9/15/2014

  • The Syrian National Coalition has denied reports, initially made by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that an FSA-affiliated group made a truce with the Islamic State in the Damascus suburb of al-Hajar al-Aswad. 
    • The SNC said that the Sons of the Golan had only agreed to a 24 hour ceasefire with the IS so that each side could retrieve the bodies of people killed in the fighting.
    • Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (a coalition of 14 FSA units, including the Sons of the Golan), denied any arrangement made between them and the IS.

  • 9 people, including 2 children, were killed by airstrikes on Douma in Rif Dimashq.

  • The Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus, which has been beseiged by government forces for 421 days, has had its water cut off for 6 days.
  • Rebels firing on a government-held building in the Damascus suburb of Daraya

  • A video showing a baby that it says died of malnutrition in Eastern Ghouta due to government blockades in the area: 

  • Government forces reportedly advanced against rebels in Hatita al-Jars in Eastern Ghouta.
  • An ANNA video of government fighting around Jobar next to Damascus

  • Rebels who were killed in Damascus as they traveled through the sewer system: 

  • Heavy fighting between rebels and government forces and government shelling of the al-Midan neighborhood in Damascus has been reported, particularly around the al-Haqle cemetery and the Qa’a towers.
  • The al-Seyaseyyi bridge in Deir Ez Zor, which connects the city with its suburbs across the Euphrates river and which was held by the Islamic State, has been blown up.
    • Al-Manar, a Lebanese TV station affiliated with Hezbollah, said that Syrian special forces and army engineers mined the bridge and detonated it.
    • This move cuts off the IS’s only supply route between the parts of the city that they hold and areas that they hold east of the city.
    • Fighting also occurred around the government-controlled neighborhoods of Jubailah and ar-Rashidiyah. The IS largely holds the rest of the city.
    • A video of the bridge being blown up: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=292222254295250bridge deir ez zor 9-15-2014

  • 11 people were killed by airstrikes in al-Marja in Idlib.

  • Muhammad Jassim, the leader of the Khat al-Nar Brigade, was taken to the hospital following an assassination attempt in southern Idlib, near Maarat Hurma.
    • This follows a week with four other successful and attempted assassinations of rebel leaders on Idlib. No group has claimed credit for any of them.
    • The group recently left the Syrian Revolutionaries Front to join Jabhat Thabat al-Muqatilah.


  • Women in Mazaya in Idlib displaying a flag with the three stars of the Syrian opposition: 

  • Photos from a Da’wah held by Jabhat al-Nusra in Harem in Idlibhttp://justpaste.it/moltaqa

  • Wael al-Halqi, the Syrian Prime Minister, told parliament that al-Raqqa, the northern province which is essentially under the complete control of the Islamic State, “will soon be rid of the terrorists”, although he did not explain the government’s plan to achieve this.

  • 4 shepherds died from a landmine explosion near the Islamic State-held Tabqa Airbase in al-Raqqa.

  • Reuters article detailing rebel criticisms of Obama’s plan to expand a US training program for them: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/15/us-usa-syria-rebels-insight-idUSKBN0HA0QX20140915

  • Civilians in Quneitra who are attempting to cross the border with Israel as they flee the fighting in the province: 

  • Weapons and ammo captured by rebels around al-Hamidiyah in Quneitra:
  • A view of the government-held town of Madinat al-Baath from al-Hamidiyah, which rebels captured a few days ago during their offensive in Quneitra

  • The UN said that Peacekeepers are pulling out from four positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Golan-Heights border due to the deteriorating security situation as a result of the fighting in the area.
    UN APCs escorting UN Peacekeepers to the Israeli side of the border.

    UN APCs escorting UN Peacekeepers to the Israeli side of the border.


  • 15 people, including 3 children, were killed by government shelling on the city of Talbiseh, just north of Homs city.


  • The YPG has captured 14 towns and villages from the Islamic State since yesterday in fighting around the city of al-Qamishli in al-Hasakah province.
    • The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which the YPG is the armed wing of, accused the IS of using civilians as human shields in the fighting. The IS has denied this. The Syrian opposition has accused the YPG of killing the civilians during the fighting for supposedly supporting the IS. The YPG has denied this.
      • 50 civilians were reportedly killed around Tell Hamis, southeast of Qamishli, during the YPG’s offensive yesterday. It is not clear if they were killed by accident during the fighting, by the IS, by the YPG, or a combination of the three.
      • The IS also reportedly summarily executed dozens of people near Tell Hamis in the villages of Tell Khalil and Hadyate for resfusing to carry weapons and fight alongside the IS.
      • 16 IS fighters were killed in the fighting that resulted in the YPG capturing Tell Hamis, which was an IS stronghold in the area.
    • 2 civilians have been killed and dozens wounded over the last day as the IS has shelled neighborhoods in al-Qamishli.

  • The Islamic Front firing at a government checkpoint in Aleppo with a Hell Cannon and SPG9: 

  • 11 people were killed in the Marjeh neighborhood of Aleppo by barrel bombs.

  • The Islamic Front firing at a sniper in the Municipal Palace in Aleppo. There’s also some sort of big gun that starts firing from the roof around 2:15: 

  • An article by Matthieu Aikins about time he spent with the Syrian Civil Defense in AleppoView story at Medium.com

  • The Islamic Front is fighting Burkan al-Furat (the joint-operations chamber formed by the YPG, FSA, and Jabhat al-Akrad) as it tries to break into the Kurdish city of Kobani in Aleppo from several fronts.
  • An airstrike on Kafr Zita in Hama

  • Government forces captured al-Zalaqiat in Hama from rebels, continuing their offensive in the area.
  • The US said that Syria’s air defense will face retaliation if they try to interfere with US airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria.
    • The US has stated that it will not cooperate in any way with the Syrian government if it does conduct airstrikes within Syria.

      A sign at the Bab al-Salma border crossing with Turkey, controlled by the FSA and Liwa al-Tawhid, which reads "Wish you Safty".

      A sign at the Bab al-Salma border crossing with Turkey, controlled by the FSA and Liwa al-Tawhid, which reads “Wish you Safty”.

      An SAA tank near Jobar.

      An SAA tank near Jobar.

      Residents returning to Halfaya in Hama, which the government captured from rebels a few days ago.

      Residents returning to Halfaya in Hama, which the government captured from rebels a few days ago.

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