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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham consolidated its control of key towns along the Iraq border in Deir Izzour. ISIS took over more towns in Aleppo from the Al Nusrah Front, Islamic fighters, and rebels; a shell hit a house in Jarabalus, which is controlled by ISIS. In Ghouta in Reef Dimashq, suspected ISIS gunmen assassinated a dissenting former ISIS judge and his mother. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Aleppo, and Reef Dimashq. Islamic fighters also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, Hama, and Idlib. A car bombing blamed on Al Nusrah killed at least 34 people in Horrah village in Hama; another car bomb killed six people in Homs yesterday. The UN Secretary General called for an embargo on the flow of weapons into Syria.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly told its emir for Jarabalus in Aleppo to step down after he was filmed threatening an elderly man with a gun for lacking knowledge of Islam; ISIS also killed a man near Jarabalus accused of cooperating with Awakening Movements. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, Hama, Deraa, and in Reef Dimashq. In Deir Izzour, ISIS negotiated with Al Nusrah over control of a checkpoint. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a Western-backed battalion killed at least 32 civilians when it shelled the city of Jusr al-Shughour in Idlib.
Gunmen from the Al Nusrah Front and the Free Syrian Army took over the Al Qaim crossing in Iraq's Anbar province, entering from the Syrian side of the crossing, which they controlled. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa and Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights expressed concern that some 145 Kurdish schoolchildren kidnapped by the the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham would be used as suicide bombers. Regime forces reportedly withdrew several Iraqi pro-regime militants from al-Mleiha in Reef Dimashq and eased the military assault on the area after ISIS took over Mosul in Iraq. State media claimed that nearly 1,000 people have been freed in Damascus under a recent amnesty.
Regime forces attacked an ISIS office in Hasakah, clashed with ISIS fighters over the Sha'r gas field in Homs, and attacked the ISIS headquarters and sharia court in Raqqah city in Raqqah. The regime airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in eastern Syria were coordinated with Iraq. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Aleppo, and Homs. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib. A video surfaced purporting to show Zahran Alloush, head of the Islamic Front's Islam Army, urging rebels to carry on their offensive in Damascus. Regime forces have taken over Kasab in Latakia and are flushing out remaining rebel pockets. Under the June 9 amnesty act, the Assad regime has released over 1,500 prisoners from its jails; the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that over 70,000 prisoners arrested three years ago are expected to be released soon.