Syrian army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad pose for a photograph with their weapons in the Aleppo town of Naqaren, after claiming to have regained control of the town, January 14, 2014. (REUTERS/George Ourfalian)
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ISIS also took control of the town of Al-Bab, east of Aleppo, from other rebels Monday, according to the Observatory.The Observatory, which tracks Syria's war using sources from both sides, said 13 fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham militia, one of the seven members of the Islamic Front, were killed by an ISIS car bomb in the western province of Idlib Monday just before midnight.In a sign of the fierceness of the clashes and struggle for territory between ISIS and the rebel groups, the Observatory said Monday's nationwide death toll stood at 227 people, which included around 200 fighters – from the regime, ISIS militants and rebel groups.Pro-opposition sources have blamed the fighting between ISIS and rebel groups for the regime's advances in Aleppo and Raqqa.They said that in recent days, Ahrar al-Sham had surrendered its positions near the army's Base 17 south of Raqqa to ISIS fighters, who were then responsible for allowing regime troops to advance and secure territory at the long-besieged facility.
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