BEIRUT - Members of an al-Qaeda-breakaway group withdrew Friday from parts of the northern province of Aleppo, ahead of a Saturday deadline issued by another rebel group that could spark more infighting, opposition activists said.
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant evacuated from several towns north of Aleppo, including Azaz near the Turkish border, Aleppo-based activists who go by the names of Ibrahim Saeed and Abu Raed said. Rival fighters moved in shortly after, the activists and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The pullout came three days after the leader of a powerful al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria gave the Islamic State a five-day ultimatum to accept mediation by leading clerics to end infighting or be "expelled" from the region. (AP)