October 11, 2013 12:00 AM

U.S.-backed Syria rebels urged to break with al Qaida allies over alleged abuses

Syrian rebels led by al Qaida’s regional affiliates killed and kidnapped hundreds of civilians during an offensive in coastal Syria in early August, one of the worst atrocities ever blamed on forces fighting to topple President Bashar Assad, according to a report to be released Friday by an international human rights group.

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