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The regime's use of barrel bombs has reportedly increased since last year. Residents of Raqqah say it is controlled by some 5,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, consisting mainly of foreigners, including Iraqis, Tunisians, Gulf Arabs, and Chechens. An ISIS leader was killed fighting regime forces near the 17th Division in Raqqah. ISIS recaptured parts of Markada in Hasakah from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. At least 17 Islamic Front fighters were killed battling regime forces near Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. ISIS clashed with Islamic and rebel fighters and the Kurdish Front near Minbej city in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Idlib, in Hama, and in Homs. Al Nusrah released a video showing a suicide attack and raid on Kurdistan Workers' Party forces in Hasakah on Jan. 25.
The Syrian National Coalition has retained Gen. Abdel-Ilah Bashir as head of the Free Syrian Army but given former head Salem Idriss the post of military adviser to SNC chief Ahmad Jarba. Negotiators lost contact with 13 Syrian nuns kidnapped by an Al Nusrah Front-linked group led by Abu Malek al-Kuwaiti. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces continued to battle Al Nusrah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and the Islamic Front near Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. An ISIS suicide car bomber detonated by a police base in Aleppo that had been taken over by the Islamic Front. In Hama, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and a suicide truck bomb detonated near a regime military intelligence base. In Homs, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces, and two suicide car bombs killed at least 12 people. Two ISIS suicide car bombers blew themselves up inside the 17th Division in Raqqah, and three ISIS suicide bombers detonated yesterday at an Internet cafe. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic Front battled regime forces, and gunmen fought over control of oil fields. Al Nusrah issued a video of its training camp in Deir Izzour that is named after al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.
A new UN report accuses the Assad regime of using siege tactics against civilians and deplores the "absolute impunity that pervades the conflict," in which both sides are guilty of massacres and other crimes. Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the UN inquiry committee on Syria, said it was "likely" that the perpetrators of the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack in Ghouta had access to regime stockpiles, and also said "at least several hundred people were affected" by the attacks. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to clash with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces in Aleppo. Gunmen killed an Algerian fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Raqqah. In Hasakah, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front took over parts of Markada after fighting ISIS for weeks. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs and in Hama. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated in the home of a commander linked to Al Nusrah in Deir Izzour, killing a child.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces near Yabroud city in Reef Dimashq; regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs in the vicinity. ISIS seized portions of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. In Aleppo, the Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham continued to besiege the central prison, and ISIS fought against rebels and the Jabhat Al-Kurd. In Raqqah, regime forces bombarded an ISIS convoy and battled ISIS fighters in Ein Essa. In Idlib, Al Nusrah, Jund al-Aqsa battalion, Dawood brigade, Khattab battalion, Thuwar Saraqeb front, and Thuwar Souriya seized checkpoints from regime forces; two Islamic commanders were killed. Al Nusrah claimed a March 1 attack in Hama and a March 2 attack in Aleppo. Two Los Angeles gang members are reportedly fighting for Hezbollah in Aleppo. The OPCW said Syria has shipped nearly a third of its chemical weapons out of the country so far.
In Idlib, the Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces; an Al Nusrah ammunition factory exploded in Sarmada. In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled regime forces and executed a Christian. In Damascus, Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and ISIS continued to fight against regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces. ISIS reportedly executed 15 commanders of the Free Syrian Army's 4th Division-Damascus Guards in recent weeks. In Hasakah, an Emirati ISIS commander was killed while fighting Kurdish YPG forces. The Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Deraa, in Deir Izzour, and in Homs, and fired Grad rockets at regime defense labs in Hama. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Aleppo. The UN Secretary General called for a third round of peace talks in Geneva. ISIS issued a video in which Chechen commander Abu Jihad al-Shishani, speaking for Jama'a al-Muhajireen, denounced a conspiracy to slander ISIS.
Regime forces clashed with the Islamic Front in Latakia and in Aleppo. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against regime forces in Reef-al Safira city. A protest in Azaz demanded that the Islamic Front pull out; ISIS pulled out of Azaz three days ago. Fighting resumed between the Al Nusrah Front and pro-regime Palestinian fighters in Yarmouk.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has taken over the Halek district of Aleppo city after pulling out of Azaz following an ultimatum from the Al Nusrah Front. In Hasakah, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front seized much of Markada after clashing with ISIS. In Deir Izzour, Al Nusrah and the Ahrar al Sham killed a number of ISIS fighters near al-Teref, and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Al-Sena'a, Al-Jafra, and near the military airport. Extremist cleric Abu Qatada indirectly blamed ISIS for the assassination of al Qaeda mediator Abu Khalid al Suri, and criticized the ISIS plan to tax Christians in Raqqah. The ISIS denied accusations that it had ordered the killing of al Suri and that it had called al Qaeda leaders and the Taliban "infidels."
