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Damaged buildings due to heavy fighting between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters are shown Thursday in Aleppo, Syria. A Syrian activist group says al-Qaida-linked gunmen have captured a town near the Turkish border after heavy fighting with a rebel group.

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Al-Qaida militants capture town in northern Syria

Al-Qaida militants seized a town near the Turkish border Thursday after expelling Western-backed rebels from the area, demonstrating the growing power of jihadis as they seek to expand their influence across opposition-held Syrian territory.

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