to examine the victims of the recent Daesh attacks, allegedly using chlorine, and to make use of international expertise if necessary.  Calling it as a crime against humanity, he threatened a “very cruel retaliation.” The first death among the wounded victims of the shelling was announced yesterday.  [Buratha]

 

Ahmed Al-Saadi, a spokesman of the PMF Commission, said that Bashir village liberation is useless unless Riyadh and Hawija, and several other surroundings areas are liberated as well. He said it is pointless to start a small attack to liberate Bashir while other nearby larger areas are under Daesh control. He said that once Jazeera Samarra operations are concluded, a comprehensive campaign to liberate the whole area, including Bashir, will be initiated. [Etejah]

 

The Turkmen mobilization forces are shelling Bashir village with artillery to prevent Daesh from shelling Taza subdistrict, according to Ridha Al-Najjar, of the 16th brigade of Turkmen PMFs. [Mada]

 

A PMF spokesman says Daesh launched 2 more Katyusha rockets filled with chemicals on Taza without causing any casualties. [Sumaria]

 

A Daesh leader was arrested by the agency in the vegetable market in Musalla in downtown Kirkuk, a security source said. Intelligence on his whereabouts was received prior to the operation. [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Mosul

Awwad Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh chief, granted absolute powers to his Arab and foreign commanders in Mosul to manage it in the next phase. Daesh divided Mosul into 10 sectors, and transferred 30 local leaders (mostly from Mosul, to the front lines in Anbar and Salahuddin to avoid any coup attempts, according to Jabbar Al-Maamouri, a PMF commander. [Sumaria]

DaeshDaily comment. We don’t know where the commander got this information.  

 

Local sources say Daesh closed the Faisaliya area in Mosul on Thursday because of a big meeting of Daesh leaders in the area to discuss the upcoming Iraqi forces attack on Ninewa.

Daesh also executed several of its members who defected, in Ghazlani camp. [Karemlash]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes destroyed a Daesh IED factory in the Karama area on the east side of Mosul. Coalition warplanes also bombed Daesh locations in Khorsabad, Tel Keif and Aski Mosul. The airstrikes killed 13 terrorists and wounded 18 and destroyed 5 vehicles in addition to Daesh occupied buildings. [MoD Website]

 

Daesh destroyed the house of the officer heading the protection unit for the Ninewa Operations Commander, in Al-Hod village in Qayara. No human casualties occurred, as the house is empty, according to a security source in Mosul. [Mada]

 

Local sources say Daesh imposed an additional plastic cover to the khimar used by women in Mosul forcing more women to stay in their houses. [Karemlash]

 

Nineveh Plain

A PUK official says Daesh terrorists destroyed 42 houses belong to army and police personnel in several areas in Nimrud.  [PUKMedia]

 

Makhmur

Heavy artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers are arriving to join Iraqi army forces in Makhmur, for the forthcoming Mosul operations, the IWMC said. (photos). [Harbi]

 

A PUK official says Coalition warplanes bombed Daesh hideouts in Qaraj in Makhmur District, killing 5 terrorists and wounding 3 and destroying a car. [PUKMedia]

 

Northwest Ninewa (Tal Afar, Sinjar)

Yazidi displaced people say Daesh terrorists started to burn down Yazidi houses and villages after looting them, in villages south of Sinjar still under Daesh control. [BasNews]

 

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Kurdish forces with a car bomb in the Mudarrajat area west of Sinjar. [A3maq]

 

Other Governorates  

KURDISTAN

Turkish planes destroyed two houses in Keshan border village in northern Dahuk, according to an eyewitness. Aziz Keshani said the attack left no human casualties, as the houses were empty, but destroyed the houses and caused material damage to surrounding orchards. [Sumaria]

 

An oil industry source says Turkey gave 200 million dollars to the KRG to help with the financial crisis. [Sumaria]

Another source says the movement of pipeline oil from the KRG to Ceyhan port in Turkey have resumed. The pipeline was damaged by an explosion in Turkish territory, stopping the flow of oil for more than 3 weeks. [Sumaria]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Dhi Qar

The Dhi Qar governor Yahya Al-Nasiri said that security and army forces in Dhi Qar are ready for any possibilities resulting from Daesh terrorists retreating from Anbar and other liberated areas into southern Iraq. Save for criminal cases, Dhi Qar has been free from any terror activity for the past three years, the Governor said. [Shafaq]

 

Babel

The chairman of the security committee in Babel provincial council says security forces captured another Daesh sleeper cell in north Babel that was planning to conduct terrorist attacks. He says this is the 9th Daesh cell caught since the Al-Athar terrorist attack last week. [Sumaria]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

