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Abu Qatada acquitted of conspiracy in Jordan

A day after the Al Nusrah Front's emir for Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour issued a statement explaining that he was relinquishing the town to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to avoid jihadist bloodshed, other Al Nusrah fighters and allied Islamist fighters captured two ISIS positions in the strategic border town. A car bomb exploded near a checkpoint by the Al Nusrah and Islamic Front shura council in Deir Izzour, and warplanes targeted a building in Albu Kamal taken over by Al Nusrah from ISIS. A suspected ISIS car bombing of a market in Damascus killed at least two people. In Aleppo, ISIS executed and crucified an ISIS fighter accused of extortion, and targeted Ikhtrin with mortars. In Raqqah, ISIS detained a civilian and another man and was targeted by regime airstrikes; ISIS is reportedly housing Chinese fighters in Tal Akdar outside Tal Abyad city. In Hasakah, ISIS and allied tribal gunmen battled regime forces. The newly created judicial council of Ghouta in Damascus, set up by Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, Ajnad Al Sham, and 13 other groups, challenged ISIS to submit to its sharia court; ISIS refused. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo.

Syria: Dispute Unsettles Rebel Coalition

Obama Administration Deepens US Role in Syria and Iraq

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