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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.

US and allied forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Syria since Nov. 10; 10 of them near Kobane. US President Barack Obama has requested a review of policy towards Syria and may be open to the deposition of the Assad regime, according to senior officials interviewed by CNN. The Kurdish YPG is angling for self-rule in Syria in return for cooperation with Western interests against the Islamic State; Kurdish volunteer units are patrolling the Turkish border to prevent the transit of jihadists and supplies. Moderate rebels in the south of the country are the last remnants of the West's proxy strategy after the collapse of US-backed groups in the north. The Free Syrian Army has rejected a UN-proposed truce in Aleppo; the Assad regime had expressed "positive signals" about the plan to a UN envoy on Nov. 11.

A UN envoy to Syria claims that regime officials gave him "positive signals" regarding a proposal for a ceasefire in Aleppo. The SOHR has stated that more than 860 have been killed since the start of US and allied airstrikes in Syria, including 746 Islamic State fighters, 68 members of Nusrah and at least 50 civilians. An activist group claims that children in a jihadist training camp were compelled to behead captured Syrian soldiers on Aug. 28. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the assassination of five nuclear engineers on Nov. 10 in Damascus. The UN estimates that 7.2 million people have been displaced by the war in Syria. "Moderate" rebels have been defecting to the Islamic State, citing a lack of western support; a truce has reportedly been brokered by Ahrar ash-Sham between "the Syria Revolutionaries Front, Hazzm Movement, Al-Nusra Front and Jund al-Aqsa" in Idlib province. The largest group of Uzbek jihadists fighting in Syria has sworn allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Kurdish forces blocked a strategic road that Islamic State fighters have used for resupply in Kobane.

Unidentified gunmen killed five nuclear engineers, one of them Iranian, near Damascus, according to SOHR. The Lebanese Army arrested a Free Syrian Army commander attempting to enter the country with false paperwork. The president of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said that Western airstrikes are weakening support of non-extremists. At least 21 people were killed and about 100 injured after a Syrian regime airstrike near Aleppo. Bashar al Assad labeled a UN-proposed ceasefire in Aleppo "worth studying." US and coalition forces conducted 23 airstrikes from Nov. 7-10; 13 conducted near Kobane struck an Islamic State vehicle, five small units, an ammunition dump, a command and control building, and nine fighting positions.

The US widened airstrikes to target Ahrar al Sham and the Al Nusrah Front in Syria; highly-sought French bomb maker David Drugeon is reported to have been killed by a drone attack. Jihadists are using cruise lines to get to Syria. Iran is working to organize Shiite militias fighting in Syria. The Islamic State remains in a stalemate at Kobane. Eleven children were killed when mortar rounds struck a school in Damascus. The regime has requested expedited air defense capability from Russia in anticipation of potential US strikes after the midterm election.

Mortar rounds crashed into a school in the rebel-held town of Qaboun, killing at least 11 children. Some ethnic Kurds are aiding the Islamic State near Kobane, according to Kurdish officials. Islamic State fighters have vowed to continue fighting in Kobane, as the outcome of the battle remains uncertain. US strategy in Syria is in doubt after the collapse of moderate rebel groups. The Al Nusrah Front threatened Lebanon over Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. The US has not ruled out expanding airstrikes to target Al Nusrah in Syria.

The members of several US-backed rebel groups, including Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front, surrendered, fled, or defected over the weekend in the face of an offensive by the Al Nusrah Front in Idlib province. Bases and weapons, likely including US-supplied TOW missile systems, were seized by the jihadist group. The Islamic State has captured the Jahar gas field and large portions of the Shaer gas field in Homs over the past week. The Free Syrian Army "is coaxing Islamist opposition forces to leave the border area with Israel." A diminished Syrian regime "carries on." According to SOHR, the regime has dropped 401 barrel bombs in since Oct. 20, killing 232 civilians. The US conducted seven air strikes in Syria over the weekend, five of them near Kobane.

Iraqi Peshmerga forces have begun to arrive in Kobane to reinforce Syrian Kurds; about 50 free Syrian Fighters have also joined the fight against the Islamic State. Ten of 12 US airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday were dropped near Kobane. Twenty to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees are suspected to have joined jihadist groups in Syria, according to Defense and intelligence officials. Ten to 40 civilians died after a regime helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in northern Idlib province. A Syrian regime general states that there is no communication with the US about Western air strikes.

150 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga departed for Syria (via Turkey) to join the fight in Kobane. The US conducted four airstrikes near Kobane, "destroying a small Islamic State unit and four fighting positions." Turkey has named conditions for assisting the West in the battle for Kobane, insisting on Free Syrian Army leadership instead of "Kurdish 'terrorists.'" Moderate rebels battled the Al Nusrah Front in Idlib province, resulting in the moderates' loss of several villages. Al Nusrah also attacked regime forces in the city of Idlib, seizing a number of government buildings before being driven back. "At least 70" Syrian army soldiers, many senior officers, were reportedly executed before regime forces recaptured the city.

