DAESH RADAR: JUNE 9

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Iraq

IFP gains full control of Al-Zanjili in Mosul; just two neighborhoods to finish. [..]

PMFs claim control of entire western Ninewa border with Syria. [..]

Proposed KRG independence referendum sharply opposed by Turkey. [..]

Daesh suicide attack in Musayyib, Babel kills 31. [..]

Separate KRG oil deal with Russia attacked by other Kurdish parties & Iraqi government. [..]

Syria

SDF captures three neighborhoods in Raqqa city. [..]

Syrian Army moving into Raqqa province west of Raqqa city. [..]

Syrian forces challenging US-supported opposition force along Syrian border. [..]

Iran

Iran promises massive retaliatory air attack against Daesh. [..]

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Abadi’s spokesman says Iraq depends on the constitution to manage the relationship between the Federal Government and the KRG. He says no party can determine its future in isolation from others. [SumariaThis is in reference to the proposed independence referendum.

Speaker Jubouri says he has had meetings with Iraqi and regional leaders to discuss the “after-Daesh” era. He says there is an Iraqi and regional will to achieve stability and reconciliation in Iraq. [Sumaria

Babelyoun Movement, a Christian PMF faction, says its commander traveled to Lebanon to facilitate the return of 63 Christian families to Iraq. It says 1,800 families will return gradually. [Sumaria

The Coalition says it conducted 8 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, near Mosul (4), Kirkuk (1), Rawa (1), Al-Qa’im (1), and Baiji (1). [InherentResolve

BAGHDAD

Security-related incidents reported

North (Tarmiya, Taji, etc.) 

A police source says two people were wounded when an IED exploded near a commercial area in Saba’ Al-Bor. [Sumaria]

Daesh says it destroyed an Iraqi Army Humvee with an IED in Al-Tha’er village near Meshahda in Tarmiya District on Thursday, killing a major and four other soldiers. Daesh also says it killed two Military Intelligence “spies” in the same area on Thursday. [DENJune9

Daesh says it killed or wounded several soldiers in an attack on a barracks in the Albu Khamis area near Meshahda. [DENJune9]

South (Dora, Yusufiyah, Mahmudiya, etc.)

A police source says an IED placed near a market in Wardiya, Mada’in exploded, wounding three civilians. [Sumaria

Southwest

A police source says a roadside IED targeting a police patrol in Al-Rasheed subdistrict exploded, killing a policeman and wounding two others. [Sumaria

West (Ghazaliya, Abu Ghraib, etc.)

Military intelligence says it arrested a man in Hay al-Jamea wanted on several terrorism charges. [Sumaria

Total Baghdad incidents reported:   6(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED incidents reported:   4

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Commander of Jazeera Operations says the terrorist who planned the Hit attack that killed 9 persons including children two days ago was arrested in the heart of the city. [Sumaria

A security source says unknown armed men attacked a house in the Al-Khidhr area in Hit, killing the owner of the house and his wife. [Sumaria]

SALAHUDDIN

Baiji

A security source says PMF units stopped a major Daesh attack in the Makhoul Mountains area, killing or wounding several terrorists and forcing the rest to flee. [Sumaria

Southern Salahuddin (Balad, Dujail)

Daesh says it killed a PMF fighter and took his weapon in the Al-Saud area near Yathrib on Thursday. [DENJune9

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A local source in Diyala says the air raid that targeted a Daesh vehicle in Al-Mita on the Diyala-Salahuddin border killed 4 Daesh officials, including Abu Yahya, officer in charge of IEDs in Diyala. The source did not mention the source of the airstrike. [Sumaria

 A local source says an IED exploded in an orchard in Abbara northeast of Baquba, killing one farmer. [Sumaria

 A local source in Diyala says Daesh transported bred horses stolen from Mosul to Mtaibija. The reason is still unknown. [Sumaria

Northern Diyala

The manager of Udhaim subdistrict says PMF fighters killed 3 Daesh terrorist who approached the Udhaim Dam in a boat. He says the terrorists came from Hawija. [Sumaria

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh, Al-Zab, etc.)

