7/23/2014

  • Around 1,700 people died in fighting in Syria over the last week.

  • The UN said that 6 million Syrian children are living in miserable conditions due to poverty and homelessness.

  • The Syrian government opened an office in Istanbul, Turkey, in order to “resolve the situation of the Syrian opposition in Turkey”. The director of the office, Nader Azizi, said that it is primarily a humanitarian mission to convince people to return to Syria, but did not speak about whetehr they wuld be imprisoned upon their return.

  • Barrel bombs dropped on Suquor al-Sham bases in the al-Nasari neighborhood of Aleppo killed 8 rebels.

  • The Islamic Front has called for a restructured Supreme Military Council, which would be based within Syria. The IF said that the new SMC “should avoid the previous mistakes that led to its failure, including backing of groups inside and outside Syria that did not work with the insurgency and “implementing marketed projects which are imposed upon the Syrian people”. This comes on top of the dissolution of the Interim Government by the Syrian National Coalition 2 days ago.

  • Suleiman Abbas, the Oil Minister, said that the government has lost $21.4 billion in oil revenue since protests began in March 2011. The Islamic State currently holds most of Syria’s gas fields. The output for the Syrian government has dropped to 17,000 barrels per day of oil, down from 385,000 bpd, and gas production is half of what it was.

  • The IS is running twice-weekly bus tours from Tal Abyad in al-Raqqa to Anbar province in Iraq for IS members of honeymoon, and for other civilians to visit parts of the caliphate. The tours have been running since shortly after the caliphate was declared on June 29th. People also take the bus to visit family members that live in different parts of IS-controlled Iraq and Syria.

  • The IS is making a serious push to over-run the surrounded Division 17 positions in ar-Raqqa.

  • Rebels killed 6 Hezbollah fighters in Jaroud Nahleh, Qalamoun.

  • There are claims the the SAA may have retaken the Arfeh checkpoint in Jobar. Rebels have made a significant push in the area, adjacent to Damascus, but due to both a self-imposed media blackout on the rebels part about the offensive, and an apparent blackout on reporting about the offensive on SANA’s part as well, knowing the actual positions on the ground right now is very difficult.

  • The IS captured the Tal Tamir grain silos from the PKK in Hasaka province.

  • An FSA sniper hits a tank gunner: 

  • In response to Jaish al-Islam’s storming of Jabhat al-Nusra bases and houses in eastern Ghouta yesterday, Zahran Alloush, the head of the IF, visited JaN, apologized, released JaN fighters who were arrested, has appointed a JaN Sharia Judge to oversee the matter, and has promised to pay for anything that was damaged or destroyed.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra has suspended its membership in the Unified Judicial Council in Eastern Ghouta. 

  • Most IS tanks have withdrawn from the front west of the YPG-held city of Kobani in the last 24 hours.

  • The YPG recaptured Jel Oglo west of Kobani.

  • The Islamic Front claimed to have killed 30 government soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint on the Zidan fuel station in Hama on the Damasus-Aleppo highway, where they were able to infiltrate it and blow it up.

  • The IS has banned male gynecologists from working in Deir Ez Zor.

    YPG fighters in Kobani.

    YPG fighters in Kobani.

    An Albanian Jabhat al-Nusra fighter.

    An Albanian Jabhat al-Nusra fighter.

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