Turkish shelling kills 55 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents in northern Syria in retaliation for rocket attacks on Kilis, a Turkish border town. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKCN0XZ05R (Reuters)] [http:--www.dailyprogress.com-news-world-wire-report-turkey-attacks-is-in-syria-militants-killed-article_4b13cd44-6a6b-5be8-91ba-5d4b5cf3af2b.html (Daily Progress)] Three Spanish journalists were released after being abducted around Aleppo, Syria, and held hostage by the Al-Nusra Front since 13 July 2015. [https:--www.telegraph.co.uk-news-2016-05-07-three-spanish-journalists-released-in-syria-by-al-qaeda-group-af- (The Telegraph (UK))] Spillover of the Syrian Civil War
At least 13 Iranian soldiers are killed in a battle with Islamist militants in a village near Aleppo, Syria. This is the largest single day loss for the Iranians since the start of the conflict. [http:--in.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-syria-idINKCN0XY0JV (Retuers)] [http:--www.businessinsider.com-r-iran-says-several-of-its-soldiers-killed-near-aleppo-2016-5 (Business Insider)] [http:--www.ndtv.com-world-news-13-iranian-revolutionary-guards-killed-in-syria-report-1403967 (NDTV)] Aleppo offensive (May 2016)
Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, capture another rebel-held village near Aleppo, according to a Russian source. In the last two days, the Syrian Army captured positions at the Hama and Raqqa provincial border, and is set to move against the Islamic State in the Raqqa Governorate, according to a Syrian military source.
Iranian state television says Revolutionary Guard brigadier general, Hossein Hamadani, has been killed on the outskirts of Syria's Aleppo by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. This is the latest in a string of high-ranking Iranian commanders killed in Iraq and Syria in the last six months.
A large explosion rocks Aleppo, Syria, causing several casualties. Syria TV says that it was a rocket launched by "terrorists". Syrian rebels state that it was a Syrian Air Force jet causing havoc in the city.