This image posted by the Raqqa Media Center shows a fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) group inspecting a military truck in Raqqa, Syria August 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center)
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Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, an activist group said Monday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist organization, and residents in Syria's east said that fighters from the Al-Sheitaat tribe in eastern Deir al-Zor had tried to resist ISIS' advance this month.In al-Shaafa, a town on the banks of the Euphrates river, ISIS beheaded two men from the al-Sheitaat clan Sunday, the Observatory said, and gave residents a 12-hour deadline Monday to hand over members of the tribe. The Observatory said a further 19 men from the al-Sheitaat tribe were executed Thursday, 18 shot dead and one beheaded, on the outskirts of Deir al-Zor city.Tribal sources say the conflict between ISIS and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after ISIS took over of two oil fields in July.The head of the al-Sheitaat tribe, Sheikh Rafaa Aakla al-Raju, called in a video message for other tribes to join the fight against ISIS.
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