ISIL gains supporters among factions of Syrian rebels

Published July 12th, 2014 - 06:47 GMT

Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Reports say hundreds of foreign-backed militants including a 100-strong brigade from the so-called Sham Army have defected to the notorious group in recent days.

The defectors travelled from their base in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib to the ISIL stronghold city of Raqqa last weekend.

In addition, several brigades affiliated with the Western-sponsored Free Syrian Army have pledged allegiance to ISIL in the east of the country.

The defections raise questions about the US military support for groups it classifies as moderate militants.

On July 8, the Saudi daily Akkaz confirmed in a report that the foreign-backed militants have received the second batch of US-made anti-tank missiles.

The Takfiri militants have reportedly received TOW anti-tank rockets in the strategic Qalamoun region.

Last month, the White House asked Congress for half a billion dollars in aid for militants operating against government troops in Syria.

Anti-Syria militants have frequently called on the West to provide them with sophisticated weaponry and more military support.

The United States has also announced that it would arm and support what it calls “the moderate opposition” in Syria.

The ISIL militancy has also spilled over to Iraq where the Takfiri militants have overrun large swathes, committing acts of terror including killing and rape.

Syria has been gripped by turmoil since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions of others displaced due to the crisis fueled by the Western-backed militants.

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