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The Islamic State clashed with tribal gunmen in Abo Hamam in Deir Izzour, with regime forces in Hama, and with Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Jobar in Damascus, and in Hama near Morek and the military airport. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Homs, Idlib, Deraa, Quneitra, and Hama; and battled the IS and regime forces in separate clashes in Aleppo.




The Islamic State battled regime forces in Hasakah; set up a marriage bureau and slit a man's throat in Al Bab in Aleppo; and clashed with regime forces, and arrested civilians and prevented them from visiting tombs in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo; in Hama near Morek, in the northwestern countryside, and along the Hama City-Mharde road; in Homs; and in Reef Dimashq near al Mhleha and Qalamoun. The rebel drive in Hama is said to be aimed at destroying the military airport. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Aleppo, where the group blew up two tunnels under a police headquarters in Old Aleppo; in Deir Izzour near the military airport; and in Deraa, where the group targeted military housing and hospital facilities.




The Islamic State arrested and flogged people in Deir Izzour, where it also ambushed Islamic Front fighters and exiled a member of the Al Nusrah Front's former sharia council. The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Hasakah and took over the Melabeyyi Regiment; lost control of the Sha'er gas field in Homs to regime forces yesterday; and in Aleppo, battled regime forces near Kweris airport, fought against the Islamic Front, Al Nusrah, and Jabhat al Akrad in the northern Aleppo countryside, and clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Ayn al-Arab. In Idlib, 35 Islamic fighters defected and headed to Raqqah to join the IS, and a suicide car bombing in Atama yesterday killed nine people, including an Islamic Front commander. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq; Damascus; Deraa; and Aleppo, where they were joined by Ansar Al Din Front, Al Muhajereen, Al Ansar army, Fajer Al Islam, and rebels. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Hama. A car bombing in Homs targeting the Alawite and Christian neighborhood of Atama killed at least seven people.




The Islamic State killed 50 regime troops in Raqqah and forced regime forces to abandon Division 17; at least 28 IS fighters have been killed in the clashes. The Islamic State also battled regime forces in Homs and Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Deraa, Reef Dimashq, and Damascus. Al Nusrah ambushed regime troops near a military airport in Idlib. The Islamic Front fought regime forces in Aleppo, Hama, Damascus, and Deraa. Al Nusrah released a video featuring American suicide bomber Moner Mohammad Abu Salha (a.k.a. Abu Hurayra al Amriki), who blew himself up in Idlib in May.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Hasakah, where it used NDF fighters and three suicide bombers to storm a Ba'ath headquarters in Hasakah city, killing at least 14 soldiers; arrested people in western Deir Izzour; battled the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Akrad in Ikhtren, and fought the Kurdish YPG near Jarabalus in Aleppo; and took over the chemistry battalion in the 17th division after clashes and two car bomb attacks against regime forces in Raqqah, and also beheaded six soldiers and displayed their heads in Raqqah city. A general was killed in the fighting, and the regime conducted 14 airstrikes in Raqqah. Today's IS attacks in Hasakah, Aleppo, and Raqqah are reportedly the first time the group has carried out such coordinated attacks on regime forces. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Damascus, and Aleppo. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Hama, Homs, and Deraa.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah and Hama; battled YPG forces and the Islamic Front in Aleppo; and opened fire on anti-IS protesters in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front issued a statement denouncing the "spoilers" who exploit the conflict situation by depriving Muslims of food and other necessities, as well as those "subservient" to the US and the Syrian National Coalition. In the Golan border area of Deraa and Quneitra, Al Nusrah stormed the headquarters of the Jund Al Haramen brigade and one of its battalions as part of Al Nusrah's campaign against the "spoilers." Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama, Damascus, Aleppo, and Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa and Hama. The Islamic Front released a statement rejecting both the Islamic State's caliphate and Al Nusrah's proposed emirate. Regime casualties reportedly jumped last week to their highest level yet in the conflict, and the regime has begun to call up the military reserve.




The Islamic State beheaded a man in Raqqah; blew up some houses in Deir Izzour; clashed with the Islamic Front and rebels in Damascus; battled regime special forces around the Sha'er gas field in Homs, where some 60 soldiers were killed; and fought against the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, where the IS is massing reinforcements for attacks on Ayn al Arab. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Homs, and Aleppo. The Islamic Front's Ahrar al Sham clashed with the Free Syrian Army's Harakat Hazm at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border, leading to the closing of the crossing. A number of Islamic and rebel fighting groups banded together for a military operation in Deraa to "purify" the Al Meftera area of Alawites.




