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Urfa, Turkey – Clashes erupted on Tuesday between Syria Islamic rebels and militants of the Islamic State (IS) –an al-Qaeda offshoot– in the countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria.
The Islamic State seized several villages and towns in Aleppo province last week, after clashes with opposition-linked armed groups.
Syria rebel groups announced on Monday the start of what they called “Nahrawan Battle” against IS militants to regain control of the currently IS-held areas in Aleppo province.
The recent clashes between both sides was described by activists as fierce, starting in the village of Umm Hosh near Aleppo and spreading over the border villages at the Turkish borders. The towns of Maree and Ahtimlat encountered similar clashes in the last two days.
Speaking to ARA News, local sources reported dozens of casualties in the ranks of IS “amid organized attacks by the rebels”.
“At least 43 extremists of IS were killed and three others taken as hostages by the rebels,” the sources said.
The recently announced military campaign against IS was launched by a number of armed moderate Islamic rebels, including Nur al-Din al-Zinki Movement, Hazm Movement, the Islamic Front, Jaish al-Mujahideen and al-Sham battalion.
Rebels-linked sources said that among the killed IS militants were two U.S. nationals.
Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News