ISIL extremists withdraw from Syrian oil-rich region

ISIL extremists withdraw from Syrian oil-rich region
Mon Feb 10, 2014 14:21:45

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group has withdrawn its forces from Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Deir al-Zour, activists and militants say.

Activists said on Monday that ISIL forces had pulled back to the eastern provinces of Raqqa and Hassaka after days of infighting with al-Nusra Front.

"The ISIL militants have almost completely withdrawn from Deir al-Zour. The fighters are moving to Hassaka and Raqqa (provinces)," said a source from the Nusra Front, who asked not to be named. Raqqa remains the stronghold of ISIL.

ISIL maintains a permanent base in Raqqa.

Pro-ISIL activists on Twitter said the group had withdrawn from Deir al-Zour to prevent further bloodshed.

ISIL, which has attracted many foreign extremist militants into its ranks, is a powerful militant force fighting at the side of opposition in Syria.

ISIL is the rebranding of al-Qaeda's affiliate in neighboring Iraq, but it defied the central leadership's requests to limit itself to fighting there instead of Syria. Al-Qaeda's central leadership formally announced a split with ISIL earlier in February.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, said Deir al-Zour was now in the hands of Nusra Front which is al-Qaeda's main force on the ground in the country.


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