Syrian government forces retake several cities in the Idlib Province area, amid a push from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to recapture the last rebel strongholds.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives a televised speech on the military offensives in north-western Syria, saying the offensives in Aleppo Governorate and Idlib Governorate will continue regardless of Turkey's threats while adding that the recent Syrian Army victories are a prelude to the opposition's "final defeat, sooner or later".
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and their allies leave Khan al-Shih through humanitarian passages to their stronghold in the Idlib Governorate, handing over their heavy weaponry and control of the city to Syrian forces.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki makes a surprise visit to Aleppo, pledging more than $4 million in aid. This constitutes the first trip by a senior figure in the government of President Bashar al-Assad in months. [http:--www.trust.org-alertnet-news-syria-pm-makes-rare-visit-to-aleppo-and-promises-aid- (Reuters)]date=August 2019
A United States government source reveals that Barack Obama signed a secret order in early 2012 permitting the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide the rebels in Syria with support in order to overthrow the al-Assad regime.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing legitimacy and should reform or resign, and that Britain was trying to win support for a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning repression in Syria and exploring the potential for further European Union sanctions on Syria if the violence continues.