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Setback for al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria

ISIL loses another base to armed opposition, which says Syrians can no longer tolerate abuses by foreign fighters.

Last updated: 08 Jan 2014 19:53
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Syria's armed opposition is continuing its offensive against al-Qaeda by pushing fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) out of yet another one of their bases. But territorial gains made by the opposition do not signal imminent victory.

Al-Qaeda-linked fighters have been targeting opposition forces using suicide bombings. And the group's presence in Syria has been one of the reasons for the international community's reluctance to militarily support the opposition.

The opposition has denied that it turned its guns against al-Qaeda to appease the West. It says it did so because the people of Syria could no longer tolerate abuses by foreign fighters.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon.

Warning: This report contains images which some viewers may find disturbing.


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