This map shows the military situation in Syria on January 30, 2017.
Personally I find these ‘general’ maps kind of pointless, as they lack any sort of detail and only show rough estimates of terrain the factions hold. Also the names are sometimes too big and the map is too blurry if you zoom in.
I had the same issue, but I found out that if you click or press the map image and open it in another tab of your browser, then you get a high definition, sharp image — very enjoyable!
I always do that now and switch back and forth to check the names of the localities mentioned (difficult for me to remember). Give it a try, I think you will like it.
Southfront : You could improve you excellent work by adding a caption linked to each image to explain this.
I already do that with every map and I find these general maps the least useful. I’m a bit of a map freak, so I can only really appreciate detailed maps and not rough estimates. I know that they base their maps on field reports and other maps, but there’s more use to frequent map updates if the map itself is detailed, in my opinion.
But thanks for the advice anyway!
SF maps give a guide to developments, use as I do, more detailed topo maps to overlay and mark actual force deployments and movements
SF does good work with these maps, for free. Yes there are small imperfections (I don’t like the intense coloration obscuring terrain features and absence of scale bars) but if you use in conjunction with GoogleEarth, Joint Ops Graphics, WAC charts, Arabic topo maps & place-name Gazeteers (all for free online !) you have a really good picture of Zones of Control and obvious local/regional choke points, routes etc.. Plus SF is all volunteer, if you can compile more accurate situation maps every 24 hours please do so and post for us.
After seeing this map I said, “Holy crap! ISIS controls more than half of Syria!”