4/21/2014

  • Claims circulated about a chemical attack in northwestern Syria in Idlib province on the town of Talmenesthat injured 130 people.

–Claimed videos of victims:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojAiE6xXiiU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9qU0_pwotM


  • Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the US State Department, said that they have “indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in Kafr Zita.

  • The Syrian government set the date for national elections for June 3rd.

  • Pro-opposition media reported that the attack by rebels on Saturday in Homs was an operation to receive food for the besieged rebels, and was conducted by 11 fighters from Jahbat al-Nusra.
    Rebels celebrating food captured.

    Rebels celebrating food captured.


  • SANA reported that 5 people were killed by a pair of mortar shells that landed near the Parliament building in central Damascus.

  • Jahbat al-Nusra reportedly carried out its first suicide attack against the ISIL, killing 16 fighters in Deir Ez Zor, including Abu-Baraaal-Libi, the regional commander.

–Denis Mamadou Cuspert, a German rapper fighting for the ISIL, was killed in the attack.


–The camp is run by Abu Ibrahim Shishani.


  • The Local Coordination Committees reported 70 deaths in Aleppo Province.

  • An opposition website, Zaman al-Wasl, received documents showing that Hezbollah has been allowed to set up spying and monitoring devices on the main water reservoir in Masaken al-Shurta, in Najha, which lies south of Damascus.

–A letter from December 2nd 2013, addressed to the Director of Administrative Affairs in the Ministry of the Interior, requested that Hezbollah be allowed to set up the devices because several senior Syrian military officers live there, and it is near a graveyard Assad often visits with groups of senior government officials.

–This is further evidence of the significant role that Hezbollah has played for the Syrian government during the conflict.


  • Zaman al-Wasl published another leaked document from 18 February 2013 showing the Ministry of the Interior requesting to buy 4 Russian attack helicopters, the first time they had done so since the conflict began.
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