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Rebels in the south are said to be planning a spring offensive on Damascus. They have reportedly established a coalition of 47 groups and set up lines of communication between fighters in Damascus and Quneitra provinces, but regime forces are redeploying in Quneitra from Damascus. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces battled the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and Islamic battalions around Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah targeted regime military buses in Deraa. ISIS executed three men in Raqqah accused of targeting the group and detained more than 20 civilians. Regime forces reportedly seized a lawyer and a daughter of an imprisoned human rights activist. A German ISIS commander was killed while fighting against Islamic battalions and rebels. Jund al-Islam commander Faisal Dawood Okla, who had escaped from Lebanon's Roumiyeh prison in October 2012, was killed by regime forces in Homs yesterday.
Regime forces and rebels agreed to several local truces in Damascus. Regime forces recaptured Maan, a village in Hama where at least 25 Alawites were killed by Islamist fighters on Feb. 9. Islamist and rebel fighters clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Aleppo, and with regime forces in Homs. In clashes pitting ISIS against the Al Nusrah Front and rebel fighters in Aleppo, Deir Ezzour, and Idlib, 18 ISIS fighters were killed, along with 23 fighters from Al Nusrah and rebels. In Yabroud, an Islamist commander was killed by regime and Hezbollah forces; and in Aleppo, Kurdish Front militia head Alaa Jabbu was killed, as was a German jihadist.
The Supreme Military Council replaced head Salim Idriss with Brigadier Abdullah al-Bashir, citing "the difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution." An activist group said about 6,000 people have died in Syria since the Geneva II talks started, the highest daily toll in the conflict so far. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq. Islamic battalions and rebels clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Homs. An Islamic brigade reportedly shot an aircraft out of the sky at Kweiris airport in Aleppo. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with ISIS and rebels in Hasakah.
A PLO official said most of the Syrian rebel gunmen have left the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, after reaching an agreement with Palestinian factions; the move was made to allow the delivery of aid to the besieged camp.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, supported by the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions, fought against regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces in Damascus and in Hasakah. Regime forces clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Aleppo, in Hama, and in Deir Izzour. ISIS battled the Free Syrian Army's Jabhat Al-Kurd, Ahfad Al-Murslin, and Asifah Al-Shamal (Northern Storm) brigades in Aleppo near Azaz. An Islamic battalions fighter fired two RPGs into an ISIS base in a church in Raqqah.
Saudi Arabia will soon supply MANPADS and antiaircraft missiles to the Free Syrian Army from warehouses in Jordan and Turkey. The US is said to have already paid $3 million in salaries for fighters from the FSA's Southern Front, which is headed by Bashar al-Zoubi. The second round of Geneva II talks ended in an impasse. Islamic battalions mined tunnels under a hotel serving as a base for regime forces in Aleppo, killing five soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Islamic battalions in Aleppo, killing 17 of the latter. A suicide car bombing near a mosque in Deraa killed at least 18 people. Islamic battalions fought against regime forces in Idlib. Gunmen killed three ISIS fighters in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq.