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Nine top Free Syrian Army commanders resigned, citing an absence of donor support that disadvantaged them against the Assad regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The Al Nusrah Front and allied rebel groups, including the Islamic Front, pulled out of the border town of Kasab in Latakia, and withdrew to the Jabal al-Akrad area. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where the al Tawhid brigade prevented cars from passing through the Bab al Salama crossing and FSA fighters extracted $100 bribes from cars at the crossing. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, where it was joined by rebels, and many regime soldiers were killed and some of them beheaded; in Idlib; in Damascus; and in Hama. In Deir Izzour, a car bombing at an arms market in Mayadeen, an area controlled by Al Nusrah, killed at least eight civilians; Al Nusrah reportedly brought into the country five Humvees and three other vehicles that were captured from the Iraqi army. In Hasakah, regime warplanes bombed areas under the control of the ISIS, including one of its bases; and a suicide car bombing killed at least 10 civilians near a Kurdish forces base.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to battle regime forces in Latakia, Hama, Homs, and Deir Izzour. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo and Deraa. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against regime forces in Homs, and is said to be besieging parts of Deir Izzour city.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; and in Hama, in Berri in eastern Reef Hama. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Latakia. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib and Deir Izzour. The political head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood claimed that the ISIS is supported by Iran. The Syrian National Coalition is planning to elect new defense and interior ministers.
The Assad regime began freeing inmates from prisons in Damascus and Hama after declaring an amnesty for all crimes except terrorism; it extends to foreigners who entered Syria for terrorism, so long as they surrender within 30 days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir Izzour between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham on the one side and the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front on the other has killed 241 ISIS fighters and 354 fighters from the other side in the past 40 days. Clashes continued in Deir Izzour, where ISIS detonated a number of houses, including that of Al Nusrah's emir for the eastern countryside. Syrian Kurds alleged that Turkey is covertly helping ISIS. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters continued to battle regime forces in Latakia. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Damascus, Idlib, and Deraa. Jaysh al Islam attacked a Political Security building in Aleppo. Jailed jihadist ideologue Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi urged Al Nusrah Front emir Abu Muhammad al Julani to ban "the smuggling of women into the southern sector through the Jordanian-Syrian border," as some have been arrested and imprisoned. The ISIS issued reports on the collection of zakat in Hasakah, the Islamic police in Raqqah, and eliminating "Awakenings" from Deir Izzour.