9/17/2014

  • 3 civilians were killed and at least 8 injured in Damascus by mortars fired by Ajnad al-Sham.

  • 10 people were killed by government shelling and airstrikes on Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
  • 10 airstrikes hit the al-Dukhaniyya neighborhood of Damascus as government forces attempt to push rebels out.
  • A child who was hit by airstrikes on Mesraba in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.547618&lon=36.393585&z=14&m=b


  • An airstrike on Jobar, next to Damascus

  • Shabihha HQ stormed by rebels in Damascus

  • 6 people were killed and 12 were injured by a barrel bomb that hit near a market in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo.
  • A rebel and 3 of his sons were killed by airstrikes on the town of Anadan in Aleppo.
  • 2 rebels and 4 Islamic State fighters were killed in fighting around Soran E’zaz in Aleppo.

  • 7 people, including 4 women, were killed by airstrikes on the village of Batbo in Aleppo.
  • A tunnel bomb detonated under government-held buildings in the Amiriya neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.170066&lon=37.130742&z=15&m=b


  • A rebel with a MANPADS in Darat Azzah in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.280814&lon=36.858959&z=14&m=b


  • The Islamic State captured Karus, Aweyna, and al-Qamshee from the YPG in fighting around Kobani in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.728979&lon=38.477898&z=12&m=b
    • A video of the YPG fighting the IS west of Kobani: 
    • The remains of grad rockets fired at Kobani by the IS: 
      The fronts in the fighting around Kobani.

      The fronts in the fighting around Kobani.


  • A woman was killed in Mahardeh in Hama by mortars fired by Jabhat al-Nusra.
  • Rebels re-captured Tal Malah, al-Zalaqiat, al-Jalamah, and Turaymisah from government forces in Hama. Government forces had captured the towns yesterday.
    • http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.291449&lon=36.546021&z=13&m=b
    • Rebels claimed to have killed at least 30 pro-government fighters. The government forces that have been brought in around Hama have had a large presence of NDF fighters, HezbollahIranian officers, and the SAA.
    • Airstrikes on Turaymisah after its capture by rebels: 

    • Weapons captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.

      Weapons captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.

      A tank captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.

      A tank captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.

      A vehicle captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.

      A vehicle captured by Jabhat al-Nusra from Tal Malah.


  • The number of people who were killed yesterday by airstrikes in Talbiseh, which is about 10 km north of Homs city, has risen to 48.
    • The dead include: 12 rebels, a woman and 4 of her children, a woman and 2 of her children, and woman, her brother, and 2 of her children, a woman and her child, and a man and his child.
    • Abu Hatem al-Duhaik, the commander of the Southern Sector for Harakat Hazm, is reported to have been one of the rebels who was killed.
    • A man crying as he holds his dead child: 
      Abu Hatem al-Duhaik

      Abu Hatem al-Duhaik


  • The UN’s team monitoring Syria reported that the government “remains responsible for the majority of the civilian casualties, killing and maiming scores of civilians daily”, including through bombing and shelling, at checkpoints, in interrogation rooms, and through “starve or surrender” tactics.
    • They also criticized the Islamic State for its abuses, which include “brutally and publicly” executing civilians, as well as captured rebels and government soldiers, its exposure of children to violence, and its banning of women from public life.
    • Jabhat al-Nusra was cited as having detonated 2 car bombs in Hama in August that killed civilians.
    • The team said that the UN Security Council’s inaction has “nourished the violence”.

  • The number of children who died after receiving measles vaccines in Marat al-Nu’man and Jirjanaz in Idlib yesterday has risen to 36. Over a dozen children are still in critical condition.
    • The vaccines were given in rebel-held territory as part of a UN-sponsored program.
    • The Interim government has halted the program, which began Monday.
    • Health officials have said that it was likely a contaminated batch of vaccines. 2 bottles, each of which contains 40 doses of vaccine, are suspected.
      • Rebels have claimed that the vaccines were sabotaged, and a local doctor said that symptoms that proceeded the deaths were indicative of cyanide poisoning.
    • Adnan Hazouri, the opposition health minister, resigned because he was responsible for the distribution of the vaccines.

  • An Islamic Front video showing Hell Cannons firing on al-Fu’ah in the Idlib plain

  • A video by #WithSyria to promote an end to the targeting of civilians by airstrikes: 
  • Lebanese security officials said that gunmen kidnapped Kamal Mohammad Hujeiri, a soldier in the Lebanese Armed Forces, as he was travelling to visit his family in Wadi Hmeid.
    • Wadi Hmeid is on the northeastern border of Arsal, the town which  saw the LAF fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State last month. 22 LAF soldiers and policemen are still being held prisoner by the groups. The IS has executed 2 prisoners so far.
    • Gunmen in 2 pickup trucks kidnapped him and went to the outskirts of Arsal.
    • Locals said that there had been a personal dispute between Kamal’s brothers and a group of Syrian men.

  • Fighters in the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah city have completely departed after its capture by government forces and the YPG yesterday.
    • The fighters were escorted out of the city after mediation between local tribal leaders, the YPG, and government forces.
      • SANA celebrated the capture, but did not mention the YPG’s role: “Members of our armed forces in cooperation with the National Defense restored stability and security to the neighborhood of Ghweiran.”
    • The YPG and government have been working to capture the neighborhood, which contained ex-FSA fighters, pro-IS fighters, and local militia, so that they can consolidate their hold on the city and focus on IS-held territory near the city.
    • Some of the fighters were reported to have gone to IS-controlled territory, some went to Kurdish-controlled territory, and some went across the border with Turkey.

  • Surface-to-surface missiles hit a building belonging to the General Electric Company in Deir Ez Zor city, cutting off electricity to large parts of the city which is largely under Islamic State control.
    • Nobody has yet claimed credit for the attack.deir ez zor 9-17-2014

  • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that the Syrian government has disclosed 3 new chemical weapons sites as the organization investigates discrepancies in the government’s declared arsenal.
  •  A trailer released by the Islamic State for what they say is an upcoming movie called Flames of War

  • The US House of Representatives voted to approve a bill authorizing the arming and training of Syrian rebels.
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5 comments
  1. Ken Woolsworth said:

    Please keep up the great work! I have been looking for a source like this for months. I have no idea where you get this complete, high-quality information. I’ll be following your blog carefully, and I’m sure thousands more will as well.

    • Thanks! Yeah it usually takes 2-3 hours a day to pull all of the information together. I get it from about 10 different news organizations, and also from different groups and fighters that I follow on Twitter.

  2. Pete Reno said:

    I’ll add my thanks too. I’ve looked forever for a source of info like your blog. So thanks for all the hard work!

  3. it is a complicated war in syria. i hope it will end soon.

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