Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, Syria's largest rebel coalition, hold a position during clashes with militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) for the control a village on the outskirts of Aleppo. (AFP Photo/Ahmad Deeb)
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Al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) expelled rival rebels from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor Monday, tightening its grip on the oil-producing province abutting territory it also controls in Iraq, activists said.ISIS expelled dozens of rival rebels from Deir al-Zor city, including Al-Qaeda's Syria branch, the Nusra Front, and Ahrar al-Sham, a hardline Islamist group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Fighters from rival Islamist groups had either fled or pledged allegiance to ISIS, he said, adding that government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad still controlled about half of Deir al-Zor city.
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