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters as well as with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Hasakah. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters battled regime forces in Hama, and in Deir Izzour, where the two Islamist groups also clashed with ISIS. In Reef Dimashq near Yabroud, the ISIS, Al Nusrah, and the Islamic Front fought against regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces; ISIS also detonated a suicide car bomb by a regime checkpoint near Der-Ateya. In Raqqah, ISIS searched for hidden fighters who had tried to kill an ISIS emir. In Aleppo, ISIS pulled completely out of Azaz and cut off the hand of a thief in Maskana, and rebels attacked ISIS near al-Ra'i and in Akhtrin. The Al Nusrah Front launched a new media division with a propaganda message about the gentleness of Abraham. The ISIS released a video denouncing Islamic Front factions as compromising the "honorable resistance" that aims for worldwide jihad. The Syrian National Council said it would rejoin the Syrian National Coalition. State media claimed that Libyan security forces seized a shipment of mustard gas that extremists were trying to send to Syria.
Regime forces are preparing to launch a ground assault on Yabroud. In Hasakah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG forces, kidnapped 15 civilians, and destroyed a Sufi shrine. In Aleppo, ISIS withdrew from Mayer, Jamal, Kafen, and Meneg airport, but kept fighters in Meneg city and Azaz. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces near Aleppo airport and Al-Shekh Najjar, and in Deir Izzour. Gunmen shot four ISIS fighters in Raqqah, including an Egyptian. In Reef Dimashq, NDF forces battled Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and ISIS in al-Ghouta al-Sharqiya. Yesterday 326 fighters were killed, the highest daily death toll for fighters in the three-year conflict.
State media claimed that regime and Hezbollah forces killed over 170 fighters, including Saudis, Qataris, and Chechens, from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in an ambush outside Damascus. In the Damascus region, Islamist fighting groups, including the Islamic Front and the Suqour al Sham, are rejecting local truces. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham told Christians in Raqqah it would protect them so long as they observe a long list of conditions, including prohibitions against public worship and owning weapons. ISIS fighters in the town of Markada Hasakah agreed to a truce with Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. Hezbollah is reportedly mulling over a proposal by Saudi Arabia and the US to reduce its presence in Syria in exchange for the withdrawal of Saudi fighters. Infighting this year between ISIS and other rebel groups, including Al Nusrah, has killed about 3,300 people, including 942 ISIS fighters, an activist group claimed.
The leader of the Al Nusrah Front told the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham that it had five days to stop attacking rebel and jihadist groups in Syria or they would jointly destroy ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. Al Nusrah also issued a statement of condolence for the death of Abu Khalid al Suri and blamed ISIS for his assassination. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and other jihadist groups in Aleppo. Regime forces, backed by NDF and Hezbollah fighters, advanced on rebel positions in Aleppo. Al Nusrah, rebels, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Quneitra, in Hama, and in Aleppo. ISIS reportedly arrested some of its fighters in Raqqah who had refused to fight against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. ISIS battled the Kurdish YPG in Hasakah.
Islamic battalions killed at least 15 regime soldiers in Quneitra. The Al Nusrah Front, Islamic Battalions, and Al-Mujahedin army clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, killing 18 soldiers and NDF fighters. In the city of Aleppo, Al Nusrah, Jaysh al Mujehidin, and Al Jabha Al Islameyya created a joint military operations room. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Deir Izzour. Islamic battalions, Al Nusrah, and ISIS battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq. ISIS targeted the base of the 17th division in Raqqah, and released two female teachers and female students detained earlier today. Regime forces fought against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Hama, where Al Nusrah has cut off a regime supply line. Regime security forces released activist Akram Bunni, whom they had detained for two days. The Assad regime has said it would comply with the recent UN humanitarian aid resolution if it respects "state sovreignty."
