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Al Qaeda affiliate besieges two Syrian towns
Al Qaeda affiliate besieges two Syrian towns

Islamist rebels were trying to wrest control Sunday of a pair of besieged pro-government towns in northern Syria, according to opposition and loyalist accounts. Fighters from Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, launched Grad missiles and mortar rounds as part of an assault that began Saturday on the towns of Nubul and Zahra, northwest of Aleppo. Rebels say they seized control of the southern and eastern entrances to the communities, home to more than 40,000 people, mostly Shiite Muslims. The two towns are islands of government support in a region where largely Sunni Muslim rebels have seized broad swaths of territory. Insurgents have laid siege to Nubul and Zahra for more...

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