5/2/2014

  • A government convoy was spotted leaving the Dumayr airbase, which rebels managed to penetrate during fighting yesterday.

  • A cease-fire agreement in Homs was reached between rebels and the SAA.

–It includes a plan to allow an initial group of rebels to leave to test the agreement on the first day, with the ability of others to follow if they feel safe doing so. They will evacuate north to rebel-held territory.

–It also states that both sides will release their prisoners on the second day and government forces will enter the old city on the third day.

–The agreement was led by the Islamic Front. Jahbat al-Nusra did not sign it, but said that they will evacuate if others do so.


  • Fayez Daher, the Minister of Justice in the Syrian interim government, said that the UN’s failure to hold Assad accountable negates it’s purpose.

  • Kurdish areas under rebel control in northern and northeastern Syria are in the process of drafting an electoral law for upcoming elections for a regional assembly at the end of this month.

  • The FBI said that dozens of Americans have left to go fight in Syria over the last few months.

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, ordered Jahbat al-Nusra to stop fighting rival jihadists immediately and urged to ISIL to concentrate it’s efforts in Iraq.

  • SANA reported that 18 people were killed, including 11 children, and 50 injured by 2 car bombs in Hama province.

  • Ban Ki Moon said that he has given up on direct communication with Assad because he was not keeping his promises and said that he has been using his special representative to communicate with the Syrian government.

  • France announced that it had deported an Algerian national who was suspected of recruiting young French Muslims to join the Syrian war, the first time this has been done since France introduced new measures to stop it’s citizens from becoming radicalized.

  • Jahbat al-Nusra, the Union of Ajnad Al sham, and the Islamic Front have taken control over large areas on the northern outskirts of the Damascus suburb of Jaraman.

  • Britain announced that it would resume sending non-lethal aid to the FSA, which was suspended after the Islamic Front seized FSA warehouses and the  Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

  • Ahmad Jarba, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, announced that he will be in the U.S. for 8 days next week to seek sophisticated weaponry.

  • Rebels overran the abandoned chemical weapon base at Khan Abu Shammal, which lies between Dumayr and Sayqal, and cut the road linking them.

–The rebels are currently fighting to capture airbases in both of the cities.


A government fighter who was among 3 executed and crucified by the ISIL in Maskanah

A government fighter who was among 3 executed and crucified by the ISIL in Maskanah

Mad Max meets al-Nusra?

Mad Max meets al-Nusra?

Food line in Yarmouk

Food line in Yarmouk

Pretty cool photo of a rebel fighter in Latakia.

Pretty cool photo of a rebel fighter in Latakia.

 

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