6/11/2014

  • the UN announced that 51,000 Syrians have been born as refugees since March 2011.

  • In northern Aleppo province the rebel groups of Liwa Eniya Kurdi, Jahbat al-Akrad ahrar Sorin, and Ahfad al Mursaleen pushed the ISIL out of the villages of Tall Jilan, Tal Jurji, and Tal Battal Sharqi.
        • 13 rebels and 36 ISIL fighters were killed.
        • The villages are around 30 km north of Aleppo city.

  • 3 people were killed and 5 wounded when a barrel bomb fell on the neighborhood of Jouret al-Awad in Aleppo.

  • North of Homs, rebels gained full control over the government-held village of Um Sharshuh, which they stormed on June 3. They also captured al-Thawra.
    A dead Shabiha fighter in Um Sharshuh.

    A dead Shabiha fighter in Um Sharshuh.


  • Fajr al-Sham (part of the Islamic Front) and Harakat Hazm (part of the FSA), advanced in the southern Aleppo village of Aziza.
        • The advance is part of a new offensive to take Aziza and the southern Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Saeed in response to the government’s advance on Jebel Azan in the southern Aleppo suburbs. Jebel Azan overlooks both Aleppo and the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway and could be used by the government to advance in southwestern Aleppo province.
        • Aziza is about 5 km south of Sheikh Saeed and is home to a Syrian Air Force battalion.
        • An Islamic Front tank fighting in Aziza:

  • Colonel Abdul-Jabbar Akidi, Col. Afif Suleiman, and Mustafa Berro, 3 FSA-affiliated leaders, will hold a remote press-conference today, hosted by the Syrian National Coalition at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
        • The press-conference is to further make their case that vetted rebel groups should receive additional military support from the US, in response to an op-ed in the New York Times yesterday written by the former Us ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who argued for the same thing.
        • Ford resigned in February in protest over US foreign policy in Syria.
        • Wikipedia refers to track two discussions as “non-governmental, informal and unofficial contacts and activities between private citizens or groups of individuals, sometimes called ‘non-state actors‘”.
        • Iran has said that it has a fundamental interest in maintaining the Assad regime due to Iranian and regional security and that American escalation would be met by Iranian escalation. They also made clear that the “Assad regime”, but not necessarily Assad, is essential to maintaining Hezbollah’s strength. Iran views Hezbollah as its first line of defense against Israel.

  • International prosecutors said it is still possible to prosecute individuals for war crimes in Syria despite vetoes by China and Russia on the UN Security Council, by using special national or regional courts.

  • Rebels in the al-Waer neighborhood of Homs have rejected Iranian mediation over the ceasefire agreement. Iran called for the withdrawal of rebels from the neighborhood under the supervision of government forces, the release of all detainees, and for those who have been displaced to be allowed to return. Rebels said the government has only offered “truce or barrel bombs”.

  • The EU General Court has annulled the asset freeze on the Syria International Islamic Bank, saying that the EU had failed to prove that transactions carried out by the bank “involve a particularly high risk that the money comes from the Syrian regime”.

  • The ISIL is planning on executing 40 men from the 17th SAA division in ar-Raqqa tomorrow.
  • A video of a rebel AT-3 ATGM hitting an SAA 57 mm cannon: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b23_1402432075

  • The situation in Iraq is continuing to deteriorate as the ISIL fans out from Mosul to capture other towns, villages, cities, and border posts. However, the ISIL did lose territory to both Kurdish and Iraqi forces.
        • In addition to capturing significant amounts of US-made equipment from the Iraqi army, the ISIL also has been alleged to have stolen $425 million from banks in Mosul. The ISIL has already begun moving captured equipment into Hasakah province.
        • The YPG sent forces to help the Peshmurga fight the ISIL on the Syria-Iraq border.
          The ISIL demolishing the physical barrier between Iraq and Syria.

          The ISIL demolishing the physical barrier between Iraq and Syria.

          The ISIL demolishing the physical border separating Syrian and Iraq.

          The ISIL demolishing the physical border separating Syrian and Iraq.

          An Iraqi border outpost captured by the ISIL separating the Syrian province of al-Hasakah from the Iraqi province of Ninawah.

          An Iraqi border outpost captured by the ISIL separating the Syrian province of al-Hasakah from the Iraqi province of Ninawah.

          A scud rocket captured by the ISIL.

          A scud rocket captured by the ISIL.

          Peshmerga forces in the Kirkuk Huria Air-force Base after Iraqi units withdrew.

          Peshmerga forces in the Kirkuk Huria Air-force Base after Iraqi units withdrew.

          Damage in the Damascus suburb of al-Zabadani from a government airstrike.

          Damage in the Damascus suburb of al-Zabadani from a government airstrike.

          ISIL celebrations for their recent victories in Iraq in Manbej.

          ISIL celebrations for their recent victories in Iraq in Manbej.

           

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