A new round of UN-backed peace talks has started in Geneva. The French president admitted to supplying Syrian rebels with weapons in 2012. At least two civilians were killed and dozens wounded when mortar rounds were fired into a neighborhood by “foreign-sponsored militants” in Aleppo. The Islamic State assaulted Kurdish forces in Hasakeh, killing at least 16, according to SOHR. Assad announced that he would send reinforcements to help troops besieged by Al Nusrah near Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province. The US-led coalition has conducted one airstrike in Syria, near Al Hasakeh, since May 4.