Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against al Qaeda fighters




 
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Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against al Qaeda fighters
 
January 4th, 2014  
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Topic: Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against al Qaeda fighters


Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against al Qaeda fighters
By Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria on Saturday in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said. Activists said dozens of fighters were killed in the clashes between rival rebel groups which have raged since Friday in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, close to the border with Turkey. The president, backed by Shi'ite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, has pushed back rebels around Damascus and in central Syria, and faces little pressure to make concessions. One group of fighters battling ISIL was the newly formed Mujahideen Army, an alliance of eight brigades who accused the al Qaeda affiliate of hijacking their struggle to topple Assad.




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