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The Syrian military continues to redeploy in advance of the threatened US military intervention. A 50-man US-trained rebel cell reportedly left Jordan for Syria. Rebels shelled Alawite villages in Latakia. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed in Aleppo's Jrablos city with the family of a defected army colonel; a man was killed and others injured before the ISIL fighters dispersed into the city. Regime forces regained control of Ariha in Idlib, which had been seized by the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Suqoor al-Sham, and several other battalions. Kurdish forces continued to clash with ISIL and allies in Hasakah. The al Jabsa gas line is still burning; state media blamed "armed terrorists" for the sabotage and for an attack on an oil well in Hasakah. About 55 soldiers defected to the rebels. The UN Secretary General warned that strikes on Syria could unleash more turmoil, and said they are illegal unless conducted in self-defense or approved by the Security Council.
Syrian troops are said to have relocated in advance of threatened US strikes; some reportedly are occupying schools and universities. The military resumed heavy bombardment of East Ghouta, and rebel forces claimed to be taking advantage of the recent dispersal of regime forces seeking to evade US strikes. A number of non-Syrian rebel fighters were killed during an army ambush in Adra, an entry point to East Ghouta; state media claimed those killed were mainly from the Al Nusrah Front. Regime forces arrested a Lebanese man in Tal Alakh for fighting with the Al Nusrah Front. President Assad claimed that the US and France have been unable to provide "the slightest proof" that his regime was responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus. Russian officials also remain unconvinced by US claims and warned that a US strike would jeopardize the proposed Geneva peace conference.
The Arab League passed a resolution urging the UN and the international community to "take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits ... that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for." Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said his country would back a US strike if the Syrian people did. A rights group said that 110,371 people have been killed so far in the Syrian conflict, including 3,730 mostly non-Syrian rebel fighters, and 171 Hezbollah fighters. President Assad claimed that Syria "is capable of confronting any external aggression."