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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has lost its HQ in Jarabulus city, north Aleppo, after fierce fighting with Islamist rebels for the last few days, local sources told Zaman Alwasl.
ISIL’s commander in Jarabulus (Emir) Abu Huffs al-Masri has been killed, source said.
The cultural center of Jarabulus was the last stronghold for Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in the city which lies on the western bank of the Euphrates River.
Activists reported number of suicide attacks by ISIL’s militant at the gates of the city killing dozens of people.
Zaman source said yesterday said that rebels had freed 70 prisoners by ISIL in Jarabulus.
Rebels have also made a progress in the industrial zone of Sheikh Najjar near Aleppo city against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Zaman Alwasl reporter said.
Since a fortnight, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front and the nascent Mujahedeen Army, the Islamic Front has been engaged in fierce fighting with ISIL in rebel-held areas.
IF expelled ISIL from villages of Hardtinin and Ratian with speculations to take control of the industrial zone tonight, the reporter said.
Last week, rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the ISIL, as claims emerged that the Al-Qaeda linked group had massacred prisoners there in cold blood.
The latest clashes broke out after residents accused ISIL members of killing a doctor in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo.
On other side, the Syrian government has retaken territory around the northern city of Aleppo, the military said on Tuesday, after two weeks of rebel infighting that has weakened the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.
It said that regime forces, along with militia loyal to Assad, were in "complete control" of the Naqareen, Zarzour, Taaneh and Subeihieh areas along the eastern side of Aleppo, which was the major Arab country's commercial hub and most populous city before the conflict erupted in 2011.
Syria's armed uprising began as a series of peaceful democracy protests 33 months ago but escalated into a full-blown civil war after Assad's regime launched a brutal crackdown on dissent.
The conflict is estimated to have killed around 130,000 people and displaced millions more.
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