Smoke billowing on the outskirts of Marea, in Syria's northern Aleppo district, during fighting between opposition fighters and ISIS, September 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ZAKARIYA AL-KAFI
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Heavy fighting between ISIS and rebels gripped a town in northeastern Syria Saturday, activists said, after a lightning assault by the extremists cut a main supply route.ISIS swept through rebel-held territory early Friday in a shock offensive in Aleppo province, cutting off the main road between Marea and Azaz, 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the northeast near the Turkish border.To the east in Raqqa province, warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on ISIS positions north of Raqqa city, Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman said.
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