Fresh infighting has broken out between different Takfiri militant groups operating in Syria, with the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists making gains against their rivals.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the Takfiri militants belonging to the terrorist al-Nusra Front have seized three villages from other rival militants in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.
“Around 70 percent of the territory controlled by rebels in Idlib is now in the hands of al-Nusra,” said Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the UK-based group.
Reports say the villages of Safhun, al-Futira and Hazareen, which were under the control of the so-called Hazzm Movement that receives weapons from the US, have fallen to the al-Nusra terrorists.
It is also yet to be confirmed if al-Nusra has managed to capture the US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from the militant group.
Infighting has plagued militant groups operating against the Syrian government as the army continues to make more gains against the foreign-backed extremists on several fronts.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and some of their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has said that more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since its outset in March 2011.