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article imageSyrian rebels seize Iraqi and Turkish border territory

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By Paul Iddon     Jul 19, 2012 in World
Syrians rebels have taken over a number of border crossings with the country's frontier with Iraq and Syria respectively. A senior Iraqi officially was quoted as saying that all of Syria's eastern frontiers with that country are now under rebel control.
The rebels have taken control of the main Abu Kamal border checkpoint located on the Euphrates River highway in what appears to be a coordinated effort with other forces operating on the Syrian frontier with Turkey, who have also seized border crossings at Bab al-Hawa and Jarablus.
Iraq -- whose government is generally seen as being sympathetic with the Assad regime -- has threatened to close the Abu Kamal crossing following this development on its Syrian frontier.
This comes as the regime is focusing most of its resources on driving back the onslaught of rebel advances in Damascus -- reports BBC News and Reuters.
These developments in Syria concur with the fourth day of the Damascus Volcano operation the rebels are undertaking. It also comes a day after the bombing and killing by rebel forces of three top security officials of the regime who were blown up as they were attending a meeting at the national security headquarters.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of country-wide fatalities today in Syria at 250.
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