Syria al-Qaeda rebels threaten Turkey

Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant groups in Syria have threatened to attack Turkish cities of Istanbul and Ankara, a report says.

The threat of bombings in Turkey came from the al-Nusra Front group, the report published by the WND website said on Friday, quoting a US military official.

The report said that the al-Nusra group is planning to set up a base in Syria to help spread its terrorist activities throughout the region after it took over the town of Azaz near Turkish border, and closed several border crossings.

The al-Nusra takeover of Azaz and the border crossings from Syria into Turkey reflects their deteriorating relations with other Syrian opposition and militants, the report added.

Infighting has been on the rise among militant groups in Syria recently.

On September 25, thirteen foreign-backed militant groups in Syria announced they do not recognize the authority of the so-called Syrian National Coalition.

The groups include the so-called Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, Liwa al-Tawhid, and Ahrar al-Sham.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the violence.

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