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Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri eulogized Abu Khalid al Suri, his representative to Syria, and warned against jihadist infighting. The US is planning to increase training and shipments of small arms to "moderate" rebels based mainly in Jordan. An opposition source said over 1,000 jihadists, many of them non-Syrian, were recently airlifted from Jordan to Turkey, from which they entered Syria to fight in Latakia. Regime forces continued to battle the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Sham al Islam, and the Junoud al Sham in Latakia; 35 regime soldiers and 64 Islamist fighters were killed there yesterday, including the military commander of Sham al Islam, an Egyptian named Abu Safiya al-Masri. Sham al Islam's leader, ex-Gitmo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, was also killed in Latakia. The Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Aleppo, Deraa, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and in Deir Izzour. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continued to clash with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. The "Jobar Revo" opposition group claimed that the regime had used poison gas yesterday in an attack in Jobar.
Former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a.k.a. Brahim Benchakroun or Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, was reportedly killed in Latakia while leading his Sham al Islam group. Fierce fighting continued near a strategic hilltop in Latakia between regime forces and rebels, including the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar al Sham, Sham al Islam, Junoud al Sham, the Islamic Front, and Moroccan fighters from the Shab al Islam. The head of the UN chemical weapons mission said the regime must move quickly to meet the April 27 deadline for removing its chemical weapons from the country; shipments were stopped on March 20 due to worsening security in Latakia. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, conducted raids in Raqqah, and clashed with both regime forces and Kurdish fighters in Aleppo. State media said regime forces discovered a 200-meter tunnel leading toward the al-Majd suburb in Damascus.
In a letter to the UN, Syria has accused "terrorist groups" of planning a gas attack in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Jobar that would be blamed on the regime. The head of the 'moderate' Syrian Revolutionaries Front, a Free Syrian Army offshoot, said the group fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and has no quarrel with it. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama, in Latakia, and in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Islamic fighters shelled a funeral procession for an NDF fighter in Sweida province, killing two civilians and injuring five more.
The president of the Syrian National Coalition visited rebel troops in Latakia, where the Al Nusrah Front, Islamic fighters, and Free Syrian Army forces are battling regime troops. Al Nusrah claimed a joint offensive in Latakia with Ahrar al Sham, Ansar al-Sham, and Sham al-Islam; one of the commanders, Abu al Hassan, was said to be from core al Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Activists and rebels disputed the regime's claim that it captured a key hilltop in Latakia. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; and battled eastern front fighters, Ahfad Al-Mursalin brigade, Jabhat Al Akrad, and rebels in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama. An activist observer group said the Syrian conflict has claimed over 150,000 lives.
Regime forces recaptured a strategic hilltop in Latakia during fighting with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front, and Syria's information minister accused Turkey of helping foreign fighters enter the province. An observer group claimed that over 1,000 fighters have been killed in Latakia since March 21. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama, in Idlib, in Reef Dimashq, and in Aleppo.