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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.




Ansar al Sharia Tunisia leader says gains in Iraq should be cause for jihadist reconciliation

Abu Iyad al Tunisi, the head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, has released a statement calling for jihadists in the Levant to reconcile based on recent events in Iraq.


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.




Syria Islamist militants pause and reinforce from Iraq




With ISIS advancements, nearby Jordan must be concerned, analysts say




US to move aircraft carrier to Gulf




The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; and in Hama, in Berri in eastern Reef Hama. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Homs, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and Latakia. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib and Deir Izzour. The political head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood claimed that the ISIS is supported by Iran. The Syrian National Coalition is planning to elect new defense and interior ministers.




Turkey ignored direct warnings of ISIS attack on Mosul




Syria Islamist factions in new push against rivals




Baghdadi, leader of Iraq insurgents, is jihad's rising chief




ISIS erases Iraq-Syria border




Iraq crisis: al Qaeda forces seize Mosul and Tikrit - live




After Capture of Mosul, Militants Extend Control in Iraq




US Warns Iraqi Militants Threaten Entire Region, UN Chief 'Gravely Concerned'




The Assad regime began freeing inmates from prisons in Damascus and Hama after declaring an amnesty for all crimes except terrorism; it extends to foreigners who entered Syria for terrorism, so long as they surrender within 30 days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir Izzour between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham on the one side and the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front on the other has killed 241 ISIS fighters and 354 fighters from the other side in the past 40 days. Clashes continued in Deir Izzour, where ISIS detonated a number of houses, including that of Al Nusrah's emir for the eastern countryside. Syrian Kurds alleged that Turkey is covertly helping ISIS. Al Nusrah and Islamic fighters continued to battle regime forces in Latakia. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Damascus, Idlib, and Deraa. Jaysh al Islam attacked a Political Security building in Aleppo. Jailed jihadist ideologue Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi urged Al Nusrah Front emir Abu Muhammad al Julani to ban "the smuggling of women into the southern sector through the Jordanian-Syrian border," as some have been arrested and imprisoned. The ISIS issued reports on the collection of zakat in Hasakah, the Islamic police in Raqqah, and eliminating "Awakenings" from Deir Izzour.




President Bashar al-Assad of Syria Declares 'General Amnesty' for Prisoners




Interview with Former UN Peace Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi




A senior figure in the Syrian National Coalition denied rumors of a shakeup and creation of a new opposition group. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh Muhajireen wal Ansar. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has reportedly kidnapped 2,000 people in recent weeks from Aleppo, Hasakah, Raqqah, and Deir Izzor. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front continued to clash in Deir Izzour with the ISIS, and recaptured the Al Kharrata oil station. The ISIS cut off water and electricity to Deir Izzour city in an attempt to besiege it. Regime forces targeted an ISIS headquarters in Raqqah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, where "unknown gunmen" targeted an electrical tower in the north, cutting off electricity to much of the province.




Barrel bombs risk becoming answer to insurgency




Rice: United States is leading with 'lethal and non-lethal' aid to Syria