- The Chairman of Anti-Daesh Tribes Council in Anbar says the Iraqi Air Force launched an airstrike on a Daesh convoy coming from Syria, between Khasfa and Hit, destroying 12 vehicles loaded with heavy and mid-size weapons.
- Anbar GC says preparations are ongoing for the military operations to liberate Ramadi and Falluja. The Council says the final decision to start the operations is in the hands of PM Abadi.
A member of Anbar GC says Iraqi forces are surrounding Daesh controlled areas from all sides in order to cut their supply lines.
A video of Al-Shaheed Al-Sadr militia preparing to advance in Anbar.
- Anbar GC says 3,500 tribal fighters from east Ramadi and Ameriyat Al-Falluja finished their training in Habbaniya and Ameriyat and were armed.
A member of Anbar GC says 1,000 volunteers will be trained for one month to join the Iraqi forces in the fight against Daesh.
Sahwa Commander says 4 new brigades of total of 4,000 tribal fighters from Anbar were formed during the last few days.
DaeshDaily Crosscheck: The MoD said yesterday only 500 fighters finished the training.
- Ameriyat Al-Falluja Police Commander says dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed by airstrikes on the Zoba’a area east of Falluja and the Al-Hasa area in Ameriyat. He said the airstrikes were based on precise intelligence information. The Commander also says Iraqi security forces tightened security procedures there, anticipating attacks from Daesh. He also says the security forces raided several areas searching for wanted suspects.
- A member of Ameriyat Al-Falluja District Council says Daesh shelled the town with 120 mm mortars, killing 6 civilians and injuring 10. He says Iraqi forces shelled the mortar positions and forced Daesh to retreat.
- Local sources say a woman and her 2 children were killed and other civilians injured when Iraqi forces shelled Al-Golan in north Falluja.
- A local source says Qarma District Council fired the mayor of Qarma and another local official because of “financial and administrative corruption” in the distribution of humanitarian aid for displaced people.
- A security source says the Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Force killed 7 Daesh terrorists and captured an armored vehicle and a truck loaded with weapons in Eastern Hsaiba near Ramadi.
- Iraqi MoD denies the media story about an Iraqi military helicopter going down in Saqlawiya north of Falluja. The Ministry accused the news sources of supporting terrorism. A tribal leader from Anbar told Rudaw TV that 3 Iraqi helicopters went down in different parts of Anbar.
Daesh says it shot down two military aircrafts east of Ramadi.
- A source in Anbar Police Command says Iraqi security forces and PMFs cordoned off the Al-Thirthar area, preparing for a major attack on Ramadi.
- A source in Anbar Operations Command says Iraqi forces killed 3 Daesh terrorists trying to plant an IED on the road to Qarma. He also says Iraqi forces stopped an attack on a security barricade in Jubba near Haditha and killed 7 terrorists.
- Local sources say Daesh attacked Iraqi forces in the Subaihat area of Qarma, killing or injuring several Iraqi soldiers and destroying an armored vehicle, then retreated.
- Iraqi Joint Operations Command says Iraqi Army Aviation destroyed a car bomb factory in Malahma, east of Ramadi.
- Unconfirmed news that Jazeera Operations Commander sent a request to the MoD asking to release him from his duties because his troops suffer from the lack of military and food supplies.
- A Coalition Commander tells the Guardian newspaper that the former Anbar Operations Commander gave an order to his forces to withdraw from Ramadi without giving any reason, which allowed Daesh to capture the city.
DaeshDaily comment: Daesh Daily reported this almost immediately after Ramadi fell.
- A member of Shirqat Notables Council says Daesh deployed Afghani snipers in the electricity stations in Shirqat, anticipating an attack by Iraqi forces. He also says more than 100 Daesh terrorists were killed in that area during the last 3 months by Coalition and Iraqi Air Force airstrikes.
- A security source says Iraqi Federal Police shelled Tal Abu Jarad near Baiji, killing 14 Daesh terrorists. However, Rudaw TV (Kurdish) reports that Daesh recaptured Tal Abu Jarad, killing 5 Iraqi Federal police members including a Lt. Colonel. Rudaw also says Daesh advanced to several areas inside Baiji.
- The MoI says Iraqi Federal Police killed 20 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 2 vehicles in Baiji in addition to stopping a car bomb coming from Siniyya.
