Syrian rebel groups battle each other in the north

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 1:36 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting continues among Syrian rebel groups. Activists say al-Qaida militants today battled fighters linked to the Western-backed opposition along with Kurdish gunmen in Syrian towns along the Turkish border. They say the clashes killed at least 19 people.

The violence is part of an outburst of infighting among the rebel groups opposed to President Bashar Assad. They're competing for control over prized border areas.

Islamic extremist fighters and more mainstream rebels are increasingly turning their guns on each other in what has effectively become a war within a war in northern and eastern Syria. Hundreds have been killed.

Turkey has been a staunch supporter of the rebels seeking to topple Assad. It's allowed weapons, supplies and fighters to go through border crossings into Syria.

In an interview today with a private Turkish TV station, Assad said Turkey will pay a "high price" for allowing foreign fighters to enter Syria from its territory.

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