SNC warns of increasing al-Qaida influence in Syria
on 20/09/2013 09:46:25
A statement from the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) follows days of vicious infighting in which the extremists seized control of the northern town of Azaz from mainstream opposition fighters.
The SNC says the actions of the al-Qaida-linked fighters "counter the principles that the Syrian revolution is trying to achieve".
The group also warns that the Islamic fighters are "strengthening their positions" in opposition-controlled areas.
The infighting threatens to further split opposition forces outgunned by President Bashar Assad's troops and strengthen his hand as he engages with world powers on relinquishing his chemical weapons.