Villagers Confront Jihadist Rebels in Northern Syria

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Several tense confrontations have broken out in the past week between residents of largely rebel-held northwestern Syria and hardline Islamist insurgents, witnesses said on Sunday.

A number of such altercations took place around Atme in Idlib province, where the residents generally support the hardline al-Nusra Front group, who are spearheading attacks against forces of President Bashar Assad.

Al-Nusra, which is believed to be closely linked to al-Qaida in Iraq and which has a number of foreign fighters, has been blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist organization.

There was almost an armed clash between al-Nusra and local rebel fighters near Atme when the group attempted to try a man in an Islamic court for swearing, witnesses told Agence France Presse.

Locals then kidnapped an al-Nusra leader, put a grenade in his mouth and cut off his beard, before releasing him a few days later, the witnesses said.

Al-Nusra front has claimed the bulk of the deadly suicide bombings that have rocked Syria since its March 2011 uprising against Assad turned into a blood civil war which the U.N. says has killed more than 60,000 people.

Comments 4
Missing beirutbastard00 11 February 2013, 02:16

Yea, phd's that mean nothing outside of Syria.

I'm against the fsa too, but the Ba'ath kept Syria stuck in the 70's! Even their haircuts r straight out of the 70's lol.

But seriously, they kept the peace by terrorizing anyone with an opinion. I do get ur point tho, but it's been time to change for a long time now. Assad shoulda been the first Arab leader to share power with his opposition...

Default-user-icon Richard (Guest) 11 February 2013, 06:19

Those terrorists is destroying Syria they are sick people should be in jail all of them.

Missing whyaskwhy 11 February 2013, 10:11

We laugh but there is no winner in this conflict just loosers. Bashar should have gone a long time ago but he knew the longer he hangs on the more likelihood Syria will be less of a threat to Israel.

Default-user-icon JCWilliams (Guest) 11 February 2013, 17:27

This rticle states the locals "generally" support armed foreign,bearded ,black hooded extremist terrorists invading their land, taking over and inposing sharia law. This is an extremely doubtful assertion. Like something you don't want to step on unless you can wash off your shoe real quick.