DaeshDaily source says Daesh captured 11 civilians, including women, in Al-Zab and accused them of spying.

Daesh published photos of agriculture in Al-Zab. [ICDNJune9]

NINEWA

Mosul

Mosul liberation campaign

Central Mosul

An IFP commander says the IFP, supported by Coalition airplanes, captured the rest of Hay Al-Zanjili after two weeks of fierce battles. He also says IFP units have captured 40% of Hay Al-Shifa’, toward the Tigris. [BasNews]

Once Al-Shifa’ is fully under control, this would essentially leave the Old City entirely surrounded. The IFP says it rescued tens of families from battle areas. [AIN

The CTS commander says his troops are awaiting orders to enter the Old City. He says the large number of civilians is the reason for the progress of the fighting in these areas.  [Etejah]

Daesh says six Rapid Intervention soldiers including an EOD expert were killed, and two others wounded with an IED in Al-Zanjili. [DENJune9

Daesh says it killed two IFP soldiers and damaged a Humvee in battles in Al-Zanjili. [DENJune9

IFP says it killed Yarub Al-Khatouni, commander of the Daesh Nahawand regiment, and Abu Amal, a security official, in a shelling on their positions near the Grand Mosque. [Harbi

 Daesh says it destroyed 4 IFP military positions near Bab Al-Jadid and Bab Al-Tob with rockets. [DENJune9

Daesh says it targeted an IFP position and 3 vehicles near Bab Al-Jadid and Bab Al-Tob with heavy sniper guns. [DENJune9

Daesh says it damaged an Iraqi Army bulldozer near Bab Al-Tob. [ICDNJune9]

Daesh says it shot down 2 IFP recon drones in the Bab Al-Tob area and near Bab Al-Beidh. [DENJune9

 Other Daesh reports (unverifiable)

Daesh says its snipers killed ten IFP soldiers and wounded others in several areas in west Mosul. [DENJune9

 Western Ninewa

Tal Afar

Daesh says its snipers killed a PMF fighter near the Tal Afar Airport. [DENJune9

 Baaj

Deputy PMF Commission Chairman Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, says PMFs have concluded their operations in western Ninewa and reached all of their goals, capturing 14,000 sq km and 360 villages, and killing 2,000 Daesh terrorists. He says that after clearing the Syrian border, it will be handed over to the border guards. [Sumaria]

Army helicopters attacked Daesh targets northwest of Qayrawan, IWMC says. The strikes killed tens of Daesh combatants and destroyed two tunnels, 5 cannons, and two vehicles[Mawazin

PMF says it repelled a Daesh attack from the Syrian side of the borders on the Tal Safouk border post, killing all attackers including 5 suicide attackers and destroying 3 vehicles. [Mawazin

Syrian opposition sources say YPG assisted the Iraqi PMF in capturing the Tal Safouk border crossing by attacking Daesh from the Syrian side. Photos published showed commanders of YPG and the PMFs together near the border post. [Dorar]

IWMC says 33th brigade artillery and army helicopters attacked Daesh gatherings mobilizing to attack PMF supply lines near Siyah Al-Dhib village, destroying a vehicle bomb and a booby-trapped bulldozer. [IraqPress]

Southern Ninewa

Mosul subdistrict/ Hammam Al-Alil

A security source in Ninewa says police arrested 7 Daesh combatants including commanders, hiding among IDPs in Hammam Al-Alil camp. [BasNews

PMFs say they repelled a big Daesh attack from several directions on the Al-Wabida and Um Gharba villages, with the assistance of army helicopters and PMF artillery, killing a large number of attackers and destroying 4 Daesh vehicles and a booby-trapped bulldozer. [Sumaria]

KURDISTAN

Turkish Foreign Ministry says the proposed Kurdish referendum for independence is a “dire mistake,” saying that one of the Turkey’s major foreign policy priorities is to preserve the unity of Iraq. It says that such a decision is not in the interests of either Iraq or Kurdistan.  It says it conveyed this position to important global powers. 

