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The Islamic Front tunneled under a hotel in Old Aleppo that served as a regime base and blew it up with 20 tons of explosives, killing as many as 50 people; the regime asked the UN to designate the Islamic Front a terrorist organization. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq. In Homs, an Islamic Front battalion prevented aid from reaching two besieged Shiite towns, in violation of the recent deal that has seen the evacuation of rebel fighters from Old Homs; also, some 150 abductees taken from the two towns have not yet been released. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Hama, Quneitra, Deraa, and Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour; and battled the Jabhat al-Akrad brigade, Kurdish YPG forces, and an Islamic battalion in Raqqah.
About 1,200 civilians and rebels, including fighters with the Al Nusrah Front and other Islamist groups, exited Homs in a deal with the Assad regime; each fighter was allowed to keep a rifle; and each of the buses evacuating them was allowed to take a rocket launcher and a machine gun. As part of the deal, the rebels agreed to allow aid into the pro-regime villages of Nubul and Zahra, which the rebels have besieged for over a year; and the Islamic Front released 45 hostages, including women and children, in Aleppo and Latakia who had been seized by the Islamic Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in August 2013. The sharia council in Deraa published video of Ahmad al-Na'ma, a Free Syrian Army commander recently arrested by Al Nusrah, in which he said Jordanian authorities and other "supporting countries" feared Al Nusrah's popularity, controlled his group, and prevented Islamic goals. Also in Deraa, the Islamic Front and rebels battled regime forces, and an Islamic Front media activist was killed near Ankhel. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq and Hama. ISIS ordered the evacuation of homes in Raqqah for non-Syrian fighters, and clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. The Islamic Front used a thermal rocket to target a regime tank in Idlib.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia, Aleppo, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Deir Izzour, where they also clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. In Deraa, the Al Nusrah emir in Bosra Al Sham, Ali al-Nuaimi, was assassinated along with his wife in a bombing. Rebels from the Tabarak al-Rahman brigade posted a video claiming to have captured a presidential candidate on the Damascus-Deraa road. In Idlib, a car detonated outside a hospital emergency room, and yesterday the Islamic Front bombed a regime checkpoint by planting IEDs in a tunnel under it. Salih Muslim, a top Kurdish YPG official, alleged that elements within the Turkish state collaborate with ISIS' Chechen faction.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia; Reef Dimashq; Damascus; and Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and the Islamic Front used US-made TOW missiles. In Deraa, Al Nusrah released a rebel commander detained yesterday; 52 rebel groups agreed to allow Al Nusrah to decide the fate of FSA commander Ahmad al Ne'ma and his comrades, who were seized yesterday, and agreed to allow Al Nusrah to set up checkpoints in their zones. Also in Deraa, the Ahrar al Sham, al-Mathna, Thuwar Souriya, Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar, Ansar al Sham, and others launched an offensive to reach the Damascus-Deraa road. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Deir Izzour; 69 fighters have been killed so far. ISIS shot a child and kidnapped and beheaded two men in Hasakah, clashed with Islamic and rebel fighters in Raqqah, and battled Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo.
The Al Nusrah Front said it would obey al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri's directive to stop fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, unless the latter attacks first. About 60,000 Syrians are said to have fled towns in Homs since April 30 to escape clashes between Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters pitted against ISIS, in which 62 militants have died. Al Nusrah detained Ahmad al Na'ma, the rebel commander for Deraa, along with four other rebel commanders, on charges they surrendered the town of Kherbet Ghazala to regular forces; al Na'ma had recently claimed that a democratic FSA, not "extremists," would control Syria. The Islamic Front shelled the Nasib border crossing in Deraa. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq; in Aleppo near the central prison; and in Latakia, where they were joined by Ansar Al Sham, Sham Al Islam, Al Sham legion, Abna'a Al Kadesyyi brigade, and Shamena group. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs, Idlib, and Damascus. The ISIS killed regime forces in a suicide truck bombing in Hama; clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Ayn al-Arab in Aleppo; battled regime forces in Homs; and clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters in Raqqah near Deir Izzour.
The emir of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, told the Al Nusrah Front to stop fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and urged ISIS to concentrate its efforts in Iraq. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. Rebels led by the Islamic Front overran an abandoned chemical base at Khan Abu Shammal in Reef Dimashq and clashed with regime forces near Sayqal air base, where remaining Syrian chemical weapons are believed to be held. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, and Reef Dimashq, where, together with Union of Ajnad Al sham, they have seized large areas of Jaraman. The Islamic Front agreed to a ceasefire and a retreat from the beseiged city of old Homs. Britain said it plans to resume shipment of nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels; it was suspended in December when the Islamic Front seized Free Syrian Army warehouses and the Bab al-Hawa border crossing. The heads of the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition plan to visit the US next week to ask for sophisticated weapons.