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A regime airstrike killed at least 13 people and wounded 20 in Aleppo, according to SOHR. Kurdish forces captured six buildings used by the Islamic State and significant weapons and ammunition near Kobane; the US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes overnight near the embattled city. Jihadists and US-backed rebels have reportedly aligned in the battle for Aleppo; meanwhile "a ranking Turkish source" claims that the Free Syrian Army has abandoned its bid for Aleppo. Syrian rebels have made recent gains in southwestern Daraa province. A majority of the 1,500 people executed by the Islamic State in Syria over the past five months were Sunni civilians, according to SOHR. The Red Cross and Red Crescent have called for increased aid as Syria's 10.4 million refugees face the winter. A prominent Syrian Sunni cleric has declared that Islamic State emir Baghdadi is "going to hell" after the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig. Syria has been ranked 5th on the Global Terrorism Index.
Rebel sources are claiming that leaders from the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front have agreed to a truce in light of Western intervention. The US launched another round of airstrikes against Al Nusrah, targeting "at least one top operative" of the Khorasan Group. Western airstrikes on the Islamic State in Raqqa have reportedly disrupted the group but have angered some residents. Syrian regime airstrikes killed nine people, including three children, in the town of Saqba near Damascus. Western-backed rebels called for food aid to forestall a looming humanitarian crisis. The Islamic State announced that it will be printing currency in Syria and Iraq, stating its aim to "emancipate itself from the satanic global economic system." Some factions of the Syrian opposition have expressed cautious support of a UN-proposed ceasefire in Aleppo, on the heels of Free Syrian Army factions rejecting the plan.
US and allied forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Syria since Nov. 10; 10 of them near Kobane. US President Barack Obama has requested a review of policy towards Syria and may be open to the deposition of the Assad regime, according to senior officials interviewed by CNN. The Kurdish YPG is angling for self-rule in Syria in return for cooperation with Western interests against the Islamic State; Kurdish volunteer units are patrolling the Turkish border to prevent the transit of jihadists and supplies. Moderate rebels in the south of the country are the last remnants of the West's proxy strategy after the collapse of US-backed groups in the north. The Free Syrian Army has rejected a UN-proposed truce in Aleppo; the Assad regime had expressed "positive signals" about the plan to a UN envoy on Nov. 11.