3/27/2014

  • The ISIL retook al-Buseirain Deir ez-Zor province, 45 days after initially being pushed out of it.

  • The ISIL clashed with Islamist rebel groups in other areas around Deir Ez Zor as the factions fight for control of oil fields in the area.

  • Tapes were leaked that showed the Turkish Foreign Minister Davutogluand the Intelligence Chief H. Fidan discussing how to start a war with Syria, YouTube was subsequently blocked by the Turkish government.

  • A pro-regime Facebook page posted the names of 58 Syrian army troops and militia fighters who have died in the fight for Kessab: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=723280421026198&id=280460588641519

–The remains of a convoy that was attempting to bring regime reinforcements to the area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plSZfoXfExA

–The Syrian military claims that hundreds of rebels had died in the fight.


 

  • Continuing the Latakia offensive, rebels took the town of Nab’ain, which lies 8 kilometers south of Kessab.

–They are currently assaulting al-Bassit, which lies 15 kilometers south of Kessab.


 

  • The military shelled and bombed the rebel-held town of Salmain an attempt to slow rebel advances in Latakia.

  • Rebels lifted a self-imposed blackout on their offensive near Quneitra, which lies close to the demilitarized zone between Israel and the Golan Heights.

–Rebels claimed to have killed hundreds of regime troops and Hezbollah fighters, and captured 5 tanks, as well as anti-aircraft guns and other armored vehicles.

–They also claimed to have cleared barriers in the area, opening the road between Quneitra and Daraa.


  • Activists claimed that the Syrian military has started plating landmines near the main highway in Deir Ez Zor.

  • Rebels attacked the  Mulok checkpoint, which lies to the north of Homs, destroying a tank and an armored vehicle.

–The checkpoint is one of the largest in Syria, housing 40 tanks, 30 armored personnel  carriers, 1200 government forces, and 100 Hezbollah fighters.

–It is particularly important because it separates the city from it’s suburbs, making it difficult for rebels to lift the siege in Homs without first taking the checkpoint.


  • The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Military called on the UN to condemn Turkey for it’s support of the rebels currently fighting in Latakia and to press Turkey to stop aiding rebels in the area.
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