11/2/2014

  • Jabhat al-Nusra and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front have reached a new ceasefire after fighting for almost a week in the al-Zawiya area of Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.713347&lon=36.587563&z=12&m=b
    • JaN said that they agreed to the ceasefire out of fear the the government will take advantage of the infighting.
      • The ceasefire calls for prisoners to be exchanged, and for a Sharia court that will solve the disputes.
    • JaN, backed by Jund al-Aqsa, defeated the SRF in the fighting, taking many towns from them in the area. Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the SRF, was forced to withdraw from their stronghold of Deir Sunbul during the fighting.
    • The fighting began shortly after a JaN-led offensive on Idlib city. 
      • Supporters of the SRF said that JaN attacked them as they attempted to execute arrest warrants.
      • Supporters of JaN said that the SRF attacked them while they were distracted by the offensive on Idlib city.
    • JaN forced Harakat Hazm to retreat from their stronghold in Khan al-Sobol. JaN also captured Kafr Batikh, and arrested Hazm’s commander for the town, Mohammad Ghazi.
      • Hazm is an FSA-affiliated group, like the SRF, which has been a major recipient of outside aid, such as US-made TOWs.
      • Hazm and JaN in Aleppo signed an agreement that they will not begin fighting each other as a result of the fighting in Idlib.
      • Hazm and JaN clashed a few days ago after Hazm refused to let a Jan convoy reinforce the fighting in Idlib.
      • There have been claims that Hazm surrendered TOWs to JaN, but I haven’t seen any photo evidence to back them up.
    • Ahrar al-Sham ordered a general mobilization for their forces in Idlib, but has not clearly stated who they will support.
    • The Dawn of Freedom Brigades, another FSA-affiliated group, has given JaN 72 hours to give the captured areas back to the SRF, or they will attack them wherever both groups are present.
    • Jamal Maarouf posted a video saying that the SRF will return to their bases, and that they pulled out of them origionally to protect civilians from being attacked by JaN: 
    • JaN detonates an SRF  checkpoint in Baylunhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.698292&lon=36.506367&z=13&m=b
    • JaN capturing ammo from Deir Sunbul: 

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Jabhat al-Nusra at a Syrian Revolutionaries Front position.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

      Cigarretes seized by Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian Revolutionaries Front.


  • Helicopters airdropped supplies to the besieged al-Hamidiyah and Wadi al-Deif Army Bases, outside of Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.614744&lon=36.656141&z=14&m=b

  • 2 airstrikes hit Khan Sheikhoun in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.433400&lon=36.633396&z=13&m=b

  • Coalition airstrikes continued.
    •  In Deir Ez Zor, 3 airstrikes targeted Islamic State HQs in al-Mayadin, while another hit near al-Tabni.

  • Airstrikes hit Kafr Nabl in Idlib.

  • A drone flying over Kafr Takharin in Idlib

  • 2 airstrikes hit al-Lataminah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.322129&lon=36.622925&z=13&m=b


  • The military launched an offensive on the al-Ghab Plain in Hama, which lies next to Mt. al-Zawiya in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.574124&lon=36.324234&z=11&m=b
  • The military launched an attack on Kafr Nabudah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.428994&lon=36.494865&z=13&m=b

  • 3 people were killed, including 2 children, and 8 were wounded by a missile fired at the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.739144&lon=36.667128&z=14&m=b


  • Heavy fighting went on around al-Salamiyah in Homs between rebels and government forces, including the Baath Brigadeshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.007925&lon=37.053795&z=13&m=b

  • The Islamic State withdrew from several points in the al-Sha’er Oilfield in Homs after airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling by the SAAhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.849875&lon=37.890129&z=12&m=b

  • Fighting around Kobani in Aleppo has continued as the Islamic State keeps up its offensive to capture the largely Kurdish city: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.889472&lon=38.356533&z=15&m=b
    • Coalition airstrikes targeted the IS in the south and east of the city.
    • The YPG attacked the IS in the south of the city, and in the north around the Souq al-Hal market. 
    • The YPG and Peshmerga shelled the IS-held village of Kikan, east of the city.
    • Peshmerga forces have taken up a position of Tel Shair, to the west of the city.
    • Abdul-Jabar Ekada, an FSA leader in Kobani, said that there are 320 FSA fighters in the city and that the IS controls around 60% of it.
    • Photos of the IS around the Security Squarehttp://justpaste.it/eanarabrep
    • Peshmerga forces firing rockets in the city: CENTCOM 11-2-2014 ypg 11-2-2014
      An FSA fighter making coffee in Kobani.

      An FSA fighter making coffee in Kobani.

      YPG and Peshmerga forces in Kobani.

      YPG and Peshmerga forces in Kobani.

      4 Americans and an Australian who have joined the YPG.

      4 Americans and an Australian who have joined the YPG.


  • Rebels shelling government positions in Aleppo

  • The SAA claimed to have killed 23 fighters from Jaish al-Ummah after ambushing them in Hawsh al-Farah in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.566573&lon=36.487055&z=14&m=b
    • Heavy fighting has been going on around the suburb after the military briefly captured large parts of it last week.

  • Rebels under fire in Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta

  • 2 people were killed and 5 were wounded by a reported suicide bombing on the College of Medicine at the University of Damascus.

  • The Islamic State beheaded and crucified 3 people in the al-Hamadeyyi neighborhood of Deir Ez Zor.
    • 2 of them were executed on charges of working with the government, and the other one was executed on charges of belonging to the “Awakenings Movement” and fighting the IS.

  • The Islamic State executed and crucified 8 men on charges of fighting the IS in al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor.

  • The government made major advances in al-Sheikh Meskin in Daraa. Rebels are considering a tactical retreat.

    Syria. 11-2-2014

    Current positions around Daraa city.

    Current positions around Daraa city.

    A photo of the Damascus suburb of Darayya.

    A photo of the Damascus suburb of Darayya.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

    Afghan militia who are fighting for the government in Aleppo.

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