- A report from Foreign Policy about Daesh relationships with Iraqi Officials
DaeshDaily Comment: While we focus on Arabic media sources, other sources sometimes shed light on Daesh in Iraq.
Many believe that Daesh captured Mosul and other cities with a major military attack. Most of our sources from Mosul, Tikrit, etc. say that Daesh had gained a measure of control in those places well before June 2014, using its network of supporters, armed groups, and corrupt Iraqi military and government officials.
Daesh’s presence in Iraq is sustained by three elements: ideology, regional need/support, and local need/support. It’s a basic multiplication equation by which Daesh could wither if any of these elements becomes zero. Daesh cannot live without its international ideology that provides it with thousands of fighters and suicide bombers from many parts of the world. Daesh also cannot survive without regional support, from nearby countries buying its oil and keeping open borders that let those foreign jihadis in. However, the local element is most crucial, especially the Iraqi politicians, Baathists, and other anti-government citizens, from all sects and sides, who see Daesh as an ally. Without understanding these three elements, we cannot fight Daesh effectively.
REPORTS FROM IRAQ
- A member of Anbar GC says the delay in Anbar liberation battles is because of unspecified differences between the Iraqi government and the Americans.
- A member of Anbar GC says more than 6,000 tribal fighters were trained and armed with light and mid-size weapons by the Iraqi government and more fighters will finish their training in the coming days.
- Anbar Governorate Council says Anbar is suffering from a shortage of water because of a “water war” played by Turkey and Syria.
- A video of the PMFs destroying an attacking car bomb in Ramadi.
- A video of the Iraqi Golden Division’s clashes with Daesh in Anbar.
- Iraqi officers say Daesh is still shelling Ameriyat Al-Falluja in order to capture it. They also say only 450 meters separate them from Daesh.
- The Iraqi Ministry of Interior’s Al-Suqour Intelligence Cell published a video of an airstrike on Daesh leaders in Akashat in west Anbar. The spokesman of the MoI says 47 Daesh terrorists were killed in the airstrikes.
- Iraqi Join Operations Command says Baghdad Operations Command supported by Federal Police, tribal fighters and PMFs killed 8 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 vehicles in Qarma.
- Daesh publishes photos of the results of the bombing on Ramadi.
- Iraqi Join Operations Command says Iraqi Air Force launched 18 airstrikes on Daesh in several Iraqi cities including Juiba near Hit killing 27 terrorists including a Saudi and a Palestinian.
- Daesh publishes photos of shelling Iraqi forces in Anbar.
- A Sahwa Leader in Falluja says 30 Daesh terrorists were killed in the recent internal dispute (over stolen cars) including a former general in Saddam’s army.
- Daesh publishes photos of “education” seminars for young children in Falluja.
- An Iraqi police officer says Iraqi forces took over Baiji completely after 3 days of heavy fighting. He also says Daesh terrorists left to areas north of the Baiji refinery and the Iraqi forces are fighting them there.
- A security source says the PMFs killed a Daesh sniper hiding in a mosque on the east side of Baiji.
- Iraqi Federal Police Commander says Iraqi forces dismantled booby traps in 3 houses and destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles in Baiji. The Commander also says Iraqi security forces killed a suicide bomber who was about to detonate himself in a popular market in Baiji center. He also says Iraqi forces killed 8 terrorists in the Albu Jwari neighborhood in Baiji.
- Iraqi Joint Operations Command says Samarra Operations Command confiscated 13 Daesh boats in Dhiluiya.
- A security source says Iraqi forces launched a major operation to liberate the remaining areas under Daesh control in Baiji Refinery and move from there to liberate Siniyya town.
- Iraqi Join Operations Command says Dijla Operations Command found an IED factory in Salahuddin and destroyed it.
- Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq say they depend in the fights in Baiji on Iraqi militiamen who fought Daesh in Syria.
