5/19/2014

  • The FSA captured al-Qalia’a, al-Mashfa, al-Dabagha, al-Manasher, and al-Buhaira in Aleppo.

  • Aleppo’s Military Council has agreed on new leadership that includes all of the moderate factions that are fighting in the province, as well as making sure the leadership is not stronlgy devoted to just one group or person. Colonel Abdul Salam Humeidi was appointed as the leader.

  • 7 civilians were killed by a barrel bomb strike in the neighborhood of Sakhour in Aleppo City.

  • Human Rights Watch released a 107 page document accusing the PYD of committing a variety of abuses in the territory under their control in northern Syria. The charges include using children in their armed wing, the YPG, arbitrarily arresting political opponents and convicting them on trumped up charges, and failing to address abductions and unresolved killings. However, they did say that the areas under PYD control are much quieter than the rest of Syria.
        • At least 9 political opponents of the PYD have been killed or have disappeared in areas that are either partially or fully under YPD control.

  • Julie Bishop, the Australian Foreign Minister, said that around 150 Australians have gone to fight in Iraq and Syria. She also said that a number of passports had been cancelled on the advice of security agencies. The Immigration MinisterScott Morrison, said that he could not rule out revoking citizenship, and that at the very least people who live in Australia as permanent residents should expect to have their visas revoked. 

  • Turkey said that the number of Syrian refugees within its borders has passed 1 million people.

  • The ISIL has asked Abu Bakr al-Masri, the emir of the city of Jarabulus in Aleppo province, to step down and leave the group after a video was published that showed him threatening and humiliating an elderly man with a weapon for his lack of knowledge about Islam.


  • Information has come out about the ISIL’s structure in Raqqa, which is well organized and makes an active effort not to put Syrians in influential positions:
        • Their leader, emir Abu Luqman, has surrounded himself with foreign fighters, mainly from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, who are the main decision makers.
        • The ISIL’s top clerics are Iraqi, Saudi, and Tunisian.
        • The fighters, who are more important in the day-to-day affairs of the group, are headed by Iraqis, with Syrians holding lower, less important positions. The leaders are chosen according to several factors, including whether they have spent time in jail in Syria or other Arab countries, or as US prisoners in Iraq or Guantanamo. Many of the leaders came from Iraq’s army, which was disbanded in 2003 by the US.

  • Forty Hezbollah fighters were killed in an ambush in the farmland just outside of Rankous, a suburb of Damascus. Among the dead was Abu Abbas, a Hezbollah commander responsible for coordination between Hezbollah and Iraqi militias in Syria.

  • The Daraya Rebel Authority said Sharia law has been used to execute 2 men who were accused of spying for the government.daraya 6-19-2014

  • The British House of Representatives voted to outlaw 5 groups fighting in Syria: The ISIL, the Kawthar Battalion, the Abdullah Azzam Brigade, the Ziad Jarrah Brigade, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

  • Mleha was hit by 23 airstrikes and 9 surface-to-surface missiles.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIL are currently negotiating in Deir Ez Zor. The negotiations are expected to result in the withdrawal of the ISIL from the al-Halabia roundabout, which will be occupied by a neutral party, and the re-opening of the Jeser al-Seyasi passageway, In return, al-Nusra would retreat from the al-Jeser checkpoint into the city. deir ez zor 6-19-2014

  • A rebel group loyal to the ISIL kidnapped a commander from the al-Haq group, and a defected captain from the SAA loyal to the group, in the city of Mo Hasan in Deir Ez Zor.

  • 1 rebel was killed and 4 were captured in an ambush by the ISIL in Badeyet al-Qureyyi in Deir Ez Zor. 

  • A car bomb in the Alawite neighborhood of Wadi al-Zahab in Homs was hit by a car bomb in the al-Kolabat market. An unknown number of people were killed and at least 15 were injured. Another car bomb exploded in the Alawite neighborhood of Ekrima, killing at least 6 people and wounding 9.

    A street in Deir Ez Zor.

    A street in Deir Ez Zor.

    ISIL members swim in the Euphrates river in Raqqa.

    ISIL members swim in the Euphrates river in Raqqa.

    ISIL members at the Euphrates river in Raqqa.

    ISIL members at the Euphrates river in Raqqa.

    An ISIL truck posted as a guard somewhere in Homs province.

    An ISIL truck posted as a guard somewhere in Homs province.

    An ISIL member distributing aid to orphans in Raqqa.

    An ISIL member distributing aid to orphans in Raqqa.

    The aid that the ISIL allowed into Deir Ez Zor, which has been besieged by them for 17 days, in 4 trucks.

    The aid that the ISIL allowed into Deir Ez Zor, which has been besieged by them for 17 days, in 4 trucks.

    An APC made by the YPG in Kobani.

    An APC made by the YPG in Kobani.

    Rubble from a barrel bomb in Aleppo.

    Rubble from a barrel bomb in Aleppo.

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