8/6/2014

  • The leaders of the al-Shwet tribe from the village of Abo Hardob in Deir Ez Zor swore allegiance to the Islamic State and denounced the recent revolt by the Sheitat tribe.

  • The IS labelled the Sheitat tribe as apostates.

  • Fighters connected with the Supreme Military Council have joined up with the fighters from the Sheitat Tribe in their revolt against the IS. Rebels and tribal fighters took the town of al-Jirthy.
    • The SMC said that government aircraft have been bombing al-Jirthy and nearby villages. 5 civilians were killed by an airstrike on the town of al-Taianeh. 
    • IS fighters were captured and 10 killed while fighting tribesmen in the village of al-Jirthi. I don’t know what the tribal causalities were.

  • 3 Islamist fighters were killed fighting government forces in Daraa city. 

  • SANA reported that 600 fighters turned in their weapons and handed themselves over in the city of Izraa in Daraa. 

  • Damage to homes caused by a barrel bomb dropped on Inkhil in Daraa province: 
    • A seperate barrel bomb in Inkhil that failed to explode: 

  • A home-hade sniper rifle in Mleha being fired by the al-Rahman Corps: 

  • An unknown number of people were arrested during a raid by government forces on the Hama neighborhood of al-Karama. 

  • Rebels captured Majdal in Hama province and cut off the highway passing through it. They captured 12 soldiers as well.
  • 3 women, 2 of whom were sisters, were killed by mortars fired by rebels on the government-controlled neighborhood of al-Jaberia in Aleppo. 

  • The government took a significant part of the town of Khan Touma, about 10 km south of Aleppo. 

  • The Italian government announced that a few days ago 2 Italian aid workers were kidnapped while doing work in Aleppo, but did not give further information.

  • The ceasefire reached between rebels and the Lebanese Armed Forces in Arsal broke down after only a few hours after an attack on an army post.
    • The UN Security Council has “expressed support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces in their fight against terrorism”, although they also called on Lebanon to stay out of the Syrian crisis.
    • Saudi Arabia and France both promised to help the LAF, and reiterated their support for them. Saudi Arabia also granted the army $1 billion to help it’s fight against the rebels in Lebanon.
    • There has been a large amount of evidence that the LAF has been cooperating with Hezbollah during the operation. Hezbollah has also been accused of hindering negotiations.
    • Despite the breakdown in the ceasefire, around 50% of the gunmen were reportedly able to withdraw. 3 of the 22 captured soldiers have been handed over, but the remaining ones are still being held. Apparently the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters have agreed to the withdrawal, but the IS fighters are refusing.
    • A video of fighting in Arsal: 
    • Civilians wounded by shelling in Arsal: 
      Lebanese soldiers on their way to Arsal.

      Lebanese soldiers on their way to Arsal.


  • Hossein SheikholeslamIran’s former ambassador to Syria, said that the Supreme Leader had appealed to Assad to make reforms in response to the 2011 protests, but that Assad has instead opted to use military force to put them down. He said that “Assad accepted” that reforms were needed, but that he “didn’t have the proper mechanisms. Assad didn’t even have police. Whatever they had, it was the army. If it had a problem with anyone, they would shoot at the crowd with automatic weapons….As soon as four people would gather, instead of using police, the army would use automatic weapons. … They wanted to solve it with force.”

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 16 people died from rockets fired on Damascus by rebels yesterday.

  • At least 12 airstrikes hit Jobar, adjacent to Damascus. 

  • A rebel sniper somewhere on the Damascus highway: 

  • Various clips put together in one video of the airstrikes on Kafr Batna in Eastern Ghouta over the weekend that killed 38 people: 

  • The al-Faruq Brigade burning marijuana plants seized from a farm: 

  • The IS announced a major offensive against the Brigade 93 Base in Ein Essa in al-Raqqa earlier today. The IS announced that they have now captured the base, following their attack.
    • The attack began when an IS fighter detonated a suicide bomb at the entrance the the base. The IS gained control of the entrance on the highway side of the base, and the officer’s housing and proceeded from there.
    • 200 Grad rockets were fired at the base in the lead-up to the attack.
    • The attack seemed to begin with a suicide bombing, which followed by the storming of the base with a large number of fighters, with the attack largely happening at night.
    • It is unclear what the casualties are for either side, and how many soldiers were able to flee the base. The base was also hosting many Division 17 soldiers who had been able to retreat to it.
    • If the treatment of prisoners and bodies follows the same course that the Division 17 capture did, then there will be a large number of beheadings and summary executions in the near future.
    • The capture is based off of the course that the battle was taking today, the IS announcement a few minutes ago, and many of the Jihadist people that I follow. They have been reliable in the accuracy of big events like this in the past.
      The location of the Brigade 93 base.

      The location of the Brigade 93 base.

      The Brigade 93 base, and the initial points captured by the IS in their attack.

      The Brigade 93 base, and the initial points captured by the IS in their attack.

      A photo claiming to show the severed head of a Brigade 93 soldier.

      A photo claiming to show the severed head of a Brigade 93 soldier.


  • The Human Rights Watch said that 54 women and children have been held hostage by rebels for a year now. The group was captured during an offensive in Latakia last year. Because of the number of groups that took part in the offensive, it is unclear which one is currently holding the hostages.
    • 40 other hostages belonging to the group were released as part of the deal allowing rebels to withdraw from their besieged positions in the Old City of Homs. 

  • The US Treasury Department put sanctions on 3 Kuwaitis for financing the IS and JaN.

  • Vehicles captured by the YPG from the IS in Iraq: 

  • al-Furqan fighters in position: 

    An unexploded barrel bomb in al-Qawriyah.

    An unexploded barrel bomb in al-Qawriyah.

    The Tadhamoun neighborhood in Damascus.

    The Tadhamoun neighborhood in Damascus.

    Rebels somewhere north of Aleppo.

    Rebels somewhere north of Aleppo.

    A casualty after a barrel bomb attack in the al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo.

    A casualty after a barrel bomb attack in the al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo.

    A child under the rubble after a barrel bomb in the al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo.

    A child under the rubble after a barrel bomb in the al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo.

    2 men who were executed and crucified by the Islamic State in Deir Ez Zor on charges of detonating a car bomb.

    2 men who were executed and crucified by the Islamic State in Deir Ez Zor on charges of detonating a car bomb.

    A UN aid truck passing through the Ramtha crossing with Jordan.

    A UN aid truck passing through the Ramtha crossing with Jordan.

    IS fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

    IS fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

    Captured Sheitat members held by the IS.

    Captured Sheitat members held by the IS.

    Captured Sheitat members held by the IS.

    Captured Sheitat members held by the IS.

    IS fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

    IS fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

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