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Syria

Rebel commander is killed in bombing

A well-known Syrian rebel commander who was close to Al-Qaida’s leadership was killed in a suicide bombing linked by some to an Al-Qaida breakaway group, opposition activists said. The attack in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was the latest apparent incident of infighting among rebel factions ostensibly united in their commitment to ousting the government of President Bashar Assad. Intra-rebel battles have raged in recent weeks in the north. Killed in the strike was a militant leader known by the pseudonym Abu Khaled Suri, co-founder of the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, according to various opposition accounts. At least five other fighters from the group were also killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based pro-opposition monitoring group. The slain leader, acclaimed in Islamic militant circles, was said to have fought U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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