• SYRIA QAEDA LOSES GROUND TO JIHADIST RIVALS

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    BEIRUT: Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border on Thursday in heavy fighting that left 24 people dead, a monitoring group said. Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a cross-border group which has been disowned by the Al-Qaeda leadership, launched a three-pronged assault on positions held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. ISIL fighters were driven out of Albu Kamal in heavy fighting earlier this year and are seeking to link up with their comrades over the border in Iraq, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France-Presse.

    AFP

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