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A group of 13 kidnapped nuns was released by the Al Nusrah Front in a swap for over 150 female detainees in regime prisons. Regime and Hezbollah forces continued to battle rebel forces including the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and the Islamic Front, in Yabroud, where the nuns had been held. The ISIS continued to clash with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Hasakah. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and the Dawood Brigade in Idlib, and fought against the Islamic Front and the Jund al Sham in Homs. Al Nusrah forces raided four villages in Aleppo, seizing persons accused of dealings with regime forces; an ISIS checkpoint fired on a bus carrying civilians.
The Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour, in Aleppo, and in Hama. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham controls an oil well in Hama's Jabal Sha'er area. An ISIS suicide car bomber detonated near an Al Nusrah checkpoint in Hasakah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, in Idlib, and in Homs. Regime forces took over the mainly Sunni village of al-Zara in Homs. Regime forces continued to fight against ISIS, Al Nusrah, and the Islamic Front around Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. The ISIS spokesman claimed that the group is being falsely accused by jihadist factions such as Al Nusrah and by Arab and Western governments, Iran, and Sunni militias. The Free Syrian Army confirmed the appointment of Gen. Abdel Ilah al-Bashir to replace Gen. Salem Idriss.
The regime's use of barrel bombs has reportedly increased since last year. Residents of Raqqah say it is controlled by some 5,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, consisting mainly of foreigners, including Iraqis, Tunisians, Gulf Arabs, and Chechens. An ISIS leader was killed fighting regime forces near the 17th Division in Raqqah. ISIS recaptured parts of Markada in Hasakah from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. At least 17 Islamic Front fighters were killed battling regime forces near Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. ISIS clashed with Islamic and rebel fighters and the Kurdish Front near Minbej city in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Idlib, in Hama, and in Homs. Al Nusrah released a video showing a suicide attack and raid on Kurdistan Workers' Party forces in Hasakah on Jan. 25.
The Syrian National Coalition has retained Gen. Abdel-Ilah Bashir as head of the Free Syrian Army but given former head Salem Idriss the post of military adviser to SNC chief Ahmad Jarba. Negotiators lost contact with 13 Syrian nuns kidnapped by an Al Nusrah Front-linked group led by Abu Malek al-Kuwaiti. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces continued to battle Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and the Islamic Front near Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. An ISIS suicide car bomber detonated by a police base in Aleppo that had been taken over by the Islamic Front. In Hama, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and a suicide truck bomb detonated near a regime military intelligence base. In Homs, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and two suicide car bombs killed at least 12 people. Two ISIS suicide car bombers blew themselves up inside the 17th Division in Raqqah, and three ISIS suicide bombers detonated yesterday at an Internet cafe. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic Front battled regime forces, and gunmen fought over control of oil fields. Al Nusrah issued a video of its training camp in Deir Izzour that is named after al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.
A new UN report accuses the Assad regime of using siege tactics against civilians and deplores the "absolute impunity that pervades the conflict," in which both sides are guilty of massacres and other crimes. Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the UN inquiry committee on Syria, said it was "likely" that the perpetrators of the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack in Ghouta had access to regime stockpiles, and also said "at least several hundred people were affected" by the attacks. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to clash with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces in Aleppo. Gunmen killed an Algerian fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Raqqah. In Hasakah, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front took over parts of Markada after fighting ISIS for weeks. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs and in Hama. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated in the home of a commander linked to Al Nusrah in Deir Izzour, killing a child.