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The Islamic State was targeted by regime airstrikes, and clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo; was targeted by regime airstrikes while mobilizing for battle in Deir Izzour, where it also raided the houses of civilians; fought against the YPG in Hasakah, where a Tunisian IS emir is trying to make fighters in Gweran swear allegiance to the IS; and was targeted by regime aircraft in Raqqah, where an explosion was heard at an IS training camp near al Ekershi. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, where they were joined by rebels and other Islamic groups; in Damascus; in Reef Dimashq; and in Hama. Al Nusrah said it had detained 43 UN peacekeepers because regime soldiers were being treated at a UN medical facility; the UN is in negotiations for the release of the 44 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers and the lifting of "restrictions" on 72 Philippine peacekeepers who have been surrounded by the militants. Two Hezbollah fighters were killed and six were wounded during clashes in Qalamoun with the Islamic Front and Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa and Idlib.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Aleppo, where it used US cannons seized in Iraq; and in Deir Izzour, where regime aircraft struck a meeting of IS leaders, killing a number of foreign fighters at the house of "the military commander of the Operation Chamber of the Airbase of Deir Ezzor which is affiliated to the Military Council which pledged allegiance to IS weeks ago." The IS also clashed with regime forces in Hama, where it executed an engineer; and in Raqqah, where the IS executed "dozens" of captured regime soldiers, reportedly killing over 160 in 24 hours. IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is said to be offering $1,200 and a furnished house to any IS fighter who agrees to marry. The IS also battled the Kurdish YPG in Hasakah, and clashed with the Islamic Front and the Jabhat al Akrad in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Damascus, blowing up tunnels under two regime buildings; in Reef Dimashq; in Hama; and in Quneitra, where Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front took over the Quneitra crossing to the Golan Heights yesterday. The UN said that 43 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights had been detained by "armed elements of the opposition" and that the movements of 81 other peacekeepers in the area have been restricted. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Idlib.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Hama; Deir Izzour, where Shaitaat tribal officials begged forgiveness and mercy from the IS, and regime airstrikes targeted an IS training camp in the Tal Tabus area of al Shmeteyyi; and Raqqah, where the IS captured 20 soldiers and four civilians, including three women, and has executed other regime forces. The IS also clashed with the Islamic Front and the Kurdish YPG in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Quneitra, where they took over a border crossing to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights and battled over nearby towns. Al Nusrah and the IF also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, Hama, and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Damascus, where regime airstrikes blew up a tunnel with IF fighters inside; Deraa; Hama; Idlib; Latakia; and Reef Dimashq.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Raqqah; and in Deir Izzour, where the IS is preparing an assault on the military airport. The Islamic State also executed and crucified four men in Deir Izzour, including an Al Nusrah Front fighter; clashed with rebels in Aleppo; and fought the Kurdish YPG and the al-Karam army in Hasakah. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq; and in Hama, where they were joined by Jund al Aqsa, and Al Nusrah has deployed at least 1,500 fighters in an attempt to "liberate" the Christian city of Maharda. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo along with the Ansar al Din Front; in Deraa, where they were joined by rebels; in Homs, where they were joined by rebels; and in Reef Dimashq. The IS published photos of its takeover of the Tabqa military airport in Raqqah.




After the US said it is considering military options against the Islamic State in Syria, the Assad regime requested coordination of any airstrikes but said it welcomes working with the US and the UK in combating the terror organization. The Islamic State is mopping up after its takeover of the Tabqa military airport in Raqqah, and has reportedly seized military aircraft as well as sidewinder missiles and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS). The severed heads of regime soldiers were displayed in Raqqah city. Regime airstrikes against the Islamic State took place in Raqqah and Aleppo. The IS clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and with militiamen in Deir Izzour. Some 320 fighters from rebel and Islamic Front battalions joined the Islamic State in al Bab in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, and Hama. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa, Idlib, and Quneitra. Hasan Abboud, a key figure in the Islamic Front, called Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau "a lunatic barbarian" after Shekau declared a caliphate in Nigeria; Abboud has also criticized ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in the past.




The Islamic State took over the military airport in Al Tabaqa, the last regime stronghold in the province, after battles in which 346 IS fighters and 170 regime soldiers have been killed and another 150 regime troops likely taken captive. Warplanes were towed from the base to the Syrian Badeya and to the Deir Ezzor military airport. The IS also clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour, where it blew up the houses of Shaitaat tribesmen; and in Homs, where the IS handed over a headquarters in the northern countryside to the Al Nusrah Front. The IS also battled the Islamic Front, Al Nusrah, and the Al Akrad Front in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo and Hama. Al Nusrah also fought regime forces in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Homs, and in Deraa, where regime forces ambushed and killed a number of IF fighters. The Al Nusrah Front released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who had been held hostage for nearly two years after being abducted in Antykya, Turkey.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour; Homs; and in Raqqah, where the IS executed a man and regime forces have killed some 70 IS fighters near Al Tabaqa. The IS also battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, and sought to repel an Islamic Front advance in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Damascus; Hama; and Aleppo; where two Lebanese fighters carried out an Al Nusrah suicide bombing. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Deraa, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, and Quneitra.




The Islamic State battled regime forces for control of Al Tabaqa, the last regime stronghold in Raqqah; regime forces carried out at least 11 airstrikes, and dozens of IS fighters are said to have been killed. The IS was also targeted by regime airstrikes in Aleppo, Deir Izzour, and Hama. The IS battled Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, and arrested relatives of Al Nusrah Front and Islamic Front commanders in the former Al Nusrah stronghold of Al Shhil in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama, where they were joined by the Jund al Aqsa and rebels. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Hama, Homs, and Reef Dimashq, where a senior air force official and three companions were killed by a landmine in east Ghouta. Regime officials and rebel leaders in the al Qadam and al Esali neighborhoods of Damascus agreed to a ceasefire, in which the army will withdraw and the Free Syrian Army will run the area. President Hollande said France had sent weapons to Syrian rebels "a few months ago."




