Rebel fighters prepare to fire a weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province July 20, 2014. Picture taken July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Badi Khlif
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Syrian rebels have expelled ISIS militants from several parts of the suburbs of Damascus after sustaining losses of territory to the Al-Qaeda splinter group in the north and east of the country.Despite being besieged by government troops, Islamist rebels have managed to eject ISIS from four areas in the Damascus region in a drive launched three weeks ago, the Observatory and rebel sources said.It said that two were brothers of an ISIS commander, while a third was a wounded commander with the group.ISIS last week seized the Shaar gas field in central Syria, and Monday saw clashes between regime troops, who had brought in reinforcements, and ISIS militants trying to maintain their hold on the facility.In southern Syria, the army and rebels clashed in Deraa province, killing 12 opposition fighters, including a commander, the Observatory said.
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