Syrian rebels turn weapons on each other

| Saturday, July 13, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

Western-backed opposition fighters and a faction of al-Qaida-linked rebels turned their guns on each other on Saturday in Syria's largest city, battling for control of a key checkpoint in the latest eruption of infighting among the forces trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes between rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida offshoot, were focused on the strategic checkpoint in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr district that serves as the sole gateway between rebel-held eastern districts and the government-controlled areas in the west.

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