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The head of the regime's air defenses died after being wounded in fighting near Damascus. Syrian National Coalition defense minister Asaad Mustafa resigned. The Islamic Front, Jaish Al-Mujahideen, Ajnad Al-Sham, Failaq Al-Sham, and Alweiat Al-Furqa issued a "revolutionary covenant" declaring that their targets are the regime, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia, Aleppo, Reef Dimashq, and Deraa. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama, Idlib, and Damascus. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights protested raids by the Kurdish Interior Security Forces against "supporters for ISIS" in Hasakah; demanded that all rebel factions stop committing human rights violations and war crimes "through targeting civilian areas ın pretext of that there are regime forces and their pro-gunmen"; and claimed it has documented all of the regime's crimes and human rights violations and will "send the file of these crimes to the International Criminal Court."
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia, Aleppo, and Deraa. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled rebel and Islamic Front fighters in Aleppo, and clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. Al Ansar, Al tali'a battalions, Jaysho Al Kadisiyya, Jund Al Aziz brigade, Abna'a Al Islam, and Al Abbas brigade stated jointly that they would be fighting only the Alawites in Deir Izzour city. A car bomb detonated by a mosque in Binnish. Al Nusrah issued statements claiming battles in Qalamoun and Hama in late April and early May; the Ahrar al Sham also participated in the Qalamoun battle, as did the Zilzal al-Sharq, Jaish al-Islam, and other groups.
A car bomb exploded near the Bab al Salama border crossing, controlled by the Islamic Front; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is suspected in the attack, which killed 43 people and injured over 80. Two UK journalists who had been beaten and shot by rebels were freed by the Islamic Front and entered Turkey. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; Deir Izzour; Latakia; Reef Dimashq; in Idlib, where an Al Nusrah suicide bomber detonated near a checkpoint in Khan Shekhon and a bomb killed Al Nusrah fighters at their office in Kefranbel; and in Aleppo, where Islamic and rebel fighters have reportedly agreed to a prisoner swap with regime forces. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Damascus; and in Deraa, where it blew up the Al Jaydor checkpoint after announcing a joint Islamic and rebel offensive. Yesterday the Islamic Front blew up a regime base in Wadi Deif in Idlib, after digging an 850-meter tunnel under the base and filling it with 60 tons of explosives. ISIS flogged a man and detonated a shrine in Raqqah, where ISIS was targeted by regime airstrikes; and clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. Five aid workers kidnapped by an armed group in January have been released.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and the Jaysh al Mujahireen wal Ansar (Emigrants Army) continued to clash with regime forces near the air force intelligence building in Aleppo. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Idlib, Hama, and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front and rebels have agreed to a weeklong truce with regime forces in Damascus. The head of the Free Syrian Army's military council in Deir Izzour called for arms and ammunition to repel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's advance on the provincial capital. Although Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, the Jaish al Mujahideen, and the FSA are all battling ISIS in the area, the 2,000 ISIS fighters there are said to be better equipped than the 10,000 Al Nusrah and FSA fighters opposing them.
In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed two rebel commanders, blew up a reservoir, and battled Islamic and Kurdish YPG fighters. ISIS' H'isbah detachment issued new rules for Raqqah. A car bomb exploded near an ISIS checkpoint in Deir Izzour. Kurdish YPG forces attacked ISIS in Hasakah. Rebel and Islamic Front fighters clashed with ISIS in Hama. Ajnad al Sham carried out a suicide bombing against regime forces in Reef Dimashq. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front and other groups continued to battle regime forces in Latakia, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib, and in Deraa, where Islamic fighters tunneled under a checkpoint and blew it up. The SOHR estimated that 6,000 people, including about 600 civilians, have been killed in clashes between ISIS on one side and Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and rebel groups on the other, since Jan. 1. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League mediator for Syria, will resign on May 30.