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Syria welcomed Russia's proposal that Syria turn over all of its chemical weapons to international control in order to avoid US military strikes. The Free Syrian Army said it does not trust the regime's pledge. President Assad said the US should "expect everything" if it attacks Syria, because of the variety of forces in the region, including al Qaeda. Kurdish fighters continued to clash with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Raqqah province, and with Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel groups in Hasakah province. Christians and Muslims fled the ancient village of Maaloula after it was taken over by the Al Nusrah Front; Christians said the militants killed three people and kidnapped six more, desecrated churches, and stole property. A global jihadist forum said that Denis Mamdou Cuspert (a.k.a. Abu Talha al-Almani, Deso Dogg), a leader of the German Islamist group Millatu Ibrahim, was injured, not killed, in Syria.
President Assad denied authorizing the use of chemical weapons against Syrians. Regime forces have dispersed into smaller units in advance of threatened US strikes. A veteran Italian journalist held in Syria since April has been released. The Al Nusrah Front said it planned to enter Raqqah city. Kurdish forces in Raqqah province are still clashing with the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and allied rebel groups. Al Nusrah handed over one of its fighters in Deir Izzour province to a sharia court. Regime forces fought against Al Nusrah and several other rebel battalions in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula in Reef Dimashq, but Islamist rebels now control the town.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on "the increasing human rights violations that have been committed by the ISIS" (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Several fighters from both sides were killed in clashes between Kurds and the Al Nusrah Front, the ISIL, and rebel fighters in Hasakah. The ruling Baath Party leadership said it would go into "permanent session" starting today. The US and allies have not yet established a direct link between the regime leadership and the Aug. 21 chemical attack. According to the UN, some 2,000,000 Syrians have become refugees from the civil war, and over 4,000,000 more are displaced within Syria. Syrian Christian officials said that nearly 450,000 Syrian Christians have fled their homes. The EU urged a "clear and strong" response to the Aug. 21 chemical attack, but stopped short of endorsing military action.