10/11/2014

I have an engagement party today, so I doubt I can get a post out, but I’ll try

  • Fighting around Kobani between the Islamic State and the YPG has continued.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 550 people have died in the current offensive on the city, which began on September 16.
      • 20 of the dead are civilians, 17 of whom were executed by the IS. The other 3 were killed by IS shelling on the city.
      • 226 of the dead are YPG and al-Asayesh (Kurdish internal security).
      • 9 non-YPG fighters have died.
      • 298 IS fighters have died.
      • The SOHR admitted that the number is likely much higher due to the difficulty of documenting deaths in the current fighting.
    • 2 IS suicide vehicles detonated near the south-west of the city after the YPG fired on them, killing 16 IS fighters.
    • Coalition airstrikes targeted the IS in the south and east of the city.
      • The YPG said that the air strikes have been less effective the last 2 days due to the street fighting in the city, but urged an increase in airstrikes. Until the last 4 days relatively few airstrikes were carried out around the city. Around 50 airstrikes in all have been carried out.
      • The IS has been focusing on transporting men and ammo into the city due to the airstrikes. They have also been bringing in heavy weapons and tanks to the eastern front.
    • Fighting has gone on around the Freedom Square. Yesterday the IS controlled around 40% of the city.
    • Staffan de Mastura, the UN envoy to Syria, said that he fears a repeat of the 1995 massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica if the IS captures the town.
    • Turkey has still been blocking the influx of Kurdish fighters and ammo into the city, fearing that this would ultimately strengthen their own Kurdish population and the PKK.
      • 33 people, including 2 police officers, have been killed in rioting across Turkey over the last few days as the Kurdish population protests Turkey’s inaction.
      • Turkey has also been reluctant to send ground troops over the border unless troops from other countries are also included, although today it said it will support the effort to train and arm Syrian rebels.
      • Turkey also has a problem with the PYD’s cooperation with Assad, and the fact that coalition airstrikes have not targeted the Syrian government.
      • Liwa Thuwar ar-Raqqa fighting the IS around Kobani: 
        Smoke over Kobani.

        Smoke over Kobani.


  • Ahrar al-Sham has continued its offensive on the defense factories south of Aleppo.
    • Last night rebels captured Sad’aya, west of the factories. They have also captured several buildings in al-Adnaniyah, just south of the factories and entered Sayfat to the west.
    • Rebels stormed a military barracks, killing 15 soldiers.
    • Ahrar al-Sham fighting around al-Adnaniyah: 
      Ahrar al-Sham fighters in the current offensive.

      Ahrar al-Sham fighters in the current offensive.

      An Ahrar al-Sham fighter near al-Adnaniyah.

      An Ahrar al-Sham fighter near al-Adnaniyah.


  • The FSA-affiliated Dawn of Freedom Brigades fighting the Islamic State north of Aleppo around Dabiq and Tel Maled:


  • The Syrian National Coalition accused government forces of kidnapping 500 civilians, most of whom were women and children, from the northern Aleppo village of Sefat last week, and also said there were reports of mass rape by the military and NDF.

  • Government forces advanced against rebels in fighting around Ein Terma in Rif Dimashq.

  • Rebels in Hama destroy a tank with a TOW: 

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