DAMASCUS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed a commander of a rival jihadist group in the eastern countryside of the capital Damascus, the pro-government al- Khabar TV reported Tuesday.
The commander was killed when the ISIL detonated his car in the Eastern al-Ghouta countryside of Damascus, the report said.
Harun was the head of the Badr Brigade, a faction of the so- called Islam Army, which has been deadlocked in battles with the ISIL over control of rebel-held areas on the eastern edge of Damascus.
Jihadist groups, the major power fighting the government troops of President Bashar al-Assad, have engaged in infighting over control of territories and strategic facilities, mainly in northern and eastern Syria. The rebel-on-rebel battles have claimed the lives of 7,000 rebels and civilians since the beginning of this year.
The ISIL, strongest among the rebel groups, has already announced the establishment of its Islamic State in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, as the organization has seized large chunks of territories from both countries in recent months.