A spokesman for the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) says al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have threatened to kill all of the group’s senior commanders.
The group linked to al-Qaeda “phoned me saying that they killed Abu Bassir and that they will kill all” of the commanding members of the FSA, Qassem Saadeddine said on Friday.
Kamal Hamami, also known as Abu Basir al-Ladkani, was shot dead following a meeting with the al-Qaeda militants in the Syrian port city of Latakia on Thursday.
Hamami had traveled to the city to meet members of the rival group “to discuss battle plans.”
Hamami’s death signals a widening rift between members of foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On June 5, dozens of militants were killed and wounded as violent infighting broke out between several Takfiri groups in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, according to the locals.
Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, since March 2011.
Western powers and their regional allies including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting anti-Syria militant groups, including al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, to overthrow the Syrian government.
In an interview with the Syrian daily Al-Thawra published on July 4, President Assad said the opposition and their foreign supporters have “exhausted all their tools” in the conspiracy against Syria.