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Al Qaeda Group Vows To Attack Syrian Rebels, Opposition Leaders

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January 08, 2014 AT 8:58 AM
An al Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq and Syria has vowed to crush opposition groups it has been confronting in the worst outbreak of infighting among rebels since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Heavy fighting between rebels in Syria has killed hundreds of people over the last five days and rattled the al Qaeda-linked faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The group lost its main base in the northern city of Aleppo to rival rebels on Wednesday, a monitoring group said. The statement from the ISIL spokesman was issued late on Tuesday, hours after the head of the al Qaeda branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, called for a truce to halt the fighting.