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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; and in Hama, in Berri in eastern Reef Hama. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Latakia. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib and Deir Izzour. The political head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood claimed that the ISIS is supported by Iran. The Syrian National Coalition is planning to elect new defense and interior ministers.
The Assad regime began freeing inmates from prisons in Damascus and Hama after declaring an amnesty for all crimes except terrorism; it extends to foreigners who entered Syria for terrorism, so long as they surrender within 30 days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir Izzour between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham on the one side and the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front on the other has killed 241 ISIS fighters and 354 fighters from the other side in the past 40 days. Clashes continued in Deir Izzour, where ISIS detonated a number of houses, including that of Al Nusrah's emir for the eastern countryside. Syrian Kurds alleged that Turkey is covertly helping ISIS. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters continued to battle regime forces in Latakia. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Damascus, Idlib, and Deraa. Jaysh al Islam attacked a Political Security building in Aleppo. Jailed jihadist ideologue Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi urged Al Nusrah Front emir Abu Muhammad al Julani to ban "the smuggling of women into the southern sector through the Jordanian-Syrian border," as some have been arrested and imprisoned. The ISIS issued reports on the collection of zakat in Hasakah, the Islamic police in Raqqah, and eliminating "Awakenings" from Deir Izzour.
A senior figure in the Syrian National Coalition denied rumors of a shakeup and creation of a new opposition group. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh Muhajireen wal Ansar. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has reportedly kidnapped 2,000 people in recent weeks from Aleppo, Hasakah, Raqqah, and Deir Izzor. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front continued to clash in Deir Izzour with the ISIS, and recaptured the Al Kharrata oil station. The ISIS cut off water and electricity to Deir Izzour city in an attempt to besiege it. Regime forces targeted an ISIS headquarters in Raqqah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, where "unknown gunmen" targeted an electrical tower in the north, cutting off electricity to much of the province.
A recent study estimates that some 2,800 Westerners have gone to Syria to fight, and most have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham or the Al Nusrah Front. President Assad celebrated his reelection by granting amnesty to 300 inmates at Aleppo Central Prison and over 500 at Adra prison in Damascus province. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs; Latakia; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where they were joined by the al Mujahideen Army, and a rebel brigade blew up a tunnel, cutting off water to the city for several days. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour, where the ISIS agreed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front to leave the town of Kasham alone and the Abdullah ibn Al Zobayr battalions would be allowed to guard the town.