TSI Syria Update: October 3, 2017

A brief overview of key military, political, and humanitarian news developments in Syria.

Military

  • ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for yesterday’s coordinated IED attack on a  central Damascus police station that killed 17 people. The attack has also been claimed by a previously unknown armed group called the “Security Force Battalions” which has posted a statement promising more attacks.  (RevoSpring-AR, @badly_xeroxed, AP)
  • Pro-government airstrikes continue to bombard Idlib province. Among today’s attacks, more than 20 airstrikes reportedly hit the town of Abu al-Thuhur killing six people and injuring 5 more. (Syria Civil Defense Idlib FB-AR)
  • The US-led Coalition reportedly killed 18 civilians gathered near a water well in northern Raqqa city today. (AFP)
  • ISIS has released a video showing two Russian prisoners, reportedly captured last week near al-Shula in Deir Ezzor. At the time Russia denied that any prisoners had been taken. (@CITeam_en, AP, all4syria-AR)

Political

  • Last week, a former Syrian government soldier was convicted in a Swedish court of violating the personal dignity of men killed in Syria. (Washington Post)
  • Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel hopes the US will be more involved in Syria as there is a “long international queue lining up to woo Assad,” claiming it would be better for both the US and Israel for the US to weigh in on Syria’s future. (Reuters)
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is trying to isolate separate moderate opposition from opposition group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib province. (Reuters)

Humanitarian

  • None.

Notable Media/Transcripts/Reports

  • 30 SEP: “912 Civilians Killed in September 2017: Syrian-Russian Alliance Kills More Civilians than any other Party” (SN4HR)
  • 2 OCT: “To Rebuild Syria, Civil Society Must Thrive” – Rouba Mhaissen (Syria Deeply)
  • 2 OCT: “These are the Crimes we are Fleeing” (HRW)
  • 2 OCT: ”Dealing with Depression” – Frederic C. Hof (Atlantic Council)
  • 3 OCT: “‘We’re staying out of it’: Syrian Arab Army soldiers in Suwayda defy military command” – Bahira al-Zarier and Avery Edelman (Syria Direct)
  • 3 OCT: “Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Bridge Built by Russians Across Euphrates” – Narine Khachatryan (Bellingcat)
  • 3 OCT: “A Russian Cossack and a Yugoslav wars vet: who are the Russians captured by IS?” (CITeam FB)