In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, a gunman holds his weapon in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Jihadists have launched a fresh bid to take over the Syria-Iraq border area and set up a so-called Islamic state they can control, rebels, activists and a monitoring group say.Speaking from Albu Kamal on the Iraq border, Hussein said ISIS seeks to crush Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, and control the eastern, energy-rich province of Deir Ezzor bordering Iraq.ISIS's long-time ambition of creating an area under its control stretching across Syria and Iraq was undermined by a massive January offensive against it by rival Islamist rebels.In February, ISIS withdrew from most of Deir Ezzor after pitched battles with Al-Nusra and other Islamist groups, said rebel spokesman Omar Abu Layla.One such attack by ISIS on Friday killed 12 people, including three children, the Observatory said.Rebel spokesman Abu Layla, who opposes both ISIS and the Assad regime, said he believes ISIS has no future in Deir Ezzor.
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