Syrian rebels take control of northwestern town

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Hard—line Islamic rebels captured a small town in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border as part of their offensive in the rugged coastal region that is a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad, activists said Monday.

Fighters from an array of armed opposition groups, including the al—Qaida—linked Nusra Front, seizedthe town of Kassab on Sunday. They have also wrested control of a border crossing to Turkey, just outside of town.

The advances, while minor in terms of territory, provided a welcome boost to a beleaguered rebellion that has suffered a string of battlefield losses in recent weeks.

Forces loyal to Assad have captured several towns near Syria’s border with Lebanon as part of a government offensive aimed severing rebel supply lines across the porous frontier and securing the border.

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