An Update On ISIS Activities

July 22, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Two reports from the mainstream media got our attention.

We have commented twice that while everyone seems focused on Ramadi and Fallujah, equal attention must be focused on Haditha to the west, location of the absolutely critical Haditha Dam and close to an air base and a US military training facility. Today the Washington Post, in a front page story, reports on a media visit to Haditha, which is surrounded by Daesh-controlled area and under frequent attack, with the ominous headline “ISIS selects next target.”

 

Der Spiegel, the German paper, interviewed the former coordinator of suicide bombings in Baghdad, now in prison. The story is fascinating in general, but we picked up on the information that many terrorists, even the most dangerous, have gotten released or have escaped from prison through bribery or other corruption. The situation has improved under PM Abadi. Our comment is that a corrupt state cannot eliminate terrorism. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-conversation-with-an-isis-suicide-bomber-logistician-a-1043485.html

 

ANBAR

Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) says Iraqi forces destroyed 2 Daesh hideouts in Albu Aitha in addition to suicide bomber “guesthouses” in Qarma. It also says the IAF destroyed 3 Daesh locations in Al-Qa’im in the far west and another in Ramadi, killing 60 terrorists. [Al-Ghad]

 

The MoD says Iraqi forces, supported by the IAA, are moving ahead towards their targets in Anbar according to plan. It says Daesh fighters are running away from Falluja in large numbers and the city will be liberated soon. [Al-Maalomah] [Al-Maalomah]

 

Falluja

A Shia militia says they captured an Indonesian terrorist called Abu Abdurrahman Hartu as he tried to escape Falluja in women’s clothes. [Safir News]

 

The Chairman of the Khaldiya Subdistrict Council says it has shortages of water, fuel and electricity. [Al-Zaman]

 

Daesh says its terrorists shelled a tribal meeting for Sahwa leaders and PMF commanders south of Ameriyat Al-Falluja, injuring many of them. [Twitter]

 

Ramadi

The Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) commander says his troops killed 3 Daesh trying to booby-trap a school in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. He also says the IFP killed 2 snipers and destroyed 3 vehicles in the same area. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says the Rapid Intervention Brigade stopped a Daesh attack on Iraqi forces in Al-Madhiq, east of Ramadi, killing 14 of them and destroying 6 trucks. [A-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces supported by the IAA started a military operation to liberate Anbar University, in Ramadi. [Khabaar]

 

The IWMC says Coalition airpower, based on information from Iraqi Intelligence, bombed a Daesh headquarters in Al-Tash 1st south of Ramadi. [Mawazin]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

IWMC says Iraqi forces advanced in the Al-Thirthar area and killed 4 Daesh terrorists. [Radio Dijla]

 

A security source says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in south and north Al-Qa’im, killing 12. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

A security source says an explosion in a Daesh explosives factory in Rawa in west Anbar killed 7 Daesh members. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The PMFs say they captured a female Saudi suicide bomber trying to attack Iraqi forces in Anbar. [Radio Dijla]

 

SALAHUDDIN

An Iraqi Army officer says Iraqi forces regained control of areas in Baiji center after losing them to Daesh. A Salahuddin GC member says Iraqi forces control most of Baiji but battles are ongoing on in some areas. [Erem News]

Local sources say Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in Hay Al-Asry in north Baiji killing or injuring 15 soldiers and captured the area. [Al-Gharbiya]

DaeshDaily comment. To regain Ninewa and get its country back, the government needs to gain firm control of all of Baiji, strategically located on the road to Mosul. So far, despite many successful battles and countless upbeat official news reports, it hasn’t. 

 

A source in Salahuddin Operations Command says 12 Daesh terrorists were killed and 2 vehicles destroyed in an airstrike east of Baiji. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source in Salahuddin says the IAA bombed Daesh locations in Shirqat, killing 10 terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cleared the Sayyed Ghareeb area south of Samarra completely, one month after it was recaptured from Daesh. The source says the delay happened because of the huge number of Daesh IEDs in the area, many using a new, sophisticated design that connects the IEDs to multiple triggers, making them complicated to defuse. [Al-Maalomah]

A security source says security forces captured 2 Daesh members disguised as mentally disabled people, trying to cross from Salahuddin to Diyala with returning displaced families. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Migration and Displacement Directorate in Kirkuk says the fifth group of Tikrit displaced families, 300 families, have returned to their homes.  [Al-Mada]

 

A security source says unknown armed men detonated a house belonging to a displaced family in Tuz. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh publishes photos of lashing two men in Shirqat based on adultery charges. [DAOW]

 

The MoD refutes reports about two F-16 jets disappearing over Erbil and say they were on a training mission in Kurdistan and returned to their base in Balad. [Al-Baghdadia]

The IAF commander, a Kurd, says the 2 jets flew over Kurdistan on a training mission and the pilots are Kurds. [PUK Media]

 

BAGHDAD

A PMF leader says the only duty of the PMFs is to fight Daesh. He also says the PMFs work within a national leadership and respect the political process.  A Shia MP says some PMF leaders promised to change the course of the political process after the battle with Daesh ends and will oppose the politicians who corrupted the political process. [Al-Zaman]

 

According to security sources:

  • The number of the casualties of the Baghdad Al-Jadida terrorist attack yesterday has reached 22 dead and 44 injured. [Al-Mada]
  • Two people were killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Rudaw]
  • A parked car exploded in Bayyaa in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 8. [Buratha]
  • A car bomb exploded in Shurta in southeast Baghdad, killing 3 civilians and injuring 10. [Al-Mada]
  • Security forces arrested 6 suspects linked to the attack on a night club in Baghdad yesterday that killed one civilian. [Al-Mada]
  • An IED exploded inside a small bus in Sadr City, killing one civilian and injuring 5. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the two car bombs in Baghdad Al-Jadida and Zafaraniya yesterday. [Ana Al-Muslim]

A top Sunni Iraqi cleric says the Baathists are behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and are trying to divert attention from the military operations against Daesh in Anbar. [Al-Ghad]

 

An MoI source says 2 Daesh suicide bombers detonated themselves at a checkpoint in Binouk in east Baghdad, killing 5 people and injuring 15.

 

The source also says a car bomb exploded in Shaab in northeast Baghdad, killing 4 and injuring 11. [Al-Mada] Another source says 2 car bombs exploded in Shaab, killing and injuring dozens of people. [Al-Maalomah]

 

IWMC says the Coalition launched 12 airstrikes on different Daesh locations, killing 13 terrorists. It also says the IAF flew 11 sorties and the IAA 9. [Al-Ghad]

 

Officials in the Estonian MoD say they donated light and mid-size weapons and ammunition from the Soviet era to Iraq, after a request from the Iraqi government. [Al-Mada]

 

DIYALA

Diyala GC says they authorized the Governor to ask PM Abadi to withdraw the 5,000 Diyala soldiers from Anbar and Salahuddin and bring them back to the governorate to fight terrorism. [Al-Mada]

 

An MP from Diyala says the security officer who helped Daesh in the attack on Khan Bani Saad has two brothers working with Daesh. The MP asks why such a person was hired in the first place. [Khabaar]

 

A police source says 2 PMF fighters were killed when an IED exploded on their patrol in Muqdadiya, northeast of Baquba. [Mawazin]

 

A civilian was killed and 4 injured in an IED explosion in Abu Saida northeast of Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

KIRKUK

The IWMC says the IAF destroyed a Daesh explosives and car-bomb storehouse in Hawija. [Al-Ghad]

 

A Christian MP from Kirkuk says Christian Iraqi houses are being sold illegally in Kirkuk without the knowledge of the owners, who left Iraq because of the security situation. [Ankawa]

 

NINEWA

Local sources say Daesh withdrew all its military vehicles from the streets of Mosul and ordered its people to mix with ordinary citizens and use civilian cars in order not to be targeted. They also say Daesh’s new local recruits, who were supposed to join civilian positions in the city, were instead sent to the battles in Salahuddin and Anbar, causing many of them to leave Daesh.

Ninewa Operations commander says the Coalition launched 30 airstrikes on Daesh in Ninewa during the last few days, killing 108 terrorists and destroying 8 vehicles and 16 Daesh-occupied buildings. [Al-Ghad]

A local source in Ninewa says 45 Daesh terrorists were killed or injured in Coalition airstrikes south and southeast of Mosul. [Al-Mada]

Five Daesh leaders attending a meeting at Mosul University were killed by a drone. [Al-Ghad]

Eyewitnesses say a Daesh small bus was bombed by a drone in east Mosul, killing the 3 terrorists inside. [Al-Ghad]

A commander in the Ninewa Police says unknown armed men opened fire on a Daesh gathering in west Mosul, killing 11 Daesh terrorists from other Arab countries.

Eyewitnesses say Daesh beheaded 4 brothers, accusing them of cooperating with the Iraqi security forces.

