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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.
Abu Abdullah al Libi, a Libyan local commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was killed along with 12 ISIL fighters in a clash with a rebel group in Idlib; the Free Syrian Army denied culpability for his death. ISIL fighters attacked Al Nusrah Front headquarters in Hasaka yesterday and stole weapons and oil equipment; the clash will supposedly be mediated by a sharia council. ISIL and Nusrah have been fighting alongside each other against Kurdish YPG fighters in Hasakah and Raqqah. YPG fighters punctured a military tank belonging to ISIL and Nusrah in Hasakah. YPG fighters clashed with ISIL in Aleppo. An ISIL suicide bomber detonated in a car on the Homs-Damascus road, in the first announced ISIL operation in Reef Dimashq. A senior US official said Gulf backers have raised "hundreds of millions" of dollars for the Syrian opposition and that the amount going to Islamists is deliberately obscured.
A former chemical weapons chief in the regime's army said he had on three occasions defied orders to use chemical weapons, and claimed that the regime has already transferred some of its chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and to Iran via Iraq. A Free Syrian Army spokesman claimed that the regime sent chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon nearly three months ago. The Syrian National Council rebuffed Iran's offer to mediate with the Assad regime. Syria met the first deadline in the US-Russian deal for the surrender of its chemical weapons. A top Russian official said the Kremlin might change its position if the Assad regime cheats on the chemical weapons deal, but warned that Western military intervention would only benefit al Qaeda.
Syria delivered a partial chemical weapons inventory to the OPCW, and is expected to complete it soon. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Hasakah. Regime forces bombarded an ISIL checkpoint in Raqqah; ISIL executed an Alawite man. Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel forces bombarded a town in Raqqah. ISIL partially withdrew from Azar in Aleppo after a truce was negotiated by the Liwa al Tawhid brigade between ISIL and a Free Syrian Army brigade. Fighters from Ahrar al Sham, Al Nusrah, al Haq brigade, al Meqdad Bin Aswad battalion, and Talbisa legions attacked an Alawite village in Homs. The Syrian National Coalition condemned ISIL's attacks on FSA troops, its disregard for Syrian lives, and its link to a "foreign agenda" and calls for a new state inside Syria. Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK sent letters to the UN Security Council on behalf of the Syrian National Coalition. Two FSA brigades joined the Al Nusrah Front.