- A security source says 5 Iraqi Federal Police officers were killed and 8 injured stopping a Daesh attack on the Iraqi forces in Fatha, east of Tikrit. The source says Daesh attacked with 3 car bombs, then shelled the Iraqi forces with mortars, but the Iraqi forces stopped the attack after police and PMF reinforcements arrived from nearby Al-Alam.
- Salahuddin Governor says 1,700 displaced families returned to their houses in Tikrit and more are coming. He also says Tikrit Directorate of Health will resume work in its original location in the city; it was moved to Balad during the Daesh occupation. He also says the Directorate of Electricity restored power in the city in 11 days but thieves are stealing the electricity transformers. The Tikrit Mayor says 2,000 families returned after security checks and 15 suspects were arrested in the process.
- An official in the PMFs says Daesh used a new technique in a car bomb attack in Salahuddin, releasing one of their prisoners and give him a car bomb vehicle without his knowledge and have him drive it towards the target, where they detonate it.
- A source in Samarra Operations Command says the Iraqi Air Force launched an airstrike on Daesh near the Strategic Line west of Samarra, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a construction shovel and 2 car bombs.
- A video of an IED explosion in Tuz Khurmatu that killed a Lt. Colonel in the Peshmerga.
- An MP from the major Sunni bloc in the Iraqi Parliament says Iraqi officials, especially from Anbar, who are responsible for displaced people, are not trustworthy and misuse the funds allocated for the displaced persons.
- A police source says 2 civilians were killed and 6 injured in a car bomb explosion on Palestine Street in east Baghdad. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
- A police source says an IED was detonated against an Iraqi army patrol in Mishahda in north Baghdad, killing one soldier and injuring 4.
- A security source says 2 civilians were killed and 6 injured in an IED explosion near a popular market in Al-Shaab in north Baghdad.
- A security source says a PMFs fighter was killed and 3 injured when an IED exploded on their patrol in Latifiya, on the road between Babel and Baghdad.
DaeshDaily Comment: The recent attacks in the areas between Babel and Baghdad indicate a return of Daesh there. Iraqi forces supposedly liberated these areas but apparently Daesh can still infiltrate them.
- A security source says unknown armed men shot and severely wounded an officer in the Iraqi Intelligence Service, in Karrada.
- A leader in Kata’eb Hezbollah says the leaders of the “Islamic Resistance Factions”, i.e. the Shia militias, should be involved in the decision making in Iraq.
DaeshDaily Comment: The Shia militias are already in charge of many of the streets in Baghdad and other cities, but some want more political influence. Iraq needs the militias but letting them into the government decision-making process would be a huge blow to Iraqi unity.
- Iraqi Joint Operations Command says the Coalition launched 9 airstrikes on Baiji, Zuwiya, Sinjar and Tal Afar killing 30 terrorists and destroying hideouts and vehicles.
- Baghdad Operations Command says Iraqi forces found a car bomb factory and 180 IEDs in Nibai area north of Baghdad.
- A spokesman of the PMFs says there is no (direct) coordination between the PMFs and the American advisers or the Coalition. He says the PMFs become part of the Iraqi forces and report to the Prime Minster and the Joint Operations Command. He also says the JOC coordinate with the Coalition.
- Vice President Osama Al-Nujaifi refutes WikiLeaks documents about his receiving money from the Saudi government.
DaeshDaily Comment: Many Iraqi officials were implicated in these documents including Shia officials.
- A source in Diyala Police says 16 people were killed and 36 injured in a car bomb attack on a tribal leader’s house in Al-Nida village in Balad Ruz, 70 km east of Baquba. The tribal leader was kidnapped earlier today and his tribe met to discuss the kidnapping. Daesh claimed responsibility and said a Tajik terrorist led the attack.
- A local source in Kirkuk says Daesh formed a committee to destroy the shrines and the graves in Hawija during the month of Ramadan.
- A local source in Mosul publishes the names of the men Daesh executed yesterday and says they were working in groups fighting Daesh in the city. Daesh published photos yesterday of executing many people by drowning, electricity and an RPG rocket.
