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The Islamic Front, led by Ahrar al Sham, and the Al Nusrah Front, jointly assaulted Aleppo Central Prison, reportedly freeing hundreds of detainees. The Islamic Front and Al Nusrah had announced the operation called "Truthful Promise Approaches" in Aleppo. The battle of "Fak Al-A'ani" to liberate the prison started with an Al Nusrah suicide bombing that killed at least eight regime soldiers; some 16 Al Nusrah fighters have been killed, including Chechen commander Saifullah Shishani, head of the Al-Khilafa army and leader of the operation. Rebels are now said to control at least part of the prison. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Hama. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Islamic battalions and rebels in Al-Ra'ii, Al-Ka'aiba, Jibal Al-Hamam, and near Menbj city in Aleppo. The head of the Syrian National Coalition said its forces will soon receive advanced weapons to aid in its fight against the ISIS as well as against the Assad regime. State media said the regime has agreed to allow the evacuation of "innocent" civilians from the besieged city of Homs and the supply of humanitarian aid to those civilians who choose to remain in Homs.
The Suqour al-Sham, an Islamist brigade in the Islamic Front, agreed to a truce with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; the Free Syrian Army-linked Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, which has clashed with the Islamic Front, condemned the ceasefire as illegitimate. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq and in Deir Izzour. Rocket fire killed 12 Al Nusrah fighters, including a commander, in Idlib. Rebel and Islamic battalion fighters clashed with NDF forces in Hama. Gunmen killed 11 ISIS fighters in Raqqah. Syria missed another deadline for the handover of its chemical weapons; June 30 is the target date for elimination of the entire arsenal.
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.