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How Philippine UN troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped the Al Nusrah Front

Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front explains decision to release UN peacekeepers

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN's list of designated terrorist organizations. And it says the hostages were freed in compliance with sharia law.

'Moderate' Syrian Revolutionaries Front continues to support al Qaeda

Opponents say Obama will need ground troops against Islamic State

Extremist threat hangs over key Tunisia elections

Beating Islamic State will be much harder than Iraq or Afghan wars, officials say

US Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All Over the Map

The local forces dilemma for Obama in Syria and Iraq

Russia fears the eastward spread of 'jihadist cancer'

How Will US Anti-Jihadist Plan Affect Syria?

The Assad regime warned that any action in Syria without its approval would be regarded as aggression, but offered to work with any country fighting the Islamic State in Syria or Iraq. UN mediator Stefan de Mistura met with President Assad. The Al Nusrah Front released the 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers it kidnapped two weeks ago; it is unclear if any of its demands were met, but Sheik Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi was involved in the negotiations, as was Qatar. The UN said no ransom was paid for the Fijians' release. The Islamic State began evacuating positions in al Bab in Aleppo, reportedly to spare civilians from injury in the case of regime or US airstrikes. The IS has seized 13 towns in northern Aleppo since mid-August. A Jordanian sharia judge for Al Nusrah was assassinated in Idlib. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State in Deir Izzour. The OPCW is investigating reports of toxic material being dropped from helicopters, as recently as Aug. 28 in Kafr Zeita in Hama.

New leader of Ahrar al Sham previously led Free Syrian Army unit

Syrian National Coalition backs US intervention against ISIS

US wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign

Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State in Syria

Prospect of US Attacks Electrifies Syrians

Al Nusrah Front releases UN peacekeepers in Golan

US strategy against Islamic State to mirror counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.

The Ahrar al Sham said that Hashem al-Sheikh a.k.a. Abu Jaber will take over as leader, and Abu Saleh Tahan will become the group's military commander following the killing of 47 commanders in an explosion in Idlib. A number of the commanders were said to have died of asphyxiation while trapped in an underground bunker following the blast. The Al Nusrah Front released a eulogy for the slain Ahrar al Sham leaders. The Fijian military backtracked from its earlier assurance that Al Nusrah would soon release the 45 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers; Al Nusrah released a video of the captives. The Kurdish YPG formed a coalition with seven other groups to fight the Islamic State in Syria. The OPCW confirmed the use of chlorine in eight attacks on three villages in northern Syria in April. A reconnaissance aircraft was spotted over Raqqah city.