Free Syrian Army fighter fires a shell towards Islamic State fighters in the northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Abdelrahmin Ismail
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said scores of Syrian government forces have been killed in three days of fighting with ISIS in the east of the country, where the extremist group has attacked government-held areas.ISIS advanced against government forces on Monday near the city of Deir al-Zor after attacking the towns of Ayyash and Begayliya, the Observatory said. The Britain-based Observatory said 120 members of the Syrian government forces and 70 ISIS fighters had been killed in clashes since Saturday.
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