Infighting continues among rival militant groups in Syria as both sides of the fight claim victories on different fronts.
Militants keep fighting each other in Syria
On Wednesday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were “hardly any” militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) left in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.
The London-based NGO said the al-Qaeda-linked militants “withdrew from the Inzarat area” of the city after clashes with other foreign-backed militants there.
Meanwhile, some reports suggested that the ISIL militants took the upper hand against the so-called Free Syrian Army in the northern city of Raqqah.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
The United Nations said earlier that more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.
Two million Syrians are expected to take refuge outside the country while another 2.25 million are predicted to be internally displaced in the next year.