10/1/2014

I did not have a lot of time today so unfortunately this is all I got.

 

  • 15 airstrikes were carried out around Salma in Jabal al-Akrad in Latakiahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.682677&lon=36.150169&z=12&m=b
    • 4 rebels were also killed by sniping in the area.

  • Government forces captured Tal DurinGhunaymiyah, and al-Balattah in Latakiahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.673056&lon=36.124249&z=13&m=b
    NDF fighters in Latakia

    NDF fighters in Latakia


  • At least 20 airstrikes hit towns and villages in northern Hama.

  • Rebels captured the al-Zalaqiat checkpoint in Hama from government forces: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.279749&lon=36.603055&z=15&m=b
    • The checkpoint has changed hands many times in the fighting over the last few weeks.

  • CBS interview with Hamza al-Shamali, the head of Harakat Hazmhttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/fighting-isis-u-s-counting-on-moderate-rebel-force/
    • He says that he received no prior warning about coalition airstrikes, and says that although the Islamic State would have not grown as powerful as it is today if the moderate opposition had been significantly armed when the war began, he is at least glad that they are being paid attention to now.

  • 4 civilians were killed by a barrel bomb in the al-Haydariyeh neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.230012&lon=37.189579&z=14&m=b


  • Fighting around Kobani in Aleppo has continued.
    • Coalition airstrikes hit Islamic State positions on the southern and eastern fronts.
    • At least 33 IS mortar shells hit within the city in the last day.
    • IS fighters in a position overlooking Kobani: 
    • YPG fighters retreating from the IS: 
      People watching the fighting around Kobani from the Kurdish border.

      People watching the fighting around Kobani from the Kurdish border.

      Press watching fighting around Kobani from the Turkish border.

      Press watching fighting around Kobani from the Turkish border.

      An airstrike east of Kobani.

      An airstrike east of Kobani.

      Trenches being dug around Kobani.

      Trenches being dug around Kobani.

      Trenches being dug around Kobani.

      Trenches being dug around Kobani.

      YPG fighters near Kobani.

      YPG fighters near Kobani.

      YPG fighters on the eastern front.

      YPG fighters on the eastern front.

      A YPG fighter on the eastern front

      A YPG fighter on the eastern front

      An Islamic State fighter killed in fighting around Kobani.

      An Islamic State fighter killed in fighting around Kobani.

      A barrier near Kobani captured by the Islamic State.

      A barrier near Kobani captured by the Islamic State.


  • 3 people, including a child, were killed by barrel bombs in the Sheikh Fares neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.228420&lon=37.177477&z=15&m=b

  • 3 people were wounded by a sniper in the Bustan al-Qaser neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.194590&lon=37.142673&z=15&m=b

  • 48 people were killed, including 41 children, and 112 were wounded by 2 car bombs that exploded in front of a school in the Akrama neighborhood of Homs, which is predominately Alawaite.
    • The first bomb was a car that was parked in front of the school, while the second was detonated a few minutes later by a suicide bomber who drove by.
    • 4 of those who were killed were first responders who were killed by the second bomb.
    • Nobody has claimed credit for the attack.akrama 10-1-2014


  • 4 soldiers were killed in an ambush near Mukharram al-Fawqani in Homshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.816622&lon=37.087784&z=12&m=b

  • 5 barrel bombs were dropped on Deir al-Adas in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.160834&lon=36.124592&z=13&m=b

  • Bulent Arinc, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, said that the government will send a request to Parliament tomorrow which will include a request to open Turkish military bases to foreign forces and to send troops into Syrian and Iraqin order to establish a buffer zone.
    • The fighting across the border around Kobani has escalated the situation faced by Turkey, which has 1.3 million Syrian refugees, including between 130,000 and 150,000 people who have fled there over the last 2 weeks.

  • It has been reported that 36 Turkish soldiers at the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, which lies south of Kobani, were detained by the Islamic State last night, before being released and returning to their posts.
    • Turkey regards the tomb as sovereign territory and has had a military presence there throughout the war.

  • The US has said that it will increase the number of Syrian refugees that it will take in next year from a few dozen to a few thousand, but will not do so a part of a seperate resettlement program for Syrian refugees. The US has approved permanent resettlement for up to 70,000 refugees next year, the same as 2014.
    • The State Department is currently revieing about 4,000 applications from Syrian refugees.
    • The UN will be increasing the number of Syrians that it screens for resettlement anywhere because it sees no close end to the civil war. It hopes to identify 50,000 refugees for resettlement next year.

  • 3 people were killed by an explosion in Ehsim in Idlib, although it is not clear if the explosion was caused by a missile or by a car bomb.
  • Rebels fighting on the outskirts of Adra in Rif Dimashq, which government forces captured a few days ago:


  • Government forces firing missiles with a UR-77 Mineclearing Vehicle at rebels in Jobar, next to Damascus:


  •  The Islamic State informed relatives of 35 activists in ar-Raqqa that it executed them on September 18th and buried them in a mass grave.

    A map of current positions in Damascus.

    A map of current positions in Damascus.

    A boy who was killed in Aleppo yesterday by a barrel bomb.

    A boy who was killed in Aleppo yesterday by a barrel bomb.

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