BEIRUT - An al-Qaida affiliate in Syria battled rival rebels across the
country's north on Saturday and dozens of bodies piled up in a hospital
in an insurgent-held city, a monitoring group said.
A week of
infighting between the al Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant (ISIL), and other groups including another al
Qaeda-affiliated faction has killed hundreds of fighters opposed to
President Bashar Assad.
Peace talks are planned in Geneva on Jan.
22 between Assad's government and political opponents who demand he
step down after almost three years of bloodshed.
But Assad faces
little pressure to make concessions after consolidating his grip on
Damascus and the centre of Syria in recent fighting, and the main
opposition National Coalition has yet to formally decide whether to
attend the talks at all.