August 13, 2015
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
A security source says the IAA, based on intelligence information, bombed a Daesh gathering near the maternity hospital, killing Daesh’s wali of Falluja, Abu Hussein Al-Bilawi, and 32 others. [Al-Maalomah]
However, a source in Falluja hospital says 23 civilians were killed, including women and children, and 33 injured in the IAA bombing on the maternity hospital. Daesh uses civilian places for its gatherings which makes the places targets for the Iraqi forces. [Al-Baghdadia]
DaeshDaily Comment: This is also another tactic from the Saddam manual. Saddam used to hide weapons in civilian shelters.
The Anbar GC says 53 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the airstrike on the maternity hospital and held the MoD responsible for the civilian casualties. [Al-Sumaria] A Sunni member of the defense committee in the CoR says the IAA should be more careful and discriminate between civilians and Daesh terrorists. [Al-Sumaria]
IWMC says the IAA destroyed 2 Daesh locations, 2 car bomb factories and a communications center in Falluja. [Al-Sumaria]
A source in the Intelligence Service says Iraqi forces stopped a major Daesh attack on the Habbaniya base, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles. [Al-Maalomah]
A PMF commander says Iraqi forces destroyed a bulldozer bomb attacking Iraqi forces defense lines in Saqlawiya. [Al-Sumaria]
A security source says Iraqi forces killed 4 Daesh terrorists trying to plant an IED on the main road to Qarma center. [Al-Maalomah]
Iraqi forces continued their operations in Qarma, killing 11 terrorists and destroying 2 vehicles and defusing 5 IEDs and a booby-trapped house. [IWMC Report]
A police officer in Ameriyat Al-Falluja says Daesh shelled civilian areas in the city, killing 2 children and injuring 10. [Al-Baghdadia]
Kata’eb Hezbollah says Daesh dug the tunnel in Al-Hayakel for months because they were not able to break through the KH defense lines. The tunnel was destroyed yesterday. [Al-Maalomah]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Zoba’a. [Just Paste]
The PMFs intercept Daesh communications in Falluja. [YouTube]
Anbar’s Governor fires his deputies and advisors and promises more reforms. He also asks the central government to release the allocations of the governorate. [Al-Sumaria]
A security source says the Coalition bombed 3 houses in Jazeera in Khaldiya used as Daesh security headquarters, killing many terrorists inside them. [Al-Baghdadia]
IWMC says the IAA bombed a Daesh location in Albu Shijil in Khaldiya, killing 12 terrorists. [Al-Ghad]
Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces shelled Albu Aitha then clashed with Daesh in the area and reached Albu Aitha Bridge and defused 30 IEDs. Iraqi forces killed 35 terrorists and are advancing in the area. The Coalition conducted 4 sorties in the area. [IWMC Report]
Iraqi forces are advancing towards Ramadi from the south and the west, killing 2 terrorists. [IWMC Report]
The IFP commander says Iraqi forces killed 8 Daesh terrorists and defused 25 IEDs and 8 booby-trapped houses while advancing east of Ramadi. [Al-Sumaria]
The IFP commander says Iraqi forces liberated several building in Hsaiba east of Ramadi and destroyed 8 IEDs and a car bomb. Another source says the IAA bombed Al-Tameem south of Ramadi. [Al-Baghdadia]
However, a source in Anbar police says Daesh attacked the Iraqi forces in Hsaiba killing 4 soldiers and injuring 5 and destroying 3 Humvees. [BasNews]
A security source says an IED exploded on an Iraqi forces patrol in Area 160 west of Ramadi, killing or injuring 5 soldiers. [Al-Baghdadia]
Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Iraqi forces with an armored Humvee bomb, killing and injuring many of them and destroying 5 vehicles in the Kilo 18 area west of Ramadi. [Dump] Daesh publishes photos of the terrorist and his vehicle. [Dump]
Elsewhere in Anbar
A security source says Daesh raided the gold shops in Kubaisa, stealing $170,000 worth of jewelry. [Al-Sumaria]
A security source says the Coalition bombed an 8-vehicle Daesh convoy west of Haditha, destroying it completely. [Al-Baghdadia]
