A Syrian man cries as he sits on the rubble of a building following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces on August 11, 2014 in Aleppo. (AFP/Baraa al-Halabi)
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Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have taken control of a string of villages in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, an activist group said Wednesday.The Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, joined moderate and Islamist rebel groups in a coalition that began fighting ISIS in January.Marea is a stronghold of the Islamic Front, a coalition of Islamist groups that is among those fighting against ISIS.ISIS emerged from Al-Qaeda's one-time branch in Iraq and initially fought alongside Syria's opposition, including moderate rebels and Nusra fighters.
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