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Regime forces are beginning to close in on Aleppo, and the Islamic State is moving into the countryside north of Aleppo. The IS targeted the town of Ikhtren in north Aleppo, and the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Al Zahra, Khan Toman, Al-Brej, Kafar Segher, and near Aleppo central prison. The IS has displaced tens of thousands of Deir Izzour residents in Khasham, Tabeyyet Jazeera, and Al Shhil, and is negotiating terms of "repentance," involving displacement, for the towns of Granij, Abo Hamam, and Al Keshkeyyi; regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Mo Hasan, Al Mayadin, Khasham, and Al Kasra. The IS blew up a shrine in Albu Kamal; protests against the IS were held in Al Qureyyi and Al Ashara. A sound bomb was thrown at a rebel battalion headquarters in Al sh'ytat. in Homs, the IS ambushed Al Nusrah fighters retreating from Deir Izzour three days ago. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama and Idlib. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Deraa, where it was attacked by Al Nusrah in Zayzon; the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq. Repeated rebel attacks on the power infrastructure in southern Syria have led to electricity rationing in the area. Druze leaders in Sweida beat up members of a military intelligence patrol.
The Islamic State has taken control of all of Syria's main oil and gas fields. In Deir Izzour, the Eben Al Qayyem Brigade and Al Hamza battalion clashed with the IS in Abo Hamam; protesters in Granij called for jihad against the IS; and tribal leaders in Abo Hamam, Granji, and Al Keshkeyyi negotiated with IS for an end to hostilities. Regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Al Sor in Deir Izzour, in Hasakah, and in Raqqah city. The IS executed two men and mutilated the corpses of YPG fighters in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and rebels battled regime forces in Aleppo. Regime forces claimed to have discovered a large rebel weapons cache in the Sheikh Najar area of Aleppo. Al Nusrah took over a checkpoint in eastern Hama, and clashed with regime forces in Ghouta and near Al Mleha in Reef Dimashq, where the Islamic Front fought alongside Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Damascus and Deraa. The IS is reportedly planning to issue passports to citizens of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The Islamic State took over the al Tanak oil field in eastern Deir Izzour, and is also advancing north up the Euphrates River toward the Turkish border. Elsewhere in Deir Izzour, 30 IS fighters broke out of an Al Nusrah Front jail in Al Hawayej, and residents of Al Shhil have turned over their weapons to the IS and begun vacating the city. The IS clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; battled the Army of Islam in eastern Ghouta in Reef Dimashq; and clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Aleppo, where it also clashed with Kurdish YPG forces near Ayn al Arab and took over the village of al Zyara. Worshipers in mosques in Manbej city and Al Bab city reportedly swore allegiance to Emir al Mu'eminin al Baghdadi. Al Nusrah, Jaysh al Mujahedeen, Jaysh al Muhajireen, the Islamic Front, and rebels battled regime forces in Aleppo, where regime forces have lately made gains. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs and Deraa. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and elsewhere in Deraa.
In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State took over Boqros after the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and other Islamic Front factions withdrew; the IS also took control of the Attank oilfield from a sharia body consisting of Al Nusrah, the Army of Islam, and other Islamic Front factions; and negotiated terms for the surrender of former Al Nusrah stronghold Al Shihl, requiring residents to repent, turn over weapons and fighters, and vacate the city for 10 days. Demonstrators in Ghranij protested against the IS. In Raqqah, regime airstrikes targeted IS in Raqqah City and by the 17th Division. In Aleppo, the IS clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters near Ayn al Arab; and Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah bombed a regime convoy near al Qalamoun, and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in western Ghouta. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Homs and Quneitra.