7/26/2014

  • The IF said it cleared the Aleppo village of al-Ghuz of IS fighters.

  • 15 civilians, including 6 children, were killed by an Islamic Battalion shelling government-held neighborhoods of Aleppo.

  • 5 soldiers, including 3 officers, were killed after a helicopter that was hit by rebel gunfire, crashed into a building in Aleppo.heli aleppo 7-26-2014

 

  • Rebels are claiming that it was shot down using an improvised MANPADS.
  • An NYT article about new developments by rebels with rechargeable battery packs for missiles: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/world/middleeast/a-syrian-rebel-advance-off-the-battlefield-a-longer-lasting-rechargeable-battery-for-the-sa-7b-a-shoulder-fired-missile-system.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  • 30 government soldiers were killed in an Islamic State ambush in Aleppo province between the villages of al-Moqbele and al-Rahmaneyyi.

  • 4 Islamic fighters, including a commander and a defected first lieutenant, were killed fighting government forces around Rahbet Khattab in northern Hama. 10 government soldiers were killed and 4 captured. The Islamic Front captured Khattab and a nearby Alawite village, Arzah.
    • Weapons and ammo captured by the Islamic Front around Khattab: 
      Weapons and ammo captured by the Islamic Front in Khattab.

      Weapons and ammo captured by the Islamic Front in Khattab.

      A map of current positions in the fighting around Khattab.

      A map of current positions in the fighting around Khattab.


  • 2,514 people have been saved since March 2013 by the members of the Syria Civil Defense.

  • 85 soldiers from Division 17 have been killed during fighting and executions by the IS around ar-Raqqa. Many soldiers have been beheaded and their heads put on display.


  • Division 17 has completely retreated from their base in ar-Raqqa. 300 soldiers are currently in the village of al-Rahyat, just north of their former position. Most soldiers have been relocated to Division 93 in the Ayn Esa area.
    • The division was divided into 4 groups. 1 group stayed behind to fight and cover the retreat of the other 3. 1 group pulled back to al-Rahyat. 1 group withdrew to Abo Shareb. The last group withdrew to Division 93.
    • 50 soldiers were killed by an IS ambush in the village of Abo Shareb as they retreated north from ar-Raqqa. Most of them were killed by execution after they were captured.
    • A video posted by the IS inside the Division 17 complex: 

  • A government battalion containing 35 tanks surrendered to the YPG due to an IS attacks on Regiment 121 in Hasakah city. Parts of Regiment 121 were reported to have been captured.
    A photo taken during fighting around Hasakah city.

    A photo taken during fighting by the Islamic State against Regiment 121.


  • The Syrian air force destroyed 10 out of 18 vehicles in an IS convoy west of Hasakah in the Abdulaziz mountains.

  • A government car blown up by the IF in Idlib near al-Arbaen mountain.

  • Jaish al-Islam announced the end of its anti-IS campaign in Eastern Ghouta.

  • Rebels repelled a government attack on Jobar that included tanks and airstrikes.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the government has lost nearly 1,000 soldiers in the last week, mainly in fights against the IS. They also said that the government is re-calling young men to fill shortages in the ranks of the military.

  • The government has recaptured the Sha’er Oilfield from the IS in Homs province. 

    A funeral for YPG fighters.

    A funeral for YPG fighters.

    Islaic State fighters eating in a canteen.

    Islaic State fighters eating in a canteen.

    Hamza Yassin, the nephew of Hassan Nassrallah, who was killed in Syria 2 days ago.

    Hamza Yassin, the nephew of Hassan Nassrallah, who was killed in Syria 2 days ago.

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