12/3/2014

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that it has documented nearly 300,000 deaths since 3/18/2011.
    • 63,000 of the dead are civilians, including nearly 10,400 children and 6,600 women.
    • 44,200 soldiers have died.
    • 37,000 Syrian rebels have died, along with 22,600 foreign fighters.
    • Nearly 29,000 pro-government Syrian militia fighters have died.
    • Nearly 2,400 foreign pro-government militia fighters have died.
    • 624 Hezbollah fighters have died.
    • 3,100 of the documented dead have not been identified.
    • The SOHR said the numbers do not include:
      • The 20,000 people held in government prisons.
      • The thouands of people who have dissapeared during government raids and massacres.
      • The 2,000 soldiers, pro-government supporters, and pro-government militia fighters who have been captured or kidnapped by rebels.
      • 1,500 rebels, YPG fighters, and Islamic State fighters who have been captured by eachother.
      • 4,000 fighters and civilians from the Sheitat Tribe who have been taken by the IS.
    • The SOHR said that it believes the actual number of foreign fighters on all sides who have been killed is 80,000 more than what has been documented due to the extreme secrecy that the groups have about these figures.

  • On Saturday Jabhat al-Nusra has detained Hassan Ashtara, an FSA commander, on charges of corruption in al-Rastan in Homs.
    • He has been a commander in al-Rastan since 2012.
    • JaN then withdrew from the city.

  • Heavy fighting has continued around the rebel-held suburb of Darayya in Western Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.459229&lon=36.240292&z=13&m=b
    • 7 barrel bombs were dropped on the town yesterday.
    • The town was hit by government shelling.

  • Fighting has been going to between rebels and government forces, backed by Druze fighters, around Sa’sa’ in Rif Dimashqhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.273139&lon=36.023483&z=12&m=b

  • Shelling hit Ain Terma and Kafr Batna in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.511128&lon=36.364789&z=15&m=b

  • Shelling and fighting went on around Bala in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.476861&lon=36.391139&z=15&m=b

  • There was heavy fighting in Jobar in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.530949&lon=36.339469&z=15&m=b
    • An Anna video: 

  • A song filmed from the besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus

  • Rebels fire on a government position on the Homs-Damascus Highway

  • Rebels are reported to have captured the village of Jubbayn in Hama and made advances towards Tal Malahhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.325980&lon=36.512203&z=14&m=b

  • Fighting around the town of al-Sheikh Miskin in Daraa has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.801993&lon=36.170425&z=12&m=b
    • The government has re-captured areas in the east and northeast of the town.
      • This comes after rebels captured most of the town in an offensive two weeks ago as they attempt to push towards Damascus from the south.
    • The government forces are being backed up by Iraqi Shia militiamen, and Hezbollah.
    • Government artillery shelled Dael, south of al-Sheikh Miskin.
    • Yesterday airstrikes hit al-Sheikh Miskin, Dael, Alma, and Tafas.

  • There has been heavy fighting between rebels and government forces on the outskirts of the Tariq al-Sadd neighborhood of Daraa cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=32.616171&lon=36.115408&z=14&m=b

  • The Syrian government has sent reinforcements to the Sha’er Gas Field in Homs, where there has been heavy fighting against the Islamic State.

  • A building burning in the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs after being hit by government heavy machine gun fire: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.738580&lon=36.666269&z=14&m=b


  • Fighting around the northern Aleppo city of Kobani has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.892252&lon=38.360825&z=14&m=b
  • Abdul Razzaq, a commander in Jaish al-Mujahideen, was injured when his car was hit with an IED in al-Atareb in Aleppo.jaish al-mujahideen 12-3-2014

  • Prisoners captured by the Islamic Front in the Bureij area of Aleppo city: 

  • Fighting for Nubbol and al-Zahraa, northwet of Aleppo, has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.362693&lon=37.013283&z=13&m=b
    • The government air-dropped supplies to the towns.


  • Rebels fire on a government-held building in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.190399&lon=37.116709&z=14&m=b

  • The Islamic State constructing a produce market in eastern Aleppo

  • Fighting has been going on around the Deir Ez Zor Military Airport and several neighborhoods in a push by the Islamic Statehttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.293271&lon=40.170650&z=13&m=b
    • The IS detonated a suicide vehicle at the entrance to the airport and attacked it from the southeast.
    • The IS captured parts of the Industrial area in the east of the city and the post office in the Rasafah Districthttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.322295&lon=40.147841&z=17&m=b
      • They used a tank as a suicide bomb in the beginning of the attack last night near the post office and a Shabbiha base.
    • The IS captured the village of al-Mari’iyah and began to attack Jaffra, just outside of the airbase: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.278908&lon=40.207214&z=14&m=b
    • The IS captured the Water Plant near the airport: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.278943&lon=40.202408&z=17&m=b
    • The IS said that it has recaptured large parts of Saqer Island just outside of the city.
    • The IS reportedly executed at least a dozen captured soldiers.
    • The government targeted the IS around the perimeter of the airport and nearby villages with airstrikes.
    • A cargo plane landed at the airport earlier this morning.
    • Rocket fire from the IS caused fires within the airbase.
    • It’s difficult to know how much the IS has actually progressed, these are the areas I’ve seen reported as captured by a wide range of sources. Until now the IS had been pushed mostly out of Saqer Island and the government was trying to encircle it within the city. The areas that were reported to be hit by airstrikes would indicate that the IS has progressed in the fighting though.
      • The IS doesn’t appear to be in the airbase, which many people have claimed.
    • Fighting for the airbase: 
    • A fire within the base: deir ez zor 12-3-2014 An Islamic State VBIED. 12-3-2014

  • Dozens of Jabhat al-Nusra fighters are reported to have left the Mt. Zawiya area of Idlib and joined the Islamic State in al-Raqqa.

  • Lebanese soldiers were killed by Jabhat al-Nusra, who crossed into Lebanon and attacked their convoy.

  • A promo video by Ahrar al-Sham for one of their training camps: 

  • A promo video for the NDF

  • Syria Direct interview with a member of the Sheitat Tribe about a requirement that they provide the Islamic State with guns before they were allowed to return to their homes from exile: http://syriadirect.org/main/36-interviews/1723-shaitat-tribesman-is-demanded-guns-for-return-from-exile

    Syrian Civil Defense members training in Aleppo.

    Syrian Civil Defense members training in Aleppo.

    Christians in rebel-held Aleppo.

    Christians in rebel-held Aleppo.

    Christians in rebel-held Aleppo.

    Christians in rebel-held Aleppo.

    A mortar made by rebels in Aleppo.

    A mortar made by rebels in Aleppo.

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