- Rebels have given the National Defense Force, the overarching group that Syrian militias are organized under, a deadline to leave Khan Arnabeh city in Quneitra, although I don’t know what the deadline is.
- The water in Aleppo, which was cut off by the People of al Sham Operations Chamber in conjunction with the Islamic Legitimate Body, have returned water to some areas of the city, although it is trying to pump it only to rebel-held areas.
- The Daily Beast reported that John Kerry told rebel leaders in a private meeting that he believed the international community had “wasted a year” by not working together to help overthrow Assad.
- Ahmad Jarba said that he is for forming strategic ties with the US and supports the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect civilians over arming rebels with anti-aircraft missiles.
- Rebels in Adra, a town northeast of Damascus that has been under siege by government forces, said that they would release 1,500 families in return for food and the release of jailed government opponents.
–Many of the people that the rebels have not allowed to leave since they took the town in December are Alawite and Christian.
- The ISIL rejected al-Qaeda’s call for them to leave Syria and urged Ayman Zawahiri to remove Jahbat al-Nusra’s leader, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani.
- Rebels evacuated civilians in armored cars who have been caught in the fighting in their offensive in Zahra in northwest Aleppo.
- The rebels lifted their self-imposed news blackout of eastern Qalamoun earlier this week and said they had torched 100 tanks and killed 115 soldiers as they took the brigade 559 base.
- Rebels took control of Al-Jalamah and Tal Malah and the highway linking them in Hama.
The Telegraph said it had conducted tests at recent sites where chemical weapons have been reported and said that they had confirmed the use of chlorine gas in government attacks. The soil samples, collected by a Syrian doctor who has been trained in sample collecting by western chemical weapons experts and whose name was withheld for safety, tested for high concentrations of chlorine and ammonia.
–Daniele Raineri, a reporter for Italy’s Il Foglio, took photos of the gas containers.
–The German Der Spiegel interviewed doctors who treated victims in the attacks.
–The OPCW travelled to Damascus earlier in the week, but have been unable to travel to the towns of Kafr Zita, al-Tamanah, and Talmenes.
- A breif put out by Amnesty International on the sieges across Syria: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE24/018/2014/en/2e550ed5-9224-4bf2-89cf-dd1813d4e4f8/mde240182014en.html
- The ISIL released a battalion commander after he pledged his allegiance to them.
- The ISIS took over the villages of al-Arida, Om-Hwesh, Zanoba, al-Sawan, and Kherba al-Baqarafter fights with a YPG-backed battalion in the EinEssacountryside of Ar Raqqah.
- An al-Nusra fighter was killed near the town of Al Bokamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border in a fight with tobacco smugglers.
- Nayef al-Ajmi, the Islamic Affairs Minister for Kuwait, resigned. He attempted to resign in April after being accused by a US official of having ties to Syrian jihadists, but his resignation was not accepted.
- The ISIL arrested ZiyadKhurbotly, the son of the Syrian State TV anchorman FirasKhurbotly, 10 days ago and he is apparently still being detained.
- Mleha came under heavy attack by government forces, who hit it with mortars and 13 surface-to-surface missiles.
- SAA division 17 targeted the al-Makefbridge checkpoint and killed 3 ISIL fighters in ar-Raqqah.
–Yesterday they also reportedly sniped 2 civilians in the area.
- Video of the protest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQZGkrXmK1k&feature=youtu.be