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Syrian extremist rebels raid Shiite village

June 13, 2013
By SARAH EL DEEB , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels, including Sunni extremists, stormed a village and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters and civilians in an attack steeped in the sectarian hatreds that increasingly characterize the civil war, activists said Wednesday.

In the raid, which comes at a time when the West is worried that extremists are increasingly joining the rebellion, the victorious fighters raised black Sunni Islamist flags over the eastern village of Hatla. In amateur videos, the fighters - some wearing al-Qaida-style headbands - vented anti-Shiite slurs and fired in the air.

 
 

 

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