8/7/2014

  • The Islamic State began evacuating vehicles and prisoners that it captured yesterday from Brigade 93 outside of Ein Essa in al-Raqqa.
    • The attack began yesterday with three suicide vehicles that detonated around the front gate and killed a reported 27 soldiers. The IS then shelled the base with artillery and Grad rockets before storming it. The entire battle lasted around 12 hours.
    • The base was the government’s last stronghold in north al-Raqqa and held between 400 and 700 soldiers, including Division 17 soldiers who had retreated there after their base was captured by the IS.
    • 90 IS fighters were reported to have died in the battle, with 50 to 70 killed in the first hour or so when they stormed the base.
    • 300 soldiers were reported killed and more 100 were captured, along with tanks, artillery, and ammo. Officers who were captured, including 2 Brigadier Generals, were executed, but so far there haven’t been reports of executions of the foot soldiers.
    • Photos of the base and dead soldiers uploaded by the IS: http://justpaste.it/gj5l
    • A video from inside the base: 
    • A video of some firing and dead bodies: 
    • IS fighters beheading the corpses of soldiers: 
      One of the Islamic State suicide bombers that attacked the gate of the Brigade 93 base.

      One of the Islamic State suicide bombers that attacked the gate of the Brigade 93 base.

      One of the Islamic State suicide bombers that attacked the gate of the Brigade 93 base.

      One of the Islamic State suicide bombers that attacked the gate of the Brigade 93 base.


  • The next major government target that the IS is likely to assault is probably the Kuwaires Airbase east of Aleppo city, which they have been shelling with mortars and tanks.

  • At least 11 IS have been killed in further fighting around the Brigade 93 base.

  • Airstrikes have been carried out on the city of Attabaqa and Ein Essa. 

  • 4 more bodies of soldiers from Division 17 were found in a village near their base that the IS captured recently.

  • Medical aid from the Red Cross was allowed by the government to enter Manbij and al-Bab in Aleppo.

  • The Supreme Military Council confirmed that units of the FSA in Idlib and Aleppo have begun cracking down on “wanted, corrupt individuals” in conjunction with the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra. People with warrants out against them will be arrested and brought to a Sharia court.
    • Part of the goal is to break gangs in the regions that have been conducting kidnappings and theft, and on rebels who have been accused of theft of weapons ,ammo, and supplies.

  • The IS shelling the Kuwaires Airbase east of Aleppo City: 

  • Police said that they have found more than 30 bodies of people killed by shelling from Lebanese forces in the refugee camp near Arsal. 

  • 5 people, including 3 women and a child, were killed by airstrikes on the village of al-Qasemia in Aleppo.

  • The IS withdrew from Arsal after a 90 minute fight with the Lebanese Armed Forces. 

  • The LAF freed 7 soldiers who had been captured in Arsal after storming several neighborhoods held by the IS. 

  • Mohammad Alloush, an IF leader, claimed that Ahmad Jumaa, the man who’s arrest sparked the fighting in Arsal, was a Hezbollah agent who had infiltrated the IS and made sure to get arrested, knowing that it would provoke an attempt to free him. He gave no evidence to back up his claims.
    • Ahmad Jumaa was originally arrested on charges on belonging to JaN. 
    • JaN said the fighting was started by a rogue group that was acting without permission, and whose members will be tried in a Sharia court.

  • IS fighters were killed by the YPG near the village of Jeb Faraj on the front west of Kobani.

  • A commission that visited Arsal yesterday: 

  • The YPG killed 24 IS fighters and destroyed 3 APCs in fighting around Rabia. 

  • The IS released prisoners whose crimes they said did not necessitate Islamic punishment from the al-Baba prison.

  • The Syrian National Coalition’s offices in the USA will be closed in 2 weeks over allegations that they violated US laws for fiscal dealing, unless they can find a solution for the violations.
    • This is strange because the US said in May that it would recognize the SNC offices as foreign missions.

  • Fighting between the IS and the Sheitat Tribe in Deir Ez Zor has continued.
    • Both Sheitat and IS fighters have been captured. The area is the last part in Deir Ez Zor not under IS control, and the tribe is heavily outgunned.
    • Fighting between the IS and Sheitat members:

  • The IS executed at least 20 people near the Omar Oilfield in Deir Ez Zor. It has been reported that the men were employees of oilfields in Sheitat territory who were arrested when the IS took control of the fields in July.
    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    An Islamic State member beheads a prisoner near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    An Islamic State member beheads a prisoner near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    A prisoner executed by the Islamic State near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    A prisoner executed by the Islamic State near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The head of a prisoner executed by the Islamic State near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The head of a prisoner executed by the Islamic State near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes and crucifies prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.

    The IS executes and crucifies prisoners near the Omar Oilfield in the Sheitat area of Deir Ez Zor.


  • Members of the pro-government National Youth Party for Justice and Development and the Revolutionary Youth Union (the youth wing of the Baath Arab Socialist Party) had a solidarity rally in Sabaa Bahrat Square in Qamishli for the city of al-Hasakah, which has been facing heavy IS attacks the last few days.
    • They called for unity among Arabs, Kurds, and Syriacs, and condemned IS attacks on the northern Kurdish city of Rojava. 
    • The armed wing of the National Youth Party has been fighting along side the YPG (The armed wing of the Democratic Union Party) against the IS in Hasakah city.

  • The YPG is still fighting the IS in Iraq around the Iraqi-Kurd town of Sengal, and has been rescuing trapped refugees, who have begun dying of thirst.
  • Rebels have launched an offensive against the Damascus International Airport in an attempt to surround it.
    • Jaish al-Islam said that the offensive began Wednesday evening and that it seeks to capture the airport and nearby towns, such as Ghazlania and Hatitat. 
      • They said they captured positions near Ghazlania’s mills, west of the airport.

  • A young girl receiving treatment shortly after she was partially disemboweled by shelling on al-Rastan: 

  • Government forces raided houses in al-Arba’en and al-Hseinat in Hama province, arresting an unknown number of civilians.

    A Syrian Civil Defense member in Aleppo after a barrel bomb attack.

    A Syrian Civil Defense member in Aleppo after a barrel bomb attack.

    A Scud missile that fell in the countryside of al-Raqqa.

    A Scud missile that fell in the countryside of al-Raqqa.

    A photo of Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State fighters in Arsal.

    A photo of Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State fighters in Arsal.

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