5/8/2014

  • Asaad Mustafa, the Interim Defense Minister in the Syrian National Coalition condemned the world’s silence on Assad’s crimes and his continued crossing of red lines even though “compelling evidence about Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians has been provided”, referring to the recent chlorine bomb attacks.

  • The Islamic Front said that aid was being allowed into the villages of Nubl and Zahraa, as was agreed upon in the recent truce made in Homs.

–Aid trucks going to the two villages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM5SymsJWkA

–Both sides will also be handing over prisoners, including Iranians being held by the rebels and 40 civilians who were kidnapped during an offensive in Latakia last August.

          • 55 other civilians kidnapped during the offensive are still being held.

–150 civilians from the two towns being held hostage have reportedly not been released.


  • The Islamic Front blew up the Carlton Citadel Hotel and several other buildings, near the citadel in Aleppo, that they claimed were being used by the military.

–More than 50 government fighters were reported to have been killed.

–Video of the explosion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbR6E08IHro

–A video of the tunneling operations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbR6E08IHro

Photo of the explosion.

Photo of the explosion.

Rubble of the hotel and surrounding buildings.

Rubble of the hotel and surrounding buildings.

Government fighters look for survivors in the wreckage of the hotel.

Government fighters look for survivors in the wreckage of the hotel.


  • Ahmed Nemmeh is to be tried for treason by the Sharia court that is holding him.

  • Bashar al-Jafaari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, claimed that some security council members are giving chemical weapons to the rebels and blamed recent chemical attacks on the rebels as well.

  • Assad met with officials who have pursued local ceasefires in Damascus in an effort to promote the strategy.

  • Shaam News Network reported that the ISIL executed Muttaz Billah Ibrahim, the SNN’s journalist for Aleppo province, after detaining and torturing him for 2 months. The ISIL never revealed why they had kidnapped him.
    Muttaz Billah Ibrahim

    Muttaz Billah Ibrahim


  • Two British citizens were reported to have died fighting for the ISIL.

  • The US placed sanctions on 6 senior government officials, 2 state-owned oil refineries, and a Moscow-based Bank and it’s senior executive for supporting Assad with millions of dollars.

  • The Red Cross said that it needs $212 million this year to help Syrians inside the country and in the surrounding region.

  • The UN said that the conditions in Syria are prohibiting the last 8% of it’s chemical weapons stockpile from being destroyed.

  • The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry petitioned the UN to designate the Islamic Front as a terrorist organization after the bombing of the Carlton Hotel.

  • 29 people were killed in the fight between the ISIL and local and Islamic groups around the towns of Jadid Bakara, Jadid Akidat, and Jazeera Tabia.

  • Main streets in Damascus were flooded over concerns about tunnel-bombing operations.damacusfoold5-8-2015

  • The UN said that Lebanon was still barring Palestinians attempting to flee from Syria.

  • Syrian airstrikes against fleeing rebels were conducted on the Lebanese towns of Arsal and al-Qaa.

  • The Obama administration decided to back a push by the ICC to open a UN-sanctioned investigation into war crimes in Syria.

  • Rebels took over the town of Qahtaniyeh, near Quneitra as part of a new offensive.

–A corpse in the town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4mNHn3UVnY


Casualty figures for different groups in the fighting against the ISIL.

Casualty figures for different groups in the fighting against the ISIL.

Government soldiers raise the Syrian flag in the Old City of Homs.

Government soldiers raise the Syrian flag in the Old City of Homs.

Photo of rebels evacuating from the Old City of Homs.

Photo of rebels evacuating from the Old City of Homs.

Photo of Rebels evacuating from the Old City of Homs.

Photo of Rebels evacuating from the Old City of Homs.

A photo of the Old City of Homs post-evacuation.

A photo of the Old City of Homs post-evacuation.

An ISIL member pushed a child on a swing in Raqqa.

An ISIL member pushes a child on a swing in Raqqa.

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