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Former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a.k.a. Brahim Benchakroun or Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, was reportedly killed in Latakia while leading his Sham al Islam group. Fierce fighting continued near a strategic hilltop in Latakia between regime forces and rebels, including the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar al Sham, Sham al Islam, Junoud al Sham, the Islamic Front, and Moroccan fighters from the Shab al Islam. The head of the UN chemical weapons mission said the regime must move quickly to meet the April 27 deadline for removing its chemical weapons from the country; shipments were stopped on March 20 due to worsening security in Latakia. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, conducted raids in Raqqah, and clashed with both regime forces and Kurdish fighters in Aleppo. State media said regime forces discovered a 200-meter tunnel leading toward the al-Majd suburb in Damascus.
In a letter to the UN, Syria has accused "terrorist groups" of planning a gas attack in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Jobar that would be blamed on the regime. The head of the 'moderate' Syrian Revolutionaries Front, a Free Syrian Army offshoot, said the group fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and has no quarrel with it. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama, in Latakia, and in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Islamic fighters shelled a funeral procession for an NDF fighter in Sweida province, killing two civilians and injuring five more.
The president of the Syrian National Coalition visited rebel troops in Latakia, where the Al Nusrah Front, Islamic fighters, and Free Syrian Army forces are battling regime troops. Al Nusrah claimed a joint offensive in Latakia with Ahrar al Sham, Ansar al-Sham, and Sham al-Islam; one of the commanders, Abu al Hassan, was said to be from core al Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Activists and rebels disputed the regime's claim that it captured a key hilltop in Latakia. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; and battled eastern front fighters, Ahfad Al-Mursalin brigade, Jabhat Al Akrad, and rebels in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama. An activist observer group said the Syrian conflict has claimed over 150,000 lives.
Regime forces recaptured a strategic hilltop in Latakia during fighting with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front, and Syria's information minister accused Turkey of helping foreign fighters enter the province. An observer group claimed that over 1,000 fighters have been killed in Latakia since March 21. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama, in Idlib, in Reef Dimashq, and in Aleppo.
Regime forces launched an offensive to retake Kasab in Latakia from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. At least 50 fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and rebels were killed in recent clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Rebels reportedly killed over 20 regime soldiers in two attacks in Aleppo. The head of Lebanon's General Security said efforts to free two kidnapped Syrian bishops are "on the right track." Two Spanish journalists held by Islamist extremists in Raqqah for six months were freed; some 40 other Western hostages are still being held.
Regime forces backed by Hezbollah captured two towns in the strategic Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly killed up to 35 fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front during clashes in Hasakah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where the al Umma brigade fought alongside Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front. In Deir Izzour, an IED detonated near Al Nusrah headquarters in Al-Myaden city. The OPCW said that about half of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed or moved out of the country; Syria's UN ambassador said rebel assaults on Latakia, which would affect the chemical shipments, were "trying to create a catastrophe"; he also said the most recent UN report on Syria ignored terrorists' roles in human rights abuses and hindering the delivery of aid.