9/26/2014

  • Ahrar al-Sham arrested Abu al-Rahim al-Hassan, one of their members, on charges of belonging to an Islamic State sleeper cell and assassinating Abu Yaaqub, a Jabhat al-Nusra official.
    • The assasination took place a few weeks ago, and resulted in a series of disputes between JaN, AaS, and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, which was accused of carrying out the assassination.
    • A video of his confession: 

  • Yesterday rebels put down a rebellion by prisoners in Idlib who were fighting against death sentences imposed by the Sharia Authority, which took over the civil justice system in rebel-held areas.
    • The revolt was put down with no casualties by Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham and the prisoners have been transferred.

  • 9 people were killed by a barrel bomb that hit near a fruit market in the al-Sakhur neighborhood of Aleppo.

  • Central Command’s release of Coalition airstrikes: http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/articles/sept.-26-u.s.-military-conducts-airstrikes-against-isil-in-iraq-and-syria
    • It’s been hard to sort out where airstrikes are actually hitting until the next day, but it looks like in al-Raqqa Islamic State positions at the Tabqa airbaseDivision 17 Base, the al-Taliea camp, and the Governance building in the center of ar-Raqqa were hit. Oilfields and refineries in Deir Ez Zor and al-Hasakah were also hit.
    • Germany announced its support for the strikes on the grounds that they are protecting Iraq by further weakening the IS.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 73 people joined the Islamic State in eastern Aleppo in the aftermath of the airstrikes.
    • The Syrian Air Force has noticeably decreased its airstrikes since the coalition strikes began.
    • Demonstrations were held after Friday prayers calling for airstrikes to target the Syrian government as well as the IS. Others were in solidarity with Jabhat al-Nusra, others were in support of the IS.
    • A jet over al-Mayadin in Deir Ez Zor
    • An airstrike Deir Ez Zor: 
    • An protest in Korin in Idlib
    • A protest in Sarmada, Idlib
    • A protest in Daraa
    • Protests in Homs:
    • Protests in Aleppo:
    • A protest in Hama
    • A protest in Arsal in Lebanon
      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters who were killed by a cruise missile on Kafr Deryan are buried,

      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters who were killed by a cruise missile on Kafr Deryan are buried,

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      A sign in support of Ahrar al-Sham, which has evacuated its bases in Idlib out of fear of being targeted.

      A sign in support of Ahrar al-Sham, which has evacuated its bases in Idlib out of fear of being targeted.

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      An airstrike in Deir Ez Zor.

      An airstrike in Deir Ez Zor.


  • The Lebanese military arrested 22 people yesterday during its raids on refugee camps around Arsal.
    • It denied that it was behind the torching of refugee camps during the raid and said that it arrested 3 men on a motorcycle trying to burn a camp.
    • Lebanon says it was arresting people in connection with the fighting in Arsal last month and the abduction of Lebanese policemen and soldiers.
      • 3 of the 24 prisoners taken by Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State have been executed. 2 by the IS and 1 by JaN.
    • Images from yesterday: 

  • Yesterday in al-Bab in Aleppo the Islamic State raised what it says is its largest flag so far.flag al-bab 9-26-2014 flag2 al-bab 9-26-2014 flag3 9-26-2014 flag4 9-26-2014

  • The Islamic Front detonated a tunnel bomb against government forces in the al-Suwaya neighborhood of old Aleppo.


  • Fighting against the Islamic State around Kobani in Aleppo has eased on the southern front since the YPG began to push them back yesterday.
    • The IS has massed its fighters close to the city in order to try and avoid coalition airstrikes.
    • The IS captured Ali Shar on the eastern front, 7km from Kobani: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.872995&lon=38.457084&z=15&m=b
    • 19 IS fighters were killed last night in an ambush southwest of Kobani.
    • Fighting on the southern front yesterday. The video also shows a MILAN ATGM in use by the YPG.
    • Fighting on the southern front around 7 km from Kobani: 
    • A video from the border shot by CNN of fighting between the YPG and IS: 
    • 2 tanks captured by the YPG from an abandoned Islamic State outpost at Serekaniye in al-Hasakah.
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        A man and his daughter who are fighting around Kobani.

        A man and his daughter who are fighting around Kobani.

        A YPG technical firing Grad rockets at the Islamic State.

        A YPG technical firing Grad rockets at the Islamic State.

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        Protestors on the Turkish border.

        Protestors on the Turkish border.

        A Turkish military position on the border.

        A Turkish military position on the border.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        Protesters who broke though the border crossing from Turkey to go help fight the Islamic State around Kobani.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.

        A demonstration forming a human chain around Kobani against the Islamic State.


  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, said that a no-fly zone should be created in part Syria to protoect people from airstrikes by the Syrian military, although he did not say where it should be created.
    • He also said a “secure area” on the Syrian side of the border for refugees who have fled the fighting, and that Turkish artillery could protect the area.

  • The Islamic Front shelling government positions with a Hell Cannon in Aleppo:
    • In Aziza

  • The Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus has now been facing a water cut-off for 16 days.
    • The camp has been besieged by government forces since July 2013 after rebels took most of it.
    • At least 120 people died from lack of medicine or starvation last winter. External aid into the camp has been heavily restricted by the military.YARMOUK 9-26-2014

  • 5 airstrikes hit the al-Dukhaniyya neighborhood of Damascus.

  • A video of government forces in the rebel-controlled al-Dukhaniyya neighborhood of Damascus

  • Airstrikes on Jobar, next to Damascus:


  • A broadcast from Adra in Eastern Ghouta, which was captured by government forces yesterday: 

  • Jabhat al-Nusra reported that in Qalamoun, 4 fighters killed themselves in a daisy chain of suicide blasts and killed a large number of Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers.

  • More than 20 airstrikes were carried out on towns and villages in northern rural Hama.
    • 8 airstrikes, including 3 barrel bombs, were carried out on Kafr Zita.
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  • An FSA hit against a tank in the al-Zalaqiat checkpoint in Hama

  • The FSA fighting near Tower 45 in Latakia. The position changed hands several times during a rebel offensive in the province in Spring 2014.
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  • 7 people were killed and 5 were injured by 4 barrel bombs dropped on al-Rastan in Homs.


  • Part 5 of Ghosts of Aleppo by Vice

  • A video of the Islamic State in ar-Raqqa

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