File - A member of Islamist Syrian rebel group Nusra Front mans a checkpoint on the border crossing between Syria and Jordan, in Daraa December 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Ammar Khassawneh)
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The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has expelled more than 30,000 people from their homes in the eastern Syrian town of Shheil, a stronghold of its jihadist rival the Nusra Front.Though both ISIS and Nusra share a jihadist ideology, the two groups have regularly clashed, with Nusra joining a coalition of armed opposition groups fighting ISIS.The Observatory said ISIS had prevented some 30,000 people from returning to their homes in two other towns in Deir al-Zor, Khasham and Tabieh Jazeera, which it captured in late June.Elsewhere in the region, the Observatory said negotiations were underway over the fate of some 83,000 people living in three towns in Deir al-Zor after ISIS advances in the surrounding area.In northern Aleppo province, the Observatory said 15 Syrian Kurdish fighters had been killed since Friday in clashes with ISIS in the Zur Maghar region.
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