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Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:14 PM

 

ISIS Routs Rivals, Seizing Key Towns Along Syria-Turkey Border

Source: Antiwar

In fighting over the weekend, ISIS forces seized the town of Soran Azaz and some nearby villages from a rival rebel faction, putting them on the outskirts of the important city of Azaz and the accompanying border crossing into Turkey.

Control over border crossings has long been a major goal for rebel factions in the Syrian Civil War, as whoever controls a crossing can demand a portion of any arms smuggled in by rival factions through that route. ISIS already has a substantial portion of the Syria-Turkey border, as well as virtually the whole Syria-Iraq border.

Turkey has long been the go-to smuggling route for rebels, with Turkish spy agencies not only looking the other way, but even providing some arms of their own to Islamist rebels factions, a scandal that has been the subject of growing concern among Turkish prosecutors.

Read more: http://news.antiwar.com/2015/05/31/isis-routs-rivals-seizing-key-towns-along-syria-turkey-border/



All the blowback from the wars is spiraling out of control.

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