The IWMC says an IAF airstrike on the Al-Faidha area in Rutba killed the Daesh sharia “judge” in Rutba and 4 other foreign terrorists and injured 10 others; it also destroyed 4 vehicles, a car bomb factory and a weapons storehouse. [Al-Mada]
A source in Anbar GC says Iraqi forces are preventing hundreds of families from entering Baghdad in Bzaibiz and Razzaza. [BasNews]
The IAF bombs Daesh locations in northwest Baiji (video). [MoD Website]
An Army captain and a PMF fighter were killed and 6 injured in a raid on a Daesh house in Albu Toma in south Baiji. Iraqi forces managed to break through and kill the 9 nine Daesh fighters barricaded in the house. [Al-Ghad]
A security source says a car bomb exploded at the Jamila wholesale market in Sadr City, killing or injuring more than 100 people. He says 25 are still missing. [Al-Mada] Iraqi sources gave different numbers on casualties. [Iraq Press] Initial media reports said 60 were killed and 200 injured in the explosion. [Al-Gharbiya] [Al-Mada] A security source says 8 more bodies were found in Jamila, raising the number of casualties to 68 dead and 150 injured. [Al-Baghdadia] The search is still going on for more victims. More than 30 vehicles and dozens of shops were burned in the explosion. [Al-Baghdadia] Another source says 76 people and 100 injured in the explosion. [Oman Daily]
Daesh proudly claimed the responsibility for the attack and said it killed 90 PMFs and injured 200. [Dump] A Daesh website publishes photos of the casualties and says Daesh made the biggest barbeque of the year with Shia flesh. [The Sham News]
DaeshDaily sources in Baghdad say security forces are looking for a displaced man from Anbar as a suspect in the attack. The man arrived recently in the Jamila area and disappeared one day before the explosion.
Baghdad GC says they sent inquires to Baghdad Operations Command about the explosions and demanded answers, as the market is a major commercial area and was supposed to be well protected.
A Shia MP says the explosion puts responsibility on PM Abadi to clean house at the security agencies. [Al-Ghad]
A former MP says the number of bodyguards for current and former central government officials is 25,000. [Xendan]
A former Shia MP says Iran is financing its militias, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, using Iraqi money. [Iraq Press]
Katae’b Hezbollah reacted with hostility to a CNN report that General Raymond Odierno, the outgoing Army Chief of Staff and one of the masterminds behind the “surge” strategy in Iraq, suggested that breaking up Iraq and Syria might be part of the political solution to the crisis. KH says they will “cut off the hand trying to divide Iraq.” [The KH Website]
DaeshDaily comment: We wonder if this empty and self-serving threat applies even if it’s an Iranian “hand.” The main point of Odierno’s comments was actually that the US should consider embedding ground troops with Iraqi forces in order to break the current military stalemate on the ground.
However, Odierno’s comment about dividing Iraq prompted a statement from PM Abadi’s office saying his comments “irresponsible” and show ignorance about the situation in Iraq. [Al-Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. We wonder if Abadi himself authorized this unfortunate statement. Perhaps reading Odierno’s entire statement before denouncing it would have made the PM response unnecessary or brought a more balanced response. Usually, denouncing your friends is not a smart leadership strategy.
The Iraq President, Fuad Masoum, says that while he supports the reforms, PM Abadi never consulted with him about them and he heard about them from the media. [BasNews]
A Sunni MP says Abadi’s reforms cannot happen without a general amnesty law and other political agreements. [Al-Sumaria]
The Iraq CoR voted to give the “livelihood allowances” of the MPs to the displaced people and the PMFs. They also voted to send the corruption cases, including those involving arms contracts, to the Commission on Integrity, Iraq’s main anti-corruption agency. [Iraq Press]
The Sunni Mufti of Iraq says there are 19 corruption cases in the Sunni Endowment and the Iraqi government should deal with them.
DaeshDaily Comment: The Baath party leader who was caught recently said Saddam’s deputy, Izzat Al-Douri, was extremely powerful in the Endowment even after 2003.
