10/8/2014

      • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported yesterday that more than 412 people have died since September 16 in the fighting from the Islamic State’s offensive of Kobani.
        • It counted 20 civilians, 17 of whom were executed by the IS in the area around Kobani, and 3 of whom died from shelling on the city.
        • 219 IS fighters have died.
        • 163 YPG/YPJ fighters and 9 fighters from other rebel units have died.

    • The Syrian government has revealed the existence of 4 Chemical Weapons facilities that it had previously not disclosed: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11147681/gas-Syria-Sigrid-Kaag-Samantha-Power-Isil-Isis-chlorine.html
      • One of the sites is for production, and 3 are for research and development.

    • Fighting around Kobani in Aleppo has continued.
      • The last 2 days coalition airstrikes have hit at least 20 Islamic State positions, southwest, south, southeast, and west of Kobani, killing 40 fighters and destroying 5 vehicles.
        • Up until now, there have only been a few airstrikes on IS positions around the city.
        • The Pentagon said that the airstrikes are “not going to save the town of Kobani” and that they don’t have a “willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria” to help in the fighting.
      • The YPG claimed that the IS has been pushed out of some the eastern parts of the city that it had been able to enter.
      • There have been reports of fighting around the police station: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.892904&lon=38.357209&z=17&m=b
      • An IS fighter detonated a truck suicide bomb in the industrial area of the city.
      • The Syrian-American Council said that the US has not responded for requests that have been made for the last 3 weeks to arm FSA forces that are helping the YPG in the fighting around Kobani.
      • The YPG fighting: 
      • FSA fighters in eastern Kobani: Statement 10-8-2014
        Kobani.

        Kobani.

        An airstrike west of Kobani.

        An airstrike west of Kobani.

        The car bomb.

        The car bomb.

        The suicide bomber.

        The suicide bomber.

        IS fighters inside Kobani.

        IS fighters inside Kobani.

        IS fighters inside Kobani.

        IS fighters inside Kobani.

        IS fighters outside Kobani.

        IS fighters outside Kobani.

        A casualty in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.

        A casualty in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.

        A casualty in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.

        A casualty in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.

        Casualties in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.

        Casualties in a field hospital on the border with Turkey.


  • Protests in Turkey have been held in support of Kobani and against Turkey’s inaction.
    • Vice article on the unrest: https://news.vice.com/article/battle-for-kobane-rages-as-protests-against-turkeys-inaction-end-in-kurdish-deaths?utm_source=vicenewstwitter
    • 23 people have been killed, 256 people have been injured, and 1230 people have been arrested.
    • Curfews have been imposed in many Kurdish areas across Turkey.
    • Turkey has been reluctant to join the fight against the Islamic State without conditions that Assad will also be attacked.
    • A protest in Derikhttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1540602722841975
    • Scenes from Diyabakirda: 
      Turkish Armed Forces in Diyarbakir.

      Turkish Armed Forces in Diyarbakir.

      Police in Bazid.

      Police in Bazid.

      Turkish Kurdish soldiers who left their posts to join the protests.

      Turkish Kurdish soldiers who left their posts to join the protests.

      Turkish Kurdish soldiers who left their posts to join the protests.

      Turkish Kurdish soldiers who left their posts to join the protests.

      Armed protesters in Istanbul.

      Armed protesters in Istanbul.

      A statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first Turkish President, which was destroyed by protesters in Nusaybin.

      A statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first Turkish President, which was destroyed by protesters in Nusaybin.

      Protestors in Turkey.

      Protestors in Turkey.

      Turkish military in Batman.

      Turkish military in Batman.

      Protestors in Turkey.

      Protestors in Turkey.

      A protester firing at police.

      A protester firing at police.

      A protest in Adayaman.

      A protest in Adayaman.

      A protest in Bazid. 10-8-2014

      A protest in Dersim.

      A protest in Dersim.

      Turkish police arrest a man in Diyarbakir.

      Turkish police arrest a man in Diyarbakir.

      Diyarbakir.

      Diyarbakir.

      A pro-Kurd demonstration in Japan.

      A pro-Kurd demonstration in Japan.

      A pro-Kobani protest in the Kurdish area of Sanandaj in Iran.

      A pro-Kobani protest in the Kurdish area of Sanandaj in Iran.

      Protestors crossing the Tigris River to join the YPG.

      Protestors crossing the Tigris River to join the YPG.

      A protest in Silopi.

      A protest in Silopi.

      A protest in Silopi.

      A protest in Silopi.

      A protest in Kanires.

      A protest in Kanires.


  • France said that it supports Turkey’s proposal of safe havens for Syrian refugees on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey.
    • The US and Britain said they are willing to “examine” the idea, although the Pentagon said that it was not a military option.

