Timeline of the Syrian Civil War (May–August 2016)

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May 2016

12 May

  • Mustafa Badreddine, a senior Hezbollah is killed by suspected artillery bombardment by an armed Sunni group at Damascus International Airport.[1]
  • Opposition fighters, consisting of Ahrar al-Sham and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front capture the Syrian Alawite village of al-Zara and dozens of Alawite civilians are kidnapped.[2]

23 May

24 May

  • New satellite imagery from Stratfor appears to reveal the destruction of four Russian attack helicopters and 20 lorries at the Tiyas military airbase after a reported attack which was conducted last week by the ISIL.[6]
  • U.S. backed Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish forces, launch an operation to capture Al-Raqqah, the de facto capital of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The force is reported to be more than 50,000 strong.[7]
  • Nusra Front rebels have captured the town of Deir Khabiyeh, south of Damascus.[8]

27 May

  • ISIS captures Kafr Kalbeen and Kaljibrin villages from rebel forces in northern Aleppo, cutting the supply lines toward the rebel stronghold of Mare.[9]

31 May

  • Syrian Democratic Forces seizes 11 villages and farms from the Islamic State Military in northern countryside of Al-Raqqah.[10] Meanwhile, a pro-government source announces SAA advancing towards Al-Raqqa City in race to capture it.[11]


  1. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/05/12/Syria-s-al-Qaeda-branch-seizes-central-Alawite-village.html
  2. Reuters Editorial (13 May 2016). "Insurgents seize Syrian Alawite village, killing 19: Observatory". Reuters.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Syria civil war: ISIL bombs rock Assad-held cities".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "State media: At least 78 killed in Syria bombings". USA TODAY. 23 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. John Davison (23 May 2016). "Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities: monitor". Reuters.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Syria conflict: IS 'destroyed helicopters' at Russian base". BBC News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Reuters Editorial (24 May 2016). "U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital". Reuters India.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/217736/World/Region/Islamic-State-drives-Syria-rebels-from-near-Turkis.aspx
  9. Rebel frontline collapses in northern Aleppo – Map update
  10. The Syrian Democratic Forces start their offensive towards al-Tabaqa and the Euphrates Lake, and 61 members from the “Islamic State” killed during six days of battles
  11. Syrian Army joins the race to Raqqa as several thousand soldiers pour into east Hama