9/16/2014

  • I posted this article about the Hanano Syrian Civil Defense team yesterday, but I’m posting it again because it is really well done: View story at Medium.com
  • 6 soldiers were killed during a rebel ambush in Hama between Kafr Zita and Ariha.
    • Ismail Heydar, an SAA brigadier general, was among those killed.

  • Government forces captured Tal Malahal-Jalamahal-Judaydah, Kafr Houd, and al-Turaymisah from rebels in Hama.
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 12 children have died and 50 children are sick in the countryside of Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib after being given measles vaccines provided by the opposition’s Interim government. Vaccinations were administered in the same area yesterday with no problems.

  • Rebels targeting government positions with a Hell Cannon in the Idlib Plain

  • Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, was injured during an airstrike today. Several other people, including one of his daughters and his deputy Mohammad Faysal Gharib, were killed. This is his second daughter that has been killed in the war.
    • Maarouf survived an assassination attempt last week.
      Jamal Maarouf and his daughters.

      Jamal Maarouf and his daughters.


  • 25 people were killed by airstrikes on Talbise in Homs, including a child, 7 women, and 2 rebels.
    • 16 people were killed and 70 were wounded by barrel bombs dropped on the city yesterday.
    • The city is a rebel stronghold about 10 km north of Homs city, and is used as a launching point for the Masyaf road, a government supply route that goes from the coast into Homs city.


  • A jet flying over Homs

  • The Islamic State released a Jabhat al-Nusra field commander who they have been keeping in detention in Deir Ez Zor.

  • The Islamic State allowed the residents of the villages of al-Jarzi and Abu Hardub in Deir Ez Zor to return to their homes. They were origionally expelled on charges of opposing the IS.

  • Airstrikes in Deir Ez Zor

  • A video showing the detonation of the al-Seyaseyyi bridge from multiple viewpoints in Deir Ez Zor yesterday: 
    • It is still unclear who detonated the bridge. Most sources are reporting either Hezbollah special forces or Syrian special forces mined the bridge.

  • 2 rebels were killed and at least 5 were injured during fighting against government forces around Ein al-Noria in Quneitra.

  • The YPG captured the town of Sharmoukh in al-Hasakah from the Islamic State, killing 14 IS fighters and losing an unknown number of their own.

  • Government forces captured the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah city from local militia fighters, killing 10 of them. The government has been shelling the neighborhood for a couple of weeks and made a push to take it over the last week.
    • Both the military and the YPG had worked to capture the neighborhood in order to tighten security in the city in the face of Islamic State advances in the area.
      NDF fighters in the Gweiran neighborhood.

      NDF fighters in the Gweiran neighborhood.


  • 11 rebels were killed yesterday in fighting in al-Zahera in Damascus. 

  • 10 people were killed and an unknown number were injured by airstrikes and shelling on Saqba in Rif Dimashq.


  • An airstrike on Jobar, next to Damascus

  • Videos of rebels fighting in Jobar, next ot Damascus:


  • Rebels announced that they captured Anath in Eastern Ghoutahttp://alrahman-corps.net/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%AD%D8%AA%D9%8A%D8%AA%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D9%88%D8%B7%D8%A9/

  • Rebels announced that they advanced into the Dwel’a neighborhood of Damascushttp://alrahman-corps.net/%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84/
  • SAA and NDF fighting in Eastern Ghouta

  • 1 person was killed and 8 were injured by a shell that fell on the al-Qas’a neighborhood of Damascus.

  • Reuters article about US monitoring of the Islamic State’s cyber capabilities: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/16/us-cybersecurity-usa-islamic-state-idUSKBN0HB22A20140916

  • The Pentagon told the US congress that it is not preparing to launch a “shock and awe” campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, but is instead planning a more modest and longer-term campaign.

  • The US House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on whether to grant President Obama authority to train and equip rebels in order to fight the Islamic State in Syria.
  • The Islamic State shot down a Syrian jet over ar-Raqqa. 8 civilians were killed by fragments of the plane that struck their houses.
    • The jet was part of a squadron which were conducting airstrikes in the city, resulting in at least 8 deaths in the al-Hasiwa neighborhood.
    • Remains of the jet:
    • Damage from the crash: jet4 raqqa 9-16-2014 jet raqqa 9-16-2014 jet raqqa2 9-16-2014 jet3 raqqa 9-16-2014 jet5 raqqa 9-16-2014 raqqa jet 9-16-2014

  • A SCUD missile launched towards al-Raqqa:

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  • Nur al-Din Zanki hit against a 23mm cannon with a TOW in Sheikh Najjar in Aleppo

  • Nur al-Din Zanki hit against a government held building with a Hell Cannon in Aleppo

  • Nur al-Din Zanki detonating a government-held building in Aleppo

  • Rebels firing on a government-held building in Aleppo

  • The YPG re-captured 2 villages in the western countryside Kobani that the Islamic State had captured last night.
    • Heavy fighting has been going on between the IS and the Burkan al-Furat operations room around Kobani, with the IS attacking from multiple fronts.
    • The YPG fighting the Islamic State east of Kobani: 

  • A trailer for an upcoming Vice documentary called Ghosts of Aleppo

  • Al-Manar, a Hezbollah-affiliated TV station in Lebanon, reported that dozens of Jabhat al-Nusra fighters were killed during an ambush about 7 km from the Lebanese border in Qalamoun. They then fled towards Lebanon, but were repelled during subsequent fighting with the LAF.

  • A graphic by the New York Times on the Islamic Statehttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/world/middleeast/how-isis-works.html

  • A boy pulled from the rubble of a building by the Syrian Civil Defense: 

  • The Independent reported that Jabhat al-Nusra appealed to the Islamic State to release Alan Henning last year just after they kidnapped him when he crossed the Syrian border with an aid convoy. The IS threatened that he will be executed next at the end of the video where they executed David Haines, another British aid worker.
  • Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, the Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, wrote a letter to US politicians to warn against giving rebels weapons, saying it “will trigger a global, negative chain reaction”.

  • Zahran Alloush, the head of the Islamic Front and Jaish al-Islam, that that unless the government can reach an agreement with the IF in the next 72 hours there will be no negotiations to exchange prisoners.
    • He said that negotiations to exchange 8 soldiers for all of the Jaish al-Islam fighters held by the government have been going on for 9 months.

  • The Turkish government is preparing to establish a buffer zone along its borders with Syria and Iraq in order to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State.

  • Asma al-Assad, Syria’s First Lady, met with the families of dead soldiers in Assad’s hometown of Qardaha in Latakia in an effort to dispel the increasing anger of the rising death toll among Syrian soldiers and the government’s secrecy about the fate of many of the soldiers.

    A soldier near Jobar.

    A soldier near Jobar.

    Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Homs who gathered to remember Hakam Drak al-Sibai. He was their first casualty in the war, and was killed 3 years ago today by the Syrian military.

    Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Homs who gathered to remember Hakam Drak al-Sibai. He was their first casualty in the war, and was killed 3 years ago today by the Syrian military.

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