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November 18, 2013 1:47 PM

Death of rebel leader seen as key loss to Syria’s anti-Assad forces

A rebel commander who built the most effective faction in northern Syria of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army has died of wounds he suffered last week in an airstrike on a meeting of high-level rebel and opposition figures, his unit announced Monday.

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