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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's spokesman blamed al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri for the jihadist infighting in Syria, dismissed his order for ISIS to quit Syria, and said ISIS had refrained from attacking Iran at al Qaeda's request. ISIS clashed with rebels in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia, Hama, and Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Mujahireen wal Ansar. After an eight-day shutoff by Islamist rebels, some water has begun to flow again in Aleppo city, but it is being diverted to neighborhoods controlled by Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front. In Deir Izzour, Al Nusrah clashed with tobacco smugglers on the Iraqi border. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Idlib, and Reef Dimashq. Rebels in Adra are reportedly negotiating with the Assad regime to release 1,500 families held hostage in the city in exchange for some 1,500 detained rebels.




ISIS: Al Qaeda urged militants not to attack Iran




After Homs, southern front likely next test for rebels




The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama, Idlib, Damascus, Homs, and Quneitra. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour; executed one man and whipped two others in Hasakah; and battled regime forces in Raqqah.




Latakia captives speak out about their ordeal, others still missing




Ankara at crossroads on Syria policy




Exclusive: Iran's illicit procurement appears to slow amid nuclear talks - UN experts




Iraqi army faces death, desertions as it struggles with Anbar offensive




The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar. Al Nusrah has cut off the water supply to both rebel and regime-held areas of Aleppo for the past week. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front continued to clash with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Deir Izzour; over 100,000 residents of Reef Deir Izzour have fled since the clashes broke out on April 30. ISIS took over western Reef Deir Izzour; battled Islamic fighters and the Kurdish YPG in Raqqah; and shot down a regime helicopter in al Safira city in Aleppo.




Syria jihadists turn on each other




Regime forces began sweeping Old Homs city for mines, and civilians returned, as the last 360 rebel fighters were evacuated. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham published photos of boys recruited as fighters in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Mujahireen wal Ansar and Fajr al Sham. The sharia council in Aleppo tampered with the main water pump, cutting off water to parts of the city and environs. Islamic fighters clashed with regime forces in Deraa, Damascus, Hama, and Homs. ISIS fought against Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and against Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour.




ISIS-Al Nusrah divide reaches Saudi Arabia




Red Cross Says Far More Funds Needed for Syria




The Islamic Front tunneled under a hotel in Old Aleppo that served as a regime base and blew it up with 20 tons of explosives, killing as many as 50 people; the regime asked the UN to designate the Islamic Front a terrorist organization. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq. In Homs, an Islamic Front battalion prevented aid from reaching two besieged Shiite towns, in violation of the recent deal that has seen the evacuation of rebel fighters from Old Homs; also, some 150 abductees taken from the two towns have not yet been released. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Hama, Quneitra, Deraa, and Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour; and battled the Jabhat al-Akrad brigade, Kurdish YPG forces, and an Islamic battalion in Raqqah.




Belgium, Allies Try to Halt Flow of Young Islamist Fighters to Syria




UN Says Syria Conflict Renders Weapons Sites Inaccessible




ISIS video shows Zarqawi training camp in Syria

The Abu Musab al Zarqawi Taining Camp is operating in Eastern Ghouta, just outside of the Syrian capital.


Islamic Front kills scores in bombing of Aleppo hotel




About 1,200 civilians and rebels, including fighters with the Al Nusrah Front and other Islamist groups, exited Homs in a deal with the Assad regime; each fighter was allowed to keep a rifle; and each of the buses evacuating them was allowed to take a rocket launcher and a machine gun. As part of the deal, the rebels agreed to allow aid into the pro-regime villages of Nubul and Zahra, which the rebels have besieged for over a year; and the Islamic Front released 45 hostages, including women and children, in Aleppo and Latakia who had been seized by the Islamic Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in August 2013. The sharia council in Deraa published video of Ahmad al-Na'ma, a Free Syrian Army commander recently arrested by Al Nusrah, in which he said Jordanian authorities and other "supporting countries" feared Al Nusrah's popularity, controlled his group, and prevented Islamic goals. Also in Deraa, the Islamic Front and rebels battled regime forces, and an Islamic Front media activist was killed near Ankhel. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq and Hama. ISIS ordered the evacuation of homes in Raqqah for non-Syrian fighters, and clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. The Islamic Front used a thermal rocket to target a regime tank in Idlib.




Syria: bumper tourism season predicted