The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is linked to Al Qaeda, on Sunday extended its hand to the Syrian rebels to put an end to the clashes with them and focus on the fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

In a recording posted on the Internet, the ISIL's chief, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, said that his group "is extending its hand" to the rebels so that both parties might leave behind their mutual antagonism and "fight together against the Alawites and Shiites," an allusion to Assad's ethnicity and religious denomination.

The rebels of the Islamic Front, the largest Islamist opposition alliance, the Free Syrian Army and the Army of the Mujahideen, launched an offensive earlier this months in several northern Syrian provinces to expel the ISIL, whom they accuse of having committed assorted violations against the local population, including murders and kidnappings.

Al Baghdadi asked his fighters not to let themselves be affected by the "campaign" against their organization, which - he said - "has done everything possible to put an end to this war that some murderous brigades began."

"We don't want that war (against the rebels) ... and the only ones who will get an advantage from it are the Alawites and Shiites," of the Syrian regime, he said.

The jihadist leader insisted on the need to halt the fighting against the rebels, despite "the betrayal and the attacks" against the ISIL.

Also, he urged his extremist combatants not to commit "injustices" and "to place forgiveness and patience above all." EFE