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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.
Rebel forces, including the Free Syrian Army and the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, captured Menagh air base near Aleppo after a suicide bomber detonated inside the base, which has been besieged for months. Rebels also captured four towns near Latakia. President Assad called the Syrian National Coalition a "failure" and said it could have no role in resolving the conflict, which he blamed on "terrorism."
Rebels launched an offensive in the port city of Latakia. The Al Nusrah Front killed a mother and her nine children after accusing them of killing a truck driver who was delivering crude oil to Aleppo. The Shariah Council of Aleppo issued a decree barring the transport of food, medical supplies, diapers, fuel, and building materials into regime-held areas of Aleppo. Rebels cut off the water supply in Hasakah city. Islamist rebels and Kurdish forces continued to clash in Hasakah province. The Syrian National Coalition urged the UN to investigate alleged regime "massacres" during Ramadan and said it would cooperate with any independent investigation of alleged crimes by its own forces.
Several rebel groups, including the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front, seized a weapons depot near Damascus. The Syrian National Coalition urged warring Kurds and jihadists in Hasakah province to "exercise restraint." A member of the Salafist Hizb Ut-Tahrir claimed that two Lebanese brothers were killed, one as a suicide bomber, during an offensive by the Jund al Sham in Homs. Regime aircraft targeting rebels in Yabroud near the Lebanese border killed nine people, including six members of a family.
The UN has begun investigating allegations that rebel forces executed Syrian soldiers after capturing them in Khan al-Assal; the Al Nusrah Front participated in battle there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called for the release of Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who is being held by the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant; the priest disappeared after meeting with ISIL to negotiate the freedom of several hostages. Fighters from Al Nusrah, ISIL, and allied rebel groups battled regime forces near Aleppo Central Prison. At least 12 Islamist fighters and 22 Kurdish fighters were killed in clashes in Hasakah. A senior Palestinian source said that at a high-level meeting in July, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad agreed to disagree over Syria but to maintain Hamas-Hezbollah ties.
Rebel shelling hit a weapons depot in a regime-controlled area of Homs, setting off explosions that killed 40 people and injured at least 160 more, some critically. President Assad made his first known public trip outside Damascus since March 2012, visiting the former rebel stronghold of Daraya. Clashes between allied Islamist forces and Kurdish fighters continued in Hasakah province; the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched two mortars in Ras al-Ein.