  • An article by Foreign Policy about US relations with the PYD and the Iraqi Kurdish National Councilhttp://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/07/washington_secret_back_channel_talks_with_kurdish_terrorists_turkey_syria_robert_ford_exclusive?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AEditors%20Picks&utm_campaign=2014_EditorsPicks10%2F07RS

  • Ahrar al-Sham has announced an offensive to capture the Military Defense Factories in Safira in Aleppo in an attempt to cut off the main government supply route to the city and take a major barrel bomb production facility: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.056455&lon=37.340126&z=13&m=b
    • It would also impact government supply around areas like the al-Sheikh Najjar Industrial Area and the Aleppo Central Prison.
    • They captured al-Adnaniyah, Qashutah, Fawqani, Bashakwey, al-Barzaniyah, Diyman, Zeraa and Tahtani as they have approached the base: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.015088&lon=37.297211&z=13&m=b
    • Rebels claimed to have shot down a helicopter and to have killed 60 soldiers.
    • A summary by Ahrar al-Sham of the fighting today: http://justpaste.it/hhnj
    • Ahrar al-Sham fighters praying before the battle.

      Ahrar al-Sham fighters praying before the battle.

      al-Safirah.

      al-Safirah.


  • Rebels fighting around Handarat in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.272027&lon=37.176275&z=14&m=b
    • A Chechen group in Jabhat al-Nusra that is fighting in Handarat.

      A Chechen group in Jabhat al-Nusra that is fighting in Handarat.


  • Footage of Jabhat al-Nusra fighting in Aleppo

  • Coalition airstrikes have continued.
    • In Aleppo, 20 airstrikes targeted IS positions around Kobani were targeted. Airstrikes also hit Jarablus.
    • In Deir Ez Zor, the area around the al-Kharata Oilfield were targeted. The southeastern neighborhoods of Deir Ez Zor city were also targeted.
    • In al-Raqqa, airstrikes hit the al-Tabqa Airbase.
    • A jet flying over Kobani: 

  • A Priest and 20 Christians have been kidnapped from a village along the border with Turkey.
    • The followers belong to the Latin Church, which is a Catholic branch.

  • A full-length video by ANNA of fighting that they have been filming in Jobar in Rif Dimashq

  • 13 soldiers were executed by the government for retreating from Zimrin in Daraa, which was captured by rebels 2 days ago in the fighting around Tal al-Harrahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.060040&lon=36.075840&z=13&m=]

  • 5 airstrikes were carried out on Tel al-Harra in Darra, which rebels captured a few days ago: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.062486&lon=35.992241&z=13&m=b

  • A video from Um al-Awsaj in Daraa, which rebels have captured: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.085645&lon=36.056271&z=13&m=b


  • Rebels in Zimrin in Daraa:


  • Rebels using a catapult in fighting against government forces in Daraa

  • Government forces captured a tank base just north of Morek in Hama, but rebels then re-captured it a few hours later: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.385901&lon=36.691031&z=15&m=b&search=Mork
    • Rebels said they captured a bulldozer, a ZU-23 anti-aircraft gun, and destroyed a BMP when they retook the base.
    • Rebels fighting around Morek: 

  • 11 people, including 2 women and 3 children, were killed by shelling on the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs.
    • Government forces firing on the neighborhood: 

  • Jabhat al-Nusra attacked a Hezbollah position in Assal al-Ward on the border with Lebanon, killing 3 fighters and taking one prisoner who was injured.
    Imad Ayyad, the captured Hezbollah fighter.

    Imad Ayyad, the captured Hezbollah fighter.


  • An Al-Monitor article on the assault on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon by Jabhat al-Nusra over the weekend: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/lebanon-brital-clashes-army-hezbollah-islamic-state.html
    • The assault was a result of several factors, including cold weather that forced JaN fighters to attempt to capture sheltered areas, the tightened control by the Lebanese Armed Forces around the JaN stronghold of Arsal, sectarian divisions within Lebanon which JaN hopes to exploit, and the reduced number of Hezbollah fighters on the front due to Eid al-Adha celebrations.

  • CBS interview with a Dutch fighter inside Syria: 

  • An article by Syria Deeply about 11 rules that the Islamic State has set for journalists in Deir Ez Zorhttp://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/10/6200/isis-issues-11-rules-journalists-deir-ezzor/

  • Rebels shelling government forces in Latakia

  • A promo video for Ahrar al-Sham

  • The Syrian Center for Freedom of Journalism issued a report saying that since protests began in March 2011, 255 journalists have been killed in Syria.

  • Government forces captured al-Rayhan in Rif Dimashq as they close in on the rebel stronghold of Doumahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.576012&lon=36.448517&z=13&m=b&search=Rayhan

    A map of the most active fronts.

    A map of the most active fronts.

    Binoculars captured from Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

    Binoculars captured from Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

    A recoiless rifle captured from Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

    A recoiless rifle captured from Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun.

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