A view of Homs after the cessation of fighting between rebels and regime forces. (REUTERS/Ghassan Najjar)
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The Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS has wrested control of key parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor from other rebel groups, activists said Sunday, worsening infighting that has handicapped the insurgency against President Bashar Assad.Civilians in Deir al-Zor lived through more than two years of fighting between opposition fighters and the government.Observatory said that fighting was raging in several villages in Deir al-Zor province and that the clashes have killed some 230 militants have been killed over the past 10 days.ISIS militants clashed with the Kurdish PYD militia in Hassakeh province, further east, the Observatory said.And in Raqqa province, the Observatory said, the PYD and Islamist militias – which rarely cooperate – were fighting together against ISIS militants.
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