10/9/2014

  • 4 airstrikes hit Kafr Zita in Hama.

  • The Islamic Front said that it killed 8 militiamen in fighting around Morek in Hama.
    • Government forces briefly captured a former tank battalion base just north of Morek yesterday.
    • The government is trying to encircle Morek and cut it off from Kafr Zita.

  • 25 people, including 4 children and 5 women, were killed by airstrikes in Irbeen in Eastern Ghouta.
    • Irbeen 10-9-2014 Arbin. 10-9-2014

  • Rebels fighting in Irbeen in Eastern Ghouta

  • 4 airstrikes hit Jobar, adjacent to Damascus.

  • 3 barrel bombs were dropped on Khan al-Shih in Rif Dimashq.

  • Government forces fighting around Jobar, adjacent to Damascus

  • Fighting has continued for the military base and Defense Factories next to al-Safira in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.052291&lon=37.337551&z=13&m=b
    • Ahrar al-Sham declared an offensive for the compound yesterday and captured several towns around it. They are currently within 1 km of the compound.
    • Rebels said they killed 6 soldiers and captured several buildings in al-Adnaniyah, just south of the compound.
      • 6 airstrikes have been carried out around al-Adnaniyah.

  • Government forces defended against a rebel attack on Mt. Azzan, an observation point south of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.052985&lon=37.178421&z=12&m=b

  • Fighting between the YPG and Islamic State around Kobani in Aleppo has continued.
    • Around 500 people have been killed in the battle, which began in the middle of last month.
    • The IS has reportedly advanced in the city, controlling around 1/3 of it. Currently most of the fighting is in the south and eastern parts of the city.
      • The IS captured the al-Asayesh (Kurdish internal security) building in the northeast of the city, but the YPG re-captured it, resulting in the death of at least 11 IS fighters and the capture of 4.
      • The commander of the al-Asayesh for the city was killed in the fighting.
      • Fighting is going on around the Sharia school: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.890673&lon=38.358872&z=17&m=b
      • The IS is sending reinforcements from al-Raqqa province.
      • The Nur al-Din Zanki Brigade, which has been fighting a government attempt to take Handarat just north of Aleppo city, said that it will send reinforcements to help the YPG.
      • More than 20 airstrikes have hit around the city since yesterday afternoon.
      • The Dawn of Freedom Brigades fighting the IS in eastern Kobani: 
      • An airstrike: Kobani. 10-9-2014
        A Islamic State flag in Kobani.

        A Islamic State flag in Kobani.

        Islamic State fighters inside Kobani.

        Islamic State fighters inside Kobani.

        Islamic State fighters inside Kobani.

        Islamic State fighters inside Kobani.

        YPG fighters killed in Kobani.

        YPG fighters killed in Kobani.

        A YPG fighter killed in yesterday's truck bombing.

        A YPG fighter killed in yesterday’s truck bombing.

        Kobani. 10-9-2014 2

        Smoke from an airstrike seen from the Turkish side of the border.

        Smoke from an airstrike seen from the Turkish side of the border.

        Smoke over Kobani.

        Smoke over Kobani.

        A Kurdish man prays with Kobani in the background.

        A Kurdish man prays with Kobani in the background.

        YPG snipers in Kobani.

        YPG snipers in Kobani.

        Kurds crossing the Tigris River to join the YPG.

        Kurds crossing the Tigris River to join the YPG.

        Kurdish youth watch fighting in Kobani.

        Kurdish youth watch fighting in Kobani.


  • Kurdish leaders are still opposed to Turkey sending troops into Syria to establish a buffer zone, and instead want them to allow Kurdish fighters to cross over from Turkey to help in the fighting around Kobani. 
    • Salih Muslim, the head of the PYD, said ‘We have our armed fighters in Afrin and Cizre waiting to join the ranks of fighters in Kobane. But, we have to use Turkish territory in order to carry these fighters to Kobane. We asked Ankara to allow them cross the Turkish border.”
    • Turkey has been pushing for the PYD to allow the establishment of the buffer zone and to stop cooperating with Assad before they allow Kurdish fighters to cross the border. 
    • The buffer zone would be within Syria and protected by air power and Turkish troops.

