Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

Citizens Report in Aleppo Syria 2014

The report was developed by interviewing citizens in Aleppo, Syria on a monthly basis. It is a street block by street block analysis.

The citizens were asked a variety of questions such as:
Who do you think is the legitimate representative of the Syrian people?
Who provides security?
Where do people turn to settle their disputes, or in the event of a crime or theft?
Who controls the checkpoints?
How restrictive are the checkpoints?
How often do you let your children out of the home?
How frequent are crimes?

The report also focuses on:
Location of check points and road blocks
Location of bakeries
Price of bread
Access to electricity

I am currently still reviewing the report, and I will be writing several articles/blog posts with summaries, findings, and links to additional sources of reliable information/data regarding Syria.

So far I can state a few things in regards to Aleppo and Syria:

  1. The center of Aleppo was not rebelling against the regime, so the rebels took the fight to those areas. The center of the city is now the most fought over and the residents movement is now very restrictive.
  2. Regime forces control about 45% of Aleppo. The Syrian Air Force Intelligence oversees regime-controlled areas away from the front lines. The Republican Guard is deployed to protect some of Aleppo’s most tense front lines.
  3. Bread in regime held areas is about 1/3rd to 1/5th the cost compared to rebel held areas.
  4. 40% of the people feel that “no one” represents them,
  5. Al Qaeda-affiliates remain strong in Aleppo. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS controls 1/3rd of all opposition held neighborhoods. Their checkpoints are the most restrictive and intimidating, residents avoid these checkpoints as  much as possible.
  6. There is 62 different CSO’s Civil Society Organizations acting within Aleppo.
  7. ISIS Controlled the Aleppo national Hospital for the entire period of the survey until January 8th 2014, when rebel forces stormed the Hospital to release several hundred of their brothers in arms who had been imprisoned by ISIS. Since the takeover stories have emerged about the brutality of ISIS
  8. The Busiest checkpoints are regime held. At each of these checkpoints approximately 35,000 – 45,000 people cross each day. As many as 60% do so to buy foodstuffs. Opposition held areas have banned people from regime areas to buy foodstuffs in rebel held areas. Many of these people cross to visit family, receive salaries, and even to pay their utility bills.
  9. The areas with the highest crime are in the rebel held areas.
  10. The rebels control most of the north, north eastern, eastern and southeast areas of Aleppo
  11. The Syrian regime controls the west and into the center of Aleppo
  12. North of Aleppo is Turkey. This is where most of the weapons are flowing from to supply all of the various rebel groups. Also foreign fighters enter via Turkey into Syria north of Aleppo.
  13. The rebels are supported by various domestic and foreign Islamic charities.
  14. The ISIS is back by al Qaeda and it gets its money from various sources around the world. The main backers are wealthy Arab Sunni’s in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt.

Many people assume incorrectly that the Saudi Government is the main financial backers of al Qaeda, ISIS, and other radical Islamic groups. This is not true, in fact Al Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups want to overthrow the Regime in Saudi Arabia.

I will be researching and writing a lot more regarding Syria in the next few months to bring my own knowledge up to date, and to inform those who wish to learn about this very fluid and chaotic conflict.



Aleppo Mapping Project Final Report

This is the 97 page report it is Adobe PDF format. 

Over the course of four months American Security Project supported Caerus Associates and First Mile Geo in what may be the highest fidelity, time series analysis of the ongoing human tragedy unfolding inside of Aleppo, Syria.

The picture derived from this work offers a clear and stunning perspective, street block by street block of the Syrian conflict and the impact it is having.

The report’s authors, David Kilcullen and Nathaniel Rosenblatt, draw from this picture by covering the humanitarian, security, political, and governance implications that follow from it.

This work does not just tell us something about Syria, however. It also tells us something about how advancements in innovative technology like First Mile Geo can offer a dynamic and interactive picture that can be used by analysts and humanitarian responders alike.


About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

2 comments on “Citizens Report in Aleppo Syria 2014

  1. Traumen Uwo
    March 14, 2014

    Awesome, nice to see some real data, and not the usual mass media hype !


  2. Pingback: U.S. to begin training more rebels in Syria But does the math add up? | Ian Bach

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