11/26/2014

Tomorrow is thanksgiving, so there is a zero percent chance that I will be able to post tomorrow

 

  • Jabhat al-Nusra executed a man in Irbin in Eastern Ghouta on charges of insulting the prophet.

  • The government signed a truce with rebels in Ayn al-Fijah in Rif Dimiashq after 5 days of attacking it: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.614262&lon=36.182613&z=14&m=b
    • The town houses a spring that supplies water to around 5 million people in both rebel and government-controlled territory in Damascus and its suburbs. Rebels had cut off or reduced water supplies to certain areas over the last few days.
    • Rebels have turned the water back on as part of the truce, which also demands that the government stop its siege of the town, allow humanitarian aid and fuel into the town, and release female prisoners being held by the government in the area.

  • There was heavy fighting in Jobar in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.532023&lon=36.341014&z=15&m=b
    • The government forces, which include the SAA, Hezbollah, the NDF, and foreign pro-government militias, are attempting to capture Jobar, which is seen as the gateway to Eastern Ghouta, as part of a larger push into the besieged area.
      A government position burning after being hit by a mortar.

      A government position burning after being hit by a mortar.


  • Ghouta Now, a pro-opposition news agency, reported that since Sunday, 80 families have been able to leave the Islamic Front stronghold of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
    • Abdul Haq Hamam, a citizen journalist in the area, said that security clearances were run on all of the people who were potentially leaving.
    • It is reported by people who were among those that left that families with young men were able to leave for free, while famalies that only had young women had to pay LS 100,000 ($580) per person. The young men were detained upon their exit, and any who were wanted for mandatory military service have been shipped off to join.
    • Syria Direct interview from Douma: http://syriadirect.org/main/36-interviews/1705-2014-11-26-10-01-26
    • Douma was hit by heavy artillery today.
    • Mortar fire on Douma: 

  • A rebel sniper somewhere along the Southern Bypass Highway in Eastern Ghouta

  • A protest in Saqba in Eastern Ghouta against the government and traders who have been hiking up prices: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.519787&lon=36.383114&z=14&m=b


  • Hezbollah flag flying at the entrance of the besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus

  • An Al Monitor article about the promotion of bicycle within Damascushttp://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/11/damascus-cycling-initiative-eco-friendly-transportation.html

  • Rebels attacking government positions along the Homs-Damascus Highway:


  • There was fighting between the Jaish al-Islam (a member of the Islamic Front), and the Islamic State around Beir Qassab, in Rif Dimashq around 25 km southeast of the Damascus International Airporthttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.298682&lon=36.772614&z=13&m=b
    A tank captured by the Islamic State.

    A tank captured by the Islamic State.


  • Fighting around al-Sheikh Miskin in Daraa has continued:http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.824788&lon=36.168880&z=13&m=b
    • Rebels are attempting to push the remaining government forces out of the town’s outskirts.
    • The town was hit by 6 barrel bombs within the span of 5 minutes.
    • Rebels were able to advance on the besieged Brigade 82 Basehttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.838933&lon=36.152626&z=18&m=b
      • A video that includes a Shilka self-propelled AA gun destroyed by rebels:
    • Buildings captured by rebels:
    • The bodies of Iranian fighters:
    • Rebels listening to Iranian fighters communicating from a walkie talkie captured from one of the bodies: 
    • Other pro-government fighters who were killed: 
    • Smoke from shelling on Ibta

  • 95 people are now being reported as killed by 10 airstrikes on the city of ar-Raqqa yesterday.
  • A short article by Enab Beladi, a pro-opposition news agency, on the bodies of 3 civilians that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been unable to recover from in front of the Sayf al-Dawla park in Aleppo for the last year and a half due to government snipers: http://enabbaladi.org/archives/22893

  • An interview by Syria Deeply with Francesca Borri, an Italian journalist who reports from Aleppohttp://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/11/6364/one-on-one-francesca-borri-shares-view-aleppo-ground/

  • Farm animals that have been brought into Aleppo city in order to avoid the heavy fighting currently going on around the city’s outskirts: 

  • Fighting on the outskirts of Nubbol and al-Zahraa northeast of Aleppo city has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.364144&lon=37.009163&z=14&m=b
    • There have been reports from pro-rebel activists that the YPG is helping to reinforce the government positions from the northeast. But Jabhat al-Nusra would benefit from using any accusations that the YPG is aiding the government in the battle as a justification if JaN were to launch an attack on the YPG in Afrin, which is northeast of the towns. At the same time, the YPG would benefit from keeping JaN from strengthening it’s position in a spot that could be used in an attack on Afrin. The YPG has denied that it is aiding the government. In short, it’s unclear if the YPG is actually aiding them.
    • A report from al-Zahraa by al-Alam, a state-owned Iranian news agency: 
    • A report from the pro-rebel Noor Media Center

