Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases: monitoring group




 
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Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases: monitoring group
 
December 7th, 2013  
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Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases: monitoring group
By Alexander Dziadosz and Dasha Afanasieva BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrian rebels from an Islamist alliance formed last month have occupied bases and warehouses belonging to a Western-backed rebel group on the Turkish border, rebels and activists said on Saturday. Fighters from the Islamic Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday night, the opposition sources said. Louay Meqdad, an FSA spokesman, said the Islamic Front fighters had entered the bases after saying they wanted to help to secure them. They then asked officers and employees to leave and replaced an FSA flag with one of their own, he said.




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