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Activists: Syrian rebels battle al-Qaida-linked fighters in Aleppo as infighting grows fiercer

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    This image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians inspecting a burnt bus after a missile fired by Syrian government aircraft hit the vehicle in the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Bab in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The bus was full of people when it was struck, setting it on fire and killing several people, activists said.. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC) (The Associated Press)

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    This image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrians inspecting a burnt bus after a missile fired by Syrian government aircraft hit the vehicle in the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Bab in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The bus was full of people when it was struck, setting it on fire and killing several people, activists said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC) (The Associated Press)

Activists say that Syrian rebels have seized a compound held by al-Qaida-linked fighters in a northern town, in some of the most serious infighting between rebels battling President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the rebels seized the compound in Manbij belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on Sunday.

The Observatory, which obtains its information from a network of activists in Syria, said ISIL fighters also used car bombs for the first time to defend its territory.

Fighting between the ISIL and other Syrian rebels began Friday after residents accused them of killing a popular doctor.

The infighting underscores how complicated the uprising against Assad has become with the uprising in its third year.