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The Islamic Front seized the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border from Free Syrian Army forces after having taken over their nearby warehouse and arms depots last week. The US suspended all shipments of nonlethal aid to the Free Syrian Army in the north as a result of Islamist gains. Suspected Islamist gunmen abducted a leading Syrian human rights lawyer, her husband, and two associates from her office in the Damascus suburb of Douma. A number of activists have disappeared in recent months in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The families of two Spanish journalists kidnapped by ISIS appealed for their release. ISIS released a video featuring Anwar al Awlaki speaking about the establishment of an Islamic state. The Islamic Front's Ahrar al Sham released a video on its website about a joint operation in Damascus conducted by Ahrar al Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and ISIS.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham executed a mentally disabled man in Idlib for swearing. ISIS continued its attacks on Syrian Kurds in Aleppo, taking over homes and turning them into bases. Regime forces detained the wife of a nonviolent opposition activist in Damascus who is currently being detained. The Supreme Military Council is starting a 'hearts and minds' campaign in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Idlib, and Damascus to provide humanitarian assistance and wean civilians away from al Qaeda's outreach efforts. A Spanish news outlet revealed that two Spanish journalists were kidnapped in September by ISIS in Raqqah.
Regime troops and Hezbollah allies advanced against fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the town of Nabek near the Lebanon border. A senior Hezbollah commander was killed in the fighting in Nabek. The Damascus-Homs highway has reportedly been taken by regime forces.
Regime forces continued to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebels on the Damascus-Homs highway in Reef Dimashq near Nabek. The Syrian National Coalition said the bodies of 40 men, women, and children were found near the city. In Idlib, the Islamic Front took over the bases and arms depots of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council at the Baba el-Hawa crossing between Syria and Turkey. The FSA said two of its commanders were seized and secretly executed by ISIS as they were leading an aid convoy from Turkey to northern Syria; their bodies were found in Azaz, near Aleppo. Three rebel fighters, including an officer, were executed by an unknown group in Mayer in Aleppo.
The previously unknown Ahrar Al-Qalamoun Brigade reportedly conveyed the Al Nusrah Front's demands to the Assad regime via the Vatican that 12 nuns kidnapped from Maaloula will be released only if conditions are met, including that the regime release 1,000 female prisoners and suspend its siege on a number of strategic areas, such as Ghouta in eastern Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is said to be gaining ground from rebel groups in Syria, and to have about 5,500 foreign fighters, including 250 Chechens in Aleppo, and 17,000 Syrian fighters. A suicide attack in Hasakah killed five people and wounded 10 more. The OPCW verified that all of Syria's unfilled chemical weapons munitions have been destroyed; the US plans to destroy the chemical weapons at sea by early 2014.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and Islamic groups clashed with regime forces on the Damascus-Homs highway in Reef Dimashq. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions on the outskirts of Maaloula. ISIS has kidnapped 51 Kurdish civilians in and around Minbej city in Aleppo, and has seized Kurdish shops. Gunmen assassinated a rebel leader in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. Suspected ISIS gunmen stopped a journalist's car at a checkpoint in Idlib and shot into the car; the journalist's fate is unknown. Two Norwegian sisters of Somali origin who traveled to Syria for jihad are being held in Syria, and one has been injured.