[Marxism] Al Qaeda-Affiliate Chief Killed By Other Rebel Fighters In Syria

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 09:58:16 MDT 2013

Al Qaeda-Affiliate Chief Killed By Other Rebel Fighters In Syria
Agence France Presse Today 9:46 AM

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Free Syrian Army rebels


A local leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the 
Levant was killed in clashes with other rebels in the Syrian province of 
Idlib on Sunday, a monitoring group said.

Abu Abdullah al-Libi, a local chief of the group, was killed along with 
12 other fighters from the jihadist organisation, the Syrian Observatory 
for Human Rights said.

"He was killed in clashes with a group of rebel fighters near the town 
of Hazano," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He said six people from Hazano were also reported killed on Sunday, but 
it was unclear if they were civilians or fighters participating in the 

The town lies in northwestern Idlib province, large parts of which lie 
under control of the Syrian opposition.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch 
which has expanded into Syria, has clashed with other rebel groups 
elsewhere in the country in recent days.

Violence between the group and rebels affiliated with the mainstream 
Free Syrian Army broke out this week in the town of Azaz in northern 
Aleppo province close to the Turkish border.

Syrian rebel fighters initially welcomed the arrival of hardened 
jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaeda, but have turned against the hardline 
fighters in several places after abuses and disputes over tactics and 

When ISIS announced it would expand into Syria, it initially said it 
planned to merge with an existing jihadist rebel force - the Al-Nusra 

But Nusra, which has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman 
al-Zawahri, rejected the merger and there were reports that it had 
clashed with ISIS in northeastern Hasakeh province on Saturday.

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