9/19/2014

  • At least 7 airstrikes were carried out on Jobar, next to Damascus. The government has continued an intense offensive on Jobar over the last few weeks to try and take it from rebels.
  • There have been 4 airstrikes on the al-Dukhaniyya neighborhood of Damascus, which was captured by rebels yesterday.
  • 2 people were killed by a shell that hit the al-Qosour neighborhood of Damascus, which is next to Jobar.
  • The besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus has now had its water cut off for 11 days.

  • An airstrike on Douma in Rif Dimashq

  • A video of the 4th Division targeting a rebel-held building in Daraya in Rif Dimashq.

  • The Islamic State has captured around 60 villages from the YPG in fighting east, west, and south of Kobani in Aleppo, in the last 2 days. The situation has been changing very rapidly, yesterday the IS had captured 20 villages, so this will most likely have more added to it by the time I go to sleep tonight.
    • The IS has now captured all of the Kurdish villages along the Euphrates river from the YPG.
    • There were reports that the IS captured Kharab Nas, 15 km east of Kobani.
    • The FSA has reportedly sent a large force to join the YPG in the fighting.
    • Kheiro Nebo, a 90 year-old Kurdish woman, was summarily executed by the Islamic State after she refused to return to her village of Taalik, which was captured by the IS in the fighting around Kobani.
    • It is notable that there have been no airstrikes from the Syrian military on IS positions in the area.
    • Maoud Barzani, the President of Kurdistan in Iraq, called on the international community to help protect Kobani.
    • A father and his two daughters in Kobani.

      A father and his two daughters in Kobani.

      The YPG fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The YPG fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The YPG fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The YPG fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      The IS fighting around Kobani.

      Reinforcements travelling to aid the YPG.

      Reinforcements travelling to aid the YPG.

      Reinforcements arriving to help the YPG.

      Reinforcements arriving to help the YPG.

      Reinforcements arriving to help the YPG.

      Reinforcements arriving to help the YPG.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      A dead YPG fighter.

      Fighting around Kobani.

      Fighting around Kobani.

      A US-made Humvee, captured by the IS from the Iraqi military, now in use in the fighting around Kobani.

      A US-made Humvee, captured by the IS from the Iraqi military, now in use in the fighting around Kobani.

      A position captured by the IS.

      A position captured by the IS.


  • The Turkish military reportedly began allowing thousands of Kurdish and Arab refugees across the border, but then closed it again as the fighting has drawn closer. The civilians, who are estimated to number between 7,000 and 10,000, have fled their homes after advances by the Islamic State around Kobani the last few days. Yesterday thousands of people gathered along the border with Turkey, but were not allowed to cross.
    • The fighting has seen the IS shelling Kobani, as well as the surrounding villages and towns, with tanks, mortars, and heavy artillery.
    • The military fired tear gas and water cannons at around Turkish Kurds who attempted to walk to the Syrian side of the border to protest the military’s refusal to let the refugees cross.
    • Kurdish civilians on the border: 
      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      Refugees at the Turkish border.

      UN members with the refugees at the Turkish border.

      UN members with the refugees at the Turkish border.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.

      The Turkish military firing at protesters.


  • 3 people were killed and 8 were wounded, including 5 children, by airstrikes on A’zaz in Aleppo.
    • 2 of the dead were fighters from the Northern Storm Brigade, an Islamic Front-affiliated group.

  •  A video of the Syrian Civil Defense responding to an airstrike in Aleppo yesterday:

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  • Government forces re-captured Tal MalahTremseh and al-Jalahmah from rebels in Hama
    • http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.291309&lon=36.496067&z=13&m=b
    • Fighting between rebels and government forces, who are conducting an offensive that has rolled back rebel gains from the last few months, has led towns and villages in the area to change hands between the two sides several times over the last few days.
    • 6,000 civilians have fled from towns north of the immediate fighting over the last few days due to government shelling and airstrikes.
      A photo by the SAA showing Tal Malah with one of their T-72s in the background.

      A photo by the SAA showing Tal Malah with one of their T-72s in the background.



  • Airstrikes on Kafr Zita in Hama

  • The Interior Ministry said that it has arrested the administrator of a Facebook page for publishing the prices of foreign currencies without permission, which they said has the effect of damaging “the national economy, and confidence in the national currency”.
    • On the black market yesterday, the Syrian Pound rose to 196 against the Dollar, while according to the Central Bank it had remained at 186 SP to the dollar.

  • The Defence and Self-Protection Council, which is linked to the Kurdish PYD, called on residents of Qamishli in al-Hasakah, and the surrounding area, to join the YPG (the armed wing of the PYD) in their fight against the Islamic State in Kobani, where the IS has made significant gains over the last few days.
    • Part of their statement said “Since September 15, IS mercenaries are carrying out terrorist attacks against Kobane’s eastern, western and southern areas, using heavy weapons seized from the Syrian and Iraqi regimes, in an attempt to break the will of the Kurdish people of Kobane. We chose the path of freedom and democracy in our revolutionary struggle against those terrorists”.

  • Residents from the village of al-Matiniyah, near Qamishli in al-Hasakah, said that the YPG had killed at least 13 people from a single family, after finding their bodies in a mass grave.

  • The Lebanese government suspended the $200 renewal fee for Syrian refugees within Lebanon. Syrian refugees who broke Lebanese law after legally entering Syria will be given a renewable 6 month temporary residence pass, while refugees who entered Lebanon illegally and then broke the law will be given a one-time 6 month pass.

  • 2 soldiers from the Lebanese Armed Forces were killed and 4 were wounded by an RPG fired by Jabhat al-Nusra in Wadi al-Misyada.
    • The LAF arrested 3 Syrians, one of whom they said is behind the Islamic State’s beheading of Addas Midlej, an LAF soldier who the IS had taken prisoner.

  • Lebanese security sources said that Jabhat al-Nusra executed Mohammad Maarouf Hammieh, an LAF soldier who they have been holding prisoner.
    • 22 soldiers and policemen are still being held by JaN and the IS after they were captured during fighting in Arsal last month.
    • They threatened to execute hi earlier this week if the government did not improve negotiations and if Hezbollah continued to crack down on Syrian refugees around Arsal.

  • A rebel video on the capture of Shamali, northeast of Homs cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.884382&lon=36.876640&z=13&m=b


  • A video released by the Islamic State called The Flames of War: I’ve posted 2 links because at least one of them will most likely be deleted.
    • The video has extensive English narration and English subtitles where it’s spoken in Arabic.
    • 10:22 gives a good idea of the production quality of the video.
    • The end of the video shows soldiers from Division 17 digging their own graves, who are introduced by an English-speaking IS fighter standing by them. The soldiers then tell how the officers fled the base and that Assad has forgotten them, and are then executed.

  • 10 people were killed, including 2 men and a child from their family, and 10 people were injured by airstrikes on the city of Binnesh in Idlib.
    • 7 of the injured were children.

  • A man, his wife, and 3 of their children people were killed by airstrikes around the town of Abo al-Dohour in Idlib.

  • An Islamic Front video showing the manufacturing or artillery: 
  • Islamic State fighters were killed after militiamen attacked their checkpoint in al-Shola, east of Deir Ez Zor city. 

    The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo yesterday.

    The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo yesterday.

    Ammo captured by government forces in the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah.

    Ammo captured by government forces in the Gweiran neighborhood of al-Hasakah.

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