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Regime forces launched an offensive on Homs city, parts of which have been besieged for almost two years, and retook one of the last rebel-held villages in Qalamoun. The Al Nusrah Front claimed three car bombings in Homs and said its fighters are eager to detonate more as well as conduct suicide attacks. In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with the Kurdish Front brigade, and the Islamic Front battled regime forces; ISIS also was targeted by regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS clashed with Islamic fighters in Raqqah. Al Nusrah announced an offensive in Sweida province, and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Deraa. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where Islamic fighters toured Sermen displaying a beheaded Syrian soldier. Videos appeared showing rebel groups, including the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front and the Harakat Hazm, using US-made antitank rockets.
Regime forces recaptured the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which had fallen to the Al Nusrah Front and rebels in December. Three journalists from Hezbollah's al Manar news were killed near Maaloula and two others were wounded when their car was attacked by Islamist "terrorists." The Syrian National Coalition urged the US to take action against alleged "genocide" by regime forces. The US rejected the regime's claim that it was winning and said the war was now one of "attrition." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Raqqah, and killed six Al Nusrah fighters in Deir Izzour. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces and Hezbollah in Al-Meleha, Ghouta, and Qalamoun; the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces near Rankous. A suicide car bomb exploded in an Alawite area in Homs.
President Assad claimed that the Syrian conflict has reached a turning point in terms of the regime's military achievements and national reconciliation. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama, Aleppo, and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Idlib, and Homs. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. ISIS controls al Bab city in Aleppo.
Both state media and rebel sources claimed that a poison gas attack injured dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in Hama, and blamed each other. State media said the attack involved chlorine gas and was carried out by the Al Nusrah Front, and warned that the group was planning other chemical attacks in Hama and in the Wadi Deif area of Idlib. Al Nusrah tried to take over a regime checkpoint in Idlib. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters clashed with regime forces in Hama; in Reef Dimashq; in Latakia, where they were joined by the Junoud al Sham, Ahrar al Sham, Sham al Islam, and Ansar al Sham; and in Aleppo, where, in some of the fiercest fighting in two years in the city, they were joined by the al Muhajireen army, al Ansar battalion, and rebels. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo. Al Nusrah released a video in which an Australian member of its sharia council provided background on the long-simmering dispute between Al Nusrah and ISIS.
In the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour near the Iraqi border, 86 people were killed as the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front recaptured the border town from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deir Izzour, in Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where they were joined by the al Umma brigade. ISIS clashed with Islamic fighters and the Kurdish YPG in Raqqah, and with Islamic fighters and rebels in Aleppo. In a video, German jihadist Denis Mamadou Cuspert (a.k.a.Abu Talha al-Almani) stated his allegiance to ISIS and called for recruits. A member of al Qaeda's shura committee urged that jihadist infighting in Syria be submitted to sharia council arbitration, and a group of prominent ideologues called on al Qaeda's emir to address problems posed by ISIS.