A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Militants from the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar Assad's regime and the ultraconservative jihadists, as clashes between the two sides heated up around the country.The Observatory said that between ISIS and an array of rebel groups they had killed around 7,000 people since January.Islamist rebels Saturday launched a counteroffensive in the border town of Al-Bukamal in Deir al-Zor province, challenging the grip of ISIS militants.The Observatory reported heavy fighting over the weekend in the town between ISIS-aligned forces and rival Islamists, who include Nusra Front fighters from outside the town who had not sided with ISIS.Al-Bukamal lies across the border from the Iraqi town of Al-Qaim, which was seized by ISIS fighters more than a week ago.
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