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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has imposed a harsh version of Islam throughout Raqqah city and destroyed shrines in a mosque; the ISIS issued four decrees for Syrians in areas under its control in Raqqah province. ISIS took over the al Jarah military airport in Aleppo from an Islamic movement, and clashed with Islamic and rebel battalions outside Menbej city. Regime forces battled the Al Nusrah Front and an Islamic battalion in Deir Izzour. Regime forces killed at least 15 Islamic battalion fighters in Reef Dimashq yesterday. Three car bombs detonated in Aleppo and Idlib. State media claimed that regime forces killed a number of Islamic Front fighters in Adra, clashed with Al Nusrah in Deir Izzour, and killed Al Nusrah commanders Ziad Abu al-Qaqa'a and Abu al-Yaman al-Jaza'ri in Idlib. President Assad claimed that extremist terrorists have wiped out the Free Syrian Army over the past few months, and that some opposition groups were recently created by foreign intelligence agencies. Rebel activists and Western intelligence agencies accused the Assad regime of using al Qaeda forces to gain an advantage in the civil war; and a recent Qatar-funded report appears to detail the systematic abuse and killing of thousands of detainees by the regime.
The head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham released an audio message threatening that the US would soon have to confront ISIS directly; he also urged Syrians not to believe enemy propaganda about ISIS, criticized rebel attacks on ISIS as a "betrayal," and called on rebels to stop fighting ISIS and focus on fighting the Assad regime. ISIS clashed with Islamist and rebel fighters near an ISIS checkpoint in Aleppo. The Islamic Front rejected the upcoming Geneva II talks as "hollow conferences." The Syrian National Coalition threatened to withdraw from the talks unless the UN retracts its invitation to Iran. President Assad, meeting with a Russian delegation in Damascus, called for the creation of both an international coalition to fight terrorism and an Islamic alliance to combat Wahhabism, which he blamed for problems in relations between religions. Assad reportedly said he had no intention of quitting, but his office later called the report "inaccurate."
The Syrian National Coalition said it would attend the Geneva II talks, and that three rebel groups, Soldiers of the Levant, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, and the Mujahideen Army, want to be represented in the delegation. An SNC official said the coalition would accept the regime's offer of a ceasefire in Aleppo if the regime stops using barrel bombs; he also said the ceasefire could possibly be extended to Idlib. Regime barrel bombs in Aleppo killed five Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fighters and another man. ISIS clashed with Islamist and rebel fighters near Hayyan and in Menbej city in Aleppo. Video was released of the beheading of three members of Syrian military intelligence at the historic Krak des Chevaliers in Homs by the jihadist group Jund al Sham. In Raqqah, ISIS took supplies from the Red Cross warehouse yesterday and clashed with regime forces overnight.
Free Syrian Army chief Gen. Salim Idris called attempts to unify Syrian rebels into a Free National Army a "pipe dream," warned that the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham will be long, and said the FSA and the Islamic Front resolved their differences almost a month ago. In Aleppo, a car bomb killed nine Islamist militants in Jazer, an ISIS suicide bomber and clashes killed nine rebels and a civilian in Ajel, ISIS clashed with Islamists and rebels in Menbej, and the Al Nusrah Front and Islamist battalions fought regime forces in Neqareen. In Reef al-Muhandiseen, Islamist battalions and rebels took over, and 12 ISIS fighters were killed and 20 others, mostly Turks, were handed over after Al Nusrah mediation. ISIS retreated from Kafarjoum, the site of its largest Syrian arms depot; brought in fighters from Raqqah to Menbej; and took over Jarabalus city after clashing with Islamic and rebel battalions. In Idlib, ISIS pulled its forces out of Saraqeb. The Assad regime proposed a ceasefire in Aleppo and the exchange of prisoners.
The Al Nusrah Front has demanded that the Raqqah division of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham hand over to sharia court all those responsible for the killing of Abu Sa'ad al-Hadhrami, Al Nusrah's leader for Raqqah. ISIS attacked regime forces in the 17th division in Raqqah. ISIS and Islamic battalion fighters clashed in Deir Izzour and in Aleppo. Rebels downed a regime helicopter in Reef Dimashq, killing four officers. A car bomb exploded in Saraqeb in Idlib, near an Islamic battalion. An opposition activist group reported that at least 1,070 people have been killed in fighting between ISIS forces and Islamist and rebel battalions over the past two weeks. The UN said recent mass killings by Syrian rebel groups, and in particular the ISIS, may constitute war crimes. The OPCW said the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons is being delayed due to security and logistical problems in transporting the materials to Latakia for shipment out of the country; the regime has alleged that rebels attacked two chemical weapons storage sites over a week ago.