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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.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took over the strategic border town of Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour after the local Al Nusrah Front faction pledged allegiance to ISIS in order to avoid bloodshed. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah near Kou' al-Atal and al-Tekehy in Deir Izzour, and shelled the town of Estrin in eastern Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; Reef Dimashq; and in Deraa, where Al Nusrah released a defected major and two fighters it had arrested earlier. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front shelled ISIS-held areas in Aleppo.