• In the last 48 hours, the Islamic State has arrested at least 21 former rebels who had previously turned in their weapons to the group.
  • Jordan hanged Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli in retaliation to the Islamic State’s execution of Moath al-Kasaesbeh.
    • Both are Iraqi nationals who were on death row.
      • Rishawi was a failed female suicide bomber whom Jordan was attempting to exchange for Kasaesbeh.
      • Karbouli was an al-Qaeda operative.
    • 5 other prisoners on death row have been transferred to al-Suwaqa prison, where Jordan carries out of most its executions.
    • The Democratic Union Party (PYD) has offered to take revenge on the IS in retaliation for Kasaesbeh’s execution.
    • The IS broadcast public viewings of the execution video: 

  • Translated documents from the Islamic State in the provinces of Deir Ez Zor and al-Raqqahttp://www.aymennjawad.org/2015/01/archive-of-islamic-state-administrative-documents

  • Zaman al-Wasl reported that the Interim Government is facing a financial crisis and is nearly broke: https://en.zamanalwsl.net/news/8808.html
    • It was not able to pay salaries last month.
    • The crisis comes as a result of corruption, the awarding of crony jobs, and irresponsible spending.

  • The OPCW reported that on January 31st, the first chemical weapons site in Syria was destroyed.
    • A total of 12 are planned to be destroyed.

  • Yesterday Jen Psaki, the spokesman for the US State Department, said that the US does not recognize the 3 Kurdish cantons in Syria.

  • An Oryx Blog post on recent upgrades to Syria’s Mi-17s: http://spioenkop.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/who-upgraded-syrias-mi-17s.html?m=1


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