Syria: Clashes intensify among rebel groups

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of foreign-backed militants were killed or injured in the latest clashes between rival militant groups fighting against the Syrian government.

The new clashes erupted on Friday between the terrorist groups in the cities of Raqqa, Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib, reports said, press tv reported.

In Raqqa, the fighting broke out between the insurgents of the terrorist group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the members of the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front when an ISIL member was killed in an al-Nusra-held area in the city, which is located on Syria’s border with Turkey.

In Idlib, the Al-Qaeda-linked group of Jaysh al-Islam attacked the militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and seized the weapons belonging to FSA.

The Syrian army also bombed a building previously used as Raqqa’s military court which is now used by insurgents inflicting heavy casualties on them.

Reports coming out of Syria also say Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fighting other militant groups in Hama with casualties on both sides

Over the past year, thousands of foreign militants have poured into Syria to fight government forces.

Analysts from an arm of the British defense consultant IHS Jane’s and from a nonprofit think tank in London estimate that over 15,000 foreign militants, including Americans and Europeans, are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In recent days, western diplomats have warned that the issue of more than a thousand terrorists who have come from Europe to fight in Syria has turned into “a serious concern” for the countries they come from.

Last month, US Senator Thomas Carper confirmed during a Senate homeland security committee hearing that “American citizens as well as Canadian and European nationals have taken up arms in Syria, Yemen and Somalia.”

The US and some of its allies, including Saudi Arabia, openly support the militancy in Syria.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in March 2011.The prolonged militancy has also forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes.

By Fars News Agency


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