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A report in a Kuwaiti newspaper alleges that despite claims by an Israeli security source to the contrary, Israel was aware of the presence of an Iranian general in a convoy targeted in southern Syria on Jan. 18. UN aid shipments to Syria have provided food to about 600,000 people since July. The US provided $6 million to fund the interim opposition government. The US has ruled out the possibility of a no-fly zone In northern Syria, contrary to Turkish preferences. The US-led coalition conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria since Jan. 21; nine strikes were conducted near Kobane and one near the Islamic State capital of Raqqa. Regime helicopters dropping barrel bombs killed at least 13 in Homs on Jan. 22.

Airstrikes reported to have been conducted by the Syrian regime killed at least 39 people in the village of Khansaa, and the town of Saraqeb and the village of Sheikh Mustafa in Idlib province; some reports speculated that the strike in Khansaa might have been executed by the US-led coalition. An Israeli airstrike on Jan. 18 killed an Iranian brigadier general along with a Hezbollah leader and 10 others; an Israeli security source said planners had been unaware of the general's presence in the convoy. The Iraqi prime minister claimed that Islamic State Emir Abu Bakr Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike in the Iraqi town of al-Qa'im, and now spends most of his time in Syria. The Russian moderator of upcoming talks between the Assad regime and some rebel groups has modest goals for the initial negotiations. Despite the regime beginning destruction of chemical weapons sites, opposition forces claim that some weapons are being held in hidden underground caches. The US-led coalition conducted 38 airstrikes in Syria since Jan. 16; 31 near Kobane, 4 near Hasakah, one near Aleppo, one near Dawr az Zawr and one near Abu Kamal. All targeted the Islamic State.

Five Hezbollah fighters and one commander were killed by an Israeli airstrike in southern Syria. The Assad regime has started destruction of its chemical weapons facilities. Kurdish forces have captured a key hilltop in the ongoing fight with the Islamic State for Kobane. Kurdish and Syrian regime troops clashed near the city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria, killing at least 18. A proposed expansion of the US bombing campaign in northern Syria has been stopped due to a failure of terms between Turkey and the US. A Syrian regime cargo plane crashed in Idlib province, killing at least 35 soldiers aboard; regime media claimed the crash was due to weather conditions, whereas Al Nusrah Front claimed to have shot down the plane.

The US announced that it will be sending 400 troops to train Syrian moderate opposition forces in the spring. The Islamic State has executed 17 people in the past two days, likely as a response to killings of its fighters by unidentified parties in Deir al-Zor province. "At least 1,607" people have been killed in Kobane over the past four months of fighting. Islamic State fighters launched a new offensive in the northern Kurdish city, attacking along four fronts. The US conducted six airstrikes in Syria in the past day, focused on Kobane. Two Italian aid workers kidnapped by the Al Nusrah Front have been released. The UN has begun delivering food to civilians in Homs after a negotiated ceasefire.

The US-led coalition launched six airstrikes in the past 24 hours near Kobane, "destroying eight fighting positions and an armored vehicle." The Islamic State is reported to be "losing ground" in the northern Kurdish enclave. Despite US airstrikes, the Islamic State has gained territory overall, and now controls "at least one-third" of the country. Al Nusrah members executed a women accused of adultery in Maaret Masirin in northwestern Syria. Pro-government militia members killed 14 Islamic State fighters in the towns of Ashara and Swaidan in Deir al-Zour province. US Secretary of State John Kerry stated he supports a Russian plan for peace talks.

Hayat Boumedienne, the at-large suspect in the Paris attacks, was in Turkey on Jan. 2 and crossed into Syria on Jan. 8, according to Turkish authorities. An airstrike targeting an Islamic State headquarters by the US-led coalition may have killed at least 50 civilians, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights; US officials said they saw "no evidence of civilian casualties," but will investigate. The US-led coalition conducted 22 airstrikes in Syria since Jan. 9; 20 targeted various Islamic State positions near Kobane, while one destroyed Islamic State vehicles, supplies and personnel near Abu Kamal, and one destroyed "ISIL guard facilities" near Al Hasakah. The death toll from two car bomb attacks that targeted separate Al Nusrah and Kurdish positions in Aleppo province on Jan. 10 has risen to 20.

