Month: August 2015
Map: The Military Situation in Darayya City | Western Damascus | Syria | August 27, 2015
Darayya is one of the most strategic areas around the capital Damascus, as it is also located in the southern outskirts of Mezzeh Airbase. The battle in Darayya still ongoing since years, as Rebels are besieged inside the city since 2012.
Recently, Rebels were able to advance and take most fo al-Jam’iyat area, getting closer to Mezzeh Airbase. The Regime trying to prevent Rebels from taking the National Hospital and Sakinah Shrine, otherwise Rebels may advance more easily toward Mezzeh Airbase. It’s quite hard for Rebels to launch huge offensive to enter the airbas, but it is possible for Rebels to destroy parts of the airbase by their heavy military equipment if they will be able to reach it.
Map: The Military Situation in Taiz City and surrounding area | Yemen | August 22, 2015 | archicivilians via IUCA
Situation in Taiz city is changing rapidly, as the Regime forces and Popular Resistance Committees (supported by the Arab Coalition Air-Force) gained some areas in al-Sabr Mount and in the eastern side of the city, as well as few advances in al-‘Hasab area.
The Popular Resistance Committees were also able to take control of Cairo Castle, one of the most strategic area in the city which was used by Houthis militants to attack the city by artillery.
Map: The Military Situation in Yemen | August 21, 2015
Since the major advances in late July and early August that ended up by taking five provinces (Abyan, Aden, Dale’, Lahj and Shabwah) by the government forces and the popular resistance committees, no rapid changes in the situation of Yemen in the recent days.
Government forces and the popular resistance committees advanced inside Taiz city and its outskirts, as well in the countryside of Ibb province. Houthis and pro-Saleh forces (former Regime) were able to retake repel the government forces advancements toward Dhumar province and to retake some areas in al-Baydaa province.
Some activists in Aden (close to the Southern Movement) said that new offensive (supported by the Arab coalition) is expected to be launched in the western coast of Yemen, aiming to take the strategic port of Hudaydah.
Map: The Military Situation in Northern Aleppo Countryside | Syria | August 21, 2015
Situation in the area still changing time by time, as ISIS forces were able to take Sawran and Tilalyan, and reach Wahshiyah, getting closer to the Rebel-held infantry school.
Few tensions between Rebels and YPG near Azaz and Maryamayn in the past months, ended by truce agreements.
Turkish safe-zone is supposed to take place in northern Aleppo; between the Turkish borders and al-Bab city, and between Akhtarin/Sawran area until Jarablus near the YPG-held Kobane canton.
*Thanks to Mohamed Hafiz (Syrian activist in North Aleppo) for providing some information regarding the situation near Afrin.
Map: The Military Situation in Yemen | August 13, 2015
The situation in Yemen has been changing since months, as well after the intervention of the Arab Coalition (Gulf countries, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Egypt) in order to back the Yemeni government and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC). The rapid changes in the military situation started after the Yemeni government decivise victory in Aden city in July 2015, and their rapid advances toward Lahj, Abyan, al-Dale’, Taiz, Ibb, Shabwah and Dhumar provinces.
Houthis and pro-Saleh forces (former Regime) are now trying to advance toward Lahj from Taiz, and to build a defense line for Sanaa in Dhumar province.
AQAP took the provincial capital of Hadramaut province (Mukalla city) in the past months and lost control of many areas in the countryside in several provinces, but their tribal allies (like Qaifa) still controlling some areas in al-Baydaa province near Radaa’.