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Deadly Kurd-Islamist clashes in northern Syria

Islamists and a US-backed alliance of Kurds and Arabs have fought deadly clashes in Syria, a monitor says, as the almost five-year-old conflict draws in more local and international players.

At least 23 fighters were killed in the fighting between the Kurdish-led alliance and the Islamist rebels, who include al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, al-Nusra Front, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Fifteen fighters from al-Nusra and its allies were killed Sunday, along with at least eight members of the Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The clashes in the northern province of Aleppo began Thursday, when the Islamists attacked posts belonging to Jaish al-Thuwwar, an Arab rebel group allied with Kurds, said Kurdish journalist Arin Shekhmos.

— AFP

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