A man carries a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh)
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The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) vowed Tuesday to "crush" the rebel groups that have been fighting it across northern and central Syria in a surprise campaign that began late last week.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 274 people were killed in the fighting between ISIS and rebel groups through Monday – the figure included 99 ISIS militants and 129 fighters from the various rebel groups.Some of the dead perished in car bomb attacks, as ISIS fighters used the tactic for the first time against rebel groups, rather than regime targets. A car bomb attack Monday by ISIS militants in the Idlib village of Rankoush killed 20 fighters, the Observatory said. Meanwhile, at least 34 ISIS fighters – all non-Syrians – have been summarily executed by rebels in the province of Idlib during the offensive, the Observatory said, citing local medical and activists sources.
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