In another bizarre corruption story, two men in Australia under indictment for offering a $1 million bribe to win construction contracts for their firm are revealed to be the father and uncle of a Daesh terrorist. Mohammed Elomar, reported killed in a Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, had made himself famous by being pictured holding up severed heads of people beheaded, killing Iraqi soldiers, and raping and torturing Yazidi women.
According to security sources:
– A civilian was killed and 4 injured in an IED explosion in Saba’ Al-Bor in north Baghdad. [Al-Baghdadia]
– Daesh says it detonated an IED in Tarmiya. [Dump]
– The body of an unknown man was found shot in Tarmiya in north Baghdad. [Al-Sumaria]
– An IED exploded near a popular soccer field in Mada’in in south Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring 6. [Al-Baghdadia]
– An IED exploded in a commercial area in Zafaraniya in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 6. [Al-Baghdadia]
– An IED exploded in Yusufiyah in south Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and injuring 5. [Al-Baghdadia]
Overall in the past 24 hours, the IAF conducted 8 sorties and the IAA 26 (results reported in other stories). The Coalition conducted 11 sorties, killing 11 terrorists. [IWMC Report]
The Diyala Court of Appeals says arrest warrants were issued for 12 officials, including 2 former governors, on corruption charges. [Al-Sumaria]
Local sources say Shia militias killed 19 Sunni civilians and threw their bodies into the Diyala River in an act of revenge for crimes not specified. [Al-Gharbiya]
Two policemen were killed when an IED exploded on their patrol in Muqdadiya. [Al-Baghdadia]
Unknown armed men shot and killed 2 workers in a bakery in Muqdadiya. [Al-Baghdadia]
DaeshDaily Comment: Attacks on bakeries were common during the sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007. It is another way of increasing discontent depriving the community of essential services.
A civilian was killed and 4 injured in an IED explosion in Al-Abbara north of Baquba. [Al-Baghdadia]
Unknown armed men kidnapped a lawyer working for the Commission on Integrity in Muqdadiya. [Al-Baghdadia] The Muqdadiya Mayor says security forces released the kidnapped lawyer 2 hours later. [Al-Sumaria]
An IED exploded in Al-Wajihiya northeast of Baquba, killing 2 civilians and injuring 6. [Al-Baghdadia]
Daesh says they detonated 4 IEDs in different areas in Diyala. [Dump]
Diyala GC votes unanimously to disband the district and subdistrict councils and cancel several positions, as well as the Isnad councils (an old version of the PMFs). [Al-Maalomah]
DaeshDaily comment. It’s not clear what the decision on the councils means. The GC has no authority to eliminate the councils. The Isnad councils were an Al-Maliki initiative modeled somewhat on the Sahwa councils and arguably have been overtaken by events.
A local official says Daesh destroyed 3 bridges linking Kirkuk to Diyala, Tikrit and Ninewa. [Al-Sumaria]
The National Security Service in Kirkuk arrests 2 suspects from Tal Afar responsible for several terrorist attacks. [Al-Sumaria]
A KDP official says 17 infants died in Mosul hospitals because of the lack of food and medicine. He says the doctors are afraid they would get killed if they document these deaths. [Al-Sumaria]
He also says a car bomb exploded inside a Daesh headquarters in east Mosul killing 13 terrorists including 3 emirs. He says the attack happened because of internal differences. [Xendan]
A source in Ninewa police says Daesh arrested 30 civilians in Qayara and Shura south of Mosul, accusing them of cooperating with the Iraqi security forces.[BasNews]
DaeshDaily comment. This follows a growing pattern. Daesh finds it is threatened or losing ground in some location, and responds by arresting and often executing local people, presumably including many innocent people seized for Daesh’s public intimidation purposes.
