10/13/2014

  • 23 airstrikes have hit around Morek and al-Lataminah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.345515&lon=36.657944&z=13&m=b


  • Government forces advanced in fighting around Kafr Shams in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.120875&lon=36.109314&z=12&m=b

  • The government has recruited 400 people from around Hama city to join the NDF militia in order to replace soldiers who are fighting in the north of the province.
    • The men will be deployed at checkpoints around the city.

  • 4 airstrikes hit Tel al-Harra in Daraa, which rebels recently captured.

  • 6 barrel bombs hit Inkhel in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.004813&lon=36.113434&z=13&m=b
    • These barrel bombs are dropped from the stub wings on the helicopter, rather than being pushed out from the back: 

  • A barrel bomb dropped in Jasim in Daraa

  • An FSA hit against a 57mm gun with a TOW near Ma’rkabah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.319607&lon=36.674938&z=13&m=b


  • Fighting in Aleppo around Kobani between the Islamic State and YPG has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.887859&lon=38.354988&z=14&m=b
    • IS advances in the city have slowed since Friday.
    • The IS captured the New Cultural Center in fighting around the eastern part of the city.
    • The YPG captured several points in fighting in the south of the city..
    • The YPG re-captured the village of Tell Shair, which they retreated from a few days ago, in fighting in the west of the city.
    • The IS is attempting to capture the Mursitpinar border crossing with Turkey. 
      • 4 shells from the IS hit the crossing.
      • An IS car bomber detonated himself in the northern part of the city near the crossing.
        • The attack appeared to be an attempt to clear the way for the IS to advance farther into the city.
    • 7 Coalition airstrikes targeted the IS around the south of the city and on Mt. Mishtenur. 
    • Yesterday the Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani said that the Iraqi Kurds have sent weapons and ammo to help the YPG in Kobani, but have been unable to send Peshmerga reinforcements.
    • 2 wounded YPG fighters were arrested by the Turkish military for being PKK members.
    • The YPG fighting in the southern part of the city: 
    • Weapons and ammo captured from the IS: 
    • Liwa Thwar al-Raqqa in Kobani: 
      A map of Kobani as of this morning.

      A map of Kobani as of this morning.

      An airstrike on Kobani.

      An airstrike on Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      Dead Islamic State fighters.

      Dead Islamic State fighters.


  • The BBC reported that Turkey has agreed to allow moderate Syrian rebels to be trained on its soil, but has not yet agreed to allow use of the Incirlik airbase for coalition airstrikes in Syria: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29591916
    • The Turkish parliament passed a measure that will allow use of the base, but the government has the final say in any deal.

  • At least 35 Islamic State fighters were killed in northern Aleppo yesterday in fights with the Free Syrian Army, Islamic Front, and Jaish al-Mujahideen around Dabiq and its surrounding villages: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.537502&lon=37.267685&z=12&m=b
    • At least 10 rebels from the FSA-linked Dawn of Freedom Brigades were killed.
    • The Islamic Front fighting: 

  • Rebels advanced against government forces in fighting around Handarat and Sayfat in Aleppo.
    • Jaish al-Mujahireen wal-Ansar, a Chechen group in Jabhat al-Nura, fighting around Handarat: 
    • A video claiming to show a captured Iranian from fighting around Handarat at Ard al-Mallah
    • The Islamic Front fighting: 

  • Rebels in Aleppo

  • Rebels firing on the Ashrafiyeh neighborhood of Aleppo with a Hell Cannon: 

  • 6 barrel bombs hit the city of Saraqib in Idlib.

  • 15 airstrikes were carried out on Marrat al-Nu’man and its surrounding area in Idlib.

  • Yesterday rebels recaptured several spots in eastern Jobar, adjacent to Damascushttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.535242&lon=36.342688&z=14&m=b
    • The government has been pushing an offensive into Eastern Ghouta. Jobar is considered to doorway into Eastern Ghouta.
    • 10 airstrikes hit Jobar today.
    • Rebels in Jobar:
    • Rebels in Eastern Ghouta:
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  • Government forces captured Kafr Dulbah in Latakiahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.668035&lon=36.157379&z=13&m=b

  • A TOW missile hit on a tank in Latakia: 

  • Coalition airstrikes have continued.
    • In Aleppo, airstrikes targeted Islamic State positions in and around Kobani.
    • In al-Raqqa, 12 airstrikes targeted IS positions around ar-Raqqa, the al-Tabqa Airbase, and the Division 17 Base.

  • The Islamic State has released issue 4 of its English language magazine, Dabiqhttps://ia601403.us.archive.org/0/items/Dabiq04En/Dabiq_04_en.pdf
    • The issue confirms reports that the IS has enslaved and sold Yazidis to its fighters.

  • 4 barrel bombs hit al-Rastan in Homs.

  • Assad has fired 2 Military Intelligence officers in Homs in response to the car bomb a week and a half ago that targeted a school and killed 31 people, most of whom were children.
    • Brigadier General Abdul Karim al-Salloum, who was the head Military Intelligence in the city was fired along with the head of the city’s Security Committee.

  • Rebels after a battle in Qalamoun

  • A summary by the Islamic Front of their operations over the last week: 

  • Locals in al-Hasakah have reported that on Saturday the al-Asayesh (Kurdish internal security) began to implement forced conscription into the YPG in several cities in the province.
    • Checkpoints were set up in Qamishli to detain men age 18-30. Arrests of young men were carried out in several areas in the province, and there were reports that they also raided houses to find conscripts.

  • An SAA soldier says goodbye to his mother as rebels storm his location: 

  • Residents of al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor said that the Islamic State has seized the property of Syrian expatriates who are working in Gulf states in order to give to its fighters as residences.
    • The seizures are in retaliation for the participation of those countries in coalition airstrikes.

  • Reuters article about the White Shroud, a militia conducting a guerrilla campaign against the Islamic Statehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/13/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-shrouds-idUSKCN0I21JW20141013

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