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The leader of the Syrian National Coalition said the SNC will not engage in peace talks until "the Free Army and revolutionary forces" regain ground lost over the past eight months. Two al Qaeda affiliates, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are fighting along with allied groups simultaneously in the northern provinces of Raqqah; Hasakah; and Aleppo, where they have kidnapped over 200 civilians from two towns. Regime forces are fighting to regain the town of Khan al-Assal, the site of alleged chemical weapons use by rebels. Iran signed a deal to supply Syria with $3.6bn in oil in exchange for the right to invest in Syria.
A car bomb in Qamlishi killed Isa Huso, a founder of the Kurdish PYD; Kurdish YPG fighters, who have been battling Islamists in northern Syria for weeks, issued a call to arms against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied groups. An Italian priest who traveled to Raqqah to talk with the ISIL about releasing hostages has disappeared, raising fears he has been kidnapped. The Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation appealed for a ceasefire during next week's feast of Eid al-Fitr.
The Liwa' al-Islam brigade reportedly used an advanced antiaircraft rocket to destroy a helicopter near Damascus International airport, killing the crew. Clashes between Kurdish and Islamist fighters continued in Hasaka and Aleppo; several fighters and one commander from each side were killed.
Rebels clashed with regime and Hezbollah forces near the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in Homs, but were pushed out, leaving most of Khaldiyeh in regime control. Some 29 people, mainly children and women, were killed yesterday when a regime missile aimed at Islamist and rebel forces in Aleppo missed its target. Helicopters yesterday bombarded Kurdish YPG fighters as well as Islamist and allied rebels in Hasakah province. About 120 fighters have been killed in two weeks of clashes between Islamist and Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. The president of the Syrian National Coalition claimed that the Kurdish opposition was likely to join the SNC, and accused the Iraqi government of springing 1,500 prisoners from Abu Ghraib and Taji so they could fight against the SNC.