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Leaders Express Outrage as Britain Tries to Identify Beheaded Journalist's Killer

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.

Saudi Arabia toughens stance on jihadist groups

As IS advances, Syrian rebels reinforce northern strategic town

ISIS Pressed for Ransom Before Killing Journalist

Al Nusrah Front-linked Kuwaiti terrorists resurface and retweet

US launched raid in Syria to rescue American hostages held by Islamic State

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today.

Syria and Iraq: Why young German men bring terror and death

Scholars call for Christian safe haven in Iraq

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.

Mother Agnes: The efficient mediator who draws controversy

Islamic State beheads American reporter

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

Washington, Damascus at odds in fight against ISIS

Islamic State recruits at record pace in Syria: monitor

The Islamic State clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and kidnapped and killed a YPG commander; fought regime forces in eastern Hama; battled the Islamic Front and was targeted by regime airstrikes in Aleppo; killed a female dentist, issued rules for Al Mayadin city, and clashed with and was bombarded by regime forces in Deir Izzour; and was targeted by regime airstrikes and raids in Raqqah. The "unprecedented" regime aerial onslaught on the IS in Raqqah killed 31 militants yesterday. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, where they shot down a regime plane; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Ansar al Din Front and rebels. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa; Homs; Idlib, where a Jund al Aqsa weapons factory exploded; Latakia; and Reef Dimashq, where they were joined by rebels. Regime forces and rebels in the Damascus districts of Al Esali and Al Qadam worked on reconciliation. Japanese authorities are investigating reports that the IS has captured one of its citizens.

Morocco ramps up counter-terror fight

US airpower supports Peshmerga, Iraqi forces to retake Mosul Dam

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

Exclusive: Kurdish fighters protect Yazidis fleeing IS terror campaign

US adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front leaders to list of global terrorists

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

Did Ankara miss its chance to head off the Islamic State?