In a sign of worsening tensions among Kurdish factions in Syria, the Asayesh of the PYD-dominated Self-Administration Area closed the local office of the pro-KDP Kurdish National Council in the village of Sayha in Qamishli, and the office of the “Yekiti Kurdish Party” in the village of Khazna. [Welati]

 

Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Daesh says Syrian opposition groups, supported by American warplanes, captured the city of Yani Yaban in Aleppo’s northern countryside. [A3maq]

At first, Daesh says it repelled the attack, killing three Syrian opposition group fighters. [A3maq]

Syrian opposition groups, including the Turkey-backed Sultan Murad Brigade, issued a video announcing they captured Yani Yaban from Daesh. [YouTube]

DaeshDaily comment. It is almost precedent-setting for Daesh to admit losing any battle. They are great at twisting the facts to make it seem like they won.

 

The pro-YPG Hawar says the “Revolutionaries Army” (Jaysh Al-Thuwar) militia, which is part of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), killed two members of the “National Coalition” and “Kurdish National Council,” whose opposition militias are operating north of Aleppo. Hawar reports that the Revolutionary Army repelled an attack by the militias in the villages of Ayn Daqna, Menagh, and Al-Alqamiya, between Tal Rifaat and Azaz. Clashes are reportedly ongoing according to the report, which says elsewhere that “tens” of opposition militia fighters were killed by the Revolutionaries Army, which also destroyed two militia vehicles. [Hawar]

 

A YPG field source says Nusra and other armed groups attacked YPG locations in several areas in Azaz and Afrin. The source says 31 Nusra and its allies’ fighters were killed and 2 of their vehicles were destroyed. [BasNews]

 

The SDF repelled a Daesh attack west of the Tishrin Dam on Friday, destroying five vehicle bombs and killing 10 Daesh militants. [Hawar]

Daesh says two of its suicide terrorists attacked YPG forces, one with an armored vehicle bomb and the other with a car bomb, in two different areas near the Tishrin Dam (photos). [A3maq] [Falh]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling and rocketing YPG locations near the Tishrin Dam. [Falh]

 

YPG sources say Daesh shelled and rocketed several villages west and south of Kobane from Jarabulus. [BasNews]

 

The pro-YPG Hawar says that the SDF found a document in Tal Rifaat which shows that Syrian Kurdish militia of the KDP’s Syria branch (“Peshmerga Rojava”) were sent to fight alongside the Ahrar Al-Sham militia, which is allied to the Nusra Front in Aleppo, against the Syria Democratic Forces. [Hawar]

The Kurdish National Council in Syria, close to the Iraqi KDP, denied the reports and said the Rojava Peshmerga are fighting against Daesh in the Iraqi Kurdistan. [ARA]

DaeshDaily comment. If true, then this is significant news. The Peshmerga Rojava are Syrian fighters trained by the KRG in Iraqi Kurdistan to fight Daesh. The YPG refused many times to let them into Syria.  

 

Coalition planes conducted six airstrikes on Daesh positions in support of opposition militias, who pushed Daesh back inside the city of Ghazl. [ARA]

 

Daesh launched mortars at the Qarqazuq Bridge Friday morning, Hawar reports. The shelling is reportedly ongoing. [Hawar]

 

Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Daesh says Russian warplanes bombed the road between Sukhnah and Tadmur with phosphoric bombs. [A3maq]

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

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed 2 Syrian Army tanks near the Hazm Mahin hills southeast of Homs. [A3maq] [A3maq]

 

Daesh says its terrorists destroyed a Syrian Army tank and an armored BMP vehicle in Dowa west of Tadmur (photos). [A3maq] [Falh]

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Dowa. [Falh]

 

Daesh issues a video of the results of Syrian bombing on Hamadi Omar village in eastern Hama’s countryside. [A3maq]

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

In one of its most high-profile executions so far, Daesh put to death the Syrian poet Muhammad Bashir Al-Ani, and his son, some days ago, after accusing them of apostasy and atheism and arresting them two months ago, according to local activists. [Arabi21]

 

Daesh launched a campaign Friday to close pharmacies in the rural areas of Deir Ez-Zor under the pretext of combating the sale of forbidden medicines. [ARA]

 

South

Opposition militias repelled a Daesh attack in the cities of Al-Naqoub and Sakira, in the Daraa countryside, militia sources said. [Qasioun]

 

Daesh says its terrorists killed 10 Syrian opposition group fighters in an attack on Ain Al-Baidha village in Daraa. [A3maq]

