Free Syrian Army launches attack for Turkish border town

The Free Syrian Army mounts an assault on the town of Keseb and its Turkish border gate, injuries reported.

Free Syrian Army launches attack for Turkish border town

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syrian opposition forces launched an assault on a regime-controlled border crossing into Turkey on Friday.

The main armed opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters mounted an early morning attack to seize the town of Keseb and its Turkish border gate, opposition sources told an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

Sound of clashes were heard in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi and villages along the border.

Three regime-controlled border posts have reportedly been captured by the opposition.

A Turkish commander, who wanted to remain anonymous, also confirmed to our correspondent that there were clashes taking place.

Turkey has put its security forces on alert and warned its citizens living near the border.

The war between the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to the embattled president Bashar Assad has been in an uneasy stalemate since late 2013.

FSA RECAPTURES QALAMOUN

Syrian opposition has captured dozens of regime tanks in the Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

Local activists told an Anadolu Agency correspondent that the Free Syrian Army fighters seized a military vehicle depot located within the compound of the 559th Brigade.

The fighters grabbed 40 of the 100 tanks in the depot and neutralized some soldiers loyal to President Assad, activists said.

Last week, regime-affiliated troops had reportedly captured Yabroud, one of the major opposition strongholds in the mountainous Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border.

Early on Friday, Free Syrian Army forces mounted an assault on a regime-controlled border crossing into Turkey, seizing control of three border posts.

After months of uneasy stalemate between the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to Assad, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces made a reshuffle in the Free Syrian Army's general staff, replacing former chief Salim Idriss with veteran field commander Abdullah al-Bashir.

The Free Syrian Army is the main armed opposition group fighting in Syria to topple the embattled President Bashar Assad in a civil war, which entered its fourth year last week and has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

Syria has been gripped by almost constant fighting since President Bashar al-Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, sparking a conflict which has spiraled into a civil war.

Last Mod: 21 Mart 2014, 13:03
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