As many of you have seen, I have been making daily maps of the military events in Syria for a while now. Initially I made a quick small map to summarize and locate the events on June the 5th as I found that the many small towns and obscure area names in Syria often made it hard to place news into a bigger strategical and geographical context – you just simply cannot remember all the town names and their precise locations.
When I thought to make a similar map for a new OP on June the 6th, I took to the task of making it more neat, insightful and detailed. As a flag enthusiast I quickly decided a nice way to list involved groups in an event was to add flags (or emblems/insignia for groups without a flag, like the Republican Guard or the Palestine Liberation Army)
The main reason for listing the involved groups is that events are generally reported in the form of “SAA takes Huwaysis” or “SAA loses Qalat Shillif”, when in reality many different groups make up the pro-government forces.
Many /sg/ regulars for example have taken a keen interest in the SSNP brigades, the widely revered Tiger Forces (who appear to have neither a flag, nor a unique insignia, although Syrian Special Forces emblems incorporating tigers do exist as seen on Wikipedia) or the somewhat obscure Suqur al-Sahara (Desert Hawks). Other groups recently of interest are the Palestinian-Syrian group Liwa al-Quds, heavily involved both in Aleppo’s northern districts as north of Aleppo at Handarat camp and Mallah farms, and the Iraqi paramilitaries in Syria who now seem to be set to take a large role in the offensive in the east of the Homs governorate.
Of course the maps’ involved groups information isn’t always complete: exact information is hard to come by using English sources and (often inaccurate) Google/Bing Translate for Arabic sources. Furthermore anti-government sources may fabricate involved groups in an area, usually IRGC or Hezbollah, in an effort to portray the Syrian government forces as “Iranian”, “foreign” or “sectarian” (even though the armed opposition is the one that is practically 100% Sunni).
Be that as it may, I always strive to confirm information on events and involved groups from at least 2 different sources.
The area control on the background map may not always be 100% accurate. I try to fix inaccuracies as I spot them, and add area changes from offensives, but the source for up-to-date maps of area control are still sites like MilitaryMaps.info or well known Twitter mapmakers like A7_Mirza, hamza_780, PetoLucem, Syria_Protector, MilAdvisor, Tutomap, GlobalEventMap etcetera. Area control is not the main aim of this map.
I hope many of our /sg/ readers enjoy viewing these maps as a quick update to what’s going on or as a way to catch up if you haven’t paid attention for a few days but are still interested in the (often small) developments of the conflict in Syria. Or even to look back to see how long an offensive has been going on, or on what day a specific area was captured.
Eventually I started posting my maps also on my Twitter, but on /sg/ the map is posted earlier and sometimes in multiple versions as it is updated throughout the day – the Twitter version is only posted at the end of the day. Furthermore, maps for /sg/ may still get updated the day after as further details are disclosed in the sources – on Twitter it will not.
Final versions of all daily event maps can now be seen on this WordPress, on the page /sg/ Daily Event maps, as well as the currently latest map always visible in the right sidebar.
I’m glad to be able to contribute in my own way to our /sg/ community and I hope the maps will serve some purpose – and as always, suggestions/corrections/additions are welcome, post them in the current /sg/ thread.
Kudos to the /sg/ posters (minus the shitposters) for making /sg/ what it is and to the contributors to the /sg/ WordPress & Twitter for broadening our community.