Rebel fighters run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Ramouseh, an area located beside Aleppo Artillery school December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz
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The U.S.-led coalition launched 12 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria Monday and another 10 strikes in Iraq, the U.S. military said, as the militant group lost territory in the Kurdish border town of Ain al-Arab.In Syria, the dozen strikes centered around the border town of Ain al-Arab as well as in Aleppo, Hassakeh and Raqqa provinces, destroying various fighting positions, vehicles and a group of fighters, the statement said.Nassan said peshmerga fighters from Iraq usually bombard ISIS positions in the town while YPG fighters carry out the ground attack with the help of airstrikes that target militant positions.The Observatory said that tension was rising because ISIS has allocated its top leadership posts in Deir al-Zor to non-Syrians, on the pretext that they make up the majority of the group there, while locals are angry because the majority of casualties in battles to take the military airport have been Syrians.A failed weekend attack on the airport, the Observatory said Sunday, killed 20 ISIS militants – a Moroccan and 19 Syrians.Separately, an anti-regime activist group in Deir al-Zor said Monday that at least 30 Syrian members of ISIS had fled for Turkey, after they were ordered to travel to either Ain al-Arab or areas in Iraq.
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