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The ascendancy of the Islamic State, an extremist Islamist group that has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria, is forcing fighters in other rebel groups in Syria to defect or try to melt into civilian population. 

By , Correspondent

Reuters

Scores of Syrian rebels are pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), a force that many once fought, underscoring the extremist group's rapid consolidation of territorial gains in Syria and Iraq.