Toll from 'IS Car Bombs' in Syria's Aleppo Rises to 32

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The toll from two alleged Islamic State group car bombings overnight of rebels in Syria's Aleppo province has risen to at least 32 people, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Three local commanders were killed in one of the attacks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, describing the incidents as an apparent IS attempt to expand in the northern province.

One bomb hit a base in the village of Hawar Kilis, near the Turkish border, killing at least 23 rebels, the Britain-based Observatory said.

The second targeted a joint rebel office in the town of Marea and killed nine, including the three commanders.

An earlier report gave an overall toll of 27.

The Observatory said the commanders were from the conservative Jabhat Shamiya and Jaish al-Mujahideen groups and al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's local affiliate, which confirmed the death of its commander on its official Twitter accounts.

"Abu Maria, al-Nusra Front's emir (leader) in Marea, northern Aleppo, was martyred after being targeted by a car bomb by the (Islamic) State group," al-Nusra said.

The Observatory said clashes erupted between rebels from local groups and IS fighters in and around Marea after the attack there, though they had subsided by Wednesday morning.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the attacks appeared to be a bid by IS to "expand their reach" in Aleppo province, where the group already has considerable power.

Marea and Hawar Kilis are both under the control of groups opposed to IS.

Despite sharing a similar ideology, al-Nusra and IS are at odds in fronts across most of Syria, and while rebel groups have battled IS, they cooperate with al-Nusra in many places.

Marea and Hawar Kilis lie north of the provincial capital, Aleppo city, the country's onetime economic powerhouse, which has been devastated by the civil war.

More than 215,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, which spiraled into war after a regime crackdown.

Comments 2
Thumb Mystic 08 April 2015, 10:46

Good Al Nusra and ISIS finishing each other off again.

Missing mohammad_ca 09 April 2015, 11:21

i thought they were one and the same?