Rebels Issue Ultimatum To Al Qaeda In Syria: Surrender Or Face 'a Massacre'

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January 07, 2014 AT 12:14 PM
Rebel commanders in Syria issued a 48-hour ultimatum to al Qaeda-affiliated fighters Tuesday, ordering them to surrender or face “a massacre.” The resurgent Free Syrian Army is taking back areas previously lost to a splinter group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – a faction that has turned the deadly civil war into a complex battle in which opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime are also fighting each other. More than 274 people have been killed in the rebel-on-rebel clashes since Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group. FSA commander Gen. Mna’ Rihal told NBC News that ISIL must end its campaign and abandon its attempts to create “religious division” between anti-Assad forces.