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Armed opposition infighting triggers uptick in IS attacks in northern Syria

The Islamic State escalated its attacks in northern Syria, taking advantage of the infighting between the Syrian armed factions controlling the areas there.
Smoke rises after a car bomb explosion in Jub al Barazi east of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 15, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RC191C4F8A90
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ALEPPO, Syria — Explosions of car and motorbike bombs have been recurrent events in northern Syria lately. The Islamic State (IS) has also executed the members of pro-opposition armed factions, especially in Idlib and the northern Aleppo countryside, taking advantage of the lax security situation since April.

The areas that are not controlled by the regime in northern Syria have been under joint control by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other armed factions. These areas, including Idlib province and the countryside of Hama and Aleppo, have a population of 3.7 million people, according to the Humanitarian Response Coordinator, a charity in northern Syria.

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