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Prime Minister says the region has enough problems and does not need a new one, referring to the referendum. He says the Kurdish decision is not the right one and is irresponsible, and that Turkey looks forward to Iraqis living as one nation. [ARA]

The new oil contract signed between the Kurdistan region and Rosneft Oil of Russia is causing a wave of opposition. It was rejected by Kurdish opposition partiesGorran, Islamic Front, and Islamic Union, and by the national government. The Iraqi government says signing of such oil agreements by the Kurdistan region is against the constitution, which allows only the central government to enter into international agreements. The Kurdish parties claim lack of transparency and say that this deal is part of the corruption of the KDP and the Barzani family. [Anadolu]

The Iraqi government also has a constitutional issue about the proposed Kurdistan referendum. It says that no segment of the citizenry can hold referendum separate from the rest of the Iraqi people. [ROJ]

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Babel

A police source in Musayyib says the initial casualty count from the terrorist attack by a suicide attacker with an explosives belt on the Musayyib grand market is 21 killed and 20 wounded. [SumariaA later update set the death toll at 31 and said the suicide bomber was a female. [Reuters

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists from Basra attacked “Shia people” with an explosives vest in “Babel city,” killing thirty-seven people and wounding forty others. [ICDNJune9]

DaeshDaily comment. The level of hatred produced by the Wahhabi doctrine against Shia people doesn’t seem to end. Saudi clerics openly called on the “mujahidin” in Iraq to kill Shia women and children. This attitude is not only tolerated, but encouraged by the Saudi religious establishment. The world has to understand that the same hatred that kills civilians in Iraq is killing civilians all over the world. But for some reason, only few people want to speak up about this. The UN, for example, just tries to ignore this call for what would amount to a genocide of hundreds of millions of people. 

Kerbala

A suicide attacker with an explosives belt detonated himself in a public parking lot in Kerbala, a police source says. No information on casualties is yet available. [Sumaria

A recent report says 9 civilians were killed and 16 wounded in the Kerbala attack. [Sumaria

Daesh says one of its Iraqi suicide terrorists detonated his explosives vest on “Shia people” in Kerbala city, killing thirty people and wounding thirty-five. [ICDNJune9]

 Usama Al-Nujaifi, vice president and a Sunni, condemned Daesh attacks on Musayyib and Kerbala, and said Daesh is trying to divert attention from its defeat in Mosul. [Sumaria

REPORTS FROM TURKEY

[Also see Kurdistan section above]

Turkey says a car bomb exploded in Batman province in southeast Turkey, wounding 5 civilians. The explosion was followed by shooting. [Sumaria

 REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 The Russian Army says military operations in the 4 areas covered by the “easing tension” agreement are virtually stopped. Many civilians have returned to their homes and started reconstruction and cultivation. It says 219 armed factions joined the agreement in addition to 1,572 cities and towns. [EnabBaladi]

 The Coalition says it conducted 11 airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria (near Raqqa (9), and Al-Tanaf (2)).  [InherentResolve]

 Northeast (Hasaka, Raqqa)

Raqqa

Raqqa city

SDF says it has liberated Mashlab neighborhood in east Raqqa in full, killing 20 combatants, and is now clearing the neighborhood of Daesh mines and IEDs. [PUKMedia]

SDF says 4 journalists were wounded in the Mashlab neighborhood by a Daesh mortar shell. [Hawar]

Daesh’s version says it stopped an SDF attack near Hay Al-Mashlab. It says the attack was supported by American land and air units. It says it killed two American soldiers, wounded another, and killed six SDF fighters in the battles. [ICDNJune9

