Al-Qaida, Other Insurgents Capture Syrian Village

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 1:24 PM

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, along with other jihadis as well as more moderate factions, captured the village of Tel el-Ais early Saturday.

Activists declare al-Qaida'south Syrian department and other insurgents have captured a strategic overlook from government forces S of Aleppo after weeks of government air raids, in fighting that could untangle a month-old cease-fire.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, along with other jihadis as well as more moderate factions, captured the village of Tel el-Ais early Saturday.

The village overlooks a vital hwy connecting Aleppo with the capital, Damascus.

The Nusra Front boasted of its offensive on social media, posting videos showing mortars and tanks firing on what's said to be government positions. Syria'south state news agency acknowledged ferocious clashes in the area.

Both the Nusra Front and the Islamic State grouping are excluded from the cease-fire that began in late February.

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