A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces on July 9, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO /AMC/MOHAMAD AL-TAYB
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The main exiled Syrian opposition group Wednesday elected Saudi-based businessman Hadi al-Bahra as its new president, as 20 ISIS members were killed in regime airstrikes on Raqqa.The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, will be hoping Bahra enjoys greater success than his predecessor Ahmad Jarba in keeping up the pressure on the regime. Jarba headed the coalition from July 2013 but failed in efforts to unite the opposition and obtain significant Western military support.In the northern province of Aleppo, ISIS seized three Kurdish areas to the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobani in Kurdish) after two days of fighting that killed at least 22 jihadists and 18 Kurdish fighters, said the Observatory.Rebels pushed into Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, in 2012 from the north and took districts in the heart of the city.Since then, the army has held the west and south of Aleppo but has been unable to dislodge opposition fighters.
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