Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons in Azaz village, north of Aleppo March 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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More than 50 rebels and jihadists were killed in fighting in northeast Syria's Hasakeh province as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran a town bordering Iraq, an NGO said Sunday.ISIL has been fighting a war against rebels, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, since January across large swathes of western, northern and eastern Syria.Once allied to ISIL, Syria's rebels and Al-Nusra turned against the jihadists, angered by their quest for hegemony and abuses. While ISIL has withdrawn from much of the west and north of Syria, it has held its ground firmly in the east, near the Iraqi border.
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