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Abu Khalid al Suri, al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria, was killed in Aleppo; the Islamic Front announced his death. An activist group said Suri was killed when at least one Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber detonated in an Aleppo office, killing six Ahrar al Sham fighters and injuring one of its emirs. A car bomb exploded by a field hospital in the rebel-held town of Atma near the Turkish border, killing at least 12 people and injuring 65; the hospital is owned by a TV station that has criticized the ISIS. In Deir Izzour, the ISIS fought against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. In Deraa, nine groups, including the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, launched an offensive targeting the 61st brigade. In Idlib, 13 groups, including Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, and the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, created a joint operations room. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and rebels in Reef Dimashq; and clashed with Islamic battalions in Aleppo, in Homs, and in Hama. Regime intelligence agents reportedly abducted a prominent Syrian activist in Damascus. The Free Syrian Army and its Supeme Military Council are in disarray.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for cross-border aid access, the naming of besieged areas, and an end to barrel bombs. The Assad regime has increased bombardments in Deraa in advance of a rumored rebel assault. Regime forces clashed with Islamic battalions in Damascus, in Quneitra, and in Deraa; and battled the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions near Aleppo Central Prison, and in Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took over houses occupied by fighters from Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS in Hasakah.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry offered to cooperate with Lebanon in combating terrorism. The regime offered a 100-day deadline for the removal of its chemical weapons, but the US and Britain said the work can be done sooner. The UN evacuation mission in Homs is focusing on male evacuees. In Aleppo, regime forces clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions near Aziza, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with rebel and Islamic battalions in Talelin and Soran, and Islamic battalions executed two women from Aleppo city. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and Ahrar al Sham in Hasakah. Islamic battalions fought regime forces in Hama, in Quneitra, and in Deir Izzour. Yesterday two ISIS suicide bombers detonated in the homes of two Al Nusrah Front commanders.in Deir Izzour. The Syrian Revolutionary Front, part of the Free Syrian Army, has reportedly received arms and funding from Saudi Arabia. State media claimed that regime forces killed a number of Arab rebel fighters in Latakia.
The UN Security Council will vote tomorrow on a resolution for cross-border aid access and an enforceable halt to bombardments in Syria. The Islamic Law Council of Deir al-Zor told women to wear the hijab, as the council is "obliged to promote virtue and prevent vice." Al Nusrah, ISIS, and Islamic battalions fought against regime forces in Reef Dimashq near Yabroud. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Aleppo. A suicide car bombing near the Bab Al-Salama border crossing into Turkey killed 10 civilians. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions killed 13 ISIS fighters in Deir Izzour. Regime forces killed 18 fighters from Islamic battalions and Jund al-Sham in Homs.
Salim Idriss, the recently sacked head of the Free Syrian Army, rejected the dismissal; several top FSA commanders expressed support for him as their leader. Thousands of Syrians are fleeing to Lebanon at Arsal. Islamic battalions and the Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Aleppo. Regime forces fought against Islamic battalions and the Jund al-Sham in Homs, and against Islamic battalions in Quneitra. The Al Nusrah Front claimed it repelled two Syrian army offensives in Hama on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.
Rebels in the south are said to be planning a spring offensive on Damascus. They have reportedly established a coalition of 47 groups and set up lines of communication between fighters in Damascus and Quneitra provinces, but regime forces are redeploying in Quneitra from Damascus. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces battled the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and Islamic battalions around Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah targeted regime military buses in Deraa. ISIS executed three men in Raqqah accused of targeting the group and detained more than 20 civilians. Regime forces reportedly seized a lawyer and a daughter of an imprisoned human rights activist. A German ISIS commander was killed while fighting against Islamic battalions and rebels. Jund al-Islam commander Faisal Dawood Okla, who had escaped from Lebanon's Roumiyeh prison in October 2012, was killed by regime forces in Homs yesterday.
Regime forces and rebels agreed to several local truces in Damascus. Regime forces recaptured Maan, a village in Hama where at least 25 Alawites were killed by Islamist fighters on Feb. 9. Islamist and rebel fighters clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Aleppo, and with regime forces in Homs. In clashes pitting ISIS against the Al Nusrah Front and rebel fighters in Aleppo, Deir Ezzour, and Idlib, 18 ISIS fighters were killed, along with 23 fighters from Al Nusrah and rebels. In Yabroud, an Islamist commander was killed by regime and Hezbollah forces; and in Aleppo, Kurdish Front militia head Alaa Jabbu was killed, as was a German jihadist.