Kurdish gunmen and jihadis clash in eastern Syria

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, as they sit on a truck full of ammunition, at Taftanaz air base, that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. An Islamist extremist group affiliated with al-Qaida, Jabhat al-Nusra has emerged as one of the most powerful rebel factions on the battlefield.(AP Photo/Edlib News Network, ENN, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says Kurdish gunmen are battling jihadi rebels in a northeastern town on the border with Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Kurdish militiamen entered Yaaroubiyeh on Friday and clashed with several jihadi groups there, including al-Qaida-linked factions Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

The Observatory says the clashes have left casualties on both sides but gave no specifics. Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, says at least two were killed.

Clashes between Kurdish fighters and jihadis in northern Syria have killed hundreds of people in the past months.

Rebel-held Yaaroubiyeh is located at one of the main border crossing points into Iraq. In March, gunmen killed 51 Syrian soldiers after they crossed into Iraq from Yaaroubiyeh.