Daesh says its snipers killed eleven SDF fighters near Hay Al-Mashlab. Daesh also says it killed or wounded SDF fighters, including a sniper, after targeting their positions with 16 SPG9 rockets near the same area. It says it killed or wounded three SDF fighters with an IED in the area. [DENJune9

 SDF blocked a Daesh counter attack in the SDF-captured Jazra neighborhood in west Raqqa, destroying two vehicle bombs. [PUKMedia

SDF forces found large quantities of Daesh mortar shells stored in houses in the liberated Jazra neighborhood. SDF removed all Daesh black flags off the roofs of the neighborhood buildings.  [Hawar]

Daesh’s version says it killed or wounded several SDF fighters in the Jazra area by detonating booby-trapped houses. [ICDNJune9] Daesh also says it damaged an SDF bulldozer there with a rocket. [DENJune9

 SDF says it liberated Sibahiya neighborhood in west Raqqa. It says many Daesh combatants were killed in battle, but the exact number is not known. [Hawar]

 Around 500 US Special Forces soldiers are accompanying SDF advances in Raqqa—on the east, west, and north sides. These soldiers are described as “military advisors.” The US says there are similarities between Raqqa and Mosul, with Daesh losing ground in both cities. [Dorar]

 Coalition planes killed 17 civilians in Raqqa in 25 air strikes, while battles continue on the ground. Raqqa civil council requested that the SDF open safe routes for civilians to escape from battle areas. [Qasioun]

SOHR says Coalition planes killed 15 civilians in Jazra in west Raqqa before SDF forces captured the neighborhood. Among those killed was the SOHR reporter in the city. [SyriaHR]

Another source said Coalition planes killed 14 civilians at Hassoun Net internet café in Jazra. [Dorar]

[Note: These three items seem to be the same story, but from different angles.] [Qasioun]

 Daesh says “American planes” conducted more than 10 airstrikes on western neighborhoods in Raqqa city using white phosphorous. [ICDNJune9]

Daesh issues a video of the airstrikes. [A3maq]

Turkish media says there have been 45 civilian victims of Coalition airstrikes on Raqqa in the past 48 hours. It claimed Coalition planes used white phosphorous bombs in their attacks. [Anadolu]

 Government says Russian planes destroyed a Daesh convoy leaving Raqqa, the second that has happened. [SyriaNow]

 SDF says differences are arising among Daesh ranks in Raqqa, mainly between Syrian and foreign combatants.

SDF also says Daesh has turned Raqqa into a city of mines, and is shooting at civilians who try to escape the city. [Hawar]

 SOHR says the mobilization call issued, it was said, by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor to fight for Islam against the infidels and crusaders failed to attract many volunteers to fight. The call was distributed to mosques and was read in prayers. [SyriaHR]

 West of Raqqa

Tabaqa is facing a large IDP inflow from various Syrian areas including Raqqa, reaching 55,000 in the past two weeks. Most of these IDPs live in difficult conditions and can hardly find food, as existing bakeries are unable to meet their requirements. Some of them are staying in vacant apartments that are housing 45 people per apartment. No international organization support is being provided to these IDPs. [Hawar]

 SOHR says government forces advanced swiftly west of Raqqa, capturing several villages including Dibsi Afnan, and are now holding over 500 sq. km and in touch with SDF forces, with only a branch of the Euphrates separating them. [SyriaHR]

Meanwhile, Russian planes attacked Dibsi Afnan and Deir Melhan villages west of Raqqa as government forces advanced towards these villages amid battles with Daesh.

