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The Al Nusrah Front and rebels clashed with regime forces in Maaloula in an attempt to retake the town. Al Nusrah and allied Islamist factions battled regime forces in al-Nabek in Reef Dimashq. Over 400 people have reportedly been killed during fighting in Syria since Nov. 28, many of them in Ghouta and Qalamoun. ISIS released video of its fighters attacking Sufi shrines in Aleppo and sniping at regime forces in Hama. Al Nusrah released video claiming that its fighters and "Islamic brigades" captured Syria's largest oil field, and that it executed five regime helpers in Damascus.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebel battalions attacked military residential facilities in Aleppo. ISIS and Al Nusah also attacked Kurdish YPG checkpoints in Aleppo. Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Islam issued a statement calling for ISIS to resolve a dispute in sharia court with them over the Koniko gas facility in Deir Izzour. A spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition estimated that the newly formed Islamic Front controls up to 60 percent of the Syrian rebels; the head of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council has pledged cooperation with the Islamic Front. An FSA spokesman called the Islamic Front fighters "brothers and jihadists who have made considerable sacrifices for the revolution."
Selim Idriss, the head of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council, pledged cooperation with the newly formed Islamic Front coalition. Kurdish YPG forces took control of three villages in Hasakah after clashes with the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and rebel battalions. The Fajer al-Sham Islamic battalion, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic battalion, and the ISIS clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. Eleven "Islamic fighters" were killed while fighting regime and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq. Regime forces recaptured Deir Atiyeh after the ISIS withdrew. State media claimed that terrorists murdered five doctors, five nurses, and two ambulance drivers in Deir Atiyeh. The nephew of a Lebanese Hezbollah minister was killed fighting in Syria. A mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus killed a man and wounded nine embassy guards.
The Assad regime said it would participate in the Jan. 22 peace talks in Geneva but would not "hand over power." The head of the Free Syrian Army said it was not the right time for peace talks and asked for more arms and ammunition. The Chechen-led Emigrants' Army swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. ISIS, the Al Nusrah Front, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS executed a rebel battalion leader for "apostasy" and six other fighters in Aleppo,and Al Nusrah executed two soldiers and three alleged regime "collaborators" in Damascus. Kurdish YPG forces took over several towns in Hasakah and clashed with ISIS and Al Nusrah in al-Tweina town, where the two al Qaeda branches have a base. Islamist rebels killed an NDF commander who lived in Tartous province. Al Nusrah released video of recent operations in al-Rashidiya in Deir Izzour, claiming to have killed over 250 regime forces.
Rebel groups advanced in eastern Damascus and southeast Aleppo; the Syrian National Coalition said it was due to the recent merger of Islamist groups into the Islamic Front. A human rights organization condemned abuses against women in Syria, including rape, kidnapping, and use as human shields. The UN set a Jan. 22 date for the next round of Geneva peace talks on Syria.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captured a Free Syrian Army supplies distribution warehouse in Atmeh, seized four tent-laden trucks, and hauled the warehouse's three FSA officers and a Suqour al Sham commander into sharia court in Dana on the Turkish border. Fighting raged in East Ghouta over the weekend, where at least 100 rebels and 60 regime troops were reportedly killed. Rebel missiles targeting an oil refinery in Homs started a fire.