38 Killed as Syrian Rebels Seize Key Town Near Jordan

38 Killed as Syrian Rebels Seize Key Town Near Jordan | Town gives rebels more control along Jordan border

Syrian rebels have reported that they have captured the key town of Dael, just 10 miles from the Jordanian border, following a 24 hour battle that left 38 people dead. 16 of the slain were reportedly rebel fighters.

The capture of Dael included fighters from several groups, but rebel spokesmen insist that Jabhat al-Nusra was not involved in the fight. The move is part of a rebel effort to get more territory along the Jordanian border.

Syria’s rebels have been focusing on border areas for quite some time, taking a lot of territory along Turkey’s border as well as the borders to Iraq and Lebanon. The latest pushes give them a foothold along Israel’s border, and now Jordan’s as well.

Syrian MPs say that the rebels are pushing heaviest in the Daraa Province lately, where Dael is located. This could be because of the US training operations for Syrian rebels inside neighboring Jordan, and a hope to establish a route for fighters to enter the war directly.

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  • mojo

    And Jason proof is the map of Syria.., what about a photo of actual city or the way for these bandits fighting their way into the city proving the JASON facts…. But one need to agree with Jason.., CIA is training these bandits and they have done so for last year and half both in turkey and Jordan.., wake up man.., give us something that we don't know

    • paulBass

      the "proof" or rather the news reporting, is located in the first two hyperlinks, the map is just there to make the website look better,
      i have complained about map quality before, and short of making and submitting your own i doubt anything will happen.

    • paulBass

      the "proof" or rather the news reporting, is located in the first two hyperlinks, the map is just there to make the website look better,
      i have complained about map quality before, and short of making and submitting your own i doubt anything will happen.

    • paulBass

      the "proof" or rather the news reporting, is located in the first two hyperlinks, the map is just there to make the website look better,
      i have complained about map quality before, and short of making and submitting your own i doubt anything will happen.

  • Kaloo Mirza

    more BS from the Fanatic Salafist Army

  • PeacefulProsperity

    Very good summary: "The U.S. & Syria: Facts you should know"
    "Sanctions follow establishing opposition
    – Washington has funneled money to a right-wing Syrian opposition group since at least 2005. (Washington Post, April 16, 2011)"…
    "U.N. steps in
    – Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan went to Syria in March at the behest of the U.N. and Arab League to put together a peace proposal. But Annan and the U.N. are not impartial. Annan is an architect of the "responsibility to protect" doctrine, cited by former CIA agent Giraldi as the planned pretext for intervention in Syria. The U.N. endorsed this doctrine under Annan's tenure."
    "The Houla massacre
    – Right before a scheduled visit to Syria by Annan, news broke of a horrible massacre of 108 people in Houla on May 25, which included whole families and as many as 48 children. Headlines worldwide blamed the Syrian government, and all Western capitals called for increased sanctions and more international pressure on Assad….
    – Residents knew many of the killers by name and identified them as local criminal elements now working for the FSA. (Syria News, May 31) Anti-Assad forces then posed as villagers and invited the U.N. observers in. Some put on uniforms of the Syrian soldiers they had killed and said they were defectors."

  • Mark Thomason

    This sets up the rebels to flow into Syria. However, it also sets them up to flow back out. Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan are all vulnerable to just this sort of conflict. It is also a variant on the only strategy used with any effect on Israel.

    We are creating our own nightmare.

  • PeacefulProsperity

    This heartbreaking carnage in Syria has been taking place because of natural gas and superpowers fight over influence on EU. The US wants to replace Gazprom in supplying gas to the potentially biggest (growing fast) world's market in European Union from Russia and soon from Iran, through Iraq and Syria with its client states (especially Qatar with its LNG). It needs that leverage to impose the TAFTA "free trade" treaty on EU which in that way would pay for solving the economical crisis in the US, heading towards total collapse.
    Reade Pepe Escobar, William Engdahl and Thierry Meyssan, e.g:
    "The NATO Economy, the solution to the U.S. crisis" http://www.voltairenet.org/article177762.html

  • PeacefulProsperity

    How They Lie About Syria (Must see)