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State media claimed that regime and Hezbollah forces killed over 170 fighters, including Saudis, Qataris, and Chechens, from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in an ambush outside Damascus. In the Damascus region, Islamist fighting groups, including the Islamic Front and the Suqour al Sham, are rejecting local truces. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham told Christians in Raqqah it would protect them so long as they observe a long list of conditions, including prohibitions against public worship and owning weapons. ISIS fighters in the town of Markada Hasakah agreed to a truce with Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. Hezbollah is reportedly mulling over a proposal by Saudi Arabia and the US to reduce its presence in Syria in exchange for the withdrawal of Saudi fighters. Infighting this year between ISIS and other rebel groups, including Al Nusrah, has killed about 3,300 people, including 942 ISIS fighters, an activist group claimed.
The leader of the Al Nusrah Front told the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham that it had five days to stop attacking rebel and jihadist groups in Syria or they would jointly destroy ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. Al Nusrah also issued a statement of condolence for the death of Abu Khalid al Suri and blamed ISIS for his assassination. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and other jihadist groups in Aleppo. Regime forces, backed by NDF and Hezbollah fighters, advanced on rebel positions in Aleppo. Al Nusrah, rebels, and Islamic battalions clashed with regime forces in Quneitra, in Hama, and in Aleppo. ISIS reportedly arrested some of its fighters in Raqqah who had refused to fight against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. ISIS battled the Kurdish YPG in Hasakah.
Islamic battalions killed at least 15 regime soldiers in Quneitra. The Al Nusrah Front, Islamic Battalions, and Al-Mujahedin army clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, killing 18 soldiers and NDF fighters. In the city of Aleppo, Al Nusrah, Jaysh al Mujehidin, and Al Jabha Al Islameyya created a joint military operations room. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Deir Izzour. Islamic battalions, Al Nusrah, and ISIS battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Reef Dimashq. ISIS targeted the base of the 17th division in Raqqah, and released two female teachers and female students detained earlier today. Regime forces fought against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in Hama, where Al Nusrah has cut off a regime supply line. Regime security forces released activist Akram Bunni, whom they had detained for two days. The Assad regime has said it would comply with the recent UN humanitarian aid resolution if it respects "state sovreignty."
Abu Khalid al Suri, al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria, was killed in Aleppo; the Islamic Front announced his death. An activist group said Suri was killed when at least one Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber detonated in an Aleppo office, killing six Ahrar al Sham fighters and injuring one of its emirs. A car bomb exploded by a field hospital in the rebel-held town of Atma near the Turkish border, killing at least 12 people and injuring 65; the hospital is owned by a TV station that has criticized the ISIS. In Deir Izzour, the ISIS fought against Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions. In Deraa, nine groups, including the Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, launched an offensive targeting the 61st brigade. In Idlib, 13 groups, including Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, and the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, created a joint operations room. Regime forces battled Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and rebels in Reef Dimashq; and clashed with Islamic battalions in Aleppo, in Homs, and in Hama. Regime intelligence agents reportedly abducted a prominent Syrian activist in Damascus. The Free Syrian Army and its Supeme Military Council are in disarray.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for cross-border aid access, the naming of besieged areas, and an end to barrel bombs. The Assad regime has increased bombardments in Deraa in advance of a rumored rebel assault. Regime forces clashed with Islamic battalions in Damascus, in Quneitra, and in Deraa; and battled the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions near Aleppo Central Prison, and in Qalamoun in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took over houses occupied by fighters from Al Nusrah and Ahrar al Sham in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS in Hasakah.