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General Salim Idriss, head of the Free Syrian Army, denied saying that his forces would fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham or cooperate with regime forces in doing so. Pope Francis called for prayers for 12 nuns taken by armed men from a convent in Maaloula; the nuns are said to be detained by the Al Nusrah Front in the rebel-held city of Yabroud. A suicide car bomber detonated at a checkpoint in Hama, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces at that checkpoint and another in the province. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq. ISIS detained 34 Kurdish civilians, including children, in the Minbej city area. Gunmen kidnapped and killed a leader of Aleppo's military council. Al Nusrah, ISIS, and Islamic factions are battling regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS displayed its banners on two churches in Raqqah two months after Tunisian ISIS fighters took over the churches and destroyed their contents. Al Nusrah released video of its siege on the 38th Brigade in Deraa in March.
Four rebel battalions in Idlib-- al-Ansar, al-Naser al-Qadem, al-Naser, and al-Muntaser Billah -- split from the Ahfad al-Rasoul brigade and declared they would proceed independently with "armed jihadist struggle" against the Assad regime. A suicide bomber detonated in central Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham confiscated a coal-laden truck and an excavator machine destined for displaced civilians in Deir Izzour. An American ISIS fighter was killed fighting against regime troops in eastern Hama; Islamic groups and regime forces also clashed in the Mourk area. The Al Nusrah Front, ISIS, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Nabek and Ghouta in Reef Dimashq. The fate of some nuns from Maaloula is uncertain. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS reportedly released a video featuring rebel commander Saddam al-Jamal, who defected to ISIS from the Qatar-linked Liwa Ahfad Al Rasoul brigade of the Free Syrian Army and the FSA's Supreme Military Council.
The UN Human Rights Commission said large-scale human rights abuses have been perpetrated by both sides in the Syrian conflict, and that evidence implicates the highest level of government. Fighters from the Al Nusrah Front, Kabhat Tahrir al-Qalamoun, the al-Ghuraba' brigade, the Tahrir al-sham brigade, and the al-Umariya brigade have taken over the ancient Christian town of Maaloula in Reef Dimashq. A terrorism court in Damascus executed 12 men for "crimes against the nation." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, which took over the Church of Armenian Martyrs in Raqqah, has converted it into a proselytizing office. Al Nusrah, Islamic Bayt al-Maqdis, Amud Houran brigade, al-Umari brigade, and the Badr Horan brigade seized an armament battalion base in Deraa. An activist group estimates that more than 5,000 regular soldiers and pro-regime militants are being held captive by rebel fighters and ISIS. A video featuring a German jihadist urging Germans to fight in Syria was released by ISIS.
The Al Nusrah Front killed at least five regime troops in a suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint near Nabuk. Regime aircraft dropped barrel bombs in rebel-held areas of Al Bab outside Aleppo, apparently targeting a rebel headquarters, and killed at least 20 people. A similar air raid in Al Bab yesterday killed at least 26 people. Deputy Foreign Minister Muqdad said no solution discussed at the forthcoming Geneva peace talks would be implemented without President Assad's approval. Muqdad also said Turkey's policy on Syria has begun to evolve from "the stupid Turkish policy which has compromised the Turkish people... by attracting al Qaeda" to Turkey.
The Al Nusrah Front and rebels clashed with regime forces in Maaloula in an attempt to retake the town. Al Nusrah and allied Islamist factions battled regime forces in al-Nabek in Reef Dimashq. Over 400 people have reportedly been killed during fighting in Syria since Nov. 28, many of them in Ghouta and Qalamoun. ISIS released video of its fighters attacking Sufi shrines in Aleppo and sniping at regime forces in Hama. Al Nusrah released video claiming that its fighters and "Islamic brigades" captured Syria's largest oil field, and that it executed five regime helpers in Damascus.