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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.
The US military's top general said that the Assad regime is moving its chemical weapons frequently to keep them secure. Protesters in Raqqah city have demonstrated against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant for the past 15 days, demanding the release of hundreds of detained persons, including a missing priest. ISIL fighters attacked the headquarters of the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade in the city; residents protested ISIL's order to leave, and asked rebel fighters to support them. Regime forces bombarded several towns and neighborhoods in Deir Izzor province; the Al Nusrah Front launched a rocket at a building housing regime forces in Deir Izzor city. An IED planted near a hotel wounded eight civilians in Homs. Regime bombardments continued in the Jabal al-Akrad area of Latakia. Sudan is reportedly selling arms to Qatar for shipment to Syrian rebels via Turkey.
Kurdish forces are extending their control in northeastern Syria; a member of the Free Syrian Army's military council said the FSA would fight to keep the Kurds from dividing Syria. Rebel forces currently hold areas in the north near the Turkish border and a corridor along the Euphrates river to Iraq, while the regime controls the coastal enclave of Latakia as well as much of central and southern Syria. Two suicide car bombers detonated in Hama. Rebels are reportedly collaborating with al Qaeda affiliates Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in detaining, torturing, and killing Kurdish citizens in Aleppo province; activists say families of the victims are burying their dead secretly for fear of retribution.
Regime airstrikes in Latakia have reportedly killed at least 30 people in Latakia and Raqqah; many of the rebels in Latakia are said to be from the Al Nusrah Front. Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, vowed to defend Kurdish citizens in Syria against al Qaeda-linked forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 106,423 people since the start of the conflict in March 2011, but estimated that the actual number of casualties is twice that. A regime airstrike aimed at Islamist rebels in Raqqah reportedly killed at least 13 civilians. Islamist fighters and allied rebels shelled parts of Ras al-Ein in Hasakah. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is stepping up activities in the country, and has been supporting Shields of the Revolution, a group of military brigades.
Regime forces reportedly executed 12 civilians in Aleppo, including a woman. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and rebel fighters bombarded a village in Raqqah.The Qatar-backed Ahfad al-Rasul brigade clashed with ISIL in Raqqah. In Hasakah, a motorcycle bomb detonated, and the Al Nusrah Front, ISIL, and rebel fighters attacked barriers erected by the Kurdish YPG. Besieged Sunni residents of rural Homs fear the advance of regime forces.
Rebels led by two al Qaeda affiliates, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have killed over 200 people, captured dozens of villages, and seized an airport over the past two days in an Alawite area. Rebels are targeting aviation hubs in Aleppo as well, including the Kweiris military airport, the Neyrab military airport, and Aleppo International airport. The Tahrir al-Sham rebel brigade of the Free Syrian Army claimed it targeted President Assad's convoy today in Damascus, but he later appeared on television unharmed.
The Al Nusrah Front took away several Kurdish civilians from a family in Aleppo. Kurdish forces clashed with regime troops fleeing Minnegh military airport and took over two military tanks. The Minnegh facility was seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, al-Fateh brigade, and several other rebel battalions after a Saudi suicide bomber from the al-Muhajireen and al-Ansar battalions blew himself up in an armored vehicle driven by a Chechen comrade. Rebel forces attacked the Air Force intelligence facilities in Aleppo. At least 300 jihadists from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia are said to have gone to Syria in recent months. A rights group charged that regime forces have used ballistic missiles to attack rebels in residential areas.