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All of the Philippine UN peacekeeping troops in the Golan area that were surrounded by the Al Nusrah Front were rescued after intervention by UN rapid response forces as well as distracting artillery fire by regime forces; Al Nusrah still holds 45 Fijian peacekeeping troops. Al Nusrah claimed that the troops were detained because the UN passed a resolution against the group, and also alleged that the UN colluded with the Assad regime and ignored the shedding of Muslim blood. The Islamic State is said to have sold 300 Yazidi women to its fighters in Syria. The IS also has established a new state called al-Furat straddling the border of Syria and Iraq, which includes al-Bokamal city and al-Qa'em city in Iraq as well as nearby towns in Deir Izzour.
The Islamic State was targeted by regime airstrikes, and clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo; was targeted by regime airstrikes while mobilizing for battle in Deir Izzour, where it also raided the houses of civilians; fought against the YPG in Hasakah, where a Tunisian IS emir is trying to make fighters in Gweran swear allegiance to the IS; and was targeted by regime aircraft in Raqqah, where an explosion was heard at an IS training camp near al Ekershi. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, where they were joined by rebels and other Islamic groups; in Damascus; in Reef Dimashq; and in Hama. Al Nusrah said it had detained 43 UN peacekeepers because regime soldiers were being treated at a UN medical facility; the UN is in negotiations for the release of the 44 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers and the lifting of "restrictions" on 72 Philippine peacekeepers who have been surrounded by the militants. Two Hezbollah fighters were killed and six were wounded during clashes in Qalamoun with the Islamic Front and Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa and Idlib.
The Islamic State battled regime forces in Aleppo, where it used US cannons seized in Iraq; and in Deir Izzour, where regime aircraft struck a meeting of IS leaders, killing a number of foreign fighters at the house of "the military commander of the Operation Chamber of the Airbase of Deir Ezzor which is affiliated to the Military Council which pledged allegiance to IS weeks ago." The IS also clashed with regime forces in Hama, where it executed an engineer; and in Raqqah, where the IS executed "dozens" of captured regime soldiers, reportedly killing over 160 in 24 hours. IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is said to be offering $1,200 and a furnished house to any IS fighter who agrees to marry. The IS also battled the Kurdish YPG in Hasakah, and clashed with the Islamic Front and the Jabhat al Akrad in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Damascus, blowing up tunnels under two regime buildings; in Reef Dimashq; in Hama; and in Quneitra, where Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front took over the Quneitra crossing to the Golan Heights yesterday. The UN said that 43 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights had been detained by "armed elements of the opposition" and that the movements of 81 other peacekeepers in the area have been restricted. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Idlib.