Syrian cleric assassinated in Aleppo-aide

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DAMASCUS, Sep 28 (Reuters) A Syrian cleric known to be a recruiter of foreign fighters travelling to Iraq to fight US-led forces was assassinated in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo today, an aide said.

Sheikh Mahmoud Abou al-Qaqa was shot dead after he today emerged from prayers, Ahmad Haidar told Reuters.

The Syrian government is accused by Washington and the pro-US government in Baghdad of helping foreign fighters behind sectarian killings and attacks on US soldiers. Damascus denies helping rebels.

REUTERS AE HT2305

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