Rebel fighters of al-Jabha al-Shamiya (the Shamiya Front) run with their weapons to avoid snipers, north of Handarat camp in Aleppo, after the group said they took control of the area from government forces, February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan
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ISIS has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and Syrian government forces elsewhere in Syria, has pulled fighters and hardware from several villages in areas northeast of Aleppo, they said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war using a network of sources on the ground, said ISIS had redeployed forces from Aleppo province to join battles further east with Kurdish forces and mainstream rebel groups. The Observatory said ISIS had sent fighters from Aleppo to reinforce front lines with Kurdish forces and allied Syrian opposition groups that had seized the initiative of the Kobani defeat to launch new attacks on the group.
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