 Syrian government says its planes destroyed tens of Daesh vehicles in various parts of Raqqa west of the city[SyriaNow]

 Daesh publishes photos of targeting SDF units in Al-Khatouniya village west of Raqqa with a rocket. Daesh says it killed nine SDF soldiers with the rocket. [ICDNJune9] [ICDNJune9]

 Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked SDF units south of the Al-Mansurah area with a vehicle bomb, killing ten fighters and wounding others. It also says 6 of its terrorists attacked SDF positions in the same area, killing twelve fighters, wounding others, capturing a vehicle, and destroying another after several hours of battles. [ICDNJune9]

 North of Raqqa

SDF liberated Abu Asi and Mushairifa villages northwest of Raqqa. [Hawar]

SDF says its forces are surrounding Daesh in the silos area in northeast Raqqa, and says intense battles are taking place there. [Hawar]

 Northwest (Aleppo, Idlib)

Aleppo/Idlib/Deir Hafer

Tahrir Al-Sham (Nusra) attacked opposition HQs of Turkey-supported militias in Idlib, where the fighting left 6 men killed on both sides. Nusra also shot at demonstrators protesting its action in Maarat Al-Numan in southern Idlib, wounding several of them. Nusra executed the Turkeybacked police commander on site. [ARA]

 Angry civilians attacked a Nusra group that tried to arrest a young man in Maarat Al-Numan in Idlib and released the man from their hands. Quarrels followed and ended with a fistfight and confiscation by the civilians of a Nusra car. [SyriaHR]

 SOHR says Daesh attacked government forces in Mohammed Dhib village south of Maskanah with a vehicle bomb, leaving several killed and wounded. [SyriaHR]

Daesh says one of its suicide terrorists attacked Syrian Army and Shia militias near the village with a vehicle bomb, killing fifteen soldiers and destroying 4 military vehicles. [ICDNJune9]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and a 23mm canon near Mohammed Dhib village with rockets. Daesh also says it captured an SUV, 2 rocket launchers, and several rockets near the same village. [DENJune9

 Central and West (Homs, Hama, etc.)

Hama

Syrian Army shot down a Daesh drone near Salmiya east of Hama, while its planes attacked Daesh positions in the town of Aqrabat, killing tens of combatants and destroying many vehicles and weapons. [SyriaNow]

 Homs

SOHR says fighting continued between Daesh and Syrian Army in the silos and Talila junction areas east of Tadmur, while government planes attacked the Al-Abbasiya area south of Tadmur and the Sukhnah-Palmyra road and Hawla village[SyriaHR]

Daesh says it killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded seven others in battles near Al-Talila. [DENJune9]

Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and damaged a bulldozer with tank shells in Al-Abbasiya village. [DENJune9]

 Government forces captured three more positions and a checkpoint from Daesh east of Homs, under intense air cover. [Qasioun]

 Daesh says it destroyed a Syrian Army tank and damaged another with 2 rockets near the Huwaisis area east of Homs. [DENJune9

Daesh says it stopped a Syrian Army attack on Tal Al-Sawana near Huwaisis, killing nine soldiers, and wounding four others. [ICDNJune9]

 East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor

SOHR says Daesh artillery shelling of Joura neighborhood in Deir Ez-Zor left two civilians killed. [SyriaHR]

 SOHR says 8 civilians, including 5 medical staff, were killed by a Coalition strike on Jadid Agaydat village east of Deir Ez-Zor, while battles in the city continued between government forces and Daesh, with casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

Another report, by an opposition website, says this raid was by Russian planes. [Qasioun]

 Agence France Press says three polio cases were recorded in Deir Ez-Zor. It says the city witnessed 36 polio cases in 2012-13 but this time the virus is more developed. It says a vaccination campaign is being prepared to immunize the population. [Dorar]

 Government forces say they repelled Daesh attack in Panorama and recaptured all positions captured by Daesh earlier. [SyriaNow]

 Mayadin

SOHR says a Coalition drone attacked a Daesh checkpoint at a roundabout in Mayadin city, wounding two Daesh combatants. [SyriaHR]

 Coalition planes killed 8 civilians in a car in Quriya village east in Mayadin District who were returning to the village from Tayana. [Qasioun]

 SOHR says 8 civilians, including 5 medical staff, were killed by a Coalition strike on Jadid Agaydat village east of Deir Ez-Zor, while battles in the city continued between government forces and Daesh with casualties on both sides. [SyriaHR]

 Albu Kamal

Daesh publishes photos of “normal Ramadan life” in Albu Kamal. [ICDNJune9]

 South (Rif Damashq, Suwayda, Daraa, etc.)

