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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.
The Islamic State has been using weapons captured in Iraq to expand its offensive in Kurdish areas in the north, aiming to take over the entire Kobani region. In Deir Izzour, the IS arrested a number of drug users; allowed residents of Khasham to return to their homes if they "repented" and turned in one Kalashnikov per household; and accepted the allegiance of Ahrar al Sham and Al Nusrah Front fighters from the town of Al Tayane. In Aleppo, the IS fought against the Jabhat al-Akrad brigade and the Islamic Front in the northern countryside, and arrested many civilians in Qabasi. Thirteen al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fighters were killed fighting regime forces in Quneitra yesterday. The Islamic Front blew up a building housing regime forces in the Idlib countryside. The UN appointed Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as its special envoy tasked with resolving the war in Syria, replacing Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the three-year conflict has claimed the lives of over 170,000 people, one third of them civilians.
The Islamic State took over a number of villages near Ayn al Arab in northern Aleppo after YPG fighters withdrew. Islamic fighters and rebels battled both regime forces and the IS in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with Qabdat Al Shamal battalions and Omar Al Faroq battalions in Soran E'zaz in Aleppo over Al Nusrah's going to the Turkish border to deal with abusive fighters and smugglers. The IS clashed with the Islamic Army in Reef Dimashq, and lost over 20 fighters to a regime air raid in Raqqah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Quneitra, Hama, and Reef Dimashq. In Deir Izzour city, the IS battled Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front.
Several rebel groups, including the Syrian Rebel Front and the Harakat Hazm, both active in Idlib, and the Al Nusrah Front, said they have created an elite force of 600 fighters to help stave off the regime attempt to take over Aleppo. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State blew up houses of Al Nusrah commanders in Al Shhil and in Al Dahla; and a number of towns and fighters swore allegiance to the IS. In Raqqah, the Daoud Brigade swore allegiance to the IS, regime forces clashed with the IS near the 17th Division, and Kurdish YPG forces battled the IS near Tal Abyad. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Reef Dimashq; and in Aleppo, where the IS also clashed with the YPG. The Islamic Front is negotiating with the IS in Deir Izzour; and battled regime forces in Hama, Idlib, Deraa, and Reef Dimashq near Ghouta. The Syrian National Coalition elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president, to replace Ahmad Jarba.