 

Daesh publishes 2 photos of shelling Syrian troops with mortars in Qalamoun. [Falh]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Lebanon

The Arab League declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a terrorist organization, with objections from Iraq and Lebanon. [BasNews]

 

Lebanese authorities arrested a Syrian national on suspicion of belonging to Daesh, according to a statement issued on Friday, which also said that the suspect confessed to being in contact with Daesh leaders and helping Daesh move militants into Syria. [Aawsat]

 

Daesh issues a video message from its terrorists in Raqqa to the people of Lebanon. All Sunnis should join Daesh. All Christians should become Muslims or pay taxes to Daesh or they will be wiped out like the Shia and the Jews. The video also has the usual threats against the Lebanese government and Army. [Falh]

 

Saudi Arabia

A Saudi security source says Saudi security forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists and captured 2 in a raid on their hideout in Rabaa Al-Bakr Mountain in Ha’il. The terrorists were responsible for killing their own cousin, a Saudi corporal, four weeks ago (as we reported at the time). [Eye2Media]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Militants of “Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis,” the organization now calling itself “State of Sinai,” murdered a civilian in his home in front of his family on Friday in North Sinai, a security source said. Three Ansar members stormed the victim’s home in Arish and killed the 50-year-old by smashing his head with a sharp object until he expired on the spot, the family said. The security source said the man was killed for calling for cooperation with the security forces. [ElWatan]

 

A young man was injured Friday when unknown gunmen fired on him in the village of Zarie Al-Khayr, east of Arish. [VetoGate]

 

Libya

2,750 Daesh terrorists have moved from Syria and Iraq to Libya, making their total number at 7,000 in Sirte only. Tunisia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they were transferred from Turkey to Libya under the eyes of the whole world.  [Shafaq]

 

Daesh’s Al-Naba newsletter published an interview with the new Daesh “emir” in Libya, a Saudi named Abd Al-Qadir Al-Najdi, who succeeds Abu Nuwayl Al-Anbari, reportedly killed in a US airstrike east of Derna last November. Al-Najdi denounced both governments of Libya (i.e. Tripoli and Tobruk) and said his fighters will conquer Rome. The Daesh state in Libya is in its infancy but will grow, he said, calling for immigrants from Africa to come to Libya to join Daesh. Al-Najdi said he is in regular contact with the Daesh leadership in Syria and Iraq. [Wasat]

 

Northeast

Libyan Army troops engaged Daesh in renewed fighting on the western front of Benghazi Friday evening after a day of relative calm in the city, a military source said. The fighting was concentrated near the University of Benghazi, where Libyan troops have been surrounding Daesh since last month. Fighting is ongoing, the source said. Fighting also erupted around the Cement Plant in the Hawari neighborhood and on the seafront area of Garyounis, the source said. A military spokesman said Libyan troops captured new areas in and around the sprawling cement plant complex in the fighting, which claimed the life of one soldier, felled by a Daesh sniper. [Wasat] [Wasat] [Wasat]

 

A Libyan engineer from the Military Engineering Corps was killed in a land mine explosion on the western front of Benghazi during the fighting with Daesh, the Corps announced. [Libya24]

 

Libyan MIG fighters have been upgraded with night-vision equipment, an Air Force source said. Libyan planes flew night missions over Benghazi for the first time Thursday evening. [AfriGate]

 

Northwest

Two people were killed and four injured in fighting with Daesh elements in the Wadi Marsayt area (60 km/37 miles south of Mizda, 400 km/250 miles southeast of Tripoli) as locals fought battles Thursday and Friday to expel Daesh from the area, a security source said. The fighting came after a Daesh contingent appeared Wednesday in the Mizda area and set up a checkpoint on a main road, detaining and releasing young men and abducting a policeman. [AfriGate] [Wasat]

 

Tunisia

Troops in Ben Guerdane have surrounded the house of the self-proclaimed Daesh “emir” of Ben Guerdane, “Muhammad Al-Kurdi” in the Siyah neighborhood of the city. [AkhbarLibya]

 

The deputy governor of Medenine governorate, who was responsible for Ben Guerdane, has been dismissed, the Tunisian authorities announced, without providing specific reasons. [IslamMemo]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An anti-Daesh page from Libya

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/HH_A00

https://twitter.com/altw7eeed25

https://twitter.com/dawlawi238

https://twitter.com/Dawlji27

https://twitter.com/123q32

 

Other Daesh media   

An old video of Daesh terrorists torturing Sunni Iraqi men who refused to join Daesh [YouTube]