Insight: Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria
Published 12/05/2013, Reuters
Armed with machine guns, black-clad al Qaeda fighters drove their pick-ups calmly into the northern Syrian town and took over its imposing agriculture ministry building. They beheaded a sniper from a rival rebel unit, displayed his head in the main square and put roadblocks on major routes.Word count: 1358
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