• Rebels attempted a counter-attack in Homs to break out of the siege, moving into the western half of the Jub al-Jandali neighborhood after detonating a car bomb that killed 5 Syrian troops and NDF personnel. The counterattack was reportedly halted by Syrian airstrikes.

–Taking the Jub al-Jandali neighborhood would put the rebels within a few hundred meters of being able to break out of the siege and move into the countryside.

–Reports largely say that the regime’s advance into the Old City has been halted by the rebels.

–Video of a fighter in the Old City denying claims of some areas reportedly seized by regime forces: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1q34xw_syria-an-important-message-to-media-from-one-of-the-besieged-homs-young-men-april-18-2014_news?start=118

  • Two FSA officers in Homs surrendered after threats were made by the regime to kidnap, rape, and kill their wives and children.

  • Turkish soldiers found four French journalists who were kidnapped by the ISIL last June with their hands and eyes bound.FRENCH-JOURNOS4-19-2014

  • Tribes in Deir Ez Zor in eastern Syria have begun recruiting hundreds of fighters in preparation to fight the ISIS.

–There has been heavy fighting in the past weeks between the ISIL and Jahbat al-Nusra over the area around the city of Abu Kumal.


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