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President Assad said disposal of Syria's chemical weapons would take about a year and cost $1 billion. He strongly denied that his government was behind the Aug. 21 gas attack, and said Syria is committed to the US-Russian agreement for the surrender of Syria's chemical arsenal. Syria gave Russia materials said to implicate the rebels for the gas attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reportedly detained two doctors in Aleppo and killed one of them. ISIL stormed the town of Azaz near a Turkish border crossing in Aleppo, killing five Free Syrian Army fighters and arresting 100 people; the FSA brigade asked the Al Tawheed Brigade to mediate. ISIL executed an Alawite man in Raqqah. Regime and Hezbollah forces clashed with rebels near Damascus airport. ISIL recently released photos of its fighters training and firing mortars in Ghouta in Damascus.
The pilot of a Syrian helicopter shot down over Latakia by a Turkish warplane may have been killed. The Syrian military said the helicopter had mistakenly crossed over into Turkish airspace while looking for infiltrating rebels. A car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in Idlib, injuring at least 12 people. Kurdish YPG fighters continued to clash with Al Nusrah, Islamic State of Iraq, and rebel fighters in Hasakah. A Damascus-based jihadist coordinating group issued a statement about Abu Suheib al-Firansi, 63, a French businessman who converted to Islam and has joined jihadists in Syria.
The Al Nusrah Front said it and a rebel battalion attacked three villages in eastern Homs last week; 22 civilians were killed. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant executed two Alawite men in Raqqah city. A rebel battalion in Raqqah city detained a rebel commander for publishing articles critical of the rebel forces. A regime helicopter that was dropping explosive barrels on an important rebel stronghold in Latakia near the Turkish border was shot down, possibly by a Turkish warplane; rebels are said to have captured one of the pilots and to be looking for the other. The Free Syrian Army's Tahrir Souriya brigade stormed a village in Hasaka yesterday alongside the Al Nusrah Front.