4/18/2014

  • Ahmad Jarba, the Syrian National Coalition leader, said that they would be willing to enter peace negotiations with Assad if he was sincere.

–He is in Beijing for talks with the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The Coalition has said that it believes that China is shifting it’s position from it’s current pro-Russian, non-interventionist stance.


  • The ISIL confirmed it’s break from Al-Qaeda, saying that al-Qaeda is “no longer a base of Jihad.”

  • Abu al-Joud, the head of the Homs al-Hadath News Network, a pro-opposition organization, claimed that the regimeoffensive on the Old City had been repelled. He stated that shelling had resumed, but the military was no longer advancing and admitted that the situation will get much worse if no external help gets to the Old City.

  • Further rebel advances in Aleppo were reported, including gains near the Air Force Intelligence Headquarters by Jahbat al-Nusra and the Chechen-led faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar.

–Rebels attacking the Aleppo Citadel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbVoeo_HebA#t=32 


  • State media reported that a car bomb went off outside the Bilal al-Habshi mosque, on the edge of the Akrama neighborhood in Homs, killing 14 people and wounding 50.

  • Brigadier General, Hassan Othman, the head of the Investigation Department in Aleppo’s Air Force Intelligence Building was killed.

  • Gas attacks by the Syrian military were reported in Tamanaa in the southern Idlib suburbs, and in Kafr Zita, 13 kilometers from Tamanaa.

  • It was confirmed that Abdullah Deghayes, an 18 year old Briton, was killed in recent weeks fighting in Syria.
      • He has two brothers, 20 and 16, who are also fighting in Syria.
      • His father stated that he had left without his parent’s consent, but that he went to fight a dictator and was not a terrorist.

  • UN documents obtained by Foreign Policy showed that Assad is still waging an active campaign of starvation against Syrians in rebel-held areas.

–The WFP was able to reach 4.1 million Syrians in March, up from 3.7 million in April, but this was largely from civilians fleeing rebel-held areas into government controlled areas.

–Food aid is still largely blocked from reaching rebel-held areas, ensuring that food aid is obtainable only in government-controlled areas.

–Rebel-infighting has also made it difficult to deliver aid to some areas.

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