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The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, released a video showing the terror group executing 11 captured Syrian troops. The US State Department intends to add Al Nusrah's emir, Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Julani, to the list of global terrorists. Russia has not abandoned efforts to broker a diplomatic solution to the conflict. A possible use of chemical weapons by government troops last month was reported.
Rebels detonated two car bombs simultaneously outside the central prison in Aleppo, attempting to free inmates, including al Qaeda members. The Free Syrian Army vowed to punish a member of the Farouq Brigade who was videotaped mutilating corpses. The UK and France have asked the UN to designate the Al Nusrah Front a terrorist organization. The UN passed a nonbinding resolution calling for a political transition in Syria.
A Syrian rebel attempted to defend his mutilation of the bodies of government fighters, shown on video. The Al Nusrah Front executed three captured army officers in Raqqa. The UN Human Rights Commissioner called for an investigation of alleged human rights abuses by rebel fighters. A new Syrian opposition group, called the Union of Syrian Democrats, was formed; it has 250 members and wants a civil, democratic state.
The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two-year conflict has killed at least 82,000 people so far and 12,500 are missing. The Assad regime, which is accused by both Turkey and the Syrian opposition of executing a recent deadly bombing in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, denied responsibility for the attack. The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, has established control over the provincial capital of Raqqah and its nearby oilfields. The UK plans to ask the UN to add Al Nusrah to its terrorist list. Four Filipino UN peacekeepers were released after being kidnapped by the rebel Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade.
A Russian official backtracked on the recently announced US-Russian plan to convene a meeting between the Assad regime and the opposition to resolve the conflict; he said holding such a meeting by the end of May is "impossible." The US ambassador to Turkey is said to have met with a rebel commander at a Turkish border crossing who asked the US to lift its arms embargo. Government forces and rebels battled over key highways linking the capital with Aleppo and Daraa.
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah said Syria will provide the terror group with "game-changing weapons" as a strategic response to Israeli airstrikes on Hezbollah weaponry in Syria. US Secretary of State Kerry warned that Russia's plan to supply Syria would destabilize Israel's security; he also said President Assad would not be part of any transitional Syrian government. The Syrian Army is trying to retake lost territory in Qusayr, Aleppo, and Idlib.
The rebel Yarmouk Martyrs Brigades seized four Filipino UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights; the same group seized 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers in March, holding them for several days. The US and Russia agreed to try to convene a meeting later this month between the Assad regime and the opposition in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict, which has killed over 70,000 people and displaced 4.25 million more inside the country.