2 civilians in the city of
al-Mayadin in Deir Ez Zor were arrested by the Islamic State during a sweep in which they entered internet cafes and searched the phones of the patrons.
Fighting around the northern
Aleppo city of Kobani has continued:
Jabhat al-Nusra repairs a water pipeline in the Marjeh neighborhood of Aleppo: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.187057&lon=37.183185&z=15&m=b
Rebels fighting in the
Khalidiyeh neighborhood of Aleppo: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.229008&lon=37.121387&z=15&m=b
Fighting in the
Ashrafiyeh neighborhood of Aleppo: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.228523&lon=37.143059&z=15&m=b
3 fighters from
Harakat Hazm were killed by an IED that hit their car in the countryside of Aleppo. Thaer Akkoush, the commander of the Security Battalion, was also in the car but survived.
Islamic State shelled the Islamic Front in the town of Mare’ in Aleppo: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.479690&lon=37.197304&z=13&m=b
There was heavy fighting between rebels and government forces around the village of
Khan Tuman, southwest of Aleppo: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.121098&lon=37.055683&z=13&m=b
Rebels firing on a 57mm gun with a Metis missile:
Al Monitor article supporting the case for a freeze zone to be implemented in Aleppo: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/11/aleppo-syria-conflict-freeze.html
Syria Deeply article on the governance structure set in place by the Islamic State in al-Raqqa: http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/11/6388/isis-restructures-raqqa-ruling-system/
Islamic State is reported to have executed 6 people in the street in ar-Raqqa on charges of belonging to rebel groups.
1,000 medical cards were given in
Latakia to 240 families of soldiers who have died in the war.
The cards give them free access to healthcare and were given out as part of the
Cure Project, which is run by the Syrian Doctors Syndicate and the Syria Youth Imprint Foundation. The project has 1,200 volunteer physicians who administer free healthcare at their clinics.
There was heavy fighting, including 4 airstrikes, in
Jobar in Eastern Ghouta: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.531951&lon=36.340799&z=15&m=b
4 airstrikes hit
Harasta and Irbeen in Eastern Ghouta: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.537174&lon=36.366334&z=15&m=b
An interview by
Syria Direct on the situation in Darayya in Western Ghouta: http://syriadirect.org/main/36-interviews/1693-darayya-truce-talks-have-failed-completely
There was fighting on the outskirts of the rebel-held city of
Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.438715&lon=36.645927&z=13&m=b
al-Lataminah and Kafr Zita in Hama: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.344955&lon=36.620693&z=13&m=b
Fighting has continued around
al-Sheikh Miskin in Daraa as rebels keep up their offensive: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.832000&lon=36.157722&z=12&m=b
Islamic State reportedly advanced in the fighting against government forces around the al-Sha’er Gas Field in Homs: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.796325&lon=37.843781&z=11&m=b
A discussion on
Chechens fighting in Syria, who are generally much more experienced than other westerners who go to fight in Syria:
Abdul Ilah al-Bashir, the Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army, condemned Jabhat al-Nusra’s actions against the FSA in Idlib.
He labelled their actions as “a conspiracy against our moderate rebel factions” which benefit Assad and are attempting “to end the Syrian revolution across the entire country.”
FSA groups have formed an alliance called Tajammu Thuwar Idlib Junoubiya (Southern Idlib Revolutionaries Union) in Idlib.
Jabhat al-Nusra were held in Safahun in Idlib: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.605533&lon=36.460962&z=14&m=b
JaN used live ammunition to disperse the demonstration, and arrested some of the protesters.
The rebel offensive in
Quneitra on Khan Arnabah and Madinat al-Ba’ath continued for the third day: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.173408&lon=35.873280&z=14&m=b
There was heavy fighting around the outskirts of al-Ba’ath.
In a meeting with the
US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Robert Ford, the former US ambassador to Syria, said that airstrikes against the Islamic State have helped Assad and “hurt the moderate opposition”.
He said that “we played the role of the Assad Air Force”.
Al-Akhbar article on rumors about conscription into the military, and if reservists will be called back to fight: http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/mandatory-military-service-syria-tightening-measures-or-merely-rumors
Amnesty International issued a report on the plight that Syrian refugees in Turkey are facing, as Turkey struggles to meet their needs and as the international community continues to do little to solve the issue: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/turkey-border-abuses-and-destitution-aggravating-plight-syria-refugees-2014-11-20
The report states that hundreds of thousands of Turkey’s 1.6 million Syrian refugees are living in “destitution”, and that refugees trying to cross into Turkey have been met with live fire from border guards, which killed at least 17 people between December 2013 and August 2014.
LA Times article on the difficulty of documenting sexual violence in Syria: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-sexual-violence-20141118-story.html#page=1