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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.
Nine top Free Syrian Army commanders resigned, citing an absence of donor support that disadvantaged them against the Assad regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The Al Nusrah Front and allied rebel groups, including the Islamic Front, pulled out of the border town of Kasab in Latakia, and withdrew to the Jabal al-Akrad area. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where the al Tawhid brigade prevented cars from passing through the Bab al Salama crossing and FSA fighters extracted $100 bribes from cars at the crossing. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, where it was joined by rebels, and many regime soldiers were killed and some of them beheaded; in Idlib; in Damascus; and in Hama. In Deir Izzour, a car bombing at an arms market in Mayadeen, an area controlled by Al Nusrah, killed at least eight civilians; Al Nusrah reportedly brought into the country five Humvees and three other vehicles that were captured from the Iraqi army. In Hasakah, regime warplanes bombed areas under the control of the ISIS, including one of its bases; and a suicide car bombing killed at least 10 civilians near a Kurdish forces base.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to battle regime forces in Latakia, Hama, Homs, and Deir Izzour. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo and Deraa. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against regime forces in Homs, and is said to be besieging parts of Deir Izzour city.