This undated photo provided by Iraqi government intelligence officials on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 shows Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-golani. (AP Photo/Iraqi Government)
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The leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked group in Syria gave a rival breakaway group a five-day ultimatum to accept mediation by leading clerics to end infighting or be "expelled" from the region.It comes two days after the killing of Abu Khaled al-Suri, who had acted as al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri's representative in Syria.Al-Zawahri has named the Nusra Front al-Qaida's branch in Syria and broken ties with the Islamic State, which has increasingly clashed with rebel brigades in opposition-held areas of Syria.More than 2,000 people have been killed in the fighting between the Islamic State and rebel groups, including the Nusra Front. Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the Nusra Front leader, suggested in the audio recording arbitration by clerics to stop the infighting. He warned the Islamic State that it would be driven from Syria and "even from Iraq" if it rejected the results of arbitration. Yarmouk, located in southern Damascus, is the largest of nine Palestinian camps in Syria.Grandi said around 18,000 of the camp's original 160,000 Palestinian refugees are still inside Yarmouk.
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