Syria, Idlib: A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network on July 13, 2012 shows Free Syrian Army fighters from Katibat al-Farouk training on the outskirts of Idlib on July 12, 2012. (AFP Photo / Shaam News Network)
Syrian rebels have allegedly captured one of the country’s four major border posts with Iraq, killing at least 21 government troops in the process. Meanwhile, other reports suggest all border crossings with Iraq have been commandeered.
Rebels launched a major assault on a Syrian army outpost in the remote Sinjar mountain range near the Iraqi border, said Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Dulaimi, as cited by AP. They have killed at least 20 soldiers and their commander and seized control of the outpost, he said.
“We have security concerns because the border crossing now is out of the Syrian government’s control, and nobody can anticipate what will happen,” al-Dulaimi said.