"...Raqa city is strategically located near Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Syrian troops retook on Friday a checkpoint on the northeastern border with Syria, captured a day earlier by Jihadist fighters of al-Nusra Front, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
The rebels had overrun the post at Yaarubiyeh in oil-rich Hassakeh province on Thursday after fierce clashes, the Britain-based Observatory said.
“Government forces succeeded in retaking the Yaarubiyeh crossing less than 24 hours after it was taken by fighters from the Al-Nusra Front” and other rebel elements, the Observatory said.
They also “captured half of the city of Yaarubiyeh,” it added....
On Friday, Iraqi forces opened fire on Syria shelling the positions of the FSA days after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that a victory of the Syrian opposition would spread chaos in the region.
An Al Arabiya correspondent near the Syrian-Iraqi border reported that Iraqi snipers took up positions on buildings near the Rebiya crossing while others forces shelled the positions of the Free Syrian Army.
The correspondent said that large reinforcements were being deployed by the Maliki government in Baghdad near the Syrian borders. ..."
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Syrian Army recapture border crossings while Iraq Army shells the FSA
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