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Jihadis capture northern Syrian town near Turkey

September 19. 2013 3:38AM
Associated Press

A Syrian opposition fighter sits at the top of a mountain in the vicinity of a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The main Syrian opposition coalition urged the international community to take swift action against the regime of President Bashar Assad in response to a U.N. finding that the nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack near the capital last month. (AP Photo)

(AP) A Syrian activist group says al-Qaida-linked gunmen have captured a town near the Turkish border after heavy fighting with a rebel group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant stormed the town of Azaz, forcing members of the Northern Storm Brigade to withdraw.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, said Thursday that the clashes broke out when ISIL fighters tried to detain a European doctor they accused of taking pictures of their positions in the area. The German doctor escaped and is in a safe location, Abdul-Rahman said.

Abdul-Rahman said three rebels and two jihadis were killed in the fighting that broke out Wednesday and continued until after midnight.

Associated Press
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