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    STONE AGE: The Islamic State’s Ninevah Province Media Office released a video Thursday showing its fighters destroying ancient Sumerian and Assyrian artifacts stored in the Mosul Historical Museum, reported London-based daily Arabi al-Jadid.  

    “O Muslims, these are not artifacts behind me, but rather idols belonging to peoples who lived centuries ago, who worshipped them instead of God the almighty,” says one of the men in the video.

    “When God almighty ordered that we destroy and obliterate these idols, we don’t think twice, no matter if they’re worth billions of dollars.”

    IS members can be seen throughout the video smashing and destroying antiques, artifacts and statues with sledgehammers and jackhammers.

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    POWER DYNAMICS: The Islamic State released photographs Wednesday purporting to show its fighters firing missiles into the state-run al-Furqlus Gas Company in East Homs.

    The images  were part of a photo essay released by the Islamic State’s Homs Media Office, entitled, “Striking the Nusairis with Lava missiles.”

    “I saw pillars of smoke following the blast on Tuesday after [IS] fired on east al-Furqlus,” Talal al-Rawishdi, a civilian living in al-Furqlus told Syria Direct.

    Regime “artillery shells stationed on a mountain west of al-Furqlus targeted IS positions in the desert area east of the village.”

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    TAKING FLIGHT: Nearly 50 families fled the village of Tal Hamees, controlled by the Islamic State, southeast of Qamishli in Al-Hasakah province on Sunday amidst clashes between YPG units and Islamic State (IS) fighters, the pro-Kurdish ARA News reported.

    A picture circulated on social media of residents fleeing with their belongings in a long line of vehicles with the caption reading, “dozens of families flee the Tal Hamees countryside towards the towns of Al-Howl and Al-Shadadi after YPG units attack the area.”

    Civilian activist Ismail al-Ali told ARA News on Monday that the families “took shelter in a number of schools in the town of Al-Howl, including the Hussein Abeed elementary school and Hamdan Khadar primary school, both of which are under IS control.”

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    CHILD SOLDIERS: The Islamic State (IS) released a video on Sunday showing a military training camp for children in A-Raqqa city, known as the “Al-Faruq Institute for Cubs.”

    “Being prevented from working combined with the lack of school options make it easy for IS members to force children into recruitment,” Muhammed Hassan, a member of the Deir e-Ezor LCC, told Syria Direct on Monday.

    The video comes several days after the Islamic State’s announcement last week banning children under the age of 13 from working in territory it controls, the online media campaign, Ar-Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered reported.  

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  • HITTING CLOSE TO HOME: At least four people were killed Saturday afternoon in a suicide car bomb attack that struck a local hospital in a regime bastion in the Latakia countryside.

    Al-Qardaha is the hometown of the al-Assad family and the site of former President Hafez al-Assad’s grave. The attack was the first car bombing to take place in Al-Qardaha during the Syrian uprising, according to both Syrian state television and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    The attack was carried out by a local jihadist from the village of Talmash in Idlib province, Omar Ibrahim, official spokesperson for The Collective for the Victory of the Oppressed, told Syria Direct.

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    CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: A state television shoot in a besieged Damascus suburb was met by protests on Sunday, with residents demanding detainees still held by the regime be released.

    In the picture above, posted by the Moadimiyet a-Sham Local Coordination Council Facebook page, a group of the city’s residents demonstrated Monday and raised banners reading “your freedom is more valuable than our truce,” referring to the truce signed with the regime last year that has not been implemented.

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    THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: As rebels resist regime campaigns to take back the city of Aleppo, opposition groups resoundingly rejected UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura’s plan for a “freeze” in the fighting around Aleppo.

    “[De Mistura’s] statements not only ignore the massacres that have been committed, and continue to be committed, by the regime across Syria, but also ignore the latest crimes in Douma in the Damascus countryside, located only kilometers from the UN envoy’s residence in Damascus,” said Jabha a-Shamiyya in a statement Sunday. 

