Month: March 2015

Is it possible to impose a No-fly-zone in NorthWest of Syria after the recent Rebels advances in the area?

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Recently, Turkey demanded a foreign support to impose a no-fly zone in Northern Syria, mainly in the North West of Syria near the Syrian/Turkish borders.

Other countries like US, UK and France have agreed on this, since it will give safe areas for the refugees and the civilians in Northern Syria, as the Syrian Regime still using Chemical weapons (toxic gases like Chlorine) in the recent attacks on the Rebel-held cities in Northern Syria.

It was quite hard to go for this move due to the heavy ongoing battles in the area and the (Syrian Regime and allies) rejection, since there are still Regime-held areas in the North West.

Currently, this move has been more possible to happen after the huge recent Rebel advances in December 2014 and early 2015 by preventing the Regime siege on Aleppo city, seizing two of the largest military camps in Northern Syria (Wadi al-Dayf and Hamidiyah military camps) and finally taking the provincial capital of Idlib, the Regime ended up by three areas in the North West of Syria (mainly where the no-fly-zone considered to take place).

Rebels still need to end the last Regime presence in the area:

  1. Nubbol and Zahraa towns in Northern Aleppo.
  2. Kafrayya and al-Fuah towns in Northern Idlib.
  3. The road between al-Mastumeh and Jisr ash-Shughur city in Idlib Province (including Ariha town and some villages).

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The Syrian Coalition announced recently to take Idlib city as their headquarter in Syria, which will need to be secured under a safe zone to prevent the Regime barrel bombs and chemical weapons attacks. Therefore, it is more possible to see a no-fly-zone in North West of Syria very soon, and it mostly depend in the military changes as Rebels must show their ability to protect these areas from any Regime advances on the ground.

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Map: The Situation in Yemen | March 29, 2015

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Yemeni Map Mar 2015

After months of the fall of San’aa City, President Hadi was able to flee from his besieged presidential palace (by the Houthis and Regime forces loyal to former President Ali Saleh) to his allies in Aden City in Southern Yemen. It was a major change in the conflict, Ali Saleh Regime forces have shown the strong alliance with the Houthis and advanced together toward Aden City which was announced by President Hadi as the temporary capital of Yemen, after the fall of San’aa.

The rapid and strong advances by Houthis and Ali Saleh Regime was quite hard to be repelled by the Yemeni Army in Aden and Lahij, which forced President Hadi to demand a military intervention by the Arab countries. Operation Decisive Storm was launched in March 25, 2015 by the GCC countries in addition to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan. The Operation Decisive Storm which was led by Saudi Arabia announced that they were able to destroy all the air-defense systems of the Houthis and Ali Saleh Regime in the first day of the operation. The operation still ongoing as the Houthis and Ali Saleh Regime trying to advance and take more territories from the Yemeni Army (President Hadi Regime) and their allies.

No major changes regarding the AQAP moves in the country, except their still ongoing battles with Houthis in Rada’ area. AQAP preferred to use the guerilla method in their current military operations against Houthis and their allies, in addition to few tensions with the Popular Committees in both of Shabwah and Abyan provinces.

Syrian Rebel Groups Involved in the Battle of Idlib City| Syria

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Nusra Front (JN)

The main groups:

– Islamic Front

– Nusrah Front (Jabhat al-Nusra)

– Sham Legion (Faylaq al-Sham)

– Jund al-Aqsa

Other groups:

– Jaysh al-Sunna

– al-Haqq Brigade (Liwaa al-Haqq)

– Ajnad al-Sham

Update Map: The Military Situation in Idlib – New Rebel Offensive | Syria | March 26, 2015

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Map: The Military Situation in Idlib – New Rebel Offensive | Syria | March 24, 2015

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IdlibCity, Syria

After they were able to take the largest military camps in the province (Wadi al-Dayf and Hamidiyah Military Camps) three months ago and ending the infighting in the area, Rebels formed al-Fateh Army (Jaysh al-Fateh) Military Operations Room and launched large offensive in order to take Idlib City. Rebels were able in the early hours to take important positions in and around the city including:

  • The Grain Silos
  • The Electrical Substation
  • Sadkop Factory
  • The Conserve Factory (Konsrwa Checkpoint)
  • al-Qal’ah Checkpoint
  • Ayn Shib Checkpoint
  • al-Ram Checkpoint
  • al-Maslakh Checkpoint

The battle still ongoing, Rebels advancing to the neighborhoods inside the city and trying to cut all the Regime supply lines by attacking the Dream Land Checkpoint by artillery and bombed Ghassan Abbud Checkpoint.

Map: The Military Situation in Aden City | Yemen | March 22, 2015

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Since the mid of March 2015, several attempts by Regime forces loyal to former President Ali Saleh to take Aden City in Southern Yemen. Regime forces loyal to President Hadi with the Popular Committees of the Southern Movement of Yemen led by the minister of defense General Subaihi securing the city of Aden and launching military operations in order to take the areas between Aden and Lahij to repel any offensive from the north or the west by the Houthis or Regime forces loyal to former President Ali Saleh.

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Map: The Military Situation in the Old City of Aleppo | Syria | March 19, 2015

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House-to-House fighting!

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Ongoing battles in the Old City of Aleppo since the summer of 2012, house to house fighting and huge destruction in the residential and historical areas.


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