Beirut: Some 3,300 people have been killed in fighting between rebels seeking President Bashar Al Assad’s ouster and their erstwhile jihadist allies since clashes erupted in January, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. (GulfNews)
“Some 3,300 people have been killed ever since the start of fighting on January 3 between the (jihadist) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on one side, and (rebel) Islamist and other groups on the other,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The deaths came “in car and (other) bomb attacks, suicide blasts and fighting,” said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on activists and other sources inside Syria.
While rebels initially welcomed Isil in their battle to overthrow Al Assad, many of them later turned against the group, accusing it of hijacking the rebellion and carrying out a string of kidnappings and killings of activists and rival rebels.
Syria al-Qaeda group gives rival jihadists ultimatum
Moderate Extremists Give Extreme Extremists An UltimatumÂ (Hugh Fitzgerald)
The leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in Syria has given rival jihadists an ultimatum to accept arbitration by clerics or be expelled.
Abu Mohammed al-Julani of the al-Nusra Front warned the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (Isis) that it would be driven from Syria and “even from Iraq” if it did not comply within five days.–The threat came after the killing of an al-Qaeda emissary, Abu Khaled al-Suri.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Arabs are on the way to EUrabia (to take their rightful place)