The head of Britain's MI5 warned that al Qaeda operatives in Syria are planning further mass casualty attacks on Western targets. The Al Nusrah Front blew up the 13th-century tomb of a revered Islamic scholar in Nawa in Deraa province. Members of the Islamic State's religious police force have been kidnapped in the city of Mayadin in eastern Syria; one of the leaders of the group was found beheaded. The US-led coalition conducted six airstrikes in Syria since Jan. 6; five targeted "fighting positions and a staging area" near Kobane, while one struck "crude oil pumps and well heads" near Al Hasakah.

Kurdish fighters killed 41 Islamic State militants in a clash near Kobane, according to SOHR. Islamic State fighters reportedly beheaded a street magician in Raqqa for un-Islamic behavior. A senior Islamic State policeman responsible for many executions and beheadings was himself found beheaded in al-Mayadeen city in Deir-al-Zor province. The US-backed plan to train moderate Syrian rebels could begin this spring, according to Pentagon officials. The US military has investigated 18 complaints of civilian casualties resulting from its bombing campaign in Syria; 13 were found not credible while the remainder are still under investigation. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has offered further evidence that the Assad regime employed chemical weapons.

The US-led coalition conducted six airstrikes near Kobane on Jan. 4. At least 12 regime soldiers were killed during an attack on their camp in Aleppo. The Western-backed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces has elected a new presidential committee. Lebanon has begun restricting the flow of refugees from Syria. A Turkish soldier went missing during an anti-smuggling operation along the Syrian border.

A Jordanian pilot was captured by the Islamic State after his plane went down in northeastern Syria. The US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes in Syria on Dec. 23. "At least 1,171 people have been killed" by the airstrikes since the start of the campaign, according to SOHR; this tally incudes 1,046 members of the Islamic State, 72 members of Al Nusrah, one prisoner held by the jihadists, and 52 civilians. Satellite imagery shows that 290 cultural heritage sites have been damaged during the course of the war.

A mass grave holding 230 bodies was uncovered in Deir Ezzor province. Those killed, including many civilians, were members of the Shaitat tribe, which had resisted the Islamic State. The US conducted six airstrikes in Syria since Dec. 15; five near Kobane and one near Abu Kamal. Only about three percent of all airstrikes in Syria by the US-led coalition since the start of the campaign have not been conducted by the US. SOHR estimates that more than 120,000 regime fighters have been killed in the Syrian war. The UN is looking for $8.4 billion to aid Syrian refugees in 2015. Two Kurdish freelance journalists have been reported kidnapped by the Islamic State "on December 15 on the main road between Qamishli and Al-Yarubyia."

The Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and elements of the Free Syrian Army have taken two key regime bases in Idlib province. Al Nusrah has used an American TOW anti-tank missile against regime forces. The US-led coalition has conducted nine airstrikes in Syria since Dec. 13; eight of them "destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL buildings and two ISIL staging positions and also struck another ISIL fighting position" near Kobane; one destroyed an Islamic State vehicle near abu-Kamal. European Union countries have pledged to help rebuild Aleppo if a UN-proposed ceasefire is successful. The UN chief for humanitarian affairs "has run out of words" to describe the chaos in Syria.

Three opposition journalists were killed in Deraa when their car was hit by a missile. Israeli airstrikes in Dimas on Dec. 7 are reported to have targeted Iranian weapons intended for Hezbollah. Rebel commanders in northern Syria claim the US has stopped paying them. Twenty-eight countries have pledged to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees, doubling previous intake levels. The UN has resumed food aid to refugees after donations compensated for a budgetary shortfall. The foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq and the Syrian regime met in Tehran and pledged cooperation against the Islamic State. On Dec. 9, the Islamic State beheaded a man in Sulouk in northern Syria after charging him with 'blasphemy.'

Israel conducted two airstrikes near Damascus on Dec. 7; one took place near Dimas, which houses military facilities, and the other hit near Damascus International Airport. Both the Syrian regime and Iran condemned the attack. UN observers have documented numerous interactions between Israeli forces and Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights. Al Nusrah has reportedly taken control of a military residential compound in Deraa and is moving on the town of Azraa and the regime stronghold of Damascus province. The Syrian Army has beaten back an Islamic State assault on a military airport in Deir al-Zor.

The Islamic State attacked the sole remaining government air base in Deir el-Zour province; at least 19 regime troops and seven IS fighters have been killed thus far. The US accused the regime of continuing to use chemical weapons as recently as September. Syrian President Bashar al Assad declared US airstrikes against the Islamic State ineffective. Turkey and the US are moving toward an agreement that would establish a no-fly zone in northern Syria. The US has conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria since Dec. 1, all of them near Kobane.

CENTCOM stated that the US conducted 27 airstrikes in Syria since Nov. 28; 26 targeted the islamic State and one targeted Al Nusrah. The SOHR claims the US-led coalition conducted 30 airstrikes in Raqqah on Nov. 29. US-backed rebels are awaiting Western assistance. The UN World Food Programme has halted assistance to Syrian refugees due to lack of funding.

The UN is pushing for a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria for the delivery of aid. Regime airstrikes on the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqah killed at least 90 people and injured approximately 125 more. The Islamic State stoned to death two men accused of being gay in Deir Ezzor; the group also beheaded an Ismaili man for "apostasy." Western-backed rebels in Syria's south are reorganizing; training by Western forces is not slated to begin until next spring.

The US conducted another airstrike on the Al Nusrah Front, targeting a storage facility close to the town of Harem. A second French jihadist who took part in the Islamic State's latest execution was identified; according to the French prime minister, about 1,000 French nationals are fighting in Syria and "close to 50" have been killed. The US is tracking 150 people who have traveled from the US to Syria, many of them with the intent to fight. Turkey is pressuring the US-led coalition to support and train the FSA and to enact a no-fly zone in northern Syria. SOHR claims that a regime airstrike in Raqqa killed nine civilians and wounded 16.

A regime airstrike killed at least 13 people and wounded 20 in Aleppo, according to SOHR. Kurdish forces captured six buildings used by the Islamic State and significant weapons and ammunition near Kobane; the US-led coalition conducted seven airstrikes overnight near the embattled city. Jihadists and US-backed rebels have reportedly aligned in the battle for Aleppo; meanwhile "a ranking Turkish source" claims that the Free Syrian Army has abandoned its bid for Aleppo. Syrian rebels have made recent gains in southwestern Daraa province. A majority of the 1,500 people executed by the Islamic State in Syria over the past five months were Sunni civilians, according to SOHR. The Red Cross and Red Crescent have called for increased aid as Syria's 10.4 million refugees face the winter. A prominent Syrian Sunni cleric has declared that Islamic State emir Baghdadi is "going to hell" after the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig. Syria has been ranked 5th on the Global Terrorism Index.

Rebel sources are claiming that leaders from the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front have agreed to a truce in light of Western intervention. The US launched another round of airstrikes against Al Nusrah, targeting "at least one top operative" of the Khorasan Group. Western airstrikes on the Islamic State in Raqqa have reportedly disrupted the group but have angered some residents. Syrian regime airstrikes killed nine people, including three children, in the town of Saqba near Damascus. Western-backed rebels called for food aid to forestall a looming humanitarian crisis. The Islamic State announced that it will be printing currency in Syria and Iraq, stating its aim to "emancipate itself from the satanic global economic system." Some factions of the Syrian opposition have expressed cautious support of a UN-proposed ceasefire in Aleppo, on the heels of Free Syrian Army factions rejecting the plan.