Abu Khalid al Suri, al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria, was killed in Aleppo; the Islamic Front announced his death. An activist group said Suri was killed when at least one Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber detonated in an Aleppo office, killing six Ahrar al Sham fighters and injuring one of its emirs. A car bomb exploded by a field hospital in the rebel-held town of Atma near the Turkish border, killing at least 12 people and injuring 65; the hospital is owned by a TV station that has criticized the ISIS. In Deir Izzour, the ISIS fought against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. In Deraa, nine groups, including the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, launched an offensive targeting the 61st brigade. In Idlib, 13 groups, including Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, and the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, created a joint operations room. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and rebels in Reef Dimashq; and clashed with Islamic battalions in Aleppo, in Homs, and in Hama. Regime intelligence agents reportedly abducted a prominent Syrian activist in Damascus. The Free Syrian Army and its Supeme Military Council are in disarray.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for cross-border aid access, the naming of besieged areas, and an end to barrel bombs. The Assad regime has increased bombardments in Deraa in advance of a rumored rebel assault. Regime forces clashed with Islamic battalions in Damascus, in Quneitra, and in Deraa; and battled the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions near Aleppo Central Prison, and in Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took over houses occupied by fighters from Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS in Hasakah.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry offered to cooperate with Lebanon in combating terrorism. The regime offered a 100-day deadline for the removal of its chemical weapons, but the US and Britain said the work can be done sooner. The UN evacuation mission in Homs is focusing on male evacuees. In Aleppo, regime forces clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions near Aziza, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with rebel and Islamic battalions in Talelin and Soran, and Islamic battalions executed two women from Aleppo city. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and Ahrar al Sham in Hasakah. Islamic battalions fought regime forces in Hama, in Quneitra, and in Deir Izzour. Yesterday two ISIS suicide bombers detonated in the homes of two Al Nusrah Front commanders.in Deir Izzour. The Syrian Revolutionary Front, part of the Free Syrian Army, has reportedly received arms and funding from Saudi Arabia. State media claimed that regime forces killed a number of Arab rebel fighters in Latakia.
The UN Security Council will vote tomorrow on a resolution for cross-border aid access and an enforceable halt to bombardments in Syria. The Islamic Law Council of Deir al-Zor told women to wear the hijab, as the council is "obliged to promote virtue and prevent vice." Al Nusrah, ISIS, and Islamic battalions fought against regime forces in Reef Dimashq near Yabroud. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Aleppo. A suicide car bombing near the Bab Al-Salama border crossing into Turkey killed 10 civilians. The Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions killed 13 ISIS fighters in Deir Izzour. Regime forces killed 18 fighters from Islamic battalions and Jund al-Sham in Homs.
Salim Idriss, the recently sacked head of the Free Syrian Army, rejected the dismissal; several top FSA commanders expressed support for him as their leader. Thousands of Syrians are fleeing to Lebanon at Arsal. Islamic battalions and the Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Aleppo. Regime forces fought against Islamic battalions and the Jund al-Sham in Homs, and against Islamic battalions in Quneitra. The Al Nusrah Front claimed it repelled two Syrian army offensives in Hama on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.
Rebels in the south are said to be planning a spring offensive on Damascus. They have reportedly established a coalition of 47 groups and set up lines of communication between fighters in Damascus and Quneitra provinces, but regime forces are redeploying in Quneitra from Damascus. Regime, NDF, and Hezbollah forces battled the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and Islamic battalions around Yabroud in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah targeted regime military buses in Deraa. ISIS executed three men in Raqqah accused of targeting the group and detained more than 20 civilians. Regime forces reportedly seized a lawyer and a daughter of an imprisoned human rights activist. A German ISIS commander was killed while fighting against Islamic battalions and rebels. Jund al-Islam commander Faisal Dawood Okla, who had escaped from Lebanon's Roumiyeh prison in October 2012, was killed by regime forces in Homs yesterday.
Regime forces and rebels agreed to several local truces in Damascus. Regime forces recaptured Maan, a village in Hama where at least 25 Alawites were killed by Islamist fighters on Feb. 9. Islamist and rebel fighters clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Aleppo, and with regime forces in Homs. In clashes pitting ISIS against the Al Nusrah Front and rebel fighters in Aleppo, Deir Ezzour, and Idlib, 18 ISIS fighters were killed, along with 23 fighters from Al Nusrah and rebels. In Yabroud, an Islamist commander was killed by regime and Hezbollah forces; and in Aleppo, Kurdish Front militia head Alaa Jabbu was killed, as was a German jihadist.
The Supreme Military Council replaced head Salim Idriss with Brigadier Abdullah al-Bashir, citing "the difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution." An activist group said about 6,000 people have died in Syria since the Geneva II talks started, the highest daily toll in the conflict so far. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq. Islamic battalions and rebels clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Homs. An Islamic brigade reportedly shot an aircraft out of the sky at Kweiris airport in Aleppo. Kurdish YPG forces clashed with ISIS and rebels in Hasakah.
A PLO official said most of the Syrian rebel gunmen have left the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, after reaching an agreement with Palestinian factions; the move was made to allow the delivery of aid to the besieged camp.