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Turkey ignored direct warnings of ISIS attack on Mosul

Syria Islamist factions in new push against rivals

Baghdadi, leader of Iraq insurgents, is jihad's rising chief

ISIS erases Iraq-Syria border

Iraq crisis: al Qaeda forces seize Mosul and Tikrit - live

After Capture of Mosul, Militants Extend Control in Iraq

US Warns Iraqi Militants Threaten Entire Region, UN Chief 'Gravely Concerned'

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.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria Declares 'General Amnesty' for Prisoners

Interview with Former UN Peace Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi

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.

Barrel bombs risk becoming answer to insurgency

Rice: United States is leading with 'lethal and non-lethal' aid to Syria

Iraqi troops repel ISIS assault on Mosul

The ISIS killed 18 security personnel during a massed assault on the northern Iraqi city. ISIS fighters also briefly seized control of Anbar University in Ramadi.

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

European women find appeal in Syrian jihad

Hollande: 30 French nationals killed in Syria

EU targets Western jihadists on radical websites

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.

ISIS touts French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues to highlight the deaths of foreign jihadists in both Iraq and Syria.