Al-Zawahiri calls on Syria rebels to end infighting

Fighting between rebel groups has hindered the battle against President Bashar al-Assad and pushed rival rebel groups to consolidate power in their respective areas of control.

Al-Zawahiri calls on Syria rebels to end infighting

World Bulletin / News Desk

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for rebel fighters in Syria to end the infighting, according to an audio tape posted online.

In the message, Zawahiri lamented the "strife of the blind that has befallen the blessed land of the Levant."

Fighting between rebel groups has hindered the battle against President Bashar al-Assad and pushed rival rebel groups to consolidate power in their respective areas of control.

"Today this strife requires that all Muslims stand up against it and form a general view against it and against all who do not accept the independent sharia arbitration," Zawahiri said in the audio message, referring to Islamic law.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the Zawahiri tape, which was posted on Friday, but the voice resembled that of the al Qaeda leader.

Al Qaeda said it was breaking with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in February after disputes over the group's refusal to limit itself to fighting in Iraq rather than in Syria, where the Nusra Front is al Qaeda's affiliate.

TURKEY THREATENS AIRSTRIKES

The ISIL has been particularly hostile towards other rebel groups in the opposition held regions of northern Syria as well as threatening neighboring Turkey's base at the Suleiman Shah tomb in Aleppo.

Turkey has in return threatened airstrikes against ISIL strongholds if the group attacks the base, which is recognized as Turkish territory according to international agreements.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as well as others have even gone as far as claiming that the ISIL are the 'baclstage partners' of the Assad regime.

Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2014, 15:14
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