Islamists fight with each other in Damascus: one group seizes a suburb from another

Illustrative photo of a Damascus suburb, Zamalka, in August 2013. Source.

(Reuters) – Islamist fighters seized a suburb east of Damascus on Sunday after driving out a smaller rival insurgent group in deadly clashes, a monitoring group said, the latest example of rebel infighting in Syria’s nearly four-year conflict.

Fighters from the Army of Islam clashed with members of the Army of the Nation group in Douma, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Both groups include Sunni Muslim fighters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s government, and the fighting is seen as more of a turf war than a conflict over ideology.

The Observatory, which gathers information from a network of sources in Syria, said several fighters were killed, without giving details. It added that the Army of Islam had detained many of its rival combatants.

The groups, part of a myriad of opposition factions in the war, have both fought the Syrian army as well as battling each other for control of Douma, a strategic suburb on one of the main roads linking the capital with Homs city further north.

The Army of Islam is powerful in the area and it clashed with armed residents in Douma in November after locals attacked the storehouses of an organization close to the group, according to the Observatory…

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Reminds me of an old Elvis Costello song: Two Little Hitlers.
    “Two little Hitlers will fight it out until”
    “One little Hitler does the other ones will”

    • David

      and elvis costello refused to perform in Israel.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I don’t consider that a big loss for the Israeli’s since he hasn’t done anything worthwhile since the album Armed Forces in 1979.
        Kinda like the Stones whose last classic record was Let It Bleed.

        • Raymond Hietapakka

          yup…all the Rolling Uglies have done since, is to re-record the same songs, over and over.

  • Jay Currie

    Looks to be a long war… Ideal Western strategy is wait until there is only one jihadi left standing and then shoot him.

    • Frau Katze

      Good to have them fighting with each other. Just read a piece about Islamic State and Al Qaeda. They’re competing with each other for followers.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      I bet his name will be Mohammad.

  • BillyHW

    Score!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    A small fish being eaten by a bigger fish.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …fighting over the last available working toilets in the city…yes, worth dying for.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Crab Warfare.