Syria: Islamist factions fight each other in Idlib, Syrian army advances

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Al-Nusra Front fighters stand among destroyed buildings near the front line in Yarmuk Photo: AFP/Getty

Al Masdar News reports:

The conglomerate Islamist factions in northern Syria “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) is experiencing its first taste of infighting, as both Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (largest Jaysh Al-Fateh faction) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al-Aqsa” (Jabhat Al-Nusra offshoot) combat one another inside the city of Al-Tamaneh in the Idlib Governorate’s southern countryside.

Jund Al-Aqsa reportedly left Jaysh Al-Fateh last week after the group announced their willingness to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) inside Syria; however, according to Islamist social media activists, the Al-Qaeda linked faction rejoined the group following Jabhat Al-Nusra’s facilitation to end the disagreements.

Tensions have reportedly resurfaced after Jund Al-Aqsa and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham members were confined to the city of Al-Tamaneh, where they were both tasked with the duty of protecting the area from the encroaching soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF).

While the Syrian Armed Forces have continued to bombard Al-Tamaneh from their fortifications in Sukayk, they have backed-off in the recent days in order to allow for the Russian Air Force to carry out their relentless airstrikes over the Islamist rebel positions.

There have been no reports of a ceasefire between the Islamist rebel factions; however, they are likely to stop the infighting once their fellow allies inside Jaysh Al-Fateh get involved.

Video of Al-Nusra militants in Ariha, the capital of the Idlib province, after taking the city from government forces in May 2015:

Al Masdar News further reports:

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Those guys should get together with their boy John McCain and form a group, “John McCain and the Criminally Insane.” Prisoner Songbird has a great voice just ask the Vietnamese who have heard him sing their requests many times. Together the bombardier and the takfir are so hot they’d be the wasabi of Wahhabi.

They’d make a fun target for the Russians, at least.

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These people need to pick up their guns and head back to jordan/ Turkey /qatar or where ever they were trained. It’s over.
Who in their right mind would support such rabble to take over a country – to become like libya.
No coherent, reasonable opposition has emerged in all these years of war. Just voices from outside in Turkey, the US and the gulf states calling for regime change.
Those countries themselves should take the beam out of their eyes