- A member of the Mosul Sheikhs Council says Daesh arrested 16 men for playing the Ring Game, a traditional Iraqi game played during Ramadan.
- Farmers in Ninewa say Daesh monopolizes the grain market and prevented farmers from selling their harvest through traders with lower prices. The Iraqi government usually buys the grain harvest at subsidized prices and distributes it through the food ration system.
- A local source in Mosul says Daesh forced people from Mosul who own more than one house to give one of their houses to foreign terrorists who arrived during the last 24 hours from Syria. The source says about 200 houses were taken.
- A security source says Daesh executed 55 civilians in Mosul, including 4 lawyers in Shalalat (= Waterfalls) north of Mosul, and buried them in a mass grave.
- A local source says Daesh detonated a 1,200 years old Sufi shrine in north Ninewa after arresting its two guards.
- A Kurdish official says the Coalition launched an airstrike on Daesh on the western side of Sinjar, killing 21 terrorists and destroying 6 vehicles.
- A Kurdish official says Daesh opened a new prison for women in Mosul.
- Local sources in Mosul say Daesh asked the teachers in the city to register for the new education year and ask them to pledge allegiance before they can start their work.
- A Yazidi MP says 3,000 Yazidis are migrating from Iraq every month through Turkey.
- A Kurdish MP says the Iraqi government intends to close down Mosul Liberation training camps in Kurdistan.
DaeshDaily Comment: The camps were established 8 months ago for police officers from Mosul who left the city after the Daesh invasion.
- Ninewa Operations Commander says the recent Coalition airstrikes on Daesh destroyed their capabilities in east and west Mosul. He says the Coalition bombed a tunnel used to transport weapons in Wa’eliya, a tank bomb in Qabak, and an IED factory in Qayyara. He also says 40 Daesh terrorists, including foreign explosives expert were killed in an airstrike on Tal Abta water project in Qayyara.
- A Kurdish official says the Peshmerga killed 5 suicide bombers trying to attack the Kurdish forces in Nouran area east of Mosul.
- Ninewa Governorate Council says Atheel Al-Nujaifi is still the governor of Ninewa and they haven’t submitted any nominees, while waiting for the Federal Court to rule in his appeal.
- A security source says a Daesh terrorist was arrested in Kerbala. The source says the security forces confiscated the suspect’s laptop and found information about 7 car bombs intended to be detonated later.
- A report about the bad conditions faced by displaced families now in Maysan.
REPORTS FROM SYRIA
- A Kurdish news website says Kurdish families from Raqqa were driven from their houses in Tadmur, but some of them managed to reach Kobane. Kurdish sources say Daesh is forcing the Kurds to move from Raqqa to the desert in Tadmur, comparing it to Saddam’s infamous Anfal campaign. They also say Daesh allowed Kurds who pledged allegiance to them to stay in Raqqa.
- Syrian News Agency says a car bomb exploded near a mosque near Damascus, killing 13 civilians.
- Daesh claims responsibility for the two suicide attacks in Hasaka yesterday and says one of the suicide bombers was Iranian. Rudaw TV says 10 children were killed in the first attack, near the Kurdish Security headquarters and a children’s hospital, and dozens of Syrian government soldiers were killed in the second attack.
- Arab tribes in Al-Jazeera in Syria announce the formation of Al-Jazeera Shield Brigade to “fight terrorism” and to prevent demographic changes in the area by the Kurds.
- Daesh prayers in Deir Al-Zor.
- Daesh grain factory in Jazeera.
- Daesh pamphlet distribution in Raqqa.
REPORTS FROM OTHER MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES
- A video of Daesh supporters driving through Jordan’s capital Amman.
- The Minister of Religious Affairs in Algeria says only 63 Algerians are fighting with Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- Daesh religious lessons in Sinai.
- Daesh anthem in Turkish.
- For some reason, our DaeshDaily twitter account has been suspended!
- Daesh twitter accounts of the day