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US State Department officials said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has hindered the flow of aid from the US and other countries to the moderate opposition. Abu Amarr, a senior rebel commander in the Free Syrian Army and the leader of the Fallujah-Houran brigade, was killed in clashes with regime forces in Daraa. Regime airstrikes targeted areas south of Damascus near Jaramana where the Al Nusrah Front had made advances after a suicide bombing. Syrian opposition leaders are meeting in London tomorrow to consider participation in the Geneva peace talks. The Al Nusrah Front released statements and animations describing recent attacks, including a suicide bombing with allied jihadist forces in Deir Azzour on Oct. 14.
German intelligence estimates that more than 1,000 Europeans, including 150 Muslims from Kosovo, are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria.
A suicide truck bombing by the Al Nusrah Front killed 43 people in Hama and wounded dozens more; although an army checkpoint was targeted, 32 of the dead were civilians. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the international community of hypocrisy for focusing on chemical weapons while thousands of Syrians are being killed by the ongoing conflict. The chief of the Arab League said peace talks on Syria would begin on Nov. 23 in Geneva, but the UN's envoy for Syria said no date had been set.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, assisted by the Al Nusrah Front and rebel battalions, clashed with Kurdish YPG forces, and bombarded the towns of Kendar and Ando Kawi in Raqqah. Rebels and Islamist forces clashed in Reef Dimashq after an Al Nusrah truck bomb detonated by the Tamiko factory checkpoint, killing at least 16 soldiers. A British surgeon said snipers in Syria targeted specific body areas, including the bellies of pregnant women.
Regime bombardments killed 12 civilians in the Aleppo town of Tel'eren, which was wrested from the control of Liwa' Jabhat al-Akrad rebels by the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in July. Al Nusrah and Ahrar al-Sham clashed with regime forces near Aleppo Central Prison. Al Nusrah executed 10 regime soldiers in Deir Azzour, and rebels took over a literature college near al-Reshdiya. The OPCW has visited 14 of 20 chemical weapons sites, but has been unable to inspect the Safira military complex due to heavy fighting. The Syrian National Council said it would not participate in the Geneva talks unless Assad first steps down. Nine Lebanese pilgrims held by rebels since May 2012 have reportedly been freed. ISIS released a statement about its expulsion of the Northern Storm Brigade from Azaz; a video of a suicide bomber in Iraq; and photos of a child training camp in Ghouta.