FSA chief barred from entering Latakia

FSA chief barred from entering Latakia
Fri Aug 30, 2013 19:09:04

The chief of staff of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been prevented by militant group of Ayesha Brigade of entering the western coastal province of Latakia.

Salim Idris, who has entered Syria to visit the war-stricken region of Latakia, was urged to return to Turkey as he was not allowed to enter the coastal front which is under heavy clashes right now.

According to reports, the main reason behind such refusal was about Idris ignorance to continuous demands by Ayesha Brigade over getting more ammunition and arms.

A great number of besieged villages around the area were released and recaptured by Syrian army troops during the last two-week clashes.

Idris’s visit comes after heavy clashes are under way between Syrian government troops and foreign-backed militants in Latakia.

Last week, the militants attacked villages in the countryside of Latakia, displacing thousands of families living in the area.

Over the past few days, Syrian forces have killed scores of Takfiri militants -- mostly foreign mercenaries -- in Latakia.

Confrontations are growing among foreign-backed militant groups fighting to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ideological differences have been emerging in the highly divided militants, who now turn their guns at their comrades over small personal disputes.

The rise in violent and at times fatal skirmishes highlight the intense contest for power in the militant-controlled areas, fueling fears of another war should Assad step down.

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