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The Syrian National Coalition has retained Gen. Abdel-Ilah Bashir as head of the Free Syrian Army but given former head Salem Idriss the post of military adviser to SNC chief Ahmad Jarba. Negotiators lost contact with 13 Syrian nuns kidnapped by an Al Nusrah Front-linked group led by Abu Malek al-Kuwaiti. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces continued to battle Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and the Islamic Front near Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. An ISIS suicide car bomber detonated by a police base in Aleppo that had been taken over by the Islamic Front. In Hama, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and a suicide truck bomb detonated near a regime military intelligence base. In Homs, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and two suicide car bombs killed at least 12 people. Two ISIS suicide car bombers blew themselves up inside the 17th Division in Raqqah, and three ISIS suicide bombers detonated yesterday at an Internet cafe. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic Front battled regime forces, and gunmen fought over control of oil fields. Al Nusrah issued a video of its training camp in Deir Izzour that is named after al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.
A new UN report accuses the Assad regime of using siege tactics against civilians and deplores the "absolute impunity that pervades the conflict," in which both sides are guilty of massacres and other crimes. Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the UN inquiry committee on Syria, said it was "likely" that the perpetrators of the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack in Ghouta had access to regime stockpiles, and also said "at least several hundred people were affected" by the attacks. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to clash with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces in Aleppo. Gunmen killed an Algerian fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Raqqah. In Hasakah, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front took over parts of Markada after fighting ISIS for weeks. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs and in Hama. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated in the home of a commander linked to Al Nusrah in Deir Izzour, killing a child.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces near Yabroud city in Reef Dimashq; regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs in the vicinity. ISIS seized portions of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. In Aleppo, the Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham continued to besiege the central prison, and ISIS fought against rebels and the Jabhat Al-Kurd. In Raqqah, regime forces bombarded an ISIS convoy and battled ISIS fighters in Ein Essa. In Idlib, Al Nusrah, Jund al-Aqsa battalion, Dawood brigade, Khattab battalion, Thuwar Saraqeb front, and Thuwar Souriya seized checkpoints from regime forces; two Islamic commanders were killed. Al Nusrah claimed a March 1 attack in Hama and a March 2 attack in Aleppo. Two Los Angeles gang members are reportedly fighting for Hezbollah in Aleppo. The OPCW said Syria has shipped nearly a third of its chemical weapons out of the country so far.
In Idlib, the Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces; an Al Nusrah ammunition factory exploded in Sarmada. In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled regime forces and executed a Christian. In Damascus, Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and ISIS continued to fight against regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces. ISIS reportedly executed 15 commanders of the Free Syrian Army's 4th Division-Damascus Guards in recent weeks. In Hasakah, an Emirati ISIS commander was killed while fighting Kurdish YPG forces. The Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Deraa, in Deir Izzour, and in Homs, and fired Grad rockets at regime defense labs in Hama. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Aleppo. The UN Secretary General called for a third round of peace talks in Geneva. ISIS issued a video in which Chechen commander Abu Jihad al-Shishani, speaking for Jama'a al-Muhajireen, denounced a conspiracy to slander ISIS.
Regime forces clashed with the Islamic Front in Latakia and in Aleppo. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against regime forces in Reef-al Safira city. A protest in Azaz demanded that the Islamic Front pull out; ISIS pulled out of Azaz three days ago. Fighting resumed between the Al Nusrah Front and pro-regime Palestinian fighters in Yarmouk.