Aleppo rebels attempt to root out IS, regime agents

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The ruling rebel front of al-Jabha a-Shamiya issued an announcement Wednesday forbidding residents of a north Aleppo city who have visited or contacted Islamic State or regime fighters from returning to the city, one day after executing a young man accused of cooperating with IS to carry out car bomb attacks in the area. “A number of our city's sons have become involved with the criminal IS organization, and others with the criminal regime...we encourage the families of these young men to cut off contact” with them, read the announcement. The announcement coincides with a campaign to root out IS and regime sleeper cells in Tel Refaat, Maara and Azaz, pro-opposition activist Mohammed Fatih wrote on Twitter Thursday. Tel Refaat and Maara are centers of rebel control in northern Aleppo, particularly the northern front.