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Syria's ambassador to the UN said the Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical weapons addresses most of Damascus' concerns, and said Syria plans to attend a November peace conference in Geneva. OPCW experts will begin inspecting Syria's chemical weapons arsenal on Oct. 1. UN inspectors in Syria are investigating three alleged chemical attacks after the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack in Damascus, as well as four alleged attacks prior to Aug. 21. A car bomb detonated in front of a mosque in the Damascus suburb of Rankus, killing 37 people and injuring 100 more. The UN Human Rights Council sought to pressure the Assad regime to allow greater access for humanitarian aid and war crimes investigations.
A senior member of the Syrian National Coalition condemned as inappropriate the announcement that 10 rebel groups and the Al Nusrah Front have joined together, repudiated the SNC, and called for sharia. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked and desecrated two churches in Raqqah, and flew the ISIL flag atop one of the churches. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIL in Aleppo; the ISIL emir of Aleppo, an Emirati, was killed. Regime forces clashed with the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and rebel units in Deraa. ISIL kidnapped two Kurdish men in Aleppo. Kurdish YPG fighters have captured several Hasakah villages since Sept. 14, when ISIL, Al Nusrah, and rebel fighters attacked, from the Turkish border, the village of A'louk.
In a statement issued yesterday, 13 Syrian rebel groups, including the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front, agreed to create an Islamist opposition force in Syria to be run only by groups fighting in Syria, rejecting the Syrian National Coalition and other groups "formed abroad." The new coalition of powerful Islamist groups also includes members of the Free Syrian Army. The US-backed Free Syrian Army has not responded to the announcement. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with fighters from Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and rebel groups in Hasakah, and in Raqqah; and with ISIL fighters in Aleppo. UN weapons inspectors returned to Syria to investigate a chemical weapons claim from March.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Ahrar al Sham, and the Free Syrian Army's Sahaba Battalions are leading a rebel offensive in southwest Damascus. A car bomb detonated in Damascus, killing at least seven civilians. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant detained two teenagers in Raqqah. The ISIL, Al Nusrah, and rebels continued to clash with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. Four armed battalions in Aleppo reportedly agreed to fight ISIL if it does not adhere to an agreement over Azaz city. A French jihadist was killed while fighting regime forces near Aleppo airport. A Spanish magazine confirmed that one of its journalists has been held captive by a rebel group in Syria since Sept. 4, when his car was stopped by jihadists in Hama. A jihadist forum last week called for journalists in Syria to be captured and searched. Reporters Without Borders says 13 foreign journalists are now in captivity or missing in Syria. Al Nusrah claimed a Sept. 11 attack in Deir Izzor and a Sept. 12 raid in Deraa.
President Assad insisted that Syria's chemical weapons arsenal is secure. A suicide car bomb blew up at a regime checkpoint in Hama. Regime aircraft attacked an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant camp in Deir Izzor. ISIL fighters seized radiological imaging equipment in Aleppo city. Kurdish YPG fighters killed an Al Nusrah Front leader in Idlib. ISIL released a Christian officer after he "declared his Islam" in Raqqah. YPG forces clashed with Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel forces in Hasakah. The leader of Hezbollah denied the Syrian National Coalition's claim that Hezbollah has received chemical weapons from Syria.