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Al Qaeda chief Zawahri tells Islamists in Syria to unite

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:15

Jan. 23 - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Syrian rebels to stop fighting each other. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is footage purportedly shot by an al-Qaeda linked group in Syria. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters comes as the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, claims to have taken control of part of Aleppo. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri reportedly is calling on rebels in Syria to stop fighting each other. In recent weeks, the small but powerful group has been caught up in clashes with other insurgents in Syria, often triggered by disputes over authority and territory. Meanwhile fighting continues across Syria as negotiators gather in Switzerland for peace talks. Opposition leaders at the meetings say they want to see a future without President Bashar al-Assad. Few expect the talks to result in a breakthrough to end the war Rights groups say at least 1,400 people have been killed in the past 20 days.

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Al Qaeda chief Zawahri tells Islamists in Syria to unite

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:15