A local source in Mosul says Daesh executed 3 of its own leaders, accusing them of treason. [PUK Media]

Local sources say 5 people from one family, including a woman and a child, were killed in a Coalition airstrike on east Mosul. [Erem News]

A Kurdish official says the Coalition killed 4 Daesh terrorists in an airstrike on their location in a village near Makhmur. [PUK Media]

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

The Intelligence Service in Najaf says they arrested 8 terrorists who entered the city as displaced people. The suspects admitted to participating in several terrorist attacks, including the assassination of a PMF commander. [Buratha]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

The YPG, supported by the Syrian army, captured Al-Nashwa neighborhood in west Hasaka after heavy battles with Daesh. Daesh booby-trapped many houses in the area, killing or injuring YPG fighters. The YPG says Daesh also used chemical weapons. The battles are still going on. [Rudaw]

 

The YPG says the fights against Daesh in Siren, south of Kobane, are still going on and they will capture it very soon. [PUK Media]

 

Daesh says its terrorists foiled an attack by the Syrian Army and unspecified Shia militias on a

village northeast of Aleppo, killing 24 soldiers. [A3maq]

Daesh publishes a video of the attack in Aleppo. [YouTube]

 

Daesh publishes a video of executing a “spy” in Hama. The Daesh terrorist in the video spoke French. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh says it blew up an explosives factory belonging to Ababil Huran (a Syrian militia), south of Damascus. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Turkey. The PKK claimed responsibility for killing 2 Turkish soldiers in Ceylanpınar on the Syria border in response to the terrorist attack on Suruç. [Rudaw]

DaeshDaily comment. This action is not only irresponsible but politically foolish. It won’t win much support in either Turkey or Syria, and worsens the PKK’s already bad standing with the Turkish government. Syria harbored Ocalan, the PKK leader now in prison, for 19 years until the Turks threatened to go to war.

 

A PKK official accuses Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party of supporting Daesh and starting terrorist attacks to create the isolated area they want between Turkey and Syria. [PUK Media]

Turkish security sources say an IED exploded near the Justice and Development Party’s headquarters in Hatai near the Syrian borders with no casualties. Another IED was defused near the Party’s headquarters in Ankara. [Iraq Press]

Turkish authorities identified the suicide bomber in Suruc as a citizen from south Turkey called Sheik Abdurrahman Alagoz. [Islam Memo]

The Turkish authorities blocked Twitter to prevent publishing of photos from the Suruc explosion and to avoid possible demonstrations. [Rudaw] A Turkish court says it lifted the suspension on Twitter after it removed the material about the Suruc explosion. [Islam Memo]

The Daesh website with a domain in Turkey, “Come to Success”, was suspended.

DaeshDaily comment. This is the 3rd major Daesh website shut down in the last couple of months.

 

Libya. Local sources say 2 car bombs exploded in Derna in east Libya. Daesh was kicked out of Derna by other Islamic militias recently but it established locations outside the city. [Erem News]

A security source says injured Daesh terrorists, including 4 Egyptians, were moved from Derna to Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte for treatment. [Al-Wasat]

Tunisia. The Tunisian MoI says it arrested 7 Daesh suspects in Monastir and confiscated materials used for making explosives and Daesh publications. [Shams FM]

West Africa. Daesh publishes a video of Eid prayers in West Africa. [Isdarat]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Ahrar Ninewa Facebook page publishes names and photos of local Daesh members.

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/3baaas37

https://twitter.com/Aakhshamikh

https://twitter.com/TurMedia205

 

Daesh says Twitter is committing a “massacre” against its accounts. More than a thousand accounts were suspended in an hour. [Twitter]

 

Unfortunately, SpongeBob might have joined Daesh. [Twitter]

 

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IED Improvised Explosive Devise
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KM Kata’eb Al-Mosul
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

 

July 21, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

Iraqi forces continue their advances on Falluja and Ramadi. Daesh is still trying to show a victory face by increasing attacks on civilians in Baghdad. 

 

ANBAR

Iraqi Federal Police commander says his forces killed 23 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 13 vehicles and 3 boats in Anbar and Salahuddin. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

Falluja

The PMFs say the Saraya Al-Jihad militia, supported by the IAA, foiled a Daesh attack on Al-Shiha north of Falluja, killing 40 terrorists and destroying 3 machine guns. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

A source in the Anti-Terrorism Service in Anbar says Iraqi forces broke through to the Technical Institute in Saqlawiya, 22 km (14 miles) north of Falluja, killing many Daesh fighterss, and they are clearing the buildings in and around the Institute from booby-traps. [Al-Mada]

The PMFs say they liberated the Al-Fuhoud area in Saqlawiya, killing 10 Daesh fighters, and defused several booby-trapped houses near the Technical Institute. They also say they stopped a Daesh attack on Albu Jassem village northeast of Falluja and confiscated their weapons and equipment. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

The director of Falluja hospital says 9 people were killed, including a child and 2 women, and 12 injured, including 4 children and 3 women, in the Iraqi forces bombing on Falluja. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh says it brought down an Iraqi helicopter in north Falluja. [A3maq]

 

A video of the PMFs blowing up an attacking truck bomb in Falluja. [YouTube]

Ramadi

A source in Anbar Operations Command says the IAF dropped pamphlets on Ramadi asking people to leave the city before the Iraqi forces enter in the coming hours. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says reinforcements from the Iraqi Golden Division arrived in Humaira south of Ramadi, preparing to break through to the southern parts of the city. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Deputy Commander of the Golden Division says its Anti-Explosives Unit disassembled booby traps in 50 houses in Al-Tash, south of Ramadi. [Iraqi Media Network]

 

The commander of the tribal fighters in Anbar says Iraqi forces are clearing Albu Aitha, 20 km (12½ miles) north of Ramadi, and advancing towards the city, killing dozens of Daesh fighters as they go. [Al-Mada]

 

Iraqi Federal Police commander says an Iraqi sniper killed 5 Daesh snipers, including 3 hiding in a mosque, in Hsaiba east of Ramadi. He also says Iraqi forces arrested a local Daesh member, destroyed a truck used for Daesh supplies, and disassembled booby traps in 3 houses and a school. [Al-Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of the graduation ceremony in one of its training camps in Anbar. [Come to Success]

 

SALAHUDDIN

A security source says Iraqi forces are gathering on the outskirts of Siniya preparing to break through. The source also says Iraqi forces shelled Siniya with heavy artillery. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says PMFs shelled a Daesh vehicle near the eastern gate of the Baiji refinery, killing 5 men and destroying their vehicle. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces killed 5 Daesh terrorists trying to sneak into Tikrit from the west, and destroyed their vehicle. [Al-Maalomah]

 

 

One of the criminals who participated in the Speicher massacre says he killed 60 cadets that day. He is from a Shia family but joined radical groups starting in the mid-1990s. He says he returned to Basra after committing the crime but was caught by the security force there. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. During the 1990s Saddam kept an eye on the takfiri groups in Baghdad and in Sunni areas but he gave them a lot of freedom in Shia areas. Takfiri are Salafis of the Sunni sect who hold that all who don’t follow their interpretation, Muslims and non-Muslims, are not believers and should be killed. Their cult has been the inspiration for jihadist groups, Daesh and Al-Qaeda included.

    Takfiri mosques were established even in the Shia heartland in Kerbala and Najaf under the protection of Saddam’s faith campaign. They started to get conversions from young men and women from Shia families, and some were sent outside Iraq for further radical training. These people became more valuable after 2003 when AQI announced itself officially in Iraq. With their Shia names and contacts they were able to infiltrate Shia communities and deceive the security agencies. They provided AQI, and later Daesh, with information and hideouts and participated in hundreds of terrorist attacks on Shia civilians in Baghdad and southern Iraq.    

 

Daesh paraded 4 Sunni imams through Shirqat on the back of a truck, after accusing them of being anti-Daesh. The imams were forced to chant for Daesh and raise its flag. [YouTube]

 

A security source says an Iraqi army captain was killed and 2 soldiers injured in a mortar attack on Mtaibija south of Tikrit. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

BAGHDAD

Security sources report a rash of deadly incidents.

  • Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell arrests a Daesh terrorist responsible for many car bomb attacks, including the May attack in Karrada that killed Ammar Al-Shahbander, the Swedish-Iraqi journalist, and 15 other people. [Al-Maalomah]
  • A suicide bomber attacked Iraqi forces in Tarmiya in north Baghdad, killing 3 soldiers and injuring 8. Other sources say 6 soldiers were killed and 15 injured. [PUK Media] [Rudaw]
  • A civilian was killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Husseiniya in north Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • An IED exploded in Taji in north Baghdad, killing 2 people and injuring 7. [Iraq Press] The police found 3 unknown dead bodies in Taji. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • A parked car bomb exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadida in east Baghdad killing 15 civilians and injuring 43. [Al-Mada] A video of the car bomb in Baghdad Al-Jadida. [YouTube]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Habibiya in Sadr City, in east Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
  • A civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Mashtal in east Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A car bomb exploded in a residential area in Zafaraniya in south Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 10. [Al-Mada]
  • A civilian was killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion in Ghazaliya in west Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament says Coalition pilots from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar are targeting Iraqi forces in coordination with Daesh.  Several PMF commanders have said the Coalition is hindering the Iraqi forces’ advances. [Al-Mada]

DaeshDaily comment. Some Shia politicians and PMF commanders previously accused American pilots of dropping supplies to and supporting Daesh. This is another version of the same lie. No excuses for the Chairman, however.

