New video footage has emerged showing foreign - backed militants looting homes and commercial centers in Syria.

The video, which was posted online on Saturday, shows militants ransacking shops and homes in the city of Darra in southwestern Syria and Aleppo in the northwest of the country. Earlier in the day, Syrian troops reportedly drove foreign - backed militants out of Aleppo. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants. In an interview recently broadcast on Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al - Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades. “If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control… the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond, ” he stated.