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Regime forces launched an offensive to retake Kasab in Latakia from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. At least 50 fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and rebels were killed in recent clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Rebels reportedly killed over 20 regime soldiers in two attacks in Aleppo. The head of Lebanon's General Security said efforts to free two kidnapped Syrian bishops are "on the right track." Two Spanish journalists held by Islamist extremists in Raqqah for six months were freed; some 40 other Western hostages are still being held.
Regime forces backed by Hezbollah captured two towns in the strategic Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly killed up to 35 fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front during clashes in Hasakah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where the al Umma brigade fought alongside Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front. In Deir Izzour, an IED detonated near Al Nusrah headquarters in Al-Myaden city. The OPCW said that about half of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed or moved out of the country; Syria's UN ambassador said rebel assaults on Latakia, which would affect the chemical shipments, were "trying to create a catastrophe"; he also said the most recent UN report on Syria ignored terrorists' roles in human rights abuses and hindering the delivery of aid.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels battled regime forces in Latakia. Activists claimed that opposition forces have blocked regime reinforcements from reaching Latakia. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama, in Idlib, and in Deir Izzour. Arabs in Raqqah allied with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to create the al Ansar Army. The ISIS fought against Kurdish Jabhat Al-Akrad and YPG forces, as well as against rebels, in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters killed a senior regime officer and five of his men in Aleppo city. The UN's latest report on the delivery of aid blames both the regime and the rebels for hindrances. The UN also voted to renew its investigation of war crimes in Syria.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Ansar al Sham, and the Sham al Islam continued to battle regime forces in Latakia; the regime responded with bombardments. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham over oilfields and facilities in Deir Izzour. ISIS fought against Al Nusrah, Islamist fighters, and Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters clashed with regime forces in Hama, and in Reef Dimashq.