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The Islamic State has taken control of all of Syria's main oil and gas fields. In Deir Izzour, the Eben Al Qayyem Brigade and Al Hamza battalion clashed with the IS in Abo Hamam; protesters in Granij called for jihad against the IS; and tribal leaders in Abo Hamam, Granji, and Al Keshkeyyi negotiated with IS for an end to hostilities. Regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Al Sor in Deir Izzour, in Hasakah, and in Raqqah city. The IS executed two men and mutilated the corpses of YPG fighters in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Jaysh al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and rebels battled regime forces in Aleppo. Regime forces claimed to have discovered a large rebel weapons cache in the Sheikh Najar area of Aleppo. Al Nusrah took over a checkpoint in eastern Hama, and clashed with regime forces in Ghouta and near Al Mleha in Reef Dimashq, where the Islamic Front fought alongside Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Damascus and Deraa. The IS is reportedly planning to issue passports to citizens of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The Islamic State took over the al Tanak oil field in eastern Deir Izzour, and is also advancing north up the Euphrates River toward the Turkish border. Elsewhere in Deir Izzour, 30 IS fighters broke out of an Al Nusrah Front jail in Al Hawayej, and residents of Al Shhil have turned over their weapons to the IS and begun vacating the city. The IS clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; battled the Army of Islam in eastern Ghouta in Reef Dimashq; and clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Aleppo, where it also clashed with Kurdish YPG forces near Ayn al Arab and took over the village of al Zyara. Worshipers in mosques in Manbej city and Al Bab city reportedly swore allegiance to Emir al Mu'eminin al Baghdadi. Al Nusrah, Jaysh al Mujahedeen, Jaysh al Muhajireen, the Islamic Front, and rebels battled regime forces in Aleppo, where regime forces have lately made gains. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs and Deraa. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and elsewhere in Deraa.
In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State took over Boqros after the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and other Islamic Front factions withdrew; the IS also took control of the Attank oilfield from a sharia body consisting of Al Nusrah, the Army of Islam, and other Islamic Front factions; and negotiated terms for the surrender of former Al Nusrah stronghold Al Shihl, requiring residents to repent, turn over weapons and fighters, and vacate the city for 10 days. Demonstrators in Ghranij protested against the IS. In Raqqah, regime airstrikes targeted IS in Raqqah City and by the 17th Division. In Aleppo, the IS clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters near Ayn al Arab; and Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah bombed a regime convoy near al Qalamoun, and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in western Ghouta. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Homs and Quneitra.
The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour, where the IS took over Al Rez, bombarded areas in Al Shhil said to have served as Al Nusrah's main headquarters in Syria, arrested people in Albu Kamal, and was targeted by regime airstrikes near Al Bisri. In Raqqah, the IS called for people to people swear allegiance to IS caliph al Baghdadi as Amir Al Mumnin (commander of the believers), and regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Raqqah city. In Aleppo, the IS battled the Islamic Front, the Al Akrad Front Brigade, and rebels. Eleven rebel groups in Aleppo and Raqqah, including the Raqqa Rebel Brigade and the Kurdish Front, threatened to quit fighting if they do not receive reinforcements and weapons within a week. Jaysh al Islam leader Zahran Alloush called IS fighters "dirty bastards, with an evil ideology," and urged efforts against the IS. In Reef Dimashq, the Islamic Front and Jaysh al Islam clashed with the IS in Mida'a and with regime forces in Ayn Terma: and both the Islamic Front and Al Nusrah fought against regime forces near Esal El Wared on the Syrian- Lebanese border and near Al Mleha. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Homs and Idlib. Regime authorities removed roadblocks in western Damascus, citing improved security.