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The Syrian National Coalition said it would attend the Geneva II talks, and that three rebel groups, Soldiers of the Levant, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, and the Mujahideen Army, want to be represented in the delegation. An SNC official said the coalition would accept the regime's offer of a ceasefire in Aleppo if the regime stops using barrel bombs; he also said the ceasefire could possibly be extended to Idlib. Regime barrel bombs in Aleppo killed five Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fighters and another man. ISIS clashed with Islamist and rebel fighters near Hayyan and in Menbej city in Aleppo. Video was released of the beheading of three members of Syrian military intelligence at the historic Krak des Chevaliers in Homs by the jihadist group Jund al Sham. In Raqqah, ISIS took supplies from the Red Cross warehouse yesterday and clashed with regime forces overnight.




Statement from Zawahiri's representative shows Syrian rebel group tied to al Qaeda

A statement criticizing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) was posted on a Twitter feed maintained by Abu Khalid al Suri, Ayman al Zawahiri's main representative in Syria. Al Suri is a senior leader in Ahrar al Sham, a Syrian rebel group that is directly linked to al Qaeda.


New analysis of rocket in Syria chemical attack undercuts US claims




Iraqi FM warns against 'poisonous' extremism in Syria




Free Syrian Army chief Gen. Salim Idris called attempts to unify Syrian rebels into a Free National Army a "pipe dream," warned that the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham will be long, and said the FSA and the Islamic Front resolved their differences almost a month ago. In Aleppo, a car bomb killed nine Islamist militants in Jazer, an ISIS suicide bomber and clashes killed nine rebels and a civilian in Ajel, ISIS clashed with Islamists and rebels in Menbej, and the Al Nusrah Front and Islamist battalions fought regime forces in Neqareen. In Reef al-Muhandiseen, Islamist battalions and rebels took over, and 12 ISIS fighters were killed and 20 others, mostly Turks, were handed over after Al Nusrah mediation. ISIS retreated from Kafarjoum, the site of its largest Syrian arms depot; brought in fighters from Raqqah to Menbej; and took over Jarabalus city after clashing with Islamic and rebel battalions. In Idlib, ISIS pulled its forces out of Saraqeb. The Assad regime proposed a ceasefire in Aleppo and the exchange of prisoners.




Alleged message from Zawahiri's Syrian representative posted online




Analysis: Shifting dynamics of rebel infighting in Syria

Recent infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and other Islamist groups, including the Al Nusrah Front, has not yet risen to an all-out confrontation.


Australian man killed in Syria had links to Al Qaeda, court documents allege




The Al Nusrah Front has demanded that the Raqqah division of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham hand over to sharia court all those responsible for the killing of Abu Sa'ad al-Hadhrami, Al Nusrah's leader for Raqqah. ISIS attacked regime forces in the 17th division in Raqqah. ISIS and Islamic battalion fighters clashed in Deir Izzour and in Aleppo. Rebels downed a regime helicopter in Reef Dimashq, killing four officers. A car bomb exploded in Saraqeb in Idlib, near an Islamic battalion. An opposition activist group reported that at least 1,070 people have been killed in fighting between ISIS forces and Islamist and rebel battalions over the past two weeks. The UN said recent mass killings by Syrian rebel groups, and in particular the ISIS, may constitute war crimes. The OPCW said the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons is being delayed due to security and logistical problems in transporting the materials to Latakia for shipment out of the country; the regime has alleged that rebels attacked two chemical weapons storage sites over a week ago.




From Falluja to Maghreb, a new, diffuse al Qaeda




Hezbollah at War in Syria: Forces, Operations, Effects and Implications




Al Nusrah Front suicide bomber kills 5 in attack on Hezbollah

AL Qaeda-affiliated groups are stepping up attacks on Hezbollah and Iranian interests in Lebanon as the Syrian civil war rages.


Prosecutors build Hariri bomb plot case on cellphone logs




Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns




The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and Islamic battalion fighters clashed with regime forces in eastern Ghouta in Reef Dimashq, and Al Nusrah and rebels clashed with regime forces near Maaloula. The Kurdish YPG accused the Syrian National Coalition of supporting ISIS against YPG forces in Hasakah. Residents of Hasakah mourned the deaths of 39 YPG fighters killed over the past month by ISIS, Al Nusrah, and Islamist rebels; ISIS and allies have taken over the Qamishli countryside. An ISIS suicide bomb killed at least 26 people in Jarabalus city in Aleppo; ISIS also clashed with Islamic battalion fighters and rebels in the province. In Raqqah, ISIS tortured and killed two Kurdish civilians and set free dozens of Islamist rebels it had captured earlier. In Idlib, Belgian ISIS commander Abu Baraa was killed in Saraqeb, and another non-Syrian ISIS fighter was injured, in an ambush by Islamic fighters; "hundreds" of ISIS fighters are said to be in Saraqeb.




Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon




West has discussed co-operation with Syria, Damascus claims




The Syrian National Coalition has not decided whether to attend the Geneva II peace talks, but stated its position that neither President Assad nor his family can have a role in Syria's future; the Coalition recently lost 42 of its 112 members, and a number of Free Syrian Army groups have recently withdrawn. Regime forces have retaken a number of towns on the outskirts of Aleppo. An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide car bombing in Idlib killed at least 13 Islamic movement fighters. ISIS clashed with regime forces near the 17th division base in Raqqah, after the Islamist movement controlling the base withdrew a few days ago. Islamist and rebel battalions in north Reef Aleppo clashed with ISIS and took over two towns. A draft Proposal for a Temporary Constitutional Declaration, written by three opposition figures, is being circulated ahead of the Geneva II talks as a possible roadmap out of the conflict.




European Spies Reach Out to Syria




Turkish counterterrorism raids target al Islamic charity, net al Qaeda operatives

Arrests and raids in seven Turkish provinces involving suspected al Qaeda leaders as well as the Islamist charity IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation suggest that the Erdogan government is determined to disprove allegations that it tacitly supports al Qaeda in Syria.