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Regime forces launched an assault in Deir al-Zor, trying to regain territory seized by a coalition headed by the Al Nusrah Front and the Qatar-backed Ahfad al-Rasul Brigade. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and from the Al Nusrah Front detained over 30 Syrian Kurdish civilians last night in Aleppo province; activists report the civilians are being tortured. ISIL, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebel battalions clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front claimed it killed 43 Syrian troops in a suicide truck bombing in Hama on Aug. 10.
Battalions of the Tajamo' Alwiyat wa Shuhada' Souriya, Haraket Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiya, Suqour al-Sham, and Al Nusrah Front said they will launch a series of attacks on checkpoints in the Ariha area of Idlib province. "Persons close to" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed that a missing Catholic priest is still alive, but offered no proof. The UN demanded that its investigative team in Syria be granted free access to all sites where chemical weapons are said to have been used.
A Libyan emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was reportedly killed in clashes with regime forces in Latakia. The Islamist Jund al Sham battalion claimed an attack in Homs that killed nine civilians. Control of the main crossing between rebel-held and regime areas of Aleppo has been given to the rebel Ahrar Sureya brigade, which opposition activists have accused of torture and extortion in Aleppo. The head of the Syrian National Coalition said that ethnic minorities would have a place in a post-Assad Syria.
Rebels killed at least 11 people, including six civilians, in an attack on a checkpoint in Homs. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Yazidi Kurdish village in Hasakah province. ISIL forces in Hasakah attacked a Kurdish Red Crescent ambulance with an IED and machinegun fire, killing two paramedics and injuring a third. Kurdish fighters in Hasakah clashed with fighters from ISIL, the Al Nusrah Front, and rebel groups. Some rebel brigades in Deir Azzour split from the Free Syrian Army. A number of secular Syrian activists have left Syria for Lebanon because of the rising dominance of Islamist forces.
A regime bombardment in Aleppo city reportedly killed at least 15 civilians and injured scores more. Clashes continued between Kurdish and Islamist forces in Hasakah, in Raqqah, and in Aleppo. Earlier this week, the head of the Syrian National Coalition urged the formation of a new unified rebel force to combat Hezbollah and restore order in eastern Syria, where rebel-held areas are "chaotic." He said the new force should include "the elite" and be under the command of Free Syrian Army chief General Salim Idriss.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant summarily executed two Shiite teenagers in Nubbul on the outskirts of Aleppo; ISIL claimed to have killed them in response to "a lack of commitment in an exchange of abductees," activists said. Rebels clashed with regime and Hezbollah forces in Thiyabiya. The Liwa' Jabhet al-Akrad brigade retreated from areas of Aleppo province to avert retaliation by ISIL against Kurdish civilians in those areas. Unknown gunmen killed the sheikh and imam of the al-Kabir mosque in Minbej city in Aleppo. Saudi Arabia has recently supplied rebels in southern Syria with new antitank guided missiles.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a priest who had tried to negotiate prisoner releases with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed after being detained in an ISIL prison for over two weeks. ISIL fighters took over the Raqqah city base of the Qatar-backed Ahfad al-Rasool brigade after a week of clashes. ISIL fighters along with rebels from several battalions took over the Hamdiyah military center in Idlib. ISIL and Al Nusrah Front fighters in Hasakah launched rockets at Ras al-Ain, which is currently held by Kurdish forces. The Kurdish YPG clashed with ISIL and allies in several Hasakah villages. ISIL and Al Nusrah Front fighters attacked Kurdish villages and forces in and around Aleppo. Syria's information minister said the government was willing to go to a Geneva peace conference to resolve the crisis politically but that any solution must be approved by President Assad. Russia said the proposed peace conference probably could not take place until October.
The Al Nusrah Front claimed 10 bombings in Aleppo between July 26 and Aug. 3. The fate of an Italian priest who disappeared after going to Raqqah on July 29 to meet with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is unknown; a report yesterday said he had been executed. Syrians protested outside an ISIL base in Aleppo against the detention of activists and armed interference with civilians. An anti-Assad activist recently disappeared in Aleppo. Rebel groups are joining forces in Hama. The UN is still negotiating with Syria over the entry of the UN investigative team, which will seek only to determine whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them.