- Daesh publishes photos of the results of the Coalition airstrikes on Siniyya.
- A security source says Samarra Operations Command, in coordination with Iraqi Army Aviation, destroyed 2 Humvee bombs near the Strategic Line west of Samarra. He also says Daesh launched an attack on the area but the Iraqi forces stopped the attack and killed 23 terrorists.
- A security source says an IED exploded in Tuz Khurmatu east of Tikrit, injuring 4 civilians.
- Salahuddin Governor issues an order for all government employees in Tikrit to report to their work; otherwise their salaries will be stopped.
- Badr Militia says it is sending more troops from Kerbala to the Al-Fatha area in Salahuddin to reinforce their troops there.
- The President of the PMFs Commission meets with the local officials and says the procedures for allowing the displaced people to return to their homes in Tikrit are “good and flexible”. Salahuddin GC Chairman says 500 are returning to Tikrit today.
Local sources in Tikrit say life is going back to normal gradually and the Iraqi Federal Police and Iraqi Army in addition to local tribal fighters are holding the ground firmly.
Photos of the displaced families returning to Tikrit.
- An MoI source says a car bomb exploded in Kadhimiya in north east Baghdad, killing 3 people and injuring 10.
DaeshDaily Comment: This attack shows that “holding the ground” is not necessarily an effective strategy against Daesh. Kadhimiya is the holiest Shia area in Baghdad, and one of the holiest in the world. It is heavily guarded by all kinds of security forces and militias and the majority of its residents are Shia. That didn’t prevent Daesh, and AQI before that, from targeting it several times. Moreover, Daesh’s “ideology” is moving towards Baghdad every day. Recent Daesh videos show younger and more educated people from north Baghdad joining Daesh. These are not like the Daesh terrorists who graduated from Bucca Prison. If one out of ten young Sunni young men joins Daesh it could be disastrous.
- A security source says 12 Daesh terrorists were killed and several arrested in a raid by Iraqi forces on Al-Hora in Tarmiya in north Baghdad.
- A security source says an IED exploded, targeting a civilian car with 4 PMFs in it in Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad, killing 2 of them and injuring 2.
- A security source says 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 2 injured when an IED exploded on their patrol in Taji in north Baghdad.
- A security source says an IED exploded in Saidiya in west Baghdad, killing one civilian and injuring 5.
- The commander of Saraya Ashura’, a Shia militia, says his troops have started to armor their anti-IED vehicles in order to clear the liberated areas.
- A security source says 2 civilians were killed and 4 injured when an IED exploded near a hospital in Mada’en in south Baghdad.
- A report about Iraqi tribes (Sunni and Shia) training their young boys (10 years and older) to fight Daesh.
- The Spokesman of PM Abadi says the Iraqi government believes the efforts to stop foreign terrorists from coming to Iraqi are not enough and their numbers are not decreasing.
- A Shia MP says the calls to establish “Sumer Republic”, a Shia state, in Iraq are not appropriate. Many online Shia activists are calling for this “state,” reflecting their lack of trust and the disappointment with the current political system.
- An interview with an Iraqi Daesh leader.
- A security source says 3 civilians were killed and 7 injured when an IED exploded in Baladruz southeast of Baquba.
- A member of Diyala GC says 5,000 fighters from the governorate are fighting with the PMFs in Anbar and Salahuddin.
- A local official in Qara Tappa says 400 displaced families returned from the town to their houses in the liberated areas during the last two weeks. He says there are 1,700 displaced families in Qara Tappa.
- A security source says the Peshmerga found recently planted IEDs in Himrin Hills, Jalawla, and Qara Tappa, which indicates that Daesh is returning to some of the liberated areas.
- The Displacement Directorate in Kirkuk says 400 displaced families returned today to Salahuddin. They also says thousands more families will return during the month of Ramadan.
- A security source says dozens of terrorists were killed in Coalition airstrikes on Daesh locations between Makhmur and Hawija west of the city of Kirkuk. An Iraqi Army source says the Daesh leader in Makhmur was killed during the airstrikes.
- A security source says the Coalition launched an airstrike on a Daesh weapons storehouse in Hammam Al-Aleel southeast of Mosul and destroyed it completely.
