August 27, 2015
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REPORTS FROM IRAQ
President Masoum, PM Abadi, CoR Speaker Jubouri and many other Iraqi officials mourn the Deputy Anbar Operations Commander and the Iraqi Army’s 10th Division Commander, killed in a Daesh rocket attack on Jaraishi north of Ramadi, according to official sources. Abadi, the Minister of Defense, and many other officials attended the funeral of the two commanders. (video) [Al-Ghad] [Al-Maalomah] [MoD Website]
A source in Anbar Operations Command refutes reports that Daesh breached Iraqi defense lines in Jaraishi north of Ramadi with car bombs. He Daesh shelled the area with Katyusha rockets at a time when the IAA was not flying in the area. [Al-Maalomah] The chairman of the Khaldiya subdistrict council had said the 2 commanders were killed by a suicide bomber in a car bomb. [Al-Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment: The unfortunate death of the commanders, and the injury to the Anbar Operations Commander last week, shows that Iraqi commanders are in the frontlines with their soldiers, unlike the corrupt officers who ran away from Mosul in civilian clothes. It also shows Daesh is still capable of attacking heavily in the Ramadi area even though they have been losing ground steadily.
People in Mosul are talking about the arrival of Coalition troops with heavy vehicles and weapons to areas east and west of Mosul. Ninewa officials say the weapons and equipment with these troops indicate they are not advisors and might be part of an unannounced military campaign to liberate Mosul. [Al-Mada]
DaeshDaily comment: This could be a huge development if true, but so far there are no confirming reports and we don’t know which Coalition country it might be. It’s a mysterious and intriguing rumor. (Also see the first news item under Ninewa below.)
Al-Nujaba’ Movement, a Shia militia, says its snipers killed 3 Daesh fighters in Qarma. [Buratha]
The PMF Media says the PMFs captured a Daesh leader in the Shiha area of Qarma. [Buratha]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Qarma. [Dump]
Anbar Operations Command troops advance in Jaraishi north of Ramadi, defusing 20 IEDs. [IWMC Report] This story is related to the rocket attack reported above.
Daesh says it shot down an Iraqi an Iraqi helicopter in Jaraishi. [Dump]
The IAA kills 7 Daesh fighters and destroys a weapons storehouse in Jazeera Khaldiya.
The IFP has assumed control of the defense lines near the Euphrates River, and destroyed 7 vehicles in Khaldiya. [IWMC Report]
Daesh says 6 of its terrorists (a Palestinian, a Tunisian, a German, a Tajik, a Saudi and a Syria) and in revenge for the killing of its Khaldiya military commander attacked the main headquarters of the Iraqi forces in north Ramadi with 4 car bombs killing the 2 commanders and many other soldiers. Daesh published the photos of the suicide bombers. [Dump]
A source in Anbar Operations Command says Daesh’s military commander in Ramadi escaped the city after gathering and sending heavy weapons out of the city to western Anbar. [Al-Baghdadia]
DaeshDaily comment. The only way to interpret this story is that Daesh leaders think they are going to lose Ramadi.
Elsewhere in Anbar
A video of an Iraqi sergeant saying he is trying to transport a minesweeper to Anbar without being provided with fuel for his truck or even a weapon. [Al-Sumaria]
A video of the PMFs in Anbar. [YouTube]
A member of Salahuddin GC says the situation in Baiji is getting more dangerous because some PMF troops, including the KH and AAH, are leaving Baiji and letting the local police face the danger alone. The deputy commander of the PMFs, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says the situation in Baiji in under control and Iraqi forces are preparing for a major battle. [Al-Mada]
DaeshDaily comment: The troop movement could hypothetically reflect the improved security situation in Baiji and the need to build up forces elsewhere, like neighboring Kirkuk. However, our sources in Baghdad told us that some Shia militias are not happy with PM Abadi’s reforms that targeted some of their leaders and started to withdraw from Baiji about 2 weeks ago. In other places, leaving captured areas to local police control has led to renewed Daesh activity.
