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Defying allies, Qatar unlikely to abandon Syria rebels

Al Qaeda veteran appears in Al Nusrah Front video, criticizes rival

In a video released on March 18, the Al Nusrah Front identifies Abu Firas al Suri as a leader within the group. Al Suri, who has a long al Qaeda pedigree, was dispatched to Syria from Yemen to try to mediate the dispute between Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.

Transnational threat of foreign fighters requires global response, INTERPOL Chief tells Baghdad conference

Syrian opposition leader denies being a war profiteer

Syria Documents: Nasrallah sent message to reassure Israel

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.

Three Years of Revolt: What Has Become of Syria's Revolutionaries

Lebanese factions seek unity against terrorism threat

Al Qaeda builds networks in Lebanon as security slips

'American' jihadist in Syria pictured with dangerous ISIS commanders

Abu Muhammad al Amriki is seen posing in photographs with a violent local ISIS commander known as Abu Abdurahman al Iraqi and Omar al Shishani, a Chechen leader.

Jarba re-election likely to test Saudi-Qatari rift

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.

Disillusioned foreign fighters abandon rebel ranks in Syria

Syria conflict: UN reports mass executions by ISIS

Islamic Caucasus Emirate confirms death of emir Doku Umarov

Umarov was rumored to have been killed late last year, but his death has not been confirmed by the Islamic Caucasus Emirate until now.

Searching for Al Qaeda in Lebanon (I): Coming of Age

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.

Al Nusrah Front names training camps after top al Qaeda leaders

The Al Nusrah Front videos from the Abu Ghadiya and Ayman al Zawahiri camps are reminiscent of others released by al Qaeda from the network of training centers in Afghanistan during the 1990s.

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.

Syrian Forces Seize Key Town From Rebels