Islamist rebel fighters make tactical plans in what they said was a mission to control Ramouseh, an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school April 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)
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Militants from ISIS were on the retreat in Deir al-Zor province Friday after staging a surprise attack on a border town with Iraq the day before, activists said.Rebels from ISIS and fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and other Islamic groups have been fighting each other in the province for weeks over territory previously captured from President Bashar Assad's forces, including oil fields.The Observatory said 68 fighters were killed in fighting around Al-Bukamal Thursday, when 365 people were killed in violence and clashes throughout the country. An activist from Deir al-Zor who is currently in Turkey told the Associated Press that Nusra Front fighters and their allies brought reinforcements into Al-Bukamal and forced out ISIS gunmen after midnight Friday following hours of intense fighting that killed more than 50 people. The Observatory said some of the 68 killed were summarily executed by ISIS militants.The Observatory said the rebels disabled a tank near the town of Seidnaya and fought skirmishes around the town of Rankous, which fell this week to regime forces.
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