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President Assad said Turkey would pay a price for allowing "terrorists" to use Turkey's border for attacks in Syria. Diplomatic and intelligence sources say Hezbollah is withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, leaving only "a few thousand" in country. The UN said Syria has given the OPCW inspection team additional information about Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant issued a series of jihadist posters in English. The Al Nusrah Front has launched a website inviting questions and featuring an interview with its emir, Abu Muhammad al Julani.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo and Hasakah. Rebels in Reef Dimashq executed two men as sharia punishment and threw their corpses into a marketplace. Fighters from the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Liwa' al-Haq, al-Miqdad bin Aswad battalion, and other rebel factions stormed an Alawite village in Homs. Ahrar al-Sham, Suqoor al-Sham brigades, Jaish al-Islam, Tawhid brigade, al-Furqan brigades, and al-Haq brigade called for an immediate ceasefire in Azaz between ISIL and the Asifat al-Shamal brigade, and a resolution by sharia court in Aleppo City. Activists in Raqqah accused ISIL of smashing an Islamic statue. The UN said chemical weapons experts in Syria have made "encouraging initial progress" towards eradicating the country's chemical weapons.
Regime forces clashed in Aleppo with fighters from the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Jeish Mohammad, Nour al-Deen al-Zanki, and Ahrar al-Sham. ISIL fighters clashed with the A'seft al-Shamal rebel brigade in Azaz, and with Kurdish YPG fighters elsewhere in Aleppo. ISIL seized two checkpoints and a base from the Northern Storm brigade in Azaz and is advancing toward the Turkish border. An ISIL spokesman recently warned against the establishment of anti-al Qaeda militias in Syria. The Al Nusrah Front released video of a late June raid on a transport and armament battalion in Deraa.
Sources say the recent formation of the Army of Islam, including some 50 Islamist rebel groups but not the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has come at the urging of Saudi Arabia. ISIL, whose ranks are swelling with non-Syrians, is seeking to consolidate control in the north. An analyst said jihadists have secured more territory in Syria than they did in Afghanistan or Iraq. Al Nusrah, ISIL, and rebel fighters clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; Kurdish YPG fighters attacked ISIL in Aleppo. An Al Nusrah emir was killed fighting with regime forces in Deraa.