 

The rapporteur of the of Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, a Kurdish MP, says that according to the agreement between the Iraqi government and the US, the F-16s will  fly in military missions only with a Kurdish pilot. [Rudaw]

 

DIYALA

A Diyala investigative judge says a member of the security checkpoint in Khan Bani Saad admitted he helped the car bomb to enter the area. The suspect says Daesh threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t cooperate. The judge also says the Khan Bani Saad police chief admitted he got information about Daesh’s intentions to attack the city with a car bomb days before the incident.

DaeshDaily comment. The obvious fact, despite all the checkpoints suffocating the citizens’ movements, is that Daesh is still able to hit anywhere with car bombs and IEDs. They could not do that without support from members of the security forces, motivated by corruption or ideological reasons.   

 

A car bomb parked in a popular market in Mandali east of Baquba exploded, killing 3 civilians and injuring 7 by preliminary count. [Rudaw]

 

A Sunni MP from Diyala warns of sectarian tensions in the governorate after Daesh’s recent attacks in Khan Bani Saad, Hibhib and Al-Hadid. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says a roadside IED exploded near a village 44 km (27 miles) east of Baquba, injuring one civilian. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

NINEWA

A Kurdish official says the Peshmerga, supported by Coalition airpower, stopped a Daesh attack from three sides on their locations in Bashiqa, destroying 2 vehicles. [Iraq Press]  A Kurdish field commander says 15 Daesh attacked the Kurdish forces in Bashiqa, 22 km (13½ miles) northwest of Mosul, but the Kurdish forces supported by the Coalition airpower foiled the attack and killed most of the attackers. [Bass News]

 

A Kurdish official says the Coalition bombed Daesh locations in 3 areas west of Mosul, killing 22 terrorists. [Bass News]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 4 civilians in Mosul, accusing them of “treason”. [Bass News]

 

Local sources say Daesh executed another young man in Mosul by throwing him from the top of a building for not following Daesh instructions. [Al-Mada]

 

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says their fighters shot at a Daesh vehicle on Dirtaj Road, killing the mens inside it. [The KM Facebook page]

 

The Yazidi Association in Efrin in says the KDP is digging a trench between Sinjar and the Kurdish areas in Syria and accuses the KDP of attempting to isolate the Yazidis. [Hawar News]

 

A Christian Iraqi from Mosul who escaped Daesh prison tells his story and says the leader of the group abducting him was the son of Saddam’s deputy, Izzat Al-Douri. (video) [Al-Hurra TV]

Daesh publishes a video about Eid in Mosul and Tal Afar. [Come to Success] [Come to Success]

 

OTHER GOVERNORATES   

 

A security source says an American drone fell near the Muthanna cement factory in the Samawa desert. (Photos) [Al-Maalomah]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG says their troops enclosed Daesh completely in areas in south and east Hasaka. They also say they foiled several Daesh efforts to break the siege, including a car bomb attack. [Hawar News]

A video of the Kurdish forces advancing in Hasaka. [Xendan]

Daesh says one of its suicide bombers attacked the Kurdish forces in Hasaka. [Come to Success]

DaeshDaily comment. The surprising recent gains by the YPG against Daesh around Hasaka are intriguing. This may have something to do with implied cooperation between the Syrian government and the Kurds, but we also observe that Daesh seems less active lately in Syria.

 

A Kurdish military source says a Daesh suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Kurdish security barrier 5 km (3 miles) southwest of Tal Abyad, killing one Kurdish fighter and injuring 2. [Bass News]

 

Kurdish forces say they captured a village and several hills in south Kobane, killing a Daesh fighter. [Bass News]

 

Daesh’s top religious “thinker,” the Bahraini Turkey Binali, appears in Eid prayers in Raqqa. [All4Syria]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

Turkey. Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party says the negligence of Turkish security forces contributed to the deadly terrorist attack in Suruc, just north of Kobane, Syria. [Xendan]

The Turkish PM says the police identified a suspect linked to the Suruc attack. [Xendan]

Hawar News publishes the names of 29 people killed in the Suruc attack. [Hawar]

Saudi Arabia. Daesh publishes the last audio message of one of its Saudi suicide bombers. [Come to Success]

Libya. A source in Misrata military council says his troops clashed with Daesh terrorists trying to sneak into areas between Sirte and Misrata. [Al-Wasat]

Morocco. The Morocco MoI says the security forces arrested 8 Daesh terrorists in 4 Moroccan cities who were planning to execute terrorist activities. The MoI says the men were in direct contact with Daesh leaders and have been trained in Daesh camps and given foreign passports in order to establish a task force in Morocco. [Al-Mesryoon]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Iraqi Special Forces.

 

Daesh publishes a video about their electronic jihad. [YouTube]

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/faluja_iraq

https://twitter.com/VBB9Msqr8MWJX4y

https://twitter.com/ANBAR_444

https://twitter.com/O_m_e_r_16

 

 

July 20, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

Iraqi forces continued to make progress in Anbar, but have not yet made major military gains. Meanwhile, Daesh perpetrated a horrific Eid bombing attack in Diyala and continues its deadly IED attacks in Baghdad. Daesh is trying to divert attention from the ongoing attacks against it in Anbar and sending a message that it can still kill people whenever it wants.

 

ANBAR

 

Falluja

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces finished the first stage of the Falluja battle and surrounded it completely. He says Iraqi forces are coordinating with the tribal fighters to participate in the battles. Iraqi forces are opening more secure roads for the civilians to leave the city. [Rudaw]

The MoD spokesman refuted reports that Iraqi forces halted its attacks in Falluja and says the military operations are ongoing. [Al-Maalomah]

The Iraq War Media Cell (IWMC) says the IAA launched airstrikes on Daesh in Falluja, destroying weapon storehouses and explosives factories, using information from the National Security Service. IWMC also says IAA destroyed a Daesh hideout in Siniya in Salahuddin. [Al-Sumaria TV]

The PMFs say they liberated wide areas of Al-Harariyat east of Falluja, killing 16 Daesh terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

However, local sources say 28 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 18 injured in battles Daesh near Falluja. [Al-Gharbiya]

A security source says the commander of the Iraqi 3rd Commandos Regiment in the 1st Division was killed with two of his soldiers and many others were injured in a Daesh attack on their headquarters in Al-Harariyat. The source also says Coalition airpower helped Iraqi forces stop the attack and killed 18 Daesh members. [Iraq Press]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the Eid sermons in Falluja mosques. One of the speakers threatens to behead the Shia in Iraq. [YouTube]

A local official in Ameriyat Al-Falluja says 200 displaced families are still trapped near Bzaibiz crossing, which was closed 5 days ago. [Al-Baghdadia]

Ramadi

Daesh blew up Ramadi Olympic stadium completely on Sunday, a few days after the Iraqi forces announced they took control of it. Iraqi military spokesmen say Iraqi forces withdrew from the stadium earlier.

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says the MoI Intelligence Service coordinated with field artillery and the IAA to bomb Daesh’s operations command in Ramadi, killing many terrorists and destroying 7 vehicles. [Rudaw]

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces in the third stage of Anbar Liberation Operations launched a major military operation in several areas northeast of Ramadi to isolate Daesh in Falluja and cut their supply lines. [Al-Mada]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces captured the glass factories west of Ramadi, forcing Daesh fighters to escape into the city. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The spokesman of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces supported by Iraqi and Coalition airpower killed 70 Daesh fighters, including 12 snipers and 5 female suicide bombers, in Hsaiba and other areas east of Ramadi. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The Iraqi Federal Police commander says a police commando operation in Hsaiba east of Ramadi killed 11 Daesh fighters and destroyed 4 hideouts. [Buratha News]

 

A source in Anbar Police Command says Iraqi forces surrounded an area along the main road 5 kilometers west of Ramadi  and asked the people through loudspeakers to leave their houses before starting military operations in that area. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Daesh publishes photos of lashing 4 “drug users” in Rutba. [Come to Success]

SALAHUDDIN

PM Abadi arrives to Balad military airbase to celebrate the arrival of the F-16s. He says the security forces arrested some of those responsible for Friday’s Khan Bani Saad truck bomb attack in Diyala. (See story below) [Al-Maalomah]

The spokesman of the MoD says the equipment and weapons for the F-16s have been installed and the jets will start their military missions soon. [Al-Maalomah] The Iraqi Air Force commander says Iraq will get more F-16s this year and next year. [Al-Mada]

Abadi says the F-16s will participate in bombing Daesh locations, and asked the international community for more support for Iraq. Abadi also asked all Iraqi politicians to keep the Iraqi armed forces out of political disputes.  [Al-Sumaria TV] [Photos] [Al-Mirbad]

A spokesman of the Badr militia says his troops stopped a Daesh attack on Al-Fatha near Baiji, killing many terrorists and destroying 5 vehicles. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says a Daesh bridegroom was killed and his head was found an hour after his wedding in Shirqat. The source says Daesh is looking for the bride and her family, who disappeared after the wedding. [Al-Sumaria TV]

Samarra Operations Command says Iraqi Federal Police stopped a Daesh attack west of Samarra, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a vehicle armed with a machine gun. [Al-Sumaria TV]

Daesh puts an empty bottle filled with dirt on any booby-trapped house in Baiji as a sign for their fighters. (Video) [Facebook]

 

BAGHDAD

Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell says it arrested 41 Daesh members in Baghdad responsible for numerous assassinations, car bombs and IED attacks. Two of the arrested were suicide bombers. The Cell says it confiscated a lot of weapons, communications devices, and explosives. [Al-Mada]

According to security sources:

  • Two Sahwa fighters were killed and 2 injured in an IED explosion in Abu Ghraib in west Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • Armed men attacked Iraqi forces in Abu Ghraib with machine guns, injuring 3. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A civilian was killed and 7 injured in an IED explosion in Saba Al-Bor in north Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
  • A government soldier was shot and killed at his checkpoint in Latifiya in south Baghdad. [Al-Mada]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says Daesh kidnapped 35 displaced families near Himrin Hills who were trying to return to their houses in Salahuddin from Hawija. [Al-Sumaria TV]

DIYALA

On Friday, Daesh perpetrated a truck bomb attack in Khan Bani Saad in eastern Diyala as people were celebrating Eid. The death toll was reported by the AP as 115 as of Saturday, with 170 injured. Most but not all of the victims were Shia.

DaeshDaily comment: There have been talks in Diyala about establishing a tribal council to start the reconciliation process in the governorate. This deadly attack is a setback to those efforts.

 

Prime Minister Abadi visited the location of the Khan Bani Saad attack and went to the victims’ funerals. [Al-Sumaria TV]

 

IWMC says a military unit from Dijla Operations Command, based on intelligence information, arrested 5 suspects accused of the terrorist attack in Khan Bani Saad. The Cell also says another force defused 8 IEDs in different areas in Diyala. [Al-Baghdadia News]

Eyewitnesses say a Shia militia kidnapped dozens of Sunni civilians in Khan Bani Saad. They say the militias had lists with specific names. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

The Badr militia leader proposed that perpetrators of the Khan Bani Saad attack should be executed in the same location as the explosion. [Rudaw TV]

 

The Mayor of Al-Khalis says 8 civilians were killed and 20 injured in a mortar attack in the south of the district. The Mayor says the security forces located the source of the shelling in Al-Kasasba, an area with Daesh sleeper cells. [Al-Sumaria TV]

 

Local sources say a police officer was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car in east Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

Local sources say a civilian was killed and 5 injured in an IED explosion in Kanaan subdistrict east of Baquba. [Al-Gharbiya]

 

NINEWA

Local sources say Daesh executed another mosque imam in Mosul, accusing him of working against them. Daesh has executed 15 mosque imams so far and 40 are still missing. [Al-Maalomah]

Our sources in Mosul say Daesh re-established prepaid internet services, but is selling the services for higher prices and monitoring the browsing.

The deputy chairman of Ninewa GC says the Iraqi MoI issued an order to move Ninewa Liberation Camp from Kurdistan to Baghdad. He says 4,000 policemen in the camp refused to join the new location because they were afraid they would be forced to join the Federal Police and sent to Anbar or Salahuddin. He says they haven’t received their salaries for 5 months now. [Al-Sumaria TV]

The Christian PMF commander says Christian Iraqis in Ninewa Liberation Camp will go to Baghdad and fight anywhere the central government wants. He also says they are already participating in the fights in Baiji.  He repudiates calls by some MPs to keep them in Kurdistan. [Buratha]

Ninewa Operations commander says the Coalition launched airstrikes on Daesh in Tal Afar, Sinjar and Hawija on Sunday evening, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 8 Humvees and 16 buildings. (video) [Rudaw TV]

A Kurdish official says 20 Daesh were killed in internal fights over loot and power in Tal Afar. [Al-Hurra]

Daesh publishes photos of the Eid in Tal Afar. [Come to Success]

And charity activities in Ninewa [Come to Success]

OTHER GOVERNORATES 

Basra.  Young men demonstrated Thursday against the electricity shortage, as temperatures reached unprecedented levels above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), and people were angry about the lack of services. Security forces shot into the crowd, killing one demonstrator and injuring others, increasing the anger. Demonstrators then burned the Supreme Council’s party headquarters in Basra, because the Governor of Basra is an ISCI member.

DaeshDaily comment. Basra is volatile right now, at a most inconvenient time for the Iraqi government. Some politicians had predicted that demonstrations would be organized by Baathists to divert attention from events in Anbar. Many other politicians sympathize with the demonstrators. Shia militiamen have threatened to take action if security forces shoot demonstrators again. The leader of the PMFs in Basra was killed in a car accident, and there are demands for an investigation.

 

A security source in Basra says the Iraqi Intelligence Service raided a rural area in Qurna District and found 13 kg of explosives. [Iraq Akhbar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

The spokesman of the YPG says his troops have almost complete control over Hasaka after defeating Daesh in the southern parts of the city during the last 2 days. Kurdish sources have said Daesh used chemical weapons against their troops in Hasaka. [PUK Media]

The YPG says their troops foiled several Daesh attacks intended to break the siege on Daesh in south Hasaka. [PUK Media]

The YPG says a house in Kobane, with explosives left by Daesh, exploded and killed 3 YPG soldiers. Other sources say the explosion was actually a car bomb attack on a YPG barrier 15 km (10 miles) south of Kobane.  [Rudaw TV] [Bass News]

Daesh publishes photos of shelling Kurdish forces with Grad rockets in south Kobane. [Come to Success]

Daesh publishes a video of its men during Eid in Homs. [Come to Success]

Daesh publishes a video and photos of the results of the “Alawite-Crusader” bombing in Manbaj in Aleppo. [A3maq] [Come to Success]

A report about the Assad regime trying to export goods through Daesh controlled areas to Iraq and the Gulf. [Enab Baladi]

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

Turkey. Eyewitnesses say a bag with huge amounts of explosives detonated in Suruc, at the cultural center of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (Kurdish party), killing 28 people and injuring more than 100. Turkey’s PM says initial evidence suggest the attack was by Daesh and promised to punish the terrorists. Turkey says the government established a unit to investigate the explosion and asks the citizens to remain calm. PUK Media publishes a video of the moment of the explosion and Xendan publishes a video of the first moments after the explosion. [Bass News] [Xendan] [Rudaw] [PUK Media] [Xendan]

Tunisia. The Tunisia parliament passes a law making incitement to violence and takfir terrorist crimes. [Middle East Online]

Libya. Daesh pamphlet distribution in Sirte [Come to Success]

Saudi Arabia. The Saudi MoI said Saturday it foiled 6 terrorist attacks on Shia mosques and arrested 431 suspects. [Waradana]

Yemen. Daesh claims responsibility for the car bomb explosion outside a Houthi mosque in Sanaa that killed 5 people and injured 7. [Rudaw TV] [Come to Success]

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

Badr Militia Page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/vo_wowlome

https://twitter.com/r3_fa

https://twitter.com/mowhed_kirkuk

https://twitter.com/rtyuighj4

 

DaeshDaily is taking the Eid Holiday between July 17 and July 19.

 

July 16, 2015   

 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

   

ANBAR

Iraq Minister of Defense arrives in Anbar to check on the military operations. The Minister says what was achieved in Anbar during the last 2 days was beyond expectations. He also says Iraqi forces are on the inner borders of Ramadi and are surrounding Falluja from all sides. He gave orders to keep opening secure roads for civilians to leave. The Minister was 5 km (3 miles) from Ramadi city. [MoD] [Al-Sumaria] [Rudaw TV]

 

Anbar’s Governor says the Iraqi government opened Bzaibiz crossroad between Anbar and Baghdad after he communicated with Prime Minister Abadi and the Operations Commander. [PUK Media]

 

Falluja

A security source says Iraqi forces captured a trailer bomb and arrested its driver in Saqlawiya, 20 km (12 miles) north of Falluja city. The driver admitted he was a Daesh member and was trying to detonate the 15 tons of explosives in the trailer on the Iraqi soldiers. (photo) [Al-Mada]

 

The IAA and the IAF launch airstrikes on Daesh locations near Khaldiya, killing 60 and destroying 14 vehicles. (video) [MoD] [MoD]

 

A source in Anbar Operations Command says security forces shelled a Daesh hideout in Zoba’a villages, killing 6 terrorists. [Al-Baghdadia]

 

