10/10/2014

  • 20 people, including 5 children, a man, and his wife, were killed by airstrikes on the town of al-Harra in Daraa, which rebels captured earlier this week.
    • Graves being dug: 

  • 8 people, including a pregnant woman and a child, were killed by government airstrikes on Daraa city. 

  • Rebels captured the al-Odah neighborhood in the Tariq al-Sadd quarter of Daraa city:
    • Rebels fighting: 

  • More footage from the Russian spy center captured by rebels on Tel al-Harrah in Daraa

  • Ahrar al-Sham captured the village of Abu Tabbah in Aleppo, west of the Defense Factories that it is trying to capture: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.063116&lon=37.281761&z=13&m=b

  • Fighting is going on around al-Muslimiyah north of Aleppo as government forces try to capture the glass factory: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.308486&lon=37.198677&z=14&m=b

  • Fighting between the Islamic State and the YPG around the border city of Kobani in Aleppo has continued.
    • Coalition airstrikes have targeted IS positions throughout last night and today, hitting them on the southern and eastern outskirts of the city, farther east from it, and within the city.
      • Airstrikes within the city targeted IS positions around the security center and Souq al-Hal.
      • Apart from the Mosul Dam, this is the greatest concentration of airstrikes in one location so far against the IS, although airstrikes did not seriously begin until 2 days ago.
    • The YPG and FSA retreated from Tell Shair to the west of the city, which they captured 2 days ago:http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.902754&lon=38.303661&z=15&m=b
    • The IS captured the security center: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.892853&lon=38.357402&z=17&m=b
    • The IS controls 40% of the city. The fighting has seen the IS bring in large amounts of heavy weapons and armored vehicles, including US-made equipment captured from the Iraqi army. The YPG has had little in the way of tanks, apart from ones they capture from the IS, or heavy weaponry. 
      • Over the last day the IS has focused heavily on bringing men and ammo into the city.
      • The IS has captured significant parts of the south-western part of the road which divides the city in half.
    • Abu Saif, the commander of the Raqqa Revolutionary Brigades, an FSA-affiliated group, said that their original force in the city of 1,250 fighters has been reduced to around 300: https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/reportsfeatures/564212-fsa-fighting-alongside-kobane-kurds
      • Many of the fighters have been sent away because of lack of ammunition and food.
      • He said that Turkey won’t supply them, because it will in effect help the PYD.
      • FSA forces fighting in Kobani said that they have not heard from the US for the last three weeks about supplying them with ammunition for the fight.
    • 10 IS fighters were killed by the YPG in an ambush south of the city.
    • The IS has been taking measures to make airstrikes more difficult, such as burning tires and buildings and putting YPG flags on their vehicles.
    • A suicide truck bomber from the IS detonated west of the security center.
    • The IS claimed to have captured 12 YPG fighters in the city.
    • Images taken by the IS from Mt. Mishtenur, south of the city: http://justpaste.it/MashtaNour
    • IS fighters in Kobani: 
    • Areas of Kobani damaged by fighting and airstrikes: 
      YPG and YPJ fighters.

      YPG and YPJ fighters.


  • The UN said there are still between 500-700 civilians trapped in Kobani, most of whom are elderly. An additional 10,000-13,000 people are stuck on the border with Turkey.

  • The Turkish government said since September 19th it has sent 634 vehicles with humanitarian aid to Kobani worth $10 million.

  • General John Allen, the US envoy for the campaign against the Islamic State, is meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara.
    • The meeting has been prompted by the IS offensive on Kobani.
    • Turkey is pushing for the establishment of a buffer zone within Syria and a no-fly zone, but the US has resisted both of these measures.
      • The PYD does not want Turkey to establish a buffer zone over the border because it views it as an attempt to weaken Kurdish power. It instead wants Turkey to allow Kurdish forces to cross the border to help in the fighting, but Turkey does not want to strengthen Kurds in the region. It has been fighting the PKK for three decades within Turkey. The PKK has also said it will stop peace talks with Turkey if Kobani falls to the IS.
      • The US is blaming Turkey, which has forces stationed along the border, for the risk Kobani is facing, but Turkey has said it does not want to send in ground troops without the presence of forces from other countries.
      • Russia said that any buffer zone will need UN approval. It would be extremely unlikely that Russian would not veto a buffer zone resolution.
      • Iran also informed Turkey that it will not accept a buffer zone or no-fly zone.
      • The US has also said that air strikes alone will not save Kobani and that the fall of Kobani is not considered to be very important.

  • 5 airstrikes hit Morek in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.374494&lon=36.692276&z=13&m=b
    • The military is trying to encircle the city as they push back rebels in the area.
    • 20 airstrikes have hit the area around Morek, Kafr Zita, and Lataminah.

  • 14 people were injured by shells that hit the government-held village of Qamhana in Hama.

  • A technical destroyed by rebels in Western Ghouta

  • The Syrian Air Force attacked Jobar, adjacent to Damascus, with anti-bunker missiles that have just been delivered by Russia.
    • The fronts in Eastern Ghouta are heavily tunneled by both rebel and government forces.
    • This is the first time these weapons have been used.

  • A child and both of his parents were killed by missiles that hit Zebdeen in Rif Dimashq.

  • A tour by ANNA of Adra in Rif Dimashq

  • Hezbollah fires at Jabhat al-Nusra with a Kornet ATGM in Assal al-Ward, on the border with Lebanonhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.856732&lon=36.420021&z=12&m=b
    • JaN said that they have progressed in the fighting in the area.

  • 4 barrel bombs were dropped on al-Rastan in Homs.

  • An improvised rocket in Homs that failed to explode: 

  • 10 Islamic State fighters were killed when unknown gunmen fired on the al-Jesir checkpoint in al-Mayadin in Deir Ez Zor.
    • In a separate incident, gunmen fired on an IS checkpoint in the town of al-Kharita.

  • Government forces fighting around Salma in Latakia

  • The Lebanese government is trying to find a way to reduce the 1.3 million Syrian refugees that currently live in the country. Gebran Bassal, the Foreign Minister, said he does not think refugee camps should be established in Lebanon because it is an attempt to settle the refugees in the country.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra announced that Mohammad Antar, a Lebanese soldier, has defected to them.  jan 10-10-2014

  • Hadi al-Bahra, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, said that they will only join the international coalition in their fight against the Islamic State if the Free Syrian Army is armed.
    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.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Daraa.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighters in Daraa.

    Casualties from the airstrike on Irbeen yesterday that killed 26 people.

    Casualties from the airstrike on Irbeen yesterday that killed 26 people.

    Rebels killed by the SAA and Hezbollah in Qalamoun.

    Rebels killed by the SAA and Hezbollah in Qalamoun.

    A vehicle captured by the SAA and Hezbollah in Qalamoun.

    A vehicle captured by the SAA and Hezbollah in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Qalamoun.

    Government forces in Harasta.

    Government forces in Harasta.

    The Yarmouk Refugee Camp.

    The Yarmouk Refugee Camp.


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