Syria Rebels Capture Another Turkey Border Crossing

Syria Rebels Capture Another Turkey Border Crossing | Border post has fallen, Turkey confirms

The long border between Syria and Turkey includes seven principle border crossings, and with the Turkish government openly backing several Syrian rebel factions in the civil war, they are eager to control as many of those crossings as possible.

They have claimed another today, according to Turkish officials, who say that the Tel Abyad border post has fallen to the rebels and the Syrian flag has been torn down. It is the third of seven crossings now under complete rebel control.

Significant clashes were reported at the area around the crossing yesterday, with gunfire spilling over into Turkey and wounding a civilian. The Turkish government evacuated civilians from the border town of Akcakale.

The acquisition of new border crossings will ease the flow of foreign fighters and weaponry into Syria for the rebel factions, while adding to the tensions between Turkey and Syria, which has complained to the UN Security Council that Turkey is giving de facto access to al-Qaeda for attacks inside Syria.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • Ben_C

    Ummm Hmmm…

    Okay….so let me get this one strait:

    According to Ditz: the Government of Turkey 'claims' to have acquired "control" over a Syria/Turkey boarder crossing by way of their proxy terrorist "rebel" fighters Turkey is backing with weapons, 'logistical military support", as well as other 'resources'? This alleged indefinite "control" over a Syria /Turkey boarder crossing by the Government of Turkey allegedly came by way of "clashes" which, coincidentally, somehow "spilled over" to the Nation of Turkey–prompting the Government of Turkey to evacuate civilians inhabiting the boarder town inside of Turkey???

    I see….

    Yep…the almighty "rebels" are really 'striking at the heart' of the Assad regime now…

    Keep up the good work Ditz!

  • HA HA

    "Turkish government openly backing several Syrian rebel factions in the civil war"

    Shouldn't that read:

    "Turkish government openly backing several Al-CIA-DUH factions in the foreign backed coup"

    Is this CNN?

    • MoT

      "Controlled News Network" you say?

    • Lawrence Cutter

      <Is this CNN?>

      This is a toy for unnameable angels.