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Al-Qaeda affiliate 'advances in northwest Syria'

Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front help a man who was wounded in a barrel bomb attack by pro-regime forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on November 6, 2014Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized three villages from rebels, including a US-backed group, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Al-Nusra had taken control of Sufuhun, Al-Fateera and Hizareen in Idlib, where the jihadist group has been battling other rebels. The advances were the latest by Al-Nusra against moderate and Islamist rebels in the province after clashes that began a week ago. The Observatory said the three villages had been under the control of various rebel groups including the Hazm movement, which has received US-made weapons.

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