SOHR reports that Syrian Army and allied militias have reached the SyriaIraq border from the eastern desert northeast of Al-TanafThese forces made a turn around opposition units camped 20 km (12 miles) from the border, and 50 km (31 miles) from the Al-Tanaf border crossing. [SyriaHR]

One result is that the Syrian forces and Iraqi PMFs are now across from each other on their respective sides of the border. [SyriaNow]

Russian Army says Syrian forces now control 105 km (65 miles) of the Syria-Jordan border. [SyriaNow]

 For the third time Coalition planes attacked a convoy of Syrian forces and affiliated militias near the Al-Tanaf border position. [Qasioun]

 The Coalition backed opposition army, Magaweer Al-Thawra, says an Iranian drone fired two rockets on its positions and those of the Coalition in Zalaf military base. The first rocket did not leave any casualties while the second was intercepted. Coalition planes shot the drone down. [Qasioun]

The opposition claims it arrested a brigadier and a soldier of the government army in battles near Bir Qasab. [EnabBaladi]

 The US says it shot down a drone of the Syrian government near Al-Tanaf after the drone fired on Coalition positions. It says even though it fired warning shots, the US considers this as a hostile action as the drone was armed with live ammunition. [Dorar]

 SOHR says two other Coalition-supported opposition groups, Usud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmed Al-Abdou, advanced in the eastern desert at the expense of government forces in a counter-attack initiated to recapture territory captured by the government Thursday. The opposition says it captured a hill near Bir Qasab and Dakwa, lost to the government forces on Thursday. [SyriaHR]

 Jaish Khaled (Dash affiliate) in Yarmouk basin named Mohammed Al-Rifa’i its new commander after the death of its previous commander Abu Mohammed Al-Maqdisi by a Coalition airstrike on Tuesday. [EnabBaladi]

 OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 Neighboring countries

Iran

Iranian Army Chief of Staff says his country will execute the largest air attack in the past thirty years against Daesh in retaliation for the Tehran attacks. He says the Iranian air force is awaiting orders to strike. He did not specify where the attack would be, saying that Iran will chose the place to strike. [SyriaNow]

DaeshDaily comment. This is certainly a bold statement, but where does Daesh have enough remaining territory to make it possible to stage “the largest air attack in the past thirty years?

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh publishes photos of assassinating two policemen and taking their weapons, money, and IDs in Hay Al-Masaeed in Arish city. [ICDNJune9]

Eyewitnesses said on Tuesday that 3 armed men shot and killed two policemen in Hay Al-Masaeed. [ElWatan]

Daesh says it damaged an Egyptian Army military vehicle with an IED east of Arish. [ICDNJune9]

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

The Philippines

Daesh issues a video of damaging a church in Marawi. [A3maq

SOCIAL MEDIA

Videos of the Day

PMF fighters blew up charging Daesh suicide bombers. [Facebook

Iraqi forces capture Hay Al-Zanjili. [Mawsleya]

Iraqi forces find a Daesh rocket factory in Hay Al-Zanjili. [Mawsleya]

IFP soldiers capture a Daesh Afghani sniper. [Facebook

People of east Mosul shopping peacefully in the month of Ramadan. [Mawsleya]

A child from Mosul says Daesh killed her parents. [Mawsleya]

A Christian Iraqi child is returned to her family after being separated by Daesh three years ago. [Hurra]

DAESH MEDIA

Daesh Audio Newsletter for Today [Bayan]

 Daesh sources “officially announce” the death of the Daesh cleric, Turki Al-Binali, who was killed by a Coalition airstrike last week. [ICDNJune9]

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