9/12/2014

  • Government forces captured Halfaia from rebels in Hama. The last few days has seen government forces, with a heavy presence by Hezbollah, Iran, and the NDF, reverse many gains that rebels have made in an offensive to capture the Hama Military Airport.
  • A man, his wife, and their two children were killed by barrel bombs on the village of Latmin, between Kafr Zita and Morek in Hama.
  • An airstrike on Kafr Zita in Hama

  • 5 people were killed and 14 were injured by airstrikes on the village of al-Ballan, east of al-Rastan, in Homs.

  • The death toll for the airstrike on Douma in Rif Dimashq yesterday has risen and is being reported as anywhere from 50 to 100. When I posted about it yesterday, 20 people had been counted as dead.
    • A man is pulled from the rubble in Douma.

      A man is pulled from the rubble in Douma.


  • At least 8 airstrikes were carried out on Jobar, next to Damascus.
    • An ANNA video of fighting in Jobar

  • Government shelling on Ayn Tarma in Rif Dimashq:


  • The Syrian Revolutionaries Front, an American-backed group, signed a ceasefire with the Islamic State in the Rif Dimashq city of al-Hajar al-Aswad that also called on both sides to remember that the government is their main enemy.
    • Other groups that signed the ceasefire are Liwa Ahrar al-Turkman Golan, the Hittin Brigade, and Liwa al-Umma al-Wahida.
    • Each group is supposed to remain in the areas of the neighborhood that they currently control.
    • The FSA said the ceasefire is an effort to relieve pressure on the civilians in the neighborhood.
    • Rebel groups have been pushing the IS out of Rif Dimashq as part of a concerted offensive over the last 2 months.

  • 6 people were killed by airstrikes near the Fatemah Mosque in the city of al-Bab in Aleppo.
    • 13 people were killed in the city yesterday by airstrikes near a public market.

  • Rebels firing at a tank in the Zahraa neighborhood of Aleppo
  • Rebels fighting the Islamic State in northern Aleppo

  • Darulqadaa, a Sharia Judicial body in Aleppo, has ordered a Jabhat al-Nusra commander and some of his fighters to stop their activities while they are being investigated, after numerous complaints of intimidation and stealing of public funds have been made against them.

  • At least 28 SAA soldiers and NDF fighters have died as the government has moved into the western part of the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah city in the last 24 hours. I’m not sure how many anti-government militia in the neighborhood have been killed.
  • A suicide bombing in Deir Sunbul in Idlib attacked Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, a coalition of 14 FSA groups.
    • The details of the bombing are still not clear, except that the 4 attackers killed mainly civilians and injured on of his sons. Maarouf may have also been injured.
    • Hassan Abboud, the leader of Ahrar al-Sham, was assassinated along with most of his groups leadership during a suicide bombing two days ago in Idlib.
      Two of the attackers who were killed before they could detonate their suicide vests.

      Two of the attackers who were reportedly killed before they could detonate their suicide vests.


  • 6 people were killed by airstrikes on the town of Madayah in Idlib.
  • Airstrikes on Kafr Nabl in Idlib:


  • A car bomb captured by rebels in Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib. It is not clear which group was going to use the bomb, the attackers managed to escapre after shhoting the rebel who discovered them.


  • Rebels captured al-Hamidiyah in Quneitra as part of their recent offensive in the area. The offensive has been led by the FSA and Jabhat al-Nusra.
  • Qatar said that it helped secure the release of the 45 Peacekeepers yesterday who have been held by Jabhat al-Nusra since August 28th.
    • The UN said that they made no concessions to JaN.

  • The Islamic State arrested 9 people from the town of al-Sekkaria, near al-Bukamal, in Deir Ez Zor for unknown reasons.

  • Germany banned active support for the Islamic State, saying the group poses a threat to Europe. The ban includes recruitment, funding, the use of IS symbols, and the use of IS social media propaganda.

  • The United States announced that it will be providing another $500 million for Syrian war victims, bringing their total to $3 billion since 2011.
    • John Kerry made the announcement while in Turkey. He is currently travelling the area as the US tries to gather support for possible airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

  • Zahran Alloush, the leader of the Islamic Front, has reportedly ordered the execution of the Syrian Air Force pilots who have been captured by IF groups, due to the Air Force’s deliberate killing of civilians.
    • The message was origionally released in a tweet, but the tweet has now been deleted.
    • This comes in the aftermath of an airstrike on Douma that killed at least 50 civilians.

  • Yesterday President Assad met with the new UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura.
    • Mistura reportedly emphasized that expanding truces with rebels would help bring a political solution to the war and facilitate the US-push to combat the Islamic State.

  • France said that around 100 of the 1,000 French citizens who have gone to fight for the Islamic State have returned.
    • 52 of the fighters are currently in jail, and the rest are under surveillance.

  • Zaman Alwsl reported that Saudi Arabia will be hosting training camps for at least 10,000 moderate Syrian rebels as part of a US-backed push to fight the Islamic State in Syria.
    • The camps will be held around the Saudi city of Hafar al-Batin, which shares borders with Iraq and Jordan and is about 2 hours from Daraa city.

  • An Al Arabiya article about schools in rebel-held Aleppohttp://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/09/12/In-Syria-s-Aleppo-school-is-a-basement-under-fire.html

  • The parents of James Foley, a US reporter who was beheaded by the Islamic State in retaliation for US airstrikes against them in Iraq, have launched a foundation called the James W Foley Legacy Fund to support kidnap victims, front-line journalism, and inner city youths (Foley was a teacher for four years with inner-city youths before he became a reporter).

    Syrian Turks mourning the death of Hassan Abboud.

    Syrian Turks mourning the death of Hassan Abboud.

    Alaam Abboud, an Ahrar al-Sham fighter who is the brother of Hassan Abboud.

    Alaam Abboud, an Ahrar al-Sham fighter who is the brother of Hassan Abboud.

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