Rebel fighters prepare a mortar to be launched towards Nairab military airport which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo January 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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A senior figure in an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria has been killed in a bloody dispute with rebel factions that has raged for more than three weeks across opposition-held parts of the country, activists and an Iraqi intelligence official said Monday.In Aleppo province, pro-opposition news websites said that at least two high-ranking ISIS members had been captured by rebels during fierce fighting for the town of Hreitan. Four ISIS militants and three rebels were killed in the fighting, according to the Observatory.Clashes between ISIS and rebel groups were reported in several areas around the town of Safira, southeast of the city, while to the north, in the town of Al-Bab, pro-opposition news websites said that ISIS militants were cementing their control over the town by seizing the homes of civilian activists, confiscating the contents of currency exchange shops, and absconding with funds held by the town's Shariah Committee.
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