The Islamic State clashed with regime forces near the Sha'er gas field in Homs; bombarded regime-held areas near Al Mab'oje in Hama; clashed with regime forces by Kweris airport, and killed five Islamic Front fighters in a suicide bombing in Aleppo; battled the Islamic Front outside Yilda in Reef Dimashq; stoned two women to death for alleged adultery in Raqqah; and clashed with regime forces in Deir Izzour, where the IS was joined by some Islamic Front fighters. The IS also killed 24 men arrested at the Koniko oilfield, and whipped five men for smoking in Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama around Morek; and clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Emigrants' Army. Al Nusrah has cut off water to parts of Aleppo city for the past 80 days, in an attempt to deprive regime-held areas of water. In Homs, Al Nusrah, Ahrar al Sham, and several other rebel groups told all who had 'settled' with regime forces that they had 72 hours to formally repent and turn in their weapons or they would be killed. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Latakia, Quneitra, Idlib, Deraa, Hama, and Reef Dimashq near Qalamoun and Ghouta.




The Islamic State is now said to control 35% of Syria's territory, including over 98% of oil-rich Deir Izzour. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front have stopped fighting the IS in Deir Izzour; some fighters turned over their weapons to the IS, but others retreated to Aleppo. Regime forces battled the IS near the Deir Izzour military airport, and regime airstrikes targeted the IS near the Al Kharrata oilfield. The IS stoned to death a woman accused of adultery in Raqqah, killed Islamic Front fighters with a suicide bombing in Aleppo, killed at least 90 regime forces yesterday in Homs, and clashed with both regime forces and Kurdish YPG fighters in Hasakah. Kurdish authorities have alleged that the IS recently used chemical weapons against YPG fighters in Kobani. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Deraa and Hama. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Damascus and Reef Dimashq, and attacked IS gatherings in northern Aleppo.




Islamic State fighters surrounded and attacked the Shaar gas field in Homs, killing at least 23 guards and capturing others before taking it over. Syrian Kurds imposed a draft on adult males for six months' "self-defense" service to help stave off the assault by the Islamic State in the north. The Islamic State clashed with the Islam Army in Reef Dimashq, battled the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Aleppo, and detained civilians as well as Islamic Front commanders and fighters in Deir Izzour. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Homs; Reef Dimashq; Quneitra; and Hama, where they blew up the house of the Syrian Defense Minister's daughter.




President Assad was sworn in for a third term; he called for "national reconciliation" but ruled out talks with the exiled opposition, and vowed to retake Aleppo and Raqqah. Regime forces battled the Islamic State near the Kweris military airport in Aleppo, carried out an airstrike on an IS-held area in Hasakah, and bombarded an IS headquarters in Raqqah. Over 100 Kurds from Turkey have come to help YPG fighters repel the IS advance in Kobani. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama near Morek, where regime planes carried out 25 air raids; in Deraa; in Idlib; in Latakia; in Reef Dimashq near Mleha and the Lebanese town of Arsal, in Qalamoun, Zebdin, and Duma; and in Aleppo by the central prison and elsewhere. The IS fought against Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in the northeastern Aleppo countryside. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Quneitra, Damascus, Idlib, and Deraa.




The Islamic State pushed the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and allied rebels out of Deir Izzour city, consolidating its hold over the province of Deir Izzour. The Islamic State also shot an Al Nusrah emir in Deir Izzour, killed civilians in a suicide car bombing targeting a Kurdish YPG camp in Hasakah, blew up a shrine and slaughtered the shrine's guard and his son in Hama, and clashed with the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Akrad in Aleppo. Regime airstrikes and barrel bombs targeted Islamic State-held areas in Aleppo in Der Hafer, Manbej city, al-Asadia; and in Deir Izzour, where an IS convoy was targeted in Deir Izzour city and regime forces are said to be strengthening their defenses, for fear of IS attacks at the checkpoints they still control in the city. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa, Reef Dimashq, Latakia, and Damascus.




Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of the Al Nusrah Front, is said to be moving freely between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Liwa al Tawhid brigade are reported to be the main rebel groups defending Aleppo from attacks by both regime forces and the Islamic State. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled the IS in Aleppo; and clashed with regime forces in Quneitra, and in Reef Dimashq near the Lebanese border and in Ghouta. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani between the Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces; an IS emir from Egypt was killed in clashes with the YPG in the Ayn al Arab countryside. Nour Kholouf, acting defense minister of the Syrian National Coalition, has asked for US backing for a plan to oust the Islamic State from Raqqah and up to the Iraqi border; he also claimed that the US is giving lethal aid directly to the commanders of 16 or 17 rebel groups but not to the rebels' civilian leadership itself.




