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Syria has released 61 female detainees as part of a hostage swap. Regime and Hezbollah forces retook most of Hteitat al-Turkman in Reef Dimashq from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and rebel groups after days of heavy fighting. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with ISIS in Aleppo near Azaz, killing an ISIS commander from Jordan. YPG forces took over several bases from the ISIS and its allies in Hasakah after heavy fighting. An activist group claims to have documented the deaths of 30,000 regime fighters since the conflict began, and says the actual number is over 50,000.
A rebel attack on a gas pipeline south of Damascus airport left much of Syria, including the city itself, in the dark. A large blast targeted a regime checkpoint in Damascus. Syrian authorities released 14 female detainees in a hostage swap. The Al Nusrah Front, aided by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the al-Khadra' battalion ("the battalion of martyrs"), Maghawir Baba Amr battalion, and allied rebels battled regime forces in Homs over the towns of Mahin and Sadad, which is mainly Christian. Residents fled Sadad; the Islamists seek to take over its hospital, and have seized a large arms depot in Mahin. Al Nusrah, ISIS, and rebels clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. Several rebel groups in Idlib coalesced into the al-Shura council of Mujahideen in Jisr al-Shughour. ISIS clashed with a rebel battalion in Saju near Azaz in Aleppo; ISIS and Al Nusrah bombarded the Syrian Kurdish town of Tel'eran.
Al Qaeda-linked rebels stormed the Christian town of Sadad, which is near several arms depots, and killed nine civilians in the streets. The Syrian National Coalition refused to participate in Geneva talks unless their aim is to remove President Assad from power. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham released video of fighters in the Aleppo city of Azaz.
US State Department officials said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has hindered the flow of aid from the US and other countries to the moderate opposition. Abu Amarr, a senior rebel commander in the Free Syrian Army and the leader of the Fallujah-Houran brigade, was killed in clashes with regime forces in Daraa. Regime airstrikes targeted areas south of Damascus near Jaramana where the Al Nusrah Front had made advances after a suicide bombing. Syrian opposition leaders are meeting in London tomorrow to consider participation in the Geneva peace talks. The Al Nusrah Front released statements and animations describing recent attacks, including a suicide bombing with allied jihadist forces in Deir Azzour on Oct. 14.
German intelligence estimates that more than 1,000 Europeans, including 150 Muslims from Kosovo, are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria.