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Rebel groups advanced in eastern Damascus and southeast Aleppo; the Syrian National Coalition said it was due to the recent merger of Islamist groups into the Islamic Front. A human rights organization condemned abuses against women in Syria, including rape, kidnapping, and use as human shields. The UN set a Jan. 22 date for the next round of Geneva peace talks on Syria.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captured a Free Syrian Army supplies distribution warehouse in Atmeh, seized four tent-laden trucks, and hauled the warehouse's three FSA officers and a Suqour al Sham commander into sharia court in Dana on the Turkish border. Fighting raged in East Ghouta over the weekend, where at least 100 rebels and 60 regime troops were reportedly killed. Rebel missiles targeting an oil refinery in Homs started a fire.
The Al Nusrah Front and other Islamist groups captured Syria's largest oilfield, in Deir Azzour province; it is not known if it is operational. Regime airstrikes in Aleppo killed 40 civilians. Gunmen in Hama failed to assassinate National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar but killed his driver.
Seven large Islamist groups, amounting to about 45,000 fighters -- Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham, and the Kurdish Islamic Front -- announced their "gradual merger" into an Islamic Front to battle the Assad regime and create an Islamic state. The group's spokesman said the Al Nusrah Front wanted the seven groups under its banner. The Islamic Front's leader previously headed the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front, which is aligned to the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council. Regime forces battled in the Qalamoun region against Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. ISIS stormed the headquarters of the moderate rebel group Suqour al-Islam in the town of Atma near the Turkish border. Islamist fighters in Raqqah began taxing civilians for electricity. Two rebel brigades in Reef Dimashq withdrew from the Military Council and joined with other battalions to form the al-Rahman Corps. Hundreds of fighters from ISIS, Al Nusrah, and other Islamist groups stormed Deir A'tiya city. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and other Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. Regime and Islamist fighters clashed in Hama. An ISIS video featured a slain American jihadist.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with rebels in Idlib. ISIS imposed 'sharia' restrictions on clothing for schoolgirls in Idlib. ISIS, the Al Nusrah Front, and other Islamist rebels clashed with regime forces in east Reef Aleppo and near the 80th brigade base. Gunmen kidnapped a media activist in Deir Hafer in Aleppo. The head of the dissident National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change said he did not know why regime forces kidnapped party secretary Rajaa Nasser, but that he and Nasser had been planning to meet with Russia's foreign minister on Nov. 26 in Geneva.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, along with the Al Nusrah Front, carried out four suicide car bombings today in the Qalamoun region, killing at least seven regime soldiers. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and two allied rebel groups attacked regime positions in Reef Dimashq. Regime forces in Damascus reportedly detained Raja al-Nasser, the General Secretary of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria. Al Nusrah raised its flag over a Shiite shrine in Raqqah after the rebel group controlling the area pledged allegiance to Al Nusrah. ISIS publicly executed two captive Kurdish YPG fighters in Raqqah. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebels killed several YPG supporters in attacks on two villages in Hasakah. A British Muslim from London is said to have died fighting for al Qaeda forces in Syria. US intelligence officials expressed concerns about the hundreds of jihadists drawn to fight in Syria and the rise of "migrant brigades" among the rebel forces. Al Nusrah claimed to have killed at least 145 regime fighters in Aleppo between Nov. 7 and Nov. 17 with help of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and the al-Fajr Movement.