The PMF spokesman says Iraqi forces captured the Al-Adhra area near Falluja. He says Iraqi forces haven’t entered Falluja city yet, to allow safe exits for the civilians. [Al-Sumaria TV]

 

A member of Ameriyat subdistrict council says Daesh shot and killed 3 citizens trying to leave Falluja for Al-Falahat. He says this is the second time within one week. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A Daesh video from Falluja. [Twitter]

 

Ramadi

The IAA kills 70 Daesh members in an airstrike on the fertilizer factory in Ramadi. [MoD]

 

A source in the Iraqi JOC says the joint forces from the Federal Police and the PMFs captured the ice factory area in East Hsaiba, killing 8 Daesh terrorists including 2 suicide bombers, and capturing 3 vehicles. [Al-Mada]

 

A security source says the IAA destroyed 4 car bombs attacking Iraqi defense lines in Hsaiba. [Al-Maalomah]

 

Iraqi Federal Police Command says Iraqi troops killed 8 terrorists near Ramadi and arrested a “Chinese” terrorist. [Al-Mada]

 

Elsewhere in Anbar

Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces continued their efforts to capture the remaining areas in and around Qarma, killing 8 Daesh members and destroying 7 vehicles. [Al-Mada]

IWMC says the IAF and IAA launched airstrikes on a Daesh gathering in Qarma, killing several Daesh leaders including the snipers’ officer. [Iraq Press]

 

Daesh publishes a video of the suicide attack on Iraqi forces in Nukhaib. [Isdarat]

 

Daesh media point work in Rutba. [Come to Success]

DaeshDaily note. Daesh has “media points” within its areas of control where they hand out CDs, pamphlets, and other propaganda to residents.

 

SALAHUDDIN

The Chairman of the Security Committee in Salahuddin GC refutes the reports about Daesh controlling 90% of Baiji refinery. (Not reported here) He says Daesh was defeated in Baiji and only one last step remains, to liberate Siniya and the northern parts of the refinery. [Al-Maalomah]  Siniya is a town just west of Baiji.

 

A security source says Iraqi forces shelled a Daesh hideout in Siniya, killing 14 terrorists. [Al-Maalomah]

 

A security source says Iraqi forces cleared the last Daesh pockets in Albu Jwary in east Baiji. [Al-Maalomah]

 

The chairman of the Security Committee in Salahuddin GC says Iraqi forces killed a Moroccan Daesh leader, Abu Ibrahim Al-Maghrebi, and one of his associates in Al-Fatha near Baiji. Maghrebi was responsible for the suicide bombers in Salahuddin.

 

A report about the difficulties facing the returnee families in Mazraa near Baiji. [Al-Sumaria]

 

An Iraqi army officer says Daesh attacked a police station in the Raqqa area of southwest Samarra, killing a Sahwa leader and 4 of his associates and injuring 8 PMF fighters. [Erem]

Daesh claimed responsibility for the Samarra attack and said it killed 13 Iraqi commandos in addition to the Sahwa leader and a military intelligence officer. [Ana Al-Muslim]

 

A security source says 3 civilians were injured, 2 of them women, when an IED exploded in Tuz District east of Tikrit on the Kirkuk border. [Al-Mada]

 

A tribal leader in Dujail confirms reports that an “influential militia” kidnapped his brother and 11 other members of Khazraj tribe. He says his tribe (Shia) was one of the first tribes to fight Daesh and asks the leader of the AHH to intervene. [Al-Mada]

 

BAGHDAD

Correction: Yesterday we called Saleh Al-Mutlaq the Vice President; he is the Deputy Prime Minister. We apologize for the error.

 

A Sunni MP says the American worries about Daesh control over the F-16s’ military base are “unacceptable and unjustified”.  [Al-Ghad]

The spokesman of the MoD says the Balad military base (in Salahuddin) where the planes are housed is far away from military operations and is completely safe. [Petra]

 

An official Jordanian source says the Iraqi government informed Jordan they will close the border between the two countries until further notice. [Xendan]

The spokesman for the Iraq MoI says the closing of the border is temporary pending improvement in the Anbar security situation. He says Daesh used the border as a source of revenue. [Al-Maalomah]

DaeshDaily comment. This action raises a simple question: Why now? Why not a year ago? Daesh has generated hundreds of millions of dollars by extorting a large fee for every truck crossing the border. Whatever the answer to that question, this decision will be costly economically to Jordan and all the truck drivers who bring Jordanian goods into Iraq.

 

According to security sources:

  • Iraqi security forces closed some roads and tighten security procedures ahead of the Eid holiday. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • An IED exploded in Bayyaa in south Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 6. [Al-Mada]
  • An IED exploded near a commercial area in Dora in south Baghdad killing one civilian and injuring 5. [Al-Baghdadia]
  • A roadside IED exploded in Bakriya in west Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 8.
  • An employee of the Iraqi Ministry of Housing and Construction was killed when a sticker IED exploded under his car on Palestine Street in east Baghdad.
  • Three unidentified bodies were found in Shula in northeast Baghdad. [Rudaw TV]

 

KIRKUK

A security source says the police found a beheaded corpse of a young Turkmen man in Daquq district center. He says the head was found later in a different area. [Al-Ghad]

 

DIYALA

The Chairman of the Displacement and Migration Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, from Diyala, says 40,000 families were displaced from their houses in Diyala, mostly from Baquba and Khanaqin, and only 10,000 returned. He says some of these families were forced to leave again because of the constant raids on their houses by Shia militiamen looking for Daesh supporters among the returnees. He also says some families paid 500,000 dinars (around USD$400) as bribes to local government employees in Udhaim in order to let them return.

DaeshDaily Comment: Udhaim was the Daesh stronghold in Diyala, so it’s not surprising pro-government militiamen regard it with suspicion. However, if the report is true, innocent families are being forced to pay bribes AND Daesh members can return safely if they pay.

 

The “secretary” of Diyala GC says the Governor met with the security commanders in the governorate to discuss the recent security deterioration in Muqdadiya.  Local source say armed men attacked the security forces in north Muqdadiya, killing 3 PMF fighters and injuring others. [Baghdad International News Agency]  [Qoraish]

 

Daesh publishes a video of releasing their prisoners in Al-Khalis in May. [Isdarat]

 

NINEWA

An official Iraqi source says Daesh forced the people of Mosul to change the names of the commercial shops and businesses according to their strict code. Ancient Iraqi names, girls’ names, TV or movie names, and others have to be changed. [Petra]

 

A Kurdish MP says 1,600 Peshmerga soldiers have been killed and more than 6,000 injured in the fights against Daesh so far. He says over half of the injured soldiers need to be treated outside the country. [Al-Baghdadia]

DaeshDaily comment. The implication is that those soldiers are not getting that treatment, and the further implication is that if Kurdish soldiers need medical assistance outside Iraq, so do many of the injured among the other Iraqi forces.

 

The director of Ninewa Journalists Network says Daesh executed the Network’s reporter in Mosul yesterday, 41 days after he was arrested. [Karemlash]

 

The IWMC says the IAF implemented 17 sorties and the IAA 46 all over the country, including airstrikes on Ur village north of Mosul that destroyed 3 buildings used by Daesh as weapons storehouses. [Rudaw TV]

 

An interview with an American volunteer with the Peshmerga. [Rudaw TV]

 

A Peshmerga source says Kurdish forces supported by Coalition airpower stopped a Daesh attack on Hardan village northwest of Mosul, killing 30 terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles. [Bass News]

 

A local source says Daesh executed 5 civilians in Tal Afar, including a doctor, accusing them of not cooperating. [Bass News]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

The YPG says it recaptured several areas in Kobane and Jazeera, killing 29 Daesh terrorists. [PUK Media]

 

Daesh publishes photos of the fights in Jazeera. [Come to Success]

 

Syrian Kurdish forces say they stopped a Daesh attack on Quqas Bridge, crossing the Euphrates, killing many terrorists. [Bass News]

 

Kurdish forces took control of many areas in south Hasaka and surrounded the Daesh fighters there. [Bass News]

 

Local sources say the PYD rounded up 30 Kurdish young men to force them into compulsory military service.  [Bass News]

 

The Syrian government mourns the death of a general close to the Assad family who was killed in a battle against Daesh near the T4 military airport in Homs. [Syria Nass]

 

A Turkish analyst, close to the Turkish government, says Turkish troops will enter Syria in one of 3 scenarios: The Syrian Kurdish forces expand on the Turkish southern borders; the government defeats the opposition in Aleppo; or to provide safe zones for refugees. [Syria Nass]

 

A public swimming pool in Raqqa. [Come to Success]

 

Daesh public gathering in Raqqa. [Isdarat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

A Lebanese security source says authorities intensified security procedures in the southern Lebanon for Eid after getting information from detainees. [Petra]

 

A car bomb exploded on a security checkpoint in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, killing the driver and injuring 2 policemen. [Yemen Now]

 

The spokesman of the Egyptian military says a water patrol boat was attacked and burned by terrorists in the Mediterranean near Rafah, with no human casualties. [Al-Khamis]

Daesh’s version is that it targeted an Egyptian “frigate” near Rafah with a guided rocket, destroying it and killing everyone on board. [Twitter] [Photos]

 

Daesh says it launched 2 rockets on an Israeli electricity company in Asqlan.

