• Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, announced that he had sent his fighters into Syria because Syrian rebels would “eliminate everybody in Lebanon” if they won and that he had sent them later than he should have.

–He said he had first sent them to the Sayyeda Zaynab shrine in southern Damascus in order to protect the shrine from Sunni militants and to “avoid larger sectarian strife.”

  • Two Spanish journalists for El Mundo, the middle east correspondent Javier Espinosa and photographer Ricardo Vilanova, arrived home in Spain after being freed by the ISIL after 6 months in captivity.
    Javier Espinosa is greeted by his son as he arrives home.

    Javier Espinosa is greeted by his son as he arrives home.

  • Saudi officials stated the Obama had expressed his intent to “dramatically expand America’s covert program to aid the Free Syrian Army.

  • The FSA said that it had carried out two attacks in Aleppo that killed dozens of government soldiers.

  • Video of besieged residents in Homs catching and eating locusts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZcMh0UYxnY#t=68

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government troops and paramilitary forces have suffered over 600 casualties since the beginning of the Latakia offensive.

  • More than 50 rebels were killed in Hasakeh province in fighting between the ISIL and other groups as the ISIL took over the town of Markada, which gives the ISIL a supply route from Iraq into the road linking Deir Ez Zor and Hasakeh.

Al-Nusra and other groups fighting alongside them lost 39 fighters, while the ISIL lost 13.

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