Rebel fighters prepare to fire a weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province July 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Badi Khlif)
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Syrian rebels battled jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) near Damascus Monday, pressing their bid to expel them from their strongholds, an activist group said.Rebels holding positions in southern Damascus and the outskirts of the capital and seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster, launched an offensive some three weeks ago to expel ISIS. ISIS fighters have in recent days been expelled from the towns of Mesraba and Maydaa, in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus.
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