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British officials discuss 'rising' al Qaeda threat during testimony

Top British intelligence and security officials testified to the "rising" threat of al Qaeda last week. One official explained that there have been 34 terrorist plots in Britain since the 7/7 bombings and most of these have ties to al Qaeda groups overseas. The officials also expressed concern over al Qaeda's growing presence inside Syria.

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.

The sons feared lost to al Qaeda in Syria

Syria rebels recruit at refugee camp

Exclusive: West scorns Assad 'shopping list' for chemical convoys

Iraq keeps eye on Kurd-jihadist battle in Syria

John Kerry's Middle East dream world

Syrians on Both Sides of the War Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebels retook the 80th Brigade army base near Aleppo airport from regime forces, who had captured it earlier this week. ISIS reportedly released the assistant to the Al Nusrah Front's emir for Raqqah but kept the emir, who has been detained for the past 45 days. Regime forces allowed besieged residents of Qudsaiya in Reef Dimashq to obtain food supplies.

Journalists in Syria face growing risk of kidnap

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood announced plans to form Waad, a new political party in which a third of its membership will be allocated to Muslim Brotherhood members, a third to Islamists, and another third to liberal and nationalistic figures. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham destroyed the al-sheikh Bandar shrine in Raqqah. ISIS executed eight Alawite civilians in Hama, including four children and two women. ISIS and rebels clashed with regime forces and Popular Committees in Hama. Regime forces backed by NDF and Hezbollah fighters battled ISIS and rebels near Aleppo International Airport, capturing large parts of a battalion base that had been held by rebels for a year. A media activist was kidnapped in Aleppo city. The Al Nusrah Front claimed to have killed 120 Syrian troops in Homs, Deraa, and Hama, in recent attacks that included three suicide bombings. Saleh Muslim, the head of the Kurdish YPG, claimed that Turkey has recently stopped helping al Qaeda-linked groups near the Syrian border.

Regime and Hezbollah forces recaptured the strategic rebel-held suburb of Sbeineh, south of Damascus, effectively cutting off much of the supply line for rebels in southern Damascus. Kurdish YPG forces took over two more villages in Hasakah after clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebels. The OPCW said it has verified the inoperability of one of the two remaining chemical weapons sites on its list, with "sealed cameras used by Syrian personnel" at the northern Aleppo site. Samantha Power, the US' envoy to the UN, accused the Assad regime of denying humanitarian aid workers access to besieged towns.

Hezbollah is expanding its reach into Middle East

Antakya, Turkey: Next Door to War, There's Money to Be Made

Syrians boost Stockholm population growth

Saudi Arabia's Shadow War

Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham executed a male nurse accused of spying for Turkish intelligence, and tried to destroy a monument to freedom in Raqqah. An air force intelligence officer was killed by a suicide car bombing at an intelligence headquarters in al-Sweida province along with eight other soldiers. Ahrar al Sham fighters ambushed regime soldiers in Homs. An explosion in central Damascus killed at least seven people and wounded dozens more.

Gaza jihadists take their fight to Syria

US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons