A general view shows damaged buildings and debris in Deir al-Zor, June 13, 2013.Picture taken June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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New clashes have erupted in eastern Syria between rebels seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster and the extremist group ISIS after it captured swathes of territory in Iraq, an anti-regime monitoring group said Tuesday.ISIS, which aims to establish an Islamic emirate straddling Iraq and Syria, first emerged in Syria in 2013, two years into the conflict.In a separate attack in Deir al-Zor, an ISIS fighter detonated an explosive belt outside the home of the commander of the Saddam Hussein Brigade, a local rebel group, in the village of Huwayej.Regime troops continued to clash with rebels based in the city of Deir al-Zor, which ISIS has sought to besiege in recent weeks, causing thousands of people to flee.
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