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Obama says will 'degrade and destroy' Islamic State

This Islamic State has executed 31 people in Syria over the last 10 days of August, in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, and Raqqah. Regime forces carried out an "unprecedented" 25 airstrikes in the rebel-held Jobar district of Damascus today, targeting the Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front. Regime forces also clashed with Al Nusrah near the Christian town of Mharde in Hama. The Islamic Front used an American-made TOW missile to destroy a regime tank in Aleppo. State media claimed that terrorists, including a number of foreigners, were targeted and killed in operations in Damascus, Deir Izzour, Deraa, Homs, Idlib, and Quneitra.

Fighting on Golan border puts Israel on the spot

Islamic State's antiquities sideline

Following a dangerous path to radicalization in Syria

Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis

To Beat ISIS, Focus on Syria

Qatar is said to be mediating between Fiji and the Al Nusrah Front for the release of 44 Fijian UN peacekeeping troops seized by Al Nusrah in Quneitra near the Golan Heights. Al Nusrah has demanded compensation and support as well as the removal of its name from the UN's terrorist list. The Syrian army has been trying to retake the Quneitra border crossing from Al Nusrah and allied groups. The Islamic Front backed by Al Nusrah clashed with regime forces in Quneitra. State media claimed the army cut off a supply route in western Deraa used by terrorists coming from Jordan to Quneitra. The regime also condemned the European Union's alleged policies of arming terrorists and purchasing stolen Syrian oil from them. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State in Deir Izzour and in Homs.

US gives new priority to foreign fighters in Syria

Islamists in Iraq driving large-scale atrocities: UN

Syrian army, Al Nusrah Front fight on Golan where peacekeepers held

In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State continued preparations for an assault on the military airbase, and also executed five men on various charges, including "apostasy." Regime airstrikes targeted the IS in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front flogged a man for "insulting the divine" in Idlib. Kurdish YPG fighters battled IS in Hasakah. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, the al Akrad Front, and rebels clashed with the IS near the al Shahba Dam in Aleppo. Al Nusrah claimed to have captured 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers in Quneitra near the Golan Heights; 32 Philippine peacekeepers were rescued and another 40 Philippine troops escaped "during a ceasefire agreed with the armed elements."

Anti-jihadist fight forges Kurdish unity

Syria Slams France for Not Cooperating over Jihadists

Israel shoots down drone from Syria over Golan

Al Nusrah Front warns Lebanon's Christians against following Aoun

Fiji seeks release of UN peacekeepers abducted on Syrian side of Golan Heights, as Philippines soldiers escape

Al Nusrah Front announces detention of 45 UN peacekeepers

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works "against Muslims."

ISIS says forcing detained pilots to train militants: report

All of the Philippine UN peacekeeping troops in the Golan area that were surrounded by the Al Nusrah Front were rescued after intervention by UN rapid response forces as well as distracting artillery fire by regime forces; Al Nusrah still holds 45 Fijian peacekeeping troops. Al Nusrah claimed that the troops were detained because the UN passed a resolution against the group, and also alleged that the UN colluded with the Assad regime and ignored the shedding of Muslim blood. The Islamic State is said to have sold 300 Yazidi women to its fighters in Syria. The IS also has established a new state called al-Furat straddling the border of Syria and Iraq, which includes al-Bokamal city and al-Qa'em city in Iraq as well as nearby towns in Deir Izzour.