In recent weeks, the group deployed masked gunmen and carried out raids in search operations for alleged Daesh members.
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Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an Al-Qaeda-linked militant group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the militants seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.The Nusra Front is one of the many names for the Al-Qaeda-affiliate that now heads the mighty Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham militant alliance that seized the city of Idlib, as well as two border crossings with Turkey to feed its coffers.In July last year, the Nusra Front changed its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and said it was cutting all its links with Al-Qaeda, an aesthetic move seen by many as an attempt to improve its image and market itself as a faction defending the Syrian people.In Idlib demonstrations last week, the group's members shot at protesters waving the tricolor flag of the Syrian uprising.Tahrir al-Sham deployed across Idlib city last weekend after a rival faction, the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group, withdrew. Five days of clashes around the province left 77 fighters and 15 civilians dead, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group.
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