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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.
The head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party claimed that Kurdish militias have killed some 3,000 Salafists. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham issued a call for all Muslims and factions to come to the front as the group lost many fighters in recent clashes in Aleppo, and threatened to disarm or take to sharia court those armed groups and fighters who do not respond to the call. Regime forces dropped explosive barrels on parts of Tal Hasel in Aleppo that are controlled by ISIS, the Al Nusrah Front, and rebels. ISIS reportedly killed and decapitated a fighter in Aleppo. In Idlib, gunmen shot a doctor, and rebels launched rockets on a Shiite town. In Raqqah, rebels launched rockets on two towns held by the Kurdish YPG. A suicide car bomb detonated at a regime checkpoint in Damascus. The UN denounced recent "barbaric" mortar attacks on Damascus schools.
Islamist and al Qaeda-linked forces in Aleppo reportedly issued a declaration yesterday calling on fighters to come to the fronts to help repel an alleged offensive by regime, Hezbollah, and Iraqi Abu al-Fadl Abbas forces to retake Aleppo. The Syrian National Coalition named a provisional government for rebel-held areas, to be based in Gazientep, Turkey. Syrian Kurds in the northeast announced the formation of a "transitional civil administration for the area of Western Kurdistan-Syria." A Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation is trying to broker a truce for the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp. Fighting raged in Damascus suburbs.
A suicide truck bomb near the Kurdish Red Crescent in Aleppo killed 11 civilians and injured over 23 more. Fighting raged in Aleppo between regime and Hezbollah forces and Islamist fighters; and between Kurdish forces and Islamists. In Hasakah, the Al Nusrah Front is said to have beheaded two men, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly killed six civilian bus drivers. ISIS detained the head of the sharia council in Ma'dan in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebel fighters in Raqqah near al-Jalbiya. ISIS reportedly shot a sheikh from a sharia council in Latakia who had tried to call for a ceasefire between ISIS and a rebel battalion. The Syrian National Coalition said it would attend Geneva talks, on certain conditions.