8/27/2014

My computer crashed while I was doing this, so I lost a fair amount of stuff and I don’t have the time to figure out what was deleted between my last save and my computer crashing, so this is a little shorter than I would like it to be today.

 

  • The opening ceremony for the unified military command that rebels groups in Eastern Ghouta have grouped under, with Zahran Alloush as the overall commander: ghouta command 8-27-2014

  • 3 men were killed in Rif Dimashq by airstrikes on Arbin.

  • Rebels, led by Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra, the FSA, and the Islamic Front captured the al-Qahtaniah border crossing with the Israel-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra from government forces.
    • Fighting in other areas around the crossing is still ongoing. Rebels captured the villages of Tal Kroum and Rawadi as well.
    • The crossing is currently under the control of the secular Syria Revolutionaries Front (a coalition of 14 FSA groups), not JaN as many people have said.
      • A vido showing SFR fighters at the crossing: 
    • At least 50 soldiers and 14 rebels were killed. 40 rebels were reported to be wounded. 13 soldiers fled nearby to the UN.
    • An Israeli soldier was “moderately wounded” by mortars that hit across the border. The Israeli military said it returned fire on 2 Syrian army positions and confirmed hits on both of them.
      • A helicopter picking up the Israeli soldier who was injured: 
    • A video of rebels near the crossing: 
    • A video of the crossing: 
      A rebel killed during the fighting for the border post with Israel in Quneitra.

      A rebel killed during the fighting for the border post with Israel in Quneitra.


  • 50 soldiers who retreated from al-Raqqa and who have been hiding in the Athrayya area managed to reach the city of al-Salemeyyi in Hama province.

  • A man in the city of Rastan in Hama gets his fingers cut off on charges of spying for the government. I’m not sure what group did this: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2ee_1409164317

  • The Islamic Front and other groups announced the beginning of the al-Waad Assadik offensive to capture government positions in Quneitra.

  • Rebels captured 8 soldiers near Kafr al-Toun, which is just west of Hama city.

  • 24 soldiers were injured and 8 Islamic State fighters were killed in fighting around the Athrayya checkpoint in Hama province.

  • Rebels claimed to have destroyed a helicopter in the Hama Military Airport with grad rockets.

  • The UN released a report on human rights violations in Syria: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoISyria/A.HRC.27.60_Eng.pdf
    • The report confirms the government’s targeting of civilians by methods including massacres, forced disappearances, torture, and direct attacks.
    • It also accused the government of using chemical weapons, specifically chlorine gas, 8 separate times this year.
    • The report accused groups, such as the Islamic Front and the Islamic State, of also committing war crimes such as torture, summary executions, and indiscriminately shelling civilian areas. The IS specifically was accused of forcing civilians to watch public executions and crucifixions.

  • An Al Jazeera report on the Syrian Civil Defensehttp://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/2014/8/exclusive-syrianhumanitariansbattleassadsaerialiedspartone.html

  • A campaign in support of the Civil Defense: https://www.whitehelmets.org/

  • A Reuters article about Haruna Yukawa, a Japanese man who was captured by the Islamic State earlier this month: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/27/us-syria-crisis-yukawa-insight-idUSKBN0GR1KT20140827

  • Assad formed his new government today, 2 months after his heavily criticized re-election. The Prime Minister, Wael al-Halaqi, Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, and Defense Minister, Fahd al-Freij, are among the people who remain in their posts, while 11 other ministers were replaced.
    • Fahd al-Freij has faced controversy recently over the military losses in northeast Syria.

  • The Islamic State arrested 3 Kurdish citizens in the city of Manbij in Aleppo.

  • The Military Council in Aleppo and the YPG (Kurdish People Protection Units) signed an agreement in Afrin to cooperate in their fighting against the Islamic State in northern Aleppo.

  • The Islamic State captured 20 soldiers in the area around the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa, which they captured on Sunday.

  • The Islamic State is reported to have executed 200 prisoners from the Tabqa Airbase.
    • A video of the prisoners: 
    • A video of prisoners being interrogated: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d16_1409166925
      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      SAA prisoners captured from the al-Tabqa Airbase by the Islamic State.

      A still from a video shot by the Islamic State claiming to show prisoners captured from the Tabqa Airbase.

      A still from a video shot by the Islamic State claiming to show prisoners captured from the Tabqa Airbase.

      A photo claiming to show the Islamic State executing soldiers that it captured from the Tabqa Airbase.

      A photo claiming to show the Islamic State executing soldiers that it captured from the Tabqa Airbase.


  • The Islamic State arrested 3 women and the section head of a hospital in al-Raqqa city on charges of giving IS positions to the government.

  • The Islamic State is estimated to be making $3 million per day by selling oil it has captured fro Iraq and Syria on the black market.
    • It is selling the oil at anywhere from $25 to $60 a barrel, compared to the open market average of $102 a barrel.

  • Peter Curtis, an American journalist who was released on Monday after 2 years of captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra, returned to America.

  • Douglas McAurthur McCain, an American, is suspected to have died in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State 

  • Tanks and mortars from the YPG and government forces were fired at the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah city, a week after a truce was signed with residents of the neighborhood.
    • The attack was reported to be in response to a pro-IS demonstration that was held by fighters from Ahrar Gweiran.

  • Turkish border guards intercepted a woman carrying a suicide belt as she tried to enter Syria through the Jaylan Pinar border crossing, near Ras al-Ayn where she was planning on carrying out an attack against Kurdish forces.

    A funeral for an SAA soldier killed by the IS.

    A funeral for an SAA soldier killed by the IS.

    Cooks in the Bab al-Salama refugee camp.

    Cooks in the Bab al-Salama refugee camp.

    A tank captured by Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

    A tank captured by Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

    Weapons captured by the Islamic State from the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa.

    Weapons captured by the Islamic State from the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa.

    Weapons captured by the Islamic State from the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa.

    Weapons captured by the Islamic State from the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa.

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1 comment
  1. Kevin said:

    Thank you for spending your time to do this. I think it is very important. I would like to send you an email or private message. If that is okay, please email me at K_P_2@outlook.com. Thanks again.

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