The death toll in Kobane has surpassed 800 after 40 days of fighting; the tally includes 481 Islamic State fighters, 302 Kurdish YPG, and 21 civilians. The US carried out five airstrikes near Kobane over the weekend, as Kurdish forces repelled four consecutive days of jihadist assaults on the Turkish border crossing near the town. Syrian regime airstrikes in the town of Talbisseh in central Homs over the weekend killed 31, including 13 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Al Nusrah Front attacked government forces and militias in the regime-held city of Idlib in northern Syria today.

King's College in London estimates that one British jihadi is killed in Syria or Iraq every three weeks. US officials stated that the town of Kobane is less likely to fall to the Islamic State and the "battle line has kind of stabilized" since Kurdish forces received US air support. Smugglers are selling passage into Syria from Turkey for as little as $20. The Syrian Army under Bashar al Assad claimed to have retaken the city of Morek in western Syria today.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 553 people have been killed in airstrikes since the start of the US campaign on Sept. 23. The total includes 464 Islamic State fighters, 57 members of the Al Nusrah Front, and 32 civilians. Turkey's president revealed that a deal has been struck for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to join the battle against the Islamic State in Kobane. Syrian Kurds have signed a power-sharing agreement to boost outside support for their campaign against jihadists. The Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad claimed to have shot down two jets piloted by members of the Islamic State. US General John Allen has implied that the UK may soon join the air war over Syria.

US and Saudi aircraft conducted seven airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Aleppo near Kobane and one strike on a garrison in Raqqah; the airstrikes also targeted refineries used by the IS. The Islamic State advanced in Kobane after carrying out a suicide bombing with an armored vehicle and at least one other bombing with a car. Gunmen assassinated a town mayor in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Ansar al Din Front, and rebels fought against regime forces in Aleppo. Syrian guerilla groups such as "White Shroud" have begun hunting down and killing Islamic State fighters in Deir Izzour.

The Islamic State battled regime forces in Deir Izzour; fought against the Islamic Front in Aleppo; and continued to try to advance against Kurdish YPG forces in the area around Kobane. The US-led air campaign carried out six airstrikes against the Islamic State near Kobane over the past two days. Over 550 people have been killed in Kobane since Sept. 16, including 227 Kurdish fighters. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, and Idlib.

The Islamic State reportedly captured Kurdish headquarters in Kobane and took over at least 40 percent of the town. Coalition airstrikes targeted the Islamic State in Kobane; IS fighters are said to be raising Kurdish YPG flags to mislead the coalition, and to be wearing YPG uniforms to infiltrate Kurdish areas. The IS battled YPG and al Karama army forces in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; in Damascus; and in Hama.

The Pentagon said coalition airstrikes have pushed some Islamic State fighters out of Kobane, but that the city, and other towns, may still fall to the terrorist organization, as the US does not yet have a "willing, capable" partner on the ground in Syria. Coalition airstrikes targeted the IS with six airstrikes near Kobane, two strikes in Raqqah, and one strike in Deir Izzour. Warplanes also carried out strikes in the southern Aleppo countryside; in Idlib; and in Deraa, near Deraa city and also near al Harrah Hill, which is held by the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front.
Over 400 people are said to have died already in three weeks' fighting in Kobane. The Ahrar al Sham launched an offensive targeting the M'amel al-Defa defense labs. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and rebels battled regime forces in Aleppo; in Damascus; and in Quneitra.

A female Kurdish YPG commander carried out a suicide bombing against an Islamic State position outside Kobane. Another female Kurdish fighter near Kobane killed herself with her last bullet to avoid being taken captive by the IS. Turkey has closed the border crossing at Kobane, while clashes continue and IS is using heavy weapons. Coalition airstrikes near an IS prison in Hasakah allowed as many as 16 inmates to escape. Coalition aircraft targeted the IS in Aleppo near Kobane; in Hama near Morek; in Idlib at Saraqeb and Khan Shekhon; and in Reef Dimashq in eastern Ghouta. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo; in Damascus; in Deraa; and in Quneitra. Rebels battled alongside Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in at least three of those four provinces.

Coalition warplanes struck at targets in Deir Izzour, where the Islamic State is reportedly paying children to publicize the group; in Aleppo; in Hama near Morek, where regime forces are fighting the Islamic Front; in Hasakah, where 30 non-Syrian IS fighters were killed; in Idlib, reattacking Salma; in Latakia; and in Reef Dimashq. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front, joined by the Ansar al Din Front and rebels, clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa; and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Quneitra. Yesterday regime forces clashed with the Islamic State in Deir Izzour city, and as the number of IS shells falling on Kobane rose past 80 in one day, Turkish border guards reportedly prevented some 3,000 displaced Kurdish civilians from fleeing into Turkey.