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UN and Arab League officials began negotiating with Syrian rebels over their seizure of 21 UN peacekeeper in the Golan Heights. Government jets continued air raids against the city of Raqqa, captured by rebels two days ago.
US General Mattis said the US and regional allies are planning for potential stability operations in Syria in case the Assad regime collapsed. Some 20 UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights were detained by 30 rebel fighters. The UK said it would provide armored vehicles, body armor, and rescue equipment to Syrian rebels but no weapons.
Rebels battled to consolidate their hold in the provincial capital of Raqqa, and captured the provincial governor. President Assad said his regime was defeating the "conspiracy" against the country. The number of Syrian refugees neared 1 million.
After weeks of battle, fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front and others took control of the provincial capital of Reqqa in northern Syria, the first time an entire city has fallen. Government forces launched a major assault to recapture rebel-held areas in Homs. Rebels elected a civilian affairs council in Aleppo.
Rebels from the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front and others overran a prison in northern Raqa province, releasing hundreds of prisoners. After a week of heavy fighting, rebels captured large parts of a police academy near Aleppo. Shiite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon joined Syrian Shiites defending a shrine south of Damascus.
Fighting seesawed across the country. Rebels and government troops traded fire along a critical front line in the Damascus suburb of Jawbar. Government troops captured a village near Homs, reopening a supply route to Aleppo. The al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front battled for control of the important northern city of Raqa.