Militant infighting erupts in Syria
Fierce infighting has erupted between militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Takfiri militant groups operating inside Syria, Press TV reports.
According to Press TV’s correspondent, the ISIL extremists clashed with the Takfiri militants from the terrorist groups known as the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham in the suburbs of Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor. The heavy clashes forced the residents of the rural areas near Deir Ezzor to flee their homes.
The new wave of Takfiri infighting took place after negotiations between the ISIL terrorists and other extremist militants broke down.
The ISIL militants also engaged in armed clashes with the Kurds affiliated to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Tal Tamar region located in Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah. The militants also bombed the PYD checkpoints in the area.
Meanwhile, the report also said Syrian fighter jets had bombarded the headquarters of the ISIL terrorists in Syria’s north-central city of al-Raqqah.
Saudi Arabia, and Qatar and Turkey are among the major supporters of the ISIL Takfiri group, which has gained control of some parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq.
The ISIL branch in Iraq is reportedly led by Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a deputy to the country’s former dictator Saddam Hussein, and other remnant commanders of the Ba’ath party.
Heavy battles are currently underway between Iraqi army soldiers and the ISIL Takfiris, who have vowed to march toward the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and other cities in the Arab state.