This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.(AP Photo/militant website)
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Two weeks of clashes between Al-Qaeda-inspired militants and a collection of rebel groups have killed over 1,000 people, a monitoring group said Thursday.The clashes began on Jan. 3, when rebel groups attacked ISIS militants after months of objectionable actions by the Al-Qaeda militants, who have been accused of killing and kidnapping rebel fighters and enforcing ultra-conservative Islamic behavior on civilian populations.The Observatory said ISIS fighters and various rebel militias engaged in fierce clashes Thursday in the Idlib town of Saraqeb and nearby villages, as well as in Aleppo province. Fighting between rebels and government troops also raged, and the Observatory said a rebel ambush in the Sheikh Said area of Aleppo killed or wounded 20 soldiers.Elsewhere, fierce clashes were reported between government troops and rebel groups south of the city of Deir al-Zor, killing at least two rebel fighters, the Observatory said.The death toll for Wednesday, the Observatory said, stood at 174 people nationwide, 148 of whom were fighters from the regime, rebel groups and the jihadists.
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