The Islamic State now controls about 60% of Syria's oil, having taken over most of the oilfields in Raqqah and Deir Izzour, and is advancing on the Kurdish-held oilfields in Hasakah. Responding to rumors that it had announced the creation of an Islamic emirate, the Al Nusrah Front said that while it seeks to establish one in accordance with sharia, the founding of such a state has not yet been announced. Regime aircraft targeted the Islamic State in Raqqah and in Deir Izzour. The IS clashed with Jaysh al Islam and the Islamic Front in Reef Dimashq; and battled Kurdish YPG fighters in Idlib and Aleppo. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Idlib, Quneitra, and Hama. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Deraa, Homs, and Deir Izzour.




The Islamic State has been using weapons captured in Iraq to expand its offensive in Kurdish areas in the north, aiming to take over the entire Kobani region. In Deir Izzour, the IS arrested a number of drug users; allowed residents of Khasham to return to their homes if they "repented" and turned in one Kalashnikov per household; and accepted the allegiance of Ahrar al Sham and Al Nusrah Front fighters from the town of Al Tayane. In Aleppo, the IS fought against the Jabhat al-Akrad brigade and the Islamic Front in the northern countryside, and arrested many civilians in Qabasi. Thirteen al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fighters were killed fighting regime forces in Quneitra yesterday. The Islamic Front blew up a building housing regime forces in the Idlib countryside. The UN appointed Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as its special envoy tasked with resolving the war in Syria, replacing Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the three-year conflict has claimed the lives of over 170,000 people, one third of them civilians.




The Islamic State took over a number of villages near Ayn al Arab in northern Aleppo after YPG fighters withdrew. Islamic fighters and rebels battled both regime forces and the IS in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with Qabdat Al Shamal battalions and Omar Al Faroq battalions in Soran E'zaz in Aleppo over Al Nusrah's going to the Turkish border to deal with abusive fighters and smugglers. The IS clashed with the Islamic Army in Reef Dimashq, and lost over 20 fighters to a regime air raid in Raqqah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Quneitra, Hama, and Reef Dimashq. In Deir Izzour city, the IS battled Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front.




Several rebel groups, including the Syrian Rebel Front and the Harakat Hazm, both active in Idlib, and the Al Nusrah Front, said they have created an elite force of 600 fighters to help stave off the regime attempt to take over Aleppo. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State blew up houses of Al Nusrah commanders in Al Shhil and in Al Dahla; and a number of towns and fighters swore allegiance to the IS. In Raqqah, the Daoud Brigade swore allegiance to the IS, regime forces clashed with the IS near the 17th Division, and Kurdish YPG forces battled the IS near Tal Abyad. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Reef Dimashq; and in Aleppo, where the IS also clashed with the YPG. The Islamic Front is negotiating with the IS in Deir Izzour; and battled regime forces in Hama, Idlib, Deraa, and Reef Dimashq near Ghouta. The Syrian National Coalition elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president, to replace Ahmad Jarba.




Regime forces are beginning to close in on Aleppo, and the Islamic State is moving into the countryside north of Aleppo. The IS targeted the town of Ikhtren in north Aleppo, and the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Al Zahra, Khan Toman, Al-Brej, Kafar Segher, and near Aleppo central prison. The IS has displaced tens of thousands of Deir Izzour residents in Khasham, Tabeyyet Jazeera, and Al Shhil, and is negotiating terms of "repentance," involving displacement, for the towns of Granij, Abo Hamam, and Al Keshkeyyi; regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Mo Hasan, Al Mayadin, Khasham, and Al Kasra. The IS blew up a shrine in Albu Kamal; protests against the IS were held in Al Qureyyi and Al Ashara. A sound bomb was thrown at a rebel battalion headquarters in Al sh'ytat. in Homs, the IS ambushed Al Nusrah fighters retreating from Deir Izzour three days ago. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama and Idlib. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Deraa, where it was attacked by Al Nusrah in Zayzon; the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Reef Dimashq. Repeated rebel attacks on the power infrastructure in southern Syria have led to electricity rationing in the area. Druze leaders in Sweida beat up members of a military intelligence patrol.




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.


 
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