A view shows damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria Feb. 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)
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Fierce battles between Syrian regime forces and ISIS in eastern Syria have left 34 fighters dead in 24 hours, an activist group said Friday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 pro-government forces and 15 ISIS extremists had been killed since clashes began late Wednesday in the city of Deir al-Zor and around its nearby military airport. Four government soldiers were beheaded by ISIS Thursday as the jihadis seized a key checkpoint in the city near the air base.In Aleppo province, a fierce attack by ISIS on the regime's Kweyris military airport left seven pro-government forces dead.
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