This YouTube grab shows ISIS fighters heading to Saraqeb. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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A car bomb blamed on the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) killed at least 26 people in a rebel-held city of northern Syria Wednesday, an opposition monitoring group said.Rebel groups, including the Islamic Front alliance, have been trying to push out ISIS, a small but powerful affiliate of Al-Qaeda with a core of foreign fighters.ISIS fighters have been losing territory in the area around Jarablus, in Aleppo province, though they have recaptured much of the northern province of Raqqa and other parts of Aleppo province.Jazairi last week warned rebels to halt an anti-ISIS offensive they launched early January or face suicide attacks against their positions.Since his Jan. 6 warning, Islamist and moderate rebel positions have been hit by jihadists' suicide attacks – mostly car bombs – in Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa provinces, which have killed dozens of opposition fighters.More than 700 jihadist and rebel fighters have been killed in 12 days of combat pitting the two sides against each other.Earlier that day, rebels fighting the jihadists withdrew from the province.
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