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The first UN report on the fate of children in Syria over the past two years details "unspeakable" abuses, including torture by government forces and the use of child soldiers by the opposition. Turkey has reportedly refused entry to some 2,000 refugees, mainly women and children, who have fled clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Raqqah city. ISIS issued an apology for injury to civilians and an appeal to civilians in Raqqah to seek justice in sharia court; the group also urged its fighters to treat people decently. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions killed at least 12 regime soldiers near Al-Dohor military airport in Idlib. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated at an Islamic battalion base in Al-Miaden city in Aleppo. Regime barrel bombs continued to fall in Aleppo, Islamic battalions targeted regime forces in the city, and regime forces areas near Kweres Military airport, which is controlled by ISIS. Russia's deputy foreign minister said Syria announced plans to send a large shipment of its chemical arms out of the country in February and to have completed the process by March 1.
After al Qaeda disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, a prominent pro-al Qaeda Saudi cleric called on ISIS members to defect. An Islamic Front official praised al Qaeda's move, and claimed ISIS is now "without cover or co-sponsor ... totally stripped after al Qaeda and the people abandoned it." An observer group said the son of a well-known nonviolent activist was tortured to death by Syrian military intelligence, and the group called for help in pressuring the regime to release tens of thousands of detainees. Islamic battalion fighters targeting a village in Hama killed five students when a rocket hit a school. In Raqqah, Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS and Islamic battalion fighters near Karsour, and killed six ISIS fighters in an attack on an ISIS base in Berkno. Regime forces battled Islamic battalion fighters near the Al-Tabaqa military airport in Raqqah. An Islamic battalion commander was killed by ISIS in northern Aleppo province.
Al Qaeda' s General Command issued a statement disassociating itself from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, deploring the "sedition" and "the enormity of the disaster that afflicted the Jihad in Syria." An ISIS fighter who had previously served as a negotiator between ISIS and Islamic battalions detonated in the Islamic battalion center in Aleppo's Al-Ra'ii neighborhood, killing 16 Islamic battalion fighters, including two commanders. ISIS earlier battled Islamic battalions and rebels for control of the area. ISIS clashed with regime forces near al-Sfera city. In Raqqah, gunmen killed an ISIS commander, and ISIS seized a rebel battalion's weapons and held its commander for three days. Three Al Nusrah Front fighters died fighting regime forces in Quneitra. An ISIS suicide bombing in Aleppo yesterday killed Adnan Bakkour, head of the Tawheed Brigade; ISIS also killed Abu Hussein al-Dik, a commander of the Suqour al-Sham. Regime barrel bombs killed at least 85 people, including 65 civilians, in 24 hours in Aleppo. ISIS has reportedly formed two female battalions in Raqqah to check for male activists opposing ISIS who have disguised themselves in burkas. Video of a purported recent ISIS beheading in Homs was posted on social networks.
Aid agencies evacuated hundreds of residents from the rebel-held district of Yarmouk in Damascus. Regime barrel bombs killed at least 23 people in Aleppo city, including eight Al Nusrah Front fighters. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham detonated two car bombs in Aleppo and clashed with Islamist battalions and rebels in the Al-Ra'ii area. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions took over several checkpoints from regime forces in Hama. The US denied Foreign Minister Mouallem's accusation that it had sought direct negotiations with Syria at the Geneva II talks, and urged Russia and other nations to help pressure the regime to comply with the deadline for removal of its chemical weapons. An activist observer group claimed that over 136,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict so far, including 48,000 civilians, 32,936 regime soldiers, 21,128 rebel fighters, and 8,164 mainly non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Al Nusrah, and Islamist battalions.
The first week of Geneva II talks ended with no progress. A rights organization accused the Assad regime of deliberately destroying thousands of homes in Damascus and Hama over the past two years. The mother of a British doctor who died in regime custody said regime officials admitted to killing him. The OPCW told the regime it must speed up the process of moving its chemical arsenal out of the country for disposal, which is already weeks behind schedule. UN food aid was distributed in the besieged Yarmouk camp for the second day in a row. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham issued a statement on Jan. 27 saying the cessation of jihadist infighting depends on the rejection of democracy and secularism and the adoption of sharia in Syria. The Al Nusrah Front released photos of its attack on an alleged Kurdistan Workers' Party village in Hasakah that involved a suicide bombing. A jihadist announced a campaign to hack 50 websites in order to garner support for ISIS; so far three Danish websites and an Egyptian site have been hacked to promote ISIS.
The Islamic State of the Sham clashed with Islamic battalions and rebels in Aleppo, and killed five regime forces in Damascus. Syrian officials said "certain security threats" have delayed the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons out of the country, according to the OPCW. At the Geneva II talks, the Assad regime presented a resolution that called on all states to "prevent and stop the funding of terrorist acts" and said every Syrian has a duty to drive terrorists out of Syria; the opposition rejected the resolution. US intelligence said al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri has not yet called on the Syrian branches to attack US targets, allowing them to focus on fighting the regime. The Al Nusrah Front claimed a joint assault with the Ajnad al-Sham Brigades in Hama that involved two suicide car bombers.