12/14/2014

  • There was fighting in the Handarat area and around al-Mallah just north of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.277631&lon=37.159023&z=14&m=b
    • The government, backed up by Hezbollah, was able to enter Mazra’a al-Mallah from the west, furthering their advances on the Castello road that are also occurring in the fighting around the Bureij district. 
      • Rebels were able to re-capture territory, but I’m not sure how much.
    • Jabhat al-Nusra has redeployed fighters from Idlib and the Air Force Intelligence Building in the Layramoun district in response to the offensive: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.229250&lon=37.121944&z=14&m=b
    • Heavy government shelling targeted rebels in Anadan and Haritanhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.289947&lon=37.064095&z=13&m=b
    • At least 34 rebels were killed in the fighting.
    • Rebels captured 4 government fighters.
    • Rebels in Ard al-Mallah:
      • Dead government forces: 
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      Rebels fighting around Handarat.

      Rebels fighting around Handarat.

      Rebels near Handarat.

      Rebels near Handarat.


  • Fighting has continued in the al-Bureij and Owaija districts of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.245242&lon=37.198377&z=15&m=b

  • Rebels shelling al-Zahraa and Nubbolhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.366494&lon=37.011309&z=14&m=b


  • Rebels firing on a government-held building in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.185758&lon=37.117910&z=15&m=b


  • Rebels destroyed 3 government vehicles during shelling on the Ramouseh Industrial District of Aleppohttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.154665&lon=37.136815&z=16&m=b


  • Fighting around the northern Aleppo city of Kobani has continued: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.887893&lon=38.353057&z=15&m=b
    • There was fighting between the YPG and Islamic State on the outskirts on the Bohtan neighborhood in the south of the city, which the YPG captured yesterday.
    • 10 coalition airstrikes targeted the IS in the south and east of the city.
    • Mutual shelling took place between the YPG and Peshmerga against the IS.ypg 12-14-2014
      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.

      Destruction in Kobani.


  • In the Aleppo city of Manbij, the Islamic State released 50 civilians originally from Kobani who have been held for 3 months.

  • At least 13 fighters from both rebel forces and the Islamic State have died in the fighting around Beir Qassab in Rif Dimashqhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.293230&lon=36.778793&z=13&m=b
    • Jabhat Asala wal-Tanmiyah said that the IS has been cleared from the village.

  • Al-Zabadani in Rif Dimashq was hit by government shelling: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.722484&lon=36.103306&z=13&m=b

  • Ain Terma and Zebdeen saw ground fighting, and were hit by government shelling in Eastern Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.498174&lon=36.383972&z=14&m=b
    • Ain Terma: 

  • Rebels destroy a Shilka self-propelled AA gun on Tel Kawkab in Western Ghoutahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=33.404791&lon=36.164289&z=15&m=b


  • Jabhat al-Nusra executed 2 men on charges of blasphemy in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus:
  • There has been heavy fighting around the Wadi Deif and al-Hamidiyah Army Bases outside of Maarrat al-Nu’man in Idlib from a rebel assault: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.628934&lon=36.660025&z=16&m=bhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.644951&lon=36.702919&z=15&m=b
    • At the Wadi Deif base:
      • Jabhat al-Nusra preceded the attack with a VBIED.
      • Rebels captured 3 checkpoints.
      • TOWs fired from within the city were used against checkpoints around the base.
        • Division 13 operated the TOWs.
    • At the al-Hamidiyah base:
      • Rebels captured the northern part of the base. It isn’t clear how much of it is currently under their control.
      • Rebels captured 4 checkpoints.
      • Rebels captured 2 tanks.
    • Government shelling and airstrikes hit Maarrat al-Nu’man and Talmenes.
      • 3 people, including 2 children, were killed in Talmenes.
    • The bases and surrounding checkpoints have been hit by heavy shelling from the rebels.
    • Fighting around the al-Hamidiyah base:
    • TOWs fired on checkpoints around the Wadi Deif base:
    • An airstrike on Maarrat al-Nu’man:
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      • Positions captured by rebels near the Wadi Deif base.

        Positions captured by rebels near the Wadi Deif base.

        Positions captured by rebels near the al-Hamidiyah base.

        Positions captured by rebels near the al-Hamidiyah base.

        A drone panorama of the Wadi Deif base.

        A drone panorama of the Wadi Deif base.

        The northern part of the al-Hamidiyah Base.

        The northern part of the al-Hamidiyah Base.

        The northern part of the al-Hamidiyah Base.

        The northern part of the al-Hamidiyah Base.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters prior to the battle.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters prior to the battle.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters prior to the battle.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters prior to the battle.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters heading towards the Wadi Deif base.

        Jabhat al-Nusra fighters heading towards the Wadi Deif base.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra tank in the fight for the Wadi al-Deif Base.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra tank in the fight for the Wadi al-Deif Base.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra tank in the battle.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra tank in the battle.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra BMP in the battle.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra BMP in the battle.

        Division 13 fighters.

        Division 13 fighters.

        Ahrar al-Sham fighters.

        Ahrar al-Sham fighters.

        A tank deployed by Ahrar al-Sham.

        A tank deployed by Ahrar al-Sham.

        An injured Ahrar al-Sham fighter.

        An injured Ahrar al-Sham fighter.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter fires on the Wadi Deif base.

        A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter fires on the Wadi Deif base.

        An unexploded government missile that was aimed a maarrat al-Nu'man.

        An unexploded government missile that was aimed a maarrat al-Nu’man.

        The IDs of government forces who were killed.

        The IDs of government forces who were killed.


  • Rebels cut the electricity to 15 villages after blowing up a power station in the al-Ghab Plain in Idlib.

  • Rebels said that they repelled a government attack on the Khazanat Fueling Base south of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlibhttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.421895&lon=36.680474&z=15&m=b
    • The base has changed hands several times as the government attemps to push north into Khan Sheikhoun.

  • Government shelling hit the besieged al-Waer neighborhood of Homshttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.736781&lon=36.670904&z=15&m=b


  • Rebels shelling government forces on Mt. Younis in Latakiahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.602463&lon=36.221666&z=14&m=b&search=younis


  • Fighting around the Deir Ez Zor Military Airport has continued:
    • Airstrikes hit Saqer Island.
    • Government forces received 150-200 reinforcements, including members of the Sheitat Tribe have joined them within the airbase.
    • A soldier who was captured and beheaded by the IS:
      • http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=7c2427307d60
        Islamic State fighters.

        Islamic State fighters.

        Islamic State fighters.

        Islamic State fighters.

        Islamic State fighters pose with the head of a soldier.

        Islamic State fighters pose with the head of a soldier.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        Sheitat tribesmen with soldiers.

        An Islamic State drone shot down by the SAA.

        An Islamic State drone shot down by the SAA.


  • There was fighting between rebels and government forces in Khirbat Masasinah in Hamahttp://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.292956&lon=36.662664&z=15&m=b

  • The government dismanteled a car bomb that was parked near the Department of Justice and the Teachers Union building in the central market in al-Hasakah.

  • 150 Kurdish refugees were expelled from the Turkish city of Meras and sent to Suruc.

  • Yesterday Mohammad al-Masri, a 10 year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon, was killed by a wound to the neck after LAF soldiers attacked his family’s tent in the al-Hosn regugee camp near the city of Arsal.

    A child pumping water in the besieged Damascus suburb of Douma.

    A child pumping water in the besieged Damascus suburb of Douma.


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