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Russia warned of the "huge threat" of an Islamist Syria in the event the Assad regime were overthrown militarily. Russia also expressed concern over a report that Islamists recently conducted a chemical attack in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front allegedly detained and killed a Kurdish civilian in Hasakah. Kurdish YPG forces continued to clash with Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and allied rebels in Hasakah. The ISIS stormed a rebel battalion headquarters in Aleppo and detained several fighters. ISIS took over a television station in Aleppo, claiming it worked for the CIA. Rebels stormed an Alawite village in Homs, killing 11 civilians, including women. President Assad said foreign support for the rebels must stop for there to be peace in Syria.
Regime forces, opposition fighters, and aid organizations cooperated to evacuate 1,800 civilians from the besieged town of Mouadamiya near Damascus, but thousands remain trapped inside. Syria's deputy prime minister was dismissed for an unauthorized meeting with US officials to discuss peace proposals. The leader of the Omar bin al-Khattab battalion was assassinated in Deir Izzour. Video surfaced of a Syrian parliamentarian kidnapped by Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Deir Izzour; also kidnapped were 71 men from the village of al-Shamitiya. A Tunisian foreign fighter was filmed desecrating a statue of the Virgin Mary. Kurdish YPG forces claimed control over several villages and an oil company in Hasakah; the Tawhid and Jihad brigade surrendered weapons to YPG, including a tank and two multiple rocket launchers. YPG fighters clashed with the Al Nusrah Front, the ISIS, and rebels in Raqqah. Rebels clashed with a sharia council in Aleppo. ISIS, Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham Islamic battalion, and al-Baz Islamic battalion attacked a Kurdish village in Aleppo. A hooded gunman with a silenced weapon killed a reporter in the Aleppo village of Hreitan.
Kurdish YPG fighters continued to clash with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied forces in Hasakah; a motorbike bomb detonated in Qamishli. Fighters from the Ahrar al Sham stormed al-Shmeitiya in Deir Izzour and seized a member of Syrian parliament and an al-Bousaraya tribal sheikh. ISIS set fire to an Armenian church in Raqqah. Regime forces recaptured the strategic Christian town of Sadad in Homs after heavy fighting; the al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized it earlier are said to have withdrawn. Thirteen rebel groups in al Bab city in Aleppo released a statement of allegiance to the sharia council of al Bab, which has refused to acknowledge ISIS as an actual state. The OPCW has inspected all but two of 23 chemical weapons sites; the remaining two are inaccessible "due to security reasons." UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said President Assad could help transition the country to a "new" Syria, but not as its leader.
A group of 22 mainly Islamist brigades, including Suqour al-Sham, al-Tawhid, Ahfad al-Rasul, and Ahrar al-Sham, jointly declared that they would not participate in Geneva peace talks unless they result in the removal of President Assad. The Syrian National Coalition claimed that Iraqi and Kurdish militia forces battled against the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and the Ahrar al Sham to take over the Yarubiya border crossing; other sources denied that Iraqi forces took part in the battle. ISIS is prescribing "religiously acceptable attire" for schoolgirls in Raqqah; a girl was detained for not wearing the hijab. ISIS stormed the Hakhour neighborhood in Aleppo and detained some rebel leaders. Residents of Sadad in Homs are besieged as Islamist and regime fighters continue to battle in the area. Al Nusrah and the Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour. Syria submitted a plan for the destruction of its chemical weapons to the OPCW.