- A Kurdish source says the Peshmerga stopped a Daesh attack on Sinjar and killed 25 terrorists. He also says Daesh launched another attack on Makhmur district, southeast of Mosul, but the Peshmerga stopped the attack and killed 30 terrorists and destroyed dozens of their vehicles.
- Daesh publishes photos of their billboards and their pamphlet distribution in Mosul.
- And photos of services in Tal Afar.
- The Peshmerga say they destroyed 2 Daesh vehicles filled with Katyusha rockets in the Kassak area west of Mosul.
- A local source in Mosul says dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed in heavy airstrikes on Hamdaniya District south of Mosul. The source says one of the terrorists killed was a Syrian called Abu Aisha, responsible for executing Iraqi security officers.
- A Kurdish MP says Shia and Sunni MPs are gathering signatures to disband the Ninewa GC. No explanation was given.
- An Iraqi MP gave an explanation of why (according to him) former PM Maliki gave orders to the Iraqi forces to withdraw from Mosul in June last year. The former Ninewa Operations Commander says he got orders from Maliki to withdraw.
Daesh Daily comment: This is of course not the explanation to date for the collapse of Mosul, and some in Ninewa have personal reasons to deflect blame from themselves. The report of the Mosul investigation committee looking into what happened has not yet been issued.
- A Sunni Imam from Ninewa says Daesh prohibited Taraweeh Prayers during Ramadan month. These prayers are traditional Sunni prayers held only during Ramadan all over the Sunni world.
DaeshDaily Comment: Daesh allowed Taraweeh last year in Mosul. And some of its supporters published photos of Taraweeh this year. However, the news about the prevention is all over Arabic (not only Iraqi) main stream media.
- A PUK source says the Coalition launched airstrikes on a Daesh convoy in the rural Ba’aj district, killing 8 terrorists and injuring 4 in addition to destroying 4 vehicles, 2 Humvees and 2 construction shovels.
- The Director of Kidnapped Yazidis Affairs in the KRG says 1,850 Yazidi people have escaped Daesh prisons so far. He also criticized the central government and Ninewa local government for not providing any help for the kidnapped Yazidis.
- A KRG official says Daesh is forcing Yazidi prisoners to pray 5 times a day and fast during the month of Ramadan.
- A Yazidi girl tells her story and how she was kidnaped by Daesh.
- The Chairman of the Security Committee in Kerbala GC says PM Abadi ordered the road between Anbar and Kerbala closed to trucks after 8 car bombers were caught trying to enter Kerbala last Wednesday.
- An Italian Company (ABC) started a 100-day land survey to detect land mines and IEDs planted by Daesh in the Jurf Al-Sakhar area north of Babel. The area was previously under Daesh control and was one of the first to be liberated by Iraqi forces.
- Babel Police say the PMFs stopped a convoy of civilian cars from Mosul yesterday but let them go after lecturing them about the PMFs and the liberation of Mosul. Local activists on social media say that’s not true and the convoy was stopped by Asa’eb Ahl Al-Haq, who released the women and children and took the men to an unknown location.
- Local military sources say Kurdish forces liberated the countryside west of Tal Abyad completely from Daesh. The capture of Tal Abyad, on the Turkish border, by the Kurds and Free Syrian Army forces backed by US airstrikes, was a major story on international media.
- A report about the daily life in the Kurdish areas in Syria. And a report about the Kurdish Red Crescent activities there.
- Daesh publishes photos of capturing a cigarettes dealer in Raqqa.
- Daesh publishes a video of their “products quality control” in Deir Al-Zor.
And photos of their terrorists in the same city.
Training courses for former Syrian regime’s soldiers.
- Daesh publishes a video of a suicide attack on the Kurdish forces in Kobani.
- Daesh says it shot down a Coalition military aircraft in Kobani.
- Daesh publishes photos of detonating Syrian bases on the international road between Damascus and Baghdad.
- Daesh instructions for their terrorists and a special order not to publish photos of female “slaves” in Syria.
Reports about Daesh selling women from north Aleppo.
- Egyptian ministry of interior says a policeman was killed and 3 injured when an IED exploded on their patrol in Areesh in Sinai.
- Daesh publishes a video of executions in Afghanistan.
- Daesh physicist talks about laser rockets.
And denies the existence of the nuclear bomb.
- A collection of Daesh publications.
- Daesh twitter accounts of the day