Southern Syria rebels set collision course with al Qaeda

April 14, 2015 11:26 AM

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Southern Syria rebels set collision course with al Qaeda

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Western-backed fighters in southwestern Syria, the one part of the country where they are strong, have spoken out this week against al Qaeda, a sign of friction that could lead to new fighting among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

Four years into a civil war, most of Syria's territory is held either by the government of President Bashar al-Assad or by two main jihadist groups: Islamic State mainly in the east, and al Qaeda's Syria branch, the Nusra Front, in the northwest.

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