Syrian opposition condemns al-Qaida militants

Syrian opposition condemns al-Qaida militants

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida militants fought heavy street battles against Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria on Friday but reached a cease-fire with mainstream Western-backed rebels after fierce fighting near the border with Turkey.

The infighting, which ended with al-Qaida’s takeover of a border town, was some of the worst in recent months between forces seeking to bring down President Bashar Assad and threatened to further fragment an opposition movement outgunned by the regime.

Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group, the Free Syrian Army, condemned the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida offshoot that overran the town of Azaz. It said the jihadis’ push to establish an Islamic state undermines the rebels’ struggle for a free Syria


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