10/15/2014

  • Fighting in Aleppo between the Islamic State and YPG around Kobani has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.885937&lon=38.352757&z=13&m=b
    • The intensity of the fighting within the city has lessened today.
    • Fighting went on around al-Tal street, northwest of the Security Center, and there were reports of YPG advances.
    • The YPG made advances in the Kani Arban neighborhood, capturing 2 positions from the IS.
    • Coalition airstrikes were carried out against the IS in the fighting. 18 have hit around the city yesterday and today.
      • 6 hit within the city, targeting the Security Center and just west of the Security Center.
      • Airstrikes also hit the villages of Susan, Minaze, and Alblor to the west of the city.
      • YPG officials said that the efficacy of the airstrikes has been improved because they have been giving the US coordinates of IS positions.
      • The US said that they believe that they have killed “several hundred” IS fighters in the airstrikes around Kobani.
    • The IS is now said to control around 20% of the city.
    • Vice video on the fighting: 
    • An airstrike: 
      Bombs that hit Kobani.

      Bombs that hit Kobani.

      An airstrike on Kobani.

      An airstrike on Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      YPG fighters in Kobani.

      A Turkish soldier looks at Kobani from the border.

      A Turkish soldier looks at Kobani from the border.


  • Just north of Aleppo, government forces made a failed attempt to break out of Handarat and Sayfat, where rebels advanced yesterday: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.307932&lon=37.168465&z=12&m=b
    • Heavy fighting has been going on there, with government forces and rebels capturing positions multiple times, as the government tries to cut the last rebel supply route into the city.
    • A video by Harakat Hazm claiming to show Iranian Red Crescent tents that were being used by government forces: 

  • The Syrian Civil Defense reported that there have been no barrel bombs dropped on Aleppo city for the last 10 days.

  • Rebels shelling the Khalidiyeh neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.228246&lon=37.120142&z=14&m=b


  • Activists and fighters around Kobani are accusing Turkey of refusing to allow wounded fighters to cross the border to be treated in Turkish hospitals, resulting in the deaths of many fighters.
    • The government has denied the charges and pointed out that it has taken in 200,000 new refugees since the Islamic State offensive began last month.
    • Between 7 and 13 wounded fighters died at the border last week, but the government said that it has fixed the delays that allowed that to happen.
    • Fighters are being treated within Turkey, such as the hospital at Suruc, just over the border.

  • Fighting has continued around Saker Island in Deir Ez Zor as the government tries to take it from the Islamic Statehttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.318627&lon=40.179577&z=13&m=b
    • The government reportedly captured a significant part of the island.
    • At least 17 soldiers died in the fighting yesterday.
    • 3 barrel bombs were dropped on the area.
    • Prisoners taken by the government: Deir Ez Zor 10-15-2014

  • The Islamic State arrested 11 people least night in the town of Hatla, just southeast of Deir Ez Zor. 
    • The mayor was among those arrested.

  • Fighting went on just south of Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib.
  • The US announced that they will “intensify intelligence cooperation with respect to ISIL and other counterterrorism challenges of the region” with Russia.
    • Russia has been a strong supporter of Assad.

  • Ahmed Tohme has been elected as the Prime Minister by the Syrian National Coalition, the candidate favored by Qatar.
    • 63 of the 65 votes were cast for him.
    • Tohme had previously led the coalition, but was kicked out at the last general assembly.
    • One delegate claimed that Qatar said it would end its financial support for the SNC if he was not reelected.

  • New York Times article on a CIA study that found little evidence that US-efforts to arm rebels without direct US support on the ground succeed: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/15/us/politics/cia-study-says-arming-rebels-seldom-works.html?_r=1
    • Obama had referenced this study in an interview with The New Yorker earlier this year as a big reason that h had opted against arming Syrian rebels.

  • Government forces captured the Taloul al-Hawa area, east of Homs, from the Islamic State.

  • 11 people were killed by shelling on the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs.

  • Government forces captured the part of the M-5  International Highway that lies between Morek and Khan Sheikhoun from rebels in Hama.
    • There was heavy fighting around Morek yesterday as the military tries to encircle the town.

  • Yesterday Waris al-Younes, who was a member of the Syrian Parliament and an NDF leader, was assassinated last night in Hama province after gunmen fired on his car.

  • Fighting around Jobar in Eastern Ghouta went on, with government forces making advances.
    • At least 4 ground-to-ground missiles hit Jobar, as the government attempts to advance into it.
    • 15 rebels died in fighting in Jobar yesterday.
    • Smoke from a missile: 
      A rebel tunnel found by government forces in Jobar.

      A rebel tunnel found by government forces in Jobar.

      A rebel tunnel found by government forces in Jobar.

      A rebel tunnel found by government forces in Jobar.

      Rebels killed in Jobar.

      Rebels killed in Jobar.

      Rebels killed in Jobar.

      Rebels killed in Jobar.


  • Rebels fighting in Eastern Ghouta

  • A BMP captured by rebels in Eastern Ghouta

  • Smoke from a rocket that hit Zamalka in Rif Dimashq

  • Anti-government protests went on in Tartous in Latakia.
    • The city has been very pro-Assad during the war.
    • Activists said the participants were arrested and taken to the local branch for the Military Intelligence.

  • A new trailer by the Islamic Front for the second installment of Black War, showing training: 

  • The Holocaust Museum will be displaying some of the photos taken by the Syrian government that show and document people killed by government torture.
    • The 27,000 photos were smuggled out by a government photographer known as Caesar, who’s job was to document the bodies.
      A photo taken by Caesar.

      A photo taken by Caesar.

      A photo taken by Caesar.

      A photo taken by Caesar.


  • An Al-Monitor article about rebel gains in Daraa and Quneitrahttp://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/syrian-rebels-south-damascus-regime-battles.html

  • An al-Monitor article about recent fighting around Zabadani in Qalamounhttp://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2014/10/syria-zabadani-supply-outlet-route.html

    douma 10-15-2015

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