Al Qaeda Syria unit executes dozens of rival Islamists: activists

AMMAN Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:40pm EST

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AMMAN (Reuters) - The al Qaeda-linked Islamist state of Iraq and the Levant executed dozens of rival Islamists over the last two days as the group recaptured most territory it had lost in the northeastern Syrian province of Raqqa, activists said on Sunday.

One of the activists, who spoke from the province on condition of anonymity, said up to 100 fighters from the Nusra Front, another al Qaeda affiliate, and the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, captured by ISIL in the town of Tel Abiad on the border with Turkey, the nearby area of Qantari and the provincial capital city of Raqqa, were shot dead.

There was no independent confirmation of the report.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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