Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to al-Qaeda try to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home.
The Pentagon rejects a Russian proposal to stage joint airstrikes against Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20160521120605-http:--www.voanews.com-content-pentagon-rejects-joint-strikes-with-russia-3339269.html (VOA News)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-russia-usa-syria-idUSKCN0YB1HB (Reuters)] [http:--www.huffingtonpost.com-entry-russia-proposes-joint-syria-airstrikes_us_573f28bce4b0613b512a0751 (Huffington Post)]War on Terrorism
The al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate, assaults the Free Syrian Army's 13th Division in Maarrat al-Nu'man, killing seven FSA fighters with 40 captured. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Nusra seized anti-tank missiles, armored vehicles, a tank, and other arms from the U.S.-backed division.
Russian airstrikes on an Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria)-run prison complex in the northern town of Maarrat al-Nu'man, Idlib, leaves nearly 60 people dead. Most of those killed were rebels imprisoned by Al-Nusra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Russian Government says Russian jets bombed Syria for the third consecutive day, hitting 12 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that ISIL has no presence in the western and northern areas struck though Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front does. Russian planes also bombed Raqqah, the unofficial capital of ISIL.