Despite being entirely encircled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), two major Syrian rebel groups began attacking one another in Aleppo’s eastern districts on Wednesday.

For reasons unbeknownst to Al-Masdar News, Islamist fighters of ‘Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki’ stormed several checkpoints held by the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Fastaqim Union in the Salaheddine District and Al-Ansari Mashhad neighbourhood and arrested dozens of FSA fighters along with leading commander ‘Istakem kma Oumrt’ on Wednesday.

In response to the arrests, the Fastaqim Union opened fire upon positions held by Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the infighting resulted in the death of 1 militant and injured 25 more.

Remarkably, both rebel groups are backed by the United States government and have received U.S. manufactured TOW anti-tank missiles.

Skirmishes are ongoing in eastern Aleppo as we speak; meanwhile, the Abou Omara Brigade and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham were said to have joined the clashes on behalf of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki.

In the not so distant past, rebel infighting has plagued the Syrian Opposition in several rebel-held regions, including Idlib, northern Hama and the East Ghouta. In the latter two cases, the infighting was exploited by the SAA to advance.

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BudSpencer
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BudSpencer
2016-11-03 00:52

Rats vs. rats = dead rats on both sides !

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
2016-11-03 00:13

SAA should fuel this with a few well placed mortar strikes. Knowing that the northern Syria Turkish invasion tools shithadists from both FSA and Zinki as proxies, it may be very interesting to spill a little oil upon the fire… Anyway, Muslim Brotherhood/Qaeda offshoots or Daesh which is a former Qaeda group, what difference? Didn’t Zinki rascals said they were worst than Daesh when they chopped the head of the poor 12y old Palestinian kid?

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2016-11-03 04:45

Good. Let the terrorists kill each other so the clean up is easier for the SAA

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hestroy
2016-11-03 07:39

Every time I see these “rebels”, they always look like total retards.