Month: January 2015

Map: The Military Situation in Southern Syria | SE-RifDimashq – NE-Daraa – N-Suwaydaa | January 31, 2015

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The Military Situation in Southern Syria | SE-RifDimashq / NE-Daraa / N-Suwaydaa | January 31, 2015 | archicivilians

ISIS Rise in Southern Syria

Southern Syria

Recently, Daesh (The Islamic State organization – ISIS) was able to reach the northern areas of Suwaydaa Province after they were able to cross the desert from southern Palmyra and from Eastern Qalamoun in RifDimashq Province (northern BirQasab area). The Syrian Rebels trying to prevent Daesh from reaching Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus since there are heavy battles going between the Syrian Rebels and the Syrian Regime at the front-lines between Damascus and Eastern Ghouta, which will collapse the Rebel forces in the area if Daesh will enter and fight them. Heavy battles took place in Eastern Qalamoun, Rebels were able to push them to the north of Qaryatayn Mounts in the South of Homs Province and clashes still ongoing in BirQasab area.

In 2013, Rebels lost the many villages near Damascus Int. Airport after the Regime was able to break the siege on the airport. Currently, few Rebellion ambushes on the Regime military convoys in the roads between between southern RifDimashq Province and northern Daraa Province, mainly the road between al-Haijanah, al-Baytariyah, al-Shoqraniyah and Buraq villages. This area is mostly used by Rebels to deliver the military equipment and ammunition between northern and southern of Syria. Some activists said that some TOW missiles were delivered from northern Syria to southern Syria in 2014.

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Since Suwaydaa Province is known as the Druze stronghold in Syria, tensions happened between some Druze and Regime leaders; they claimed that the Regime has an agreements with Daesh. The Regime preferred to let Daesh advance in this area in their fight against Rebels in BirQasab, but what was not expected is the recent advances in December 2014 and January 2015 by Daesh after they reached the eastern outskirts of Khalkhalah Airbase in Suwaydaa Province and took some important villages and hills in the area. Activists in the area confirmed that Daesh troops have been very close to Damascus-Suwaydaa Rd, and they reached the outskirts of Shoqraniyah town near Marj Ruhayyil Airbase, between RifDimashq and Daraa Provinces.

S-Syria

Until the end of January 2015, the situation of the area can be described as shown in the map after adding the following important changes on the ground:

– The Regime were able to retake Tall Dalfa’ in the eastern outskirts of Khalkhalah Airbase.

– Rebels still resisting in BirQasab area to prevent any advances by Daesh fighters toward Eastern Ghouta.

– Rebels in Lajat area advanced to the western outskirts of Lahtheh village.

– Daesh reached the outskirts of Shoqraniyah town, but no confirmed reports if they entered the town.

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The Most Participated Rebellion Groups in the Battles of [ Nawa – SheikhMaskin – Izzra’ ] Axis in Daraa | Syria

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The Most Participated Rebellion Groups in the Battles of

[ Nawa – SheikhMaskin – Izzra’ ] Axis in Daraa | Syria

Battles between October 2014 and January 2015, ended up controlling large area in Daraa Province, Southern Syria

Most Participated - Daraa (1)

The Rapid Changes in the Military Situation in [ Nawa – SheikhMaskin – Izzra’ ] Axis in Daraa Province, Southern Syria

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The Rapid Changes in the Military Situation in [ Nawa – SheikhMaskin – Izzra’ ] Axis in Daraa Province, Southern Syria

Daraa II, Syria

After they realized that taking control the cities and villages without controlling the military areas around them would end up loosing the city and large number of civilians by the Regime’s air-force attacks, Syrian Rebels started a new strategy in 2014 in order to retake the cities and villages they lost it in 2012 and 2013.

In early 2014, Syrian Rebels launched heavy military operations in order to retake Nawa City (the 2nd largest city in Daraa Province) by taking control of Tall al-Jabiyah and Brigade 61 in it, then besieging the Regime in  Tall Jomou’ and taking control of SheikhSa’ad village and the artillery base in it, forced the Regime to stay resisting in the eastern side of the city until they retreated from the whole area in late 2014 after Rebels took control of their last supply route from SheikhMaskin City.

SheikhMaskin, Syria

In late 2014, Rebels managed to break the siege on SheikhMaskin after the new Regime operations in the besieged city. Rebels were able to control most of the city and completed their control of it in January 25, 2015 after taking control of Brigade 82 and all the outskirts of SheikhMaskin City.

ShekhMaskin, Syria

It was a big loss for the Syrian Regime by loosing both of Nawa and SheikhMaskin cities in Southern Syria, which gave the Regime the one choice only; to stay resisting in Izzra’ City in order to keep controlling the supply route between Damascus City (the capital) and Daraa City. Damascus/Daraa International Road (M5 Rd) is the last Regime supply route to Izzra’ and Daraa City, after loosing SheikhMaskin and the bases in the northern outskirts of the city, in addition to the villages on this road (Delli and Suhayliyah).

It would be the biggest trouble for the Regime troops if they will be not able to push Rebels and stop their advances toward Lajat area, after many Rebellion groups (mainly the Free Syrian Army) who announced several times that they will keep advancing until reaching their controlled territories in Lajat area, and this advance will not happen unless Rebels take control of Izzra’ City.

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Rebels gained GTAM missiles after they took control of the Fire Battalion which is considered as part of Brigade 82 in SheikhMaskin. Activists in Syria said that the Regime in Syria has lost the most powerful Air-Defense bases in Southern Syria; Brigade 38 in 2013 and Brigade 82 in 2015.

At the end, the following map would show and describe the Rebellion success in three months only (from October 2014 to January 2015) in the most strategic area Daraa Province.

SekhMaskin (Bef-Aft), Syria

Map: The Situation in Yemen | January 24, 2015

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The Situation in Yemen | January 24, 2015 | archicivilians

Yemeni Map Jan 2015

Houthis’ rapid advances in 2014 and after they ended up in late 2014 controlling the capital of Yemen (Sanaa City), many powerful armed groups in Yemen felt threatened, such as the Sunni tribes whose known as anti-Houthis and the Southern Yemen Movement which is known as a separatist movement in Yemen, aiming for an independence Southern Yemen country, made a decision to secure their areas and take the control from the Yemeni Regime to be able to repel any advances by the Houthis toward their areas in Aden, Saba’ and Hadramaut Regions (including Aden, Lahaj, Abyan, Hadramaut and al-Dale’ Provinces).

The recent important changes in the country by the Houthis after they claimed to make a coup in the country and besieging the government buildings in Sanaa; pushed the anti-Houthis and anti-government movements and armed groups to take their own decisions in order to be able put limits for the Houthis advances toward Southern Yemen and Ma’rib Province.

AQAP cooperating with many Sunni tribes in the battles against Houthis in al-Baydaa Province (mainly in and around Radaa’ City). No declared alliance between the Yemen Southern Movement and AQAP or confirmed cooperation in the ongoing battles, at the same time, some activists said that AQAP were pushed out from many populated areas and they accepted this action since their main goals currently is to fight the Houthis and the Regime.

The conflict still ongoing and rapid changes day by day in the country, huge upcoming changes are expected to be shown in the current time and upcoming days.