Al Qaeda-linked group advances on Syrian rebels near Turkey
Posted by satyrikon στο Οκτωβρίου 3, 2013
Al Qaeda-linked fighters fought rival Syrian rebels near the border with Turkey on Wednesday, activists said, in an outbreak of violence driven by the divisions between factions battling Syrian government.
The fighting illustrates the volatile situation in Syria as a team of chemical weapons experts start the process of eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, with inspections expected to begin next week.
The al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of the northern border town of Azaz last month, kicking out rival rebels and prompting Turkey to shut the crossing about 5 km (3 miles) away.
ISIL, which wants to merge Syria into a larger state ruled by Islamic law, has maintained control of the town since then and clashes have periodically erupted between it and fighters of the North Storm brigade (Liwa Asefat al-Shamal) that they had expelled to its outskirts.
Activists said the latest…
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