Local sources say Daesh publicly beheaded 3 men and a woman in north Mosul, accusing them of working with the Iraqi security forces. [Al-Ghad]
The MoD says the IAF destroyed 16 oil tankers used by Daesh to smuggle oil from Al-Qayara refinery in south Mosul (video). [MoD Website]
A security source in Ninewa says the Coalition bombed Daesh inside Qayara, refinery killing 12 terrorists. [BasNews]
A Peshmerga officer says the Coalition bombed Daesh in 2 villages near Mosul killing 20 terrorists and destroying 3 car bombs. [Rudaw]
A PUK official says the Coalition bombed Daesh in 2 villages west of Makhmur, killing 18 and injuring 18. [PUKMedia]
Daesh publishes photos of shelling the Peshmerga. [Just Paste]
An audio recording about intercepted Daesh wireless communications in Mosul. [Facebook]
Daesh publishes a video of one of its Iranian terrorists. [Archive]
Daesh publishes photos of establishing a “media post” in Tal Abta. [Just Paste]
The KRG’s PM, Nechirvan Barzani, says the KRG will never give any part of Sinjar back (to the Iraqi government). He also says the Yazidis were targeted because they were Kurds and they were Yazidis. [Al-Mada]
DaeshDaily comment. About the last thing Iraq needs right now are bombastic statements from the KRG about disputed territories.
The KRG PM also says they managed to liberate 2,058 Yazidis from Daesh so far. The statements came in a special ceremony in Dahuk to bury the bodies of 67 Yazidis found in a mass grave in Ninewa. [Al-Sumaria]
The body of an unknown young man was found in Al-Iskandariya in north Babel. [Al-Gharbiya]
A Babel Police source says security forces defused a car bomb in Mahawil in north Babel. [Al-Sumaria
The Muthanna GC decides to disband the local councils in the governorates and prepare for new elections. [Al-Maalomah]
DaeshDaily comment. This is the fourth report we have about removing local council members, but the first that indicates the real purpose is to renew these organizations by holding elections.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
The general secretary of the PYD meets with Russian officials in Moscow to discuss forming a large alliance to fight Daesh. [Welati]
Daesh brought reinforcements from Deir Al-Zor and attacked the YPG south of Qamishli. The clashes are still going on and the Coalition is bombing Daesh in the area. [Welati]
Sixteen hundred people returned to their houses in Kobane from Turkey. [Welati]
Kurdish security forces say they arrested several members of Daesh sleeper cells and confiscated weapons in Tal Abyad. [Hawar]
Al-Nusra attacked Daesh and captured a village from them near Azaz north of Aleppo. [Hawar] Daesh says they stopped the attack, killing many Nusra fighters and capturing a tank and an armored vehicle. [The Sham News]
Daesh publishes the names of the Syrian pilots and technicians they killed at the Kweiris military airport. [The Sham News]
Daesh training for mosque imams in Deir Al-Zor. [Just Paste]
More destruction of graves in Raqqa. [Just Paste]
Daesh snipers in south Damascus. [Just Paste]
And more executions. [The Shame News]
Daesh publishes a video of stoning 2 young men to death after accusing them of homosexuality. [Isdarat]
REPORTS FROM TURKEY
The Turkish minister of foreign affairs says his country will not allow the PYD forces to enter the safe area in Syria. [BasNews] He says Turkey is ready to train the forces that are going to liberate Mosul. He also says they will not attack the PYD in Syria. [Welati]
REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Kuwait. The Kuwait MoI says they arrested 3 suspects and confiscated around 20 tons of weapons and explosives from their homes. [Xendan]
Libya. Daesh surrounds the biggest neighborhood in Sirte and shells it, killing 19 people and injuring 15 including a woman and a child. [Al-Wasat]
Yemen. Daesh says it detonated a car bomb near a 4-story building belonging to the Huthis in Sanaa, killing and injuring many of them. [Dump] A security source says a car bomb exploded near a mosque in north Sanaa. [Yemen Now]
Afghanistan. A former Taliban member explains why he left them and joined Daesh. [Ana Al-Muslim]
Daesh publishes photos of “imams” in different countries who support them. [The Sham News]
SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES
Facebook Page of the Day
Some Facebook pages of Daesh supporters.
Daesh Twitter Accounts of the Day