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Desperately seeking moderate Syrian rebels




Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council 'sacked' over corruption claims




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.




Abbas says he backs Syria's 'war against terrorism'




Jihadist returnees stir concern in the Maghreb




ISIS Jihadists Step Up Recruitment Drive




ISIS advances on oil fields in Salahaddin, Diyala




Jordan shaken by threats from ISIS, Iraq, Syria




Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border.


Syrian Qaeda wing pledges loyalty to ISIS in border town




Jordan on alert after ISIS seizes border crossing




Syrian Kurdish leader: Turkey turns blind eye to ISIS




Turkey claims it has denied Syria entry to thousands of militants since 2012




The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham attacked regime forces in Raqqah, and clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. Al Nusrah executed an Islamic brigade commander in Deir Izzour who had sworn allegiance to ISIS. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq and in Homs. A car bombing in Homs city killed one person and injured 14. Regime aircraft attacked towns in Aleppo, including the Regiment 111 area, which is held by Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Deraa, Hama, Idlib, and Latakia. An Islamic Front truck bombing in the Alawite village of Al Harra in Hama on June 20 killed 43 people, including 31 women and children. Over a dozen rebel groups in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, including Al Nusrah, the Islam Army, and the Ajnad al Sham, agreed to form a unified judicial body.




Analysis: A protracted struggle ahead for Iraq

While Sunni Iraqi support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is not monolithic, the central government's security forces are unlikely to decisively uproot the terrorist organization from the more distant provinces of Iraq anytime soon.


ISIS Surge in Iraq Fans Regional Fears Including Lebanon




In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham designated the towns of Khesham and Tabia as military areas, sending residents fleeing; and ISIS distributed a statement in eastern Deir Izzour refuting rumors that ISIS considers other rebel fighters in the province to be infidels. The Islamic Front in Al Bo Kamal in Deir Izzour demanded that the Al Nusrah Front clarify its position regarding ISIS after reports that ISIS and Al Nusrah cooperated in the city. In Aleppo, ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and Kurdish YPG forces. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, where gunmen blew up a power line, briefly cutting off electricity to Damascus; and in Aleppo. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Homs. State media claimed that Israeli airstrikes killed four people and wounded nine more. Human Rights Watch said militant groups in Syria, including the ISIS, Al Nusrah, and the Islamic Front are recruiting children as young as 14 to serve in battle.




Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons for destruction




ISIS plays with big bucks in estimated billion-dollar fortune




The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham captured the al Walid crossing in Iraq, opposite al Tanf in Homs. ISIS clashed with the Islamic Front and rebels in the Aleppo countryside and took over the towns of Ekthar and Ma'lan near the Turkish border; ISIS fighters were seen using American Humvees seized in Iraq. ISIS bombarded Al Enne and Al Tariq and clashed with the jihadi Shura council in Deir Izzour; regime forces bombarded parts of the ISIS-held Mouhasan city in Deir Izzour. ISIS fighters attacked near Kari Bari village and kidnapped at least 20 university students in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama and Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah executed the commander of the Kahil Martyrs battalion, his brother, and another fighter after clashes in Deraa over a fighter's alleged "blasphemy." The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Soran in Hama, in Idlib, Quneitra, and Deraa. An Israeli Arab youth was killed by an explosion south of Quneitra on the Golan Heights.