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The Islamic State beheaded a man in Raqqah; blew up some houses in Deir Izzour; clashed with the Islamic Front and rebels in Damascus; battled regime special forces around the Sha'er gas field in Homs, where some 60 soldiers were killed; and fought against the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, where the IS is massing reinforcements for attacks on Ayn al Arab. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Homs, and Aleppo. The Islamic Front's Ahrar al Sham clashed with the Free Syrian Army's Harakat Hazm at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border, leading to the closing of the crossing. A number of Islamic and rebel fighting groups banded together for a military operation in Deraa to "purify" the Al Meftera area of Alawites.
The Islamic State clashed with regime forces near the Sha'er gas field in Homs; bombarded regime-held areas near Al Mab'oje in Hama; clashed with regime forces by Kweris airport, and killed five Islamic Front fighters in a suicide bombing in Aleppo; battled the Islamic Front outside Yilda in Reef Dimashq; stoned two women to death for alleged adultery in Raqqah; and clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour, where the IS was joined by some Islamic Front fighters. The IS also killed 24 men arrested at the Koniko oilfield, and whipped five men for smoking in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama around Morek; and clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Emigrants' Army. Al Nusrah has cut off water to parts of Aleppo city for the past 80 days, in an attempt to deprive regime-held areas of water. In Homs, Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, and several other rebel groups told all who had 'settled' with regime forces that they had 72 hours to formally repent and turn in their weapons or they would be killed. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Latakia, Quneitra, Idlib, Deraa, Hama, and Reef Dimashq near Qalamoun and Ghouta.
The Islamic State is now said to control 35% of Syria's territory, including over 98% of oil-rich Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front have stopped fighting the IS in Deir Izzour; some fighters turned over their weapons to the IS, but others retreated to Aleppo. Regime forces battled the IS near the Deir Izzour military airport, and regime airstrikes targeted the IS near the Al Kharrata oilfield. The IS stoned to death a woman accused of adultery in Raqqah, killed Islamic Front fighters with a suicide bombing in Aleppo, killed at least 90 regime forces yesterday in Homs, and clashed with both regime forces and Kurdish YPG fighters in Hasakah. Kurdish authorities have alleged that the IS recently used chemical weapons against YPG fighters in Kobani. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Deraa and Hama. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Damascus and Reef Dimashq, and attacked IS gatherings in northern Aleppo.
Islamic State fighters surrounded and attacked the Shaar gas field in Homs, killing at least 23 guards and capturing others before taking it over. Syrian Kurds imposed a draft on adult males for six months' "self-defense" service to help stave off the assault by the Islamic State in the north. The Islamic State clashed with the Islam Army in Reef Dimashq, battled the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Aleppo, and detained civilians as well as Islamic Front commanders and fighters in Deir Izzour. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Homs; Reef Dimashq; Quneitra; and Hama, where they blew up the house of the Syrian Defense Minister's daughter.
President Assad was sworn in for a third term; he called for "national reconciliation" but ruled out talks with the exiled opposition, and vowed to retake Aleppo and Raqqah. Regime forces battled the Islamic State near the Kweris military airport in Aleppo, carried out an airstrike on an IS-held area in Hasakah, and bombarded an IS headquarters in Raqqah. Over 100 Kurds from Turkey have come to help YPG fighters repel the IS advance in Kobani. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama near Morek, where regime planes carried out 25 air raids; in Deraa; in Idlib; in Latakia; in Reef Dimashq near Mleha and the Lebanese town of Arsal, in Qalamoun, Zebdin, and Duma; and in Aleppo by the central prison and elsewhere. The IS fought against Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in the northeastern Aleppo countryside. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Quneitra, Damascus, Idlib, and Deraa.