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The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) killed Jaysh al Islam fighters in a car bombing in Ghouta, executed seven Jaysh al Islam fighters in Mid'a, and arrested 25 more. The IS also arrested three people in Raqqah for not fasting; clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters at a checkpoint in Hasakah; bombarded villages near Ektrin and fought against Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, Al Akrad Front Brigade, and rebels in Aleppo; and clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour after bringing in reinforcements from Iraq through al Qaim. The IS also battled Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front near Al Shhil in Deir Izzour, a town considered an Al Nusrah headquarters. Regime forces attacked Al Nusrah in Deraa; and in Aleppo, where Al Nusrah was joined by the Islamic Front and the Jaysh al Mujahideen. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa; Damascus; and Hama, where it downed a regime aircraft, and the house of an ex-governor of Deraa was blown up by unknown gunmen. In Idlib, the Islamist group Jund al Aqsa launched mortars into regime-held areas of Idlib city, killing at least 15 people, including women and children, and wounding 50, and warned "ordinary Muslims" to stay away from gatherings of regime forces.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham renamed itself the Islamic State. The IS released 15 of 140 detained Kurdish students. In Deir Izzour, the IS clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Albu Kamal, and killed Al Nusrah's military emir for Deir Izzour city; regime forces targeted the IS in Al Bsiri, and clashed with the Islamic Front near Al Hweqa. In Hasakah, Kurdish YPG fighters targeted two IS vehicles. In Reef Dimashq, the IS battled the Islamic Front's Jaysh al Islam in eastern Ghouta; and Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and Jaysh al Islam clashed with regime forces in Al Mleha. In Raqqah, regime airstrikes targeted the IS in Raqqah city, and the IS arrested several people in the city, including a woman. In Aleppo, the IS publicly executed and crucified eight rebels for joining "Awakening Movements," and crucified another man for eight hours; the IS battled the Islamic Front; and Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces near Al Sheik Najjar. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Hama; Quneitra; Homs; Deraa; and Idlib, where it was joined by Al Nusrah.
A day after the Al Nusrah Front's emir for Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour issued a statement explaining that he was relinquishing the town to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to avoid jihadist bloodshed, other Al Nusrah fighters and allied Islamist fighters captured two ISIS positions in the strategic border town. A car bomb exploded near a checkpoint by the Al Nusrah and Islamic Front shura council in Deir Izzour, and warplanes targeted a building in Albu Kamal taken over by Al Nusrah from ISIS. A suspected ISIS car bombing of a market in Damascus killed at least two people. In Aleppo, ISIS executed and crucified an ISIS fighter accused of extortion, and targeted Ikhtrin with mortars. In Raqqah, ISIS detained a civilian and another man and was targeted by regime airstrikes; ISIS is reportedly housing Chinese fighters in Tal Akdar outside Tal Abyad city. In Hasakah, ISIS and allied tribal gunmen battled regime forces. The newly created judicial council of Ghouta in Damascus, set up by Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, Ajnad Al Sham, and 13 other groups, challenged ISIS to submit to its sharia court; ISIS refused. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo.