12/10/2014

  • Ismail Sabiya, a leader and founder of Ahrar al-Sham and an explosives expert, was assassinated in Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib on Monday by unknown gunmen.
    • Ahrar al-Sham is part of the Islamic Front and the Revolutionary Command Council.
    • Most of it’s leadership was killed in an explosion during a meeting in September in Idlib.

  • Fighting around al-Sheikh Miskin in Daraa has continued:
    • Yousef al-Dayous, Rami Aassmi, and Salem al-Khalil,3 journalists working for Orient News, were killed by a government guided missile as they drove into the town.
    • Yesterday rebels said that they found the burned bodies of 23 people in an eastern neighborhood.
    • 8 barrel bombs hit Ibta,14 hit al-Sheikh Miskin. Barrel boms also hit Dael and Nawa.
    • A video of the suicide bombing that Jabhat al-Nusra carried out a few days ago: 
    • A government missile: 
    • Al-Sheikh Miskin:
    • A video report: al-sheikh miskin. 12-10-2014
      Burned corpses found by rebels.

      Burned corpses found by rebels.

      Burned corpses found by rebels.

      Burned corpses found by rebels.


  • Airstrikes hit Inkhil in Daraahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.018164&lon=36.136265&z=13&m=b


  • Yesterday the Islamic State arrested at least 60 former rebels in the city of al-Bukumal in Deir Ez Zor:
    • Locals said that they were driven to the front at the Deir Ez Zor Military Airport, where some of them are being forced to fight.

  • On Sunday, the al-Assayish (the internal security wing of the PYD) arrested dozens of young men in the Tal Hajar neighborhood in the city of al-Hasakah. The prisoners are expected to be pressed into a term of service in Self-Defense, which the PYD-run administration in the province has made mandatory.
    • The neighborhood was closed off, and the al-Assayish demanded that the famailies in the area each provide one eligible person, before they stormed it and raided houses.
    • Several people were also arrested Monday by government patrols checking the IDs of young men in the northern part of the city.

  • The SAA and NDF captured 7 villages southeast of al-Hasakah from the Islamic State.

  • Rebels said that they had killed 21 government fighters and retaken points in the eastern part of Darayya in Western Ghouta after launching a surprise attack: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.455291&lon=36.247158&z=14&m=b
  • 6 barrel bombs were dropped on al-Zabadani in Rif Dimashqhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.720056&lon=36.079960&z=13&m=b

  • 4 surface-to-surface missiles hit Zebdeen in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.483107&lon=36.406846&z=15&m=b

  • There was heavy fighting in Jobar in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.531951&lon=36.339898&z=15&m=b


  • Rebels firing on government snipers in Eastern Ghouta: 

  • Rebels firing on government positions along the Damascus-Homs Highway:


  • 2 children were killed and 7 were injured by a mortar shell that landed in the besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus.

  • Jabhat al-Nusra executed 2 men on charges of blasphemy in the besieged Yarkouk Refugee Camp in Damascus.

  • Airstrikes hit area around the building of the Sharia Body of the Islamic State in the city of al-Mayadin in Deir Ez Zor.

  • 2 airstrikes hit Mohassan in Deir Ez Zorhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.188119&lon=40.356731&z=13&m=b

  • Fighting has continued around the Deir Ez Zor Military Airporthttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.296633&lon=40.202236&z=13&m=b
    • Government forces continued to attack Jaffra.
    • The area around the Siyasiyeh bridge was hit by artillery.
    • Saqer Island was hit by airstrikes and artillery.
    • A video report: 
    • A video by the IS showing them around 600 meters outside of the base: 
      Dead Islamic State fighters.

      Dead Islamic State fighters.

      Dead Islamic State fighters.

      Dead Islamic State fighters.

      A Republican Guard soldier on Saqer Island.

      A Republican Guard soldier on Saqer Island.

      An armored bulldozer captured by the SAA from the IS.

      An armored bulldozer captured by the SAA from the IS.


  • Shelling and barrel bombs hit the city of al-Rastan in Homshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.916763&lon=36.735535&z=13&m=b


  • Fighting in the Bureij district of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.264691&lon=37.190008&z=14&m=b
    • Airstrikes targeted the adjacent Hanano Housing Area.
    • Rebels:
    • Government forces: 

  • There was heavy fighting, including government artillery, near Kafr Hamra, just north of Aleppo cityhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.264691&lon=37.123404&z=14&m=b

  • Rebels said that they captured several points around Khan Tuman, southeast of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.118533&lon=37.052336&z=14&m=b

  • The Bab al-Salama refugee camp after heavy rain: 

  • Rebels attacking a barrier outside of Morek in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.382612&lon=36.686096&z=13&m=b


  • A video released by US Central Command of an airstrike on the Division 17 base outside of ar-Raqqahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.982981&lon=39.028351&z=16&m=b&v=1


  • The besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homs was hit by barrel bombs and machine gun fire.

  • The UN announced that it will resume food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees, which had to be suseded last week because of a shortage in funds, after the social media campaign  #ADollarALifeLine raised $80 million.
    • The program costs $64 million a month.

  • The recently formed Revolutionary Command Council has met with UN envoy, Staffan De Mistura.
    • The meeting took place in Gaziantep in Turkey, where they discussed Mistura’s propose “freeze zones”.
    • The RCC said the meeting did not signify that they agree with the plan, and that there would be further discussions among its members. They said their first goal is “the fall of the regime”, and that they will reject any plan that does not enable that.

  • Brigadier Abdulkarim Ahmed was elected by the Supreme Military Council as the Chief of Staff.
    • Brigadier General Ahmad Berri was elected as the deputy Chief of Staff for the Northern Front.
    • Ziad Hariri was elected as the deputy Chief of Staff for the Southern Front.

  • The Siraj Press reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in southern Beirut has begun recruting Syrians, and others, living in Lebanon, into a new “Syrian Hezbollah“, without the knowledge of the Lebanese government.
    • The recruitment offices are being overseen by pro-Assad Syrian personell, and are working to recruit young men in need of cash.
    • The contracts offer salaries between LS 35,000 and 45,000 for 20 days of service per month.

  • Men’s Journal article on James Le Mesurier, who trains members of the Syrian Civil Defensehttp://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/the-most-dangerous-job-in-the-world-syrias-elite-rescue-force-20141210

  • McClatchy report on rebel accusations that the US has stopped paying most of them, and has suspended arms deliveries: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/12/09/249556_rebels-in-northern-syria-say-us.html?rh=1
    • Commanders said the CIA said that this was due to gains against rebels made by Jabhat al-Nusra, which included the capture of western-supplied weapons.
      • Fighters received around $150 a month.
    • They have been told that they will continue to receive non-lethal aid.
    • The cut off apparently will not affect fighters for Harakat Hazm and the Nour al-Din al-Zanki Movement fighting the government in Aleppo.

  • Tribes in Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama have agreed to supply Jabhat al-Nusra with money and men to fight the government when called upon.tribes. 12-10-2014

  • A promo video by the Southern Front

  • Syria Deeply interview about the current dynamics within the moderate opposition, the government, and the Islamic State: http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/12/6478/rebel-groups-face-three-front-fight-assad-isis-jabhat-al-nusra/
    An SAA tank in the Damascus suburb of Adra.

    An SAA tank in the Damascus suburb of Adra.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighting the Islamic State in northern Aleppo.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighting the Islamic State in northern Aleppo.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighting the Islamic State in northern Aleppo.

    Jabhat al-Nusra fighting the Islamic State in northern Aleppo.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra training camp in Hama.


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