10/23/2014

  • Activists said that government forces captured the town of Morek in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.374844&lon=36.690388&z=14&m=b
    • I haven’t seen any photo or video evidence, but I imagine a lot will come out tomorrow.
    • Over the last 24 hours, 3 airbases were used to hit the town with over 80 airstrikes, including at least 40 barrel bombs.
    • This is the latest reversal for rebels in the province, after a failed offensive on the Hama Military Airport over the summer.
    • Latmin, southwest of Morek, was also captured.
    • The fall of Morek has large implications for the fighting in Hama and Idlib. Government forces will also be able to encircle the Hama town of al-Lataminah. Morek was originally captured by rebels in February.
    • Harakat Hazm firing TOWs: Morek. 10-23-2014

  • Coalition airstrikes continued.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 553 people have been killed by the airstrikes, which have been conducted in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Deir Ez Zor, al-Hasakah, and ar-Raqqa. They admit the actual number is likely far higher due to the extreme secrecy that the Islamic State has imposed about its casualties from the strikes.
      •  464 of the dead are from the IS.
      • 57 of the dead are from Jabhat al-Nusra.
      • 32 of the dead are civilians, including 6 children and 5 women.centcom 10-23-2014

  • The Parliament for the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq voted to send Peshmerga fighters to help reinforce Kobani.
    • The fighters will be allowed to move through Turkey in order to reach the city.

  • Washington Post article on Assad’s increased focus on attacking rebels in Syria in an attempt to regain territory and weaken moderate groups as coalition airstrikes target the Islamic Statehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/as-us-attacks-islamic-state-syria-steps-up-assaults-on-moderate-rebels/2014/10/22/50f53ed2-2c6a-414e-93cd-ea5741ad51d5_story.html

  • Assad has replaced the governors in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, Quneitra, and Tartous.

  • An article on the White Shroud, an anti-Islamic State guerrilla movement: http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/white-shroud-syrian-resistance-movement-islamic-state/

  • An Al-Monitor article about Islamic State media propaganda: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/islamic-state-media-strategy-propaganda-iraq-syria.html

  • A video by the FSA as part of their recent PR campaign, showing them doing various community service projects: 

  • Fighting between the Islamic State and the YPG around the northern Aleppo city of Kobani has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.889163&lon=38.335934&z=14&m=b
    • The IS  captured Tel al-Shair to the west of the city from the YPG and Liwa Thwar ar-Raqqa, but it was re-captured from them after it was hit by airstrikes.
    • The IS pushed to advance in the south of the city.
    • The FSA has pledged to send 1,300 fighters to reinforce the city, although they did not say the route that they will be using.
    • The Dawn of Freedom Brigades fighting in the eastern part of the city: 
    • A YPG video: 
    • Airstrikes on Tel Shair: 
      An airstrike on Kobani.

      An airstrike on Kobani.

      IS and YPG flags in Kobani.

      IS and YPG flags in Kobani.


  • 10 people, including 3 children and 1 woman, were killed by 2 barrel bombs dropped on the village of Tel Qarah in Aleppo.
    • Tel Qarah. 10-23-2014 3 Tel Qarah. 10-23-2014 Tel Qarah. 10-23-2014 2 Tel Qarah. 10-23-2014 4

  • 3 people were killed by a rebel shell that hit the Tishreen neighborhood of Aleppo.

  • A tank destroyed by rebels in Handarat in Aleppo

  • Rebels firing on the Ramouseh Industrial District of Aleppo with a Hell Cannon: 

  • A video by the Islamic Front of fighting in the al-Dukhaniyya neighborhood of Damascushttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.506620&lon=36.358137&z=14&m=b
  • The government launched 2 surface-to-surface missiles on Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta.


  • Fighting in Jobar in Eastern Ghouta has continued.
    • It was hit by 2 airstrikes and 4 elephant rockets.
    • A T-72 destroyed by rebels:


  • The besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus has now had its water cut off for 45 days.

  • Civilians pulled from the rubble after an airstrike on Douma in Eastern Ghouta

  • Tal Kurdi in Eastern Ghouta.
    • Rebels fighting: 

  • Fighting has continued around the Nasib Border Crossing in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.545149&lon=36.201410&z=14&m=b
  • Jabhat al-Nusra video about the breakout from Mleha called Breaking the Seige
    • Interestingly, it shows JaN using drones to conduct surveillance.
  • Shelling and 2 airstrikes hit the beseiged al-Waer neighborhood of Homshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.739356&lon=36.670132&z=13&m=b
    • [embedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAw-c3KDFjs[/embed]


  • Fighting in Deir Ez Zor city has continued between government forces and the Islamic Statehttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.328571&lon=40.148592&z=14&m=b
    • 8 airstrikes hit Saqer Island and the al-Hawiqah neighborhood.
    • The IS made advances in the al-Sina’ah neighborhood.
      • At least 6 IS fighters died.
        An airstrike on Saqer Island.

        An airstrike on Saqer Island.


  • Graduates from the Naval Academy

  • Jabhat al-Nusra arrested a magician in the town of Harem in Idlib and took him to the Sharia Court for prosecution.magician 10-23-2014 magician 10-23-2014.png 2 magician 10-23-2014.png 6 magician 10-23-2014.png 7 magician 10-23-2014.png 4 magician 10-23-2014.png 5

  • A car bomb in Idlib that was discovered by the Islamic Front

    Harakat Hazm fighters in military gear.

    Harakat Hazm fighters in military gear.

    10-23-2014


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