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The Foreign Ministry denounced the US' closure of Syria's Embassy and consulates. The first UN aid convoy from Turkey crossed into Syria for Qamishli. The OPCW said Syria has shipped nearly half of its chemical weapons out of the country for destruction, including all of its mustard gas. Many civilians were injured when the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces near the entrance to the Yarmouk refugee camp while food aid was being distributed. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continued to clash with the Islamic Front in Hasakah. Regime forces took over Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq after battling Al Nusrah, ISIS, and the Islamic Front. In Deraa, the Islamic Front and some FSA fighters seized the Gharz prison after two months of battle. In Aleppo, Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and rebels clashed with regime forces; and Kurdish, Islamic Front, and rebel forces killed several ISIS fighters.
In Yabroud, regime forces found a site used by the Al Nusrah Front to make rockets and another site used to rig car bombs. Regime forces tried to seize territory between Yabroud and the Lebanese border. In Deir Izzour, the Al Nusrah Front looked for Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fighters. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah, ISIS, and Islamic fighters battled regime and Hezbollah forces outside Yabroud; ISIS killed many regime forces in an ambush. In Aleppo, the Islamic Front's Tawhid Brigade blew up a tunnel beneath the Justice Palace; Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters fought against with regime forces; and ISIS killed an Islamic Front commander in a clash. Sources said five rockets were fired at Latakia on March 9, close to OPCW activity. Al Nusrah released video of a Dec. 11 raid in Deraa.
Robert Ford, the former US ambassador to Syria, said his biggest complaint about the Syrian opposition has been its failure to distance itself from al Qaeda and affiliates. Regime forces closed in on rebel holdouts in Yabroud; a Hezbollah source claimed the city fell to regime forces after a Hezbollah raid killed 13 rebel commanders. The Army of Mujahedeen hauled a female activist and another woman into sharia court in Aleppo for refusing to wear a headscarf. The Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish forces in the province. The Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama, in Quneitra, in Deraa, in Raqqah, and in Reef Dimashq. Gunmen killed eight Al Nusrah fighters in Deir Izzour at an oilfield controlled by the group. Al Nusrah claimed that its Dec. 10 battle in Damascus, a joint operation with Ahrar al Sham, Jaysh al Islam, and other groups, killed nearly 1,000 regime soldiers; Al Nusrah also claimed a joint operation on March 12 in Hama with the Free Syrian Army's Liwa al Ummah.
The strategic town of Yabroud has fallen to regime forces backed by Hezbollah, after weeks of fighting against rebel forces including the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. In Aleppo, Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters battled regime forces, and ISIS detained eight members of a family for supporting rebel battalions. In Idlib, the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces and launched shells at Shiite towns. ISIS fought against rebels in Hasakah, and executed an Arab sheikh in Raqqah. Islamic factions and the Jund al Sham clashed with regime forces in Homs.