The U.S. government announced the U.S.-led coalition's "operations to liberate the final ISIS strongholds in Syria"; the announcement said the U.S. would ensure that "populations liberated from ISIS are not exploited by the Assad regime or its Iranian supporters".
After an evacuation deal with the rebels reached earlier in the month the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced that 1,200 square kilometers of rebel territory in the north Homs-south Hama region was under control, according to Khaled Iskef on Twitter.
About 30 civilians were killed in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor in an air strike conducted by the U.S.-led coalition, according to the Syrian government. The incident was tentatively admitted to by the U.S. military.
The Israel Defense Forces intercepted a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that they said had crossed about one mile into Israeli airspace. The IDF shot the aircraft down using two Patriot missiles.
With the collapse of rebel factions in south Syria, and expectations of a future offensive in Idlib, multiple north Syria FSA factions announce a new coalition, the National Liberation Front.
Russia criticized United States for not helping to fight against terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said in statements, "The Russian Federation regularly reported information about the escalation and dire humanitarian situation in southwestern Syria to the guarantor countries of the southern de-escalation zone the United States and Jordan. However, no measures were taken to stabilize the situation by foreign partners".