Sept. 27, 2013
Al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside Syria have reportedly
given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among
the extremist groups in the country continues to widen.
According to reports, al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (ISIS) have set a two-day deadline for the Free Syrian Army
to surrender amid escalating infighting among the militants in Syria.
The ultimatum was enforced at 8:00 p.m. local time (2300 GMT) on Thursday.
The ultimatum is the latest manifestation of inner conflict among
extremist militant groups in Syria since the outbreak of turmoil in
Opposition activists say clashes between Takfiri militants have increased in recent months.
The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the crisis in Syria.
According to extracts from British defense consultancy IHS Jane’s
published in the Daily Telegraph, some 100,000 militants are operating
The militants have split into some 1,000 brands since the Syria
crisis began, said the study, which is based on intelligence estimates
and interviews with militants.
Around 10,000 of the militants, with many being foreign nationals,
are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra
Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.