Rebel fighters from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) are briefed before heading towards the frontline in Aleppo's Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
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A rebel coalition in Syria dominated by Islamic factions announced a new push to dislodge fighters from a rival, Al-Qaeda-inspired group from the northern province of Aleppo, activists said Wednesday.One of the groups in the coalition, the Islamic Front, claimed that its fighters recently captured four villages from the Islamic State and killed 17 of its fighters.The new offensive appears to have begun late Monday, said an Aleppo-based activist who uses the name Abu al-Hassan, when two chief towns controlled by the Islamic State, Manbij and al-Bab, came under attack.The activist, who uses the name Abu Abdullah, said Islamic State fighters had reached the town of Busayra, some 62 miles (101 kilometers) from the Iraqi border.The tally includes 39 civilians, 354 rebel fighters, including many from the Nusra Front, and 241 gunmen from the Islamic State.
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