10/2/2014

  • At least 4 soldiers were killed in fighting in Tel Kurdi in Rif Dimashqhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.586131&lon=36.464481&z=15&m=b

  • 6 people were killed by airstrikes on Douma in Rif Dimashq.
    • A boy injured by the airstrike in Douma.

      A boy injured by the airstrike in Douma.


  • A child was killed by a sniper in Zebdeen in Rif Dimashq.

  • Shelling on Ayn Terma in Rif Dimashq

  • An airstrike near the Southern Bypass Highway in Rif Dimashq

  • An airstrike on Irbeen in Rif Dimashq

  • 4 barrel bombs were dropped on al-Zabadani in Rif Dimashq.

  • Several rebel groups, led by Jabhat al-Nusra, have announced an offensive in Eastern Ghouta, where they have lost ground to government forces recently.

  • Rebels have reportedly advanced in Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, where they captured the Air Force Intelligence Compound the other day.

  • Government operations in Jobar, adjacent to Damascus

  • A man was wounded and 7 people were injured, including a child and 2 women, by a shell that hit in Old Damascus.

  • The besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus has now had its water cut off for 22 days.yarmouk 10-2-2014

  • 4 rebels died in fighting yesterday around Deir al-Adas in Daraa. The town was also hit with barrel bombs yesterday and the government pushes an attack against it: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.160834&lon=36.124592&z=13&m=b
    • 4 female prisoners were swapped by the government for the corpses of 6 soldiers who have been killed in fighting around the town.
    • FSA TOW missiles used in fighting around the town:
      • A hit on a government-held building:
      • A tank is destroyed: 
      • A tank is destroyed: 
      • A tank burning after a hit: 
    • A building captured by rebels:
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  • 1 person was killed and 9 were injured in the Ashrafiyeh neighborhood of Aleppo by mortars: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.225512&lon=37.146320&z=14&m=b

  • 3 people were killed by a barrel bomb on the Tareeq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.204321&lon=37.198935&z=14&m=b

  • 4 people were killed, including 2 medics, by 2 barrel bombs on the Haydariyeh neighborhood of Aleppo.


  • An Al-Monitor article about how rebels fighting in northern Aleppo have been affected by the airstrikes: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/international-alliance-no-change-front-lines-syria-rebels.html

  • Fighting around the burning Ummayad Mosque of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.199309&lon=37.156910&z=17&m=b


  • Rebels shelling government-held buildings in Aleppo:


  • Footage from inside the Aleppo Citadel

  • Fighting has continued around Kobani in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.894312&lon=38.354902&z=14&m=b
    • The IS shelled the eastern part of the city with mortars from the village of Kikanhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.885937&lon=38.416271&z=14&m=b
    • The Turkish military reportedly forced the media to move 500 m away from the border.
    • The IS captured a radio tower just outside of the southern part of the city: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.875776&lon=38.364129&z=15&m=b
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that 200,000 refugees from the area have been created in the last few weeks as a result of the fighting. Many of them are living with very little or no shelter across the border with Turkey due to the large influx that the country was faced with.
    • The IS fighting around Kobani: 
    • The YPG fighting: 
    • The IS at a checkpoint captured from the YPG at the southern entrance of Kobani: 
    • A video of the Turkish military stopping refugees from crossing the border from Syria: 
      A photo of the radio tower taken by the Islamic State.

      A photo of the radio tower taken by the Islamic State.

      A photo of eastern Kobani taken from the Turkish side of the border.

      A photo of eastern Kobani taken from the Turkish side of the border.

      A photo of eastern Kobani taken from the Turkish side of the border.

      A photo of eastern Kobani taken from the Turkish side of the border.

      YPG fighters near Kobani.

      YPG fighters near Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters outside of Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters outside of Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters overlooking Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters overlooking Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters killed in fighting around Kobani.

      Islamic State fighters killed in fighting around Kobani.

      A Turkish soldier carries the baby of a refugee fleeing advances by the Islamic State around Kobani.

      A Turkish soldier carries the baby of a refugee fleeing advances by the Islamic State around Kobani.

      Refugees in Suruc shelter from the rain.

      Refugees in Suruc shelter from the rain.

      Media caught in the rain as they watch the fighting from the Turkish border.

      Media caught in the rain as they watch the fighting from the Turkish border.


  • Turkey’s parliament approved a measure to allow the military to enter Iraq and Syria and join the fighting against the Islamic State. 298 MP’s voted for it, while 98 voted against it: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/02/us-mideast-crisis-idUSKCN0HR0RL20141002?utm_source=twitter
    • The measure also allows foreign troops to use Turkish territory for the anti-IS operations. Up until now, Turkey’s airbases have not been allowed to be used for coalition airstrikes against the IS.

  • Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), said that peace talks between the PKK and Turkey will end if the Islamic State captures Kobani.
    • The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades.

