Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani as seen from the Turkish border town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 25, 2015.REUTERS/Ali Sahin
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Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighborhood in the northeastern city of Hassakeh from ISIS Monday, but heavy clashes continued, an activist group monitoring the war said.ISIS launched a new bid to take Hassakeh city, a provincial capital, last week, entering from the south and seizing two neighborhoods.On Sunday, three ISIS car bombs killed 12 Syrian troops and militiamen in the city, the Observatory said.Nine ISIS fighters were also killed in Sunday clashes with the regime, it added.ISIS has captured around 50 percent of Syria's territory since it emerged in the country in 2013 .
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