FSA spokesman: Al-Qaida kills Free Syrian Army commander

Alleged killing signals growing rift between rebel units.

July 12, 2013 03:36
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Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade fighters in Mleha suburb of Damascus, January 26, 2013.

Free Syrian Army fighters in Mleha suburb of Damascus 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Militants linked to al-Qaida in Syria killed a senior figure in the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian army on Thursday, an FSA source said, signaling a

The Free Syrian Army has been trying to build a network of logistics and reinforce its presence across Syria as the US administration pledged to send weapons to the group after it concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces had used chemical weapons against rebel fighters.

US congressional committees are holding up the plan because of fears that such deliveries will not be decisive and the arms might end up in the hands of Islamist militants, security sources have said.

While Free Syrian Army units sometimes fight alongside Islamist militant groups such as the Islamist State, rivalries have increased and al-Qaida-linked groups have been blamed for several assassinations of commanders of moderate rebel units.

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