At least 630 killed in jihadist offensive in Syria

June 11, 2014 8:16 AM

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BEIRUT -- An offensive by a breakaway al-Qaida group in eastern Syria against Islamic rebel factions has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said Tuesday.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's campaign in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province appears designed to link the large amount of territory under its control in northern Syria with the ground it also holds across the frontier in neighboring Iraq. The group, which is largely composed of foreign ...

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