  • Salih Muslim, the leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), of which the YPG is the armed wing, has demanded that the West provide arms for the YPG as it fights against the Islamic State.
    • He said that Turkey is obstructing arms deals he is trying to make with the West in an attempt to keep Kurds in the area from becoming too strong.
    • He also said that Turkey is preventing PKK fighters from crossing the border to help them fight.

  • SANA reported that the double bombing outside of a school yesterday in the Akrama neighborhood of Homs killed 32 people, most of whom were children, and injured 115: http://www.sana.sy/en/?p=14608
    • A car bomb detonated in front of the school first as the children were leaving, and then a suicide bomber blew himself up a few minutes later.
    • The car bomb was made of 3 gas cylinders, each of which had 7 kg of C4.
    • Nobody has claimed credit for the attack.
    • Protests were held in Homs calling for the governor of the city to step down:
      • Akrama 10-2-2014
        A funeral for the people killed in the bombing,

        A funeral for the people killed in the bombing,

        Protestors in the Akrama neighborhood of Homs call for the governor to resign. 1

        Protestors in the Akrama neighborhood of Homs call for the governor to resign. 1

        Children in the Waer neighborhood of Homs mourning the children killed in the Akrama bombing.

        Children in the Waer neighborhood of Homs mourning the children killed in the Akrama bombing.


  • A deal has been made between the government and rebels around Mahin and al-Qaryatayn in Homs, in which the government will release all of the prisoners from the rebels that it is holding in return for being able to repair the Arab Gas Pipeline that runs through the two villages.
    • The pipeline comes from Egypt and has a total length of 1,200 km and is an important source of energy for many areas in Syria. It has been repeatedly targeted by rebels from the villages.
    • 31 prisoners have already been released, and the rest will be released by January 2, 2015. The government will also cease further arrests of people from the villages.

  • The Islamic State is being blamed for a car bomb that targeted an FSA base in Idlib yesterday: 

  • Rebels shelling Kefraya with a Hell Cannon in Idlib

  • The UN said that the deaths of 15 Syrian children after they received measles vaccines last month in Idlib was the result of an accident in which a non-governmental partner mixed in a muscle relaxant as a diluent.
    • The muscle relaxant was stored in the same refrigerator as the substance that is supposed to be used to dilute the vaccines.
    • The specific group or individual who made the mistake is not known.
    • Suhair Atassi, the head of the Assistance Coordination Unit, is refusing to leave her post in the face of a dismissal by the National Coalition’s Political Body, saying it is not within their power to do so. Dr. Adana Hazzouri, the Health Minister of the Interim Government, has also been fired.

  • The YPG in Rabbia, just across the Iraqi border from al-Hasakah province, which was captured from the Islamic State a few days ago:
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    • Peshmerga fighters stand over a dead Islamic State fighter in the Rabbia hospital.

      Peshmerga fighters stand over a dead Islamic State fighter in the Rabbia hospital.


  • Rebels from the Southern Front training: 

  • Coalition airstrikes in Syria have continued. The Islamic State’s self-imposed media blackout is still making it difficult to dtermine locations of airstrikes and casualties.
    • Last night coalition airstrikes targeted IS positions around Manbij in Aleppo and the IS-controlled Tishreen Dam, on the Euphrates River about 35 km southeast of Manbij.
    • Today airstrikes in Aleppo targetted IS positions around Jarablus.
    • The in al-Raqqa, the Brigade 93 Base in Ayn Essa was targeted, as well as the Tabqa Airbase and Tal Abyad.
    • In Deir Ez Zor, airstrikes hit around al-Mayadin and Deir Ez Zor city.
    • An oil refinery in al-Raqqa that was hit by airstrikes: 
    • An English speaking IS member tours an area hit by airstrikes, although he does not identify the location: 
      An IS HQ in Manbij that was hit by an airstrike.

      An IS HQ in Manbij that was hit by an airstrike.


  • Hadi al-Bahra, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, has asked for the coalition acting in Syria to provide air cover for the FSA in areas where the IS might withdraw, both to protect it from airstrikes by government forces and to help it fill the void that will occur if the IS does suddenly withdraw from areas.

  • A GIF of how the territory in the war has changed, based on the Wikipedia map: 

  • Sunni tribes in Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama, have banded together in The Alliance of Sunni Clans in response to the government’s brutality against them, as well as what they see as plots by Western and Arab governments to repress the revolution.
    • The al-Mawalial-Hadedeen, and other still unnamed tribes met and made several decisions, which include implementing Sharia law to resolve disputes, and uniting the rebel brigades an battalions in the areas under a single group.
    • The Alliance will fight pro-government forces, as well as other groups that attack their areas. They stressed that they consider themselves to be part of the opposition forces in Syria.


  • Government forces captured the villages of Mahruqah and Masasinah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.291730&lon=36.646442&z=15&m=b
    • A report from Masasinah: 
      Mahruqah.

      Mahruqah.


       

      Rebels distributing aid in Idlib.

      Rebels distributing aid in Idlib.


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