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The Islamic State battled regime forces for control of Al Tabaqa, the last regime stronghold in Raqqah; regime forces carried out at least 11 airstrikes, and dozens of IS fighters are said to have been killed. The IS was also targeted by regime airstrikes in Aleppo, Deir Izzour, and Hama. The IS battled Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, and arrested relatives of Al Nusrah Front and Islamic Front commanders in the former Al Nusrah stronghold of Al Shhil in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama, where they were joined by the Jund al Aqsa and rebels. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Hama, Homs, and Reef Dimashq, where a senior air force official and three companions were killed by a landmine in east Ghouta. Regime officials and rebel leaders in the al Qadam and al Esali neighborhoods of Damascus agreed to a ceasefire, in which the army will withdraw and the Free Syrian Army will run the area. President Hollande said France had sent weapons to Syrian rebels "a few months ago."
The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, and in Raqqah, where the IS detonated two suicide car bombs and killed and crucified two men. The IS also battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and killed and crucified two men in Deir Izzour. One of two men crucified by IS yesterday in Deir Izzour was a former Al Nusrah Front judge. Among the 6,300 fighters said to have joined the IS in Syria in July, 5,000 are Syrians and the 1,300 others are Arab, European, Caucasian, East Asian and Kurdish. All but 200 of those 1,300 foreign fighters entered Syria via Turkey. Many of the recent IS recruits formerly fought for the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, and Ansar al Din fought against regime forces in Aleppo. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Deraa. The US disclosed today that it had earlier launched a mission in Syria to rescue American hostages held by the ISIS, including recently slain James Foley, but that it had been unsuccessful. ISIS had reportedly demanded a $100 million ransom for Foley.
A new report estimates that militants in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles, which are easily smuggled out of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State gained 6,300 recruits in Syria in July alone. The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah, where the IS reopened the road linking Tal-Abyad and al-Raqqa city, and prepared to launch an offensive against the military airport in Al Tabaqa, the last regime stronghold in the province; battled YPG forces in Hasakah, where the IS executed four people and took over the border town of Jaz'a; fought against regime, YPG, Islamic Front, and Jabhat al-Akrad forces in Aleppo; and executed and crucified two "apostates" in Deir Izzour, where it also clashed with regime forces near the military airport. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels fought against regime forces in Hama, and in Reef Dimashq in Qalamoun. Hezbollah fighters in Qalamoun killed Islamic State official Abu Abdullah al Iraqi, who planned suicide and other bomb attacks in Lebanon. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deir Izzour, Hama, Idlib, and Reef Dimashq.