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The Al Nusrah Front said it would obey al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri's directive to stop fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, unless the latter attacks first. About 60,000 Syrians are said to have fled towns in Homs since April 30 to escape clashes between Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters pitted against ISIS, in which 62 militants have died. Al Nusrah detained Ahmad al Na'ma, the rebel commander for Deraa, along with four other rebel commanders, on charges they surrendered the town of Kherbet Ghazala to regular forces; al Na'ma had recently claimed that a democratic FSA, not "extremists," would control Syria. The Islamic Front shelled the Nasib border crossing in Deraa. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq; in Aleppo near the central prison; and in Latakia, where they were joined by Ansar Al Sham, Sham Al Islam, Al Sham legion, Abna'a Al Kadesyyi brigade, and Shamena group. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs, Idlib, and Damascus. The ISIS killed regime forces in a suicide truck bombing in Hama; clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Ayn al-Arab in Aleppo; battled regime forces in Homs; and clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters in Raqqah near Deir Izzour.
The emir of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, told the Al Nusrah Front to stop fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and urged ISIS to concentrate its efforts in Iraq. ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour. Rebels led by the Islamic Front overran an abandoned chemical base at Khan Abu Shammal in Reef Dimashq and clashed with regime forces near Sayqal air base, where remaining Syrian chemical weapons are believed to be held. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, and Reef Dimashq, where, together with Union of Ajnad Al sham, they have seized large areas of Jaraman. The Islamic Front agreed to a ceasefire and a retreat from the beseiged city of old Homs. Britain said it plans to resume shipment of nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels; it was suspended in December when the Islamic Front seized Free Syrian Army warehouses and the Bab al-Hawa border crossing. The heads of the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition plan to visit the US next week to ask for sophisticated weapons.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Idlib; Hama; Latakia, where they were joined by Ahrar al Sham, Sham al Islam, Ansar al Sham, and rebels; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo. Al Nusrah claimed two car bombings in Homs that killed 51 people and injured 71, and threatened more attacks on Alawites. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah, where it imposed a tax on stores; battled Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters in Deir Izzour; and fought against Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo. The Islamic Front and rebels, including Al Saberin brigade, Ahrar Al Yarmok, military operation office of Nawa, Al Omari brigades, Raed Al Masri brigade, the brigade of Al Yarmok martyrs, Al Mothanna Islamic movements, and the brigade of grandchildren of Iben Al Walid, launched an offensive to take over Tal Al Jamo'o and its vicinity. The Syrian National Coalition demanded missiles so rebel forces can shoot down regime aircraft alleged to be conducting barrel bomb attacks with chlorine and other chemicals.
Two suicide car bombs in Alawite neighborhoods in Zahraa in Homs killed at least 51 civilians and injured more than 70. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq; in Latakia, where they were joined by Ahrar al Sham, Sham Al Islam, and rebels; in Hama; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar. The Islamic Front also fired missiles at the Russian gas company in al Forklos in Homs, and clashed with regime forces in Damascus and Deraa. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is besieging Kwayres military airport in Aleppo; ISIS also executed 10 men in Raqqah, and killed a boy in Hasakah. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights issued a report documenting the control of oil wells and gas plants in eastern Syria by Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and other Islamist groups.