Syria Air Strike Hits Islamist Brigade Leadership

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A Syrian air strike has killed a senior commander of the Islamist Liwa Al-Tawhid rebel brigade in Aleppo and wounded its chief and another leader, a watchdog said Friday.

Four more rebel chiefs were killed in other incidents, three in the northern Aleppo province and the fourth in Homs to its south, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Yussef al-Abbas, known as Abu al-Tayyeb, was intelligence chief for Liwa al-Tawhid and was killed in a strike Thursday on an army base captured by the rebels a year ago, the Britain-based Observatory said.

The brigade's top commander, Abdelkader Saleh, and another senior figure of the group, Abdelaziz Salameh, were wounded.

Following the attack, Liwa al-Tawhid arrested 30 people accusing them of being informers for the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The powerful brigade is among a number of Islamist units that have rejected the mainstream opposition Syrian National Coalition.

Meanwhile, two chiefs of rebel battalions were killed in fighting with loyalist forces near the international airport outside Aleppo.

A security source in Damascus confirmed that there were still rebel pockets of resistance around the airport.

Elsewhere in the province, a former army colonel who commanded another rebel brigade was killed in fighting in the Maarat al-Artiq area.

For three weeks, the army has been pressing a campaign to retake rebel-held areas in Aleppo, particularly east of the country's second city, and jihadist fighters have called for mass mobilization to counter regime advances.

Syria expert Fabrice Balanche told Agence France Presse the regime is aiming to progressively fragment rebel territory in the north of the country.

"The army is trying to cut off eastern parts of Aleppo held by rebels from (their bases) in the countryside," he said.

"At the same time, it is trying to open an approach to Idlib and Jisr al-Shughur (both southwest of Aleppo) to break up rebel territory, taking it bit by bit."

Meanwhile, in Homs province, to the south of Aleppo, a rebel chief was killed in Mahine, which the army said it had captured, along with a large cache of arms there that had been seized by the insurgents. The Observatory says, however, that fighting is still underway.

The group also reported heavy fighting on the main highway linking Homs to the capital Damascus, in the strategic Qalamun mountain range that spreads to Lebanon where regime forces can rely on allies from the Shiite movement Hezbollah for support.

Government troops also raided the Wadi al-Mawla village in the Homs countryside on Friday, the Observatory said, adding that two soldiers and nine men were killed in the attack.

The Observatory, which relies on medics and activists for its information, said that according to unconfirmed reports a number of women were also killed when the army entered the village.

The opposition Syrian Revolution General Commission, meanwhile, spoke of a "massacre" in Wadi al-Mawla in which "entire families" were killed and homes set on fire.

The report could not be independently verified.

An estimated 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria's civil war, which erupted after a fierce government crackdown on pro-democracy protests first held in March 2011.

Comments 12
Thumb sevilla 15 November 2013, 15:27

shabaa farms maybe?

Missing peace 15 November 2013, 18:24

golan? no way ! the "resistance" is protecting golan for israel....

Thumb -@wolf. 15 November 2013, 15:47

Hopefully the next report by the so called " Watchdog " will be as follows :
"All of the Islamist extremists have been killed including foreign jihadists , none have been captured , the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights has estimated that it could be in the vicinity of 30000 killed in a coordinated attack by the Syrian Regime on several cities previously controlled by Rebel fighters including Aleppo . Some of the Jihadist / Rebels have tried to escape to the Turkish & Lebanese Borders but all were ambushed & killed after a heavy fire fight , none are believed to have made it out alive " .
Signed Wolf .......

Missing daviddk 16 November 2013, 01:56

The Russians invaded Afghanistan more than 30 years ago. They too believed they were going to win. But they lost. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, and now 12 years later, they too are losing the war and will leave in disgrace by next year. Iraq and Syria are the next Afghanistan and very soon all Arabs and Muslims will be Taliban.

Thumb cedre 15 November 2013, 18:16

Allah ira7mek ya batal...

Thumb cedre 15 November 2013, 18:19

southern, some of ur friends coming back in bodybags.
Love the soundtrack lol,

Thumb benzona 15 November 2013, 19:49

It's always sad when people die, we prefer to have criminals judged and jailed/freed instead of killed.....

Only two people must die.

The giraff and the rat.

Thumb cedre 15 November 2013, 19:57

and the hizbos and their takfiri pretext...

Thumb benzona 15 November 2013, 20:46

I'm more into hand chopping. Those who press AK47 or AK74 triggers on a daily basis would be the first ones to lose theirs.

Default-user-icon wozvar (Guest) 15 November 2013, 20:12

Samir Geagea, two in one: a giraffe and a rat!

Thumb benzona 15 November 2013, 20:44

He said shebaa was a town next to Aleppo. Obviously someone used to skip his geography classes :-)

Missing VINCENT 15 November 2013, 23:35

There is always some kind of an Islamist, terrorist, Al-Qaeda involved.