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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.
The Islamic State pushed the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and allied rebels out of Deir Izzour city, consolidating its hold over the province of Deir Izzour. The Islamic State also shot an Al Nusrah emir in Deir Izzour, killed civilians in a suicide car bombing targeting a Kurdish YPG camp in Hasakah, blew up a shrine and slaughtered the shrine's guard and his son in Hama, and clashed with the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Akrad in Aleppo. Regime airstrikes and barrel bombs targeted Islamic State-held areas in Aleppo in Der Hafer, Manbej city, al-Asadia; and in Deir Izzour, where an IS convoy was targeted in Deir Izzour city and regime forces are said to be strengthening their defenses, for fear of IS attacks at the checkpoints they still control in the city. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Reef Dimashq, Latakia, and Damascus.
Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, is said to be moving freely between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Liwa al Tawhid brigade are reported to be the main rebel groups defending Aleppo from attacks by both regime forces and the Islamic State. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled the IS in Aleppo; and clashed with regime forces in Quneitra, and in Reef Dimashq near the Lebanese border and in Ghouta. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani between the Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces; an IS emir from Egypt was killed in clashes with the YPG in the Ayn al Arab countryside. Nour Kholouf, acting defense minister of the Syrian National Coalition, has asked for US backing for a plan to oust the Islamic State from Raqqah and up to the Iraqi border; he also claimed that the US is giving lethal aid directly to the commanders of 16 or 17 rebel groups but not to the rebels' civilian leadership itself.
The Islamic State now controls about 60% of Syria's oil, having taken over most of the oilfields in Raqqah and Deir Izzour, and is advancing on the Kurdish-held oilfields in Hasakah. Responding to rumors that it had announced the creation of an Islamic emirate, the Al Nusrah Front said that while it seeks to establish one in accordance with sharia, the founding of such a state has not yet been announced. Regime aircraft targeted the Islamic State in Raqqah and in Deir Izzour. The IS clashed with Jaysh al Islam and the Islamic Front in Reef Dimashq; and battled Kurdish YPG fighters in Idlib and Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Idlib, Quneitra, and Hama. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Deraa, Homs, and Deir Izzour.