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Among the roughly 150 regime detainees released in the swap for 13 kidnapped Syrian nuns are some rebel fighters; the Lebanese negotiator said the Al Nusrah Front had first demanded the release of 1,000 prisoners. Mohammed Haydar Zammar, the al Qaeda recruiter who helped assemble the "Hamburg cell" that carried out the 9/11 attacks, is reportedly living in Aleppo after being freed last fall in a prisoner swap between Ahrar al Sham and the regime. In Aleppo, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Shekh Najjar, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against the Jabhat Al Akrad brigade and the Islamic Front near Menbej city. In Raqqah, an explosion at a hotel used as an ISIS base killed and wounded a number of ISIS fighters. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama and in Deraa. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and the Islamic Front continued to clash with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq.
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.