The leader of the terrorist al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front has called for a ceasefire between his group and the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) as infighting intensifies among foreign-backed militants in Syria.
In an audio message posted online on Tuesday, Abu Muhammad al-Jowlani said the two sides should then form “an independent committee” to serve as a mediator.
Jowlani added that clashes between the FSA and the al-Nusra Front, as well as the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are benefiting the Syrian government.
Large numbers of militants have been killed in clashes between the so-called FSA and the al-Qaeda-linked groups over the past days in Syria.
Earlier in the day, opposition sources said 34 militants from the so-called ISIL were killed in clashes with rival militants groups in Jabal Zawiya in the northwestern Syrian Province of Idlib.
All the dead are believed to be non-Syrian militants.
Tuesday’s deaths come on the fifth day of infighting that began when militants of the FSA attacked checkpoints and bases manned by the ISIL.
The clashes have been mostly centered in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib. However, opposition sources say the fighting has now spread to the east.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.
The extracts of the study by defense consultancy, IHS Jane’s, were published on September 16, 2013.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the foreign-backed militancy.