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.




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.




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.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah in Al Tabaqa; and in Aleppo, where the IS also battled the Islamic Front, the Al Nusrah Front, and Kurdish forces. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State told families of Labor City oilfield workers to vacate their homes so foreign fighters could move in. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the IS has executed 700 al-Sheitaat tribesmen in Deir Izzour over the past two weeks; the head of the tribe called for other tribes to join in resisting the IS. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Hama and Aleppo. The Islamic State is also said to be closing in on the Islamic Front stronghold of Marea in Aleppo. The Syrian National Coalition asked for UN and Western intervention against the Islamic State advance in Syria. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs and Damascus; fought militiamen in Al Sweida; and battled the Islamic State in Reef Dimashq.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Deir Izzour; Hama; Homs; and Raqqah, where IS is said to be imposing an Islamic curriculum in schools in the Raqqah City and its countryside. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Damascus; Deraa, where a suicide car bomb exploded in front of a mosque; Hama; and Reef Dimashq.




The Islamic State clashed with the Islamic Front and rebels in Aleppo, and arrested and beheaded some of the fighters; clashed with villagers in Hasakah; battled regime forces in Raqqah; raided tribesmen in Deir Izzour; and fought regime forces in Hama. The Islamic State told its fighters in Aleppo that the battle in Dabeq would be the start of the campaign for Islamic armies to control the world and fight the Christian forces. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama; Damascus; and Reef Dimashq, where regime forces took over Al Mleha. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Homs and Deraa.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces near the military airport of Al Tabaqa in Raqqah; as well as in Homs, Quneitra, and in Deir Izzour, where the IS executed six men, including two who were beheaded. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in the Om Al Sharashih area of Homs. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Deraa, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, and Latakia; the Islamic Front killed at least six civilians and wounded 18 more by shelling on regime-held areas of Idlib city. Regime forces carried out air raids on IS-held areas in Aleppo, and claimed to have killed a large number of Al Nusrah terrorists in Idlib, including an Abu Osama from Libya.




The Islamic State carried out a suicide car bombing at a tribal checkpoint, and clashed with tribal gunmen and regime forces in Deir Izzour; and arrested Islamic Front fighters accused of stealing electricity in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama near Morek, and also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. Al Nusrah carried out a suicide car bombing of a regime checkpoint in Idlib. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Deraa, Reef Dimashq, Hama, Latakia, and Quneitra; and killed and wounded civilians by rockets and shelling in Aleppo and Idlib. State media said security forces destroyed a 100-meter terrorist tunnel in Aleppo, and that a UN convoy distributed aid to over 600 Iraqi refugee families in Hasakah.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Hasakah; in Deir Izzour, where regime aircraft dropped flyers congratulating tribes who are battling the Islamic State; and in Raqqah, where the IS is preparing to storm the Al Tabaqa military airport. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with the Islamic Front in Hama near Morek; and was targeted by regime airstrikes near the Bab al Hawa crossing in Idlib. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Deraa, Idlib, and Quneitra; and fought regime forces and the Islamic State in separate clashes in Aleppo. Al Nusrah released a video of spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri explaining that the group does not plan to create an emirate in the traditional sense but rather a means of administering the "liberated areas" under a Shariah Arbitration Charter, noting that 14 groups in Hama alone have agreed to it. He also said Al Nusrah will not be like the Islamic State, which made fighting "apostates" such as Al Nusrah a priority over fighting "original disbelievers" such as the Assad regime.




The Islamic State killed over 40 people in three suicide bombings at one of the regime's last remaining bases in Raqqah; clashed with tribal gunmen in Deir Izzour, where it also executed 18 employees of the sharia council who had been guarding oilfields for the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels; and clashed with the Islamic Front, regime forces, and Kurdish YPG forces in separate battles in Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Damascus; in Reef Dimashq near Mleha, Ghouta, and the wasteland of Arsal; and in Deraa near Ankhel and Deraa city. The Islamic State also clashed with regime forces in Hama, Idlib, Latakia, and Quneitra. The Al Shwet tribe in Deir Izzour pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.




The Islamic State killed seven members of an Ismaili family in Salamiya; and stormed the town of Srehin in Hama, shooting an official and kidnapping two other people. The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah; battled Kurdish YPG forces in Ayn al Arab in Aleppo; and killed at least 15 people in Deir Izzour. Regime airstrikes targeted the IS in Raqqah and Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Quneitra; in Aleppo; in Hama; and in Reef Dimashq near al Mhleha, where Al Nusrah carried out a suicide car bombing, and in the wasteland of Arsal. The Islamic Front also launched mortar attacks in Damascus, and in the Shiite town of Nobbol in Aleppo.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Aleppo; Hama; Hasakah; Raqqah; Deir Izzour, where the IS also clashed with tribal gunmen and the Islamic Front; and in Reef Dimashq, where the IS fought along with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Qalamoun. The Islamic State told media activists on Aug. 1 in Deir Izzour they had to swear allegiance to the IS and submit all reports to IS. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo; Damascus; Reef Dimashq; and Hama. Al Nusrah clashed with the Al Haramen brigade in Deraa. Al Nusrah's emir for Idlib was killed in a car bombing. The Army of Islam and Suqour Al Sham Brigades issued a statement "complementing the declaration of the Islamic Front 8 months ago [and] ... "declar[ing] the full integration of all units, battalions, bureaus, media and political activities under the name of 'The Islamic Front' in order to abolish factionalism," to be commanded by Muhammad Zahran Alloush.


 
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