Syrian refugees arrive on an army truck in Iraq after crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border at Albu Kamal-Qaim,the main border post between the two countries, July 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani)
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Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border on Thursday in heavy fighting that left 24 people dead, a monitoring group said.Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a cross-border group which has been disowned by Al-Qaeda's leadership, launched a three-pronged assault on positions held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Al-Nusra meanwhile claimed responsibility for a twin car bombing in a pro-government area of the central city of Homs that killed 25 people and wounded more than 100 on Wednesday.Syrian government troops control just one official crossing on the Iraqi border -- Al-Tanaf/Al-Walid on the main highway to Baghdad.
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