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The UN Human Rights Commission said large-scale human rights abuses have been perpetrated by both sides in the Syrian conflict, and that evidence implicates the highest level of government. Fighters from the Al Nusrah Front, Kabhat Tahrir al-Qalamoun, the al-Ghuraba' brigade, the Tahrir al-sham brigade, and the al-Umariya brigade have taken over the ancient Christian town of Maaloula in Reef Dimashq. A terrorism court in Damascus executed 12 men for "crimes against the nation." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, which took over the Church of Armenian Martyrs in Raqqah, has converted it into a proselytizing office. Al Nusrah, Islamic Bayt al-Maqdis, Amud Houran brigade, al-Umari brigade, and the Badr Horan brigade seized an armament battalion base in Deraa. An activist group estimates that more than 5,000 regular soldiers and pro-regime militants are being held captive by rebel fighters and ISIS. A video featuring a German jihadist urging Germans to fight in Syria was released by ISIS.
The Al Nusrah Front killed at least five regime troops in a suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint near Nabuk. Regime aircraft dropped barrel bombs in rebel-held areas of Al Bab outside Aleppo, apparently targeting a rebel headquarters, and killed at least 20 people. A similar air raid in Al Bab yesterday killed at least 26 people. Deputy Foreign Minister Muqdad said no solution discussed at the forthcoming Geneva peace talks would be implemented without President Assad's approval. Muqdad also said Turkey's policy on Syria has begun to evolve from "the stupid Turkish policy which has compromised the Turkish people... by attracting al Qaeda" to Turkey.
The Al Nusrah Front and rebels clashed with regime forces in Maaloula in an attempt to retake the town. Al Nusrah and allied Islamist factions battled regime forces in al-Nabek in Reef Dimashq. Over 400 people have reportedly been killed during fighting in Syria since Nov. 28, many of them in Ghouta and Qalamoun. ISIS released video of its fighters attacking Sufi shrines in Aleppo and sniping at regime forces in Hama. Al Nusrah released video claiming that its fighters and "Islamic brigades" captured Syria's largest oil field, and that it executed five regime helpers in Damascus.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebel battalions attacked military residential facilities in Aleppo. ISIS and Al Nusah also attacked Kurdish YPG checkpoints in Aleppo. Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Islam issued a statement calling for ISIS to resolve a dispute in sharia court with them over the Koniko gas facility in Deir Izzour. A spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition estimated that the newly formed Islamic Front controls up to 60 percent of the Syrian rebels; the head of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council has pledged cooperation with the Islamic Front. An FSA spokesman called the Islamic Front fighters "brothers and jihadists who have made considerable sacrifices for the revolution."
Selim Idriss, the head of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council, pledged cooperation with the newly formed Islamic Front coalition. Kurdish YPG forces took control of three villages in Hasakah after clashes with the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and rebel battalions. The Fajer al-Sham Islamic battalion, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic battalion, and the ISIS clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. Eleven "Islamic fighters" were killed while fighting regime and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq. Regime forces recaptured Deir Atiyeh after the ISIS withdrew. State media claimed that terrorists murdered five doctors, five nurses, and two ambulance drivers in Deir Atiyeh. The nephew of a Lebanese Hezbollah minister was killed fighting in Syria. A mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus killed a man and wounded nine embassy guards.
The Assad regime said it would participate in the Jan. 22 peace talks in Geneva but would not "hand over power." The head of the Free Syrian Army said it was not the right time for peace talks and asked for more arms and ammunition. The Chechen-led Emigrants' Army swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. ISIS, the Al Nusrah Front, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS executed a rebel battalion leader for "apostasy" and six other fighters in Aleppo,and Al Nusrah executed two soldiers and three alleged regime "collaborators" in Damascus. Kurdish YPG forces took over several towns in Hasakah and clashed with ISIS and Al Nusrah in al-Tweina town, where the two al Qaeda branches have a base. Islamist rebels killed an NDF commander who lived in Tartous province. Al Nusrah released video of recent operations in al-Rashidiya in Deir Izzour, claiming to have killed over 250 regime forces.