Al-Qaeda-linked militants give fellow FSA ultimatum in Syria
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Al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside Syria have reportedly given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among the extremist groups in the country continues to widen. According to reports, al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have set a two-day deadline for the Free Syrian Army to surrender amid escalating infighting among the militants in Syria. The ultimatum was enforced at 8:00 p.m. local time (2300 GMT) on Thursday. The ultimatum is the latest manifestation of inner conflict among extremist militant groups in Syria since the outbreak of turmoil in March 2011. Opposition activists say clashes between Takfiri militants have increased in recent months. The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million of others displaced due to the crisis in Syria. According to extracts from British defense consultancy IHS Jane's published in the Daily Telegraph, some 100,000 militants are operating in Syria. The militants have split into some 1,000 brands since the Syria crisis began, said the study, which is based on intelligence estimates and interviews with militants. Around 10,000 of the militants, with many being foreign nationals, are fighting for groups affiliated with al-Qaeda such as the al-Nusra Front and the rest fight for different militant groups.