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U.N. Peacekeepers Captured by Group Linked to Al Qaeda

43 United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the Golan Heights was kidnapped while on duty, with the Israeli Defense Forces believing that they were taken by a group linked to Al Qaeda.

A source told CNN that the group, which was patrolling along the border of the Israeli-held territory and Syria, was seized by the al-Nusra Front, one of the numerous Islamist jihadi groups fighting against the Assad regime in Syrian territory. Their capture occurred just hours after the Front won control of Quneitra, a key border crossing between Israel and Syria that the Wall Street Journal called a “major loss to extremist groups.” (Earlier that week, ISIS captured a Syrian air base.)

“The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation,” the UN said in a statement.

[CNN]
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