Syrian Kurds capture key outpost from rebel jihadists
Kurdish fighters in Syria have taken control of a crossing on the country’s eastern border with Iraq.
AFP quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that that the Kurdish fighters, "took control of the Al-Yaarubia border crossing with Iraq at dawn after clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the Al-Nusra Front and other rebels."
Northeast Syria is rich in oil and wheat. Kurds and jihadi rebel forces have been battling for control of the region for months.
Despite, the Kurdish victory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it would be difficult for the Kurds to capitalize on their gains as the area was controlled by many jihadist groups.
Rebel forces fighting to overthrow President Assad have often turned their forces on each other due to differences in ideology. Kurdish fighters affiliated with Turkey's separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have meanwhile struggled to carve out an autonomous region in Syria similar to one in northern Iraq.