- Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant killed Kamal Hamami of the FSA Supreme Military Council
- Rebel commanders pledged to retaliate opening up the possibility of a conflict between Western-backed forces and Islamists
- Rebel troops being supplied by tiny munitions shop that manufactures mortar shells by hand
PUBLISHED: 11:43 GMT, 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:29 GMT, 12 July 2013
The Free Syrian Army has vowed revenge after Al Qaeda linked militants assassinated a top rebel commander opening up the possibility of a conflict between Western-backed rebel forces and Islamists in Syria’s civil war.
The announcement is the latest sign of disarray in the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has regained the upper hand more than two years into an insurgency that grew out of Arab Spring-inspired pro-democracy protests.
A Free Syrian Army fighter cools himself with water to beat the heat as fellow fighters watch, in Deir al-Zor yesterday. The FSA has vowed revenge after Al-Qaeda militants murdered a top rebel commander
Free Syrian Army fighters ready their weapons as they prepare themselves for an offensive in Deir al-Zor
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a hardline Islamist group, killed Kamal Hamami of the FSA Supreme Military Council on Thursday. Also known by his nom de guerre, Abu Bassir al-Ladkani, he is one of its top 30 figures.