A UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria found Syrian rebels were defecting from other armed opposition groups and joining the Islamic State insurgency, a process the investigators called a 'Syrian-ization' of the Islamic State.
Israeli air raids struck nine targets in neighboring Syria overnight, killing four and wounding nine people. Israel's prime minister on Monday warned that more cross-border attacks from Syria would result in more Israeli airstrikes. Syria called the attack a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty.
In a two-page letter, a Virginia state senator praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for, among other things, taking on America’s ‘arch-enemy’ Al Qaeda. Mr. Assad posted the letter on his Facebook page.
A convoy of chemical weapons inspectors from the international watchdog, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program came under fire on Tuesday in Syria but all staff members were safe, the organization said.