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The Syrian military claimed to have taken full control of Qara in the Qalamoun region and to have killed a "large number of terrorists." The Al Nusrah Front withdrew from Qara, but activists from Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham say they will return. At least 68 regime soldiers were reportedly killed in the Nov. 17 explosion at the Harasta base in Reef Dimashq. ISIS continued to clash with regime forces near the 80th brigade base in Aleppo. A sharia court ordered that the crossing between rebel and regime-occupied Aleppo be open two hours a day and only for "humanitarian cases." A rebel commander in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus was assassinated. The bodies of four rebels, including a leader, were found in Idlib after a sharia court ordered the men's execution. The patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic church in Syria urged Christians to remain; some 450,000 have been displaced by the war. The OPCW is considering the possibility of destroying Syria's chemical weapons at sea. A former German footballer turned jihadist who had trained in Pakistan died fighting for al Qaeda forces in Syria.
Abdelqader Saleh, head of the Islamist al-Tawhid Brigades, died in a Turkish hospital after being wounded in Aleppo on Nov. 14. A rebel bombing at a military base near Harasta in Reef Dimashq killed three generals, a brigadier general, and 27 soldiers. Ten fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and 18 regime soldiers were killed in clashes in Tal'aran in Aleppo. A fighter jet was shot down in Aleppo, and ISIS blew up a bridge near Tal Hasel. The sharia court in Reef Aleppo publicly whipped several detainees. ISIS detained a rebel fighter in Raqqah. Turkish border guards reportedly shot and killed three civilian Syrian Kurds near the border in Hasakah; Turkish reports said the three were smugglers. Rebels wearing regime uniforms at a fake checkpoint in Hama ambushed and killed at least six regime soldiers and took others captive.
A regime helicopter exploded in the sky over Jassim village in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and rebels in Raqqah. Al Nusrah and several rebel units belonging to the sharia council captured the Koniko gas facility in Deir Izzour city, considered the biggest gas facility in Syria. Fighters are reportedly massing for a major battle in Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq; thousands of Hezbollah fighters are said to be gathering near the Lebanese border, and thousands of Al Nusrah and rebel fighters are said to be gathering nearby. Regime forces are trying to take control of the road through Qalamoun; Syria's chemical weapons are expected to pass through it on their way out of the country for disposal. ISIS executed six rebel fighters from the al-Hijra ila Allah battalions in Latakia. A senior Hezbollah commander died in Syria of battle injuries received several days ago.
A top commander in the Iraqi Abou Fadl el-Abbas brigade, which is fighting in support of the Assad regime, was killed in clashes with rebel forces outside Damascus. After fierce fighting with the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, Maghaweer Baba Amr, al-Khadra' battalion, and rebels, regime forces took over the Mahin arms depots and the towns of Howarin and al-Hadath in Homs. ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebel forces withdrew to a stronghold in Tal Hasel in Aleppo and seized the road between Aleppo international airport and al-Safira city. Al Nusrah publicly executed a man in Aleppo, and rebels detained 30 civilians. Islamist and regime forces clashed in Reef Dimashq. ISIS refuted reports it had withdrawn in Raqqah and said rumors that ISIS was disbanding soon were untrue, as "the ISIS is bigger than any other organization on an international scale." Kurdish YPG fighters attacked ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebels in Raqqah. ISIS released the head of the sharia council in Ma'dan after days of detention. Albania refused to allow the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on its soil. ISIS released video of a Kurdish suicide bomber and another Kurdish fighter threatening fellow Kurds. Al Nusrah released video of its Sept. 11 suicide truck bombing near Deir al-Zour airport.
A regime airstrike in Aleppo killed Youssef al-Abbas, commander of the Qatari-backed al-Tawhid Brigades. Hassan Nazrallah, the head of Hezbollah, said the group would not withdraw from Syria so long as the Assad regime needed it. The Jaish al Islam, a rebel coalition linked to Saudi Arabia, issued a call for foreign fighters; a jihadist research group questioned the move. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, al-Khadra' battalion, Maghawir Baba A'mru brigade, and rebels outside Mahin in Homs. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated near Hasel in Aleppo. Protests near ISIS headquarters in Qadi A'skar in Aleppo called for the release of kidnapped activists and an end to masked men in Aleppo city. Kurdish forces now control all of the mainly Kurdish cities in Hasakah. Norway said it would send 50 troops and two ships to help transport chemical weapons out of the country for destruction.