8/29/2014

  • Rebels claim that they have completely captured the city of Quneitra, near the border crossing with the Israel-occupied Golan Heights that they captured 2 days ago.
    • A video of rebels clearing the last government positions in the city: 
    • Government forces firing at rebels around Quneitra: 

  • The UN Peacekeepers who were detained by Jabhat al-Nusra yesterday at the border crossing at the Golan Heights were apparently taken prisoner because they were providing medical treatment to SAA soldiers who had retreated to their position.
    • The 75 other peacekeepers (yesterday it was reported as 81, but the number has apparently been revised) who are trapped on the Syrian side of the border are reported to have 2 weeks worth of food and water and are not planning on surrendering, although JaN has urged them to by using an English-speaking peacekeeper who was among those that they captured.

  • An Islamic Front video touring the Quneitra border crossing. Near the end of the video, UN personnel can be seen: 

  • Government forces, including the SAA, NDF, and Hezbollah, have continued the ground assault on Jobar, which is next to Damascus, that began yesterday, along with heavy shelling and at least 17 air strikes.
  • Rebels fighting in Jobar, adjacent to Damascus

  • The US is sending $20 million in arms to Lebanon, including M16-A4 assault rifles and anti-tank missiles, in response to the fighting in Arsal earlier this month.

  • At least 10 rebels were killed in Rif Dimashq by a government ambush in Falita.
  • A video taken after airstrikes hit Irbin in Rif Dimashq

  • The UN said that the number of Syrians who have fled the country as refugees has passed 3 million, with hundreds of thousands of more people likely having fled without registering as refugees.
    • 6.5 million people are displaced within the country. Syria’s pre-war population was 23 million people.
    • Lebanon has 1.14 million refugees, Turkey has 815,000, and Jordan has 608,000.
    • The UN also said that both the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra are advancing on border crossings with Turkey, which could inhibit cross-border aid operations.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of the Islamic State, has offered a grant of $1,200 and housing to IS members who wish to marry.

  • Qais Qatana, the commander of the al-Omari Brigades who was killed in the village of Jarin in Daraa yesterday, was killed by Qaiser Habib, a media activist.
    • Qatana had stopped to talk with Habib about criticisms he had made about a failed operation in the province that Qatana had led. The two began to fight, and Qatana ordered his guards to put Habib into his car. Shots were fired by Habib at some point during the fighting, killing Qatana. Habib was injured by 2 bullets that hit him in the groin and thigh.

  • 5 rebels were killed after their car was destroyed in Daraa on the road between the towns of al-Gharya and al-Sora.

  • 5 civilians, including 4 children from the same family, were killed by government shelling on the town of Kafr Basin in Idlib.

  • 4 rebels were killed and 9 were injured by an IED in Idlib between the towns of Addana and Hazra.

  • 2 men and a child were killed by government airstrikes on Tal al-Toqan in Idlib.

  • Rebels have launched an offensive on the government’s last two major bases in IdlibWadi al-Deif Base and al-Hamadiyah.
    • Rebels burning supplies that the government tried to airdrop to soldiers in the bases: 

  • A BMP hit with an ATGM by rebels in Hamadiya in Idlib

  • A airstrike on Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib

  • A TOW fired by Division 13 hits a tank in Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib

  • Another Division 13 TOW missile hitting a tank in Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib

  • 4 people were killed by a barrel bomb in the al-Hulluck neighborhood of Aleppo city.

  • A group of men who were caught stealing public property by the Islamic Front in Aleppo

  • 3 people were killed in the town of Hreitan in Aleppo by airstrikes.

  • Barack Obama said that the US doesn’t have a plan yet for how to confront the Islamic State in Syria.

  • 3 children from one family were killed during airstrikes on the town of al-Mansora west of ar-Raqqa.

  • A video of the Islamic State executing SAA prisoners from the Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa a couple of days ago: 

  • The Islamic State has released the 3rd issue of its English-language magazine, Dabiq: https://ia601401.us.archive.org/11/items/Dabiq03_en/dbq03_en.pdf

  • A video of the 9 remaining Lebanese prisoners held by the Islamic State, one was beheaded yesterday, saying that they will be beheaded if the demands the IS is making are not met: 

  • After Britain raised its “international terrorism threat level” today to its second highest level, the US Department of Homeland Security said that it is not aware of any specific threat posed to the US homeland by the Islamic State, although the IS and its supporters “have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas”.
    • The UK also said it is not aware of any “imminent” plot to attack British targets.

      A Islamic State sermon in Deir Ez Zor.

      A Islamic State sermon in Deir Ez Zor.

      A man is pulled from the rubble after a barrel bomb strike in Aleppo.

      A man is pulled from the rubble after a barrel bomb strike in Aleppo.

      A swimming festival in the Tishreen Olympic Pool in Damascus.

      A swimming festival in the Tishreen Olympic Pool in Damascus.

      Syrian Civil Defense members in Aleppo stencil the number to call if a bomb hits.

      Syrian Civil Defense members in Aleppo stencil the number to call if a bomb hits.

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