 

Local security and government officials are leaving their houses in Sirte, Libya with their families to escape Daesh. Daesh detonated the house of the Military Police commander, raising the number of the houses of local officials they detonated to 13. [Bawabat Al-Wasat]

 

Daesh publishes a collection of reports about Shia people and soldiers it killed. [Just Paste]

 

Daesh Arabic newsletter for today. [Come to Success]

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES

 

Facebook Page of the Day

An official Daesh news page

 

Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day

https://twitter.com/kk_123123123

https://twitter.com/hmmha123

https://twitter.com/crouuuca

 

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

July 15, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

                Yesterday’s conclusion of the nuclear agreement with Iran was the world’s leading story, and correctly so. Beyond the agreement itself, this development has possible implications for the current crisis in Iraq.  One of today’s news reports is the string of positive reactions from Iraqi leaders in response to the agreement. Many Iraqi civil society activists and intellectuals have expressed support for the deal on social media, hoping Iran will stop using Iraq to advance its anti-American and regional sectarian agenda.

               In diplomacy the constant hope is that creating one good outcome will lead to another good outcome. At the least, we have established a working relationship with the elected government of Iran, though not with the hard-line anti-American elements, who are beyond government control. This relationship should enable some level of communication and cooperation on Iraq, where both the US and Iran support the government, and even on the chaotic conflict in Syria, which has become a no-win situation for all parties involved including the Assad government.

(more…)

July 14, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

   Iraqi forces are advancing towards Falluja and Ramadi, and today’s reports paint an optimistic picture. Nothing is easy or simple in Iraq, however, and we should continue to expect the unexpected. Winning battles around a city are not the same as winning in urban warfare.

   Even an entirely successful campaign in Falluja and Ramadi will not end the war, even in Anbar. It would be a huge hit to Daesh capabilities, and even more to its military reputation, but they still have the far western areas (Hit, Rawa, Rutba, Qa’im, etc.) and can remobilize themselves very soon. Most of the foreign jihadis in eastern Anbar would leave, but some would stay and blend in (cutting their distinctive beards), and the local Daesh supporters will still be in place for a comeback, applying a familiar Daesh strategy. Moreover, as today’s Baghdad reports continue to show, Daesh still has access to the city and can continue to arrange car bomb attacks.

(more…)

July 13, 2015

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

News reports today have focused heavily on the start of the battle for Falluja.

ANBAR

Iraqi Minister of Defense announces the start of Anbar liberation operations. [MoD Website]

(more…)

July 10, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

ANBAR

  • An Anbar GC spokesman refutes yesterday’s optimistic report about clearing Saqlawiya completely from Daesh and says the military operations are still going on. He says Iraqi forces liberated large areas in Saqlawiya and raised Iraqi flags on governmental buildings used as Daesh offices, but they stopped the operations for a while to provide secure exits for civilians.

The deputy chairman of the GC says Daesh terrorists are still in control of some parts of Saqlawiya but Iraqi forces are executing preemptive attacks on Daesh locations.  The spokesman of the PMFs also takes issue with yesterday’s reports about liberating Saqlawiya but says Iraqi forces have captured many areas around it including the Technical Institute and the fuel station.

Saraya Al-Khorasani, a Shia militia, says its troops captured two villages in Saqlawiya and are advancing to gain more areas.

 

  • Another Anbar GC spokesman says 7,300 fighters from Anbar graduated from the training camps and most are participating in the fights around Falluja. He also says the Iraqi forces are surrounding Falluja from all sides and preparing to enter the city. He says Daesh killed a family trying to leave the city and is preventing civilians from leaving through the Al-Falahat crossroad.

A PMF commander says Iraqi forces are 5 km (3 miles) from Falluja city center but are advancing slowly because of the difficult terrain and the car bombs and IEDs.

A tribal leader says about 1,000 fighters from 3 local tribes are participating in military operations in Qarma and Saqlawiya.

 

  • The Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) Commander says Iraqi intelligence communicated with 150 Daesh members in Falluja and got written commitments from them to stay in a mosque and not fight the Iraqi forces when they break into the city.

 

  • The MoD says the Coalition launched 2 airstrikes on Daesh locations in Falluja, killing 7 terrorists.

 

  • A tribal leader says Daesh shelled Khaldiya with mortars heavily since Thursday night and was bringing car bombs and armored vehicles in preparation for a major attack. He also says the military situation in the city has become critical.

A source in Anbar Operations Command says security forces and tribal fighters supported by the IAA stopped a major Daesh attack on the Al-Jazeera area in Khaldiya.

A security source says 2 local policemen were killed and 3 injured when a Daesh car bomb attacked their checkpoint at Khaldiya’s entrance. Daesh says it attacked Iraqi forces in Khaldiya with 2 car bombs.

An unidentified source tells Rudaw Kurdish TV that Daesh attacked Iraqi forces heavily in Khaldiya, starting with 2 car bombs that forced them to retreat into the city. The source says 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 30 injured in the attack.

A video from local sources on Facebook about the Coalition airstrikes on Daesh in Khaldiya. The source of the video says the Daesh attack was foiled.

Daesh publishes photos of the battles in Khaldiya.

And photos of attacks on the Iraqi forces near Habbaniya.

And executing an Iraqi soldier somewhere in Anbar.

 

  • The IWMC says two Iraqi soldiers from Jazeera Operations Command stopped 2 car bombs coming from the Baiji road to attack Haditha Dam. It says PM Abadi has ordered that the two soldiers be honored.

 

  • Al-Jazeera Operations Command says its troops, supported by the Anti-Terrorism Service and tribal fighters, liberated Sinjik in Parwana subdistrict near Haditha, killing and injuring dozens of Daesh fighters.

 

  • Daesh says it advanced in east Anbar and killed many Iraqi soldiers and destroyed many vehicles. It also says its forces captured an Iraq brigadier general and 3 soldiers.

 

  • A security source says a car bomb exploded on the Iraqi Army checkpoint in Nukhaib in south Anbar killing 2 soldiers and injuring 6.

 

  • A PMF commander says Iraqi forces killed a Daesh leader in Dhira Dijla in Anbar.

 

  • A PMF commander says Iraqi forces stopped an attack by Daesh car bombs and suicide bombers in Al-Kasra, near Rutba in western Anbar.

 

  • PM Abadi issues a statement after meeting with Anbar Governor and GC, saying Iraqi forces are conducting military operations to liberate not only Falluja but Ramadi also.

 

 

 

SALAHUDDIN

  • The IFP commander says the Cornet Missile Battalion destroyed 3 car bombs and an armored vehicle trying to attack Iraqi forces in north Baiji. He also says Iraqi commandos killed 4 terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles attacking Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery.

Daesh says it attacked the southern parts of Baiji and forced Iraqi forces to retreat. (Video)

 

  • An MP from Salahuddin says 2,000 displaced families have returned to their houses in Al-Dour district and asks the government to help them with their farms, since agriculture is their main source of living.

 

  • Local sources say Daesh terrorists coming from northwest Anbar attacked Iraqi forces in west Samarra, killing 3 PMF fighters and injuring 11.

 

  • A PMF official says Iraqi forces stopped a Daesh attack on the Strategic Line west of Samarra, killing 7 terrorists.

 

  • A security source says Daesh executed 3 people by firing squad in Shirqat, accusing them of collaborating with the Iraqi forces.

DaeshDaily comment: These repeated incidents of ISIS violence and intimidation against Shirqat residents seem to reflect its fear that their control of the city is now at risk.

 

BAGHDAD

  • An MoI source says a roadside IED exploded in Rashdiya in north Baghdad killing one civilian and injuring 8. A security source says 2 civilians were injured in a roadside IED explosion in Tarmiya in north Baghdad.

 

  • An MoI source says a sticker IED exploded under a small bus in Sadr City, injuring 6 people.

A security source says a school headmaster was killed and his son severely injured when an IED exploded on their car in Dora in south Baghdad.

A security source says an IED exploded in Mada’in in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 5. A security source says an IED exploded near an electronic games café in Mada’in, killing one civilian and injuring 6.

 

  • An MoI source says the casualty toll of the car bomb in Zaafaraniya yesterday went up to 6 killed and 25 injured.

 

  • Former PM Maliki says if the US were serious about arming Iraq we wouldn’t have this dangerous security deterioration. He also says what the US provided was not enough and Iraq had to find other weapons sources like Russia, Iran, Korea and Bulgaria. He says the Coalition airstrikes on Daesh achieved only 10% of what the Iraqi forces are achieving on the ground.

 

  • Another video about how Daesh booby-traps houses.

 

KIRKUK

  • A security source says Daesh attacked Al-Shaheed compound in south Kirkuk but the Peshmerga stopped the attack, killing 8 terrorists and destroying a car bomb.

