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article imageSyrian rebels clash with Al-Qaeda linked group

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 6, 2013 in World
Fighting broke out in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, between a Syrian rebel group, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, one of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the region.
The clashes erupted in the town of al-Dana.
One of the groups involved in the fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was said to be the Islam Battalion. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the bodies of a commander and his brother belonging to the Islam Battalion were founded beheaded, with their heads found near a trash bin in the town's central square.
The exact reasons behind the fighting was unclear, some activists claim the fighting broke out as a result of a demonstration against the ISIL, whom some view as being too strict and extreme in their interpretation and implementation of Islam.
The ISIL over the past few months have video documented their actions, which included beheading and killing other rebel fighters accused of corruption, as well as doing the same for accused government supporters.
Other activists contend that the fighting had more to do with power and control, the ISIL has managed to place itself as one of the main influential rebel groups in northern Syria, controlling large amounts of land, and the trade of goods that passes through those areas.
The ISIL did release a statement saying it was trying to keep the area safe, and to avoid conflict:
The Islamic State has been running many missionary activities in al-Dana, through religious guidance and counseling and posting road signs that exhort the virtues of morality, while also working to keep the city safe and offer conflict resolution
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