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    ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC: The pro-regime Iranian Revolutionary Guard executed 13 regime soldiers in Daraa over the weekend after accusing them of “treason” and profiting from trade with rebels in the area, reported pro-opposition news agency Nabia Media Foundation.

    The soldiers were charged with giving key military information to rebels that led to heavy losses for the pro-regime forces.

    The execution of the soldiers, including a regime officer, comes in the wake of a major attack on Daraa that the regime launched last week to retake the province.

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    GENERAL CONFUSION: Pro-regime media outlets are reporting that the famous Iranian general Qasem Suleimani is assisting regime forces in Daraa in a new campaign to isolate Damascus from rebel-held areas in the Daraa and Quneitra countrysides.

    A correspondent with the local pro-opposition Yaqeen Media Foundation told Syria Direct Wednesday that his colleagues were unable to confirm the news.

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    FIRST AID: The Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered a load of wheelchairs and crutches to rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo city Tuesday through the Kraj al-Hajz crossing, reported the group on its Facebook page.

    Earlier in February, rebel group Ahrar a-Sham cooperated with the Red Crescent to move 11 women with chronic illnesses from rebel to regime-controlled territory through the same crossing in order to receive medical treatment, reported pro-opposition Siraj Press.

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Jabhat a-Nusra declares war on Harakat Hazm

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Islamist rebels advance in isolating Shiite towns

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HEARTS, MINDS AND BLACK FLAGS: Jabhat Al-Nusra’s data dump takes aim at the Islamic State

Open Syria News Analysis Hearts, Minds and Black Flags: Jabhat Al-Nusra’s data dump takes aim at the Islamic State February 24, 2015 By Joseph Adams and Jeremy Hodge    Photo courtesy of Pieter Van Ostaeyen. The Jabhat... Read more

‘Few options’ for children in Islamic State territory

February 19, 2014   By Ammar Hamou and Jeremy Hodge   AMMAN: The Islamic State (IS) is making it illegal for children under the age of 13 to work within its territory after a... Read more

Surprise regime attack threatens to cut rebel supply lines into Aleppo

February 17, 2015   By Osama Abu Zeid and Dan Wilkofsky   AMMAN: Regime forces reportedly backed by Iraqi and Iranian militias took control of three villages in the northern Aleppo countryside Tuesday in... Read more

Ahrar a-Sham launches missiles into Latakia as retributions intensify

February 16, 2015 By Brent Eng and Batool Hajjar AMMAN: Ahrar a-Sham and allied rebel forces launched eight Grad missiles against military targets in the city of Latakia on Monday as part... Read more

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FSA fighter: ‘Nusra is showing a different face’

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What happens when Syrian state television visits Al-Waer

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‘Secret war’ against doctors in East Ghouta

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Residents of Idlib town protest to force Nusra out

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News Roundup

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Syria Direct: News Update 2-26-15

Islamic State captures hill overlooking East Ghouta The Islamic State (IS) captured a hill overlooking the Damascus countryside 17km east of Ghouta after a bloody battle... Read more

Syria Direct: News Update 2-25-15

Shiite militias kill rebels in Sayeda Zainab retaliation Shiite militias killed a number of rebel fighters with missile fire in southern Damascus on Tuesday in what... Read more

Syria Direct: News Update 2-24-15

Car bomb near Shiite shrine A car bomb near a sacred Shiite shrine in government-controlled Damascus seems to indicate deep rebel penetration in a heavily protected... Read more

Syria Direct: News update 2-23-15

IS denies knowledge of Suleiman Shah operation The Turkish authorities informed the Islamic State through “informal channels” of their intention to remove the historical grave of... Read more

Syria Direct: News Update 2-19-15

Battle for villages key to Aleppo Fighting continued for the third consecutive day Thursday in the northern Aleppo countryside after the regime captured three villages Tuesday,... Read more

Syria Direct: News Update 2-18-15

‘Severe escalation’ in Homs rebel district Regime forces attacked the last rebel-controlled district in Homs Tuesday in a “severe escalation” of hostilities amidst ongoing negotiations for... Read more