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Sources say the recent formation of the Army of Islam, including some 50 Islamist rebel groups but not the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has come at the urging of Saudi Arabia. ISIL, whose ranks are swelling with non-Syrians, is seeking to consolidate control in the north. An analyst said jihadists have secured more territory in Syria than they did in Afghanistan or Iraq. Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel fighters clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; Kurdish YPG fighters attacked ISIL in Aleppo. An Al Nusrah emir was killed fighting with regime forces in Deraa.
Foreign Minister Mouallem told the UN that Syrian "terrorists" are being supplied with chemical weapons, and claimed there are no moderate militants in Syria, where jihadists from 83 countries are allegedly fighting. He likened the terrorism suffered by Syria to the 9/11 attacks. Syria said it would not sit at peace talks with the Syrian National Coalition. The Al Nusrah Front and rebels took over a checkpoint in Deraa. An Al Nusrah suicide car bomber detonated at a checkpoint in Reef Dimashq. Kurdish YPG forces in Raqqah clashed with Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and rebel forces. A rebel factory in Aleppo used for making for rockets and shells exploded. ISIL clashed with regime forces in al-Dweiraniya and with YPG forces in Jandeiris and Sirwa in Aleppo.
Some 43 Islamist groups joined together to form the Army of Islam (Jaysh al Islam) under the command of Sheikh Mohammed Zahran. Rebel forces are now said to control all of the Syrian border crossings into Iraq, as well as border crossings into Turkey and Jordan. Islamist brigades, including the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, helped take over the Jordan crossing. President Assad said Syria will abide by the UN resolution on the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. An OPCW official said the group "has no reason to doubt" the chemical weapons information provided by the regime. A regime airstrike in rebel-held Raqqah hit a high school, killing 12 people, most of them under the age of 18. Saudi Arabia wants to intensify support for the Syrian rebels.