• 4 people, including 1 child, were killed by 5 airstrikes around Khan Sheikhoun in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.441512&lon=36.654940&z=14&m=b
    • Khan Sheikhoun. 10-20-2014

  • A drone flying over Saraqeb in Idlib

  • In northern Hama, at least 15 airstrikes hit the area around Morek, Kafr Zita, al-Latamina, and Latminhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.351116&lon=36.645241&z=13&m=b
    • Morek:

  • Rebels fighting in Morek in Hama:

  • Several neighborhoods in Hama city have not received water since last Thursday. Activists have blamed the government for cutting off the water, although the government has not commented on if this is true.

  • Fighting between the Islamic State and YPG around the city of Kobani in Aleppo has  continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.888133&lon=38.350868&z=14&m=b
    •  A C-130 from the US Air Force flew from Erbil to Kobani and air-dropped 21 tons of weapons, ammo, and medical supplies into the city. The weapons and ammo were supplied by the Iraqi Kurdistan government.
      • Yesterday Recep Erdogan, the President of Turkey, said that he considers the PYD, the political party of which the YPG is the armed wing, to be a “terrorist organization”.
      • US Secretary of State John Kerry said that both he and President Obama has spoken with Turkish authorities beforehand  “to make it very, very clear this is not a shift of policy by the United States”.
        • Turkey has been extremely reluctant to allow military aid to the people fighting the IS around Kobani, fearing that it will strengthen the PKK, a Kurdish group within Turkey that has fought for Kurdish independence for 3 decades and which is considered a “terrorist organization” by both the US and Turkey.
      • Turkey said that its airspace had not been used for the drops.
    • Mevlut Cavusogly, the Turkish Foreign Minister, said that Turkey is allowing the passage of Peshmerga forces from Iraq through Turkey to reinforce Kobani.
    • Coalition airstrikes targeted the IS within the city.
    • The IS attempted to advance in the south of the city, losing at least 8 fighters.
    • The IS has continued to shell the city.
    • The IS sent reinforcements from other areas in northern Aleppo, including Jarablus, Manbij, and al-Bab.
    • 2 IS car bombs were detonated by the YPG to the east and northeast of the city before they could reach their destinations.
    • A video by the IS of them in Kobani: https://archive.org/details/liqaaaa_201410
      An airstrike in southwest Kobani.

      An airstrike in southwest Kobani.

      Medical aid.

      Medical aid.

      Medical aid.

      Medical aid.

      Aid to Kobani.

      Aid to Kobani.

      centcom. 10-20-2014

  • The FSA fighting as they try to take the village of Ma’ar Hattat in Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.576149&lon=36.659575&z=14&m=b

  • The Dawn of Freedom Brigades fighting in the Bustan al-Pasha neighborhood of Aleppo

  • Government forces made advances in fighting around Handarat, just north of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.296242&lon=37.165718&z=14&m=b&search=aleppo
    A tunnel found by government forces in northeast Aleppo city.

    A tunnel found by government forces in northeast Aleppo city.

  • Rebels fighting around Handarat, just north of Aleppo

  • Rebels hit a car that they say was filled with ammo on the road between the Ramouseh Industrial District and Aleppo City: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.164765&lon=37.134733&z=14&m=b

  • Yesterday government forces captured the Zamalka Bridge from rebels, which was the main rebel supply route from Jobar to the other Damascus suburbs in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.525834&lon=36.343546&z=15&m=b
    • The SAA recently sent reinforcements from the Special Forces, who just completed an 8 month training program, to the government offensive on Jobar, which is considered the gateway into Eastern Ghouta. The government is attempting to cut-off Jobar.
    • 4 surface-to-surface missiles hit Jobar today.
    • Shelling on Jobar: 
    • A child injured by an airstrike: 
    • SANA report from Jobar: 
    • Rebels firing mortars in Jobar: 

  • Shelling and airstrikes on Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta:

  • 7 airstrikes hit Douma in Eastern Ghouta:

  • An airstrike on Irbeen in Eastern Ghouta

  • Rebels capture an AA-gun along the Southern Bypass Highway in Eastern Ghouta

  • Barrel bombs dropped on al-Rastan in Homs:

  • Rebels captured several checkpoints near the Nasib Border Crossing in Daraa, including the Umm al-Mayadin Checkpointhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.581354&lon=36.206174&z=15&m=b
    • Yesterday:
    • Nassib. 10-20-2014

  • Omar Khalid Shamtiya, a soldier from the Lebanese Armed Forces, has defected to Jabhat al-Nusra

  • Yesterday, rebels from the al-Omari Brigade assassinated Qaisar Habib, a media activist, in a hospital in Daraa.
    • In August there was a confrontation between Habib and Qais Qataina, the leader of the al-Omari Brigade, due to Habib’s criticisms of him. Habib shot and killed Qataina during the confrontation, allegedly after Qataina tried to force him into his car. Habib was then shot and wounded by Qataina’s guards.
    • He was in the hospital receiving treatment while he waited for a trial in a Sharia court.
    • The al-Omari brigade, which is a part of the FSA-affiliated Syrian Revolutionaries Front, said that it conducted the assassination because the Sharia court was dragging its feet.

  • A very well done map of territory held in Syria: http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/fr/map/desyracuse-syria-iraq-20-october-2014_19652#7/35.156/40.221

  • A video of government forces fighting the Islamic State on Saqer Island, next to Deir Ez Zor. Government forces launched an offensive on the island last week as they attempt to surround IS forces within the city: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.320728&lon=40.174942&z=13&m=b

  • In the city of al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor, the Islamic State executed a man by stoning on charges of adultery.

  • An article by the Wahington Post about anger over the ignored Sheitat Tribe revolt against the Islamic State in Deir Ez Zorhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/syria-tribal-revolt-against-islamic-state-ignored-fueling-resentment/2014/10/20/25401beb-8de8-49f2-8e64-c1cfbee45232_story.html
    • The tribe was massacred by the IS after their revolt, but did not receive the news coverage and help that the Yazidis and Kurds did around the same time.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 100 government airstrikes have been conducted in the country over the last 24 hours.

  • Black War by the Islamic Front, which shows a special forces training camp: 

  • The EU approved new sanctions against the Syrian government.
    • The financial assets of 16 people were frozen, as well as banning them from traveling to EU countries. 11 of the peple are ministers in the government.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

      Jabhat al-Nusra destroys a stache of drugs that they found in Qalamoun.

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