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Syrian rebels have allegedly captured one of the country's four major border posts with Iraq, killing at least 21 government troops in the process. Meanwhile, other reports suggest all border crossings with Iraq have been commandeered
Rebels launched a major assault on a Syrian army outpost in the remote Sinjar mountain range near the Iraqi border, said Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Dulaimi, as cited by AP. They have killed at least 20 soldiers and their commander and seized control of the outpost, he said.
Earlier on Thursday, about a half-dozen rebels reportedly stormed another Syrian border crossing near the Iraqi town of Qaim, forcing the border guards to leave their posts.
There were also unconfirmed reports that rebels had seized control of a post on the border with Turkey.
Originally posted by buni11687
"After the Free Syrian Army took control of the post near Iraqi border, they detained a Syrian army lieutenant colonel, cut off his arms and then 'executed 22 Syrian soldiers in front of the eyes of Iraqi soldiers".