World Bulletin / News Desk
As tensions between rival opposition groups in Syria continue to spiral out of control, for the first time on Tuesday it has been reported that the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has carried out a suicide bombing attack on breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The attack on ISIL has left 16 dead according to early reports, after two individuals entered their camp in Haseki before detonating their devices. Many are also reported to have been injured in the attack.
It is believed that former German rap music artist Deso Dogg (real name Denis Cuspert), who joined the ISIL after converting to Islam, also lost his life in the attack.
The Nusra Front has usually been on the receiving end of suicide attacks by the ISIL, but this is the first time they have conducted such an attack on their rivals.
The ISIL, originally starting off as Al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq, broke off from Al-Qaeda when ISIL commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi disobeyed the orders of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahri to pull out of Syria.
Zawahri had designated affiliate Nusra Front to fight in Syria under the command of al-Baghdadi's former right-hand man Abu Muhammad al-Golani.
Instead of pulling out of Syria, the ISIL turned their guns on the Nusra Front as well as other Syrian opposition forces including the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and local Turkmen and Kurdish groups.
The ISIL has also been hostile to neighboring country Turkey, making threats to attack the Turkish base at Aleppo's Suleiman Shah tomb. This prompted the Turkish authorities to consider carrying out airstrikes against ISIL targets in northern Syria, with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and others accusing the ISIL of being Assad's 'backstage partner'.
Last month, militants from the ISIL opened fire and killed Turkish security forces in Turkey's south-eastern Nigde province when officers attempted to stop the vehicle they were travelling in.
The ISIL's main base was in the city of Raqqa until they withdrew. Ironically, regime forces never bombed Raqqa when it was in ISIL hands. After other opposition groups took control of the region, regime forces began to pound in area with airstrikes.
Although it is not entirely clear where the ISIL is getting its support from, it is believed that they have been illegally selling Syrian oil after taking control of reserves.Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2014, 15:45