Activists say 12 rebels killed in Syria infighting
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Activists say 12 rebels killed in Syria infighting

Al-Qaeda-linked group reportedly set up Sharia court in newly liberated zone, leading to deadly clash with rivals

Illustrative photo of Syrian fighters of 'The Beloved of Allah' brigade hold their weapons before fighting with government forces on the outskirts of Aleppo, on November 14, 2012. (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra/File)
Illustrative photo of Syrian fighters of 'The Beloved of Allah' brigade hold their weapons before fighting with government forces on the outskirts of Aleppo, on November 14, 2012. (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra/File)

BEIRUT — Syrian activists said fighters belonging to rival Islamic rebel groups are battling each other in the north and at least 12 have died.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and another Islamic group clashed in the town of Maskaneh in the northern Aleppo province. Fighting started Tuesday morning after ISIL members detained a man to try him in an Islamic court they set up after driving President Bashar Assad’s forces from the area.

Over the past year, the ISIL has become one of the most influential groups on the opposition’s side in the country’s nearly three-year-old conflict. The infighting has weakening the battle to oust Assad.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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