Clashes in east Syria kill more than 40 fighters

Syrian activists say that two days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and Al Qaeda-linked rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.

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Published: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 6:30 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:02 PM

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the clashes in Hassakeh province pitted Kurdish militias against rebels from two Al Qaeda-linked factions — Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Such rebel infighting has become common in recent months in the northeast, which has a large Kurdish population.

Observatory’s director Rami Abdul-Rahman said Wednesday that 29 of the dead are from the two extremist groups, while the remaining 12 are Kurdish fighters.

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