 

DIYALA

  • A source in Diyala police says an IED exploded inside a small bus in Balad Ruz, 55 km (34 miles) northwest of Baquba, killing the driver.

 

  • Diyala GC chairman says 248 displaced families will return to their houses after Eid, according to a deal with the security leaders.

 

  • A security source says unknown armed men opened fire on a barber shop in Muqdadiya, killing 3 civilians and injuring 2.

 

  • Security officials in Diyala say the security situation improved significantly in the governorate after the liberation of Mtaibija, between Salahuddin and Diyala.

 

NINEWA

  • Daesh opens a public phone booth in Tal Afar.

 

  • A local source says Daesh executed 12 people by crushing them under a construction shovel in Bab Al-Tob in downtown Mosul, after accusing them of spying.

DaeshDaily Comment: Daesh usually likes to show such gruesome executions, so we can only confirm this news from their publications.

 

  • A local source in Mosul says Daesh issued orders to prevent any Eid (end of Ramadan celebration) prayers in the city’s mosques except in two locations it designated, one on each side of the city.

 

  • The Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi Parliament (IP) says the final report about the loss of Mosul in June 2014 will be submitted to the IP leadership in a public session by the end of the month.

 

  • A Kurdish official says unknown armed men shot and killed a Daesh “emir” and 2 of his associates in Wadi Al-Hajar south of Mosul.

Kata’eb Al-Mosul says its fighters attacked a Daesh checkpoint south of Mosul and killed 3 terrorists. They also say one of their snipers killed a Kurdish Daesh terrorist in the Saddat Al-Rashdiya area.

 

  • Daesh publishes a video about Tal Afar. And a tribal pledge of allegiance gathering for the Jubour tribe south of Mosul.

DaeshDaily Comment: The majority of Jubour tribal fighters are fighting against Daesh in Ninewa and Salahuddin.

 

  • Ninewa policemen say they object to the MoI order to move their training camps from Erbil to Baghdad.

 

  • A list of Daesh conditions on people who want to leave Mosul.

REPORTS FROM OTHER GOVERNORATES

  • Sistani’s representative in Kerbala say the many bodies of foreign terrorists after the recent fights in Baiji and other cities prove that neighboring countries are still not serious about preventing Daesh terrorists from coming to Iraq.

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

  • Syrian official TV says Daesh shelled an official building in Hasaka with mortars, causing a big fire. A Syrian military source says Daesh detonated a third car bomb on the east side of Hasaka without giving any more details.

A Kurdish source says Daesh attacked the Kurdish forces in Hasaka with 3 car bombs to stop their advances. The source also says the Syrian regime’s air force launched 8 airstrikes on Daesh in Hasaka, while the Coalition bombed Daesh in the eastern areas of the city where the Kurdish forces are fighting.

Kurdish forces say they liberated Abu Amsha village in south Hasaka from Daesh but Daesh attacked them with a car bomb and the clashes are still going on. They also say the Kurdish forces liberated some areas south of Kobane and killed at least 24 terrorists in Ain Eissa.

 

  • A Kurdish military source says Daesh attacked a Kurdish training camp in Alia between Tal Tamr and Ain Eissa, killing at least 20 Kurdish fighters. Daesh started the attack with 3 car bombs, then the terrorists came in dozens of armored vehicles. The source says the Kurdish fighters stopped the attack and the Coalition bombed the camp’s perimeter, destroying Daesh vehicles and killing dozens of terrorists.

 

  • Local sources say Daesh has been shelling a Kurdish area in Reef Al-Bab in Aleppo with mortars for two days now. They say many civilians have been killed, including a woman and 3 children.

 

  • A local source says Daesh attacked the Syrian army forces in south Hasaka and the results of the attack are not clear yet.

 

  • Rudaw TV reporter says the YPG and Burkan Al-Furat forces supported by Coalition airpower regained control of the areas taken by Daesh in Ain Eissa, 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Kobane, after killing dozens of Daesh fighters.

 

  • The media officer of Islamic Ahrar Al-Sham movement says they arrested 15 Daesh members in Al-Nairib town south of Idlib and confiscated weapons and communication devices.

 

  • Daesh publishes photos of cutting off a man’s foot publicly in Hama. And their flags in Al-Qastal town in Hama.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

  • Turkish police launched a major security campaign in 4 cities, arresting 21 Daesh suspects, including 3 foreigners trying to travel to Syria to join Daesh.

Turkey’s President Erdogan says his country has arrested 1,300 foreigners linked to Daesh so far. He says Daesh is being supported by the Syrian regime in order to “break the demands” of Syrian people. He also says there is lack of information exchange between the world’s countries regarding counterterrorism.

 

  • The spokesman of the Egyptian Army says the Egyptian military bombed an explosives storehouse in Sheik Zwaid based on intelligence information. He also says the Special Forces destroyed a truck filled with weapons and ammunition, killing 2 terrorists inside.

Security sources say a woman and her 4 children were killed when a mortar shell fell on their house in Sheik Zwaid. No information was provided about the source of the shelling.

 

  • Tunisian sources say 5 terrorists were killed and 2 security officers injured in a raid on armed groups in Qafsa. The Tunisian authorities have arrested 127 suspects since the terrorist attack in Sousse.

 

  • Medical sources say 5 more Libyan soldiers died from their wounds in Wednesday’s battle against Daesh in Laithi. The sources say 19 soldiers were killed and 80 injured.

 

  • Local sources say Daesh detonated the house of a former Libyan MP in Sirte. Eyewitnesses say Daesh terrorists organized a parade in Sirte and raised their flags on governmental buildings.

 

  • Eye witnesses says two synchronized attacks targeting two hotels in Mogadishu in Somalia, killed at least 5 people and injured many others including a Somali MP. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

  • Daesh publishes a video of its operations in West Africa.

 

  • Daesh Twitter accounts of the day:

https://twitter.com/Nj__d00

https://twitter.com/nessmtelganna

https://twitter.com/ofihg100

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)

July 9, 2015

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

ANBAR

  • The PMFs in Anbar say they liberated Saqlawiya completely from Daesh and raised Iraqi flags on its buildings. They say dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed and many of their vehicles destroyed including 3 car bombs. A colonel in Anbar Operations Command says 80% of Saqlawiya was liberated, with Daesh still in control of a few “weak pockets” that are being targeted by the Iraqi forces. He says Iraqi ground forces supported by Coalition airpower attacked Daesh locations between Saqlawiya and Falluja to cut Daesh supply lines and destroy their weapons storehouses.

The MoD says the IAA killed 7 Daesh terrorists and destroyed their vehicle in an airstrike on Saqlawiya. Saqlawiya is a subdistrict of the Falluja district

 

  • A security source says Iraqi forces destroyed a car bomb attacking them in Hitawiyeen south of Falluja.

 

  • A source in Falluja hospital says 3 civilians were killed, including a child, and 7 injured from Iraqi forces bombing their houses outside the city.

DaeshDaily comment: Such a report is plausible, and we have now seen a few of them. However, such reports from a Daesh-controlled hospital are impossible to evaluate at face value.

 

  • Daesh publishes a video of the battles around Falluja.

 

  • Ameriyat Al-Falluja police commander says “positive developments” will happen in the coming days regarding the liberation of Falluja. He says Iraqi forces are advancing towards Falluja from three sides. Ameriyat is a subdistrict of Falluja.

 

  • A source in the Iraqi 1st Intervention Division says one of its units clashed with Daesh in Subaihat near Qarma, killing 2 terrorists and destroying a vehicle and a rocket launcher. He says the Division destroyed 2 booby-trapped homes in Subaihat without casualties.

 

  • A source in Anbar Police Command says Iraqi ground forces from the Army, Police, SWAT, and tribal fighters launched synchronized attacks on Daesh in Qarma, Al-Qa’im and Hit killing 21 terrorists, including foreigners, and destroying 7 vehicles and 2 car bombs.

 

  • A security source says Iraqi forces carried out military operations in Zoba’a villages southeast of Falluja, killing dozens of Daesh fighters. Daesh publishes the fights in Zoba’a.

 

  • A source in Jazeera Operations Command says the IAA launched airstrikes on Daesh locations in Hit, Rawa, Baghdadi, Haditha and Al-Qa’im killing dozens of Daesh terrorists.

 

  • Daesh publishes photos of Sahwa members in Parwana, in Haditha, and says they were arrested and executed.

DaeshDaily Comment: Usually Daesh publishes photos of its prisoners alive and then executes them, but that was not the case here.  The photos seem to be for people who died in the battles.

 

  • A security source says Iraqi forces supported by PMFs clashed with Daesh in Al-Jazeera in Khaldiya subdistrict east of Ramadi killing 5 terrorists including 2 foreigners.

 

  • A security source says the IAA launched an airstrike on Daesh locations in Al-Tash in south Ramadi, killing 3.

