File - September 20, 2013 shows alleged Northern Storm brigade members, loyal to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), entering Syria's northern city of Azaz. (AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE)
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Radical jihadists begin withdrawing from parts of northern Syria Friday after a threat from rivals, in a bid to protect their stronghold in the east of the war-ravaged country.Since January, ISIS has been battling a coalition of moderate and Islamist rebels angered over its abuses of rival fighters and civilians, but Al-Nusra had largely stayed out of the fray.The prospect of the powerful Al-Nusra joining forces with ISIS's opponents appears to have prompted the group to pull back to its stronghold in the eastern city of Raqqa, the only provincial capital lost by the regime in the three-year civil war.ISIS fighters had regrouped in particular in Jarabulus and Manbij, on the far eastern border of Aleppo province and close to Raqqa.The two have never merged, with Jolani rejecting a union proposed by ISIS, and Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri urging ISIS to return to Iraq after its fighters moved into Syria.
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