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A senior member of OPCW said the agency has been told that "most" of the sites and facilities it needs to inspect are under regime control. The head of the OPCW called for "temporary ceasefires" between regime and rebel forces so that the chemical weapons teams can have access to all sites. Scores were killed in clashes between rebels and regime forces south of Damascus. Rebels seized the Hajanah military post on the Jordanian border near Deraa after a two-month seige, and now control border territory from outside Deraa to the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Islamist forces recently claimed to have killed over 70 regime fighters in Deraa, in a battle in which the "general emir and the military emir" of Deraa also died. A son of the head of the Kurdish PYD was killed in clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Raqqah. Rebel shelling in Homs set fire to one of Syria's two main oil refineries.
US intelligence sources said up to 35 percent of the Syrian rebel force consists of al Qaeda and allies, and that as many as 500 foreign jihadists arrive in Syria every month. A member of the Supreme Military Council said most of the support from Arab and Western countries ends up going to the Al Nusrah Front. In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched rockets at Efrin city and detained three citizens of Azaz, which it has taken over. ISIL clashed with a rebel group in Raqqah, seizing its base and several of its members. Regime airstrikes in Idlib attempted to repel an assault on two military bases by rebel forces that include Islamist groups. Regime sources said a Saudi officer in the Al Nusrah Front was killed near Aleppo in September. The OCPW has deployed a second team of experts to continue with the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons.
The opposition Syrian National Coalition said it would not participate in Geneva II peace talks unless Hezbollah leaves Syria and the talks are not mediated by Iran; the SNC also said it would not talk with the Assad regime. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed with a tribal group in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front, ISIL, and rebel fighters control al-Shdadi city in Hasakah. Rebels along with the largely Libyan al-Umma brigade are fighting regime forces in Idlib. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with ISIL and rebel fighters in Aleppo. ISIL claimed a three-man suicide attack on Sept. 19 against Kurdish forces in Irbil. The Al Nusrah Front claimed attacks in Aleppo on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, and a joint assault with Ahrar al Sham in Deraa on Sept. 30 that involved a suicide bomber and allegedly killed over 70 people.
The eradication of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has begun, with the destruction of missile warheads, aerial bombs, and mobile and static mixing and filling units; the OPCW said work will continue for the next few days. UN Arab League peace envoy Brahimi called for peace talks "without pre-conditions" in November. Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo clashed with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who were supported by rebel fighters. Grad rockets were launched by rebel forces at the Hama military airport. YPG fighters continued to clash with the Al Nusrah Front, ISIL, and rebel forces in Hasakah. A rebel battalion and four rebel brigades established Tajamo' Amjad al-Islam ("gathering of Islamic glories") in Damascus and Reef Dimashq in order to increase unity among fighters.
President Assad said Turkey would pay a price for allowing "terrorists" to use Turkey's border for attacks in Syria. Diplomatic and intelligence sources say Hezbollah is withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, leaving only "a few thousand" in country. The UN said Syria has given the OPCW inspection team additional information about Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant issued a series of jihadist posters in English. The Al Nusrah Front has launched a website inviting questions and featuring an interview with its emir, Abu Muhammad al Julani.