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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.
Rebel leaders created a unified military command and elected an overall military leader. Syria's foreign minister warned that rebels may use chemical weapons; the Al Nusrah Front captured a chemical factory in Aleppo earlier this week.
Noting the importance of the Damascus airport to the Assad regime, rebel forces declared it a "legitimate target" and continued their attempts to capture it. Government forces attacked rebel positions in Damascus suburbs to prevent rebel forces from encircling the city. The US and Russia agreed to mediation talks on the future of Syria.