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Rebel forces made gains in the northern area of Aleppo. Government troops assaulted a rebel-held area southwest of Damascus. US officials said Syrian government forces had loaded dozens of bombs and shells with chemical weapons.
Russia's deputy foreign minister said the Assad regime was losing control of Syria; NATO's Secretary General assessed that the regime was approaching collapse. The Syrian Army fired SCUD ballistic missiles at rebel positions for the first time. Two car bombs exploded southwest of Damascus, killing 24 people.
The US recognized the opposition Syrian National Coalition as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people. More than 100 countries also recognized the opposition coalition. Russia, China, and Iran did not.
The US government added the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant and two of its senior leaders to the list of global terrorists and entities. The US said Al Nusrah was formed and is commanded by al Qaeda in Iraq and its emir, Abu Du'a. Rebel groups across Syria rejected the US stance, pledging their allegiance to the group.
Government forces adopted a new strategy, withdrawing troops from indefensible bases and concentrating them in Damascus and other cities deemed strategically important. After weeks of fighting, rebels captured a large army base in northern Syria.