8/8/2014

  • The FSA shelled the Hama Military Airport with heavy artillery, as well as on the 4th Division west of the city.

  • Government forces have withdrawn from northern Hama, including Kurnaz, Hammamiyat, Bredij, and Sheikh Hadeed towards al-Siqelabiya city. 

  • A Sharia Court has been established in Khan Shaykhoun in Hama with the backing of 25 rebel groups.

  • Fighting has gone on for the second day between government forces and rebels near Abbasyyn Square adjacent to Damascus.

  • FSA soldiers were killed by a government airstrike on Jobar, Damascus. 

  • Rebels have continued the push launched yesterday to encircle the Damascus International Airport. 
    • A recoiless rifle fired a government positions around the Ghazlania mills: 
    • Rebels firing around the Ghazlania mills: 

  • There are reports that Damascus Security Forces will arrest anyone who doesn’t have official documentation proving that they live in the city.

  • Islamic Front fighters heading towards the front in Qalamoun running for cover as they’re shelled: 

  • The Islamic State is mobilizing forces for an assault on the al-Tabaqa Military Airport in al-Raqqa, the last government holdout in the region. It has also begun a heavy bombardment of the base.
    • http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.765736&lon=38.571281&z=14&m=b
    • The IS may have broken into the airbase during today’s fighting, but they have self imposed a media-blackout for the time being on the progress of the fight.
    • There were reports of possible defected fighter pilots who began to bomb the airbase after they took off.

  • Rebels killed at least 12 soldiers in Aleppo province on the road to the village of Abo Grin. 

  • The IS arrested 25 people in al-Shhel in Deir Ez Zor. 

  • An anti-government demonstration in the Idlib countryside in Maarat Hirma

  • Jabhat al-Nusra attacked the Eshtabrak checkpoint in Jirs al-Shughour with a car bomb, causing an unknown number of casualties.
    A photo of the suicide bombing.

    A photo of the suicide bombing.


  • Abdul Karim al-Eido, a man accused by the IS of witchcraft, was executed in Manbij, Aleppo, by decapitation with a sword.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra giving a man a final warning after they arrested him for insulting Allah: 

    arsal 8-8-2014

    A government tank destroyed by rebels in Hama.

    A government tank destroyed by rebels in Hama.

    Refugees who fled from Arsal.

    Refugees who fled from Arsal.

    A photo taken by an SAA soldier from the Aleppo Citadel.

    A photo taken by an SAA soldier from the Aleppo Citadel.

    A map and run-down of recent major events in the fighting.

    A map and run-down of recent major events in the fighting.

    A graph released by the ISW showing the percentage and number of women killed.

    A graph released by the ISW showing the percentage and number of women killed.

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