  • The number of people who have died in protests in Turkey over its inaction in the fighting around Kobani has risen to 31.
    • 2 policemen were shot dead this morning in Bingol province.
    • 4 protesters were killed by fire in Antep.
    • A car is driven into protesters in Esenyurt
    • Protesters attacking the barrier between Turkey and Kobani: 
      A map of protests within Turkey.

      A map of protests within Turkey.

      Funerals for YPG fighters in Suruc, just over the border.

      Funerals for YPG fighters in Suruc, just over the border.

      A protest in support of Kobani on the Turkish side of the border.

      A protest in support of Kobani on the Turkish side of the border.

      A protest in support of Kobani on the Turkish side of the border. 2 10-9-2014

      A protest in Hakkari.

      A protest in Hakkari.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors in Cirze.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors on the border.

      Protestors on the border.

      Protestors on the border.

      Protestors on the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors attacking barriers along the border.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Antep after 4 people were shot.

      Protestors in Ankara.

      Protestors in Ankara.

      Protestors in Ankara.

      Protestors in Ankara.

      Protestors in Ankara.

      Protestors in Ankara.


  • CNN said that “several senior U.S. administration officials” have told them that the loss of Kobani is not a major concern, since the US’s primary goals are to target the Islamic State’s leadership and infrastructure, not save Syrian cities. Degrading them will weaken them in Iraq and also give Syrian rebels time to train and confront them.
    • The Pentagon said that vetting and recruiting rebels for training has not started yet, and that it will be 3 to 5 months before training begins.

  • US Central Command’s release of airstrikes today: http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/articles/oct-9-u.s.-military-conducts-airstrikes-against-isil-in-syria-and-iraq
    • Airstrikes north of Kobani would need to hit essentially on the Turkish border.

  • The Islamic Front shelling government positions in Handarat in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.272649&lon=37.177219&z=13&m=b


  • Islamic State fighters were killed when unknown gunmen fired on a checkpoint in al-Mayadeen in Deir Ez Zor.

  • 1 child was killed and 3 others were wounded by government shelling on al-Rastan in Homs.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra of the fighting around and capture of Tel al-Harra in Daraa

  • A barrel bomb that is accused of containing a chlorine gas canister that hit in Inkhel in Daraa

  • A tour of a military post outside of Zimrin that was captured by rebels: 

  • Father Hanna Jallouf, a priest who was kidnapped along with 20 of his followers 4 days ago from a village near the border with Turkey, has been released, but is under “house arrest”.
    • There is no word on the 20 others who were kidnapped.
    • Jabhat al-Nusra has been blamed for the kidnapping.

  • Aid agencies in Jordan said that the country has not allowed Syrian refugees to cross into Jordan for the last week.
    • Jordan denied the charge, but the UN and the International Organization for Migration backed up the allegations.
    • Jordan currently has 600,000 Syrian refugees, nearly 10% of its population.

  • A video of the Hezbollah fighter captured during a Jabhat al-Nusra attack on Assan al-Ward yesterday: 

  • A drone over Saraqeb in Idlib

  • The Syrian government passed a draft budget of 1554 billion Syrian pounds, equal to $8.1 billion.
    • In SP, this is the largest budget in Syrian history. However, converted to US dollar, it is less than half of the 2011 budget of $17.3 billion.
    • The SP is currently traded at a rate of 190 per dollar, while in 2011 it was 48 per dollar.
    • The government has lost a lot of land to rebels and the IS, but it has also lost significant revenue due to the IS capturing oil and gas field in northern Syria.

      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Quneitra.

      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Quneitra.

      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Idlib.

      Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Idlib.

      A helicopter shot down by rebels in Aleppo.

      A helicopter shot down by rebels in Aleppo.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Idlib.

      A funeral passes Eid celebrations in Eastern Ghouta.

      A funeral passes Eid celebrations in Eastern Ghouta.

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