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After the US said it is considering military options against the Islamic State in Syria, the Assad regime requested coordination of any airstrikes but said it welcomes working with the US and the UK in combating the terror organization. The Islamic State is mopping up after its takeover of the Tabqa military airport in Raqqah, and has reportedly seized military aircraft as well as sidewinder missiles and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS). The severed heads of regime soldiers were displayed in Raqqah city. Regime airstrikes against the Islamic State took place in Raqqah and Aleppo. The IS clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and with militiamen in Deir Izzour. Some 320 fighters from rebel and Islamic Front battalions joined the Islamic State in al Bab in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, and Hama. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, Idlib, and Quneitra. Hasan Abboud, a key figure in the Islamic Front, called Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau "a lunatic barbarian" after Shekau declared a caliphate in Nigeria; Abboud has also criticized ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in the past.
The Islamic State took over the military airport in Al Tabaqa, the last regime stronghold in the province, after battles in which 346 IS fighters and 170 regime soldiers have been killed and another 150 regime troops likely taken captive. Warplanes were towed from the base to the Syrian Badeya and to the Deir Ezzor military airport. The IS also clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour, where it blew up the houses of Shaitaat tribesmen; and in Homs, where the IS handed over a headquarters in the northern countryside to the Al Nusrah Front. The IS also battled the Islamic Front, Al Nusrah, and the Al Akrad Front in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo and Hama. Al Nusrah also fought regime forces in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Homs, and in Deraa, where regime forces ambushed and killed a number of IF fighters. The Al Nusrah Front released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who had been held hostage for nearly two years after being abducted in Antykya, Turkey.
The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour; Homs; and in Raqqah, where the IS executed a man and regime forces have killed some 70 IS fighters near Al Tabaqa. The IS also battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and sought to repel an Islamic Front advance in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Damascus; Hama; and Aleppo; where two Lebanese fighters carried out an Al Nusrah suicide bombing. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Deraa, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, and Quneitra.