  • Fighting has continued around the Bureij District on the northeast outskirts of Aleppo cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.252718&lon=37.207603&z=14&m=b
    • aleppo 11-26-2014

  • Fighting around the northern Aleppo city of Kobani has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.885902&lon=38.351984&z=14&m=b
    • 10 coalition airstrikes have targeted the Islamic State in the area since Monday.
    • A video of the Northern Sun Battalion, part of the FSA-affilliated Dawn of Freedom Brigades, which shows Greek foreign fighters: ypg 11-26-2014 centcom 11-26-2014

  • The Islamic State has imposed an 8 PM curfew for all stores in their northern Aleppo stronghold of al-Bab.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra said that mediation efforts to stop fighting between them and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front have failed: http://justpaste.it/i5ei
    • The SRF was pushed out of its stronghold in Idlib last month after infighting between the two broke out.

  • There were reports that government forces re-captured the Khazanat Base south of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.422350&lon=36.679401&z=17&m=b&search=Idlib
    • The government has been trying to push north into the city after their recent capture of the rebel stronghold of Morek, which followed a failed rebel offensive on the Hama Military Airport over the summer.

  • An NDF report from Slinfah in Latakiahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.598450&lon=36.169739&z=14&m=b


  • Heavy fighting has continued on Saqer Island outside of Deir Ez Zor cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.319537&lon=40.176830&z=14&m=b
    • Government forces have captured most of the island from the Islamic State as they attempt to cut-off the IS forces in the city.

  • A hail storm in al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor

  • The Islamic State distributing bread to members of the Sheitat Tribe who are being allowed to return to their homes in Deir Ez Zor province.
    • The tribe briefly revolted against the IS over the summer and was brutally put down and expelled from their villages.
      • At least 700 members of the tribe, including 600 civilians, were executed after the revolt. The tribe has roughly 70,000 people. The fate of at least 1,100 people is still unknown.
    • They are being allowed to return to their villages under severe restrictions.


  • 2 civilians were killed by sniper fire in the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs and 7 people were wounded by shelling: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.739056&lon=36.668587&z=15&m=b
    • Artillery shelling on the neighborhood: 

  • Hezbollah and the FSA are reported to have exchanged prisoners yesterday.
    • Emad Ayyad, a Hezbollah fighter, was released in exchange for 2 FSA fighters, Merhef al-Raies and Mer’e Mer’e.
    • The Hezbollah fighter was captured in October in fighting around Britel in Qalamoun. The FSA fighters were captured in a special operation by Hezbollah.

  • An article on Jihadology on Belgian fighters in Syria and Iraq: http://jihadology.net/2014/11/22/the-clear-banner-belgian-fighters-in-syria-and-iraq-november-2014/

  • Jordan has ended it’s policy of providing free medical care to Syrian refugees at government health centers because it has not received payments from donors and organizations who are supposed to be covering the costs.
    • Jordan, which has a population of 6.6 million people, currently has over 600,000 Syrian refugees.

  • The UN reported that more than 12 million Syrians are in need of assistance, up from 10.8 million in July.
    • Syria, with a population of 22 million people, has 7.6 million people who are internally displaced and 3.2 million who have fled the country.
    • Since the beginning of the war the economy has shrunk by 40%, and school attendance has dropped by 50%. Many schools are unusable due to damage from fighting, or their placement in dangerous areas.

  • A poll by the Omran Center for Strategic Studies, and the Syrian Center for Statistics and Research on public attitude towards Cease Fire Agreements with the government: http://www.omrandirasat.org/sites/default/files/cease%20fire%20poll%20analysis_0.pdf
    • The survey polled 1,000 people in Damascus and its suburbs and Homs.

  • An Islamic State video of a children’s training camp: 

  • The Syrian government has allotted LS 50 billion ($293 million) for reconstruction in its new budget. The total budget was announced as LS 1,554 ($9.1 billion), a $962 billion increase from last year’s budget.

  • An Islamic Front hospital for rebels and civilians: 

    The situation in al-Hasakah.

    The situation in al-Hasakah.

    Rebels on the front line in Daraa covered in mud after a winter rainstrom.

    Rebels on the front line in Daraa covered in mud after a winter rainstrom.

    A rescue worker kisses a barrel bomb in al-Bab that failed to explode.

    A rescue worker kisses a barrel bomb in al-Bab that failed to explode.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    The Lions of Tawheed in a Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra Da'wah in Jabl al-Zawiya in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra Da’wah in Jabl al-Zawiya in Hama.

    An FSA barricade in Darayya.

    An FSA barricade in Darayya.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

    NDF fighters in Latakia.

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