11/23/2014

  • Fighting for Madinat al-Ba’ath and Khan Aranabah in Quneitra has continued as rebels keep up their offensive: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.179442&lon=35.882978&z=14&m=b
    • A compilation of some of the fighting: 

  • Jabhat al-Nusra fighting in Qalamoun

  • The military launched a large ground attack on Zebdeen in Eastern Ghouta yesteray: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.479921&lon=36.410151&z=14&m=b
    • The town was hit with artillery shelling, airstrikes, and surface-to-surface missiles.
    • The military seems to have briefly captured parts of the town before having to retreat.
    • Civilians safe passage out of the area during the fighting into Jaramana.
    • Fighters from Hezbollah took part in the assault.
    • At least 16 government fighters were killed in the assault, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 25 were killed in an ambush last night as they were pulling out.
    • Government forces killed in the fighting: zebeen 11-22-2014eastern ghouta 11-23-2014
      Government forces killed in Zebdeen.

      Government forces killed in Zebdeen.

       


  • There was heavy fighting in Jobar in Eastern Ghouta:
    • Part 7 of ANNA’s Jobar series, Fighting for the Private Sector
    • A government Shilka in the town: 
    • A government BMP in Jobar.

      A government BMP in Jobar.


  • Jaish al-Islam announced that 2 of it’s commanders of Eastern Ghouta have been assassinated, and blamed either the government or the Islamic State.
    • Mohammad Abu Adas, the director of the Office of Securtiy, and Abu Khattab, the deputy commander of the Central Operations Room, were killed.

  • Water in the besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus has now been cut off for 75 days.

  • Fighting continued around the government-held Tel Arad in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.197040&lon=36.149440&z=15&m=b
    • Rebels hit a government barrier with a TOW: 
    • Rebels hit a tank on the tel with an ATGM: 


  • There was fighting on the outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, which the government is attempting to push into: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.440953&lon=36.653824&z=13&m=b
    • 2 barrel bombs hit the town.

  • Fighting at the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing broke out between Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.229250&lon=36.694765&z=14&m=b
    • Jaish al-Islam was able to take control of the crossing.
    • The fighting apparently broke out due to friction between the local commanders of the 2 groups.

  • The YPG and government forces fought against the Islamic State around the Kawkab Artillery Base outside of al-Hasakah cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.544398&lon=40.848370&z=13&m=b

  • There was heavy fighting as rebels launched an assault on the besieged towns of al-Zahraa and Nubbol northwest of Aleppo cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.366563&lon=37.005730&z=13&m=b
  • Government forces launched an assault on the Hanano Housing District of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.224196&lon=37.194042&z=14&m=b
    • A barrel bomb: hananno 11-23-2014

  • Rebels shelling the Salah al-Din neihborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.182987&lon=37.124090&z=14&m=b


  • Rebels hit government vehicles in the al-Sheikh Najjar Industrial Area of Aleppo:
    • A Shilka self-propelled AA gun:
    • A self-propelled howitzer: 

  • Fighting around the northern Aleppo city of Kobani has continued:
    • 34 shells from the Islamic State hit within the city yesterday.
    • There has been heavy fighting around the IS-held Souq al-Hal Market.
    • An article by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi on the factions fighting in Kobani: http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/factions-kobani-ayn-al-arab/ypg 11-23-2014
      An unexploded shell fired by the Islamic State.

      An unexploded shell fired by the Islamic State.

      An Islamic State shell near the border crossing.

      An Islamic State shell near the border crossing.


  • Rebels destroy a sniper position in the al-Ameria neighborhood of Aleppo:


  • Friday, 21 SAA soldiers and NDF fighters were reported to have been killed fighting the Islamic State around the al-Sha’er Gas Field in Homs, where the IS is making a push to reverse government advances in the recent fighting.

  • Zaman al Wasl reported that the houses of displaced people in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs have been seized and distributed to military officers, and that people have been prevented from returning to their seized homes.

  • Last night 2 women were killed by government machine gun fire on the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs:
    • Government firing on the neighborhood:


  • The Islamic State reportedly shot down a government jet near the city of Deir Ez Zor.
  • Unknown gunmen killed 6 fighters in the Islamic State police after firing on their car in the city of al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor:

  • Mahmoud al-Matar, the Islamic State’s emir of al-Quriyah in Deir Ez Zor, was assassinated with a shot to the head.

  • Barrel bombs hit Kafr Zita and al-Lataminah in Hama:
    • Kafr Zita:
    • al-Lataminah:


  • Rebels captured the al-Zilaqiat Checkpoint in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.279714&lon=36.607904&z=15&m=b
    • Fighting for the checkpoint last night: 

  • Dozens of Hezbollah and government fighters were reported to have been killed in fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra in Qalamoun yesterday after JaN attacked areas around the town of Falitahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.027624&lon=36.579151&z=13&m=b
    A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in the attack.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in the attack.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fires on a barrier.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fires on a barrier.


  • Lebanese officials have ordered the roughly 300 Palestinian and Syria refugees who live in the al-Marj camp to evacuate by Monday, because it is too close to a military point. This order comes in the face of harsh winter weather.

  • Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, accused the US-led coalition strikes against the Islamic State in Syria as actually being a preparation for an operation to overthrow Assad under the guise of an anti-terrorism operation.

  • The Islamic State released it’s 6th installment of Lend Me Your Ears, a video series featuring John Cantile, a British journalist who they are holding prisoner: https://vid.me/NbhM?source=embed

  • The Islamic State has released the 5th issue of its English-language magazine, Dabiq: https://ia601407.us.archive.org/6/items/dbq05en/Dabiq_Issue_5.pdf

  • The Islamic State released a video showing the instruction of a group of Kazakh  fighters and their children: https://vid.me/iRAA

    NDF fighters in the countryside of al-Hasakah.

    NDF fighters in the countryside of al-Hasakah.

    Republican Guard soldiers in Damascus.

    Republican Guard soldiers in Damascus.

    Islamic State fighters in Raqqa with the remains of a Tomahawk cruise missile.

    Islamic State fighters in Raqqa with the remains of a Tomahawk cruise missile.

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