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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.
President Assad said disposal of Syria's chemical weapons would take about a year and cost $1 billion. He strongly denied that his government was behind the Aug. 21 gas attack, and said Syria is committed to the US-Russian agreement for the surrender of Syria's chemical arsenal. Syria gave Russia materials said to implicate the rebels for the gas attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reportedly detained two doctors in Aleppo and killed one of them. ISIL stormed the town of Azaz near a Turkish border crossing in Aleppo, killing five Free Syrian Army fighters and arresting 100 people; the FSA brigade asked the Al Tawheed Brigade to mediate. ISIL executed an Alawite man in Raqqah. Regime and Hezbollah forces clashed with rebels near Damascus airport. ISIL recently released photos of its fighters training and firing mortars in Ghouta in Damascus.
The pilot of a Syrian helicopter shot down over Latakia by a Turkish warplane may have been killed. The Syrian military said the helicopter had mistakenly crossed over into Turkish airspace while looking for infiltrating rebels. A car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in Idlib, injuring at least 12 people. Kurdish YPG fighters continued to clash with Al Nusrah, Islamic State of Iraq, and rebel fighters in Hasakah. A Damascus-based jihadist coordinating group issued a statement about Abu Suheib al-Firansi, 63, a French businessman who converted to Islam and has joined jihadists in Syria.