A source in Baiji police says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in Siniya, killing 12 terrorists. He also says an Iraqi policeman was injured when he was shot by a sniper. The source says Daesh attacked the Baiji area heavily during the last 2 weeks with more than 58 car bombs and fuel tankers, which destroyed hundreds of civilian houses. [Al-Mada]
Another source says Iraqi Joint Forces stopped a Daesh attack on Tal Abu Jarad in Baiji killing 13 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles. [Al-Baghdadia] Al-Nujaba’ Movement says their troops stopped the attack and stopped Daesh terrorists from sneaking in from Siniya to Baiji, killing 20 of them. [Buratha]
A Daesh billboard in Shirqat. [Just Paste]
A video of the PMF fights in Tal Abu Jarad. [YouTube]
A source in Samarra Operations Command says an IAA M-35 helicopter was hit by ground fire in Jazeera Samarra but landed safely near the Strategic Line. [Al-Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. The IAA, part of the Army, is primarily a helicopter force.
Iraqi forces are advancing in Jazeera Samarra, destroying a car bomb and a Humvee and clearing several houses. The Iraqi 17th Infantry Brigade defused 8 booby-trapped houses and 12 IEDs in Jazeera Samarra. The IAA attacked Daesh from the air, destroying 2 construction shovels, a vehicle, 2 hideouts and 4 machineguns. [IWMC Report]
The spokesman of the Salahuddin Tribes Council says Daesh kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women and children, trying to escape Hawija in Kirkuk to Al-Alam in the Tikrit area. He also says a civilian was killed and another injured during the kidnapping. [Al-Mada]
A security source says Iraqi units clashed with Daesh in Himrin Hills east of Tikrit, killing 4
The Iraqi CoR approves the Political Parties Law unanimously. [BasNews] The CoR also voted on a law obligates the government to pay the salaries of its displaced employees in government controlled areas. [PUKMedia]
The Iraqi Ministry of Justice says it has started carrying out the 21 death sentences against terrorists that were approved by the President. [Erem]
The Integrity Committee in the CoR says they it will pursue political parties who are occupying government owned properties. The Committee says the properties are worth billions of dollars. [Al-Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. This is apparently a common problem, and goes back to the first days after Saddam was removed.
An official in the headquarters Inspector-General office says his office will shortly publish its first report. He says the office returned 21 billion dollars from different ministries. [Al-Sumaria]
DaeshDaily comment. The US helped Iraq create an Inspector-General system on the US model, with an IG in each ministry. The essential political independence of these positions was quickly compromised, their work was obstructed, and some IGs were assassinated, so the system underperformed. A positive report on progress made by the IG system is therefore significant, especially in the context of the new anti-corruption reform program
According to security sources:
- A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded on a civilian vehicle in Taji in north Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 4. [Al-Maalomah]
- An IED exploded in a commercial area in Hurriya in north Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring 6. [Iraq Press]
- An IED exploded near the industrial area in Taji in north Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 5. [Iraq Press]
- Two tribal PMF fighters were killed and 2 injured when armed men opened fire on their civilian car in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Iraq Press]
- An IED exploded in a commercial area in Shula in north Baghdad killing 2 civilians and injuring 7. [Al-Baghdadia]
- Militia members in military uniforms kidnapped 4 civilians in Zayouna in east Baghdad. [Al-Gharbiya]
- An IED exploded in a bus in Sadr City in east Baghdad killing or injuring 10 civilians. [Rudaw]
- Unknown armed men in military uniforms kidnapped an Iraqi police colonel from his house and stole his car in east Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
- The body of a woman was found shot in Jisr Diyala south of Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
- An IED exploded in a residential area in Shurta 5th area in southwest Baghdad, injuring 2 civilians. [Al-Sumaria]
- An IED exploded in Shuhada Bayya in southwest Baghdad injuring a civilian. [Al-Sumaria]
Baghdad Operations Command says the Iraqi Army 60th Brigade killed 5 Daesh terrorists, destroyed their house, and defused 3 IEDs in Al-Tala’a west of Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
The media advisor of the MoD says 4 Russian military helicopters will arrive in Iraq in the coming days. [Xendan]
Overall, the IAF conducted 19 sorties and the IAA 4. (Results reported elsewhere herein)
The Coalition conducted 15 sorties, killing 74 terrorists and destroying 7 Daesh locations and 19 hideouts. [IWMC Report]
A security source says Dijla Operations Command troops supported by PMFs conducted a security operation in Khailaniya north of Muqdadiya and killed 9 Daesh members and arrested 11 while confiscating weapons and vehicles. [Al-Baghdadia] Other security sources say 28 Daesh were killed and 18 arrested in the operation. [Iraq Press]
The chairman of the security committee in Diyala GC says Iraqi forces destroyed 3 Daesh secret hideouts in Himrin Hills, 85 km (53 miles) northeast of Baquba. [Buratha]
A local source says the Peshmerga captured 12 villages from Daesh on the road between Tuz and Daquq and Daesh terrorists ran away towards Himrin or Hawija after booby-trapping many buildings and vehicles without so much resistance. [BasNews] A Peshmerga official says the Peshmerga and the Iraqi Anti-Terrorism troops, supported by Coalition airpower, liberated 13 villages, killed 40 terrorists and injured 30, and destroyed 13 vehicles. [PUKMedia]
A source in Kirkuk police says Iraqi Joint Forces—Army, PMFs and Peshmerga—shelled Daesh hideouts in a village in Hawija, killing 20. The source also says Iraqi forces are closing in on Daesh in the villages near Hawija and have liberated 7 villages so far. [Al-Maalomah]
Another source says 3 policemen were killed and 11 injured. He also says security forces arrested 19 suspects after the attack. [Al-Mada]
In a startling development, an informed source says tribal fighters and PMFs supported by the IAA launched an attack on a village in Qayara, 60 km south of Mosul, and liberated it completely, killing 37 Daesh terrorists. [BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. This is startling because up to now there has been no ground campaign in Ninewa south of Mosul. All the attention has been on Anbar and Salahuddin. The overall strategy as enunciated by General Allen, head of President Obama’s task force on Iraq, has Mosul as the final target in the campaign. As of now, we have no further information on this, so can’t speculate as to whether this is a one-time attack or the beginning of a larger campaign in Ninewa.
A PUK official says the Coalition launched airstrikes on a Daesh headquarters in Qayara killing 3 terrorists, and on another location in Hammam Al-Aleel killing 7 terrorists, and destroyed a car bomb and a headquarters in the Al-Nasr area, and bombed several other Daesh locations in Ninewa killing dozens of terrorists. [PUKMedia]
The same PUK leader also says the forensics department in Mosul received the bodies of the Daesh military leader in Baiji and his brother who were killed in Salahuddin. [PUKMedia]
IWMC says the IAF, in coordination with the Intelligence Service, destroyed a Daesh car bomb factory and killed dozens of Daesh members in an airstrike near the Qayara Train Station south of Mosul. [Al-Baghdadia]
Many notable KRG officials attended the burial of General Safeen Abdul Majid, the Commander of the Iraqi Army’s 10th Division, in Erbil. [Xendan]
The Iraqi Minister of Defense honored a Colonel who, as commander of the Basra Protection Battalion, ordered his soldiers to throw roses on the demonstrators in Basra. The Minister also honored other officers, and said the Iraqi Army will protect the demonstrations and freedom of speech. [MoD Website]
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
A local source says Daesh captured 2 villages near Mare’ in Aleppo northern countryside and surrounded the town completely. The source says other Syrian armed groups in the town fought Daesh and killed 50 of its fighters and destroyed a vehicle. Daesh detonated a car bomb inside the town killing and injuring many civilians, then kept shelling it and killed many civilians including a child. The source says the town will definitely fall to Daesh if there is no intervention from Coalition airpower or from the Syrian opposition armed groups. [BasNews] Daesh claimed responsibility for the car bomb. [Dump] Local sources say more than a 100 fighters from all groups were killed in the battles. [Hawar]
Daesh said it captured a village near Mare’, killing 5 fighters from Syrian armed groups and arresting 3, and capturing weapons and vehicles. [Dump] Daesh then said it captured 2 more villages and weapons and vehicles and says its troops are surrounding Mare’ from 3 sides (east, west and north). [Dump] Daesh publishes photos from Mare’. [Just Paste] [Just Paste]
A military source says the YPG stopped a Daesh attack on a village east of Hasaka, killing 7 terrorists and injuring 10 and destroying an armored vehicle, and the clashes are still going on. The source says the Coalition bombed Daesh heavily in east and west Hasaka countryside yesterday and today. [BasNews]
More than 1,400 displaced people returned to their houses in Kobane during the last 24 hours. [Hawar]
Daesh publishes a video about the bombing on Aleppo for the last year. [Archive]
Daesh audio newsletter in English. [Archive]
REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Libya. A Libyan military source says Daesh shelling the residential areas on the east coast area in Derna. [Akhbar Libya] Another source says Daesh is sending more of its terrorists to Misrata, then to Benghazi.
SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES
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