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Originally published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 6:14 AM

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Jihadis from Caucasus form own group in Syria

A foreign fighter in Syria says jihadis from the Caucasus have formed an independent fighting force.

The Associated Press

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BEIRUT —

A foreign fighter in Syria says jihadis from the Caucasus have formed an independent fighting force.

In a video posted online Wednesday by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a man wearing a camouflage uniform is seen standing among other fighters, who he says have come to Syria from the Caucasus and Russia to wage jihad.

The group is called The Mujahedin of the Caucasus and the Levant. The man says the group has no links with al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant groups which are among the most effective opposition forces.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, the Observatory's chief, said the video was taken in the northern Idlib province.

Thousands of foreign fighters have joined the fight since the conflict began in March 2011.

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