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Al-Qaida splinter group closes in on Syrian city

Posted: June 12, 2014 at 5:05 a.m.

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Free Syrian Army fighters running at one of the front lines in the town of Sheikh Najjar, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday June 10, 2014. Fighting in eastern Syria between Islamic rebel brigades and an al-Qaida splinter group has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said Tuesday.

The al-Qaida breakaway group that seized much of Iraq's northern city of Mosul has encircled the city of Deir el-Zour across the border in Syria, activists said Wednesday.

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