9/3/2014

  • Government forces have entered the Gweiran neighborhood in al-Hasakah city and are attacking it from the east and north; airstrikes are also being conducted on the neighborhood.
    • The neighborhood has seen 60,000 civilians flee over the last few days due to combined attacks from government forces and the YPG.
    • The neighborhood is home to former FSA fighters whose groups were disbanded, and pro-IS militias.

  • 10 YPG fighters and an unknown number of government fighters were killed in clashes in Jazza in al-Hasakah province. The YPG recently captured Jazza from the Islamic State.

  • At least 13 people, including  8 children, were killed by an airstrike in the al-Shola area of Deir Ez Zor that hit a bus on the road that connects to Damascus.


  • 5 Islamic State fighters were killed by airstrikes on an IS HQ in the village of Ghariba in Deir Ez Zor.

  • The Islamic State’s shelling of the Deir Ez Zor Military Airport reportedly destroyed and disabled 6 planes today.
    • 400 officers and the base commander have been evacuated from the airport to the Mezza Airport in Damascus and the Khalkhala Airport in Sweida.

  • A child was killed and 5 women were injured by a mortar shell that hit near the al-Terbe Mosque in the al-Midan neighborhood near the center of Damascus.

  • At least 16 airstrikes were carried out on Jobar, next to Damascus, along with shelling by tanks, artillery, and mortars, and ground attacks by the SAA, NDF, and Hezbollah.
    • Rebels: 
    • A dead government fighter: 
      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      An SAA soldier in Jobar.

      A map of positions around Jobar.

      A map of positions around Jobar.


  • 6 men and a child were killed in Rif Dimashq by airstrikes on Douma.

  • A 72 hour ceasefire between rebels and the government has been declared in Daraya in Rif Dimashq.

  • A man and his child were killed, and an unknown number of people were injured, by airstrikes on Kafr Batna in Rif Dimashq.


  • 5 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed by airstrikes around al-Niqir, south of Idlib city.

  • Haitham al-Maleh, the head of the Legal Committee of the Syrian National Coalition, said that Egypt is investigating opposition figures in order to approach them and begin a new dialogue to find a solution to the war. He said that Saudi Arabia wants to reactivate Egypt’s role in Arab issues and had motivated Egypt.

  • Rebels mortaring government positions in the Idlib Plain

  • Rebels shelling government positions with a tank in the Idlib Plain

  • 2 civilians were killed by barrel bombs dropped on the city of Nawa in Daraa.


  • A rebel fires at a Shabbiha fighter in Busra in Daraa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PfNyfit8-E&feature=youtu.be
  • 5 civilians were killed, and at least 9 were wounded, by 2 IEDs that hit a bus on the road between Dama and Ariqa in Sweida province.

  • An anti-aircraft gun captured by rebels from Hezbollah in Qalamoun

  • Jabhat al-Nusra claimed that a joint operation with other rebel groups captured 3 checkpoints south of Halfaya in Hama.


  • The Ministry of Information signed an agreement with Iran’s Islamic TV and Radio Union for joint media cooperation in an effort to strengthen the common values shared by the two governments.
    • The agreement will allow the institutions to share expertise, training, and the exchange of news, archives, and satellites.

  • Power lines being repaired in rebel-held Aleppo

  • 15 soldiers were killed during the fighting in Aleppo yesterday in which rebels captured several buildings in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood.


  • An FSA attack on a government position in the Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppohttp://www.liveleak.com/view?i=667_1409768508

  • Syrian state television said that rebels destroyed “several old buildings on Tuesday night by placing explosives in a tunnel leading under the Old City of Aleppo”, near the citadel.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the government for the explosion, saying they did it to prevent rebel advances towards the citadel.

  • An article by The Daily Beast on the media-blackouts of executions and kidnappings by the Islamic State: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/02/the-media-blackout-on-hostages-helps-isis.html

  • At the UN, Syria denounced the Islamic State’s crimes in Iraq and demanded that the UN condemn crimes within Syria committed by the IS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic Front.

  • A video showing a group of Chechens from al-Aqsa Jamaat inside the Tabqa Airbase and subsequently executing prisoners, backing up evidence that Chechens have played a role in crimes against humanity within Syria: 

  • The US government confirmed the legitimacy of the video posted by the Islamic State yesterday which showed the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist.
    • US President Barack Obama has promised “to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat – not just to Iraq, but also the region and to the United States” in response to the video.

  • US senator Bill Nelson said that he will introduce legislation next week to authorize President Obama to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State within Syria.

  • Syrian intelligence has arrested 5 pro-government activists for campaigning for greater transparency about the fate of hundreds of soldiers who have been killed or gone missing during recent losses against the Islamic State, including Division 17, Brigade 93, the Tabqa Airbase, and the Sha’er Oilfield.
    • Resentment has been rising against the government for its lack of coverage and deception about casualties, particularly after the fall of the Tabqa Airbase.

  • Lebanon closed its borders with Syria.
    • Hundreds of refugees gathered at the al-Masnaa border crossing and demanded that they be let in.
    • Several Syrian flying from Istanbul were not allowed to depart at the Beirut airport and were returned to Turkey.

  • Bosnian police detained 16 people on charges of “financing, organizing and recruiting Bosnian citizens to depart for Syria and Iraq, and taking part in armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq, fighting on the side of radical terrorist groups and organisations”.

  • The UN is denying allegations that Filipino peacekeepers were ordered to surrender their weapons to the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters who had surrounded them and said that the order was “not to shoot”.

    An unexploded cluster bomb in Tefas in Deraa.

    An unexploded cluster bomb in Tefas in Deraa.

    2 men are executed along with David Solomon Shahir, who was executed by the Islamic State in Deir Ez Zor for his employment by the government; He used to be in parliament.

    2 men are executed along with David Solomon Shahir, who was executed by the Islamic State in Deir Ez Zor for his employment by the government; He used to be in parliament.

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