Islamic Front–Free Syrian Army conflict
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The Islamic Front was formed on the 22nd of November 2013 after seven militant groups formed together to fight the Syrian Army. Tensions have been building up ever since the group was formed.[no citations needed here] The Islamic Front said that they had withdrawn from the military command of the FSA.
Takeover of the Bab al-Hawa bases
On 7 December 2013, Louay Meqdad, an FSA spokesman, said that fighters from the Islamic Front entered their bases at the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing (which borders Turkey) the previous night after stating that they wanted to secure them. However, the group then asked officials from the bases to leave and replaced the FSA flag with their own. The Islamic Front also captured weapons brought form Turkey. Five fighters were killed in fighting that lasted throughout the night, though it was not clear which side they were fighting for.
On 10 December, the Islamic Front seized the Bab al-Hawa crossing. Two days later, it was confirmed that the FSA top commander, general Salim Idris, had evacuated from Syria and arrived in Doha, Qatar, following the Islamic Fronts advances. However, the FSA denied that Idris had left; it also stated the Islamic Front was asked to guard the warehouses against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The FSA then confirmed on 13 December 2013 that the Islamic Front had obtained machine guns and ammo that was not supposed to be in the possession of the Islamists.
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