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A rebel claiming to speak for some 65 Free Syrian Army units said they were withdrawing from the Syrian National Coalition. Regime gunners attacked rebel and Al Nusrah Front forces clashing with regime troops outside Aleppo Central Prison. Two Al Nusrah suicide bombers detonated inside the gates of the prison, killing at least seven guards as well as themselves. ISIS clashed with a rebel battalion outside Azaz, and detained a rebel leader who controlled the Bustan al-Qasr crossing. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah; 21 ISIS and Nusrah fighters, as well as 12 YPG fighters, were killed. YPG had offered an Eid ceasefire two days ago, saying it would fight only if attacked. Two suicide bombers targeted the Allahu Akbar brigade in Deir Azzour. A minibus hit a mine in Deraa, killing 21 people. The OPCW said it has visited 11 of 20 chemical weapons sites and destroyed equipment at six of them.
Fighting continued throughout Syria despite the Eid al-Adha holiday. Rebel bombs targeted churches in Damascus suburbs, as well as areas of central Damascus. Regime aircraft bombed rebel-held areas south and east of Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with the rebel Northern Storm brigade at the Bab Salam post at the Turkish border; the two groups clashed last month in Azaz, another border town. ISIS released a video showing Kazakh jihadists and a suicide bombing in the Nabak area of Damascus. An opposition activist claimed last week that a Catholic priest kidnapped by ISIS in July is alive. OPCW experts have visited eight of 20 chemical weapons sites, but so far none of the weapons have been destroyed.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham released four of the seven Red Cross aid workers recently kidnapped in Idlib; the group still holds three of them. A car bombing in Idlib killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens more. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces in Deir Azzour; rebels have reportedly taken over the military hospital there. Rebels shelled a judicial building in Aleppo and the Kweiris military airport. A jihadist claimed that a Japanese photographer converted to Islam and joined ISIS. A Kosovan fighter in Azaz appeared in an ISIL video promoting jihad. Another ISIS video showed the March 4 attack at the Yarabiyah crossing on the Iraq-Syria border.
Two suicide car bombs detonated outside the Syrian state TV headquarters in central Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly bombed a Sufi shrine in Deir Azzour; another shrine in the area was bombed on Sept. 24. Rebels reportedly downed a fighter jet in Deraa. ISIS fighters clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Raqqah. Gunmen kidnapped six Red Cross workers and a local volunteer in Idlib. The Syrian Red Crescent said it has evacuated at least 1,500 people from the Damascus rebel-held suburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. The president of the Syrian National Council, the largest bloc in the Syrian National Coalition, said his group will shun the proposed Geneva II peace talks; the talks have been tentatively postponed from October to November.
Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri issued a statement calling Muslims to fight for the establishment of a jihadi Islamic state in Syria, in order to bring back the Caliphate and "liberate" Jerusalem; he warned against dealing with secularists and American agents, and urged jihadists to rise above "organizational affiliations and partisan prejudices." He issued a similar call in June. After three days of clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and the Free Syrian Army's Abail brigade in Aleppo, ISIL has taken over several neighborhoods; some 50 fighters have been killed. Regime forces aided by NDF, Hezbollah, and Shia militias clashed with rebels in Reef Dimashq. Rebel mortars landed near the Agriculture Ministry and a school in central Damascus, killing a child. A strategist for the Syrian National Coalition said the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW was premature.
Human Rights Watch reported that Syrian rebels led by al Qaeda affiliates the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham committed numerous atrocities in Latakia in August, including the taking of over 200 civilian hostages, mainly women and children, who still have not been released. The OPCW, which is undertaking the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Regime airstrikes targeted rebel-held areas in Safira controlled by the Al Nusrah Front and ISIS, in an effort to regain the town and retain control of the Safira military complex, which contains chemical weapon facilities. The presence of the Islamist fighters is said to obstruct OPCW access to the complex. ISIS took over three neighborhoods in Aleppo. Islamic chants were imposed in schools in Aleppo's al-Bab city.