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A former chemical weapons chief in the regime's army said he had on three occasions defied orders to use chemical weapons, and claimed that the regime has already transferred some of its chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and to Iran via Iraq. A Free Syrian Army spokesman claimed that the regime sent chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon nearly three months ago. The Syrian National Council rebuffed Iran's offer to mediate with the Assad regime. Syria met the first deadline in the US-Russian deal for the surrender of its chemical weapons. A top Russian official said the Kremlin might change its position if the Assad regime cheats on the chemical weapons deal, but warned that Western military intervention would only benefit al Qaeda.
Syria delivered a partial chemical weapons inventory to the OPCW, and is expected to complete it soon. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Hasakah. Regime forces bombarded an ISIL checkpoint in Raqqah; ISIL executed an Alawite man. Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel forces bombarded a town in Raqqah. ISIL partially withdrew from Azar in Aleppo after a truce was negotiated by the Liwa al Tawhid brigade between ISIL and a Free Syrian Army brigade. Fighters from Ahrar al Sham, Al Nusrah, al Haq brigade, al Meqdad Bin Aswad battalion, and Talbisa legions attacked an Alawite village in Homs. The Syrian National Coalition condemned ISIL's attacks on FSA troops, its disregard for Syrian lives, and its link to a "foreign agenda" and calls for a new state inside Syria. Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK sent letters to the UN Security Council on behalf of the Syrian National Coalition. Two FSA brigades joined the Al Nusrah Front.
Deputy Prime Minister Jamil said the conflict has reached a stalemate and the government will call for a ceasefire at the Geneva Two conference. US intelligence indicates the Assad regime has been moving chemical weapons since the US-Russian deal was reached for their surrender. The Supreme Military Council said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant recently raided an SMC arms depot filled with light weapons and ammunition provided by Gulf states in coordination with the CIA. The Free Syrian Army's Northern Storm Brigade tried to retake the border town of Azaz from the ISIL. A roadside bomb blew up a bus in an Alawite village in Homs, reportedly killing 19 people. A car bombing of a government building in Zamalka in Damascus killed 20 people.