A rebel fighter walks inside a building on October 23, 2014 in Bustan Pasha neighborhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO/AMC/FADI AL-HALABI
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Fighters linked to Al-Qaeda have seized territory from a moderate Syrian rebel group in a three-day campaign that has expanded their control into one of the few areas of northern Syria not held by hardline Islamists.Syrian opposition activist and a military commander said the Nusra Front had taken several villages in Idlib province from the Syria Revolutionaries' Front led by Jamal Maarouf, a prominent figure in the moderate opposition to President Bashar Assad. Speaking via Skype, he added that the Syria Revolutionaries' Front had taken 25 Nusra fighters prisoner.The Nusra Front is Al-Qaeda's official affiliate in the Syrian civil war and one of the strongest insurgent groups fighting to topple Assad. The Syria Revolutionaries' Front is one of the biggest groups in the Western-backed, moderate opposition to Assad.
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