Monday, 4 March 2013
Syria Civil War Goes Regional!, Iraq Attacks FSA Inside Syria, Help Assad Forces Retake Border Checkpoint
The Iraqi army has reportedly shelled Free Syrian Army positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency.
Syrian troops have recaptured the Al-Ya’robiya checkpoint on the border with Iraq on Friday night. According to witness reports on Twitter, Iraq’s armed forces moved in to help with the operation and shelled the border post, which was held by the rebels.
An Al-Arabiya correspondent also confirmed that targets inside Syria had been shelled while Iraqi snipers took positions near the crossing. Massive reinforcements have also been deployed in Baghdad near the Syrian border, the correspondent said.
It looks like the Government in Iraq is not a puppet of the US and Israelis unlike the Qatar, Saudi and Turkish States. Rather than pressure the FSA to negotiate for a peaceful end to the conflict these states have encouraged the fighting from the very start with training, arms and finance. If it was not for foreign intervention there would have been no bloodbath.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 4th, 2013.]