Exclusive: Turkish military pounds Syrian army bases near border

Exclusive: Turkish military pounds Syrian army bases near border
Tue Mar 25, 2014 17:43:29

Turkish military tanks have targeted Syrian army bases in the Kasab border town, where the Syrian army has been battling numerous militant groups to secure the border.

According to Al-Alam reporter in Syria’s Latakia, a huge explosion was heard at a Syrian army base near Kasab after Turkish military targeted the area.

The explosion has been followed with Turkish military firing several other rockets at Syrian army bases, the reporter said citing military sources.

The report said, Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra front have raised their flags over several Turkish military tanks near Kasab, as a sign of having the area under their control.

Syria has been criticizing Turkey for ‘covering for’ militant groups and helping them occupy the Syrian border.

On Sunday, Turkish military shot down a Syrian fighter jet at the Syrian side of the common borders with Turkey, as it was engaged in fighting with extremist foreign-backed militants.

Kasab and its surrounding villages are Armenian Christian-dominated areas, and their value is primarily because of their location near the Turkish border.

Having the town in their control, militant factions not only are able to smuggle in arms for themselves, but are able to demand a cut when other factions use those crossings.


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