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Turkey shot down a Syrian jet, claiming it violated Turkish airspace; the plane crashed in Syrian territory near the contested Kasab crossing. Hezbollah claimed to have killed three rebel car bomb experts in Qalamoun along with four of their bodyguards in an ambush. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham launched an offensive to seize the Kobani region from Kurdish forces. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Idlib; 18 wounded Islamist fighters were moved to Turkey for treatment and at least five non-Syrians died in battle. Regime forces seized areas of Latakia from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. One of President Assad's cousins was killed while fighting the Islamic Front in Latakia. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Aleppo.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front's Ahrar al Sham battled regime forces for control of the Kasab crossing along the Turkish border. The leaders of the western and central rebel fronts announced a battle to liberate the coast in Latakia. Syrian state media accused Turkey of allowing and assisting the Islamist forces to attack Kasab from Turkish territory; it also claimed that regime forces ambushed and killed a number of Al Nusrah fighters in Adra who had infiltrated from Jordan. In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham crucified an alleged thief and lost 18 fighters in a battle with Kurdish forces. In Hasakah, ISIS clashed with Al Nusrah and Islamic Front forces. In Hama, Islamic fighters fired rockets at the Christian city of Mharda. In Aleppo, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Aleppo city, on Shweinah mountain, and in Lermon. ISIS killed eight Islamic Front fighters in an ambush near Om Al-Qura.
In Latakia, the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and the Islamic Front battled regime forces around Kasab on the Turkish border; an Al Nusrah emir was killed. Fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and the Free Syrian Army are said to be seeking to take Raqqah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Kurdish forces clashed with ISIS in Hasakah and in Aleppo. Regime forces claimed to now control the western half of Homs. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Damascus near Yarmouk, and in Hama; and clashed with ISIS in Deir Izzour near a salt mine. The head of the OPCW mission said Syria could still meet the June 30 target for moving its chemical weapons out of the country. ISIS demanded that Al Nusrah official Abu Abdullah al Shami stop slandering ISIS. Al Shami blamed the Free Syrian Army for abandoning Al Nusrah forces at Yabroud.
Regime forces captured the historic Krak des Chevaliers citadel in Homs from rebel forces, killing at least 11 and wounding over 45; the Islamic Front and the Jund al Sham continued to clash with regime forces in the area, however. In Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham forced 600 Kurdish civilians to leave the Tal Abyiad area and seized their lands; 540 of them escaped to Turkey. An Al Nusrah Front suicide car bomb detonated near a regime checkpoint in Hama, and Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in the province. In Aleppo, the Red Cross was able to deliver food to the central prison while the regime dropped barrel bombs on Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front, which are besieging the prison. ISIS executed nine Kurdish fighters, and continued to deprive A'in al-A'rab (Kobani) city of water. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Al-Layramoun, and the Islamic Front and rebels clashed with ISIS in Al-Qeba.