 

  • The leader of Albu Nimmr tribe says Daesh is trying to compensate for its losses in Qarma and Saqlawiya by preparing a major attack from 3 sides on Haditha. He says Daesh wants to control the city in order to control the Haditha Dam and the Ain Al-Assad military base.

DaeshDaily comment: With so much government attention on Ramadi and Falluja, the possibility of a Daesh counter-move against Haditha deserves concern.

SALAHUDDIN

  • The IFP Commander says the North Baghdad Brigade in the IFP targeted 2 Daesh armored vehicles between Siniya and Baiji with Cornet rockets, killing 4 terrorist leaders.

 

  • A security source says 2 employees of the Tikrit health directorate were killed when an IED, planted in the secondary roof, exploded inside the directorate’s building in Tikrit center.

 

  • A report about the PMFs training children on weapons in Balad in south Salahuddin.

 

  • A security source says an armed group kidnapped 5 civilians in Tuz east of Tikrit. He says the body of one of them was found later.

 

  • Daesh publishes photos of its terrorist detonating an Iraqi Army military shovel in west Baiji. And destroying an Iraqi tank with a Cornet rocket in east Baiji.

 

BAGHDAD

  • COMSEC issued instructions to all government directorates to re-audit the salaries of the government employees in areas outside the government control. They said the Council of Ministers has ordered establishment of a new procedure to distribute salaries, and to consider them “compulsory savings” for out-of-reach employees.

 

  • A security source says a civilian was killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion in Al-Furat neighborhood in south Baghdad. Another source says one civilian was killed and 4 injured in an IED explosion in Bayyaa in south Baghdad.  A security source says bodies of two unknown women were found in Dora in south Baghdad. A police source says an IED exploded on the roadside in Yusufiya in south Baghdad injuring one civilian.

 

  • A security source says an Iraqi soldier was killed and 4 injured when an IED exploded on their patrol in Taji in north Baghdad. An MoI source says a PMF fighter was killed and 2 injured when an IED exploded on their car in Zaafaraniya in southeast Baghdad. Another source says 2 civilians were killed and 23 injured in a car bomb explosion in Zaafaraniya.

 

  • The Kata’eb Hezbollah (KH) militia mourns the death of its first Iraqi Christian fighter killed in the battles against Daesh. His funeral was held in Baghdad.

 

DIYALA

  • Local sources say a Sahwa commander was killed and two members of his family severely injured when an IED exploded on his personal car in Hashemiya northwest of Baquba.

 

NINEWA

  • A report about the displaced Yazidi families in Dahuk.

 

  • A local source in Mosul says the Coalition bombed a Daesh 3-car convoy in Mahalbiya west of Mosul, killing 6 terrorists and injuring others.

 

  • Daesh publishes a video of the fights with the Peshmerga.

 

  • Daesh publishes photos of Zakat (Islamic tax) distribution in Baaj, the district in south Ninewa.

REPORTS FROM OTHER GOVERNORATES

  • The KRG’s PM says the economy in Kurdistan might collapse because of the fights against Daesh and because of 1.7 displaced people in the Region. He says the current agreement with Baghdad is not working. A Shia MP says Iraqi is facing a financial problem that didn’t allow the government to keep its deal with the KRG. He says he is optimistic about reaching a solution during the coming months when the oil market improves.

DaeshDaily comment: Because Iraq gets the vast majority of its revenues from oil, the large drop in international oil prices has created a major financial problem for the government. This helps to explain some of our news items about payments delayed or not received. The additional costs imposed by the war make everything worse.

 

  • The KRG’s PM says the priority of his government is the Kurdistan in Iraq and the PKK are only guests and have to go back to their country one day. A member of the PKK replied they are not guests in any area of greater Kurdistan and they are fighting in all four parts of it (Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey).

Daesh Daily comment: The PKK’s military safe haven in Iraqi Kurdistan is a long-standing problem for which the Kurds now need a solution. The PKK’s mission has been a greater Kurdistan unifying the Kurds in all four countries. There are hopeful maps displayed in the KRG that show this intended nation. It would subtract a huge amount of territory from Turkey, where the largest number of Kurds live, which explains Turkey’s hostility to the PKK and to its affiliated YPG fighters in Syria. The KRG now needs a closer political relationship with Turkey, in part to help enable its own independence. It would like the PKK to leave, but it has so far been politically unthinkable to force them out.

 

  • A security source says an IED exploded on a police patrol in Suwaira north of Kut, in Wasit Governorate, killing the patrol’s officer and injuring 2 other policemen.

 

  • A website close to Daesh in Iraq says a truck bomb exploded in Jbala in north Babel, without giving more information.

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

  • Local activists say a Daesh terrorist from Uzbekistan was killed by a Coalition drone while in his car in front of a hotel in Raqqa.

 

  • Daesh says it is still in control of Ain Eissa in north Raqqa (video).

 

  • Daesh publishes a photo of the suicide terrorist who attacked Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya (a coalition of armed opposition groups in north Syria) with a car bomb in Aleppo.

 

  • Local activists say the Coalition bombed Al-Nusra on Wednesday in two villages near the Turkish border in Idlib, killing 6 terrorists. (video)

 

  • The PYD refuses to allow the Syrian Kurds forces that were trained by the KRG to return to Syria and denies there was any agreement about that. KRG officials are meeting with the PKK in the Qandil Mountains in the IKR to discuss the issue. A leader in the PYD says the troops were a “Trojan Horse” intended to help establish a self-governing administration in the Kurdish areas in Syria.

DaeshDaily comment: At first reading, the above makes little sense. This is another of the bewildering complications of the Syria side of the conflict, but it affects the Iraq side too. The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is the political party behind the YPG, the Kurdish forces in Syria. Because of its affiliation with the separatist PKK in Turkey, it is totally distrusted by Turkey, but it has recently opposed the PKK’s call for a greater Kurdistan that would include Syrian Kurds. (See comment above) The PYD is caught in the middle, as the KRG is caught in the middle, as Turkey is caught in the middle. We have no confidence this explanation makes the situation any clearer.

 

  • Local sources say Daesh is moving ahead in the southern areas of Hasaka while the government forces are retreating. They also say Syrian and Coalition airpower are both completely absent in Hasaka, and the Syrian artillery stopped yesterday. Another activist says the government kept on bombing Daesh locations in southern Hasaka and Daesh is using antiaircraft thermal rockets.

 

  • Local sources in Hasaka say a Tunisian Daesh “emir” and six others defected from Daesh in south Hasaka and escaped to an unknown location with 6 million dollars.

DaeshDaily comment: What is this world coming to when you can’t even trust psychopathic terrorists?

 

  • Syrian activists say the government’s forces are advancing towards Tadmur and are 5 km (3 miles) from the city.

 

  • Daesh rehabilitation services in Tadmur.

 

  • Local activists in Deir Al-Zor say Daesh issued orders for the city’s butchers to enter “redemption sessions” and threatened to prevent them from practicing their job if they don’t attend.

 

  • A recent poll in Turkey shows that more than 90% of Turks are against any interference in Syria.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES 

 

  • The Tunisian Prime Minister says the Tunisian army is building a fence on the borders with Libya to prevent the terrorists from crossing. He says the wall will be done by the end of the year. The authorities also shut down 9 illegal mosques in Al-Qasreen.

DaeshDaily Comment: Daesh typically infiltrates areas by establishing small mosques outside the official religious establishments to attract young men dissatisfied with the status quo.

 

  • A source in the Egyptian MoI says 18 policemen were injured when an IED exploded on their bus in Arish in Sinai. Daesh claimed responsibility and said it destroyed a bus and an armored vehicle with 2 IEDs, killing or injuring 20 policemen. (Photos)

 

  • Daesh says it stopped a Libyan forces attack on the Laithi area in Burqa. A Libyan military source says Daesh attacked Libyan forces and killed many commando fighters but the Libyan forces followed them and killed 7 terrorists and injured many others.

 

  • A Libyan security source says a convoy of Daesh terrorists arrived in Sirte from Sudan two days ago.

 

  • Libyan sources say a commander in Fajr Libya militia was killed and 4 other people injured when an IED exploded in his car in Misrata.

 

  • Daesh Twitter accounts of the day:

https://twitter.com/LbnenZy

https://twitter.com/MursslBenghazi

https://twitter.com/Dagadawla

https://twitter.com/news_libya__

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Acronyms  

AHH Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq
COMSEC Council of Ministers Secretariat
GC Governorate (Provincial) Council
GoI Government of Iraq
IAA Iraqi Army Aviation
IAF Iraqi Air Force
IFP Iraqi Federal Police
IKR Iraqi Kurdistan Region
IP Iraqi Parliament (Council Of Representatives)
IWMC Iraqi War Media Cell
JOC Joint Operations Command
KDP Kurdistan Democratic Party
KH Kata’eb Hezbollah
KRG Kurdistan Regional Government
MoD Ministry of Defense
MoI Ministry of Interior
MP Member of Parliament
PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party
PM Prime Minister
PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
PYD Democratic Union Party (Syria)
YPG People’s Protection Units (Syria)